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Kevin Puryear, Russell Woods, and Jordan Barnett are keys to a competent Mizzou offense

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Giving Mizzou-Miami the Study Hall treatment.

Your Trifecta: Woods-Puryear-Phillips. Russell Woods over the last two games: 58 minutes, 25 points (8-13 FG, 9-12 FT), 18 rebounds. Mizzou has been led by its bigs over the last couple of games. Just as we all imagined, ahem.

Missouri 81, Miami-OH 55

Mizzou
Miami-OH
Pace (No. of Possessions) 71.5
Points Per Possession (PPP) 1.13 0.77
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.21 0.93
2-PT FG% 42.1% 42.9%
3-PT FG% 31.0% 19.4%
FT% 71.0% 68.4%
True Shooting % 50.2% 40.8%
FTA/FGA 46.3% 32.2%
Mizzou Miami-OH
Assists 18 8
Steals 9 3
Turnovers 6 15
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
4.50 0.73
Mizzou Miami-OH
Expected Offensive Rebounds 16.1 15.0
Offensive Rebounds 12 12
Difference -4.1 -3

Congrats to Mizzou for figuring out a way to score 81 points despite still not shooting very well. That was a very Mizzou thing to do.

Still, the recipe here is proving viable: Control the ball, offset bad offensive rebounding with good defensive rebounding, don't shoot horribly, win the game.

The Tigers require all three of those things to be competitive; miserable shooting (instead of simply mediocre shooting) wrecks everything, and anytime the balance is lost in the rebounding department, Mizzou is going to be in trouble. Still, when these factors align, Mizzou is capable of treating bad teams like bad teams.

(This analysis, of course, ignores when Mizzou scored most of its 81 points. I don’t have anything particularly incisive to say about the Tigers’ 26-point first half or their slow starts in general, at least not beyond “When you are a bad shooting team, you’re going to deal with some droughts.”)

Mizzou Player Stats

Player
AdjGS GmSc/Min Line
Russell Woods 19.2 0.71 27 Min, 15 Pts (4-7 FG, 7-8 FT), 10 Reb (6 Off), 1 Ast, 1 TO, 1 PF
Kevin Puryear 15.6 0.54 29 Min, 19 Pts (7-13 FG, 0-1 3PT, 5-8 FT), 8 Reb (2 Off), 1 Ast, 2 TO, 1 PF
Terrence Phillips 14.2 0.54 26 Min, 7 Pts (1-8 FG, 1-6 3PT, 4-4 FT), 8 Reb, 6 Ast, 5 Stl, 4 PF
Cullen VanLeer 13.8 0.55 25 Min, 14 Pts (4-7 FG, 4-7 3PT, 2-2 FT), 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 PF
Frankie Hughes 7.4 0.29 26 Min, 13 Pts (4-16 FG, 3-11 3PT, 2-3 FT), 2 Reb (1 Off), 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 PF
Jordan Geist 6.4 0.32 20 Min, 3 Pts (1-3 FG, 1-1 3PT), 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 TO
Mitchell Smith 4.9 0.49 10 Min, 4 Pts (1-2 FG, 2-2 FT), 2 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 PF
Willie Jackson 1.2 0.09 13 Min, 4 Pts (2-4 FG), 4 Reb (1 Off), 1 TO, 4 PF
Brett Rau 0.8 0.84 1 Min, 0 Pts (0-0 FG), 1 Reb (1 Off)
Adam Wolf 0.0 0.00 1 Min, 0 Pts (0-0 FG)
Trevor Glassman -0.8 -0.28 3 Min, 0 Pts (0-1 FG, 0-1 3PT)
K.J. Walton -1.7 -0.09 19 Min, 2 Pts (1-6 FG, 0-2 3PT, 0-4 FT), 4 Reb (1 Off), 2 Ast, 1 TO
Player Usage% Floor% Touches/
Poss.
%Pass %Shoot %Fouled %T/O
Russell Woods 20% 49% 2.1 28% 33% 34% 5%
Kevin Puryear 29% 42% 2.7 21% 46% 26% 7%
Terrence Phillips 17% 37% 4.9 75% 17% 8% 0%
Cullen VanLeer 15% 53% 1.6 40% 48% 12% 0%
Frankie Hughes 31% 26% 3.2 39% 53% 9% 0%
Jordan Geist 9% 47% 4.6 88% 9% 0% 3%
Mitchell Smith 13% 49% 1.0 0% 53% 47% 0%
Willie Jackson 18% 33% 1.1 0% 80% 0% 20%
Trevor Glassman 15% 0% 0.9 0% 100% 0% 0%
K.J. Walton 21% 16% 3.2 53% 27% 16% 4%

In wins over Tulane and Northwestern State, KJ Walton scored 39 points on 12-for-17 shooting from the field and 15-for-16 shooting from the line. In the three games since: 5 points, 2-for-14 from the field, 1-for-8 from the line. Hoo boy, Walton's confidence has been shaken.

And really, while I said that Mizzou didn't shoot very well above, that was mostly because of three plays.

  • Walton, Hughes, and Phillips: 6-for-30 (20%)
  • Everybody else: 19-for-37 (51%)

Granted, "Hey, it was only three guys!" works a lot better when those three guys aren't taking nearly half your shots.

Still, these are negative thoughts, and Mizzou won by 26 points. Mizzou's perimeter shooting is truly awful — the Tigers are now 321st in 3PT% — and Woods and Puryear (34 points, 11-for-20 shooting, 8 offensive rebounds, 10 defensive rebounds) probably won’t be able to thrive in the same manner against teams with more effective size, but Mizzou still is showing hints at an inside-to-outside offense, one that might develop further when Jordan Barnett is (soon) available.

And talk of offense misses the point anyway. Mizzou is now up to 63rd in defensive efficiency -- fourth in Effective FG% (1st in 3-point shooting), 83rd in defensive rebounding, 105th in TO%.

The Tigers still foul too much, and again, those shooting numbers will probably normalize a bit when better opponents (like, say, Arizona and Illinois) start showing up on the schedule.

Still, the components are strong, and the defense passes the eye test as well (mine, at least). I'm a broken record at this point, but all Mizzou has to do is shoot at a mediocre level to be competitive and interesting. Barnett, Puryear, and Woods might be the key to that.


MUtigers.com: Puryear and Woods Power @MizzouHoops to 81-55 Win over Miami (Ohio)

The Trib: Russell Woods puts together best Missouri performance in win over Miami (Ohio)

KC Star: Mizzou men's basketball vs Miami (Ohio) game recap & score

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou recovers from drought, wins second straight

PowerMizzou: Game at a Glance

B&G Illustrated: Second-Half Surge Helps Missouri Beat Miami-Ohio For Second Straight Win