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Study Hall: Mizzou 70, Miami (Ohio) 51

You won’t remember one play from this game a year from now.

NCAA Basketball: Miami (OH) at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Mizzou has a team worth watching again, and I keep missing games. Have been out of town the last few days, so I just kept up on this one via Twitter and score watching. But the show goes on — here are some general impressions to add to Tashan’s game recap and Sam’s post-game thoughts.

Team Stats

When I got a chance to glance at the halftime stats for this one, everything looked ... right. Mizzou was winning the rebounding battle (in terms of raw rebounding margin, anyway), shooting pretty well from 3-point range, and turning the ball over way too much. Check, check, and check. That’s a Mizzou game in 2017-18.

Things got a little weirder in the second half. Mizzou continued to shoot well but grabbed just a single offensive rebound; meanwhile, the ball-handling continued to produce not only turnovers but also a boatload of assists. And mercy, Mizzou just didn’t miss very much. (That obviously had a little bit to do with the offensive rebounding totals.)

At the end of the game, there was some blurriness between this and the normal Mizzou game. Mizzou merely broke even on the glass (disappointing considering Mizzou’s perceived advantages there), basically broke even in terms of ball-handling, and won handily by drastically out-shooting the RedHawks.

Miami was able to go on a brief run to cut a 23-point lead to 12, and then Mizzou put the game away. Slightly disappointing from the perspective of sustained effort, I guess, but I’m guessing even people in attendance won’t exactly remember much about this game a year from now, yeah?

Player Stats

Your Trifecta: Puryear-Robertson-Barnett

  • Congratulations to Kassius Robertson for figuring out a way into the Trifecta despite five turnovers. A pretty tough accomplishment, especially in an easy win. But scoring 17 points in nine shots and blocking two shots (??) will do it.
  • Damn, Kevin.
  • Jeremiah Tilmon had one foul in 25 minutes!
  • Over the last two games, Jontay Porter has played 36 minutes, grabbed 13 rebounds, and done his box-score-filler thing to a degree: two assists, two blocks, and a steal. He also has two points, has gone 0-for-4 on 3-pointers, and has committed four fouls and four turnovers. This is the time to hit a funk, I guess. He has another couple of weeks to find his rhythm again.
  • Geist/Harris/Phillips: 40 minutes, 4 points (2-4 FG), 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 turnovers, 1 steal, 2.6 Adj. GS points. The rebounds are nice, but that’s a whole lot of nothing over 40 minutes.

You want your guys with the highest Floor% to have the highest Usage%. For the most part, mission accomplished (though Puryear’s usage could have been higher).