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Study Hall time.

NCAA Basketball: SEC Tournament-Auburn vs Missouri Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Your Trifecta: Puryear-Geist-VanLeer. Funny how going 12-for-21 on 3-pointers helps your Adj. GS totals.

For once, searching through our photo tool after a game was kind of fun.

NCAA Basketball: SEC Tournament-Auburn vs Missouri Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
NCAA Basketball: SEC Tournament-Auburn vs Missouri Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
NCAA Basketball: SEC Tournament-Auburn vs Missouri Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
NCAA Basketball: SEC Tournament-Auburn vs Missouri Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri 86, Auburn 83

Mizzou Auburn
Pace (No. of Possessions) 74.5
Points Per Possession (PPP) 1.15 1.11
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.51 1.51
2-PT FG% 34.8% 43.3%
3-PT FG% 47.1% 44.0%
FT% 71.0% 66.7%
True Shooting % 60.9% 58.6%
FTA/FGA 54.4% 65.5%
Mizzou Auburn
Assists 15 13
Steals 6 6
Turnovers 10 16
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
2.10 1.19
Mizzou Auburn
Expected Offensive Rebounds 12.9 12.9
Offensive Rebounds 7 10
Difference -5.9 -2.9

Until the very end, this was the patented “If it’s not one thing, it’s another” game that Mizzou has lived with so many times over the last few seasons. Mizzou made 47 percent of its 3-pointers, won the ball-handling battle handily, and kept Auburn off of the offensive glass but still almost lost because a) Mizzou made only 35 percent of its 2-pointers, b) Auburn also shot well from 3-point range, and c) Mizzou was even worse than Auburn on the offensive glass

Almost lost, though. Mizzou figured out a way to keep Kim Anderson on the job for one more day. Kudos to them for that.

Mizzou Player Stats

Player AdjGS GmSc/Min Line
Kevin Puryear 29.3 0.79 37 Min, 30 Pts (8-19 FG, 5-9 3PT, 9-12 FT), 7 Reb (3 Off), 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO, 3 PF
Jordan Geist 18.7 0.52 36 Min, 14 Pts (3-7 FG, 2-5 3PT, 6-7 FT), 6 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO, 2 PF
Cullen VanLeer 18.3 0.76 24 Min, 16 Pts (5-8 FG, 5-7 3PT, 1-2 FT), 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 1 PF
Frankie Hughes 7.9 0.31 25 Min, 8 Pts (3-6 FG, 2-5 3PT), 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO, 3 PF
Jordan Barnett 7.5 0.24 31 Min, 11 Pts (3-9 FG, 1-6 3PT, 4-4 FT), 4 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 4 PF
Terrence Phillips 1.4 0.05 25 Min, 3 Pts (1-3 FG, 1-2 3PT), 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 5 PF
K.J. Walton 0.5 0.04 15 Min, 1 Pts (0-1 FG, 1-2 FT), 1 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 PF
Russell Woods 0.4 0.02 26 Min, 3 Pts (1-4 FG, 1-4 FT), 2 Reb (2 Off), 1 Blk, 3 PF
Reed Nikko -1.1 -0.18 6 Min, 0 Pts (0-0 FG), 2 PF
Player Usage% Floor% Touches/
Poss.
%Pass %Shoot %Fouled %T/O
Kevin Puryear 41% 39% 4.1 36% 39% 19% 6%
Jordan Geist 20% 45% 4.9 73% 12% 10% 5%
Cullen VanLeer 23% 50% 2.1 36% 49% 9% 6%
Frankie Hughes 16% 44% 2.3 63% 32% 0% 5%
Jordan Barnett 21% 33% 1.3 0% 69% 24% 8%
Terrence Phillips 9% 34% 2.0 75% 19% 0% 6%
K.J. Walton 7% 22% 0.5 0% 39% 61% 0%
Russell Woods 12% 22% 0.8 0% 56% 44% 0%
  • Despite how frequently he’s had to try to carry his team in conference play, Terrence Phillips’ season nearly ended on an extremely disappointing note. He had more fouls than points and managed only two assists in 25 minutes despite the fact that his teammates were actually making jumpers for once. But his teammates were good enough that TP gets at least one more game to redeem himself.
  • A hell of a job by Jordan Geist of stepping in for TP, though. It’s hard to ask for much more than seven assists, six defensive rebounds, and 14 points on seven field goal attempts. That’s crazy-efficient, even with three turnovers.
  • In his first two games and his last four, Frankie Hughes has shot 21-for-53 from 3-point range, a perfectly solid 40 percent. In the 23 games in between, he shot 22-for-107 (21 percent). Nice to see him catching a little bit of a progression-toward-the-mean wave at the end of the year. He’s not alone, either: Cullen VanLeer has shot 8-for-18 (44 percent) from long range over the last four games after starting the season 34-for-109 (31 percent).
  • Man oh man, has KJ Walton had some ups and downs this season. He scored 15 points in his first three games and 39 in his next two. He barely played against Illinois, then averaged 10.3 points per game in the four games that followed. During Mizzou’s best stretch of SEC play, he averaged 10.4 PPG over an eight-game span. He has since scored just one point in four games. Regardless, I hope he stays for next season. Really curious what a new coaching influence can do for him.
  • Speaking of ups and downs ... hey there, Kevin Puryear. After scoring just 14 points on 5-for-26 shooting in the three games before this last week, he posted 49 points on 33 shots (with help from a ton of free throws) in two games against Auburn. He also grabbed 15 rebounds. Someone likes playing against fellow Tigers. And someone wasn’t ready for the season to end.

After two frustrating losses to Auburn, Mizzou finally got one over on Bruce Pearl in Game 3. Now the Tigers get the chance to do the same thing to Ole Miss. The Rebels swept the season series by just a combined seven points. Do the Tigers have a few more dramatic moments left in them? If so, the reward would be playing a team they beat by 20 a few weeks ago. If not ... well ... at least we had Wednesday night.

Okay, fine, let’s watch the shot one more time.

Of course it came on Rhyan Loos’ birthday.