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Study Hall: Team Carroll 137, Team Bowers 116

I’m not kidding. Stop looking at me like that.

Twitter / Jarrett Sutton

Former Missouri football and basketball players connected at Mizzou Arena for an alumni game organized by Demarre Carroll and Laurence Bowers. Good times, they were had by all.

Mizzou Arena has not featured enough pure fun of late, so I’m really happy this event turned out as well as it did. And since there are stats, we get to find out who still actually has it (and which football players should have pulled a Justin Gage and played both sports at Mizzou).


Your Team Carroll Trifecta: Ratliffe, Grawer, McKinney

Your Team Bowers Trifecta: Saunders, Bowers, Gage

Your Football Alumni Trifecta (no Gage): Saunders, Jackson, Temple

Your Hoops Alumni Trifecta (no Gage): Ratliffe, Bowers, Grawer

Carroll himself didn’t play, but he didn’t have to. He had Ricardo Ratliffe on his team, and that made all the difference. That dude still can’t miss a shot in Mizzou Arena.

Team Carroll 137, Team Bowers 116

Bowers Carroll
Pace (No. of Possessions) 93
Points Per Possession (PPP) 1.24 1.47
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.22 1.33
2-PT FG% 69.0% 63.3%
3-PT FG% 34.0% 44.2%
FT% 40.0% 57.1%
True Shooting % 58.4% 64.6%
FTA/FGA 10.5% 6.8%
Bowers Carroll
Assists 27 28
Steals 6 8
Turnovers 7 7
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
4.71 5.14
Bowers Carroll
Expected Offensive Rebounds 17.1 16.4
Offensive Rebounds 14 17
Difference -3.1 +0.6

(Notes: offensive rebounds were not collected, so I simulated them by just making them one-third of all rebounds. We know that Team Carroll rebounded better, but those plus-0.6 and minus-3.1 figures are approximations.)

Just an appalling lack of physicality and fouls in this one. SMH. Not sure guys were truly trying to win. Not enough heart.

Player stats

(I’m ignoring the minutes in the stat sheet above because it wasn’t even close. The other stuff was close enough to use.)

Team Carroll

Brian Grawer, 6-for-7 on 3-pointers. I cannot tell you how happy that makes me. Meanwhile, fellow mad bomber Jason Sutherland couldn’t find his 3-point range but, perhaps to no one’s surprise, was one of the only players on the court going for steals.

Oh, and William Moore ball hawks on the basketball court like he did in the Mizzou secondary.

Team Bowers

Well hello there, Tommy Saunders. The walk-on-turned-surehanded receiver balled. He also ended up with multiple steals, and he posted a Melvin Booker-like eight-rebound, eight-assist combination. Meanwhile, Booker and friend-of-RMN Jarrett Sutton: they can still shoot.

This was a great event led by two great former Tigers. Thanks to everyone involved for bringing some fun to Columbia.