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NCAA TOURNAMENT THREAD: TIGERS VS SOONERS

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NCAA Basketball: SEC Conference Tournament-Missouri vs Arkansas Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

No need for an introduction today. Everyone knows what time it is.

First Half Notes

  • Missouri’s first two baskets came off the transition
  • Tilmon was involved as early as possible
  • Mark Smith hit two big threes before the first media timeout

First MTO: MIZZOU LED 12-7

  • Brady Manek was effective early for Oklahoma
  • The Sooners quickly realized they need to double team Tilmon when he catches the ball on the block
  • The Tigers went quiet offensively for a short stretch, allowing Oklahoma to trim the margin
  • Missouri went 0-7 after starting 6-7

Second MTO: MIZZOU LED 14-13

  • Austin Reaves began 3-3 from the field and the Sooners took their first lead following the break
  • Mark Smith continued to shoot the ball well from distance
  • Missouri’s half court offense settled for some questionable shots at times, but kept things tied
  • Missouri wasn’t in any foul trouble, but also hadn’t earned a foul call

Third MTO: TIED AT 22

  • Oklahoma picked up their first foul following the break
  • Kobe Brown hit a go ahead three pointer off a nice find from Mark Smith
  • Relatively short media

Fourth MTO: MIZZOU LED 25-24

  • Javon Pickett converted a bucket on a nice wrap around inbound play
  • Oklahoma was settling for jump shots late — Their offense ran through Reaves, Manek, and Harkless

At the Half: MIZZOU LED 27-26

Missouri didn’t shoot a free throw all half

Second Half Notes

  • Tilmon got to the line on Missouri’s first possession
  • Oklahoma came out hungry
  • The Sooners did an excellent job not turning the ball over
  • Manek stayed hot from deep, hitting another to put the Sooners up 9
  • Cuonzo decided he needed to talk things over, Tilmon opened the break with a much needed put back dunk

First MTO: OKLAHOMA LED 38-31

  • Missouri found their rhythm on defense
  • Dru Smith canned two threes to cut the Sooner’s lead down to 1
  • Javon Pickett gave Missouri the lead back on the ensuing offensive possession

Second MTO: MIZZOU LED 41-40

  • Reaves put Oklahoma back up one at the free throw line and then sunk his first three of the night
  • Reaves completely took over for a short stretch, putting up eight consecutive points for the Sooners
  • Tilmon recorded his tenth rebound, giving him a double double
  • Mark Smith got to the line and tied things at 48, though Oklahoma would answer quickly

Third MTO: OKLAHOMA LED 52-48

  • Mitchell Smith hit a clutch couple of free throws to trim the lead back down to two
  • Tilmon continued to body his opponent down low and finish tough shots
  • Dru Smith put Missouri out in front following a huge three, though Harkless got to the line on Oklahoma’s next offensive possession, giving them the lead right back
  • Mark Smith took some questionable second half shots after putting up 9 first half points
  • Tilmon picked up his fourth foul just before the final media timeout
  • Dru Smith was fouled heading into the break

Final MTO: OKLAHOMA LED 58-55

  • Dru Smith’s free throws cut the lead down to one, again
  • Manek responded with a huge three and then Harkless hit a bucket to put the Sooners back up 6
  • Reaves extended the lead to 8, forcing Martin to burn a timeout
  • Dru Smith nailed two clutch threes in the dying minute
  • Missouri battled down the stretch, but Oklahoma managed to hang on

OKLAHOMA WON 72-68

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The Details

Opponent: Sooners (15-10)

Time: 6:25 p.m. CT

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, IN

Is Mizzou in the tournament? Yes! they’re an 8 seed!

What Does Vegas Say? Mizzou, -1

Where To Watch: TNT

Radio: Tiger Radio Network // Sirius/XM -119/199

Twitter: @MizzouHoops

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Five Questions!

  1. Who’s going to step up for the Tigers in round one?
  2. More or less then 8 first half turnovers today?
  3. Who scores first?
  4. Who is your trifecta for the game?
  5. What will the final score be?