Mizzou came out swinging against Auburn in its Southeastern Conference home opener (Jan. 9), taking a 15-point halftime lead that was the Tigers' largest lead at the break in a league game since the 2013-14 season (38-22 vs. South Carolina, Jan. 25, 2014). Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl had the following to say postgame on Mizzou's performance... "I thought Missouri played well, they're a talented team. They have a lot of good young talent, 10 guys who played double digit minutes and five guys in double digit scoring. They have great balance, we got beat 40-5 off the bench. They play better at home because they're a young team and they'll beat people in here."
On how concerned he is with Arkansas’ league-leading 3-point shooting …
"I’m really concerned. Before I came on, I’d been looking at their stats, their overall stats the last few games, but I happened to look at their SEC stats, and I know it’s a small sample, but they’re shooting 52 percent from 3 and 43 percent (actually 44 percent) overall. I think we probably better guard the 3-point line. I think (Anthlon) Bell and (Dusty) Hannahs are guys who you’ve got to get to them. They’re shooting at an amazing clip from the 3-line. So that is a concern for us. It was a concern for us against Auburn too. I think Auburn was one of the better shooting teams, 3-point shooting teams, in our league, so hopefully, we can repeat that performance."
"It’s like anything: You talk about it too much, you freak people out," MU coach Kim Anderson said Monday. "I think Arkansas does a great job with their pressure. We’ll obviously work on it. We have worked on it. The important thing is to play basketball and realize you’ve got to look up the floor, get the ball to the middle of the floor. You’ve got to get the ball reversed. You can’t really diagram it because Mike’s team does such a great job of changing things up."
While Arkansas has struggled on the road — the Hogs are winless in six games away from Bud Walton Arena, including a 23-point walloping at Texas A&M on Jan. 2 — Mizzou should have more concerns than the press. In its last game, Arkansas blistered Mississippi State from behind the 3-point arc, on 16-of-24 shooting for the best single-game 3-point shooting percentage (66.7) in team history.
[Insert "Whaaaat? A Mike Anderson team struggles away from home?" mock sarcasm here.]
Anderson: It's a quick turnaround when you get in SEC play. A team that played very well against Auburn. They will play with a lot of energy. A lot of new pieces.
That's the thing about playing on the road it's difficult. You have to shoot well, rebound. I think it will come down to the paint.
The last time we went on the road (Texas A&M) we didn't even show up.
Jimmy Whitt prepped there in Columbia. I am sure he wants to go out and play well in front of his friends and family. He can turn it up another notch.
Mizzou and Arkansas tip at 8pm on SECN.
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