SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Arkansas at Missouri

Missouri-Arkansas

Arkansas visits Missouri on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Arkansas 0.444 0.318 0.720 163 720 269 193 90 261
Arkansas OPP 0.409 0.248 0.684 240 847 219 109 63 377
Missouri 0.404 0.305 0.774 229 751 255 159 65 319
Missouri OPP 0.401 0.298 0.732 216 753 237 134 84 332

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Statistical Leaders

Arkansas Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Mason Jones Arkansas 20.7 126 137 46
Isaiah Joe Arkansas 16.0 100 47 72
Jimmy Whitt Jr. Arkansas 14.7 135 54 0
Desi Sills Arkansas 9.7 77 36 24
Adrio Bailey Arkansas 6.3 53 25 7
Jalen Harris Arkansas 4.7 31 30 12
Reggie Chaney Arkansas 4.3 35 11 0
Jeantal Cylla Arkansas 1.2 9 2 2

Arkansas Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Mason Jones Arkansas 19 111 130 6.2
Jimmy Whitt Jr. Arkansas 29 81 110 5.0
Adrio Bailey Arkansas 26 76 102 4.6
Isaiah Joe Arkansas 13 73 86 4.3
Reggie Chaney Arkansas 25 46 71 3.7
Desi Sills Arkansas 10 52 62 2.8
Jalen Harris Arkansas 9 45 54 2.5
Jeantal Cylla Arkansas 6 26 32 1.7
Ethan Henderson Arkansas 4 9 13 1.3
Emeka Obukwelu Arkansas 1 2 3 1.0

Missouri Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Dru Smith Missouri 11.3 75 82 17
Mark Smith Missouri 10.9 67 35 48
Xavier Pinson Missouri 7.9 54 50 16
Javon Pickett Missouri 7.2 62 22 12
Kobe Brown Missouri 6.0 48 16 13
Torrence Watson Missouri 5.5 37 16 30
Mitchell Smith Missouri 4.9 33 22 14
Reed Nikko Missouri 3.8 30 19 0
Tray Jackson Missouri 2.7 16 14 3

Missouri Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Mitchell Smith Missouri 27 71 98 4.7
Dru Smith Missouri 25 65 90 4.1
Mark Smith Missouri 6 80 86 4.3
Javon Pickett Missouri 32 53 85 3.9
Kobe Brown Missouri 24 43 67 3.2
Reed Nikko Missouri 30 32 62 3.0
Jeremiah Tilmon Missouri 26 29 55 4.2
Xavier Pinson Missouri 11 29 40 1.8
Tray Jackson Missouri 8 26 34 1.9
Torrence Watson Missouri 3 30 33 1.5
Parker Braun Missouri 2 12 14 0.9
Mario McKinney Jr. Missouri 5 6 11 1.6
Axel Okongo Missouri 1 1 2 0.3
Evan Yerkes Missouri 1 1 2 0.3

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Mizzou Arena
Mizzou Arena

NCAA RPI

Arkansas: 37

Missouri: 101

Arkansas Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Jeantal Cylla F 6′-7″ 215 SR Lake Worth, FL
1 Isaiah Joe G 6′-5″ 180 SO Fort Smith, AR
2 Adrio Bailey F 6′-6″ 217 SR Clarence, LA
3 Desi Sills G 6′-1″ 196 SO Jonesboro, AR
5 Jalen Harris G 6′-2″ 166 JR Wilson, NC
11 JD Notae G 6′-2″ 185 JR Covington, GA
12 Ty Stevens G 6′-2″ 180 JR Republic, MO
13 Emeka Obukwelu F 6′-8″ 222 JR Plano, TX
15 Mason Jones G 6′-5″ 200 JR Desoto, TX
22 Abayomi Iyiola F 6′-9″ 210 JR Atlanta, GA
23 Connor Vanover F 7′-3″ 230 SO Little Rock, AR
24 Ethan Henderson F 6′-8″ 210 SO Little Rock, AR
33 Jimmy Whitt Jr. G 6′-3″ 175 SR Columbia, MO
35 Reggie Chaney F 6′-8″ 222 SO Tulsa, OK

Missouri Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Torrence Watson G 6′-5″ 205 SO St. Louis, MO
1 Xavier Pinson G 6′-2″ 170 SO Chicago, IL
2 Tray Jackson F 6′-8″ 215 FR Detroit, MI
4 Javon Pickett G 6′-5″ 220 SO Belleville, IL
5 Mitchell Smith F 6′-10″ 221 JR Van Buren, AR
10 Evan Yerkes G 6′-3″ 187 SO Tinley Park, IL
11 Mario McKinney Jr. G 6′-2″ 185 FR St. Louis, MO
12 Dru Smith G 6′-3″ 203 JR Evansville, IN
13 Mark Smith G 6′-5″ 220 JR Edwardsville, IL
14 Reed Nikko F 6′-10″ 240 SR Maple Grove, MN
15 Axel Okongo F 7′-0″ 240 JR Saacy-sur-Marne, France
23 Jeremiah Tilmon F 6′-10″ 260 JR East Saint Louis, IL
24 Kobe Brown F 6′-7″ 240 FR Huntsville, AL
25 Brooks Ford G 6′-0″ 187 SO St. Louis, MO
42 Parker Braun F 6′-8″ 217 FR Overland Park, KS

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Scouting Report

Arkansas (16-6, 4-5 SEC) fell to Auburn 79-76 in overtime on Tuesday in Fayetteville. Arkansas had a double digit lead with 7 minutes left in the game but the Tigers battled back to force an overtime period. Mason Jones scored all seven of the Razorbacks’ points in overtime but it wasn’t enough. Jones was Arkansas’ leading scorer with an impressive 40 points. Samir Doughty led the Tigers with 23.

Jones (20.7 ppg) is the Hog’s leader in scoring. Sharp-shooting Isaiah Joe (16.0 ppg) is the second leading points producer. Joe has 72 made threes so far this season. Jones also leads the Hogs in rebounds (6.2 rpg).

Arkansas scores an average of 74.7 points per game (6th SEC). Defensively, they allow 65.3 points per contest (4th SEC). The Hogs like to shoot threes. They have taken 569 attempts from beyond the arc so far this season. The Hogs not only can shoot the three, they can defend it. Arkansas is No. 1 in the conference in 3-point shooting defense allowing just 24.8% of shots to be made. Arkansas also leads the league in steals averaging 8.8 of those per game.

Missouri (10-12, 2-7 SEC) fell to Texas A&M 68-51 on Tuesday in College Station. Except for a brief period in the first half, Texas A&M led the entire game. The Aggies’ stiffling defense limited the Tigers to just 18 points. The Aggies weren’t much better scoring just 25 points in the half. In the second half the A&M maintained its lead and went on to lead by as much as 20 points. Josh Nebo led the Aggies with 18 points. Mitchell Smith was Mizzou’s leading scorer with 9 points.

Guard Dru Smith leads the Tigers in scoring (11.3 ppg). He also is No. 1 in the SEC in steals with 46 and is over 91% for his free throws. Another Smith, forward Mitchell Smith, is the team’s leading rebounder (4.7 rpg). Missouri is among the worst teams in the SEC in scoring offense averaging just 65.3 points per contest. However, the Tigers are the third best team in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 63.5 points a game. Mizzou is No. 5 in the SEC in field goal defense (40.1%) and No. 5 in 3-point defense (29.8%).

Arkansas should be favored to win this game but watch out for the Tigers at home. They could be trouble because they are good defensively. If the Tiger’s offense has a good day things could get hairy for the Hogs. UPDATE: Isaiah Joe (16 ppg) of Arkansas is out for this game. That should swing the winning pendulum in Missouri’s direction.

Arkansas-Missouri Prediction

Arkansas 70, Missouri 66


Saturday‘s game tips off at 3:30 p.m. ET. TV: SEC Network.

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