SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Missouri at South Carolina

South Carolina-Missouri

Missouri visits South Carolina 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
Missouri 0.413 0.311 0.773 207 687 233 148 57 285
Missouri OPP 0.399 0.298 0.751 187 668 212 118 70 305
South Carolina 0.439 0.311 0.604 241 750 284 150 82 272
South Carolina OPP 0.387 0.296 0.717 194 690 226 114 69 302

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Statistical Leaders

Missouri Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Dru Smith Missouri 11.8 73 73 17
Mark Smith Missouri 10.9 67 35 48
Xavier Pinson Missouri 7.7 48 47 11
Javon Pickett Missouri 7.2 57 18 11
Kobe Brown Missouri 6.2 46 14 12
Torrence Watson Missouri 5.6 34 15 28
Mitchell Smith Missouri 4.8 30 18 13
Reed Nikko Missouri 3.6 26 16 0
Tray Jackson Missouri 2.6 12 14 3

Missouri Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Dru Smith Missouri 25 62.0 87 4.4
Mark Smith Missouri 6 80.0 86 4.3
Mitchell Smith Missouri 22 61.0 83 4.4
Javon Pickett Missouri 28 48.0 76 3.8
Kobe Brown Missouri 23 39.0 62 3.3
Reed Nikko Missouri 26 25.0 51 2.7
Jeremiah Tilmon Missouri 23 28.0 51 4.3
Xavier Pinson Missouri 10 27.0 37 1.9
Torrence Watson Missouri 3 29.0 32 1.6
Tray Jackson Missouri 8 22.0 30 1.9
Parker Braun Missouri 2 12.0 14 1.0
Mario McKinney Jr. Missouri 5 6.0 11 1.6
Evan Yerkes Missouri 1 1.0 2 0.5
Axel Okongo Missouri 0 1.0 1 0.2

South Carolina Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
AJ Lawson South Carolina 14.0 92 59 36
Jermaine Couisnard South Carolina 10.4 72 32 21
Jair Bolden South Carolina 10.0 70 19 31
Maik Kotsar South Carolina 9.3 81 23 0
Justin Minaya South Carolina 7.9 55 30 18
Alanzo Frink South Carolina 5.3 39 23 0
Jalyn McCreary South Carolina 3.9 26 14 0
Trae Hannibal South Carolina 3.6 22 10 0
TJ Moss South Carolina 2.6 19 5 7
Wildens Leveque South Carolina 2.5 17 13 0

South Carolina Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Maik Kotsar South Carolina 44 83.0 127 6.4
Justin Minaya South Carolina 39 83.0 122 6.1
Alanzo Frink South Carolina 33 36.0 69 3.6
AJ Lawson South Carolina 7 56.0 63 3.2
Jair Bolden South Carolina 5 52.0 57 3.0
Jermaine Couisnard South Carolina 14 39.0 53 2.8
Wildens Leveque South Carolina 22 30.0 52 2.7
Jalyn McCreary South Carolina 14 30.0 44 2.6
Keyshawn Bryant South Carolina 13 20.0 33 3.0
Trae Hannibal South Carolina 8 23.0 31 2.1
TJ Moss South Carolina 2 20.0 22 1.2
Micaiah Henry South Carolina 2 5.0 7 1.2
Nathan Nelson South Carolina 2 0.0 2 0.3
Mike Green South Carolina 0 1.0 1 0.3

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NCAA RPI

Missouri: 84

South Carolina: 75

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

South Carolina Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 A.J. Lawson G 6′-6″ 178 SO Toronto, ON
1 T.J. Moss G 6′-4″ 195 FR Memphis, TN
2 Trey Anderson F 6′-6″ 203 FR San Diego, CA
4 Jalyn McCreary F 6′-7″ 225 FR Marietta, GA
5 Jermaine Couisnard G 6′-4″ 211 FR East Chicago, IN
10 Justin Minaya F 6′-6″ 215 SO Harrington Park, NJ
12 Trae Hannibal G 6′-2″ 217 FR Hartsville, SC
13 Micaiah Henry F 6′-9″ 235 SR Decatur, GA
14 Nathan Nelson F 6′-6″ 189 SO Murfreesboro, TN
15 Wildens Leveque F 6′-11″ 230 FR Brockton, MA
20 Alanzo Frink F 6′-7″ 260 SO Jersey City, NJ
21 Maik Kotsar F 6′-11″ 270 SR Tallinn, Estonia
23 Mike Green G 6′-1″ 188 FR Myrtle Beach, SC
24 Keyshawn Bryant F 6′-5″ 197 SO Winter Haven, FL
25 Seventh Woods G 6′-2″ 189 SR Columbia, SC
52 Jair Bolden G 6′-3″ 215 JR Brooklyn, NY

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Scouting Report


Missouri (10-10, 2-5 SEC) defeated Georgia 72-69 on Saturday in Columbia. Missouri led this game for most of the first 10 minutes but Georgia took an 15-14 edge on a pair of Tyree Crump made free throws with 10:52 remaining in the half. The Bulldogs went on to lead for the remainder of the half by as much as 18 points. Georgia held a 42-30 lead at the half. Ten minutes into the second half the Bulldogs still held a formidable 61-49 lead. The Tigers then began to cut into the Georgia lead before finally taking a 66-65 lead with 2:20 remaining in the game. The game was tied at 69 with a minute to play but a Xavier Pinson layup sealed the Tiger victory. Dru Smith led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points. He made 3 of 6 shots from 3-point range. Anthony Edwards topped the Bulldogs with 23 points. The two teams were fairly even from the field and free throw line. The difference in the game came down to 3-point shots. Mizzou made 10 of 23 of those compared to Georgia 6 of 21.

Guard Dru Smith leads the Tigers in scoring (11.8 ppg). He also is No. 2 in the SEC in steals with 43 and is over 91% for his free throws. Another Smith, guard Mark Smith, is the second leading scorer (10.9 ppg). Mark also is the rebounding leader of the team (4.3 rpg). There is a third Smith on the team, forward Mitchell Smith. Missouri is among the worst teams in the SEC in scoring offense averaging just 66.6 points per contest. However, the Tigers are the second best team in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 62.6 points a game. Mizzou is No. 5 in the SEC in field goal defense (39.9%) and No. 4 in 3-point defense (29.8%).

South Carolina (12-8, 4-3 SEC) defeated Arkansas 79-77 on Saturday in Fayetteville. This is a game that South Carolina led from start to finish. However, the game was fairly close most of the 40 minutes. In the first half the Gamecocks built as much as a 10-point lead before heading to halftime up 38-32. Carolina would lead by as much as nine in the second half with 3:33 to play USC led just 74-72. A Jair Bolden 3-point shot with 2:08 to play put the Gamecocks up 78-72. Arkansas countered with an Isaiah Joe 3-pointer but Carolina won the free throw battle in the final seconds to secure the win.

AJ Lawson leads the Gamecocks in scoring averaging 14.0 points per game. Maik Kotsar pulls down a team leading 6.4 rebounds a game. South Carolina as a team averages 70.8 points per game while allowing opponents 67.2 points per contest. For the season, Carolina is making 44% from the field, 31.1% from 3-point range and 60.4% from the line.

Missouri has struggled on the road so far this season. South Carolina seems to be getting better as the season progresses.

Missouri-South Carolina Prediction

South Carolina 68, Missouri 59


Saturday‘s game tips off at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT). TV: SEC Network.

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