This is a big game to decide which seeding we’ll get into the SEC tourney. Win this game and we’ll be guaranteed at least a 4 seed and double bye. If we lose, then we’ll have to hope MSU and either Florida/Kentucky loses.
Mizzou will be hyped up for this game because I believe this is their senior day, like Tuesday was for us. So expect a large crowd to attend.
Both teams are fairly similar. Their offense runs through Barnett and Robertson, so it will be crucial to at least slow those two down. They get decent production from Tilmon and Porter, but Tilmon is prone to foul trouble.
Offensively, we need to be well rounded. We can’t just rely on one part of our game to win this game. The bench will be crucial Saturday, especially our 4’s. We’ll need them on both ends to steal this game.
Defensively, stay out of foul trouble. Mizzou has 4 guys that are shooting over 80% from the line, so we can’t get into a FT battle like we did against Auburn and expect to win. We also need to force them out of their comfort zone. They will want to go fast, hence the amount of FT’s, so we need to force them off the block and 3 point line and force them into guarded deep shots.
We can definitely win this game, but it won’t be easy for sure. Mizzou is a hot and cold team, so we have to be prepared to stick it to them when they go cold.