Game Day Vitals
- West Virginia Mountaineers (6-2, 0-0 Big XII) vs. Missouri Tigers (7-0, 0-0 SEC)
- Series Record: 1-1 all time, last time was in 2010 March Madness at HSBC (now First Niagara) Arena
- Location: Mizzou Arena, 1 Champions Dr #200, Columbia, MO 65201, Capacity: 15,061
- Vegas Lines: (+6.5), O/U 150.0
- O/U mentions of the SEC Championship Game in ATL: 1.5
- Date: December 5th, 2013, at 7:00PM EST
- Television: ESPN2 / WatchESPN app
- Radio Affiliates
- Missouri Tigers (7-0, 0-0 SEC)
- Head Coach - Frank Haith, Third year as MU head coach, suspended first five games for involvement in Nevin Shapiro investigation
- Last Result - W over Nevada 83-70
- Official MU athletics website
Twitter is Fun
Decided to go against the usual Twitter fun because Mizzou has a player named Jabari Brown. More like Jabroni.
"Wow, that was this a cheap way to somehow get The Rock into the preview." Yep and I don't care. Know your role.
The idea that WVU out-rebounded their last opponent by 40 is both incredible and in no way going to be a reiterated feat against Missouri. While Missouri is a good team, they haven't played much of a schedule. In today's Staring Down the Musket article, CapnCribbs of Rock M Nation was asked about this.
CapnCribbs: A team with a dominant big man and decent three-point shooting will be a bit of a problem for this young team right now. Our post play (offensively AND defensively) has left a lot to be desired as we're still hoping Keanau Post and Ryan Rosburg (who is improving) will step up and be our go-to guys. As far as the shooting goes, we seem to have trouble rotating the defense when the ball moves around the perimeter, but I attribute that to having young players who just need experience in communication.
Three point shooting?
HAY. WE HAVE THAT.
That will definitely be a factor to this game, but won't win it outright. The Mountaineers have to battle against their bigs Keanau Post (?) and Ryan Rosburg and minimize second chance points. To beat a good team on the road, you can't let them have more than one shot and you have to make your foul shots. WVU was 19-22 at the line against Loyola, so let's make this a thing.
The hell with it. Let's all get irrationally excited about basketball this year and have some steam going into Tuesday's Gonzaga game.
Prediction: WVU 85, MU 82