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January 28, 2014

Tip Time: Mizzou at Arkansas

Missouri Tigers vs Arkansas Razorbacks
Tuesday, January 28th 2014 - 6:00 P.M. Central
TV: ESPNU / RADIO: Tiger Radio Network
Missouri Tigers (15-4, 3-3 SEC)
Streak: Won 1
Last Game: Beat South Carolina 82-74
G Jordan Clarkson (18.8 ppg, 3.3 apg) JR 6-5 193
G Jabari Brown (22+ points in four straight, career-high 6 assts vs SC) JR 6-5 214
G Earnest Ross (15.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 46% FG last 13 games) SR 6-5 228
F Johnathan Williams, III (7.4 rpg, 8th among freshmen, 27 blocks) FR 6-9 223
F Ryan Rosburg (65% FG, 8 pts, 4 reb, 2 blocks vs SC) SO 6-10 252

Arkansas Razorbacks (13-6, 2-4 SEC)
Streak: Won 1
Last Game: Beat Auburn 86-67
GRashad Madden (Team-high 12.6 ppg) JR 6-5 180
G Anthlon Bell (7.0 ppg, 1.0 apg) S) 6-3 188
G Fred Gulley (5.1 ppg, 3.1:1 assist-turnover ratio) SR 6-2 182
F Coty Clarke (8.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.5 spg) SR 6-7 232
F Bobby Portis (11.9 ppg, team-high 6.6 rpg) FR 6-10 242

Play your pace

Missouri wants to play pretty fast. It does not want to play Arkansas fast. The Razorbacks want a chaotic game, Missouri wants a quick, but controlled tempo. Mizzou needs to make sure to get the ball to midcourt before the press can trap them, but not rush into early shots. The Tigers can't fall in love with quick threes that will create long rebounds and transition opportunities for Arkansas. Jordan Clarkson and Wes Clark need to be under control in this one more than any other.
Play 40 minutes

This sounds so simple. But really, the Tigers may not have had a game this season where they've played well from wire to wire. Arkansas is a completely different team at home than on the road. The Razorbacks took Kentucky and Florida to overtime in Fayetteville and probably should have won both. One good half isn't going to be enough for the Tigers. Arkansas is going to put together a couple of runs, but Missouri needs to be steady throughout to avoid continuing the win one, lose one trend in SEC play.
Pound the offensive glass

Missouri fans know as well as anyone that Mike Anderson's teams generally aren't great rebounders. The Hogs do have 6-10 Bobby Portis and a couple of other athletic forwards, but Missouri should win the battle of the boards in this one. If Johnathan Williams III, Ryan Rosburg, Tony Criswell and Earnest Ross can create second-chance baskets, Missouri's chances go way, way up in this one.

Frank Haith on playing at Bud Walton

"There are 19 thousand folks in there and then the way they play, the energy they play with. They pressure you and they're very aggressive and you've got to handle all the exterior stuff when you play against them."
Earnest Ross on playing at Arkansas

"The pressure, not only that, but they're a scrappy team. I think just being strong with the ball, just knowing what we're out there to do and knowing what we're capable of doing and just doing you as an indivudual and a player. I think that's the most important."

Arkansas 77-68

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