Mizzou Basketball Preview & Game Thread: Tigers look to continue undefeated start against MVSU

Missouri Tigers 83 | Mississippi Valley State 62

FINAL

First half scores

  • The student section and the crowd are noticeably reduced. It’s no surprise with the looming Thanksgiving holiday and extended break for MU students, but Columbia fans have shown up.
  • MVSU starters: Danny Washington, Terry Collins, Arecko Gipson, Michael Barber and Alvin Stredic Jr.
  • Mizzou Starters: DeAndre Gholston, D’Moi Hodge, Nick Honor, Kobe Brown and Noah Carter
  • Tipoff is heading to MVSU and tonight’s game is underway at Columbia.
  • MVSU starts the scoring with a basket from top scorer Terry Collins.
  • Kobe Brown with the first points for the Tigers.
  • D’Moi Hodge hit two three-pointers sandwiched around a Nick Honor three-pointer, and Mizzou took a five-point advantage.
  • MVSU, led by 10 points from Terry Collins, starts strong offensively. The Delta Devils are scoring just 52.5 points per game, and they’re already at 12 points in less than five minutes. D’Moi Hodge replied with nine points of his own on three 3-pointers.
  • Terry Collins is a problem for the Tigers. The goalkeeper, who averages 16.5 points per game, is 16 points in less than seven minutes of action.
  • Tre Gomillion left the field after a hard fall, but quickly returned.
  • The Tigers look sloppy on both sides, which we haven’t seen much so far. MVSU plays inspired basketball, but it will be interesting to see how they play without Collins on the court.
  • Whoa, Aidan Shaw got up for a block to deny Barber a field goal, Mizzou hasn’t backed down at all yet. The Tigers forced nine turnovers, but also committed eight of their own.
  • Nick Honor with a three-point clutch. I feel that phrase will be used a lot this season.
  • The Tigers committed six turnovers while forcing only four. Collins has up to 20 points for the Delta Devils and it will be a game to watch as the night progresses.
  • Mizzou’s man-to-man defense looked patchy all night and the Tigers are struggling to get past MSVU’s 2-3 defense.
  • Kobe Brown’s failed dunk attempt is perhaps the epitome of Mizzou so far tonight. The Tigers have had chances, but can’t take advantage of them in a big way. Instead, MVSU lags.
  • Mizzou fails to run an inbound play after a time out, ending the half. It remains the most unlikely half-time scoreline of this young season so far as the Tigers only lead by 3.

Second half scores

  • Gholston starts the second half by scoring for Mizzou.
  • Kobe Brown went to the edge for a slam, and the Tigers forced a turnover on the ensuing MVSU possession.
  • Turnovers are Mizzou’s bread and butter. The Tigers are coming off three straight six-point turnovers, including a thunderous slam from Hodge on an Honor feed to punctuate an 8-0 run.
  • Mizzou has a nine-point lead and is yet to commit a second-half turnover.
  • Isiaih Mosley knocks down a three-pointer and an offensive foul on Shaw cancels out what would have been a smashing one-handed slam dunk. The Tigers have their biggest lead.
  • Mosley has 10 of Mizzou’s last 12 points and also added a key defensive block.
  • Shaw rises over the edge for a two-handed dunk and Mizzou is on a 16-3 stretch, trailing hometown Mosley.
  • Brown with a block on one end and Mosley hammering a dunk on the other to send the crowd into a raucous celebration. The Tigers have finally found their momentum and are riding it with a 22-point advantage.
  • Mosley now leads all Tiger scorers with 18 points. Yes… he had 0 at halftime.
  • Sean East II scored his first points of the night, making it eight Tigers with at least two points.
  • A 3-point Gholston makes it a 21-point lead. Bench players for the Tigers.
  • Mizzou beat MVSU 43-25 in the second half to snatch victory after a much tighter-than-expected first half.

Pre-game notes

5 questions from fans:

  1. Who will lead the team in scoring? What about turnover?
  2. How many rebounds will Kobe Brown have?
  3. What percentage will the Tigers shoot from the field?
  4. What will the score be at halftime?
  5. How many assists will Nick Honor have?

Finally, drop your game predictions and MVPs below!

Although against a light schedule, the Missouri Tigers got off to a fast start under the Dennis Gates era. The Tigers assist on more than 50% of their buckets, have forced more than 19 turnovers in all four games, and have shot 45% or better from the floor in all of their games. The new faces on this team seem to fit in well, as Noah Carter, Nick Honor, DeAndre Gholston, D’Moi Hodge and others have been great, in addition to Kobe Brown.

Now the Tigers continue their journey through a relatively soft non-conference schedule. Mississippi Valley State comes to town looking for its second win of the season. The Delta Devils are still a bottom line in the SWAC division, but are looking to change that in 2022-23.


Game Info:

When: Sunday November 20

Where: Mizzou Arena, Columbia MO

Time: 6:30 a.m. CST

TV: SECN+

Spread: -28.5

KenPom Win Probability: 99%


The entrees

Missouri:

PG: Nick Honor (graduate)
SG: D’Moi Hodge (graduate)
SF: DeAndre Gholston (graduate)
PF: Kobe Brown (SR)
C: Noah Carter (SR)

Mississippi Valley State:

PG: Danny Washington (JR)
GS: Terry Collins (SR)
SF: Arecko Gibson (JR)
PF: Alvin Stredic (JR)
C: Michael Barber (graduate)

(All queues are projected)


Discover MVSU

The Delta Devils are coming off a 2-26 season in which they finished in last place in SWAC.

In 2022, MVSU is at the bottom, looking to move up the conference rankings. George Ivory was hired as the new head coach in March after a successful stint at Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Ivory is an MVSU alum, having played basketball for four years in school. During his time, he earned Freshman of the Year, First-Team All-SWAC, SWAC Tournament MVP, and SWAC Player of the Year honors.

Ivory hopes to bring some of that success back to this program. The Delta Devils started the season against an elite team Baylor, and the 117-53 result was expected. They then hung out with Hawaii until the Rainbow Warriors pulled out in the second half, then Yale turned off the lights in an 80-51 thrashing of the Delta Devils. Against the also winless Eastern Washington, they led at halftime before being outscored by 10 points in the second half in a 60-52 loss. On Friday, the Delta Devils earned their first win of the season, beating Northern Alabama 3-1, 76-68.

These results place MVSU at 362 (out of 363) in KenPom’s current rankings.

Senior guard Terry Collins has been the most consistent scorer so far, averaging 16.4 points per game. MVSU has struggled at both ends of the field, with an offensive efficiency rating of 84.9 and a defensive efficiency rating of 111.1 (via KenPom.com), both of which are in the bottom ten teams in the nation. They also allow opposing to corralize 47.1% of their misfires. Outside of their free throw rating (39%), which measures how well a team reaches the line, the Delta Devils struggle in all major statistical categories.

While this is generally an older roster for Ivory, this team has a lot of work to do on both ends of the court to become a SWAC contender. KenPom currently doesn’t schedule them to win a game on their schedule.


3 game keys

  1. Will the Tigers leave MVSU hanging out?

I’ve mentioned this for other games, and it’s an age-old cliche. But, if you leave an upset team hanging around early on, you’re playing with fire. If the Delta Devils have confidence from the start, they can hang on to it throughout the game and keep it close. The Tigers must hold a double-digit lead before the Under-12 timeout. That would rid MVSU of any thwarted hopes.

2. Will the 3-point line be a problem?

In the only games Mizzou has played against a close team, it’s because of the other team’s hot shot. Now, Penn and Southern Indiana have done things that probably won’t happen again this season, but poor 3-point defense is a concerning trend nonetheless. After all, shooting from behind the arc is the greatest equalizer in the sport.

The Delta Devils don’t frequently shoot deep or to a good clip, so that (knock on wood) shouldn’t be an issue here.

3. Does D’Moi Hodge continue its hot start?

Hodge is coming off a 30-point performance against Southern Illinois and has scored at least 9 points in every game so far. If he can continue to be one of the leading scorers on this team, that will bode well for the Tigers. This is the time of year when it needs to settle down and become consistent.


game prediction

Missouri 88 | MVSU 67

It should be a game, like Lindenwood, where the Tigers overwhelm an inferior opponent. MVSU would have to play their A+ match while Mizzou would have to play their worst of the season for it to be a close fight.

Is it entirely possible? For sure. Likely? No.

This Missouri team’s diversity of scoring options has proven very difficult for opposing teams to defend against. That, combined with their willingness to share the ball, led to such a hot attacking start for this team. As long as they maintain that level of chemistry on offense, they shouldn’t be worried in this game.

The big thing to watch out for in this one will be which bench players can shine when they get their time. Mohamed Diara and Mabor Majak have each played sparingly so far, but the more minutes they get at the start of the season the better. Gates would like to have their size available to him later in the season, but he needs to be able to trust them first.

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