posted on January 12, 2013 12:11
Tenth-ranked Missouri heads to Oxford on Saturday to face a tougher-than-expected Ole Miss team. Before the game, here are the three keys to a Tiger victory.
1. Don't let Marshall Henderson get to the line. Henderson, the Rebels' leading scorer, averages 19.1 points per game, but he's shooting under 40 percent from the field. Missouri can't let Henderson drive into the lane and get hacked. Instead, the Tigers need to let Henderson take his shots, but make sure they're always contested. He'll continue to jack them up, as he averages almost 15 shots a game.
2. Take the burden off Oriakhi. With no Laurence Bowers, Alex Oriakhi will feel more pressure to be a scorer. He's shown he can do that, but he's still not the most offensively-minded forward. Instead, Missouri needs to offset that responsibility by getting points from other players, and not just Earnest Ross. Keion Bell in particular needs to get rid of his jitters and put up points for the first time since the UCLA game.
3. Win ugly. Ole Miss is the surprise of the SEC, and the Rebels have looked good. There's no need for a beauty competition in Oxford. Missouri needs to do what it does well -- namely, rebound. Control the ball and the Tigers will get out of Mississippi with a win.