The No. 25 Missouri Tigers shot an atrocious 4-for-16 from three-point range, but still pulled off the victory against the Long Beach State 49ers, who shot 7 of 26 from three, in a sloppy, yet entertaining game. Despite their awful three-point shooting, the Tigers shot 20 for 30 from inside the arc, and this is why the Tigers improved to 12-1 on the season and the 49ers fell to 4-10.
Despite gaining the victory, here are a few disturbing facts from the game for Missouri. On their 24 made field goal attempts, they had only eight assists. What does this tell you? It tells you that ball movement is an issue. It also tells you that shots may be forced, and by the 4-of-16 performance from the outside, it tells you that maybe they better change their philosophy on offense. Another disturbing fact is that the most productive player off the bench in this game was Wes Clark, who had three points on 1-of-5 shooting and three fouls.
But, there is a silver lining. Jabari Brown had 22 points on a very efficient 8-of-12 shooting, Earnest Ross scored 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds, Jordan Clarkson scored 11 points, and Ryan Rosburg had six points and a game-high 11 rebounds. That’s good production from members of the starting lineup.
While they are unproven up to this point, we will find out a lot more about Missouri in the coming weeks. They have a relatively weak SEC schedule until they face Kentucky on February 1. It’s very possible that this team might be 19-1 or 18-2 at that point.