The Xtra Point: Missouri Looks To Escape Slump Against Alabama

3 years 4 months 1 week ago January 17, 2014 Jan 17, 2014 Friday, January 17 2014 Friday, January 17, 2014 11:00:00 AM CST in Sports
By: Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Columnist

COLUMBIA - Missouri needs a wake-up call now. They've made the same mistakes over and over again since beginning SEC play and now hold a 1-2 conference record. The Tigers will have a chance to finally break out of their funk as they face off against Alabama. 

The biggest problem with Missouri is their bad shot selection. Since beginning SEC play, the Tigers have had a 36.1% field goal percentage and a 30.1% three point percentage. Missouri can't shoot like this and expect to compete against opponents. Missouri needs to work for the best shot they can get. A big reason why Missouri's assist numbers are so low is because Missouri isn't working to get the best shot. There's not enough ball movement. Instead of blindly driving to the hoop or taking mid range shots, Missouri needs to play old school basketball and pass until there's a high accuracy shot open for them to take. 

Another thing the Tigers need to work on is defending the perimeter. Over the last three games, Missouri's opponents have made 10 more three pointers than the Tigers. Those extra points come back to haunt them as the Tigers usually lose by a possesion or two. Missouri has done a decent job defending the low post, but now it's evident that defending the perimeter is more of a priority, especially with a sharpshooter like Crimson Tide forward Trevor Releford coming to town. Releford, in Alabama's last game, made six out of nine three pointers against Mississipi State. The Tigers can't let Releford torch them from long distance. A 3-2 zone sounds good for Missouri, especially since Alabama doesn't have a good center. It's more important to lock up the shooters than to duke it out in the post. 

While Missouri continually has fallen on their face in conference play, it looks like this is a game they can win. It's hard to put faith in Haith right now, but the Tigers will not settle for a back-to-back loss. Expect a lot of early struggles with field goal percentage, especially from Jordan Clarkson, but the Tigers should be able to turn things around. The Tigers need to Roll the Tide if they want expect to compete in March.  

 

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man who barricaded himself inside a home repeatedly fired at officers... More >>
16 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 6:54:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, police say they are searching for a man who shot two people,... More >>
16 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 6:46:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A new business pushes it’s clients to their limit and has them sweating bullets. Two former NFL... More >>
18 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 5:06:00 PM CDT in Sports
COLUMBIA - A resettlement agency supporting refugees had a surplus in donations, so it decided to sell some of its... More >>
18 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:47:00 PM CDT in News
As of 6:00 p.m. 23,491 Electric Cooperative member-consumers are without power As of 5:37 p.m. Saturday, Ameren reports that... More >>
19 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:21:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Traditional Native American food, crafts and dancing can be found at the tenth annual "For the People"... More >>
19 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 3:48:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Two teens were arrested early Saturday morning in relation to an armed robbery Friday night. Columbia Police... More >>
19 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 3:46:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
BOONE COUNTY - One person was extricated from a vehicle and taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a... More >>
20 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 2:53:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA— The start of the ninth annual Pedaler’s Jamboree was held on Saturday. Nine years ago when the event... More >>
21 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 2:24:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The 29th Annual Salute to Veterans Air Show is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28... More >>
21 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 2:10:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Three people were taken to hospitals by emergency personnel following a three-car wreck Saturday morning. A... More >>
22 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 1:08:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA – Public pools in Columbia opens for Memorial Day weekend, but they are still looking for more people to... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:29:00 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two months after the idea was first introduced to leaders in Springfield, Missouri, the city's new... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:13:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man who exchanged gunfire with officers during an hours-long standoff has... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:09:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lawmakers have passed a proposal in a special session that supporters hope will bring hundreds... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 5:13:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A father was sentenced in federal court Friday for threatening the attorney who represented one of his... More >>
1 day ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 8:04:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
OSAGE BEACH – People going to Lake of the Ozarks this Memorial Day Weekend may encounter severe weather, dampening the... More >>
1 day ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:56:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - A motor vehicle collision left a man seriously injured Friday morning. Elmer Redcay, 62, was northbound... More >>
1 day ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:53:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 71°
12pm 75°
1pm 76°
2pm 76°
3pm 77°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:00a
2017 French Open
2:00p
PGA Tour Champions Golf
5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
11:30a
Paid Program
12:00p
Family Guy
12:30p
Family Guy

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
8:00p
American Ninja Warrior
6:00p
A Thousand Words
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld