Missouri couldn’t get its offense buzzing towards Mississippi State on Wednesday, falling on the highway, 63-52. The group will look to get again in sync this week, beginning with a house matchup towards South Carolina.
The Gamecocks took an upset victory over Kentucky early within the SEC season, defeating the Wildcats on the highway on Jan. 10, 71-68. However South Carolina hasn’t gained one other recreation in convention play, at present on a seven-game dropping streak. The Gamecocks’ most up-to-date loss, wherein Arkansas edged them out, 65-63, left pissed off freshman ahead G.G. Jackson to query his group’s decision-making in an Instagram Dwell after the sport — Jackson has since apologized for his remarks.
Jackson and first-year head coach Lamont Paris will look to snap South Carolina’s dropping streak after they go to Mizzou.
TIP TIME INFORMATION
Missouri (17-6, 5-5 SEC) vs. South Carolina (8-15, 1-9)
WHEN: 8 p.m. CT
WHERE: Mizzou Area, Columbia Missouri
TV: SEC Network
SERIES: Missouri leads, 8-7
KENPOM PREDICTION: Mizzou 84, South Carolina 67
BY THE NUMBERS
BEST LINEUP OF THE LAST 5 OUTINGS (per CBB Analytics)
Sean East II-Isiaih Mosley-DeAndre Gholston-Kobe Brown-Mohamed Diarra
Minutes performed: 5
Offensive ranking: 123.0
Defensive ranking: 61.5
Internet ranking: +61.5
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Lock in on G.G. Jackson. Jackson was initially rated because the No. 1 prospect within the 2023 class and was dedicated to North Carolina. In July, although, he flipped his dedication to South Carolina and reclassified to play this season in his hometown of Columbia, S.C. Jackson instantly turned the Gamecocks’ greatest participant, main the group in factors and rebounds this yr. He’s gifted sufficient to depart for the NBA after his freshman season — in his most up-to-date Massive Board, Kevin Pelton of The Ringer ranked Jackson because the No. 9 total prospect of this yr’s draft class, evaluating him to a “nimble Marcus Morris.” The remainder of South Carolina’s roster usually isn’t adequate to cowl for Jackson when he has a tough capturing night time. The ahead shot 60.0% from the sphere within the group’s win over Kentucky and 47.6% in its loss to Auburn however has shot beneath 40.0% in all different SEC video games this yr, all of them losses. Slowing down Jackson shall be important in slowing down the Gamecocks.
2. Field out on protection. South Carolina is among the worst capturing groups within the nation with an efficient subject purpose proportion (which counts 3-pointers as 1.5 subject objectives made to mirror their added worth) of 46.0%. Senior guard Chico Carter Jr. is the one above-average shooter from distance, making 48.3% of his triples. The variety of bricks the Gamecocks lay go away ample alternatives for offensive rebounds and second-chance factors. In keeping with KenPom, South Carolina has secured 33.3% of accessible offensive rebounds, which ranks forty ninth within the nation. The group shouldn’t be capable of hold tempo with the Tigers’ offense, however Mizzou might want to restrict the variety of additional probabilities it provides away on the boards.
3. Get to the rim. The Gamecocks have allowed opponents to attach on 53.9% of their 2-pointers this season, making them the 323rd-worst group at defending the inside. Paris has tried to curtail that problem by inserting 7-foot senior ahead Josh Grey into the beginning lineup and bumping his minutes up. Grey is at present rejecting pictures on 6.8% of possessions, the very best price on the group. However Grey additionally commits 6.4 fouls per 40 minutes, opening the door for Missouri to get to the free throw line frequently. The Tigers are the seventh-best capturing group contained in the arc, flattening 57.4% of their 2s. They shouldn’t hesitate to assault the basket on Tuesday.
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