West Virginia vs. Missouri preview

Missouri Tigers guard Earnest Ross (33). Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA Today Sports.

The West Virginia Mountaineers will head to Mizzou Arena to take on the Missouri Tigers at 7 pm ET on ESPN2.  West Virginia is 6-2, and Mizzou is 7-0.

The Tigers are close to cracking the AP Top 25, but must remain focused against a tough Mountaineer team. The Mountaineers will look to prove they are a formidable opponent as they prepare for a difficult conference schedule as a member of the Big 12.

Mizzou is led by junior guard Jordan Clarkson who is averaging 19.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game.  Fellow junior guard Jabari Brown is option 1A averaging 19.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest. Two guards scoring nearly 20 points a game is a tough defensive assignment for any team.  Freshman forward Jonathan Williams III is putting together a fine year averaging 7.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

West Virginia is led by sharpshooting guard Eron Harris who is connecting on 52.0% of his three balls.  Harris’s shooting skills allow him to rack up 20.3 points per game, and he is a good rebounder grabbing 4.1 boards per contest.  The man passing the ball to Harris will be junior guard Juwan Staten who drops 7.5 dimes a game along with 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds.  WVa also relies on a freshman forward in Devin Williams to grab rebounds.  Williams’ eight rebounds and 10 points per game will be useful against Mizzou.

Both teams rely heavily on guard play.  I’m predicting a high scoring, uptempo game that should be close in the final five minutes.

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Topics: Missouri Tigers, NCAA Basketball, West Virginia Mountaineers

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