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March 8, 2012

Tip Time Preview: OSU, round three



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Missouri Tigers at Oklahoma State Cowboys
Thursday, March 8th 2012 - 6:00 P.M. Central
TV: Big 12 Network (Dave Armstrong/Reid Gettys) / RADIO: Tiger Radio Network
Missouri Tigers (27-4, 14-4 Big 12)
Streak: Won 2
Last Game: Beat Texas Tech 81-59
PROBABLE STARTERS
POS.NAME (STATS)YR.HT.WT.
G Phil Pressey (Led Big 12 in steals, assists) SO 5-10 175
G Matt Pressey (14 pts, 4-6 from three last game) SR 6-2 185
G Marcus Denmon (18 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1st-team all-Big 12) SR 6-3 185
F Kim English (14.1 ppg, 45.3% from three-point range) SR 6-6 200
F Ricardo Ratliffe (Avg 20 pts, 12 rebs vs OSU this year) SR 6-8 240

Oklahoma State Cowboys (15-17, 8-11 Big 12)
Streak: Won 1
Last Game: Beat Texas Tech 76-60
PROBABLE STARTERS
POS. NAME (STATS) YR. HT. WT.
GBrian Williams (19 pts, 5 rebs in win vs Texas Tech) FR 6-5 205
G Keiton Page (Avg 26 ppg last 8 games) SR 5-9 165
G Markel Brown (12 pts, 4 asst vs Tech) SO 6-3 190
G Cezar Guerrero (16 pts, 3-6 from three vs Tech) FR 6-0 175
F Michael Cobbins (12 pts, 7 rebs, 2 blks vs Mizzou last time) FR 6-8 220


Get Acclimated Early

Lower seeded teams can come out strong in second round games because they've already got their legs under them. OSU has already played a game, Missouri has not. A little rust early wouldn't be a surprise. Missouri needs to overcome that and settle in as early as possible. If the Tigers can build a lead and save some minutes for their regular seven players, it could be a big benefit come Friday or Saturday.
Find Page

Keiton Page is averaging 26 points per game in his last eight. That includes two 29-point games and a 40-point explosion. With Le'Bryan Nash and Phillip Jurick out, the Pokes don't have a ton of offensive weapons. It will be hard for OSU to win without a big night from Page.
Run Through Ratliffe

Ricardo Ratliffe has averaged a double-double (20 points, 12 boards) against OSU this year. And that was when Nash and Jurick were in the lineup. With those two out, the Cowboys are running a four-guard look just like the Tigers. But Missouri's been doing it all year. Look for Mizzou to get Ratliffe involved early and often. If he can get early fouls on Michael Cobbins, Missouri could win going away.


Brian Williams on facing the Tigers

"We didn't exactly play the way we wanted to there at Columbia. I'm excited to get another chance. It doesn't always happen. We'll get to the film room and start studying Missouri."
Marcus Denmon on opening tourney play

"We're motivated period because it's the next game. We feel that we've been preparing all year. This time of the year is what you work hard for all season long. I'm confident in myself and my team that we'll be ready."


Missouri 77-65


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