Mizzou men’s basketball misses the mark against NC Central

Mizzou men's basketball misses the mark against NC Central

Photo by Maddie Boccardi

Justin Bjorseth, 23 Sports

Monday, November 28—

The Missouri Tigers men’s basketball squad suffered a setback in the early non- conference season Monday night. The Eagles of North Carolina Central stormed into Mizzou Arena and came out with an upset over Missouri, adding to what has been a frustrating start to a crucial season for Head Coach Kim Anderson. The struggles were imminent early on and the Tigers did not grow out of them as the game wore on.

It was a low-scoring offensive struggle for much of the game. It was a game that featured major shooting woes for both teams as neither found their rhythm from the floor. Halfway through the first half, it was just a 12-8 game featuring both teams virtually running wind sprints up and down the court, chasing down missed shot after missed shot. The score at half was a measly 24-20, a lead that would increase in the second half.

Perhaps the strangest stat of the night was that Mizzou shot a slightly higher percentage from beyond the arc (25.9 percent) than they did from inside the arc (25 percent). It’s not a secret that winning games is difficult when only one out of every four shots you put up is finding its way down the well. Mizzou kept the rebounding battle close, forced more turnovers and got to the line nearly as often as the Eagles did. The problem was that Missouri’s 16 offensive boards weren’t leading to second chance points, they weren’t producing points off the turnovers, and they shot an abysmal 11-for-20 from the line.

The hardest losses are the ones where everything presents itself as an opportunity for victory, but you are unable to capitalize. The issue so far this season has been shots not falling. Luckily for the Tigers, that is something that a team can work to improve on, and the season is still young. They have four more games in a row at Mizzou Arena as they look to overturn their early season misfortune. As seen in the Xavier game, they can play with anybody when the shooting is working in their favor.