No. 8 Tigers Roll Past Kennesaw State, Stay Undefeated

Friday, Dec. 16 –

The Missouri Tigers’ pure basketball domination refused to come to a halt on Thursday night, as they routed Kennesaw State by a score of 104-67.

Ricardo Ratliffe and Michael Dixon led the way for the Tigers with 18 points each, and the team shot a red-hot 60 percent from the field as a whole.

Frank Haith has led his team to a 10-0 start, the first for this program since the 1991-1992 season. As one watched this game, you could really see why the Tigers not only cruised to a win here, but in their other games as well.

One of those winning traits has been offensive efficiency. Along with shooting 60 percent against the Owls on Thursday, Mizzou also only turned the ball over nine times. They took advantage of their time at the free throw line as well, shooting 80 percent from the charity stripe.

While Missouri has not been turning the ball over themselves, they sure have been forcing other teams into such troubles. Mizzou forced the Owls into 18 turnovers, doubling the amount they had as a team. Their continuous pressure also held Kennesaw State to a meager shooting percentage of 43 percent.

Aggression has also been coming on the boards for the Tigers, which is surprising for a team that uses four guards in its set. They won the rebounding battle on Thursday yet again, snatching 35 boards compared to the Owls’ 24. The guards on the team have been continuously attacking the hole to grab offensive rebounds, as made evident by Marcus Denmon’s six-rebound performance.

With a huge home-court winning streak and average margin of victory of 25.6 points, the No. 8 Missouri Tigers men’s basketball team is off to a better start than many imagined. They will take on the William & Mary Tribe on Dec. 18 at Mizzou Arena next.

– Tyler Greever
23 Sports
Staff Writer