Missouri Basketball Preview and Projections for 2011

The Missouri Tigers had a 2010-11 overall record of 23-11 and 8-8 in the Big 12. however, this team will be going through plenty of changes this season with head coach Mike Anderson leaving the team at the end of the year. Anderson had given the school a record 77 wins over his past three seasons and reached the NCAA tournament all three years.

Missouri does have a pair of juniors they will be able to rely on during the coaching transition. both are now part of the 1,000-point club. Marcus Denmon became a member of the first team All Big 12 team with his 50% shooting and ranking as a top player in terms of shooting, steals, and assists.

Missouri Basketball will be coming in this season with the loss of two players -Ricky Kreklow and Justin Safford. neither player was a game-changer offensively so a big drop off is not expected for this season.

Frank Haith will be in his first year as head coach of the Tigers this season. he inherits a strong team with all of its five starters and top six scorers returning. This season is promising for them with Laurence Bowers, Marcus Denmon, Kim English and Steve Moore all back and all of them have made significant contributions the past few seasons.

The backcourt contains the most experience with almost all starters entering their senior year. Missouri is led by veterans Marcus Denmon and Kim English who are now both members of the 1,000-point scorers club. Denmon is seen to be the more efficient player with stats of 16.9 ppg on 50% shooting and has hit 45% from the 3-point area.

English is entering the season after posting double figures in points for two straight years. he shot a lowly 37% from the floor and but impressively matched that mark from behind the arc. In addition to that, he has also improved his assists to turnover ratio.

Another backcourt player returning this season is one of the quickest guards in Big 12, Michael Dixon. Dixon had a career high of 113 assists, and 10.3 ppg and 1.8 steals per game last year.

In the frontcourt, three key players and two newcomers are expected to see significant time. The frontcourt is led by Laurence Bowers and Ricardo Ratliffe, both are All-Big 12 selections from a year ago. Bowers is a very talented forward while Ratliffe was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. with a solid backcourt and a strong frontcourt, this can be a big year for Missouri Basketball.

Missouri Basketball Preview and Projections for 2011


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