Day after notebook dump
First things first – We’re waiting for a release from the athletics department regarding J.T. Tiller’s sprained left foot, which he suffered in the opening minutes of the second half in Missouri’s 83-68 season-opening win against Tennessee Martin last night.
English still struggling: Kim English’s shooting woes continued, as the sophomore shot 1-for-9 from the field and 0-for-5 from 3-point range.
After missing his first two shots – both jumpers – English drove to the basket twice, scoring once and drawing a foul the next time. But then English went back to shooting jump shots. On one occasion, he missed a three, quickly got the ball back and launched another three, which was an airball.
English was taken out of the game after appearing to hit the back of his head on the floor but returned in the second half.
Defensive glass: The Tigers allowed Tennessee-Martin to grab 10 offensive rebounds in the first half, leaving too many pockets open around the basket after the Skyhawks put up shots.
The Tigers improved on the defensive boards in the second half, partly because of their guards grabbing rebounds. Coach Mike Anderson has said he needs his guards to help out on the glass, and Marcus Denmon (6 rebounds), Kim English (5) and Zaire Taylor (5) did just that last night.
More Moore: Steve Moore took advantage of the 18 minutes he played, scoring 8 points. Moore made several nice moves in the post that led to easy baskets, and he gave Missouri a boost before halftime when he rebounded a missed jump shot and quickly laid it in as time expired.
Moore hopped off the floor screaming, with his mouth wide ope, and he played with noticeable energy throughout the game. It’s clear he’s playing with something to prove.
By: Alex Ruppenthal