Brian Graham, KC SportsNation
William and Mary came in to Mizzou Arena as a huge underdog Sunday (33 points), with just one win over a Division 1 team and the Tribe, now 2-9, looked completely overmatched against the 8th-ranked Tigers, falling 94-56.
The Tigers, now 11-0 and off to their best start in 20 years, put the game away early by scoring the game’s first 19 points while the Tribe were held scoreless for the first 12 minutes of the game – missing nine shots, committing 10 turnovers and five fouls and missing three free throws.
But what was the highlight of the game? Missouri tight end Andrew Jones hitting two free throws – and adding a first pump – in his third game as a two-sport athlete at Mizzou.
Missouri started it off with a bang as Phil Pressey threw an oop to his brother Matt – and they took off from there. By halftime the lead was stretched to 44-18 and Mike Dixon was on his way to a career-high 30 points off the bench.
Dixon was awesome, hitting 13-of-19 shots – including three 3’s – and is excelling his his “sixth man” role. Head coach Frank Haith compares his to the Dallas Mavs Jason Terry, because he is usually on the floor as the game ends and averages more minutes (26.2) than starting guard Matt Pressey and big man Ricardo Ratliffe.
“When he subs in, other teams are subbing in,” Haith said. “Mike Dixon’s like a starter. So he’s playing against other team’s subs. I like that matchup.”
“Mike has a chance to relax,” Haith added. “He’s getting a sweat going before he handles the ball as a point. I love everything about him, his tenacity, his toughness. He has a lot of swag. Mike has really bought into the role.”
The Tribe made just five (5-22) first half shots, but made a charge to start the second half – scoring more points (20) in the first five minutes of the half than they scored the entire first half (18) – outscoring Missouri 20-12, including a 15-4 run to cut the score to 56-38. A timeout, and a Kim English 3-pointer ended the run, and ignited a 26-13 run and Missouri was back up by 30-plus (82-51).
English finished with 17 points.
- Michael Dixon, of course
- Missouri outscored William & Mary 48-24 in the paint
- Missouri shot 60 percent, marking the fifth time this year they have met that mark.
- The Tigers easily won a game when Denmon scored just seven points.
- The Pressey-to-Pressey game-opening oop.
- Andrew Jones scored his first career points as a Mizzou basketball player. Jones hit two free throws, followed by a first pump, to conclude the scoring.
- William & Mary shot just 5-of-22 in the first half, and their turnovers more doubled their made field goals.
- In that first half, the Tigers almost scored 50 points despite a slow pace.
- Missouri exceeded their season average for points per possession, with 1.4 Sunday.
- Missouri’s offense. Yes, Marcus Denmon is their scorer. Yes, Kim English is their secondary scorer, but anyone in their top six is capable of a big night. Denmon, English and Dixon are capable of 30 on any night. The Pressey’s and Ratliffe can score 20 any night. Its not a one man show.
- Ratliffe, entering the game with 78% field goal percentage, actually increased it with a 5-of-6 night.
- Kadeem Green has 12 points, 11 rebounds in 29 minutes over the last two games. This is good news for Mizzou.
- Andrew Jones’ first-pump after sinking his first career points, via the charity stripe. Players, coaches and fans really love this guy. Can he bring the “Justin Gage inspiration” to the team? I dunno, but he is a 4-time All-state selection and is a better basketball player than Gage.
- Andy Rosburg scored for the second game in a row.
- Kim English drilled 2-of-3 3’s and is still shooting over 50% (53.2) from downtown.
- Denmon, entering the game with a 20.6 scoring average, scored just seven points, scoring his first basket on a reverse lay-up right before the half. He hit just 3-of-11 shots. The senior from Kansas City has been so good this year, that when he misses a jumper, its shocking, so this effort was shocking.
- Phil Pressey’s shooting. He is averaging 8.2 assists and 5.6 points per game over the last six games with a 27% shooting percentage.
- Denmon is just 2-9 from 3 the last two games, but still shot 50% overall (11-22).
- Defensive lapses. The past few games, starting with NAVY, the Tigers have relaxed at times defensively after opening up huge leads. I know it is hard to maintain consistency in blowouts, but I will keep my eye on this going forward. It could become a concern if it happens regularly from here on out.
- The final score, well the whole game in general, really. This type of team does nothing for the Tigers. I’d rather see Missouri State, St. Louis and UMKC (already played SEMO) on the schedule.
Marcus Denmon – D: Sorry Marcus, you are so good that a 3-of-11, 7-point day comes as a shock.
Kim English – B: Last year, a 17-point effort from English would warrant an A. Now, it it is coming commonplace. English, the Tigers second leading scorer at 16 points per game, scored 17 points, but in quiet fashion, hitting two three’s and hitting all nine free throws. Kudos to you Kimmie or getting to the line that many times.
Ricardo Ratliffe – B: ‘Cardo went 5-for-6 and increased his NCAA-best shooting percentage. He is shooting 86% over the last six games. He needs to demand the ball more.
Phil Pressey – C: Phil had six points and five assists in a relatively quiet game for the flashy sophomore PG.
Matt Pressey – B: Pressey was in double-figures for the second game in a row, finishing with 11 points.
Mike Dixon – A: Made 13-of-19 shots, including three 3’s, dished out two assists and had three steals. This marks the second time this season that he has set a new career mark.
Steve Moore – B: Moore had a typical Steve Moore game: 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in 15 minutes. Did not do anything to stand out.
Kadeem Green – A: The eighth man, who might not always be used, had four points and five rebounds in just 16 minutes. This will get him on the floor most nights.
Andrew Jones – A: An A+ for scoring your first career points, Andrew.
Andy Rosburg – A: Anytime you score Andy, you get an A.
Jarrett Sutton – C: Sutton is earning more playing time than ever and is scoring less. No points in seven minutes.
Missouri is just one of six unbeatens left out of 345 Division 1 teams.
|• No. 1 Syracuse (10-0)||• No. 8 Missouri (11-0)|
|• No. 4 Louisville (9-0)||• No. 18 Indiana (10-0)|
|• No. 7 Baylor (9-0)||• No. 22Murray State (12-0)|
|*Rankings from ESPN/USA Today poll|
This game certainly doesn’t help Mizzou’s strength of schedule – which is dreadful this year, as perceived “tough” opponents Villanova and Notre Dame have been disappointing. But, even Cal (10-2), the Pac-12 favorite, was an easy 39-point win. Another test awaits Missouri Thursday when they battle No. 24 Illinois (11-1) in the annual “Arch Rivalry Braggin’ Rights” game in St. Louis.
Mizzou certainly can’t overlook its first true road game of the year, at Old Dominion Dec. 30. Then, its off to conference play, where at this time, Mizzou looks like the favorites. Can they enter the new year undefeated heading into an 18-game conference slate?
|Pace (No. of Possessions)||65.6|
|Points Per Minute||2.35||1.40|
|Points Per Possession (PPP)||1.43||0.85|
|Points Per Shot (PPS)||1.62||1.06|
|True Shooting %||70.4%||45.3%|
|Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
|Expected Offensive Rebounds||8||13|
|William & Mary Tribe|
|Quinn McDowell, G-F||34||2-8||2-7||0-0||1||4||1||2||0||2||3||6|
|Tim Rusthoven, F||29||4-8||0-1||6-7||3||4||3||0||0||4||3||14|
|Kendrix Brown, G||24||3-3||1-1||0-0||0||2||1||1||0||0||1||7|
|Matt Rum, G||29||4-8||2-4||0-0||2||4||0||0||0||2||1||10|
|Brandon Britt, G||27||2-10||0-2||3-4||1||2||1||0||0||1||2||7|
|Julian Boatner, G||16||0-5||0-4||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||2||1||0|
|Marcus Thornton, G||22||3-10||0-3||4-8||1||3||0||1||0||2||3||10|
|Ben Whitlatch, G||1||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Doug Howard II, G||1||0-0||0-0||0-1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Andrew Pavloff, F||1||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Fred Heldring, F||10||0-0||0-0||0-0||1||3||0||0||0||1||2||0|
|Tom Schalk, F||6||1-1||0-0||0-0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Ricardo Ratliffe, F||24||5-6||0-0||1-2||2||7||2||0||2||2||2||11|
|Phil (Flip) Pressey, G||25||2-6||0-3||2-2||0||3||5||1||1||0||1||6|
|Matt Pressey, G||29||5-6||1-1||0-0||2||5||3||1||0||1||0||11|
|Marcus Denmon, G||28||3-11||1-7||0-0||1||4||3||1||0||0||1||7|
|Kim English, G||24||3-6||2-3||9-9||0||4||1||3||0||2||1||17|
|Michael Dixon, G||28||13-19||3-7||1-1||0||1||2||3||0||0||2||30|
|Kadeem Green, F||16||2-2||0-0||0-2||1||5||0||1||1||0||2||4|
|Jarrett Sutton, G||7||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Steve Moore, C||15||2-2||0-0||0-0||0||3||2||1||0||1||3||4|
|Andrew Jones, F||2||0-0||0-0||2-2||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||2|
|Andy Rosburg, F||2||0-0||0-0||2-2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2|
MUtigers.com: Dixon’s 30 Pushes No. 10 Tigers Past William & Mary 94-56
MUtigers.com: Post Game Notes
MUtigers.com: Post Game Quotes
The Trib: Defense, Dixon spark another MU rout
The Missourian: Michael Dixon scores 30 points in Missouri win
KC Star: MU smothers William & Mary 94-56
Post-Dispatch: Dixon scores career-high 30, MU romps
PowerMizzou: Game at a Glance: Dixon leads Mizzou
KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou men win behind 30 from Dixon, are 11-0 as Illini loom ahead
Fox Sports MW: Fast-starting Missouri rolls William & Mary
Hank’s Sports Blog: No. 8 Missouri improves to 11-0 for first time in 20 years
Post-Dispatch: From ‘Frank Who?” to molding Mizzou
KC Star: Andrew Jones nails his first free throws
The Missourian: For Missouri basketball, early season attendance remains the same