Missouri Tigers forward Alex Oriakhi (42) dunks against the Louisville Cardinals during the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. Louisville won 84-61. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE
(Provided by Sportschatplace for @KSDKSports) -- The Missouri Tigers and the Virginia Commonwealth Rams square off in the consolation game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament from the Bahamas.
Missouri looks to regroup and get back to playing the style of basketball that warranted being ranked 13th in the country.
The Tigers were lethargic and completely outclassed in their 84-61 blowout loss to the second ranked Louisville Cardinals Friday night. After a close win against Northern Iowa, I expected Louisville to put forth their best effort, but I did not expect Missouri to be such a pushover.
The Tigers committed 21 turnovers, only forced 5 turnovers of their own and were held to a season low 61 points in the defeat. Phil Pressey and Alex Oriakhi each scored 15 for the Tigers but everyone on the team was off their game tonight.
Guard Keon Bell, who averages 8ppg, took zero shots on the night - they will need a more aggressive effort as they gear up for one of the better mid-major teams in the country in VCU.
VCU comes into this game after a valiant effort against #5 Duke.
The Rams played the Blue Devils tough from start to finish, but their lack of a pure shooter and tendency for scoring droughts doomed them as they fell 67-58.
After cutting the lead to 56-50 with roughly 6 minutes remaining, the Rams failed to score for about 3 and a half minutes. Despite their drought, Duke also struggled to score - which made the lull in points that much more frustrating for coach Shaka Smart.
Duke was able to get a few clutch free throws down the stretch and put the Rams away. Juvonte Reddic was impressive in the post and played Mason Plumlee, one of the premier post players in the ACC strong all night. Reddic finished with 16 and 13 and Treveon Graham scored 16 as well.
The Rams outrebounded Duke and played a relatively mistake free game. They have nothing to hang their head about and should be a stiff test for Missouri tonight.
This game should be a good one as both teams have a strong post player and the tendency to run up and down the court. If Missouri can find their outside stroke and get back to playing the defense they are capable of, they should be able to get the win.
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