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Black and Gold Game Recap E-mail
Written by Slim   
Friday, 29 October 2010 09:30

Guest contributor Jacob Hanson provided our eyes and ears at last night's scrimmage.  Here's his take on the game and who played well.  Just a heads up, he compares Phil Pressey to Rajon Rondo.  Yeah, that got me pumped too.

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Is Phil Pressey the point guard that will spark this team's run to a championship ala Rajon Rondo for the Celtics in 2008?

The game featured lots and lots of offense.  There were a few too many careless turnovers tonight and not enough defense. Although, you can't expect too much of that in a Black and Gold game.  The scrimmage provided a good opportunity to see extended minutes from the new guys.  For what it's worth, the black Team won 102-94.

New Players:
Phil Pressey looked very good. Very quick, made lots of great passes. Looked a lot like Rajon Rondo at times. High flyer and could be on both ends of a lot of alley-oops this year. His vertical is 5.5 inches better than best vertical from the NBA draft combine this year. Showed it off tonight with a few good dunks. Could be a great spark for our team, reminds you a lot of Michael Dixon. Most exciting player on the court to watch.
Ricardo Ratliffe looks to be the big guy Mizzou was in need of last year. High scorer of the night (Editors note: Ratliffe finished with 32 points). Had great footwork and played very physical down low. Should help out on the boards quite bit after how bad the Tigers struggled with rebounding last year.
We saw flashes of Matt Pressey throughout the night. Looked impressive at times, looks to be a vital role player for the team.
Ricky Kreklow, the Columbia native looked very Matt lawrence-like tonight. Tall long guard, hit quite a few three's. Could be a key bench player especially if he gets a consistent 3-point shot.
Returning Players:
Kim English put a very quiet 20+ point game. Went about business as usual. Scored lots of tough jumpers and did a good job getting to the hoop when necessary.
Looked as if Marcus Denmon has found his shot again. Started off the game very hot from behind the 3-point arch. Hopefully can stay hot longer through the season this year.
Laurence Bowers, Justin Safford, and Steve Moore all put in good performances. Safford looks compeltely healed from the ACL surgery, didn't seem to be affected by the knee at all throughout the night. Bowers also put up 20+ points tonight and played on the wing and down in the paint equally well.
Michael Dixon had a few great drives and did a great job finishing the lay-ups also. As always a very emotional player, but look to see him and P. Pressey fight for playtime this season. These two could possibly be best two-guard system in the Big 12 this year.
Overall, a good showing for the Tigers. Lots to be excited for, picked up the #15 AP ranking today, and looks like we should have a good enough squad to stay ranked all year long hopefully. You can definitely tell all of the new recruits are Mike Anderson pickups and are all buying into his scheme of basketball.  From the looks of the last night, we're in for a very entertaining season.

 



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