When: 7 p.m. Central time Monday
Where: Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Missouri
TV: SEC Network Plus
Radio: KMBZ (98.1 FM)
Betting line: N/A
About Paul Quinn: Paul Quinn, whose nickname also happens to be the Tigers, is an HBCU in Dallas that competes in the NAIA’s Red River Athletic Conference. Paul Quinn won three games against NAIA opponents to start the season, followed by three consecutive losses against Division I opponents: Southeastern Louisiana (77-60), Texas Rio Grande Valley (85-68) and Tarleton State (69-42). Brothers Ja’Mere and Ja’Mare Redus have both played key roles for the team this season.
About Missouri: Missouri (3-3) has lost consecutive games to Florida State and Wichita State. Mizzou has been atrocious shooting the ball; the team has made 27.6% of its three-point shot attempts, which ranks 316th among 358 Division I teams. It hasn’t been much better inside the paint either, with the Black and Gold ranking No. 294 in effective field goal percentage (44.7%) and No. 245 in two-point percentage (46.4%). Ball control has been a huge issue too, as Missouri ranks No. 263 in turnovers, coughing the rock up on 21.2% of its possessions, and sits at No. 316 in non-steal turnovers committed on 12.2% of its possessions. Junior Kobe Brown has been a bright spot though, currently averaging 14.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. KenPom ranks Missouri No. 125.
The Missouri and Paul Quinn programs meet for the first time in a game that was added to the schedule shortly before the start of the season.
The contest is only considered an exhibition for Paul Quinn, but it will count towards Missouri’s record. However, come March, the result won’t be considered for Mizzou’s NCAA Tournament resume.
Paul Quinn has lost its last three games against Division I opponents by an average 20.3 points, and all of those were low-tier conference teams (Southland and Western Athletic Conference). Mizzou has not had a convincing win in any of its matchups, still without the type of dominant, clear the bench result that is expected for a Power Five team in early season contests. That needs to finally come tonight.
There are already major concerns for this Missouri team, especially on offense, but if it doesn’t string together some actual scoring runs and win this game by at least 25 points (ideally should be much more), it truly is time to ring the alarm bells.
Missouri 79, Paul Quinn 45