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West Virginia meets Mizzou in Tournament Championship

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Season Stats

Points Per Game 80.7 88.7
Points Against 65.5 64.2
Field Goal % 48.5 44.7
Rebounds Per Game 40.3 43.2
Assists Per Game 16.3 18.3
Blocks Per Game 4.5 6.2
Steals Per Game 6.7 11.5
Streak W3 W5

 

Tip-off: 9:30 pm est

TV: ESPN2 

 

The West Virginia Mountaineers meet the Missouri Tigers in the Advocare Invitational Tournament Championship.  Missouri leads the series 2-1 and in the last meeting, the Tigers won 80-71 on December 5th, 2013 in Columia.  The only win in the series for the Mountaineers came in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, 68-59, on the way to the Final Four.

Missouri defeated Long Beach State (95-58) and St. Johns (90-82) to make their way into the final game.

Coming off the bench for the Tigers, forward Jontay Porter (15.5) leads the team in scoring in the tournament and starting guard Kassius Robertson is right there with 15.0 points per game.

The bench for Missouri have averaged 40 points in the last two games.  Along with Porter, guard Jordan Geist has come off the bench averaging 13.5 points in this tournament.  Guard Cullen Vanleer can also come in and light it up from the outside.

To round out the starting five for Missouri, along with Robertson, guard Blake Harris (5.5), and forwards Jeremiah Tilmon (8.0), Kevin Puryear (11.5) Jordan Barnett (12.5).

Missouri has shot the ball well, going 52.6% from the field, 47.1% from three and 82.6% from the free throw line.

The Tigers have the size advantage on the Mountaineers, but they are young.

West Virginia will need to continue to play like they did against a much bigger UCF team and they should be able to create turnovers with Missouri averaging 15,3 turnovers a game.

I like West Virginia in this game, but its going to be close.  West Virginia pulls away in the end. 81-74.

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