A great start from the Missouri Tigers went to waste, as the Kansas Jayhawks defeated their biggest rival 103-86 on Monday night. The No. 20 Tigers remain winless in conference road play and are 4-5 in the Big 12.
Right from the opening tip, the Tigers matched the Jayhawks intensity. The frontcourt combination of Laurence Bowers and Ricardo Ratliffe scored early and often. Ratliffe turned in his best performance of the season with 19 points.
The game was evenly matched during the first half, but the hosts began to cushion their lead early in the second half. A 57 point second half explosion from the Jayhawks propelled them to a comfortable victory.
The Jayhawks were red hot all night shooting 61 percent from the field and finished 11-for-19 from three-point range. Marcus Morris led all scorers in the game with 22 points. His twin brother Markieff added 16 points, while reserve guard Mario Little contributed with 17 points.
All five Tiger starters reached double digit scoring. Phil Pressey was the most impressive guard for the Tigers. The freshman had 17 points and 6 assists in his first “Border War” game.
All season, especially in conference play, the Tigers have found it difficult to outrebound opponents. The Jayhawks exposed the Tigers glaring weakness on Monday night. The home team held a 38-20 rebound advantage, which included a 14-5 lead for the Jayhawks in the offensive rebound category.
Within the next week the Tigers have two home games. On Saturday afternoon, the Oklahoma Sooners come to town. Texas Tech follows next Tuesday February 15. With the Tigers 18-6 overall, they have a great chance to reach 20 wins on the season and all but lock their spot in the NCAA tournament.
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Written by Nate Jacobson
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