Missouri trying to focus on Vandy, not distractions

7:50 AM, Jan 26, 2013   |    comments
Missouri Tigers head coach Frank Haith during the game against the Florida Gators at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Florida defeated Missouri 83-52. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
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(KSDK Sports) -- The Missouri Tigers and head coach Frank Haith have been making headlines lately regarding possible allegations, investigations, wrong doings and much more.  All this while the team and its coach try to keep a promising season on track.

The Tigers have been taking care of business against the lesser teams in the SEC but when they have been called on to step it up recently they have struggled.

Missouri has gone 11-0 at home and have played the 33rd ranked schedule in the country but away from home they are winless.

As a team Missouri is averaging 75.3 points, 13.8 assists, and they are shooting 44.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.7 points, 11.3 assists, and their opponents are shooting 39.4 percent.

Laurence Bowers has been out but he leads Missouri averaging 16.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, Phil Pressey is averaging 11.9 points and 7.2 assists, and Alex Oriakhi is averaging 10.4 points and 8.4 rebounds. Missouri is clearly a better team with Bowers and they will need him to be at 100 percent in March.

Today, the Tigers take on another SEC opponent at home.  The Vanderbilt Commodores have won their last two games and while they are still below .500 they are playing their best basketball of the season.

Vandy is 2-2 on the road this season, 0-3 against teams ranked in the top 25, and they have played the 53rd ranked schedule in the nation. As a team Vanderbilt is averaging 59.8 points, 11.5 assists, and they are shooting 40.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.6 points, 10.8 assists, and their opponents are shooting 41.1 percent.

Kedren Johnson is averaging 15.1 points, Kyle Fuller is averaging 10.8 points, and Rod Odom is averaging 9.2 points. Vandy plays three of their next four games on the road.


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