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Scouting Missouri: Tigers' roster, rankings, stat comparison

Dru Smith is Missouri's leading scorer.
Dru Smith is Missouri's leading scorer. (Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)

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Riding a five-game losing streak, Arkansas (16-10, 4-9 SEC) will try to stop the bleeding when it hosts Missouri (13-13, 5-8) on Saturday.

Before the noon CT tip, which will be televised on the SEC Network, HawgBeat thought it'd be a good idea to give a scouting report of sorts on the Tigers.

Below is a look at their starting lineup, bench players and where they're ranked in key metrics and statistics...

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Missouri's Projected Starting Lineup

(NOTE: Missouri has started several different players and used many different lineup combinations because of various injuries this season. With the status of some players still up in the air, we are listing the five starters from the Tigers' last game.)

#1 - G Xavier Pinson - So., 6-2, 170

Stats: 22.9 min., 10.3 pts. (40.0 FG%, 31.6 3PT%, 81.4 FT%), 2.3 reb., 2.7 ast.

#4 - G Javon Pickett - So., 6-5, 220

Stats: 27.2 min., 7.3 pts. (40.9 FG%, 34.1 3PT%), 3.8 reb., 1.4 ast.

#12 - G Dru Smith - R-Jr., 6-3, 203

Stats: 32.2 min., 12.5 pts. (42.5 FG%, 31.8 3PT%, 90.2 FT%), 4.1 reb., 4.0 ast., 2.1 stl.

#14 - F Reed Nikko - Sr., 6-10, 240

Stats: 15.4 min., 4.6 pts. (59.7 FG%, 70.7 FT%),

#24 - F Kobe Brown - Fr., 6-7, 240

Stats: 17.8 min., 5.7 pts. (41.4 FG%, 71.4 FT%), 3.3 reb., 1.1 stl.

Missouri's Bench

#0 - G Torrence Watson - So., 6-5, 205

Stats: 18.1 min., 4.9 pts. (28.6 FG%, 84.2 FT%), 1.4 reb.

#5 - F Mitchell Smith - R-Jr., 6-10, 221

Stats: 21.5 min., 4.9 pts. (31.2 FG%, 82.4 FT%), 4.8 reb.

#13 - G Mark Smith - Jr., 6-5, 220

Stats: 28.8 min., 10.9 pts. (39.9 FG%, 37.8 3PT%, 74.5 FT%), 4.3 reb.

Note: Has not played since Jan. 28 because of a back injury... Likely won't play Saturday against Arkansas, but could be a game-time decision

#23 - F Jeremiah Tilmon - Jr., 6-10, 260

Stats: 20.2 min., 8.5 pts. (61.4 FG%), 4.2 reb.

Note: Started the first 11 games of the season before being sidelined with a stress fracture in his left foot... Returned to action off the bench against Texas A&M on Feb. 4, but hasn't played since and likely won't play Saturday against Arkansas

Rankings Comparison - Missouri | Arkansas

~NET: No. 84 | No. 48

~KenPom: No. 104 | No. 48

~ESPN BPI: No. 98 | No. 51

~Sagarin: No. 77 | No. 72

Stat Comparison

Arkansas-Missouri Stat Comparison
Stat Missouri Arkansas

Points/game

67.4 (280th)

73.8 (107th)

FG%

41.2% (295th)

43.6% (186th)

3PT%

31.0% (293rd)

31.3% (277th)

FT%

77.1% (17th)

72.4% (118th)

Rebound margin

+0.42 (170th)

-6.50 (341st)

Assist/turnover ratio

0.80 (312th)

0.96 (195th)

Steals/game

6.96 (114th)

8.46 (23rd)

Blocks/game

3.12 (175th)

3.81 (95th)

Opp. points/game

65.3 (68th)

67.4 (121st)

Opp. FG%

40.5% (65th)

42.0% (131st)

Opp. 3PT%

28.5% (10th)

25.7% (1st)