A Player's Program: Missouri preview - Tucson News Now

A Player's Program: Missouri preview

(Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics) (Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics)

Saturday has Arizona's first true road game of the season in store when the Wildcats face the Missouri Tigers in Mizzou Arena. 

The 10 a.m. (MST) tip is the earliest UA has played a game in seven years as Arizona (7-2) is playing its third day game of the 2016-17 season.

Saturday's game in Columbia will be Arizona's first true road game of the season following four games at neutral site locations in non-conference play so far in 2016-17. 

The weekend's game is the bookend of a home-and-home series between the two programs. 

Arizona defeated Missouri 88-52 last December in McKale Center. 

UA is led in scoring this season by the freshmen trio of Lauri Markkanen (17.8 ppg), Rawle Alkins (11.8 ppg) and Kobi Simmons (11.3 ppg). 

Freshman guard Frankie Hughes leads the Tigers (5-3) in scoring at 14.0 points per game, while sophomore forward Kevin Puryear leads on the boards with 6.4 rebounds per game.

Standing out for head coach Kim Anderson's group has been its defensive effort on the perimeter. The Tigers are holding its foes to 23.7 percent three-point field goal shooting (42-of-177), a mark that ranks first nationally, according to KenPom.com.

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