Florida Basketball: Three things Missouri isn't good at ahead of matchup with Gators

The Tigers are winless in SEC play

Feb 24, 2024; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Florida Gators guard Zyon Pullin (0) dribbles the ball at
Feb 24, 2024; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Florida Gators guard Zyon Pullin (0) dribbles the ball at / Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

As Florida Basketball marches towards March Madness, the Gators have four games left on their regular season slate to navigate. Tonight's contest against Missouri is key not because a win would provide Florida with any value but because a loss would be a blemish that the Gators have been able to avoid.

Missouri is winless in SEC play and 8-19 overall on the season. The following are three big reasons why the Tigers are stuck at the bottom of the conference.

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Pass The Ball

Seemingly taking their offensive cues from Mike White, Missouri is far too reliant on individual play on offense, and their ball movement is lackluster at best.

When the Tigers make a basket, they are only registering an assist on 49% of their made baskets. That's 207th in the country. Florida isn't necessarily much better in this category, only having an assist on 50.8% of their made baskets, but the size for the Gators allows for more consistent inside scoring than what the Tigers get.

Defend The Arc

One of the bugaboos for Florida early in the season was their defensive rotations around the arc. It's still not elite, but it has gotten much better.

Missouri, meanwhile, appears to have never practiced rotations this season, as the Tigers are allowing opponents to shoot 34.1% from three-point range. That's 204th in the country.

You Reach, I Teach

As Florida's free throw percentage has also improved, the charity stripe isn't a scary place for the Gators anymore.

And that's good news as there is the potential to head there a ton tonight. Missouri commits a foul 28.1% of possessions. That's 344th in the country out of 362 teams that play Division One basketball.

As such, free throws account for 23% of the points that Missouri has given up this season. That's the 23rd highest rate in the country.