OVC Ball Statbox
|3-4 (0-0 OVC)|
|4-3 (0-0 SEC)|
|25/53 (47.2%)||Field Goals||22/44 (50.0%)|
|6/18 (33.3%)||3-Point FG||8/15 (53.3%)|
|5/14 (35.7%)||Free Throws||13/23 (56.5%)|
|29 (12/17)||Rebounds (O/D)||31 (8/23)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
Southeast Missouri offense
|Points:||Bradley (12)||Williams III (18)|
|Rebounds:||Langford (8)||Williams III (11)|
|Assists:||Thompson (6)||Shamburger, Isabell (3)|
|Steals:||Bradley (3)||Gill-Caeser, Allen (2)|
Basketball can be a complicated sport. This is simple:
If Southeast Missouri makes their free-throws, they win at Missouri.
Sure, there were other issues: Two bad passes in the final two minutes. Mizzou hitting back-to-back-to-back three’s to take their first lead of the game late in the second half, and another near-miraculous one with a hand in their face in the final minutes. SEMO missing nine-three point attempts in a row, after hitting four of their first seven.
But the Redhawks were 5-14 from the free-throw line.
Again, we can talk about other things about this Redhawks team over the long term. We can talk about how for the third straight meeting, SEMO led by double-digits, and lost, or how starting forward Aaron Adeoye fouled out with 10 minutes to go, or how Nino Johnson was held scoreless until midway in the second half, how the defense allowed Mizzou to shoot 50% from the field, and gave up key offensive rebounds late.
I don’t care how bad Missouri might be, (and all indications are they’re not good) the Redhawks outplayed a SEC opponent on their home floor.
We can talk about the good things, how SEMO was the aggressor on offense for the first half, how SEMO got key three’s from Isiah Jones and Josh Langford while Jarekious Bradley sat on the bench with two early fouls, and how when Mizzou first erased the 10-point lead, Johnson took over for just a minute to put the Redhawks back on top.
None of those things really mattered tonight.
The Redhawks came into the night 300th (out of 347) in the nation in free-throw percentage, hitting 62.9% I don’t know how long SEMO spends on free-throw shooting in practice, but it needs to be tripled. In fact, spend an entire practice on it; Nothing but free-throws for two hours. Because I don’t care how bad Missouri might be, (and all indications are they’re not good) the Redhawks outplayed a SEC opponent on their home floor.
And they lost.
SEMO has the talent to win a lot of games in conference this year, and this might truly be their best chance to win the West Division.
But they won’t win the OVC Tournament in March if they can’t hit free-throws. Because every year, it comes down to free-throws.