Johnathan Williams III
▪ WHEN/WHERE: 4 p.m. Monday at Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Hawaii
▪ TV/RADIO: ESPN2; KMBZ (980 AM)
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▪ ABOUT MISSOURI (2-1): The Tigers have rebounded nicely from a stunning loss to UMKC to open the season. Missouri put together a dominant defensive performance against Valparaiso, allowing only 41 points, then a dominant three-point shooting performance against Oral Roberts, connecting on 12 threes and eight of nine in the second half. First-year coach Kim Anderson’s squad has shot better, committed fewer turnovers and posted a better assist-to-turnover ratio in each successive game. Playing Arizona, which reloaded after winning 33 games and reaching the Elite Eight last season, should be a good early-season measuring stick.
▪ ABOUT ARIZONA (3-0): The second-ranked Wildcats, who shoot better than 50 percent from the field, have defeated Mount St. Mary’s, Cal State-Northridge and California-Irvine by an average of 20 points. Coach Sean Miller’s squad has had a different leading scorer each game — Brandon Ashley (21 vs. Mount St. Mary’s), Stanley Johnson (17 vs. Cal State-Northridge) and reserve forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (19 vs. California-Irvine). The Wildcats own a plus-8.7 rebounding margin, but they are committing 13 turnovers per game. Hollis-Jefferson leads Arizona in scoring, averaging 16 points off the bench.
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