The Irish struggled to slow down the Tigers’ four-guard offense, which pressured them mercilessly on defense and turned just about every turnover into a fast-break basket at the other end.
Missouri went 12 of 22 from beyond the arc, nine of those coming in the first half on 14 attempts. Missouri also had 13 steals – led by point guard Phil Pressey with five – and forced 16 turnovers.
Kansas came in leading the nation with a 52 percent field goal percentage and shot 61 percent against Missouri’s pressure defense.
Missouri boasts that the Tigers play the “fastest 40 minutes of basketball,” but ran smack into a defensive wall in this one.
The Tigers led by 15 at the half and surged late after the Wildcats cut the gap to three with just over nine minutes to go.
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