COLUMBIA, MO - JANUARY 03: Ricardo Ratliffe #10 of the Missouri Tigers grabs a rebound as Steven Pledger #2 looks on during the game on January 3, 2012 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The No. 5 Missouri Tigers face a tough road test against the No. 3 Baylor Bears on Saturday, while the St. Louis Billikens look to knock off the Duquesne Dukes.
This is a big week for local college basketball, highlighted by a marquee matchup between the No. 5 Missouri Tigers and the No. 3 Baylor Bears on Saturday afternoon. Missouri has been playing terrific basketball all season long, and has only lost one game, but faces a very difficult test on the road against Perry Jones III and Baylor. The good news is that Missouri will have Ricardo Ratliffe on their side, and that's a big deal. SB Nation's Missouri athletics blog, Rock M Nation, explains just how good Ratliffe has been this year:
Well, let's just start at the top, shall we?
Top, as in, "Leading the Nation". ‘Cardo is number one in college basketball in Field Goal Percentage. He leads the category by almost nine percentage points, at 77%. He is threatening not only S. Johnson's Div I record (OreSt, 1981, 74.6%), but also T. Weiss's Div III record, of 76.6%. As previously mentioned by Bill C. in a couple Study Halls, Ricardo is absolutely deadly with his left handed baby hook. He threatens a baseline drop step, gets the defender on his hip, then goes back towards the lane and straight up, and settles the ball right in the netting approximately 77% of the time.
The No. 5 Missouri Tigers (17-1, 4-1) will travel to play No. 3 Baylor Bears (17-1, 4-1) and hope to prove they belong among college basketball's elite teams :
Game date, time: 1:00 p.m. CT, Saturday, Jan. 21th, 2012
Location: Ferrell Center, Waco, TX
The St. Louis Billikens (14-4, 2-2) will host the Duquesne Dukes (12-7, 3-2) and hope to get their record in the A-10 above .500:
Game date, time: 7:00 p.m. CT, Saturday, Jan. 21th, 2012
Location: Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MO