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Columbia, MO (SportsNetwork. Custom Basketball Jerseys Outlet .com) - Continuing their run at perfection, the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats close out a two-game road trip on Thursday night, as they meet the Missouri Tigers in an SEC showdown at Mizzou Arena. John Caliparis Wildcats are one of just two unbeatens left in the country, with No. 2 Virginia being the other. Kentucky is off to its third-best start in school history at 19-0, tying the 2009-10 squad. The team is coming off a 58-43 win at South Carolina last weekend to improve to 6-0 in the SEC. Kim Andersons Tigers have struggled all season long and SEC play has not provided any relief. Missouri is a mere 7-12 on the season and enters this contest with an ugly five-game losing streak in tow, The team almost ended the skid on Saturday, but fell at home to Arkansas, 61-60. With the loss, Missouri is just 1-5 in conference play, just outside the league basement, currently inhabited by South Carolina (1-6) and Vanderbilt (1-6). These two teams met on Jan. 13 at Rupp Arena, as Kentucky thoroughly whipped Missouri in a 86-37 romp. This is just the eighth all-time meeting in the series, with Kentucky sporting a perfect 7-0 mark against Missouri. The Wildcats didnt need much offense in the win over South Carolina, as they put on yet another defensive clinic in limiting the Gamecocks to a mere 43 points on an anemic .226 shooting effort. In addition, Kentucky blocked nine shots in the game. Devin Booker led the way offensively, posting 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Aaron Harrison tacked on 13 points for Kentucky, which shot an efficient .462 from the field. Defense is the name of the game in Lexington this season. Not many teams are doing it better than Kentucky, which ranks second in scoring defense (50.4 ppg) and first in both field-goal percentage defense (.317) and blocked shots (155 - 8.2 per game). There arent any gaudy scoring averages on the roster, but there doesnt have to be with a +24.2 scoring margin (first nationally). Aaron Harrison tops the team with a modest 11.6 ppg. Booker is also in double figures at 10.8 ppg, with Willie Cauley-Stein (9.1 ppg), Dakari Johnson (8.2 ppg) and Karl-Anthony Towns (8.1 ppg) just below the mark. The Tigers gave the Razorbacks all they could handle this past weekend and had one of the nations top offensive squads on the ropes, before dropping the one-point decision. Montaque Gill-Caesar led the way in defeat, coming off the bench to tally 16 points. Jonathan Williams III had a big game as well, recording a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Keith Shamburger finished with 10 points for Missouri, which kept things close despite shooting a mere .397 from the floor in the game. Missouri has struggled to find offense this season, entering this contest averaging a mere 63.2 ppg. With the Tigers allowing 68.1 ppg, the -4.9 scoring margin is problematic. The team has had consistency problems in other areas as well, holding negative margins in both rebounding (-2.4) and turnovers (-1.5). Williams is the top playmaker on the roster, as the 6-9 sophomore paces Missouri in both scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg). Gill-Caesar is shooting well under 40 percent from the field (.368) but does post 10.8 ppg. Limited scoring depth comes in the form of Wes Clark (9.6 ppg) and Shamburger (8.6 ppg). Custom Basketball Jerseys China . Murakami gracefully executed a double triple toe jump and a triple flip jump that put her at the top of a tightly contested race with 64.73 points, just ahead of Li Zijun of China on 62. Clearance Custom Basketball Jerseys . The third baseman whipped the ball across the diamond to second baseman Aaron Hill. He quickly tossed it to shortstop Chris Owings, who flipped over his shoulder to left fielder Cody Ross.Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant was not effective in his return after a two-game absence, and the Memphis Grizzlies tough defense shut down the Oklahoma City Thunder, 85-74, on Saturday. Durant and Russell Westbrook each shot 5-of-16 for Oklahoma City, losers in four of its last five. The Grizzlies were led by their frontcourt duo of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Randolph paced the game with 21 points and 18 rebounds, and Gasol added 15 points, 12 boards and five assists. In his own return from a two-game absence, Mike Conley scored 10 points for Memphis, which has won six in a row. Its a standard thats being set, Conley said. Hopefully, we will continue to play with that effort and energy. The first three quarters were evenly played, but Memphis pulled away with an 11-2 run to start the final period. Nick Calathes scored four of those points, and all 11 were from the Grizzlies bench. After Serge Ibakas fadeaway cut Oklahoma Citys deficit to 11 with 5:17 to go, the Thunder went three minutes without scoring to end any chance of a comeback. In the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City turned the ball over eight times and only had one assist on four made baskets. We lost our composure, Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said. When we got down three or four points, we didnt come together. Durant was actually sharp in his return to action early, scoring five points on 2-of-3 shooting in the firrst quarter. Custom Atlanta Hawks Jerseys. The same was true for Conley, who scored all 10 of his points in the period to help the Grizzlies take a 25-20 lead after one quarter. Each team shot below 30 percent in the second quarter, and Memphis held a 45-40 lead at the break. Despite holding the Grizzlies frontcourt duo of Gasol and Randolph to 11 points on 3-of-14 shooting through one half, the Thunders own struggles from the field prevented them from taking advantage. Oklahoma City started the second quarter on a 7-0 run before an acrobatic Tony Allen layup got the Grizzlies on the board. That started an 8-0 Memphis run that gave it the lead for the remainder of the game. Anthony Morrows triple after a loose ball scramble pulled the Thunder within three with 32 seconds to go, but Gasol hit a pair of free throws to end the half. The third quarter was evenly played, but Randolph and Gasol started to take over. The two combined for 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting, and a Jeff Green bucket accounted for the Grizzlies only two other points in the period. They led 68-62 after three. Game Notes Durant was out of action with a toe injury, and Conley was battling a wrist injury ... Memphis scored 18 points off 18 Oklahoma City turnovers ... The Grizzlies and Thunder shot 37 and 34.6 percent, respectively ... Memphis outscored Oklahoma City in the paint, 44-22. ' ' ' 



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