Stats in the Paint: Weekend outlook

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Under Frank Haith, the Missouri Tigers have slowed down the tempo while increasing their efficiency.

Let’s get you warmed up for the "College GameDay" road show (live Saturday from Columbia, Mo., at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN) by taking a look at some notes and nuggets from our college hoops advanced stats research team (a group we call the "Stats in the Paint" team).

(8) Kansas at (4) Missouri, 9 ET on ESPN and ESPN3

Key stat: Missouri is shooting 57 percent inside the 3-point line this season, tops in the nation. Kansas is holding opponents to 39 percent shooting on 2-point field goals, which ranks fourth in the nation and leads the Big 12.

Missouri Half-Court Offense

When Missouri has the ball: Missouri returned 89 percent of its scoring and has the best half-court offense in the country this season after ranking 44th last season.

Under first-year coach Frank Haith, the Tigers abandoned their “Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball” and average six fewer possessions per game.

When Kansas has the ball: Tyshawn Taylor has eclipsed the 20-point mark in four of his last six games. Taylor has been much better on pick-and-roll plays during that stretch, averaging 8 points per game and shooting 64 percent. Over the first 16 games of the season, he averaged just 2 points while shooting 28 percent and turning the ball over more than twice as frequently.

Taylor’s recent success has allowed Thomas Robinson to get open looks in the paint. In Wednesday’s win against Oklahoma, 10 of his 12 shots were at the rim.

Saturday’s Other Matchups

(3) Ohio State at (20) Wisconsin, 2 ET on ESPN and ESPN3

Key stat: During its six-game winning streak, Wisconsin has scored 38 points and is shooting 68 percent in transition. The Badgers scored 19 transition points and shot 53 percent while losing three of their first four conference games.

Catch-and-Shoot Plays, This Season

(6) Baylor at Oklahoma State, 1:45 ET on ESPN3

Key stat: Oklahoma State averages 28 paint points per game this season, the most in the Big 12. Baylor allowed 47 paint points per game in its two losses this season and 23 in its 20 wins.

Vanderbilt at (11) Florida, 1 ET

Key stat: Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins and Florida’s Kenny Boynton rank first and second in the SEC in points on catch-and-shoot plays this season.

Defensive Comparison, This Season

(15) Marquette at Notre Dame, 1 ET

Key stat: Notre Dame is averaging 57.3 possessions per game during its three-game winning streak and had a season-low 52 possessions in its 50-48 win over Connecticut on Jan. 29. Marquette averages nearly 70 possessions per game in Big East play.

(18) Virginia at (24) Florida State, 1 ET on ESPN3

Key stat: Florida State and Virginia each rank at or near the top of the ACC in several defensive categories this season. The Seminoles (42.3) and Cavaliers (43.4) rank 1-2 in the ACC in opponents' effective field goal percentage this season.