News and Notes from around Missouri Basketball heading into the week of January 11.
Tuesday News & Notes From the Hardwood
Tigers Hit The Road
Missouri heads to Lubbock, Texas, this afternoon. The Tigers will practice in Columbia this morning and then shoot around in Lubbock later tonight. It's just under a two-hour trip down to Texas Tech, the second longest flight for MU in the league next to the trip out to Boulder... while it's a long flight out to Boulder, nothing beats the view.
Wednesday's game will be carried on ESPNU. In fact five of Missouri's first-six Big 12 games will be on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, great national notoriety for the Tigers.
Got word from Mizzou Director of Marketing Scott Nielson that the Tigers are on the verge of three consecutive sellouts of Mizzou Arena to open Big 12 play. Games on Jan. 23 vs. Nebraska and Jan. 30 vs. Oklahoma State are surging towards sellout status and that official announcement could happen very soon, so any Tiger fans on the fence about attending those games should call the Mizzou Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS (884-PAWS in Mid-Missouri) as soon as possible. [Editor's Note: The games have indeed sold out.]
We can assume that games against Kansas (March 6) and Texas (Feb. 17) will reach sellout capacity as well, so it's now time to turn our attention to the following contests:
Let's get all-eight Big 12 home games sold out in 2010. It would be a Mizzou Arena first and would certainly help the Tigers extend the nation's #2 home court winning streak.
Parking at Mizzou Arena
Heard some great feedback this week from both Tiger and Wildcat fans parking in the Reactor Lots and taking the shuttle to Mizzou Arena. Just a reminder, shuttles begin approximately 90 minutes before tip off and run continuously to and from Mizzou Arena. The shuttles continue service 60 minutes after the conclusion of the game.
Bilas Showing Mizzou Love
Here is what ESPN's analyst had to say about the Tiger's Passing:
"The Tigers are in the top 10 in the nation in assists per game with 17.7, yet have not a single player ranked in the top 250. But nine Tigers players have 19 or more assists on the season. If you have seen the Tigers play, you know that the ball moves and never dies in a player's hands. Missouri hits the open man, and the Tigers really make the defense work by passing. If you have not seen the Tigers play, the numbers will tell you that there is not a single player dominating the ball. Missouri likes to press and get into your bench, but none of it would work without taking care of the ball and being such a good passing team -- and I mean team -- everyone takes pride in passing the ball."
Spot on, spot on.