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Dec. 22, 2011

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Bud Light Braggin' Rights Game
Dec. 22, 2011
Scottrade Center - St. Louis, Mo.
Mizzou vs. Illinois - Game Notes
Postgame Notes

- Wednesday night marked the 31st meeting between Mizzou and Illinois in the Braggin' Rights game and with the win, Mizzou cut into the series lead at 20-11. The game also marked the 42nd meeting between the two teams as Mizzou cut into Illinois' lead at 27-15.

- Frank Haith is now 1-0 after coaching in his first Braggin' Rights game. Mizzou has now won the last three Braggin' Rights games.

- The Tigers are now 12-0 for the first time since 1981-82 and remains as one of six unbeaten teams nationally.

-One of the key differences in the game was the Tigers' ability to get to the line and knock down free throws. In fact, Mizzou hit 19-of-23 while Illinois went to the line just 10 times, connecting on eight.

- Mizzou won the game despite Kim English and Marcus Denmon - who came in to the game as the team's top two scorers - combining for just 16 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

- The Tiger point guards - Michael Dixon, Jr. and Phil Pressey - led the way for Mizzou on Thursday, combining for 36 points and nine assists. All seven Tigers to play scored and hit at least one field goal.

First Half Notes
- Mizzou fell behind 7-2 in the early stages of the game but went on a 17-2 run to build a 19-9 lead before the under 12 timeout. Steve Moore was a spark off the bench in that span on the defensive end, tallying a pair of blocks. Mizzou also made 9-of-13 field goals in that span.

- Mizzou's point guard combination led the way in the first half as they combined for 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Phil Pressey tallied 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting and Michael Dixon, Jr., tallied 11 points due in large part to an 8-of-8 mark from the charity stripe.

- The Tiger point guards also created baskets for their teammates, dishing seven assists in the frame. Mizzou had eight as a team as Dixon and Pressey accounted for 88-percent of the assists.

- Mizzou out-rebounded the Illini, 17-15, in the first half and limited Illinois to no second-chance points in the first half. Mizzou had four second-chance points in the first half, none bigger than a put-back dunk by Matt Pressey with two seconds left in the half, giving Mizzou its largest lead of the half at 41-30 heading into intermission.

- Mizzou scored 13 points off the bench in the first half while limiting Illinois to just two. Dixon's 11 points in the first were obviously a key factor in that stat.

- All seven Tigers that played in the first half scored and each had at least one field goal.