The Tigers open conference play on Tuesday, Jan. 3 against Oklahoma at Mizzou Arena.
Jan. 2, 2012
#7/6 University of Missouri Tigers (13-0) vs. University of Oklahoma Sooner (10-2)
TIP-OFF: 7 p.m. CT.
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Radio: Tiger Network (Mike Kelly, play-by-play; Gary Link, analysis)
TV: MSN (Chris Gervino, play-by-play; Jon Sunvold, analysis)
Series: Oklahoma leads 112-95 (Last meeting: MU 84, OU 61; Feb. 12, 2011
MU: Frank Haith (Elon '88), 142-101 overall (8th year) and 13-0 at Mizzou (1st year)
Oklahoma: Lon Kruger (Kansas State '75), 489-206 overall (26th year) and 10-2 at OU (1st year)
> The Mizzou basketball team opens up Big 12 Conference play Tuesday when the team welcomes the Oklahoma Sooners to Mizzou Arena for a 7 p.m. matchup ... Missouri holds a 13-2 mark in Big 12 homes openers ... The Sooners own a 112-95 lead in the all-time series, however the Tigers have won the last five games in Columbia.
> Heading into the contest with the Sooners, Mizzou remains as one of four unbeatens nationally as the Tigers are rolling under first-year coach Frank Haith ... In fact, Mizzou is 13-0 for the first time since 1981-82 and is the only unbeaten team under the direction of a new head coach.
> Mizzou's win over Old Dominion on Dec. 30 gave the Tigers an unblemished 13-0 non-conference record ... It marks only the second time in program history the team had an undefeated non-conference mark, joining the 1972-73 squad.
> The Tigers currently lead the nation in field goal percentage at 51.7 percent ... The team also ranks third in scoring (86.2) and is fourth in steals (10.08) and turnovers (9.85).
> Senior big man Ricardo Ratliffe leads the nation in field goal percentage with his .761 clip this season ... If he keeps at his current rate all season, the senior would obliterate MU's single-season FG% record of 67.6 by Jeff Warren in 1990-91.
> Checking in at No. 7/6 in the AP and USA Today Coahes Polls this week, Mizzou is the highest-ranked team that is under the direction of a first-year head coach this season ... Additionally, Frank Haith is the first Tiger coach to win his first 13 games since Craig Ruby in 1920-21.
> Mizzou remains one of the toughest teams this season due to their efficiency. In fact, Mizzou is the only team in the nation that averages more steals per game than turnovers ... Heading into Friday's tilt with the Monarchs, Mizzou has 131 steals and 128 turnovers ... Syracuse, who checks in at No. 1 nationally in both polls, is the only other team that comes close to Mizzou as the Orange have 162 steals and only 153 turnovers ... Mizzou's 128 turnovers are the tied for the third-lowest total nationally.
> Sophomore Phil Pressey set an Tiger record with eight consecutive games with at least five assists ... The previous record was seven by Anthony Peeler in 1989-90.
> Junior Mike Dixon has been arguably the nation's top sixth man this season as he is averaging 12.5 points per game and 3.0 assists per contest off the bench ... His 12.5 ppg average this season is tops among Big 12 players with no starts this year.
Mizzou Quick Hitters
> Heading into Tuesday's contest, the Tigers rank third nationally and lead the Big 12 with their 86.2 points per game this season ... The Tigers are one of the nation's and Big 12's best shooting teams as the squad ranks first second nationally and first in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.517) ... The team also ranks seventh nationally and first in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.766).
> In the national rankings, Mizzou also leads the country in scoring margin (+24.3), is tied for first in assist-turnover ratio (1.71), fourth in turnovers per game (9.85) and seventh in steals per game (10.08) and turnover margin (+6.8).
> On an individual level, senior Ricardo Ratliffe leads the nation in field goal percentage (.761), senior Kim English is first in 3-point field goal percentage (.544) among players with 2.5 makes per game and junior Michael Dixon ranks 12th nationally in free throw percentage (.911).
> Sophomore Phil Pressey has eight consecutive games with at least five assists, which is a Mizzou record (11 vs. Binghamton, 6 vs. Northwestern State, 12 vs. Villanova, 5 vs. Navy, 10 vs. Kennesaw State, 5 vs. William & Mary, 5 vs. Illinois, 7 at Old Dominion). ... The previous record was seven by Anthony Peeler in 1989-09 ... He currently leads the Big 12 in assists (6.0), assist-turnover ratio (2.8) and steals (2.3) ... Pressey has three 10-assist game this season, the last Tiger to do that in a season was Scott Sims in 1976-77.
> Ratliffe recorded his second double-double of the season in his homecoming at Old Dominion with 14 points and 11 rebounds ... The forward also had a double-double against Villanova this year ... He now has seven in his Tiger career.
> With its win over No. 24 Illinois on Dec. 22, Mizzou is now 2-0 against top-25 teams this season and is 3-0 against teams that are either ranked or receiving votes in the top 25 ... Mizzou's other wins over teams among the national elite came against then No. 18-ranked Cal and Notre Dame (RV) at the CBE Classic in Kansas City.
> Overall, Missouri leads the Big 12 in eight different statistical categories: scoring offense (86.2), scoring margin (+24.3), free throw percentage (.766), field goal percentage (.517), assists (16.8), steals (10.1), turnover margin (+6.8) and assist-turnover ratio (1.71).
> Missouri finished the home non-conference schedule with an unblemished record for the sixth straight season ... The Tigers were 8-0 this year, 10-0 in 2010-11, 9-0 in 2009-10, 10-0 in 2008-09, 9-0 in 2007-08 and 11-0 in 2006-07.
> Mizzou has been amazingly efficient this season, averaging 1.18 points per field goal attempt this season ... Ratliffe leads the team in that category as he is averaging 1.52 points per field goal attempt, while English averages 1.36 and Denmon 1.23.
> Junior Michael Dixon's 30 points off the bench against William & Mary last Sunday were the most by a Tiger bench player since Greg Church had 31 against Kansas State on March 1, 1989 ... It also marked the first time since the 2003-04 season that Missouri has had two players record at least 30 points (Marcus Denmon had 31 against Northwestern State on Dec. 2), when Rickey Paulding and Arthur Johnson did it.
> The Tigers lead the Big 12 with 10.08 steals per contest ... This continues a recent trend as over the past three seasons, Missouri has either led the nation or finished second in steals per game ... The team led the nation in 2009-10 with 10.94 and finished second in 2008-09 (10.56) and 2010-11 (10.94) ... The team is fourth nationally this year.
> Mizzou shot an incredible 67.9 percent in the second half against William & Mary on Dec. 18, the team's best shooting half of the season ... The previous best was 65.2 percent in the second half against Cal.
> Senior Marcus Demon poured in a career high 31 points against Northwestern State on Dec. 2 thanks to a career-high seven treys ... The 31 points were the most for a Tiger since DeMarre Carroll had 31 against Iowa State on Feb. 7, 2009 ... He followed that with a 28-point outing against Villanova, making him the first Tiger since Thomas Gardner (2005-06) to score at least 28 points in back-to-back games.
> Seniors Marcus Denmon and Kim English have combined to make 76 of the Tigers' 108 3-point field goals so far this season ... The duo 2nd and 3rd in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made at 2.92 and 2.83, respectively ... They are only the fourth and fifth players to ever have at least 30 3's in the first nine games.
> Michael Dixon is currently the all-time leader at MU in free throw percentage at 85.5 percent after making 52-of-57 so far this season ... He entered the season ranked fourth ... He is 188-of-220 in his career.
> Mizzou saw five players score at least 13 points against Kennesaw State on Dec. 15, marking the 16th time in program history that that has happened ... The last time it happened was Feb. 5, 2011.
> With two blocks against Old Dominion, Steve Moore now has 83 in his career to rank ninth place all-time at Mizzou ... He is seventh in the Big 12 at 1.5 per game.
> Seniors Marcus Denmon and Kim English continue to move up Missouri's all-time scoring list ... Denmon now has 1,399 in his career, which puts him 16th all-time at Mizzou ... Denmon needs two more points to tie Larry Drew for 15th ... English stands at 1,263 points, good for 25th place ... He needs 12 more points to tie Lee Coward for 24th.
> Senior Laurence Bowers will be forced to redshirt the 2011-12 season after suffering a season-ending knee injury (ACL) in October ... Bowers averaged 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a year ago.
> This year's seniors mark the winningest class in Missouri Basketball program history...Heading into the year, the class' 77 wins over the last three-plus seasons mark the most in a three-year stretch at Mizzou...The Tiger clubs from 1980-83 and 1988-91 won 75 games over a three-year stretch ... The class now has a record of 90-27.
> The Tigers recorded 23+ wins in each of the last three campaigns for the first time in program history...Mizzou won 31 games in 2008-09 and went 23-11 in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
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