Jan. 7, 2014
No. 21 Mizzou Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Date: Jan. 8, 2013
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CT
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: SEC TV (Mike Morgan and Jon Sundvold)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly and Gary Link)
Rankings: Missouri - 21 / 21 - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches’ Poll
Georgia - NR / NR
Series: Fifth Meeting; Missouri leads 4-0; Last - Missouri won 79-62 in Columbia on Jan. 16, 2013
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon ‘88); 189-118 overall (9th season); 60-17 at Mizzou (3rd season)
Georgia: Mark Fox (E. New Mexico ‘91) 194-112 overall (10th season); 71-69 at Georgia (5th season)
> Mizzou Basketball opens Southeastern Conference play on Wednesday as the Tigers host the Georgia Bulldogs at Mizzou Arena ... It’s the second consecutive year the Tigers open league play at home ... Mizzou earned an 84-68 win over Alabama in last season’s SEC opener on Jan. 8, 2013.
> Mizzou will look to open league play with a victory for the third consecutive season ... In addition to last season’s win over the Crimson Tide, the Tigers handled the Oklahoma Sooners, 87-49, in the 2011-12 league opener and have won five consecutive conference home openers dating back to the 2006-07 season.
> The Tigers have been very good at home vs. league opposition since 2008-09, racking up a 38-4 mark (.905), including a perfect 9-0 home record in league play last season ... Overall the Tigers have won 13 consecutive games at home vs. SEC foes dating back to the 2006-07 season, which includes non-league wins vs. Arkansas, Mississippi State, Georgia and Vanderbilt.
> Missouri opened the 2014 calendar year with a 69-59 win over Long Beach State and owns a 26-game homecourt winning streak at Mizzou Arena dating back to the final home game of the 2011-12 campaign ... That winning streak ranks No. 1 nationally, tied with Stephen F. Austin ... The 26 consecutive home wins is the fourth-longest streak in school history and is the longest since the team won 32 consecutive home games from 2007-2010 ... Duke is No. 3 nationally with 24 wins, just ahead of Arkansas (23).
> Mizzou has been very good at home under Head Coach Frank Haith’s teams ... The Tigers are 41-1 at Mizzou Arena since 2011-12 and were a perfect 17-0 at home last season.
> The win over Long Beach State helped Missouri win its 81st consecutive home game vs. non-conference opposition ... The win capped Mizzou’s eighth consecutive perfect record at home in non-league action ... Missouri’s last non-conference loss at home came vs. Sam Houston State in the 2005 Preseason NIT.
> Overall, Mizzou boasts a 145-21 (.873) record at home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 92-4 at home since 2008-09, amounting to an incredible .958 winning percentage.
> Missouri has used its 12-1 start to earn a Top 25 billing by both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls ... The Tigers have been ranked each season under Haith despite having just one starter back each of the last two years.
> As mentioned, the Tigers have just one starter returning from last season’s 23-11 team (Jabari Brown) and no players are back that saw action on that 30-5 club during the 2011-12 campaign ... In fact, Missouri’s top scorer (Clarkson), rebounder (Williams III) and assist man (Clarkson) have all played less than one full season for the Tigers ... Missouri (1) and Kansas (0) are the only clubs in college basketball currently ranked with one or fewer starters back from last season.
> Earnest Ross continues to produce career numbers for Missouri this season ... The senior has 1,030 career points, which is fourth among active Southeastern Conference players and his 557 career rebounds ranks No. 3 ... Of course Ross began his career at Auburn, so each of his four seasons have been played in the SEC.
> Speaking of Ross, his career high for scoring came against these same Georgia Bulldogs in 2011 as a sophomore at Auburn ... Ross scored 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting ... Ross will make his return to Auburn this weekend as Mizzou makes its first-ever trip to Auburn, Ala.
Mizzou Basketball Cliffs...
> Mizzou Basketball opens SEC play on Wednesday as the Tigers host Georgia in the league tip-off for both programs ... Missouri has won six consecutive league home openers dating back to a loss to Iowa State (67-66) in 2006-07 on a last-second put-back by Wesley Johnson.
> Missouri moved up to No. 21 in the Top 25 following last weekend’s win over Long Beach State ... It’s Mizzou’s highest ranking of the year and the third consecutive season the Tigers have entered league play ranked under Frank Haith.
> Missouri once again ranks among the nation’s best in rebounding ... The Tigers average 28.5 defensive boards per game, tied with Kentucky for the league lead and No. 16 nationally.
> Mizzou has used the same starting lineup in all-13 games this season.
> Georgia is making its third consecutive trip to Columbia on Wednesday ... The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs, 79-62, on Jan. 16 last year and also completed a home-and-home series with UGA on Jan. 2, 2010, with an 89-62 win.
> Mizzou will face the Bulldogs in Athens on Feb. 25 later this year and is 2-0 all-time vs. Georgia in Columbia and 1-0 all-time in Athens.
> Missouri continues to be a much-improved defensive team heading into league play ... The Tigers have not allowed their last four opponents to reach 70 points and just one opponent has reached 80 points all season (Hawaii).
> Over its last four games, Missouri is allowing 62.0 points on 36 percent shooting from the floor and 28 percent shooting from three-point range.
> How good has Jabari Brown been in the clutch? The junior guard is a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range in his last three games in the final three minutes of the contest and is 4-of-5 from three in the final seven minutes during that stretch.
> Brown is coming off his 10th career 20-point effort in the win over Long Beach State ... The Oakland, Calif., native scored 22 points, including a critical three-point field goal with 2:18 remaining to help the Tigers finish non-league play at 12-1.
> Ryan Rosburg also enjoyed an excellent outing, grabbing a career high 11 rebounds, including four offensive boards, in 33 minutes.
> There are no players from the state of Georgia on the current Tiger roster, but that will change next season as Jakeenan Gant, the 2013 Georgia AAAAA Player of the Year, will join the club in 2014-15 ... Gant averaged 17.9 points and 9.3 rebounds as a junior and is coming off a 28-point, 20-rebound, 11-block game on Dec. 27.
> Missouri recorded a rare ACC road win on Dec. 28 at N.C. State ... Although the Tigers haven’t played many road games in ACC territory, the win in Raleigh was the second in ACC country in program history ... Mizzou won 87-73 at Maryland on Jan. 24, 1989 ... It was the club’s first non-league road win since a 75-68 win at Old Dominion on Dec. 30, 2011.
> Head Coach Frank Haith will coach his 308th career game overall and is a spectacular 60-17 in three seasons at Mizzou ... Haith was the fastest coach in school history to 50 wins and has just one starter back for the second consecutive campaign.
> Missouri has done a good job defensively over its last six games ... The Tigers faced two of the nation’s top scoring teams, West Virginia (85.1 ppg) and UCLA (90.6 ppg), but held the two clubs a combined 35 points below their scoring norms ... Mizzou also held Western Michigan 10.6 points below its season scoring average, Illinois 6.5 points below its norm, N.C. State 13.0 points below its average and Long Beach State 8.3 points below its average.
> Missouri is being led in scoring by the dynamic junior tandem of Jordan Clarkson (19.3 ppg) and Jabari Brown (18.4) ... The duo is combining for 37.7 points per game, No. 2 in the Southeastern Conference, just behind the Auburn duo of KT Harrell and Chris Denson ... Clarkson’s 19.3 points per game is No. 2 in the SEC.
> The pair is one of three teammate tandems in high-major college basketball averaging 18.0+ points per game.
> Mizzou plays in the friendly confines of Mizzou Arena where the club is 41-1 since 2011-12 and went a perfect 17-0 at home last season.
> Mizzou boasts a 145-21 (.880) record at home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 92-4 at home since 2008-09, amounting to an incredible .960 winning percentage.
> Non-conference opponents have not enjoyed their stops in Columbia, Mo., over the last few seasons and the Tigers have raced to an incredible 81 consecutive wins at home vs. non-league opposition since the end of the 2005-06 campaign ... Missouri’s last non-conference loss at home came vs. Sam Houston State in the 2005 Preseason NIT, but since then, Missouri has gone nearly eight full seasons without a loss.
> That non-conference win streak is No. 2 nationally behind Duke ... Duke has won 109 consecutive non-ACC games at home.
> Jordan Clarkson recorded the first 30-point game of the SEC season on Nov. 12 and logged the 26th 30-point game during Missouri’s SEC / Big 12 eras ... Clarkson needed just 18 shots to reach 31 points (12-of-18 FGs), and is one of just two Tigers during the two eras to have 30+ points, 5+ assists and zero turnovers ... Clarence Gilbert had a ridiculous 43 points, nine assists and zero turnovers vs. Iowa State in a four overtime win on Jan. 13, 2001.
> Clarkson has topped 20 points in seven of his last nine games heading into SEC play ... The junior has topped 20 points eight times in 13 games overall.
> Head Coach Frank Haith enters his third season at Missouri and will look to lead the Tigers to their third consecutive 20-win campaign ... Only Norm Stewart, Quin Snyder and Mike Anderson have enjoyed three 20-win seasons at Mizzou ... Stewart of course led the way with 17 20-win campaigns ... Snyder and Anderson each had three.
> Missouri has won at historic levels over the last five seasons ... In fact the Tigers have won 23+ games each of the last five seasons.
> The five consecutive 20-win seasons is a school record and Missouri’s five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament is the longest active streak in the Southeastern Conference.
> Mizzou Arena has been the site of two undefeated home seasons in its history ... Missouri was 18-0 in 2008-09 and was 17-0 at home last season ... Hearnes Center, the former home of Missouri Basketball, was the site of five undefeated home campaigns (1974-75, 1980-81, 1988-89, 1989-90 and 1993-94).
> Since 2006-07 (72-0) the club’s margin of victory has been 25.8 points in those non-league home tilts.
> Mizzou will have two transfers sitting out this season ... Zach Price transferred from Louisville, where the 6-foot-10 forward was a member of the Cardinals’ NCAA National Championship team ... Deuce Bello transferred from Baylor ... Both will be classified as redshirt juniors next season.
> Mizzou will be on national television a school-record 20 times this season ... That number has grown each of Mizzou’s two years in the SEC ... The Tigers were on national TV 18 times last season, which was also a school record.
> Mizzou was picked fifth in the Southeastern Conference’s preseason media poll ... Kentucky was the projected league champion.