No. 9 Tigers Look to Rebound at Iowa State Wednesday

MUTIGERS.COM <i>The Tigers are 14-1 under first-year head coach Frank Haith.</i>
The Tigers are 14-1 under first-year head coach Frank Haith.

Jan. 9, 2012

#9/9 University of Missouri Tigers (14-1) at rv/rv Iowa State (12-3)

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TIP-OFF: 7 p.m. CT.
Arena: Hilton Coliseum (14,356)
Radio: Tiger Network (Mike Kelly, play-by-play; Gary Link, analysis)
TV: Big 12 Network (Dave Bell - Play by Play / Reid Gettys - Analyst)
MU: 9/9
ISU: rv/rv
Series: Mizzou leads, 147-84 (Last meeting: MU 76, ISU 70; Feb. 19, 2011 in Ames, Iowa)
MU: Frank Haith (Elon '88), 143-102 overall (8th year) and 14-1 at Mizzou (1st year)
Iowa State: Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State `95); 28-19 overall and at ISU (2nd season)

For Openers...

    > The No. 9/9 University of Missouri Tigers (14-1, 1-1 Big 12) look to rebound from their first loss of the season as the team travels to Ames, Iowa, to face the Iowa State Cyclones (12-3, 2-0) Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ... Mizzou's 14-1 start to open the season is tied for the fourth-best start in program history.

    > Mizzou and Iowa State have met 231 times in history, with Mizzou ahead in the all-time series 147-84 ... The Tigers have claimed the last seven games in the series and the last three in Ames ... No current Tiger player has ever lost to Iowa State, as the last loss to the Cyclones was on Jan. 18, 2008, when the current senior class was a year away from matriculating at Missouri.

    > Despite the loss to Kansas State on Jan. 7, Mizzou's 14-1 record stands is still tied for the fourth-best start in program history ... The 15-0 starts in 1981-82, 1920-21 and 1919-20 are the only starts that stand better than Mizzou's current record.

    > Head Coach Frank Haith is the first Tiger coach to win his first 14 games at the helm of the program since Craig Ruby in 1920-21.

    > The Tigers currently rank second nationally in field goal percentage at 51.0 percent ... The team also ranks second in scoring margin (+22.5) and assist-turnover ratio (1.63), fourth in scoring offense (84.4), fifth in turnovers per game (10.1), turnover martin (+5.8) and personal fouls per game (13.7) and rank seventh in free throw percentage (.769).

    > Senior big man Ricardo Ratliffe leads the nation in field goal percentage with his .769 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 ... He is one of only two players in the country shooting better than 70 percent.

    > Senior Kim English leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage among players with 2.5 makes per game at 53.8 percent ... His shooting percentage beyond the arc is the best ever for an MU player in the first 15 games of the season.

    > Additionally, senior Marcus Denmon ranks seventh nationally in free throw percentage at 92.0 percent, while junior Michael Dixon comes in at 13th nationally at 91.0 percent ... The duo make up the best one-two charity stripe punch in the nation, as they are the only pair of teammates ranked in the top-20.

    > Mizzou is one of just six teams in the country with at least two players who have made at least 40 3-point field goals, as Denmon has 46 and English has 43 ... Additionally, they are one of just two teams, joining Oakland, in the nation with two players who have made at least 43 3-pointers this season.

    > Junior Mike Dixon has been arguably the nation's top sixth man this season as he is averaging 12.8 points per game and 3.0 assists per contest off the bench ... His 12.8 ppg average this season is tops among Big 12 players with no starts this year ... In fact, he ranks among the nation's top sixth men as his 12.8 ppg rank ahead of other notable sixth men: Pierre Jackson of Baylor, Ryan Boatwright of Connecticut, Will Sheehy of Indiana and Dion Waiters of Syracuse, all of whom, like Dixon, have no starts this year.

Mizzou Quick Hitters

    > Heading into Wednesday's contest, the Tigers are one of the nation's and Big 12's best shooting teams as the squad ranks second nationally and first in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.510) ... The team also ranks seventh nationally and first in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.769) ... Additionally, the team's 40.7 percentage from beyond the arc leads the Big 12.

    > Senior Marcus Denmon leads the Big 12 Conference in scoring at an 18.7 clip per contest ... The guard also leads the conference in free throw percentage (.920) and 3-point field goals made per game (3.07), ranks fourth in steals (1.6) and 3-point field goal percentage (.447) and sixth in field goal percentage (.495),

    > Senior Kim English has been red hot over his last five games, shooting 50-percent from the floor (22-of-44) while connecting on an amazing 57-percent of his 3-pointers (12-of-21) and 16-of-18 free throws ... English scored 23 points against Oklahoma on Jan. 3, due in large part to 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, good for his seventh career game with five 3-pointers and third this season.

    > English's 23-point outing against Oklahoma was joined by classmate Marcus Denmon, who also scored 20 points in that game. That duo has now scored 20 points each in the same Big 12 game three times in their careers. No other Tiger duo has accomplished that feat in the last six seasons.

    > Despite not shooting particularly well from the floor at Kansas State, the Tigers still made 20-of-25 free throws to finish the game at 80 percent from the charity stripe ... The game marked the ninth time in 15 games this season the Tigers shot at least 80 percent from the foul line ... All of last season the team hit that mark just 11 times in 34 games.

    > After Tuesday's win over Oklahoma, Mizzou is now 14-2 in Big 12 home openers with its only two losses coming to Iowa State.

    > Against Oklahoma on Jan. 3, the Tigers had plenty of noteworthy accomplishments in their 87-49 victory ... In fact, Mizzou limited the Sooners to less than 50 points, marking the first time a Tiger team has done that since Jan. 6, 2010, against Savannah State (45 points) ... It also marked the first time since Feb. 14, 2009, that Mizzou held a Big 12 foe under 50 (Nebraska, 47) ... The 38-point win was also the Tigers' largest over OU since 1922 and their second-largest over a Big 12 team, second only to a 45-point win over Colorado in 2009.

    > Another notable stat from the win over the Sooners was that the Tigers won the battle on the glass, 38-23. Despite running with a four-guard lineup, Mizzou topped the Sooners - who entered the game as the fourth-best rebounding team in the country - by 15 in the game.

    > Sixth man Michael Dixon combines with sophomore Phil Pressey to give the Tigers arguably the best 1-2 punch at point guard in the nation. The tandem averages a combined 21.8 ppg and 8.9 assists per game with an assist-to-turnover margin of 2.33 with a combined 58 steals. In fact, that duo averages more steals per game than turnovers with a combined 58 steals and just 57 turnovers.

    > Staying on that topic of steals vs. turnovers, Mizzou is second nationally with a steal-turnover margin of 0.94, trailing only No. 1 Syracuse in that department. The Tigers have 142 steals and just 151 turnovers, the latter of which gives Mizzou just 10.1 turnovers per game, ranking fifth nationally. Mizzou is ninth nationally in steals per game at 9.47.

    > 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 that the team had an undefeated non-conference mark, joining the 1972-73 squad.

    > From Nov. 27 - Jan. 3, Sophomore Phil Pressey had nine 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 and seven vs. Oklahoma). ... 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.

    > Ricardo 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.

    > Mizzou Arena has become one of the hardest places to play in the nation, as the current senior class has a record of 60-3 all-time in the building, for a winning percentage of 95.2 ... The seniors were a perfect 18-0 at home in 2008-09, 16-2 in 2009-10, 17-1 in 2010-11 and are currently 9-0 this season.

    > Overall, Missouri leads the Big 12 in nine different statistical categories: scoring offense (84.4), scoring margin (+22.5), free throw percentage (.769), field goal percentage (.510), 3-point field goal percentage (.407), assists (16.4), steals (9.47), turnover margin (+5.8) and assist-turnover ratio (1.63).

    > 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 1.17 points per field goal attempt this season, a Big 12-best by a wide margin ... Ratliffe leads the team in that category as he is averaging 1.54 points per field goal attempt, while English averages 1.38 and Denmon 1.23.

    > The Tigers lead the Big 12 with 9.47 steals per contest, a mark that ranks ninth nationally ... 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).

    > Seniors Marcus Denmon and Kim English have combined to make 89 of the Tigers' 127 3-point field goals so far this season ... The duo ranks first and third, respectively, in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made at 3.07 and 2.87 ... They are only the fourth and fifth Tiger players to ever have at least 30 3's in the first nine games ... Additionally, they are one of just two pairs of teammates nationally with at least 43 3-pointers apiece, joining a pair from Oakland.

    > Seniors Marcus Denmon and Kim English continue to move up Missouri's all-time scoring list ... Denmon now has 1,436 in his career, which puts him 14th all-time at Mizzou ... Denmon needs nine more points to tie Jevon Crudup for 13th and 12 more points to tie Ricky Frazier for 12th ... English stands at 1,294 points, good for 23rd place ... He needs one more point to tie Ron Coleman for 22nd and 14 more points to tie Nathan Buntin for 21st.

    > 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 91-28.

    > 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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