Jan. 10, 2013
No. 10 Missouri Tigers at Ole Miss Rebels
Date: Jan. 12, 2013
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CT
Arena: C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum (8,867)
TV: FSN (Dave Neal - Play by Play / Larry Conley - Analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play and Gary Link - Analyst)
Missouri - No. 10/No. 12 - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll
Ole Miss - NR/NR
Series: First Meeting
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 171-108 overall (9th); 42-7 at Mizzou (2nd season)
Ole Miss: Andy Kennedy (UAB `91) 137-80 at Ole Miss (7th season); 157-93 overall (8th)
> Missouri Basketball hits the road for the first time in Southeastern Conference action on Saturday as the Tigers meet Ole Miss for the first time in series history at C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum in Oxford.
> Missouri won its SEC opener on Tuesday, topping Alabama, 84-68, behind double-doubles from Alex Oriakhi (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Phil Pressey (11 points, 13 assists), but the Tigers did lose the services of senior forward Laurence Bowers for a few games ... Bowers will miss the Ole Miss and Georgia games with a sprained right MCL ... He will be re-evaluated after the Jan. 16 Georgia contest.
> Missouri is playing its second road game of the year ... The Tigers have been very good under Frank Haith on the road, going 7-4 since he took over the program ... Missouri won just one road game the season before his arrival.
> Missouri has been very good in league play under Haith and has now won 15-of-19 conference games under the second year head coach ... The Tigers have won 11 of their last 12 league games dating back to Jan. 28. 2012.
> Missouri and Ole Miss are two of four SEC teams that remain unbeaten at home this season, joining Florida and South Carolina ... Ole Miss is 8-0 at home this year and average a 28.5 ppg margin of victory ... The Rebels' closest home win was an 80-67 win over Rutgers back on Dec. 1 ... The Rebels are also coming off a 92-74 road win at Tennessee to open league play.
> Missouri has been very good in the month of January over the last four seasons ... Since the 2008-09 campaign the Tigers are 26-9 in January, including three wins over nationally-ranked foes.
> The SEC Player of the Week and Preseason SEC Player of the Year Phil Pressey leads the Tigers into Oxford ... Pressey has set career highs in both assists and scoring in his last three games, most recently tying the Mizzou Arena record with 13 assists in the league-opener against Alabama ... Pressey also scored a career high 26 points in a win against Bucknell on Jan. 5 ... On Dec. 28 at UCLA, Pressey shattered the school record and tied the SEC record with 19 assists ... It was the most dimes in a Division I game since 2008.
> Pressey has dished 48 assists over his last four games, including 11 vs. Illinois on Dec. 22 ... His 7.6 assists per game leads the SEC and ranks No. 6 in college basketball.
> Junior Earnest Ross is facing Ole Miss for the fifth time in his career ... He played just a combined 16 minutes in two games as a freshman, but averaged 11.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in two games vs. the Rebels as a sophomore.
> The state of Mississippi has been good to Missouri ... A recent Tiger hooper from Mississippi was All-American Melvin Booker ... Booker (1990-94) was from Moss Point, Miss., and is seventh on the Missouri scoring list with 1,697 points and is No. 2 all-time with 488 career assists ... Pressey is closing in on Booker's assist mark with 446 in three seasons.
> Missouri continues to dominate on the glass and has out-rebounded 12-of-14 opponents this season ... The Tigers are also No. 5 nationally in offensive rebounds (15.7) ... Missouri has 12 point-rebound double-doubles this season, bettering the team total (nine) for the entire 2011-12 season.
Mizzou Basketball Cliff Notes...
> Missouri Basketball hits the road for the second time this season as the Tigers continue SEC play at a veteran Ole Miss squad in Oxford, Miss.
> Missouri is playing its first game in the state of Mississippi since falling 87-75 at Mississippi State on Dec. 30, 2007.
> Missouri won its last road game at an SEC school, topping Georgia 83-76 on Jan. 3, 2009, in Athens.
> Missouri was a very good 6-3 in league road games last year and has won four of its last five dating back to a Jan. 30 win at Texas.
> Mizzou used a strong second half to pull away from Alabama on Tuesday and has been very good in the second half of games all season ... Missouri is averaging 42.9 points and is shooting 50.1 percent from the floor, 41 percent from three-point range and 78 percent from the foul line in the second half this year.
> The club boasts a +9.6 scoring margin (42.9-to-33.3) in this second half of those games as well.
> Missouri continues a tough stretch of games after closing non-league play with tilts against Illinois (14-2), UCLA (12-3) and Bucknell (13-3) ... Missouri's last five opponents, including Ole Miss are a combined 59-16.
> Missouri's offense has been more explosive over its last five games, averaging 85.6 points while shooting 48 percent from the floor ... Of course that four-game stretch coincides with the addition of Jabari Brown to the roster and Brown is second on the club with 13.8 points per game during those five contests.
> In the five games prior to Brown's addition Missouri averaged 70.0 points on 46.5 percent shooting.
> Head Coach Frank Haith is a very good 7-3 vs. Top 25 opponents as the head coach of Mizzou and is 4-2 vs. the Top 10.
> The Tigers will look to continue their impressive defensive trend ... Only three teams have scored more than 70 points on Missouri this year.
> At home, no team has topped 70 points vs. Missouri and opponents are averaging just 57.7 points on 34.9 percent shooting at Mizzou Arena.
> Missouri is currently ranked No. 22 nationally in field goal percentage defense (.379).
> Defensively, Missouri has held 11 of 14 opponents (Louisville, UCLA and Alabama) below 42 percent shooting.
> Missouri has been one of the country's top rebounding teams throughout the year and has out-rebounded 12-of-14 foes in 2012-13 ... Missouri enjoyed its largest rebounding margin of the year on Dec. 8 (+25) and has recorded a double-digit rebounding advantage in nine of 14 games.
> The Tigers also average 15.7 offensive rebounds per game (No. 5 nationally) and turn that into 15.1 second-chance points per contest.
> The Tigers are currently rebounding 46 percent of their missed shot attempts this year.
> Missouri has had six different players record double-figures in rebounds in a game this season, which is the most since six Tigers accomplished the feat during the 1995-96 campaign ... The school record for the number of players recording at least 10 rebounds in one game is seven, set during the 1959-60 season.
> In addition, Missouri already has a total of 12 point-rebound double-doubles between four different players (Bowers, Oriakhi, Ross and Bell), bettering the nine team double-doubles Mizzou in 2011-12.
> Although the Tigers have a number of familiar faces due to transfer years with the program, just one player, Phil Pressey, has played for Head Coach Frank Haith ... Missouri is getting 83.2 percent of its scoring and 92.3 percent of its rebounding from players that did not see action at Mizzou a season ago.
> Missouri has started to build its bench over the last three weeks thanks to the play of Keion Bell, Tony Criswell, Earnest Ross and the addition of Jabari Brown ... Missouri is averaging 20.3 points per game from its bench on the year, including 24.3 points over the last eight games.
> On the season Missouri has 11 double-figure scoring efforts off the bench (Bell - 3, Ross - 3 , Criswell - 2, Brown, Jankovic and Webster-Chan - 1).
> Criswell (before his injury) was on an impressive five-game run off the pine averaging 8.0 points on 61 percent shooting (19-of-31) in 19.2 minutes a game.
> Despite having so many newcomers, Mizzou has been balanced through 14 games with eight players averaging at least 17.8 minutes a contest ... Nine different Tigers have also reached double figures in scoring in a game this season and seven different Tigers have recorded at least 7+ boards in a game.
> Missouri has won 73 consecutive regular-season, non-conference home games since 2005-06 and since 2006-07 (66-0) the club's average margin of victory has been 26.7 points in those non-league home tilts.
> Missouri is 16-0 in home non-league games under Frank Haith and 15 of those 16 wins have been by double figures ... In fact Mizzou is 24-2 in regular season non-league games under Haith and have won 18 of those games by 10 or more points, including wins over Villanova (10), Notre Dame (29) and California (39) on neutral courts.
> Missouri has won at historic levels over the last five seasons and continues its search for a record-setting fifth consecutive 20-win campaign ... The Tigers have won 23+ games each of the last four seasons.
> MU also won 20+ in four consecutive years from 1988-92 and 1979-83.
> Haith's 2011-12 offense was known for its efficiency and the early returns are good this season as well ... Missouri is averaging 1.152 points per possession this year after averaging 1.187 a year ago.
> Missouri was college basketball's most efficient offensive club a year ago (according to KenPom.com) ... And how about this for an exciting SEC schedule, Kentucky was ranked No. 2 and Florida was No. 3.
> Frank Haith's offense also ranked No. 1 nationally in field goal percentage (.504), assist/turnover ratio (1.6) and among the Top 10 in scoring (6th - 80.4), scoring margin (5th - 14.1), three-point percentage (9th - .398), turnovers (5th - 10.2) and turnover margin (7th - 4.1).
> Haith was of course named the National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, taking the Tigers to their second 30-win season in school history and fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament.
> Mizzou got an early start to its 2012-13 campaign, playing five games in Europe from Aug. 8-18 ... However none of Missouri's current players saw action overseas, proving to be a great opportunity for the MU newcomers to get extended playing time.
> The Tigers played games in Amsterdam, Belgium and France.
> Missouri will be seen on TV like never before thanks to the move to the SEC ... The Tigers will have a school record 18 games appearing on national TV during the regular season.
> Mizzou also had four players ranked among the top players at their position by CBS Sports ... Phil Pressey headlined that list at No. 2 among point guards.
> In the front court Alex Oriakhi was ranked No. 35 and Laurence Bowers checked in at No. 38.
> Newcomer Jabari Brown was ranked among college hoop's top wing players, checking in at No. 48.
> Fran Fraschilla ranked Phil Pressey as the country's No. 5 most-important player.
> Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated also listed Pressey (No. 5) on his preseason Naismith Award watch list.
> Missouri's transfer class of Keion Bell, Jabari Brown, Alex Oriakhi and Earnest Ross is being considered as one of the best in basketball history by the Sporting News.