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Jan. 11, 2010

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Mizzou Basketball News and Notes 2009-10

University of Missouri Tigers (13-3, 1-0 Big 12) vs.

Texas Tech University Red Raiders (12-3, 0-1 Big 12)

2009-10 Regular Season Game 16 - January 13, 2010 - Lubbock, Texas

 

Tip-off: 8 p.m. CST

Arena: United Spirit Arena - Lubbock, Texas (15,098)

TV: ESPNU - (Carter Blackburn play-by-play; LaPhonso Ellis analyst)

Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly play-by-play; Gary Link analyst)

Rankings: Mizzou: RV/RV, Texas Tech: RV/RV in Associated Press / USA Today Coaches polls

Series: Missouri leads 10-8 all-time; last - MU won 81-60 on March 12, 2009 in Okla. City

Coaches:

Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ’82); 167-79 overall (8th season); 87-38 at Mizzou (4th)

Texas Tech: Pat Knight (Indiana, ‘95); 30-29 overall (2nd season)

 

For Openers

> Missouri Basketball plays a true road game for the first time since early December as the Tigers travel to Lubbock, Texas, to face a very good Texas Tech Red Raider club that has been ranked inside the Top 25 for the past few weeks ... Missouri is looking for its first 2-0 start in Big 12 play since the 2005-06 season and could continue to equal its best start under Mike Anderson with a win at TTU.

> Missouri is known for big runs during games, but the Tigers have “spurt-ability” throughout a season as well ... Missouri is on an eight-game winning streak, which is the second longest streak of the Mike Anderson era in Columbia ... The record is nine straight to open the 2006-07 season ... Anderson’s club has now enjoyed four winning streaks of 6+ games dating back to last season ... During that time Missouri is 44-10 overall and 16-4 vs. Big 12 foes, including Big 12 Tournament play last year.

> Missouri and Texas Tech met twice last season, first in Columbia (W, 97-86) and then in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla. ... Missouri defeated the Red Raiders 81-60 and then went on to win the Big 12 Championship two days later ... That win against the Red Raiders started a six game postseason winning streak that culminated in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.

> Of course you can’t talk winning streaks without mentioning Missouri’s 30-game streak inside Mizzou Arena, which dates back to the home finale of the 2007-08 campaign against Iowa State … The Tigers rank #2 nationally with regards to home court winning streaks, one game ahead of Pittsburgh, Dayton and Siena (29) ... Kansas leads the country in consecutive home wins with 51 ... Missouri’s current home win streak is the second longest in school history ... The school mark is 34 straight set from 1988-90 ... That run was actually broken by an Arkansas club in which Mike Anderson was an assistant coach for Nolan Richardson.

> When you talk about the future of Mizzou Basketball, you start with its youth and the Tigers have plenty of it ... MU has one of the nation’s youngest teams this year with 11-of-13 players in their first or second season playing for Mike Anderson ... The Tigers are getting more than half of their 82.9 points per game from the sophomore class alone ...  The second-year Tigers are logging 43.2 points per game ... If you add the freshman class, Mizzou is getting 69 percent of its scoring (55.1 ppg) and 56 percent of its assists (9.8 apg) from underclassmen this season ... Oh and for good measure, Missouri is welcoming in the nation’s #7 recruiting class next year (per USA Today).

 

Mizzou Quick Hitters

> Missouri Basketball will take its eight-game winning streak on the road to Texas Tech this Wednesday as the Tigers go gunning for their first road win of 2009-10 ... Missouri does have two neutral court wins over Top 100 RPI clubs Illinois and Old Dominion and Wednesday’s game comes against another highly-regarded foe.

> Opponents have had little success on opposing courts in the Big 12 this year ... Only Iowa State has lost a home game this year, the other 11 clubs are undefeated at home, including Texas Tech who is 10-0.

> Missouri itself has been downright inhospitable at home this year ... The Tigers are 11-0 with a +30.2 ppg scoring margin inside Mizzou Arena ... The Tigers are also shooting 51 percent from the floor, 42 percent from three-point range and are turning teams over 22.7 times a game.

> Missouri’s current eight-game winning streak is the second longest of the Mike Anderson Era ... Anderson’s Tigers won nine consecutive to start his tenure at MU in 2006-07.

> The Tigers have won 10 consecutive home games vs. Big 12 opposition ... Missouri topped both #16 Kansas (62-60) and #4 Oklahoma (73-64) inside Mizzou Arena last season and defeated #10 Kansas State to start league play in 2009-10.

> Missouri ranks #9 nationally with 17.7 assists per game … However the perfect illustration for the Tigers’ unselfishness is that Mizzou has ZERO players ranked among the Top 250 nationally in assists … No one player dominates that basketball and that fuels Missouri’s quick-strike offense … However nine different Tigers have 19 or more assists this season, led by Zaire Taylor (43), J.T. Tiller (41) and freshman Michael Dixon (41) ... And as a reminder, Missouri led the nation in assists last season with 18.4 dimes per contest.

> Missouri has topped 20 assists six times, including 28 dimes in the 106-69 win against Oregon and 25 vs. Georgia.

> Conversely the Tigers lead the nation in steals per game (12.9) and are the only club in America with three players ranked among the Top 100 nationally in steals per game … Zaire Taylor (#54 - 2.1 spg), Kim English (#86 - 1.9 spg) and Keith Ramsey (#86 - 1.9 spg) are leading the way, while J.T. Tiller continues to play the type of on-ball defense that could help him repeat as Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

> Missouri is #2 nationally in turnover margin at +7.9 … With that great turnover margin and assist/turnover ratio (+1.3) the Tigers have taken 118 more shots then their opponents this year … That statistic certainly helps to offset rebounding margin … In a crazy stat that speaks to great ball-security, the Tigers already have 106 more steals this season than their opponents through just 16 games.

> Did you know the Tigers actually turn their opponent over a nation-leading 30 percent of the time during a game? What does that mean? Well it means nearly one out of every three defensive possessions ends in a turnover.

> With that great turnover percentage Missouri is forcing 22.0 turnovers a game and is averaging 28.1 points per game off of those turnovers.

> It’s certainly early, but the Tigers sport excellent depth on their roster ... Nine different players have reached double figures in scoring and 10 different Tigers are averaging at least 10.2 minutes per game ... In addition, that depth fuels Missouri’s pressure and has allowed the Tigers to reach double figures in steals in 14-of-16 contests, including a school record 24 thefts vs. Chattanooga on Nov. 24.

> Missouri continues to be outstanding at the free throw line this season ... The Tigers are hitting at a 71.3 percent clip on the year, compared to 67.2 percent shooting last season.

> It’s hard to argue with the production of Missouri’s bench ... The Tigers are getting 37.3 of their 82.9 points per game from the reserves ... Missouri’s bench has actually outscored their starters five times this season and are outscoring their opposition’s bench 37.3-to-15.1.

> Mizzou has had a double-figure scorer off the pine in 13 games this season, including a season high three players in the wins against Oregon and UMKC.

> One thing about Mike Anderson’s clubs, they are built for the long haul ... Over his tenure “Coach A’s” teams have averaged 26.7 points per game off the bench... That’s over 116 career games.

> It’s nothing new to have the reserves outscore the starters either ... Including five games this season, the reserves have dropped in more tallies than the “initial five” 17 times (in 116 games) in Anderson’s tenure ... It just goes to show you, when the man says he has eight or nine starters, it means he has eight or nine starters!

> To help illustrate that point even further, Missouri has had seven different starting lineups this year.

> Missouri has typically played some tough schedules over the years and that trend will continue in 2009-10 ... Mizzou has 15 games against teams that have been ranked / receiving votes in the Top 25 this season ... Included in that list are some impressive non-conference games against, Illinois, Old Dominion, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Georgia and Richmond.

> Missouri has faced seven teams in the RPI Top 100 and is 5-2 in those games ... In both losses the  Tigers were in a one-possession game in the final minute of play.

 

Tiger Tidbits

J.T. Tiller, 6-4, 200 Pounds

> J.T. Tiller has earned mention on virtually every preseason All-Defensive Team in 2009-10 … Tiller is of course the reigning Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 12 Conference and was named to All-Defensive Teams by Sports Illustrated and ESPN prior to the start of his senior season.

> Tiller has been hobbled by a bone bruise in his left foot, but has still reached double figures in 7-of-13 games played.

> Tiller has notched seven assists in a game three times this year, including seven dimes at Vanderbilt, seven in a win against Old Dominion and seven in a home win against Georgia.

> The Marietta, Ga., native has 272 career assists and needs just 58 more dimes this year to move into the career Top 10.

> He also owns 135 career steals and 16 more thefts would push him into the Top 10 in that category as well, surpassing former teammate Jason Horton (2004-08), who had 150 … In fact his career steals per game average of 1.2 already ranks in Mizzou’s career Top 10.

 

Zaire Taylor, 6-4, 189 Pounds

> Zaire Taylor has been one of America’s top defensive players so far in 2009-10 and is #2 in the Big 12 and ranked among the Top 60 nationally with 2.1 steals per game this season.

> Taylor ripped a career high seven steals vs. Fairleigh Dickinson in just 18 minutes of action ... Taylor was in the game for 31 defensive possessions and stopped FDU 26 percent of the time with either a steal or a blocked shot.

> The seven steals are tops in the Big 12 this year, tied the Mizzou Arena record and are the second most in school history ... Had he played all 40 minutes vs. the Knights he was on pace to record 15.6 steals in the game.

> Not only is Taylor excellent at swiping the basketball, he is one of the country’s best at protecting the rock as well ... Last year he ranked among the Top 5 nationally with a 3-to-1 assist/turnover ratio.

> Taylor has wasted little time picking up his assist totals this year and has dished 43 dimes while committing just 18 turnovers in his last 15 games.

> Of course its hard to talk about Taylor and not mention his “Big Shot” monicker ... Taylor hit game-winners last year vs. #16 Kansas and at #16 Texas and then broke a 66-66 tie vs. #10 K-State on Jan. 9 with a deep triple with just 33 seconds remaining ... All three of those game-winners were vs. ranked teams.

> Not only do Taylor and Tiller form one of America’s best backcourts, but the pair is incredibly visible in the community and volunteered with the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon, which supports the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital ...  The duo answered phones on the phonebank and made special visits to patients.

 

Laurence Bowers, 6-8, 205 Pounds

> Laurence Bowers is one of Missouri’s most efficient players this season and is third on the team in scoring (10.9), second in rebounding (5.6) and tops in blocked shots (1.6) in just 20.1 minutes a game.

> Bowers scored a career high 23 points in the Jan. 2 win against Georgia, hitting 11-of-14 FGs for his first career 20-point night and the dropped in 13 points and eight boards vs. K-State.

> Over his last four games Bowers is a combined 21-of-26 from the floor (.808) and has averaged 15.0 ppg.

> Bowers has reached double figures eight times this season and he continues to be one of the team’s most efficient players shooting 63.6 percent from the floor.

> Don’t be surprised by Bowers’ efficiency ... That’s part of his game ... The Memphis native maximizes his minutes played ... Last season as a freshman he was the team’s most efficient rebounder and shot-blocker in just 6.9 minutes a game.

> The Memphis native has blocked at least one shot in 13-of-16 games this season, including a career high four swats in the win against Austin Peay.

> Bowers was a rebounding menace in the South Padre Island Invitational and was named to the All-Tournament Team for his production.

 

Kim English, 6-6, 200 Pounds

> Kim English leads Missouri with 12 double figure scoring games this season, including six 20-point efforts.

> English has scored 20+ in three of his last eight games, including 24 tallies in the win against Illinois and 23 more vs. Austin Peay.

> He also grabbed a career high six rebounds and ripped two steals vs. the Fighting Illini ... English has at least one steal in 15-of-16 games this season, including 17 steals in his last eight contests.

> English was named the Big 12’s Player of the Week on Dec. 28 after leading the team to wins against Illinois (24 points) and Austin Peay (23 points).

 

Marcus Denmon, 6-3, 185 Pounds

> Marcus Denmon is nearly full strength after off-season knee surgery and has reached double figures 10 times this year.

> Denmon has been one of Mizzou’s most consistent scorers with those 10 double-figure efforts and has tied his career high with 17 points four times this season.

> In fact Denmon has reached double figures in a career high five consecutive games and is averaging 14.0 points during that stretch on 49 percent three-point shooting.

> The Kansas City native is coming off a 14-point effort against Kansas State on Saturday, where he scored eight of his team-high tying 14 points in span of 3:43 late in the second half to hand the Tigers their 30th consecutive home court victory ... The Tigers were down 55-49 at the 5:37 mark when Denmon nailed back-to-back treys and then hit a baseline runner off glass that had “Old Skool Basketballers” reminiscing.

> Denmon currently ranks among the Big 12 leaders in three-point field goals per game (2.3) and three-point percentage (.440).

 

Steve Moore, 6-9, 264 Pounds

> Fans will notice a slimmed down version of Steve Moore this year … Since his arrival Moore had dropped 40 pounds and has now began to regain the weight in the form of muscle … Moore credits Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning David Deets with adjusting his eating habits, allowing the “Extreme Makeover”.

> Moore turned that weight loss into production, as he has recorded career highs in virtually every statistical category this season.

 

Michael Dixon, 6-1, 175 Pounds

> Michael Dixon has been one of the Big 12’s top freshmen this season and is averaging 8.6 points on 49 percent shooting this year.

> Dixon has reached double figures in seven of his last 11 games and was excellent in “high major” non-conference games, averaging 11.2 in contests against Illinois, Oregon, Georgia and Vanderbilt.

> Dixon has been especially tough during Missouri’s eight-game win streak, averaging 9.8 points and 2.6 assists in five starts ... He is also averaging just 1.2 turnovers during the run while shooting 55 percent from the floor.

> Dixon was recently named the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 28, the first league honor of his young career.

 

Miguel Paul, 6-1, 172 Pounds

> Miguel Paul leads Missouri in assists per minute this year and is dishing 2.6 dimes in just 14.5 minutes a contest.

> Paul is third on the club in assists and his 3.0-to-1 assist/turnover ratio is the best on the club (39 dimes, 13 turnovers).

> Paul has 16 assists and just three turnovers in his last seven games, an assist/turnover ratio of 5.3-to-1.

 

About The Texas Tech Red Raiders

Texas Tech (12-3, 0-1 Big 12) enjoys its Big 12 home-opener on Wednesday and is coming off an 81-52 loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday ... The Red Raiders have been perfect at home this season, 10-0, and are one of the nation’s better scoring clubs at 78.5 points per game ... Pat Knight’s club is led by Mike Singletary ... Singletary is scoring 15.6 points and grabbing 5.9 rebounds, while talented guard John Roberson is scoring 13.0 points and dishing 5.5 assists a night ... Tech had won two consecutive before the loss in Stillwater, including a quality 86-78 win against a very good UTEP team last weekend ... Tech is also 3-0 vs. teams from the Pac-10, beating Oregon State (64-60), Washington (99-92) and Stanford (100-87).

 

Quick Starts For Mizzou

Missouri has equaled its fastest start this century (same as 2008-09 club) as it looks to improve to 14-3 on Wednesday at Texas Tech ... This current 13-3 start is exactly the same as last season’s record at this time.

> Below is a look at some of Missouri’s fastest starts through 16 games over the last 30 years.

 

 Season             Start          Finish

1981-82            16-0           27-4

1989-90            15-1           26-6

1993-94            14-2           28-4

1982-83            14-2           26-8

1979-80            14-2           25-6

1991-92            14-2           21-9

2009-10            13-3           ???

2008-09            13-3           31-7

1994-95            13-3           20-9

1988-89            13-3           29-8

1980-81            13-3           22-10

1992-93            12-4           19-14

 

Dixon One Of Mizzou’s Best Frosh Point Guards

Michael Dixon has made a huge splash for Mizzou early in his Tiger career and below is a quick look at how the Lee’s Summit freshman compares to some other Tiger point guards during their freshman campaigns.

 

Tiger                             Year             PPG    APG    TPG   A/T Ratio

**Michael Dixon   2009-10    8.6      2.6       1.0     2.6

Keyon Dooling       1998-99    8.7      3.0       2.0     1.5

Melvin Booker       1990-91    8.3      3.5       2.7     1.3

Travis Ford               1989-90    6.4      3.5       1.8     1.9

Lee Coward             1986-87    6.5      1.7       1.4     1.3        

Prince Bridges       1981-82    6.8      3.3       2.2     1.5

**Jon Sundvold     1979-80    6.3      2.1       1.9     1.1

**Larry Drew          1976-77    6.9      2.8       N/A    N/A

 

** Kansas City natives

 

Bench Making The Difference

Missouri is known for using its deep, effective bench to help fuel the Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball and the Tiger reserves have outscored their opposition’s bench in all-16 games this season ... In fact, Missouri’s second wave has outscored its starters five times this season, including recent games against UMKC and Georgia.

> Six times this season the Tiger bench has scored 40+ points in a game and owns a 37.3-to-15.1 scoring margin against its opponents in 2009-10.

> Missouri has had six different Tigers come off the bench to score in double figures this season: Kim English, Laurence Bowers, Marcus Denmon, Michael Dixon, Zaire Taylor and Miguel Paul.

 

 

Top Bench Scoring Totals of 2009-10

Opponent                             Bench Scoring

vs. Texas-Pan American   57

vs. UMKC                             57

vs. Georgia                         54

vs. Oregon                          50

vs. Chattanooga                49

vs. Tennessee-Martin      45

 

Tigers In The National Rankings

Missouri is again ranking among the national leaders in several statistical categories ... Below is a quick rundown of how the Tigers rank.

 

Category            Avg / Ntl Rk     Leader / Avg

Assists             17.7 / #9           Syracuse / 21.1

Scoring Mar.    21.0 / #6           Kansas / 30.5

Steals               12.9 / #1           Missouri / 12.9

T/O Margin      +7.9 / #2           Houston / 10.6

3FGs PG            8.3 / #14           VMI / 13.4

3FG %                39.9 / #18         Columbia / 46.6

Scoring             82.9 / #11         VMI / 94.0

 

Noting Mizzou’s 30-Game Home Winning Streak

> Missouri has won 25-of-30 games by double figure margins.

> Has won 19 of 30 games by 20+ points, 11 games by 30+, six games by 40+ and two games by 50+.

> Own an average margin of victory of 22.2 points per game and is scoring 87.7 points in those 30 wins, while allowing just 65.8 points.

> Has topped 100 points five times and 90 points 12 times.

> Has won 10 consecutive games vs. Big 12 opposition during the run.

> Has defeated three ranked foes (#4 Oklahoma, #10 Kansas State and #16 Kansas).

> Own an average margin of victory of 32.0 points in a pair of Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series wins against California (93-66) and Oregon (106-69).

> During the streak the Tigers are shooting 48.6 percent from the floor, 39.0 percent from three-point range, are averaging 19.4 assists, 12.6 steals, have just 13.2 turnovers and own a 1.4 assist/turnover margin.

 

Tigers Surging Into Big 12 Play

Missouri has won eight straight heading into Wednesday’s game against Texas Tech and many of those wins have come in dominating fashion, outscoring opponents by 24.3 points per game, own seven double-figure wins and are shooting 48 percent from the floor and 39 percent from three-point range ... In fact Missouri’s top four scorers during this surge are all underclassmen, Kim English (15.5), Laurence Bowers (12.1), Marcus Denmon (11.5) and Michael Dixon (9.8).

> Of course long winning streaks are nothing new for Missouri under Mike Anderson ... The Tigers reeled off a pair of seven-game streaks last year and won six consecutive in postseason play, including a Big 12 Tournament crown.

> Missouri’s longest winning streak under Anderson was nine to open the 2006-07 campaign 9-0.

 

English, Dixon Sweep Big 12 Honors

A pair of Missouri Tigers earned recognition from the Big 12 Conference last week, as sophomore guard Kim English and freshman point guard Michael Dixon were named the league’s Player and Newcomer of the Week (respectively) on Dec. 28.

> English led Missouri to two victories over Illinois and Austin Peay, averaging 23.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game ... The 6-foot-6 guard shot 50 percent (8-of-16) from three-point distance and 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the floor.

> Dixon averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 steals and just 0.5 turnovers in two starts ... The Kansas City native was magnificent in Missouri’s win against Illinois, scoring a career high 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting ... He later dropped in 12 points and ripped a career high four steals vs. Austin Peay.

 

The Future Is Bright For Mizzou

Missouri’s freshmen and sophomores are scoring 56.2 points per game for the Tigers this season, which accounts for 68 percent of the team’s 82.9 total points per outing and is the top underclassmen scoring total in the Big 12.

> Those 56.2 points becomes incredibly promising since MU is welcoming the nation’s #7 overall recruiting class in 2010-11.

> Oklahoma is second in the Big 12 in underclassmen scoring at 55.2 points per game, while the Kansas Jayhawks rank third with 54.9 tallies a night.

With A Tiger Win ...

> Missouri would improve to 14-3 on the  season and move to 79-38 all-time under Mike Anderson.

> Overall, Anderson would improve to 168-79 in his eight seasons as a head coach.

> The Tigers would extend their season high winning streak to nine games, equaling the longest winning streak of the Mike Anderson era.

> Would earn its first win in Lubbock since Feb. 15, 2000 and improve to 2-6 in Lubbock all-time.

> Missouri would improve to 11-8 all-time vs. Texas Tech and would have won three consecutive wins against the Red Raiders.

 

Congrats To Mizzou’s Graduate, Zaire Taylor

Congratulations are in order for senior guard Zaire Taylor … The Staten Island, N.Y., native graduated Dec. 19 the same day the Tigers took on Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Mizzou Arena … In fact Missouri Basketball pushed up its normal shoot-around time allowing Taylor to walk across the stage to receive his diploma in Sociology.

 

Sweet English

Kimmie English has been much more than a scorer for Missouri over the Tigers’ current eight-game winning streak ... While he is averaging a team-best 15.5 ppg during the run, he has also provided improved rebounding and defense.

> Defensively, English has multiple steals in six of the last eight games, including a career high four rips in the win against Fairleigh Dickinson.

> He has also been an improved rebounder, highlighted by his career high six boards in the win against Illinois.

> Offensively English credits improved shot selection for his elevated scoring totals, as he is shooting 20-of-46 (.435) from three-point range and 43-of-92 (.467) from the floor.

> During this offensive surge English has enjoyed three 20-point efforts and narrowly missed a fourth with 18 points in 25 minutes in the win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff ... Two of those 20-point nights (24 vs. Illinois and 23 vs. Austin Peay) helped English earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Dec. 28.

 

Old Skool, New School

Michael Dixon brings an old skool flair to his new school of Mizzou, as the freshman is averaging incredibly consistent numbers of 8.6 points, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals this season for the Tigers ... While the rookie thrives in the open floor, the “throwback” guard is most comfortable unleashing his array of floaters and mid-range jumpers on opponents.

> Dixon has stepped his game up to another level over the last 11 games (seven double-figure scoring games), as the Kansas City native is averaging 9.5 points, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals for the Tigers ... The 6-foot-1 guard has also turned the ball over just 10 times in those 11 games and has a 2.8-to-1 assist/turnover ratio during that span.

> Dixon was recently named the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 28 after leading the Tigers to wins against Illinois and Austin Peay.

 

Rip City

Mike Anderson has his youngest team as a head coach with 11-of-13 players in just their first or second year of competition in the program, but he also may have his fastest club at Mizzou yet to date … The Tigers are averaging an outstanding 12.9 steals per game this season, which ranks #1 nationally … Those 12.9 “Rips” per game are the most ever at MU through 16 contests.

 

Year                 Steals          SPG

2006-07           201              12.5

2007-08           156              9.8

2008-09           172              10.8

2009-10           207              12.9            

 

Trey-Mendous Shooting

With an array of improving young guards Missouri has one of its best perimeter shooting teams in school history (with all due respect to the teams playing before the implementation of the three-point line) … The Tigers are shooting 40 percent from three-point land this year (#18 nationally), including a remarkable 42 percent as a team within the friendly confines of Mizzou Arena.

> Mizzou has made double-figure treys in six games this year, with a season high of 18 coming in the 99-56 win against Chattanooga … The 18 treys were a Mizzou Arena record and the second most in school history, just behind the 20 three-pointers Mizzou hit at Colorado on Feb. 23, 2002.

> Mizzou recently connected on 10 treys against Illinois at the annual Braggin’ Rights Game in St. Louis and 10 more in the win against Austin Peay.

 

Denmon Delivering

Marcus Denmon has continued to be one of the club’s most improved players and is one of the Big 12’s hottest shooters hitting 28-of-60 treys over his last 10 contests.

> Denmon has tied his career high of 17 points three times in his last eight contests, dropping in 17 in games vs. Oregon, Oral Roberts and Austin Peay.

> Denmon is now second on the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game and ranks fourth in the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage (.440) and fourth in three-point makes per game (2.3).

 


 

 

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