Jan. 17, 2014
> Missouri Basketball will look to bounce back from a 78-75 loss at Vanderbilt on Thursday by hosting the Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena at 1 p.m. ... The Tigers finished a quick two-game road trip with a 1-1 record and both games were decided by one possession ... Missouri is 13-3 on the year and each of those three games have been decided by six points or less ... Missouri’s losses are by a combined 10 points to Illinois (1), Vanderbilt (3) and Georgia (6) in overtime.
> Mizzou has been very good in quick turnaround situations this season ... The Tigers are 3-0 in games with one day (or less) of preparation following their previous contest ... The Tigers defeated IUPUI, Nevada and No. 17 UCLA in those circumstances.
> Mizzou will look to start a new home court winning streak on Saturday ... The Tigers fell to the Georgia Bulldogs in their most recent home contest (70-64) ... That loss snapped a 26-game home winning streak for the Tigers ... Despite that setback Mizzou is still an outstanding 41-2 at home under Frank Haith and that includes an 84-68 win over Alabama last season in the Tigers’ first-ever Southeastern Conference contest ... Overall Missouri is an outstanding 38-5 at home in league play (SEC and Big 12) since the 2008-09 season and the Tigers have never dropped more than two home games in a year during that stretch.
> Missouri continues to be led by the tandem of Jordan Clarkson (18.8) and Jabari Brown (18.4) ... The pair combined for 40 points at Vanderbilt, with Brown dropping in 22 points and six rebounds on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor ... Both Clarkson and Brown have reached double figures in all-16 games played this season ... The last Tiger to open a season with 16 consecutive double-figure scoring games was Kareem Rush (21 consecutive) in 2000-01.
> Earnest Ross continues to move up the SEC’s career active leaderboard for scoring and rebounding ... The Cary, N.C., native began his collegiate career at Auburn and ranks No. 4 among active scorers in the league with 1,072 points and No. 3 among active rebounders with 577 ... So far this season Ross is averaging a career high 14.0 points and narrowly missed a double-double at Vanderbilt with 11 points and nine rebounds ... He also tied a season high with five assists.
> Mizzou has been outstanding at bouncing back following a loss under Frank Haith ... The Tigers are 16-2 all-time after a defeat under Haith and have never lost more than two games in a row under the guidance of the third-year coach.
> Earlier this season Mizzou rallied back from a 65-64 loss to Illinois in St. Louis on Dec. 21 to win at N.C. State (68-64) on Dec. 28 and then won 70-68 at Auburn after a home loss to Georgia.
> Missouri has just one starter back 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.
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>Mizzou Basketball returns home and looks to even its SEC record on Saturday as the Tigers host the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mizzou Arena.
> Alabama makes its second consecutive trip to Columbia on Saturday ... The Tigers have won two straight in the series and both of those meetings came in the state of Missouri, including a 75-68 win in Kansas City on Nov. 20, 2011.
> Alabama and Missouri shared one common non-league foe this year, UCLA ... The Tigers topped the No. 17 Bruins 80-71 at Mizzou Arena while Alabama fell 75-67 at Pauley Pavilion.
> Mizzou Athletics will welcome the St. Louis Cardinals Caravan to Saturday’s game ... National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Michael Wacha as well as Tyler Lyons, Jermaine Curtis and Stephen Piscotty will be in attendance ... Cardinals alumni include Alan Benes and John Costello and the emcee will be former Voice of the Tigers, John Rooney.
> Next weekend on Jan. 25 vs. South Carolina Mizzou Basketball will host a Whiteout at Mizzou Arena in support of Coaches vs. Cancer ... Fans are encuoraged to wear white to the game ... Coaches vs. Cancer was of course co-founded by Norm Stewart.
> Like most college basketball teams, the Tigers have been much improved on the offensive end at home this year, shooting 48 percent from the floor and 37 percent from three-point range ... On the road Mizzou is shooting 38 percent from the floor and 32 percent from three ... Despite the tough offensive numbers the Tigers have used an improved defense to record a 2-1 mark on the road this year.
> The Tigers have also been very effective defensively at home, holding opponents to 38 percent shooting from the floor and just 26 percent shooting from three.
> Mizzou allowed a season high 12 three-pointers in Thursday’s loss at Vanderbilt, which was uncharacteristic of an improving Tiger “D” ... Missouri outscored Vandy 36-16 in the paint and enjoyed a +10 margin on the glass (45-35), but the Commodores’ long-range persistence (12-of-32 from three) was the difference.
> Missouri has been one of the leagues better rebounding teams, ranking No. 3 in the SEC with a +8.3 rebounding margin ... The Tigers average 28.1 defensive boards per game, No. 2 in the SEC behind Kentucky.
> Missouri has faced two of the nation’s top scoring teams, West Virginia and UCLA and 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 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 311th career game overall and is a spectacular 61-19 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 is being led in scoring by the dynamic junior tandem of Jordan Clarkson (18.8 ppg) and Jabari Brown (18.4) ... The duo is combining for 37.2 points per game, No. 2 in the Southeastern Conference, just behind the Auburn duo of KT Harrell and Chris Denson ... Clarkson’s 18.8 points per game is No. 5 in the SEC and Brown ranks No. 6.
> 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 41-2 since 2011-12 and went a perfect 17-0 at home last season.
> Mizzou boasts a 145-22 (.870) record at home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 92-5 at home since 2008-09, amounting to an incredible .950 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 eight of his last 12 games ... The junior has topped 20 points nine times in 16 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.