Mizzou Hoops Travels To Oklahoma State

MUTIGERS.COM Leo Lyons and Mizzou travel to Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
Leo Lyons and Mizzou travel to Oklahoma State on Wednesday.

Jan. 19, 2009

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Mizzou Basketball News and Notes 2008-09

University of Missouri Tigers (15-3, 2-1) vs.

Oklahoma State University Cowboys (12-4, 1-1)

2008-09 Regular Season Game 19 - January 21, 2009 - Stillwater, Okla.


Tip-off: 8 p.m. CST

Arena: Gallagher-Iba Arena - Stillwater, Okla. (13,611)

TV: Big 12 Network - (Bob Carpenter play-by-play; Stephen Howard analyst)

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

Rankings: Mizzou: RV/RV, Okla. State: NR/NR in Associated Press / USA Today Coaches polls

Series: Missouri leads 72-39 overall; in Stillwater the Cowboys lead 27-20


Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ’82); 138-72 overall (7th season); 49-31 at Mizzou (3rd)

Oklahoma State: Travis Ford (Kentucky, ‘94) 202-150 overall (12th season); 12-4 at OSU (1st)


For Openers

> Missouri Basketball returns to action on Wednesday looking to improve on its current two-game winning streak, as the Tigers travel to Stillwater to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys ... Missouri boasts a current two-game winning streak and will look for its second road win of the season.

> Road wins have been difficult to come by early in Big 12 play this season as only Oklahoma and Kansas have road wins to their credit through the first two weeks of play.

> The Tigers are coming off a pair of dominating home efforts last week and while Mizzou put together  impressive offensive displays in a 107-62 win over Colorado and a 77-46 win over Iowa State, the Tigers hung their hats on the defensive end of the floor ... The 46 points allowed to ISU were the fewest ever allowed by a Tiger team in Big 12 play and the fewest since giving up just 43 points to Kansas State on Jan. 8, 1994.

> The Tigers also allowed ISU and Colorado to shoot a combined 35 percent from the floor and just 25 percent from three-point range to improve to 2-1 in Big 12 play.

> With those two wins, Missouri is off to its best start (15-3) since the 1994-95 season ... A win on Wednesday would push Missouri’s record to 16-3, equaling their win total from the entire 2007-08 campaign.

> A huge key for Missouri will be the play of its bench... Missouri’s “kamikaze line” is averaging 32.6 points a game this season and has outscored the entire teams of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (50-41), Stetson (45-44) and SIU Edwardsville (62-57) and tied Colorado (62-62) ... The 62 tallies vs. SIUE and Colorado tied the school record.

> The Tigers rank among the nation’s leaders in several statistical categories heading into Saturday’s game ... Mizzou is No. 8 nationally in scoring at 84.2 ppg, No. 1 in assists per game at 19.8, No. 3 in steals per game at 10.8 and No. 2 nationally in assist/turnover ratio at 1.6 ... Another fun stat: Missouri is No. 6 nationally with 63.6 FG attempts per game and the Tigers have already made 170 more FGs than their opponents through 18 games thanks to their impressive turnover margin (+6.9).

> Despite having a great group of senior scorers, Missouri has been led by freshmen the past two Big 12 games ... Rookie forward Laurence Bowers led Missouri with 16 points vs. Colorado and Marcus Denmon poured in a career high 16 tallies vs. Iowa State ... It’s been nearly 30 years since the Tigers were led in scoring by freshmen in back-to-back league games ... Steve Stipanovich scored 20 points in a win over Oklahoma, while Jon Sundvold followed with 17 points in a win at Kansas State.


Mizzou Quick-Hitters

> Missouri Basketball goes searching for its second road win of the season and first in Big 12 play on Wednesday as the Tigers take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

> Missouri is looking for back-to-back wins in Stillwater for the first time since the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons.

> Wednesday’s game is a homecoming of sorts for Head Coach Mike Anderson and his wife Marcheita ... Anderson played collegiately at  Tulsa, where he met his wife, an Oklahoma native.

> Oklahoma State is of course coached by Travis Ford, who spent one season at Mizzou  during the 1989-90 campaign and averaged 6.4 points and dished 104 assists.

> Since Ford played on one of the highest scoring Missouri clubs of all time (1988-89 Tigers averaged 86.8 points a game), perhaps it’s fitting that Missouri (84.2) and Oklahoma State (85.4) lead the Big 12 in scoring this season.

> Missouri hits the road after being simply dominant at home this past week ... The Tigers won their two games by a combined 76 points, beating Colorado (45 points) and Iowa State (31 points) ... Those two wins are the largest margins of victory in Big 12 play for the Tigers, with the 31-point win over Iowa State tying 31-point wins against Texas A&M and Colorado.

> The Tigers were devastating in the second half of those contests, shooting a combined 69 percent from the floor and 73 percent from three-point range (16-of-22) in the final 20 minutes.

> Mizzou hit 12 treys vs. Colorado and a season-high 13 triples vs. Iowa State to fuel those large wins.

> Missouri had 19 more assists vs. Iowa State and now leads the nation in assists per game (19.8).

> A huge key for the Tigers continues to be the play of their bench ... On the season, Missouri’s reserves are averaging 32.6 points per game.

> The catalyst for Missouri’s improved scoring punch off the pine is its five player freshman class ... So far this season that group is averaging 25.1 points.

> With those great bench-scoring totals, the Tigers have had a school-record tying 11 different players reach double figures this season, surpassing the 10 players that reached double figures in 1961-62, 1974-75, 1994-95 and 2007-08.

> It’s not just scoring where the Tigers are balanced ... Missouri has 10 different players averaging at least 11.7 minutes a  game on the year, including five newcomers.

> Sticking with the balance theme, Missouri is on pace to have 10 different players dish out at least 20 assists this season, which would tie a school record ... The 1987-88 Tigers also had 10 players with 20 dimes on the year, which is truly an incredible stat ... Last year’s Tiger team, which was one of the most “unselfish” in school history, had eight players accomplish that feat.

> Missouri has had four or more players reach double figures in the same game seven times already this season and have had six players do it twice in the same game.

> The Tigers had four freshman reach double figures vs. SIUE, which was a first in school history ... They almost did it again vs. Colorado ... Miguel Paul finished with eight points.

> A major reason for Mizzou’s large scoring totals is because the club has taken 167 more field goal attempts than its opponents this season and has made 170 more FG’s ... Mizzou made 119 more FG’s than its opponents throughout the entire 2007-08 season, so 170 more FGs through just 18 games is a HUGE differential.

> With that scoring surge, Missouri has topped the 80-point plateau 12 times in 18 games this season and is 12-0 on the year when scoring at least 80 points ... Missouri has topped 80 points 36 times in the Mike Anderson era (80 games) ... To put that scoring in perspective, the Tigers topped 80 points just 37 times (in total 160 games) the five seasons before his arrival.

> One thing Tiger fans are enjoying this season is points off turnovers ... Missouri averaged 20.3 points per game off turnovers last season and forced one turnover every four possessions ... So far this season Missouri is forcing 19.4 turnovers per game and is averaging 23.6 points off those opponent miscues each night.

> Missouri is scoring an impressive 30 percent of its points this season off turnovers (23.6-of-84.2).

> Because of Missouri’s limited 12.6 turnovers a game, its opposition is scoring just 13.4 points a night off turnovers.

> It’s only January, but ESPN Bracketology guru Joe Lunardi has Missouri “in” the NCAA Tournament as a No. 10 seed ... Lunardi has the Tigers facing No. 7-seeded Gonzaga in Miami, Fla.

> Although the 2008-09 campaign is just getting started, Mizzou actually got an early jump on exhibition play over Labor Day weekend with a three-game exhibition tour in Niagara Falls, Ontario ... Missouri went 3-0 throughout the tour and averaged a 35.3 ppg. margin of victory.


Tiger Tidbits (Individual Notes)

> Senior forwards DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons were named Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention picks prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.

> Lyons and Carroll are ranked among the nation’s Top 15 power forwards by Rivals.com in their current position rankings ... Lyons checks in at No. 12, while Carroll is right behind at No. 13.

> Carroll, Lyons and Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin are the only players in the Big 12 to rank among the Top 15 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage and in the Top 20 in steals.

> Carroll topped the 1,000-point plateau vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff and now has 1,157 career tallies at the Division I level, 460 of which came during his first two seasons at Vanderbilt ... Lyons has 937 career points and needs just 63 points to become the 38th member of Missouri’s 1,000-point club ... Fellow senior Matt Lawrence is also closing in on 1,000 points and would need 182 more tallies as a senior to reach the mark.

> Over his last 20 regular-season games Lyons has six 20-point outings and has reached double figures in 18-of-20 contests.

> Lyons has actually reached double figures in six consecutive Big 12 regular-season games, which is the longest run of his career.

> The Kansas City, Kan., native enjoyed a season high 26 points and eight rebounds in the win over Oral Roberts and then led all Tigers with 22 points vs. Illinois.

> Carroll has reached double figures in 15 of 18 games this season and the tandem of Carroll and Lyons have led Mizzou in scoring 13 times this year.

> The Birmingham, Ala., native led Missouri to a 2-1 mark in Puerto Rico and was named to the All-Tournament Team following his career high 29-point, 11-rebound effort against No. 19 USC.

> Carroll has topped the 20-point plateau three times this season, including a 21-point, 10 rebound double-double vs. SIU Edwardsville.

> Carroll now has three double-doubles on the year following his 13-point, 11-rebound effort vs. Colorado.

> The Junk Yard Dog also leads the team (and all Big 12 forwards for that matter) with 34 steals thanks to a career high five thefts vs. Coppin State ... Carroll also ranks among the Big 12’s leaders in scoring (9th), steals (3rd), field goal percentage (3rd) and rebounding (9th).

> Matt Lawrence is starting to heat up from the perimeter and has hit multiple three-pointers in nine of his last 13 outings.

> In fact, over his last six games Lawrence is shooting 51 percent from bonus distance, hitting 18-of-35 treys.

> The news gets even better for Lawrence at home, where he is shooting nearly 50.0 percent (29-of-60) on the year from three-point distance and 60 percent (19-of-32) over his last seven home contests.

> The St. Louis native is already No. 4 in career three-point makes at MU with 202.

> Despite being a prolific shooter, Lawrence has 17 assists and just six turnovers on the season.

> Zaire Taylor was named the nation’s Preseason No. 2 impact transfer in all of college basketball by Rivals.com ... DeMarre Carroll was the preseason No. 1 on that same Rivals.com list last season and didn’t disappoint by winning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors.

> So far this season the Staten Island, N.Y., native has 58 assists and just 19 turnovers ... His 3.1-to-1 assist/turnover ratio ranks No. 2 in the Big 12.

> Since Big 12 play began, Taylor has dished 11 dimes and has just two turnovers.

> Despite being an active point guard, Taylor has a positive assist/turnover ratio in 15-of-18 games this year and has 5+ assists seven times on the season.

> Taylor scored a season high 17 points in the win over Georgia and helped lead Mizzou to the win over Iowa State by scoring 15 points and grabbing five boards.

> Junior guard J.T. Tiller made his ESPN SportCenter Top 10 debut and it’s no shock the highlight came courtesy of his defense ... Tiller’s swat of Lincoln’s Joe Hutchingson with just over six minutes left in the second half checked in at No. 8 on the countdown ... Coach Norm Stewart’s response on the telecast after the block “I like J.T. Tiller. If you take the ball to the basket (against him), you can’t bring that weak stuff. You’ll need a helmet.”

> Tiller is one of Mizzou’s most well-rounded players and recorded a career high six steals vs. Xavier ... The six thefts tied a tournament record and is No. 6 in Missouri single-game school history.

> Tiller has had multiple steals in 9-of-18 games and is sixth in the Big 12 with 1.7 steals a night.

> Of Tiller’s 18 career double-figure scoring games, nine have come either on the road or on a neutral-court site, including his 10-point, seven assist, four-steal effort at Georgia and 11 points at Nebraska.

> Missouri Basketball is coming off a busy, but productive summer that saw all-13 Tigers remain on campus for workouts and classes ... Some members of the squad also had internships in town, including Tiller, who spent the summer as an intern at AFLAC.

> Perhaps the biggest improvement for Missouri this year is the play of its bench and that bench is being led by a host of young players.

> Sophomore forward Justin Safford scored a career high 13 points in the win over Colorado and has reached double figures twice this season.

> Freshman guard Marcus Denmon opened his Missouri career with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the Tiger win over Prairie View A&M on Nov. 15 ... That was the highest scoring effort by a Tiger freshman in a debut since Kelly Thames scored 19 against Central Missouri State on Nov. 27, 1993.

> Denmon was the team’s most steady perimeter player this past week, reaching double figures twice against Colorado (13 points) and Iowa State (16 points).

> The 16 points vs. Iowa State was a career high and the KC native hit 7-of-11 triples in the two games combined.

> Did you know that in his first game at Mizzou Arena Denmon actually cheered AGAINST Missouri? But you can’t blame him, his brother Martane Freeman was playing for the Colorado Buffaloes, so we’ll let that one slide.

> Freshman newcomer Kimmie English knows Mizzou Arena just about as well as the Arena managers and operators ... English made news this summer for sleeping overnight in the team’s locker room and will often shoot in the club’s 24-Hour practice gym in the early-morning hours.

> The dedication is paying off for English, who scored a career high 16 points vs. California in the Tiger’s big win ... English scored 14 of his 16 in the second half, including 14 straight points for the Tigers in a span of just 4:16.

> English has started the last two games, dropping in 12 points vs. Colorado and nine more vs. Iowa State.

> Since the start of Big 12 play, English leads Mizzou with 6-of-10 shooting from three-point range.

> In fact, English’s hot streak started weeks ago ... Over his last 12 games the Baltimore native is 20-of-40 (.500) from bonus distance and has treys in nine of those 12 games.

> Junior Keith Ramsey has played improved basketball over the past few weeks, especially on the defensive end en route to earning back-to-back starts.

> Since entering the starting line up Ramsey is averaging 7.5 points and has hit 6-of-8 shots from the floor, while blocking 2.0 shots a game.

> The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native has blocked at least one shot in nine of his last 10 games and has nine blocks in his last five contests overall.

> Ramsey scored a career high 10 points vs. Iowa State, which included 2-of-2 shooting from three-point range.

> Ramsey ignited Missouri’s road win at Georgia, with a pair of blocked shots, two assists, two steals and four points.

> Laurence Bowers, another of Missouri’s exciting freshmen, is making steady progress and scored a career high 16 points in the win over Colorado.

> Bowers hit a Missouri season-best 7-of-8 field goals, while dishing two assists, ripping two steals and blocking a shot.

> Bowers leads Missouri in dunks this season (6), including a pair of alley-oop slams vs. Coppin State ... Bowers’ second dunk was listed #1 on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the Day on Jan. 6 ... We recommend you check it out ... Note that Bowers is right-handed, but caught the pass with his left hand and then flushed it all in the same motion.


About The Oklahoma State Cowboys

Oklahoma State returns home after a 98-92 overtime loss at Baylor last weekend ... The Cowboys played outstanding basketball and shot 45 percent from three-point range, but were outscored 16-10 in the overtime period by the hot-shooting Baylor Bears ... Like Missouri, the Pokes have one of the Big 12’s more balanced squads, with five players averaging double figures in scoring ... OSU is led by a pair of McDonald’s All-Americans, James Anderson and Byron Eaton ... Anderson leads OSU in scoring at 17.9 points on 46-percent three-point shooting, while Eaton leads the Big 12 in steals (2.5) and assists (6.0), while chipping in 13.3 tallies ... Obi Muonelo is one of the Big 12’s best rebounders at 9.7 boards a night from his forward position and Muonelo is also averaging 15.5 points for the Big 12’s top scoring club.


Ford Began Career As A Tiger

Although he is best known for his playing days at Kentucky, Oklahoma State Head Coach Travis Ford began his career in a Mizzou uniform ... Ford played in 30 games for Missouri during the 1989-90 season and dished out 105 assists to such Tiger greats as Doug Smith, Anthony Peeler, Lee Coward and others ... Mizzou earned a No. 1 national ranking twice that season and finished the year 26-6 and 12-2 in the Big Eight Conference, culminating with a league crown.


Tigers Earning Record-Setting Wins

Missouri enjoyed a pair of impressive wins to open Big 12 play, as the Tigers topped Colorado 107-62 in the home-opener and beat Iowa State 77-46 just three days later.

> The combined 76-point margin of victory vs. CU and ISU is the largest in school history in back-to-back conference games and are the top two margins of victory for Missouri since joining the Big 12.


Biggest Big 12 Wins For Mizzou

Date       Opponent              Score     Margin

1-14-09  Colorado               107-62   45

1-17-09  Iowa State             77-46     31

1-29-00  Texas A&M            93-62     31

2-13-99  Colorado               87-56     31

2-28-98  Kansas State       89-59     30


Mizzou Arena - House of Horrors

Mizzou Arena has been a house of horrors for opponents this season as the Tigers have run their record to 12-0 and average 30.9 ppg margin of victory.

> The Tigers have won 11-of-12 games by double figure margins, 10-of-12 by 20+ points and have three wins by 45 points or more.

> The Tigers also have a huge quality win at home this year, stopping California by 27 (93-66) back on Dec. 7.


Balance Is Leading Tigers To Huge Scores

Missouri has had six players reach double figures in a game twice this season, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished twice in the same year since 2001-02.

> DeMarre Carroll (21), Miguel Paul (12), Marcus Denmon (11), Leo Lyons (11), Laurence Bowers (10) and Kim English (10) accomplished the feat vs. SIU Edwardsville.

> Laurence Bowers (16), DeMarre Carroll (13), Justin Safford (13), Marcus Denmon (13), J.T. Tiller (13), and Kim English (12) also did it vs. Colorado.

> In fact, Missouri leads the Big 12 Conference and has a school record with 11 different players having reached double figures in at least one game this season.


High Scoring Tigers

The 2008-09 Tigers are the highest scoring squad at Mizzou in 20 years ... Missouri’s 84.2 ppg average is the highest since the 1988-89 squad registered 86.8 points per game en route to a 29-8 mark.

> This season’s club has topped the 80-point plateau in 12-of-18 games and has reached the century mark three times, including 107 points vs. Colorado, which is the most for Missouri in a Big 12 regulation game (no overtimes).


Quick Starts For Mizzou

Missouri is off to its fastest start this century, as the Tigers look to improve to 16-3 on Wednesday at Oklahoma State... This current 15-3 start is Missouri’s best since the 1994-95 campaign.

> Below is a look at some of Missouri’s fastest starts through 18 games over the last 30 years.


Season        Start        Finish

1981-82       18-0         27-4

1989-90       17-1         26-6

1993-94       16-2         28-4

2008-09       15-3         ???

1979-80       15-3         25-6

1988-89       15-3         29-8

1982-83       15-3         26-8

1991-92       15-3         21-9

1994-95       15-3         20-9

2001-02       14-4         25-11

1980-81       13-5         22-10


The Good Tigers Giveth ...

As a basketball team, Missouri is about as unselfish as it comes ... The Tigers are averaging an impressive 19.8 assists per game, which is No. 1 nationally and have a 1.6-to-1 assist/turnover ratio as a team, which ranks No. 2 in America ... Missouri is logging assists on 63 percent of its buckets in 2008-09 and 11 players have a positive or even assist-to-turnover ratio so far this year ... In fact, Missouri is on pace to tie a school record by having 10 players record at least 20 assists this season, tying the 1987-88 Tigers ... Matt Lawrence (17 assists) and Keith Ramsey (16) are quickly approaching the mark.


... And Taketh Away

Missouri has no issues creating turnovers once again this season as they produce 19.4 turnovers a night and average 10.8 steals (No. 3 nationally) ... Missouri is averaging 23.6 points a game off turnovers and scores nearly 30.0 percent of its points off opposition throw-aways.


If You Build It ... They Will Come

Attendance has been a hot-button issue across the country, but Missouri is on the upward trend in Mike Anderson’s third season ... With great attendances expected throughout Big 12 play, Missouri is already averaging 1,041 more fans per game in 2008-09 than the Tigers did at this same point in the schedule last season.

> It’s important to note that Missouri uses actual attendance figures, not tickets sold.

> In fact, if you look at non-conference play alone, Missouri averaged 1,119 more fans per game in preseason play this season than they did one year ago, the highest figure since 2004-05.




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