Jan. 20, 2013
Columbia, Mo. -
No. 17 Missouri Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Jan. 22, 2013
Tip-Off: 6:02 p.m. CT
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: ESPNU (Dari Nowkhah - Play by Play / Dino Gaudio - Analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play and Gary Link - Analyst)
Rankings: Missouri - No. 17/No. 16 - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll
South Carolina - NR/NR
Series: First Meeting
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 172-110 overall (9th); 43-9 at Mizzou (2nd season)
S. Carolina: Frank Martin (Florida Int'l `93) 11-6 at S. Carolina (1st season); 128-60 overall (6th)
> Missouri Basketball returns to the friendly confines of Mizzou Arena on Tuesday as the Tigers battle a familiar face, new South Carolina Head Coach Frank Martin and the Gamecocks, on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
> Martin spent five seasons as the Head Coach at Kansas State (six seasons total) and handed Missouri its lone homecourt defeat in 2011-12, a 78-68 decision on Feb. 21 ... Missouri has not lost at home since that 10-point contest and has won 11 consecutive home games leading into Tuesday.
> Missouri is in the middle of conference play, but the Tigers are facing a third league opponent for the first time ... Missouri had never faced Ole Miss or Florida on the hardwood and will now have its initial game with South Carolina ... The clubs will also meet in Columbia, S.C., on Feb. 28.
> The Tigers will look to continue their strong play at Mizzou Arena with Haith at the helm (25-1, .962) and since the 2008-09 season the Tigers are a dominant 76-4 (.950) and have never dropped more than two home games in a single season.
> Senior forward Laurence Bowers is doubtful for Tuesday's game ... Bowers is nursing a sprained MCL in his right knee, but has made significant progress since sustaining the injury on Jan. 8.
> If Bowers is out of the lineup, Mizzou has just one player, Phil Pressey, who has played a complete season in a Missouri uniform ... Pressey is also the lone current Tiger ever to play a complete season with Head Coach Frank Haith ... If you break down the numbers, Missouri is getting 83.8 percent of its scoring and 92.6 percent of its rebounding from Tigers that did not play one season ago.
> Missouri has been very good in league play under Haith and has won 16-of-22 conference games under the second year head coach ... The Tigers have won 12 of their last 15 league games dating back to Jan. 28, 2012.
> Missouri has been very good in the month of January over the last five seasons ... Since the 2008-09 campaign the Tigers are 27-11 in January, including three wins over nationally-ranked foes.
> Missouri and South Carolina are two of the Southeastern Conference's better rebounding clubs, but injuries to Tony Criswell and Bowers has slowed the MU's rebounding rate ... Missouri is ranked No. 5 nationally in rebounding (42.7) but has been out-rebounded in four of the last five games due to the absence of the injured forwards.
> Jabari Brown has emerged as Mizzou's most consistent scorer in league play and has reached double figures in 7-of-8 contests since becoming eligible ... Brown is averaging 16.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in SEC competition thanks to his 45.2 percent shooting from three-point range ... Brown has already made 14 treys through four conference games and leads the conference with 3.5 makes per game ... He is also third in league games in three-point shooting percentage.
> Phil Pressey is quickly approaching the career assist record at Mizzou ... Pressey is averaging 9.3 assists per game over his last seven games and needs just 35 more assists to pass Anthony Peeler (497 - 1988-92) for No. 1 all-time ... Pressey leads the Southeastern Conference with 7.2 dimes per game and could lead his second league in assists for the second consecutive year ... Pressey led the Big 12 in assists in 2011-12 with 6.4 dimes per game.
Mizzou Basketball Cliff Notes...
> Missouri Basketball returns home looking to add to its unblemished 10-0 mark inside Mizzou Arena on Tuesday as the Tigers face South Carolina for the first time in series history.
> Head Coach Frank Haith is 1-1 all-time vs. South Carolina ... His Miami Hurricanes defeated South Carolina 85-70 in Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 22, 2009, and lost a 69-67 decision in the first round of the of the postseason NIT in Columbia, S.C., on March 15, 2005.
> South Carolina Head Coach Frank Martin is 6-4 vs. Missouri and 1-4 inside Mizzou Arena as a head coach, but did hand the Tigers its most recent homecourt loss while the head coach of Kansas State last season (78-68) on Feb. 21, 2012.
> Missouri is 10-3 all-time on Jan. 22 and the most recent game on this date was an 84-57 win over Iowa State during the 2010-11 campaign ... The Tigers are also undefeated at home on Jan. 22, going a perfect 9-0.
> Missouri is one of three remaining unbeatens at home in the Southeastern Conference ... The Tigers are 10-0 at Mizzou Arena and join Ole Miss (10-0) and Florida (8-0).
> The Tigers could be without the services of senior forward Laurence Bowers for the fourth consecutive game ... Bowers is nursing a sprained MCL in his right knee, which was injured on Jan. 8 vs. Alabama.
> With Bowers on the mend, Mizzou has enjoyed its full complement of players for just two game this season ... The Tigers won those two games vs. South Carolina State and No. 10 Illinois before injuries to Tony Criswell (vs. Illinois) and Bowers (vs. Alabama) ... Criswell missed three games, but has started the last two games in Bowers' absence ... Bowers has missed three games as well.
> With injuries and a near complete roster turnover, Missouri has used six different starting lineups this year ... Haith used the same starting lineup throughout the 2011-12 campaign.
> Missouri struggled with a slow start at Florida and was never able to recover in an 83-52 loss in Gainesville ... Jabari Brown led the club with 16 points , while Keion Bell chipped in 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting ... The Tigers did record a season high 11 steals, but turned the ball over 21 times and Florida scored 34 points off those 21 miscues.
> Mizzou has been very good in the second half of games all season ... The Tigers are averaging 41.0 points and are shooting 48.8 percent from the floor, 37 percent from three-point range and 78 percent from the foul line in the second half this year.
> The club boasts a +7.2 scoring margin (41.0-to-33.8) in this second half of those games as well.
> Head Coach Frank Haith is a very good 7-4 vs. Top 25 opponents as the head coach of Mizzou and is 4-3 vs. the Top 10.
> The Tigers will look to continue their impressive defensive trend ... Only four 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 58.1 points on 35.8 percent shooting at Mizzou Arena.
> Missouri is currently ranked No. 34 nationally in field goal percentage defense (.395).
> Defensively, Missouri has held 12-of-17 opponents (Louisville, UCLA, Alabama, Georgia and Florida) below 42 percent shooting on the year.
> Missouri has been one of the country's top rebounding teams throughout the year and has out-rebounded 13-of-17 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 17 games.
> The Tigers also average 14.7 offensive rebounds per game (No. 16 nationally) and turn that into 13.9 second-chance points per contest.
> The Tigers are currently rebounding 45 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 for 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 83.8 percent of its scoring and 92.6 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 month thanks to the play of Keion Bell, Tony Criswell, Earnest Ross and the addition of Jabari Brown ... Missouri is averaging 19.4 points per game from its bench on the year, including 21.3 points over the last 10 games.
> On the season Missouri has 13 double-figure scoring efforts off the bench (Bell - 4, Ross - 4 , Criswell - 2, Brown, Jankovic and Webster-Chan - 1).
> Despite having so many newcomers, Mizzou has been balanced through 17 games with eight players averaging at least 18.9 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.
> 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.
> 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.