Mizzou Basketball Hosts Texas Tech on Saturday

MUTIGERS.COM Keith Ramsey and the Tigers host Texas Tech on Saturday.
Keith Ramsey and the Tigers host Texas Tech on Saturday.

Jan. 22, 2009

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Mizzou Basketball News and Notes 2008-09

University of Missouri Tigers (16-3, 3-1) vs.

Texas Tech University Red Raiders (11-7, 1-2)

2008-09 Regular Season Game 20 - January 24, 2009 - Columbia, Mo.


Tip-off: 12:46 p.m. CST

Arena: Mizzou Arena - Columbia, Mo. (15,061)

TV: Big 12 Network - (Bob Carpenter play-by-play; Bryndon Manzer analyst)

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

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

Series: Series tied 8-8 overall; in Columbia the Tigers lead 5-2


Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa '82); 139-72 overall (7th season); 50-31 at Mizzou (3rd)

Texas Tech: Pat Knight (Indiana, `95) 15-14 overall (1st full season)


For Openers

> Missouri Basketball goes searching for its fourth consecutive Big 12 win on Saturday as it hosts the Texas Tech Red Raiders ... Missouri is already off to its best Big 12 start since 2005-06 and is looking for its best start to league play since the Elite Eight year of 2001-02 with a win.

> Missouri is coming off a 97-95 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday and while the Tigers have been downright dominating at home, the victory pushed Mizzou's record to 4-3 away from Mizzou Arena this season, a very respectable mark, which includes wins over Oklahoma State and Georgia on the road and a victory against then-No. 19 USC in San Juan, P.R.

> Missouri has won 13 consecutive home games dating back to a double-overtime win against Iowa State last season ... Those 13 straight home wins equal the Mizzou Arena record ... The Tigers won 13 straight over the 2006-07 / 2007-08 seasons before a home loss to Kansas ended that run last winter ... Missouri's 13-game home court winning streak is the 10th longest in school history, but a win Saturday would push it up to No. 7 and would the longest since 1995-96.

> Missouri has simply been dominant at home this season and is averaging an incredible 90.1 points per game at Mizzou Arena in running their home record to 12-0 ...  The Tigers boast a 30.9 ppg margin of victory at home this season, including a 45-point win over Colorado (eighth-largest margin of victory ever in a Big 12 Conference game), a 31-point win over Iowa State (77-46) and a 27-point win (93-66) over a California team now hovering near the Top 25.

> With Mizzou's current three-game Big 12 win streak, the Tigers are off to their best start (16-3) since the 1994-95 season ... A win on Saturday would push Missouri's record to 17-3, surpassing their win total from the entire 2007-08 campaign (16-16).

> A huge key for Missouri will be the play of its bench... Missouri's second unit is averaging 33.1 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. 5 nationally in scoring at 84.8 ppg, No. 2 in assists per game at 19.8, No. 2 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 64.0 FG attempts per game and the Tigers have already made 179 more FGs than their opponents through 19 games thanks to their impressive turnover margin (+6.7).

Mizzou Quick-Hitters

> Missouri Basketball goes searching for its fourth consecutive Big 12 Conference win on Saturday as it hosts Pat Knight and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

> The Tigers return to Mizzou Arena looking for their 14th consecutive home court win, which dates back to last season ...During that 13-game home court winning streak, Mizzou is outscoring its foes by an average margin of 29 points per game (89.4-to-60.4).

> The Tigers have been especially dominating at home in Big 12 play thus far ... Mizzou won its two Big 12 home 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.

> A huge key for the Tigers continues to be the play of their bench ... On the season, Missouri's reserves are averaging 33.1 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 24.5 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 11.5 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 eight times already this season and have had six players do it three in the same game, including twice in Big 12 play vs. Colorado and Oklahoma State.

> 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 170 more field goal attempts than its opponents this season and has made 179 more FG's ... Mizzou made 119 more FG's than its opponents throughout the entire 2007-08 season, so 179 more FGs through just 19 games is a HUGE differential.

> With that scoring surge, Missouri has topped the 80-point plateau 13 times in 19 games this season and is 13-0 on the year when scoring at least 80 points ... Missouri has topped 80 points 37 times in the Mike Anderson era (81 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 23.4 points off those opponent miscues each night.

> Missouri is scoring an impressive 30 percent of its points this season off turnovers (23.4-of-84.8).

> Because of Missouri's limited 12.7 turnovers a game, its opposition is scoring just 13.7 points a night off turnovers.

> It's only January, but ESPN Bracketology guru Joe Lunardi has Missouri "in" the NCAA Tournament as a No. 11 seed ... Lunardi has the Tigers facing No. 6-seeded Butler in Kansas City, Mo.

> 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.

> 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 1,176 career tallies at the Division I level, 460 of which came during his first two seasons at Vanderbilt ... Lyons has 947 career points and needs just 53 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 163 more tallies as a senior to reach the mark.

> Over his last 21 regular-season games Lyons has six 20-point outings and has reached double figures in 19-of-21 contests.

> Lyons has actually reached double figures in seven 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 16 of 19 games this season and either Carroll or Lyons have led Mizzou in scoring 14 times this year.

> 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.

> Carroll has been especially active on the boards in Big 12 play, where he is averaging 9.3 rebounds a contest.

> The Junk Yard Dog also leads the team (and all Big 12 forwards for that matter) with 35 steals thanks to a career high five thefts vs. Coppin State ... Carroll also ranks among the Big 12's leaders in scoring (10th), steals (4th), field goal percentage (3rd) and rebounding (9th).

> Matt Lawrence is starting to heat up from the perimeter and has hit multiple three-pointers in 10 of his last 14 outings.

> In fact, over his last seven games Lawrence is shooting 54 percent from bonus distance, hitting 23-of-43 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 207.

> Despite being a prolific shooter, Lawrence has 19 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 63 assists and just 21 turnovers ... His 3.0-to-1 assist/turnover ratio ranks No. 2 in the Big 12.

> Since Big 12 play began, Taylor has dished 16 dimes and has just four turnovers (4-to-1).

> Despite being an active point guard, Taylor has a positive assist/turnover ratio in 16-of-19 games this year and has 5+ assists eight 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.

> He continued his offensive exploits with 10 points at Oklahoma State in a win.

> 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 10-of-19 games and is sixth in the Big 12 with 1.7 steals a night.

> Of Tiller's 19 career double-figure scoring games, 10 have come either on the road or on a neutral-court site, including all-three road games this season, counting a season high 15 points and seven rebounds at Oklahoma State.

> 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 has been one of the team's most steady performers during this three-game winning streak and is averaging 12.0 points on 56 percent shooting from the floor and 58 percent shooting from three-point range.

> The 16 points vs. Iowa State was a career high for the KC native.

> 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 three 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-11 shooting (.545) from three-point range.

> In fact, English's hot streak started weeks ago ... Over his last 13 games the Baltimore native is 20-of-41 (.488) from bonus distance and has treys in nine of those 13 games.

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

> Since entering the starting line up Ramsey is averaging 9.0 points and has hit 11-of-17 shots from the floor, while blocking 1.3 shots a game.

> The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native has blocked at least one shot in nine of his last 11 games and has nine blocks in his last six contests overall.

> Ramsey scored 10 points vs. Iowa State, which included 2-of-2 shooting from three-point range, before registering a career high 12 tallies at Oklahoma State.

> 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 Texas Tech Red Raiders

Texas Tech (11-7, 1-2 Big 12) enters Saturday's game coming off a 63-55 home win over Colorado on Tuesday as the victory gave the Red Raiders their first Big 12 win of the 2008-09 campaign ... Mike Singletary came off the bench to give Tech a great lift, scoring 20 points and grabbing nine boards in just 22 minutes of action ... The Red Raiders are led in scoring by sophomore John Roberson, who logs 14.0 points and 6.0 assists per game ... Sharp-shooting Alan Voskuil is second with 13.7 points and is hitting 46.2 percent of his treys on the year ... Tech actually has four players averaging double figures, with Singletary (10.9 ppg) and Nick Okorie (10.2) rounding out its top scorers.



Tigers Look To Extend Home Win Streak

Missouri has won a Mizzou Arena-record tying 13 consecutive home games dating back to the 2007-08 regular-season finale vs. Iowa State ... The 13 wins are the 10th longest streak in school history and a win vs. Texas Tech on Saturday would bump that potential 14-game run up to No. 7 all-time ... Details of Missouri's home winning streaks can be found on page 113 of the 2008-09 Media Guide.


1.     34    1988-90          6.      17   1993-94

2.     29    1980-82          7.      14   2002-03

3.     23    1974-76                   14   1995-96

4.     22    1919-21                   14   1976-77

5.     21    1987-88          10.    13   2008-09


Tigers Looking To Go Streaking In Big 12

Missouri is looking for its fourth consecutive Big 12 Conference win on Saturday, which would be the longest Big 12 winning streak for MU since 2004-05, when that Tiger squad also won four consecutive ... Missouri won seven consecutive Big 12 games in 1999-2000 and won five in-a-row in 2003-04.


Tigers Showing Second Half Swagger

In the second half of its last three Big 12 contests, Missouri has been simply dominating on the offensive end of the floor ... In the final 20 minutes of games against Colorado, Iowa State and at Oklahoma State, the Tigers are shooting a combined 63.6 percent from the floor and 67.9 percent from three-point range en route to averaging 50.7 points in the second period alone.


                                2nd Half

Opponent              FG           3FG         Points

Colorado               23-32     6-8          59

Iowa State             17-26     10-14     48

Okla. State            16-30     3-6          48

Totals                    56-88     19-28     152


Ramsey Flourishing For Mizzou

Since joining the starting line-up Keith Ramsey has flashed incredible versatility for the Tigers, including an improved offensive punch in back-to-back wins over Iowa State and Oklahoma State.

> Already considered one of the club's best defenders and the team-leader in blocked shots (18), Ramsey is coming off a 10-point, two block effort against ISU and a career high 12-points and two-assists at Oklahoma State.

> Since joining the starting line-up Ramsey is averaging 9.0 points and is shooting 64.7 percent from the floor, which includes hitting 3-of-4 three-pointers, dishing three assists and blocking four shots in 18.7 minutes a game.


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


Freshman Impact

Despite having a great group of senior scorers, Missouri has been led by freshmen the past two Big 12 home 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 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 three times this season, a feat that hasn't been accomplished three times in the same year since 1988-89.

> 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.

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

> Missouri most recently accomplished the feat at Oklahoma State with Carroll (19), Lawrence (19), Tiller (15), Ramsey (12), Lyons (10) and Taylor (10) all reaching double figures.

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


High Scoring Tigers

The 2008-09 Tigers are the highest scoring squad at Mizzou in 20 years ... Missouri's 84.8 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 13-of-19 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 17-3 on Saturday vs. Texas Tech ... This current 16-3 start is Missouri's best since the 1994-95 campaign.

> Below is a look at some of Missouri's fastest starts through 19 games over the last 30 years.


Season        Start        Finish

1981-82       19-0         27-4

1989-90       18-1         26-6

1993-94       17-2         28-4

2008-09       16-3         ???

1988-89       16-3         29-8

1982-83       16-3         26-8

1991-92       16-3         21-9

1994-95       16-3         20-9

1979-80       15-4         25-6

2001-02       14-5         25-11


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. 2 nationally and have a 1.6-to-1 assist/turnover ratio as a team, which also ranks No. 2 in America ... Missouri is logging assists on 63.3 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 (19 assists) and Keith Ramsey (18) 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. 2 nationally) ... Missouri is averaging 23.4 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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