Jan. 23, 2014
The Last Meeting
February 28, 2013
Mizzou Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Jan. 25, 2014
Tip-Off: 3 p.m. CT
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: SEC TV (Mike Morgan and Barry Booker)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly and Gary Link)
Rankings: Missouri - RV / RV - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll
South Carolina - NR / NR
Series: Third Meeting; Mizzou leads, 2-0; Last - Missouri won 90-68 in Columbia, S.C., on Feb. 28, 2013
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 191-121 overall (9th season); 62-20 at Mizzou (3rd season)
S. Carolina: Frank Martin (Fla. International `93) 138-83 overall (7th season); 21-29 at USC (2nd season)
> Missouri Basketball returns home to face South Carolina on Saturday afternoon as the Tigers look to even their SEC record at 3-3 and bounce back from a tough road loss at LSU on Tuesday night.
> Mizzou has been outstanding at bouncing back following a loss under Frank Haith ... The Tigers are 17-2 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.
> Saturday's game will mark the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend for the American Cancer Society ... Coaches will wear sneakers in support of Coaches vs. Cancer at games across the country this weekend to help raise awareness for the fight against cancer ... Coaches vs. Cancer was of course co-founded by Mizzou's Norm Stewart ... The program began as "The 3-Point Attack... Norm's Special Challenge" 20 years ago and was adopted by the NABC the following year at a national level.
> Tiger fans are encouraged to where White for Saturday's game against the Gamecocks in support of Coaches vs. Cancer.
> Few players have been better offensively than Jabari Brown in the month of January ... The junior has scored 20 points in three consecutive games, including a career high 28 points on Tuesday night at LSU and since moving into "2014" (six games), the Oakland native is averaging 21.7 points on 56 percent shooting from the floor, 53 percent shooting from three-point range and 82 percent shooting at the charity stripe ... Brown currently leads the SEC in scoring and three-point shooting in league play.
> The tandem of Jabari Brown (19.3) and Jordan Clarkson (18.7) continue to lead the Tigers offensively this season ... The pair combined for 47 points on Tuesday at the Pete Maravich Center and have reached double figures in all-18 games played this season ... The last Tiger to open a season with 18 consecutive double-figure scoring games was Kareem Rush (21 consecutive) in 2000-01.
> With Brown surging into league play the Tigers have a pair of award candidates in the backcourt ... On Wednesday Jordan Clarkson was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list ... Clarkson was one of college basketball's Top 25 players through the first half of the 2013-14 season and ranks among the SEC's leaders in scoring (18.7) and assists (3.4), which includes a team-leading nine 20-point games.
> Mizzou is 14-4 on the season and its four losses are by a combined 16 points to Illinois (1), Vanderbilt (3), Georgia (6) in overtime and at LSU (6) ... The Tigers are accustomed to playing close ball games this year, with 10 of their last 11 outcomes being decided by 10 points or less.
> Earnest Ross continues to move up the SEC's career active leader board 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 1,100 points and No. 3 among active rebounders with 595 ... So far this season Ross is averaging a career high 14.0 points and is coming off his second double-double of the year with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the loss at LSU.
Mizzou Basketball Cliffs...
> Mizzou returns home on Saturday afternoon to host South Carolina in the annual Suits and Sneakers Weekend, benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer.
> The Tigers will look for their second consecutive home win after last weekend's 21-point victory over Alabama ... Missouri is an outstanding 42-2 at home under Frank Haith the last three years and is 39-5 at home in league play (SEC and Big 12) since the 2008-09 season ... Mizzou has never dropped more than two home games in a year during that stretch.
> While one of those two home losses came to Georgia to open SEC play this year, the other came to Frank Martin and the Kansas State Wildcats in 2011-12 ... Martin is 6-6 vs. Missouri and 1-5 inside Mizzou Arena as a head coach.
> A critical part of winning in league play is taking care of the basketball and Mizzou is averaging just 9.0 turnovers over the last three games ... Missouri is averaging 12.4 turnovers per game this year, the lowest since 2008-09.
> Mizzou has improved its field goal percentage defense each season under Haith and the Tigers currently rank No. 2 in the SEC in FG% defense (.387) ... The last time the Tigers limited opponents to sub-40 percent shooting from the floor was Norm Stewart's final year (1998-99), when opponents shot just 39.3 percent for the season.
> Mizzou continues to be one of the top free throw shooting teams in the SEC, both by volume and percentage of makes ... Although Missouri shot and made a season low 11-of-16 free throws at LSU, the Tigers continue to lead the SEC with 72.2 percent shooting from the foul stripe and Mizzou's 19.3 free throw makes per game ranks No. 2 behind Kentucky (22.1) and ranks No. 31 nationally.
> Missouri has had at least one player score 20 or more points in 14-of-18 games this season ... Jabari Brown is coming off three consecutive 20-point efforts vs. Vanderbilt, Alabama and LSU ... Brown has topped 20 points 13 times in his career and Mizzou is 11-2 in those contests.
> 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 has been one of the leagues better rebounding teams as well, ranking No. 3 in the SEC with a +7.1 rebounding margin ... The Tigers average 27.7 defensive boards per game, No. 2 in the SEC.
> 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 313th career game overall and is a spectacular 62-20 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.
> Haith is quickly approaching his 200th career victory ... He has 191 career wins heading into Saturday's game.
> Missouri is being led in scoring by the dynamic junior tandem of Jabari Brown (19.3 ppg) and Jordan Clarkson (18.7) ... The duo is combining for 38.0 points per game, No. 2 in the Southeastern Conference, just behind the Auburn duo of KT Harrell and Chris Denson ... Brown's leads the SEC in scoring during league play (21.7) and is tied for the league lead overall with Harrell ... Clarkson ranks No. 5, tied with Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson.
> The pair is one of two teammate tandems in high-major college basketball averaging 18.0+ points per game.
> Johnathan Williams, III is on pace to become the first Tiger freshman to lead the team in rebounding since Linas Kleiza (8.4) in 2003-04 ... Williams is coming off a 14-rebound effort against Alabama and is No. 7 in the SEC in rebounding.
> Mizzou plays in the friendly confines of Mizzou Arena where the club is 42-2 since 2011-12 and went a perfect 17-0 at home last season.
> Mizzou boasts a 146-22 (.870) record at home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 93-5 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 14 games ... The junior has topped 20 points nine times in 18 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.