Mizzou Faces Kansas on Big Monday

MUTIGERS.COM Missouri meets Kansas on Monday night in Lawrence.
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Jan. 24, 2010

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Mizzou Basketball News and Notes 2009-10

University of Missouri Tigers (15-4, 3-1 Big 12) vs.

University of Kansas Jayhawks (18-1, 4-0 Big 12)

2009-10 Regular Season Game 20 - January 25, 2010 - Lawrence, Kan.

 

Tip-off: 8 p.m. CST

Arena: Allen Fieldhouse - Lawrence, Kan. (16,300)

TV: ESPN - (Brent Musberger play-by-play; Bob Knight analyst; Holly Rowe sideline)

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

Rankings: Mizzou: RV/RV, Kansas: 2/2 in Associated Press / USA Today Coaches polls

Series: Kansas leads 167-94 all-time; last - KU won 90-65 on March 1, 2009 in Lawrence

Coaches:

Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ’82); 169-80 overall (8th season); 80-39 at Mizzou (4th)

Kansas: Bill Self (Oklahoma State, ‘85); 394-146 overall (17th season); 187-41 at Kansas (7th)

 

For Openers

> Welcome to the rivalry that sets the standard for all rivalries ... Some rivalries are based on school proximity or same-state “braggin’ rights”, but name another contest that has its rivalry rooted in actual war, the Civil War ... That’s what you get every time Missouri and Kansas lock-up in the M&I Bank Border Showdown.

> Missouri and Kansas split the season series on the hardwood a season ago and have taken their gridiron battles to a nation level by playing the final weekend of the Big 12 football season at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City (41-39 Missouri win).

> Missouri and Kansas compete in the M&I Bank Border Showdown, a competition between each sport at MU and KU ... The Tigers currently lead the 2009-10 series 8.5-to-6.0 ... Missouri has won the last three Border Showdown trophies and boast a 5-2 advantage overall.

> Monday’s game features the two Big 12 Champions from last season ... Kansas won the Big 12 regular-season crown, while the Tigers won the Big 12 Tournament title in Oklahoma City and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight ... Over their last 20 games vs. Big 12 foes, no two teams have been more successful than Missouri and Kansas ... Kansas is 17-3 during that span, while Mizzou is 16-4 ... That stretch does include games in the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.

> These two teams are also #1 and #3 nationally in home court winning streaks ... Kansas has won 53 consecutive, while the Tigers have won 31 straight ... Siena is #2 in America with 32 consecutive home court wins.

> Two of the Big 12’s youngest teams will square off Monday, but no league club has gotten better production from its youth then Missouri ... The Tigers have 11-of-13 players in their first or second season playing for Mike Anderson and is that youth ever producing! ... Missouri is getting more than half of its 81.6 points per game from the sophomore class alone ...  The second-year Tigers are logging 43.7 points per game ... If you add the freshman class, Mizzou is getting 68 percent of its scoring (55.3 ppg) and 8.9 assists from underclassmen this season ... Oh and for good measure, Missouri is welcoming in the nation’s #7 recruiting class next year (per USA Today).

> Rivalry aside, Missouri and Kansas players do share some great friendships ... Missouri sophomores Marcus Denmon and Steve Moore, along with freshman Michael Dixon, played with Kansas sophomore Travis Releford for the Kansas City Pump N’ Run on the AAU circuit ... Each is a Kansas City native.

 

Mizzou Quick Hitters

> Missouri Basketball returns to action looking for its second consecutive win as it takes on the Kansas Jayhawks in the annual M&I Bank Border Showdown in Lawrence.

> Missouri is 1-1 vs. the nation’s #2 team under Mike Anderson’s watch ... The Tigers lost at #2 Kansas 90-71 in 2008, but of course upended #2 Memphis 102-91 in the 2009 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in Glendale, Ariz.

> Missouri is looking for its first road win against a Top 5 team since winning at #4 Kansas 81-74 on Feb. 20, 1994 ... That win was a part of Missouri’s 14-0 Big Eight Championship club.

> Missouri is 3-1 in its last four games vs. Top 10 teams ... The Tigers defeated #10 Kansas State 74-68 to open Big 12 play this season and topped #4 Oklahoma (73-64), #2 Memphis (102-91) and fell to #6 UConn (82-75) in the Elite Eight.

> The Tigers are looking for their second road win of the Big 12 season to supplement a 2-0 home record following a 70-53 win against Nebraska on Saturday ... Missouri earned a very good road win at Texas Tech in overtime (94-89) on Jan. 13.

> Missouri is looking for its first win in Lawrence since March 5, 1999 ... The Tigers won 71-63 thanks to four players scoring in double figures in Norm Stewart’s final trip to Lawrence.

> Speaking of Coach Stewart, he turned 75 last week, so Happy Birthday Coach!

> Speaking of Coach Stewart, he’s the founder of Coaches vs. Cancer and this weekend is the 2010 Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend ... Prior to the start of the college basketball season Coach Stewart hosts a Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tip-Off at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City and welcomes Coach Anderson, Coach Self, Coach Frank Martin (K-State) and Coach Matt Brown (UMKC) to speak at the fund raiser for the American Cancer Society.

> Missouri has been very good vs. league opposition over the last two seasons ... The Tigers are 18-4 in their last 22 games vs. Big 12 foes, including three wins in the Big 12 Tournament last year.

> Missouri is being led in scoring by THREE underclassmen, Kim English (14.8), Marcus Denmon (11.2) and Laurence Bowers (10.9) ... The last time that happed was during the 1999-2000 campaign when Keyon Dooling (15.3), Kareem Rush (14.7) and Clarence Gilbert (13.7) paced the Tigers in scoring ... Missouri’s #5 scorer this year is freshman Michael Dixon (8.4 ppg) ... The Tigers have NEVER had four underclassmen rank among the top five scorers in school history.

> Missouri itself has been downright inhospitable at home this year ... The Tigers are 12-0 with a +29.1 ppg scoring margin inside Mizzou Arena ... The Tigers are also shooting 50 percent from the floor, 41 percent from three-point range and are turning teams over 21.8 times a game.

> The Tigers have won 11 consecutive home games vs. Big 12 opposition ... Missouri topped both #16 Kansas (62-60) and #4 Oklahoma (73-64) inside Mizzou Arena last season and defeated #10 Kansas State to start league play in 2009-10.

> The 11 consecutive Big 12 home wins is a school record and the last time the Tigers beat 11 straight league opponents at home came during the 1987-88 through 1990-91 seasons when MU topped 19 consecutive league foes.

> Missouri ranks #14 nationally with 16.7 assists per game … However the perfect illustration for the Tigers’ unselfishness is that Mizzou has ZERO players ranked among the Top 250 nationally in assists … No one player dominates that basketball and that fuels Missouri’s quick-strike offense … However nine different Tigers have 21 or more assists this season, led by Zaire Taylor (55), J.T. Tiller (47), freshman Michael Dixon (42) and sophomore Miguel Paul (40) ... And as a reminder, Missouri led the nation in assists last season with 18.4 dimes per contest.

> Missouri has topped 20 assists six times, including 28 dimes in the 106-69 win against Oregon and 25 vs. Georgia.

> Conversely the Tigers lead the nation in steals per game (12.1) and are led defensively by Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year front-runner, J.T. Tiller ... It’s not the steal total to watch with Tiller, it’s the deflections and overall havoc the senior causes on the floor.

> Missouri is #2 nationally in turnover margin at +7.3 … With that great turnover margin and assist/turnover ratio (+1.2) the Tigers have taken 135 more shots then their opponents this year … That statistic certainly helps to offset rebounding margin … In a crazy stat that speaks to great ball-security, the Tigers already have 112 more steals this season than their opponents through just 19 games.

> Did you know the Tigers actually turn their opponent over a nation-leading 30 percent of the time during a game? What does that mean? Well it means nearly one out of every three defensive possessions ends in a turnover.

> With that great turnover percentage Missouri is forcing 21.0 turnovers a game and is averaging 25.6 points per game off of those turnovers.

> It’s certainly early, but the Tigers sport excellent depth on their roster ... Nine different players have reached double figures in scoring and 10 different Tigers are averaging at least 9.9 minutes per game ... In addition, that depth fuels Missouri’s pressure and has allowed the Tigers to reach double figures in steals in 15-of-19 contests, including a school record 24 thefts vs. Chattanooga on Nov. 24.

> Missouri continues to be outstanding at the free throw line this season ... The Tigers are hitting at a 72.7 percent clip on the year, compared to 67.2 percent shooting last season.

> It’s hard to argue with the production of Missouri’s bench ... The Tigers are getting 36.8 of their 81.6 points per game from the reserves ... Missouri’s bench has actually outscored their starters five times this season and are outscoring their opposition’s bench 36.8-to-16.4.

> Mizzou has had a double-figure scorer off the pine in 16 games this season, including a season high three players in the wins against Texas Tech, Oregon and UMKC.

> One thing about Mike Anderson’s clubs, they are built for the long haul ... Over his tenure “Coach A’s” teams have averaged 26.8 points per game off the bench... That’s over 119 career games.

> It’s nothing new to have the reserves outscore the starters either ... Including five games this season, the reserves have dropped in more tallies than the “initial five” 17 times (in 118 games) in Anderson’s tenure ... It just goes to show you, when the man says he has eight or nine starters, it means he has eight or nine starters!

> To help illustrate that point even further, Missouri has had seven different starting lineups this year.

> Missouri has typically played some tough schedules over the years and that trend will continue in 2009-10 ... Mizzou has 15 games against teams that have been ranked / receiving votes in the Top 25 this season ... Included in that list are some impressive non-conference games against, Illinois, Old Dominion, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Georgia and Richmond.

> Missouri has faced eight teams in the RPI Top 100 and is 5-3 in those games ... In each of those three losses the Tigers were in a one-possession game in the final minute of play.

 

Tiger Tidbits

J.T. Tiller, 6-4, 200 Pounds

> J.T. Tiller (aka the Tasmanian Devil) has earned mention on virtually every preseason All-Defensive Team in 2009-10 … Tiller is of course the reigning Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 12 Conference and was named to All-Defensive Teams by Sports Illustrated and ESPN prior to the start of his senior season.

> Tiller has been hobbled by a bone bruise in his left foot, but has still reached double figures in 7-of-16 games played.

> Tiller has notched seven assists in a game three times this year, including seven dimes at Vanderbilt, seven in a win against Old Dominion and seven in a home win against Georgia.

> The Marietta, Ga., native has 278 career assists and needs 52 more dimes to move into the career Top 10.

> He also owns 140 career steals and 11 more thefts would push him into the Top 10 in that category as well, surpassing former teammate Jason Horton (2004-08), who had 150 … In fact his career steals per game average of 1.2 already ranks in Mizzou’s career Top 10.

 

Zaire Taylor, 6-4, 189 Pounds

> Zaire Taylor has been one of America’s top defensive players so far in 2009-10 and is #2 in the Big 12 and ranked among the Top 100 nationally with 1.9 steals per game this season.

> Taylor ripped a career high seven steals vs. Fairleigh Dickinson in just 18 minutes of action ... Taylor was in the game for 31 defensive possessions and stopped FDU 26 percent of the time with either a steal or a blocked shot.

> The seven steals are tops in the Big 12 this year, tied the Mizzou Arena record and are the second most in school history ... Had he played all 40 minutes vs. the Knights he was on pace to record 15.6 steals in the game.

> Not only is Taylor excellent at swiping the basketball, he is one of the country’s best at protecting the rock as well ... Last year he ranked among the Top 5 nationally with a 3-to-1 assist/turnover ratio ... This season he is #36 nationally with a 2.5-to-1 ratio.

> Taylor has wasted little time picking up his assist totals this year and has dished 55 dimes while committing just 19 turnovers in his last 18 games, including a career-best eight assists and zero turnovers at Oklahoma.

> Of course its hard to talk about Taylor and not mention his “Big Shot” moniker ... Taylor hit game-winners last year vs. #16 Kansas and at #16 Texas and then broke a 66-66 tie vs. #10 K-State on Jan. 9 with a deep triple with just 33 seconds remaining ... All three of those game-winners were vs. ranked teams.

> Not only do Taylor and Tiller form one of America’s best backcourts, but the pair is incredibly visible in the community and volunteered with the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon, which supports the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital ...  The duo answered phones on the phonebank and made special visits to patients.

 

Laurence Bowers, 6-8, 205 Pounds

> Laurence Bowers is one of Missouri’s most efficient players this season and is third on the team in scoring (10.9), first in rebounding (6.0) and tops in blocked shots (1.7) in just 20.8 minutes a game.

> Bowers scored a career high 23 points in the Jan. 2 win against Georgia, hitting 11-of-14 FGs for his first career 20-point night and has now reached double figures in four of his last six games, including 13 points and eight boards vs. K-State and 10 points and nine boards at Tech.

> Bowers is averaging 8.0 rebounds a game during Big 12 play and is second in the league with 4.0 offensive rebounds a night during that stretch.

> He is also shooting 53 percent from the floor and averaging 11.3 tallies since the start of league play.

> Over his last seven games Bowers is a combined 34-of-53 from the floor (.642) and is averaging 13.2 points a night, including his first career double-double at Oklahoma (15 pts, 10 boards).

> Don’t be surprised by Bowers’ efficiency ... That’s part of his game ... The Memphis native maximizes his minutes played ... Last season as a freshman he was the team’s most efficient rebounder and shot-blocker in just 6.9 minutes a game.

> The Memphis native has blocked at least one shot in 15-of-19 games this season, including a career high four swats in the wins against Austin Peay and Tech.

 

Kim English, 6-6, 200 Pounds

> Kim English was named one of the nation’s Top 5 Most Improved Players by Dick Vitale in USA Today.

> English leads Missouri with 13 double figure scoring games this season, including seven 20-point efforts.

> English has scored 20+ in four of his last 11 games, including 24 tallies in the win against Illinois and 20 more at Texas Tech.

> English grabbed a career high 10 boards for his first double-double at Texas Tech.

> He also grabbed a six rebounds and ripped two steals vs. the Fighting Illini ... English has at least one steal in 16-of-17 games this season, including 18 steals in his last nine contests.

> English was named the Big 12’s Player of the Week on Dec. 28 after leading the team to wins against Illinois (24 points) and Austin Peay (23 points).

 

Marcus Denmon, 6-3, 185 Pounds

> Marcus Denmon is nearly full strength after off-season knee surgery and has reached double figures 11 times this year.

> Denmon has been one of Mizzou’s most consistent scorers with those 11 double-figure efforts and poured in a career high 20 points in the win at Texas Tech.

> In fact Denmon has reached double figures in six of his last eight games and is averaging 12.8 ppg during that run.

> The team-leader in three-point field goals, Denmon is shooting 46 percent from three over his last 12 games, hitting 30-of-65 triples, including 10-of-12 games with multiple three-point makes.

> Denmon has been very good late in games recently ... The Kansas City native is coming off a 14-point effort against #10 Kansas State where he scored eight of his team-high tying 14 points in span of 3:43 late in the second half to hand the Tigers their 30th consecutive home court victory ... The Tigers were down 55-49 at the 5:37 mark when Denmon nailed back-to-back treys and then hit a baseline runner off glass that had “Old Skool Basketballers” reminiscing.

> During the win at Texas Tech Denmon scored five points in overtime, including the first bucket of the extra frame and a 24-foot trey to break an 85-85 tie.

> Denmon currently ranks among the Big 12 leaders in three-point field goals per game (2.3) and three-point percentage (.434).

 

Miguel Paul, 6-1, 172 Pounds

> Miguel Paul scored a career high 15 points to lead Mizzou in the win against Nebraska ... Paul hit two treys and 5-of-6 total field goals in 16 minutes.

> Paul owns an excellent assist/turnover ratio this season with 40 dimes and just 15 turnovers (2.7-to-1).

 

Steve Moore, 6-9, 264 Pounds

> Fans will notice a slimmed down version of Steve Moore this year … Since his arrival Moore had dropped 40 pounds and has now began to regain the weight in the form of muscle … Moore credits Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning David Deets with adjusting his eating habits, allowing the “Extreme Makeover”.

> Moore turned that weight loss into production, as he has recorded career highs in virtually every statistical category this season.

 

Michael Dixon, 6-1, 175 Pounds

> Michael Dixon has been one of the Big 12’s top freshmen this season and is averaging 8.4 points on 46 percent shooting this year.

> Dixon has reached double figures in eight of his last 14 games and was excellent in “high major” non-conference games, averaging 11.2 in contests against Illinois, Oregon, Georgia and Vanderbilt.

> The rookie showed his moxie in Missouri’s recent road win at Texas Tech, hitting four free throws in the final :17 seconds of OT for the win.

> The Kansas City native leads Mizzou in FT percentage at 88.2 percent and has hit 27 consecutive free throws dating back to the Dec. 5 game against Oregon.

> Dixon was recently named the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 28, the first league honor of his young career.

 

About The Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas (18-1, 4-0 Big 12) leads the Big 12 Conference with a perfect 4-0 mark and sports excellent depth on this season’s club with four players averaging better than 11.0 points a game ... The Jayhawks own the nation’s longest home court winning streak (53 consecutive) and have only had two home games decided by single digits this year (Baylor and Cornell) ... Sherron Collins leads KU in scoring with 16.0 tallies a night and has dished 81 assists in 19 starts ... Cole Aldrich continues to play well in his junior season, scoring 11.2 points and grabbing a team-best 9.9 rebounds a night ... Freshman Xavier Henry is second for KU in scoring at 14.3 points per game, but few players in the league have made more improvement than the Morris twins, highlighted by Marcus Morris who scores 12.4 points and grabs 5.6 rebounds per game.

 

The Series With Kansas

Monday’s game marks the 262nd all-time meeting between Kansas and Missouri, with the Jayhawks holding a 167-94 series advantage ... In Columbia, KU holds an 63-56 series lead and in Lawrence the Jayhawks have an 86-33 record ... Monday’s game marks the 103rd year of Mizzou - Kansas Border War, with the initial contest coming nearly 103 years ago on March 11, 1907 in Columbia ... Mizzou won that contest 34-31.

 

Missouri Boasts Great Record vs. Big 12 Foes

The Missouri Tigers have one of the best records vs. Big 12 foes over the last 20 games, just one game behind the Kansas Jayhawks during that stretch ... Mizzou is 16-4 vs. league opposition, which includes three wins in last year’s Big 12 Tournament.

 

Team                              Last 20 vs. Big 12 Foes

Kansas                          17-3

Missouri                       16-4

Oklahoma                    14.6

Oklahoma State          13-7

Texas                             12-8

Kansas State                10-10

Texas A&M                   10-10

Baylor                            9-11

Nebraska                      8-12

Iowa State                    5-15

Texas Tech                   5-15

Colorado                       2-18

 

Time To Take Notice of Anderson

Mike Anderson has done remarkable work rebuilding Missouri Basketball over his four seasons and since his arrival, Anderson is 80-39 in Columbia, with his .672 winning percentage ranking #1 among the huge class of coaches that entered before the 2006-07 season ... That class includes Jeff Capel at Oklahoma, Doc Sadler at Nebraska and Greg McDermott at Iowa State.

> Anderson was the lone head coach to take over a losing program ... The Tigers were just 12-16 in 2005-06 and were 11th in the Big 12 with a 5-11 mark.

> Bob Huggins was also a part of that coaching class, but he left for West Virginia after one season in Manhattan, Kan.

 

Coach, Team                     Record     Pct.

Mike Anderson, MU      80-39       .672

Jeff Capel, OU                 81-40       .669

Doc Sadler, NU               67-47       .588

Greg McDermott, ISU     56-58       .491

 

Quick Starts For Mizzou

Missouri is enjoying one of its fastest starts this century as it looks to improve to 16-4 on Monday at Kansas.

> 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           31-7

1988-89            16-3           29-8

1982-83            16-3           26-8

1991-92            16-3           21-9

1994-95            16-3           20-9

2009-10            15-4           ???

1979-80            15-4           25-6

2001-02            14-5           25-11

 

 

Dixon One Of Mizzou’s Best Frosh Point Guards

Michael Dixon has made a huge splash for Mizzou early in his Tiger career and below is a quick look at how the Lee’s Summit freshman compares to some other Tiger point guards during their freshman campaigns.

 

Tiger                             Year             PPG   APG    TPG   A/T Ratio

**Michael Dixon  2009-10    8.4     2.3      1.0     2.3

Keyon Dooling       1998-99    8.7     3.0      2.0     1.5

Melvin Booker       1990-91    8.3     3.5      2.7     1.3

Travis Ford               1989-90    6.4     3.5      1.8     1.9

Lee Coward             1986-87    6.5     1.7      1.4     1.3          

Prince Bridges       1981-82    6.8     3.3      2.2     1.5

**Jon Sundvold     1979-80    6.3     2.1      1.9     1.1

**Larry Drew          1976-77    6.9     2.8      N/A    N/A

 

** Kansas City natives

 

Bench Making The Difference

Missouri is known for using its deep, effective bench to help fuel the Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball and the Tiger reserves have outscored their opposition’s bench in all-19 games this season ... In fact, Missouri’s second wave has outscored its starters five times this season, including recent games against UMKC and Georgia.

> Seven times this season the Tiger bench has scored 40+ points in a game and owns a 36.8-to-16.4 scoring margin against its opponents in 2009-10.

> Missouri has had six different Tigers come off the bench to score in double figures this season: Kim English, Laurence Bowers, Marcus Denmon, Michael Dixon, Zaire Taylor and Miguel Paul.

 

Top Bench Scoring Totals of 2009-10

Opponent                             Bench Scoring

vs. Texas-Pan American   57

vs. UMKC                             57

vs. Georgia                         54

vs. Oregon                          50

vs. Chattanooga                49

vs. Tennessee-Martin      45

at Texas Tech                     41

 

Tigers In The National Rankings

Missouri is again ranking among the national leaders in several statistical categories ... Below is a quick rundown of how the Tigers rank.

 

Category            Avg / Ntl Rk     Leader / Avg

Assists             16.7 / #15         Sam Hou. / 20.2

Scoring Mar.    18.5 / #6           Kansas / 24.5

Steals               12.1 / #1           Missouri / 12.1

T/O Margin      +7.3 / #2           Houston / 9.2

3FGs Per G       8.2 / #26           VMI / 12.0

3FG %                38.2 / #41         Marquette / 43.4

Scoring             81.6 / #14         VMI / 89.9

 

Noting Mizzou’s 31-Game Home Winning Streak

> Missouri has won 26-of-31 games by double figure margins.

> Has won 19 of 31 games by 20+ points, 11 games by 30+, six games by 40+ and two games by 50+.

> Own an average margin of victory of 21.8 points per game and is scoring 87.2 points in those 30 wins, while allowing just 65.4 points.

> Has topped 100 points five times and 90 points 12 times.

> Has won 11 consecutive games vs. Big 12 opposition during the run.

> Has defeated three ranked foes (#4 Oklahoma, #10 Kansas State and #16 Kansas).

> Own an average margin of victory of 32.0 points in a pair of Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series wins against California (93-66) and Oregon (106-69).

> During the streak the Tigers are shooting 48.1 percent from the floor, 38.2 percent from three-point range, are averaging 18.8 assists, 12.3 steals, have just 12.8 turnovers and own a 1.4 assist/turnover margin.

 

English, Dixon Sweep Big 12 Honors

A pair of Missouri Tigers earned recognition from the Big 12 Conference last week, as sophomore guard Kim English and freshman point guard Michael Dixon were named the league’s Player and Newcomer of the Week (respectively) on Dec. 28.

> English led Missouri to two victories over Illinois and Austin Peay, averaging 23.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game ... The 6-foot-6 guard shot 50 percent (8-of-16) from three-point distance and 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the floor.

> Dixon averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 steals and just 0.5 turnovers in two starts ... The Kansas City native was magnificent in Missouri’s win against Illinois, scoring a career high 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting ... He later dropped in 12 points and ripped a career high four steals vs. Austin Peay.

 

The Future Is Bright For Mizzou

Missouri’s freshmen and sophomores are scoring 55.3 points per game for the Tigers this season, which accounts for 68 percent of the team’s 81.6 total points per outing and is the top underclassmen scoring total in the Big 12.

> Those 55.3 points becomes incredibly promising since MU is welcoming the nation’s #7 overall recruiting class in 2010-11.

> Kansas is second in the Big 12 in underclassmen scoring at 54.5 points per game, while the Oklahoma Sooners rank third with 50.8 tallies a night.

With A Tiger Win ...

> Missouri would improve to 16-4 on the  season and move to 81-39 all-time under Mike Anderson.

> Overall, Anderson would improve to 170-80 in his eight seasons as a head coach.

> Missouri would have its 11th win in 12 games dating back to early December... That surge would be the best under Mike Anderson.

> The Tigers would win in Lawrence for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign.

> Missouri would start the Big 12 season off 4-1 for the second consecutive year.

> Missouri would lead the Big 12 Conference with that 4-1 mark.

> Missouri would boast the nation’s #2 home winning streak and be just one game off the national lead in that category.

> The Tigers would get a very important road win and earn their first road win over a Top 5 team since beating Kansas 81-74 on Feb. 20, 1994.

 

Congrats To Mizzou’s Graduate, Zaire Taylor

Congratulations are in order for senior guard Zaire Taylor … The Staten Island, N.Y., native graduated Dec. 19 the same day the Tigers took on Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Mizzou Arena … In fact Missouri Basketball pushed up its normal shoot-around time allowing Taylor to walk across the stage to receive his diploma in Sociology.

 

Sweet English

Kimmie English has been much more than a scorer for Missouri over the last 11 games (10-1) ... While he is averaging a team-best 14.5 ppg during the run, he has also provided improved rebounding and defense.

> Defensively, English has multiple steals in seven of the last 11 games, including a career high four rips in the win against Fairleigh Dickinson.

> He has also been an improved rebounder, highlighted by his first career double-double vs. Texas Tech, with 20 points and 10 boards.

> During his offensive surge English has enjoyed four 20-point efforts and narrowly missed a fifth with 18 points in 25 minutes in the win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff ... Two of those 20-point nights (24 vs. Illinois and 23 vs. Austin Peay) helped English earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Dec. 28 and he recorded his first 20-point game in league action in the Jan. 13 win at Texas Tech.


 

 

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