Jan. 24, 2013
No. 22 Missouri Tigers vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
Date: Jan. 26, 2013
Tip-Off: 4p.m. CT
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: ESPNU (Tom Hart - Play by Play / Matt Doherty - Analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play and Gary Link - Analyst)
Missouri - No. 22/No. 22 - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll
Vanderbilt - NR/NR
Series: Sixth meeting; Vanderbilt leads 3-2 all-time; Mizzou won last meeting 85-82 (OT) Dec. 8, 2010
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon '88); 173-110 overall (9th); 44-9 at Mizzou (2nd season)
Vanderbilt: Kevin Stallings (Purdue '82) 278-168 at Vanderbilt (14th season); 392-231 overall (20th)
> Missouri Basketball will look to remain unbeaten at home this season as the Tigers face Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. on ESPNU ... Missouri is one of three SEC teams to remain unbeaten at home this year, joining Florida and Ole Miss.
> The Tigers will look to continue their strong play at Mizzou Arena with Haith at the helm (26-1, .963) and since the 2008-09 season the Tigers are a dominant 77-4 (.951) and have never dropped more than two home games in a single season.
> Senior forward Alex Oriakhi is nearing the 1,000-point mark for his career, needing just 23 points to reach that milestone ... Oriakhi played three seasons at Connecticut and scored 789 points in 109 games for the Huskies ... The Lowell, Mass., native is enjoying a career year at Missouri, averaging a career high 10.4 points per game on a career best 58 percent shooting ... He also needs just 40 points and 13 rebounds to top his entire 2011-12 output at UConn.
> Senior forward Laurence Bowers is questionable for Saturday'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 84.2 percent of its scoring and 92.7 percent of its rebounding from Tigers that did not play one season ago.
> Missouri is one of college basketball's winningest teams since 2008-09 ... The Tigers have 121 wins over the last five years, which is ninth among high major programs nationally.
> Missouri has been very good in league play under Haith and has won 17-of-23 conference games under the second year head coach ... The Tigers have won 13 of their last 16 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 28-11 in January, including three wins over nationally-ranked foes.
> Mizzou continues to be one of the country's better rebounding clubs, ranking No. 3 nationally with 42.8 boards per game ... Missouri's rebounding rate has slowed due to injuries to forwards Bowers and Tony Criswell ... That tandem has missed a combined seven games this year and when both players are in the lineup, Missouri has not been outrebounded this season.
> Jabari Brown has emerged as Mizzou's most consistent scorer in league play and has reached double figures in 8-of-9 contests since becoming eligible ... Brown is averaging 16.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in SEC competition thanks to his 40.0 percent shooting from three-point range ... Brown has already made 16 treys through five conference games and leads the league with 3.2 makes per game.
> Phil Pressey is quickly approaching the career assist record at Mizzou ... Pressey is averaging 9.0 assists per game over his last eight games and needs just 28 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 caps a quick two game home stand on Saturday afternoon as the Tigers face Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.
> Happy Birthday to Earnest Ross ... Ross will celebrate his 22nd birthday on Sunday.
> Missouri's final-six home games of the season are sold out ... Mizzou is averaging 10,746 fans at Mizzou Arena this year and at this point last season the Tigers were averaging 10,156 fans per home game ... Missouri's 2011-12 home attendance average of 11,830 is the facility record.
> The Tigers and Commodores are coming off a recent home-and-home series from the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, which saw a series split ... The two games were decided by a combined nine points, including an 85-82 overtime win by the Tigers at Mizzou Arena on Dec. 8, 2010.
> Marcus Denmon scored all-21 of his points after halftime of that win, including a go-ahead steal and three-point play with just 5.8 seconds left in OT ... Vanderbilt had the ball holding for the final shot of overtime when Denmon stepped in front of a Brad Tinsley to Jeff Taylor pass and raced the length of the court for the game-winning hoop (and harm).
> Missouri is 7-5 all-time on Jan. 26 and the most recent game on this date was a 66-62 win at Colorado during the 2007-08 season ... The Tigers are also 4-0 at home on this date.
> Missouri is one of three remaining unbeatens at home in the Southeastern Conference ... The Tigers are 11-0 at Mizzou Arena and join Ole Miss (10-0) and Florida (8-0).
> The Tigers could regain the services of senior forward Laurence Bowers, but he remains questionable for Saturday ... Bowers is nursing a sprained MCL in his right knee, which was injured on Jan. 8 vs. Alabama, but has made great strides and is nearing a return.
> Keion Bell also missed the Jan. 22 contest vs. South Carolina and is currently listed as a game-time decision vs. Vanderbilt.
> With Bowers and Bell 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), Bowers (vs. Alabama) and Bell (at Florida) ... Criswell missed three games overall.
> With injuries and a near complete roster turnover, Missouri has used seven different starting lineups this year ... Haith used the same starting lineup throughout the 2011-12 campaign.
> Missouri got a game-high 21 points from Earnest Ross off the bench to earn a 71-65 win over South Carolina ... Ross made two critical plays in the final 70 seconds of the win, hitting a trey with the game tied 63-63 with just 1:10 remaining and then finding Jabari Brown for the game-clinching trey with just over 10 seconds left.
> Missouri opened the game 2-of-24 (.083) from three-point range before making their final three attempts.
> Mizzou has been very good in the second half of games all season and outscored South Carolina 44-30 in the second half on Tuesday ... The Tigers are averaging 41.2 points and are shooting 49 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 +7.6 scoring margin (41.2-to-33.6) 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 58.7 points on 35.9 percent shooting at Mizzou Arena.
> Missouri is currently ranked No. 51 nationally in field goal percentage defense (.394).
> Defensively, Missouri has held 13-of-18 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 14-of-18 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 18 games.
> The Tigers also average 14.8 offensive rebounds per game (No. 13 nationally) and turn that into 14.3 second-chance points per contest.
> The Tigers are currently rebounding 43 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 14 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 84.2 percent of its scoring and 92.7 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 20.7 points per game from its bench on the year, including 22.3 points over the last 11 games.
> On the season Missouri has 14 double-figure scoring efforts off the bench (Ross - 5, Bell - 4, Criswell - 2, Brown, Jankovic and Webster-Chan - 1).
> Despite having so many newcomers, Mizzou has been balanced through 18 games with eight players averaging at least 19.9 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.