No. 2 Tigers Face Texas on Big Monday

The Tigers and Longhorns tip-off at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

The Tigers and Longhorns tip-off at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Jan. 29, 2012

No. 2/2 Mizzou (19-2, 6-2 Big 12) at Texas (13-8, 3-5 Big 12)

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Tip-Off: 8 p.m. CT
Arena: Frank C. Erwin, Jr., Special Events Center (16,734)
TV: ESPN (Brent Musburger - Play-by-Play / Bob Knight - Analyst / Holly Rowe - Reporter)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play / Gary Link - Analyst)
Rankings: MU: #2/2 (AP / ESPN/USA Today Coaches)
Series: Series tied 12-12 (Last meeting: MU 84, UT 73 in Columbia, Mo. - Jan. 14, 2012)
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 148-103 overall (8th); 19-2 at Mizzou (1st season)
Texas: Rick Barnes (Lenoir-Rhyne `77); 537-265 overall (25th) and 335-131 at UT (14th season)

For Openers...
> The Mizzou basketball team completes a stretch of four games in nine days as it heads to Texas for a showdown with the Longhorns on Monday. The Tigers are in search of their 20th win of the season on Monday, which would mark the third time in program history the team had fourth straight 20-win seasons.

> This marks the Tigers' second meeting with Texas this season, following an 84-73 win over the Longhorns at Mizzou Arena back on Jan. 14. That win tied the all-time series between the Tigers and Longhorns at 12 wins apiece. In games played in Austin, the Tigers trail the series, 6-3. The Tigers' last win in Austin came in 2009, a 69-65 decision when Zaire Taylor hit a shot late in the game to seal the win for the Tigers.

> Mizzou leads the Big 12 in scoring at 81.9 ppg, but in Big 12 play, the Tiger defense has been one of the key reasons for their 6-2 start. In fact, in three of the Tigers' six league wins, they have held their opponents to 51 points or less. Mizzou held Oklahoma to 49 points in its Big 12 opener and then limited Texas A&M to just 51 points while most recently holding Texas Tech to just 50 points last Saturday. Teams are averaging just 66.8 points per game against the Tigers in Big 12 play.

> A key reason for the Tigers' success in league play has been their ability to get to the free throw line. As a team, Mizzou has made more free throws (140) than their opponents have attempted (116) and the Tigers are shooting 80-percent from the stripe as a team in Big 12 play. Mizzou has shot over 80-percent from the line 12 times this season, most recently with a 19-of-23 performance (.826) against Texas Tech on Saturday. Mizzou has shot better than 80-percent from the line in four of eight Big 12 games. As a team, Mizzou has shot better than 70-percent in 17 of 21 games this season and is leading the Big 12 (.778), while ranking fifth nationally.

> Sophomore point guard Phil Pressey dished 12 assists with just two turnovers in the Tigers' win over Texas Tech on Saturday, good for his fifth game this season with 10 or more assists. The 12 assists matched Pressey's career-best and rank as the third-best single-game total in program history. Pressey also set a school record in the game, becoming the first-ever Tiger to post five games with 10 or more assists in a single season. Scott Sims (four 10+ assist games) had held the record in 1976-77.

> Pressey currently leads the Big 12, averaging 6.1 assists per game. Should he finish the season in that position, he would become the first Tiger to ever lead the Big 12 in assists per game. Pressey is also ahead of the single season Mizzou record for assists (179 by Anthony Peeler in 1989-90). Pressey is on pace to tally 189 total assists before the start of postseason play, meaning he could break the single-season record in the Tigers' home finale' against Iowa State on Feb. 29.

> Senior Kim English had his best since Jan. 3 as he scored 22 points in the Tigers' win over Texas Tech on Saturday. He had just 26 points in his previous three games combined as he was red-hot on Saturday, shooting 7-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-6 from distance.

> Senior Ricardo Ratliffe connected on 4-of-6 field goals on Saturday at Texas Tech as he continues to lead the nation in field goal percentage at 75.1-percent. He is ahead of Mizzou's all-time single season record and ahead of the all-time NCAA single season record for field goal percentage. The current record is held by Oregon State's Steve Johnson (74.6) back in 1981.



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