Feb. 2, 2009
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University of Missouri Tigers (18-4, 5-2) vs.
University of Texas Longhorns (15-5, 4-2)
2008-09 Regular Season Game 23 - February 4, 2009 - Austin, Texas
Tip-off: 8:35 p.m. CST
Arena: Frank Erwin Center - Austin, Texas (16,755)
TV: ESPN2 - (Ron Franklin play-by-play; Fran Fraschilla analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Chris Gervino play-by-play; Gary Link analyst)
Rankings: Mizzou: RV/RV, Texas: 16/17 in Associated Press / USA Today Coaches polls
Series: Texas leads 11-9 overall; in Austin the Longhorns lead 5-2
Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ’82); 141-73 overall (7th season); 52-32 at Mizzou (3rd)
Texas: Rick Barnes (Lenoir-Rhyne, ‘77) 464-232 overall (22nd season); 262-98 at Texas (11th)
> Missouri Basketball hits the road for a highly-anticipated match-up with the Texas Longhorns on Wednesday ... The Tigers are looking for their second Big 12 road win of the season and third road win of the year overall following wins at Georgia and Oklahoma State.
> Missouri is looking for its second win over a ranked team this season ... The Tigers stopped then-No. 19 USC 83-72 in San Juan, P.R. .. In addition to that win over a ranked team, Mizzou is an impressive 4-1 vs. the RPI Top 50 and Wednesday’s contest is MU’s sixth vs. an RPI Top 50 program ... The Tigers lost a heartbreaker to No. 7 (RPI) Xavier (75-71) in San Juan, P.R. after the club hit just 7-of-20 free throws in the second half, but owns “quality” wins over Oklahoma State (43), Baylor (44), USC (45) and California (47) ... Missouri’s last road win against a ranked team came Feb. 17, 2007 at No. 18 Oklahoma State (75-64).
> Who will be Missouri’s top gun on Wednesday? The balanced Tigers have had six different players lead (or tie for the team lead) in scoring over the last nine games, dating back to Mizzou’s first road win of the season at Georgia ... DeMarre Carroll has led or tied for the team lead four times during that run and both Leo Lyons and Matt Lawrence have paced the club twice.
> Leo Lyons and DeMarre Carroll reached a rare feat in Saturday’s win against Baylor, as the post duo each topped 25 points scored in the 89-72 win ... The last time a pair of Tiger post players each topped 25 points in a game was Jan. 23, 1988, when Derrick Chievous scored 30 and Doug Smith dropped in 26 in a 119-93 win against Iowa State.
> A huge key for Missouri will be the play of its bench... Missouri’s second unit is averaging 32.3 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. 3 nationally in scoring at 85.0 ppg, No. 1 in assists per game at 19.6, No. 2 in steals per game at 11.0, No. 2 nationally in assist/turnover ratio at 1.5 and No. 3 in scoring margin at 18.5 ... Another fun stat: Missouri is No. 6 nationally with 64.0 FG attempts per game and the Tigers have already made 169 more FGs than their opponents through 22 games thanks to the nation’s No. 2-ranked turnover margin (+6.6).
> Missouri Basketball hits the road this week and opens the two-game road swing with a game at Texas on Wednesday.
> Mizzou is 3-0 vs. members of the Big 12 South this season ... The Tigers won at Oklahoma State and defeated Texas Tech and Baylor at home.
> Anderson and the Tigers are now 8-7 vs. the Big 12 South over the past 2+ seasons.
> Missouri is looking for just its third win all-time in Austin and Mizzou is just 1-5 in Austin since the start of Big 12 play.
> Mizzou’s 5-2 start in Big 12 play is its best since the Elite Eight season of 2001-02.
> Missouri is just two wins shy of its first 20-win campaign since the 2002-03 season ... If the Tigers reach that mark, it will be the 21st 20-win season in school history.
> The Tigers are off to their best start (18-4) since the 1994-95 season ... A win on Wednesday would push Missouri’s record to 19-4, making its the winningest campaign of Mike Anderson’s tenure.
> Thanks to Saturday’s win vs. Baylor, Missouri has yet to lose back-to-back games this season and the Tigers have responded extremely well following their four losses this year ... In fact, Missouri is averaging a 33.5 ppg margin of victory in games immediately following those four defeats.
> Mizzou has been a much-improved offensive team at home this year ... In running their record to 14-0, the Tigers are averaging 90.5 points and shooting 50.3 percent from the floor and 39.3 percent from three-point range.
> A huge key for the Tigers continues to be the play of their bench ... On the season, Missouri’s reserves are averaging 32.3 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 24.2 points.
> With those great bench-scoring totals, the Tigers have had a school-record 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 10.6 minutes a game on the year, including five newcomers.
> Sticking with the balance theme, Missouri has had a school-record tying 10 different players dish out at least 20 assists this season ... 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 nine 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 freshmen reach double figures vs. SIUE, which was a first in school history ... They almost did it again vs. Colorado as Miguel Paul finished with eight points.
> A major reason for Mizzou’s large scoring totals is because the club has taken 167 more field goal attempts than its opponents this season and has made 169 more FG’s ... Mizzou made 119 more FG’s than its opponents throughout the entire 2007-08 season, so 169 more FGs through just 22 games is a HUGE differential.
> With that scoring surge, Missouri has topped the 80-point plateau 15 times in 22 games this season and is 15-0 on the year when scoring at least 80 points ... Missouri has topped 80 points 39 times in the Mike Anderson era (83 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 19.6 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-85.0).
> Another impressive stat regarding Missouri’s defense is that the Tigers force a turnover on 26.6 percent of their defensive possessions ... That means opponents are turning it over a little more than once every four possessions vs. the Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball.
> It’s only February, but ESPN Bracketology guru Joe Lunardi has Missouri “in” the NCAA Tournament as a No. 7 seed ... Lunardi has the Tigers facing No. 10-seeded Florida State in Minneapolis.
> 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 is the only player in the Big 12 to rank among the Top 10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage and in the Top 10 in steals.
> Carroll topped the 1,000-point plateau vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff and now has 1,247 career tallies at the Division I level, 460 of which came during his first two seasons at Vanderbilt ... Lyons has 1,002 career points and became the 38th member of Missouri’s 1,000-point club following his career high 30-point night vs. Baylor ... Fellow senior Matt Lawrence is also closing in on 1,000 points and would need 144 more tallies as a senior to reach the mark.
> Over his last 24 regular-season games Lyons has seven 20-point outings and has reached double figures in 22-of-24 contests.
> Lyons has actually reached double figures in 10 consecutive Big 12 regular-season games, which is the longest run of his career.
> The Kansas City, Kan., native enjoyed a memorable night vs. Baylor, as he hit 8-of-11 field goals and 14-of-15 free throws en route to a career high 30 points.
> Lyons became the first Tiger to top 30 points since former teammate Thomas Gardner dropped in 40 against Kansas in 2005-06 on ESPN Big Monday.
> It was the 138th 30-point game in Mizzou history.
> Carroll was just as spectacular vs. Baylor, as he scored 25 points, grabbed nine boards and ripped away a pair of steals in the win.
> Carroll has been a scoring machine over his last four games and is averaging 22.5 points during that stretch and the Tigers are 3-1 as well.
> Carroll has reached double figures in 19-of-22 games this season and either Carroll or Lyons have led Mizzou in scoring 17 times this year.
> Carroll has topped the 20-point plateau five times this season, including 27 points vs. Texas Tech and those 25 vs. Baylor.
> Carroll has three double-doubles on the year following his 13-point, 11-rebound effort vs. Colorado.
> Carroll has eight other games this season with either eight or nine rebounds, so he’s narrowly missed on a number of other double-doubles opportunities.
> Carroll has been especially active on the boards in Big 12 play, where he is averaging 8.1 rebounds a contest.
> The Junk Yard Dog also leads all Big 12 forwards with 40 steals thanks to a career high five thefts vs. Coppin State ... Carroll also ranks among the Big 12’s leaders in scoring (8th), steals (5th), field goal percentage (3rd) and rebounding (8th).
> Matt Lawrence is starting to heat up from the perimeter and has hit multiple three-pointers in 11 of his last 17 outings.
> In fact, over his last 10 games Lawrence is shooting 50 percent from bonus distance, hitting 28-of-56 treys.
> The news gets even better for Lawrence at home, where he is shooting nearly 45.0 percent (29-of-66) on the year from three-point distance and 50 percent (19-of-38) over his last eight home contests.
> Lawrence has also been shooting it well away from home recently, as the 6-foot-7 sniper is 10-of-15 from bonus distance in his last two road games at Oklahoma State and Kansas State.
> The St. Louis native is already No. 3 in career three-point makes at MU with 212.
> Despite being a prolific shooter, Lawrence has 21 steals, 20 assists and just eight 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 76 assists and just 29 turnovers ... His 2.6-to-1 assist/turnover ratio ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 and No. 18 nationally.
> Since Big 12 play began, Taylor has dished 29 dimes and has just 12 turnovers (2.4-to-1).
> Despite being an active point guard, Taylor has a positive assist/turnover ratio in 19-of-22 games this year and has 5+ assists nine times on the season, including a season high seven assists at Kansas State.
> 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 relentless on defense and turned in one of the great defensive efforts this season vs. Baylor, when he helped hold Curtis Jerrells to a season low five points and nine turnovers ... Jerrells entered the game leading the Bears in scoring at 17.4 ppg.
> Tiller was equally outstanding on offense, as he scored 10 points, dished a career high eight assists and grabbed seven boards.
> Tiller is one of Mizzou’s most well-rounded players and recorded a then-career high six steals vs. Xavier ... The six thefts tied a tournament record and is No. 7 in Missouri single-game school history.
> Tiller later moved to No. 2 on that list with seven steals vs. Texas Tech, which equals Rickey Paulding for the most ever by a Tiger in a Big 12 game.
> Tiller has had multiple steals in 12-of-22 games and is fourth in the Big 12 with 2.0 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 3-of-4 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 over the last six games and is averaging 9.8 points on 45 percent shooting from the floor and 50 percent shooting from three-point range.
> His 16 points vs. Iowa State was a career high for the KC native and he followed that up with 14 tallies in the win over Texas Tech, 11 of which came in the final 20 minutes.
> 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 has started six consecutive games and 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.
> During his start streak English has reached double figures twice, first recording 12 points vs. Colorado, before tossing in 13 vs. Texas Tech.
> In fact, English’s hot streak started weeks ago ... Over his last 16 games the Baltimore native is 24-of-55 (.437) from bonus distance and has treys in 12 of those 16 games.
> Junior Keith Ramsey has played improved basketball over the past few weeks, especially on the defensive end en route to earning five starts in league play.
> Since entering the starting line up Ramsey is averaging 6.8 points and has hit 16-of-28 shots from the floor, while blocking 0.8 shots a game.
> The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native has blocked at least one shot in 10 of his last 14 games and has 10 blocks in his last nine 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.
> For his efforts against Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, Ramsey was named the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week on Jan. 26.
> 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 (7), 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 Longhorns
Texas (15-5, 4-2 Big 12) is coming off an overtime home loss to Kansas State on Saturday, but is still one of the nation’s top teams and is ranked inside the Top 25 ... The Longhorns are loaded with talent again this season and are paced by A.J. Abrams, one of the nation’s top shooters, especially from three-point range ... Abrams leads the Longhorns with 16.9 points and has hit 58 treys already this season ... Abrams and forward Damion James (15.7 points and 8.6 boards) have UT 9-1 at home this season, including a home victory over UCLA ... Gary Johnson rounds out Texas’ double-figure scorers at 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds a game.
Family Atmosphere, Even on the Road
Head Coach Mike Anderson will see a friendly face in the crowd on Wednesday, as his daughter, Yvonne Anderson, is a freshman at Texas and is a point guard for the Lady Longhorns ... Anderson has enjoyed a tremendous freshman campaign and earned Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors on Dec. 22 after the Longhorn’s win against Arizona State ... So far this season Anderson has played in all 20 games and is averaging 5.5 points a contest, while also contributing 24 steals and 36 assists in 17.5 minutes a game.
Tiller Has A History of Great Road Performances
J.T. Tiller has a knack for great performances away from home and on Wednesday, the Marietta, Ga., native leads his Tigers into Austin, Texas, for a match-up with the Texas Longhorns.
> Although he is known as a defensive stalwart, the junior guard has reached double figures 19 times in his career, with 10 of those games coming away from Mizzou Arena ... The 6-foot-3 guard has seven double-figure scoring games this season and five have come away from home.
> Tiller has reached double figures in 3-of-4 road games, including a season high 15 points in the win at Oklahoma State.
Stealing Away The Wins
Missouri is forcing an incredible 20.3 turnovers per game over its last six outings (5-1) and is logging 11.0 steals a night ... The Tigers forced a season high 29 turnovers in the win against Texas Tech and produced a season-best 20 steals en route to the 97-86 win ... The 20 steals were the second most in school history and J.T. Tiller’s seven steals vs. the Red Raiders were the second highest single-game total in school annals.
> Those 20 thefts followed 12 steals efforts vs. both Colorado and Oklahoma State and an 18-turnover night vs. Baylor and their host of talented guards.
Lyons Enters February Like a Lion
Leo Lyons returned to the starting lineup in Missouri’s 89-72 win against Baylor and scored a career high 30 points thanks to a 14-of-15 shooting night at the foul line and 8-of-11 shooting from the floor.
> Although he has reached double figures in his six Big 12 games this season, Lyons had yet to score more than 13 points in a game in league play, so his 30-point outburst was a welcomed sign as Mizzou earned the huge win in front of a sold out arena.
> The 30 points from Lyons was the most by a Tiger this season and was the first 30-point effort since Thomas Gardner’s 40-point night in an overtime win against Kansas on ESPN Big Monday in 2005-06.
Mizzou’s J.Y.D Ruling The Lane
He plays the game with such passion and ferocity that Missouri senior forward DeMarre Carroll has earned the moniker Junk Yard Dog ... Considered by some to be undersized in the rough-and-tumble Big 12, Carroll has starred in the league due to his blue-collar style of play and earned the League’s Newcomer of the Year title in 2008 ... Carroll appears to be shooting for more in 2009, as he is averaging 16.8 points and 7.0 rebounds.
> The Birmingham, Ala., native has reached double figures in 19-of-22 games this season, including a career high 29 points and 11 rebounds vs. No. 19 USC, 27 points in a win over Texas Tech and 25 in the win against Baylor.
> J.Y.D. also ranks ninth in the Big 12 with three double-doubles, including a 13-point, 11-rebound effort vs. Colorado.
> Carroll is also one of the Big 12’s most well-rounded players, ranking No. 7 in scoring, No. 8 in rebounding, No. 3 in field goal percentage (.579), No. 5 in steals (1.8) and No. 5 in offensive rebounding (2.6) ... Carroll is the only player in the Big 12 to rank among the Top 10 in scoring, boards and steals in the Big 12.
Missouri is the Big 12’s top club with regards to defending the arc this season and the Tigers have put forth some stellar defensive efforts against some of the nation’s best three-point shooting clubs in 2008-09.
> So far this season teams are shooting just 31 percent from bonus distance against Mizzou and that includes games against California (No. 1 - 47.6%), Oklahoma State (No. 2 - 41.7%) and Baylor (No. 15 - 38.9%).
> The nation’s top three-point shooting club, Cal, hit just six treys vs. the Tigers in Mizzou’s 27-point win, while Oklahoma State hit just 8-of-24 treys (.333) in the MU road win in Stillwater ... On Saturday, the Tigers held Baylor’s potent three-point attack to just 6-of-23 shooting (.261), including just 2-of-15 shooting in the final 20 minutes to earn the 17-point triumph.
Ramsey Flourishing For Mizzou
Since earning extended playing time Keith Ramsey has flashed improved versatility for the Tigers, including a better offensive punch in his last five outings.
> Already considered one of the club’s best defenders and the team-leader in blocked shots (19), Ramsey produced back-to-back double-figure scoring nights vs. Iowa State (10 points) and Oklahoma State (12 points), before scoring nine points and tying a season high with seven boards vs. Texas Tech.
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
Tigers Boast Home Winning Streak
Missouri has won a Mizzou Arena-record tying 14 consecutive home games dating back to the 2007-08 regular-season finale vs. Iowa State ... The 14 wins are the seventh longest streak in school history ... 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. 15 2008-09
8. 14 2002-03
3. 23 1974-76 14 1995-96
4. 22 1919-21 14 1976-77
5. 21 1987-88
We Must Protect This House
Mizzou Arena has become an impressive home court advantage for Missouri this season and the Tigers’ 15 consecutive wins is the sixth longest home court run in the nation ... In fact, the Big 12 boasts three of the Top 10 most active streaks in the country.
Rk. Team Home Streak
1. Kansas 36
2. Utah St. 29
3. Davidson 26
4. Cornell 17
5. Oklahoma 16
6. Butler 15
Despite having a great group of senior scorers, Missouri has received great production from its freshmen in league play.
> 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.
> Recently, the Tiger freshmen duo of Marcus Denmon (14) and Kim English (13) combined for 27 tallies in the Tiger win over Texas Tech.
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 14-0 and average 28.5 ppg margin of victory.
> The Tigers have won 13-of-14 games by double figure margins, 10-of-13 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 and recently dropped Baylor by 17 (89-72).