No. 4 Tigers Face Sooners Monday

Mizzou travels to Oklahoma Monday for a rematch against the Sooners at 6 p.m.

Mizzou travels to Oklahoma Monday for a rematch against the Sooners at 6 p.m.

Feb. 5, 2012

4/4 University of Missouri Tigers (21-2, 8-2 Big 12) at Oklahoma (13-9, 3-7 Big 12)

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Tip-Off: 6 p.m.
TV: ESPNU (Dave Flemming - Play by Play / Sean Farnham - Analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play / Gary Link - Analyst)
Rankings: MU: #4/4 (AP / ESPN/Coaches)
Series: Oklahoma leads 112-96 (Last meeting: MU 87, OU 49 in Columbia, Mo. - Jan. 3, 2011)
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 150-103 overall (8th); 21-2 at Mizzou (1st season)
Lon Kruger (Kansas State `75); 492-313 overall (26th) and 13-9 at OU (1st season)

For Openers...

> After securing one of the biggest wins in college basketball so far this season, the fourth-ranked Mizzou men's basketball team will return to the road for a 6 p.m. tilt with the Oklahoma Sooners on ESPNU at the Loyd Noble Center.

> Monday's game is a rematch of the Tigers' Big 12 home opener in which they topped the Sooners in convincing fashion, 87-49. Four players scored in double-figures in that game, led by 23 from Kim English.

> The Tigers moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Big 12 after defeating Kansas, 74-71, Saturday night at Mizzou Arena. However, the Tigers own the tiebreakers over each team that they are tied with as they have defeated both Kansas and Baylor this season.

> The Tigers' win on Saturday was their second over a top-10 team this season and their fifth over teams that are either ranked or receiving votes this season. Both wins over top-10 teams have come against Big 12 teams (Kansas and Baylor).

> The win on Saturday was also Mizzou head coach Frank Haith's 150th career win as he is now 21-2 in his first season at Mizzou. The Tiger head coach is now 150-103 in his career, which spans eight seasons.

> A big reason for the Tigers' win over Kansas on Saturday was the play of senior guard Marcus Denmon, who broke out of a shooting slump in electrifying fashion as he tallied 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting (6-of-9 from 3-point land) while pulling in nine rebounds. He took over the game late, scoring nine straight points in a span of 1:12, sparking an 11-0 run by the Tigers to close the game. He brought the Tigers from down eight points to up one in that 1:12 span.

> It is worth noting that Denmon had been struggling by his standards in league play prior to Saturday. In fact, Denmon had just five 3-pointers on 16-percent shooting in his previous five games but exploded for six 3s on .667 shooting on Saturday. In fact, the six treys moved him into second all-time at Mizzou with 245 in his career, passing Matt Lawrence (244). Clarence Gilbert is Mizzou's all-time leader with 332.

> Staying on the topic of school records, sophomore point guard Phil Pressey sits just one assist shy of cracking the all-time Mizzou single season top-10 as he has 136 this season. He is on pace to shatter Anthony Peeler's singe season Mizzou record of 179, set back in 1989-90.

> Mizzou won its 20th game of the season at Texas on Jan. 30 as it has now won at least 20 games in four straight seasons for the third time in program history and the first time since 1992. Mizzou won at least 20 games in four straight seasons from 1988-89 through 1991-92 and did so again from 1979-80 through 1982-83.

> Mizzou is 8-2 through its first 10 league games, marking its best start to Big 12 play since 2008-09 when the team opened 11-2 in league games. It is just the second time that Mizzou has been 8-2 in its first 10 Big 12 games in school history.

> Another interesting note is that Tigers have already won four true road games this season and eight games away from home. Mizzou won just two true road games (2-7 overall) and won just six games away from home all of last season. Three of the Tigers' road wins have come in Big 12 play - they had just one Big 12 road win last season.



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