Feb. 6, 2014
|Game: Mizzou (16-6, 4-5 SEC) at Ole Miss (15-7, 6-3 SEC)|
|When||Feb. 8, 2014 | 4 p.m. CT|
|Location||Oxford, Miss. | Tad Smith Coliseum (8,867)|
|TV||FSN (Dave Neal and Larry Conley)
|Radio||Tiger Radio Network (Affiliate List)|
|Online Coverage||Live Stream | Listen | Live Stats | Mobile Stats|
|Printable Game Notes||Missouri | Ole Miss | SEC|
|Season Stats||Missouri | Ole Miss | SEC|
|Series History||Ole Miss leads, 2-1|
|Last Meeting||Ole Miss won 64-62 in Nashville, Tenn., on March 15, 2013|
|Streak||Ole Miss - 1|
|Social Media||@MizzouHoops, @mutigersdotcom | Facebook | Mizzou Network|
> Missouri Basketball hits the road one more time before starting a three-game home stand next week as the Tigers travel to Oxford, Miss., to face the Ole Miss Rebels at 4 p.m. on Fox Sports Net.
> Ole Miss is 1-0 all-time vs. Mizzou at Tad Smith Coliseum, while the Tigers will look to improve on their current 3-3 record on the road this season ... Missouri fell, 68-58, at No. 3 Florida on Tuesday, but led the Gators through 30 minutes before falling by 10 points ... The Gainesville contest continued a trend of tight games for the Tigers over the last few months ... Fourteen of Mizzou’s last 15 games have decided by 10 points or less, including all six road games this year.
> Saturday’s game is Mizzou’s third consecutive against the top three teams in the current SEC standings ... Following Saturday’s game, the Tigers will return home for three games in seven days at Mizzou Arena against Arkansas (Feb. 13), Tennessee (Feb. 15) and Vanderbilt (Feb. 19).
> Mizzou got another solid offensive effort from the junior tandem of Jabari Brown (15 points) and Jordan Clarkson (14 points) at Florida, including a career-high tying six assists and zero turnovers from Brown ... In all of college basketball this season, the combined 38.8 points coming from Brown (20.1 ppg) and Clarkson (18.7 ppg) ranks No. 4 nationally, just behind the VMI collection of QJ Peterson (21.1) and Rodney Glasgow (19.2), the Louisiana-Lafayette pair of Elfrid Payton (20.0) and Shawn Long (19.8) and the Auburn duo of Chris Denson (19.8) and KT Harrell (19.5) ... Denson/Harrell and Brown/Clarkson are the top high major scoring tandems in college basketball this season.
> Speaking of Brown, has anyone in college basketball been better than the Oakland native over the last month?... The junior has topped 20 points in six of his last seven league outings and is averaging 24.3 points on 57.1 percent shooting from the floor and 61.9 percent shooting from three-point range during that stretch ... In addition, Brown is averaging 0.7 points per minute played and is averaging 1.43 points per field goal attempt, not including his impressive 40-of-46 shooting at the foul line.
> Brown has been especially good in the second half of games during this run, averaging 15.0 points on 62 percent shooting from the floor and 64 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
> Both Brown and Clarkson have reached double figures in all-22 games played this year, the most since Moss Point, Miss., native Melvin Booker opened the 1993-94 season with 23 consecutive double figure games ... The last Mizzou player with 24 consecutive games in double figures to open a year was Doug Smith in 1990-91 ... Smith hit double figures in all 30 games of his senior season.
> With Brown surging through league play the Tigers have three award candidates in the backcourt ... Clarkson was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list and Earnest Ross is one of the SEC’s most versatile players averaging 13.7 points and 6.5 rebounds, the top rebounding average among SEC guards ... Clarkson was one of college basketball’s Top 25 players through the first half of the 2013-14 season and ranks among the SEC’s leaders in scoring (18.7) and assists (3.3), which includes 11 20-point games.
> Not to be missed in Tuesday’s game at Florida was the contribution of young post players Ryan Rosburg and Torren Jones ... Rosburg is just a sophomore and scored eight points and grabbed seven boards vs. the veteran UF front line, while Jones played a career high 14 minutes and had four points and three boards.
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> Mizzou Basketball returns to the road on Saturday as the Tigers travel to Oxford, Miss., for the second consecutive season to face the Ole Miss Rebels.
> Mizzou and Ole Miss met three times last season with the Rebels winning twice, including a 64-49 decision in Oxford.
> Saturday’s game will be the fourth meeting in series history between the two programs.
> Missouri freshman Johnathan Williams, III, went to high school in Memphis and Southwind High School was just 45 minutes away from the Ole Miss campus.
> Saturday’s game features four of the top scorers in the league this season ... Jabari Brown leads the league with 22.7 points per game in nine league games ... Ole Miss’ Marshall Henderson ranks third (19.6), Jordan Clarkson of Mizzou ranks seventh (17.8) and Jarvis Summers is 10th (17.0).
> Missouri is looking to improve on its 3-3 road record this season ... The Tigers are coming off a 68-58 loss at No. 3 Florida on Tuesday and a fourth road win would be the team’s most away from home since the 2011-12 season.
> The close game at No. 3 Florida is nothing new for Missouri ... Of Mizzou’s last 15 games, 14 have been decided by 10 points or less.
> Jabari Brown (15) and Jordan Clarkson (14) led Mizzou in the loss at Florida ... Brown continues to lead the SEC in scoring (20.1) and he ranks No. 25 nationally in scoring overall ... He is fourth among high major conference players.
> In addition to his 15 points against a stingy UF defense, Brown dished a career-high tying six assists without committing a turnover ... His six dimes led to 14 Tiger points, including a pair of treys from Clarkson.
> Prior to Tuesday’s game, Brown (33) and Clarkson (28) combined 61 points against Kentucky ... It was the most at Mizzou by a pair in a regulation game since Derrick Chievous (42) and Byron Irvin (21) combined for 63 points in a 105-96 win against Virginia Tech on Dec. 16, 1987.
> Mizzou has improved its field goal percentage defense each season under Haith and the Tigers currently rank No. 3 in the SEC in FG% defense (.396) ... The last time the Tigers limited opponents to sub-40 percent shooting from the floor was Norm Stewart’s final year (1998-99), when opponents shot just 39.3 percent for the season.
> Last Tuesday, Arkansas was averaging 82.9 points per game on the year and an impressive 89.3 points at Bud Walton Arena, but the Tigers held the Razorbacks to just 71 points on the road, Arkansas’ fewest this year at home ... This is becoming a trend for the Tigers ... In non-conference play the Tigers faced two of the nation’s top scoring teams, West Virginia and UCLA, and held the two clubs a combined 35 points below their scoring norms ... Mizzou also held Western Michigan 10.6 points below its season scoring average, Illinois 6.5 points below its norm, N.C. State 13.0 points below its average and Long Beach State 8.3 points below its average.
> Mizzou continues to be one of the top free throw shooting teams in the SEC, both by volume and percentage of makes ... The Tigers lead the SEC with 71.9 percent shooting from the foul stripe and Mizzou’s 19.0 free throw makes per game ranks No. 2 behind Kentucky (21.1) and ranks No. 31 nationally.
> Jabari Brown (108), Jordan Clarkson (98) and Earnest Ross (94) are each approaching 100 free throw makes this year ... The Tigers haven’t had three players with 100 makes in a season since 1995-96.
> Missouri has had at least one player score 20 or more points in 17-of-22 games this season and have enjoyed multiple 20-point scorers six times, including in three of its last four games ... Jabari Brown has logged 20 points in six of his last seven outings, including a career high 33 points last Saturday vs. Kentucky ... Brown has topped 20 points 16 times in his career and Mizzou is 13-3 in those contests ... In Brown’s lone 20-point miss over the last seven games he helped account for 29 total points with his six assists (zero turnovers) at No. 3 Florida.
> The Tigers have a total of 25 20-point games this season, all coming from Clarkson (11), Brown (11) and Ross (3) ... Missouri had a player top 20 points 25 times all of last season.
> Missouri has been one of the leagues better rebounding teams as well, ranking No. 3 in the SEC with a +6.9 rebounding margin ... The Tigers average 27.0 defensive boards per game, No. 3 in the SEC.
> Missouri recorded a rare ACC road win on Dec. 28 at N.C. State ... Although the Tigers haven’t played many road games in ACC territory, the win in Raleigh was the second in ACC country in program history ... Mizzou won 87-73 at Maryland on Jan. 24, 1989 ... It was the club’s first non-league road win since a 75-68 win at Old Dominion on Dec. 30, 2011.
> Head Coach Frank Haith will coach his 317th career game overall and is a spectacular 64-22 in three seasons at Mizzou ... Haith was the fastest coach in school history to 50 wins and has just one starter back for the second consecutive campaign.
> Haith is quickly approaching his 200th career victory ... He has 193 career wins heading into Saturday’s game.
> Missouri is being led in scoring by the dynamic junior tandem of Jabari Brown (20.1 ppg) and Jordan Clarkson (18.7) ... The duo is combining for 38.8 points per game, No. 2 in the Southeastern Conference, just behind the Auburn duo of Chris Denson (19.8) and KT Harrell (19.5) ... Brown leads the SEC in scoring during league play (22.7 ppg) and tops in the league overall with 20.1 tallies per night ... Clarkson ranks No. 6 in the conference in scoring and his 17.8 points in nine league contests also ranks No. 7.
> The pair is one of two teammate tandems in high-major college basketball averaging 18.0+ points per game ... The next tandem nearing that list is Ole Miss’ Marshall Henderson (19.1) and Jarvis Summers (17.5).
> Johnathan Williams, III (7.3 rpg) is on pace to become the first Tiger freshman to lead the team in rebounding since Linas Kleiza (8.4) in 2003-04 ... Williams is coming off a 12-rebound effort at Arkansas and is No. 8 in the SEC in rebounding.
> Mizzou plays in the friendly confines of Mizzou Arena where the club is 43-3 since 2011-12 and went a perfect 17-0 at home last season.
> Mizzou boasts a 147-23 (.870) record at home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 94-6 at home since 2008-09, amounting to an incredible .940 winning percentage.
> Non-conference opponents have not enjoyed their stops in Columbia, Mo., over the last few seasons and the Tigers have raced to an incredible 81 consecutive wins at home vs. non-league opposition since the end of the 2005-06 campaign ... Missouri’s last non-conference loss at home came vs. Sam Houston State in the 2005 Preseason NIT, but since then, Missouri has gone nearly eight full seasons without a loss.
> That non-conference win streak is No. 2 nationally behind Duke ... Duke has won 109 consecutive non-ACC games at home.
> Jordan Clarkson recorded the first 30-point game of the SEC season on Nov. 12 and logged the 26th 30-point game during Missouri’s SEC / Big 12 eras ... Clarkson needed just 18 shots to reach 31 points (12-of-18 FGs), and is one of just two Tigers during the two eras to have 30+ points, 5+ assists and zero turnovers ... Clarence Gilbert had a ridiculous 43 points, nine assists and zero turnovers vs. Iowa State in a four overtime win on Jan. 13, 2001.
> Clarkson has topped 20 points in 10 of his last 17 games ... The junior has topped 20 points 11 times in 21 games overall.
> Head Coach Frank Haith enters his third season at Missouri and will look to lead the Tigers to their third consecutive 20-win campaign ... Only Norm Stewart, Quin Snyder and Mike Anderson have enjoyed three 20-win seasons at Mizzou ... Stewart of course led the way with 17 20-win campaigns ... Snyder and Anderson each had three.
> Missouri has won at historic levels over the last five seasons ... In fact the Tigers have won 23+ games each of the last five seasons.
> The five consecutive 20-win seasons is a school record and Missouri’s five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament is the longest active streak in the Southeastern Conference.
> Mizzou Arena has been the site of two undefeated home seasons in its history ... Missouri was 18-0 in 2008-09 and was 17-0 at home last season ... Hearnes Center, the former home of Missouri Basketball, was the site of five undefeated home campaigns (1974-75, 1980-81, 1988-89, 1989-90 and 1993-94).
> Since 2006-07 (72-0) the club’s margin of victory has been 25.8 points in those non-league home tilts.
> Mizzou has three transfers sitting out this season ... Zach Price transferred from Louisville, where the 6-foot-10 forward was a member of the Cardinals’ NCAA National Championship team ... Deuce Bello transferred from Baylor ... Both will be classified as redshirt juniors next season ... Most recently the Tigers added Cam Biedscheid from Notre Dame at semester break.
> Mizzou will be on national television a school-record 20 times this season ... That number has grown each of Mizzou’s two years in the SEC ... The Tigers were on national TV 18 times last season, which was also a school record.
> Mizzou was picked fifth in the Southeastern Conference’s preseason media poll ... Kentucky was the projected league champion.
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