Kansas City native Marcus Denmon and Mizzou host Kansas on Monday.
Feb. 8, 2009
Columbia, Mo. -
Mizzou Basketball News and Notes 2008-09
University of Missouri Tigers (20-4, 7-2) vs.
University of Kansas Jayhawks (19-4, 8-0)
2008-09 Regular Season Game 25 - February 9, 2009 - Columbia, Mo.
Tip-off: 8:05 p.m. CST
Arena: Mizzou Arena - Columbia, Mo. (15,061)
TV: ESPN - (Ron Franklin play-by-play; Fran Fraschilla analyst; Holly Rowe sidelines)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly play-by-play; Gary Link analyst)
Rankings: Mizzou: RV/RV, Kansas: 21/24 in Associated Press / USA Today Coaches polls
Series: Kansas leads 166-93 overall; in Columbia the Jayhawks lead 63-55
Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ’82); 143-73 overall (7th season); 54-32 at Mizzou (3rd)
Kansas: Bill Self (Oklahoma State, ‘85) 368-141 overall (16th season); 161-36 at KU (6th)
> Missouri Basketball returns home on Monday to face the Kansas Jayhawks on ESPN Big Monday ... Missouri and Kansas are both chasing after a Big 12 crown and Missouri is currently two games behind KU and No. 2 Oklahoma in the league standings.
> The Tigers and Jayhawks are two of the Big 12’s hotter clubs ... Missouri has won seven of its last eight Big 12 games, while KU has won eight consecutive to open the year.
> Missouri will try to pick up another quality win this evening to enhance its postseason resume ... The Tigers are 5-2 vs. the RPI Top 51 (Baylor is No. 51) this year, including RPI Top 50 road wins at Oklahoma State and No. 16 Texas ... The club is also 2-0 vs. ranked teams this year, defeating No. 19 USC in Puerto Rico and the Longhorns in Austin.
> Missouri has won 15 consecutive home games dating back to a double-overtime win against Iowa State last season ... Those 15 straight home wins set a Mizzou Arena record and is the nation’s seventh longest home court winning streak.
> Missouri has simply been dominant at home this season and is averaging an incredible 90.5 points per game at Mizzou Arena in running their home record to 14-0 in 2008-09 ... The Tigers boast a 28.5 ppg margin of victory at home this season, including a 45-point win over Colorado (eighth-largest margin of victory ever in a Big 12 Conference game), a 31-point win over Iowa State (77-46) and a 27-point win (93-66) over a California team now hovering near the Top 25.
> Missouri has shown incredible balance this season and the Tigers have had six different leading scorers since the start of Big 12 play, including two different freshmen leading scorers and senior forwards DeMarre Carroll who scored 31 at Iowa State and Leo Lyons who dropped 30 on Baylor.
> Missouri is off to a 7-2 start in Big 12 play, which equals its best start EVER in Big 12 action ... The Tigers started 7-2 in both 1998-99 (finished T-2nd, 11-5) and 1999-2000 (finished 6th, 10-6) ... In addition, Missouri now owns its 21st 20-win season in school history ... It’s Missouri’s first 20-win campaign since 2002-03 ... 20-win seasons are nothing new for Head Coach Mike Anderson however ... Anderson led UAB to four consecutive 20-win years.
> The Tigers rank among the nation’s leaders in several statistical categories heading into Monday’s game ... Mizzou is No. 4 nationally in scoring at 84.2 ppg, No. 2 in assists per game at 19.5, No. 2 in steals per game at 10.7, No. 2 nationally in assist/turnover ratio at 1.5 and No. 3 in scoring margin at 17.7 ... Another fun stat: Missouri is No. 6 nationally with 63.7 FG attempts per game and the Tigers have already made 179 more FGs than their opponents through 24 games thanks to the nation’s No. 2-ranked turnover margin (+6.6).
> Missouri Basketball returns home after back-to-back road wins to face Kansas in the annual M&I Bank Border Showdown ... Monday’s rivalry game is one of the nation’s most heated, and is not rooted in collegiate competition (like many college rivalries), but rooted in the Civil War.
> Monday’s game will mark the 102nd anniversary of the Mizzou-Kansas Border Showdown, which first occurred March 11, 1907.
> Missouri faces its third ranked team of the year and the Tigers are 2-0 vs. Top 25 opposition, knocking off No. 19 USC and No. 16 Texas, both away from home.
> With the Top 25 polls coming out later on Monday, it’s to be expected that both Missouri and Kansas will be ranked ... It will be the first time both teams will meet as members of the Top 25 since Feb. 3, 2003.
> Not only is Monday’s contest huge because of rivalry implications, but Missouri is currently two games behind Kansas and Oklahoma in the race for a Big 12 crown.
> Mizzou’s 7-2 start in Big 12 play ties its best in school history ... The Tigers also started 7-2 in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
> The Tigers are off to their best start overall (20-4) since the 1993-94 season ... A win on Monday would push Missouri’s record to 21-4 and MU’s current total of 20 wins is its winningest season under Mike Anderson.
> The Tigers return to Mizzou Arena looking for their 16th consecutive home court win, which dates back to last season ...During that home court winning streak, Mizzou is outscoring its foes by an average margin of 28.5 points per game (90.5-to-62.0).
> The Tigers have been especially dominating at home in Big 12 play thus far ... Mizzou is 4-0 in league play at home and average a 26.0 ppg margin of victory, with all four of its wins coming by double figures.
> A huge factor in those wins was defense and this season Missouri has 256 steals through 24 games ... Last season the Tigers had 259 steals in 32 games, so that steal total is about to be surpassed.
> As you can tell, the Tigers have been a much-improved offensive team at home this year ... In running their record to 14-0 (this season), 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 30.8 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 23.4 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 10.1 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 10 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.
> A major reason for Mizzou’s large scoring totals is because the club has taken 171 more field goal attempts than its opponents this season and has made 179 more FG’s ... Mizzou made 119 more FG’s than its opponents throughout the entire 2007-08 season, so 179 more FGs through just 24 games is a HUGE differential.
> With that scoring surge, Missouri has topped the 80-point plateau 16 times in 24 games this season and is 16-0 on the year when scoring at least 80 points ... Missouri has topped 80 points 40 times in the Mike Anderson era (85 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 is forcing 19.2 turnovers per game and is averaging 22.6 points off those opponent miscues each night.
> Missouri is scoring an impressive 30 percent of its points this season off turnovers (22.6-of-84.2).
> 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. 5 seed ... Lunardi has the Tigers facing No. 12-seeded BYU in Portland.
> 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)
> Carroll is the only player in the Big 12 to rank among the Top 10 in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and steals.
> In league play Carroll is all the way up to third in scoring average at 18.1 points per game, thanks to a career high 31 tallies at Iowa State on Saturday and a 22.3 ppg scoring average over his last six outings.
> The 31 points were the most on the road in a Big 12 game for a Tiger since Clarence Gilbert poured in 40 at Colorado in 2002.
> The last time Missouri had two forwards score 30+ points in the same season was 1984-85 when Derrick Chievous scored 32 vs. Arizona in Hawaii and Malcolm Thomas dropped in 33 vs. Oklahoma at home.
> Carroll narrowly missed yet another double-double in Ames on Saturday with nine points, five assists and two blocks in 31 minutes for an outstanding all-around contest.
> The forward has topped 25 points in three of his last five outings, including 26.0 ppg in his last two home games.
> Carroll topped the 1,000-point plateau vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff and now has 1,291 career tallies at the Division I level, 460 of which came during his first two seasons at Vanderbilt ... Lyons has 1,028 career points and became the 38th member of Missouri’s 1,000-point club following his career high 30-point night vs. Baylor.
> Over his last 25 regular-season games Lyons has seven 20-point outings and has reached double figures in 24-of-26 contests.
> Lyons has actually reached double figures in 12 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.
> 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 reached double figures in 21-of-24 games this season and either Carroll or Lyons have led Mizzou in scoring 18 times this year.
> Carroll has three double-doubles on the year following his 13-point, 11-rebound effort vs. Colorado.
> Carroll has nine 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 7.8 rebounds a contest.
> The Junk Yard Dog also leads all Big 12 forwards with 41 steals thanks to a career high five thefts vs. Coppin State ... Carroll also ranks among the Big 12’s leaders in scoring (5th), steals (6th), field goal percentage (3rd) and rebounding (8th).
> Matt Lawrence is starting to heat up from the perimeter and has hit multiple three-pointers in 12 of his last 19 outings.
> In fact, over his last 11 games Lawrence is shooting 50.0 percent from bonus distance, hitting 31-of-62 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 13-of-23 (.565) from bonus distance in his last three road games at Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Texas.
> The St. Louis native is already No. 3 in career three-point makes at MU with 215.
> Despite being a prolific shooter, Lawrence has 21 steals, 22 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 84 assists and just 30 turnovers ... His 2.8-to-1 assist/turnover ratio ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 13 nationally.
> Since Big 12 play began, Taylor has dished 37 dimes and has just 13 turnovers (2.8-to-1).
> Despite being an active point guard, Taylor has a positive assist/turnover ratio in 21-of-24 games this year and has 5+ assists 10 times on the season, including a season high seven assists at Kansas State.
> Taylor is coming off a season-high tying 17 points in a win at No. 16 Texas, including the game-winner with 5.5 seconds to play.
> The Staten Island, N.Y. product also scored 17 points in the win at 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 is a strong candidate for the Big 12’s All-Defensive Team and was named to Fran Fraschilla’s Big 12 All-Defensive Team during the Tigers’ win at Texas.
> 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 then-season low five points and nine turnovers ... Jerrells entered the game leading the Bears in scoring at 17.4 ppg ... He also helped hold Texas All-American candidate A.J. Abrams to just 11 points.
> Over his last three games Tiller has 19 assists and zero turnovers and has committed just one turnover in his last 111 minutes of court time.
> 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 13-of-24 games and is third in the Big 12 with 2.0 steals a night.
> Of Tiller’s 20 career double-figure scoring games, 11 have come either on the road or on a neutral-court site, including 4-of-6 road games this season, counting a season high 15 points and seven rebounds at Oklahoma State and 10 points and five assists at Texas.
> 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 eight games and is averaging 9.1 points on 47 percent shooting from the floor and 52 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 seven consecutive games and scored a career high 16 points vs. California in the Tiger’s big win, before chipping in 16 more on Saturday in the win at Iowa State.
> English has now reached double figures three times in Big 12 play, including those 16 tallies at Iowa State where he tossed in 4-of-5 treys, while adding four assists.
> In fact, English’s hot streak started weeks ago ... Over his last 18 games the Baltimore native is 28-of-61 (.459) from bonus distance and has treys in 13 of those 18 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.
> The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native has blocked at least one shot in 12 of his last 16 games and has 12 blocks in his last 11 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 Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas (19-4, 8-0 Big 12) comes to Columbia following a 78-67 win over Oklahoma State in Lawrence and sophomore center Cole Aldrich led the way with 12 points and 18 rebounds ... Aldrich was one of four Jayhawks in double figures as he chipped in three blocks in 34 minutes ... Sherron Collins leads Kansas with 18.0 points and 116 assists on the year, while Aldrich adds 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds for a balanced Kansas squad ... KU has six players averaging 7.3 or more tallies a game and KU enters Monday’s contest winners of eight consecutive games dating back to a 75-62 loss at Michigan State on Jan. 10.
The Series With Kansas
Monday’s game marks the 260th all-time meeting between Kansas and Missouri, with the Jayhawks holding a 166-93 series advantage ... In Columbia, KU holds an 63-55 series lead and has won two consecutive meetings at Mizzou Arena, however the last Big Monday game in Mizzou Arena resulted in an overtime win for the Tigers ... Monday’s game marks the 102nd year of Mizzou - Kansas Border War, with the initial contest coming nearly 102 years ago on March 11, 1907 in Columbia ... Mizzou won that contest 34-31.
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 17.3 points and 7.0 rebounds.
> The Birmingham, Ala., native has reached double figures in 21-of-24 games this season, including a career high 31 points in a key Big 12 road win at Iowa State, 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. 5 in scoring, No. 8 in rebounding, No. 3 in field goal percentage (.581), No. 6 in steals (1.8) and No. 6 in offensive rebounding (2.7) ... Carroll is the only player in the Big 12 to rank among the Top 10 in scoring, boards and steals in the Big 12.
Tiller / Taylor Playing Flawless Over Last 3
Missouri’s guard tandem of J.T. Tiller and Zaire Taylor were nearly flawless in the club’s 82-68 road win at Iowa State on Saturday (as a team 28 assists/9 turnovers), dishing a combined 11 assists without committing a turnover in a 57 total minutes ... That mistake-free play is nothing new to Missouri’s guards, as Taylor and Tiller are combining for 30 assists and just three turnovers during the Tigers’ recent three game winning streak.
> Tiller leads the charge with 19 assists and zero turnovers in games against Baylor, Texas and Iowa State, including a season high eight dimes vs. Baylor and six more at Iowa State.
> Taylor has been outstanding protecting the basketball as well, chipping in 11 assists, including five at Iowa State while producing just three turnovers.
> With the strong play of Missouri’s guards, the team ranks No. 2 nationally with a 1.5-to-1 assists/turnover ratio on the year.
Missouri has returned to the 20-win category thanks to its 82-68 win at Iowa State on Saturday ... Missouri now has 21, 20-win seasons in school history and this 20-4 start makes it MU’s first 20-win campaign since the 2002-03 season.
> The 20 wins mark the fifth 20-win campaign for Head Coach Mike Anderson ... Anderson led UAB to four consecutive 20-win seasons at the start of his head coaching career before coming to Mizzou.
Stealing Away The Wins
Missouri is forcing an incredible 19.1 turnovers per game over its last eight outings (7-1) and is logging 10.1 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 eight 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.
> Lyons continued the trend in the Tigers’ win at No. 16 Texas, as he hit 7-of-11 shots and dished a pair of assists en route to 14 tallies.
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 ... Last 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.
No Fear Zaire
He’s the Elmer’s Glue of Mizzou Basketball with his steady assist, rebound and steal numbers, not to mention his defensive prowess, but in road wins at Georgia, Oklahoma State and No. 16 Texas, Zaire Taylor has flexed some offensive muscle, reaching double figures in three of four Tiger road wins, including season-high tying 17 tallies vs. the Bulldogs and Longhorns.
> Taylor also scored 10 points at Okie State, but his 17 points and game-winning “and-1” layup vs. the Longhorns propelled MU to the upset win and prompted Taylor to be named national Player of the Day by Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman.
> Taylor has also been outstanding protecting the basketball, as he has dished 11 assists while committing just three turnovers in his last three contests.
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 15 consecutive home games dating back to the 2007-08 regular-season finale vs. Iowa State ... The 15 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 seventh 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 37
2. Utah St. 29
3. Oklahoma 18
4 Cornell 17
6. Dayton 16
7. Butler 15
Despite having a great group of senior scorers, Missouri has received great production from its freshmen in league play.
> 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, fellow freshman Kim English tied a career high with 16 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting in the 82-68 win at Iowa State, while also contributing four assists and five boards.
English, Denmon Ripping It From Bonus
Freshmen guards Kim English and Marcus Denmon have given the Tigers adding scoring this season and both English and Denmon are making big impacts from beyond the three-point arc in their rookie campaigns ... In fact, both English and Denmon rank among Missouri’s all-time freshmen three-point shooters, with English ranking seven and Denmon checking in at No. eight.
Tiger, Year Treys
1. Kareem Rush, 1999-00 46
2. Jimmy McKinney, 2002-03 41
3. Keon Lawrence, 2006-07 38
4. Brian Grawer, 1997-98 36
5. Jason Horton, 2004-05 34
6. Thomas Gardner, 2003-04 32
7. Kim English, 2008-09 31
8. Marcus Denmon, 2008-09 27
9. Clarence Gilbert, 1998-99 24
Travis Ford, 1989-90 24
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).
Balance Is Leading Tigers To Huge Scores
Missouri has had six players reach double figures in a game three times this season, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished three times in the same year since 1988-89.
> Missouri most recently accomplished the feat at Oklahoma State with Carroll (19), Lawrence (19), Tiller (15), Ramsey (12), Lyons (10) and Taylor (10) all reaching double figures.
> In fact, Missouri leads the Big 12 Conference and has a school record with 11 different players having reached double figures in at least two game this season.
High Scoring Tigers
The 2008-09 Tigers are the highest scoring squad at Mizzou in 20 years ... Missouri’s 84.2 ppg average is the highest since the 1988-89 squad registered 86.8 points per game en route to a 29-8 mark.
> This season’s club has topped the 80-point plateau in 16-of-24 games and has reached the century mark three times, including 107 points vs. Colorado, which is the most for Missouri in a Big 12 regulation game (no overtimes).
> Mizzou also topped 90 points in back-to-back Big 12 games for the first time since 1989-90, which the club actually did it three times in a row in two wins against Colorado and a win at Iowa State.
Quick Starts For Mizzou
Missouri is off to its fastest start this century, as the Tigers look to improve to 21-4 on Monday against Kansas ... This current 20-4 start is Missouri’s best since the 1991-92 campaign.
> Below is a look at some of Missouri’s fastest starts through 24 games over the last 30 years.
Season Start Finish
1981-82 23-1 27-4
1989-90 22-2 26-6
1993-94 22-2 28-4
2008-09 20-4 ???
1988-89 20-4 29-8
1991-92 20-4 21-9
1982-83 20-4 26-8
1979-80 20-4 25-6
1994-95 18-6 20-9
2001-02 18-6 25-11
The Good Tigers Giveth ...
As a basketball team, Missouri is about as unselfish as it comes ... The Tigers are averaging an impressive 19.5 assists per game, which is No. 2 nationally and have a 1.5-to-1 assist/turnover ratio as a team, which also ranks No. 2 in America ... Missouri is logging assists on 63 percent of its buckets in 2008-09 and 10 players have a positive or even assist-to-turnover ratio so far this year ... In fact, Missouri has tied a school record by having 10 players record at least 20 assists this season with Laurence Bowers being the potential record-breaker with nine assists so far this season in just 8.3 minutes a game.
... And Taketh Away
Missouri has no issues creating turnovers once again this season as they produce 19.2 turnovers a night and average 10.7 steals (No. 2 nationally) ... Missouri is averaging 22.6 points a game off turnovers and scores nearly 30.0 percent of its points off opposition throw-aways.
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Tigers Supporting MU Children's Hospital
Missouri Basketball enjoyed a fun-filled Saturday at Mid-America Harley-Davidson. The Tigers...
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