Feb. 8, 2013
No. 21/20 Missouri Tigers vs. RV/No. 23 Ole Miss Rebels
Date: Feb. 9, 2013
Tip-Off: Noon p.m. CT
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: CBS (Ian Eagle - Play by Play / Greg Anthony - Analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play and Gary Link - Analyst)
Rankings: Missouri - No. 21/No. 20 - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll
Ole Miss - RV/No. 23
Series: 2nd meeting; Ole Miss leads 1-0 overall; last - Mizzou lost 64-49 on Jan. 12, 2013, in Oxford, Miss.
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 175-112 overall (9th); 46-11 at Mizzou (2nd)
Ole Miss: Andy Kennedy (UAB `91) 143-82 at Ole Miss (7th season); 163-95 overall (8th)
Mizzou Basketball Cliff Notes...
> Mizzou Basketball will welcome Ole Miss to Columbia, Mo., for the first time on Saturday as the Tigers look to avenge a 64-49 loss in Oxford on Jan. 12.
> The Tigers will look to remain perfect at home and extend its home winning streak to 15 games ... A win would make this current run the ninth longest home streak in school history ... It would also be the fourth streak of 15 or more consecutive home wins since the 2008-09 campaign.
> Missouri is 1-1 under Haith in return games following a loss on the road ... The Tigers handled Oklahoma State (83-65) last season following a 79-72 loss in Stillwater on Jan. 25, 2012 ... Kansas State did beat Missouri at Mizzou Arena last season after a win in Manhattan, Kan., as well, which is the Tigers' lone home loss under Haith in two years.
> Head Coach Frank Haith is a very good 7-4 vs. Top 25 opponents as the head coach of Mizzou and is 4-3 vs. the Top 10.
> Missouri was without the services of Laurence Bowers in that first meeting vs. Ole Miss and Tony Criswell was in his first game back with a broken third metacarpal in his left hand.
> Mizzou and will look to remain unbeaten at home this season ... The Tigers and the Florida Gators are the lone SEC clubs not to lose a home game in 2012-13.
> Mizzou has played just four games this season with its regular rotation, including last Saturday's home win over Auburn ... The Tigers are 3-1 in those contests with the lone loss coming at Texas A&M on Thursday.
> With injuries and a near complete roster turnover, Missouri has used eight different starting lineups this year ... Haith used the same starting lineup throughout the 2011-12 campaign.
> Alex Oriakhi led Missouri with 15 points and eight rebounds at Texas A&M ... Missouri was an excellent 22-of-24 from the foul line, but came up short after A&M's game-winning trey.
> The Tigers lead the SEC in free throw shooting, hitting 79 percent of their charity tosses in league play ... Overall this season the Tigers have made 346 free throws and their opponents have attempted 350.
> A big reason for those free throw numbers is the senior forward Oriakhi, who is shooting a career best 75 percent at the line on the year and is hitting 81 percent of his attempts in league play.
> Oriakhi is the first Tiger to average 8.0+ rebounds and shoot 70+ percent from the foul line since Doug Smith in 1990-91.
> Over the last four seasons Missouri is shooting 74.7 percent from the foul line as a team and the Tigers have not been below 72.4 percent as a team since 2008-09.
> Mizzou has been very good in the second half of games all season ... The Tigers are averaging 41.0 points and are shooting 49 percent from the floor, 36 percent from three-point range and 79 percent from the foul line in the second half this year.
> The club boasts a +6.8 scoring margin (41.0-to-34.2) in this second half of those games as well.
> Mizzou's defense has been outstanding at home this season, as just one team has topped 70 points vs. Missouri (Auburn) and opponents are averaging just 60.2 points on 36.5 percent shooting at Mizzou Arena.
> Missouri has been one of the country's top rebounding teams throughout the year and has out-rebounded 18-of-22 foes in 2012-13 ... Missouri enjoyed its largest rebounding margin of the year on Dec. 8 (+25) and has recorded a double-digit rebounding advantage in 11 of 22 games.
> The Tigers also average 14.1 offensive rebounds per game (No. 22 nationally) and turn that into 13.8 second-chance points per contest.
> Mizzou is currently rebounding 42 percent of its missed shot attempts this year.
> Missouri has had six different players record double-figures in rebounds in a game this season, which is the most since six Tigers accomplished the feat during the 1995-96 campaign ... The school record for the number of players recording at least 10 rebounds in one game is seven, set during the 1959-60 season.
> In addition, Missouri already has a total of 15 point-rebound double-doubles between four different players (Bowers, Oriakhi, Ross and Bell), bettering the nine team double-doubles for Mizzou in 2011-12.
> Although the Tigers have a number of familiar faces due to transfer years with the program, just one player, Phil Pressey, has played for Head Coach Frank Haith ... Missouri is getting 83.9 percent of its scoring and 92.9 percent of its rebounding from players that did not see action at Mizzou a season ago.
> Missouri has started to build its bench over the last month thanks to the play of Keion Bell, Tony Criswell, Earnest Ross and the addition of Jabari Brown ... Missouri is averaging 19.2 points per game from its bench on the year, including 21.3 points over the last 16 games.
> On the season Missouri has 14 double-figure scoring efforts off the bench (Ross - 6, Bell - 4, Criswell - 2, Brown, Jankovic and Webster-Chan - 1).
> Despite having so many newcomers, Mizzou has been balanced through 22 games with eight players averaging at least 19.8 minutes a contest ... Nine different Tigers have also reached double figures in scoring in a game this season and seven different Tigers have recorded at least 7+ boards in a game.
> Missouri has won 73 consecutive regular-season, non-conference home games since 2005-06 and since 2006-07 (66-0) the club's average margin of victory has been 26.7 points in those non-league home tilts.
> Missouri is 16-0 in home non-league games under Frank Haith and 15 of those 16 wins have been by double figures ... In fact Mizzou is 24-2 in regular season non-league games under Haith and have won 18 of those games by 10 or more points, including wins over Villanova (10), Notre Dame (29) and California (39) on neutral courts.
> Missouri has won at historic levels over the last five seasons and continues its search for a record-setting fifth consecutive 20-win campaign ... The Tigers have won 23+ games each of the last four seasons.
> MU also won 20+ in four consecutive years from 1988-92 and 1979-83.
> Missouri was college basketball's most efficient offensive club a year ago (according to KenPom.com) ... And how about this for an exciting SEC schedule, Kentucky was ranked No. 2 and Florida was No. 3.
> Haith was of course named the National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, taking the Tigers to their second 30-win season in school history and fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament.
> Mizzou got an early start to its 2012-13 campaign, playing five games in Europe from Aug. 8-18 ... However none of Missouri's current players saw action overseas, proving to be a great opportunity for the MU newcomers to get extended playing time.
> The Tigers played games in Amsterdam, Belgium and France.
> Missouri will be seen on TV like never before thanks to the move to the SEC ... The Tigers will have a school record 18 games appearing on national TV during the regular season.
> Mizzou also had four players ranked among the top players at their position by CBS Sports ... Phil Pressey headlined that list at No. 2 among point guards.
> In the front court Alex Oriakhi was ranked No. 35 and Laurence Bowers checked in at No. 38.
> Newcomer Jabari Brown was ranked among college hoop's top wing players, checking in at No. 48.
> Fran Fraschilla ranked Phil Pressey as the country's No. 5 most-important player.
> Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated also listed Pressey (No. 5) on his preseason Naismith Award watch list.
> Missouri's transfer class of Keion Bell, Jabari Brown, Alex Oriakhi and Earnest Ross is being considered as one of the best in basketball history by the Sporting News.