No. 3 Mizzou Hosts Oklahoma State Wednesday

MUTIGERS.COM The Tigers and Cowboys will tip-off at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Tigers and Cowboys will tip-off at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Feb. 14, 2012

3/3 University of Missouri Tigers (23-2, 10-2 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma State (12-13, 5-7 Big 12)

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Tip-Off: 8 p.m.
TV: ESPN2 (Jon Sciambi - Play by Play / Fran Fraschilla - Analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play / Gary Link - Analyst)
Rankings: MU: #3/3 (AP / ESPN/Coaches)
Series: MU leads 75-41 (Last meeting: OSU 79, MU 72 in Stillwater, Okla. - Jan. 24, 2012)
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 152-103 overall (8th); 23-2 at Mizzou (1st season)
Oklahoma State: Travis Ford (Kentucky `94); 267-196 overall (15th) and 77-49 at OSU (4th season)

For Openers...

>The No. 3 Missouri basketball team hosts the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Mizzou Arena Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 ... The Tigers will look to avenge a 79-72 loss in Stillwater on Jan. 25 ... The Tigers have a 75-41 advantage in the all-time series vs. the Cowboys, including a 44-7 edge in Columbia.

> Mizzou is currently a half-game back of Kansas in the Big 12 Conference standings with a 10-2 mark ... A win over the Cowboys would put the Tigers in a tie with the Jayhawks with five games remaining.

> With Saturday's win over Baylor, the Tigers are a perfect 3-0 in top-10 matchups this season and a perfect 9-0 against RPI top-50 teams ... The three wins are the most for Mizzou since the squad earned four top-10 wins during the 1989-90 season.

> Additionally, Mizzou's five wins against top-25 foes is tied for the most in the nation ... Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State also have five wins.

> As Mizzou has improved on the road this season, it is worth noting that Mizzou has been nearly unbeatable at home over the last four years. In fact, the Tiger senior class is 65-3 inside Mizzou Arena in their careers, including a perfect 14-0 mark so far this year.

> Should Mizzou win on Wednesday, it would mark the Tigers' 101st win for the senior class, which would set Missouri's record for wins in a four-year period by a Tiger squad. The class's 100 wins is currently tied with the four-year mark of the 1979-83 squads ... Additionally, the senior class has a career winning percentage of 76.3 percent, second all-time at Mizzou to the 1983 senior class (.781).

> Mizzou is 10-2 in its first 12 Big 12 games this season, marking its best start in league place since 2008-09 when it opened 11-2. It is just the second time that Mizzou has been 10-2 in its first 12 Big 12 games in school history. Mizzou has also won 20 games for the fourth consecutive season, matching the school record.

> Mizzou is 4-0 this season in games decided by one possession. That shows a major transformation from last year's team that finished the season with a 4-6 record in such games.

> Senior Marcus Denmon now ranks 10th all-time in points at Mizzou after scoring 16 against Baylor on Saturday ... The guard has 1,605 in his career and is 68 points behind Rickey Paulding (1,673), who is ninth on the list.

> The Tigers proved in Saturday's win that the team has a number of ways to beat you ... Mizzou made season high 14 3-pointers against Baylor in the Feb. 11 game after carving up the Bears with 46 points in the paint in the first matchup of the teams on Jan. 21.

> Mizzou ranks third nationally in field goal percentage at 50.0 percent ... Additionally, the Tigers rank fourth in assist-turnover margin (1.52), sixth in turnover margin (+5.1), seventh in scoring (80.2), seventh in free throw shooting (.767) and 10th in turnovers per game (10.6).

> Senior Ricardo Ratliffe continues to lead the nation in field goal percentage at 73.7 percent ... The forward is 0.9 percent behind the all-time NCAA single-season record of 74.6 percent by Oregon State's Steve Johnson in 1981 ... Ratliffe is also on pace to obliterate MU's single-season mark of 67.6 percent by Jeff Warren in 1991.



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