Feb. 14, 2014
|Game: Mizzou (17-7, 5-6 SEC) vs. Tennessee (15-9, 6-5 SEC)|
|When||Feb. 15, 2014 | 3 p.m. CT|
|Location||Columbia, Mo. | Mizzou Arena
|TV||ESPN2(Joe Davis and Jimmy Dykes)
|Radio||Tiger Radio Network (Affiliate List)|
|Online Coverage||Live Stream | Listen | Live Stats | Mobile Stats|
|Printable Game Notes||Missouri | Tennessee | SEC|
|Season Stats||Missouri | Tennessee | SEC|
|Series History||Missouri leads, 4-3|
|Last Meeting||Tennessee won 64-62 in Knoxville, Tenn., on March 9, 2013|
|Streak||Tennessee - 2|
|Social Media||@MizzouHoops, @mutigersdotcom | Facebook | Mizzou Network|
> Mizzou Basketball continues its three-game home stand on Saturday as Mizzou Arena hosts its annual Blackout contest against the Tennessee Volunteers at 3 p.m. ... Fans are encouraged to wear Black for Saturday’s game as the Tigers look for another quality win in the second half of SEC play ... In fact a win on Saturday would pull the Tigers even with the Vols in the league standings.
> Missouri snapped a three-game losing skid and broke its Mizzou Arena record for free throw makes in Thursday’s win over Arkansas ... The Tigers did an excellent job attacking the Razorback pressure and made 34 free throws, the most since making 33 in a 2009 win against Frank Martin and the Kansas State Wildcats ... Mizzou also broke a school record for consecutive free throw makes, hitting 27 straight ... Mizzou made its final four free throws at Ole Miss and opened 23-of-23 vs. Arkansas on Thursday night.
> The Tigers were led in scoring once again by All-America candidates Jordan Clarkson (27 points) and Jabari Brown (25) ... The duo has topped 20 points in three of the last four games and Missouri has had at least one 20-point scorer in eight of its last nine league games.
> Brown (20.3 ppg) and Clarkson (19.2) are the third highest scoring tandem in college basketball this season, combining for 39.5 points per outing ... Brown and Clarkson are just ahead of the Auburn pair of Chris Denson (20.5) and KT Harrell (18.9) and narrowly trail VMI’s QJ Peterson (20.8) and Rodney Glasgow (18.9) and Louisiana-Lafayette’s Shawn Long (19.8) and Elfrid Payton (19.8).
> 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 eight of his last nine league outings and is averaging 23.9 points on 53 percent shooting from the floor and 52 percent shooting from three-point range during that stretch ... In addition, Brown is averaging 1.3 points per field goal attempt, not including his impressive 61-of-68 (.897) shooting at the foul line ... Brown has been especially good in the second half of games during this run, averaging 14.2 points on 54 percent shooting from the floor and 53 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
> Both Brown and Clarkson have reached double figures in all-24 games played this year, the most since Doug Smith in 1990-91 ... Smith hit double figures in all 30 games of his senior season ... Only Alabama’s Trevor Releford has also been in double figures each game this season in the SEC.
> Brown will play his 50th career game at Missouri on Saturday and is already closing in on 1,000 career points ... The junior guard has scored 830 points at Mizzou (842 counting the 12 he scored in two games at Oregon) and his career scoring average of 16.9 points would be the 10th highest in school history with at least two seasons played ... Brown sat out the first half of the 2012-13 season due to transfer rules.
> Not to be missed is the improved play of Ryan Rosburg over the last week ... Just a sophomore, Rosburg is averaging 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in games against Florida, Ole Miss and Arkansas, including 11 second-half points in Oxford, the highest scoring league game of his career.
Mizzou Basketball Cliffs...
> Missouri Basketball has a quick turnaround as the Tigers host the Tennessee Volunteers at Mizzou Arena for the first time in series history.
> The Missouri-Tennessee series dates back to Dec. 20, 1961, with an 86-61 Mizzou win in Knoxville ... Tennessee is making its third trip to Columbia all-time and its first since a 70-61 Tiger win on Dec. 10, 1984 ... The Volunteers have won two consecutive meetings overall, both of which were played in Knoxville.
> Tennessee redshirt sophomore Quinton Chievous is the son of former Mizzou great Derrick Chievous ... The elder Chievous is Mizzou’s all-time leading scorer with 2,580 points and was drafted No. 16 overall in 1988 by the Houston Rockets.
> Frank Haith and Cuonzo Martin are meeting for the third time in series history ... Haith and the Miami Hurricanes won 81-72 in the 2011 NIT and Martin’s Vols on 64-62 in the regular-season finale last year.
> Missouri is hosting three consecutive conference games for the first time since 1998-99 ... The Tigers hosted Kansas State, Baylor and Texas Tech and earned three consecutive wins.
> Mizzou will recognize its 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl Champion football team during Saturday’s game ... The Tigers finished the year 12-2 and won the SEC East.
> The close game vs. Arkansas on Thursday was nothing new for Missouri ... Of Mizzou’s last 17 games, 16 have been decided by 10 points or less.
> Jordan Clarkson (27), Jabari Brown (25) and Earnest Ross (15 points, 11 boards) led Mizzou in the season sweep of the Razorbacks.
> Missouri was outstanding from the foul line in those two meetings with the Razorbacks and at one stretch hit 40 consecutive FTs vs. the Hogs between the two contests.
> In addition to his 25 points against Arkansas, Brown dished three assists and over his last three games he has 13 dimes and just one turnover in 115 total minutes of playing time.
> 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 73.3 percent shooting from the foul stripe and Mizzou’s 19.8 free throw makes per game ranks No. 2 behind Kentucky (20.9) and ranks No. 21 nationally.
> Jabari Brown (129), Jordan Clarkson (113) and Earnest Ross (106) have each surpassed 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 19-of-24 games this season and have enjoyed multiple 20-point scorers eight times, including in five of its last six games ... Jabari Brown has logged 20 points in eight of his last nine outings, including a career high 33 points vs. Kentucky ... Brown has topped 20 points 18 times in his career and Mizzou is 14-4 in those contests ... In Brown’s lone 20-point miss over the last nine games he helped account for 29 total points with his six assists (zero turnovers) at No. 3 Florida.
> The Tigers have a total of 30 20-point games this season, all coming from Clarkson (13), Brown (13) and Ross (4) ... Missouri had a player top 20 points 25 times all of last season.
> Missouri has been one of the league’s better rebounding teams as well, ranking No. 3 in the SEC with a +6.2 rebounding margin ... The Tigers average 26.8 defensive boards per game, No. 2 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 319th career game overall and is a spectacular 65-23 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 194 career wins heading into Saturday’s game.
> Missouri is being led in scoring by the dynamic junior tandem of Jabari Brown (20.3 ppg) and Jordan Clarkson (19.2) ... The duo is combining for 39.5 points per game, tops in the Southeastern Conference, just behind the Auburn duo of Chris Denson (20.5) and KT Harrell (18.9) ... Brown leads the SEC in scoring during league play (22.6 ppg) and Clarkson ranks No. 5 with his 19.1 points per league contest.
> The pair is one of two teammate tandems in high-major college basketball averaging 18.0+ points per game.
> Johnathan Williams, III (7.2 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 44-3 since 2011-12 and went a perfect 17-0 at home last season.
> Mizzou boasts a 148-23 (.866) record at home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 95-6 at home since 2008-09, amounting to an incredible .941 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.
> 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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