Feb. 15, 2013
Columbia, Mo. -
The Last Meeting
November 28, 2007
Missouri Tigers at Arkansas Razorbacks
Date: Feb. 16, 2013
Tip-Off: 3 p.m. CT
Arena: Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
TV: ESPN (Mark Jones - Play by Play / Jimmy Dykes - Analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play and Gary Link - Analyst)
Rankings: Missouri - RV/RV - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches’ Poll
Arkansas - NR/NR
Series: 38th meeting; Arkansas leads 19-18 overall; last - Arkansas won 94-91 on Nov. 28, 2007 in Fayetteville
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon ‘88); 177-112 overall (9th); 48-11 at Mizzou (2nd)
Arkansas: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82) 33-23 at Arkansas (2nd season); 233-121 (11th season)
> Mizzou Basketball continues its road swing on Saturday afternoon as the Tigers lock-up with Arkansas for the 39th time in series history and the first time as league counterparts ... How even is this series? Well it’s technically a game in Alaska that accounts for Arkansas’ series advantage (19-18) ... Both clubs own a 10-8 series lead on their home courts and Arkansas earned an 81-73 win in Anchorage, Alaska, on Nov. 28, 1980.
> Of course Mike Anderson spent five seasons at Missouri and helped the Tigers to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, with a Big 12 Tournament title in 2009 ... Anderson was 111-56 in his five years in Columbia, but since Frank Haith’s arrival the Tigers are 48-11 and Haith is two wins shy of becoming the fastest Mizzou Head Coach to 50 wins in program history.
> Missouri is the lone high major team in college hoops with six players averaging double figures in scoring ... The Tigers have been one of college basketball’s more balanced scoring teams since 2010-11 having five players in double figures in 2010-11 and 2011-12 before having six in double figures this season.
> Missouri is one of college basketball’s winningest teams since 2008-09 ... The Tigers have 125 wins over the last five years, which is ninth among high major programs nationally.
> Missouri is a solid 8-8 on the road under Head Coach Frank Haith over the last two seasons ... The Tigers dropped three one-possession games this season at UCLA, LSU and Texas A&M.
> Phil Pressey is the lone Tiger ever to play a complete season for Frank Haith and if you break down the numbers Missouri is getting 84.1 percent of its scoring and 92.5 percent of its rebounding from Tigers that did not play at Mizzou one season ago.
> Pressey has 507 career assists and is in “no man’s land” with regards to career dimes and conference rank, but he would be just 38 career assists shy of the Top 10 in Big 12 history and just 117 assists shy of the Top 10 in SEC history... and he is just a junior!
> Keion Bell has been outstanding over his last eight games played and is leading the Tigers in scoring (16.5) over the last month ... Despite missing games against South Carolina and at LSU, Bell is leading the team in scoring, shooting 58.3 percent from the floor, 50 percent from three and 85 percent from the foul line during that stretch ... He is also averaging 1.9 steals per game.
> Mizzou continues to be one of the country’s better rebounding clubs, ranking No. 3 nationally with 42.0 boards per game ... Missouri has done a great job on the backboards in its last six contests, boasting a rebounding margin of +13.6 in games vs. Vanderbilt, LSU, Auburn, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Mississippi State ... The Tigers have outrebounded 20-of-24 opponents this year and have not been out-rebounded this season when Laurence Bowers, Alex Oriakhi and Tony Criswell are in the lineup.
> Jabari Brown has emerged as Mizzou’s most consistent scorer in league play and has reached double figures in 14-of-15 contests since becoming eligible ... Brown is averaging 16.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in SEC competition thanks to his solid 40 percent shooting from three-point range ... Brown has already made 31 treys through 11 conference games and is second on the club with 40 free throw makes in league action.
Mizzou Basketball Cliff Notes...
> Mizzou Basketball hits the road for the second consecutive trip as the Tigers travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the 38th meeting with the Arkansas Razorbacks.
> Missouri is 8-10 at Arkansas all-time and the last victory on the road in the series for Mizzou came Dec. 7, 1991, by an 87-76 margin ... Anthony Peeler scored 32 in that win and Jeff Warren added 20.
> The Missouri-Arkansas series dates back to Dec. 18, 1950, with a 54-32 Mizzou win in Columbia.
> Missouri will play three of its next four games away from home over the next two weeks and needs just two more wins for a record-setting fifth consecutive 20-win campaign.
> Mizzou is coming off a 78-36 road win at Mississippi State on Feb. 13 ... The Tigers had 10 players scores in the win, including 24 points from Keion Bell and 20 from Jabari Brown.
> Wednesday’s victory was Missouri’s 18th win of 20+ points on the road since 1950 and already the second under Frank Haith ... The Tigers won by 22 last year at Texas Tech.
> Missouri has tied a school record with six different players having scored at least 20 points in a game this season ... The last time that happened at Mizzou was during the 2008-09 season.
> The Tigers enjoyed their largest margin of victory in a league game since topping Colorado, 107-62, on Jan. 14, 2009, at Mizzou Arena and largest margin of victory in a league road game since beating Oklahoma, 66-22, on March 4, 1922, 91 years ago.
> It was the largest margin of defeat for Mississippi State in the history of Humphrey Coliseum and the fewest points MSU had scored since the 1996-97 campaign.
> While Missouri is coming off its first road win of the year, the Tigers are a perfect 14-0 at home this season and have a 15-game home court winning streak dating back to last season ... The 15-game streak is the ninth longest home streak in school history ... It is also the fourth streak of 15 or more consecutive home wins since the 2008-09 campaign.
> That next home outing is against No. 7/6 Florida and Head Coach Frank Haith is a very good 8-4 vs. Top 25 opponents as the head coach of Mizzou and is 4-3 vs. the Top 10.
> Mizzou has played just six games this season with its regular rotation ... The Tigers are 5-1 in those contests with the lone loss coming at Texas A&M.
> 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.
> The Tigers lead the SEC in free throw shooting, hitting 78.4 percent of their charity tosses in league play ... Overall this season the Tigers have made 369 free throws and their opponents have attempted just 390.
> Nationally the Tigers rank No. 19 in free throw percentage (.750) and are the No. 2 high major free throw shooting team in America ... Indiana is No. 18 overall and tops among high majors nationally (.751).
> A big reason for those free throw numbers is the senior forward Alex 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 41.4 points and are shooting 49.1 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent from three-point range and 78.4 percent from the foul line in the second half this year.
> The club boasts a +7.1 scoring margin (41.4-to-34.3) in this second half of those games as well.
> Mizzou’s defense has been outstanding at home this season, as just two teams have topped 70 points vs. Missouri (Auburn and Ole Miss) and opponents are averaging just 63.9 points on 38 percent shooting at Mizzou Arena.
> Missouri has been one of the country’s top rebounding teams throughout the year and has out-rebounded 20-of-24 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 13 of 24 games, including two straight vs. Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
> The Tigers also average 14.3 offensive rebounds per game (No. 14 nationally) and turn that into 14.2 second-chance points per contest.
> Mizzou is No. 5 nationally in rebounding percentage at 40.1 percent and have used that great rebounding to rank No. 13 nationally in offensive efficiency ... Mizzou of course led the country in offensive efficiency a season ago.
> 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 16 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 84.1 percent of its scoring and 92.5 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 six weeks thanks to the play of Keion Bell, Tony Criswell, Earnest Ross and the addition of Jabari Brown ... Missouri is averaging 18.1 points per game from its bench on the year, including 29.2 points over the last 18 games.
> On the season Missouri has 15 double-figure scoring efforts off the bench (Ross - 7, Bell - 4, Criswell - 2, Brown, Jankovic and Webster-Chan - 1).
> Despite having so many newcomers, Mizzou has been balanced through 24 games with eight players averaging at least 18.7 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.