Junior Michael Dixon and the Tigers face the Wildcats at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.
Feb. 20, 2012
3/3 University of Missouri Tigers (25-2, 12-2 Big 12) vs. Kansas State (18-8, 7-7 Big 12)
Tip-Off: 6 p.m.
TV: ESPN2 (John Saunders - Play by Play / Doug Gottlieb - Analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play / Gary Link - Analyst)
Rankings: MU: #3/3 (AP / ESPN/Coaches)
Series: Series tied 117-117 (Last meeting: KSU 75, MU 59 in Manhattan, Kan. - Jan. 7, 2012)
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 154-103 overall (8th); 25-2 at Mizzou (1st season)
Kansas State: Frank Martin (Florida International '93); 113-51 overall and at KSU (5th season)
Tigers Host Wildcats as Stretch Run Looms...
> The 3rd-ranked Missouri Tigers (25-2 overall, 12-2 in Big 12 Conference play) return home to begin the final two weeks of the 2011-12 regular season, as they play host to the Kansas State Wildcats (18-8, 7-7) Tuesday at Mizzou Arena - where the Tigers are a perfect 15-0 this season. Tipoff for the game is set for 6 p.m. (central time), with ESPN2 set for the live national broadcast...
> The Tigers, winners of seven straight, are coming off a solid 71-62 win at Texas A&M last Saturday. Mizzou enters the last two weeks of the regular season in a deadlock atop the Big 12 standings with rival Kansas, at 12-2. Mizzou holds the tiebreaker for the time being with KU, thanks to its 74-71 win in Columbia on Feb. 4th...
> Mizzou is looking to square the season series with K-State, as the Wildcats handed MU its first loss of the season on Jan. 7th, when KSU claimed a 75-59 win in Manhattan which dropped the Tigers to 14-1. Mizzou - ranked #1 in the Big 12 and #3 nationally in team shooting (50.3 percent FGs) - was held to a season-low 32.7 percent shooting day in Manhattan (16-of-49 FGs), including just 29.2 percent from three-point range (7-of-24 3-FGs). K-State shot 49.1 percent on the day (28-of-57 FGs), well above their season average of 43.3 percent, and the `Cats dominated play inside, as they held a massive 46-18 advantage in points in the paint...
Tigers Looking for Best Start in MU History
The Tigers own a 25-2 record through the first 27 games of the 2011-12 season, which is tied for the best start in school history - previously accomplished just twice before...
> A win Tuesday against Kansas State would be historic in nature, as it would give Mizzou a 26-2 record for the first time ever. No Tiger team has ever won 26-of-28 to begin the season. The previous two teams which stood 25-2 through 27 games both lost game #28...
Tigers Look to Continue Mizzou Arena Magic...
> While Saturday's win at Texas A&M improved Mizzou to a much-improved 6-2 on the road this season (5-2 in Big 12 road games, after going 1-7 in Big 12 road games a year ago), it is worth noting that Mizzou has been nearly unbeatable at home over the last four years. In fact, the Tiger senior class is 66-3 inside Mizzou Arena in their careers, including a perfect 15-0 mark so far this year...
> The Tigers are looking to continue their winning ways on Norm Stewart Court Tuesday evening against Kansas State, who Mizzou has beaten four straight times in Columbia, dating back to the Wildcats' last win there, in 2007 (85-81)...
> In 15 games at home this season, Mizzou is shooting 51.0 percent from the floor as a team, including a stellar 41.5 percent from three-point range, while connecting on 77.6 percent of its free throws...
> Individually, some random notes concerning the Tigers playing at home this season:
> Senior F Kim English is shooting an impressive 49.4 percent from 3-point range at home this season (41-of-83 3-FGs) ... Sophomore G Phil Pressey has a solid assist-to-turnover ratio of 100-to-27 in his 15 home appearances.
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