Feb. 21, 2014
The Last Meeting
January 18, 2014
> Mizzou Basketball hits the road after three consecutive home victories as the Tigers make their first trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., as members of the Southeastern Conference in a key contest with the Alabama Crimson Tide ... Missouri is 0-1 all-time in Tuscaloosa, falling 72-49 in the 1996 Postseason NIT ... The Tigers are 2-0 vs. Bama as members of the SEC, but each of those two wins came at Mizzou Arena.
> Missouri is looking for its sixth consecutive 20-win campaign on Saturday ... The Tigers have used three consecutive wins to move to 19-7 overall and their next win will mark the first time the program has won 20 games over six consecutive years ....In addition, Missouri's next win will be the 150th over the last six seasons, also a school record for a six-season stretch.
> Mizzou is looking to move back to .500 on the road this season ... The Tigers have quality road victories at N.C. State, Arkansas and Auburn and each of Mizzou's seven road games have been decided by 10 points or less ... The Tigers are also looking for four consecutive league wins for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign ... The Tigers had two streaks of four-plus wins in league play that year, including seven straight at one point.
> Jordan Clarkson went for 21 points, five rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's win over Vanderbilt ... The junior topped 20 points for the 14th time this season and was a perfect 11-of-11 from the charity stripe.
> Clarkson and fellow junior Jabari Brown lead the club with 14 20-point games this season, the most at Missouri since the 2005-06 season ... Brown is averaging an incredible 1.2 points per field goal attempt this year, making him the most efficient of college basketball's Top 50 scorers ... The next highest number on that Top 50 list belongs to Creighton's Doug McDermott (1.18).
> Two of the SEC's most consistent scorers meet on Saturday as Brown and Alabama's Trevor Releford have the SEC's longest active double-figure scoring streak ...Both players have reached double figures in 27 consecutive games dating back to last season.
> Speaking of Brown, has anyone in college basketball been better than the Oakland native over the last six weeks?... In addition to topping 20 points in nine of his last 11 games, including 24 in the first meeting with Alabama, Brown is averaging 22.6 points on 52 percent shooting from the floor, 52 percent shooting from three-point range and 86.4 percent shooting at the free throw line ... Brown has been especially good in the second half of games over his last 11, averaging 12.9 points on 53 percent shooting from the floor and 51 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
> Brown (20.1 ppg) and Jordan Clarkson (18.8) are the fourth highest scoring tandem in college basketball this season, combining for 38.9 points per outing ... Brown and Clarkson are just behind the Auburn pair of Chris Denson (20.6) and KT Harrell (19.0) and narrowly trail VMI's QJ Peterson (20.7) and Rodney Glasgow (18.7) and Louisiana-Lafayette's Elfrid Payton (19.9) and Shawn Long (19.6).
> Brown, Clarkson and Ross are also the nation's No. 2 scoring trio this year behind VMI's Peterson, Glasgow and D.J. Covington (17.7).
Mizzou Basketball Cliffs...
> Mizzou Basketball hits the road to Alabama on Saturday as the Tigers look to build on three consecutive wins and battle for one of those important Top Four seeds (double bye) in next month's SEC Tournament.
> Missouri, Tennessee and Ole Miss are all tied at No. 4 in the league ledger and the Georiga Bulldogs, Mizzou's opponent on Tuesday in Athens, is one game ahead of that group in third.
> Mizzou is looking for its fourth road win this season and first win in Tuscaloosa, Ala. ... Frank Haith took his Miami club to Tuscaloosa for the NIT Quarterfinals in 2011, but fell to the Crimson Tide, 79-64 ... That was Haith's final game at Miami before being named head coach at Mizzou.
> Mizzou got 47 points from its Big Three of Jordan Clarkson (21), Earnest Ross (16) and Jabari Brown (10) on Wednesday, but just as important was the play of true freshmen Wes Clark (9), Johnathan Williams (5) and Torren Jones (4) ... The trio of rookies combined for 18 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in 71 minutes.
> The close win over Vanderbilt was nothing new for Missouri fans ... Of the team's last 19 games, 18 have been decided by 10 points or less ... The 19 total games decided by 10 points or less this year are the most since the 2004-05 season (22).
> Mizzou continues to lead the Southeastern Conference in free throw shooting, hitting 73.0 percent on the year and an improved 74.7 percent during league play ... The Tigers have made 511 total free throws this season and are on pace to top 600 free throw makes for just the sixth time in program history and for the first time since 1995-96.
> Missouri's 19.7 free throw makes per game ranks No. 20 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC behind Kentucky (20.8).
> Jabari Brown (138), Jordan Clarkson (125) and Earnest Ross (115) 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.
> Freshman forward Torren Jones has scored 20 points over his last five games, including a career high eight points on 4-of-5 shooting against Tennessee on Feb. 15 ... Prior to his last five games Jones had scored just eight total points in the season's first 21 contests.
> Missouri has had at least one player score 20 or more points in 21-of-26 games this season and have enjoyed multiple 20-point scorers eight times, including in five of its last eight games ... Jabari Brown has logged 20 points in nine of his last 11 outings, including a career high 33 points vs. Kentucky and 24 in the first meeting with Alabama ... Brown has topped 20 points 19 times in his career and Mizzou is 15-4 in those contests.
> The Tigers have a total of 32 20-point games this season, all coming from Clarkson (14), Brown (14) and Ross (4) ... Missouri had a player top 20 points 25 times all of last season.
> 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 321st career game overall on Saturday and is 67-23 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 196 career wins heading into Saturday's game.
> Johnathan Williams, III (7.0 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 46-3 since 2011-12 and went a perfect 17-0 at home last season.
> Mizzou boasts a 150-23 (.867) record at home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 97-6 at home since 2008-09, amounting to an incredible .942 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.