Feb. 24, 2014
The Last Meeting
January 8, 2014
No. 21 Missouri Falls 70-64 In Overtime To Georgia
The No. 21 Mizzou Tigers fell 70-64 in overtime Wednesday evening at Mizzou Arena to the visiting Georgia Bulldogs in the 2014 SEC opener. Georgia had four players in double digits, led by 18 points from guard Charles Mann.
> Mizzou Basketball heads back on the road Tuesday night as the Tigers battle the third place team in the SEC standings, the Georgia Bulldogs, at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga. ... Missouri is 1-0 all-time at Stegeman, earning a hard-fought, 83-76, road win during the Elite Eight year of 2008-09.
> Mizzou will look to even the season series with the Bulldogs ... Georgia snapped Missouri’s 26-game home court winning streak at Mizzou Arena in the SEC-opener, 70-64 in overtime, and got 16 points from Nemanja Djurisic (including seven in overtime) and 18 from Charles Mann in the win.
> Missouri has been swept just once in a season series (minimum of two games played) under the watch of Frank Haith ... Kansas State won both games against the Tigers in 2011-12.
> Mizzou last split a season series by earning a road win in 2007-08 ... The Tigers fell at home to Nebraska (66-62) on Jan. 30, 2008, but later won, 86-78, in overtime in Lincoln, Neb., on Feb. 13, 2008.
> The Tigers are searching for their sixth consecutive 20-win campaign on Tuesday ... Mizzou’s next victory will also be the program’s 150th over the last six seasons, extending its school record for a six-year stretch.
> Mizzou is looking to snap a three-game losing skid on the road ... The Tigers have three road victories this season at N.C. State, at Arkansas and at Auburn and will look to pull within a game of the Bulldogs in the SEC standings with a victory on Tuesday night ... A win would also mark the club’s third Top 100 RPI road win of 2013-14 ... Florida leads the SEC with four Top 100 road wins, followed by Kentucky (3).
> Mizzou’s Jabari Brown continues to be one of the SEC’s most consistent performers ... Brown has been in double figures in each of the team’s 27 games this year and topped 20 points for the 10th time in 14 league games with 23 points and five assists at Alabama on Saturday ... During league play, Brown leads the SEC in scoring (21.9) and three-point percentage (.468) and is ranked among the league’s Top six in five categories, including field goal percentage (5th, .503) and free throw percentage (4th, .856) ... Brown’s FG%, 3FG% and FT% in league play total to an impressive 182.7, third in all of college hoops.
> 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 10 of his last 12 games, including 23 at Alabama, Brown is averaging 22.7 points on 52 percent shooting from the floor and 49 percent shooting from three-point range ... Brown has been especially good in the second half of games over his last 12, averaging 13.7 points on 54 percent shooting from the floor and 49 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
> Earnest Ross is surging as the regular season hits the home stretch ... The Cary, N.C., native is coming off a 25-point, eight-rebound effort on Saturday and is averaging a career high 14.7 points on the year ... Ross has hit eight three-pointers in his last two games and is averaging 19.0 points over his last five contests ... Ross will play his second game at Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday ... He scored a career high 30 points at UGA in 2011 as a sophomore at Auburn, which included 12-of-18 shooting with five treys.
> Brown (20.2 ppg) and Jordan Clarkson (18.6) are the fourth highest scoring tandem in college basketball this season, combining for 38.8 points per outing ... Brown and Clarkson are just behind the Auburn pair of Chris Denson (20.3) and KT Harrell (18.7) and narrowly trail VMI’s QJ Peterson (20.2) and Rodney Glasgow (18.9) and Louisiana-Lafayette’s Elfrid Payton (19.5) and Shawn Long (19.5).
> Brown, Clarkson and Ross are also the nation’s No. 2 scoring trio this year behind VMI’s Peterson, Glasgow and D.J. Covington (18.1).
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> Mizzou Basketball will look to remain in fourth place in the SEC standings and move within a game of the Georgia Bulldogs as the Tigers travel to Athens, Ga., on Tuesday night.
> Georgia is the final new league destination for Mizzou ... The Tigers did play at UGA in 2008-09 when they were members of the Big 12.
> Winning in Stegeman Coliseum won’t be an easy chore ... The 2008-09 Tigers (who finished 31-7 and advanced to the Elite Eight) won, 83-76, in 2009, earning a tough road win against the Georgia Bulldogs (12-20, 3-13) ... Current Atlanta Hawks standout DeMarre Carroll and “Big Shot” Zaire Taylor each scored 17 in that win.
> Missouri is one of seven teams currently tied for fourth in the league ledger and the Tigers are looking for their ninth Top 100 RPI victory of the 2013-14 campaign.
> Four of Missouri’s Top 100 wins came in non-conference play and six of Missouri’s non-league wins are ranked among the Top 150 ... The four Top 100 non-conference wins is third among SEC schools, trailing only Kentucky (6) and Florida (5).
> Mizzou’s eight Top 100 RPI victories is also third in the league behind only Kentucky (13) and Florida (12).
> Mizzou is looking for its fourth road win this season ... The Tigers own quality road wins over N.C State (54 RPI), Arkansas (65 RPI) and Auburn (158 RPI) ... A third Top 100 road win at Georgia (88 RPI) would help enhance the Tiger postseason profile.
> Mizzou is coming off an 80-73 loss at Alabama ... Earnest Ross, Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson combined for 62 points, but 10 made three-pointers by the Crimson Tide and 33 points from Levi Randolph decided the outcome.
> The close contest at Alabama was nothing new for Missouri fans ... Of the team’s last 20 games, 19 have been decided by 10 points or less ... The 20 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 73.1 percent on the year and an improved 74.8 percent during league play ... The Tigers have made 533 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. 18 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC behind Kentucky (20.8).
> Jabari Brown (148), Jordan Clarkson (131) and Earnest Ross (120) 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 23 points over his last six games, including a career high eight points on 4-of-5 shooting against Tennessee on Feb. 15 ... Prior to his last six 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 22-of-27 games this season and have enjoyed multiple 20-point scorers nine times, including six of its last nine games ... Jabari Brown has logged 20 points in 10 of his last 12 contests, including a career high 33 points vs. Kentucky and most recently 23 at Alabama ... Brown has topped 20 points 20 times in his career and Mizzou is 15-5 in those contests.
> The Tigers have a total of 34 20-point games this season, all coming from Brown (15), Clarkson (14) and Ross (5) ... 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 322nd career game overall on Saturday and is 67-24 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 Tuesday’s game.
> Johnathan Williams, III (6.8 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.