Feb. 27, 2013
Columbia, Mo. -
The Last Meeting
January 22, 2013
Ross Leads No. 22 Missouri Past South Carolina, 71-65
Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown hit key 3-pointers in the final 1:11 and No. 22 Missouri overcame 5-for-27 shooting from long range and a 13-point second-half deficit to beat South Carolina 71-65 on Tuesday night.
Missouri Tigers at South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Feb. 28, 2013
Tip-Off: 8 p.m. CT
Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
TV: ESPN2 (Rece Davis - Play by Play / Bob Knight - Analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play and Gary Link - Analyst)
Rankings: Missouri - RV/NR - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches’ Poll
South Carolina- NR/NR
Series: Missouri leads 1-0; Last 71-65 win by Mizzou on Jan. 22, 2013 in Columbia, Mo.
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon ‘88); 178-114 overall (9th); 49-13 at Mizzou (2nd)
S. Carolina: Frank Martin (Fla. Int’l ‘93) 13-14 at S. Carolina (1st season); 130-68 overall (6th)
> Mizzou Basketball makes its first trip to Columbia, S.C., this week as the Tigers meet Frank Martin’s South Carolina Gamecocks for the second time in series history on Thursday ... Missouri is 1-0 in the series, earning a hard-fought 71-65 victory on Jan. 22, rallying back from 13 down in the second half to earn the win.
> Keion Bell and Laurence Bowers did not see action for Missouri in that first contest vs. South Carolina due to injury and Bell has been outstanding over his last 11 games played and is leading the Tigers in scoring (15.8) during that stretch ... Despite missing games against the Gamecocks and at LSU, Bell is eighth in the league in scoring in SEC play (14.5) and is shooting 58 percent from the floor and 87.0 percent from the foul line during that 11-game stretch.
> The Tigers will look to end a trend of close losses away from home this year ... While Missouri is a perfect 15-0 at Mizzou Arena this season, including back-to-back wins over Top 25 opponents, Missouri has lost four of its last five road games by single digits.
> Missouri had a pair of double-doubles in its overtime loss (90-83) at Kentucky, getting 27 points, 10 assists and four steals from Phil Pressey and 16 points and 15 rebounds from Alex Oriakhi ... Pressey now has four point-assist double-doubles this season and Oriakhi leads the club with nine point-rebound double-doubles.
> The effort by Pressey was the first 20-point, 10-assist game at Missouri since Melvin Booker scored 23 points and dished 13 dimes vs. Illinois in a triple overtime win in 1993.
> Pressey is the lone Tiger ever to play a complete season for Frank Haith and if you break down the numbers Missouri is getting 83.7 percent of its scoring and 92.3 percent of its rebounding from players that did not see action for the club last season.
> Missouri is one of college basketball’s winningest teams since 2008-09 ... The Tigers have 126 wins over the last five years, which is ninth among high major programs nationally.
> Missouri is one win from its 20th victory of the season ... The Tigers have won 20+ games in four consecutive years and a fifth consecutive 20-win season would be a school record.
> Head Coach Frank Haith is also one win shy of his 50th victory as the head coach at Missouri ... Haith would be the fastest coach to 50 wins in school history following last season’s 30-5 mark.
> Mizzou continues to be one of the country’s better rebounding clubs, ranking No. 1 nationally with 42.0 boards per game ... Missouri has done a great job on the backboards in its last nine contests, boasting a rebounding margin of +12.0 ... The Tigers have outrebounded 22-of-27 opponents this year.
> Mizzou 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.
> Pressey has 529 career assists and is in “no man’s land” with regards to career dimes and conference rank, but he would be just 16 career assists shy of the Top 10 in Big 12 history and just 95 assists shy of the Top 10 in SEC history.
Mizzou Basketball Cliff Notes...
> Missouri closes a lengthy road swing on Thursday as the Tigers travel to Columbia, S.C., to meet Frank Martin and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
> Head Coach Frank Haith is 2-1 all-time vs. South Carolina ... His Miami Hurricanes defeated South Carolina 85-70 in Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 22, 2009, and lost a 69-67 decision in the first round of the of the postseason NIT in Columbia, S.C., on March 15, 2005.
> South Carolina Head Coach Frank Martin is 6-5 vs. Missouri including his time as the head coach at Kansas State.
> Missouri will have a quick finish to its home schedule following Thursday’s game ... The Tigers host LSU on March 2 and then host Arkansas on Senior Night (March 5) ... Both games are sold out.
> Missouri is looking for its fifth consecutive 20-win campaign, which would be a school record ... 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.
> Mizzou has of course been outstanding at home this year ... The Tigers are a perfect 15-0 at home this season and join Florida as the lone unbeatens at home in SEC play ... Missouri is also 2-0 vs. ranked teams at home this season and have won four consecutive games vs. Top 25 teams at Mizzou Arena dating back to last year.
> Overall, head coach Frank Haith is a very good 9-4 vs. Top 25 opponents at Mizzou and is 5-3 vs. the Top 10.
> Missouri is 5-2 vs. Top 10 opponents at home since 2008-09 and is 8-4 vs. Top 12 opponents since Mizzou Arena opened in 2004-05.
> Mizzou will look to bounce back from a 90-83 overtime loss at Kentucky ... The Tigers and Wildcats exchanged 10 leads in the contest, but Kentucky rallied for the home win.
> Missouri will look for its second road win this season ... The Tigers are 1-7 on the road this year and five of those eight games have been decided by single digits, including a pair of overtime games.
> Keion Bell has been Missouri’s top performer on the road this year, averaging 15.9 points on 55 percent shooting.
> In fact Bell has been spectacular in the month of February (last seven games), averaging 17.6 points on 58 percent shooting from the floor to go with 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
> Bell is averaging 17.3 points on 53 percent shooting in his last four road contests at Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Kentucky.
> 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.
> Mizzou has played just nine games this season with its regular rotation ... The Tigers are 6-3 in those contests and three of those six wins are vs. ranked opponents.
> 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 77.6 percent of their charity tosses in league play ... Overall this season the Tigers have made 416 free throws and their opponents have attempted just 462.
> Nationally the Tigers rank No. 22 in free throw percentage (.750) and are the No. 2 high major free throw shooting team in America ... Utah is No. 20 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 74 percent at the line on the year and is hitting 78 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 74.4 percent (2029-of-2726) 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 41.0 points and are shooting 49.0 percent from the floor, 36.5 percent from three-point range and 78.0 percent from the foul line in the second half this year.
> The club boasts a +6.1 scoring margin (41.0-to-34.9) 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 61.4 points on 37 percent shooting at Mizzou Arena.
> Missouri has been one of the country’s top rebounding teams throughout the year and has out-rebounded 22-of-27 foes in 2012-13 ... Missouri enjoyed its largest rebounding margin of the year on Dec. 8 (+25) and has recorded a double-digit rebounding advantages in 15-of-27 games, including four straight vs. Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Florida, before being outrebounded by Kentucky last Saturday.
> The Tigers also average 14.2 offensive rebounds per game (No. 14 nationally) and turn that into 13.7 second-chance points per contest.
> Mizzou is No. 7 nationally in offensive rebounding percentage at 39.6 percent and have used that great rebounding to rank No. 16 nationally in offensive efficiency ... Mizzou of course led the country in offensive efficiency a season ago.
> Mizzou is also much improved in its defensive efficiency over last season ... Per Kenpom.com, the Tigers are No. 61 in defensive efficiency compared to No. 115 last year.
> 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 18 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 83.7 percent of its scoring and 92.3 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 18.3 points per game from its bench on the year.
> On the season Missouri has 18 double-figure scoring efforts off the bench (Ross - 9, Bell - 4, Criswell - 2, Brown, Jankovic and Webster-Chan - 1).
> Despite having so many newcomers, Mizzou has been balanced through 27 games with eight players averaging at least 17.9 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 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.
> 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.