March 1, 2013
The Last Meeting
January 30, 2013
Baton Rouge, La.
Mizzou Falls to LSU, 73-70
The 17th-ranked Missouri Tigers couldn't avoid a slow start on the road, and despite a furious late rally, lost 73-70 at LSU Wednesday night in Baton Rouge, La.
Missouri Tigers vs. LSU Tigers
Date: March 2, 2013
Tip-Off: 3 p.m. CT
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: SEC Network (Clay Matvick - Play by Play / Jon Sundvold - Analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play and Gary Link - Analyst)
Rankings: Missouri - RV/NR - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll
Series: LSU leads 2-0; Last 73-70 win by LSU on Jan. 30, 2013 in Baton Rouge, La.
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 179-114 overall (9th); 50-13 at Mizzou (2nd)
LSU: Johnny Jones (LSU `85) 17-9 at LSU (1st season); 222-171 overall (13th)
> Missouri Basketball returns home on Saturday afternoon (3 p.m. CT) as the Tigers take on LSU for the first time in series history in Columbia ... Saturday's game starts a quick two-game homestand to close out play at Mizzou Arena this year ... The Tigers then face Arkansas on Senior Night on March 5.
> Mizzou will look to continue its strong play at Mizzou Arena with Head Coach Frank Haith at the helm (30-1, .968) and since the 2008-09 season the program is a dominant 82-4 (.953) and has never dropped more than two home games in a single season.
> Mizzou has a 16-game home court winning streak, which is the ninth longest home streak in school history and fifth longest active streak in America ... It is also Mizzou's fourth streak of 16 or more consecutive home wins since the 2008-09 campaign.
> The Tigers are a perfect 15-0 at Mizzou Arena this season, including back-to-back wins over Top 25 opponents, 98-79 vs. No. 23 Ole Miss and 63-60 vs. No. 4 Florida.
> Mizzou is one of just two high major teams in college hoops (Kentucky) 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.
> Phil Pressey is the lone Tiger ever to play a complete season for Head Coach Frank Haith and if you break down the numbers Missouri is getting 84.4 percent of its scoring and 92.1 percent of its rebounding from players that did not see action for the club last season.
> Pressey has 538 career assists and is in "no man's land" with regards to career dimes and conference rank, but he would be just seven career assists shy of the Top 10 in Big 12 history and just 86 assists shy of the Top 10 in SEC history ... He also needs two assists for his second consecutive 200-dime season.
> Missouri is one of college basketball's winningest teams since 2008-09 ... The Tigers have 127 wins over the last five years, which is ninth among high major programs nationally.
> Mizzou continues to be one of the country's better rebounding clubs, ranking No. 2 nationally with 41.5 boards per game ... Missouri has done a great job on the backboards in its last 10 contests, boasting a rebounding margin of +11.6 ... The Tigers have outrebounded 23-of-28 opponents this year.
> Keion Bell did not play in the first meeting against LSU due to injury, but in the eight games since that 73-70 defeat Bell is leading the Tigers with 18.4 points per game, shooting 60 percent from the floor and 47 percent from three-point range ... Bell is also averaging 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 dimes a contest.
> Bell has five 20 point games since that Jan. 30 loss in Baton Rouge, La., and is coming off 24 points and four assists in the win at South Carolina ... Bell and Jabari Brown logged 20 point nights, with Brown dropping in 23 on 8-of-10 shooting to go with a career high five assists.
> Brown has emerged as another consistent scorer for the Tigers and has reached double figures in 16-of-19 contests since becoming eligible ... Brown is averaging 15.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in SEC competition thanks to his solid 38.4 percent shooting from three-point range.
Mizzou Basketball Cliff Notes...
> Missouri Basketball returns home for just the second time since Feb. 9 and will face LSU looking to even the season series.
> Saturday's game is a sellout and Missouri Basketball is on pace to break the Mizzou Arena record for attendance once again this year ... The Tigers are averaging 11,644 fans per game this season and the current mark of 11,830 was set last season.
> Missouri recorded its fifth consecutive 20-win campaign, a new school record ... The Tigers have actually won 23+ games each of the last four seasons and need three more wins to match that feat as well.
> MU had also won 20+ games in four consecutive years from 1988-92 and 1979-83 before eclipsing that mark.
> 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.
> Missouri is coming off a 90-68 road win at South Carolina and got a combined 65 points on 22-of-28 shooting from Keion Bell (24), Jabari Brown (23) and Alex Oriakhi (18).
> The Tigers shot a season high 69.6 percent from the floor and 72.7 percent in the second half en route to its second win of 20+ points on the road this season.
> The win was Missouri's 19th of 20+ points on the road since 1950 and already the third under Frank Haith ... The Tigers won by 22 last year at Texas Tech and by 42 at Mississippi State this year.
> The victory was Frank Haith's 50th as head coach at Mizzou (63 total games) ... He is the fastest to 50 wins in school history.
> To put that in perspective Mike Anderson won his 50th game in his 81st try, Quin Snyder won No. 50 in his 80th game and Norm Stewart grabbed win No. 50 at Mizzou in his 92nd game ... George Edwards is actually No. 2 on the list, winning his 50th game in his 79th attempt ... Wilbur Stalcup won his 50th in game 86 tries.
> 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.
> Overall Missouri has 21 20-point efforts from those six players after having 33 20-point nights last year.
> Mizzou has played just 10 games this season with its regular rotation ... The Tigers are 7-3 in those contests and three of those seven wins are vs. ranked opponents (No. 10 Illinois, No. 23 Ole Miss and No. 4 Florida).
> 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 77.5 percent of their charity tosses in league play ... Overall this season the Tigers have made 436 free throws and their opponents have attempted just 476.
> Nationally the Tigers rank No. 21 in free throw percentage (.750) and are the No. 2 high major free throw shooting team in America ... UConn 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 75.4 percent at the line on the year and is hitting 80.0 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 (2049-of-2752) 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 41.2 points and are shooting 49.6 percent from the floor, 37.2 percent from three-point range and 77.9 percent from the foul line in the second half this year.
> The club boasts a +6.4 scoring margin (41.2-to-34.8) 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 23-of-28 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-28 games, including four straight vs. Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Florida, before being outrebounded by Kentucky last Saturday.
> The Tigers also average 13.9 offensive rebounds per game (No. 19 nationally) and turn that into 13.4 second-chance points per contest.
> Mizzou is No. 6 nationally in offensive rebounding percentage at 39.6 percent (KenPom.com) and have used that great rebounding to rank No. 11 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. 69 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 84.4 percent of its scoring and 92.1 percent of its rebounding from players that did not see action at Mizzou a season ago.
> Missouri continues to get strong bench production thanks to the consistent play of Tony Criswell, Earnest Ross and the addition of Jabari Brown ... Missouri is averaging 18.5 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 28 games with eight players averaging at least 17.7 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 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.