Mizzou Basketball Hosts Kansas Saturday

Justin Safford plays his final home game at Mizzou Arena on Saturday.

Justin Safford plays his final home game at Mizzou Arena on Saturday.

March 3, 2011

Columbia, Mo. -

Game Notes (PDF):


#22 / #24 University of Missouri Tigers (22-8, 8-7 Big 12) vs.

University of Kansas (28-2, 13-2 Big 12)


Tip-Off: 11 A.M. CT

Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)



Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play / Gary Link - Analyst)

TV: CBS (Gus Johnson and Dan Bonner)

Rankings: Mizzou 22/24; Kansas 2/2 in AP / USA Today Coaches Poll

Series: Kansas leads 170-94; In Columbia KU leads 64-56


Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa `82); 199-95 overall (9th); 110-54 at Mizzou (5th)

Kansas: Bill Self (Oklahoma State `85) 437-150 overall (18th); 230-45 at Kansas (8th)


For Openers...

> Welcome to the rivalry that sets the standard for all rivalries ... Some rivalries are based on school proximity or same-state "Braggin' Rights", but name another contest that has its rivalry rooted in actual war, the Civil War ... That's what you get every time Missouri and Kansas lock-up in the M&I Bank Border Showdown.

> Missouri and Kansas compete in the M&I Bank Border Showdown, a competition between each sport at MU and KU ... The Tigers currently lead the 2010-11 series 13.0-to-7.5 ... Missouri has won the last four Border Showdown trophies and boast a 6-2 advantage overall.

> Rivalry aside, Missouri and Kansas players do share some great friendships ... Missouri juniors Marcus Denmon and Steve Moore, along with sophomore Michael Dixon, played with Kansas sophomore Travis Releford for the Kansas City Pump N' Run on the AAU circuit ... Each is a Kansas City native ... Kim English and Josh Selby also share a friendship dating back to their playing days in Baltimore.

> Missouri is an outstanding 17-0 at home and averages a 22.5 ppg margin of victory within the (not so) friendly confines of Mizzou Arena ... The Tigers have won 52 of their last 54 home games since the end of the 2007-08 campaign ... Missouri will look to run its current home winning streak to 18 games in 2010-11 ... Missouri's current 17-game home winning streak is the seventh longest in school history and Mike Anderson is an outstanding 79-10 in Mizzou Arena since he took over the program in 2006-07.

> Missouri has put forth some dominating efforts at home over the last three seasons en route to that 52-2 mark ... The Tigers are 21-2 vs. Big 12 foes at home during that time frame and have 13 wins (vs. league foes) by 15 or more points, including wins over likely 2011 NCAA participants Kansas State (75-59), Baylor (77-59) and Colorado (89-73).

> Missouri is one of four teams nationally to have five players averaging double figures in scoring (along with Iowa State, Long Beach State and Detroit) and the Tigers continue to be led by junior Marcus Denmon ... Denmon has been one of the Big 12's better scorers over the past two weeks, topping 19+ points four times in five games, including 25 at Iowa State and 22 last Saturday at Kansas State ... Over his last five games Denmon is averaging 19.8 points on 59 percent shooting from the floor and 52 percent shooting from three-point range, including eight consecutive makes.


Mizzou Quick Hitters

> It's Senior Day at Mizzou Arena and Saturday's game marks the final home contest for senior forward Justin Safford ... Safford has seen the revival of Missouri Basketball since his freshman season when the Tigers went 16-16 ... Safford has helped the Tigers to 92 wins during his collegiate tenure.

> Missouri is of course playing for seeding in next week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament ... The Tigers could still finish anywhere from #4 to #7 in the Big 12 standings ... The Tigers are looking for their ninth league win and carry a solid RPI of 31 into Saturday's game vs. #1 RPI - Kansas ... Last season at this time Mizzou's RPI was at 43.

> Missouri is looking for its 1,500th win in program history on Saturday ... The Tigers had 1,477 wins entering the 2010-11 campaign and are 22-8 so far this year ... Missouri is 1,499-1,036 all-time.

> Head Coach Mike Anderson is looking for his 200th career win ... Anderson won his 100th game at Missouri earlier this season as well ... Anderson won 89 games in four years at UAB.

> Winning down the stretch would be significant for a number of reasons, but if Missouri can make it to 23 wins this year it would be historic ... Mizzou has never had three consecutive seasons with 23+ victories ... Mizzou won 31 games in 2008-09 and went 23-11 last season ... Missouri has had three consecutive 22+ campaigns before, most recently in 1982-83, a feat they tied with the win over Baylor.

> Head Coach Mike Anderson continues to build the Tiger Basketball program ... Anderson recently recorded his seventh 20-win campaign in nine seasons as a head coach ... Anderson enjoyed four consecutive 20-win campaigns at UAB before reviving the Missouri program.

> The Tigers rank #8 nationally at 82.0 points per game ... At home that figure jumps to 86.0 tallies a night and Missouri is shooting 49 percent from the floor and 40 percent from three-point range as a team at Mizzou Arena.

> Perhaps the most impressive stats come on defense at Mizzou Arena ... The Tigers are holding opponents to 39 percent shooting from the floor and 29 percent shooting from three-point range in home games this season, while forcing 21.0 turnovers a night.

> With those great turnover numbers, Missouri ranks #3 nationally with 9.6 steals per game.

> Flip Pressey is a strong candidate for the Big 12's All-Freshman Team in 2011 ... The rookie point guard leads all Big 12 freshmen in assists and steals this year and his 10 games with 5+ assists at Missouri ranks second all-time in school history ... Pressey trails only Travis Ford (11) and is tied with Melvin Booker (10) on Missouri's list of five-assist games for freshmen ... However if you dial it up a notch, Pressey is already Missouri's freshman leader in games with 7+ assists (tied with Jimmy McKinney) with four and the leader with three 8+ assist games.

> Pressey has 61 assists in Big 12 play this year, which is the most ever by a Tiger freshman ... The top overall mark in Big 12 play by a Tiger is 72 by Jason Horton in 2006.

> Mizzou Basketball has 76 victories over its last three seasons, the winningest three-year stretch in school history ... Tiger clubs from 1980-83 and 1988-91 won 75 games over a three-year stretch.

> Missouri has already blocked 157 shots this season and needs just four more swats to set a school record ... The school record for blocks is 160, which was set last season ... MU has never led the Big 12 in blocked shots, but currently paces the league at 5.2 per game.

> Balanced scoring has been key for the Tigers this year ... In fact Missouri has had seven players reach double figures in a game twice this year, including a home contest vs. North Alabama.

> With that great balance Missouri has used nine different starting lineups this season ... Of course it doesn't really matter who starts, it's about who finishes!

> Attendance has been up all season at Mizzou Arena, to the tune of 1,600 fans per game ... Missouri is on pace to break the Mizzou Arena-era attendance record, including three consecutive sellouts ... One factor that separates Mizzou is that the Tigers use actual attendance vs. tickets sold.

> Mizzou has been dominant at home over its last 12 games ... The Tigers have enjoyed 13-point second-half leads in 11 of those contests, including a school record 40-point lead (57-17) at the half vs. Northern Illinois.

> Mizzou is #12 nationally in assists at 16.8 per game, so not only can the Tigers score in bunches, but they do it with great efficiency, recording dimes on 60 percent of their hoops.

> Mizzou has been very good in non-conference games under Anderson ... The Tigers are 54-14 (.794), including four NCAA Tournament wins, since his arrival before the 2006-07 season.

> Missouri has been the ultimate team through 30 games ... The Tigers have had eight different players lead the team (or tie for the team lead) in scoring, seven different players in rebounding, seven in assists and eight in steals.

> Missouri is forcing a turnover on nearly 25 percent of its opponent possessions this year (544 opponent turnovers compared to 1732 opponent FG attempts).

> The Tigers have scored 626 points off of those 544 turnovers ... So far Missouri is averaging 20.9 ppg off of turnovers, including 41 points off turnovers vs. Central Arkansas.

> Bench production from the Tiger reserves is nothing new under Mike Anderson ... The Tigers ranked #2 nationally in bench scoring a season ago at 31.6 points per game and have averaged 27.1 points over Anderson's five years in Columbia!

> The Tigers are averaging 25.3 ppg from their bench this season, including a season high 49 points vs. La Salle on Nov. 24 and 42 vs. Oklahoma.

> Another critical stat for Missouri is field goal opportunities ... Missouri thrives on its defensive pressure creating extra scoring chances and so far this season Missouri has taken 169 more shots than its opponents and made 142 more buckets.

> Missouri has been good at defending the rim though 30 games, averaging 5.2 swats a contest ... Laurence Bowers (60) and Ricardo Ratliffe (41) lead the way with a combined 101 total blocks.

> Mizzou blocked 10 shots at Colorado on Jan. 8, the most since the 1998-99 season for a Tiger team ... Laurence Bowers led the way with a school record tying eight total swats.

> Missouri has typically played some tough schedules over the years and that trend will continue in 2010-11 ... Mizzou will have 13 games against teams ranked / receiving votes in the Top 25 ... Included in that list are some impressive non-conference games vs. Old Dominion and Vanderbilt at home, neutral site games vs. #19 Illinois, #14 Georgetown, Wyoming and La Salle and a road game at Oregon.


Tiger Tidbits

#1 Flip Pressey, 5-10, 168 Pounds

> Nicknamed "Flip", but first name is Phil.

> Is the Big 12's #9 three-point shooter (.434) in league games, hitting 23-of-53 treys ... Also #2 in steals per game (2.1) in league-only contests.

> His 4.1 assists per game on the season are the most for a Tiger freshman in school history.

> Big 12's top freshman for assists (4.1), steals (1.8) and assist/turnover ratio (1.8).

> Assist totals are up to 5.0 per game over his last 16 outings.

> Scored a career high 17 points to go with six assists and just one turnover at Kansas.

> Ripped away five steals in the win over Colorado and hounded senior guard Cory Higgins into eight turnovers ... Had 13 points, three dimes, five steals and just one turnover in the start.

> Needs just one more steals to move into second among Missouri freshmen for single-season thefts ... Also needs just four more assists to be the school's freshman record holder.

> Missed four games with a fractured right finger, which was suffered Dec. 19 during practice.

> Scored a career high 16 points at Texas A&M and hit a career-best 4-of-4 treys in the contest.

> Scored 12 points, dished five dimes and had three steals at Texas, all team highs.

> Dropped in 13 points, three dimes and four steals vs. #24 Kansas State.

> Enters the Missouri program as the highest-ranked recruit of the Mike Anderson era, rated as high as #16 nationally by 2K Sports.

> Is the first Missouri freshman to record 7+ assists in three consecutive games and is the first Tiger to accomplish the feat since Anthony Peeler back in 1989-90.

> His older brother Matt Pressey is a junior on this year's club and his father, Paul Pressey, is currently an assistant coach for Byron Scott and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


 #2 Ricky Kreklow, 6-6, 195 Pounds

> Ricky Kreklow became the third consecutive Missouri Player of the Year to ink with the Tigers.

> Recorded his first career double-double in 20 minutes vs. N. Alabama, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 boards.

> Scored a career high 11 points on 4-4 FGs and 3-3 treys vs. Central Arkansas on Dec. 18.

> Outstanding energy player off the pine and had a career high four steals vs. Nebraska.

> Hit 3-of-4 three-pointers in wins over Wyoming and La Salle, including a then career-best 2-of-3 treys vs. La Salle in the first half.

> The talented newcomer is the son of current Missouri Volleyball head coach Wayne Kreklow and is a local product that grew up watching the Tigers.

> He was named the MVP of the Demetrius Johnson All-Star game in St. Louis this June after scoring 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting.


#3 Matt Pressey, 6-2, 185 Pounds

> Finds multiple ways to make an impact, including a career high five assists in the win over Oklahoma.

> Solid all-around game at Kansas State with eight points, three assists, two blocks and two steals in 21 minutes.

> Big 12 Rookie of the Week for Jan. 3 after averaging 16.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a pair of Tiger wins.

> Scored a career high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting vs. Northern Illinois en route to that honor ... Added five boards, three assists and a pair of dunks in the rout.

> Chipped in 15 points and five boards in the win over Old Dominion.

> Narrowly missed a double-double vs. Iowa State with nine points and eight boards.

> Came off the bench to score nine points and dish three assists vs. Georgetown and his first career double-figure scoring night came at Oregon on Dec. 2 with 10 points and two assists in 22 minutes.

> Was a junior college All-American at Navarro College last year, joining fellow Tiger Ricardo Ratliffe on that first team squad.

> His younger brother Phil Pressey is a freshman on this year's club and his father, Paul Pressey, is currently an assistant coach for Byron Scott and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


#10 Ricardo Ratliffe, 6-8, 240 Pounds

> Highly-coveted big man out of Central Florida College, that was twice named a first team NJCAA All-American.

> Ranked among the Top 20 nationally in field goal percentage (.586) and is shooting 61.5 percent from the floor in Big 12 games, which is #3 in the league.

> Had back-to-back double-doubles in Big 12 play vs. Iowa State and Baylor, including 11 points and 13 rebounds vs. the Bears... Grabbed 12 of those 13 boards in the first half to set the tone physically.

> First Tiger since DeMarre Carroll in 2008-09 to have back-to-back double-doubles in Big 12 play ... Carroll did it vs. Kansas and Texas A&M.

> Has been named Big 12 Rookie of the Week twice this season.

> Has reached double figures in 11 of 15 Big 12 games this season.

> Just missed a double-double vs. Colorado with 14 points (6-7 FGs) and nine boards.

> Was a warrior at Texas A&M scoring 19 points on 9-of-11 FGs to go with a game high nine rebounds before fouling out.

> Leads the club in rebounding (6.4) and double-doubles (5), including 10 points and 10 boards at Iowa State.

> His 14 boards vs. La Salle are the most since DeMarre Carroll grabbed 14 vs. Kansas State on Feb. 25, 2009.

> Fifth in the league in blocked shots at 1.4 swats per game and blocked four vs. Nebraska on Jan. 12.

> Named to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament team after averaging 11.0 points and 13.0 rebounds.

> One of only 13 players in NJCAA history to be named back-to-back first team All-American, which includes former UNLV standout Larry Johnson.

> Named the Big 12's Preseason Newcomer of the Year by the league coaches.

> Broke the Central Florida school record with 1,653 points over two seasons.

> Had his junior college jersey (#20) retired at the school's season-opener this year.


#11 Michael Dixon, 6-1, 180 Pounds

> Quietly putting together a great sophomore season, ranking #2 in the league in steals per game (1.8) and is fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.9) ... Ranks #8 in dimes (3.6) and #4 in free throw percentage (.824).

> Had 55 dimes all of last season, but has 102 in 28 games played in 2010-11.

> Led Mizzou in scoring vs. Iowa State with 15 points and a career high eight boards in just 18 minutes.

> Dropped in 16 points to lead all Tigers vs. Oklahoma.

> Scored a career high 18 points in the win over Old Dominion thanks to 5-of-7 shooting, 3-of-3 treys and 5-of-5 free throws.

> Great all-around effort in his return home to Kansas City vs. Georgetown, scoring a career-high tying 17 points to go with four assists and four steals.

> Father (Mike Sr.) left San Jose State as the school's all-time assist leader.

> Ripped a career high five steals vs. North Florida on Nov. 20.

> Top returning assist man from last season with 55 dimes and just 32 turnovers.


#12 Marcus Denmon, 6-3, 185 Pounds

> Tough, gritty guard that was a football standout in high school as a wide out and defensive back.

> On a school record pace of eight consecutive three-point makes ... Hit his final three treys at Kansas State in the second half and went 5-of-5 at Nebraska on Tuesday.

> Is the highest shooting (percentage-wise) guard since Byron Irvin hit 53.2 percent of his shots in 1988-89.

> One of the Big 12's most underrated defensive players and held Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn to a season-low 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting ... Ranks #5 in the league with 1.8 steals per game.

> Has scored 19+ points in four of his last five games, including 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting at Kansas State ... Hit 7-of-11 shots at Nebraska with 5-of-5 treys.

> Played 14 minutes vs. Oklahoma after suffering an inadvertent elbow from a teammate, which forced him to get stitches ... Did score nine points in his 14 minutes.

> Bounced back from that injury to score 20 points (18 in the first half) and top the 1,000 career point mark in college vs. Texas Tech ... Hit 9-of-13 shots in the efficient effort.

> Poured in 25 tallies at Iowa State on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor.

> Has 14 career 20-point efforts and Missouri is 12-2 in those games.

> Enjoyed his highest scoring Big 12 game with 27 points, 8-14 FGs and 5-7 treys vs. Nebraska ... Tied a career high in scoring.

> Named by ESPN as one of the country's Most Improved Players for 2010-11.

> Named a Mid-Season 2nd Team All-American by Rivals.com.

> Mid-Season Co-Big 12 Player of the Year from ESPN.com.

> Mid-Season Wooden Award member.

> Mid-Season Naismith Award member.

> Twice named Big 12 Player of the Week.

> Reached double figures in 23 of his last 25 games.

> Has 174 career three-pointers in his tenure, which is ninth all-time (five shy of #8).

> Leads the team in scoring (16.8) and three-point field goal percentage (.465) ... Is #2 in the Big 12 Conference with his three-point accuracy.

> Initially scored a career high 27 points on Nov. 30 vs. Georgetown on an efficient 10-of-12 shooting from the floor ... Hit 5-of-7 treys and 5-of-5 shots inside the arc ... Added six boards and two steals as well.

> Scored 19 second-half / overtime points in the win vs. Vanderbilt, including the game-winner with five seconds remaining.

> Cancun Challenge MVP after averaging 15.0 points on 8-of-16 treys in two wins.

> Classroom Champion in the Big 12.

> Big 12 All-Reserve Team last year as a sophomore.

> Is back to full strength after suffering a knee injury as a freshman ... He fought through soreness in that knee for much of his sophomore campaign.


#21 Laurence Bowers, 6-8, 210 Pounds

> Is finding multiple ways to help his club and ranks among Big 12 leaders in rebounding and blocked shots.

> First player in Missouri history with 20+ points, 9+ rebounds and 6+ steals with his 20-9-6 contest vs. Baylor.

> Scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds at Kansas State.

> Has been one of the country's most effective/efficient players over his last seven games, averaging 14.1 points, 6.9 rebounds on 60 percent shooting.

> Scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting at Iowa State, while also chipping in seven boards and two blocks.

> Had one of his best offensive nights at #2 Kansas to start this great seven-game run, hitting 8-of-11 FGs en route to a team high 19 points ... Also ripped down five boards.

> Second in the Big 12 in shot-blocking at 2.0 per game, including a school-record tying eight blocks at Colorado ... The eight swats were the most ever for a Tiger in a league game.

> Had a terrific all-around game at CU with 15 points, seven boards and those eight blocks.

> Has reached double figures in scoring 18 times and in five of his last-seven efforts.

> Has two double-doubles this season and five for his career, including 16 points and 11 boards vs. North Alabama.

> Fourth in school history with 121 career blocked shots and needs nine more to pass Doug Smith (1988-91) who had 129 in his career.

> Named to the Big 12's All-Reserve Team, but finished his sophomore year with six consecutive starts.

> Tore ligaments in his left wrist down the home stretch of the 2009-10 campaign, but is fully healthy ... He will wrap his wrist however as a precaution.

> Named Academic All-Big 12 last year, as well as All-Reserve.

> Was one of the Big 12's most improved players going from 3.2 ppg as a freshman to 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds as a sophomore.


#23 Justin Safford, 6-9, 230 Pounds

> Is healthy after undergoing off-season ACL surgery ... Injured his knee on Feb. 24 vs. Colorado, but worked incredibly hard throughout his rehabilitation and is back to near full strength.

> Playing his final home game at Mizzou Arena, where he helped Missouri to a 64-6 mark (.914) at home over his four seasons.

> Grabbed six rebounds and scored 11 points in 22 minutes vs. Oklahoma and then was aggressive in the post with 8 points, two dimes and a steal vs. Texas Tech ... Added nine points in 19 minutes vs. Baylor.

> Tied a career high with 11 rebounds at Texas on Jan. 29.

> Incredible run of nine consecutive Missouri points vs. Illinois on Dec. 22 ... Finished the game with 11 points, three boards and two assists in 16 minutes.

> Narrowly missed a double-double vs. North Alabama with 16 points, eight boards and three assists.

> Enjoyed an efficient day vs. Presbyterian, scoring a season-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 19 minutes ... Added six boards and a trey.

> Scored 11 points in the win vs. La Salle, including nine of the team's first 10 points ... Finished with six rebounds as well.

> Is the club's lone senior and enters his fourth year with the program, which includes 91 wins during that stretch.

> Averaged 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds as a junior, but averaged 9.9 points in Big 12 play before his injury.

> Made a return to live action in the Black & Gold Game where he recorded a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double on 7-of-11 shooting.


#24 Kim English, 6-6, 200 Pounds

> Topped the 1,000-point mark in Missouri's 76-70 win at Iowa State on a pair of free throws at the 13:15 mark of the first half.

> Has reached double figures 18 times this season and in 16 of his last 26 games.

> Came off the bench vs. Colorado and dropped in a season high 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting in 24 minutes ... Had six boards as well.

> Scored 16 points on 4-of-6 treys vs. Baylor ... Also added two assists.

> Scoring numbers are slightly down overall, but has become more well-rounded in his junior season, a focus of his off-season workouts ... His assist totals are up in 2010-11 ... Has 61 dimes in 2010-11 after having just 39 assists all of last season.

> Scored 20 first-half points vs. North Alabama on 6-of-7 three-point shooting ... Took just three shots in the second half with the game in hand.

> Was very unselfish in the Georgetown contest ... Scored 11 points on 5-of-12 FGs, but dished four assists and had three steals ... Three of his four assists came to backcourt running mate Marcus Denmon.

> Came off the bench vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff to score a season high 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

> Has 159 career three-pointers, 10th all-time in school history.

> Honorable mention preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated.

> Returning all-Big 12 Third Team from last year after pacing the club in scoring and tying for the team lead with 68 three-point makes.

> Named to the Preseason Top 50 for the John Wooden Player of the Year Award.

> Named to the Preseason Top 50 for the James Naismith Player of the Year Award.

> Named one of college basketball's top shooters by FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman.

> Named one of college basketball's Top 15 wing players by CBS's Gary Parrish.

> Is of course known for his tireless work ethic and wears #24 because he is thinking about the game of basketball 24 hours a day.

> Often sleeps in the locker room during the season, which allows him to workout during off-hours.


#32 Steve Moore, 6-9, 270 Pounds

> A native of Kansas City and played at nearby Truman High School.

> Statistics don't tell the impact of Big Steve ... Is the team's resident "trash man", grabbing offensive boards, dishing assists and playing solid post defense with very little fanfare.

> Played 14 minutes vs. Oklahoma and had six points, three boards and an assist in the win.

> Played 13 minutes at Okie State and tied for the team lead with five boards ... Also had two blocks and two steals and hit his lone field goal attempt.

> Solid game at Texas A&M, hitting 4-of-4 FTs to go with two rebounds in 13 minutes.

> Scored four points, grabbed four boards, blocked a shot and dished an assist vs. Iowa State.

> Career game in the season-opener vs. Western Illinois, scoring a career high nine points, while tying a career high with five boards.

> Grabbed a career high seven rebounds vs. North Alabama to go with four points.

> Third on the squad with 27 blocked shots this season.

> Spent a portion of the summer playing with Global Sports Academy in Europe.


About Kansas

Kansas (28-2, 13-12) plays for the outright Big 12 title following a 64-51 win over Texas A&M on Wednesday ... The Jayhawks have clinched at least a share of their seventh consecutive Big 12 title as they head to Columbia on Saturday ... Marcus Morris continues his outstanding junior season, leading Kansas in scoring (17.1) and field goal percentage (.603) ... Markieff Morris is second on the club with 13.6 points and leads the team with 8.3 rebounds a night ... Kansas is the nation's top assist team (18.3) and average 83.1 points on 52 percent shooting from the floor ... Josh Selby is third on the club in scoring (10.1) and is third with 29 three-point field goals, despite playing in just 18 contests.


Tigers Eyeing Second Undefeated Home Slate

Missouri Basketball is a perfect 17-0 at home inside Mizzou Arena this season and the Tigers are shooting for their second 18-0 campaign in the last three seasons ... Missouri was flawless at home in the Elite Eight year of 2008-09, which included a win over #4 Oklahoma (73-64) and Blake Griffin to close out the regular season ... This year Missouri faces #2 Kansas looking to defeat the highest ranked opponent in the young history of Mizzou Arena (seventh season) ... Missouri has defeated 10 ranked clubs at Mizzou Arena, including an 8-4 mark vs. the Top 16.


Win #1,500 Up Next

Missouri Basketball is shooting for its 1,500th win in program history on Saturday as the Tigers face the Kansas Jayhawks ... Missouri would be the fifth Big 12 program to reach this milestone, joining Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.


Shooting It Straight

Marcus Denmon is the Big 12's top shooting guard this year with a 51.1 percent success rate from the floor and quite frankly, it isn't even close ... Colorado's Alec Burks is second among Big 12 guards at 45.4 percent, well behind Denmon's pace ... However Denmon is in rare company at Missouri over the last 20 years as his percentage ranks first among Missouri guards since the 1990-91 campaign ... Rickey Paulding is second at 51.0 percent, while Kareem Rush (1999-00) ranks third (.505) and Melvin Booker (1993-94) stands fourth (.504).


Teaching `Em Young...

It's always better to give than receive and Missouri has two of the country's best young distributors of the basketball in sophomore Mike Dixon and freshman Flip Pressey ... Both underclassmen have topped 100 assists this season (Pressey at 106 / Dixon at 102) and they are just the second underclassmen tandem to top 100 assists in the same year, joining Anthony Peeler and current Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford ... Peeler had 179 dimes that sophomore season, while Ford chipped in 105 ... The Missouri freshman record for dimes is 109 by Jimmy McKinney (2002-03) and Pressey needs just four more assists to eclipse that mark.


More Sharing The Wealth Notes

Missouri has 76 wins over the past three seasons and it's no surprise that the Tigers have done it with unselfish basketball ... This year Mizzou is on pace to have eight players with 30 or more assists, the third highest total in school history ... However did you know that the top 30+ assist totals came each of the last two years, when Missouri had nine different players record 30+ dimes, both in 2008-09 (31 wins) and 2009-10 (23 wins)? ... It just goes to show you that unselfish basketball = winning basketball.


Bowers Barely Missing

Laurence Bowers is showing the consistency Head Coach Mike Anderson has been looking for over his last seven games, as he is averaging 14.1 points and 7.0 rebounds to help give Missouri a steady inside presence.

> Bowers has topped double figures five times in his last seven outings, including 20 points, nine boards and six steals vs. Baylor, 19 points at Kansas and 16 points at both Iowa State and Kansas State.

> During this recent surge Bowers is shooting 60 percent from the floor (41-of-69) and has 10 assists, nine steals and 11 blocks compared to just six turnovers.


Denmon, English Reaches Milestones

Marcus Denmon scored his 1,000th-career point during Missouri's 92-84 victory over Texas Tech on Feb. 15 ... Denmon finished the game with a team-high 20 points, including 18 points in the first half ... The milestone bucket came with 3:08 to play in the first half on a driving lay-up.

> Kim English needed just one extra game to top 1,000 points as he accomplished the feat at Iowa State thanks to swishing home a pair of free throws with 13:15 remaining in the first half.

> The duo narrowly missed becoming the first pair of teammates to top 1,000 career points in the same game since Melvin Booker and Jevon Crudup on Feb. 21, 1993, vs. Nebraska.


The Future Is Bright

Mike Dixon and Flip Pressey are the top underclassmen assist tandem among "High Major" programs in the country this season ... The duo has combined for 208 dimes this year, despite the fact that each has missed multiple games in 2010-11.

> Only one other tandem of underclassmen teammates appear in the assist Top 10 of their respective conferences, that's South Carolina's Bruce Ellington (3.3 apg) and Lakeem Jackson (2.6 apg) ... That duo has combined for 148 assists in 29 games.


List Of Home Unbeaten Falling

Missouri is one of 10 "High Major" programs still undefeated at home this season ... The Tigers are the lone unbeaten Big 12 team at home and are members of an impressive list of schools that have seen their home marks remain unblemished as we enter the home stretch of the 2010-11 campaign.


Team                                Home Record

Missouri                    17-0

Alabama                   15-0

Arizona                     15-0

Duke                                17-0

Kentucky                   15-0

North Carolina           14-0

Notre Dame                   17-0

Ohio State                      19-0

Purdue                            15-0

Wisconsin                 16-0


Don't Deny Denmon's Defense

Marcus Denmon makes headlines with his clutch offensive play, but the junior guard currently ranks #5 in the Big 12 with 1.8 steals and his terrific on-ball defense has made him a likely candidate for the league's All-Defensive Team.

> The Kansas City native has had 10 games this season with three (or more) thefts, ranking #8 in school history for three-steal games in a single season ... Denmon is currently tied with former teammate Zaire Taylor and just passed another KC native (Anthony Peeler) on that exclusive list.

> Denmon has also been an outstanding on-ball defender for Missouri and recently held Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn scoreless in the first half of the Feb. 23 meeting and held the senior to just 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting.


Pressey Among MU's Top Frosh Point Guards

Flip Pressey has made a huge splash for Mizzou early in his Tiger career and below is a quick look at how the Dallas native compares to some other great Tiger point guards during their rookie campaigns, including teammate Mike Dixon.


Tiger                    Year     PPG  APG   TPG  A/T

Flip Pressey      10-11   6.5    4.1     2.2    1.8

Michael Dixon  09-10   7.5    1.6     0.9    1.8

Keyon Dooling  98-99   8.7    3.0     2.0    1.5

Melvin Booker  90-91   8.3    3.5     2.7    1.3

Travis Ford        89-90   6.4    3.5     1.8    1.9

Lee Coward       86-87   6.5    1.7     1.4    1.3           

Prince Bridges  81-82   6.8    3.3     2.2    1.5

Jon Sundvold    79-80   6.3    2.1     1.9    1.1

Larry Drew         76-77   6.9    2.8     N/A  N/A


Block Party

Laurence Bowers blocked a school-record tying eight shots at Colorado on Jan. 8, the most ever for a Missouri player in a league game and he tied Arthur Johnson's eight blocks in a Dec. 30, 2000, win over Stetson ... The previous Missouri high in a league game with six by Travon Bryant at Kansas in 2004 ... Johnson also had six in games vs. Texas (2004) and Iowa State (2002) ... Recently Ricardo Ratliffe joined that impressive list with six swats against the Cyclones on Jan. 22.


English Patience

Kim English came to Missouri known for his shooting prowess, but this season the junior has shown improved all-around play, while focusing less on scoring totals ... Last season the Baltimore native led the Tigers with 14.0 points per game, but also committed a team-leading 71 turnovers ... This year English is averaging 10.3 points per game, including double-figure scoring games in seven of his last 13 contests, while ranking among team leaders in assists (61) and steals (39) ... The 61 assists are a career high and he owns a positive assist/turnover ratio (61-to-58) on the year.

> English continues to be a potent shooter however and recently scored a season high 21 points vs. Colorado off the bench thanks to 6-of-10 shooting from the floor and 6-of-6 success at the foul line ... The junior from Baltimore also dropped in 16 points vs. Baylor on 4-of-6 treys.


Denmon Named Mid-Season All-American

Marcus Denmon was named a mid-season Rivals.com Second Team All-American on Jan. 13 ... The Kansas City native has been one of the country's most efficient players this season and leads the Tigers in scoring and three-point percentage, while ranking among national leaders in both categories as well ... He was also named the country's Most Improved Player by ESPN and was Big 12 Co-Player of the Year by Jay Bilas of ESPN.


Top Shot-Blocking Tandems at Mizzou

Laurence Bowers and Ricardo Ratliffe are quickly becoming one of the top shot-blocking tandems in school history ... The pair have combined for 101 swats in 30 games and need two more blocks combined this season to become tops in school history.


Tandem                                           Blks Year

Arthur Johnson/Travon Bryant   102  02-03

Laurence Bowers/Ricardo Ratliffe 101  10-11

Arthur Johnson/Travon Bryant   93    03-04

Arthur Johnson/Kareem Rush    93    01-02

Laurence Bowers/Keith Ramsey       86            09-10

Arthur Johnson/Kareem Rush    86    00-01

Steve Stipanovich/Greg Cavener       83            82-83


Denmon Named To Wooden Top 30 List

Marcus Denmon has played his way onto All-America lists throughout the country and on Jan. 6 he was named to the John Wooden Award Midseason Top 30 list ... Denmon has been one of the country's most efficient players and is averaging 16.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.8 steals for the Tigers this season ... He is also one of six Big 12 players named to the list.


Comparing The Last Three Seasons

Missouri is in the midst of the best three-year run in school history, but it is incredible how clear Mike Anderson's formula to success is when you compare the vital statistical numbers.


Category        10-11           09-10       08-09

Record           22-8             22-8         25-5

PPG                82.0             78.9         81.7

RPG               35.8             36.1         37.4

APG               16.8             15.6         18.8

SPG                9.6               11.1         10.9

FG%               .469             .447         .471

3FG%             .379             .381         .357

FT%               .727             .725         .669


Five In Double Figures = Great Seasons

Missouri has five players averaging double-figures in scoring this season, a rarity in school history ... In fact just three teams at Mizzou have had five players finish the year averaging double-figures: 1964-65, 1988-89 and 1989-90 ... Not surprisingly the 1988-90 teams recorded a combined 55 wins over those two seasons and this year's Tiger team is a solid 22-8 heading into Saturday's game vs. Kansas.


Lucky #7

Missouri's depth has led to unprecedented scoring balance this year, as the Tigers have had seven players reach double figures in the same game twice this year ... Mizzou had seven players score 10+ vs. both Central Arkansas and North Alabama ... The last time Mizzou had seven or more in double figures was a Dec. 2, 1995, win vs. Chicago State ... Below is a list of seven-double figure scoring games in school history.


Date           Opponent             10+      Score

12-30-87    Alabama State   8          129-64

12-30-89    Neb-Kearney      7          119-98

12-02-95    Chicago State     7          117-45

12-18-10    Central Arkansas           7  116-63

01-05-11    North Alabama  7          98-58


Top Non-Conference Seasons at Mizzou

Missouri finished up non-conference play tied for the most wins in school history, while also boasting the best winning percentage through non-league action (.933) ... Missouri's 14 non-league wins this season tied the mark of the 1989-90 (14-2)  and 1988-89 (14-3) squads.


A Hundred Ways To Break It Down

Mike Anderson won his 100th game at Mizzou on Dec. 27, making him the fastest Tiger to reach that feat ... The 147 games it took Anderson to reach 100 topped the previous mark held by Quin Snyder, who won game #100 in 158 tries on Feb. 28, 2004 at Kansas State ... Norm Stewart won game #100 on Dec. 8, 1973, vs. UTEP in his 160th contest.

> Anderson, who is now 110-54 all-time at Mizzou, needs just one more win to top 200 for his career, which includes the 89 wins he racked up at UAB.

> Last but not least, Anderson became just the second coach in Missouri Basketball history to be 50 games over .500 for his career following an 81-62 win vs. Oral Roberts on Dec. 16 ... Anderson joins Norm Stewart (631-333 in 32 seasons) as the only other Tiger coach on that exclusive list.


Paint It Black & Gold

The addition of Ricardo Ratliffe and growth of Missouri's returners in the post have led to much more balance in Mizzou's offense ... The Tigers have scored 1,046 of 2,460 points in the paint this season compared to 916 a season ago ... The 1,046 "paint points" (through 30 games) are the second highest total during Anderson's time at Mizzou, just behind the 1,080 tallies scored by DeMarre Carroll, Leo Lyons and Co. through 30 games in 2008-09.

> Missouri has been outscored in the paint just eight times this season (Wyoming, at Colorado, at Texas A&M, vs. Kansas State twice, at Texas, at Kansas and at Iowa State) and has topped 30 points 21 times and is averaging 35.0 points in the paint per game this season.


Crunch Time Hoops From Denmon

- Missouri trailed #21 Illinois 57-56 with just over two minutes remaining, but Denmon hit a 17-footer with Jereme Richmond's hand in his face to give the Tigers a lead they wouldn't give up ... Denmon scored six points in the final 2:23, including a steal / assist on an Illinois in-bounds pass to seal the late-game surge.

- With the game tied and Vanderbilt running out the clock for a final shot in overtime, Denmon steals a pass from Brad Tinsley, scores the winning bucket (while being fouled) and completes the three-point play for an 85-82 win.

- On Jan. 9, 2010, with Missouri trailing Kansas State 55-52 and just 5:37 remaining, Denmon scores nine of the game's final 22 points to lift MU to a 74-68 upset win ... Denmon hit back-to-back treys, a running bank shot off the glass and a free throw off his own steal.

- Missouri and Texas Tech were tied 82-82 with 3:06 remaining in overtime in Lubbock when Denmon came off a screen and buried a 24-footer in front of the Missouri bench to give the Tigers a lead they wouldn't relinquish, resulting in a 94-89 OT win.

- Of course for good measure we need to pay homage to the 60-footer in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament vs. #2 Memphis on March 26, 2009, in Glendale, Ariz.


A Point Guard Family

Michael Dixon Jr. is distributing the rock like his "pops" (Michael Dixon Sr.) ... A sophomore standout for Mizzou, Dixon is among the Big 12 leaders in a number of categories this season, including assists (8th at 3.6 apg), steals (2nd at 1.8) and assist/turnover ratio (5th at 1.9) ... Those numbers mirror the collegiate success his father had at San Jose State (1982-85) when the elder Dixon ranked #1 in school history with 477 assists and #6 with 106 career steals.

> However the younger Dixon has unleashed a consistent offensive game as well this year and has hit for double figures in scoring in 16 of his last 27 contests, highlighted by a career high 18 points vs. Old Dominion on Dec. 30 as well as 17 tallies vs. Wyoming, Georgetown and at Colorado ... Dixon also helped lead Mizzou to a win over Vanderbilt with 15 points, four assists and three steals.


Flip The Switch

Flip Pressey is continuing to excel in his freshman campaign and is the Big 12's top freshman in assists (4.1) and steals (1.8) this season, while working his way into the starting lineup ... Pressey's 4.1 dimes per game this season are tops all-time for a Mizzou freshman and his 11 dimes in a 116-63 win over Central Arkansas tied the school record and set the MU freshman single-game mark.

> He recently has flashed some steady offense as well, reaching double figures in five of his last 12 outings, including a career high 17 points at Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 7 ... Pressey hit 4-of-5 treys, while also dishing six assists with just one turnover ... Pressey opened the run with 16 points at Texas A&M on 4-of-4 treys to go with four boards and two dimes and then poured in 13 points, three assists and four steals vs. #24 Kansas State ... At Texas Pressey scored a team high 12 points to go with five assists and three steals ... He became just the second Mizzou freshman to record a 12-5-3 game in Big 12 play, joining Keyon Dooling.

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