Mizzou Hosts Kansas On Senior Day

MUTIGERS.COM J.T. Tiller and Missouri hosts Kansas on Saturday.
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J.T. Tiller and Missouri hosts Kansas on Saturday.
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March 4, 2010

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Mizzou Basketball News and Notes 2009-10

University of Missouri Tigers (22-8, 10-5 Big 12) vs.

#2 University of Kansas Jayhawks (28-2, 14-1 Big 12)

2009-10 Regular Season Game 31 - March 6, 2010 - Columbia, Mo.

 

Tip-off: 1 p.m. CST

Arena: Mizzou Arena - Columbia, Mo. (15,061)

TV: CBS - (Verne Lundquist play-by-play; Clark Kellogg analyst)

Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly play-by-play; Gary Link analyst)

Rankings: Mizzou: RV/NR, Kansas: 2/2 in Associated Press / USA Today Coaches polls

Series: Kansas leads 168-94 all-time; last - KU won 84-65 on Jan. 25, 2010 in Lawrence

Coaches:

Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ’82); 176-84 overall (8th season); 87-43 at Mizzou (4th)

Kansas: Bill Self (Oklahoma State, ‘85); 404-147 overall (17th season); 197-42 at Kansas (7th)

 

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 split the season series on the hardwood a year ago and have taken their gridiron battles to a nation level as well by playing the final weekend of the Big 12 football season at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City (41-39 Missouri win this year).

> Saturday’s game features the two defending Big 12 Champions from last season ... Kansas won the Big 12 regular-season crown (last year and this year), while the Tigers won the Big 12 Tournament title in Oklahoma City and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.

> Missouri looks to close out the regular season in grand fashion on Senior Day for Keith Ramsey, Zaire Taylor and J.T. Tiller ... Tiller was Mike Anderson’s first recruit to Mizzou and signed the Marietta, Ga., native at UAB before taking the job in Columbia.

> Mizzou has won 53 games over the last two seasons, the seventh most wins in Division I hoops during that stretch ... The Tigers are also 22-9 in league play during that time and only Kansas (28-3) has a better record vs. Big 12 foes ... If you include three wins in last season’s Big 12 Tournament the Tigers are 24-9 in their last 33 Big 12 contests.

> The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball produces some incredible steal numbers and over the last two seasons Missouri has ripped away 720 total steals, the highest two-season steal total in Big 12 history ... Kansas ripped 706 steals in 2006-07 and 2007-08, however Missouri surpassed that mark last Saturday with six steals at Kansas State.

> Missouri is of course known for its pressure defense and those huge steal totals, but the Tigers have been very good defensively in the half court all season long as well ... Mizzou is allowing opponents to shoot just 40.1 percent from the floor and 29.7 percent from three-point range this season, the lowest field goal percentage defense totals since Norm Stewart patrolled the Hearnes Center sidelines in 1998-99.

> While the Tigers are advancing defensively in the half court, Missouri still leads the nation in both steals per game (11.1) and turnovers forced per game (19.9) ... Missouri has already recorded 332 steals this season (#2 in school history) and the 11.1 thefts per game are the most in Big 12 history, topping the 10.9 Nebraska recorded in 1998-99.

 

Mizzou Quick Hitters

> Missouri Basketball closes out the regular season by hosting #2 Kansas at Mizzou Arena.

> Senior Day has been good to the Tigers over the years, especially inside Mizzou Arena ... MU is 5-0 on Senior Day in its new building and is 64-39 all-time in the final regular-season home game of the year ... Last season Mizzou earned a 73-64 win over #5 Oklahoma and Blake Griffin on Senior Night.

> It’s always important to leave things better than you found them and senior J.T. Tiller certainly has helped rebuild the Tiger tradition ... Tiller came to Mizzou immediately following a 2005-06 campaign that produced a 12-16 mark and has Missouri just two victories shy of the greatest two-season run in school history (55 wins).

> Missouri is 7-2 vs. Big 12 North clubs this season... Only Kansas (9-0) boasts a better record vs. the North.

> In the months of February and March the last two seasons Missouri is an impressive 19-6 overall, including six total postseason wins.

> Mizzou is an incredible 8-4 the last two seasons vs. ranked opponents, including a win over these same Jayhawks last year and three wins over ranked foes on neutral courts: #2 Memphis, 23 Marquette and #19 USC ... Missouri is 2-2 vs. ranked teams this season and 2-0 vs. ranked foes at Mizzou Arena.

> Missouri has actually won six of its last eight games vs. ranked teams inside Mizzou Arena, including four consecutive wins dating back to 2007-08.

> Don’t get fooled by the pace Missouri plays at, the Tigers are incredibly efficient ... Missouri does lead the nation with 11.1 steals per game and ranks #1 nationally in turnovers forced (19.9), but Anderson’s club also ranks #28 nationally in assists per game (15.6), #2 nationally in turnover margin (+6.5) and is among the Top 35 nationally with a 1.2 assist/turnover ratio as a team.

> The 2009-10 Tigers are looking to join the Mizzou records book in a number of statistical categories ... The 332 steals is already #2 all-time ... Missouri’s 38.1 percent shooting from three-point range is #6 all-time, while the 72.7 percent free throw shooting is #7.

> Missouri is being led in scoring by THREE underclassmen, Kim English (14.1), Marcus Denmon (11.3) and Laurence Bowers (10.1)  ... The last time that happed was during the 1999-2000 campaign when Keyon Dooling (15.3), Kareem Rush (14.7) and Clarence Gilbert (13.7) paced the Tigers in scoring.

> Kim English recorded his ninth 20-point game of the year on Feb. 6, scoring 21 points at Colorado on Feb. 6 ... That’s the most 20-point games by a sophomore since Linas Kleiza accomplished the feat (also nine times) in 2004-05 ... In case you were wondering, Kareem Rush scored 20+ as a sophomore 16 times in 2000-01, Anthony Peeler did it eight times, Derrick Chievous 15 times and Ricky Frazier 12 times.

> Missouri has had a school record five different players hit four (or more) treys in a game this year ... Kim English, Marcus Denmon, Zaire Taylor, Miguel Paul and Michael Dixon have all hit 4+ triples in a game this season ... Don’t forget that four of those five players are underclassmen!

> The previous mark was four set during the 2000-01 season by Brian Grawer, Kareem Rush, Clarence Gilbert and Wesley Stokes.

> Missouri ranks #28 nationally with 15.6 assists per game … The perfect illustration for the Tigers’ unselfishness is that Mizzou has ZERO players ranked among the Top 250 nationally in assists … No one player dominates that basketball and that fuels Missouri’s quick-strike offense … However nine different Tigers have 34 or more assists this season, led by J.T. Tiller (86), Zaire Taylor (79), freshman Michael Dixon (51) and sophomore Miguel Paul (48) ... And as a reminder, Missouri led the nation in assists last season with 18.4 dimes per contest.

> Missouri has topped 20 assists eight times, including 28 dimes in the 106-69 win against Oregon and 25 vs. Georgia.

> Conversely the Tigers lead the nation in steals per game (11.1) and are led defensively by Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year candidate, J.T. Tiller ... It’s not the steal total to watch with Tiller, it’s the deflections and overall havoc the senior causes on the floor.

> Missouri is #2 nationally in turnover margin at +6.5 … With that great turnover margin and assist/turnover ratio (+1.2) the Tigers have taken 184 more shots then their opponents this year … That statistic certainly helps to offset rebounding margin … In a crazy stat that speaks to great ball-security, the Tigers already have 145 more steals this season than their opponents through 30 games.

> Did you know the Tigers actually turn their opponent over a nation-leading 30 percent of the time during a game and score 30 percent of their points off turnovers?

> With that great turnover percentage Missouri is forcing 19.9 turnovers a game and is averaging 23.1 points per game off of those turnovers.

> It’s certainly early, but the Tigers sport excellent depth on their roster ... Nine different players have reached double figures in scoring and 10 different Tigers are averaging at least 10.0 minutes per game ... In addition, that depth fuels Missouri’s pressure and has allowed the Tigers to reach double figures in steals in 21-of-30 contests, including a school record 24 thefts vs. Chattanooga on Nov. 24.

> Missouri continues to be outstanding at the free throw line this season ... The Tigers are hitting at a 72.5 percent clip on the year, compared to 67.2 percent shooting last season.

> It’s hard to argue with the production of Missouri’s bench ... The Tigers are getting 33.9 of their 78.9 points per game from the reserves ... Missouri’s bench has actually outscored (or tied) their starters seven times this season and are outscoring their opposition’s bench 33.9-to-18.0.

> That bench scoring total leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks #2 among the national leaders.

> Mizzou has had a double-figure scorer off the pine in 25 games this season, including a season high three players in the wins against Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Oregon and UMKC.

> One thing about Mike Anderson’s clubs, they are built for the long haul ... Over his tenure “Coach A’s” teams have averaged 27.3 points per game off the bench... That’s over 130 career games.

> It’s nothing new to have the reserves outscore the starters either ... Including seven games this season, the reserves have dropped in more tallies than the “initial five” 19 times (in 130 games) in Anderson’s tenure ... It just goes to show you, when the man says he has eight or nine starters, it means he has eight or nine starters!

> To help illustrate that point even further, Missouri has had eight different starting lineups this year.

> Missouri has typically played some tough schedules over the years and that trend will continue in 2009-10 ... Mizzou has 15 games against teams that have been ranked / receiving votes in the Top 25 this season ... Included in that list are some impressive non-conference games against, Illinois, Old Dominion, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Georgia and Richmond.

 

Tiger Tidbits

J.T. Tiller, 6-4, 200 Pounds

> J.T. Tiller (aka the Tasmanian Devil) has earned mention on virtually every preseason All-Defensive Team in 2009-10 … Tiller is of course the reigning Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 12 Conference and was named to All-Defensive Teams by Sports Illustrated and ESPN prior to the start of his senior season.

> Tiller was recently named to the Big 12’s All-Academic Team and will graduate in May with a degree in Business.

> Tiller has played excellent basketball for Missouri in the second half of Big 12 play and is averaging 9.6 points, 3.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals in his last nine games.

> During that stretch Tiller scored a season high 17 points twice vs. Iowa State and dished a career high nine dimes and grabbed a season high seven boards vs. Colorado.

> Tiller suffered a fracture in his nose in the road win at Colorado and wore a protective mask for about 30 seconds in the first win against Iowa State ... Tossing the mask aside proved to be a good idea, as the senior scored a season high 17 points, grabbed four boards, dished three assists and ripped two steals in the win.

> He then hit 6-of-12 shots in Ames this week to record 17 tallies for this second time this year vs. the Cyclones.

> The Marietta, Ga., native has 317 career assists and needs 13 more dimes to move into the career Top 10.

> Once he gets those 13 assists Tiller will be the only player in Mizzou history to rank among the Top 10 in games played, assists and steals for a career.

> He also owns 154 career steals and is #9 all-time in that category in school history.

> Tiller is just the seventh player in school history with 300 dimes and 150 thefts over his career.

 

Zaire Taylor, 6-4, 189 Pounds

> Zaire Taylor has been one of America’s top defensive players so far in 2009-10 and is #2 in the Big 12 and ranked among the Top 100 nationally with 1.8 steals per game this season.

> Not only is Taylor excellent at swiping the basketball, he is one of the country’s best at protecting the rock as well ... Last year he ranked among the Top 5 nationally with a 3-to-1 assist/turnover ratio ... This season he is #68 nationally with a 2.1-to-1 ratio (79 dimes, 38 turnovers).

> Taylor has wasted little time picking up his assist totals this year and has dished 79 dimes while committing just 35 turnovers in his last 29 games, including a career-best eight assists and zero turnovers at Oklahoma.

> Of course its hard to talk about Taylor and not mention his “Big Shot” moniker ... Taylor hit game-winners last year vs. #16 Kansas and at #16 Texas and then broke a 66-66 tie vs. #10 K-State on Jan. 9 with a deep triple with just 33 seconds remaining ... He then won the game at Iowa State on March 2 with three huge shots in the final :17 seconds of regulation and five minutes of overtime.

> Taylor has done an excellent job supplementing his scoring at the foul line in Big 12 play and has made 41-of-48 charity shots in league action (.854).

> Not only do Taylor and Tiller form one of America’s best backcourts, but the pair is incredibly visible in the community and volunteered with the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon, which supports the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital ...  The duo answered phones on the phonebank and made special visits to patients.

 

Keith Ramsey, 6-9, 217 Pounds

>Keith Ramsey continues to surge for Missouri as he concludes his collegiate career and has reached double figures in scoring in three of his last five games.

> Ramsey has hit 19-of-32 shots (.593) during that stretch and is a very solid 7-of-10 from the foul line.

> Ramsey has also been solid on the glass over that same time frame, averaging 8.6 rebounds, while blocking 1.6 shots and ripping away 1.6 steals a game.
> Ramsey has become Mizzou’s Iron Man since the loss of Justin Safford to injury, playing a team-leading 78 of a possible 85 minutes vs. Kansas State and Iowa State.

 

Laurence Bowers, 6-8, 205 Pounds

> Laurence Bowers is one of Missouri’s most efficient players this season and is third on the team in scoring (10.1), second in rebounding (5.6) and tops in blocked shots (1.3) in just 21.3 minutes a game.

> Bowers is tops on the club in double-doubles with three ... He recently logged 10 points and a career high 12 rebounds vs. Iowa State in the first meeting.

> In fact Bowers’ rebounding average is up to 5.8 rpg in league play thus far.

> Bowers scored a career high 23 points in the Jan. 2 win against Georgia, hitting 11-of-14 FGs for his first career 20-point night and has now reached double figures in eight of his last 12 games, including 13 points and eight boards vs. K-State and 16 points and three steals vs. Oklahoma State.

> Don’t be surprised by Bowers’ efficiency ... That’s part of his game ... The Memphis native maximizes his minutes played ... Last season as a freshman he was the team’s most efficient rebounder and shot-blocker in just 6.9 minutes a game.

> The Memphis native has blocked at least one shot in 23-of-30 games this season, including a career high four swats in the wins against Austin Peay and Tech.

 

Kim English, 6-6, 200 Pounds

> Kim English was named one of the nation’s Top 5 Most Improved Players by Dick Vitale in USA Today.

> English leads Missouri with 19 double figure scoring games this season, including nine 20-point efforts.

> Although he scored just nine points against Iowa State in the first meeting due to foul trouble, the Baltimore native drilled the game-cinching three-pointer vs. Iowa State with 1:44 remaining and the Tigers ahead just 56-53.

> He also scored nine consecutive points in the second half of Mizzou’s win against Texas (18 for the game) to help the Tigers pull away and earn the win.

> English grabbed a career high 10 boards for his first double-double at Texas Tech.

> He also grabbed six rebounds and ripped two steals vs. the Fighting Illini ... English has at least one steal in 25-of-30 games this season.

> English was named the Big 12’s Player of the Week on Dec. 28 after leading the team to wins against Illinois (24 points) and Austin Peay (23 points).

 

Marcus Denmon, 6-3, 185 Pounds

> Marcus Denmon is full strength after off-season knee surgery and has reached double figures 16 times this year.

> Denmon leads the Big 12 in three-point percentage (.441) and is hitting 47 percent of his treys over the last 23 games (54-of-118), including 17-of-23 games with multiple three-point makes.

> Denmon has been one of Mizzou’s most consistent scorers with those 16 double-figure efforts and has topped 20 points four times in league play.

> He recently scored a career high 24 points at Nebraska thanks to 8-of-12 shooting from the floor and 5-of-7 shooting from three-point range and followed that with 21 points in the win against Colorado for the first back-to-back 20-point games of his career.

> Denmon then poured in 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds at Iowa State in the huge victory in Ames.

> Denmon has been very good late in games recently ... The Kansas City native is coming off a 14-point effort against #10 Kansas State where he scored eight of his team-high tying 14 points in span of 3:43 late in the second half to hand the Tigers the victory ... The Tigers were down 55-49 at the 5:37 mark when Denmon nailed back-to-back treys and then hit a baseline runner off glass.

> During the win at Texas Tech Denmon scored five points in overtime, including the first bucket of the extra frame and a 24-foot trey to break an 85-85 tie.

> He also scored 14 second-half points at Iowa State on March 2.

 

Justin Safford, 6-8, 230 Pounds

> Justin Safford is out with a torn ACL in his left knee ... Safford will be continually monitored throughout the season.

> Safford suffered the injury vs. Colorado and actually opened the game with a flurry, scoring eight points in the first seven minutes.

> The Bloomington, Ill., native was enjoying a career year and was averaging 10.2 tallies per game, with seven double-figure scoring contests over his last 12 games.

 

Miguel Paul, 6-1, 172 Pounds

> Miguel Paul scored a career high 15 points to lead Mizzou in the win against Nebraska back in Columbia ... Paul hit two treys and 5-of-6 total field goals in 16 minutes.

> Paul owns an excellent assist/turnover ratio this season with 48 dimes and just 22 turnovers (2.2-to-1).

> The sophomore is also shooting and excellent 41 percent from three point range this season, including a pair of treys in back-to-back games vs. Colorado and at Kansas State.

 

Steve Moore, 6-9, 264 Pounds

> Fans will notice a slimmed down version of Steve Moore this year … Since his arrival Moore had dropped 40 pounds and has now began to regain the weight in the form of muscle … Moore credits Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning David Deets with adjusting his eating habits, allowing the “Extreme Makeover”.

> Moore turned that weight loss into production, as he has recorded career highs in virtually every statistical category this season.

> Moore recently blocked a career high five shots at Kansas State and those five swats were the most by any Tiger this season.

> The Kansas City native enjoyed a tremendous outing at Colorado, scoring four points and grabbing three boards in the first half vs. the Buffaloes.

> Moore then played a career high 21 minutes in the return game vs. CU at Mizzou Arena, scoring two points, grabbing three boards, blocking two shots and ripping two steals.

 

Michael Dixon, 6-1, 175 Pounds

> Michael Dixon has been one of the Big 12’s top freshmen this season and is averaging 7.3 points on 47 percent shooting this year.

> Dixon has reached double figures in 11 games and was excellent in “high major” non-conference games, averaging 11.2 in contests against Illinois, Oregon, Georgia and Vanderbilt.

> The rookie showed his moxie in Missouri’s road win at Texas Tech, hitting four free throws in the final :17 seconds of OT for the triumph.

> The Kansas City native leads Mizzou in FT percentage at 85.4 percent.

> Dixon hit a career high 4-of-4 treys against Oklahoma State, while adding two assists, two steals and zero turnovers.

> He also reached double figures in the win against Texas, scoring 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting with a pair of steals.

> Dixon was named the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 28, the first league honor of his young career.

 

About The Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas (28-2, 14-1 Big 12) wrapped up sole possession of the 2010 Big 12 crown with its 82-65 win over Kansas State on Wednesday ... The Jayhawks have won 14 of their last 15 games this season and their lone Big 12 blemish was an 85-77 loss at Oklahoma State last weekend ... Kansas boasts four double-figure scorers, led by senior Sherron Collins (15.4 ppg) ... Freshman Xavier Henry has played tremendous basketball of late and is averaging 14.2 points, while Marcus Morris (12.4) and Cole Aldrich (11.4) round out KU’s top scorers ... Aldrich also leads KU with 9.8 rebounds a game and recently set the Kansas single-season record with 109 blocked shots.

 

The Series With Kansas

Saturday’s game marks the 263rd all-time meeting between Kansas and Missouri, with the Jayhawks holding a 168-94 series advantage ... In Columbia, KU holds an 63-56 series lead, but Missouri won last year’s game inside Mizzou Arena 62-60 on a last-second winner by Zaire Taylor, then his second of now four career game-winners ... Saturday’s game marks the 103rd year of Mizzou - Kansas Border War, with the initial contest coming nearly 103 years ago on March 11, 1907 in Columbia ... Mizzou won that contest 34-31.

 

So What So What So What’s The Scenario

It’s the final weekend of Big 12 play and believe it or not, outside of the #1 seed (Kansas) nothing is firm with regards to seeding for next week’s Phillip’s 66 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City’s Sprint Center ... The Missouri Tigers could still finish anywhere from #2-5, as could Baylor and Texas A&M, while Kansas State could finish #2-4.

> While Mizzou can finish no lower than #5, the Tigers need a little help to finish inside the Top 4 and that starts with the Texas Longhorns and Iowa State Cyclones ... If either ISU (at Kansas State) or Texas (at Baylor) earn road wins the Tigers would move into the Top 4 regardless of Saturday’s outcome ... If both Texas and Oklahoma (home vs. Texas A&M) won their games, the Tigers could move up to the #3 seed ... Add a KSU loss into that equation and the Tigers would be the #2 (with a win vs. KU).

 

Mr. Big Shot

Zaire Taylor has hit four game-winners in his two seasons at Missouri, with that fourth “celebration starter” coming Tuesday night at Iowa State.

> The Bearded Assassin hit the game-tying shot in regulation with :17 seconds left to force overtime and then tied the game with :11 seconds left in OT, setting up his driving floater to win the game as the buzzer sounded.

> Taylor’s first game-winner came Feb. 4 at Texas last season as the Tigers upset the #16 Longhorns, 69-65, in Austin... Missouri intercepted Texas’ in bounds pass and clinched the game with a free throw with a second left.

> Taylor then hit a 15-foot floater to upend #16 Kansas on Feb. 9, 62-60, inside Mizzou Arena with less than :02 seconds remaining.

> Taylor also defeated #10 Kansas State on Jan. 9, 2010, with a deep trey at the top of the key to give the Tigers a 69-66 lead over the Wildcats with just :30 remaining.

 

College Basketball’s Wins Over Last Two Years

Guess who is among college basketball’s winningest programs the last two seasons? ... It’s the Missouri Tigers ... Mizzou has won 53 games the last two seasons, the seventh highest win total in college hoops since the start of the 2008-09 campaign.

 

56 Wins

Syracuse

 

55 Wins

Duke, Memphis and Kansas

 

 

54 Wins

Villanova and Utah State

 

** 53 Wins **

Mizzou, Gonzaga and Pittsburgh

 

52 Wins

Michigan State, Purdue and Butler

 

50 Wins

Louisville

 

Tiger Trapping The Top 25

Missouri has played Top 25 foes tough under Head Coach Mike Anderson’s tenure as the Tigers have enjoyed a very respectable 8-4 mark the last two seasons vs. ranked foes.

> The Tigers went 6-2 vs. Top 25 teams during the 2008-09 campaign and are now 2-2 this season including an 82-77 win against #15 Texas on Feb. 17.

 

Opponent                W/L         Score       Date

#6 Kansas State    L              63-53       02-24-10

#15 Texas                               W            82-77       02-17-10

at #2 Kansas         L              84-65       01-25-10

#10 Kansas State  W            74-68       01-09-10

vs. #5 Connecticut                L              82-75       03-28-09

vs. #2 Memphis    W            102-91     03-26-09

vs. #23 Marquette                W            83-79       03-22-09

#4 Oklahoma        W            73-64       03-04-09

at #16 Kansas       L              90-65       03-01-09

#16 Kansas            W            62-60       02-09-09

at #16 Texas          W            69-65       02-04-09

vs. #19 USC             W            83-72       11-23-09

 

Mizzou Defense Among School’s Best

It’s easy to get enamored by Missouri’s tremendous turnover and steal totals, but the Tigers have been very good with their half court defense this season, holding foes to just 40.1 percent shooting from the field and 29.7 percent from beyond three-point range.

> The 40.1 percent field goal defense is the best at Mizzou since 1998-99 season, when the Tigers held teams to just 39.3 percent shooting for the year.

> The 29.7 percent three-point field goal defense is the lowest in school history and the previous low was 30.2 percent set by last season’s squad.

> And last but not least, Missouri is holding opponents to just 65.1 points per game this year, the lowest at Mizzou since 1998-99 when the Tigers allowed just 62.2 ppg.

 

All-Academic Tigers

Missouri had two players named to the Big 12’s All-Academic Team this week as senior J.T. Tiller and sophomore Laurence Bowers earned Second Team honors.

> Tiller will graduate from Mizzou this spring with a degree in business and has started 27 games for the Tigers.

> Bowers is in the college of Arts & Sciences and plans on pursuing a degree in the Visual Communications area ... He ranks third on the club in scoring and #2 in rebounding.

 

 

If You Build It ...

Missouri will set a Mizzou Arena record for attendance this season, as the Tigers are averaging 10,072 fans per game this year, the highest average attendance since Mizzou Arena was opened in 2004-05 ... The previous mark was set last season as MU averaged 9,807 fans during its 18-game home slate.

> Mizzou has one home game remaining on March 6 vs. Kansas and that contest is already a sellout.

> During Big 12 games only Missouri is averaging a Mizzou Arena record 13,690 fans this season.

 

Year                   Attend.                      Record

2004-05             9,543                         16-17

2005-06             8,369                         12-16

2006-07             8,243                         18-12

2007-08             8,060                         16-16

2008-09             9,807                         31-7

2009-10             10,072                       21-8

 

Tiger Bench the Best in the Big 12

Missouri leads the Big 12 in bench scoring this year at 33.9 points per game, a figure that will eventually break the school record of 27.0 (2008-09) ... Missouri is #2 nationally in that category, trailing only  Virginia Military:

 

Rk.     Team                               Scoring

1        Virginia Military           40.0

2        Missouri                        33.9

3        Texas                              32.1

4        Western Carolina         32.0

5        Cal State Northridge    31.5

 

20-Something Sophomores

Missouri has had three different sophomores top the 20-point plateau this season, as Kim English, Marcus Denmon and Laurence Bowers have topped 20 points in a game a combined 14 times ... English has accomplished the feat a team-best nine times, while Denmon (4) and Bowers (1) have done it as well.

> Denmon actually leads Mizzou with four 20-point games in Big 12 play, while English has done it three times ... The pair each dropped in 20+ in road wins at Texas Tech and Colorado earlier this season and Denmon has topped 20+ in back-to-back games at Nebraska (24) and in the home game vs. CU (21).

> The point totals have been a good indicator of success as well since Missouri is 11-1 in games where Bowers, Denmon or English hit for at least 20 points.

 

Mizzou In A Special Two-Year Stretch

Missouri has played a special stretch of basketball over the last two seasons, going 53-15 during that time ... The 53 wins over two seasons is the second most in school history and the school record is 55 wins over two seasons set by the 1988-89 team (29 wins) and the 1989-90 club (26 wins).

 

Top Two-Year Stretches at Mizzou

Years                       Win Totals

1988-90                   55 Wins

2008-10                   53 Wins

1981-83                   53 Wins

1980-82                   49 Wins

1993-95                   48 Wins

2007-09                   47 Wins

1992-94                   47 Wins

1979-80                   47 Wins

1975-77                   47 Wins

2001-03                   46 Wins

1989-91                   46 Wins

 


 

 

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