March 4, 2013
Columbia, Mo. -
Missouri Tigers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
Date: March 5, 2013
Tip-Off: 6 p.m. CT
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: ESPN (Brad Nessler - Play by Play / Jimmy Dykes - Analyst / Shannon Spake Sideline)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play and Gary Link - Analyst)
Rankings: Missouri - RV/NR - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches’ Poll
Arkansas - NR/NR
Series: Arkansas leads 20-18; Last 73-71 win by Arkansas on Feb. 16, 2013 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon ‘88); 180-114 overall (9th); 51-13 at Mizzou (2nd)
Arkansas: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82) 36-25 at Arkansas (2nd season); 236-123 (11th season)
> It’s Senior Night for three Missouri Tigers as Laurence Bowers, Keion Bell and Alex Oriakhi play their final regular season game inside Mizzou Arena Tuesday night vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks ... Tuesday’s game is the 88th inside Mizzou Arena for Bowers (including his redshirt season in 2011-12) and he has helped Mizzou to an 83-4 mark at home during his time as a Tiger.
> Bowers (23), Oriakhi (18) and Bell (11) were each in double figures in the scoring column in Missouri’s win over LSU and the trio combined for 52 points, 26 rebounds and six assists in the 89-76 victory.
> Missouri is searching for its first undefeated home mark since the 2008-09 season, Bowers’ freshman year as a Tiger ... Missouri is 16-0 at home this year and went 18-0 at home five seasons ago ... A win would mark the ninth undefeated home season for the Tigers since 1970.
> Mizzou will look to continue its strong play at Mizzou Arena with Head Coach Frank Haith at the helm (31-1, .969) and since the 2008-09 season the program is a dominant 83-4 (.954) and has never dropped more than two home games in a single season.
> Mizzou has a 17-game home court winning streak, which is the seventh 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 ... A win Tuesday would make it the fourth longest active streak heading into postseason play.
> 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.
> 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 91.9 percent of its rebounding from players that did not see action for the club last season.
> Pressey has 546 career assists and is in “no man’s land” with regards to career dimes and conference rank, but he would be ninth all-time in Big 12 history and just 78 assists shy of the Top 10 in SEC history ... He is also just 18 assists shy of the single-season record for assists at Mizzou, breaking his own mark set last year.
> Missouri is one of college basketball’s winningest teams since 2008-09 ... The Tigers have 128 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 41.3 boards per game ... Missouri has done a great job on the backboards in its last 11 contests, boasting a rebounding margin of +11.0 ... The Tigers have outrebounded 24-of-29 opponents this year.
> Keion Bell continues to have an All-SEC type of season and is averaging 17.6 points in his last nine games, while also shooting 60 percent from the floor and contributing 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
> In the first meeting with Arkansas Bell scored 25 points and narrowly missed a double-double with eight rebounds ... He hit 9-of-11 shots and the 25 points are his high as a Missouri Tiger.