March 7, 2014
|Game: Mizzou (21-9, 9-8 SEC) at Tennessee (19-11, 10-7 SEC)|
|When||March 8, 2014 | 3 p.m. CT|
|Location||Knoxville, Tenn. | Thompson-Boling Arena
|TV||ESPN (Mark Jones and Jimmy Dykes)
|Radio||Tiger Radio Network (Affiliate List)|
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|Printable Game Notes||Missouri | Tennessee | SEC|
|Season Stats||Missouri | Tennessee | SEC|
|Series History||Missouri leads, 5-3|
|Last Meeting||Missouri won 75-70 in Columbia, Mo., on Feb. 15, 2014|
|Streak||Missouri - 1|
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> Mizzou Basketball will finish the regular season in Knoxville, Tenn., for the second consecutive season as the Tigers and Volunteers meet on Saturday at 3 p.m. ... Missouri fell to UT on the Volunteers’ Senior Day last year, 64-62, but did earn a 75-70 win this year against the Vols at Mizzou Arena.
> Missouri is looking for its 10th league victory on Saturday ... The club has already secured at least a .500 finish in league play and the Tigers have been .500 or better in league competition each season since 2008-09.
> Missouri is looking to finish the regular season with 22 wins for the fourth time in five years ... The lone exception was in 2012, Frank Haith’s first season, when Mizzou entered the Big 12 Tournament with 27 victories ... Haith is also approaching his 200th career win ... The third year Missouri coach has 198 wins to his credit, including 69 at Missouri.
> Frank Haith became the first coach in Mizzou history with three consecutive 20-win seasons to open his Tiger tenure ... Norm Stewart, Mike Anderson, Quin Snyder and now Haith are the lone coaches at Mizzou with three straight 20-win seasons an overall, the Tigers have topped 20 wins for six consecutive years, a school record ... Mizzou has won 151 games over that six-year stretch.
> The Tigers will look to halt a four-game skid on the road ... Missouri does have some impressive road wins to its credit this year including a win at North Carolina State and at Arkansas ... Mizzou is 2-2 all-time in Knoxville and last won at Tennessee on Dec. 16, 1972 (67-57) ... Tiger Radio Network analyst Gary Link scored 13 points in that win.
> Mizzou’s Jabari Brown continues to be one of the SEC’s most consistent performers ... Brown has been in double figures in each of the team’s 30 games this year and topped 20 points for the 12th time in his last 15 league games with 20 points and four rebounds vs. Texas A&M on Wednesday ... During league play, Brown leads the SEC in scoring (21.4) and ranks first in three-point percentage (.432) ... He is also ranked among the league’s Top 10 in five categories, including field goal percentage (3rd, .484), free throw percentage (6th, .838), three-point makes per game (7th, 2.4) and minutes played (3rd, 36.6).
> Brown is quickly approaching 1,000 career points as a Tiger ... He has 957 career points overall (including 12 points in two games at Oregon) and 945 have come in a Tiger uniform in just 55 career games dating back to Dec. 17 of last season ... Brown is averaging 17.2 points over his MU career and could become the first Tiger to score 1,000 points in just two seasons since the Junkyard Dog, DeMarre Carroll (1,046 points in 70 career games).
> Brown (20.1 ppg) and Jordan Clarkson (18.3) are the No. 1 scoring tandem in college basketball this season, combining for 38.4 points per outing ... Brown and Clarkson are tied with Louisiana-Lafayette’s Elfrid Payton (19.4) and Shawn Long (19.0) and are just ahead of Auburn’s Chris Denson (19.3) and KT Harrell (18.4) and VMI’s QJ Peterson (19.6) and D.J. Covington (18.7).
> Brown, Clarkson and Ross (14.2) are also the nation’s No. 2 scoring trio this year behind VMI’s Peterson, Glasgow and Rodney Glasgow (18.4).
Mizzou Basketball Cliffs...
> Missouri and Tennessee meet on Saturday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena, not only playing for SEC Tournament seeding, but NCAA Tournament ramifications as well.
> The Tigers trail the Volunteers by one game in the SEC standings, but could earn the head-to-head nod with a win in Knoxville ... The Tigers also trail the Arkansas Razorbacks in the league ledger, but boast a season sweep of the Hogs.
> Tennessee redshirt sophomore Quinton Chievous is the son of former Mizzou great Derrick Chievous ... The elder Chievous is Mizzou’s all-time leading scorer with 2,580 points and was drafted No. 16 overall in 1988 by the Houston Rockets.
> Frank Haith and Cuonzo Martin are meeting for the fourth time in their coaching careers ... Haith and the Miami Hurricanes beat Martin and the Missouri State Bears, 81-72, in the 2011 NIT and Martin’s Vols won 64-62 in the regular-season finale last year before Mizzou’s 75-70 win this February.
> Mizzou is coming off a 57-56 win over Texas A&M on Wednesday and the Tigers led the game for just 7.3 seconds ... Missouri trailed by as many as 11 in the second half before having three freshmen, Torren Jones, Wes Clark and Johnathan Williams, III spark the rally ... Jones scored five points, grabbed four rebounds and had a big assist ... Clark had three assists and a steal and Williams had five blocks, seven points and eight boards to fuel the win.
> Mizzou also had a key late-game effort from senior Earnest Ross, who scored all-seven of his points in the final 1:06, including the game-winning free throws with just 7.3 seconds left and the Tigers down 56-55.
> Missouri has been in a number of tight ball games this season ... Of the club’s last 23 games, 20 have been decided by 10 points or less ... The 21 total games decided by 10 points or less this year are the most since the 2004-05 season (22).
> Mizzou continues to lead the Southeastern Conference in free throw shooting, hitting 73.6 percent on the year and an improved 75.3 percent during league play ... The Tigers have made 587 total free throws this season and are on pace to top 600 free throw makes for just the sixth time in program history and for the first time since 1995-96.
> Missouri’s 19.6 free throw makes per game ranks No. 17 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC behind Kentucky (20.8).
> Jabari Brown (168), Jordan Clarkson (145) and Earnest Ross (127) have each surpassed 100 free throw makes this year ... The Tigers haven’t had three players with 100 makes in a season since 1995-96.
> Freshman forward Torren Jones has scored 36 points over his last eight games, including a career high eight points in wins against Mississippi State and Tennessee ... Prior to his last eight contests, Jones had scored just eight total points in the season’s first 21 games.
> Missouri has had at least one player score 20 or more points in 24-of-30 games this season and have enjoyed multiple 20-point scorers nine times, including six of its last 12 games ... Jabari Brown has logged 20 points in 12 of his last 15 contests, including a career high 33 points vs. Kentucky and most recently 20 vs. Texas A&M ... Brown has topped 20 points 22 times in his career and Mizzou is 17-5 in those contests.
> The Tigers have a total of 36 20-point games this season, all coming from Brown (17), Clarkson (14) and Ross (5) ... Missouri had a player top 20 points 25 times all of last season.
> Missouri recorded a rare ACC road win on Dec. 28 at N.C. State ... Although the Tigers haven’t played many road games in ACC territory, the win in Raleigh was the second in ACC country in program history ... Mizzou won 87-73 at Maryland on Jan. 24, 1989 ... It was the club’s first non-league road win since a 75-68 win at Old Dominion on Dec. 30, 2011.
> Head Coach Frank Haith will coach his 325th career game overall on Saturday and is 69-25 in three seasons at Mizzou ... Haith was the fastest coach in school history to 50 wins and has just one starter back for the second consecutive campaign.
> Haith is quickly approaching his 200th career victory ... He has 198 career wins heading into Saturday’s game.
> Johnathan Williams, III (6.5 rpg) is on pace to become the first Tiger freshman to lead the team in rebounding since Linas Kleiza (8.4) in 2003-04 ... Williams recently logged a 12-rebound effort at Arkansas and is No. 11 in the SEC in rebounding.
> Mizzou plays in the friendly confines of Mizzou Arena where the club is 48-3 since 2011-12 and went a perfect 17-0 at home last season.
> Mizzou boasts a 152-23 (.869) record at home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 99-6 at home since 2008-09, amounting to an incredible .944 winning percentage.
> Non-conference opponents have not enjoyed their stops in Columbia, Mo., over the last few seasons and the Tigers have raced to an incredible 81 consecutive wins at home vs. non-league opposition since the end of the 2005-06 campaign ... Missouri’s last non-conference loss at home came vs. Sam Houston State in the 2005 Preseason NIT, but since then, Missouri has gone nearly eight full seasons without a loss.
> That non-conference win streak is No. 2 nationally behind Duke ... Duke has won 109 consecutive non-ACC games at home.
> Jordan Clarkson recorded the first 30-point game of the SEC season on Nov. 12 and logged the 26th 30-point game during Missouri’s SEC / Big 12 eras ... Clarkson needed just 18 shots to reach 31 points (12-of-18 FGs), and is one of just two Tigers during the two eras to have 30+ points, 5+ assists and zero turnovers ... Clarence Gilbert had a ridiculous 43 points, nine assists and zero turnovers vs. Iowa State in a four overtime win on Jan. 13, 2001.
> Head Coach Frank Haith is in his third season at Missouri and has led the Tigers to their third consecutive 20-win campaign ... Only Norm Stewart, Quin Snyder and Mike Anderson have enjoyed three 20-win seasons at Mizzou ... Stewart of course led the way with 17 20-win campaigns ... Haith, Anderson and Snyder now each had three.
> Missouri has won at historic levels over the last five seasons ... In fact the Tigers have won 23+ games each of the last five seasons.
> The six consecutive 20-win seasons is a school record and Missouri’s five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament is the longest active streak in the Southeastern Conference.
> Mizzou Arena has been the site of two undefeated home seasons in its history ... Missouri was 18-0 in 2008-09 and was 17-0 at home last season ... Hearnes Center, the former home of Missouri Basketball, was the site of five undefeated home campaigns (1974-75, 1980-81, 1988-89, 1989-90 and 1993-94).
> Since 2006-07 (72-0) the club’s margin of victory has been 25.8 points in those non-league home tilts.
> Mizzou has three transfers sitting out this season ... Zach Price transferred from Louisville, where the 6-foot-10 forward was a member of the Cardinals’ NCAA National Championship team ... Deuce Bello transferred from Baylor ... Both will be classified as redshirt juniors next season ... Most recently the Tigers added Cam Biedscheid from Notre Dame at semester break.
> Mizzou will be on national television a school-record 20 times this season ... That number has grown each of Mizzou’s two years in the SEC ... The Tigers were on national TV 18 times last season, which was also a school record.
> Mizzou was picked fifth in the Southeastern Conference’s preseason media poll ... Kentucky was the projected league champion.
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