Mizzou Basketball Opens SEC Tournament Play Thursday



March 11, 2014

Game: No. 8 Mizzou (21-10, 9-9 SEC) vs. No. 9 Texas A&M (17-14, 8-10 SEC)
When March 13, 2014 | Noon CT
Location Atlanta, Ga. | Georgia Dome
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Printable Game Notes Missouri | Texas A&M | SEC
Season Stats MissouriTexas A&M | SEC
Series History Missouri leads, 15-11
Last Meeting Missouri won, 57-56, in Columbia, Mo., on March 5, 2014
Streak Missouri - Won 2 consecutive
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For Openers...
> Missouri Basketball enters postseason play and will face the Texas A&M Aggies for the second time in eight days at the 2014 SEC Tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta ... The Tigers and Aggies will meet for the second consecutive year and for the third time in four seasons in the league tournament ... Missouri won, 62-50, last season in Nashville, Tenn., and Texas A&M topped Mizzou, 86-71, in the 2011 Big 12 Tournament at Sprint Center in Kansas City.
> Mizzou is playing its first basketball game in an NFL stadium since the 2009 NCAA Regional Final at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. ... The Tigers went 1-1 in Glendale, defeating No. 2 Memphis (102-91) before falling to top-seeded UConn (82-75) in the Elite Eight.
> Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson were recently named to the All-SEC Team this week by the league coaches ... Brown was a first team pick, while Clarkson earned second team honors.
> 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 and overall, the Tigers have topped 20 wins for six consecutive years, a school record ... Mizzou has won 151 games over that six-year stretch.
> Missouri is facing Texas A&M for the second time in eight days ... It’s the quickest turnaround for Mizzou since 2005-06 when the Tigers closed the regular-season against Nebraska and then faced the Cornhuskers four days later in Dallas at the Big 12 Tournament.
> Brown was held out of double figures for the first time all season in the loss at Tennessee on Saturday ... Despite the difficult shooting night (eight points, 1-10 FGs), Brown has been one of the SEC’s top performers and won the league scoring title, averaging 20.7 points during 18 league games ... Brown has topped 20 points in 12th of his last 16 league games overall, including 20 points and four rebounds in the win against Texas A&M on March 5 ... Brown is ranked among the league’s Top 10 in five categories, including field goal percentage (4th, .468), free throw percentage (5th, .846), three-point makes per game (8th, 2.3) and minutes played (3rd, 36.6).
> Brown is quickly approaching 1,000 career points as a Tiger ... He has 965 career points overall (including 12 points in two games at Oregon) and 953 have come in a Tiger uniform in just 56 career games dating back to Dec. 17 of last season ... Brown is averaging 17.0 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 (19.7 ppg) and Jordan Clarkson (18.1) are the No. 4 scoring tandem in college basketball this season, combining for 37.8 points per outing ... Brown and Clarkson trail Louisiana-Lafayette’s Elfrid Payton (19.3) and Shawn Long (19.2), SEMO’s Tyler Stone (19.3) and Jarekious Bradley (19.0) and VMI’s QJ Peterson (19.4) and D.J. Covington (18.7).
> Brown, Clarkson and Ross (13.5) 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 Texas A&M meet in the SEC Tournament for the second consecutive season as the Tigers look for their 22nd win of the year and an opportunity to face No. 1 Florida on Friday.
> Mizzou is 4-1 in league tournament play under Frank Haith, including the 2012 Big 12 Tournament title in Kansas City ... Missouri went 1-1 last season in the SEC Tournament, topping Texas A&M, before falling to eventual SEC Tournament Champs, Ole Miss, 64-62.
> Mizzou is 3-1 in neutral-site games this season, winning two games in Las Vegas vs. Northwestern and Nevada and defeating Hawaii at Sprint Center.
> Mizzou Head Coach Frank Haith had two stints as an assistant coach at Texas A&M (1992-95 and 1996-97) ... Aggies Head Coach Billy Kennedy also served on Haith’s staff at Miami from 2005-06 before taking over at Murray State the following season.
> Mizzou defeated Texas A&M on March 5, 57-56, on Senior Night in Columbia ... 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 24 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 73.9 percent on the year and an improved 75.9 percent during league play ... The Tigers have made 600 total free throws this season, topping 600 makes for just the sixth time in program history and for the first time since 1995-96.
> Missouri’s 19.4 free throw makes per game ranks No. 18 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC behind Kentucky (20.6).
> Jabari Brown (174), Jordan Clarkson (150) 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 38 points over his last nine games, including a career high eight points in wins against Mississippi State and Tennessee ... Prior to his last nine 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-31 games this season and has 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 16 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 326th career game overall on Saturday and is 69-26 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 (6.4 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 21+ games each of the last six 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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