Mizzou Heads to NCAA Tournament to Face Rams

March 18, 2013

Missouri (23-10, 11-7 SEC) vs. Colorado State (25-8, 11-5 Mountain West)
When Mar. 21, 2013 | approx. 8:20 p.m. CT
Location Lexington, Ky. | Rupp Arena (23,000)
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TV TBS (Ian Eagle - Play by Play / Jim Spanarkel - Analyst / Allie LaForce - Sideline)
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Season Stats MissouriColorado State | SEC
Series History Tied, 1-1
Last Meeting Dec. 17, 1969, in Columbia, Mo. » Missouri won, 81-55
Streak 1 by Missouri
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Rankings Missouri: NR/RV; Colorado State: RV/RV
Coaches Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon '88); 182-116 overall (9th); 53-15 at Mizzou (2nd)
Colorado State: Larry Eustachy (Long Beach State '79); 427-266 overall (22nd); 25-8 at CSU (1st)

For Openers...
> Missouri Basketball is back in the NCAA Tournament for a school record-tying fifth consecutive year as the Tigers face former Iowa State Head Coach Larry Eustachy and the Colorado State Rams on Thursday night at approximately 8:20 p.m. CT at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.
> Missouri last played in five consecutive NCAA Tournaments from 1986-90 and 1999-03 ... The Tigers have never made six consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament in school history, but this current run of five straight trips to the Big Dance is the longest active streak in the SEC ... Florida is second with four.
> Missouri is a No. 9 seed for the fourth time in program history ... Mizzou's most recent stint as a No. 9 seed came in 2001 when the Tigers toppled now conference foe Georgia (70-68) before falling to No. 1 seed Duke (94-81) in Greensboro, N.C. ... Mizzou was also a No. 9 seed in 1981 and 2000.
> Mizzou will play in Rupp Arena for the second time this season ... Missouri dropped a 90-83 overtime decision to Kentucky on Feb. 23 before ESPN Gameday despite a career high 27 points and 10 assists from Phil Pressey.
> Missouri last played an NCAA Tournament game in the gym of a conference foe in 1980 in Lincoln, Neb., when the No. 5-seeded Tigers topped No. 12-seeded San Jose State (61-51) and No. 4-seeded Notre Dame (87-84, OT) ... Missouri is 3-0 in NCAA Tournament games played on the home court of a league rival.
> Missouri has just two players that have suited up for the Tigers in an NCAA Tournament game ... Laurence Bowers has been a part of the last five Missouri trips to the NCAA Tournament (redshirted in 2011-12), including four wins ... Three of those wins came in 2009 (Elite Eight) and a fourth win came in 2010 ... Phil Pressey is making his third trip to the NCAA Tournament with the Tigers ... Alex Oriakhi made two trips to the NCAA Tournament while at Connecticut, including a run to the 2011 National Championship ... Tony Criswell was at UAB when the Blazers lost a 2011 First Round game to Clemson in Dayton, Ohio.

Oriakhi has the most NCAA Tournament experience of any Tiger

Alex Oriakhi has the most NCAA Tournament experience of any Tiger, as he won a title with UConn two years ago.
> Missouri has been outstanding under Haith on a neutral court during his two seasons ... The Tigers are 4-2 in those settings this year with wins over Stanford (78-70) and VCU (68-65) and a loss to then-No. 2 Louisville (84-61) in the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas ... Missouri also beat No. 10 Illinois (82-73) in St. Louis, before splitting games with Texas A&M (62-50) and Ole Miss (64-62) last week at the SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. ... Overall Missouri is 11-3 in neutral-site games under Haith.
> 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.
> Missouri is one of college basketball's winningest teams since 2008-09 ... The Tigers have 130 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 41.4 boards per game ... The Tigers are No. 3 nationally in rebounding margin (+9.6), just behind Thursday's opponent, Colorado State, who leads the nation at +12.4 ... Missouri has been great on the glass in its last 15 contests, boasting a rebounding margin of +10.7.

Mizzou Basketball Cliff Notes...
> Missouri Basketball returns to action on Thursday night as the Tigers face Colorado State at approximately 8:20 p.m. CT on TBS ... Missouri is making its first appearance on TBS in the NCAA Tournament after playing on TNT the last two seasons.
> Head Coach Frank Haith is going for his 24th win this season after recording 30 wins in 2012 ... With a victory, Haith would join Norm Stewart as the only coaches in Mizzou history to win 24 games multiple times ... Stewart had eight seasons with 24+ wins.
> Don't take this trip to the NCAA Tournament for granted ... 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 84.8 percent of its scoring and 91.8 percent of its rebounding from players that did not see action for the club last season (30-5) ... Only tournament host Kentucky returned fewer starters this year than Mizzou.
> Speaking of Pressey, the junior has 573 career assists and is in "no man's land" with regards to career dimes and conference rank, but he would be seventh all-time in Big 12 history and just 51 assists shy of the Top 10 in SEC history ... He also recently broke his own Missouri single-season assist mark (233) and ranks No. 6 in SEC history in that category ...  He is eight assists shy of No. 2 in SEC single-season history, a record shared by former Kentucky great John Wall ... Sean Tuohy of Ole Miss (260 assists, 1979-80) is the single-season record holder.
> A number of Pressey's postseason assists this year have gone to Alex Oriakhi who is 13-of-14 from the floor in two SEC Tournament games with seven dunks.
> Missouri is 11-3 under Head Coach Frank Haith on a neutral court over the last two years, including an impressive 4-1 mark vs. Top 25 opponents.
> Missouri is in the midst of its fifth consecutive 20-win campaign, a new school record ... The Tigers have actually won 23+ games each of the last four seasons.
> MU had also won 20+ games in four consecutive years from 1988-92 and 1979-83 before eclipsing that mark.
> Overall head coach Frank Haith is a very good 9-4 vs. Top 25 opponents at Mizzou and is 5-3 vs. the Top 10.
> Missouri is 5-2 vs. Top 10 opponents at home since 2008-09 and is 8-4 vs. Top 12 opponents since Mizzou Arena opened in 2004-05.
> Missouri finished second in the SEC in scoring at 76.2 points per game ... The Tigers finished the regular season averaging 80.8 points over their last nine contests, shooting a solid 49.7 percent from the floor ... That average is up to 83.4 points on 53 percent shooting over the last five games of the regular season.
> Missouri has been very good in rematch opportunities under Frank Haith ... Missouri is 6-0 when meeting a team for the second time this year, including five wins after suffering a loss in the first meeting of the season ... Mizzou recently knocked off Texas A&M after a road loss in College Station ... Mizzou was 7-2 in rematch games in 2011-12 and is 13-2 overall in such games under Haith.
> Mizzou is No. 7 nationally in offensive rebounding percentage at 39.6 percent (KenPom.com) and have used that great rebounding to rank No. 13 nationally in offensive efficiency ... Mizzou of course led the country in offensive efficiency a season ago.
> Missouri, Duke, Indiana, Creighton and Florida are the lone teams to rank among the Top 15 in offensive efficiency each of the last two years ... What makes that stat even more impressive is the fact the Tigers have just one player returning from last season's team, Phil Pressey, and are getting nearly 92 percent of their scoring production from fresh faces.
> Mizzou is also much improved in its defensive efficiency over last season ... Per Kenpom.com, the Tigers are No. 48 in defensive efficiency compared to No. 115 last year.
> Head Coach Frank Haith won his 50th game at Mizzou on Feb. 28 at South Carolina (63 total games) ... He was the fastest to 50 wins in school history.
> To put that in perspective Mike Anderson won his 50th game in his 81st try, Quin Snyder won No. 50 in his 80th game and Norm Stewart grabbed win No. 50 at Mizzou in his 92nd game ... George Edwards is actually No. 2 on the list, winning his 50th game in his 79th attempt ... Wilbur Stalcup won his 50th in game 86 tries.
> Missouri has tied a school record with six different players having scored at least 20 points in a game this season ... The last time that happened at Mizzou was during the 2008-09 season.
> Overall Missouri has 25 20-point efforts from those six players after having 33 20-point nights last year.
> Mizzou has played just 15 games this season with its regular rotation ... The Tigers are 10-5 in those contests and three of those eight wins are vs. ranked opponents (No. 10 Illinois, No. 23 Ole Miss and No. 4 Florida).
> With injuries and a near complete roster turnover, Missouri has used eight different starting lineups this year ... Haith used the same starting lineup throughout the 2011-12 campaign.
> The Tigers lead the SEC in free throw shooting, hitting 73.9 percent of their charity tosses on the year ... Overall this season the Tigers have made 508 free throws and their opponents have attempted just 565.
> Nationally the Tigers rank No. 38 in free throw percentage (.739) and are the No. 8 high major free throw shooting team in America.
> A big reason for those free throw numbers is senior forward Alex Oriakhi, who is shooting a career best 73.9 percent at the line on the year and is hit 76.9 percent of his attempts in league play.
> Oriakhi is the first Tiger to average 8.0+ rebounds and shoot 70+ percent from the foul line since Doug Smith in 1990-91.
> Over the last four seasons Missouri is shooting 74.2 percent (2121-of-2858) from the foul line as a team and the Tigers have not been below 72.4 percent as a team since 2008-09.
> Mizzou has been very good in the second half of games all season ... The Tigers are averaging 40.7 points and are shooting 49.3 percent from the floor, 37.1 percent from three-point range and 76.6 percent from the foul line in the second half this year.
> The club boasts a +5.6 scoring margin (40.7-to-35.1) in this second half of those games as well.
> Mizzou's defense was outstanding at home this season, as just three teams topped 70 points vs. the Tigers (Auburn, Ole Miss and LSU) and opponents averaged just 62.4 points on 38 percent shooting at Mizzou Arena.
> Missouri has been one of the country's top rebounding teams throughout the year and has out-rebounded 27-of-33 foes in 2012-13 ... Missouri tied its largest rebounding margin of the year on March 5 (+25) vs. Arkansas and has recorded a double-digit rebounding advantages in 18-of-33 games, including four straight vs. Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Florida.
> The Tigers also average 13.7 offensive rebounds per game (No. 19 nationally) and turn that into 13.8 second-chance points per contest.
> Missouri has had six different players record double-figures in rebounds in a game this season, which is the most since six Tigers accomplished the feat during the 1995-96 campaign ... The school record for the number of players recording at least 10 rebounds in one game is seven, set during the 1959-60 season.
> In addition, Missouri already has a total of 22 point-rebound double-doubles between four different players (Bowers, Oriakhi, Ross and Bell), bettering the nine team double-doubles for Mizzou in 2011-12.
> Although the Tigers have a number of familiar faces due to transfer years with the program, just one player, Phil Pressey, has played for Head Coach Frank Haith ... Missouri is getting 84.8 percent of its scoring and 91.9 percent of its rebounding from players that did not see action at Mizzou a season ago.
> Missouri continues to get strong bench production thanks to the consistent play of Tony Criswell, Earnest Ross and the addition of Jabari Brown  ... Missouri is averaging 18.3 points per game from its bench on the year.
> On the season Missouri has 22 double-figure scoring efforts off the bench (Ross - 12, Bell - 4, Criswell - 3, Brown, Jankovic and Webster-Chan - 1).
> Despite having so many newcomers, Mizzou has been balanced through 33 games with eight players averaging at least 15.6 minutes a contest ... Nine different Tigers have also reached double figures in scoring in a game this season and seven different Tigers have recorded at least 7+ boards in a game.
> Missouri has won 73 consecutive regular-season, non-conference home games since 2005-06 and since 2006-07 (66-0) the club's average margin of victory has been 26.7 points in those non-league home tilts.
> Missouri is 16-0 in home non-league games under Frank Haith and 15 of those 16 wins have been by double figures ... In fact Mizzou is 24-2 in regular season non-league games under Haith and have won 18 of those games by 10 or more points, including wins over Villanova (10), Notre Dame (29) and California (39) on neutral courts.
> Haith was of course named the National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, taking the Tigers to their second 30-win season in school history and fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament.
> Mizzou got an early start to its 2012-13 campaign, playing five games in Europe from Aug. 8-18 ... However none of Missouri's current players saw action overseas, proving to be a great opportunity for the MU newcomers to get extended playing time.
> The Tigers played games in Amsterdam, Belgium and France.
> Mizzou also had four players ranked among the top players at their position by CBS Sports ... Phil Pressey headlined that list at No. 2 among point guards.
> In the front court Alex Oriakhi was ranked No. 35 and Laurence Bowers checked in at No. 38.
> Newcomer Jabari Brown was ranked among college hoop's top wing players, checking in at No. 48.
> Fran Fraschilla ranked Phil Pressey as the country's No. 5 most-important player.
> Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated also listed Pressey (No. 5) on his preseason Naismith Award watch list.
> Missouri's transfer class of Keion Bell, Jabari Brown, Alex Oriakhi and Earnest Ross is being considered as one of the best in basketball history by the Sporting News.



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