Tigers Host Southern Miss Sunday



March 20, 2014

Postseason NIT: #2 Missouri (23-11, 9-9 SEC) vs. #3 Southern Miss (28-6, 13-3 C-USA)
When March 23, 2014 | 4 p.m. CT
Location Columbia, Mo. | Mizzou Arena
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For Openers...
> Mizzou returns to action on Sunday afternoon as the Tigers meet Southern Miss for the first time in series history in the second round of the 2014 National Invitation Tournament ... Missouri and Southern Miss are in the Minneapolis Region and the region has played true to seed, with No. 2 Mizzou and No. 3 Southern Miss playing for the right to face either No. 1 Minnesota or No. 4 Saint Mary’s ... That quarterfinal game would take place on Tuesday with the site to be determined by seeding.
> Mizzou is in postseason play for the sixth consecutive season ... The Tigers opened NIT action with an 85-77 win over Davidson on Tuesday night ... The Tigers trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, but rallied to win thanks to 30 points from Jabari Brown and a terrific all-around effort from Earnest Ross (16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals).
> Head Coach Frank Haith grabbed his 200th career victory on Tuesday ... The third-year coach will also be coaching his 99th career game at Missouri on Sunday and is 71-27 all-time in Columbia and 200-138 overall ... Haith is 1-0 all-time vs. Southern Miss ... He guided his Miami Hurricanes to a 70-60 win on Nov. 21, 2008, at the 2008 Paradise Jam.
> The Tigers will look for another win over a postseason club ... Mizzou was 4-4 vs. NCAA Tournament teams and is now 4-4 vs. programs in the NIT, including Tuesday’s home win over Davidson.
> Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson were recently named to the All-SEC Team 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 153 games over that six-year stretch ... Haith is looking to join Stewart as the only coaches in school history with multiple seasons of 24 or more victories.
> Jabari Brown scored his 1,000th career point in a Tiger uniform on Tuesday ... Brown is the fifth fastest Tiger to reach 1,000 points at Mizzou, reaching the milestone in just 59 games ... Brown has scored the basketball in every imaginable way this year, including reaching the free throw line 262 times this season ... Brown is third all-time in single-season history for free throw makes (209), trailing just Byron Irvin (214 in 1989) and Derrick Chievous (244 in 1987).
> Brown’s 30-point game vs. Davidson was his second of the season ... He is the first Tiger with multiple 30-point efforts since Thomas Gardner in 2005-06 and is the first Tiger to average 20 points per game since Kareem Rush in 2001.
> Brown (20.1 ppg) and Jordan Clarkson (17.6) are the No. 5 scoring tandem in college basketball this season, combining for 37.7 points per outing ... Brown and Clarkson trail Delaware’s Devon Saddler (19.7) and Davon Usher (19.4), VMI’s QJ Peterson (19.4) and D.J. Covington (18.7), SEMO’s Tyler Stone (19.3) and Jarekious Bradley (19.0) and Louisiana-Lafayette’s Elfrid Payton (19.1) and Shawn Long (18.9).

Mizzou Basketball Cliffs...
> Missouri goes searching for its 24th win of the season on Sunday as the Tigers host the Southern Miss Golden Eagles for the first time in series history at Mizzou Arena.
> Southern Miss has 28 wins on the year and carries an RPI of 32 into Sunday’s contest.
> Frank Haith is looking to direct his second club to 24 or more wins at Missouri and all three of his teams have won at least 23 games ... A 24th win would be significant as Haith and Norm Stewart would be the lone coaches in program history with multiple 24-win clubs.
> Mizzou recorded its second NIT win on Tuesday, surging past Davidson, 85-77, thanks to 30 points from Jabari Brown ... The 30 points scored by Brown were the most by a Tiger in an NIT game since Sammy Haley’s 31 vs. Murray State in 1996 ... It was also the 10th 30-point game at Mizzou in the postseason (NCAA / NIT) ... The last 30-point effort by a Tiger in postseason play came courtesy of Rickey Paulding (36 points) vs. Marquette in the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
> The NIT can be a very good building block for the future and the Tigers are getting improved play from their newcomers of late ... At the SEC Tournament the Tigers had a pair of freshmen, Johnathan Williams (8.5 rpg) and Torren Jones (6.5 rpg), rank among the Top 12 rebounders in the tournament ... Jones averaged more than one rebound every two minutes on the court (13 boards in 23 total minutes) and Williams was fifth overall with 8.5 rebounds per game ... Williams was also the top offensive rebounder (4.0 off boards per game) in Atlanta.
> Jones has scored 49 points over his last 12 games, including a career high eight points in wins against Mississippi State and Tennessee ... Prior to his last 12 contests, Jones had scored just eight total points in the season’s first 21 games.
> Williams recently logged a terrific all-around  game vs. Texas A&M, producing an 11-point, 15-rebound double-double to go with four assists.
> Missouri has been in a number of tight ball games this season ... Of the club’s last 27 games, 22 have  been decided by 10 points or less.
> Mizzou continues to lead the Southeastern Conference in free throw shooting, hitting 74.2 percent on the year and was an improved 75.9 percent during league play ... The Tigers have made 681 total free throws this season, topping 600 makes for just the sixth time in program history and for the first time since 1995-96 ... The 681 makes are No. 1 all-time at Mizzou, eclipsing the school record of 667 makes in 1988-89.
> Mizzou made 40 free throws in the win over A&M, tying its 40 makes in the 1997 Big 12 Tournament win over Oklahoma ... That mark is tied for No. 2 in school history behind the 42 makes against UTEP on Dec. 8, 1973.
> Missouri’s 20.0 free throw makes per game ranks No. 11 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC behind Kentucky (20.5).
> Jabari Brown (209), Jordan Clarkson (158) and Earnest Ross (146) 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.
> Mizzou adjusted its starting lineup for the first time this year in the SEC Tournament ... Junior Keanau Post earned his first career starts vs. Texas A&M and No. 1 Florida and has started three consecutive games heading into Sunday.
> Jabari Brown has reached double-digits in 33-of-34 games this season ... Brown has also scored 20 or more points in 19 games this season, including 12 during SEC play ... His 19 20-point games in 2013-14 are the most since Anthony Peeler notched 20 20+ point games in the 1991-92 season.
> Missouri has had at least one player score 20 (or more) points in 26-of-34 games this season and has enjoyed multiple 20-point scorers 10 times, including seven of its last 18 games ... Jabari Brown has logged 20 points in 13 of his last 18 contests, including a career high 33 points vs. Kentucky and more recently, 26 vs. Texas A&M in Atlanta ... Brown has topped 20 points 23 times in his career and Mizzou is 18-5 in those contests.
> The Tigers have a total of 38 20-point games this season, all coming from Brown (18), Clarkson (14) and Ross (6) ... 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 329th career game overall on Tuesday and is 71-27 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 also recorded his 200th career victory on Tuesday.
> 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 15-rebound effort against Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament and is No. 10 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 153-23 (.870) record at home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 100-6 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 82 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 six seasons.
> The six consecutive 20-win seasons is a school record.
> 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 (73-0) the club’s margin of victory has been 25.4 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  23 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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