Oct. 11, 2012
Columbia, Mo. -
Mizzou Madness Notes
2012-13 MIZZOU BASKETBALL GAME NOTES
University of Missouri Tigers Host Mizzou Madness
Tip-Off: 7 p.m.
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: ESPNU & ESPN3 (Mitch Holthus - Play by Play / Stephen Bardo - Analyst)
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 159-106 overall (9th); 30-5 at Mizzou (2nd season)
Associate Head Coach: Tim Fuller (Wake Forest `00) (2nd season)
Assistant Coaches: Dave Leitao (Northeastern `83); Rick Carter (Michigan State `02)
Let The Madness Begin!
Missouri Basketball opens the second season of the Frank Haith era on Oct. 12 as the Tigers host Mizzou Madness for the first time since 2006-07 ... Missouri is coming off a spectacular 30-5 campaign a year ago and begins its first year of play in the Southeastern Conference.
> Tonight's event will be televised live on ESPN3 and segments of tonight's Madness event will be aired on ESPNU's Midnight Madness show.
Season Ticket Sales Underway...
Season ticket sales are once again going strong, but Tiger fans still have an opportunity to guarantee their seat at Mizzou Arena for the highly-anticipated 2012-13 campaign by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS or by ordering online at mutigers.com.
> Missouri broke the Mizzou Arena attendance record in 2011-12 and is looking to duplicate that effort in 2013 ... Ticket prices start at just $250 and season tickets are the only way to guarantee seats for highly anticipated games against Florida, Alabama and Arkansas.
Home Sweet Home, Mizzou Arena...
Non-conference opponents have not enjoyed their stops at Mizzou Arena over the last few seasons and the Tigers have raced to an incredible 65 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 seven full seasons without a loss.
> In fact Missouri went undefeated during the regular season in non-league play in 2011-12 and has won 22 consecutive regular-season, non-conference contests, regardless of site dating back to 2010-11.
> Overall at Mizzou Arena, or as tonight's ESPN3.com voice Mitch Houlthus likes to call it, The Woodchipper, Missouri is 67-4 at home since 2008-09, an incredible .944 winning percentage.
Mizzou Basketball Cliff Notes Style ...
A quick recap of Mizzou Basketball before today's contest ... More detailed information can be found throughout today's notebook.
> Missouri of course begins its first season of play in the Southeastern Conference ... League play officially begins on Jan. 8, 2013, vs. Alabama ... That game is actually the official opener to the 2013 SEC season.
> Missouri is hosting its first Midnight Madness event since the 2006-07 campaign.
> With tonight's Madness event, Mizzou will not host a Black & Gold Game this season ... The Tigers open exhibition play at Mizzou Arena on Oct. 29 against Northwest Missouri State.
> Today's contest marks the first time Mizzou Madness has been nationally televised ... ESPN3.com will show live action in its entirety and ESPNU will show segments of tonight's Madness event.
> Including tonight's event Missouri will be seen on TV like never before thanks to the move to the SEC ... The Tigers will have a school record 18 games appearing on national TV during the regular season and tonight's event pushes that number to 19.
> Missouri got an early start to its 2012-13 campaign playing in five games in Europe from Aug. 8-18 ... Missouri had just one returning player (Michael Dixon) see action overseas, a great opportunity for the MU newcomers to get extended playing time.
> Missouri was college basketball's most efficient offensive club a year ago (according to KenPom.com) ... And how about this for an exciting SEC schedule, Kentucky was ranked No. 2 and Florida was No. 3.
> Frank Haith's offense also ranked No. 1 nationally in field goal percentage (.504), assist/turnover ratio (1.6) and among the Top 10 in scoring (6th - 80.4), scoring margin (5th - 14.1), three-point percentage (9th - .398), turnovers (5th - 10.2) and turnover margin (7th - 4.1).
> 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.
> 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.
> Missouri has been incredible at home in non-conference games the last six years ... Overall the Tigers have won 65 consecutive non-league games at Mizzou Arena and are 67-4 at home (all games) since 2008-09.
Missouri certainly beefed up its non-conference schedule this year, including three games in Nassau, Bahamas, in the Battle 4 Atlantis over the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 22-24) ... Missouri opens play vs. defending NIT Champion Stanford and then faces either Louisville or Northern Iowa in Round 2.
> The other side of the bracket doesn't get any easier, featuring Duke, Memphis, VCU, and Minnesota.
> Missouri opens a non-conference series with UCLA this year ... The Tigers travel to the revamped Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 28 and the Bruins are scheduled to return the game in Columbia in 2013-14.
Protecting The Rock...
Since the beginning of the 2007-08 season, Mizzou has been one of the best teams nationally at protecting the basketball ... In fact, since 2007-08, Missouri has enjoyed its five best turnover-free seasons in school history and with both Mike Dixon and Phil Pressey back, that number could rank high once again in 2013.
> Last year Missouri averaged just 12.7 miscues per game, the second lowest turnover average in school history.
Rank TPG Season
1. 11.8 2008-09
2. 12.7 2011-12
4. 12.8 2010-11
5. 13.0 2007-08
6. 13.3 1999-00
7. 13.7 1989-90
Non-Conference, No Problem...
Missouri plays in the country's top annual non-conference game vs. Illinois each year and that game will take place once again on Dec. 22 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis ... Missouri has won three consecutive in the series, Mizzou's longest winning streak vs. the Illini since 1997-99 ... Missouri also won four straight vs. the Orange & Blue from 1991-94 ... Over the last 21 meetings Illinois owns a slight 11-10 series advantage.
Mizzou a Strong Basketball/Football Double...
In this day and age of college athletics, estimates have the sports of football and men's basketball as generating some 98 percent of all revenues, which means it's very beneficial for a school to be competitive in both sports ... Based on the criteria of active post-season appearances in both sports, Mizzou stacks up very well nationally, as it is one of only six schools that have active streaks of at least 4 NCAA Tournament appearances and bowl games...
> Here's a look at the figures:
Schools With Active Minimum 4 NCAA Tournaments/Bowl Game Appearance Streak
School NCAA Bowls
Michigan State 15 5
Wisconsin 14 10
BYU 6 7
West Virginia 5 10
Mizzou 4 7
Florida State 4 30
NOTE - Fellow SEC member Florida has 21-straight bowl games, and 3 straight NCAA Tournament appearances... Ohio State's bowl ban eliminated the Buckeyes.
Winningest Four & Five-Year Stretches at Mizzou...
Missouri Basketball is looking to continue its impressive winning trend over the last four seasons, which has seen the club win 107 games since the start of the 2008-09 campaign.
> The Tigers have won 20 games in four consecutive years (tying the school record), including a school-record 31 wins during a memorable run to the Elite Eight in 2008-09 and 30 wins in 2011-12, highlighted by its final Big 12 title.
> Additionally, Missouri owns the winningest five year stretch in school history with 123 wins since 2007-08 ... That 2007-08 campaign saw the Tigers win 16 games, so that active five-year number would improve with more than 16 wins in 2012-13.
Five-Year Winning Periods
More Ways Than One, Mizzou SEC's Newest Team...
Place Years Wins
1. 2008-12 123
2. 1986-90 119
3. 1987-91 118
4. 1979-84 116
5. 1989-93 115
NR. 2009-13 107
We all know that Missouri and Texas A&M joined the Southeastern Conference making the two programs the newest in the league, but did you know that Tiger players have just eight total seasons of experience in Missouri uniforms (i.e. letters won at the school), making Frank Haith's
club one of the youngest in the SEC?
> Laurence Bowers
played three seasons at Mizzou before sitting out last year and Mike Dixon enters his fourth season as well ... The only other Tiger ever to suit up for Mizzou is Phil Pressey
, who enters his junior season ... Overall Missouri's eight seasons of play (at Mizzou) ties it with Kentucky for the freshest in the conference.
Roster breakdown of years of play at SEC programs:
Mississippi State 10
Texas A&M 13
Ole Miss 14
South Carolina 16
Taller Tigers Battle New Challenge...
Missouri fans will immediately notice the improved height and depth on this year's roster, but did you know the 2012-13 Tigers are the tallest at the school since 1995-96? ... That's right, not since the days of Slim and Slam (Simeon and Sammie Haley) have the Tigers had this many players standing at least 6-foot-9 ... Overall Missouri has five players standing 6-foot-9 plus this season, the most at the school since the Tigers had six 17 seasons ago.
> Here is a quick rundown of the tallest teams at Mizzou since the 1995-96 campaign:
Season Players 6-foot-9 or Taller
In addition, Missouri has two players taller than 6-foot-10 on the roster... The last time that occurred was 1998-99 with 6-foot-11 post players Monte Hardge and Pat Schumacher
Pressey Named First Team All-American...
CBS Sports named Missouri Basketball junior Phil Pressey a Preseason First Team All-American ... A finalist for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award, Pressey helped lead Mizzou to a 30-5 record last season and shattered the school record with 223 assists over 35 games.
> Pressey was one of college basketball's busiest players over the summer participating in the LeBron James, Chris Paul and Deron Williams elite camps.
> As a sophomore he was a First Team All-Big 12 pick by CBS Sports and averaged career highs in scoring (10.3), rebounding (3.3), assists (6.4) and steals (2.1).
Dixon Named Sporting News All-American...
Senior guard Michael Dixon was named a Second Team Preseason All-American by the Sporting News ... Dixon was the top scoring "Sixth Man" in college hoops last year, averaging 13.5 points, coming off the pine in all-35 contests ... Second among the country's top scorers off the bench was former Syracuse star Dion Waiters ... Waiters averaged 12.6 points per game in 2011-12 and was later drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 4 overall in the first round.
Pressey, Dixon Aim For Top Assist Duo...
Phil Pressey and Michael Dixon were two of college basketball's top point guards last season and entering their final season playing together the pair could become the most prolific assist duo in school history ... Pressey (340) and Dixon (284) have combined for 624 career dimes and over the last two seasons playing together (2010-12) the pair has dished a combined 569 assists as teammates, second all-time in school history ... That figure is behind the 780 dimes distributed over four seasons (1990-94) by Melvin Booker (488) and Reggie Smith (292) ... Lamont Frazier also played over those same four seasons and dished 227 career dimes during that stretch as well ... Pressey and Dixon would need 211 combined assists in 2012-13 to top that all-time mark in just three seasons.
> The top two assist distributors in school history, Anthony Peeler and Booker played two seasons together and combined for 439 dimes in those two campaigns.
Pressey Nearing School Record Totals...
Few players in Missouri history have made a bigger impact at the point guard position than Anthony Peeler, but two of Peeler's all-time records are within the sights of junior point guard Phil Pressey ... Peeler, who played from 1988-92, holds the school record for both assists (497) and steals (196) ... Pressey could break both of those records in just his third season, needing 158 dimes and 62 thefts in 2012-13.
Transfers Have Been Good To Mizzou...
Missouri fans know the value of quality four-year transfers and have enjoyed a number of great memories courtesy of some key "short-timers" over the last 15 years ... Below is a quick list of players that have finished their careers at Missouri over recent years and made big impacts in Black & Gold:
Zaire Taylor, 2008-10 (Delaware)
"Mr. Big Shot" hit game winners vs. Kansas, at Texas, Kansas State and at Iowa State over his two seasons at Mizzou.
DeMarre Carroll, 2007-09 (Vanderbilt)
Mizzou's Junkyard Dog ... First Team All-Big 12, First Round NBA Draft Pick.
Jason Conley, 2003-05 (VMI)
Helped the Tigers to back-to-back postseason appearances.
Albert White, 1997-99 (Michigan)
Led Mizzou in scoring (16.3) and helped the club to the 1999 NCAA tournament.
Senior forward Laurence Bowers is returning for the Tigers after missing the entire 2011-12 season with a knee injury ... Bowers was a key contributor for Mizzou during his first three seasons and is in position to move up a number of career charts during his final year in Columbia.
> Bowers has 123 career blocked shots and needs just 27 more to move into second in school history ... Arthur Johnson owns the school mark with 245 career swats.
> Bowers also has 838 career points and is just 162 tallies short of reaching 1,000 for his career ... Bowers scored just 98 points as a freshman (2008-09), but has averaged double figures during his sophomore and junior campaigns.
Missouri Among Rare Company For Wins...
Missouri Basketball is one of just 12 teams in college hoops with multiple 30-win seasons over the last four years ... The Tigers of course won 30 games a year ago en route to a Big 12 title, but also won a school record 31 games in 2008-09 ... That feat puts the Tigers in rare company along with: BYU, Connecticut, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Murray State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Syracuse and Utah State as the only schools to enjoy multiple 30-win seasons since 2008-09.
Transfer Of Opportunity...
Missouri has just three players on its 2012-13 roster with a season of experience in a Mizzou uniform ... Coming into the year only Laurence Bowers, Michael Dixon and Phil Pressey had ever donned the Black & Gold and will be relied heavily upon to assist a number of new faces for their first campaign as Tigers ... Of Missouri's 15 players, 11 will be eligible for their first season of play at Mizzou and a 12th, Jordan Clarkson, will sit out the year after transferring from Tulsa.
> However it's not like that group of newcomers is inexperienced ... Five of those 11 have played at the Division I level ... Keion Bell is a 1,000-point scorer from his days at Pepperdine, Tony Criswell played at UAB, Alex Oriakhi won a NCAA crown at Connecticut (2011) and Earnest Ross was Auburn's leading scorer in 2011.
No team has more transfer firepower entering its program this season than Missouri ... And that's great, because it's not likely another team lost more critical players off its club from last season than the Tigers ... Missouri welcomes four highly thought of four-year transfer players into the fold this year as Keion Bell, Jabari Brown, Alex Oriakhi and Earnest Ross become eligible after the departure of senior standouts Marcus Denmon, Kim English, Steve Moore, Matt Pressey and Ricardo Ratliffe.
> Overall that group of seniors accounted for 1,979 points (70 percent), 942 rebounds (84 percent) and 4,967 minutes of play (71 percent) and Denmon, English, Pressey and Ratliffe started all 35 games.
> However Missouri was strategic of its recruitment of transfers and welcomes in Bell who scored 1,365 points in three seasons of Pepperdine, Oriakhi who helped lead UConn to a national title in 2011, Ross who was Auburn's leading scorer and rebounder in 2011 and former Jordan Brand All-American Brown ... Combined (Brown has only played two career games) that group averaged 44.8 points and 17.6 rebounds per game during their most recent season of college basketball, so the Tigers have some important pieces entering in 2012-13.
Thank You Seniors...
Missouri graduated the winningest senior class in school history last year as the collection of Marcus Denmon, Kim English, Steve Moore and Jarrett Sutton, not to mention Laurence Bowers, who returns in 2012-13, and junior college transfers Matt Pressey and Ricardo Ratliffe combined to help the school win 107 games since 2008-09 ... The Tigers twice won 30 games in that four year stretch and helped the program to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, tying a school record.
> Another fact that shouldn't be lost is that six of those seven seniors have already graduated and a seventh is just a handful of hours away and is competing professionally.
Masters Of Mizzou...
Missouri is no stranger to having graduates finish up their final season of eligibility on the basketball court ... Last season Jarrett Sutton worked towards his graduate degree while playing his final season on the hardwood and in 2010 Zaire Taylor walked across the stage in December only to have a final semester of eligibility remaining ... In 2009 DeMarre Carroll worked towards his graduate degree while helping the Tigers to a school record 31 wins ... This season Laurence Bowers will work towards his Masters while also finishing up on the hardwood ... Bowers missed last season due to a knee injury, but that didn't stop the now fifth-year senior from taking care of business in the classroom ... Bowers finished with a grade-point average above a 3.0 and is working towards his Masters in Public Administration.
Five In A Row?...
Missouri is looking for a school record-tying fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament this season ... The Tigers have qualified for every Big Dance since 2009, a streak that began when Laurence Bowers entered as a freshman.
> Mizzou last made five consecutive NCAA Tournaments in 1990 and made its fourth consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament in 1993, 1995 and 2003, before accomplishing the feat of four consecutive once again in 2012.
Hoops In August...
"Look Kids... there's Big Ben, there's Parliament" ... No, Holiday Road was not the soundtrack of Missouri's European trip this summer, but the Tigers did get some valuable experience playing with 10 new performers, while having just one returner, Michael Dixon, see time during the five games overseas ... Despite having so many new faces Mizzou once again showed great balance during its tour of The Netherlands, Belgium and France, having five players in double figures and eight players average 10.5 minutes or more of playing time.
> Dixon led the Tigers in scoring at 16.5 points per game, but newcomers Keion Bell (12.0), Earnest Ross (11.8), Alex Oriakhi (11.3) and Jabari Brown (10.0) were just behind the senior all-league candidate.
> Mizzou also dominated the glass vs. their European counterparts, owning a 46.2-to-30.0 rebounding advantage ... Ross (9.3) and Oriakhi (8.3) lead the way and freshman Ryan Rosburg added 11 points and 10 boards vs. The Netherlands National B Team.
New League Debuts...
Missouri is one of college basketball's winningest programs, but oddly enough the first year in a new league has not been kind to the Tigers ... Missouri is playing in its sixth conference and has enjoyed just one winning season in that first year in a new league, recording an 11-7 overall mark in 1928-29 as a member of the Big Six.
> Overall the Tigers are 52-66 (.441) combined in their first season as members of the Missouri Valley, Big Six, Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12.
Conference First Year Overall League (Finish)
That's A Winner...
Mo. Valley 1907-08 8-10 0-5 (3rd)
Big Six 1928-29 11-7 7-3 (2nd)
Big Seven 1948-49 11-13 6-6 (4th)
Big Eight 1958-59 6-19 3-11 (8th)
Big 12 1996-97 16-17 5-11 (10th)
Missouri Basketball is one of college basketball's winningest programs over the last five seasons with its 107 wins since the 2008-09 campaign ranking eighth amongst high major programs ... Missouri has twice won 30 games over the last four years, including 30 wins and a Big 12 title in 2011-12, its final year in the Big 12 Conference.
> Overall Missouri's 107 wins ranks 15th in college hoops and is second amongst current members of the Southeastern Conference ... Kentucky (124 wins) is tied with Duke for second on the list.
Winningest Programs over the Last Five Years
Team 2008-12 Wins Total
*Kansas 27-33-35-32 127
*Duke 30-35-32-27 124
*Kentucky 22-35-29-38 124
*Syracuse 28-30-27-34 119
*Ohio State 22-29-34-31 116
*North Carolina 34-20-29-32 115
BYU 25-30-32-26 113
San Diego State 26-25-34-26 111
Butler 26-33-28-22 109
Memphis 33-24-25-26 108
*Michigan State 31-28-19-29 108
St. Mary's 28-28-25-27 108
Utah State 30-27-30-21 108
VCU 24-27-28-29 108
*Missouri 31-23-23-30 107
*Louisville 31-20-25-30 106
*Pitt 31-25-28-22 106
Gonzaga 28-27-25-26 105
*Purdue 27-29-26-22 104
Murray State 19-31-23-31 104
New Mexico 22-30-22-28 102
*UConn 31-18-32-20 101
*Florida 25-21-29-26 101
ODU 25-27-27-22 101
Temple 22-29-26-24 101
Xavier 27-26-24-23 100
*Washington 26-26-24-24 100