Johnathan Williams, III and Mizzou Basketball host Central Missouri on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30, 2013
Columbia, Mo. -
Missouri Tigers vs. Central Missouri Mules
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m.
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: Mizzou Network (Ben Arnet and Gary Link)
Rankings: Missouri - NA /RV - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll
Central Missouri - None
Series: Missouri leads 10-2; Last meeting: Tigers won, 88-70, on Nov. 7, 2011, in Columbia, Mo.
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 182-117 overall (10th); 53-16 at Mizzou (3rd season)
Central Missouri: Kim Anderson (Missouri `79) 244-90 at UCM (12th season)
> Missouri Basketball concludes preseason play on Friday as the Tigers face Kim Anderson and the Central Missouri Mules at 7:30 p.m. at Mizzou Arena ... It will be an action-packed night at the Sports Park ... Tiger Basketball fans are welcomed to attend the #7 Mizzou Volleyball match at Hearnes Center (6:30 p.m.) and then attend the basketball contest one hour later ... Fans showing a men's basketball ticket will get free admission to the volleyball game.
> Missouri and Central Missouri have met 12 times in the regular season and will meet in preseason play for the second time in three years ... Mizzou won the last meeting with UCM, 88-70, on Nov. 7, 2011 ... Ricardo Ratliffe led the way with 21 points and five Tigers scored in double figures.
> Mizzou is coming off a 73-48 win over Oklahoma City last week ... Jabari Brown led the Tigers with 15 points and five assists, while Earnest Ross recorded a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double ... An impressive 9,222 fans attended the "Return to Hearnes" contest.
> The Tigers return "home" to Mizzou Arena on Friday, a building that has been very good to Head Coach Frank Haith's teams ... Haith is 33-1 at Mizzou Arena in his career and was a perfect 17-0 at home last season.
> Mizzou sports a 137-21 (.867) record in their new home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... Mizzou is also 84-4 at home since 2008-09, an incredible .955 winning percentage.
> Missouri owns an 18-game homecourt winning streak dating back to the final home game of the 2011-12 campaign ... That winning streak ranks No. 4 nationally ... South Dakota State owns the longest active home winning streak at 30 games heading into the 2013-14 season.
> Non-conference opponents have not enjoyed their stops in Columbia, Mo., over the last few seasons and the Tigers have raced to an incredible 73 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.
> Missouri had three newcomers earn spots in the starting lineup for the Oct. 25 exhibition opener ... Jordan Clarkson started at point guard and Keanau Post started at one forward ... Freshman Johnathan Williams, III also earned a start and finished with 10 points and seven rebounds ... Williams could become the first freshman to start a regular season opener since Jason Horton in 2004-05.
> While Haith and his staff have been outstanding at revamping Mizzou's roster, the Tigers will look to replace 63 percent of its points, 65 percent of its rebounds and 76 percent of its assists from last season's 23-11 campaign.
> Missouri does return a pair of double-figure scorers this season, Jabari Brown (13.7) and Earnest Ross (10.3) ... Its just the second time since 2003 that the Tigers return two players that averaged double figures the previous season, along with the same head coach.
> Friday's game marks Missouri's final exhibition game of the year ... The regular season will get underway next Friday vs. Southeastern Louisiana ... Missouri and SELA have never met on the hardwood.
Mizzou Basketball Cliffs
> Missouri Basketball is back in action on Friday (Nov. 1), facing Central Missouri in the club's final exhibition contest of the season.
> There will be no radio for Friday's game and the game can be viewed online at MizzouNetwork.com.
> The game time was moved back to 7:30 p.m. to accommodate fans hoping to catch the undefeated Missouri Volleyball team vs. Ole Miss (6:30 p.m.), before heading to Mizzou Arena at 7:30 p.m.
> Missouri opened preseason play vs. Oklahoma City last week and earned a 73-48 win ... Mizzou played the game at Hearnes Center and 9,222 fans saw the Tigers roll to an easy victory.
> Head Coach Frank Haith begins his third season at Missouri and will look to lead 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 ... Snyder and Anderson each had three ... Following tonight's game, Haith will resume his coaching duties Nov. 28 vs. Northwestern at the Las Vegas Invitational.
> Exhibition games can be dangerous, but Missouri has done a good job of handling its business in the preseason ... Since the 2006-07 season Missouri is 16-0 in exhibition games and is averaging a 38.8 ppg margin of victory ... Under Haith, that winning margin is an outstanding 31.0 points per game.
> Once regular season play gets underway (Nov. 8 vs. Southeastern Louisiana) Mizzou Basketball will look to extend its 18-game home court winning streak at Mizzou Arena ... The Tigers have not lost at home since the 2011-12 season and Frank Haith is 33-1 on his home court.
> 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).
> Missouri has been incredible at home in non-conference games the last six years ... Overall the Tigers have won 73 consecutive non-league games at Mizzou Arena and are 84-4 at home (all games) since 2008-09.
> Mizzou will have two 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.
> 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.
> Missouri Basketball returns to Kansas City on Nov. 16 to face Hawaii ... It's Mizzou's first trip to Sprint Center since winning the 2012 Big 12 Championship, it's final as a member of the conference ... Missouri has won five consecutive games at Sprint Center overall.
> Tickets for the game are on sale now and begin at just $10 ... Fans can purchase tickets by visiting SprintCenter.com.
> Mizzou was picked fifth in the Southeastern Conference's preseason media poll ... Kentucky was the projected league champion.
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