#15 Mizzou Basketball Opens Exhibition Play

Phil Pressey and the Tigers open preseason play on Friday.

Phil Pressey and the Tigers open preseason play on Friday.

Nov. 2, 2010

Columbia, Mo. -

Mizzou Game Notes (PDF)

of Missouri Tigers (0-0 EXH) vs.

Harris Stowe State Hornets (1-0)

Tip-Off: 7 p.m.

Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)

TV: Mizzou Sports Network (Beau Baehman and Jon Sundvold)

Radio: None



Rankings: Mizzou 15/15; Harris-Stowe NR/NR in AP / USA Today Coaches Poll

Series: First Meeting


Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82); 177-87 overall (9th); 88-46 at Mizzou (5th)

Harris-Stowe State: Phillip Hunt (Saint Louis ‘04) 17-16 overall (2nd season)


For Openers...

> Missouri Basketball opens its fifth season under Head Coach Mike Anderson on Friday, as the club hosts Harris-Stowe State University at 7 p.m. inside Mizzou Arena ... The Tigers are a perfect 8-0 in exhibition games under Anderson and own a remarkable 41.9 ppg scoring margin in those eight wins.

> Missouri begins the 2010-11 campaign as a ranked program ... The Tigers are rated #15 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls to start the year ... The Tigers are ranked in the preseason for the first time since 2003-04 ... Missouri opened the year #5 in 2003-04, the highest preseason ranking in school history ... Mizzou of course finished the 2008-09 season ranked inside the Top 10 after its run to the NCAA Elite Eight.

> Missouri has developed a habit of playing in-state institutions during preseason play ... Last year the Tigers faced Truman State and Northwest Missouri State ... The club will meet Arkansas-Fort Smith next week, but eight of 10 preseason games under Anderson’s watch have been vs. state programs.

> Although it’s just preseason action and won’t count, Missouri Basketball owns a 47-game non-conference home court winning streak, which dates back to the 2005-06 campaign ... That 47-game run is a school record, topping the 29 consecutive non-conference home wins from 1979-83 ... That streak ended with an overtime loss to Marquette ... Missouri’s last non-conference loss at home came against Sam Houston State in the 2005-06 season opener.

> Mizzou Arena has been a terror dome for non-league opponents during the Mike Anderson era... In running their record to 40-0 (under Mike Anderson), the Tigers are averaging a 26.6 ppg. margin of victory vs. non-conference foes at home, including quality wins over Arkansas, California, Davidson, Mississippi State, Murray State, Oral Roberts and Purdue.

> Missouri will once again have each of its games televised this season thanks to its partnership with Mizzou Sports Network, ESPN, The Big 12 Network and CBS ... All 31 regular-season games and both exhibition games will be carried on live television and at least 30 of those 31 games will be carried nationally on ESPN Fullcourt.


Mizzou Quick Hitters

> Missouri Basketball opens preseason action on Friday when it hosts intrastate foe Harris-Stowe State from St. Louis ... The Tigers are 8-0 all-time in preseason action under Head Coach Mike Anderson.

> Missouri has averaged 94.2 points per game in exhibition games under Anderson, with seven of those eight games coming against in-state institutions.

> The Tigers have handled their business nicely over the years against teams from Missouri... Mizzou is 145-56 all-time vs. opponents from the Show-Me State... Not included in this mark are exhibition wins.

> Missouri has typically played some tough schedules over the years and that trend will continue in 2010-11 ... With the preseason polls being released last week, Mizzou will have 12 games against teams ranked / receiving votes in the preseason Top 25 ... Included in that list are some impressive non-conference games vs. Old Dominion and Vanderbilt at home, neutral site games vs. #13 Illinois, #21 Georgetown, Wyoming and Providence/La Salle and a road game at Oregon.

> Missouri got some love in the preseason polls this year, checking in at #15 in both Top 25 ledgers ... Mizzou was #32 in the ESPN / USA Today Coaches Poll and #45 in the Associated Press Poll last season at this time.

> FoxSports.com’s Jeff Goodman gave the Tigers some preseason hype as well, picking Anderson’s club #9 in his preseason poll.

> Sports Illustrated thought highly of Missouri’s backcourt depth and pegged the MU guards #13 nationally as a position group.


Tiger Tidbits

#1 Phil Pressey, 5-10, 168 Pounds

> Phil Pressey enters the Missouri program has the highest-ranked recruit of the Mike Anderson era, rated as high as #16 nationally by 2K Sports.

> The quick, explosive guard is a true point for the Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball and brings a team-oriented approach to the lineup.

> Pressey dished a game high nine assists in the Black & Gold Game, while scoring 16 points in a winning effort.

> His older brother Matt Pressey is a junior on this year’s club and his father, Paul Pressey, is currently an assistant coach for Byron Scott and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


#2 Ricky Kreklow, 6-6, 195 Pounds

> Ricky Kreklow became the third consecutive Mr. Basketball in the state of Missouri to ink with the Tigers.

> The talented newcomer is the son of current Missouri Volleyball head coach Wayne Kreklow and is a local product that grew up watching the Tigers.

> He was named the MVP of the Demetrius Johnson All-Star game in St. Louis this June after scoring 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

> Kreklow flashed his versatility in the Black & Gold Game, where he scored 17 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting to go with eight assists and four steals.


#3 Matt Pressey, 6-2, 185 Pounds

> The Elmers Glue of this year’s club and is out of the same mold as a J.T. Tiller and Zaire Taylor with his blue-collar mentality.

> Was a junior college All-American at Navarro College last year, joining fellow Tiger Ricardo Ratliffe on that first team squad.

> His younger brother Phil Pressey is a freshman on this year’s club and his father, Paul Pressey, is currently an assistant coach for Byron Scott and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


#10 Ricardo Ratliffe, 6-8, 240 Pounds

> Highly-coveted big man out of Central Florida College, that was twice named a first team NJCAA All-American.

> One of only 13 players in NJCAA history to be named back-to-back first team All-American.

> Named the Big 12’s Preseason Newcomer of the Year by the league coaches.

> Broke the Central Florida school record with 1,653 points over two seasons.

> Had his junior college jersey (#20) retired at the school’s season-opener this year.

> Made a huge splash in his Black & Gold debut, scoring 32 points and grabbing nine rebounds.


#11 Michael Dixon, 6-1, 180 Pounds

> Returning sophomore that made eight starts as a rookie last year.

> Scoring point guard that ranked among Big 12 freshmen leaders with 7.5 points per game.

> Top returning assist man from last season with 55 dimes and just 32 turnovers.

> Played huge in some big games for Mizzou, scoring a career high 16 points in the win over Illinois, 13 vs. Texas and 15 vs. West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


#12 Marcus Denmon, 6-3, 185 Pounds

> Returning Academic All-Big 12.

> Big 12 All-Reserve Team last year as a sophomore. > Led the club in three-point shooting percentage last season at 40.7 percent with 68 makes.

> Ranked second on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per game and will give the Tigers another big guard to replace Zaire Taylor and J.T. Tiller.

> Is back to full strength after suffering a knee injury as a freshman ... He fought through soreness in that knee for much of his sophomore campaign.


#21 Laurence Bowers, 6-3, 185 Pounds

> Named to the Big 12’s All-Reserve Team, but finished his sophomore year with six consecutive starts.

> Tore ligaments in his wrist down the home stretch of the 2009-10 campaign, but is fully healthy ... He will wrap his wrist however as a precaution.

> Named Academic All-Big 12 last year, as well as All-Reserve.

> Was one of the Big 12’s most improved players going from 3.2 ppg as a freshman to 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds as a sophomore.

> Needs just eight more blocked shots to move into Missouri’s career Top 10 ... Currently has 61 swats.

#23 Justin Safford, 6-3, 185 Pounds

> Is healthy after undergoing off-season ACL surgery ... Injured his knee on Feb. 24 vs. Colorado, but worked incredibly hard throughout his rehabilitation and is back to near full strength.

> Is the club’s lone senior and enters this third year with the program, which includes 70 wins during that stretch.

> Averaged 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds as a junior, but averaged 9.9 points in Big 12 play before his injury.

> Made a return to live action in the Black & Gold Game where he recorded a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double on 7-of-11 shooting.


#24 Kim English, 6-6, 200 Pounds

> Returning all-Big 12 Third Team from last year after pacing the club in scoring and tying for the team lead with 68 three-point makes.

> First sophomore to earn all-Big 12 for the Tigers since Kareem Rush.

> Named to the Preseason Top 50 for the John Wooden Player of the Year Award.

> Named one of college basketball’s top shooters by FoxSports.com’s Jeff Goodman.

> Named one of college basketball’s Top 15 wing players by CBS’s Gary Parrish.

> Named honorable mention all-Big 12 this preseason by the league coaches ... The league just announces a first team on the preseason ballot.

> Is of course known for his tireless work ethic and wears #24 because he is thinking about the game of basketball 24 hours a day.

> Often sleeps in the locker room during the season, which allows him to workout during off-hours.


#32 Steve Moore, 6-9, 270 Pounds

> Gives Missouri a great defensive presence in the low post and finished his sophomore season with 17 blocks in his final eight games.

> Closed the year with at least one block in each of his last eight games.

> Spent a portion of the summer playing with Global Sports Academy in Europe.


English Named to Wooden Top 50

Missouri junior guard Kim English was named a preseason candidate for the prestigious John R. Wooden Player of the Year trophy announced by The Los Angeles Athletic Club ... The Baltimore, Md., native led Mizzou in scoring last season averaging 14.0 points en route to all-Big 12 recognition.

> The list features 50 of the top players in college basketball who, based on last year’s individual and team performances, are considered to be the early frontrunners for one of the top honors in college hoops this season ... Transfers and incoming freshmen are not eligible to for the preseason list, but can play their way into mid-season consideration for the honor.

> English’s selection marks the second consecutive year a Tiger has made the Wooden Preseason ledger ... J.T. Tiller was a Top 50 nominee last year and helped the club to a 23-11 mark, which included a win in last year’s NCAA Tournament.

Ratliffe Named Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year by the League Coaches

Forward Ricardo Ratliffe was named the Big 12 Conference’s Preseason Newcomer of the Year by the league coaches ... It’s the second time in Head Coach Mike Anderson’s tenure that a player has earned the top newcomer billing in the preseason ... DeMarre Carroll earned the same honor before the 2007-08 campaign and went on to claim the postseason award as well.

> A 6-foot-8, 240-pound post player, Ratliffe adds tremendous size and strength to a strong returning nucleus at Mizzou … The Hampton, Va., native enjoyed a historic two-year career at the junior college level, earning back-to-back first team all-NJCAA All-America honors while setting school records for scoring (1,653 points) and rebounding (580) at Central Florida Community College ... Ratliffe was one of just 13 players in junior college history to be named first team All-America twice.


Tiger Ranked In Preseason

Missouri Basketball is entering the regular season as a ranked club for the first time since 2003-04 … Missouri was pegged #15 nationally in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls in October.

> Missouri was #5 nationally to open the 2003-04 campaign and have been ranked in the preseason 14 times before … The #15 national ranking is the ninth highest preseason ranking in school history … Mizzou of course finished the 2008-09 campaign #9 nationally en route to its NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance.


The Pine Is Fine

Missouri is known for having deep squads and the trend continued in 2009-10, as the Tiger reserves averaged 31.6 points per game last season.

> Tiger reserves scored 1,076 of the team’s 2,627 points last year and nine different Tigers reached double figures off the bench.

> In Anderson’s 134 games on the Tiger sidelines, the reserves have outscored Missouri’s starters 19 times.

> Mizzou has broken the school record for bench production each of the last two years … Before last season’s 31.6 ppg bench total, the club set the record in 2008-09 with 27.0 ppg ... The Tigers also broke the school record with 62 bench points in home wins against SIU-Edwardsville and Colorado in 2008-09.


College Basketball’s Wins Over Last Two Years

Guess who is among college basketball’s winningest programs the last two seasons? ... It’s the Missouri Tigers ... Mizzou has won 54 games the last two seasons, the 12th highest win total in college hoops since the start of the 2008-09 campaign.

> Below is a list of the winningest programs over the last couple of seasons.


        Team                       Wins

1.     Duke                       65

2.     Kansas                    60

3.     Syracuse                 59

4.     Butler                      58

5.     Utah State              57

        Memphis                57

        Michigan State      57

8.     Gonzaga                 56

        Purdue                    56

10.   Villanova               55

        Pittsburgh              55

12.   Mizzou                     54


Mizzou Arena - Home Sweet Home

Mike Anderson is a perfect 40-0 all-time in non-conference home games at Missouri ... Not only have the Tigers won 40 consecutive in non-league action, but they have done so in dominating fashion, sporting a 26.7 ppg margin of victory.

> The Tigers have played some impressive foes during Anderson’s run as well, and own quality wins over Arkansas, California, Davidson, Georgia, Oregon, Purdue, Murray State, Mississippi State and others during that 40-game stretch.

> Missouri was actually more dominant at home than normal last year, owning a 32.6 ppg margin of victory, including a 56-point win against Texas-Pan American (100-44), which is the largest margin of victory in the history of Mizzou Arena, a 51-point win over Fairleigh Dickinson (87-36), a 43-point triumph against Chattanooga (99-56) and a 37-point win against Oregon (106-69).


Year           Record          Margin of Victory

2006-07     11-0              18.7 ppg

2007-08     9-0                27.5 ppg

2008-09     10-0              29.5 ppg        

2009-10     10-0              32.6 ppg        

Total          40-0              26.7 ppg.


Ratliffe Gets Jersey Retired

Mizzou Basketball newcomer Ricardo Ratliffe returned to his junior college stomping grounds on Nov. 1 as Central Florida Community College retired his #20 uniform at the school’s 2010-11 basketball season-opener.

> Ratliffe, named the Big 12 Conference Preseason Newcomer of the Year, had a historic two-year career in Ocala, Fla., where he left as the school’s most decorated athlete ... He was twice named a first team NJCAA All-American at Central Florida Community College, first scoring 798 points as a freshman, before breaking his own school record with 855 points as a sophomore ... The Hampton, Va., native averaged a double-double during his two seasons in junior college and was named the National Junior College Athlete of the Year in 2010.


About Harris-Stowe State

Phillip Hunt enters his second season at the helm of the Harris-Stowe State program and led the Hornets to a 16-16 record in 2009-10 … HSSU opened its 2010-11 campaign on Oct. 30 with a 65-47 victory over Midland Lutheran College … Terry Hollins led the way with 18 points, five assists and five steals, while Robert Mumphard tallied 16 points … The game was tied at the half, but Harris-Stowe used a 34-16 second-half surge to pull away.


Black & Gold Recap

Tiger fans were treated to an offensive shootout in the annual Black & Gold Game on Oct. 28 as the Mizzou Black rallied to win 102-96 vs. the Mizzou Gold … Laurence Bowers led the Black team with 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Marcus Denmon (19) and Ricky Kreklow (17) combined for nine three-point makes.

> Ricardo Ratliffe led all scorers with 32 tallies in defeat … The junior college transfer hit 12-of-16 shots and 8-of-11 free throws while grabbing nine boards and dishing two assists … Kim English scored 22 points as well, while Michael Dixon added eight assists.


Winningest Three-Year Stretches at Mizzou

Missouri Basketball is looking to continue its impressive winning trend over the last two seasons, which has seen the club win 54 games since the start of the 2008-09 campaign ... The Tigers have won 20 games in back-to-back years, including a school record 31 wins during that run to the Elite Eight two seasons ago ... Missouri is just 21 wins shy of the winningest three-year stretch in school history ... Below are the school’s top three-year win totals.


Pl.    Years                         Wins

1.     1988-91                    75

        1980-83                    75

3.     1987-90                    74

        1979-82                    74

5.     1986-89                    72

6.     2007-10                    70

        2008-Current            54


Moore’s European Vacation

Well, not quite a vacation, but Missouri junior forward Steve Moore did have a chance to travel to Europe this summer and earn some valuable playing time with the Global Sports Academy ... The 6-foot-9 forward played five games in nine days in countries such as Belgium, France and Germany.

> Moore earned extended playing time as the 10-team roster was quickly cut down to six due to some late player cancellations.

> Moore estimated his averages to be around 7-8 points, better than 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks over the five games for his team that went 4-1 ... He hit double figures in his club’s lone loss, but enjoyed the experience of playing overseas and playing under the international (FIBA) rules.

> Moore roomed with Arizona State guard Trent Lockett on the trip and enjoyed taking in the sights of Europe with teammates such as Michael Santos of Santa Clara.


Bowers Throws First Pitch

Mizzou junior Laurence Bowers grew up loving the sport of baseball, but after starring on the mound for two prep seasons in Memphis, the 6-foot-8 forward shifted his focus to the hardwood and was one of the Big 12’s most improved players as a sophomore, averaging 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and a team-best 48 blocked shots … Despite the success in hoops, Bowers is still fond of baseball and remains a loyal St. Louis Cardinals fan.

> That combination of hoops stardom and Cardinal reverence paid big dividends for Bowers on Sept. 3, as he was asked to throw out the first pitch before St. Louis’ win against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium … Bowers made the most of his opportunity as well, throwing a curve ball for a strike to reserve Cardinal catcher Matt Pagnozzi … The pitch helped kickoff a huge Mizzou weekend in St. Louis as the Tiger Football team defeated Illinois the following day 23-13 at the Edward Jones Dome.


Preseason Big 12 Rankings

Missouri Basketball will look to exceed expectations for a third consecutive year … The Big 12 Coaches picked the Tigers fifth in the preseason poll after pegging Mizzou #7 the last two seasons … The Tigers were slotted seventh in 2008-09, but of course refuted that ranking by finishing third in the league standings, winning the Big 12’s Tournament crown, advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and finishing with a school record 31 wins … Last year Mizzou was picked seventh again, but finished with 23 wins overall and 10 wins in the league … Mizzou finished just a game out of second place.

> Kansas State was pegged as the league’s preseason favorite following by Kansas and Texas.


Team (First Place Votes)         Points

1.     Kansas State (10)          119

2.     Kansas (2)                      109

3.     Texas                               99

4.     Baylor                              96

5.     Missouri                         82

6.     Texas A&M                     69

7.     Texas Tech                     52

8.     Oklahoma State            51

9.     Colorado                         46

10.   Nebraska                        31

11.   Oklahoma                      27

12.   Iowa State                      11


NBA Pedigree

Every basketball player has the dream of playing in the NBA and for three Tiger newcomers their fathers each reached that dream of playing basketball at the highest level … Brothers Matt and Phil Pressey and fellow newcomer Ricky Kreklow each come from an NBA background.

> Paul Pressey, now an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers, is widely considered the original point forward in the NBA and was named first or second team All-Defense in the league three times ... Pressey played for Milwaukee, San Antonio and Golden State in his career which spanned 1983-93 ... Pressey was of course a collegiate teammate with Head Coach Mike Anderson at the University of Tulsa, where they played for Hall of Famer Nolan Richardson.

> Wayne Kreklow, now Missouri’s head volleyball coach, played for the World Champion Boston Celtics during the 1980-81 season ... The elder Kreklow played his collegiate basketball at Drake and was an All-American for the Bulldogs in 1980 and was named to the school’s All-Century Team.

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