Tim Fuller will lead Mizzou Basketball as interim head coach for the next five games.
Nov. 7, 2013
Missouri Tigers vs. Southeastern La. Lions
Tip-Off: 7 p.m.
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: Mizzou Sports Network (Beau Baehman and Jon Sundvold)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Tom Ackerman and Gary Link)
Rankings: Missouri - RV /RV - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll
Southeastern Louisiana - None
Series: First Meeting
Missouri: Tim Fuller (Wake Forest `00); 0-0 overall (3rd season at Mizzou)
Southeastern Louisiana: Jim Yarbrough (Florida State `87) 121-117 at SELA (9th season)
> Missouri officially opens its 108th season of basketball on Nov. 8 when the Tigers host Southeastern Louisiana at Mizzou Arena ... It's Mizzou's 10th season opener at Mizzou Arena since the facility was opened in 2004-05 and the Tigers are 8-1 in those games.
> The Tigers have an all-time record of 86-21 in season openers and 92-15 in home openers ... In Mizzou's last 39 home openers, the Tigers have an impressive mark of 38-1.
> Mizzou is coming off another perfect exhibition schedule ... The Tigers defeated both Oklahoma City (73-48) and Central Missouri (92-79) and used a strong second-half to dispatch of a UCM.
> Missouri's three-headed monster in the backcourt paced the Tigers in their two wins ... Earnest Ross scored 25 points, while Jordan Clarkson added 23 and Jabari Brown scored 19 in the 92-79 win over Central Missouri on Nov. 1.
> In two exhibition games that trio accounted for 62 percent of the club's scoring and also dished 20 assists ... When the numbers are broken down Ross, Clarkson and Brown scored or assisted on 144 of the team's 165 preseason points (87.2 percent).
> Tim Fuller will direct the Tigers for the next five games while Frank Haith serves his suspension ... Fuller is Mizzou's Associate Head Coach and earned that title prior to the 2012-13 campaign ... Haith will return to the Tiger bench on Nov. 28 when Mizzou faces Northwestern in the Las Vegas Invitational.
> One of Mizzou's most impressive players has been freshman Johnathan Williams, III who grabbed 13 rebounds and scored eight points in the final exhibition win over UCM ... Williams could become the first freshman to start a season-opener for Missouri since Jason Horton in 2004 ... That was the first game in Mizzou Arena history.
> Mizzou has been very good at home under Head Coach Frank Haith's teams ... The Tigers are 33-1 at Mizzou Arena since 2011-12 and were a perfect 17-0 at home last season.
> Mizzou sports a 137-21 (.867) record at 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.
> 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.
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> Missouri Basketball opens the 2013-14 campaign on Friday as the Tigers host Southeastern Louisiana at Mizzou Arena.
> Mizzou will look to continue its homecourt domination vs. non-league foes ... Overall Missouri has won 73 consecutive home games vs. non-league opposition since the end of the 2005-06 campaign ... In fact Mizzou has won 45-of-48 regular season non-league games (regardless of site) since Dec. 12, 2009, dating back to a road loss at Oral Roberts.
> Missouri is receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls ... The Tigers are ranked No. 38 by the Coaches and No. 43 by the media.
> Does Friday's season-opener feel early? Well it should, as it is the earliest on record at MU ... Prior to today's game, the earliest start on record was Nov. 10 (2006 and 2012) ... In case you were wondering, the season-opening weekend for college basketball next season starts Nov. 14.
> Mizzou has won seven consecutive season openers dating back to 2005-06 ... Missouri's last season-opening loss was to Southeastern Louisiana's Southland Conference rival, Sam Houston State, on Nov. 14, 2005.
> While Friday's game is the first in series history between Southeastern Louisiana and Mizzou, there is a connection between Head Coach Frank Haith and the SELA program ... Haith hired Billy Kennedy Head Coach at SELA from 1999-2005 to be his associate head coach at Miami for the 2005-06 season ... Kennedy had just led the Lions to the 2005 NCAA Tournament before accepting the role at Miami ... Kennedy is of course the head coach at Texas A&M.
> Missouri begins a furious stretch of games, which will see the Tigers play seven regular-season games over the next three weeks ... Four of those games will be played at Mizzou Arena and three (Hawaii, Northwestern and Nevada) will be played on a neutral court.
> That first game away from home will come at Sprint Center in Kansas City vs. Hawaii before two games at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas vs. Northwestern and Nevada.
> Head Coach Frank Haith enters 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 ... Haith will resume his coaching duties Nov. 28 vs. Northwestern at the Las Vegas Invitational.
> Missouri has won at historic levels over the last five seasons and MU begins its search for a sixth consecutive 20-win campaign on Friday ... In fact the Tigers have won 23+ games each of the last five seasons.
> The five consecutive 20-win seasons is a school record and Missouri's five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament is the longest active streak in the Southeastern Conference.
> 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.
> Since 2006-07 (66-0) the club's margin of victory has been 26.4 points in those non-league home tilts.
> 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.