Nov. 20, 2013
Missouri Tigers vs. Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs
Date: Nov. 23, 2013
Tip-Off: 2:30 p.m.
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: Mizzou Sports Network (Beau Baehman and Gary Link)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Tom Ackerman and Chip Walther)
Rankings: Missouri - RV / RV - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll
Gardner-Webb - None
Series: First Meeting
Missouri: Tim Fuller (Wake Forest `00); 3-0 overall (3rd season at Mizzou)
Gardner-Webb: Tim Craft (Florida `00) 2-2 overall; Same at Gardner-Webb (1st season)
> Mizzou Basketball begins a quick stretch of four games in six days on Saturday as the Tigers host Gardner-Webb at 2:30 p.m. at Mizzou Arena ... A reminder to fans that Saturday's game time was moved up two hours to allow fans to attend the basketball game on Saturday and then watch Missouri Football's 6:45 p.m. contest at Ole Miss.
> Games on Saturday (vs. Gardner-Webb) and Monday (vs. IUPUI) are part of the 2013 Las Vegas Invitational and were scheduled by tournament organizers ... Missouri will then travel to Las Vegas for games against Northwestern (Nov. 28) and Nevada (Nov. 29) at the Orleans Arena.
> Missouri will be looking for a 4-0 start for the fifth consecutive season ... The Tigers are returning home following a 92-80 win over Hawaii at Sprint Center last weekend in Kansas City ... The victory gave Mizzou its first win away from home this season and Jabari Brown scored a career-high tying 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the victory.
> Missouri continues to shoot the basketball well early in the 2013-14 campaign ... Mizzou is shooting 53 percent from the floor as a team and is hitting 43 percent from beyond the three-point line.
> While the trio of Jabari Brown, Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross are accounting for 60 percent of Missouri's points early this season, the Tigers enjoyed a breakout performance from its post players vs. Hawaii ... Ryan Rosburg, Keanau Post and Tony Criswell, Mizzou's three-man rotation at the "5", combined for 26 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots in 53 minutes ... Criswell made his season debut and had 11 points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes.
> Missouri owns a 20-game homecourt winning streak at Mizzou Arena dating back to the final home game of the 2011-12 campaign ... That winning streak ranks No. 2 nationally ... Belmont's 21-game winning streak is currently the longest home streak in America.
> Mizzou has been very good at home under Head Coach Frank Haith's teams ... The Tigers are 35-1 at Mizzou Arena since 2011-12 and were a perfect 17-0 at home last season.
> Mizzou boasts a 139-21 (.869) record at home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 86-4 at home since 2008-09, amounting to an incredible .955 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 75 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.
> Jordan Clarkson was named the Southeastern Conference's Player of the Week on Nov. 18 ... Clarkson scored a career high 31 points vs. Southern Illinois on Nov. 12 and returned to drop in 13 points in the win against Hawaii ... Clarkson has been especially solid in the second half this season, averaging 14.0 points over the game's final 20 minutes.
Mizzou Basketball Cliffs...
> Mizzou Basketball plays a pair of home games in three days as the Tigers host Gardner-Webb (Nov. 23) and IUPUI (Nov. 25) in opening-rounds of the 2013 Las Vegas Invitational.
> The two meetings are the first in series history between Mizzou and the two programs ... Missouri will then depart Tuesday afternoon to Las Vegas for games on Thursday and Friday at the Orleans Arena.
> Missouri is coming off a 92-80 win over Hawaii last Saturday at Sprint Center and the Tigers continue to be very good inside the Show-Me State ... Over the last three years the Tigers are 43-1 in the state of Missouri, which includes six wins in Kansas City and two wins in St. Louis.
> Mizzou continues to feast in the month of November over the last few seasons ... The Tigers are 14-1 in November since 2011 and are 41-6 in November since 2006.
> Mizzou will look to continue its homecourt domination vs. non-league foes this weekend vs. Gardner-Webb ... Overall Missouri has won 75 consecutive home games vs. non-league opposition since the end of the 2005-06 campaign ... In fact Mizzou has won 48-of-51 regular season non-league games (regardless of site) since Dec. 12, 2009, dating back to a road loss at Oral Roberts.
> In Saturday's Gardner-Webb contest the Tigers will look to extend third 20-game home court winning streak at Mizzou Arena ... Missouri has not lost at home since the 2011-12 season and Frank Haith is 35-1 on his home court, including this current stretch with Tim Fuller serving as interim.
> Mizzou will see a familiar face on the Gardner-Webb roster ... Former Texas A&M player, Naji Hibbert, is in his first season with the program ... Hibbert played three seasons at A&M, starting in 2009-10 ... He made nine starts in his career at A&M and was a Top 60 recruit coming out of high school.
> The Tigers bounced back nicely in the rebounding category vs. Hawaii ... Mizzou out-rebounded Hawaii 44-30 last Saturday ... Hawaii had out-rebounded Tennessee State (47-28) and Western Michigan (36-22) and had only been out-rebounded by New Mexico State (40-27),which was led by 7-foot-5, 360-pound center Sim Bhullar.
> Missouri is being led in scoring by the dynamic junior tandem of Jabari Brown (19.7 ppg) and Jordan Clarkson (19.3) ... The duo is combining for 39.0 points per game, third in the Southeastern Conference to the LSU tandem of Johnny O'Bryant (23.0) and Andre Stringer (21.0) and the Auburn pair of Chris Denson (24.5) and KT Harrell (21.0).
> Missouri is receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls ... The Tigers are ranked No. 39 by the Coaches and No. 38 by the media.
> Jordan Clarkson recorded the first 30-point game of the SEC season last Tuesday 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 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 ... 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 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 75 consecutive non-league games at Mizzou Arena and are 86-4 at home (all games) since 2008-09.
> Since 2006-07 (68-0) 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.
> Mizzou was picked fifth in the Southeastern Conference's preseason media poll ... Kentucky was the projected league champion.