Mizzou Hosts Chattanooga on Tuesday

MUTIGERS.COM Steve Moore and the Tigers host Chattanooga on Tuesday.
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Steve Moore and the Tigers host Chattanooga on Tuesday.
MUTIGERS.COM

Nov. 23, 2009

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Mizzou Basketball News and Notes 2009-10

University of Missouri Tigers (2-0) vs.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2-1)

2009-10 Regular Season Game 3 - November 24, 2009 - Columbia, Mo.

 

Tip-off: 7 p.m. CST

Arena: Mizzou Arena - Columbia, Mo. (15,061)

TV: Mizzou Sports Network - (Chris Gervino play-by-play; Scott Highmark analyst)

Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly play-by-play; Gary Link analyst)

Rankings: Mizzou: RV/RV, Chattanooga: N/R in Associated Press / USA Today Coaches polls

Series: Missouri leads 3-0; last 103-75 win on Nov. 17, 2008 in Columbia

Coaches:

Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ’82); 156-76 overall (8th season); 67-35 at Mizzou (4th)

Chattanooga: John Shulman (E. Tennessee State, ‘89) Sixth Season, 92-73 at Chattanooga

 

For Openers

> Missouri jumps right back into action on Tuesday, as the Tigers host Chattanooga in yet another opening-round game of the 2009 South Padre Island Invitational ... Missouri opened the event with a 100-44 victory over Texas-Pan American and the 56-point margin of victory was the largest ever in the history of Mizzou Arena (sixth season).

> Missouri and Chattanooga met last season in a similar situation ... The Tigers hosted the Mocs in an opening-round game of the Puerto Rico Season Tip Off (103-75 Tiger win) ... Both clubs will head to South Padre, Texas, on Wednesday, as UTC will face Mizzou’s Sunday opponent, Texas-Pan American and the Tigers battle a very talented Old Dominion squad who is receiving votes for the Top 25.

> It’s only two games, but Missouri’s bench outscored its starters for the second consecutive night ... The Tigers got 57 bench points in the 100-44 win against UT-Pan American, after getting 45 tallies earlier in the week against Tennessee-Martin ... Through two games the Missouri second-wave is averaging 51.0 points per game and as a team the Tigers are giving up only 56.0 total points a contest.

> Coach Anderson is into his second “100” in Columbia ... Anderson coaches his 103rd career game as a Tiger on Tuesday and is now 67-35 during his MU tenure, making him the winningest coach at Mizzou during that first 102-game stretch.

> The Tigers continue to be a dominant team at home under Mike Anderson ... The Tigers have played 32 home non-conference games and 28 of those 32 have been decided by double figure margins with the largest margin of victory coming on Sunday (56 points) ... In fact, in running his record to 32-0 against non-conference teams at home, Anderson and the Tigers have enjoyed a 25.3 ppg margin of victory, including quality wins over Arkansas, California, Davidson, Mississippi State, Murray State, Oral Roberts and Purdue.

> Missouri owns a 21-game winning streak inside Mizzou Arena, which dates back to the home finale of the 2007-08 campaign against Iowa State … Missouri currently ranks #6 nationally in consecutive home wins and needs just two more home victories to push this active streak into the school’s all-time Top 3.

> Missouri Basketball owns a 39-game non-conference home court winning streak, which dates back to the 2005-06 campaign ... That 39-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 Quick Hitters

> Even with Mizzou’s gaudy 31-7 record a year ago the Tigers never got to 3-0, however that’s what Mike Anderson’s fourth team is shooting for on Tuesday as it hosts Chattanooga on 7 p.m.

> The Tigers are playing their second contest in three days, following a 100-44 win against Texas-Pan American on Sunday afternoon.

> Missouri will practice Wednesday morning and leave for South Padre, Texas, at approximately 10 a.m. via St. Louis’ Lambert International Airport.

> It’s hard to argue with the production of Missouri’s pine this season ... The Tigers got 45 bench points in the season opener against Tennessee-Martin and dropped in 57 more against Pan American on Sunday.

> Mizzou has enjoyed four double-figure scorers off the bench this season, led by Laurence Bowers who has accomplished the feat twice ... Kim English recently dropped in a career high 25 vs. UT-Pan American in a reserve effort.

> One thing about Mike Anderson’s clubs, they are built for the long haul ... Over his tenure “Coach A’s” teams have averaged 26.2 points per game off the bench... That’s over 102 career games.

> It’s nothing new to have the reserves outscore the starters either ... Including both games this season (102 points for bench vs. 81 for starters), the reserves have dropped in more tallies than the “initial five” 14 times (in 102 games) in Anderson’s tenure ... It just goes to show you, when the man says he has eight or nine starters, it means he has eight or nine starters!

> With the Tigers’ improved backcourt depth the team is averaging 15.5 steals per game on the young season ... Missouri’s 17 steals vs. Texas-Pan American were the ninth most in school history.

> The 28 assists (on 40 hoops) narrowly missed the records book and is the 11th most all-time and is tied for the second most ever by a Mike Anderson club ... The most ever under Anderson was 32 vs. North Carolina A&T, his first-ever game as the Missouri head coach.

> Missouri has typically played some tough schedules over the years and that trend will continue in 2009-10 ... Mizzou could have 12 games against teams ranked / receiving votes in the preseason Top 25 ... Included in that list are some impressive non-conference games (all away from home) against Mississippi State, #23 Illinois, #30 Vanderbilt and #51 Old Dominion ... While Oral Roberts isn’t getting Top 25 votes yet, the Golden Eagles enjoyed an 83-81 win at Stanford on Nov. 19.

> In fact, of the potential 13 games vs. those highly-touted clubs only five will come at Mizzou Arena.

> Missouri also got some love in the preseason polls, checking in at #33 in the ESPN / USA Today Coaches Poll and #44 in the Associated Press Poll.

> ESPN The Magazine also showed Missouri some respect, ranking the club #14 nationally in its college basketball preseason issue.

 

Tiger Tidbits

> J.T. Tiller is questionable for Tuesday’s game and will be re-evaluated on Game Day for a bone bruise in his left foot.

> Tiller has earned mention on virtually every preseason All-Defensive Team in 2009-10 … Tiller is of course the reigning Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 12 Conference and was named to All-Defensive Teams by Sports Illustrated and ESPN prior to the start of his senior season.

> Tiller is Mizzou’s top returning scorer and recorded six points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 15 minutes of action in the season opener.

> The Marietta, Ga., native has 233 career assists entering his senior season and needs just 97 dimes this year to move into the career Top 10.

> He also owns 118 career steals and 33 more thefts would push him into the Top 10 in that category as well, surpassing former teammate Jason Horton (2004-08) who had 150 … In fact his career steals per game average of 1.3 already ranks in Mizzou’s career Top 10.

> Despite missing Sunday’s game, Tiller has been an iron man for Missouri, playing in the first 101 games of his Tiger tenure.

> Zaire Taylor will be asked to score more in 2010, but is known for his excellent ball protection ... The Staten Island native was one of America’s top point guards a season ago and ranked among the Top 5 nationally with a 3-to-1 assist/turnover ratio.

> Taylor has wasted little time picking up his assist totals this year, as he dished five dimes without committing a turnover vs. Texas-Pan American.

> While he averaged 6.7 points per game on the year, Taylor’s scoring average increased to 9.2 points in road games throughout his Missouri career.

> Not only do Taylor and Tiller form one of America’s best backcourts, but the pair is incredibly visible in the community and volunteered with the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon, which supports the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital ...  The duo answered phones on the phonebank and made special visits to patients.

> Laurence Bowers has been a force off the bench for Missouri so far, reaching double figures in both contests ... He score 16 points in the opener, before contributing 14 points and five boards vs. Texas-Pan American.

> Bowers is second on the team in scoring (15.0), tops in rebounding (6.5) and tops in field goal percentage (.722).

> Bowers’ early success really doesn’t come as a surprise … The Memphis native has a knack for being around the basketball as he was the team’s most efficient rebounder and shot-blocker a year ago as a freshman in just 6.9 minutes a game.

> Kim English scored a career high 25 points in the win against Texas-Pan American ... The Baltimore native hit 5-of-6 treys and 9-of-12 total field goal attempts.

> The 6-foot-5 guard also added five boards, three assists and three steals in the well-rounded effort.

> Marcus Denmon is nearly full strength after off-season knee surgery and made his first career start vs. Texas-Pan American ... Denmon scored Missouri’s first-seven tallies and finished with 10 points.

> Denmon also scored 10 points and grabbed six boards in 21 minutes vs. Tennessee-Martin.

> Fans will notice a slimmed down version of Steve Moore this year … Since his arrival Moore had dropped 40 pounds and has now began to regain the weight in the form of muscle … Moore credits Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning David Deets with adjusting his eating habits, allowing the “Extreme Makeover”.

> Moore turned that weight loss into production, as he logged a career high eight points in the win against Tennessee-Martin.

> Michael Dixon made the first shot of his collegiate career in the season opener, swishing home a three-pointer at the 9:54 mark of the first half vs. Tennessee-Martin.

> Dixon enjoyed another “first” vs. Texas-Pan American, his first start, as he scored nine points, dished seven assists and committed just one turnover.

> Not to be outdone, fellow backcourt mate Miguel Paul dished a career high six assists in 21 minutes and did not commit a turnover ... Paul has nine assists and just two turnovers to lead all Tigers.

 

About Chattanooga

Chattanooga is 2-1 on the season following a 75-49 loss against a very good Richmond team from the Atlantic 10 ... Chattanooga already has a quality win against East Tennessee State this year and opened the season with a 107-62 win against Virginia Intermont at home ... Chattanooga is averaging 80.3 points per game this season and will look to push the tempo against Missouri ... Vanderbilt transfer Keegan Bell is an excellent perimeter shooter and has hit 8-of-15 treys on the year ... Ridge McKeither is a bruising forward at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds and leads the team in scoring (16.0) and rebounding (8.7) ... Of course Chattanooga won the Southern Conference title last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

 

Series vs. Chattanooga

Missouri is 3-0 all-time vs. Chattanooga, including a 103-75 win vs. the Mocs last season in Columbia ... That game was considered an opening-round contest of the 2008 Puerto Rico Tip-Off and today’s game is considered an opening-round contest for the South Padre Island Invitational ... All four meetings between Missouri and Chattanooga have come in a tournament of some sort, including the 1996 San Juan Shootout and the 1980 Cotton States Classic.

 

Share The Wealth

Mike Anderson teams have always passed the ball well and since his arrival in Columbia, Mizzou has turned in some of its greatest assist seasons in school history, including leading the country in dimes in 2008-09 ... Missouri has picked up where it left off already this year, as the Tigers dished 28 assists in a 100-44 win against Texas-Pan American.

> Missouri has dished 20 or more assists in 27-of-102 games during Anderson’s tenure and the Tigers are an incredible 26-1 in those contests ... Missouri’s lone loss with 20+ assists came in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament a year ago (21 vs. UConn) and the Tigers are 4-1 when dishing 20 dimes vs. ranked teams.

 

Fresh(men) Faces

Michael Dixon became just the third freshman in the Mike Anderson era to start a basketball game and was the earliest to accomplish the feat as he started in just his second career contest ... Dixon responded well filling in for banged up senior J.T. Tiller, scoring nine points and dishing seven assists in 23 minutes of action vs. Texas-Pan American.

> Kim English earned 13 starts for Missouri a season ago and former Tiger Keon Lawrence started eight games in 2006-07.

 

Well-Rounded Ramsey

In just two games this season, senior forward Keith Ramsey has set career highs in three different categories for MU ... Ramsey opened the year with a career high 15 points in the win against Tennessee-Martin, before doling out career highs of five assists and four steals in the win against Texas-Pan American.

> The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native leads MU with 3.0 steals per game and ranks second in rebounds (6.0), blocks (1.5) and field goal percentage (.643), and is third in assists (3.5).

 

Sophomore Sensations

Mizzou’s large sophomore class of Laurence Bowers, Marcus Denmon, Kim English, Steve Moore and Miguel Paul are having a huge impact through two games ... The quintet is averaging a combined 50.0 points, 20.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists for the 2-0 Tigers, with Bowers, Denmon and English all reaching double figures a combined five times through the two wins.

> Paul is tops on the club with 4.5 assists per game and Moore has enjoyed career highs already in a number of categories, including minutes played.

 

Tourney Success Under Anderson

Mizzou has been very good during in-season tournaments under Mike Anderson and were excellent in postseason tourneys last year as well, winning the Big 12 Championship and advancing to the Elite Eight of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

> MU is an impressive 9-2 during in-season tournaments under Anderson, including a win in the opening round of the South Padre Island Invitational against Texas-Pan American on Sunday.

> Missouri finished fourth in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in 2008, which included a win over #19 USC.

> In 2007 the Tiger finished third in the CBE Classic, dropping a three-point decision to #10 Michigan State (86-83) before toppling Maryland 84-70 in the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

> The Tigers also claimed the John Thompson Foundation Classic title during Anderson’s first year.

 

Top Recruiting Haul

Missouri’s recruiting class in the early signing period was rated #1 in the Big 12 Conference by virtually every recruiting service and was rated #7 nationally by USA Today.

> Anderson added four members to his squad for next season, as Phil Pressey, Tony Mitchell, Rick Kreklow and Kadeem Green inked with Mizzou.

 

Novembers To Remember

Missouri has been darn good in November under Mike Anderson, as the Tigers have racked up a 20-4 overall mark in the season’s first month ... The Tigers are also flawless at home in November as well, enjoying a 17-0 ledger within the friendly confines of Mizzou Arena.

 

Mizzou in November Under Mike Anderson

Year                       Overall      Home

2006-07                 8-0            8-0

2007-08                 5-3            4-0

2008-09                 5-1            3-0

2009-10                 2-0            2-0

Total                      20-4          17-0

 

Tigers Take To South Padre Island For Thanksgiving Holiday

As the weather begins to change here in Mid-Missouri, Mizzou Basketball is heading to South Padre Island, Texas, for the 2009 South Padre Island Invitational ... Missouri will leave the morning after its Nov. 24 contest against Chattanooga and head south for games against Old Dominion and either Richmond or Mississippi State.

> Missouri’s first game will appear on Fox College Sports and if the Tigers advance to the Championship Game, that contest will be aired on the network as well.

> Missouri will spend the Thanksgiving Holiday on the beach and in case you were wondering, the average November temperature ranges from a high of 76 to a low of 63.

 

Welcome to the Family

Mizzou Basketball enjoyed a Top 15 recruiting haul during the early signing period as Kadeem Green (Charlotte, N.C./United Faith), Rick Kreklow (Columbia, Mo. / Rock Bridge), Tony Mitchell (Dallas, Texas / Pinkston) and Phil Pressey (Dallas, Texas / Episcopal) inked to play for the Tigers beginning with the 2010-11 campaign.

> Green (6-9, 210 pounds) is an athletic forward that runs the floor extremely well ... He’s originally from Ontario, Canada, and is the owner of a 7-foot-1 wingspan.

> Kreklow (6-foot-5, 185 pounds) is the son of Mizzou Volleyball coaches Wayne and Susan Kreklow ... He is a tough, athletic guard who is known for his shooting and passing abilities ... His father was an All-American at Drake and played for the World Champion Boston Celtics.

> Mitchell (6-foot-8, 220 pounds) is considered a Five Star recruit by Rivals.com and the #15 overall player for the class of 2010 ... He averaged better than 17 points and eight rebounds as a junior in Miami, Fla., but has been one of the country’s quickest risers up the recruiting rankings.

> Pressey (5-foot-10, 160 pounds) is one of America’s top point guards and is ranked inside the Top 30 by numerous recruiting services, including Dime Magazine and ESPN ...  The athletic guard is one of the best floor generals in the country and will be a menace running the Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball for years to come ... Pressey is the son of former NBA Great and New Orleans Hornets coach Paul Pressey.

 

Mizzou Arena - Home Sweet Home

Mike Anderson is a perfect 32-0 all-time in non-conference home games at Missouri ... Not only have the Tigers won 31 consecutive in non-league action, but they have done so in dominating fashion, sporting a 25.3 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, Purdue, Murray State, Mississippi State, Oral Roberts and others during that 30-game stretch.

> Missouri recently enjoyed a 56-point win against Texas-Pan American (100-44), which is the largest margin of victory in the history of Mizzou Arena.

 

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           2-0                  35.5 ppg                

Total                32-0                25.3 ppg.

 

Tiller Sidelined

Missouri’s J.T. Tiller is questionable for Tuesday’s game against Chattanooga ... Tiller has a bone bruise on his left foot and suffered the injury early in the second half of Missouri’s season-opening win against Tennessee-Martin ... He did not play in the win against Texas-Pan American.

 

Tigers Ranked #14 By ESPN The Magazine

Although the Big 12 Coaches predicted Missouri #7 in the league’s preseason rankings, ESPN The Magazine thought more highly of the Tigers as the publication ranked Mizzou #14 nationally ... Kansas was the #1 club in the publication.

 

The Pine Is Fine

Missouri is known for having deep squads and the trend is continuing in 2009-10, as the Tiger reserves are averaging 51.0 points per game in wins against Tennessee-Martin and Pan American.

> Missouri enjoyed 45 bench points in the season-opening win before getting 57 points in the 100-44 triumph on Sunday.

> The Tiger reserves are outscoring the starters 102-81 through two games and four Tigers have reached double figures off the bench, headlined by Laurence Bowers who has done it twice.

> In his 102 games on the Tiger sidelines, the reserves have outscored Missouri’s starters 14 times in Anderson’s tenure.

> Mizzou set a school record for bench production last season, averaging 27.0 ppg from its reserves ... The Tigers also broke the school record with 62 bench points in home wins against SIU-Edwardsville and Colorado last season.

 

Anderson Is Tops Through 102

No Tiger head coach has enjoyed more wins through his first 102 games than Mike Anderson ... The fifth-year coach is 67-35 so far in those 102 contests and is the winningest coach in school history during that stretch.

 

Head Coach             101 Games             Years

Mike Anderson     67-35                       2006-10

Quin Snyder          65-37                       1999-02

George Edwards   62-40                       1926-32

Sparky Stalcup      58-44                       1946-50  

Norm Stewart        55-47                       1967-68


 

 

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