Tigers, Hoyas Clash In KC

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Justin Safford and Mizzou host Georgetown on Tuesday.

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Justin Safford and Mizzou host Georgetown on Tuesday.
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Nov. 29, 2010

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#11 University of Missouri Tigers (5-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs.

#16 Georgetown University Hoyas (6-0, 0-0 Big EAST)

Tip-Off: 8 p.m. CT

Arena: Sprint Center (18,879)

TV: ESPNU (Dan McLaughlin and Doug Gottlieb)

Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play / Gary Link - Analyst)

Rankings: Mizzou 11/12; Georgetown 16/16 in AP / USA Today Coaches Poll

Series: Georgetown leads 1-0; last 63-51 Hoyas win Feb. 20, 1982, in Wash. D.C.

Coaches:

Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82); 182-87 overall (9th); 93-46 at Mizzou (5th)

Georgetown: John Thompson III (Princeton ‘88) 144-62 at Georgetown (7th)

 

For Openers...

> A pair of Top 25 clubs square off in Kansas City as the Missouri Tigers and Georgetown Hoyas meet for just the second time in series history at Sprint Center ... Tuesday’s game pits a pair of unbeaten clubs as the two programs are a combined 11-0 in the early season and sport a pair of preseason tournament titles ... Mizzou won the 2010 Cancun Challenge, an event that featured another Big EAST team, Providence, while the Hoyas won the Charleston Classic with a win over North Carolina State.

> Missouri has a unique road trip ahead of it this week ... The Tigers will meet Georgetown on Tuesday and then fly out early Wednesday morning to Eugene, Ore., for a Dec. 2 contest with the Oregon Ducks in the Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

> Missouri will be looking to move to 6-0 under Mike Anderson for the second time during his tenure in Columbia... Missouri started 9-0 in 2006-07.

> Of course Missouri is loaded with Kansas City talent on this year’s roster ... Marcus Denmon, the team’s leading scorer (13.8 ppg) is from KC, as is point guard Michael Dixon (9.6 ppg, 4.2 apg) and hardworking post man Steve Moore (2.2 bpg).

> Missouri has been very good on the glass this year thanks in large part to returning junior Laurence Bowers and newcomer Ricardo Ratliffe ... Missouri has a combined four double-doubles already in 2010-11 after having just five all of last season ... Ratliffe leads the team with three double-doubles in five games and narrowly missed a fourth with eight points and 12 boards vs. Wyoming ... Bowers led Missouri last season with three-double-doubles.

> The Tigers have been one of the country’s winningest programs the last two (plus) seasons ... Including its 5-0 mark this year, the team has won 59 games over that stretch, the 11th most wins in all of college basketball since 2008-09.

> Bench production is once again a big key for the 2010-11 Tigers ... Missouri is averaging 33.6 ppg from its reserves, highlighted by a season high 49 points vs. La Salle in the 2010 Cancun Challenge title game ... Marcus Denmon scored 21 points off the bench, while Ratliffe added 14 points and 14 boards ... Mizzou has been led in scoring by a reserve three times already in 2010-11, including 18 points from Kim English on Sunday vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

> Missouri entered the 2010-11 campaign as a ranked program ... The last time Missouri was ranked in the preseason was 2003-04 when MU opened the year #5, 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.

 

Mizzou Quick Hitters

> Back on the road for Mizzou ... The Tigers spent just over 72 hours at home in Columbia following a trip to Cancun, Mexico, and now face nationally-ranked Georgetown at Sprint Center before heading to Eugene, Ore., to meet the Oregon Ducks in the Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

> The back-to-back road trips will complete a tour that took the Tigers nearly 7,400 miles in total.

> Mizzou has been excellent in November under Mike Anderson ... The Tigers are 27-4 (.871) in the opening month since 2006-07, which includes wins over Old Dominion, #19 USC, Maryland, Arkansas, Davidson (with Stephen Curry), Purdue and Oral Roberts.

> Mizzou faces a Big EAST team in regular-season play for the first time since 2003-04 when the Tigers hosted Syracuse ... Missouri has played three Big EAST Conference opponents the last couple of seasons in the NCAA Tournament however ... Mizzou defeated #23 Marquette (W, 83-79) in the second round of the 2008-09 NCAA Tournament and then battled Final Four-bound teams #4 Connecticut (L, 75-82) and #5 West Virginia (L, 59-68) down to the final moments the last two years in NCAA play.

> Mizzou has had some experience playing former national champions at Sprint Center ... The Tigers played both #10 Michigan State (L, 83-86) and Maryland (W, 84-70) in the 2007 CBE Classic ... The Tigers will play in next season’s CBE Classic in 2011.

> Mike Anderson is just seven wins shy of 100 during his time at Missouri ... Anderson has 93 wins and 46 losses in Columbia, an excellent winning percentage of .667 ... Anderson won 89 games as well at UAB and has 182 career victories.

> Mizzou Arena has been a terror dome for non-league opponents during the Mike Anderson era... In running their record to 43-0 (under Anderson), the Tigers are averaging a 26.4 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.

> Overall Missouri owns a 50-game non-conference home court winning streak, which dates back to the 2005-06 campaign (pre-Mike Anderson era) ... That 50-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.

> Missouri is forcing one turnover for every three opponent possessions this year (114 opponent turnovers compared to 259 opponent FG attempts).

> Last season Missouri led the nation by forcing turnovers on 30 percent of its opponent possessions.

> The Tigers have scored 116 points off of those 114 turnovers, a number that will increase as this new collection of players becomes more familiar with each other ... So far Missouri is averaging 23.2 ppg off of turnovers.

> The bench production from the Tiger reserves is nothing new under Mike Anderson ... The Tigers ranked #2 nationally in bench scoring a season ago at 31.6 points per game and have averaged 27.4 points over Anderson’s five years in Columbia!

> The Tigers are already averaging 33.6 ppg from their bench this season, including a season high 49 points vs. La Salle on Nov. 24.

> Another critical stat for Missouri is field goal opportunities ... Missouri thrives on its defensive pressure creating extra scoring opportunities and so far this season Missouri has taken 74 more shots than its opponents and made 38 more buckets ... Couple that with excellent offensive rebounding and you can see why the Tigers are becoming more and more dangerous as they gel ... Missouri has 27 more offensive boards than its opponents this year, thanks in large part to 22 offensive boards in the win over La Salle on Nov. 24.

> It’s early, but Missouri has been good at defending the rim though five games, averaging 5.6 swats a contest ... Laurence Bowers (9) and Steve Moore (11) lead the way with a combined 20 total blocks.

> Missouri has typically played some tough schedules over the years and that trend will continue in 2010-11 ... With the preseason polls being released, 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. #19 Illinois, #16 Georgetown, Wyoming and 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.

> Goodman also put the Tigers in his Final Four in his early season projections.

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

 

Tiger Tidbits

#1 Flip Pressey, 5-10, 168 Pounds

> Nicknamed “Flip”, but first name is Phil.

> Flip Pressey enters the Missouri program as 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.

> The rookie is second on the club with 15 assists and nine steals ... Was improved protecting the basketball in Cancun and had four assists and three steals in the two Tiger wins.

> Enjoyed a career high eight dimes in the win vs. North Florida on Nov. 20.

> He also ripped five steals in the win as well.

> Pressey showed some moxie in the season-opener against Western Illinois, sinking two free throws with just 1:26 remaining and the Tigers up just 58-57 after forcing a WIU turnover.

> 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.

> Hit 3-of-4 three-pointers in wins over Wyoming and La Salle, including a career-best 2-of-3 treys vs. La Salle in the first half.

> 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.

 

#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.

> Has started the last two games at the guard position and is averaging 8.5 points, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.5 turnovers in those two games.

> Beginning to improve defensively with more game action and is moving the ball well as he begins to fit into that “Tiller / Taylor” mold.

> Made his first career start in the win over La Salle on Nov. 24 and produced career-best numbers of nine points and four assists in 36 minutes.

> Hit 4-of-5 FGs en route to eight points vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

> 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.

> Leads the club in rebounding (9.6) and double-doubles (3) ... Is on a run of four consecutive double-figure rebounding games and is averaging 11.5 boards over that stretch.

> First Tiger since Arthur Johnson (2002-03) to reach double figures in rebounding in four consecutive games ... A.J. did it six consecutive games that year.

> His 14 boards vs. La Salle are the most since Carroll grabbed 14 vs. Kansas State (during that three-game run as well) on Feb. 25, 2009.

> Leads the team in field goal percentage (.520) and is third in scoring (10.8).

> Named to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament team after averaging 11.0 points and 13.0 rebounds.

> 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.

 

#11 Michael Dixon, 6-1, 180 Pounds

> Returning home to face Georgetown on Nov. 30 ... Played at Lee’s Summit High School, which is just east of the Truman Sports Complex (home of the Royals and Chiefs).

> Father (Mike Sr.) is the all-time assist leader at San Jose State.

> Leads Missouri in both assists (21) and steals (14) this season, which includes 16 assists in his last three games.

> Owns a 3.0-to-1 assists turnover ratio with 21 dimes and just seven turnovers.

> That outstanding ratio is 10-to-2 over his last two contests.

> Scored a career high 17 points, grabbed a career high six boards and dished six assists in the win vs. Wyoming on Nov. 23.

> Has made seven of his last 15 treys over the last four games (.466) which actually includes an 0-of-4 shooting night from three vs. La Salle.

> Ripped a career high five steals vs. North Florida on Nov. 20.

> 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 home to face Georgetown on Nov. 30 ... Attended Hogan Prep where he was a standout in both hoops and football as a wide out and defensive back.

> Scored a season high 21 points in the win over La Salle on Nov. 24 thanks to 5-of-9 three-point shooting.

> Has five career 20-point efforts and Missouri is a perfect 5-0 in those games.

> Leads Missouri in three-point shooting, making 14-of-18 triples (.500).

> Cancun Challenge MVP after averaging 15.0 points on 8-of-16 three-point shooting in two wins.

> Leads the club in scoring (13.8) and three-point field goals made (14-of-28).

> Has 116 career three-pointers in his tenure, just 30 outside the Missouri all-time Top 10.

> 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, 6-8, 210 Pounds

> Scored a season high 18 points on 6-of-10 FGs in the win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 28.

> Has reached double figures in scoring in four consecutive games, which is a career high ... Averaging 13.0 points over that stretch.

> Recorded his fourth career double-double vs. North Florida with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes.

> Second in rebounding (6.8) and second in blocked shots (1.8 bpg).

> Tenth in school history with 70 career blocked shots and needs just two more to pass Monte Hardge (1995-99) who had 72 in his career.

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

> Tore ligaments in his left 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.

 

#23 Justin Safford, 6-9, 230 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.

> Scored a season high 11 points in the win vs. La Salle, including nine of the team’s first 10 points ... Finished with a season-best six rebounds as well.

> Is the club’s lone senior and enters his fourth year with the program, which includes 75 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

> Has reached double figures three times this season, including a terrific all-around game vs. Wyoming with 11 points, seven boards and a career-high tying five assists.

> Came off the bench vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff to score a season high 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

> Has 114 career three-pointers and needs 32 more treys to join the Mizzou career Top 10.

> Honorable mention preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated.

> 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.

> Was the 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 to the Preseason Top 50 for the James Naismith 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

> A native of Kansas City and played at nearby Truman High School.

> Career game in the season-opener vs. Western Illinois, scoring a career high nine points, while tying a career high with five boards.

> Scored seven points and blocked three shots vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

> Has made 2-of-3 treys this season and was a good three-point shooter in high school.

> Leads Missouri with 11 blocked shots this season... And finished his sophomore season with 17 blocks in his final eight games.

> On a run with at least one blocked shot in 13 consecutive games dating back to the final eight games of 2009-10.

> Tied for the team lead with eight blocked shots so far in 2010-11.

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

 

Tiger Trapping The Top 25

Missouri has played Top 25 foes tough under Head Coach Mike Anderson’s tenure as the Tigers have enjoyed a very respectable 8-6 mark the last two seasons vs. ranked foes.

> The Tigers went 6-2 vs. Top 25 teams during the 2008-09 campaign and won two more in 2009-10.

 

Opponent                  W/L    Score       Date

#5 vs. West Virginia L          68-59       03-21-10

#2 Kansas                 L          77-56       03-6-10

#6 at Kansas State   L          63-53       02-27-10

#15 Texas                 W        82-77       02-17-10

at #2 Kansas             L          84-65       01-25-10

#10 Kansas State      W        74-68       01-09-10

vs. #5 Connecticut    L          82-75       03-28-09

vs. #2 Memphis        W        102-91     03-26-09

vs. #23 Marquette    W        83-79       03-22-09

#4 Oklahoma            W        73-64       03-04-09

at #16 Kansas           L          90-65       03-01-09

#16 Kansas               W        62-60       02-09-09

at #16 Texas             W        69-65       02-04-09

vs. #19 USC               W        83-72       11-23-09

 

Kansas City Is Tigertown USA

Missouri has played 183 games all-time in Kansas City and is 94-89 (.514) in those contests ... While that number is close to .500, the Tigers are actually 54-32 in K.C. since the 1971-72 season, which was the fifth year of Norm Stewart’s tenure at Mizzou.

> The Tigers have played championship basketball in KC over the years, winning the Big Seven Conference title in 1954, 11 Big Eight titles in 1971-73, 1975-76, 81, 87, 89, 90 and 93 as well as the 2001 Guardian’s Classic crown ... It goes without saying, Kansas City is Columbia-West.

 

KC Connection Is Strong For Mizzou

Missouri Basketball has enjoyed a tremendous relationship with Kansas City over the years and the Tigers are once again representing KC as Marcus Denmon, Steve Moore, Mike Dixon and Jarrett Sutton all hail from the City of Fountains.

> Denmon, Moore and Sutton have enjoyed great junior seasons while Dixon is among the team’s most improved players.

> The trio of KC regulars (Denmon, Dixon and Moore) are averaging a combined 27.0 points, 7.8 boards, 6.4 assists and 4.8 steals per game for Mizzou.

> Other Tiger studs to hail from Kansas City include: Jon Sundvold, Anthony Peeler, Jevon Crudup, Kareem Rush, Larry Drew (now the Atlanta Hawks Head Coach), Leo Lyons and many others.

 

Mizzou Titles Are Won In Kansas City

Missouri has won 12 Championships in Kansas City over the years, including an incredible 10 Big Eight Tournament titles ... Below is a list of crowns claimed by the Tigers in Kansas City over the years.

> Tuesday’s game is for the John McLendon Classic title.

 

Year               Event

1954              Big Seven Holiday Tournament

1971              Big Eight Holiday Tournament

1972              Big Eight Holiday Tournament

1973              Big Eight Holiday Tournament

1975              Big Eight Holiday Tournament

1976              Big Eight Holiday Tournament

1981              Big Eight Championships

1987              Big Eight Championships

1989              Big Eight Championships

1990              Big Eight Championships

1993              Big Eight Championships

2001              Guardians Classic

 

Tigers Claim Another Title

Missouri has been good at claiming trophies under Mike Anderson’s watch and The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball claimed the 2010 Cancun Challenge crown last week with wins over Wyoming (72-62) and La Salle (83-71).

> Mizzou of course won the 2009 Big 12 Tournament crown in Oklahoma City en route to an NCAA Elite Eight berth and also won the 2006 John Thompson Foundation Classic.

> Missouri also currently holds the Busch Braggin’ Rights trophy for last season’s win over Illinois.

 

The Fun Of Being Balanced

Missouri continues to be one of the nation’s most balanced programs in 2010-11 ... The Tigers have had nine different players score nine or more points in a game this year (through just five games) and six of those Tigers have reached double figures ... In addition, five different Tigers have grabbed six or more rebounds, five different players have dished three or more assists and four different Tigers have had three or more steals ... Kim English and Mike Dixon have reached those totals in all four categories so far this season for Mizzou.

> To illustrate how important balance is to Missouri Basketball, the Tigers had eight players top nine or more points in a game all of last season and then had a school record 11 do it in 2008-09.

 

Double R = Double-Digit Rebounding

Ricardo Ratliffe has played just five collegiate games in NCAA Division I, but the newcomer has already produced three double-doubles and was named to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament team.

> Ratliffe led the tournament with 26 rebounds in two games, including 14 points and a career high 14 boards in the win vs. La Salle ... Ratliffe dominated the glass vs. highly-touted La Salle forward Aaric Murray and helped Mizzou win the battle of the boards 42-to-37.

> Ratliffe narrowly missed a third double-double with eight points and 12 boards vs. Wyoming, but grabbed 10 boards and scored 10 points in the win over Pine Bluff.

> The transfer needs eight more double-doubles to move into the Missouri single-season top 10 ... Jevon Crudup is 10th with 11 double-dips during the 1993-94 season.

 

All-Tourney Tigers

Marcus Denmon and Ricardo Ratliffe were named to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament Team on Nov. 24 ... Denmon was named the MVP following his 21-point effort in the win over La Salle, while Ratliffe averaged 11 points and 13 boards through two games ... Not to be forgotten however was the great play of sophomore Michael Dixon, who averaged 10.5 points, 4.5 boards, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals in two wins.

 

English Named To Naismith List

Junior guard Kim English earned another preseason honor as he was named to the James Naismith preseason watch list on Nov. 16.

> English is one of four Big 12 players named to the list and is one of just 50 players nationally, including incoming freshmen.

> English led the club in scoring (14.0) and three-point makes (68) last year en route to guiding the Tigers to a 23-11 overall mark.

 

Traveling Tigers - Seven Games In 14 Days

Missouri Basketball continues to do some heavy traveling this week as the club is in the midst of a seven-game stretch in 14 days … Missouri is playing those seven games in four different venues (Mizzou Arena, Aventura Palace, Sprint Center and McArthur Court), in two different countries (U.S. and Mexico) and in two states (Missouri and Oregon) … Total travel distance for the Black & Gold will be 7,308 miles.

> The Tigers opened this stretch with back-to-back home games before leaving Nov. 21 for a flight from St. Louis to Dallas and then on to Cancun, Mexico, the location of this year’s Cancun Challenge.

> The Tigers returned on Thanksgiving Day and hosted a Nov. 28 contest vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff … Missouri then drove the next day to Kansas City to face the Georgetown Hoyas on Nov. 30.

> After brief overnight stay in KC the Tigers fly from Kansas City to Eugene, Ore., to meet the Oregon Ducks in the Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series before flying back home to Columbia.

 

 

 

Detailed Travel Distance For The Tigers

Travel                                              Mileage

Columbia to St. Louis                      120

St. Louis to Dallas                           543

Dallas to Cancun                             1,008

Cancun to Playa del Carmen           42

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Playa del Carmen to Cancun           42

Cancun to Dallas                             1,008

Dallas to St. Louis                           543

St. Louis to Columbia                      120

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Columbia to Kansas City                 131

Kansas City to Eugene, Ore.            1,811

Eugene to Columbia                        1,940   

Total                                                7,308

 

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Brother tandems aren’t necessarily rare at Mizzou, but very few brother tandems have played at the same time for the Black & Gold … Many Missouri fans remember the days of Slim & Slam (aka Sammie and Simeon Haley) and then there were Mike and Jerry Kirksey who played together one season (1957-58) and thanks to Gary Link for reminding us about the Minx twins, Beau and Charles, who played for MU in 1944, but now the Tigers have a new tandem of brothers, Matt and Phil Pressey.

> The Pressey brothers will get two seasons of play on the hardwood at Missouri and Matt enters the program after earning first team Junior College All-America honors at Navarro College in Texas, while Phil was one of the elite national recruits at the point guard position.

> To this point the most successful tandem (stats-wise) are the Haley Twins who each stood over 7-feet tall and played during the 1994-96 seasons … The duo combined to score 819 points, grab 541 rebounds and block 120 shots during their two seasons playing together.

> During 1957-58 the Kirksey brothers of Buffalo, Mo., combined to score 125 points, led by Mike, who averaged 5.4 points per night.

 

About Georgetown

The nationally-ranked Hoyas come to Kansas City following an 87-72 win over a solid UNC-Asheville club on Nov. 27 ... The Hoyas are 6-0 on the year, including an outstanding 62-59 road win at Old Dominion on Nov. 12 to open the year ... Old Dominion will begin a home-and-home series with Mizzou on Dec. 30 ... Georgetown is led by its backcourt and the Top Dawg is Austin Freeman ... Freeman, the Big EAST Preseason Player of the Year is averaging 20.2 points and is shooting 60 percent from the floor and 58 percent from three-point range ... He is coming off a 32-point night vs. Asheville, where he hit 7-of-9 treys and 11-of-15 FGs ... Freeman is joined in double figures by Jason Clark, Chris Wright and Julian Vaughn ... Clark is logging 14.3 tallies a game and has hit 15 treys, while Wright averages 12.7 points and 7.0 assists and has hit 14 triples ... Vaughn (10.2 ppg) leads the team in rebounding at 8.0 per night.

 

The Good Tigers Giveth...

Missouri will always be one of the country’s more unselfish programs under former point guard Mike Anderson and the Tigers have showed a propensity to distribute the rock once again this year ... Mizzou has dished 20 assists  twice already this year and have topped 20 dimes 36 times under Anderson.

> Missouri is currently averaging 17.0 assists through five games in 2010-11.

 

And Taketh Away...

If it’s The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball then opponents know waves of defensive pressure will be in store ... Missouri has ranked among the nation’s leaders in steals each year under Anderson’s watch, including a national best 10.9 steals per game in 2009-10 ... The Tigers also led the country by forcing 19.4 turnovers a game last season.

> Missouri is once again among the national leaders in both turnovers forced and steals this year, forcing 22.8 turnovers per game, including a school record 34 turnovers vs. North Florida ... The Tigers also average 11.2 steals a night.

 

Mizzou Arena - Home Sweet Home

Mike Anderson is a perfect 43-0 all-time in non-conference home games at Missouri ... Not only have the Tigers won 43 consecutive in non-league action, but they have done so in dominating fashion, sporting a 26.3 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, Georgia, Oregon, Purdue, Murray State, Mississippi State and others during that 43-game stretch.

 

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         

2010-11     3-0                23.7 ppg

Total          43-0              26.3 ppg.

 

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 that trend seems to be continuing this season as the Tiger reserves are averaging 33.6 points per game in 2010-11.

> Mizzou got a season-best 49 points off the bench vs. La Salle, paced by Marcus Denmon’s season high 21 tallies on 5-of-9 three-point shooting.

> Missouri averaged 31.6 points per game from its reserves last year, ranking #2 in the nation.

> In Anderson’s 139 games on the Tiger sidelines, the reserves have outscored Missouri’s starters 20 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 Three Years

Guess who is among college basketball’s winningest programs the last three seasons? ... It’s the Missouri Tigers ... Mizzou has won 59 games the last three years, the 11th 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 few campaigns.

 

        Team                       Wins

1.     Duke                         71

2.     Kansas                     66

3.     Syracuse                  64

4.     Memphis                 62

        Michigan State        62

        Pittsburgh                62

7.     Utah State               61

        Purdue                     61

        Butler                       61

10.   Villanova                  60

11.   Mizzou                     59

        Gonzaga                  59

 

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.

 


 

 

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