Mizzou Basketball Hosts Cal on Sunday

MUTIGERS.COM Steve Moore and the Tigers host California on Sunday.
Steve Moore and the Tigers host California on Sunday.

Dec. 4, 2008

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Mizzou Basketball News and Notes 2008-09

University of Missouri Tigers (6-1) vs.

University of California Golden Bears (6-1)

2008-09 Regular Season Game 8 - December 7, 2008 - Columbia, Mo.


Tip-off: 1 p.m. CST

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

TV: ESPNU (Dave Armstrong play-by-play; Jon Sundvold analyst)

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

Rankings: Mizzou: RV/NR, CAL: NR/NR in Associated Press / USA Today Coaches polls

Series: Missouri leads Cal 3-2 all-time; last - Cal won 86-72 on Dec. 1, 2007

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Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa '82); 129-70 overall (7th season); 40-29 at Mizzou (3rd)

California: Mike Montgomery (Long Beach State '68); 553-245 (27th season); 6-1 at Cal (1st)


For Openers

> Missouri and Cal play in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series for the second consecutive year on Sunday and the Tigers look to even their record in the event after falling at Cal 86-72 last year ... Missouri led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but were outscored 26-9 at the foul stripe.

> Missouri will look for its second win over a member of the Pac-10 Conference this season ... The Tigers upset then-No. 19 Southern Cal 83-72 in the fourth place game of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Nov. 23 in San Juan.

> The Tigers rank among the nation's leaders in several statistical categories heading into Sunday's game ... Mizzou is No. 7 nationally in scoring at 88.1 ppg, No. 4 in assists per game at 20.6, No. 14 in steals per game at 11.1 and No. 2 nationally in assist/turnover ratio at 1.9 ... Conversely, Missouri ranks No. 6 in the fewest turnovers allowed at 10.9.

> Missouri has found an extra gear scoring-wise at home this season and is averaging 94.0 points per game at Mizzou Arena and owns a 28.0 ppg scoring margin in four games (all wins).

> Missouri will look to keep its 31-game non-conference home court winning streak intact, which dates back to the 2005-06 campaign ...  That 31-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 24-0, the Tigers are averaging a 23.5 ppg. margin of victory vs. non-conference foes at home, including quality wins over Arkansas, Davidson, Mississippi State, Oral Roberts and Purdue.

> Speaking of margin of victory, Mizzou's 54-point win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday was the largest margin of victory in Mizzou Arena history ... The previous mark was 45 points (95-50) set last season vs. Southern ... Ironically, it was Mizzou's largest margin of victory since the first meeting with Arkansas-Pine Bluff, an 89-33 decision on Dec. 9, 1998.

> DeMarre Carroll and fellow senior forward Leo Lyons are off to tremendous starts this season and are the No. 3 forward scoring tandem in Missouri history ... Carroll and Lyons are combining for 36.5 points a night, just off the 38.0 points per game pace the outstanding duo of John Brown and Al Eberhard averaged in 1972-73 ... Eberhard and Gary Link combined for 37.0 in 1973-74.


Mizzou Quick-Hitters

> Missouri Basketball will face one of its stiffest tests of the season thus far as it hosts the California Golden Bears as part of ESPN's Jimmy V Week on ESPNU.

> The Tigers are 1-0 vs. the Pac-10 Conference this season and the Tigers and Golden Bears are participating in the second annual Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

> Sunday's game is actually the first time Mizzou Arena has hosted a foe from the Pac-10 ... In fact, Cal is the first West Coast foe to play in Columbia since No. 12 Gonzaga (63-61 win) on Dec. 30, 2004.

> Missouri ranks No. 7 nationally in scoring at 88.1 points per game and is averaging an incredible 94.0 points per game at home this year.

> With that scoring surge, Missouri has topped the 80-point plateau six times in seven games this season and is 6-0 on the year when scoring at least 80 points ... Missouri has topped 80 points 30 times in the Mike Anderson era (69 games) ... To put that scoring in perspective, the Tigers topped 80 points just 22 times (in total 124 games) the four seasons before Anderson's arrival.

> Missouri is searching for its 32nd consecutive home win over a non-conference foe night, which would extend its current school record run ... Missouri won 29 consecutive non-conference home games from 1979-83 ... That run began with a win over Southwest Texas State (now Texas State) and ended on Jan. 23, 1983, with an overtime loss to Marquette.

> One thing Tiger fans can look forward to again this season is points off turnovers ... Missouri averaged 20.3 points per game off turnovers last season and forced one turnover every four possessions ... So far this season Missouri is forcing 20.1 turnovers per game and is averaging 26.2 points off those opponent miscues each night.

> Missouri is scoring an incredible 30 percent of its points this season off turnovers (26.2-of-88.1).

> Because of Missouri's limited 10.9 turnovers a game, its opposition is scoring just 13.7 points a night off turnovers.

> MU's 10.9 turnovers a game are the sixth fewest in college basketball this season.

> It's only November, but ESPN Bracketology guru Joe Lunardi has Missouri "in" the NCAA Tournament as a No. 11 seed ... The kicker, Lunardi has the Tigers facing No. 6-seeded Kansas ... Of course two teams from the same conference can't play until the second round.

> Although the 2008-09 campaign is just getting started, Mizzou actually got an early jump on exhibition play over Labor Day weekend with a three-game exhibition tour in Niagara Falls, Ontario ... Missouri went 3-0 throughout the tour and averaged a 35.3 ppg. margin of victory.

> Tiger fans can expect to see improved depth in 2008-09 with the addition of seven newcomers ... That depth could spell trouble for opponents since Anderson's reserves set a school record for scoring (26.4) in 2006-07 and produced 25.4 points per game in 2007-08.

> Through seven games this season Missouri is averaging 31.0 points from its reserves, including a season high 50 points on Tuesday vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

> The catalyst for Missouri's improved scoring punch off the bench is its five player freshman class ... So far this season that group is averaging 21.8 points off the pine.


Tiger Tidbits (Individual Notes)

> Senior forwards DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons were named Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention picks prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.

> Lyons was also named one of the nation's Top 15 power forwards by Rivals.com in their preseason position rankings.

> Carroll topped the 1,000-point plateau vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday and now has 1,007 career tallies at the Division I level, 460 of which came during his first two seasons at Vanderbilt ... Lyons has 817 career points and needs just 183 points to become the 38th member of Missouri's 1,000-point club ... Fellow senior Matt Lawrence is also closing in on 1,000 points and would need 280 more tallies as a senior to reach the mark.

> Over his last 11 regular-season games Lyons is averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, with five 20-point nights.

> The Kansas City, Kan., native enjoyed a season high 26 points and eight rebounds in the win over Oral Roberts ... Lyons scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half, which is the most by a Tiger in a half (first or second) this season.

> Lyons recorded his first double-double of the 2008-09 season vs. Fairfield on Nov. 21 with 12 points and 10 boards in just 20 minutes.

> With his 17.9 ppg. scoring average, Lyons ranks No. 4 in the Big 12, just behind teammate DeMarre Carroll, who is second at 18.6 ppg.

> Like Lyons, Carroll has reached double figures in all seven games this season and the tandem of Carroll and Lyons have led Mizzou in scoring in 6-of-7 contests this year.

> The Birmingham, Ala., native led Missouri to a 2-1 mark in Puerto Rico and was named to the All-Tournament Team following his career high 29-point, 11-rebound effort against No. 19 USC.

> Carroll has topped the 20-point plateau twice this season and ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 in scoring at 18.6 points per game.

> The Junk Yard Dog also ranks second on the team with 13 steals and ranks among the Big 12's leaders in scoring (2nd), steals (11th), field goal percentage (2nd) and rebounding (6th).

> Both Carroll and Lyons have reached double figures in all seven games this season and are averaging 36.5 points and 14.2 rebounds to form one of the Big 12's most dominating post tandems.

> Zaire Taylor was named the nation's Preseason No. 2 impact transfer in all of college basketball by Rivals.com ... DeMarre Carroll was the preseason No. 1 on that same Rivals.com list last season and didn't disappoint by winning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors.

> Taylor played his first Division I basketball game in 669 days on Nov. 15 in the season-opener ... The Delaware transfer sat out all of last season and last played at the D-I level on Jan. 6, 2007, at Hofstra.

> So far this season the Staten Island, N.Y., native has a team-leading 29 assists and just seven turnovers ... His 4.1-to-1 assist/turnover ratio leads the Big 12.

> Taylor has tied a season high with six assists three times this season and has had multiple turnovers in a game just twice.

> Junior guard J.T. Tiller made his ESPN SportCenter Top 10 debut and it's no shock the highlight came courtesy of his defense ... Tiller's swat of Lincoln's Joe Hutchingson with just over six minutes left in the second half checked in at No. 8 on the countdown ... Coach Norm Stewart's response on the telecast after the block "I like J.T. Tiller. If you take the ball to the basket (against him), you can't bring that weak stuff. You'll need a helmet."

> Tiller is one of Mizzou's most well-rounded players and recorded a career high six steals vs. Xavier ... The six thefts tied a tournament record and is No. 6 in Missouri single-game school history.

> Tiller has had multiple steals in 5-of-7 games and is second in the Big 12 with 2.6 steals a night.

> Tiller had an explosive trip to Puerto Rico where he averaged 11.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.7 steals vs. quality opposition.

> Of Tillers 14 career double-figure scoring games, seven have come either on the road or on a neutral-court site.

> Missouri Basketball is coming off a busy, but productive summer that saw all-13 Tigers remain on campus for workouts and classes ... Some members of the squad also had internships in town, including Tiller, who spent the summer as an intern at AFLAC.

> Freshman guard Marcus Denmon wowed Missouri fans with his 36-point effort in the Black & Gold Game on Oct. 29, but what you may not know is that Denmon is prone to fast starts ... In addition to scoring his team's first-10 points in the intra-squad scrimmage, Denmon scored the first 10 points at the Demetrius Johnson All-Star event in St. Louis en route to MVP honors and won MVP accolades at the Missouri High School Coaches Association All-Star Game in Springfield, Mo.

> Denmon then officially opened his Missouri career with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the Tiger win over Prairie View A&M on Nov. 15 ... That was the highest scoring effort by a Tiger freshman in a debut since Kelly Thames scored 19 against Central Missouri State on Nov. 27, 1993.

> Did you know that in his first game at Mizzou Arena Denmon actually cheered AGAINST Missouri? But you can't blame him, his brother Martane Freeman was playing for the Colorado Buffaloes, so we'll let that one slide.

> Fellow freshman Miguel Paul has been the team's top reserve of late and is averaging 19.2 minutes over his last four games, which includes averages of 6.0 points, 3.8 assists and a 3-to-1 assist/turnover ratio.

> Freshman newcomer Kimmie English knows Mizzou Arena just about as well as the Arena managers and operators ... English made news this summer for sleeping overnight in the team's locker room and will often shoot in the club's 24-Hour practice gym in the early-morning hours.

> That workout time has paid off for English, who scored a career high 13 points vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor ... English became the third Tiger freshman of the year to reach double figures, joining Denmon (twice) and Paul.

> Junior Keith Ramsey has played improved basketball over the past four games and is averaging 6.0 points on 71.4 percent shooting (10-of-14), along with 3.8 rebounds during that stretch.

> Ramsey scored a career high eight points in just nine minutes vs. No. 19 USC and corralled seven boards (career high) vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 14 minutes.

> Laurence Bowers, another of Missouri's exciting freshmen, is making steady progress and had a career game vs. UAPB, scoring a career high six points, while tying a career best with four boards ... He also had two steals.


About The California Golden Bears

Cal is under the direction of first-year Head Coach Mike Montgomery (former Stanford and Golden State Warriors Coach) and the Bears are off to a great start, 6-1, in his first season back in the Pac-10 ... Cal is shooting an impressive 50.4 percent from the floor and is one of America's best shooting clubs from three-point range at 51.1 percent ... Cal is led by Jerome Randle ... A native of Chicago, Randle is averaging 21.0 points as a point guard and is dishing out 4.7 assists a night ... Shooting guard Patrick Christopher is second at 14.6 points per game, while Theo Robertson (11.7) and Jamal Boykin (10.1) round out double figure scorers ... Cal also has some high-quality wins this season ... They won at UNLV on Nov. 28, beat a good San Francisco club at home and handled DePaul on Wednesday, 77-67.


The Series With California

Missouri and California meet for the sixth time in series history on Sunday and the Tigers own a 3-2 series advantage, but the Bears have won two in-a-row ... Cal won last season's game 86-72 in Berkeley on Dec. 1, 2007 ... Missouri is 1-0 vs. Cal in Columbia, with that meeting coming on Christmas Day in 1985 (61-46).


Mizou Arena - Home Sweet Home

(Knock on wood) Mike Anderson is a perfect 24-0 all-time in non-conference home games at Missouri and his Tigers will try to make it 25 in-a-row Sunday vs. California ... Not only have the Tigers won 24 consecutive in the preseason, but they have done so in dominating fashion, sporting a 23.5 ppg margin of victory.

> The Tigers have played some impressive foes during Anderson's run as well, and own quality wins over Arkansas, Davidson, Purdue, Mississippi State, Oral Roberts and others during that 24-game stretch.


Year                Record          Margin of Victory

2006-07         11-0               18.7 ppg

2007-08         9-0                  27.5 ppg

2008-09         4-0                  28.0 ppg

Total               24-0               23.5 ppg.


Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series Part Deux

Missouri and Cal lock up in the Second Annual Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series ... The Pac-10 won the majority of series games last year by a 7-5 mark, but the Big 12 owned an 11-8 advantage between the two leagues in all games played last season.

> The Big 12 owns a 4-1 record vs. the Pac-10 so far this season, including Mizzou's 11-point triumph over then-No. 19 USC.


Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series Calendar

Date              Game

Nov. 29         Stanford 76, Colorado 62

Dec. 4           USC at Oklahoma

Dec. 4           UCLA at Texas

Dec. 4           Oklahoma State at Washington

Dec. 5           Arizona at Texas A&M

Dec. 6           Oregon State at Iowa State

Dec. 6           Baylor at Washington State

Dec. 7           California at Missouri

Dec. 7           Nebraska at Arizona State

Dec. 7           Kansas State at Oregon

Dec. 23         Kansas at Arizona

Dec. 28         Texas Tech at Stanford


Extend The Three-Point Line? No Problem!

The extended three-point line hasn't been an issue for Missouri this season, as the Tigers are shooting 36.1 percent (56-of-155) from bonus distance in 2008-09 through seven games compared to the 33.1 percent (49-of-147) the Tigers shot through seven games last season.

> Balanced shooting has been the key factor for the Tigers ... Missouri had just five players who had made multiple treys through seven games last season, while this season's group boasts 11 different players with two or more triples, including backcourt newcomers Miguel Paul (7 treys), Kim English (6), Zaire Taylor (5) and Marcus Denmon (4).

> Consequently, the extended arc has opened up the lane for Tiger forwards DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons, who are combining for 36.5 points and 14.2 rebounds a night.


Assist/Turnover Ratio Key To MU's Start

Missouri's assist/turnover ratio this season has fueled the club's quick 6-1 start and it's no surprise Missouri is listed alongside the nation's top-ranked teams in that category.

> Missouri currently ranks No. 2 nationally with a 1.9-to-1 assist/turnover ratio, just behind No. 7 Notre Dame, who leads at 2.0-to-1.



Team                  Rank      A/T          Record

Notre Dame      7              2.0          5-1

Missouri             RV           1.9          6-1

Louisville           11           1.8          2-1

North Carolina  1              1.8          7-0


Carroll / Lyons Among Best Scoring Duos

Their personalities couldn't be more different off the court, but together, DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons are proving to be a formidable post duo for Mizzou.

> Carroll (18.6) and Lyons (17.9) are averaging a combined 36.5 points and 14.2 rebounds a night, which makes them the No. 3 scoring post tandem at Mizzou in school history.

> The dominating pair of John Brown (21.0) and Al Eberhard (17.0) combined for 38.0 points and 20.3 rebounds in 1972-73, which ranks No. 1 all-time, while current Tiger color analyst Gary Link and Eberhard combined for 37.0 points in 1973-74.


Here is a list of the top scoring duos of all-time at Missouri, regardless of position:


PPG        Tandem                               Year

43.0                                                       D. Smith / A. Peeler              1990-91

41.5                                                       W. Smith / J. Kennedy          1975-76

41.1                                                       C. Henke / Joe Scott             1960-61

38.7                                                       A. Peeler / J. Crudup            1991-92

38.5                                                       B. Price / Ray B. Carey         1963-64

38.0                                                       J. Brown / Al Eberhard         1972-73

37.7                                                       C. Henke / Joe Scott             1959-60

37.6                                                       K. Rush / C. Gilbert               2000-01

37.0                                                       A. Eberhard / G. Link            1973-74

36.8                                                       K. Rush / C. Gilbert               2001-02

36.5                                                       Carroll / Lyons      2008-09



Carroll Reaches 1,000 Career Points

DeMarre Carroll reached a career milestone in the Tigers' 95-41 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 2, as the skilled forward scored his 1,000th career point as a Division I basketball player ... Carroll opened his career at Vanderbilt in the SEC and scored 460 points over two years, before transferring to play for his uncle, Head Coach Mike Anderson ... While at Mizzou, the Birmingham, Ala., native has flourished, and has scored 547 career points in just 39 career games as a Tiger.


School Record Pace For Fewest Turnovers

Although Missouri plays at a frenetic pace, the 2008-09 Tigers are the best in school history (so far) at protecting the rock ... Missouri is averaging just 10.9 turnovers per game this season, which is the sixth fewest in Division I basketball.

> In fact, Missouri has been its best at protecting the basketball with J.T. Tiller running the point ... Over the final 12 games of the 2007-08 season the Tiller-ran Tigers averaged just 11.6 turnovers, down from their previous average of 13.8 turnovers through the first 20 games of that year.


Rank         TPG           Season           

1.                10.9          2008-09

2.                13.0          2007-08          

3.                13.3          1999-00

4.                13.7          1989-90

5.                14.0          2001-02

6.                14.1          1982-83

7.                14.2          1992-93

8.                14.5          1987-88


The Good Tigers Giveth ...

As a basketball team, Missouri is about as unselfish as it comes ... The Tigers are averaging an impressive 20.6 assists per game, which is No. 4 nationally and have a 1.9-to-1 assist/turnover ratio as a team, which ranks No. 2 in America ... Missouri is logging assists on 64 percent of its buckets in 2008-09 and 12 players have a positive or even assist-to-turnover ratio so far this year.


... And Taketh Away

Missouri has no issues creating turnovers once again this season as they produce 20.2 turnovers a night and average 11.1 steals (No. 14 nationally) ... Missouri is averaging 26.2 points a game off turnovers and scores 30.0 percent of its points off opposition throw-aways.


Mizzou's J.Y.D Ruling The Lane

He plays the game with such passion and ferocity that Missouri senior forward DeMarre Carroll has earned the moniker Junk Yard Dog ... Considered by some to be undersized in the rough-and-tumble Big 12, Carroll has starred in the league due to his blue-collar style of play and earned the League's Newcomer of the Year title in 2008 ... Carroll appears to be shooting for more in 2009, as he is averaging 18.6 points and 7.6 rebounds.

> The Birmingham, Ala., native has reached double figures in each game this season, including a career high 29 points and 11 rebounds vs. No. 19 USC.

> Carroll is also one of the Big 12's most well-rounded players, ranking No. 2 in scoring, No. 6 in rebounding, No. 2 in field goal percentage (.598), No. 11 in steals (1.9) and No. 3 in offensive rebounding (3.4).


Basketball Imitates Life For Tiller

It's a case of basketball imitating life and J.T. Tiller has carried his busy professional / student lifestyle onto the hardwood ... An outstanding student in International Business, Tiller spent his entire summer in Columbia, not only taking classes and working out, but also interning at AFLAC ... Tiller's play on the basketball court mimic's his busy lifestyle ... He's probably the Big 12's most unheralded defender and took his defensive prowess on a national stage in Puerto Rico, tying a Puerto Rico Tip-Off record with six steals against Xavier.

> The six thefts broke a career high for the Marietta, Ga., native, while his five assists and zero turnovers showcased his ability to run the point for MU.

> The former Georgia All-State triple jumper averaged 11.0 points, 3.7 steals and 3.3 assists in three games vs. Xavier, Fairfield and No. 19 USC, with a season high 14 points coming in the win over USC.

> While basketball is a main focus for Tiller, the 6-fofot-3 guard plans on making his post-collegiate fortunes overseas ... not playing basketball mind you, but using that International Business degree.


Lawrence Looks To Shoot Up Mizzou Career Three-Point Chart

He agreed to begin his career as a walk-on, but St. Louis native Matt Lawrence quickly earned a scholarship and is now shooting up Missouri's career three-point field goals list.

> After making just nine three-pointers his first season, Lawrence has been one of the Big 12's elite shooters from bonus distance, making 81 triples as a sophomore and 72 more as a junior ... For his career the 6-foot-7 rifleman has 178 three-pointers, which already ranks No. 8 in school history.

> Lawrence can move as high as No. 2 on Missouri's all-time three-point makes list by the end of the season, just behind Clarence Gilbert, who made 332 treys in four seasons ... Lawrence is just one three-pointer behind Thomas Gardner for seventh and just five behind Melvin Booker for sixth ... With 65 made treys this season, Lawrence will pass Kareem Rush for No. 2 on Missouri's all-time list ... Lawrence currently has 16 treys in 2008-09.


Taylor Worth The Wait For Mizzou

It's been a long road for Missouri junior guard Zaire Taylor, but the Staten Island, N.Y., native is playing his first Division I basketball in nearly two years this season for the Tigers.

> Taylor began his career at Delaware in 2005-06 and led the CAA in steals as a freshman, earning All-Rookie Team honors ... After a coaching change in 2006-07, Taylor played just 13 games for the Blue Hens, before deciding to focus on his academics during the second semester, culminating with his eventual transfer to Mizzou in 2007.

> The Staten Island, N.Y., native sat out last season due to NCAA Division I transfer guidelines and played his first NCAA basketball game since a Jan. 6, 2007 game at Hofstra, a span of 669 days between that contest and the Nov. 15 season-opener against Prairie View A&M.

> So far this season Taylor has been outstanding at the point for Missouri and has a team-leading 29 assists compared to just seven turnovers this season ... His 4.1-to-1 assist/turnover ratio ranks No. 1 in the Big 12, while his 4.1 assists a game ranks No. 8.


Missouri's Second Wave...

Head Coach Mike Anderson has consistently tried to build depth with his basketball teams and the 2008-09 Tigers may be his deepest club since arriving in Columbia two years ago.

> Missouri is averaging an impressive 20.7 points, 17.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists from its reserves this season, including 18.1 points per game from freshmen Marcus Denmon, Kim English and Miguel Paul.

> Last season Missouri averaged 25.4 points per game from its bench after setting the school record in 2006-07 with 26.4 ppg from reserve performers ... That mark could be in serious jeopardy this season.




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