#11 Mizzou Hosts Vanderbilt on Wednesday

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Michael Dixon Jr. and the Tigers host Vanderbilt on Wednesday.

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Michael Dixon Jr. and the Tigers host Vanderbilt on Wednesday.
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Dec. 6, 2010

Columbia, Mo. -

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#11 / #15 University of Missouri Tigers (6-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs

Vanderbilt University Commodores (7-1, 0-0 SEC)

Tip-Off: 8 p.m. CT

Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)

TV: ESPNU (Clay Matvick and Hubert Davis)

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

Rankings: Mizzou 15/11; Vanderbilt RV/RV in AP / USA Today Coaches Poll

Series: Vanderbilt leads 3-1; last 89-83 Vandy win Dec. 2, 2009, in Nashville

Coaches:

Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82); 183-88 overall (9th); 94-47 at Mizzou (5th)

Vanderbilt: Kevin Stallings (Purdue ‘82) 220-138 overall (12th at Vandy)

 

For Openers...

> Missouri Basketball begins a four-game home stand on Wednesday as the Tigers host the Vanderbilt Commodores inside Mizzou Arena ... Mizzou has of course been one of the country’s most well-traveled teams this season, traveling better than 7,300 miles over a two-week stretch to open the 2010-11 college basketball campaigns.

> Despite the travel Mizzou is a solid 6-1 to open the year ... The start is the second best under Head Coach Mike Anderson at Missouri ... The Tigers opened the 2006-07 season 9-0 and were an identical 6-1 through seven games in the Elite Eight season of 2008-09.

> Mizzou has been an excellent shooting club over its last three games vs. Georgetown and Oregon ... The Tigers are shooting 55.4 percent from the floor, 44.4 percent from three-point range and 76.5 percent from the foul line ... A key reason for that offensive success has been increased assist totals ... Missouri is averaging 17.3 assists in those three games, fueled by nine different Tigers having two or more assists during that stretch.

> 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 26.2 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

> The Tigers have been one of the country’s winningest programs the last two (plus) seasons ... Including its 6-1 mark this year, the team has won 60 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 30.5 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 Ricardo 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 Nov. 28 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

 

Mizzou Quick Hitters

> Missouri jumps back into action on Wednesday as it faces its third consecutive foe from “Power Conference” when Vanderbilt comes to Mizzou Arena for a nationally-televised contest.

> It has been exactly 52 years since Mizzou has hosted Vanderbilt ... The Tigers won a 78-72 double overtime decision on Dec. 8, 1958, in Columbia in the first meeting between the two programs ... Vandy has won three consecutive meetings overall in the series, including an 89-83 decision last year in Nashville.

> Missouri is finding its offensive rhythm over the last three games, shooting 55.4 percent from the floor, 44.4 percent from three-point range and 76.5 percent from the foul line over that time frame ... Balance has been the operative word for MU, with five players averaging better than 11.7 points and six averaging 9.0 or more.

> Missouri is looking to move to 4-0 at home on the young season ... The Tigers have three home wins and three road/neutral wins this year ... The Tigers were just 1-3 in their first four games away from home last season and 2-2 in 2008-09.

> Mizzou has always been very good in November and December under Mike Anderson since the 2006-07 campaign ... MU is 27-5 in November and 19-8 in December, which includes wins over Old Dominion, #19 USC, Maryland, Arkansas, Davidson (with Stephen Curry), Purdue, Illinois, Oregon and Oral Roberts ... MU is a combined 46-13 (.780) before Jan. 1 under Anderson.

> Mike Anderson is just six wins shy of 100 during his time at Missouri ... Anderson has 94 wins and 47 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, Oregon 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 nearly every three opponent possessions this year (148 opponent turnovers compared to 387 opponent FG attempts).

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

> The Tigers have scored 156 points off of those 148 turnovers, a number that will increase as this new collection of players becomes more familiar with each other ... So far Missouri is averaging 22.3 ppg off of turnovers, including 29 points off turnovers vs. Georgetown on Nov. 30.

> 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 29.4 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 chances and so far this season Missouri has taken 63 more shots than its opponents and made 39 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 17 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 seven games, averaging 5.4 swats a contest ... Laurence Bowers (12) and Steve Moore (13) lead the way with a combined 25 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, #14 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 17 assists and fourth with 10 steals ... He was improved protecting the basketball in Cancun and had four assists and three steals in the two Tiger wins.

> Pressey 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.

> Mizzou Volleyball advanced to Sweet 16 play last weekend and will face Duke on Friday at the Penn State regional.

> 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 two games at the guard position this year and is averaging 9.0 points and 2.5 assists over his last four games ... Is shooting 61 percent (14-of-23) over that stretch.

> 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.

> Came off the bench to score nine points and dish three assists vs. Georgetown and his first career double-figure scoring night came at Oregon on Dec. 2 with 10 points and two assists in 22 minutes.

> 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.

> Has been named Big 12 Rookie of the Week back-to-back weeks and is current award holder after 22 points vs. Georgetown.

> Scored a career high 22 points on 9-of-16 FGs vs. Georgetown on Nov 30 and then had 11 points and four blocks in the win at Oregon.

> Leads the club in rebounding (8.3) and double-doubles (3) ... Was on a run of four consecutive double-figure rebounding games before being held to seven boards vs. Georgetown.

> 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 DeMarre Carroll grabbed 14 vs. Kansas State on Feb. 25, 2009.

> Leads  the team in field goal percentage (.551) and is second scoring (12.4).

> 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, which includes former UNLV standout Larry Johnson.

> 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

> Career game in his return home to Kansas City vs. Georgetown, scoring a career-high tying 17 points to go with four assists and four steals.

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

> Leads Missouri in both assists (29) and steals (19) this season, which includes 24 assists in his last five games ... Also leads the Big 12 in steals at 2.7 per game.

> Owns a 2.6-to-1 assists turnover ratio with 29 dimes and just 11 turnovers.

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

> 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

> Tough, gritty guard that was a football standout in high school as a wide out and defensive back.

> Reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, the first Big 12 weekly honor of his career.

> Leads the team in scoring (16.4) and three-point field goal percentage (.564) ... Is second  in the Big 12 Conference with his three-point percentage.

> Has hit eight of his last 11 treys over the last two games and is 15-of-19 from the floor overall with an average of 23.0 ppg.

> Scored a career high 27 points on Nov. 30 vs. Georgetown on an efficient 10-of-12 shooting from the floor ... Hit 5-of-7 treys and 5-of-5 shots inside the arc ... Added six boards and two steals as well.

> Hit 5-of-7 FGs and 3-of-4 treys at Oregon for 19 points ... Also grabbed a season high eight rebounds as well.

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

> Has six career 20-point efforts and Missouri is a perfect 5-1 in those games.

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

> Has 124 career three-pointers in his tenure, just 22 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 five times.

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

> Second in rebounding (6.1) and second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg).

> Ninth in school history with 73 career blocked shots and needs just four more to pass Leo Lyons (2005-09) who had 77 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 76 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 five times this season, including a terrific all-around game vs. Wyoming with 11 points, seven boards and a career-high tying five assists.

> Was very unselfish in the Georgetown contest ... Scored 11 points on 5-of-12 FGs, but dished four assists and had three steals ... Three of his four assists came to backcourt running mate Marcus Denmon.

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

> Has 115 career three-pointers and needs 31 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.

> 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.

 

Denmon, Ratliffe Sweep League Awards

Marcus Denmon and Ricardo Ratliffe swept the Big 12 weekly awards on Dec. 6 as Denmon was named the league’s Player of the Week for the first time in his career, while Ratliffe won Rookie of the Week honors for the second consecutive time.

> A product of Hogan Prep High School in Kansas City, Denmon averaged 23.0 points in games vs. #14 Georgetown and at Oregon ... He shot an incredible 78.9 percent from the floor and 72.7 percent from three-point range ... The 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard hit 15-of-19 shots overall and 8-of-11 threes, highlighted by a career high 27 points vs. the Hoyas in his hometown of Kansas City. Denmon hit 10-of-12 shots vs. Georgetown, while grabbing six boards and recording two steals.

> Ratliffe earned his second consecutive Rookie of the Week honor after averaging 16.5 points and 5.0 rebounds vs. Georgetown and Oregon ... He opened the week with a career high 22 points vs. the Hoyas on 9-of-16 shooting ... He also grabbed seven rebounds in the overtime decision.

 

Trey-Mendous Start For Denmon

Marcus Denmon has been shooting the basketball extremely well to open his junior campaign and the Kansas City native is among  Missouri’s all-time leaders for three-point makes through seven games ... Denmon has hit 22-of-39 triples so far, an accuracy rate of better than 56 percent.

> Denmon is fourth all-time at Mizzou for three-point makes though seven contests, trailing only former standouts Thomas Gardner (27), Paul O’Liney (26) and Matt Lawrence (23).

> In case you are wondering the record through eight games for Mizzou is shared by O’Liney and Gardner at 29 ... Lawrence is third at 28.

 

Tiger                        3FG-A      Pct.          Year        

Thomas Gardner  27-54       .500         05-06

Paul O’Liney          26-58       .448         94-95

Matt Lawrence      23-46       .500         06-07

Marcus Denmon   22-39       .564         10-11

Kareem Rush        22-47       .468         01-02

Clarence Gilbert   21-56       .375         01-02

Ricky Clemons      21-47       .447         02-03

 

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 seven games) and seven of those Tigers have reached double figures ... In fact the Tigers have five players averaging double figures in scoring currently ...  In addition, six 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 seven 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.

> Ratliffe has shown an ability to score the rock as well ... The Hampton, Va., native has reached double figures in four consecutive games and five times overall in seven tries this season, including a career high 22 points vs. Georgetown on 9-of-16 FGs on Nov. 30.

 

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 did some heavy traveling the last two weeks as the club played seven games in a stretch of 14 days … Missouri played 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 were successful during that seven-game run as well, going 6-1 with its only setback being an overtime loss to #14 Georgetown in Kansas City.

 

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 Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt is off to another great start to the season under Kevin Stallings, as the Commodores are 7-1 with a pair of neutral-court wins over Nebraska (59-49) and North Carolina (72-65) ... The Commodores have won five consecutive games, however Wednesday’s contest will be their first road game of 2010-11 ... Vandy is led by talented sophomore John Jenkins ... The Tennessee native has hit 22 treys on the young season and is shooting an impressive 38 percent from beyond the arc and 91 percent at the charity stripe .... Jenkins is joined in double figures by Festus Ezeli (13.3 points, 7.8 boards) and Jeffery Taylor (12.1 points) ... The athletic Taylor is one of the top NBA prospects in college basketball this season.

 

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 17.3 assists through seven 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 21.1 turnovers per game, including a school record 34 turnovers vs. North Florida ... The Tigers also average 10.7 steals a night, including 14 thefts vs. Georgetown.

 

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.


 

 

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