Dec. 12, 2012
Missouri Tigers vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CT Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061) TV: MSN (Chris Gervino - Play by Play / Scott Highmark - Analyst) Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play and Gary Link - Analyst) Rankings:
Missouri - No. 12/No. 11 - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll
South Carolina State - NR/NR
Series: First Meeting
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 167-107 overall (9th); 38-6 at Mizzou (2nd season)
S.C. State: Tim Carter (Kansas `79) 227-253 overall (17th season overall); 6th season at SCSU
> Missouri Basketball plays its final home game during the 2012 calendar year as the Tigers battle South Carolina State on Dec. 17 ... Missouri is likely to add the services of sophomore guard Jabari Brown for the contest ... Brown was a mid-year transfer from Oregon a season ago and will be classified as a redshirt sophomore.
> Mizzou has enjoyed good fortune with mid-year enrollees, but that first game is always tough on newcomers ... Travon Bryant enrolled mid-year during the 2000-01 campaign and finished his career with 912 points, 666 rebounds and 120 blocked shots, but didn't score in his first game as a Tiger ... Albert White enrolled mid-season for the 1997-98 campaign and helped Mizzou to back-to-back postseason berths, but logged just four points in a win over Sam Houston State ... Paul O'Liney enrolled mid-year for the 1993-94 season and Missouri won the Big Eight with a perfect 14-0 mark ... However O'Liney didn't have his first double figure scoring game until nine games played into the year.
> Laurence Bowers continues to have an all-SEC senior season and is now just 10 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point plateau for his career ... Bowers would become the 44th Tiger all-time with 1,000 points and the third player in that great 2008-09 freshman class to top the 1,000-point mark, joining former teammates Marcus Denmon (1,775 points) and Kim English (1,570 points).
> Bowers has been nothing short of awesome over his last three games, averaging 22.3 points on 61 percent shooting from the floor (27-of-44) and 75 percent shooting from three-point range (6-of-8) ... He has also averaged 8.0 rebounds and recorded his third double-double in the last six games with 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Tennessee State.
> Mizzou will look to continue its homecourt domination vs. non-league foes ... Overall Missouri has won 71 consecutive home games vs. non-league opposition since the end of the 2005-06 campaign ... In fact Mizzou has won 30-of-31 regular season non-league games (regardless of site) since the 2010-11 campaign ... Missouri's last non-conference loss at home came vs. Sam Houston State in the 2005 Preseason NIT.
> Overall at Mizzou Arena the Tigers are 73-4 since 2008-09, an incredible .948 winning percentage.
> A victory on Monday would allow the Tigers to be 9-1 (or better) for three consecutive seasons and for the fourth time in five campaigns dating back to 2008-09.
> Missouri continues to dominate on the glass and out-rebounded Tennessee State by 25 (52-27) during its most recent win ... The Tigers are No. 3 nationally in rebounding at 45.9 caroms a game and are No. 5 with a +13.2 rebounding margin ... The Tigers already have nine double-doubles this season, equaling the team total for the entire 2011-12 season.
> The Tigers also average 16.1 offensive rebounds per game (No. 8 nationally) and turn that into 16.2 second-chance points per contest.
> It's of course still very early in the 2012-13 season and the meat of the schedule is ahead of the team, but those 45.9 rebounds per game would be the most since the 1975-76 season.
Mizzou Basketball Cliff Notes...
> Mizzou Basketball returns to action after the completion of semester finals as the Tigers face South Carolina State on Dec. 17 ... Missouri will then return to action on Dec. 22 vs. Illinois in the 32nd annual Bud Light Braggin' Rights Game.
> Missouri has won 23 consecutive games in the month of December dating back to Dec. 12, 2009.
> Mizzou is looking for a season-long five-game winning streak.
> The Tigers will look to continue their impressive defensive trend ... Only one team has scored 70+ points on Missouri this year and the club held Tennessee State to just 38 points in a 68-38 win on Dec. 8.
> Missouri is currently ranked No. 23 nationally in field goal percentage defense (.367) and limited Southeast Missouri State and Tennessee State to just 23 percent shooting in the second half of its last two wins ... Mizzou's second half scoring margin in the last two games is 45.5-to-19.0 (+26.5).
> Defensively, Missouri has held eight of nine opponents (Louisville) below 42 percent shooting.
> Missouri is one of the country's top rebounding teams and has out-rebounded all-nine foes in 2012-13 ... Missouri enjoyed its largest rebounding margin of the year on Dec. 8 (+25) and has recorded a double-digit rebounding advantage in six of nine games.
> Missouri has had six different players record double-figures in rebounds in a game this season, which is the most since six Tigers accomplished the feat during the 1995-96 campaign ... The school record for the number of players recording at least 10 rebounds in one game is seven, set during the 1959-60 season.
> In addition, Missouri already has a total of nine double-doubles between four different players (Bowers, Oriakhi, Ross and Bell), equaling the nine double-doubles recorded a season ago by Ricardo Ratliffe (8) and Marcus Denmon (1).
> Although the Tigers have a number of familiar faces due to transfer years with the program, just one player, Phil Pressey, has played for Head Coach Frank Haith ... Missouri is getting 83 percent of its scoring and 92 percent of its rebounding from players that did not see action at Mizzou a season ago.
> Missouri has started to build its bench over the last two weeks thanks to the play of Keion Bell and the more confident production of Tony Criswell ... Missouri is averaging 18.4 points per game from its bench on the year, including 25.0 points over the last three games.
> On the season Missouri has seven double-figure scoring efforts off the bench (Bell - 3, Criswell - 2, Jankovic and Webster-Chan - 1).
> Speaking of Bell coming off the bench, the senior is averaging 10.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.8 dimes per game during that four-game run ... And his playing time is up to 23.5 minutes per game ... In his five games as a starter Bell averaged 8.0 points, 4.0 rebounds in 22.0 minutes.
> Criswell is also on an impressive three-game run averaging 8.3 points on 60 percent shooting (12-of-20) in 19.0 minutes a game.
> Despite having so many newcomers, Mizzou has been balanced through nine games with seven players averaging at least 17.4 minutes a contest ... Eight different Tigers have also reached double figures in scoring in a game this season and seven different Tigers have recorded at least 7+ boards in a game.
> One of those players, Stefan Jankovic is coming off a career high 14-point effort vs. Tennessee State.
> Missouri has won 71 consecutive regular-season, non-conference home games since 2005-06 and since 2006-07 (64-0) the club's margin of victory has been 26.3 points in those non-league home tilts.
> Missouri is 14-0 in home non-league games under Frank Haith and each of those 14 wins have been by double figures ... In fact Mizzou is 21-1 in regular season non-league games under Haith and have won 17 of those games by 10 or more points, including wins over Villanova (10), Notre Dame (29) and California (39) on neutral courts.
> Missouri has won at historic levels over the last four seasons and continues its search for a record-setting fifth consecutive 20-win campaign ... The Tigers have won 23+ games each of the last four seasons.
> MU also won 20+ in four consecutive years from 1988-92 and 1979-83.
> Haith's 2011-12 offense was known for its efficiency and the early returns are good this season as well ... Missouri is averaging 1.14 points per possession this year, despite shooting just 44 percent from the floor.
> Missouri was college basketball's most efficient offensive club a year ago (according to KenPom.com) ... And how about this for an exciting SEC schedule, Kentucky was ranked No. 2 and Florida was No. 3.
> Frank Haith's offense also ranked No. 1 nationally in field goal percentage (.504), assist/turnover ratio (1.6) and among the Top 10 in scoring (6th - 80.4), scoring margin (5th - 14.1), three-point percentage (9th - .398), turnovers (5th - 10.2) and turnover margin (7th - 4.1).
> Haith was of course named the National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, taking the Tigers to their second 30-win season in school history and fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament.
> Missouri begins its first season of play in the Southeastern Conference ... League play officially begins on Jan. 8, 2013, vs. Alabama ... That game is actually the official opener to the 2013 SEC season.
> Mizzou got an early start to its 2012-13 campaign, playing five games in Europe from Aug. 8-18 ... However none of Missouri's current players saw action overseas, proving to be a great opportunity for the MU newcomers to get extended playing time.
> The Tigers played games in Amsterdam, Belgium and France.
> Missouri will be seen on TV like never before thanks to the move to the SEC ... The Tigers will have a school record 18 games appearing on national TV during the regular season.
> Mizzou also had four players ranked among the top players at their position by CBS Sports ... Phil Pressey headlined that list at No. 2 among point guards.
> In the front court Alex Oriakhi was ranked No. 35 and Laurence Bowers checked in at No. 38.
> Newcomer Jabari Brown was ranked among college hoop's top wing players, checking in at No. 48.
> Fran Fraschilla ranked Phil Pressey as the country's No. 5 most-important player.
> Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated also listed Pressey (No. 5) on his preseason Naismith Award watch list.
> Missouri's transfer class of Keion Bell, Jabari Brown, Alex Oriakhi and Earnest Ross is being considered as one of the best in basketball history by the Sporting News.
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