The Tigers and Owls face-off at 7 p.m.
Dec. 14, 2011
10/8 University of Missouri Tigers (9-0) vs. Kennesaw State University Owls (2-5)
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. ET
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: MSN (Chris Gervino - Play by Play / Scott Highmark - Analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play / Gary Link - Analyst)
Rankings: MU: #10/8; (AP / ESPN/USA Today Coaches)
Series: First meeting
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 138-101 overall (8th); 9-0 at Mizzou (1st season)
Kennesaw State: Lewis Preston (VMI `93); 2-5 overall and at KSU (1st season)
> Mizzou looks to improve to 10-0 on Thursday, Dec. 15, as the team hosts the Kennesaw State Owls at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena ... The contest is the first-ever matchup between the two schools ... Missouri owns a 9-1 all-time record against Atlantic Sun Conference teams, which includes a win over Mercer on Nov. 14.
> A win over the Owls will mark Mizzou's eighth-ever 10-0 start to the season ... The team last accomplished the feat during the 1991-92 season ... Mizzou is currently one of nine unbeated teams in the nation.
> The Tigers are one of the nation's and Big 12's best shooting teams, as the squad leads the league in field goal percentage (.509), 3-point percentage (.422) and free throw percentage (.769) ... In the national rankings, MU ranks seventh in field goal percentage, 11th in free throw percentage and 12th in 3-point field goal percentage
> On an individual level, senior Ricardo Ratliffe ranks second nationally and first in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.760) ... Additionally, junior Michael Dixon ranks seventh nationally and first in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.943), Kim English leads the league in 3-point fiel goal percentage (.545) and is fifth in field goal percentage (.563) and Marcus Denmon ranks second in free throw percentage (.917) and 3-point percentage (.492) and seventh in field goal percentage (.533) in the Big 12.
> Marcus Denmon has scored at least 20 points in six of nine games this season ... He is one of just 11 players to accomplish the feat in the last 62 seasons ... The last player to score at least 20 points in the first nine games was Thomas Garnder in 2005-06.
> Sophomore Phil Pressey has dished out 34 assists and committed just six turnovers the last four games for an assist/turnover ratio of 5.7 ... He currently leads the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio (2.83) and steals (2.56) and ranks second in assists (5.67).
> Junior Michael Dixon now ranks first all-time at Missouri in free throw percentage at 85.4 percent ...He entered the season ranked fourth all-time but has made 33-of-35 so far.
> Missouri's 39-point win over No. 20/18 California was the Tigers' largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent in program history ... The previous biggest win over a ranked foe was a 119-93 win over #10 Iowa State on Jan. 23, 1988.
> Mizzou stayed steady at #10 in the AP Top 25 and moved up to #8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll this week.
Mizzou Quick Hitters
> Mizzou hosts William & Mary on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.
> Overall, Missouri leads the Big 12 in nine different statistical categories: scoring offense (85.4), scoring margin (+25.6), free throw percentage (.769), field goal percentage (.509), 3-point field goal percentage (.422), assists (16.89), steals (9.78), turnover margin (+7.0) and assist-turnover ratio (1.73).
> The Tigers also commit the fewest turnovers among Big 12 teams at just 9.8 per game ... The mark ranks fourth nationally, behind just Wisconsin, Northwestern and Purdue.
> Mizzou has been amazingly efficient this season, averaging 1.17 points per field goal attempt this season. Ratliffe leads the team in that category as he is averaging 1.52 points per field goal attempt, while English averages 1.47 and Denmon 1.33.
> Senior Marcus Demon poured in a career high 31 points against Northwestern State on Dec. 2 thanks to a career-high seven treys ... The 31 points were the most for a Tiger since DeMarre Carroll had 31 against Iowa State on Feb. 7, 2009 ... He followed that with a 28-point outing against Villanova, making him the first Tiger since Thomas Gardner (2005-06) to score at least 28 points in back-to-back games.
> Entering Thursday's game against Kennesaw State, the Tigers have defeated their first nine opponents by an average margin of 25.6 points (769-539) ... If the Tigers defeat the Owls by at least 32 points, they will set a new record for largest scoring margin over the first 10 games of the season ... The current mark is 26.1, set by the 1991-92 squad (860-599).
> English is shooting an incredible 54.5 percent from behind the arc so far this year ... The number ranks first in the Big 12.
> Seniors Marcus Denmon and Kim English have combined to make 61 of the Tigers' 81 3-point field goals so far this season ... The duo rank one-two in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made at 3.44 and 3.33, respectively ... They are only the fourth and fifth players to ever have at least 30 3's in the first nine games.
> Denmon's 31 treys in the first nine games is tied with Thomas Gardner (05-06) and Ricky Clemons (02-03) for most ever in the stretch ... English's 30 are tied for the fourth-most with Paul O'Liney (94-95).
> Six different Tigers scored in double figures against Cal on Nov. 22, the first time that happened since a 116-63 win over Central Arkansas on Dec. 18, 2010.
> Mizzou has made at least 10 3-pointers in five of its nine games so far this season ... The Tigers made 12 against Niagara, 11 against Mercer, 10 against Cal, 11 against Binghamton and 10 against Villanova ... All of last season Missouri had 10 or more treys in a game just seven times in 34 games.
> The Tigers lead the Big 12 with 9.8 steals per contest ... This continues a recent trend as over the past three seasons, Missouri has either led the nation or finished second in steals per game ... The team led the nation in 2009-10 with 10.94 and finished second in 2008-09 (10.56) and 2010-11 (10.94) ... The team is seventh nationally this year.
> Sophomore Phil Pressey is doing most of the damage in the steals department with 23 on the year ... He leads the Big 12 with 2.6 per game. > With three blocks against Cal, Steve Moore entered Missouri's career top-10 blocks list with 75 in his three-plus years ... He is seventh in the Big 12 at 1.38 per game ... He needs two more to tie Leo Lyons for ninth on the all-time list with 77.
> Seniors Marcus Denmon and Kim English continue to move up Missouri's all-time scoring list ... Denmon now has 1,348 in his career, which puts him 17th all-time at Mizzou ... Denmon needs 39 more points to tie Willie Smith for 16th ... English stands at 1,209 points, good for 26th place ... He needs 22 more points to tie Leo Lyons for 25th ... The two surpassed the 1,000 point mark in 2010-11.
> Missouri has typically played some tough schedules over the years and that trend continues in 2011-12 ... After the release of the preseason polls, Mizzou will have 11 games against teams ranked receiving votes in the preseason AP top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll... Included in that list are #12 Baylor, #13 Kansas, #19/20 Texas A&M, #24 California, Texas, Illinois, and Notre Dame.
> Senior Laurence Bowers will be forced to redshirt the 2011-12 season after suffering a season-ending knee injury (ACL) in October ... Bowers averaged 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a year ago.
> This year's seniors mark the winningest class in Missouri Basketball program history...Heading into the year, the class' 77 wins over the last three-plus seasons mark the most in a three-year stretch at Mizzou...The Tiger clubs from 1980-83 and 1988-91 won 75 games over a three-year stretch ... The class now has a record of 86-27.
> The Tigers recorded 23+ wins in each of the last three campaigns for the first time in program history...Mizzou won 31 games in 2008-09 and went 23-11 in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
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