Mizzou Hosts Old Dominion

MUTIGERS.COM Virginia native Ricardo Ratliffe and Mizzou host Old Dominion.
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Virginia native Ricardo Ratliffe and Mizzou host Old Dominion.
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Dec. 29, 2010

Columbia, Mo. -

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#10 / #10 University of Missouri Tigers (12-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs.

RV / RV Old Dominion University Monarchs (9-2, 0-1 CAA)

Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CT

Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)

TV: MSN (Dan McLaughlin and Scott Highmark)

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

Rankings: Mizzou 10/10; Old Dominion RV/RV in AP / USA Today Coaches Poll

Series: Missouri leads 3-0; Last 66-61 Tiger win on Nov. 27, 2009 in South Padre

Coaches:

Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa `82); 189-88 overall (9th); 100-47 at Mizzou (5th)

Old Dominion: Blaine Taylor (Montana `81) 339-170 overall (17th) 197-105 at ODU (10th)

 

For Openers...

> Mike Anderson looks for win #101 as Missouri's head coach on Thursday as the Tigers face a talented and senior-laden Old Dominion squad at Mizzou Arena ... Old Dominion has four seniors in its regular rotation, while Missouri has just one fourth-year player on its entire roster.

> Mizzou is off to its best start to a season in 21 years ... Missouri is currently 12-1 and that's the best start since the Tigers opened the 1989-90 campaign 21-1 ... Oddly enough, Missouri claimed an 88-75 win at Old Dominion that season on Dec. 9, 1989.

> Mizzou extended its non-conference home court winning streak to 55 games with its 97-61 win over Northern Illinois ... That run dates back to the 2005-06 campaign ... The previous school record was 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 currently boast a seven-game winning streak, their longest of the young season ... Mizzou has seven winning streaks of five or more games under Mike Anderson, including a pair of nine-game streaks.

> The Mizzou defense has really improved over the last five games ... The Tigers have held their opponents to 34-percent shooting from the floor, 24-percent shooting from three-point range and a 57-to-94 assist/turnover ratio ... It's no surprise that Mizzou has won each game by double-figures and boasts a +26.8 scoring margin during that stretch.

> Missouri has always been one of the country's better passing teams under Mike Anderson and that trend is continuing once again in 2010-11 ... Mizzou dished a season high 33 assists in the Dec. 18 win over Central Arkansas, which ties for the second most in school history and the most in the Big 12 this year ... Missouri is averaging 22.4 dimes over its last five outings and ranks #4 nationally at 18.9 assists per game.

> Marcus Denmon continues to surge in his junior campaign ... The Kansas City native has been one of the country's best players in 2010-11 and is averaging a team-best 17.2 points per game this year, boosted by an average of 19.4 points per game over his last eight contests on 55 percent shooting from the floor and 49 percent shooting from three-point range ... More impressive stats for Denmon during that surge? Try 5.0 boards per game and 20 dimes compared to just six turnovers.

 

Mizzou Quick Hitters

> Missouri Basketball gets a huge non-conference test on Thursday as Old Dominion comes to Mizzou Arena for the first time ... The Monarchs have won four consecutive games leading into the contest, including a win over Atlantic-10 power Dayton, 74-71.

> Thursday's game is the first of a home-and-home series with ODU ... Missouri junior forward Ricardo Ratliffe is a Hampton, Va., native and grew up just 20 miles from the Old Dominion campus.

> Old Dominion ranks #12 in the latest RPI ledger ... Missouri is 3-1 vs. the current RPI Top 100, including home wins over Presbyterian and Vanderbilt.

> Missouri is 2-1 vs. teams currently in the Top 25 this week ... The Tigers fell to #9 Georgetown in overtime, but defeated #23 Illinois (75-64) and #24 Vanderbilt (85-82) in OT.

> Missouri is going for its first undefeated December since 1991-92 ... The Tigers were 8-0 in December 1990 and are 7-0 so far this December.

> Tiger fans can purchase the Holiday 4-Pack, which is four upper level reserved seats for just $24 ... Missouri had better than 10,000 fans for the last home contest vs. Northern Illinois.

> In fact attendance has been up all season at Mizzou Arena, to the tune of 1,200 fans per game ... Last season through eight home games Missouri averaged 7,334 fans ... In 2010-11 MU is averaging 8,584 fans per game.

> Mizzou has been dominant at home over its last four games ... The Tigers have enjoyed 20 points second-half leads in each of those contests, including a school record 40 point lead (57-17) at the half vs. Northern Illinois.

> Missouri is once again one of the nation's highest scoring clubs, ranking #4 nationally at 85.9 points per game ... At home that number is up to 87.8 ppg.

> Mizzou is also #4 nationally in assists at 18.9 per game, so not only can the Tigers score in bunches, but they can do it with great efficiency, recording dimes on 60 percent of their hoops.

> Missouri is looking to continue its season high seven-game winning streak ... An eighth win would be Missouri's longest run since a nine-game streak last season.

> Mizzou has been very good in non-conference games under Anderson ... The Tigers are 52-14 (.787), including four NCAA Tournament wins, since his arrival before the 2006-07 season.

> Turnovers are trending downward for Mizzou over the last six games ... The Tigers are averaging just 11.7 miscues per game during that stretch and have a +6.8 turnover margin (per game) in those contests ... In fact Mizzou's assist/turnover ratio is at an outstanding 1.8 during that run.

> Missouri is finding its offensive rhythm over the last seven games, shooting 51 percent from the floor, 38 percent from three-point range and 74 percent from the foul line ... Balance has been the operative word for MU, with five players averaging better than 10.5 points and seven averaging 7.9 or more.

> Missouri has been the ultimate team through 13 games ... The Tigers have had seven different players lead the team (or tie for the team lead) in scoring, four different players in rebounding, six in assists and seven in steals.

> Missouri has won in a variety of places this year ... The Tigers are 8-0 at home on the young season ... The Tigers also have four road/neutral wins this year ... The Tigers were just 2-3 in their first five games away from home last season and 3-2 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 25-8 in December, which includes wins over Old Dominion (in 2009-10), #19 USC, Maryland, Arkansas, Davidson (with Stephen Curry), Purdue, Illinois, Oregon and Oral Roberts ... MU is a combined 52-13 (.800) before Jan. 1 under Anderson.

> Mizzou Arena has been a terror dome for non-league opponents during the Mike Anderson era... In running their record to 48-0 (under Anderson), the Tigers are averaging a 26.5 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 55-game non-conference home court winning streak, which dates back to the 2005-06 campaign (pre-Mike Anderson era) ... That 55-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 (259 opponent turnovers compared to 743 opponent FG attempts).

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

> The Tigers have scored 296 points off of those 259 turnovers, a number that will increase as this new collection of players becomes more familiar with each other ... So far Missouri is averaging 22.7 ppg off of turnovers, including 41 points off turnovers vs. Central Arkansas.

> 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 27.2 points over Anderson's five years in Columbia!

> The Tigers are already averaging 26.0 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 102 more shots than its opponents and made 103 more buckets.

> It's early, but Missouri has been good at defending the rim though 13 games, averaging 5.4 swats a contest ... Laurence Bowers (31) and Steve Moore (15) lead the way with a combined 46 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 13 games against teams ranked / receiving votes in the 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.

> 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.

> Out for a couple weeks with a fractured right finger, which was suffered Dec. 19 during practice.

> 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.

> Ranked among Big 12 leaders in both assists per game (4.1) and assist/turnover ratio (1.9).

> Has dished 27 assists over his last three games (9.0 apg), including a Mizzou Freshman Record 11 dimes vs. Central Arkansas on Dec. 18.

> Recorded his first career double-double in that game as well with a career high 15 points.

> Those 11 dimes are the most by a Big 12 player this season.

> Is the Big 12's #1 freshman in assists at 4.1 per game.

> Is the first Missouri freshman to record 7+ assists in three consecutive games and is the first Tiger to accomplish the feat since Anthony Peeler back in 1989-90.

> 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 Missouri Player of the Year to ink with the Tigers.

> Scored a career high 11 points on 4-4 FGs and 3-3 treys vs. Central Arkansas on Dec. 18 ... Added a career high four boards and three steals as well.

> Has seen his playing time increase over the last three games, including a career high 20 minutes vs. Northern Illinois.

> Hit 3-of-4 three-pointers in wins over Wyoming and La Salle, including a then 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.

> Scored a career high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting vs. Northern Illinois ... Added five boards, three assists and a pair of dunks in the rout.

> Has started four games this season and back-to-back contests for the Tigers, including the Dec. 22 Braggin' Rights affair vs. Illinois.

> Is 25-of-49 from the floor over his last eight games as well (.510).

> 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 twice this season.

> Leads the club in rebounding (7.3) and double-doubles (3) ... Was on a run of four consecutive double-figure rebounding games before being held to seven boards vs. Georgetown.

> 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 (.568) and is second in 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

> Quietly vying for Top Big 12 point guard honors, leading the league in steals per game (2.5) and assist/turnover ratio (2.7), while ranking #4 in dimes (4.8) and #9 in free throw percentage (.809).

> Had 55 dimes all of last season, but has 53 in just 11 games played in 2010-11 and is averaging 5.3 assists in his last nine contest.

> 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.) left San Jose State as the school's all-time assist leader.

> 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.

> Top returning assist man from last season with 55 dimes and just 32 turnovers.

 

 #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.

> Reached double figures in 10 consecutive games.

> Leads the team in scoring (17.2) and three-point field goal percentage (.493) ... Is second in the Big 12 Conference with his three-point accuracy.

> Has hit 22 of his last 40 treys over the last eight games and is 53-of-99 from the floor overall.

> 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.

> Scored 19 second-half / overtime points in the win vs. Vanderbilt, including the game-winner with five seconds remaining.

> Poured in 24 points in just 24 minutes vs. Northern Illinois ... Hit 9-of-11 shots and 5-of-7 treys vs. the Huskies.

> Has nine career 20-point efforts and Missouri is 8-1 in those games.

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

> Has 138 career three-pointers in his tenure, just eight outside the Missouri all-time Top 10.

> Returning Academic All-Big 12.

> Big 12 All-Reserve Team last year as a sophomore.

> 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

> Averaging 16.5 points and 3.5 blocked shots over his last four games.

> Is shooting 66 percent from the floor (25-of-38) and 80 percent from the foul line (16-of-20) during that stretch.

> Leads the Big 12 in shot-blocking at 2.4 per game.

> Would rank #5 in the Big 12 with 53.6 percent field goal shooting with enough attempts.

> Scored a season high 20 points on 8-of-9 FGs in the win over Central Arkansas.

> Outstanding game vs. Oral Roberts with 17 points, 6 boards and a career high five blocks.

> Has reached double figures in scoring nine times.

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

> Seventh in school history with 92 career blocked shots and needs four more to pass Gary Leonard (1986-89) who had 95 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.

> Incredible run of nine consecutive Missouri points vs. Illinois on Dec. 22 ... Finished the game with 11 points, three boards and two assists in 16 minutes.

> Averaging 10.0 points on 21-of-37 shooting (.568) over his last six games.

> Enjoyed an efficient day vs. Presbyterian, scoring a season-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 19 minutes ... Added six boards and a trey.

> Scored 11 points in the win vs. La Salle, including nine of the team's first 10 points ... Finished with six rebounds as well.

> Is the club's lone senior and enters his fourth year with the program, which includes 80 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 nine times this season and in seven of his last nine games.

> Terrific all-around game vs. Central Arkansas with 14 points, 10 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals.

> Scoring numbers are slightly down, but has become more well-rounded in his junior season, a focus of his off-season workouts ... His assist totals and shooting percentages are up in 2010-11 ... Has 33 dimes in 2010-11 after having just 39 assists all of last season.

> 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.

> Hit 3-of-5 treys (12 points) and grabbed six boards vs. Vanderbilt.

> Has 130 career three-pointers and needs 16 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.

> 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.

> 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-5 treys this season and was a good three-point shooter in high school.

> Second on the squad with 15 blocked shots this season... And finished his sophomore season with 17 blocks in his final eight games.

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

 

Big 12's Mr. Efficiency - Marcus Denmon

Marcus Denmon has been the most efficient guard in the Big 12 so far this season ... Ranked #3 among guards (and #4 in the league overall) in scoring behind Texas' Jordan Hamilton (19.5 ppg) and Colorado's Alec Burks (19.3 ppg), Denmon has separated himself with his 51.7 percent field goal shooting, 2.1-to-1 assist/turnover ratio and just 11.4 FG attempts per game.

> Denmon is averaging 1.3 points per field goal attempt this year, which leads both Hamilton and Burks, who average an excellent 1.1 points per shot ... Among the top three scoring guards Denmon's FG attempts per game is also well below that of Burks (12.3 FGA) and Hamilton (15.3) this season, while his 51.7 percent shooting from the floor is tops among the trio as well ... Oh and for good measure his 27 total steals is #2 in the Big 12.

 

A Hundred Ways To Break It Down

Mike Anderson won his 100th game at Mizzou on Dec. 27, making him the fastest Tiger to reach that feat ... The 147 games it took Anderson to reach 100 topped the previous mark held by Quin Snyder, who won game #100 in 158 tries on Feb. 28, 2004 at Kansas State ... Norm Stewart won game #100 on Dec. 8, 1973, vs. UTEP in his 160th contest.

> Anderson, who is now 100-47 all-time at Mizzou, needs just 11 more wins to top 200 for his career, which includes the 89 wins he racked up at UAB.

> Last but not least, Anderson became just the second coach in Missouri Basketball history to be 50 games over .500 for his career following an 81-62 win vs. Oral Roberts on Dec. 16 ... Anderson joins Norm Stewart (631-333 in 32 seasons) as the only other Tiger coach on that exclusive list.

 

Paint It Black & Gold

The addition of Ricardo Ratliffe and growth of Missouri's returners in the post have led to much more balance in Mizzou's offense ... The Tigers have scored 504 of 1,117 points in the paint this season compared to 428 a season ago ... The 504 "paint points" (through 12 games) is the second highest total during Anderson's time at Mizzou, just behind the 512 tallies scored by DeMarre Carroll, Leo Lyons and Co. through 13 games in 2008-09.

> Missouri has been outscored in the paint just once this season (Wyoming) and has topped 30 points 10 times and is averaging 38.8 points in the paint per game this season.

 

The Freedom To Score

Coach Anderson loves an offense that shares the basketball, however the coach doesn't mind his Tigers getting greedy at the foul line and Mizzou has done just that this season, hitting 71.7 percent of its charity shots for the year and 74.2 percent over its last 10 games ... In fact after two sub-par nights at the line to open the year Mizzou has dipped below 70 percent as a team just twice over the last 11 outings.

 

Crunch Time Hoops From Denmon

- Missouri trailed #21 Illinois 57-56 with just over two minutes remaining, but Denmon hit a 17-footer with Jereme Richmond's hand in his face to give the Tigers a lead they wouldn't give up ... Denmon scored six points in the final 2:23, including a steal / assist on an Illinois in-bounds pass to seal the late-game surge.

- With the game tied and Vanderbilt running out the clock for a final shot in overtime, Denmon steals a pass from Brad Tinsley, scores the winning bucket (while being fouled) and completes the three-point play for an 85-82 win.

- On Jan. 9, 2010, with Missouri trailing Kansas State 55-52 and just 5:37 remaining, Denmon scores nine of the game's final 22 points to lift MU to a 74-68 upset win ... Denmon hit back-to-back treys, a running bank shot off the glass and a free throw off his own steal.

- Missouri and Texas Tech were tied 82-82 with 3:06 remaining in overtime in Lubbock when Denmon came off a screen and buried a 24-footer in front of the Missouri bench to give the Tigers a lead they wouldn't relinquish, resulting in a 94-89 OT win.

- Of course for good measure we need to pay homage to the 60-footer in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament vs. #2 Memphis on March 26, 2009, in Glendale, Ariz.

 

A Point Guard Family

Michael Dixon Jr. is distributing the rock like his "pops" (Michael Dixon Sr.) ... A sophomore starter for Mizzou, Dixon is among the Big 12 leaders in a number of categories this season, including assists (4th at 4.8 apg), steals (1st at 2.5) and assist/turnover ratio (1st at 2.7) ... Those numbers mirror the collegiate success his father had at San Jose State (1982-85) when the elder Dixon ranked #1 in school history with 477 assists and #6 with 106 career steals.

> However the younger Dixon has unleashed a consistent offensive game as well this year and has hit for double figures in scoring in seven of his last 11 contests, highlighted by a career high 17 points in games vs. Wyoming and Georgetown ... Dixon also helped lead Mizzou to a win over Vanderbilt with 15 points, four assists and three steals.

 

Flip The Switch

Flip Pressey is finding his comfort zone, despite suffering a hand injury during practice ... The explosive pass-first guard fueled Missouri's offense during his last three games, dishing out 27 assists while committing just seven turnovers in wins vs. Presbyterian, Oral Roberts and Central Arkansas ... The Dallas native dished a career high 11 assists in the 116-63 win over UCA, equaling the Missouri freshman record ... The 11 dimes are also the most by a Big 12 player this season.

> Pressey ranked #1 in the Big 12 among freshmen with 4.1 assists per game and his 1.9-to-1 assist/turnover ratio ranks #5 in the league overall at the time of his injury.

 

Non-Conference Home Streak #2 In Big 12

Missouri has won 55 consecutive non-conference games at home since 2005-06, which ranks very well amongst the rest of the league ... Here are the top win streaks in the conference:

 

Team                              Streak

Texas A&M                   58

Missouri                       55

Kansas                          41

Kansas State                29

Oklahoma State          29

Texas                             26

Oklahoma                    24

 

Offensive Balance = Tough To Defend

Missouri continues to be one of the nation's most balanced programs in 2010-11 ... The Tigers have had 10 different players score nine or more points in a game this year and nine 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 in a game, five different players have dished three or more assists and five 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 13 collegiate games in NCAA Division I, but the newcomer has already produced three double-doubles,  was named to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament team and is twice the Big 12's Rookie of the Week.

> Ratliffe led the Cancun 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.

> 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 eight of his last nine games and 10 times overall in 13 tries this season, including a career high 22 points vs. Georgetown on 9-of-16 FGs on Nov. 30.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 Old Dominion

Old Dominion brings a four-game winning streak and one of the country's top rebounding clubs to Columbia on Thursday ... The Monarchs are big, physical and tested, as four starters return from last season's NCAA Tournament run ... ODU is 9-2 on the young season and have impressive wins over Clemson and Xavier on a neutral floor and great home wins over Richmond and Dayton ... ODU also has a road win at East Carolina on its resume and will be a likely NCAA Tournament at-large club from the CAA should they not win their postseason tournament ... Kent Bazemore is ODU's top scorer at 13.1 points per night and is shooting a solid 45 percent from his guard position ... Frank Hassell is the team's top rebounder and averages close to a double-double with 12.4 points and 9.7 rebounds ... Overall ODU wins the battle on the glass by 13.4 rebounds per game and averages an incredible 17.1 offensive rebounds per contest ... Basically ODU is averaging an offensive rebound on 53 percent of its misses this season, while holding foes to just 40 percent shooting and just 29 rebounds per game.

 

Quick Starts For Anderson

Missouri is off to its best start under Mike Anderson ... The Tigers are currently 12-1 on the year, equaling the 12-1 start by MU during the 1989-90 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  five times already this year and have topped 20 dimes 39 times (38-1) under Anderson.

> Missouri is currently averaging 18.9 assists through 13 games in 2010-11, which is tops in the Big 12 and #4 nationally.

> Missouri dished a season high 33 dimes in its 116-63 win over Central Arkansas on Dec. 18, which is tied for the second most in school history and most ever by a Mike Anderson club.

 

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 19.9 turnovers per game, including a school record 34 turnovers vs. North Florida ... The Tigers also average 10.3 steals a night, including 14 thefts vs. Georgetown.

 

Mizzou Arena - Home Sweet Home

Mike Anderson is a perfect 48-0 all-time in non-conference home games at Missouri ... Not only have the Tigers won 48 consecutive in non-league action, but they have done so in dominating fashion, sporting a 26.5 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 48-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     8-0                24.6 ppg

Total        48-0         26.5 ppg.


 

 

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