Missouri Tigers Basketball takes on No. 2 Louisville in the semifinals of the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis
From the University of Missouri
Mizzou Basketball returns to action on Friday night when the Tigers take on No. 2 Louisville in the semifinals of the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis ... Mizzou earned a 78-70 victory over Stanford in the opening round, recording 19 offensive rebounds en route to the hard-fought win.
> Missouri will face No. 2 Louisville on Friday night ... The Cardinals defeated Northern Iowa in their opener ... Missouri is 2-1 all-time vs. Louisville, but the last meeting occurred back in 1989 during Mizzou's tournament championship at the Maui Invitational (82-79) ... Doug Smith led No. 11 Mizzou with 24 points vs. the No. 12 Cardinals ... Mizzou has won two consecutive in the series, including a 69-55 win on Jan. 17, 1982, in St. Louis ... Both Louisville and Missouri have been ranked in each of the last three meetings, including Friday night's tilt.
> For the second time this season Missouri had two players record double-doubles ... Laurence Bowers led the Tigers with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Earnest Ross scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high 11 boards ... Ross had seven offensive caroms in the win ... Despite playing on the perimeter, Ross now has eight career double-doubles, with two coming at Missouri.
> Alex Oriakhi is making his second trip to this event and played well on Thursday, scoring 13 points and grabbing four boards vs. a big Stanford front line ... The senior continues to thrive at the foul line and is shooting 76.5 percent at the line, a career best, including 7-of-8 in Thursday's win.
> Missouri continues to play well defensively early in the 2012-13 season ... The Tigers are allowing opponents to shoot just 34.7 percent from the floor and 31.7 percent from three-point range ... Stanford managed just 37.5 percent shooting in Game One and hit just 6-of-26 treys (.231).
> Missouri out-rebounded Stanford 26-18 in the second half and 16 of those 28 second-half caroms were on the offensive glass ... The Tigers scored 21 second-chance points in the second half alone to control the contest.
> Head Coach Frank Haith and the Tigers continue to play well in non-league action ... Missouri has never lost a regular-season non-conference game under Haith ... The Tigers are a perfect 17-0 in pre-conference play under Haith (13-0 last season) ... Missouri also won a pair of tournament titles for Haith, claiming the 2011 CBE Championship with wins over Notre Dame and Cal and then the Big 12 Tournament, both at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
> Missouri has earned four wins this season, but it's been a tale of two halves ... Mizzou is averaging 34.8 points on 35 percent shooting in the first half, compared to 46.8 points on 48 percent shooting in the second half.
> Few players have a more interesting statistical spread in the two halves than Laurence Bowers ... Bowers leads the team in scoring (16.3), but is averaging 13.8 points per game in the final 20 minutes ... He is also shooting an impressive 76 percent from the floor (22-of-29) in the second period.
> Missouri is 2-0 vs. BIG EAST opposition under Frank Haith ... The Tigers defeated Notre Dame (87-58) in the semifinals of the 2011 CBE in Kansas City and then topped Villanova (81-71) at the Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Garden.
> Just three current Tigers (Laurence Bowers, Michael Dixon and Phil Pressey) have ever worn the Mizzou uniform (prior to this season) ... Pressey, Dixon and Bowers have each earned all-Big 12 accolades over their collegiate tenures and Pressey was coined the Preseason SEC Player of the Year by the media on Oct. 22 ... Dixon was also selected as an All-SEC Second Team pick in the preseason.