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Missouri Tigers Basketball hosts Georgia Wednesday night

From the University of Missouri

No. 10 Missouri Tigers vs. Georgia

Date: Jan. 16, 2013

Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CT

Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)

TV: SEC Network (Dave Neal - Play by Play / Jon Sundvold - Analyst)

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

Rankings: Missouri - No. 17/No. 16 - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll

                        Georgia - NR/NR

Series: Missouri leads the series 3-0; last 89-61 on Jan. 2, 2010 in Columbia, Mo.


            Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon ‘88); 171-109 overall (9th); 42-8 at Mizzou (2nd season)

            Georgia: Mark Fox (E. New Mexico ‘91) 56-55 at Georgia (4th season); 179-98 overall (9th)


For Openers...

> Missouri Basketball returns home to face the Georgia Bulldogs on Wednesday as the Tigers look to bounce back from a weekend loss at Ole Miss.

> Missouri has never lost back-to-back games under Frank Haith and is 7-0 in games immediately following a defeat, including a 2-0 mark this season.

> Mizzou is undefeated at home this year and handled Alabama 84-68 in its most recent contest at Mizzou Arena ... The Tigers will again be without the services of Laurence Bowers who is nursing a sprained MCL in his right knee and will be re-evaluated later this week.

> With Bowers out of the lineup Missouri has just one player, Phil Pressey, who has played a complete season in a Missouri uniform ... Pressey is also the lone current Tiger ever to play a complete season with Head Coach Frank Haith.

> Missouri has been very good in league play under Haith and has won 15-of-20 conference games under the second year head coach ... The Tigers have won 11 of their last 13 league games dating back to Jan. 28, 2012, and are 9-1 in league games overall at home.

> Missouri has been very good in the month of January over the last four seasons ... Since the 2008-09 campaign the Tigers are 26-10 in January, including three wins over nationally-ranked foes.

> Earnest Ross and Laurence Bowers are two current Tigers to have faced the Georgia Bulldogs in their careers ... Ross' career high of 30 points came at Georgia on Feb. 5, 2011, and Bowers scored 23 points against the Bulldogs on Jan. 2, 2010, at Mizzou Arena.

> Jabari Brown continues his solid start to his Tiger career and scored 13 points in the loss at Ole Miss ... Over his last two games Brown is leading the Tigers with 17.5 points per game and has hit 7-of-14 treys ... The Oakland, Calif., native has been the team's top three-point shooter since his arrival and has 16 makes in six games played and is shooting a solid 45.4 percent from three-point range (15-of-33) in his five games as a starter.

> Phil Pressey has been very good in his last five games as well, averaging 15.6 points, 10.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds ... Pressey recently tied the Mizzou Arena record with 13 assists in the league-opener against Alabama ... He also scored a career high 26 points in a win against Bucknell on Jan. 5 ... On Dec. 28 at UCLA, Pressey shattered the school record and tied the SEC record with 19 assists ... It was the most dimes in a Division I game since 2008.

> Pressey has dished 53 assists over his last five games, including 11 vs. Illinois on Dec. 22 ... His 7.4 assists per game leads the SEC and ranks No. 6 in college basketball.

> Missouri continues to dominate on the glass and has out-rebounded 12-of-15 opponents this season ...

 The Tigers are No. 1 nationally with 44.7 rebounds per game and are No. 7 nationally in offensive rebounds (15.4) ... Missouri has 12 point-rebound double-doubles this season, bettering the team total (nine) for the entire 2011-12 season.


Mizzou Basketball Cliff Notes...

> Missouri Basketball returns home to face the Georgia Bulldogs on Wednesday as the Tigers look to bounce back from a 64-49 loss at Ole Miss over the weekend.

> Head Coach Frank Haith and the Tigers have been very good responding after defeat the last two years ... The club is 7-0 following a loss, including impressive wins at Iowa State last season and vs. VCU and Bucknell this year.

> Mizzou hasn't dropped back-to-back games since the end of the 2010-11 season.

> Missouri and Georgia have crossed paths a few times since the 2008-09 season ... Missouri won two consecutive vs. the Bulldogs in a home-and-home series, winning, 83-76, in Athens on Jan. 3, 2009, and at home, 89-61, on Jan. 2, 2010 ... Missouri and Georgia also competed in the 2011 CBE Classic at Sprint Center in Kansas City, but never faced each other.

> The Tigers will look to continue their strong play at Mizzou Arena with Haith at the helm (25-1, .962) and since the 2008-09 season the Tigers are a dominant 76-4 (.950) and have never dropped more than two home games in a single season.

> Mizzou has been very good in the second half of games all season ... The Tigers are averaging 41.8 points and are shooting 49.6 percent from the floor, 38 percent from three-point range and 79 percent from the foul line in the second half this year.

> The club boasts a +8.5 scoring margin (41.8-to-33.3) in this second half of those games as well.

> Missouri's offense has been more explosive over its last six games, averaging 79.5 points while shooting 47 percent from the floor ... Of course that six-game stretch coincides with the addition of Jabari Brown to the roster and Brown is second on the club with 13.7 points per game during those six contests.

> In the five games prior to Brown's addition Missouri averaged 70.0 points on 46.5 percent shooting.

> Head Coach Frank Haith is a very good 7-3 vs. Top 25 opponents as the head coach of Mizzou and is 4-2 vs. the Top 10.

> The Tigers will look to continue their impressive defensive trend ... Only three teams have scored more than 70 points on Missouri this year.

> At home, no team has topped 70 points vs. Missouri and opponents are averaging just 57.7 points on 34.9 percent shooting at Mizzou Arena.

> Missouri is currently ranked No. 27 nationally in field goal percentage defense (.380).

> Defensively, Missouri has held 12-of-15 opponents (Louisville, UCLA and Alabama) below 42 percent shooting.

> Missouri has been one of the country's top rebounding teams throughout the year and has out-rebounded 12-of-15 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 nine of 15 games.

> The Tigers also average 15.4 offensive rebounds per game (No. 7 nationally) and turn that into 14.7 second-chance points per contest.

> The Tigers are currently rebounding 45 percent of their missed shot attempts this year.

> 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 12 point-rebound double-doubles between four different players (Bowers, Oriakhi, Ross and Bell), bettering the nine team double-doubles Mizzou in 2011-12.

> 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 82.6 percent of its scoring and 92.2 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 three weeks thanks to the play of Keion Bell, Tony Criswell, Earnest Ross and the addition of Jabari Brown  ... Missouri is averaging 20.3 points per game from its bench on the year, including 24.3 points over the last eight games.

> On the season Missouri has 11 double-figure scoring efforts off the bench (Bell - 3, Ross - 3 , Criswell - 2, Brown, Jankovic and Webster-Chan - 1).

> Criswell (before his injury) was on an impressive five-game run off the pine averaging 8.0 points on 61 percent shooting (19-of-31) in 19.2 minutes a game.

> Despite having so many newcomers, Mizzou has been balanced through 15 games with eight players averaging at least 17.5 minutes a contest ... Nine 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.

> Missouri has won 73 consecutive regular-season, non-conference home games since 2005-06 and since 2006-07 (66-0) the club's average margin of victory has been 26.7 points in those non-league home tilts.

> Missouri is 16-0 in home non-league games under Frank Haith and 15 of those 16 wins have been by double figures ... In fact Mizzou is 24-2 in regular season non-league games under Haith and have won 18 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 five 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 1.152 points per possession this year after averaging 1.187 a year ago.

> 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.

> 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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