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Mizzou Basketball faces Mississippi State Wednesday

From the University of Missouri

Date: Feb. 13, 2013 

Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CT 

Arena: Humphrey Coliseum (10,575) 

TV: SEC Network (Dave Neal - Play by Play / Kyle Macy - Analyst)

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

Rankings: Missouri - RV/RV - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll

Mississippi State - NR/NR

Series: 4th meeting; Missouri leads 2-1 overall; last - Mizzou lost 87-75 on Dec. 30, 2007, in Starkville, Miss.


Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon ‘88); 176-112 overall (9th); 47-11 at Mizzou (2nd)

Mississippi State: Rick Ray (Grand View College ‘94) 7-15 at Mississippi State (1st season)


For Openers...

> Mizzou Basketball begins a two-game road swing on Wednesday as the Tigers travel to Starkville, Miss., to face first-year Head Coach Rick Ray and the Mississippi State Bulldogs on the SEC Network.

> Missouri is one of college basketball's winningest teams since 2008-09 ... The Tigers have 124 wins over the last five years, which is ninth among high major programs nationally.

> Missouri and Mississippi State have some recent history ... The two clubs split a home-and-home series in 2006 and 2007, with each team winning on its home court ... Head Coach Frank Haith is 1-0 in Starkville, leading the Miami Hurricanes to a 64-59 win over the Bulldogs on Dec. 13, 2007.

> Mizzou will look to snap a five-game skid on the road ... Missouri is 0-4 on the road in SEC play this season and three of its five road losses have been decided by one possession.

> Mizzou is coming off a 98-79 victory against Ole Miss on Saturday in which three Tigers scored 20+ points and five total players reached double figures ... Alex Oriakhi led Mizzou with a career high 22 points and 18 rebounds, recording his eighth double-double of the year.

> Phil Pressey scored 22 points and Keion Bell added 21 in the victory over the No. 23 Rebels ... Pressey also dished four assists to become the school record holder for career assists at Mizzou ... His next assist will give the junior 500 in his career ... Pressey is in "no man's land" with regards to career assists and conference rank, but he would be just 46 career assists shy of the Top 10 in Big 12 history and just 125 assists shy of the Top 10 in SEC history... and he is just a junior!

> Pressey is the lone Tiger ever to play a complete season for Haith and if you break down the numbers Missouri is getting 83.5 percent of its scoring and 92.5 percent of its rebounding from Tigers that did not play at Mizzou one season ago.

> Keion Bell has been outstanding over his last seven games played and is leading the Tigers in scoring (15.4) over the last month ... Despite missing games against South Carolina and at LSU, Bell is leading the team in scoring, shooting 57.4 percent and 87 percent from the foul line during that stretch ... He is also averaging 2.2 steals per game.

> Mississippi State Head Coach Rick Ray has familiarity with Mizzou ... A native of Kansas City, Ray was an assistant coach at Purdue when the Tigers and Boilermakers split a two game series in 2006 and 2007 and then Ray went to Clemson for two seasons before being named head coach at Mississippi State.

> Mizzou continues to be one of the country's better rebounding clubs, ranking No. 3 nationally with 41.9 boards per game ... Missouri has done a great job on the backboards in its last five games, boasting a rebounding margin of +12.2 in games vs. Vanderbilt, LSU, Auburn, Texas A&M and Ole Miss ... The Tigers have outrebounded 19-of-23 opponents this year and have not been out-rebounded this season when Laurence Bowers, Alex Oriakhi and Tony Criswell are in the lineup.

> Jabari Brown has emerged as Mizzou's most consistent scorer in league play and has reached double figures in 13-of-14 contests since becoming eligible ... Brown is averaging 15.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in SEC competition thanks to his solid 39 percent shooting from three-point range ... Brown has already made 28 treys through 10 conference games and is second on the club with 37 free throw makes in league action.


Mizzou Basketball Cliff Notes...

> Mizzou Basketball completes its swing of back-to-back games vs. Mississippi opponents on Wednesday when the Tigers face Mississippi State on the SEC Network.

> It's the only regular-season meeting between the two clubs this year and just the fourth meeting in series history.

> The game starts a stretch of four road games over the next five outings for the Tigers, as they look for that first road win of the year.

> Missouri has been close on the road and have played three one-possession games on the road this season.

> Conversely Missouri is a perfect 14-0 at home this season and have a 15-game home court winning streak dating back to last season ... The 15-game streak is the ninth longest home streak in school history ... It is also the fourth streak of 15 or more consecutive home wins since the 2008-09 campaign.

> Head Coach Frank Haith is a very good 8-4 vs. Top 25 opponents as the head coach of Mizzou and is 4-3 vs. the Top 10.

> Mizzou has played just five games this season with its regular rotation ... The Tigers are 4-1 in those contests with the lone loss coming at Texas A&M.

> With injuries and a near complete roster turnover, Missouri has used eight different starting lineups this year ... Haith used the same starting lineup throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

> Alex Oriakhi led Missouri with 22 points and 18 rebounds against Ole Miss ... The 18 boards are tied for the most in the league this year and are the most by a Tiger since Leo Lyons in 2007-08 in a home loss to Oklahoma State.

> It was just the eighth 20-point, 18-rebound game at Mizzou since 1972 and just the third since 1991.

> The Tigers lead the SEC in free throw shooting, hitting 79 percent of their charity tosses in league play ... Overall this season the Tigers have made 362 free throws and their opponents have attempted just 368.

> Nationally the Tigers rank No. 18 in free throw percentage (.751) and are the No. 1 high major free throw shooting team in America ... Arizona is No. 2 among high majors and No. 21 nationally at 75.0.

> A big reason for those free throw numbers is the senior forward Oriakhi, who is shooting a career best 75 percent at the line on the year and is hitting 81 percent of his attempts in league play.

> Oriakhi is the first Tiger to average 8.0+ rebounds and shoot 70+ percent from the foul line since Doug Smith in 1990-91.

> Over the last four seasons Missouri is shooting 74.7 percent from the foul line as a team and the Tigers have not been below 72.4 percent as a team since 2008-09.

> Mizzou has been very good in the second half of games all season ... The Tigers are averaging 41.0 points and are shooting 49 percent from the floor, 36 percent from three-point range and 79 percent from the foul line in the second half this year.

> The club boasts a +6.6 scoring margin (41.3-to-34.7) in this second half of those games as well.

> Mizzou's defense has been outstanding at home this season, as just two teams have topped 70 points vs. Missouri (Auburn and Ole Miss) and opponents are averaging just 63.9 points on 38 percent shooting at Mizzou Arena.

> Missouri has been one of the country's top rebounding teams throughout the year and has out-rebounded 19-of-23 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 12 of 23 games.

> The Tigers also average 14.5 offensive rebounds per game (No. 13 nationally) and turn that into 14.6 second-chance points per contest.

> Mizzou is currently rebounding 43 percent of its 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 16 point-rebound double-doubles between four different players (Bowers, Oriakhi, Ross and Bell), bettering the nine team double-doubles for 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 83.5 percent of its scoring and 92.5 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 month thanks to the play of Keion Bell, Tony Criswell, Earnest Ross and the addition of Jabari Brown ... Missouri is averaging 19.0 points per game from its bench on the year, including 20.8 points over the last 17 games.

> On the season Missouri has 15 double-figure scoring efforts off the bench (Ross - 7, Bell - 4, Criswell - 2, Brown, Jankovic and Webster-Chan - 1).

> Despite having so many newcomers, Mizzou has been balanced through 23 games with eight players averaging at least 19.0 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.

> 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.

> 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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