meeting; N.C. State leads 2-1 all-time; last 87-68 N.C. State on Dec. 29, 1995 in Honolulu
Haith (Elon ‘88); 187-118 overall (9th season); 58-17 at Mizzou (3rd season)
Mark Gottfried (Alabama ‘87) 335-181 overall (17th season); 3rd season at N.C. State, 57-26
> Mizzou Basketball (10-1) heads east as the Tigers travel to
Raleigh, N.C., for a Saturday night contest against North Carolina State (9-2) at PNC Arena.
It's the first meeting between the two programs since a game
at the Rainbow Classic on Dec. 28, 1995 ... The Wolfpack won that game,
87-68, and N.C. State owns a 2-1 series lead between the two programs.
Missouri is playing a rare game against an ACC opponent ...
Mizzou beat Clemson, 86-78, in the 2010 NCAA Tournament in Buffalo,
N.Y., and hasn't faced a member of the ACC in the regular season since
an 84-70 win over Maryland on Nov. 20, 2007, at the CBE Classic in
Kansas City's Sprint Center ... Mizzou's last home
and home series with an ACC member came against Virginia in 2000-01 and
2001-02 ... The Tigers also faced Syracuse when the Orange were members
of the BIG EAST and played Notre Dame at the 2011 CBE Classic when the
Fighting Irish were also in the BIG EAST.
will return close to his high school home this weekend ... Ross played
at Panther Creek High School in Cary, N.C., and averaged 21 points and
six rebounds en route
to all-state honors as a senior ... Ross actually played North Carolina
State as a freshman at Auburn and scored two points and grabbed six
boards in 20 minutes in a start at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona
> Both Missouri and N.C. State have had coaching pioneers with
regards to using basketball to help raise awareness and funding for cancer research ... Tiger fans know that Norm Stewart
was one of the founders of Coaches vs. Cancer and former N.C. State head coach, Jim Valvano,
and ESPN formed the Jimmy V foundation 20 years ago.
> Missouri has used its 10-1 start to earned a Top 25 billing
by both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls ... The Tigers have been
ranked each season under Haith despite having just one starter back each of the last two years.
> As mentioned, the Tigers have just one starter returning from
last season's 23-11 team (Jabari Brown)
and no players are back that saw action on
that 30-5 club during the 2011-12 campaign ... In fact, Missouri's top
scorer (Clarkson), rebounder (Williams III) and assist man (Clarkson)
have all played less than one full season for the Tigers ... Missouri
(1) and Kansas (0) are the only clubs in college
basketball currently ranked with one or fewer starters back from last
> Missouri has faced some big-time scorers this season, but none have been as
explosive as N.C. State's T.J. Warren ... The sophomore leads the ACC (23.9 ppg) in
points per game and Saturday's meeting marks Mizzou's sixth game vs. one of college basketball's Top 65 scorers ... No. 6 T.J.
Warren (N.C. State - 23.9), No. 10 Deonte Burton
(Nevada - 22.8), No. 29 Desmar Jackson (Southern Illinois - 20.3), No. 44 David
Brown (Western Michigan - 19.7), No. 61 Eron Harris
(West Virginia - 19.0) and No. 65 Jordan Adams
(UCLA - 18.9) will have all faced the
Tigers, but only Adams reached his scoring average ... Adams scored 22
points on 6-of-18 shooting vs. Mizzou in a Dec. 7 loss ... The remaining
four players finished below their scoring norms against the Mizzou
(Burton 20, Brown 18, Jackson 17 and Harris 8)
... Combined those five players shot 36 percent against Missouri and
only Jackson (7-of-14) finished at 50 percent from the floor.
Mizzou Basketball Cliffs...
> Mizzou Basketball hits the road for its first true road game
of the 2013-14 campaign as the Tigers make their first trip to Raleigh, N.C., since a 66-53 loss on Jan. 30, 1984 ... Malcolm Thomas
led Mizzou with 17 points and Bill Roundtree added 12 in the contest.
> The Tigers also faced the Wolfpack the season prior in Columbia,
earning a 49-42 win on Jan. 9, 1983 ... Jon Sundvold scored 17 in that win against
the eventual national champions and legendary head coach Jim Valvano.
Mizzou is looking to bounce back from a 65-64 loss in St.
Louis to Illinois in the annual Bud Light Braggin' Rights Game on Dec.
21 ... Always an entertaining contest, the Fighting Illini hit two free
throws with 4.6 seconds left to earn the win.
> Missouri got an incredible effort from Jordan
in the narrow defeat ... The SEC's leading scorer, Clarkson scored 25
points, dished a career high eight assists and had six boards in 35
Brown finished with 10 points, including a go-ahead trey with 15 seconds left, and Earnest
Ross added 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
> Missouri is continuing its run of ESPN-televised games ...
Mizzou's last six games have been carried by an ESPN platform and the Tigers are 5-1 in such games.
> Missouri remained in the Top 25 despite the narrow loss ...
The Tigers are ranked No. 25 in both polls and are ranked for the third consecutive season under Frank Haith.
Missouri is looking for its first non-conference road win
since a 75-68 win at Old Dominion on Dec. 30, 2011 ... The Tigers played
one non-league home game last year, falling 97-94 in overtime at UCLA.
> Head Coach Frank
will coach his 306th career game overall and is a spectacular 58-17 in
three seasons at Missouri ... Haith was the fastest coach in school
history to 50 wins and has
just one starter back for the second consecutive campaign.
Missouri has done a good job defensively over its last four
games ... The Tigers faced two of the nation's top scoring teams, West
Virginia (85.1 ppg) and UCLA (90.6 ppg), but held the two clubs a
combined 35 points below their scoring norms ... Mizzou also held
Western Michigan 10.6 points below its season scoring
average and limited Illinois 6.5 points below its norm.
> Missouri is being led in scoring by the dynamic junior tandem
of Jordan Clarkson (19.9 ppg) and Jabari
... The duo is combining for 38.1 points per game, second in the
Southeastern Conference ... Clarkson's 19.9 points per game is tops in
> The pair is one of four teammate tandems in high-major college
basketball averaging 18.0+ points per game.
> When the Tigers return home on Jan. 4, they will play in the
friendly confines of Mizzou Arena where the club is 40-1 since 2011-12 and went a perfect 17-0 at home last season.
> Mizzou boasts a 144-21 (.880) record at home since the building
opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 91-4 at home since 2008-09, amounting to an incredible .960 winning percentage.
Non-conference opponents have not enjoyed their stops in Columbia,
Mo., over the last few seasons and the Tigers have raced to an
incredible 80 consecutive wins at home vs. non-league opposition since
the end of the 2005-06 campaign ... Missouri's last non-conference loss
at home came vs. Sam Houston State in the 2005 Preseason
NIT, but since then, Missouri has gone nearly eight full seasons without
recorded the first 30-point game of the SEC season on Nov. 12 and
logged the 26th 30-point game during Missouri's SEC / Big 12 eras ...
Clarkson needed just 18
shots to reach 31 points (12-of-18 FGs), and is one of just two Tigers during the two eras to have 30+ points, 5+ assists and zero turnovers ... Clarence
Gilbert had a ridiculous 43 points, nine assists and zero turnovers vs. Iowa State in a four overtime win on Jan. 13, 2001.
> Clarkson has topped 20 points in six of his last seven games
heading into the weekend ... The junior has topped 20 points seven times in 11 games this season.
> Head Coach Frank
Haith enters his third season at Missouri and will look to lead the Tigers to their third consecutive 20-win campaign ... Only Norm
Stewart, Quin Snyder
and Mike Anderson have enjoyed three 20-win seasons at Mizzou ... Stewart of course
led the way with 17 20-win campaigns ... Snyder and Anderson each had three.
> Missouri has won at historic levels over the last five seasons
... In fact the Tigers have won 23+ games each of the last five seasons.
> The five consecutive 20-win seasons is a school record and
Missouri's five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament is the longest active streak in the Southeastern Conference.
Mizzou Arena has been the site of two undefeated home seasons
in its history ... Missouri was 18-0 in 2008-09 and was 17-0 at home
last season ... Hearnes Center, the former home of Missouri Basketball,
was the site of five undefeated home campaigns (1974-75, 1980-81,
1988-89, 1989-90 and 1993-94).
> Since 2006-07 (71-0) the club's margin of victory has been
26.0 points in those non-league home tilts.
> Mizzou will have two transfers sitting out this season ...
Zach Price transferred from Louisville, where the 6-foot-10 forward was a member of
the Cardinals' NCAA National Championship team ... Deuce Bello transferred from Baylor
... Both will be classified as redshirt juniors next season.
Mizzou will be on national television a school-record 20
times this season ... That number has grown each of Mizzou's two years
in the SEC ... The Tigers were on national TV 18 times last season,
which was also a school record.