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#21 Mizzou hosts Georgia Wednesday in SEC opener (7pm on KAIT 24/7)

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No. 21 Mizzou Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Date: Jan. 8, 2013
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CT
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: KAIT 24/7 (Mike Morgan and Jon Sundvold)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly and Gary Link)
Rankings: Missouri - 21 / 21 - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll
Georgia - NR / NR
Series: Fifth Meeting; Missouri leads 4-0; Last - Missouri won 79-62 in Columbia on Jan. 16, 2013
Coaches:
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon ‘88); 189-118 overall (9th season); 60-17 at Mizzou (3rd season)
Georgia: Mark Fox (E. New Mexico ‘91) 194-112 overall (10th season); 71-69 at Georgia (5th season)

For Openers...
> Mizzou Basketball opens Southeastern Conference play on Wednesday as the Tigers host the Georgia Bulldogs at Mizzou Arena ... It's the second consecutive year the Tigers open league play at home ... Mizzou earned an 84-68 win over Alabama in last season's SEC opener on Jan. 8, 2013.
> Mizzou will look to open league play with a victory for the third consecutive season ... In addition to last season's win over the Crimson Tide, the Tigers handled the Oklahoma Sooners, 87-49, in the 2011-12 league opener and have won five consecutive conference home openers dating back to the 2006-07 season.
> The Tigers have been very good at home vs. league opposition since 2008-09, racking up a 38-4 mark (.905), including a perfect 9-0 home record in league play last season ... Overall the Tigers have won 13 consecutive games at home vs. SEC foes dating back to the 2006-07 season, which includes non-league wins vs. Arkansas, Mississippi State, Georgia and Vanderbilt.
> Missouri opened the 2014 calendar year with a 69-59 win over Long Beach State and owns a 26-game homecourt winning streak at Mizzou Arena dating back to the final home game of the 2011-12 campaign ... That winning streak ranks No. 1 nationally, tied with Stephen F. Austin ... The 26 consecutive home wins is the fourth-longest streak in school history and is the longest since the team won 32 consecutive home games from 2007-2010 ... Duke is No. 3 nationally with 24 wins, just ahead of Arkansas (23).
> Mizzou has been very good at home under Head Coach Frank Haith's teams ... The Tigers are 41-1 at Mizzou Arena since 2011-12 and were a perfect 17-0 at home last season.
> The win over Long Beach State helped Missouri win its 81st consecutive home game vs. non-conference opposition ... The win capped Mizzou's eighth consecutive perfect record at home in non-league action ... Missouri's last non-conference loss at home came vs. Sam Houston State in the 2005 Preseason NIT.
> Overall, Mizzou boasts a 145-21 (.873) record at home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 92-4 at home since 2008-09, amounting to an incredible .958 winning percentage.
> Missouri has used its 12-1 start to earn 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 season.
> Earnest Ross continues to produce career numbers for Missouri this season ... The senior has 1,030 career points, which is fourth among active Southeastern Conference players and his 557 career rebounds ranks No. 3 ... Of course Ross began his career at Auburn, so each of his four seasons have been played in the SEC.
> Speaking of Ross, his career high for scoring came against these same Georgia Bulldogs in 2011 as a sophomore at Auburn ... Ross scored 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting ... Ross will make his return to Auburn this weekend as Mizzou makes its first-ever trip to Auburn, Ala.

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