Mizzou Basketball travels to Vanderbilt Thursday

From the University of Missouri

Mizzou Tigers at Vanderbilt Commodores

Date: Jan. 16, 2014

Tip-Off: 6 p.m. CT

Arena: Memorial Gymnasium (14,326)

TV: ESPN2 (Rece Davis and Coach Bob Knight)

Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly and Gary Link)

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

Vanderbilt - NR / NR

Series: Seventh Meeting; Series Tied, 3-3; Last - Missouri won 81-59 in Columbia on Jan. 26, 2013


Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon '88); 190-119 overall (9th season); 61-18 at Mizzou (3rd season)

VanderbiltKevin Stallings (Purdue '82) 408-245 overall (20th season); 285-182 at Vandy (15th season)

For Openers...

> Mizzou Basketball hits the road for the second consecutive game as the Tigers travel to Nashville, Tenn., to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores at historic Memorial Gymnasium ... The Tigers and Commodores will be meeting for the second time as league counterparts and Mizzou is making its first trip to Vanderbilt since the 2009-10 season.

> While the Tigers are playing their first game at Vandy since an 89-83 loss on Dec. 2, 2009, two Mizzou players have played games at Memorial Gym in their careers ... Jabari Brown scored seven points in his first career collegiate game as a member of the Oregon Ducks and Earnest Ross grabbed three rebounds in eight minutes as a freshman for Auburn in 2009-10.

> Mizzou is making its third trip to Vanderbilt in series history on Thursday and the Tigers are looking for their first win ... Mizzou has won two consecutive games in the series, but both of those meetings took place at Mizzou Arena.

> Mizzou is 2-0 on the road this season and has already equaled last season's number of road victories ... The Tigers are coming off a 70-68 win at Auburn and got 20 points from Jordan Clarksonand 16 points from Earnest Ross ... Missouri also got improved play from its bench, with freshman Torren Jones (11 rebounds) and junior college transfer Keanau Post (six rebounds) recording career highs on the glass.

> Mizzou dominated the backboards in the win over Auburn and grabbed a season high 20 offensive boards and shot a season high 41 free throws ... For the game the Tigers shot just 32.7 percent but attacked the rim to produce 31 points at the foul line, tying a season high.

> Missouri is looking to go 3-0 on the road to open the year for the first time since the 1994-95 season ... Missouri won games at Washington, SMU and Nebraska in a span of five days in early January that season ... Mizzou hasn't been 2-0 on the road in league play since 1998-99, Norm Stewart's final season on the Tiger bench.

> Mizzou continues to be led by the scoring tandem of Jordan Clarkson (18.9) and Jabari Brown (18.2)  ... The pair combined for 35 points in the road win at Auburn and Clarkson is averaging 20.5 points in two road games this season ... Both Clarkson and Brown have reached double figures in all-15 games played this season ... The last Tiger to open a season with 15 consecutive double-figure scoring games was Kareem Rush (21 consecutive) in 2000-01.

> Missouri has just one starter back 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.

Earnest Ross hit some huge free throws late in Saturday's win at Auburn and the Cary, N.C., native continues to produce career numbers for Missouri this year, averaging 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds ... His 14.2 points ranks No. 14 in SEC play and his 6.3 boards ranks No. 12 and is the top rebounding total amongst guards ... Ross currently ranks No. 4 among active scorers in the league with 1,061 points and No. 3 among active rebounders with 568.

Mizzou Basketball Cliffs...

> Mizzou Basketball looks for its third consecutive road victory this season as the Tigers travel to Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday to face the Vanderbilt Commodores.

> Missouri has won two consecutive games in the series, including an 81-59 win at home last year.

> The Tigers won 70-68 at Auburn over the weekend and Missouri continues to be a great bounce-back club under Frank Haith ... The win helped the Tigers improve to 16-2 all-time after a defeat under Haith and the team has never lost more than two games in a row under the guidance of the third-year coach.

> Missouri had eight players earn double-figure minutes in the win at Auburn, the most a win over Nevada on Nov. 29 ... Torren Jones (13) and Keanau Post (14) each played career high minutes off the pine and combined for seven points and 17 rebounds.

> Thanks to those rebounding numbers, Missouri once again ranks among the nation's best in rebounding this year ... The Tigers average 28.1 defensive boards per game, tied with Kentucky for the league lead and No. 17 nationally ... Mizzou's defensive rebounding percentage (.714) is tops in the SEC and among the national leaders.

> The Tigers continue to be a developing defensive team heading into league play ... Mizzou has not allowed their last six opponents to score more than 70 points and just one opponent has reached 80 points all season (Hawaii).

> Over its last six games, Missouri is allowing 64.3 points on 38 percent shooting from the floor and 29 percent shooting from three-point range.

> The Tigers faced two of the nation's top scoring teams, West Virginia (85.1 ppg) and UCLA (90.6 ppg) and 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, Illinois 6.5 points below its norm, N.C. State 13.0 points below its average and Long Beach State 8.3 points below its average.

> How good has Jabari Brown been in the clutch? The junior guard is a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range in his last five games in the final three minutes of the contest and is 6-of-10 from three in the final nine minutes during that stretch.

> Brown recorded his 10th career 20-point effort in the win over Long Beach State ... The Oakland, Calif., native scored 22 points, including a critical three-point field goal with 2:18 remaining to help the Tigers finish non-league play at 12-1.

> He narrowly missed a second consecutive 20-point effort against Georgia, scoring 19 points in 40 minutes of work.

> Missouri recorded a rare ACC road win on Dec. 28 at N.C. State ... Although the Tigers haven't played many road games in ACC territory, the win in Raleigh was the second in ACC country in program history ... Mizzou won 87-73 at Maryland on Jan. 24, 1989 ... It was the club's first non-league road win since a 75-68 win at Old Dominion on Dec. 30, 2011.

> Head Coach Frank Haith will coach his 310th career game overall and is a spectacular 61-18 in three seasons at Mizzou ... Haith was the fastest coach in school history to 50 wins and has just one starter back for the second consecutive campaign.

> Mizzou has used the same starting lineup in all-15 games this season.

> Missouri is being led in scoring by the dynamic junior tandem of Jordan Clarkson (18.9 ppg) and Jabari Brown (18.2) ... The duo is combining for 37.1 points per game, No. 2 in the Southeastern Conference, just behind the Auburn duo of KT Harrell and Chris Denson ... Clarkson's 18.9 points per game is No. 3 in the SEC and Brown ranks No. 7.

> The pair is one of three teammate tandems in high-major college basketball averaging 18.0+ points per game.

> Mizzou plays in the friendly confines of Mizzou Arena where the club is 41-2 since 2011-12 and went a perfect 17-0 at home last season.

> Mizzou boasts a 145-22 (.870) record at home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 92-5 at home since 2008-09, amounting to an incredible .950 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 81 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 a loss.

> That non-conference win streak is No. 2 nationally behind Duke ... Duke has won 109 consecutive non-ACC games at home.

Jordan Clarkson 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 seven of his last 10 games ... The junior has topped 20 points eight times in 13 games overall.

> 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 StewartQuin Snyder and Mike Andersonhave 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 (72-0) the club's margin of victory has been 25.8 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.

> Mizzou was picked fifth in the Southeastern Conference's preseason media poll ... Kentucky was the projected league champion.