Mizzou returns home Saturday to face South Carolina (3:00pm KAIT 24/7)

Mizzou Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Jan. 25, 2014
Tip-Off: 3 p.m. CT
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: KAIT 24/7 (Mike Morgan and Barry Booker)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly and Gary Link)
Rankings: Missouri - RV / RV - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll
South Carolina - NR / NR
Series: Third Meeting; Mizzou leads, 2-0; Last - Missouri won 90-68 in Columbia, S.C., on Feb. 28, 2013
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 191-121 overall (9th season); 62-20 at Mizzou (3rd season)
S. Carolina: Frank Martin (Fla. International `93) 138-83 overall (7th season); 21-29 at USC (2nd season)

For Openers...
> Missouri Basketball returns home to face South Carolina on Saturday afternoon as the Tigers look to even their SEC record at 3-3 and bounce back from a tough road loss at LSU on Tuesday night.

> Mizzou has been outstanding at bouncing back following a loss under Frank Haith ... The Tigers are 17-2 all-time after a defeat under Haith and have never lost more than two games in a row under the guidance of the third-year coach.

> Saturday's game will mark the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend for the American Cancer Society ... Coaches will wear sneakers in support of Coaches vs. Cancer at games across the country this weekend to help raise awareness for the fight against cancer ... Coaches vs. Cancer was of course co-founded by Mizzou's Norm Stewart ... The program began as "The 3-Point Attack... Norm's Special Challenge" 20 years ago and was adopted by the NABC the following year at a national level.

> Tiger fans are encouraged to where White for Saturday's game against the Gamecocks in support of Coaches vs. Cancer.

> Few players have been better offensively than Jabari Brown in the month of January ... The junior has scored 20 points in three consecutive games, including a career high 28 points on Tuesday night at  LSU and since moving into "2014" (six games), the Oakland native is averaging 21.7 points on 56 percent shooting from the floor, 53 percent shooting from three-point range and 82 percent shooting at the charity stripe ... Brown currently leads the SEC in scoring and three-point shooting in league play.

> The tandem of Jabari Brown (19.3) and Jordan Clarkson (18.7) continue to lead the Tigers offensively this season  ... The pair combined for 47 points on Tuesday at the Pete Maravich Center and have reached double figures in all-18 games played this season ... The last Tiger to open a season with 18 consecutive double-figure scoring games was Kareem Rush (21 consecutive) in 2000-01.

> With Brown surging into league play the Tigers have a pair of award candidates in the backcourt ... On Wednesday Jordan Clarkson was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list ... Clarkson was one of college basketball's Top 25 players through the first half of the 2013-14 season and ranks among the SEC's leaders in scoring (18.7) and assists (3.4), which includes a team-leading nine 20-point games.

> Mizzou is 14-4 on the season and its four losses are by a combined 16 points to Illinois (1), Vanderbilt (3), Georgia (6) in overtime and at LSU (6) ... The Tigers are accustomed to playing close ball games this year, with 10 of their last 11 outcomes being decided by 10 points or less.

> Earnest Ross continues to move up the SEC's career active leader board for scoring and rebounding ... The Cary, N.C., native began his collegiate career at Auburn and ranks No. 4 among active scorers in the league with 1,100 points and No. 3 among active rebounders with 595 ... So far this season Ross is averaging a career high 14.0 points and is coming off his second double-double of the year with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the loss at LSU.