(Missouri Basketball App) - The Missouri Tigers are seeking to stay unbeaten at home when the take on the Vanderbilt Commodores on Jan 26.
Here a few notes about the game:
The Tigers will look to continue their strong play at Mizzou Arena with Haith at the helm (26-1, .963) and since the 2008-09 season the Tigers are a dominant 77-4 (.951) and have never dropped more than two home games in a single season.
Senior forward Alex Oriakhi is nearing the 1,000-point mark for his career, needing just 23 points to reach that milestone ... Oriakhi played three seasons at Connecticut and scored 789 points in 109 games for the Huskies ... The Lowell, Mass., native is enjoying a career year at Missouri, averaging a career high 10.4 points per game on a career best 58 percent shooting ... He also needs just 40 points and 13 rebounds to top his entire 2011-12 output at UConn.
Senior forward Laurence Bowers is questionable for Saturday’s game ... Bowers is nursing a sprained MCL in his right knee, but has made significant progress since sustaining the injury on Jan. 8.
Missouri has been very good in the month of January over the last five seasons ... Since the 2008-09 campaign the Tigers are 28-11 in January, including three wins over nationally-ranked foes.
Mizzou continues to be one of the country’s better rebounding clubs, ranking No. 3 nationally with 42.8 boards per game ... Missouri’s rebounding rate has slowed due to injuries to forwards Bowers and Tony Criswell ... That tandem has missed a combined seven games this year and when both players are in the lineup, Missouri has not been outrebounded this season.
Phil Pressey is quickly approaching the career assist record at Mizzou ... Pressey is averaging 9.0 assists per game over his last eight games and needs just 28 more assists to pass Anthony Peeler (497 - 1988-92) for No. 1 all-time ... Pressey leads the Southeastern Conference with 7.2 dimes per game and could lead his second league in assists for the second consecutive year ... Pressey led the Big 12 in assists in 2011-12 with 6.4 dimes per game.