No. 17 Missouri Tigers vs. No. 10 Florida
Date: Jan. 19, 2013
Tip-Off: 1 p.m. CT
Arena: Stephen C. O’Connell Center (11,548)
TV: ESPN (Mark Jones - Play by Play / Jimmy Dykes - Analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play and Gary Link - Analyst)
Rankings: Missouri - No. 17/No. 16 - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches’ Poll Florida - No. 10/No. 9
Series: First Meeting
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon ‘88); 172-109 overall (9th); 43-8 at Mizzou (2nd season) Florida: Billy Donovan (Providence ‘87) 399-160 at Florida (17th season); 434-180 overall (19th)
Missouri Basketball looks for its second victory against a Top 10 opponent this season as the Tigers make their first trip to Gainesville, Fla., for a Saturday afternoon contest with No. 10 Florida.
Missouri is making its first trip to the state of Florida since 1977 ... The Tigers fell 97-64 to Florida State on Dec 23, 1977, in Orlando.
Head Coach Frank Haith owns a win at Florida ... His 2004-05 Miami Hurricanes won 72-65 in Gainesville on Dec. 4, 2004 ... Haith is 1-1 all-time in the O’Connell Center, including a postseason NIT loss on March 20, 2009.
Missouri has been very good against ranked opponents under Head Coach Frank Haith ... Overall the Tigers are 7-3 vs. the Top 25 over the last two years and are an outstanding 4-2 vs. the Top 10 ... Included in that record is an 82-73 win over then-No. 10 Illinois in St. Louis on Dec. 22 ... Missouri is also 1-1 vs. the Top 10 under Haith on the road and 1-1 in neutral-site games.
The status for senior forward Laurence Bowers will be determined on Saturday ... Bowers is nursing a sprained MCL in his right knee, but has made significant progress since sustaining the injury on Jan. 8.
If Bowers is out of the lineup, Mizzou has just one player, Phil Pressey, who has played a complete season in a Missouri uniform ... Pressey is also the lone current Tiger ever to play a complete season with Head Coach Frank Haith ... If you break down the numbers, Missouri is getting 83.3 percent of its scoring and 92.6 percent of its rebounding from Tigers that did not play one season ago.
Missouri has been very good in league play under Haith and has won 16-of-21 conference games under the second year head coach ... The Tigers have won 12 of their last 14 league games dating back to Jan. 28, 2012.
Missouri has been very good in the month of January over the last four seasons ... Since the 2008-09 campaign the Tigers are 27-10 in January, including three wins over nationally-ranked foes.
Jabari Brown has been Missouri’s leading scorer over the last three games and shared the team lead with 15 points in the win over Georgia ... Over his last three games Brown is leading the Tigers with 16.7 points per game and has hit 10-of-20 treys ... The Oakland, Calif., native has been the team’s top three-point shooter since his arrival and has 19 makes in seven games played (2.7 per game) and is shooting a solid 46.2 percent from three-point range (18-of-39) in his six games as a starter.
Phil Pressey has been very good in his last six games as well, averaging 13.8 points, 9.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds ... Pressey recently tied the Mizzou Arena record with 13 assists in the league-opener against Alabama ... He also scored a career high 26 points in a win against Bucknell on Jan. 5 ... On Dec. 28 at UCLA, Pressey shattered the school record and tied the SEC record with 19 assists ... It was the most dimes in a Division I game since 2008.
Pressey has dished 59 assists over his last six games, including 11 vs. Illinois on Dec. 22 ... His 7.3 assists per game on the year leads the SEC and ranks No. 7 in college basketball.
Missouri continues to dominate on the glass and has out-rebounded 13-of-16 opponents this season ... The Tigers are No. 1 nationally with 43.8 rebounds per game and are No. 7 nationally in offensive rebounds (15.3).
Mizzou Basketball Cliff Notes...
Mizzou hits the road for the third time this season as the Tigers take on a surging Florida Gators squad that has moved back into the Top 10 of the national rankings.
Statistically speaking Missouri’s first two road trips of the SEC season are the most difficult ... Only three SEC teams remain unbeaten at home, Mizzou, Florida (Saturday’s opponent) and Ole Miss (Mizzou’s Jan. 12 opponent) ... Ole Miss and Florida are a combined 16-0 at home this season heading into Saturday’s slate of games.
The Tigers could be without the services of senior forward Laurence Bowers for the third consecutive game ... Bowers is nursing a sprained MCL in his right knee, which was injured on Jan. 8 vs. Alabama.
Mizzou has enjoyed its full complement of players for just two game this season ... The Tigers won those two games vs. South Carolina State and No. 10 Illinois before injuries to Tony Criswell (vs. Illinois) and Bowers (vs. Alabama) ... Criswell missed three games, but returned last Saturday vs. Ole Miss.
He made his first start as a Missouri Tiger on Wednesday vs. Georgia and scored 10 points.
Criswell was one of five players to reach double figures in the win over Georgia and nine different players saw at least 10 minutes of playing time in the 17-point victory.
Mizzou has been very good in the second half of games all season ... The Tigers are averaging 41.8 points and are shooting 49.7 percent from the floor, 39 percent from three-point range and 78 percent from the foul line in the second half this year.
The club boasts a +8.6 scoring margin (41.8-to-33.2) in this second half of those games as well.
Missouri’s offense has been more explosive over its last seven games, averaging 79.4 points while shooting 47 percent from the floor ... Of course that seven-game stretch coincides with the addition of Jabari Brown to the roster and Brown is second on the club with 13.8 points per game during those seven contests.
In the five games prior to Brown’s addition Missouri averaged 70.0 points on 46.5 percent shooting.
Missouri has played just two games with a complete roster this season due to transfer rules and injuries ... Those two games were victories over South Carolina State and Illinois.
Head Coach Frank Haith is a very good 7-3 vs. Top 25 opponents as the head coach of Mizzou and is 4-2 vs. the Top 10.
The Tigers will look to continue their impressive defensive trend ... Only three teams have scored more than 70 points on Missouri this year.
At home, no team has topped 70 points vs. Missouri and opponents are averaging just 58.1 points on 35.8 percent shooting at Mizzou Arena.
Missouri is currently ranked No. 26 nationally in field goal percentage defense (.383).
Defensively, Missouri has held 12-of-16 opponents (Louisville, UCLA, Alabama and Georgia) below 42 percent shooting on the year.
Missouri has been one of the country’s top rebounding teams throughout the year and has out-rebounded 13-of-16 foes in 2012-13 ... Missouri enjoyed its largest rebounding margin of the year on Dec. 8 (+25) and has recorded a double-digit rebounding advantage in nine of 16 games.
The Tigers also average 15.3 offensive rebounds per game (No. 7 nationally) and turn that into 14.8 second-chance points per contest.
The Tigers are currently rebounding 45 percent of their missed shot attempts this year.
Missouri has had six different players record double-figures in rebounds in a game this season, which is the most since six Tigers accomplished the feat during the 1995-96 campaign ... The school record for the number of players recording at least 10 rebounds in one game is seven, set during the 1959-60 season.
In addition, Missouri already has a total of 12 point-rebound double-doubles between four different players (Bowers, Oriakhi, Ross and Bell), bettering the nine team double-doubles Mizzou in 2011-12.
Although the Tigers have a number of familiar faces due to transfer years with the program, just one player, Phil Pressey, has played for Head Coach Frank Haith ... Missouri is getting 83.3 percent of its scoring and 92.6 percent of its rebounding from players that did not see action at Mizzou a season ago.
Missouri has started to build its bench over the last month thanks to the play of Keion Bell, Tony Criswell, Earnest Ross and the addition of Jabari Brown ... Missouri is averaging 20.2 points per game from its bench on the year, including 24.8 points over the last nine games.
On the season Missouri has 13 double-figure scoring efforts off the bench (Bell - 4, Ross - 4 , Criswell - 2, Brown, Jankovic and Webster-Chan - 1).
Despite having so many newcomers, Mizzou has been balanced through 16 games with eight players averaging at least 18.5 minutes a contest ... Nine different Tigers have also reached double figures in scoring in a game this season and seven different Tigers have recorded at least 7+ boards in a game.
Missouri has won 73 consecutive regular-season, non-conference home games since 2005-06 and since 2006-07 (66-0) the club’s average margin of victory has been 26.7 points in those non-league home tilts.
Missouri is 16-0 in home non-league games under Frank Haith and 15 of those 16 wins have been by double figures ... In fact Mizzou is 24-2 in regular season non-league games under Haith and have won 18 of those games by 10 or more points, including wins over Villanova (10), Notre Dame (29) and California (39) on neutral courts.
Missouri has won at historic levels over the last five seasons and continues its search for a record-setting fifth consecutive 20-win campaign ... The Tigers have won 23+ games each of the last four seasons.
MU also won 20+ in four consecutive years from 1988-92 and 1979-83.
Missouri was college basketball’s most efficient offensive club a year ago (according to KenPom.com) ... And how about this for an exciting SEC schedule, Kentucky was ranked No. 2 and Florida was No. 3.
Haith was of course named the National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, taking the Tigers to their second 30-win season in school history and fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament.
Mizzou got an early start to its 2012-13 campaign, playing five games in Europe from Aug. 8-18 ... However none of Missouri’s current players saw action overseas, proving to be a great opportunity for the MU newcomers to get extended playing time.
The Tigers played games in Amsterdam, Belgium and France.
Missouri will be seen on TV like never before thanks to the move to the SEC ... The Tigers will have a school record 18 games appearing on national TV during the regular season.
Mizzou also had four players ranked among the top players at their position by CBS Sports ... Phil Pressey headlined that list at No. 2 among point guards.
In the front court Alex Oriakhi was ranked No. 35 and Laurence Bowers checked in at No. 38.
Newcomer Jabari Brown was ranked among college hoop’s top wing players, checking in at No. 48.
Fran Fraschilla ranked Phil Pressey as the country’s No. 5 most-important player.
Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated also listed Pressey (No. 5) on his preseason Naismith Award watch list.
Missouri’s transfer class of Keion Bell, Jabari Brown, Alex Oriakhi and Earnest Ross is being considered as one of the best in basketball history by the Sporting News.