UCLA vs. Mizzou game notes

UCLA vs. Mizzou game notes

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Missouri's Shane Rector, left, Tony Criswell, center, and Johnathan Williams III, right, fight each other for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

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by Missouri Athletic Department

KMOV.com

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 8:53 PM

(Missouri Basketball App) - Series: Eighth Meeting; UCLA leads 6-1; Last- 97-94 OT, UCLA win on 12-28-12, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Coaches:

Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon ‘88); 185-117 overall (9th season); 56-16 at Mizzou (3rd season)

UCLA: Steve Alford (Indiana ‘87); 471-225 overall (23rd season); 8-0 at UCLA (1st season)

 

For Openers...

> Mizzou Basketball hosts UCLA on Saturday as the two clubs complete a home and home series ... UCLA won an exciting, 97-94, overtime contest last season at Pauley Pavilion ... Phil Pressey led Missouri with 19 points and 19 assists ... The 19 assists broke the school record and set a new Pauley Pavilion standard, but the Bruins earned the three-point victory.

> Mizzou will be looking for a 9-0 start on Saturday and the game opens a Mizzou-filled day on CBS ... The Tiger Football team will face Auburn in the SEC Championship Game on CBS following Saturday’s hoops coverage ... Missouri was 1-0 on CBS last year, defeating Ole Miss at home.

> MU owns a 23-game home court winning streak at Mizzou Arena dating back to the final home game of the 2011-12 campaign ... That winning streak ranks No. 1 nationally ... The 23 consecutive home wins by the Tigers is tied for the fourth-longest streak in school history and is the longest since the team won 32 consecutive home games from 2007-2010 ... Duke’s 22-game home court streak ranks No. 2 nationally.

> Mizzou has been very good at home under Head Coach Frank Haith’s teams ... The Tigers are 38-1 at Mizzou Arena since 2011-12 and were a perfect 17-0 at home last season ... In addition, Missouri is an outstanding  13-1 in the month of December under Haith, but that lone loss came to these Bruins last season.

> Mizzou boasts a 142-21 (.871) record at home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 89-4 at home since 2008-09, amounting to an incredible .957 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 78 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.

> Mizzou is the lone remaining unbeaten club in the SEC ... In fact, just 17 unbeaten teams remain in college basketball and two of those clubs, Mizzou and UCLA, lock up on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

> The Tigers are coming off an 80-71 win over West Virginia on Thursday ... That game was part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge ... Jordan Clarkson led Mizzou with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting and the trio of Clarkson, Jabari Brown (18) and Earnest Ross (16) combined for 59 points 18 boards and eight assists in the win ... Not to be overlooked was the play of senior Tony Criswell, who narrowly missed his first career double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds.

> Despite Missouri’s fast start, 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.

 

Mizzou Basketball Cliffs...

> It’s a quick turnaround for Missouri Basketball as the Tigers host UCLA for the first time in series history on Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m.

> Missouri is facing its first ranked foe of the 2013-14 campaign ... Missouri has won four consecutive games vs. Top 25 teams at Mizzou Arena dating back to 2011-12 ...

> Head Coach Frank Haith is a very good 9-4 vs. Top 25 opponents as the head coach of Mizzou and is 5-3 vs. the Top 10.

> Missouri is 5-2 vs. Top 10 opponents at home since 2008-09 and is 7-4 vs. Top 12 opponents since Mizzou Arena opened in 2004-05.

> Mizzou is hosting a Pac-12 opponent at Mizzou Arena for the third time in facility history ... The Tigers defeated Oregon (106-69) in 2009 and Cal (93-66) in 2008.

> Saturday’s game is televised on CBS and officially opens the network’s coverage of college basketball this season.

> Kevin Harlan and Greg Anthony will call the action ... Harlan served as a play-by-play personality for Missouri in the late 1980s.

> Head Coach Frank Haith will coach his 303rd career game overall and is a spectacular 56-16 in three seasons at Missouri ... Haith was the fastest coach in school history to 50 wins and has just one starter back for the second consecutive campaign.

> Mizzou and UCLA have a connection this season ... The Tigers and Bruins shared the Las Vegas Invitational championship as both clubs defeated Northwestern and Nevada at the Orleans Arena ... Saturday’s game has no bearing on that tournament.

> The Bruins are No. 6 nationally in scoring this year (90.6 ppg) ... Sophomore point guard Kyle Anderson ranks No. 2 nationally in assists per game (7.8), just ahead of Juwan Staten of West Virginia (7.2) ... Missouri limited Staten to a season-low five assists and a season high five turnovers on Thursday.

> Mizzou has been very good at home under Head Coach Frank Haith’s teams ... The Tigers are 38-1 at Mizzou Arena since 2011-12 and were a perfect 17-0 at home last season.

> Mizzou boasts a 142-21 (.871) record at home since the building opened in 2004-05 ... The Tigers are also 89-4 at home since 2008-09, amounting to an incredible .957 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 78 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.

> Missouri is being led in scoring by the dynamic junior tandem of Jordan Clarkson (20.1 ppg) and Jabari Brown (19.1) ... The duo is combining for 39.2 points per game, second in the Southeastern Conference, just behind the Auburn pair of Chris Denson (21.8) and KT Harrell (17.7).

> Missouri is receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls ... The Tigers are ranked No. 36 by the Coaches and No. 37 by the media.

> 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 four consecutive 20-point games heading into Saturday and the last Tiger to record five straight 20-point outings was Thomas Gardner in 2005-06.

> 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 Stewart, Quin Snyder and Mike Anderson have 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).

> Missouri has been incredible at home in non-conference games the last six years ... Overall the Tigers have won 78 consecutive non-league games at Mizzou Arena and are 89-4 at home (all games) since 2008-09.

> Since 2006-07 (70-0) the club’s margin of victory has been 26.2 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.

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