No. 22 Missouri Tigers at LSU Tigers
Date: Jan. 30, 2013
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CT
Arena: Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215)
TV: SEC Network (Dave Baker - Play by Play / Joe Dean - Analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play and Gary Link - Analyst)
Rankings: Missouri - No. 22/No. 22 - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches’ Poll LSU - NR/NR
Series: Second meeting, LSU leads 1-0 all-time; LSU won last meeting 68-63 March 14, 1980
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon ‘88); 174-110 overall (9th); 45-9 at Mizzou (2nd season)
LSU: Johnny Jones (LSU ‘85) 10-7 at LSU (1st season); 215-169 overall (13th season)
Missouri Basketball hits the road this week in search of its third consecutive league win as the Tigers make their first trip to Baton Rouge, La., to face the LSU Tigers on Wednesday night.
Missouri and LSU have met just once in series history, with the Missouri Tigers dropping a 68-63 contest to the No. 3 Bayou Bengals in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in Houston ... Mark Dressler led Mizzou with 20 points in that contest ... DeWayne Scales paced LSU with 17.
Senior forward Alex Oriakhi is nearing the 1,000-point mark for his career, needing just five 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 10.8 points per game on a career best 59 percent shooting ... He also needs just 22 points and one rebound to top his entire 2011-12 output at UConn.
Senior forward Laurence Bowers is nearing the completion of his rehab and could be available for Wednesday’s game ... Bowers has missed the last five games with a sprained MCL in his right knee, but has made significant progress since sustaining the injury on Jan. 8 ... If Bowers is able to return it would be just the third game this season where the Tigers have played with their entire roster.
Mizzou has just one player, Phil Pressey, who has played a complete season for Head Coach Frank Haith ... If you break down the numbers, Missouri is getting 84.3 percent of its scoring and 92.8 percent of its rebounding from Tigers that did not play one season ago.
Missouri is one of college basketball’s winningest teams since 2008-09 ... The Tigers have 122 wins over the last five years, which is eighth among high major programs nationally.
Missouri has been very good in league play under Haith and has won 18-of-24 conference games under the second year head coach ... The Tigers have also won 14 of their last 17 league games dating back to Jan. 28, 2012.
Missouri has been very good in the month of January over the last five seasons ... Since the 2008-09 campaign the Tigers are 29-11 in January, including three wins over nationally-ranked foes.
Mizzou continues to be one of the country’s better rebounding clubs, ranking No. 2 nationally with 42.6 boards per game ... Missouri did a great job on the backboard in Saturday’s win against Vanderbilt outrebounding the Commodores 40-18 ... In addition, Missouri has not been out-rebounded this season when both Laurence Bowers and Tony Criswell are in the lineup ... Both players haven’t been in the lineup together since the Dec. 22 win over Illinois.
Jabari Brown has emerged as Mizzou’s most consistent scorer in league play and has reached double figures in 9-of-10 contests since becoming eligible ... Brown is averaging 17.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in SEC competition thanks to his 41.7 percent shooting from three-point range ... Brown has already made 20 treys through six conference games and is second in league play with 3.3 makes per game.
Phil Pressey is quickly approaching the career assist record at Mizzou ... Pressey is averaging 8.7 assists per game over his last nine outings and needs just 22 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.
Mizzou Basketball Cliff Notes...
Missouri Basketball his the road on Wednesday looking for its first road victory of the season as the Tigers make their first-ever trip to Baton Rouge, La., to face the LSU Tigers.
Missouri has won two consecutive games heading into Wednesday and could regain the services of senior forward Laurence Bowers, who has missed the last five games with an MCL sprain in his right knee.
With Bowers on the mend, Mizzou has enjoyed its full complement of players for just two games this season ... The Tigers won those two games vs. South Carolina State and No. 10 Illinois before injuries to Tony Criswell (vs. Illinois), Bowers (vs. Alabama) and Bell (at Florida) ... Criswell missed three games overall and Bell missed one.
With injuries and a near complete roster turnover, Missouri has used seven different starting lineups this year ... Haith used the same starting lineup throughout the 2011-12 campaign.
Mizzou is coming off an 81-59 victory over Vanderbilt and used a 34-4 run in the opening half to build a 29-point halftime lead and cruise to the big win.
Jabari Brown led four Tigers in double figures with 21 and Alex Oriakhi added 18 points and 12 rebounds to help the Tigers control the glass.
As a team Missouri has made 14-of-24 (.583) three-point field goals dating back to the end of the South Carolina contest ... The Tigers made their final three treys in the closing minutes of that South Carolina win and then hit 11-of-21 treys in the victory against Vanderbilt.
In addition to improving three-point shooting, the Tigers lead the SEC in free throw shooting as well, hitting 77 percent of their charity tosses in league play ... The Tigers have made 282 free throws and their opponents have attempted just 274.
A big reason for those free throw numbers is senior forward Alex Oriakhi, who is shooting a career best 75 percent at the foul line on the year and is hitting 85 percent of his tries in league play.
Over the last four seasons Missouri is shooting 74.2 percent from the foul line as a team and the Tigers have not been below 72.4 percent as a team since 2008-09.
Mizzou has been very good in the second half of games all season ... The Tigers are averaging 40.7 points and are shooting 49 percent from the floor, 37 percent from three-point range and 78 percent from the foul line in the second half this year.
The club boasts a +6.8 scoring margin (40.7-to-33.8) in this second half of those games as well.
Head Coach Frank Haith is a very good 7-4 vs. Top 25 opponents as the head coach of Mizzou and is 4-3 vs. the Top 10.
The Tigers will look to continue their impressive defensive trend ... Only four 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 58.8 points on 36.5 percent shooting at Mizzou Arena.
Missouri is currently ranked No. 49 nationally in field goal percentage defense (.396).
Missouri has been one of the country’s top rebounding teams throughout the year and has out-rebounded 15-of-19 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 10 of 19 games.
The Tigers also average 14.6 offensive rebounds per game (No. 15 nationally) and turn that into 14.4 second-chance points per contest.
Mizzou is currently rebounding 43 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 15 point-rebound double-doubles between four different players (Bowers, Oriakhi, Ross and Bell), bettering the nine team double-doubles for 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 84.3 percent of its scoring and 92.8 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 19.4 points per game from its bench on the year, including 22.1 points over the last 12 games.
On the season Missouri has 14 double-figure scoring efforts off the bench (Ross - 5, Bell - 4, Criswell - 2, Brown, Jankovic and Webster-Chan - 1).
Despite having so many newcomers, Mizzou has been balanced through 19 games with eight players averaging at least 20.2 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.