Missouri will play their first game of the 2012-2013 season in Columbia on November 10 against SIU Edwardsville. When they take the floor, the Tigers will be hoping to meet the high expectations left over from their 2011-2012 campaign. They lose 70% of last season's player minutes and hope to make that up with the efforts of five incoming freshmen.
Missouri will experience their biggest drop-off on defense, as the team lost 94.8% of their shot blocking. That's followed by rebounding, where they lost another massive 82.6% of last season's numbers.
The AP ranks the Tigers at #15 in their preseason Top 25 poll. That's lower than last year's final regular season poll, where they were ranked #3. Missouri played to a final overall record of 27-4 last season, placing 2nd in the Big 12 with their 14-4 conference record. In postseason play, the Tigers beat Baylor 90-75 to win the Big 12 tournament. They were seeded 2nd in the NCAA Tournament and lost to Norfolk State in the second round, 86-84. The Tigers sent two players to the NBA. Kim English was drafted by the Detroit Pistons at Round 2, #14. Marcus Denmon went to the San Antonio Spurs at Round 2, #29.
Furthermore, Missouri will feel the loss of last year's seniors Ricardo Ratliffe (26 minutes per game), Matt Pressey (24 MPG), Steve Moore (16 MPG), Jarrett Sutton (3 MPG), and Andrew Jones (2 MPG). The Tigers will also go without Kadeem Green (transferred to Ohio) and Andy Rosburg (1 MPG).
Coming back to the Tigers are junior Phil Pressey (6.4 assists/game) and senior Mike Dixon Jr (13.5 points/game).
The Tigers pick up incoming freshmen including 5-10 Corey Haith, 6-4 Dominique Bull, 6-7 Negus Webster-Chan, 6-11 Stefan Jankovic, and 6-10 Ryan Rosburg. Other players joining the team include 6-8 senior Laurence Bowers, 6-4 senior Keion Bell (transferred from Pepperdine), 6-9 sophomore Danny Feldmann (transferred from Columbia), 6-5 junior Earnest Ross (transferred from Auburn), 6-9 junior Tony Criswell (transferred from UAB), and 6-5 junior Jordan Clarkson (transferred from Tulsa).
The Tigers have four games on the schedule against AP preseason Top 25 teams, including at #13 UCLA on December 28th, at #10 Florida on January 19th, and #10 Florida on February 19th. Missouri kicks off SEC play on January 8th against Alabama.
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- Missouri has had 4 consecutive 20+ win seasons.
- Since 2002, Missouri has an overall winning percentage of 63.3%. The Tigers have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 71.0%.
- The Tigers have an average conference finish of 5.0 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 5.5.
- With 2 NBA draft picks last year, that brings the Tigers total to 5 over the last 10 years.
- With last year's trip to the NCAA Tournament, that makes 4 straight years the Tigers have made it to the Big Dance.
- The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 131.2.
- This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Kentucky (#1).
- This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is South Carolina State (#343).
- Missouri has 4 Preseason AP Top 25 teams on the schedule.
- The last time Missouri returned less than 31% of the team's statistical production was 1996-1997.
- The Tigers have been in the Preseason AP Poll 15 times since 1948.
, Matt Pressey
, Steve Moore
, Jarrett Sutton
, Andrew Jones
, Kadeem Green
, Andy Rosburg
, Phil Pressey
, Mike Dixon Jr
, Corey Haith
, Dominique Bull
, Negus Webster-Chan
, Stefan Jankovic
, Ryan Rosburg
, Laurence Bowers
, Keion Bell
, Danny Feldmann
, Earnest Ross
, Tony Criswell
, Jordan Clarkson
, Jabari Brown
, Alex Oriakhi