Tigers Open 2011-12 Regular Season Tonight

On Friday evening (7:00 P.M., MSN), the #25 Missouri Tigers open their regular season by playing host to the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks. We preview the Tigers first game of the Haith era.

On Friday evening (7:00 P.M., MSN), the #25 Missouri Tigers open their regular season by playing host to the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks. 

It's our last season,"  said Missouri senior guard, and All-American candidate, Marcus Denmon.  "I remember us coming in as freshmen, and some of the older guys telling us that it would go by fast.  They couldn't have hit the nail more on the head.  It's really flown by.

Now, that it's our last chance to go out and play at this level and lead our team, it's really that much more important."

SEMO enters the 2011-2012 campaign under the direction of third-year head coach, Dickey Nutt.  

The Redhawks were 10-22 a season ago, with a 6-12 ?nish in the Ohio Valley Conference.  SEMO returns three starters, including forward Leon Powell, who posted marks of 14.1 points and 7.7 rebounds a year ago.   Powell is familiar with Mizzou Arena, as he played for Vashon in the state Final Four in Columbia.

Tyler Stone, a current sophomore for SEMO, is another Redhawk who is familiar with Columbia, as he returns to Mizzou Arena after spending his freshman season with the Tigers in 2009-10.

"(SEMO's) post guys are pretty good,"  said Coach Haith.  "Stone and Powell, both are good size, good athletes.  Our front line is going to have their work cut out for them.  I think it's going to be a great challenge for us."

During 2010-2011, Redhawk guards Nick Niemczyk and Lucas Nutt each shot over 40% from behind the 3-PT line.

Denmon was "good friends" with Stone, and he said that he still keeps in touch with Tyler.

"Obviously, we're all going to come out and compete,"  said Denmon, as he talked about going against his friend and former teammate.

"Even though he's played here, and we have those ties, once you get out on the floor, we're all going to compete."

One thing that will be evident on Friday, and it's something that Missouri will see a lot of this season, is that SEMO will have the bigger squad, in terms of numbers of players, and also in terms of the height of their players, as compared to Missouri.

Mizzou Starters (0-0) - From the previous game (stats from last season)

Pos. No. Name HT WT YR P/G R/G A/G S/G Hometown

F 10 Ricardo Ratli? e 6-8 240 Sr. 10.6 5.6 1.1 0.2 Hampton, Va.

G 12 Marcus Denmon 6-3 185 Sr. 16.9 3.5 1.8 1.8 Kansas City, Mo.

G 24 Kim English 6-6 200 Sr. 10.0 3.1 2.0 3.0 Baltimore, Md.

G 03 Matt  Pressey 6-2 195 Sr. 5.7 1.8 1.6 0.8 Dallas, Texas

G 01 Phil Pressey 5-10 175 So. 6.5 2.3 3.9 2.0 Dallas, Texas

SEMO Starters (0-0)  - Based on their most recent contest (last season stats)

Pos. No. Name HT WT YR P/G R/G A/G S/G Hometown

F 33 Tyler Stone  6-8 230 So. 1.8 0.8 0.2 0.2 Memphis, Tenn.

F 42 Leon Powell 6-7 225 Sr. 14.1 7.7 1.0 0.6 St. Louis, Mo.

G 02 Marcus Brister 6-4 215 Sr. 5.2 3.8 3.0 0.9 Dallas, Texas

G 03 Nick Niemczyk 6-1 185 Jr. 13.4 3.6 1.4 0.6 Bell City, Mo.

G 13 Lucas Nutt  6-1 180 So. 10.0 2.3 3.5 0.7 Jonesboro, Ark.


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