vs. DePaul (19-10, 10-6 Conference
2005 National Invitation Tournament
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061 - 1st season)
TV: ESPN (Ron Franklin, play-by-play; Fran Fraschilla, analyst; Eric Posman, producer)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly, play-by-play: Gary Link, analyst)
Rankings: Neither team was ranked in either poll
Series: Tied, 2-2 : Last Meeting: DU, 63-62 on
DePaul: Dave Leitao (Northeastern ’83) 57-33 at DU (3rd season) and 77-67 overall (5th season).
Tigers Face DePaul in First Round of National Invitation Tournament
The Tigers enter Tuesday’s contest winners of six of their last nine. They have won four straight games at home and have registered a 14-4 mark in the opening season of the Mizzou Arena including a 3-0 mark against ranked teams. Leading the Tigers into NIT action is All-Big 12 Honorable mention honoree Linas Kleiza. He is averaging 15.8 points (10th in the Big 12) and 7.6 rebounds (5th in the Big 12) on the season and is second in the league in double-doubles with 10. He was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team after averaging 29.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest in the tourney.
Tuesday’s contest, which is set to tip at , will be broadcast on the Mizzou Radio Network with the ‘Voice of the Tigers’ Mike Kelly handling the play-by-play duties and former Tiger great Gary Link offering his expert analysis. The game will also be broadcast to a nationwide audience on the world wide leader in sports, ESPN. Ron Franklin will be calling a Tiger game for the second time this season while Fran Fraschilla will be offering up analysis of the contest.
Tigers are 0-1 this season on ESPN after falling to No. 6 Kansas on Big Monday
on Jan. 31 in
The Tigers enter the National Invitation Tournament having won six of their last nine games ... The Tigers have qualified for the post season in each of the last eight seasons including six straight under sixth year head Coach Quin Snyder ... This is Mizzou’s seventh all-time appearance in the NIT Tournament and 28th postseason tournament appearance overall ... Mizzou is 14-4 at home, 1-4 in neutral court contests and 1-8 on the road this season ... The all-time series between DU and MU is tied at 2-2 ... The two schools have never faced each other in postseason play and only once have they squared off in a tournament at the Maui Invitational in 1997, a 45-42 Tiger win ... The last time the Blue Demons visited Columbia, the Tigers were able to take care of them, 99-84 on Dec. 6, 2000 ... The Tigers were 3-0 this season at home against ranked teams and a respectable 3-4 against ranked teams overall ... They defeated No. 12 Gonzaga at Mizzou Arena on Dec. 30, then topped No. 16 Oklahoma in overtime on Feb. 12 and wrapped up the regular season with a 72-68 win over No. 7 Kansas on Mar. 6, 2004 ... Mizzou played 20 home games this season (including exhibition games), which is a new school record ... The Tigers are 9-2 in day games this season ... Coach Quin Snyder is looking for win number 117 at Mizzou ... He is 1-1 all-time vs. DePaul ... Sophomore Linas Kleiza has led Mizzou in either scoring, rebounding or in both categories in 24 of the Tigers’ 32 games so far this season ... Kleiza has ten double-doubles on the season ... He has averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds over the course of the Tigers’ last four games ... Junior Jimmy McKinney was named to the academic All-Big 12 Team for his outstanding work in the classroom this season.
About the Blue Demons
The Demons check in with a 19-10 overall record and
finished with a 10-6 mark in Conference
Senior Quemont Greer leads the Demons in scoring averaging 18.3 points and is averaging 7.4 rebounds per contest. He was named first team All-Conference USA along with fellow senior Drake Diener, who was named to the third team. Diener is regarded as one of the most accurate 3-point shooters in the country as he has knocked down 75-of-166 three point attempts (45.2 percent) on the year including 51-of-101 3-pointers (50.5 percent) during the conference season. Sophomore Sammy Mejia has also come on as the most versatile player on the court for the Demons. He averages 11.6 points and 5.1 boards per game, is second on the squad in assists with 95 and leads the team in steals with 36.
The Demons got off to a great start at 14-5, but would split their last ten contests to finish with a 19-10 record after falling to Alabama-Birmingham in the second round of the Conference USA Tournament on Thursday.
Third year head Coach Dave Leitao has led the Demons to a 57-33 mark during his time at DePaul and his teams have recorded more conference wins (30) in his three years than in any other three-year period in school history.
Series - Tied, 2-2 - Last Meeting: DU, 63-62 on
Mizzou’s NIT History
6 NIT Appearances * 1-6 NIT Mark
Year Rd. Site Opp. W/L Score
Look Back ... Mizzou vs. No. 17
The Tigers clawed back from being down by as many as 17 points to grab a one point lead with 1:26 left in the contest, but were unable to hold on as the No. 1-seeded Sooners advanced to the semifinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament. Below are a couple other notes of from the contest ...
- It has gone 14-4 at home, 1-8 on the road and 1-4 in neutral court battles.
- Mizzou is now 9-2 this season in games played during the day.
- Mizzou falls to 3-4 on the year vs. teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.
- The last six contests between OU and MU have been decided by six points for less.
- Tiger Coach Quin Snyder is now 116-79 overall during his six year tenure at Mizzou
- Coach Snyder is now 8-6 in Big 12 Tournament games.
- Mizzou faced a 13-4 rebounding deficit in the first 10 minutes of the game; at halftime the deficit was down to two (19-17).
- As a team, the Tigers knocked down 33-of-36 free throws, setting a new Big 12 Tournament mark for accuracy at 91.7 percent on the day.
- Mizzou made a school record tying 23 consecutive free
throws during the contest. The
effort matched the 1996-97 Tiger team which made 23 in a row at
- The contest with OU featured eight lead changes and six ties.
- A Kevin Young tip-in of a Linas Kleiza miss at 5:27 in the first half sparked Mizzou to an 11-0 run which cut the OU lead from 16 points to five with 2:13 left in the first half.
- The 33 points by sophomore forward Linas Kleiza tied the Mizzou record for points by a single player in a Big 12 Tournament game; Kareem Rush set the mark versus Tech Tech in 2001.
- The 33-point outing was a career best for Kleiza along with his 17-of-19 effort at the free throw line.
- Kleiza’s 33 points
scored was the most points by a Tiger since the 2003 NCAA Tournament second
round when Rickey Paulding dumped in 36 points in an overtime loss to
- Kleiza was remarkable in the second half of the contest as he scored 23 of his 33 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and 13-of-14 accuracy from the free throw line.
- Jimmy McKinney made a career-high 10 free throws and equaled a career-best with 10 attempts on his way to 14 points on the afternoon.
Living Large with Lenny
Over the course of the Tigers’ last four games, sophomore Linas Kleiza has been one of the best players in college basketball. Thats right ... slice it any way you want to, but the native of Kaunas, Lithuania has put together a great stretch of games and a very solid season as he continues to improve for the Tigers.
has averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game during during
the last four games including 29.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in the
Tigers’ two Big 12 Tournament games. He recorded a career-best 33 points
The Case for Kleiza
Last Three Games
Opp. Min. Pts. FG/A Pct. FT/A Pct. Reb.
Averages 34.7 24.7 15-38 .395 40-49 .816 10.7
Kleiza Named to Big 12 All-Tournament Team
Sophomore Linas Kleiza was named to the Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Tournament Team following Sunday’s Championship game. Kleiza averaged 29.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in the Tigers’ two games. He is the first Tiger to earn all-tournament honors since Rickey Paulding and Arthur Johnson were named to the squad in 2003 during the Tigers run to the tournament final.
Kleiza was outstanding in the Tigers’ tourney opener
Friday, Kleiza continued his magical play scoring a
career-best 33 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field against No.1-seed
named to the team included Joey Graham (Tournament MVP,
T-Mac Gets It Done vs.
No, Tracy McGrady didn’t secretly throw on the Black and Gold on Sunday against the Jayhawks, but Thomas Gardner (his teammates call him “T”) and Jimmy McKinney (his teammates call him “Mac”) did put on quite a performance for the sellout house on Sunday. The dynamic duo combined to go 14-of-20 from inside the 3-point line (70.0 percent) against the Jayhawks and were 11-of-12 from the free throw line. They were particularly impressive in the first half as they combined to shoot 8-of-11 from the field including 5-of-5 from three.
Freshman Excelling in Crash Course
All four members of the Tiger freshman class have seen significant playing time this season for the Tigers and have all stepped up and played key roles when Mizzou has been successful. Jason Horton, Marshall Brown, Kalen Grimes and Glen Dandridge have all been put into the fire of Big 12 Conference play and have gained valuable experience heading into the post season.
Horton has started 23 games and has averaged a 30.9 minutes per contest. He has led Mizzou in scoring in three games this season and has become the first freshman to lead the Tigers in assists (101) since Keyon Dooling handed out 113 dimes in his first year at Mizzou.
Brown has been the Tigers been perimeter shooter from a percentage standpoint. He has knocked down a team-best 39.3 percent of his three point attempts (22-of-56) and has seen action in all 32 games while registering six starts on the season. He has reached double figures in scoring in five games this season.
Grimes and Dandridge have both played key roles off of the bench for the Tigers. Dandridge has knocked down 12 threes on the season and Grimes has pulled down four or more boards in a game five times while playing excellent defense with 18 blocks on the year.
Over the Table and Dreaming
ended up amongst the people twice during the
So keep your eye out for ‘Crashing into Coop’ brought to you by the Missouri Basketball Team.
According to Maggard, four Tiger cagers had GPAs of over 3.0 on the standard 4.0 scale, and two will earn a place on the coveted Dean’s List.
The achievement comes on the heels of the 2004 NCAA Graduation Report, which shows that the Missouri men’s basketball team led the Big 12 Conference in graduation rates, at 67%. The next-best rate in the league belonged to Colorado (40%), followed by Texas Tech and Kansas (33%) and Nebraska (20%). The rates represent students who enrolled in 1997-98 and graduated within six years.
Shouldering the Load
Linas Kleiza has recovered fully from a shoulder separation he experienced half way through last season and he has shouldered a major part of the Tiger offense this season. The All-Big 12 Preseason Honorable Mention recipient has been amazing offensively so far this season and continues to improve on defense.
Kleiza was unstoppable in the Big 12 Tournament averaging
29.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in the Tigers’ two games. The talented
sophomore was amazing against Kansas, scoring 15 points and pulling down 14
boards, good for his ninth double-double of the season. Kleiza
registered the 11th double-double of his career against
He returned to the Tiger starting lineup after a three-game hiatus against UNLV. He scored a game-high 24 points and also pulled down eight rebounds against the Rebels and knocked down 9-of-17 shots.
registered his fifth double-double of the season against
Kleiza put together an amazing effort against
four turnovers against Texas Tech, Kleiza was able to
record his third double-double of the season against the Red Raiders, scoring
10 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. The offensive juggernaut reached the
20-point plateau for the fourth time this season against
scoring just three points in the opening half against
had one the best offensive game of his career against
A Peek at the Mizzou Arena
On September 21, 2002, a new and exciting phase for Missouri Basketball began with the groundbreaking for a brand new, $75 million state-of-the-art facility. The new arena is an imposing place to play for opposing teams and provides unbelievable options for the Tigers when it comes to player development. In addition to more seating, with a capacity of 15,061, there are a host of other exciting additions:
Ø 26 Luxury Suites
Ø State-of-the art training room
Ø Expanded locker room facilities complete with film room and player lounge
Ø Practice gym
Ø Basketball office complex
Ø Box office and team store
Ø Missouri Athletics Hall of Fame
Mizzou Arena houses all the up-to-date technologies desired in a modern sports facility. Both men’s and women’s basketball programs have video game film viewing theaters; all coaches offices and meeting rooms have cable TV hook-ups and both private (suites, clubs) and public (concession stands, retail store) areas throughout the arena have direct-game and cable televisions in place. Adjacent to the west side truck dock are dedicated and secured television production and satellite truck parking areas with permanent patch-in panels. The arena contains a center-hung scoreboard-video board as well as 30" high video ribbon board located above the luxury suites where the lower and upper seating bowl transition occurs.
No, I am not going to break into a rendition of “Cool it Now” or “Candy Girl” (as much as you all would enjoy that) but Mizzou has two members of its staff that are beginning new editions of their careers. And like the group “New Edition,” you might say that the newest members of the Tiger coaching family are old school.
Associate Head Coach Melvin Watkins joined the Tigers in July after six years as head coach at Texas A&M and a two year stint as head coach at UNC-Charlotte. Watkins has brought a wealth of experience and energy to the Tiger bench. The other new face on the Tiger bench is assistant coach Jeff Meyer, who most recently was an assistant at Butler University for three years. Meyer brings 25 years of coaching experience to Mizzou including 16 years as a head coach at Liberty University. He also joined the Tiger bench in July.
Coach Quin Snyder
6th Year at MU
his sixth year at the helm of the Mizzou basketball program is Quin Snyder.
In 2004-05, Mizzou returns several of its top players including senior Jason Conley, junior Jimmy McKinney and sophomores Thomas Gardner and Linas Kleiza. Snyder and his staff also gathered a sixth straight Top 25 recruiting class to augment the already talented roster. Mizzou has moved to a new state-of-the-art home this season, the Mizzou Arena, which holds around 15,000 rowdy Missouri fans and gives the Tigers an unbelievable opportunity to build on the foundation of success that has been established.
Given the success and excitement Snyder’s squads have generated in his five years at the helm, it is not surprising that Tiger fans are looking for big things from Mizzou in 2004-05. In 2003-04, Snyder led the Tigers to wins over Top 20 teams such as Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. He also saw his second recruiting class of Arthur Johnson, Rickey Paulding, Travon Bryant and Josh Kroenke complete outstanding careers at Mizzou. Johnson and Paulding both jumped into the Top 10 on the Tiger scoring charts and Johnson finished his career as the Tigers’ all-time leader in blocked shots and rebounds. That outstanding class also finished their career having played in the most NCAA Tournament contests of any class in school history with eight.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Snyder, 37, attended Mercer Island High School in the state of Washington. A two-time state player of the year, Snyder led the team to the 1985 state championship. During this time, Mercer Island achieved a No. 1 ranking in USA Today’s high school polls. Snyder was named a McDonald’s All-America player, being the first ever chosen from the state of Washington.
Snyder and his wife, the former Helen Redwine, a native of Charlotte, N.C, have one son, Owen Redwine Snyder, born on December 25, 2002.