Tigers look to continue home winning streak

Missouri has proven it can win at home. The Tigers biggest test of the season will come this evening when they host a hot Baylor team in one of the best match ups in the Big 12 today. Mizzou's only two conference losses have come on the road, can the Tigers continue their home winning streak?

Missouri has proven it can win at home.

The Tigers biggest test of the season will come this evening when they host a hot Baylor team in one of the best match ups in the Big 12 today.

Mizzou's only two conference losses have come on the road, can the Tigers continue their home winning streak?

Tip-off: 5:05 p.m. CST

Arena: Mizzou Arena - Columbia, Mo. (15,061)

TV: Big 12 Network - (Steve Physioc play-by-play; Jon Sundvold analyst)

Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Chris Gervino play-by-play; Gary Link analyst)

Rankings: Mizzou: RV/RV, Baylor: RV/RV in Associated Press / USA Today Coaches polls

Series: Missouri leads 10-9 overall; in Columbia the Tigers lead 7-2


Missouri: Mike Anderson (Tulsa '82); 140-73 overall (7th season); 51-32 at Mizzou (3rd)

Baylor: Scott Drew (Butler, ‘93) 92-96 overall (7th season); 72-85 at Baylor (6th)

For Openers

Missouri Basketball returns home for a highly-anticipated match-up with Baylor on Saturday, as two of the Big 12's top scoring clubs square off in a key Big 12 battle ... Missouri is second in the Big 12 in scoring at 84.8 points per game, while Baylor is one of the Big 12's top three-point shooting clubs and averages 82.2 points a night.

Missouri has won 14 consecutive home games dating back to a double-overtime win against Iowa State last season ... Those 14 straight home wins set a Mizzou Arena record ... The Tigers had won 13 straight over the 2006-07 / 2007-08 seasons before a home loss to Kansas ended that run last winter ... Missouri's 14-game home court winning streak is the seventh longest in school history and a win Saturday would make it the longest home streak since 1993-94.

Missouri has simply been dominant at home this season and is averaging an incredible 90.6 points per game at Mizzou Arena in running their home record to 13-0 in 2008-09 ... The Tigers boast a 29.4 ppg margin of victory at home this season, including a 45-point win over Colorado (eighth-largest margin of victory ever in a Big 12 Conference game), a 31-point win over Iowa State (77-46) and a 27-point win (93-66) over a California team now hovering near the Top 25.

Who will be Missouri's top gun on Saturday? The balanced Tigers have had six different players lead (or tie for the team lead) in scoring over the last eight games, dating back to Mizzou's first road win of the season at Georgia ... DeMarre Carroll has led or tied for the team lead four times during that run and Matt Lawrence has paced the club twice.

A huge key for Missouri will be the play of its bench... Missouri's second unit is averaging 33.1 points a game this season and has outscored the entire teams of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (50-41), Stetson (45-44) and SIU Edwardsville (62-57) and tied Colorado (62-62) ... The 62 tallies vs. SIUE and Colorado tied the school record.

The Tigers rank among the nation's leaders in several statistical categories heading into Saturday's game ... Mizzou is No. 5 nationally in scoring at 84.8 ppg, No. 1 in assists per game at 19.6, No. 2 in steals per game at 11.0, No. 2 nationally in assist/turnover ratio at 1.5 and No. 5 in scoring margin at 18.5 ... Another fun stat: Missouri is No. 6 nationally with 64.0 FG attempts per game and the Tigers have already made 169 more FGs than their opponents through 21 games thanks to the nation's No. 2-ranked turnover margin (+6.7).

Tiger Tidbits (Individual Notes)

Senior forwards DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons were named Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention picks prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.

Carroll is the only player in the Big 12 to rank among the Top 10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage and in the Top 10 in steals.

Carroll topped the 1,000-point plateau vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff and now has 1,222 career tallies at the Division I level, 460 of which came during his first two seasons at Vanderbilt ... Lyons has 972 career points and needs just 28 points to become the 38th member of Missouri's 1,000-point club ... Fellow senior Matt Lawrence is also closing in on 1,000 points and would need 146 more tallies as a senior to reach the mark.

Over his last 22 regular-season games Lyons has six 20-point outings and has reached double figures in 21-of-23 contests.

Lyons has actually reached double figures in nine consecutive Big 12 regular-season games, which is the longest run of his career.

The Kansas City, Kan., native enjoyed a season high 26 points and eight rebounds in the win over Oral Roberts and then led all Tigers with 22 points vs. Illinois.

Carroll has reached double figures in 18-of-21 games this season and either Carroll or Lyons have led Mizzou in scoring 16 times this year.

Carroll has topped the 20-point plateau four times this season, including 27 points vs. Texas Tech, which is the highest scoring Big 12 game of his career.

Carroll has three double-doubles on the year following his 13-point, 11-rebound effort vs. Colorado.

Carroll has seven other games this season with either eight or nine rebounds, so he's narrowly missed on a number of other double-doubles opportunities.

Carroll has been especially active on the boards in Big 12 play, where he is averaging 8.0 rebounds a contest.

The Junk Yard Dog also leads all Big 12 forwards with 38 steals thanks to a career high five thefts vs. Coppin State ... Carroll also ranks among the Big 12's leaders in scoring (9th), steals (5th), field goal percentage (3rd) and rebounding (8th).

Matt Lawrence is starting to heat up from the perimeter and has hit multiple three-pointers in 11 of his last 16 outings.

In fact, over his last nine games Lawrence is shooting 53 percent from bonus distance, hitting 28-of-53 treys.

The news gets even better for Lawrence at home, where he is shooting nearly 50.0 percent (29-of-63) on the year from three-point distance and 54 percent (19-of-35) over his last seven home contests.

The St. Louis native is already No. 3 in career three-point makes at MU with 212.

Despite being a prolific shooter, Lawrence has 21 steals, 20 assists and just seven turnovers on the season.

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