St. Louis, Mo. - Scottrade Center (22,000)
Sat, Dec. 22 - 5 p.m. CT - ESPN2 (Dave Flemming, Jimmy Dykes)
Notes (per Missouri sports info):
> Head Coach Frank Haith won his first Braggin' Rights contest last season and was the fourth Tiger coach to notch a win in this great rivalry all-time.
> Missouri has won three consecutive meetings in the series, including a thrilling 78-74 win last year.
> The Tigers have been great in December overall winning 24 consecutive game in the month dating back to Dec. 12, 2009.
> Mizzou has won six consecutive neutral-site games in the state of Missouri. The Tigers defeated Notre Dame, California, Oklahoma State, Texas and Baylor in Kansas City last year and also topped Illinois in St. Louis.
> Mizzou is on a season-long five-game winning streak and is 2-1 in neutral-site games with wins over Stanford and VCU.
> Frank Haith is 7-2 in neutral site games as head coach of the Tigers. > Haith is also a very good 6-3 vs. Top 25 opponents as the head coach of Mizzou and is 3-2 vs. the Top 10.
> The Tigers will look to continue their impressive defensive trend. Only one team has scored more than 70 points on Missouri this year and the club has limited its last two opponents, Tennessee State and South Carolina State, to an average of 44.5 points per game on 26.5 percent shooting.
> Missouri is currently ranked No. 14 nationally in field goal percentage defense (.358).
> Defensively, Missouri has held nine of 10 opponents (Louisville) below 42 percent shooting. Over the last four games opponents are shooting just 32 percent from the floor and averaging just 52.5 points per game. Mizzou's rebounding margin is 18.2 during that stretch as well.
> Missouri has been one of the country's top rebounding teams throughout the year and has out-rebounded all-10 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 seven of 10 games (four consecutive).
> Missouri has had six different players record doublefigures 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.
Laurence Bowers - F, Sr., 6-8, 227 - 16.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg
Stefan Jankovic - F, Fr., 6-11, 230 - 4.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg
Alex Oriakhi - C, Sr., 6-9, 255 - 10.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg
Phil Pressey - G, Jr., 5-11, 175 - 12.3 ppg, 5.8 apg
Keion Bell - G, Sr., 6-4, 200 - 9.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg
Series record: Illinois leads 27-15
Last meeting: No. 9 Missouri 78, No. 25 Illinois 74 (12/22/11)
Series streak: Missouri W3
Record at St. Louis: Illinois leads 20-11
Groce vs. Missouri: First meeting
"Obviously I'm concerned about their size. The biggest thing is their rebounding. That's what I'm most concerned about when it comes to their size. Obviously those guys can push the ball, Bowers can shoot the ball, deck the ball. They've got talent and they've got size. There's no question about it. We've got to do a lot a great of doing what they do and we've got to block out. When the shot goes up we've got to snatch our fair share." -- Illinois head coach John Groce
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