Previewing Missouri

NC State returns to action tomorrow night at 8:00 against Jordan Clarkson and Missouri. Here is a quick preview of the Tigers.

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  • STATS

    PROJECTED STARTERS
    G- 05 Jordan Clarkson (19.9 ppg, 4.7 apg)
    G- 32 Jabari Brown (18.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
    F- 33 Earnest Ross (14.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
    F- 03 Johnathan Williams (6.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg)
    C- 44 Ryan Rosburg (5.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

    STAR WATCH
    Jordan Clarkson -- A prolific scorer, Clarkson sat out last season after transferring from Tulsa and has had a major impact. Not only can he score, but he's also averaging a team-high 4.7 assists while shooting nearly 52% from the field.


    Missouri Notables

    QUICK NOTES
  • Mizzou Basketball (10-1) heads east as the Tigers travel to Raleigh, N.C., for a Saturday night contest against North Carolina State (9-2) at PNC Arena.

  • It's the first meeting between the two programs since a game at the Rainbow Classic on Dec. 28, 1995 ... The Wolfpack won that game, 87-68, and N.C. State owns a 2-1 series lead between the two programs.

  • Missouri is playing a rare game against an ACC opponent ... Mizzou beat Clemson, 86-78, in the 2010 NCAA Tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., and hasn't faced a member of the ACC in the regular season since an 84-70 win over Maryland on Nov. 20, 2007, at the CBE Classic in Kansas City's Sprint Center ... Mizzou's last home and home series with an ACC member came against Virginia in 2000-01 and 2001-02 ... The Tigers also faced Syracuse when the Orange were members of the BIG EAST and played Notre Dame at the 2011 CBE Classic when the Fighting Irish were also in the BIG EAST.

  • Earnest Ross will return close to his high school home this weekend ... Ross played at Panther Creek High School in Cary, N.C., and averaged 21 points and six rebounds en route to all-state honors as a senior ... Ross actually played North Carolina State as a freshman at Auburn and scored two points and grabbed six boards in 20 minutes in a start at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.

  • Both Missouri and N.C. State have had coaching pioneers with regards to using basketball to help raise awareness and funding for cancer research ... Tiger fans know that Norm Stewart was one of the founders of Coaches vs. Cancer and former N.C. State head coach, Jim Valvano, and ESPN formed the Jimmy V foundation 20 years ago.

  • Missouri has used its 10-1 start to earned a Top 25 billing by both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls ... The Tigers have been ranked each season under Haith despite having just one starter back each of the last two years.

  • As mentioned, the Tigers have just one starter returning from last season's 23-11 team (Jabari Brown) and no players are back that saw action on that 30-5 club during the 2011-12 campaign ... In fact, Missouri's top scorer (Clarkson), rebounder (Williams III) and assist man (Clarkson) have all played less than one full season for the Tigers ... Missouri (1) and Kansas (0) are the only clubs in college basketball currently ranked with one or fewer starters back from last season.

  • Missouri has faced some big-time scorers this season, but none have been as explosive as N.C. State's T.J. Warren ... The sophomore leads the ACC (23.9 ppg) in points per game and Saturday's meeting marks Mizzou's sixth game vs. one of college basketball's Top 65 scorers ... No. 6 T.J. Warren (N.C. State - 23.9), No. 10 Deonte Burton (Nevada - 22.8), No. 29 Desmar Jackson (Southern Illinois - 20.3), No. 44 David Brown (Western Michigan - 19.7), No. 61 Eron Harris (West Virginia - 19.0) and No. 65 Jordan Adams (UCLA - 18.9) will have all faced the Tigers, but only Adams reached his scoring average ... Adams scored 22 points on 6-of-18 shooting vs. Mizzou in a Dec. 7 loss ... The remaining four players finished below their scoring norms against the Mizzou (Burton 20, Brown 18, Jackson 17 and Harris 8) ... Combined those five players shot 36 percent against Missouri and only Jackson (7-of-14) finished at 50 percent from the floor.

    NORTH CAROLINA HOMECOMING
    Missouri is the university credited with the founding of Homecoming and three Tigers will have a "homecoming" of sorts this weekend as Mizzou heads to North Carolina State for a Saturday night contest.

    Frank Haith, Tim Fuller and Earnest Ross all lived in the state, with Haith calling Burlington, N.C., his home and Ross finishing his high school tenure at nearby Cary, N.C. Fuller played at Wake Forest and coached state legend, Chris Paul, at West Forsyth High School.

    Greensboro native Deuce Bello will not make the trip this weekend due to NCAA transfer guidelines ... Bello will become eligible next season after a transfer from Baylor.

    CONFERENCE LEADING NEWCOMER
    Mizzou's Jordan Clarkson is the lone newcomer in a "Power Conference" to lead his respective league in scoring this year ... Clarkson is averaging 19.9 points per game, tops in the SEC

    In fact, the SEC's top scorer and the ACC's top scorer will meet head-to-head on Saturday ... N.C. State's T.J. Warren leads the ACC with 23.9 points per night.

    MIZZOU DYNAMIC BACKCOURT DUOS
    Missouri has been blessed with some high-scoring backcourt tandems in its history and working its way into the records book is the tandem of Jordan Clarkson (19.9 ppg) and Jabari Brown (18.2 ppg) ...Together the pair is averaging 38.1 points per game, second in the SEC, and among the top point-producing guard collections in school history.

    TOP SCORING TANDEMS
    There are four sets of "high major" teammates averaging 18.0+ points per game this season and Missouri's Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown are a part of that exclusive group.

    HOW ABOUT THEM TIGERS?
    Mizzou Athletics is enjoying a tremendous fall as the No. 8 Tiger Football team is 11-2, won the SEC East and will face No. 13 Oklahoma State in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 3 in Dallas.

    Mizzou Volleyball won the SEC title and finished the year an outstanding 35-1 overall.

    Between Mizzou Football (11-2), Mizzou Volleyball (35-1), Mizzou Basketball (10-1) and Mizzou Women's Basketball (11-2) the Tigers are an outstanding 67-6 this year.

    FREE THROW FREEBIES
    Missouri hit a season-best 31-of-33 shots from the foul line in the win over Nevada and on the year, Mizzou ranks among SEC leaders with 19.3 charity makes per game.

    While Kentucky (23.3) leads the league in that category, Missouri has enjoyed a great scoring advantage at the foul line this year, making one more free throw (212) than its opponents have attempted (211) ... Overall Missouri is outscoring its opponents +5.6 ppg per game at the line.

    In fact, the big three of Jabari Brown, Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross have made 147 combined free throws this season and Mizzou's opponents as a whole have made just 151.


    Missouri athletics contributed to this report.


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