Tigers host No. 4 Alabama Saturday

For the second time this season, Missouri will attempt to defeat a nationally ranked school in consecutive games when they host No. 4 Alabama on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. on SEC Network.

ACTIONS

• Saturday’s game at Mizzou Arena is a blackout and all fans are encouraged to wear Tiger Black.
• Truman t-shirts will be given away to the first 2,000 fans in attendance.
• Christian and Scooby perform at halftime.
• After the game, fans can stay at Mizzou Arena and watch Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

ABOUT THE TIGERS

• Mizzou is 14-4 and 3-3 in SEC action – earning votes in both national polls.
• MU celebrates its third ranked win of the year, beating No. 25 Arkansas 79-76 on Wednesday.
• Senior Kobe Brown leads the Tigers with 15.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
• A total of four Tigers score double digits D’Moi Hodge (14.5), DeAndre Gholston (10.8) and Noah Carter to brown.
Nick honor leads Mizzou with 3.4 assists.
• Mizzou ranks 10th nationally with an offensive rating of 84.1, allowing 75.4 points.

ABOUT THE CRIMSON TIDE

• Alabama, one of the best teams in the nation, ranks fourth in both polls and goes 16-2 overall and a perfect 6-0 SEC record.
• Freshman star Brandon Miller leads Alabama with 20.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
• Mark Sears is second at Tide with 14.3 points.
• Jaden Bradley leads Alabama with 3.8 assists.
• The Tide averages 84.0 points per game while allowing 69.3 points defensively.

SERIES HISTORY

• In a streak stretching back to 1977, Alabama have a 12-7 lead over the Tigers.
• Since joining the conference, the home side have largely controlled the series, with the hosts going 11-3 combined.
• The Tigers have won their last three games against Tide at Mizzou Arena, including a 92-86 win over No. 15 Alabama a year ago. Kobe Brown scored 30 points and 13 rebounds in surprise.
• Mizzou has also won all three matches against a top-flight Alabama side.

TOP 10 scoring offensive

• Saturday’s game includes two of the country’s best offenses.
• Mizzou starts ninth nationally with 84.1 offense points while Alabama is 11th with 84.0 points.

OBJECTIVE 70 POINTS

• While the Tigers are averaging well over 80 points this season, the magic number for MU is just 70.
• MU have won their last 17 games by at least 70 goals, including a perfect 13-0 this year.
• On the other hand, Mizzou is only 4-1 this year if kept under target – having lost 22 of his last 23 games on aggregate by 69 points or fewer.
• Overall, Mizzou has averaged 89.4 points in his 14 wins this year, but just 65.8 in his four losses.

OSCAR ROBERTSON CLOCK LIST

• Senior Kobe Brown was recognized as one of the nation’s best when it was included in the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List.
• Brown is one of 50 players selected nationally for the honors watchlist given to USBWA National Player of the Year.
• The elder forward leads MU with 15.7 points and 5.6 rebounds – scoring 56.0 percent overall and 40.8 percent from 3-point ranges.

STAY HOT KOBE BROWN

Kobe Brown is also currently enjoying some of the best basketball games of his career.
• Brown has led the Tigers in six of their last seven games by averaging 20.0 points in points spanning five games against ranked opponents.
• Overall, Brown has led Mizzou in half of the team’s games this season (9 of 18) and on 11 occasions on the boards.

POINTS FROM SALES

• One key to the Tigers’ offensive success is losing possession.
• Mizzou has amassed 23.7 points per game from his opponent’s errors – accounting for 28.2 percent of his points this season.
• Overcoming errors equals success, as this year MU is 13-1 when scoring 17 points fewer in turnover and also 13-1 when outclassing an opponent in the category.
• On Wednesday, the Tigers outscored Arkansas 31-13 in turnovers — a tie lead for the widest lead ever in an SEC game.
• Overall, MU has outscored their opponent, 427-227, in points outside of turnovers – a 23.7-12.6 average.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

• With a strong start to the season, the Tigers also enjoy a large home field advantage.
• Missouri has an 11-1 record at Mizzou Arena this season, with 11 wins that rank fourth in the nation.
• The Tigers are 3-0 at home in conference play for the first time since a perfect 9-0 home record against SEC teams in 2012-13.

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