2008–09 Missouri Tigers men's basketball team

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2008–09 Missouri Tigers men's basketball
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Big 12 Tournament Champions
NCAA Elite Eight vs Connecticut, L 75–82
Conference Big 12 North
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #9
2008–09 record 31–7 (12–4 Big 12)
Head coach Mike Anderson
Assistant coach Melvin Watkins
Assistant coach Matt Zimmerman
Assistant coach T.J. Cleveland
Home arena Mizzou Arena
Seasons
« 2007–08 2009–10 »
2008–09 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#14 Kansas 14 2   .875     27 8   .771
#7 Oklahoma 13 3   .813     30 6   .833
#9 Missouri 12 4   .750     31 7   .816
Kansas State 9 7   .563     22 12   .647
Texas 9 7   .563     23 12   .657
Texas A&M 9 7   .563     24 10   .706
Oklahoma State 9 7   .563     23 12   .657
Nebraska 8 8   .500     18 13   .581
Baylor 5 11   .313     24 15   .615
Iowa State 4 12   .250     15 17   .469
Texas Tech 3 13   .188     14 19   .424
Colorado 1 15   .063     9 22   .290
2009 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Missouri Tigers men's basketball team finished 31–7 and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Led by head coach Mike Anderson, Mizzou finished third in the Big 12 with a conference record of 12–4 and also won the Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament for the first time in school history.

Pre-Season[edit]

Following a .500 season in 2007–08 season, the Tigers revamped their offense with five freshmen and two transfers. The Tigers basketball team was not heralded with much in the way of high hopes coming into the 2008–09 season. Most preseason polls had Missouri finishing in the bottom-half of the Big 12 Conference, including Athlon Sports[1] and the Big 12 coaches.[2]

As a way to get in some much needed extra practice, coach Mike Anderson accepted an invitation to play three exhibition games in Canada in late August.[3] In the first game of the tour, Missouri defeated the Niagara All-Stars by a score of 120–80 on August 30, 2008. The game was played at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.[4] On August 31, 2008, in the same venue, the Tigers defeated Brock University 117–68.[5] This game gave the Missouri coaching staff and fans a nice look at the fresh faces, as Mizzou's seven newcomers combined for 66 of the Tiger's 117 points on the afternoon. The next morning, the Tigers closed out the Canadian trip by beating the Southern Ontario All-Stars by a final score of 109–92.[6]

The Tigers played two pre-season games in 2008. The first was against Lincoln (MO), winning the game 97–54. The second of their two pre-season games was against Missouri Southern, resulting in an 87–58 Tigers victory.

Recruiting[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Summer Canadian Exhibition
2008/8/30* 4:30 pm Ontario All-Stars Bob Davis Gymnasium • St. Catharines, Ontario W 120–80   
2008/8/31* 1:00 pm Brock University Bob Davis Gymnasium • St. Catharines, Ontario W 117–68   
2008/9/1* 9:00 am Southern Ontario All-Stars Notre Dame College SchoolWelland, Ontario W 109–92   
Preseason Games
2008/11/6* 7:00 pm Lincoln (MO) Mizzou ArenaColumbia, MO W 97–54   
2008/11/11* 7:00 pm Missouri Southern Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 87–58   
Regular season
2008/11/15* 3:30 pm Prairie View A&M Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 86–65  5,463 1–0 (0–0)
2008/11/17* 7:00 pm Chattanooga Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 103–75  5,275 2–0 (0–0)
2008/11/20* 12:00 pm vs. Xavier Coliseo de Puerto RicoSan Juan, PR ESPNU L 71–75  3,217 2–1 (0–0)
2008/11/21* 10:00 am vs. Fairfield Coliseo de Puerto Rico • San Juan, PR W 87–59    3–1 (0–0)
2008/11/23* 11:30 pm vs. #19 USC Coliseo de Puerto Rico • San Juan, PR ESPNU W 83–72    4–1 (0–0)
2008/11/30* 3:00 pm Oral Roberts Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 92–83  5,229 5–1 (0–0)
2008/12/2* 7:00 pm Arkansas-Pine Bluff Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 95–41  5,502 6–1 (0–0)
2008/12/7* 2:00 pm California Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO ESPNU W 93–66  8,310 7–1 (0–0)
2008/12/13* 6:00 pm Murray State Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 75–64  8,517 8–1 (0–0)
2008/12/20* 6:00 pm Stetson Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 78–44  7,409 9–1 (0–0)
2008/12/23* 6:30 pm vs. Illinois #25/NR Scottrade CenterSt. Louis, MO
(Braggin' Rights)
ESPN2 L 59–75  19,586 9–2 (0–0)
2008/12/27* 3:00 pm SIU Edwardsville Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 107–57  6,793 10–2 (0–0)
2008/12/27* 3:00 pm Centenary Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 80–52  6,755 11–2 (0–0)
2009/1/3* 12:00 pm at Georgia Stegeman ColiseumAthens, GA W 83–76  8,060 12–2 (0–0)
2009/1/6* 8:00 pm Coppin State Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 88–55  7,244 13–2 (0–0)
2009/1/10 2:00 pm at Nebraska Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE ESPN2 L 56–51  11,570 13–3 (0–1)
2009/1/14 8:00 pm Colorado Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 107–62  9,171 14–3 (1–1)
2009/1/17 12:30 pm Iowa State Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 77–46  12,403 15–3 (2–1)
2009/1/21 8:00 pm at Oklahoma State Gallagher-Iba ArenaStillwater, OK W 97–95  10,810 16–3 (3–1)
2009/1/24 12:30 pm Texas Tech Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 97–86  13,357 17–3 (4–1)
2009/1/28 8:00 pm at Kansas State Bramlage ColiseumManhattan, KS FSN L 72–88  9,665 17–4 (4–2)
2009/1/31 5:00 pm Baylor Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 89–72  15,061 18–4 (5–2)
2009/2/4 8:30 pm at #16 Texas Frank Erwin CenterAustin, TX ESPN2 W 69–65  13,095 19–4 (6–2)
2009/2/7 5:00 pm at Iowa State Hilton ColiseumAmes, IA W 82–68  11,919 20–4 (7–2)
2009/2/9 8:00 pm #16/16 Kansas #17/19 Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO
(Border War)
ESPN W 62–60  15,061 21–4 (8–2)
2009/2/14 12:30 pm Nebraska #17/19 Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO W 70–47  15,061 22–4 (9–2)
2009/2/21 12:30 pm at Colorado #11/10 Coors Events CenterBoulder, CO W 66–53  6,271 23–4 (10–2)
2009/2/25 8:00 pm Kansas State #11/8 Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO ESPNU W 94–74  14,825 24–4 (11–2)
2009/3/1 1:00 pm at #15/15 Kansas #11/8 Allen FieldhouseLawrence, KS
(Border War)
CBS L 65–90  16,300 24–5 (11–3)
2009/3/4 8:00 pm #4/5 Oklahoma #15/12 Mizzou Arena • Columbia, MO Big 12 Network W 73–64  15,061 25–5 (12–3)
2009/3/7 1:00 pm at Texas A&M #15/12 Reed ArenaCollege Station, TX ESPN2 L 86–96  13,007 25–6 (12–4)
Postseason
2009/03/11 8:30 pm vs. Texas Tech #14/15 Ford CenterOklahoma City, OK
(Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament)
ESPN2 W 81–60  16,786 26–6 (12–4)
2009/03/12 8:30 pm vs. Oklahoma State #14/15 Ford Center • Oklahoma City, OK
(Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament)
W 67–59  15,009 27–6 (12–4)
2009/03/13 5:00 pm vs. Baylor #14/15 Ford Center • Oklahoma City, OK
(Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament)
ESPN W 73–60[7][8]  15,321 28–6 (12–4)
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
2009/03/20* 2:10 pm vs. (#14 seed) Cornell #9 (#3 seed) Taco Bell ArenaBoise, Idaho
(NCAA Tournament First Round)
CBS W 78–59  11,997 29–6
2009/03/22* 3:50 pm vs. #23 (#6 seed) Marquette #9 (#3 seed) Taco Bell Arena • Boise, Idaho
(NCAA Tournament Second Round)
CBS W 83–79  12,184 30–6
2009/03/27* 8:37 pm vs. #3 (#2 seed) Memphis #9 (#3 seed) University of Phoenix StadiumGlendale, AZ
(NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen)
CBS W 102–91  20,201 31–6
2009/03/29 3:40 pm vs. #5 (#1 seed) Connecticut #9 (#3 seed) University of Phoenix Stadium • Glendale, AZ
(NCAA Tournament Elite Eight)
CBS L 75–82  18,886 31–7
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP/Coaches' Poll. All times are in Central Standard Time.

Roster[edit]

Name # Position Height Weight Year Home Town
DeMarre Carroll 1 Forward 6–8 225 SR Birmingham, Alabama
Miguel Paul 3 Guard 6–1 172 FR Lakeland, Florida
J.T. Tiller 4 Guard 6–3 200 JR Marietta, Georgia
Leo Lyons 5 Forward 6–9 244 SR Kansas City, Kansas
Zaire Taylor 11 Guard 6–4 189 RS JR Staten Island, N.Y.
Marcus Denmon 12 Guard 6–3 185 FR Kansas City, Missouri
Michael Anderson Jr. 13 Guard 6–0 183 RS SR Birmingham, Alabama
Keith Ramsey 15 Forward 6–9 210 JR Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Laurence Bowers 21 Forward 6–8 205 FR Memphis, Tennessee
Justin Safford 23 Forward 6–8 230 SO Bloomington, Illinois
Kim English 24 Guard 6–6 200 FR Baltimore, Maryland
Jarrett Sutton 25 Guard 6–3 190 SO Kansas City, Missouri
Steve Moore 32 Center 6–9 264 FR Kansas City, Missouri
Matt Lawrence 33 Guard 6–7 203 SR Wildwood, Missouri

Rankings[edit]

Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP NR NR RV RV RV RV 25 RV RV RV RV RV RV 17 11 11 15 14
Coaches NR NR NR NR RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 19 10 8 12 15

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