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 No. 9
AP No. 9
2008–09 record 30–8 (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, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Summer Canadian Exhibition
2008/8/30*
4:30 pm
Ontario All-Stars W 120–80 
Bob Davis Gymnasium 
St. Catharines, Ontario
2008/8/31*
1:00 pm
Brock University W 117–68 
Bob Davis Gymnasium 
St. Catharines, Ontario
2008/9/1*
9:00 am
Southern Ontario All-Stars W 109–92 
Notre Dame College School 
Welland, Ontario
Preseason Games
2008/11/6*
7:00 pm
Lincoln (MO) W 97–54 
Mizzou Arena 
Columbia, MO
2008/11/11*
7:00 pm
Missouri Southern W 87–58 
Mizzou Arena 
Columbia, MO
Regular season
2008/11/15*
3:30 pm
Prairie View A&M W 86–65  1–0 (0–0)
Mizzou Arena (5,463)
Columbia, MO
2008/11/17*
7:00 pm
Chattanooga W 103–75  2–0 (0–0)
Mizzou Arena (5,275)
Columbia, MO
2008/11/20*
12:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Xavier L 71–75  2–1 (0–0)
Coliseo de Puerto Rico (3,217)
San Juan, PR
2008/11/21*
10:00 am
vs. Fairfield W 87–59  3–1 (0–0)
Coliseo de Puerto Rico 
San Juan, PR
2008/11/23*
11:30 pm, ESPNU
vs. No. 19 USC W 83–72  4–1 (0–0)
Coliseo de Puerto Rico 
San Juan, PR
2008/11/30*
3:00 pm
Oral Roberts W 92–83  5–1 (0–0)
Mizzou Arena (5,229)
Columbia, MO
2008/12/2*
7:00 pm
Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 95–41  6–1 (0–0)
Mizzou Arena (5,502)
Columbia, MO
2008/12/7*
2:00 pm, ESPNU
California W 93–66  7–1 (0–0)
Mizzou Arena (8,310)
Columbia, MO
2008/12/13*
6:00 pm
Murray State W 75–64  8–1 (0–0)
Mizzou Arena (8,517)
Columbia, MO
2008/12/20*
6:00 pm
Stetson W 78–44  9–1 (0–0)
Mizzou Arena (7,409)
Columbia, MO
2008/12/23*
6:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 25/NR vs. Illinois
Braggin' Rights
L 59–75  9–2 (0–0)
Scottrade Center (19,586)
St. Louis, MO
2008/12/27*
3:00 pm
SIU Edwardsville W 107–57  10–2 (0–0)
Mizzou Arena (6,793)
Columbia, MO
2008/12/27*
3:00 pm
Centenary W 80–52  11–2 (0–0)
Mizzou Arena (6,755)
Columbia, MO
2009/1/3*
12:00 pm
at Georgia W 83–76  12–2 (0–0)
Stegeman Coliseum (8,060)
Athens, GA
2009/1/6*
8:00 pm
Coppin State W 88–55  13–2 (0–0)
Mizzou Arena (7,244)
Columbia, MO
2009/1/10
2:00 pm, ESPN2
at Nebraska L 56–51  13–3
(0–1)
Bob Devaney Sports Center (11,570)
Lincoln, NE
2009/1/14
8:00 pm
Colorado W 107–62  14–3
(1–1)
Mizzou Arena (9,171)
Columbia, MO
2009/1/17
12:30 pm
Iowa State W 77–46  15–3
(2–1)
Mizzou Arena (12,403)
Columbia, MO
2009/1/21
8:00 pm
at Oklahoma State W 97–95  16–3
(3–1)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (10,810)
Stillwater, OK
2009/1/24
12:30 pm
Texas Tech W 97–86  17–3
(4–1)
Mizzou Arena (13,357)
Columbia, MO
2009/1/28
8:00 pm, FSN
at Kansas State L 72–88  17–4
(4–2)
Bramlage Coliseum (9,665)
Manhattan, KS
2009/1/31
5:00 pm
Baylor W 89–72  18–4
(5–2)
Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
2009/2/4
8:30 pm, ESPN2
at No. 16 Texas W 69–65  19–4
(6–2)
Frank Erwin Center (13,095)
Austin, TX
2009/2/7
5:00 pm
at Iowa State W 82–68  20–4
(7–2)
Hilton Coliseum (11,919)
Ames, IA
2009/2/9
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 17/19 No. 16/16 Kansas
Border War
W 62–60  21–4
(8–2)
Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
2009/2/14
12:30 pm
No. 17/19 Nebraska W 70–47  22–4
(9–2)
Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
2009/2/21
12:30 pm
No. 11/10 at Colorado W 66–53  23–4
(10–2)
Coors Events Center (6,271)
Boulder, CO
2009/2/25
8:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 11/8 Kansas State W 94–74  24–4
(11–2)
Mizzou Arena (14,825)
Columbia, MO
2009/3/1
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 11/8 at No. 15/15 Kansas
Border War
L 65–90  24–5
(11–3)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2009/3/4
8:00 pm, Big 12 Network
No. 15/12 No. 4/5 Oklahoma W 73–64  25–5
(12–3)
Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
2009/3/7
1:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 15/12 at Texas A&M L 86–96  25–6
(12–4)
Reed Arena (13,007)
College Station, TX
Postseason
2009/03/11
8:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 14/15 vs. Texas Tech
Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament
W 81–60  26–6
(12–4)
Ford Center (16,786)
Oklahoma City, OK
2009/03/12
8:30 pm
No. 14/15 vs. Oklahoma State
Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament
W 67–59  27–6
(12–4)
Ford Center (15,009)
Oklahoma City, OK
2009/03/13
5:00 pm, ESPN
No. 14/15 vs. Baylor
Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament
W 73–60[7][8]  28–6
(12–4)
Ford Center (15,321)
Oklahoma City, OK
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
2009/03/20*
2:10 pm, CBS
No. 9 (#3 seed) vs. (#14 seed) Cornell
NCAA Tournament First Round
W 78–59  29–6
Taco Bell Arena (11,997)
Boise, Idaho
2009/03/22*
3:50 pm, CBS
No. 9 (#3 seed) vs. No. 23 (#6 seed) Marquette
NCAA Tournament Second Round
W 83–79  30–6
Taco Bell Arena (12,184)
Boise, Idaho
2009/03/27*
8:37 pm, CBS
No. 9 (#3 seed) vs. No. 3 (#2 seed) Memphis
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
W 102–91  31–6
University of Phoenix Stadium (20,201)
Glendale, AZ
2009/03/29
3:40 pm, CBS
No. 9 (#3 seed) vs. No. 5 (#1 seed) Connecticut
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
L 75–82  31–7
University of Phoenix Stadium (18,886)
Glendale, AZ
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP/Coaches' Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
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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