|No. 23 Missouri (25-9, 11-7 SEC) vs. Princeton (22-8, 10-4 Ivy League)|
|Game Details||Saturday, March 18 • 5:10 p.m. CT • Sacramento, Calif. • Golden 1 Center|
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|Game Notes||Missouri | Princeton|
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The Missouri men’s basketball team aims for a spot in the Sweet 16 when it faces Princeton on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff in the NCAA Tournament Second Round is set for 5:10 p.m. CT on TNT.
• After earning their first NCAA Tournament win in 13 years, the Tigers own a 25-9 overall record.
• Mizzou has won six of its last seven games with its only defeat coming to No. 1 Alabama.
• MU finished fourth in the SEC standings with an 11-7 conference record.
• All-SEC First Team honoree Kobe Brown leads Mizzou with 15.9 points and 6.3 rebounds.
• D’Moi Hodge (15.1) and DeAndre Gholston (10.7) also score in double figures for the Tigers.
• Hodge has anchored the Mizzou defense and is fourth nationally with 2.6 steals per game.
• Nick Honor leads MU with 3.0 assists per game.
• Mizzou ranks 25th in the country with a scoring offense of 79.4, while allowing 74.3 points.
• Princeton earned the automatic bid out of the Ivy League as the second-seeded Tigers defeated Penn and Yale in the Ivy Tournament.
• The Tigers, who are 22-8 overall, advanced to the second round after a 59-55 win against second-seeded Arizona on Thursday.
• Tosan Evbuomwan leads Princeton with 15.0 points and 4.8 assists per game.
• Ryan Langbord is second with 12.0 points, while Caeden Pierce has team-best 7.1 rebounds.
• Princeton averages 75.4 points per game, while allowing 68.1 on defense.
• The schools have met twice previously, both on neutral-site courts in early-season tournaments.
• Mizzou has won both meetings, earning an 83-71 win at the 1957 Big Seven Tournament in Kansas City and a 51-48 win at the 1999 NABC Classic in Syracuse.
MIZZOU VERSUS IVY LEAGUE
• MU has won all seven meetings with Ivy League foes, including once earlier this year.
• Mizzou claimed a win over Penn on Nov. 11, 92-85, as Noah Carter led MU with 28 points and six made 3-pointers.
• MU also owns one win in the NCAA Tournament with an Ivy League opponent, coming in 2009 when Missouri defeated Cornell, 78-59.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
• Mizzou is competing in its 29th NCAA Tournament.
• The Tigers improved to 23-28 all-time in the dance after Thursday’s win.
• Mizzou’s best finish is the Elite Eight on five occasions (1944, 1976, 1994, 2002 and 2009).
• MU’s No. 7 seed is its highest in 11 years (No. 2 in 2012) and just the fourth time in the last 29 seasons the Tigers are seeded higher than eighth.
NCAA FIRST ROUND RECAP
• Mizzou advanced to the second round after a 76-65 win against No. 10 seed Utah State Thursday.
• Kobe Brown and D’Moi Hodge keyed the win, scoring all 20 points during a late 20-7 run to secure the victory.
• The victory ended a six-game losing streak for the Tigers in the NCAA Tournament as it was Mizzou’s first win in 13 years (4,745 days).
• Kobe Brown and D’Moi Hodge have turned out to be quite the strong duo for the Tigers.
• Hodge led MU with 23 points on Thursday, while Brown chipped in 19 to go with eight boards.
• Brown went 7-for-8 from the field in the victory – the highest shooting percentage by a Tiger in an NCAA Tournament game in school history (87.5).
• Hodge’s five triples, meanwhile, are tied for fifth during a March Madness game for Mizzou.
• The duo combines to score 31.0 points per game – MU’s highest scoring duo since Jabari Brown (19.9) and Jordan Clarkson (17.5) in 2013-14.
• Mizzou now aims to continue its run and secure a Sweet 16 bid on Saturday.
• The Tigers have advanced to the Sweet 16 seven previous times in school history (1976, 1980, 1982, 1989, 1994, 2002 and 2009).
• Overall, Mizzou is 7-7 during the second round of the NCAA Tournament with its last win coming against Marquette in 2009, 83-79.
TOP MARKS IN 2022-23
• The Tigers are enjoying one of their best seasons in years during the 2022-23 campaign.
• With a 25-9 overall record, Missouri has its most wins in a season since totaling 30 in 2011-12.
• The Tigers also finished with an 11-7 SEC record – tied for their best ever since also winning 11 games in their inaugural SEC campaign (2012-13).
• It hasn’t come easy for MU as its six ranked wins are tied for the second-most in its history.
STAY HOT, D’MOI HODGE
• D’Moi Hodge has saved his best for last during his lone season at Mizzou.
• In the last six games, Hodge is averaging 20.8 points – shooting 55.7 percent from the field and 45.3 percent (24-53) from 3-point range – while adding 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 1.7 assists.
• The guard has eclipsed 20 points in four of the last five contests, one more than the amount of times with 20-plus points during the season’s first 29 games.
• Overall, Hodge is second on Mizzou this season with 15.1 points per game.