Missouri Basketball plays its final home game for the 2012 calendar year as the Tigers battle South Carolina State on Monday, Dec. 17. Monday will also mark the debut of sophomore guard Jabari Brown, a mid-year transfer from Oregon a season ago.
The leader of the team is Laurence Bowers who is just 10 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point plateau for his career. Bowers will become the 44th Tiger all-time with 1,000 points and the third player in that great 2008-09 freshman class to top the 1,000-point mark, joining former teammates Marcus Denmon (1,775 points) and Kim English (1,570 points).
In his last three games, Bowers is averaging 22.3 points on 61 percent shooting from the floor (27-of-44) and 75 percent shooting from three-point range (6-of-8). He has also averaged 8.0 rebounds and recorded his third double-double in the last six games with 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Tennessee State.
With Mizzou’s new found size this season, the Tigers continues to dominate on the glass. The Tigers are No. 3 nationally in rebounding at 45.9 per game and are No. 5 with a +13.2 rebounding margin. The Tigers already have nine double-doubles this season, equaling the team total for the entire 2011-12 season.