Missouri basketball takes No. 25 ranking to North Carolina State

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | 2:03 p.m. CST

Next game: Missouri (10-1, No. 25) vs. North Carolina State (9-2) at 7 p.m. CT Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.

Television: ESPN2

History: First meeting between the two programs since a NC State win on Dec. 28, 1995. Missouri hasn't faced a member of the ACC since a 2010 win over Clemson in the NCAA tournament. The TIgers haven't faced an ACC team in the regular season since a win over Maryland in 2007.

Ranking: Missouri remains No. 25 despite its loss to Illinois in the annual Braggin' Rights game in St. Louis. NC State is unranked.

Homecoming: Missouri's Earnest Ross played high school basketball for Panther Creek High School in Cary, N.C. where he averaged 21 points and six rebounds to win all-state honors as a senior.

Connection: Both schools have former coaches who have been pioneers in using basketball to help raise awareness and funding for cancer research. Missouri's Norm Stewart was one of the founders of Coaches vs. Cancer and former NC State coach Jim Valvano and ESPN formed the V Foundation for Cancer Research 20 years ago.

Scoring Stars: NC State is led by T.J. Warren, who leads the ACC with 23.9 points per game. Missouri's Jordan Clarkson has topped 20 points in six of his last seven games heading into the weekend. Clarkson has scored 20 or more points seven times this season.

ESPN-friendly: Missouri's last six games have been carried by an ESPN platform. The Tigers are 5-1 through that period.

Haith's record: Head coach Frank Haith is in his third season at Missouri and looks to lead the Tigers to their third consecutive 20-win season. Only Norm Stewart, Quin Snyder and Mike Anderson have three 20-win seasons at Missouri. Stewart leads the group with 17 20-win seasons.



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