The MissouriSouthern men's basketball team will open up MIAA play tomorrow night when theLions play host to visiting Nebraska-Kearney. Tip off from the Leggett &Platt Athletic Center is slated for 7:30 pm.
Date: Thursday, Dec. 5,2013 Tip-Off: 7:30pm Location:Joplin, Mo. Site:Leggett & Platt AThletic Center (3,240) Series Record: UNKleads 18-9 Coaches: RobertCorn (393-300 overall/at MSSU). Tom Kroop (451-224, overall and at UNK)
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TheSeries:Nebraska-Kearney leads the all-time series 18-9 between the two schools, butthe teams had not played against each other since the 1988-89 season until theLopers came to Joplin last year for MIAA action. Southern is 7-7 at homeand 2-11 on the road and UNK has won the last six games in a row in theseries.
MIAATeam Ranks: TheLions lead the MIAA in turnover margin, while ranking second in steals, blocks,scoring margin and offensive rebounds. They rank third in field goalpercentage, while ranking fourth in scoring offense and scoring defense, aswell as rebounds and assists.
MIAAIndividual Ranks: MarquisAddison ranks ninth in scoring in the MIAA, while ranking seventh infree-throw shooting and second in steals. JordanTalbert is fifth in the league in rebounding, while ranking third inassists and second in offensive rebounds. SlimMagee ranks second in field goal shooting, while LaneBarlow ranks fifth in steals.
National Ranks: TheLions, as a team, rank 21st in Division II in both scoring margin and blocks,while ranking 27th in blocks per game. Individually, Jordan Talbert ranks 27thin total blocks, while ranking 33rd in blocks per game.
SeasonHighs: Southernhas four of the MIAA team highs this season in field goals made (43 vs. Avila),FG percentage (.652 vs. Avila), assists (30 vs. Avila) and blocks (30 vs.Avila). Individually, Jordan Talbert's six blocked shots against Ottawa is themost in a game this year in the MIAA.
Passing1,000: MarquisAddison became the newest member of the 1,000 point club at MSSU with 20 pointsagainst Central Missouri last season. He currently has 1,218 points, moving infront of Hiram Ocasio for 11th place all-time in scoring at Southern. He is thefourth Lion in the past three seasons to pass 1,000, joining Jason Adams,Skyler Bowlin and Keane Thomann.
CornMoves Up Wins Ladder: Coach Robert Corn won his 380th career gameagainst Central Bible and that moved him into fourth place on the MIAA careerwins list, passing Truman's Boyd King (46-71). He now has 393 wins and issecond among active coaches (Bob Chipman).
Pointsa Plenty: Withthe 101 points scored against Ottawa, it is the first time in the program'shistory the Lions have scored at least 100 points or more in three-straightgames. Southern has had back-to-back 100+ point games multiple times and had astretch of four of six games in the 1985-86 season, but the Lions have neverhad three-straight games with 100+ points until today.
UpNext: TheLions will play host Washburn at 3 pm this Saturday, December 7.
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