The MissouriSouthern men's basketball team will finish up its non-conference slate of gamestomorrow evening when the Lions play host to Arkansas Tech University in a 7 pmtip off at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
Teams: MissouriSouthern (7-1, 2-0 MIAA), Arkansas Tech (5-3, 1-1 GAC) Date:Saturday, Dec. 17, 2013 Tip-Off: 7:00pm Location:Joplin, Mo. Site:Leggett & Platt AThletic Center (3,240) Series Record: MSSUleads 16-7 Coaches: RobertCorn (395-300 overall/at MSSU). Doug Karleskint (74-27, overall and at ATU)
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TheSeries: Southernis 16-7 overall against Arkansas Tech. The two teams hooked up nearly everyyear in the early to mid 70's and then became a regular opponent in the Lions'Thanksgiving tournament from 1991-97. Southern last played ATU at the WestTexas A&M Classic in 2004, losing 78-63. The Lions are 14-2 at home, 2-4 inRussellville and 0-1 in neutral locations.
MIAATeam Ranks: TheLions lead the MIAA in scoring margin, turnover margin, blocks and offensiverebounds, while ranking second in scoring offense, field goal percentage, fieldgoal defense and steals. Southern ranks third in assists, rebounding, andrebound margin, while ranking fourth in three-point defense and fifth in scoringdefense, rebounds allowed, free-throw shooting and assist/turnover ratio.
MIAAIndividual Ranks: MarquisAddison ranks seventh in scoring in the MIAA, while ranking third insteals, ninth in free-throw shooting and 11th in three-point shooting. SlimMagee leads the MIAA in field goal percentage and ranks third in blocks. JordanTalbert ranks fifth in rebounding and fourth in blocks, while rankingsecond in offensive rebounds. The Lions have four players in the top 25 in theMIAA in scoring.
National Ranks:The Lions, as a team, rank 8th in total blocks in Division II. They also rank11th in Blocks per game and scoring margin, while ranking 16th in scoringoffense, 19th in field goal percentage, 25th in assists per game and 27th intotal assists. Individually, Slim Magee ranks second in Division II in fieldgoal percentage, while ranking 22nd in blocks, and 39th in blocks pergame.
Season Highs: AustinWright's seven made three pointers against Washburn is the most in asingle-game this year. Slim Magee's seven blocks against Nebraska-Kearney wasthe most in a single-game, as well.
Passing 1,000: MarquisAddison became the newest member of the 1,000 point club at MSSU with 20 pointsagainst Central Missouri last season. He currently has 1,252 points, moving infront of Hiram Ocasio for 11th place all-time in scoring at Southern. He needs20 points to pass Russell Bland for 10th all-time and is the fourth Lion in thepast three seasons to pass 1,000, joining Jason Adams, Skyler Bowlin and KeaneThomann.
Corn Moves Up The WinsLadder: 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 (1946-71). He now has 395 wins and issecond among active coaches (Bob Chipman).
Three PointStreak: The Lions failed to make a three-pointer atArkansas Tech in their match-up in 2012-13. It was the first time in 403 gamesthat Southern had failed to hit a three pointer, dating back to Jan. 20, 1999against Missouri S&T. The Lions have had a three in 30-straight games sinceArkansas Tech in 2012-13.
Points a 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. The Lions have scored 100 or more in 65 games in the program's history,including six times in the 85-86 season.
Leggett & PlattAttendance: The Lions averaged 1,745 fans per game lastseason at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. That number ranked 15thnationally and is the third season in a row for Southern to rank in the top 20nationally as the Lions were ranked 17th a season ago, averaging 1,923 fans pergame. The Lions were ranked 18th nationally two seasons ago, averaging 1,801fans per game.
He's on Fire:Austin Wright was perfect from the field against Washburn going 8-8. He was 7-7from long-range, tying the school record for three-point percentage, but hisseven made shots is the most-ever in a perfect performance. preseason MIAA PicksThe Missouri Southern men's basketball team was picked tofinish sixth in the coaches poll and ninth in the media poll in the 2013-14Preseason MIAA Polls.
Up Next:TheLions will head to Emporia State this Saturday to take on the Hornets at WhiteAuditorium at 3:30 pm.
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