The MissouriSouthern men's basketball team will start a two-game road trip tomorrow nightwhen the Lions travel to Edmond, Oklahoma to take on the Bronchos of CentralOklahoma. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 pm from Hamilton Fieldhouse.
Teams: MissouriSouthern (9-2/3-1 MIAA) | Central Oklahoma (9-3, 3-2 MIAA) Date: WednesdayJan. 8, 2014 Tip-Off: 7:30pm Location:Edmond, Okla. Site: HamiltonField House (3,000) Series Record: UCOleads 4-2 Coaches: RobertCorn (397-301 overall/at MSSU). Terry Evans (232-107, overall and at UCO)
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TheSeries: Thisis a short series between the Lions and the Bronchos as Central Oklahoma has a4-2 advantage in the all-time series. The Lions lost the first game of theseries at home on 11-23-73 to then Central State University as UCO wasknown. Southern then won a game against the Bronchos in the PittsburgState Tournament in 1991 and UCO has won three out of the last four. One ofthem being in a regional in 1993.Southern is 1-2 at home 0-2 on the road and1-0 in neurtral site games after taking the game on Monday night againstUCO.
MIAATeam Ranks: TheLions lead the MIAA in scoring margin, field goal defense, blocks, steals andoffensive rebound percentage. Southern ranks second in scoring, turnover marginand offensive rebounds, while ranking third in three point defense, reboundingand assists. The Lions rank fourth in scoring defense, field goal percentageand rebounding margin, while ranking fifth in free-throw shooting.
MIAAIndividual Ranks: MarquisAddison ranks ninth in the MIAA in scoring, while JordanTalbert ranks 23rd. Addison ranks fifth in free-throw shooting and sixthi nsteals, while SlimMagee is second in field goal percentage and third in blocks. Talbert ranksfifth in rebounding and fourth in blocks, while ranking second in offensiverebounds. LaneBarlow ranks seventh in assist to turnover ratio and ninth in assists,while Austin Wright ranks sixth in three point shooting.
NationalRanks: TheLions, as a team, rank tenth nationally in scoring margin, while ranking 13thin blocks per game and 18th in total blocks. Southern ranks 19th in field goaldefense, while ranking 26th in scoring, 31st in field goal percentage and 38thin turnover margin. Individually, Barlow ranks 55th in assist/turnover ratio,while Slim Magee ranks 38th and 46th in blocks per game and total blocks.Jordan Talbert ranks 53rd and 55th in the same two categories.
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 1,298 points, moving infront of Russell Bland for 10th place all-time in scoring at Southern. He needs81 points to pass Terry Shumphert for 9th all-time and is the fourth Lion inthe past three seasons to pass 1,000, joining Jason Adams, Skyler Bowlin andKeane Thomann.
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 397 wins and issecond among active coaches (Bob Chipman).
Three Point Streak: TheLions failed to make a three-pointer at Arkansas Tech in their match-up in2012-13. It was the first time in 403 games that Southern had failed to hit athree pointer, dating back to Jan. 20, 1999 against Missouri S&T. The Lionshave had a three in 33-straight games since Arkansas 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:The Lions will travel to Northeastern State this weekend for a 3:30 pm matchupwith the RiverHawks.
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