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TheSeries: Thisis only the second meeting ever between the two schools. Lindenwood took theonly other meeting in 2012-13, winning 95-65 in St. Charles.
MIAATeam Ranks: TheLions lead the MIAA in scoring margin, field goal percentage, field goaldefense, blocks, and offensive rebound percentage. Southern ranks second inscoring, and turnover margin, while ranking third in assists, three pointdefense, scoring defense, rebounding offense and offensive rebounds. The Lionsrank fourth in defensive rebounds, rebounding margin and fifth in free-throwshooting.
MIAAIndividual Ranks: MarquisAddison ranks 11th in the MIAA in scoring, while JordanTalbert ranks 26th. Talbert ranks fifth in rebounding and second inoffensive boards, while ranking fourth in blocks. SlimMagee leads the league in field goal percentage and is third in blocks,while Addison ranks third in free-throw percentage and eighth in steals. RandyClark ranks fourth in assist to turnover ratio, while LaneBarlow ranks 11th in steals and eighth in assists.
NationalRanks: TheLions, as a team, rank ninth nationally in scoring margin, and 21st in scoring.They rank 15th in both blocks and field goal percentage, while ranking 22nd intotal blocks, 23rd in field goal defense, 24th in assists per game and 25th inwin-loss percentage. Southern ranks 36th in total assists, while ranking 41stin free-throws made and 46th in rebound margin.
TheLions are perfect when: Missouri Southern is perfect this season when theLions have scored 90+ points (6-0), allowed 69 points or less (5-0), out shootopponents (10-0), make more three's (3-0), have more assists (9-0), get morebench points (7-0), and when the game is decided by 20 or more points (6-0).But would you believe the Lions are also perfect when the following happen:play on the road (7-0), have more turnovers (6-0), attempt (4-0) and make (7-0)fewer free throws, and have fewer steals (3-0) than theiropponents.
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 1,326 points, moving infront of Russell Bland for 10th place all-time in scoring at Southern. He needs53 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 399 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 35-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:AustinWright 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 play host to Lincoln on Saturday, Jan. 18.
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