The MissouriSouthern men's basketball team will play host to MIAA-leading NorthwestMissouri Wednesday night in what could be a very pivotal game for either teamin determining post-season standings. Tip off from the Leggett & PlattAthletic Center is slated for 7:30 pm.
Teams: MissouriSouthern (15-5/9-4 MIAA) Vs. (RV) Northwest Missouri (18-5, 13-1 MIAA) Date: Wednesday,Feb. 12, 2014 Tip-Off: 7:30pm Location:Joplin, Mo. Site:Leggett& Platt Athletic Center (3,240) Series Record: Northwestleads 27-18 Coaches: RobertCorn (403-304 overall/at MSSU). Ben McCollum (85-53, overall and at NWMO)
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TheSeries: Northwestleads the overall series 27-18, but Southern has won six of the last eightgames. Missouri Southern is 13-7 at home against Northwest Missouri, whilethe Lions are 5-16 in Maryville. Northwest has won all four of the neutral sitegames.While many of the games have been close, Northwest's biggest victory marginwas 27 points, in the 2006 MIAA Tournament. Southern's most-lopsided winwas a 93-67 decision on January 29, 2000.The last three games have been decidedby a basket or less.
MIAATeam Ranks: TheLions lead the MIAA in scoring, scoring margin, and blocks, while rankingsecond in rebounding margin and field goal percentage. Southern ranks third inrebounding, steals, offensive rebounds and scoring defense, while rankingfourth in free-throw shoting, field goal defense, assists, rebounding defenseand defensive rebounds. The Lions rank fifth in turnover margin and three pointdefense.
MIAAIndividual Ranks: MarquisAddison ranks 11th in the MIAA in scoring, while ranking third infree-throw shooting and seventh in steals. JordanTalbert ranks fifth in rebounding and third in blocks, while ranking thirdin offensive rebounds and 30th in scoring. SlimMagee leads the league in field goal percentage andranks fourth in blocks,while GregRenfroe is 18th in rebounds. LaneBarlow ranks eighth in assists, ninth in asst./turnover ratio, and 13th insteals, while AustinWright ranks sixth in three-point shooting.
NationalRanks: TheLions, as a team, 13th in scoring margin, 15th in field goal percentage, and16th in free-throws made. Southern ranks 21st in blocks per game, 24th inscoring, 28th in free-throw attempts and 30th in rebounding margin. The teamranks 35th in total blocks, 43rd in assist per game, 44th in win-losspercentage and 45th in free-throw percentage.
TheLions are perfect when: Missouri Southern is perfect this season when theLions have allowed 69 points or less (7-0), out shoot opponents (13-0), makemore three's (4-0), and when the game is decided by 20 or more points(8-0).
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 1,421 points, moving infront of Matt Olson for 8th place all-time in scoring at Southern. He needs 79points to pass Chris Tucker for 7th all-time and is the fourth Lion in the pastthree seasons to pass 1,000, joining Jason Adams, Skyler Bowlin and KeaneThomann.
Moving Up: Withhis first steal at SBU, Marquis Addison moved into rare company as one of onlyfour players to ever play at MSSU with 200 or more steals. He currently sits infourth place all-time in career steals with 203, 55 behind Hiram Ocasio forthird place.
Can'tMiss: Inthe Lions' game against Missouri Western on Jan. 25, Southern had one of itsbest shooting nights ever. The Lions shot 68 percent from the field, 73 percentfrom long-range and 73 percent from the free-throw line. The 68 percent fromthe field was just off the 69.5 percent school record and the 73 percent fromthe three-point line is just off the school record of 75 percent, consequentlyset against Missouri Western in 1991.
CornWins No. 400: CoachRobert Corn won his 400th career game on Jan. 15, 2014 in a 70-50 win at homeover Lindenwood He now has 403 wins and is second among active coaches (BobChipman).
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 42-straight games since Arkansas Tech in 2012-13.
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. The Lions have scored 100 or more in 66 games in the program's history,including six times in the 85-86 season and five times this season.
UpNext: TheLions will head to St. Joseph this weekend to take on Missouri Western. Tipoffagainst the Griffons is slated for 3:30 pm on Saturday.
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