Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team will finish up its non-conference slate of games tomorrow evening when the Lions play host to Arkansas Tech University in a 7 pm tip off at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
Teams: Missouri Southern (7-1, 2-0 MIAA), Arkansas Tech (5-3, 1-1 GAC)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2013
Tip-Off: 7:00 pm
Location: Joplin, Mo.
Site: Leggett & Platt AThletic Center (3,240)
Series Record: MSSU leads 16-7
Coaches: Robert Corn (395-300 overall/at MSSU). Doug Karleskint (74-27, overall and at ATU)
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The Series: Southern is 16-7 overall against Arkansas Tech. The two teams hooked up nearly every year 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 West Texas A&M Classic in 2004, losing 78-63. The Lions are 14-2 at home, 2-4 in Russellville and 0-1 in neutral locations.
MIAA Team Ranks: The Lions lead the MIAA in scoring margin, turnover margin, blocks and offensive rebounds, while ranking second in scoring offense, field goal percentage, field goal defense and steals. Southern ranks third in assists, rebounding, and rebound margin, while ranking fourth in three-point defense and fifth in scoring defense, rebounds allowed, free-throw shooting and assist/turnover ratio.
MIAA Individual Ranks: Marquis Addison ranks seventh in scoring in the MIAA, while ranking third in steals, ninth in free-throw shooting and 11th in three-point shooting. Slim Magee leads the MIAA in field goal percentage and ranks third in blocks. Jordan Talbert ranks fifth in rebounding and fourth in blocks, while ranking second in offensive rebounds. The Lions have four players in the top 25 in the MIAA in scoring.
National Ranks: The Lions, as a team, rank 8th in total blocks in Division II. They also rank 11th in Blocks per game and scoring margin, while ranking 16th in scoring offense, 19th in field goal percentage, 25th in assists per game and 27th in total assists. Individually, Slim Magee ranks second in Division II in field goal percentage, while ranking 22nd in blocks, and 39th in blocks per game.
Season Highs: Austin Wright's seven made three pointers against Washburn is the most in a single-game this year. Slim Magee's seven blocks against Nebraska-Kearney was the most in a single-game, as well.
Passing 1,000: Marquis Addison became the newest member of the 1,000 point club at MSSU with 20 points against Central Missouri last season. He currently has 1,252 points, moving in front of Hiram Ocasio for 11th place all-time in scoring at Southern. He needs 20 points to pass Russell Bland for 10th all-time and is the fourth Lion in the past three seasons to pass 1,000, joining Jason Adams, Skyler Bowlin and Keane Thomann.
Corn Moves Up The Wins Ladder: Coach Robert Corn won his 380th career game against Central Bible and that moved him into fourth place on the MIAA career wins list, passing Truman's Boyd King (1946-71). He now has 395 wins and is second among active coaches (Bob Chipman).
Three Point Streak: The Lions failed to make a three-pointer at Arkansas Tech in their match-up in 2012-13. It was the first time in 403 games that Southern had failed to hit a three pointer, dating back to Jan. 20, 1999 against Missouri S&T. The Lions have had a three in 30-straight games since Arkansas Tech in 2012-13.
Points a Plenty: With the 101 points scored against Ottawa, it is the first time in the program's history the Lions have scored at least 100 points or more in three-straight games. The Lions have scored 100 or more in 65 games in the program's history, including six times in the 85-86 season.
Leggett & Platt Attendance: The Lions averaged 1,745 fans per game last season at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. That number ranked 15th nationally and is the third season in a row for Southern to rank in the top 20 nationally as the Lions were ranked 17th a season ago, averaging 1,923 fans per game. The Lions were ranked 18th nationally two seasons ago, averaging 1,801 fans per game.
He's on Fire: Austin Wright was perfect from the field against Washburn going 8-8. He was 7-7 from long-range, tying the school record for three-point percentage, but his seven made shots is the most-ever in a perfect performance.
preseason MIAA PicksThe Missouri Southern men's basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the coaches poll and ninth in the media poll in the 2013-14 Preseason MIAA Polls.
Up Next:The Lions will head to Emporia State this Saturday to take on the Hornets at White Auditorium at 3:30 pm.