Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team will start a two-game road trip tomorrow night when the Lions travel to Edmond, Oklahoma to take on the Bronchos of Central Oklahoma. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 pm from Hamilton Fieldhouse.
Teams: Missouri Southern (9-2/3-1 MIAA) | Central Oklahoma (9-3, 3-2 MIAA)
Date: Wednesday Jan. 8, 2014
Tip-Off: 7:30 pm
Location: Edmond, Okla.
Site: Hamilton Field House (3,000)
Series Record: UCO leads 4-2
Coaches: Robert Corn (397-301 overall/at MSSU). Terry Evans (232-107, overall and at UCO)
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The Series: This is a short series between the Lions and the Bronchos as Central Oklahoma has a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series. The Lions lost the first game of the series at home on 11-23-73 to then Central State University as UCO was known. Southern then won a game against the Bronchos in the Pittsburg State Tournament in 1991 and UCO has won three out of the last four. One of them being in a regional in 1993.Southern is 1-2 at home 0-2 on the road and 1-0 in neurtral site games after taking the game on Monday night against UCO.
MIAA Team Ranks: The Lions lead the MIAA in scoring margin, field goal defense, blocks, steals and offensive rebound percentage. Southern ranks second in scoring, turnover margin and offensive rebounds, while ranking third in three point defense, rebounding and assists. The Lions rank fourth in scoring defense, field goal percentage and rebounding margin, while ranking fifth in free-throw shooting.
MIAA Individual Ranks: Marquis Addison ranks ninth in the MIAA in scoring, while Jordan Talbert ranks 23rd. Addison ranks fifth in free-throw shooting and sixthi n steals, while Slim Magee is second in field goal percentage and third in blocks. Talbert ranks fifth in rebounding and fourth in blocks, while ranking second in offensive rebounds. Lane Barlow ranks seventh in assist to turnover ratio and ninth in assists, while Austin Wright ranks sixth in three point shooting.
National Ranks: The Lions, as a team, rank tenth nationally in scoring margin, while ranking 13th in blocks per game and 18th in total blocks. Southern ranks 19th in field goal defense, while ranking 26th in scoring, 31st in field goal percentage and 38th in 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: 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 1,298 points, moving in front of Russell Bland for 10th place all-time in scoring at Southern. He needs 81 points to pass Terry Shumphert for 9th 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 397 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 33-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 travel to Northeastern State this weekend for a 3:30 pm matchup with the RiverHawks.