Joplin, Mo. -- The 22nd ranked Missouri Southern men's basketball team will head north on Wednesday for an important matchup with Northwest Missouri State that will determine first-place in the MIAA. Tip off from Bearcat Arena in Maryville is slated for 7:30 pm.
Teams: (22) Missouri Southern (13-2/7-1 MIAA) | (RV) Northwest Missouri (13-5, 8-1 MIAA)
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
Tip-Off: 7:30 pm
Location: Maryville, Mo.
Site: Bearcat Arena (2,500)
Series Record: NWMO leads series 26-18
Coaches: Robert Corn (401-301 overall/at MSSU). Ben McCollum (78-53, overall and at NWMO)
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The Series: Northwest leads the overall series 26-18, but Southern has won six of the last eight games. Missouri Southern is 13-7 at home against Northwest Missouri, while the Lions are 5-15 in Maryville. Northwest has won all four of the neutral site games.While many of the games have been close, Northwest's biggest victory margin was 27 points, in the 2006 MIAA Tournament. Southern's most-lopsided win was a 93-67 decision on January 29, 2000.
MIAA Team Ranks: The Lions lead the MIAA in scoring margin, scoring defense, field goal defense, blocks, and offensive rebound percentage. Southern is second in turnover margin, steals and field goal percentage, while ranking third in rebounding, rebounding margin, assists and offensive rebounds, while ranking fourth in defensive rebounds, scoring offense and free-throw shooting and fifth in rebounding defense.
MIAA Individual Ranks: Marquis Addison ranks 11th in the MIAA in scoring, while Cameron Cornelius ranks 27th. Addison ranks fourth in free-throw shooting and seventh in steals, while Slim Magee leads the MIAA in field goal percentage, while ranking fourth in blocks and 12th in rebounding. Jordan Talbert ranks third in blocks and fifth in rebounding, while Lane Barlow ranks eighth in assists and 12th in assist to turnover ratio. Randy Clark ranks eighth in assist to turnover ratio.
National Ranks: The Lions, as a team, rank eighth nationally in scoring margin and 12th in blocks per game. The Lions rank 16th in total blocks, while ranking 20th in both field goal defense and win-loss percentage. They rank 22nd in free-throws made and 24th in field goal percentage, while ranking 35th in scoring offense, 36th in asssists and 37th in free-throws attempted. Southern also ranks 48th in both free-throw percentage and scoring defense.
The Lions are perfect when: Missouri Southern is perfect this season when the Lions have scored 90+ points (6-0), allowed 69 points or less (7-0), out shoot opponents (12-0), make more three's (3-0), have more assists (11-0), get more bench points (7-0), and when the game is decided by 20 or more points (7-0). 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 their opponents.
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 1,360 points, moving in front of Russell Bland for 10th place all-time in scoring at Southern. He needs 20 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 Wins No. 400: Coach Robert Corn won his 400th career game on Jan. 15, 2014 in a 70-50 win at home over Lindenwood He now has 401 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 76-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 play host to Missouri Western this Saturday at 3 pm inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.