Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team rounds down the regular season as the Lions will travel to Lindenwood University on Thursday for the second-to-last game of the regular season. Tip off from St. Charles is slated for 7:30 pm from Hyland Arena.
Teams: Missouri Southern (18-5/12-4 MIAA) @ Lindenwood (11-17, 6-12 MIAA)
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2014
Tip-Off: 7:30 pm
Location: St. Charles, Mo.
Site: Hyland Arena (3,000)
Series Record: Series tied 1-1
Coaches: Robert Corn (407-304 overall/at MSSU). Brad Soderberg (321-191, overall, 110-45 at LWU)
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The Series: This is only the third meeting ever between the two schools. The two teams have split the previous two meetings with Lindenwood winning in St. Charles in 2013 and the Lions returning the favor this year in the first game at Joplin.
MIAA Team Ranks: The Lions lead the MIAA in scoring, scoring margin, rebounding margin, rebounding offense, field goal percentage, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds and offensive rebound percentage. Southern ranks second in three point percentage, while ranking third in steals, rebounding defense and scoring defense. The team ranks fourth in free-throw shooting, field goal defense and assists, while ranking fifth in turnover margin.
MIAA Individual Ranks: Marquis Addison ranks 8th in the MIAA in scoring, while ranking 12th in field goal percentage, sixth in free-throw shooting and fourth in steals. Jordan Talbert is fourth in rebounding and blocks and 29th in scoring, while ranking fourth in offensive rebounds. Slim Magee leads the league in field goal percentage, while ranking 11th in rebounding and third in blocks. Lane Barlow ranks ninth in assists, 12th in steals and 13th in assist/turnover ratio, while Austin Wright ranks third in three point shooting and ninth in three's per game.
National Ranks: The Lions, as a team, rank sixth in field goal percentage, ninth in scoring margin, and 12th in both scoring offense and free-throws made. They rank 16th in blocks per game, 21st in free-throw attempts and 23rd in three point percentage. Southern ranks 24th in total blocks and rebound margin, while ranking 33rd in win-loss percentage and 37th in assists per game.
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 1,520 points, tying him with Chris Tucker for 7th all-time and he is three behind Keane Thomann for sixth all-time. He is the fourth Lion in the past three seasons to pass 1,000, joining Jason Adams, Skyler Bowlin and Thomann.
Moving Up: With his first steal at SBU, Marquis Addison moved into rare company as one of only four players to ever play at MSSU with 200 or more steals. He currently sits in fourth place all-time in career steals with 217, 41 behind Hiram Ocasio for third place.
Nearing 1,000: Jordan Talbert comes into the Lindenwood game with 986 career points, needing 14 to hit the 1,000 point mark.
Career Numbers: Both Jordan Talbert and Marquis Addison are climbing the career lists in MSSU Basketball history. Addison sits at No. 7 in the career scoring list, No. 2 in career free-throw percentage and No. 4 in steals. Talbert ranks second in career blocks, and third in career rebounds. His 61 blocks last season are No. 1 on the all-time list, while Slim Magee's .649 field goal percentage is on target to break that mark this season.
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 407 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 46-straight games since Arkansas Tech in 2012-13.
Three Point Galore: Southern hit 15 three pointers against Southwest Baptist, tying a school record. The team shot 71.4 percent from beyond the arc, just missing the record for three-point field goal percentage in a game.
Big Time Scoring: The Lions have scored 90 points in 11 games this season and have had ten different games where they have won by 20 or more points.
Up Next: The Lions finish out the regular season with a road trip to Jefferson City to take on Lincoln University.