Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team will look to move to 13-2 overall and win their fourth game in a row when the Lions play host to Lincoln University this Saturday at 3 pm inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
Teams: (RV) Missouri Southern (12-2/6-1 MIAA) | Lincoln (2-13, 0-7 MIAA)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
Tip-Off: 3:00 pm
Location: Joplin, Mo.
Site: Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (3,240)
Series Record: Lions lead 21-9
Coaches:Robert Corn (400-301 overall/at MSSU). John Redmond (20-130, overall and at LU)
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The Series: The Lions lead the series between the two teams by a margin of 21-9. Southern is 11-4 at home against the Blue Tigers, while the Lions are 9-4 in Jefferson City. The Lions and Lincoln have split neutral site games, both at Pittsburg. The Lions and Blue Tigers have played in four overtime games in the series with the two teams splitting the games.The Lions have won 11 of the last 12 games against the Blue Tigers.
MIAA Team Ranks: The Lions lead the MIAA in scoring margin, field goal percentage, field goal defense, blocks, and offensive rebound percentage. Southern ranks second in scoring, and turnover margin, while ranking third in assists, three point defense, scoring defense, rebounding offense and offensive rebounds. The Lions rank fourth in defensive rebounds, rebounding margin and fifth in free-throw shooting.
MIAA Individual Ranks: Marquis Addison ranks 11th in the MIAA in scoring, whileJordan Talbert ranks 26th. Talbert ranks fifth in rebounding and second in offensive boards, while ranking fourth in blocks. Slim Magee leads the league in field goal percentage and is third in blocks, while Addison ranks third in free-throw percentage and eighth in steals. Randy Clark ranks fourth in assist to turnover ratio, while Lane Barlow ranks 11th in steals and eighth in assists.
National Ranks: The Lions, as a team, rank ninth nationally in scoring margin, and 21st in scoring. They rank 15th in both blocks and field goal percentage, while ranking 22nd in total blocks, 23rd in field goal defense, 24th in assists per game and 25th in win-loss percentage. Southern ranks 36th in total assists, while ranking 41st in free-throws made and 46th in rebound margin.
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 (5-0), out shoot opponents (10-0), make more three's (3-0), have more assists (9-0), get more bench points (7-0), and when the game is decided by 20 or more points (6-0). 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 1,347 points, moving in front of Russell Bland for 10th place all-time in scoring at Southern. He needs 32 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 400 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 36-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 Northwest Missouri on Wednesday, Jan. 22.