Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team will play host to MIAA-leading Northwest Missouri Wednesday night in what could be a very pivotal game for either team in determining post-season standings. Tip off from the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is slated for 7:30 pm.
Teams: Missouri Southern (15-5/9-4 MIAA) Vs. (RV) Northwest Missouri (18-5, 13-1 MIAA)
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Tip-Off: 7:30 pm
Location: Joplin, Mo.
Site:Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (3,240)
Series Record: Northwest leads 27-18
Coaches: Robert Corn (403-304 overall/at MSSU). Ben McCollum (85-53, overall and at NWMO)
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The Series: Northwest leads the overall series 27-18, but Southern has won six of the last eight games. Missouri Southern is 13-7 at home against Northwest Missouri, while the Lions are 5-16 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.The last three games have been decided by a basket or less.
MIAA Team Ranks: The Lions lead the MIAA in scoring, scoring margin, and blocks, while ranking second in rebounding margin and field goal percentage. Southern ranks third in rebounding, steals, offensive rebounds and scoring defense, while ranking fourth in free-throw shoting, field goal defense, assists, rebounding defense and defensive rebounds. The Lions rank fifth in turnover margin and three point defense.
MIAA Individual Ranks: Marquis Addison ranks 11th in the MIAA in scoring, while ranking third in free-throw shooting and seventh in steals. Jordan Talbert ranks fifth in rebounding and third in blocks, while ranking third in offensive rebounds and 30th in scoring. Slim Magee leads the league in field goal percentage andranks fourth in blocks, while Greg Renfroe is 18th in rebounds. Lane Barlow ranks eighth in assists, ninth in asst./turnover ratio, and 13th in steals, while Austin Wright ranks sixth in three-point shooting.
National Ranks: The Lions, as a team, 13th in scoring margin, 15th in field goal percentage, and 16th in free-throws made. Southern ranks 21st in blocks per game, 24th in scoring, 28th in free-throw attempts and 30th in rebounding margin. The team ranks 35th in total blocks, 43rd in assist per game, 44th in win-loss percentage and 45th in free-throw percentage.
The Lions are perfect when: Missouri Southern is perfect this season when the Lions have allowed 69 points or less (7-0), out shoot opponents (13-0), make more three's (4-0), and when the game is decided by 20 or more points (8-0).
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 1,421 points, moving in front of Matt Olson for 8th place all-time in scoring at Southern. He needs 79 points to pass Chris Tucker for 7th all-time and is the fourth Lion in the past three seasons to pass 1,000, joining Jason Adams, Skyler Bowlin and Keane 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 203, 55 behind Hiram Ocasio for third place.
Can't Miss: In the Lions' game against Missouri Western on Jan. 25, Southern had one of its best shooting nights ever. The Lions shot 68 percent from the field, 73 percent from long-range and 73 percent from the free-throw line. The 68 percent from the field was just off the 69.5 percent school record and the 73 percent from the three-point line is just off the school record of 75 percent, consequently set against Missouri Western in 1991.
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 403 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 42-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 66 games in the program's history, including six times in the 85-86 season and five times this season.
Up Next: The Lions will head to St. Joseph this weekend to take on Missouri Western. Tipoff against the Griffons is slated for 3:30 pm on Saturday.