Tigers Host Coastal Carolina Wednesday Night

The Missouri men’s basketball team continues its early-season homestand with a contest against Coastal Carolina. First tip at Mizzou Arena is set for 6 p.m. on SEC Network+.

PROMOTIONS
• The MO Highsteppers are set to perform at halftime of Wednesday’s game.

ABOUT THE TIGERS
• Missouri is 5-0 to open the 2022-23 campaign after posting an 83-62 win over Mississippi Valley State on Sunday night.
• Graduate student D’Moi Hodge and senior Isiaih Mosley led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points apiece versus the Delta Devils.
• Hodge now leads MU with 17.0 points and 2.8 steals per game in 2022-23.
• Overall, four Tigers are averaging in double figures with Noah Carter (12.6) ranking second on the team.
• Kobe Brown adds 12.4 points with a MU-best 6.2 rebounds, while Nick Honors averages 10.8 points and team-leading 4.0 assists.
• The Tigers lead the SEC with 91.8 points per game, while allowing 74.2.

ABOUT THE CHANTICLEERS
• Coastal Carolina owns a 2-1 record through three games – defeating St. Mary’s (Md.) and Methodist before falling to USC Upstate.
• Jomaru Brown leads four Chanticleers in double figures with 21.7 points per game.
• Essam Mostafa is second with 16.3 points, while leading the team with 13.3 rebounds per game.
• Henry Abraham has team-best 8.3 assists.
• Through three games, Coastal Carolina averages 95.0 points, while allowing 56.3.

SERIES HISTORY
• The Tigers and Chanticleers have played two times previously with Mizzou winning both contests in Columbia.
• The schools last met in 2001 with Kareem Rush scoring 21 points in a 15-point victory.

TIGERS VERSUS SUN BELT
• Missouri is 8-1 all-time against schools in the Sun Belt Conference, including a 5-0 mark at home.
• The Tigers have won their seven meetings versus conference foes with its last matchup coming in 2018 – a 65-45 win over UT Arlington.
• Mizzou’s only loss to a Sun Belt team was in the 1986 NCAA Tournament, falling, 66-64, to UAB.

STARTING 5-0
• The Tigers have started the season with five-straight wins – just the second time in the last nine campaigns Mizzou began the year 5-0.
• With a win on Wednesday, MU will match its best start in nearly a decade as only the 2020-21 team also began 6-0 in the last nine years.

HODGE NAMED SEC POTW
• Graduate student D’Moi Hodge has enjoyed a strong start to his Mizzou career and was honored on Monday as SEC Player of the Week.
• Hodge led MU to a 2-0 week, averaging 24.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game.
• He scored 30 points in the win over SIUE – the most by a Tiger this season – before adding 18 points and a career-best six steals versus MVSU.
• Hodge leads Mizzou with 17.0 points and 2.8 steals per game through five games.

1,000-POINT MILESTONE
• Graduate student Nick Honor leads a group of six Tigers that could join the 1,000-point club.
• Honor is seven points shy of reaching the mark, having scored 993 points during his career.
• The point guard could see five teammates also score their 1,000th point this year as Noah Carter (939), Tre Gomillion (905), Kobe Brown (858), DeAndre Gholston (857) and D’Moi Hodge (838) are all within 200 points of the mark.

DOMINANT ON BOTH ENDS
• The Tigers have controlled the game on both ends of the court as of late.
• Missouri has shot at least 50 percent in each of its last three games – MU’s longest run since a four-game stretch from Dec. 5 to Dec. 19, 2017.
• The Tigers have also held their opponent under 40 percent shooting in the last three games – the team’s longest streak since a five-game run from Dec. 3 to Dec. 30, 2019.
• Collectively, it marks the first time MU has made both 50 percent of its field goals and held its foe less than 40 percent in three-straight games since a six-game stretch during the 1991-92 campaign.

TWO TOP-RANKED OFFENSES
• Wednesday’s game will feature two of the top-ranked offenses in the country.
• Coastal Carolina currently places sixth nationally by scoring 95.0 points per game, while Mizzou is eighth in the country with 91.8 points per game.

DEFENSIVE DISRUPTION
• One way the Tigers will look to counter the Chanticleers’ offense is by forcing turnovers.
• The Tigers currently rank second nationally with 13.0 steals per game, while placing 12th in the country by forcing 20.8 turnovers per game.
• In its most-recent contest, Mizzou forced MVSU into 23 turnovers – 16 by steals. It was the most steals in a game for Missouri since collecting 18 against North Florida in 2010.

This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics