Mizzou Hosts Mississippi State Tuesday Night

Missouri men’s basketball hosts Mississippi State in a key late-season SEC matchup on Tuesday night. With just four regular-season games remaining, first tip at Mizzou Arena is slated for 6 p.m. on SEC Network.

• Mizzou owns a 19-8 record during the 2023-24 season with a 7-7 mark in SEC play.
• The Tigers have dropped their last two games, coming off a 69-60 setback to Texas A&M.
• Senior Kobe Brown scored 24 points Saturday versus the Aggies and leads Missouri with 16.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
• D’Moi Hodge (13.7) and DeAndre Gholston (10.4) follow Brown’s lead and also score in double figures for the Tigers.
• Sean East II leads MU with 2.8 assists per game.
• Mizzou ranks 23rd in the country with a scoring offense of 80.3, while allowing 75.5 points.

• Mississippi State owns an 18-9 record with a 6-8 mark in SEC play.
• The Bulldogs have won six of their last seven games and are coming off a 69-61 overtime victory at rival Ole Miss.
• Tolu Smith is the lone Bulldog scoring in double figures, leading Mississippi State with 14.9 points and 8.3 rebounds.
• Deshawn Davis has a team-best 3.4 assists.
• Mississippi State averages 65.9 points with a scoring defense of 59.3.

• Mississippi State owns a 13-5 advantage in 18 meetings between the two schools.
• The Bulldogs have won the last seven games in the series and 12 of the last 13 overall.
• Mississippi State earned a 63-52 home victory on Feb. 4 to extend their winning streak over MU.
• The Tigers last win in the series was an 89-85 victory at Mizzou Arena in 2018.

TOP MARKS IN 2022-23
• The Tigers are enjoying one of their best seasons in years during the 2022-23 campaign.
• With a 19-8 overall record and with at least five games left, Missouri already has its most wins in a season since totaling 20 in 2017-18.
• It hasn’t come easy for the Tigers as the team’s five ranked wins are its most in the last 11 years.
• MU finished the non-conference campaign 12-1 – its best mark since also going 12-1 in 2013-14.
• Finally, the Tigers’ 14 wins at Mizzou Arena are tied for the 15th-most home wins this season and MU’s most since going 16-3 in 2013-14.

• Senior Kobe Brown is putting together one of the best seasons in years by a Tiger.
• Brown’s 16.4 points are the most by a Mizzou player since Jabari Brown had 19.9 in 2013-14.
• His 18.0 points in SEC play are the second most in MU history (Jabari Brown had 20.7 in 2013-14).
• Brown’s nine 20-point games are the most by a Tiger since Kassius Robertson had 11 in 2017-18.

• Senior Kobe Brown ranks among the best in the SEC this season in several categories.
• Brown is third in the league in scoring (16.4), 12th in rebounds (6.0), second in field goal percentage (56.9), eighth in free throw percentage (78.4) and 15th in steals (1.46).

• Efficiency has been a large key to success for Kobe Brown his senior season.
• The senior leads Mizzou by shooting 56.9 percent from the field, 47.7 percent from 3-point range and 78.4 percent from the free-throw line.
• Brown is 26th nationally with an effective field goal clip of 64.5 and 15th with a true-shooting percentage of 67.2 – both first in the SEC. He is also second in the conference and 42nd in the country in overall field goal percentage (56.9).
• His effective field goal percentage is the highest by an SEC player since Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford in 2018-19 (66.0), while his true shooting mark is the best in the league since Kentucky’s Nick Richards in 2019-20 (67.4)

• The 2022 Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, D’Moi Hodge is replicating his success at MU.
• Through 27 contests, Hodge is first in the SEC and seventh nationally with 2.52 steals per game. He matched his career high with six swipes Saturday versus Texas A&M.
• In fact, Hodge is just eight steals shy of the MU record of 76, set by Lynn Hardy in 1986-87.
• Additionally, Hodge is currently seventh among active Division I players with a career mark of 2.15 steals per game.

• Overall, the Tigers have been one of the nation’s top teams at forcing turnovers this season.
• MU ranks second in the country with 10.5 steals and eighth with 17.5 turnovers forced per game.
• Mizzou posted at least 14 steals in six-straight games from Nov. 15 to Dec. 4 – its longest run of at least 12 swipes in school history.


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