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Men’s Basketball Faces Arkansas Saturday

Mabor Majak

Missouri (8-18, 0-13 SEC) at Arkansas (13-13, 4-9 SEC)
Game Details Saturday, Feb. 24 • 11 a.m. • Fayetteville, Ark. • Bud Walton Arena
Television ESPN2
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Game Notes Missouri | Arkansas
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The Missouri men’s basketball team makes the short trip to face Southeastern Conference rival Arkansas on Saturday. Tipoff at Bud Walton Arena is set for 11 a.m. on ESPN2.

• Missouri is 8-18 during the 2023-24 season with a 0-13 record in SEC action.
• Nationally-ranked Tennessee rallied past Mizzou on Tuesday with the No. 5 Volunteers earning a 72-67 win.
• Graduates Sean East II and Noah Carter each eclipsed 20 points in Tuesday’s game with East scoring 24 and Carter chipping in 20.
• Overall, East leads the team with 16.4 points and 4.3 assists per game in 2023-24.
• Junior Tamar Bates is second with 13.7 points, followed by Carter with 11.8 and Nick Honor with 10.7 as four Tigers score in double figures.
• Carter also leads all active Mizzou players with 5.1 rebounds per game.
• The Tigers are averaging 72.0 points and allowing 74.4 points per game.

• Arkansas owns a 13-13 record this season, going 4-9 against SEC foes.
• The Razorbacks posted a 78-71 win at Texas A&M on Tuesday, ending a two-game losing streak.
• Tramon Mark leads the team with 17.2 points, while Khalif Battle is second with 10.6.
• Davonte Davis has a team-best 2.0 assists, while Trevon Brazile leads Arkansas with 6.5 boards.
• The Razorbacks owns a scoring offense of 75.2 points with a scoring defense of 77.8.

• In a series that dates back to the 1950-51 season, Arkansas holds a 34-27 advantage over Mizzou.
• The Razorbacks also own an 19-10 edge in Fayetteville, winning eight of the last nine at home over the Tigers.
• Arkansas posted a 91-84 in Columbia earlier in the season with Tamar Bates leading Mizzou with 29 points and five steals.
• The Tigers’ last win in the series was a 79-76 win last season at Mizzou Arena, ending a five-game losing streak to Arkansas.

• Two Tigers rank among the most improved in the SEC this season.
• Sean East II has increased his scoring by 9.1 points this season – the most in the SEC – while Tamar Bates is third by increasing his average by 7.6 points.
• Additionally, East’s 9.1-point improvement is the largest by a Tiger since Matt Lawrence increased his average by 9.7 from 2005-06 (1.5) to 2006-07 (11.2).

• Graduate guard Sean East II can beat you in a number of ways and not just with his scoring.
• East currently leads the Tigers with 16.4 points and 4.3 assists per game.
• East is aiming to be the sixth player in MU history to average 15.0 points and 4.0 assists in a season.
• East is one of four players in the SEC to rank in the top 10 in both points and assists, placing eighth in points and fourth in assists.

• Graduate Nick Honor has led the charge for the Tigers from beyond the 3-point arc this season, making 60 triples with his 39.5 percent clip.
• Honor has made multiple triples in each of the last 10 games, the second-longest streak by a Tiger in SEC play – topped only by Kassius Robertson (12 in 2017-18).
• In addition, Honor is the first Tiger with at least 50 triples in back-to-back seasons since Jabari Brown did so in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
• Overall, Honor ranks seventh in the SEC and 146th nationally with 2.31 triples per game, while placing fourth on Mizzou with 10.7 points.

• Missouri has four players it can count on to consistently put up points this season.
• Four Tigers are currently scoring in double figures with Sean East II leading the way with 16.4 and followed by Tamar Bates (13.7), Noah Carter (11.8) and Nick Honor (10.7).
• Mizzou has not finished a season with four players averaging in double figures since five did so during the 2012-13 campaign.
• Overall, 11 different Tigers have scored at least 10 points in a game this season – most by MU since the 2017-18 team also had 11.

• While the Tigers have four consistent double-digit scorers, Mizzou has struggled to find options behind the team’s leaders.
• With injuries mounting, the four players have combined to score 78.9 percent of the team’s points during SEC play.
• The next highest average by the Tigers versus conference foes is Aidan Shaw at 3.2 points.
• Overall, in its 13 SEC games, only four times has a bench player reached double-digit scoring for Mizzou.

This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics