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Men’s Basketball Hosts Mississippi State Saturday Night

Anthony Robinson II

Missouri (8-14, 0-9 SEC) vs. Texas A&M (13-8, 4-4 SEC)
Game Details Saturday, Feb. 10 • 7:30 p.m. • Columbia, Mo. • Mizzou Arena | Gameday Info
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The Missouri Tigers men’s basketball team is set to host Mississippi State on Saturday night, welcoming the Bulldogs to Mizzou Arena for a 7:30 p.m. first tip on SEC Network.
• Saturday is Mizzou’s annual Gold Rush contest with all fans encouraged to wear gold.
• Alumni Weekend is set for Saturday, highlighted by honoring the 1994 (30th anniversary) and 2009 (15th anniversary) Elite Eight teams, including a special appearance from former Mizzou coach Mike Anderson.
• The Tigers are also celebrating Mardi Gras on Saturday with a free Mizzou-themed Mardi Gras poster, while the first 3,000 fans will receive a Truman Mardi Gras bobblehead.
• The Tigers are recognizing a pair of teams this weekend in the 1994 and 2009 squads.
• In 1994, MU posted a perfect 14-0 record in Big Eight play – becoming the league’s first undefeated champion in 23 years. Mizzou then earned NCAA Tournament wins over Navy, Wisconsin and Syracuse en route to the Elite Eight.
• The 2009 team won a school-record 31 games and earned the program’s first Big 12 Tournament title. The Tigers added victories over Cornell, Marquette and Memphis to advance to their fifth and most recent Elite Eight.
• Missouri is 8-15 during the 2023-24 season with a 0-10 record in SEC action.
• The Tigers dropped their most recent game to Texas A&M on Wednesday, 79-60, with Tamar Bates leading the way with 20 points.
• Bates is now averaging 14.2 points per game.
• The team’s leader in points and assists, Sean East II, missed Wednesday’s game with an injury. He is averaging 15.6 points and 4.1 assists.
• Overall, four Tigers score in double figures with Noah Carter (12.0) and Nick Honor (10.7) following East and Bates’ lead.
• Carter also leads all active Mizzou players with 5.1 rebounds per game.
• The Tigers are scoring 72.9 points per game, while allowing 74.3.
• Mississippi State enters the weekend with a 15-8 overall record and a 4-6 mark in SEC play.
• The Bulldogs are coming off 75-62 win over Georgia on Wednesday.
• MSU is 0-6 in road games this season, including an 0-5 mark during SEC play.
• Tolu Smith III leads the Bulldogs with 17.1 points and 8.0 rebounds in 11 games this season.
• Josh Hubbard is second with 14.8 points, while Dashawn Davis has a team-leading 3.2 assists.
• Mississippi State averages 74.2 points per game with a scoring defense of 68.1.
• Mississippi State owns a 13-6 advantage in 19 meetings between the two schools.
• Missouri won the most recent contest between the SEC foes – claiming a 66-64 overtime win last season. Nick Honor knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds remaining to lead MU to the victory.
• The Tigers victory ended a seven-game winning streak in the series for the Bulldogs.
• Junior Tamar Bates has been especially strong since conference play started.
• Bates leads MU with 19.8 points in 10 SEC games – the second-highest average by a Tiger in league play since joining the conference in 2012.
• Overall, Bates ranks fifth in SEC games only in scoring (19.8), third in field goal percentage (54.7) and first in free-throw percentage (97.4).
• It’s always been a near automatic when Tamar Bates heads to the free-throw line and it’s never been more true than now.
• Bates has made his last 37 attempts from the charity stripe, dating back to Jan. 6.
• His run is just two shy of the school record – Jason Sutherland currently holds the MU mark of 39, set in 1995-96.
• The deep looks have not gone in for the Tigers as of late, leading to their 0-10 conference start.
• In the last 13 games, Mizzou has made just 29.0 percent of its 3-point shots – a decrease of seven percent from the first 11 games.
• While MU has struggled as a team from the 3-point line, the Tigers still feature a strong collective of shooters from beyond the arc.
• Sean East II leads the Tigers with a 46.6 percent clip, followed by Tamar Bates (44.1) and Nick Honor (40.0).
• In fact, it marks the first time in program history the Tigers feature three players shooting at least 40 percent from three-point range in a single season (minimum 1.0 makes per game).

This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics