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Men’s Basketball Meets Pittsburgh in ACC/SEC Challenge

Sean East II

Missouri (5-2, 0-0 SEC) at Pittsburgh (5-1, 0-0 ACC)
Game Details Tuesday, Nov. 28 • 6:30 p.m. CT • Pittsburgh, Pa. • Petersen Events Center
Television ESPNU
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Game Notes Missouri | Pittsburgh
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The Missouri men’s basketball team is back on the road, facing off against Pittsburgh in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge. Tipoff on Tuesday night is set for 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU.

• Mizzou has won its last two games to improve to 5-2 on the season, coming off a 78-70 win over Loyola Maryland on Saturday.
• Sean East II leads the Tigers with 15.4 points per game and 18 total assists.
• Two additional Tigers average in double figures with Noah Carter and Nick Honor both scoring 13.0 points per game.
• Carter also leads Mizzou with 6.4 rebounds.
• The Tigers are averaging 75.1 points per game, while allowing 67.0 points.

• Pittsburgh owns a 5-1 record through six games, coming off a 76-51 win over Oregon State Friday.
• Blake Hinson leads the team with 19.2 points.
• Ishmael Leggett chips in 15.7 points to go with a team-best 8.0 boards, while Carlton Carrington adds 15.2 points and leads Pitt with 6.2 assists.
• The Panthers are scoring 88.2 points through six contests, while allowing 63.2.

• The schools are meeting for the first time in series history.

• Missouri owns a 13-20 all-time record against schools from the ACC with 19 of the 33 meetings coming on a neutral court.
• The Tigers are 2-5 in road games at ACC schools – earning a win at NC State in 2013 in its last trip.
• Mizzou has lost its last three games versus the league – falling twice to Florida State (2018 and 2021) and once to NC State (2015).

• The Tigers and Panthers are meeting on the first day of the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.
• In previous challenge series, the Tigers own a 6-4 record – going 3-3 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge (2013-22) and 3-1 in the Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series (2007-10).
• The home team won 9-of-10 challenge games featuring Mizzou with the Tigers’ win in 2010 at Oregon the only victory for the road team.

• Missouri is hoping to maintain its recent success on the road this week.
• After already earning a win at Minnesota, MU is aiming for its second true-road non-conference win in a season for the first time since 2003-04.
• After winning its final two road games last season (Georgia and LSU), the Tigers are also aiming for their first four-game road winning streak since a five-game run during the 1999-00 campaign.

• The Tigers put the pressure on opponents in two ways on the defensive end this year.
• Mizzou currently ranks fourth nationally with 7.1 blocks per game, while also placing 44th with 9.3 steals per game.
• In its last two wins, MU set a school record with 12 blocks on Wednesday, while collecting a season-best 14 steals on Saturday.
• The Tigers are one of six schools in the nation to rank in the top 50 nationally in blocks and steals – joining Arizona, Cleveland State, Syracuse, TCU and Virginia.

• Graduate guard Sean East II is making it a habit to score 20 points late in his college career.
• The team’s leader with 15.4 points per game, East has led the team in scoring in 4-of-7 games – three times eclipsing 20 points in a contest.
• In fact, East’s three games with 20-plus points this season is one more than in his 90 career games prior to the season.
• East is the only the second Tiger in the last 10 years to score at least 20 points in three of the season’s first seven games.

• Graduate Nick Honor has started the season strong from deep.
• Honor leads Mizzou with 21 made 3-pointers, making 50.0 percent from beyond the arc.
• The guard ranks 12th nationally with his 3-point clip of 50.0 and 36th with 3.00 makes per game.
• Overall, Honor is second on the team with 13.3 points per game.

• Anthony Robinson II continues to make a strong first impression as a rookie.
• Robinson leads Mizzou with 12 steals, ranks second with 16 assists and adds 6.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and four total blocks.
• The freshman has scored in double figures in each of the last two games – the first MU rookie to do so since Kobe Brown in 2019-20.
• In addition, his 16 assists are the most by a MU freshman in his first seven games since Terrence Phillips had 24 in 2015-16.

• Graduate forward Noah Carter does a little bit of everything for the Tigers this season.
• Carter places in the top three of six stats for Mizzou, highlighted by ranking second in points (13.0) and first in rebounds (6.4).

This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics