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Men’s Basketball Takes on Vanderbilt Saturday

Connor Vanover

Missouri (8-13, 0-8 SEC) at Vanderbilt (5-15, 0-7 SEC)
Game Details Saturday, Feb. 3 • 2:30 p.m. • Nashville, Tenn. • Memorial Gymnasium
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The Missouri men’s basketball goes back on the road for another SEC contest, squaring off at Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff in Nashville is set for 2:30 p.m. on SEC Network.
• Missouri is 8-13 during the 2023-24 season with a 0-8 record in SEC action.
• The Tigers dropped their most recent game to Arkansas, 91-84, despite a 29-point effort from Tamar Bates.
• Sean East II and Bates lead the team in scoring with 16.0 and 13.8 points, respectively.
• East also leads the Tigers with 4.1 assists.
• Noah Carter (11.6) and Nick Honor (10.2) also score in double figures, while Carter leads active Mizzou players with 5.1 rebounds.
• Mizzou is averaging 74.1 points per game, while allowing 74.3 defensively.
• Vanderbilt is 5-15 during the 2023-24 campaign with a 0-7 record in SEC play.
• The Commodores are coming off an 81-54 loss to nationally-ranked Auburn on Wednesday.
• Ezra Manjon leads Vanderbilt with 14.6 points and 3.3 assists per game.
• Tyrin Lawrence (14.2) and Ven-Allen Lubin (10.1) also score in double figures.
• The Commodores average 66.3 points per game with a scoring defense of 72.6.
• In a series that dates back to 1958, Mizzou owns a 9-7 advantage against the Commodores.
• The home school has won 13-of-15 meetings between the two conference foes.
• Missouri has had the better of the Commodores as of late, winning five of the last six contests.
• Last season, four Tigers scored in double figures as MU earned an 85-82 home win in January.
• Graduate guard Sean East II can beat you in a number of ways.
• East currently leads the Tigers with 16.0 points and 4.1 assists per game.
• The point guard is aiming to be just the sixth player in MU history to average 15.0 points and 4.0 assists in a single season.
• East is one of just three players in the SEC to rank in the top 10 in both points and assists, placing eighth in points and fifth in assists.
• Junior Tamar Bates has increased his output the second half of the season.
• Bates has scored in double digits in each of the last 11 games – he had never gone more than two-straight with 10-plus points prior to the run.
• Over the 11-game stretch, Bates is tallying 19.8 points per game – an increase of nearly 13 points from the season’s first 10 contests.
• Bates was fifth on MU in scoring when his run started and is now second at 13.8 points.
• Shooting efficiency is the key to success for junior Tamar Bates in 2023-24.
• Bates owns career-best marks with a 54.7 field goal percentage, 45.1 3-point percentage and 95.1 free-throw percentage.
• In fact, Bates and Nebraska’s C.J. Wilcher are the only two players in the country shooting 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the free-throw line.
• Bates is also on target to become the first Tiger in school history to join the 50-40-90 club.
• Overall, guards Tamar Bates and Sean East II are a strong 1-2 punch for the Tigers this season.
• The duo has combined to score 34.2 points per game in SEC play – the second-highest total by a pair of Tigers since joining the conference and the highest since 2013-14.
• Tamar Bates and Sean East II also rank among the leaders in SEC games.
• The junior is fourth in conference games only with 20.1 points, fourth with a field goal clip of 56.0 and first with a free-throw mark of 97.0.
• East is also a leader in conference games, placing second in assists (5.0) and fourth in free-throw percentage (92.9).
• One stat MU could always rely on was winning the turnover battle but that tide has turned recently.
• In the first 53 games under Coach Gates, Mizzou committed fewer turnovers than its foe in 47-of-53 games (more five times and tying once).
• However, Mizzou has committed more turnovers in the last three games, being outscored 61-32 in points off turnovers (average of 20.3-10.7).
• In the first 18 games of the season, the Tigers allowed 12.0 points off turnovers.

This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics