Southeast Missouri State (9-9) at Tennessee Tech (10-9)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 18, 8 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Eblen Center (9,280) -- Cookeville, Tennessee.
Television: None. Home Record: SEMO 4-2, TTU 7-1. Away Record: SEMO 2-7, TTU
3-6. Neutral Record: SEMO 3-0, TTU 0-2. Conference Record: SEMO 1-4, TTU 3-1.
Series Record: Tennessee Tech leads, 31-14.
GAME NOTES: The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles will attempt to keep lifting
themselves above .500 when they take on the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
in an Ohio Valley Conference clash at the Eblen Center.
SEMO has been headed in the wrong direction of late, with losses in five of
the last six games, including four of five in conference. The Redhawks, who
fell to Morehead State in an 80-67 final on Thursday, are an even 9-9 overall,
but just 3-6 on the road. They return home to take on SIU-Edwardsville next.
Tennessee Tech has won three of its last four games to climb to 10-9 overall.
The Golden Eagles are also 3-1 in conference play and 7-1 at home. Up next for
Mike Sutton's squad is a two-game road trip to face Murray State and Austin
A year ago, SEMO won the only meeting between the two teams with a 74-62
triumph at the Show Me Center. Tennessee Tech had won three straight prior to
that setback, and leads the all-time series by a 31-14 margin.
The Redhawks were outscored 26-11 from the free-throw line and came out on the
short end of a 38-31 deficit in rebounds in Thursday night's loss. SEMO was
paced by a game-high 28 points from Jarekious Bradley, while Tyler Stone
turned in 15 points on 6-of-15 from the field off the bench.
Although it has not led to a big win total, the Redhawks are one of the most
potent scoring teams in the conference. They net 83 ppg and shoot 49 percent
from the field, ranking first and second in the league, respectively. Each of
those marks is also among the top-20 in the country. Bradley (22.1 pg, 7.3
rpg) and Stone (17.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg) head up the offensive production as the top
scoring duo in the conference, with each among the top-five teams in the
league in scoring. Lucas Nutt (7.3 ppg, 5.7 apg) holds the keys on offense,
ranking third in the conference in assists.
Dennis Ogbe hit 7-of-9 from the floor and scored 16 points to help Tennessee
Tech, which converted 49 percent of its total shots, to hold off SIU-
Edwardsville, 64-63. Paced by Ogbe, the Golden Eagles outscored the Cougars
38-22 in the paint.
The Golden Eagles are not as potent an offensive unit as the Redhawks. They
are netting a modest 72.8 ppg and shooting 45.2 percent from the floor. On
defense, they hold teams to 69.2 ppg and 44.7 percent from the field. Ogbe
(10.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg) is the top scoring threat on a team that favors a balanced
attack rather than big individual performances. Ty Allen (9.7 ppg), Dwan
Caldwell (9.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg) and Jeremiah Samarrippas (9.1 ppg, 3.8 apg) are
all important contributors to the cause. Samarrippas netted 11 points as the
only other player in double figures last time out, although he hit just 3-
of-10 from the field.
Even an up-tempo offensive game plan and a top scoring duo has not been enough
for the Redhawks this season. As always, Stone and Bradley will give SEMO a
chance, but the Golden Eagles' balance will win out.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tennessee Tech 73, SE Missouri State 68
01/18 10:22:30 ET
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