Southeast Missouri State (1-1) at IUPUI (0-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 16, 1 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Jungle (1,215) -- Indianapolis, Indiana. Television: None. Home Record: SEMO 1-0, IUPUI 0-1. Away Record: SEMO 0-1, IUPUI 0-1. Neutral Record: SEMO 0-0, IUPUI 0-0. Conference Record: SEMO 0-0, IUPUI 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAMES NOTES: The IUPUI Jaguars will once again attempt to get in the win column when they play host to the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks in a non- conference clash at the Jungle on Saturday afternoon.
The big news for SEMO entering this contest is that Tyler Stone and Nino Johnson will be back. The pair served two-game suspensions to begin the season. The Redhawks split their two games without Stone and Johnson. They traveled to take on Saint Louis in the opener and got hammered (87-64) but then rolled to a 118-56 rout of NAIA foe Central Baptist.
IUPUI wasn't missing any key contributors in either of their first two games but have no victories to show for it. The Jaguars opened the season on the road against Utah Valley and couldn't get past the Wolverines (74-66). The Jaguars were much closer in the second game at home against Evansville. Despite rallying from an 11-point deficit in the second half to take the advantage late in the period, the Jaguars succumbed in an 84-78 loss. IUPUI has now lost 18-straight games, including nine on its home floor. The Jaguars will dip out of Division I play next when they host Division II opponent IU Northwest.
On Saturday these teams will be meeting for the first time.
Getting back Stone and Johnson should definitely help the Redhawks on offense. Stone was the leading scorer for the team a year ago, averaging 15.5 points per game and he was also a preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference selection. Johnson was also a double-figure scorer a year ago, as well as the team's leading rebounder (11.1 ppg, 8.8 rpg). In their absence, Jarekious Bradley (21.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg) did all he could to keep the Jaguars competitive. Darrian Gray (14.5 ppg) and Antonius Cleveland (13.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg) have also been producing at an elevated level, but their production will lower along with their playing time now that Stone and Johnson are back.
IUPUI has been done in by a lack of success on the defensive end of the floor in its two losses. The Jaguars are letting up 79 points per game, while allowing the first two opponent to net a combined 47.1 percent of their shots from the floor. That has negated the brilliant start that Ian Chiles has had. Chiles is averaging 21 points per game and is coming off a 28-point outing against Evansville, when he nailed 11-of-21 shots from the field. That was nearly twice as many field goal attempts as Khufu Najee, who was second on the team with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting in the losing effort. Najee had only two points in the season opener. Donovan Gibbs (13.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg) has been a solid contributor in the frontcourt. He managed 18 points and nine rebounds against Evansville. In the loss to the Purple Aces, the Jaguars were missing Mitch Patton, who posted 26 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener. Patton was held out due to an ankle injury and is listed as questionable for Saturday's matchup.
With Patton's status still up in the air the Jaguars are in for a tough game, as Stone and Johnson will really add some bulk to the Redhawks' frontcourt.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Southeast Missouri State 73, IUPUI 68
11/16 10:42:37 ET