Southeast Missouri State (9-9) at Tennessee Tech (10-9)
The Sports Network
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 Peay.
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