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Southeast Missouri State (12-11) at SIU Edwardsville (8-15)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 6, 8 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Vadalabene Center (4,200) -- Edwardsville, Illinois. Television: None. Home Record: SEMO 6-3, SIUE 7-3. Away Record: SEMO 3-8, SIUE 1-10. Neutral Record: SEMO 3-0, SIUE 0-2. Conference Record: SEMO 3-6, SIUE 4-5. Series Record: Southeast Missouri State leads, 15-5.

GAME NOTES: The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks will continue a three-game road trip when they go up against the SIU Edwardsville Cougars in an Ohio Valley Conference bout at the Vadalabene Center on Thursday night.

A 3-pointer from Eastern Kentucky's Glenn Cosey sank SEMO's chances in the first stop on the road trip. The Redhawks have lost two of their last three games, but still remain above .500 overall (12-11), although their league record leaves something to be desired (3-6). They will wrap up their stint on the road against Eastern Illinois this Saturday.

It was that same Eastern Illinois team that SIUE lost to last Saturday in a 76-70 decision. The setback came after a stretch where the Cougars won four of five games. They remain far below .500 overall (8-15), but they have shown some fight in conference action (4-5). They will take on Tennessee-Martin this Saturday.

SEMO narrowly edged out SIUE in the initial encounter this season, escaping with an 82-78 victory. The win was the sixth in the last seven meetings for the Redhawks, who lead the all-time series, 15-5.

Against Eastern Kentucky, SEMO trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half and then led by as many as 11 in the second. However, the Redhawks could not hold on for the victory, as they turned the ball over 16 times and were doubled up in points from beyond the arc (24-12).

If there is one thing that SEMO has done well this season it is put points on the board. The Redhawks lead the OVC in scoring (82.7 ppg), ranking among the top-15 nationally as well. They are also a top-20 team in both assists (16.2 apg) and field goal percentage (.493). Jarekious Bradley (@0.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and Tyler Stone (18.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg) head up the explosive offensive attack as the top scoring duo in the conference. Bradley poured in 32 points against Eastern Kentucky and Stone added 15. Lucas Nutt (8 ppg, 5.7 apg) doesn't lend much scoring support, but he is tied for second in the OVC in assists.

Kris Davis scored 17 points and Keaton Jackson added 16 off the bench in SIUE's loss to Eastern Illinois. The Cougars connected on 45.6 percent of their shots from the floor, but narrow deficits in points in the paint (19-16) and off turnovers (15-12) added up in the end.

SIUE is not scoring at nearly the same rate as the Redhawks, ranking eighth in the OVC in that department (72 ppg), although it has connected on a respectable 46.4 percent from the field. However, the Cougars don't put forth enough pressure defensively, allowing 75.5 ppg on 49.4 percent shooting. Donivine Stewart (11.6 ppg, 4.1 apg) is the only double-digit scorer on the roster, which features a much more balanced spread of the offensive load. Maurice Wiltz (8.8 ppg) and Keaton Jackson (8.8 ppg) are the next best options, and two of eight players putting in at least six ppg.

The Cougars nearly knocked off the Redhawks last time they met. Now that SIUE is back home, it should be able to earn some amount of revenge.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: SIU Edwardsville 76, SE Missouri State 71

02/06 10:20:41 ET

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