Stetson (0-6) vs. Southern Illinois (1-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 26, 2:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Germain Arena (6,000) -- Estero, Florida. Television: None. Home Record: Stetson 0-0, SIU 1-1. Away Record: Stetson 0-5, SIU 0-2. Neutral Record: Stetson 0-1, SIU 0-1. Conference Record: Stetson 0-0, SIU 0-0. Series Record: Southern Illinois leads, 3-2.
GAME NOTES: The Stetson Hatters take the floor at Germain Arena this afternoon in hopes of putting an end to a six-game slide, as they match up against the Southern Illinois Salukis in the second round of the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase.
Stetson, which doesn't play a home game until the end of the month versus Davidson, has lost all six of its games coming out of the gate. The latest setback took place on Monday as the team bowed to Wagner in this tourney, 81-64.
The Salukis haven't had all that much more success in the early going, capturing just a single win in five opportunities. Southern Illinois has a 96-74 victory over Missouri S&T at home back on Nov. 21, but the team failed to maintain that level of success by falling to St. Bonaventure on Monday, 83-71.
In terms of the all-time series between the programs, SIU has a mark of 3-2, although the most recent matchup with the Hatters took place in 1988.
The teams will be back in action again on Wednesday and will face San Diego/UNC Greensboro, with matchups to be determined based on Tuesday's outcomes.
Stetson shot only 33.3 percent from the field in the first half against Wagner and 36.8 percent for the game as the Hatters took yet another pounding. Willie Green scored a team-best 15 points and Kentwan Smith accounted for 11 and six rebounds for a program that had almost as many boards at the offensive end of the floor (16) as it did on defense (17), but still they were beaten in that category overall, 44-33.
Green, the leading scorer in three straight outings for the Hatters, is producing 11.3 ppg at the moment, but that still has him trailing Aaron Graham who is just ahead with 11.5 ppg, even though the latter is shooting only 39.7 percent from the floor. As a team, Stetson is generating a mere 58.8 ppg, compared to 73.7 ppg for the opposition.
The Salukis trailed by double digits midway through the first half against St. Bonaventure and never recovered, even as the unit shot 54.8 percent from the floor and 21-of-27 at the free-throw line. The problem for SIU was allowing the Bonnies to knock down 10-of-21 shots beyond the arc and turning the ball over 18 times. Desmar Jackson tried to give the Salukis a fighting chance with his 25 points, hitting a perfect 11-of-11 at the charity stripe, followed by Jalen Pendleton and Anthony Beane with 13 points apiece.
Shooting an impressive 53.4 percent from the floor through the first five games of the campaign, Jackson paces the Salukis in scoring with 22.6 ppg and is also second on the glass with 5.6 rpg, but the fact that he has 16 turnovers and just seven assists means having the ball in his hands is not always the best option. Pendleton and Beane chip in with 13.2 and 11.2 ppg, respectively.
If nothing else, the Salukis showed that they can shoot the ball at a successful rate yesterday, even if the defense was a bit shaky. With that said, expect SIU to come out ahead in at least this game during the trip to Florida.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Southern Illinois 76, Stetson 59
11/26 10:33:09 ET