Southeast Missouri State (14-13) at Jacksonville State (15-10)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 20, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pete Mathews Coliseum (5,300) -- Jacksonville, Alabama.
Television: None. Home Record: SEMO 9-4, JSU 8-3. Away Record: SEMO 4-7, JSU
5-7. Neutral Record: SEMO 1-2, JSU 2-0. Conference Record: SEMO 6-7, JSU 7-7.
Series Record: JSU leads, 12-5.
GAMES NOTES: The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks will put their three-game
winning streak on the line against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in Ohio
Valley Conference action at Pete Mathews Coliseum Wednesday night.
With a 96-74 rout of Tennessee Martin on Saturday, the Redhawks have posted
three straight wins for the first time since winning four straight at the end
of December. The Redhawks are hovering right around .500 both in terms of
their overall record (14-13) and their mark against conference foes (6-7). On
the road SEMO has a 4-7 record but up next the Redhawks play their final home
game of the regular season against Ball State in non-league action.
Jacksonville State is headed in the opposite direction with losses in its last
three contests. The Gamecocks' most recent setback was an 80-67 defeat to
Eastern Kentucky. The Gamecocks have been superior in terms of overall record
at 15-10 but they have just a half game lead on the Redhawks in the league
standings (7-7). At home the Gamecocks have an 8-3 record but they play their
final two contests of the season on the road beginning against UNC Asheville.
These teams have been trading wins and losses over the last six meetings with
Jacksonville State earning a 69-59 decision when they last met last February.
The Gamecocks own a 12-5 all-time series record.
Marland Smith (22 points), Nick Niemczyk (21 points) and Lucas Nutt (20
points) all hit the 20-point plateau and SEMO shot 56.4 percent from the field
to top Tennessee-Martin on Saturday. The Redhawks also blocked nine shots and
held the Skyhawks to 37 percent shooting.
SEMO is one of the better offensive teams in the conference this season. The
Redhawks are ranked third in the league in points (72.6ppg) and field-goal
percentage (.462) while sitting in fourth in assists (14.6 pg). The Redhawks
are at the top of the conference in rebounds (37.2 pg). However defensive
efforts have been less stellar, as the Redhawks are allowing 70.6 points per
game to foes. Tyler Stone (15.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg) and Nino Johnson (10.8 ppg, 8.7
rpg, 2.6 bpg) are a solid frontcourt duo that score and rebound well while
Johnson is second in the league in blocks. Corey Wilford (14.2 ppg) is the top
scoring option in the backcourt, while Nutt (6.1 ppg, 4.7 apg) leads the
league in assists.
Though they did manage a 25-11 edge in points off turnovers the Gamecocks
allowed the Colonels to shoot 53.4 percent from the field and knock down nine
3-pointers on Saturday. Tarvin Gaines put in 21 points in the contest in which
the Gamecocks were outrebounded by a 32-25 margin.
Jacksonville State isn't as productive an offensive team as SEMO. The
Gamecocks are putting in 65.9 points per game which has them ranked in the
bottom quarter of teams in the OVC. The Gamecocks are also one of the worst
rebounding teams in the conference as they bring in just 28.4 points per game
which is also among the bottom 10 squads nationally. Three different players
are scoring in double figures for Jacksonville State, although outside of that
trio none is putting in more than 5.5 points per game. Gaines (15.9 ppg, 5.0
rpg) is the leading option, while Brian Williams (13.2 ppg, 4.3 apg) scores
while leading the offense. Ronnie Boggs (11.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg) shoots 47.2
percent from the field as the third-best scorer.
This contest could have a lot to say about seeding once the OVC Tournament
comes around. The Redhawks have more balance in the front and backcourts but
playing at home, Jacksonville State's more guard-heavy lineup may be at an
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Jacksonville State 66, SE Missouri State 63
02/20 11:02:06 ET