Indiana State (10-5) at Southern Illinois (7-8)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 8:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: SIU Arena (8,339) -- Carbondale, Illinois. Television:
None. Home Record: Indiana State 5-1, Southern Illinois 3-1. Away Record:
Indiana State 3-3, Southern Illinois 3-6. Neutral Record: Indiana State 2-1,
Southern Illinois 1-1. Conference Record: Indiana State 3-1, Southern Illinois
0-4. Series Record: Southern Illinois leads, 77-43.
GAMES NOTES: The Southern Illinois Salukis will attempt to put an end to a
losing streak on Saturday night when the Indiana State Sycamores come to SIU
Arena for a Missouri Valley Conference matchup.
In recent weeks Indiana State has been playing some of its best basketball of
the season with wins in four of its last five contests. Three of those wins
came during MVC action. The Sycamores are now 10-5 overall with a 3-3 mark on
the road. Indiana State will be back at home on Wednesday against Missouri
State for the first of two contests at the Hulman Center.
After an 82-76 loss to No. 23 Wichita State on Wednesday, Southern Illinois
has now lost five straight games and six of its last seven. The recent losing
streak has dropped the Salukis below .500 (7-8) after the team began the
season with wins in six of its first eight. Southern Illinois has also fallen
in all four of its conference games during the stretch of setbacks.
The Sycamores have won five of the last six meetings between these programs
including a 66-51 victory during the MVC tournament last season. Even with
Indiana State's recent success, Southern Illinois has still dominated the all-
time series, 77-43.
In their win over Bradley on Wednesday, the Sycamores shot an even 50.0
percent from the field and had a 22-8 edge from the free-throw line. Indiana
State limited the Braves to just 31.8 percent shooting which helped it
overcome 14 turnovers.
The 68 points Indiana State scored against Bradley was identical to the
team's scoring average this season which ranks just seventh in the conference.
The Sycamores are also in the bottom half of the league in field goal
percentage (.427, ninth) and assists (10.5 pg, 10th). The Sycamores have made
up for the less than stellar offensive numbers with some strong defensive
showings. Overall Indiana State is letting up 65.8 points per game, while
holding teams to just 40.2 percent shooting. Jake Odum (14.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.2
apg) has been producing across the board as the team's leader in scoring,
assists and steals. Manny Arop (12.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg) is tied for the team lead
in rebounds and the only other player averaging in double figures.
In their third straight game without starting forward Dantiel Daniels, the
Salukis failed to keep up with Wichita State. The Salukis shot 47.5 percent
from the field in the game but allowed the Shockers to hit 51.9 percent of
their shots, while being outscored 20-14 from the free-throw line. The Salukis
also had 11 shots blocks and were outrebounded 37-28.
Daniels (10.8 ppg) was one of four players averaging in double figures for
the Salukis this season before he injured his right ankle in the beginning of
the month. Losing a reliable scoring option was not exactly stellar news for a
Southern Illinois team that has not exactly lit it up offensively this season,
scoring 67.3 points per game. Southern Illinois does shoot the ball relatively
well however, ranking third in field goal percentage (.458). Desmar Jackson
(15.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Jeff Early (13.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg) are the two top scoring
options for the Salukis, while Anthony Beane Jr. (10.1 ppg) has also managed
to score with some frequency.
With Daniels still out Southern Illinois is weak along the frontline. While
Indiana State won't be able to totally take advantage with its lack of
production from up front, the Sycamores should have enough to earn a road win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Indiana State 69, Southern Illinois 67
01/12 10:32:03 ET
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