Jan. 2, 2009
Southern Illinois (5-8, 0-2) hosts Drake (10-4, 1-1) at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Good seats still available. Call 1-877-SALUKIS (877-725-8547) or buy at the door.
Bryan Mullins Ties Assist Record
With 465 career assists, G Bryan Mullins (6-1, 185, Sr.) needs just one more to break Wayne Abrams' record, which has stood since 1979. Abrams ranks 14th in MVC history in career assists.
Mullins 23rd in Nation in Assists
Through games of Dec. 29, Mullins ranks 19th in the nation in assists with 6.1 apg. Brock Young of East Carolina is first at 7.9 apg. Mullins tied the school single-game record for assists with 13 against UMass on Nov. 12. He leads the MVC in assist-turnover ratio (3.2-1).
SIU 21st in Nation in 3-Point Shooting
The Salukis have had no trouble adjusting to the new 3-point line. In fact, the team ranks 21st in the nation in 3-point percentage out of 343 teams, shooting at a 39.6 percent clip. Last year, SIU made 34.0 percent from behind the arc.
Series Versus Drake
The Salukis lead the all-time series, 50-20. They have won 12-straight meetings at SIU Arena. The last time the Bulldogs won in Carbondale was on Feb. 17, 1996.
The Salukis have either won or lost by large margins. In their five wins, they've won by an average of 11.7 points. In their eight losses, they've lost by an average of 13.0 points. Of SIU's 13 games, only one was decided by less than seven points.
Kevin Dillard Heating Up
G Kevin Dillard (6-0, 160, Fr.) has made 14-of-25 (.560) 3-pointers in the last five games. He is third in the MVC in 3-point shooting (.520) and is SIU's second-leading scorer at 11.2 ppg.
Bench Scoring Much Improved
SIU is averaging 22.6 ppg from its bench this season, compared to 13.5 ppg last season. The Salukis have used an 11-man rotation compared to seven or eight players last year.