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    Jan. 10, 2014

    By DeMario Phipps-Smith

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois hosts Evansville on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. The Salukis will put a 12-game home winning streak against the Purple Aces on the line. Head coach Barry Hinson met with the media after Friday morning's practice, and he announced that sophomore guard Marcus Fillyaw will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his left hand.

    Evansville (7-9, 0-3) at Southern Illinois (5-11, 1-2)
     Date Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
     Time 3:05 p.m. CT
     Location Carbondale, Ill. -SIU Arena
     Radio Saluki Sports Network
     TV None
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    The Last Meeting
    Southern Illinois65
    February 13, 2013
    Carbondale, Ill.
    Defense keys Men's Basketball win over Evansville, 65-56
    Southern Illinois used good old-fashioned man-to-man defense and timely 3-point shooting to beat Evansville, 65-56, on Wednesday night at SIU Arena.

    Coach Hinson Transcript

    Q: With Marcus Fillyaw out with injury, who do you think will replace his role as the point guard?

    "We have to do it by committee; this changes up our rotation. There's an old line that says `hope floats.' My grandmother and mother used to say my cup runneth over, well I don't mind telling you that my cup runneth over right now. We just got Marcus back to where he was playing really well for us. This is an opportunity for other guys to step up. Injuries are a thing you deal with in college basketball and every team goes through it. We are not immune to this, everybody has to do this and consequently this comes at bad time where he could miss the rest of the season. We just don't know--we don't think he will. Certainly, he will be out four to six weeks."

    Q: Who are some of the other guys who will need to step up?

    "I think, right now, for us, the guys we have been playing will need to play the point guard position and the guys we bring in to play will have to play the off-guard spot. I think right now that will help us. Certainly, somebody's minutes are getting ready to go up quite a bit."

    Q: Do you expect Tyler Smithpeters to be a part of that rotation?

    "Yeah, I think Tyler has got to be a part of that. There is not a lot of margin for error with whoever comes in--whether it be Tyler, whether it be Colby (Long), whether it be Michael (Balogun). Those guys are going to be on a short leash, but we can't have those guys bringing the ball down the court because the game is just a little too fast for them--the game's just a little too athletic. We want to take as much pressure off them as we can and put them off the ball where we can run them off some screens and let someone else handle it."

    Q: Do you still like Jalen Pendleton coming off the bench?

    "It's worked well for us. He's that spark. You have to have that guy that when he comes off the bench he makes you better and gives you that spark--we like it. He's accepted that role. He doesn't have a problem with it. I will say this guys, whoever practices the hardest will play and will start. I think that was evident at Loyola where we only played eight guys. Those were the eight guys that practiced hard in practice and gave us great effort. I'm not going to budge on that.

    Q: Was the win on Wednesday night good for you?

    "It was good for all of us. I got on the bus and had 28 texts. By the end of the night, I had about 40 or 50. I text everyone back saying that this was a much needed win for all of us. I don't mind telling you, selfishly, that I really needed that. I needed that personally, I needed that a lot."

    Q: What have you seen from Evansville on film?

    "I've not seen a lot of film on Evansville, I have only seen what I've been able to watch. I'll watch a lot more today. The thing with Evansville--that has and will always be--is that they are so efficient offensively. They do a great job with movement, whether you are in man or zone. We certainly have to pay attention to Balentine. He's the leading scorer in the league, he has the green light, he's playing with a lot of confidence and he knows he gets to shoot the ball. We certainly have to be cognizant of him.

    Q: Balentine is a better penetrator than Colt Ryan, is that fair to say?

    "I don't know if I want to say that because Colt was a bur in my saddle for a long time. I don't rile up any ghosts of Colt Ryan of the past and I certainly don't want to rile up Balentine. I do know that he's somebody that has to have our attention the entire game.

    Q: Do you think Desmar Jackson can be as effective scoring if he played more point guard?

    "I think Desmar Jackson--when he plays defense the way he did the other night--can be as effective as any player in this league. I think he single-handedly disrupted (Loyola's) entire offense. Everyone says `well, they shot 53 percent.' They shot 53 percent because their possessions were so limited because we forced them into 17 turnovers. We had nine steals that led us to an incredible amount of points. I wasn't as upset with the defensive field goal percentage because of what we did. When Desmar plays like that defensively he gives a chance.

    Q: Talk about the ways your team is improving in the zone defense?

    "It's our defense now. There are a lot of people out there who say the zone is a sign of weakness. It fits our personnel, that's what we are. We have fought it and I've fought it for quite some time. We will switch a little bit but not very much. It's zone defense for this year and for this team because of the personnel. The 2-3 zone is going to be our mainstay defense. I think the defense is getting better in it. We are working on it every day and we are improving in it. There are more teams in the league going to this defense. Illinois State is playing it in every game. I think we are getting to that point where we are going to start doing that.

    Q: Do you expect guys to play around that 35-minute mark like Wednesday?

    "I hope not. I don't want them to be around that mark. However, since we play zone it allows us to keep guys in the 30-minute mark because if we were playing man and pressure we wouldn't be able to do that."

    Q: What can you say about Beane's game after he had his first solid conference game?

    "We needed that. Obviously, he hadn't played well the three previous games. We need Anthony to play well. We also need him to go get some more assists, too. Our guards have got to give us more assists and hopefully we'll be able to improve with that."

    Q: Can you see Bola Olaniyan's minutes going up to help the rebounding?

    "I think Bola's minutes will go up when he decides he wants to be a player and play harder. Right now, he's not playing hard enough in practice for whatever reason. He's lost his motivation. Bola needs to practice harder. Anybody who doesn't play in the game right now, anybody that doesn't have a lot of minutes, it's because they're not practicing or playing hard."