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    Jan. 20, 2012

    WICHITA, Kan. - Southern Illinois (6-13, 3-5) will look to snap a two-game losing skid when it plays at league-leading Wichita State (16-3, 7-1) at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday. The game will not be televised locally.

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    Dantiel Daniels chases freshman blocked shots record
    F Dantiel Daniels (6-6, 225, Fr.) leads the MVC in blocked shots at 1.8 bpg and currently ranks third in school history in blocked shots by a freshman. He has 28 and trails only Tony Harvey (70 in 1989) and Randal Falker (30 in 2005). Daniels is also a threat to score, posting a career-high 22 points against No. 14-ranked Xavier on Dec. 25. In the last 12 games, he has made 39-of-61 (.639) shots from the field.

    Offense picks up in conference play
    The Saluki offense is putting up much improved numbers in their eight conference games.
    Non-Conf. Conf.
    Win-Loss 3-8 3-5
    Scoring 62.3 71.2
    FG Percentage .376 .465
    3FG Percentage .256 .320
    Two guards have emerged as double-figure scorers in conference games -- Kendal Brown-Surles (11.0 ppg) and T.J. Lindsay (10.5 ppg).

    Eleven different starting lineups
    So far this year, head coach Chris Lowery has used 11-different starting lineups in 18 games. Eleven-different players have made starts, and the only player to start every game has been Mamadou Seck. The current lineup of Seck, Dantiel Daniels, Kendal Brown-Surles, T.J. Lindsay and Jeff Early have started three-straight games.

    Salukis rank 39th in nation in steals
    The Salukis lead the league and rank 39th in the nation out of 344 schools with 8.37 steals per game. Against Missouri State on Jan. 10, SIU had 14 steals, marking the seventh time this season the team has reached double figures in a game -- the most since the 2005-06 team had eight double-digit steals games. It's a team effort for Southern, which has no player among the top five in steals in the MVC rankings. Jeff Early is 10th (1.3 spg).

    Mamadou Seck is Go-To guy
    The undisputed go-to guy on Southern's roster is F Mamadou Seck (6-7, 220, Sr.), who leads the team in scoring (13.3 ppg), rebounding (8.3 rpg) and assists (2.9 apg). The Senegal native has six double-doubles on the season, giving him 13 in his 51-game career at Southern. He has led the team in rebounding in 16 of 19 games and leads the MVC with 3.2 orpg.

    Series vs. Wichita State
    The Salukis hold a 47-36 advantage in the all-time series. They have won 20 of the last 27 meetings between the schools, including a win at Wichita last year. snapping a three-game losing streak to the Shockers.

    Double-figure scoring guards
    Last season, the Salukis did not have a guard average double figures in scoring. That had not happened at SIU since the 1980-81 season, when center Rod Camp led the team with 15.2 points per game and no other player averaged in double figures.

    KBS emerges as offensive weapon
    G Kendal Brown-Surles (5-10, 170, Jr.) has scored double figures in seven of the last nine games. He missed the first six games of the season to focus on academics. In his first game back, the second-cousin of Chris Lowery had career-highs in points (19) and steals (5) at Northern Illinois on Dec. 17.

    T.J. Lindsay is top 3-point marksman
    The team's top 3-point shooter is G T.J. Lindsay (6-3, 175, Jr.) who has converted 27-of-69 (.391) on the season. He started the first two games of the year at point guard, but then switched to the 2-guard spot. Against Illinois State on Jan. 1, he was 6-of-7 on 3-point tries.