Jan. 21, 2014
By Jordan Roberts and Matt Hampton
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois (6-13, 2-4) hosts Drake (10-8, 1-5) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Drake has a five-game winning streak at SIU Arena and has won eight of the last nine meetings overall. The Salukis' only win in the series in the past four years was the 2013 regular-season finale at Drake, in which Jeff Early scored 26 points, including two free throws with 5.0 seconds left in the three-point win.
Men's Basketball rallies to post 66-63 road win over Drake
Southern Illinois may be entering the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament next week as the No. 10 seed, but it will also enter Arch Madness as one of the hottest teams in the league, having won six of its last eight.
|Southern Illinois (6-13, 2-4) vs. Drake (10-8, 1-5)|
|Date||Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014|
|Time||7:05 p.m. CT|
|Location||Carbondale, Ill. - SIU Arena|
|Radio||Saluki Sports Network|
|Video Stream||Saluki All-Access|
|Game Notes||Southern Illinois|
Coach Hinson Transcript
Q: What does Richard Carter do for Drake to get them started?
"I think when you look at Drake, very similar to Northern Iowa, very similar in the sense that the two guards are very quick and we have to guard them effectively and everybody around those guys can shoot the three, and that's what makes Drake so dangerous. Hopefully, we can do a better job of guarding their penetration like we did at Bradley. Whether we can do that in man or zone there's no question that those two guards are the main problem."
Q: Coach it looks as if they've got your number at home. Do you put much into trends?
"Well, let's get one thing straight, they don't have my number, they have the Salukis' number (I got that from Bob Stoops). It looks for whatever reason they've won five games here at home and I don't like that. I'm tired of getting beaten at home by Drake, and my streak is only at one and that's enough for me. We're going to really have to play well. There are venues that players get comfortable playing in and for some reason Drake got comfortable playing in ours, and we have to stop that, so hopefully our crowd will have a little to do with that."
Q: How concerned are you with freshmen Sean O'Brien playing a lot of minutes? This is the typical time of January, so do you try and run him shorter stints or not worry about it because he's playing so well right now?
"You bring up a great point. Most players that are freshmen, this is around the time where playoffs aren't too far away, and it wears on them physically and mentally. The great thing about Sean is sometimes Sean doesn't even know he's out there. He may not be able to figure that out if he's tired or not, but we're certainly aware of it and if you notice Sean has gotten better every game, and with Marcus out, we hope that Tyler Smithpeters will be fresh because he has not had the extended minutes of other freshmen."
Q: What do you have to say about Jalen's performance in the last three or four games, he hasn't been in double digits?
"I think you bring that up with Jalen. That's something we have definitely talked about. I had a conversation with Jalen yesterday and I asked him, if you aren't scoring, what are you doing good? And I think that's a valid point for a lot of our guys. Everybody is saying Dez this, Dez that, but it's other guys that can help us with this process and Jalen is certainly one of those guys."
Q: Maybe you should start him then?
"No, I've already seen how he handles success and he doesn't handle it very well. It's proven that he is a lot better coming off of the bench than he is starting."
Q: Drake has struggled rebounding-wise, numbers wise. Is there anything you've seen that makes you think you can rebound with them?
"Well yeah, I think it's really important for us to rebound well, period. To me, I'll go back to Murray State when I said size doesn't matter. Hopefully, this doesn't make the national news this time, but I really believe that. I think when it comes to rebounding it's about your heart and effort and I'm a firm believer in that. I think it's those guys who want to pursue to get the basketball and has that relentless ability to just say I'm going to get the ball, and I think that's what comes down to rebounding. Everybody else talks about positioning and this, and I think that's big, but I don't think its as near as big as your heart."
Q: Are they a team that has a lot of long rebounds because they shoot so many threes?
"Yeah, they've got a lot of long rebounds because of their threes and they put a lot of guys out there that have a quickness and athleticism that can chase down those rebounds."
Q: Is this a big game as far as the conference race when you look at it?
"I think right now, specifically this game is big because you're playing someone that's locked in there, they're just one game behind us. It's not like there's one team here and one team there. We're just one game better than Drake right now, and their overall record's better than ours. We're certainly the underdog in our own building, but at the same time, I think this is a big game. I know everybody says every game's a big game, but I think when you get paired with those guys that are at the bottom with you, that's when your separation takes place, so I do think this is a big game for us."
Q: Everybody's healthy? Any changes to the lineup expected tomorrow night?
"Everybody's healthy right now. I do think there will be a change to the lineup, but at the same time I will base that on how we practice today and how we do through the shoot-around tomorrow. I'm gonna stick with my guns. Whoever practices the hardest, whoever has the best attitude, those are the guys that we're gonna play and those are the guys we're gonna start with."