Jan. 31, 2013
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois (8-13, 1-9) will look to end a five-game slide when it travels to Illinois State (12-10, 3-7) for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday at Redbird Arena. The Salukis trail the ninth-place Redbirds by two games in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. The game will be televised by Comcast Chicago and locally on WSIU.
Downturn in MVC play
The Salukis have struggled in conference play, as seen in a comparison of non-conference versus conference stats.
Win-Loss 7-4 1-9
PPG 67.9 61.3
PPG Allowed 61.5 71.3
FG% Defense .437 .506
3FG%Defense .342 .439
Rebound Margin +3.6 -6.8
Huge first half lifts Illinois State past Men's Basketball, 70-56
Illinois State beat Southern Illinois, 70-56, on Sunday night, taking out a season's worth of frustration during a ferocious first half.
Recapping the last meeting
The teams will meet for the second time in 13 days. On Jan. 20, Illinois State led by 26 points at halftime before settling for a 14-point victory.
Next win surpasses 2011-12 win total
The Salukis have matched last year's overall win total of eight games. However, they still trail last year's conference win total of five games.The 1-9 start in conference play is the fewest wins since Joe Gottfried's 1981 club opened the season 0-10. That team went 0-16 in the Valley.
Desmar Jackson the top scorer
Desmar Jackson (6-5, 173, Jr.) leads the team in scoring (16.2 ppg), steals (45) and 3-pointers (29). He is second in rebounding (6.0 rpg). At his current pace, Jackson will be the first Saluki to average more than 16 points since Darren Brooks, who averaged 16.5 in 2003-04 and was the team's only double-digit scorer.
Josh Swan provides a lift in MVC play
Josh Swan(6-2, 181, So.) has made 20-of-39 (.513) shots from the field in conference games after going 10-for-29 (.345) in non-conference games. He has started the last two games for SIU.
Desmar Jackson 20-point games
Desmar Jackson reeled off three-consecutive 20-point games at Wichita State (28), versus Indiana State (29) and at Bradley (21). The last Saluki to score 20+ in three consecutive games was Kent Williams, who posted four-straight in Nov./Dec. of 2001 versus Illinois (23), UIC (21), Indiana (22) and George Mason (26).
Beane among top-scoring freshman
G Anthony Beane(6-2, 171, Fr.) averages 9.5 points per game, third-best on the team and second among freshmen in the MVC. He has scored double figures in six conference games. Beane originally committed to Illinois State, but came with his father to SIU.
Jeff Early leads nation in rebounding among 6-foot-1 and under
F Jeff Early(6-1, 187, Sr.) leads the nation in rebounding (7.5 rpg) among players who stand 6-foot-1 and under. He is tied with Evansville 6-foot guard Troy Taylor (7.5 rpg). Compared to last year, Early has dramatically improved his scoring (+3.9) and rebounding (+3.7). He has six double-doubles on the season. Although he stands 6-foot-1, Early technically plays the hybrid "4" spot.
No starter taller than 6-foot-5
The Salukis have no starters and only one active player taller than 6-foot-5 (forward Davante Drinkardis 6-9). Drinkard missed Wednesday's game versus Drake with a hip pointer.
SIU has been out-rebounded in every conference game except Indiana State (the only conference win)...In 10 MVC games, the Salukis are last in the conference in free throw shooting (.632), blocked shots (1.5), assists (8.9) and rebounding margin (-6.8)...Conversely, the Salukis are first in turnover margin (+4.20) and second in steals (7.7 spg).
SIU has played 11 road games already this season -- the most of any MVC team. The Salukis are 3-8 on the road after posting a 2-11 road mark last season. Southern has only four non-conference home games on its schedule, the fewest of any MVC team.
Points off turnovers
One of the reasons why Southern is shooting better this year (.449) compared to last (.414) is its ability to score off of opponent turnovers. The Salukis are +6.4 in points off turnovers, out-scoring opponents 382-247.
Desmar Jackson (6-5, 173, Jr.) and Jeff Early (6-1, 187, Sr.) have each recorded doule-doubles in the same game (at SIUE and vs. Nicholls State) twice this year. Prior to this season, the last time two Salukis recorded a double-double in the same game was on Feb. 23, 2002, when both Jermaine Dearman and Rolan Robertsposted double-doubles at Indiana State.
Among the players who have started at guard for SIU this season, four of them are over the age of 21 -- Jeff Early (24), T.J. Lindsay (22), Desmar Jackson (22) and Kendal Brown-Surles(21). Early is the oldest player in the MVC.
Dantiel Daniels second in MVC in field goal percentage
It's been an injury-plagued season for F Dantiel Daniels(6-5, 230, So.), who has missed all or part of five games, but he is second in the MVC in field goal percentage (.633). He is also eighth in the league in blocked shots (1.0 bpg). Last year, he led the MVC in blocked shots (1.6) and was named to the MVC's All-Freshman team.
Salukis need Daniels
In the last two seasons, Saluki F Dantiel Danielshas missed part or all of 10 games with injuries. SIU is 2-8 in those games, with its only wins coming at Chicago State and New Orleans.
KBS is active scoring, assists leader
G Kendal Brown-Surles(5-9, 175, Sr.) is the active leader in scoring and assists at SIU with 668 career points and 258 assists during his four-year, 107-game career. He has made 59 career starts, more than any other player on the team. KBS ranks 16th in career assists at SIU.
Salukis snap losing streaks
The win over Indiana State snapped a nine-game MVC losing streak for SIU and a five-game losing streak overall. The victory also marked Barry Hinson's first Valley win at SIU Arena since 1999, breaking a 10-game skid. SIU still has a 12-game losing streak in road conference games. The last Valley road win came at Bradley on Jan. 4, 2012. The longest MVC road losing streak in school history is 15 games from 1982-84.