Feb. 14, 2014
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois (10-16, 6-7) plays at Indiana State (19-6, 10-3) in a game that will be televised locally on WSIU. Southern Illinois won by 19 points when the teams met on Jan. 29 in Carbondale. Anthony Beane led four Salukis in double figures with 22 points. SIU out-rebounded the Sycamores, 42-29.
Indiana State has a four-game winning streak versus Southern Illinois at the Hulman Center. SIU's last win there was on Jan. 21, 2009, when Kevin Dillard and Ryan Hare each scored 17 points for the Salukis.
|Southern Illinois (10-16, 6-7) at Indiana State (19-6, 10-3)|
|Date||Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014|
|Time||12:05 p.m. CT|
|Location||Hulman Center, Terre Haute, Ind. (10,200)|
|Radio||Saluki Sports Network|
|Audio Stream||Saluki All-Access|
|Video Stream||Saluki All-Access|
|Game Notes||Southern Illinois|
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
Men's Basketball upsets second-place Indiana State, 79-60
Southern Illinois pulled off a stunning upset of Indiana State on Wednesday night, breezing by the Missouri Valley Conference's second-place team, 79-60, and snapping a three-game losing streak in the process.
What do you see out of Indiana State?
I think any time you play Indiana State at their place where they've only lost one ballgame, we know this will be a difficult task. My biggest concern is how are we going to respond to what happened at Wichita State? To me, that's more important than playing against Indiana State. Notice I didn't say to win the ballgame, I just want to know how we're going to respond. Are we going to go in there and compete, will we stay focused, I think we will. I'm kind of excited about going into this venue.
Is there anything you can take away from the last time you played them?
We missed 13 free throws, we had 13 turnovers and we didn't have hardly any assists to start the game. We shot 2-for-12 from the threes, so we had a good game and played well, but we played well because we defended and rebounded. It didn't have anything to do with our offense. We could have played a lot better.
Your thoughts on the missed free throws at Wichita State?
When you say that we missed a lot of free throws, I think there were just a couple of guys missing free throws. The guys who normally make free throws were making them. I've always said that free throw percentages on your team have to do with who is shooting the free throws? That's not an oxymoron, that's not a stupid statement. If Anthony (Beane) and Desmar (Jackson) continue to get fouled, our free throw percentage will continue to go up a lot. I thought what Jalen (Pendleton) did in the second half, he didn't miss one. Davante (Drinkard) is shooting his free throws so much better than he did last year. We are shooting free throws better than we were last year. It's magnified in a game like that or in a game in which we played Drake or Evansville here, or at Bradley.
Do you feel like tomorrow will be a close game and can you close it out?
I don't think there's any question the game will go down to the wire. I don't like to look at this as we've lost one in a row. I like to look at it as we've won four of five and we finished pretty good. We did not finish the game well at Wichita. I was extremely upset about how we finished it. Will we finish it better? I don't know. It's going to be a very good environment on the road against the second-best team in the conference and 56th rated team in the RPI.
Are you worried about running out of gas like you did at Wichita?
I'm worried about running out of gas when we get in foul trouble. I'm more worried about getting in foul trouble than running out of gas. It's obvious what teams are doing now. They're going at the guy that is giving them problems, specifically Bola (Olaniyan). They're just saying what have we got to do to get this guy out of the game? He's made a dent in this league and opened up a lot of eyes. Wichita State went right at him. Missouri State went right at him. They both accomplished what they wanted to do, which was get him in foul trouble. For us, we were able to back that up with Davante, who played well for us, and Bronson (Verhines) finally the way we thought he was capable of playing.
What makes Indiana State so good at home?
I think it's the same for everybody playing at home. They're good because they have all those seniors. Here's a team that was picked to go the NCAA Tournament and second in our league behind Wichita State. When they play at home, they've always been good.