Feb. 20, 2014
By Jordan Roberts
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois (11-17, 7-8) travels to Evansville (11-17, 4-11) for a non-televised game on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. The Salukis have won five of their last seven games, though they lost to the Purple Aces at home on Jan. 11.
|Southern Illinois (11-17, 7-8) at Evansville (11-17, 4-11)|
|Date||Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014|
|Time||7:05 p.m. CT|
|Location||Ford Center, Evansville, Ind.|
|Radio||Saluki Sports Network|
|Audio Stream||Saluki All-Access|
|Game Notes||Southern Illinois|
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
Big second half lifts Evansville past Men's Basketball, 75-69
Evansville won for the first time at SIU Arena since 2001, snapping a 12-game losing streak with a 75-69 comeback win at Southern Illinois.
Q: How much of a match-up problem is Egidijus Mockevicius?
A: It's a huge match-up problem with us. We have to have size to complete against him. They are more than likely gonna zone us 95 percent of the game. This is to protect their big guy. In that situation we have to keep Bola (Olaniyan) out of foul trouble, and hope Davante (Drinkard) and Bronson (Verhines) both have big games for us. We didn't play well there last year, but I think that their backs are against the wall. Because of the tie breakers and all that, we have got to get to nine wins to guarantee us a game on a Friday night.
Q: What type of little things are you looking to stir up before the Valley conference?
A: Well, this time of year its half-court execution whether it's defensively or offensively. I've always felt like this at this time of the year. It's the teams that execute in the half court that are the best. Can you get great shots? Can you execute when you need to? Can you get a stop when you need to? These are the teams that are successful, and at this time of the year you still gotta get better. At Kansas, coach (Bill) Self used to say "all we want to do today is get better" and that's all we want to do.
Q: You gave them several different defensive approaches last game, are you going to take that same approach?
A: We gave them so many defensive looks last time because we couldn't stop them. We've done an enormous amount of scouting because we know this is a big game. We might do some things a little different, but we have won five out of our last seven games and their backs are against the wall. They say we haven't played well at Evansville, well, I'm not a part of that history.
Q: Evansville is usually meticulous, how well do you think your defense is playing right now?
A: We're a lot more disciplined than we were earlier in the year. (D.J.) Balentine is hard to guard but we have to guard him and go get the rebounds.
Q: He took 20 shots when he was here, do you want to limit his shots?
A: No I don't want to limit his shots, I don't want him to make any.
Q: What do you feel Marcus (Fillyaw) brought to the court on Tuesday?
A: He didn't hurt us and he didn't help us. We did not expect him to play 15 minutes but because of foul trouble he did. Now when I said he didn't help us I should more say he didn't hurt us because he got two points, but other than that his stat line was all zeroes. The point is he didn't hurt us it and bought us some time and some rest which that's going to help us, but we're not going to change our lineup.
Q: So do you think you got a good enough look to see what his role will be for the rest of the season?
A: We would like to think that he will play 3-4 minutes per half, but if he's hot his time will extend. i think Tyler (Smithpeters) is playing pretty well defensively and Marcus has to get better defensively. He's been out so long it's going to take him a minute to get back in the game.