Men's Basketball opens MVC Tournament play versus Northern Iowa at 8:35 p.m. on Friday

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    March 6, 2014

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. - No. 6 seed Southern Illinois (13-18) faces No. 3 seed Northern Iowa (16-14) on Friday at 8:35 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at the Scottrade Center. The Salukis are in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011 and with a victory would advance to the semis for the first time since 2007.

    TV Clearances
    FOX Sports Midwest -- Live at 8:30 p.m. Central.
    FOX Sports Indiana - Cannot clear the telecast on the main channel due to contractual obligations to Indiana Pacers, but the game will be cleared live at 8:30 p.m. Central on FOX Sports Indiana Plus -- the channel used by FOX Sports Indiana when it simultaneously shows multiple events. FOX Sports Indiana Plus can be found on Auburn Essential Services-Auburn - Channel 81; Cinergy Metronet-Greencastle - Channel 3, 257 or 260s; Citizens -- 74; Comcast-Fort Wayne - Channel 9, 81 or 82; Comcast-Indianapolis - Channel 81 or 82; Mediacom-Auburn - Channel 126; New Wave-Greencastle and Vincennes - Channel 24 or 194; NineStar Connect - Channel 128; Time Warner-Evansville - Channel 505; Time Warner-Newburgh - Channel 23; Time Warner-Terre Haute - Channel 13; WOW-Evansville - Channel 7 or 103.
    FOX Sports Kansas City -- Live at 8:30 p.m. Central.
    FOX College Sports (Pacific) - Tape-delay at 12:30 a.m. Central on March 8.
    Comcast SportsNet Chicago Plus - Live at 8:30 p.m. Central on Comcast Sports
    Net Plus channels in the states of Illinois, Indiana and Iowa and will clear Chicago DMA live on channel 101. Joined in progress on main channel at 9 p.m. Central.
    ESPN3 - Live at 8:30 p.m. Central outside the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.
    DirecTV - Live at 8:30 p.m. Central on channel 671 (FOX Sports Midwest).
    Dish Network - Live at 8:30 p.m. Central on channel 418 (FOX Sports Midwest).
    AT&T U-Verse- Live at 8:30 p.m. Central on channels 748 and 1748 (FOX Sports Midwest).

    Southern Illinois (13-18) vs. Northern Iowa (16-14)
     Date Friday, Mar. 7, 2014
     Time 8:35 p.m. CT
     Location Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.
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     TV MVC TV
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    The Last Meeting
    Southern Illinois54
    Northern Iowa73
    February 26, 2014
    Cedar Falls, Iowa
    Northern Iowa drops Men's Basketball, 73-54
    Northern Iowa extended its home winning streak over Southern Illinois to 11-straight games in an easy 73-54 victory at the McLeod Center on Wednesday night.

    Coach Hinson Press Conference

    Hinson's Last Press Conference

    Q: Your thoughts on Desmar Jackson and Anthony Beane making Second-Team All-MVC

    A: I think with those guys making the second team, two of them divided each other's votes up and I was a little surprised that we went from a five-member All-Conference team to a six-member All-Conference team. I thought Desmar and Anthony would make first team, but they've never really been caught up in all that stuff and neither have I, so we just have to move on. The one that shocked me was Sean O'Brien that really shocked me. I'm a little bothered that Sean didn't make All-Freshman team.

    Q: Are you surprised that Des didn't win defensive player of the year?

    A: It made me proud that he was second in the voting, I think (Tekele) Cotton is a hell of a defender, so its hard to say that Des is a better defender than him, but they are also two different defenders. You can say who's the best in steals and it'll be between Des and (Walt) Lemon, but overall Cotton is a great defender. This also shows you how far Desmar has came in defending and I thought it was pretty special that he got second.

    Q: You guys got UNI again on Friday, how do you guard (Seth) Tuttle?

    A: Well, I've been watching how everybody else guards Tuttle for the last 48 hours and they were guarding him like we did. I've seen every single play when Tuttle has scored, he can go left and he can go right.  I believe he is the best big man in the Valley and hard to stop.

    Q: Is the team excited about getting another shot at UNI on Friday?

    A: I sure hope so, but you have to ask those guys that. I know for a fact I am. After the game against Illinois State I said in the locker room that this is a team that we played 80 minutes and they lead 70 minutes and 54 seconds. We've led six seconds against this team; they are better than us in every statistical category except rebounds and steals literally. We are definitely the underdog here so we have to play well. I know all the odds, I've heard them and seen them but that's why you play the game. 

    Q: Going into the MVC tournament your goal was to play on a Friday night, now since you've accomplished that what's your new goal?

    A: The goal is to survive and advance. The only thing we are focused on is Northern Iowa. We are not thinking about the finals or semifinals or anything. I know it's tournament time because my wife, the AD, and the Head Women's basketball coach told me I was grumpy this morning. You just get focused and the only thing I am worried about is the Purple Panthers.

    Q: What are the keys to beating UNI?

    A: Everybody has to be connected to get the win. Not one person can guard Tuttle, it's the defender guarding the post so Tuttle can't get it, and the defender guarding Tuttle so he can't get the ball, so it's a team effort. We have to make baskets. We shot 26 percent from threes out there. Guys have to make outside shots and I know we will shoot the ball better. Once you score you can get back and set up defense.