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    March 8, 2014

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. - No. 6 seed Southern Illinois (14-18) faces No. 2 seed Indiana State (22-9) today at 4:05 p.m. in the semifinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at the Scottrade Center. The Salukis are in the semis for the first time since 2007 and with a victory would advance them to the finals for the first time since winning the tournament in 2006.

    TV Clearances
    FOX Sports Midwest -- Cannot clear the telecast on the main channel in metropolitan St. Louis due to contractual obligations to St. Louis Blues, but the game will be cleared live at 4 p.m. Central on the main channel throughout the remainder of the FOX Sports Midwest footprint.  In metropolitan St. Louis, the game will be shown on  FOX Sports Midwest Plus which can be found on Cable America-Maryland Heights and Republic - Channel 12; Charter-Missouri - Channels 10 and 198; Fidelity-Sullivan - Channel 68 or 72; Madison-Illinois - Channel 8; New Wave - Channel 12 or 16.
    FOX Sports Indiana -- Live at 4 p.m. Central.
    FOX Sports Kansas City --Live at 4 p.m. Central.
    FOX College Sports (Pacific) - Live at 4 p.m. Central.
    KCWE-TV (CW in Kansas City) - Live at 4 p.m. Central.
    Comcast SportsNet Chicago -- Live at 4 p.m. Central.
    ESPN3 - Live at 4 p.m. Central outside the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.
    DirecTV - Live at 4 p.m. Central on channel 671 (FOX Sports Midwest).
    Dish Network - Live at 4 p.m. Central on channel 418 (FOX Sports Midwest).
    AT&T U-Verse --Live at 4 p.m. Central on channels 748 and 1748 (FOX Sports Midwest).

    Southern Illinois (14-18) vs. Indiana State (22-9)
     Date Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014
     Time 4:05 p.m. CT
     Location Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.
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     TV MVC TV
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    Barry Hinson MVC Tournament record
    No active Valley coach has coached in more MVC Tournament games than Barry Hinson, who in 10 seasons has a 12-10 tournament record. Three times, Hinson led Missouri State to the championship game (2000, 2004, 2005).
    Year Team Seed Result
    2000 MSU No. 2 2-1
    2001 MSU No. 8 1-1
    2002 MSU No. 4 1-1
    2003 MSU No. 4 1-1
    2004 MSU No. 5 2-1
    2005 MSU No. 5 2-1
    2006 MSU No. 3 0-1
    2007 MSU No. 3 1-1
    2008 MSU No. 7 1-1
    2013 SIU No. 10 0-1
    2014 SIU No. 6 1-0

    The Last Meeting
    Southern Illinois57
    Indiana State60
    February 15, 2014
    Terre Haute, Ind.
    Indiana State downs Men's Basketball, 60-57
    Indiana State rallied from a seven-point second-half deficit to top Southern Illinois, 60-57, on Saturday at the Hulman Center.

    MVC Tournament -- The Last Time SIU...
    Advanced to semifinals 2007
    Advanced to championship 2007
    Won championshp game 2006
    The Salukis have advanced to the championship game seven times, winning in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 2006.

    Salukis end All-Conference drought
    Both Desmar Jackson and Anthony Beane were named Second-Team All-MVC, marking the first All-Conference representation for the Salukis since 2008. In 2008, both Randal Falker (1st) and Bryan Mullins (2nd) made the team.

    Desmar Jackson in a class by himself
    Desmar Jackson (6-5, 180, Sr.) leads the team in scoring (605), rebounding (180), assists (66), steals (80) and free throws (1161). No player in school history has ever led the team in all five categories. The last player to lead in four of those categories was Darren Brooks, who did it in 2005, but he did not lead the team in free throws that year.

    Jackson with 605-point season
    With 23 points in the quarterfinals versus Northern Iowa, Jackson became only the eighth player in school history to score 600 points in a season. The last player to do it was Troy Hudson, who had 631 in 1997. Jackson has amassed 1,876 career points (1,072 at Southern Illinois, 804 at Wyoming) -- more than any active player in the league.

    Two-year players' career-scoring at SIU
    Jackson ranks third in school history in scoring among two-year players and recently passed the iconic Walt Frazier.
    Player Games Pts.
    1. Troy Hudson, 1996-97 55 1,164
    2. Freddie McSwain, 1989-90 66 1,083
    3. Desmar Jackson, 2013-14 63 1,072
    4. Walt Frazier, 1965, 67 50 884

    Anthony Beane wins MVC Player of the Week three times
    G Anthony Beane (6-2, 180, So.) was named MVC Player of the Week three times in four weeks (Feb. 3, 10, 24). He joins Doug McDermott as the only players to win it three times in four weeks since Hersey Hawkins in 1987. The last Saluki to win POW three times in a season was Darren Brooks (2005).

    Series versus Indiana State
    The two teams split the regular-season series, 1-1, with each protecting their home court. The teams have met seven times in the MVC Tournament, where the Sycamores hold a 4-3 advantage.

    MVC's Top-scoring duo
    Jackson (18.9 ppg) and Beane (14.7 ppg) combine to average 33.6 points per game -- the top scoring duo in the MVC. The last Saluki combo to combine for more than 30.0 points per game in a season was the Troy Hudson (21.0)-Rashad Tucker (15.1) pairing in 1997.

    Jackson 10th in nation in steals
    Jackson leads the MVC with 2.50 steals per game, which ranks him No. 10 nationally. Four times he has recorded six steals in a game and is the only player in school history to do so. Bryan Mullins is the only other Saluki player to have six steals three times in a season (2007-08).

    Streaks and Trends
    • Jackson has scored in double figures in 36-straight games dating back to last season.
    • Beane has made at least one 3-point shot in 15-straight games.

    3-Ball falling for the Salukis
    SIU is 52-for-128 (.406) from 3-point range in the last eight games. The Salukis shot .298 from outside the arc in the first 23 games.

    Beane posts five-straight 20-point games
    Beane scored 20 or more points in five-straight games from Jan. 29 to Feb. 11. He became the first Saluki player with four straight since Kent Williams (2001), and the first since Troy Hudson (1997) to have five-straight with 20 or more points. Beane has scored 20+ points 11 times this season and is the first Saluki to do so since Kent Williams had 11 20-point games in the 2002 campaign.