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    Dec. 6, 2013

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois will host Western Kentucky in a men's basketball non-conference matchup at 3:05 p.m. on Saturday at SIU Arena on Military Appreciation Day. All veterans and active duty military receive discounted price by showing military ID.

    Saluki basketball has teamed up once again with Toys for Tots. Fans can donate new toys at all men's and women's December basketball games before December 24. All fans who donate toys will receive a voucher that is good for a $9 ticket to any men's basketball game in the month of January or $2 ticket to a women's basketball game in the month of January.

    Also, when a fan makes a purchase at the SIU Arena Team Store before tip-off they will receive $2 off t-shirts and a coupon for a free popcorn for that game.

    Western Kentucky (4-3) at Southern Illinois (2-6)
     Date Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
     Time 3:05 p.m. CT
     Location SIU Arena, Carbondale, Ill. (8,339)
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     TV ESPN3
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    The Last Meeting
    Southern Illinois57
    Western Kentucky58
    December 5, 2012
    Bowling Green, Ky.
    Western Kentucky tops Men's Basketball, 58-57
    Western Kentucky withstood a late Southern Illinois rally to hold on for a 58-57 victory Wednesday night at E.A. Diddle Arena.

    Series versus Western Kentucky
    The Hilltoppers hold a 13-11 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last three meetings. Last year, Desmar Jackson missed two potential game-winning shots in the final 10 seconds of a 58-57 loss at Western Kentucky. He was the only Saluki in double figures with 22 points. The Hilltoppers have not won a non-conference road game since beating SIU, 62-55, exactly two years ago to the day -- a span of eight games.

    Salukis versus the Sun Belt
    The Salukis have played every current member of the Sun Belt Conference except Georgia State and Texas State and have a combined record of 45-22.

    Desmar Jackson approaching 1,500 career points
    G Desmar Jackson (6-5, 180, Sr.) has 1,439 career points (804 at Wyoming, 635 at Southern Illinois) and has scored more points in his college career than any active player in the league. He is the league's second-leading scorer (21.0 ppg) and was named to the seven-man MVC Preseason Team. Desmar Jackson's 20+point games If Desmar Jackson scores 20+ points versus WKU, it will mark the third time in his career that he's scored 20+ in three-straight games. He did it Nov. 19-25, 2013 and Jan. 9-15, 2013. Prior to Jackson, 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).

    Sean O'Brien 9th in MVC in rebounding
    After a slow start to the season in which he averaged 3.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in the first four games, F Sean O'Brien (6-6, 205, Fr.) has emerged as a key contributor off the bench. In the last four games, O'Brien has averaged 8.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. He ranks ninth in the MVC in rebounding (5.3).

    Mike Balogun busts out of slump
    G Mike Balogun (6-2, 175, Jr.) was 1-for-11 from 3-point range heading into last Saturday's game at Chicago State. He came off the bench to make 5-of-8 shots from 3-point and finished with a careerhigh 21 points, besting his previous high of seven.

    Anthony Beane a steady scoring force
    G Anthony Beane (6-2, 180, So.) has scored double digits in sixstraight games and is second on the team in scoring (12.1 ppg). He leads the team in 3-point shooting (9-of-23, .391). Beane was a member of the MVC's All-Freshman team last year. He originally signed with Illinois State, but came with his father, assistant coach Anthony Beane, to Southern instead.

    Odds and Ends
    At 2-6, the Salukis are off to their slowest start since beginning the beginning the 1985-86 season at 2-7...F Bronson Verhines suffered an ankle sprain on Nov. 21 and is hopeful to return for Saturday's game...The Salukis are 4-3 all-time against WKU at SIU Arena.



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