Men's Basketball

    Inside The Southern Illinois Game

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Errek Suhr made the second start of his career at Kentucky on Dec. 9.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Errek Suhr made the second start of his career at Kentucky on Dec. 9.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 12, 2006

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Returning home for the third time in four contests, the Indiana men's basketball team faces Southern Illinois for the first time since 2001 at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday, Dec. 17 at Assembly Hall. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN with Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery (analyst) and Jay Bilas (play-by-play) on the call.

    The Indiana University Radio Network will air every Hoosier game, as WHCC (105.1 FM) serves as the flagship station for a network that has more than 40 statewide affiliates. Don Fischer is in his 34th season as the play-by-play man, with former IU guard Todd Leary in his sixth season as color analyst and Joe Smith in his 24th season as the pregame, halftime and postgame host.

    The Indiana-Southern Illinois Series
    Indiana and Southern Illinois will meet for just the fifth time in history. The Hoosiers hold a 3-1 mark in the series and a 41-12 (.774) edge against Missouri Valley Conference foes.

    The first three of the four meetings were played in Bloomington. Indiana's only loss in the series came in Carbondale in 2001, a 72-60 Saluki victory.

    Indiana's last win came in 2000 by the score of 85-63. The Hoosiers have scored at least 80 points in all three of their wins. Below is a look at the series history:

    Date Outcome Location
    Dec. 8, 1956 W, 80-57 Bloomington
    Nov. 30, 1963 W, 80-65 Bloomington
    Dec. 2, 2000 W, 85-63 Bloomington
    Dec. 1, 2001 L, 72-60 Carbondale

    Scouting Southern Illinois
    Southern Illinois is off to a 7-1 start and has won its last five games. The Salukis' only loss was a 61-53 overtime defeat at the hands of Arkansas on Nov. 11. In its last game, SIU upended Western Kentucky, 75-70, on Dec. 9. Southern Illinois also earned a tough win over Virginia Tech, 69-64, on Nov. 26. The Salukis are averaging 62.8 points per game.

    Three players are averaging in double figures led by Matt Shaw with 13.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Jamaal Tatum has 12.7 points per game, while Randal Falker is averaging 10.9 points per game. Falker leads the Salukis with 10 blocks. Bryan Mullins has a team-best 15 steals.

    Chris Lowery is in his third year as head coach at Southern Illinois. He has a 56-20 record as a head coach. In 2005 and 2006, he was the youngest head coach in the NCAA Tournament at 34 years old.

    Last Time vs. Southern Illinois
    Playing in its sixth road game to start the season, Indiana dropped a 72-60 decision at Southern Illinois on Dec. 1, 2001. The Hoosiers fell to 4-2 on the season while SIU went to 6-1.

    IU played from behind much of the game, but cut the lead to five with just over 5:00 to play. Southern Illinois responded with some big treys down the stretch to pull off the upset over the 24th-ranked Hoosiers.

    Indiana was led by A.J. Moye, as he scored 17 points and added five rebounds. Jared Jeffries netted 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds, tying Jeff Newton for team-high honors on the boards. Newton added 11 points, as did Tom Coverdale.




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