Southern Illinois plays host to Northern Iowa at SIU Arena on Wednesday. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. EST and you can catch it on MVC TV. The Salukis fell to the Panthers 58-45 on Jan. 23 and are 1-8 against them over the last four years.
Northern Iowa maintains third place in the Missouri Valley while Southern Illinois sits at 10th place.
In a 74-68 triumph over Miami (OH) on Feb. 23, Jeff Early put up 31 points and 12 rebounds for the Salukis. In addition to a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game, he chips in 12.6 points per game. For the Panthers, Seth Tuttle put up 18 points and 5 rebounds in the 63-57 loss to Denver on Feb. 23. He contributes 6.2 rebounds per game in addition to his 10.8 points per game. When considering the Four Factors, Northern Iowa performs well in defensive rebounding percentage at 73.1 percent. This ranks second in the conference and 18th in the country.
StatSmack! Southern Illinois is better than Northern Iowa
Southern Illinois has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (57.9 percent to 52.3 percent).
The Southern Illinois scoring leader (Desmar Jackson, 422 points) has more points than the Northern Iowa scoring leader (Anthony James, 322 points).
AP voters think more highly of Southern Illinois and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Northern Iowa (17 vs. 10).
Jeff Early is ranked 5th in the Missouri Valley in rebounds and 6th in the Missouri Valley in steals.