On Saturday, Southern Illinois visits Hulman Center to take on Indiana State. It gets started at 1:05 p.m. EST. The Salukis defeated the Sycamores 76-71 on Jan. 12 and are 4-6 against them over the past four years.
Indiana State is in second place in the conference and Southern Illinois is in 10th place.
The Salukis got past Wichita State 64-62 on Feb. 5 with the help of 14 points from T.J. Lindsay. He contributes 1.7 rebounds per game in addition to his 3.7 points per game. For the Sycamores, Jake Odum finished with 22 points and 5 assists in the 76-57 blowout of Creighton on Feb. 6. He leads the team in points with 14.2 per game, assists with 4.4 per game, and steals with 1.5 per game. One category in which Indiana State is especially proficient is free throw rate at 45.4 percent, ranking first in their conference (and 10th nationally).
StatSmack! Southern Illinois is better than Indiana State
At least you keep showing up. Southern Illinois has an average margin of victory of 11 over Indiana State in 51 wins since 1980.
The Southern Illinois three-point leader (Desmar Jackson, 32 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Indiana State three-point leader (Lucas Eitel, 30 three-pointers).
Southern Illinois players are more experienced than Indiana State players (11,907 minutes played vs 9,309 minutes played).
The Southern Illinois rebounding leader (Jeff Early, 168 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Indiana State rebounding leader (Justin Gant, 116 rebounds).