Posted: Jan 4, 2013 4:46 PM
Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball team will play its second Ohio Valley Conference game in three days at home on Saturday against Southern Illinois Edwardsville at 7 p.m.
The Colonels (11-3, 1-0 OVC) are coming off a 65-54 win over Eastern Illinois on Thursday. Tarius Johnson, a transfer from Three Rivers Community College, scored 11 points in the first 16 minutes of the game against the Panthers, surpassing his previous EKU game-high of 10 points. He finished with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field.
In the latest NCAA rankings Eastern Kentucky is in the top-50 in the nation in turnover margin (5th), three-point field goals per game (16th), three-point field goal percentage defense (20th), field goal percentage (41st), turnovers per game (45th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (45th).
SIU Edwardsville enters Saturday's game with a 4-7 record and an 0-1 mark in conference play. The Cougars have lost two straight and are 0-6 on the road this season. Two of the team's four wins have come against non-Division I teams.
The Cougars are 11th in the Ohio Valley Conference with an average of 61.6 points per game. SIUE has the second lowest field goal percentage (40.8 percent), the second highest defensive three-point field goal percentage (32.8 percent) and the third highest defensive field goal percentage (44.7 percent) in the conference.
The Cougars lost 68-64 at Morehead State on Thursday. SIUE shot 44 percent from the field while limiting MSU to 40 percent shooting, but were out-rebounded by 21. The Eagles turned 19 offensive rebounds into 11 second chance points.
This will be the fifth meeting between the two programs. The Colonels won the first two meetings but the Cougars swept the home-and-home series last season.