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Jacksonville State (10-18) at Southeast Missouri State (13-13)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 20, 8 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Show Me Center (6,972) -- Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Television: None. Home Record: JSU 7-5, SEMO 6-4. Away Record: JSU 2-12, SEMO 4-9. Neutral Record: JSU 1-1, SEMO 3-0. Conference Record: JSU 4-9, SEMO 4-8. Series Record: Jacksonville State leads, 13-4.

GAME NOTES: The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will venture out for their final road trip of the season, and they kick things off with an Ohio Valley Conference bout against Southeast Missouri State at the Show Me Center.

Jacksonville State isn't carrying a lot of momentum into this two-game road swing, with losses in five straight games. The Gamecocks have grown accustomed to falling short, however, with a success rate of just 10-18 overall, including a 4-9 mark against the rest of the OVC. They visit Tennessee Tech next, before playing their season finale against Belmont.

Southeast Missouri State has been only marginally better overall (13-13), and the Redhawks have lost three of their last four bouts and only have a half- game lead on the Gamecocks in the conference standings (4-8). They will play their final road game of the season this Saturday against Tennessee-Martin.

This is the first time these teams have met since Jacksonville State pulled out a 67-65 victory last February. The Gamecocks have won three of the last four matchups and lead the all-time series, 13-4.

Despite playing at home, Jacksonville State was unceremoniously dispatched by Eastern Kentucky in an 86-65 final the last time out. The Gamecocks allowed the Colonels to sink 64.6 percent of their shots from the floor, while ending up on the short end of a 33-15 scoring margin from 3-point range.

It did not help that Brian Williams (11.3 ppg), who is one of only two double- digit scorers on the roster, was absent from the Eastern Kentucky game. Williams is suffering from a sprained right ankle, which still has him listed as questionable. That puts a lot of pressure on Darion Rackley (12.9 ppg), who already struggles to score with any degree of efficiency. He is connecting on just under 40 percent of his shots from the floor after finishing with 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting against EKU. With so few offensive options, the Gamecocks are last in the OVC in scoring (65.5 ppg).

SEMO also lost at home when it was last in action, dropping a 79-70 decision to UT-Martin. The Redhawks shot 43.5 percent from the floor compared to the Skyhawks' 41.9 percent, but they were outscored from 3-point range (24-15) and at the free-throw line (19-11).

The Redhawks were also hurt by injury in the contest, with Jarekious Bradley playing only five minutes due to a sprained left knee. Bradley (19.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg), who is second in the OVC in scoring, is listed as doubtful for this matchup. Hope is not lost, however, as Tyler Stone (19 ppg, 9.2 rpg) is still healthy. Stone did all he could against UTM, tallying 21 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks over 39 minutes. He is among the top five players in the league in scoring, rebounds and blocks. Lucas Nutt (8 rpg, 5.8 apg) doesn't score very often, but he is a solid passer from the point.

Losing Bradley is a major setback for SEMO, which is so heavily reliant on he and Stone. If the rest of the roster can fill in the gap, the Redhawks still have a solid chance at winning against a Jacksonville State squad that is also missing an important contributor.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: SE Missouri State 74, Jacksonville State 67

02/20 10:34:54 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
13th
CWS 4
BOS 4
 
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
8th
ANA 3
OAK 4
 
9th
SDP 4
COL 2
 
9th
SFG 2
LOS 1
 
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
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TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
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PIT
MIL
 
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WAS
STL
 
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TAM
NYY
 
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MIN
TOR
 
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CWS
BOS
 
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Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
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CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
4th
DEN 108
GSW 113
 
4th
POR 103
LAC 100
 
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
 
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NYR
PHI
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STL
CHI
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COL
MIN
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DUR 6
NOR 9
 
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