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Northern Iowa (9-7) at Southern Illinois (5-12)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 14, 8:05 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: SIU Arena (8,500) -- Carbondale, Illinois. Television: None. Home Record: UNI 6-0, SIU 3-4. Away Record: UNI 1-5, SIU 1-6. Neutral Record: UNI 2-2, SIU 1-2. Conference Record: UNI 3-1, SIU 1-3. Series Record: Southern Illinois leads, 29-23.

GAME NOTES: The Northern Iowa Panthers shoot for just their second true road win of the season tonight, as they battle the Southern Illinois Salukis in Missouri Valley Conference action at SIU Arena.

It wasn't until Jan. 8 and an 80-53 rout of Evansville that the Panthers secured their first road win of the season, so now the program is trying to make it two such victories in less than a week. Over the weekend, UNI posted a 76-66 win over Drake, which means the squad has now posted four triumphs in the last five outings overall.

Unfortunately for the Salukis, no matter if they are home or away, wins have still been very hard to come by this season. Sporting an overall mark of just 5-12, SIU is currently 1-3 in conference play after falling to Evansville on Saturday by a score of 75-69. The defeat was the fourth in five games for the Salukis.

SIU leads the all-time series by a count of 29-23, but in recent years the Panthers have closed a considerable gap by claiming victory in nine of the last 11 meetings.

Trailing by seven midway through the first half, the Panthers survived just 3- of-14 shooting from behind the 3-point line in the period to actually claim a 37-34 lead at the break and eventually captured the double-digit win at home. Deon Mitchell and Wes Washpun both dropped in 17 points, Matt Bohannon and Seth Tuttle chipped in 11 points apiece, and Nate Buss came off the bench to supply another 10 points for the home team in a meeting that featured six ties and 10 lead changes.

Keeping the same starting lineup for all four MVC outings, it should not come as a surprise that four of those players are the ones leading the program in scoring. A balanced attack for sure, Tuttle is putting up 13.0 ppg and is first on the glass with 8.8 rpg, while the trio of Mitchell, Bohannon and Washpun are all responsible for 12.5 ppg, the threesome combining to shoot 23- of-47 beyond the arc.

The Salukis led by as many as 10 points against Evansville at home on Saturday afternoon, but that wasn't nearly enough to push the hosts into the win column. Mike Balogun scored a team-best 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting behind the 3-point line, followed by Desmar Jackson with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Anthony Beane accounted for 10 points, as the team shot only 7- of-25 beyond the arc on the day.

Over the course of four conference games, Jackson is scoring an impressive 20.5 ppg, although he has shot just 2-of-13 beyond the arc in those outings. Jalen Pendleton is the only other player scoring in double figures in league action, generating 10.3 ppg as the team produces just 63.8 ppg, compared to the 72.5 ppg tallied by the competition. Those opponents have converted an impressive 42.3 percent out on the perimeter, compared to only 30.8 percent for SIU.

Clearly Jackson has the potential to light up the scoreboard for the Salukis, but considering Northern Iowa has so many options to turn to, the Panthers are the ones who make it difficult to match up defensively.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Northern Iowa 72, Southern Illinois 63

01/14 10:33:11 ET

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Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
1st
SFG 0
KAN 0
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
 
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
 
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
 
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
 
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
4th
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
3rd
WASU 16
ARZ 38
 
2nd
CLEM 3
SYR 3
 
2nd
LAMON 13
TXST 0
 
2nd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
2nd
COLST 24
WYO 3
 
2nd
LSU 0
MISS 7
 
1st
TENN 0
ALA 13
 
2nd
AUB 7
SCAR 7
 
1st
PSU 0
OSU 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd
TOR 0
BOS 1
 
2nd
NYI 3
DAL 2
 
2nd
PHI 0
DET 1
 
2nd
OTT 0
NJD 0
 
2nd
MON 1
NYR 1
 
1st
STL 0
CHI 1
 
1st
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
1st
MIN 0
TAM 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14