Nov. 23, 2010
SIUE (1-3) at
Wed., Nov. 24 7:05 p.m.
Kansas City, Mo.
Live Video (pay-per-view)
Series Record: Series tied 6-6
Last Meeting: L, 63-54 12/28/09 at SIUE
First Meeting: W, 97-77 2/26/70 at SIUE
Record at SIUE: 4-2
Record at UMKC: 2-4
Largest SIUE win: 104-83 1/3/80 at SIUE
Largest UMKC win: 109-86 12/18/78 at UMKC
Current Streak: Lost 1
UMKC competes in the Summit League. The Kanagaroos have started the season 3-0, including two wins at home. UMKC is led by senior Jay Cousinard who averages 18.3 points a game. Senior Spencer Johnson leads the way with 8.3 rebounds a game.
VERSUS THE SUMMIT
The Cougars are1-4 against Summit League opponents under head coach Lennox Forrester. The lone win came at UMKC in December of 2008. SIUE lost to UMKC and IPFW (twice) last season. The Cougars dropped their opener this year to IPFW at the Vadalabene Center.
COUNTING ON COREY
Junior point guard Corey Wickware is leading the way through three games for SIUE with an average of 15 points a night. The transfer from Wabash Community College scored a careerhigh 25 points in the Cougars' loss at Illinois State. Wickware leads the team with six steals and is second in assists with 14.
MISSING THE MARK
Head Coach Lennox Forrester has announced that junior forward Mark Yelovich, the team's leading scorer each of the past two years, will miss the remainder of the season after a foot injury suffered in the season's fi rst game against IPFW.
BIG NIGHT FOR BUNDALO
Senior Nikola Bundalo turned a career night Saturday against MacMurray. Bundalo recorded his second double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Both totals were career highs.
The Cougars' center has enjoyed a fine career in a Cougar uniform. He is now 39th on the career scoring list with 655 points. His career field goal percentage of .614 is sixth best. He has 78 blocked shots in his career, ranking him fourth all-time.
DOBBING FOR REBOUNDS
Senior Dob Mavarak was the leading rebounder at Eastern Kentucky with eight. After averaging just 1.7 boards a game in 2009-2010, Mavrak is averaging four in three games this season. Mavrak is third on the team with 12 total rebounds, 10 of which are offensive rebounds.
The 2010-2011 season schedule features five games against teams that finished last season in among the top 100 in the RPI. The Cougars play nine games against teams that participated in the 2010 post-season, including facing two NCAA teams (Murray State, Northern Iowa).
MORE ON THE SCHEDULE
Though not officially playing a full conference schedule, SIUE will play nine games against Ohio Valley Conference schools, including six home contests. The Cougars play home-and-home series with OVC opponents Eastern Kentucky, Murray State and Tennessee Tech. UT Martin, Morehead State and Southeast Missouri all play games at the Vadalabene Center this year.
The Cougars will play in a regular season tournament for the third consecutive year. This year SIUE will take part in the Las Vegas Classic December 17-23. SIUE travels to Indiana and Northern Iowa for the first two games of the tournament before heading to Las Vegas for the final two games.
SIUE won its first Division I era tournament last season, claiming the Drake Hy-Vee Classic in December. The Cougars defeated tournament-host Drake in the semifinals before knocking off Texas-Arlington in the championship game.
SIGN `EM UP
Coach Forrester announced Charles Joy has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for SIUE beginning with the 2011- 2012 season. Joy is a 6-4 forward who plays at O'Fallon High School. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds a game last season, helping the Panthers to a 30-4 record and a fourth-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament. Joy also plays for the Southwest Illinois Jets AAU program.