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PREVIEW: Cougars Face Iowa on the Road

Nov. 26, 2010

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SIUE (1-4) at
Iowa (2-3)
Fri., Nov. 26 5:30 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

TV: Big Ten Network
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Iowa, of the Big Ten, is 2-3 this season and 1-2 at home. The Hawkeyes are coming off a 1-2 finish at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. They are led by sophomore Eric May, who averages 13.4 points a game. Freshman Melsahn Basabe leads the way with 5.4 rebounds a game.

The Cougars are 0-2 against Big Ten Conference opponents under head coach Lennox Forrester. The Cougars fell at Wisconsin in 2008, before losing at Purdue last season. Tonight's game is the first of three games against Big Ten opponents this year.

Junior point guard Corey Wickware is leading the way through three games for SIUE with an average of 14.8 points a night. The transfer from Wabash Community College scored a career-high 25 points in the Cougars' loss at Illinois State. Wickware has scored in double figures in four consecutive games.

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 opener against IPFW.

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 were career highs.

The Cougars' senior center has enjoyed a fi ne career in a Cougar uniform. He is now 37th on the career scoring list with 671 points. His career field goal percentage of .613 is sixth best. He has 79 blocked shots in his career, ranking him fourth all-time.

Freshman forward Michael Messer has had a successful start to his college career. Messer has started four of the fi ve games this season and is fourth in scoring (7.4 ppg) and third in rebounding (7.3 rpg).

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).

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 fiinal two games.

SIUE won its frst 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.

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.

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