Nov. 28, 2010
SIUE (1-5) vs.
Morehead State (2-3)
Sun., Nov. 28, 4 p.m.
TV: Charter (CCIN)
Radio: SportsRadio 1380, WSIE 88.7 FM
Series Record: MSU leads 1-0
Last Meeting: L 66-46 1/19/10 at MSU
First Meeting: L 66-46 1/19/10 at MSU
Record at SIUE: 0-0
Record at MSU: 0-1
Largest SIUE win: None
Largest MSU win: 66-46 1/19/10 at MSU
Current Streak: Lost 1
Morehead State is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. The Eagles are 2-3 this season, including 0-3 away from home. Reigning OVC Player of the Year Kenneth Faried is averaging a double-double to lead the team in both scoring (17.2) and rebounding (12.8).
VERSUS THE OVC
The Cougars are 1-7 against Ohio Valley Conference opponents under Head Coach Lennox Forrester. The lone win came December 31, 2008-a 70-69 win at Southeast Missouri. This year the Cougars are 0-1, losing at Eastern Kentucky.
BIG NUMBERS FOR BUNDALO
Nikola Bundalo turned a career night last Saturday against MacMurray. Bundalo recorded his second double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Both were career highs. He leads the team in scoring (13) and rebounding (6.7).
COUNTING ON COREY
Junior point guard Corey Wickware is second on the team in scoring for SIUE with an average of 12.3 points a night. The transfer from Wabash Community College scored a career-high 25 points in the Cougars' loss at Illinois State. Prior to the Iowa game, Wickware had scored in double figures in four consecutive games.
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 opener against IPFW.
The Cougars' senior center has enjoyed a fi ne career in a Cougar uniform. He is now 37th on the career scoring list with 677 points. His career field goal percentage of .611 is sixth best. He has 81 blocked shots in his career, ranking fourth all-time.
Freshman forward Michael Messer has had a successful start to his college career. Messer has started five of the six games this season and is fifth in scoring (7.3 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (3.3 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).
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 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.