Posted: Dec 21, 2018
SIUE Cougars (2-7, 0-0 OVC) vs.
CSUN Matadors (3-8) and Rider (4-5) / Northern Colorado (6-3)
Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic
Sat., Dec. 22, 1 p.m. CT / Sun. Dec. 23, TBD
Orleans Arena (7,471), Las Vegas, Nevada
Radio: 887 the Sound (Joe Pott)
Live Video: None
Live Stats: SIUEStats.com
Live Audio: SIUECougarNetwork.com
SIUE Head Coach Jon Harris is in his fourth season at the helm of the Cougars. The native of Edwardsville, Illinois, is 23-74 overall.
The 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic is the eighth in-season tournament the Cougars have played in since the move to Division I in 2008-09.
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
This is the second Las Vegas Classic for SIUE. The Cougars claimed the title in the "Upper Division" during the 2010 tournament. SIUE dropped road games at Indiana and Northern Iowa before defeating Longwood and the Citadel in Las Vegas.
LONG WAY FROM HOME
The tournament trip represents SIUE's longest trip of the year, covering four games and nearly 4,500 miles.
A career-high 24 points from David McFarland wasn't enough as Washington State defeated SIUE 89-73 in the second game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. The SIUE Cougars shot 44.6 percent from the game, including shooting 47 percent (15-32) during the second half, but landed just 6 or 17 free throw attempts.
SIUE swiped a season-high 13 steals Monday at Drake. It is the most steals in a game for the Cougars since the 2016 season opener at Hawaii.
The Cougars knocked down 36 of 42 free throws Dec. 8 against Harris-Stowe. That is the second-most makes and fourth-most attempts in a game during the Division I era.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
This is the first meeting between SIUE and CSUN. It would be the first meeting between SIUE and Rider
SECOND TIME FOR SOME THINGS
This would be the second meeting between SIUE and Northern Colorado.