No Nonsense Preview: Sycamores VS Southern Illinois: MVC RD 1
Indiana State returns to action tonight taking on Southern Illinois in Rd 1 of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The Trees enter Arch Madness as the 8 seed, meaning that they must run off 4 wins in 4 days to defend their tournament title and keep dancing further into March.
Let’s take a closer look at tonight’s play-in round opponent.
Southern Illinois: W/L 8-22 (5-13 MVC 9th place)
Location: Carbondale, IL
Notable Alumni: Walt Frazier, Steve Finley, Bart Scott, Brandon Jacobs
Conference: Missouri Valley
The Salukis come into Arch Madness on a 6 game losing skid with virtually no momentum to build upon. This is likely the swan song for coach Chris Lowery who has been on the “hot seat” for what seems like eternity, and has simply not been able to put a quality team on the floor the past few seasons. Southern is led by talented swingman Mamadou Seck. The versatile Seck, originally from Senegal, leads the squad in scoring, rebounding, assists, and pretty much any other stat you can think of !! Aside from Seck the Salukis really lack quality options, PG Kendal Brown-Surles can be effective at times but more often then not he’s a non-factor.
Prediction: Trees 70 Egyptian Dogs 58
Southern has been terrible the past few outings, any other year they would have surely finished last in MVC play, but they lucked out this year as Bradley decided to go 2-16 in conference play!! ISU rolls into March playing pretty well their last 2 contests, a decisive win @ Missouri St, and a narrow 1 pt setback against powerful Creighton. The Trees have the talent to make noise in St. Louis, ideally they wanted to not be the 8th seed but nonetheless they have to play with the cards they were dealt and make the best of it. ISU starts 4 seniors, that experience will come into play tonight as they hopefully advance to tomorrows 1 PM date with Wichita St in RD 2.