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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois
When: 8:05 PM ET, Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Where: SIU Arena, Carbondale, Illinois

With a showdown against Missouri Valley Conference leader Wichita State looming on the weekend, No. 18 Northern Iowa must avoid looking ahead as it prepares to visit Southern Illinois on Wednesday. The Panthers are riding a seven-game winning streak after erasing a 12-point, second-half deficit in a 54-53 victory at Illinois State on Sunday. Northern Iowa limited the Salukis to a season-low point total in a 55-39 win over Southern Illinois on Jan. 7.

The Panthers rank sixth nationally in points allowed (54.9) thanks primarily to a stingy man-to-man defense, but coach Ben Jacobson switched to a zone to spark Sunday's comeback victory. "I think that goes to show you, Ben's never afraid to shake it up," Salukis coach Barry Hinson told reporters. "That's one of the best parts about Ben, he's not afraid to change." Southern Illinois fell for the eighth time in 10 games with a 75-66 setback at Evansville on Saturday.

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, No TV

ABOUT NORTHERN IOWA (18-2, 7-1 MVC): Senior forward Jess Tuttle is one rebound shy of posting three consecutive double-doubles after scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 boards against Illinois State. The reigning conference Player of the Week, Tuttle became the second player in school history with 1,500 points and 800 rebounds and is averaging 19.7 points and 9.7 boards in the past three. Tuttle matched his season high with 24 points on 9-for-12 shooting and forward Nate Buss scored a season-high 15 in the first matchup with the Salukis

ABOUT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (9-12, 2-6): Leading scorer Anthony Beane attempts to atone for a horrendous outing against the Panthers, who limited him to a season-low one point on 0-for-10 shooting. That was part of a five-game drought in which Beane missed all 21 of his 3-point attempts, but the junior guard knocked down four from behind the arc in a win over Bradley on Jan. 21 and scored 19 points in Saturday's loss to Evansville. Freshman forward Jordan Caroline, who scored 13 versus Northern Iowa, broke out of a slump with 15 points on Saturday.

TIP-INS

1. Northern Iowa has held eight consecutive opponents to 60 points or fewer.

2. Southern Illinois is 0-5 in games decided by four points or fewer.

3. The Panthers need one victory to match the second-longest MVC winning streak in school history.

PREDICTION: Northern Iowa 60, Southern Illinois 50




Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Northern Iowa 18-2 W7 10-0 5-2 3-0 10-0 8-2 7-1
Southern Illinois 9-12 L1 6-4 2-7 1-1 4-4 5-8 2-6
Last Meeting
Northern Iowa Southern Illinois
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/7/15 SIU 39 UNI 55 55 30 44.7 39 29 29.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Northern Iowa S. Tuttle 24 75.0 4
Southern Illinois J. Caroline 13 40.0 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Northern Iowa S. Tuttle 8 3 5
Southern Illinois J. Caroline 8 3 5
Assists Player  
Northern Iowa W. Washpun 4
Southern Illinois D. Lavender 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Northern Iowa S. Tuttle 305 61.1 91
Southern Illinois A. Beane Jr. 346 41.5 84
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Northern Iowa S. Tuttle 131 32 99
Southern Illinois J. Caroline 128 51 77
Assists Player  
Northern Iowa S. Tuttle 63
Southern Illinois S. O'Brien 38
Quickchart Matchup
Northern Iowa Off vs  Southern Illinois Defense
65.1 Points For
60.9 Points Against
47.5 FG%
42.9 FG%
29.6 Reb
26.1 Reb
Southern Illinois Off vs  Northern Iowa Defense
60.1 Points For
54.9 Points Against
41.4 FG%
37.8 FG%
26.1 Reb
26.6 Reb