JSU looks to extend streak vs SIUE
Jacksonville State (22-8, 14-3) vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (10-19, 6-11)
Sam M. Vadalabene Center, Edwardsville, Illinois; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Jacksonville State looks for its seventh straight conference win against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Jacksonville State’s last OVC loss came against the UT Martin Skyhawks 66-64 on Feb. 7. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville is coming off a 76-68 win at home over Tennessee Tech in its most recent game.
TEAM LEADERS: Jason Burnell is averaging 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds to lead the charge for the Gamecocks. Marlon Hunter is also a primary contributor, producing 13.1 points and four rebounds per game. The Cougars have been led by Tyresse Williford, who is averaging 13.3 points.
JUMPING FOR JASON: Burnell has connected on 31.7 percent of the 82 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 3 of 12 over the last five games. He’s also made 79.9 percent of his foul shots this season.
WINLESS WHEN: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville is 0-16 this year when it scores 75 points or fewer and 10-3 when it scores at least 76.
UNBEATEN WHEN: Jacksonville State is a perfect 14-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 40 percent or less. The Gamecocks are 8-8 when allowing opponents to shoot any better than that.
DID YOU KNOW: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville has attempted the second-most free throws among all OVC teams. The Cougars have averaged 22.3 free throws per game this season.