No. 8 seed Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (10-20, 6-12) vs. No. 5 seed Morehead State (12-19, 8-10)
Ohio Valley Conference Tourney First Round, Ford Center, Evansville, Indiana; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Morehead State are prepared to face off in the opening round of the OVC tournament. The only regular season meeting came on Jan. 31, when the Cougars shot 55.6 percent from the field while limiting Morehead State’s shooters to just 40 percent en route to a seven-point victory.
STEPPING UP: The Cougars have been led by juniors Brandon Jackson and Tyresse Williford. Jackson has averaged 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds while Williford has put up 13.2 points per game. The Eagles have been led by Jordan Walker and A.J. Hicks. Walker has averaged 15.6 points while Hicks has put up 12.2 points and 5.5 assists per game.
JUMPING FOR JORDAN: Walker has connected on 39.3 percent of the 168 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 9 of 30 over his last five games. He’s also converted 78.5 percent of his foul shots this season.
WINLESS WHEN: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville is 0-17 when scoring fewer than 75 points and 10-3 when scoring at least 75.
ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Cougars have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Eagles. Morehead State has an assist on 32 of 67 field goals (47.8 percent) over its previous three outings while Southern Illinois-Edwardsville has assists on 43 of 79 field goals (54.4 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville has attempted more free throws per game than any other OVC team. The Cougars have averaged 22.2 free throws per game.
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