Southeast Missouri (3-1) vs. Louisiana Tech (2-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, November 19, 4:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McKenzie Arena (11,218) -- Chattanooga, Tennessee. Television: None. Home Record: SEMO 2-0, LaTech 1-0. Away Record: SEMO 1-1, LaTech 0-1. Neutral Record: SEMO 0-0, LaTech 1-0. Conference Record: SEMO 0-0, LaTech 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 2-2.
GAME NOTES: Enjoying a three-game win streak early in the season, the Redhawks of Southeast Missouri now set their sights on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs as the two teams tangle in subregional action of the 2012 CBE Classic at McKenzie Arena on Monday afternoon.
Since losing the season opener to Kansas on the road by a score of 74-55, the Redhawks have been perfect with three straight wins by double figures. Victories over lesser teams in Lyon College and McNeese State were followed by a 77-65 triumph versus Chattanooga in this same building on Sunday.
As for the Bulldogs, they too have a record above .500 in the early going with wins over Arkansas-Little Rock and Troy yesterday by a score of 70-46.
The Redhawks won the most recent meeting between the teams back in 2007 with a 59-54 victory, tying the all-time series at two games apiece in the process.
Tomorrow these two teams will be back in action in this event yet again, with SEMO clashing with Troy and the Bulldogs competing with host Chattanooga.
The Redhawks began their meeting with Chattanooga on a 7-0 run and never looked back, shooting an impressive 55.3 percent from the field overall after converting a sizzling 69.6 percent in the second half alone. Corey Wilford came off the bench to tally 21 points and five rebounds, followed by Tyler Stone with 16 and a game-high 11 rebounds, his point production matched by Marland Smith off the bench. A.J. Jones chipped in 10 points as the team managed to survive 16 turnovers and just three offensive rebounds. On the glass, SEMO was very weak when trying to hold off the Mocs who collected a staggering 18 offensive rebounds and yet still somehow lost by double figures. The Redhawks have had a different leading scorer in every game this season, which either means the squad has good balance or is inconsistent, but it seems like it might be the former since there are four players scoring in double figures at then moment, led by Stone with his 16.8 ppg. Nino Johnson is averaging a double-double with 13.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest.
The Louisiana Tech defense was all over the Trojans on Sunday as they held the opposition to just five field goals in the first half and 30.0 percent accuracy from the floor overall. The Bulldogs ruled on the glass, 42-30, and allowed Troy just three rebounds at the offensive end of the floor. Cordarius Johnson was the top scorer in the game for the Bulldogs with his 16 points on 3-of-4 shooting behind the three-point line, while Raheem Appleby responded with 15 points as he too converted three of his four opportunities on the perimeter. Overall, LaTech actually shot better beyond the arc (.435) than it did from the field overall (.423) in the meeting. After three games the leading scorer for the Bulldogs is Johnson with his 14.3 ppg, while Kenneth Smith is responsible for 7.3 rpg which has helped the program to clear close to 40 per game in the early going.
As long as the Redhawks can share the scoring load they'll have a shot at picking up the win today.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Southeast Missouri 71, Louisiana Tech 67
11/19 10:32:32 ET