Dawgs Go For 5-0: Saluki men’s basketball hasn’t been 5-0 since the Matt Painter season in 2003. They can be 5-0 with a win tonight at SIU Arena versus the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland University. The high-scoring Grizz are 1-1, but just how good are they, Barry Hinson?
Tipoff’s at 7, Mike Reis and Greg Starrick pregame on the air at 6 on 105.1 VZA.
Inside Saluki Women’s Basketball coach’s show with Cindy Stein and Bryce Williams airs tonight at the special time of 5:30.
One other game tonight involving a Valley team, Illinois State plays #2 Maryland at the Cancun Challenge.
Last night in the Valley, Drake knocked off Western Kentucky in overtime, 81-79.
Indiana State edged Hofstra, 67-66.
Big Ten last night: Illinois rallied from 8 down at halftime and beat Chicago State 82-79 on Jalen Coleman-Lands’ buzzer beater.
The new polls are out, after losing to Tulsa, Wichita State drops from 9th to 20th in both the Associate Press and Coaches Polls. Northern Iowa, after beating #1 North Carolina, gets enough votes for 32nd in the AP poll.
On The Case: The NFL will hold a mandatory conference call today to discuss why Rams QB Case Keenum was not removed from Sunday’s loss to the Ravens after suffering an apparent concussion late in the game. Rams coach Jeff Fisher says the team’s trainer went onto to the field when he saw Keenum down, but was waved off by an official. Keenum was allowed to stay in the game. If Keenum passes all protocols, he will start again Sunday in Cincinnati.
Out Clause-n: The Chicago Bears have cut backup QB Jimmy Clausen and promote David Fales from the practice squad.
Monday Night Football: Patriots beat the Bills 20-13. New England is 10-0.
Hockey: The Blues score twice in the 3rd period and win in Buffalo, 2-1.
Second, Best: Saluki volleyball swept Wichita State Friday but got swept at Missouri State Saturday. They finish their best regular season ever with a record of 23-8 and 14-4 in league play. Southern locks up the #2 seed and a first round bye for the Missouri Valley Conference tournament in Springfield, MO this weekend. SIU will play the winner of Loyola and the hosts Missouri State Friday night at 7:30pm.
The Real College Football Playoff: The FCS bracket is set and 5 Missouri Valley teams make it in. Illinois State gets a 2 seed, they’ll get the winner of Western Illinois and Dayton in round 2, the Leather necks sneak in at 6-5. North Dakota State a 3 seed, they will face the winner of South Dakota State and Montana in the next round. The Grizzlies handed the Bison one of their two losses. Also this Saturday, Northern Iowa hosts Eastern Illinois, the winner goes to Portland State for round 2.
Glen Steps Aside: There’s already one coaching vacancy in the Valley, as South Dakota head coach Joe Glenn announced his retirement yesterday. The Coyotes were 12-34 in four Seasons under Glenn, but did upset North Dakota State in Fargo this season for his 200th win. Glenn coached 28 seasons and won a national championship at Montana in 2001.
Rams Stumble In Baltimore: The Case Keenum Era in St. Louis got off to a sloppy and losing start as the Rams lost in Baltimore, 16-13. Keenum started for Nick Foles and managed just 132 yards passing, but it was his 3rd fumble of the day that set up Justin Tucker to kick the game winning field goal with time running out. Keenum’s late cough-up was one of 4 Rams turnover on the day. Rams fall to 4-6, they’re in Cincinnati next Sunday.
Bears Get Brocked: In Chicago, the Bears lost to the Broncos 17-15. Brock Osweiler was effective in his first start for Peyton Manning, but the Bears were in it until the end. Jeremy Langford’s touchdown run with 24 seconds left gave the Bears a chance to tie it with a 2 point conversion, but his run up the middle went nowhere, and John Fox fails to beat his former team. The Bears are 4-6,they go to Green Bay this Thanksgiving night.
Preseason WNIT at the Arena: Saluki women’s basketball hosts the consolation bracket of the Women’s Preseason NIT at SIU Arena this weekend. Southern plays Siena tonight at 630, and the winner of either Alabama State or Tennessee State tomorrow night at 630. Tonight’s game is on 105-1 VZA with Mike Trude and Kelly Burke starting at 610. Same pregame time tomorrow night on US 97-7.
Dawgs Go For 4-0, Football Playing Spoiler: Saluki men’s basketball looks for their first 4-0 start since 2008 tomorrow at Sam Houston State. Bryce Williams calls that at noon tomorrow on 105-1 VZA. That’s followed by Saluki football’s season finale at Northern Iowa. All the Dawgs have left is to spoil the Panthers’ playoff hopes. A UNI win and they’re probably in the FCS bracket. That game kicks at 4, our pregame coverage starts immediately following the basketball game on 105.1.
Huge weekend for Saluki volleyball: They can take over first place in the Missouri Valley with a win at Wichita State tonight. Southern beat the Shockers in Carbondale a few weeks ago. Even then, Justin Ingram’s club may also need a win at 3rd place Missouri State tomorrow night to wrap up first. SIU can finish anywhere from 1st to 3rd in the league.
NFL last night: Jacksonville beat Tennessee 19-13. Sunday, Case Keenum starts at QB for the Rams in Baltimore in place of Nick Foles. The Bears host the Broncos, no Peyton Manning…Brock Osweiler gets the start for Denver.
Hockey: The Blues beat Buffalo in a shootout, 3-2. The Blackhawks visit Calgary tonight.
NBA: The Chicago Bulls visit the undefeated Golden State Warriors tonight.
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Dawgs are 3-0: Saluki men’s basketball never trailed in beating Kent State last night 72-69 at the Arena. Anthony Beane tied a career-high with 32 points. 11 for Mike Rodriguez, 10 for Tyler Smithpeters. The Dawgs led by as much as 11, but went without a field goal for over 7 minutes, and needed to hit 9 of its last 10 free throws and some timely defense to seal the win. Southern hasn’t been 3-0 since 2012. They’ll go for four in a row Saturday at Sam Houston State.
Elsewhere in the Valley last night: Loyola got popped at New Mexico, 75-51 in their Mountain West Challenge game.
Big Ten: Matt Painter and #21 Purdue are 3-0, they beat Incarnate Word 96-61.
Illinois lost their Big East challenge game at Providence 60-59. The Illini are 1-2.
MLB: Make it three postseason awards for the Cubs in 3 days. Jake Arrieta wins the National League Cy Young Award over the Dodgers’ Zach Greinke. Arrieta arguably had one of the best second halves ever, winning 11 of his last 12 starts, with an ERA of .75 after the All-Star Break. He joins Joe Maddon’s Manager of the Year honors and Kris Bryant Rookie of the Year selection.
NBA: The Chicago Bulls, playing without Derrick Rose and his injured ankle, win in Phoenix 105-97.
Hockey: The Blackhawks beat in Edmonton in overtime, 4-3. The Blues skate at Buffalo tonight.
Saluki men’s basketball will try to avenge one of their worst losses of last season tonight at SIU Arena as Kent State comes to town. The Flashes dealt the Dawgs a 74-51 loss in Ohio almost exactly a year ago. Head coach Barry Hinson hasn’t forgotten…
Our pregame is on the air tonight at 6 on 105.1 VZA with Mike Reis and Greg Starrick.
Other Valley teams in action yesterday:
9th ranked Wichita State was upset at home by Tulsa, 77-67.
Northern Iowa beat Stephen F Austin 70-60
Evansville beat Marian University of Indianapolis, 84-59.
Maddon is the Man: Cubs manager Joe Maddon was named National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers. Maddon led the Cubs to a franchise-best 97 wins and a trip to the NLCS. It’s the 3rd time Maddon’s picked up the honor, he won it twice in the AL in Tampa Bay. Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny finished second followed by Mets manager Terry Collins.
Foles Benched: The St. Louis Rams benched quarterback Nick Foles late in Sunday’s loss to the Bears. And now the Rams say Case Keenum will get the start this Sunday in Baltimore. Foles has just one touchdown pass in his last four games, he’s last in the league in passing yards among starting QB’s, and 29th in passer rating. Keenum started two games for the Texans last season.
NBA: The Chicago Bulls are in Phoenix tonight. Derrick Rose is a question mark after leaving spraining an ankle in Monday night’s win over Indiana.
Hockey: The Blues lose in Columbus 3-1. Tonight, the Blackhawks skate at Edmonton.