Loyola Weekend: It’s Saluki women’s basketball game night, as Southern travels to Chicago for a rematch with Loyola. The physical Ramblers beat SIU in overtime back on January 10th in Carbondale. Both clubs tied for second place with 6-3 Valley records. Bryce Williams calls it starting at 6:40 on 105.1 VZA. The women travel to 1-8 Bradley for a 2:00 game on Sunday.
The Saluki men will welcome Loyola to the Arena tomorrow night looking to snap a season-high 3 game losing streak. Dawgs took down the Ramblers to begin Valley play, and Loyola started 0-5, but have been 3-3 since. Mike Reis and Greg Starrick with the pregame beginning at 6 tomorrow on 105.1 VZA. Southern’s in a 4-way tie for second place with Evansville, Indiana State and Illinois State. The Aces host Missouri State tomorrow, Illinois State hosts Wichita State, while Indiana State is at last place Bradley. Also tomorrow, Northern Iowa travels to Drake looking for their 4th win in a row.
Hello Redbirds: We have high school basketball tonight on 1300 The Fan as West Frankfort visits Benton in a Franklin County showdown. Rick Westermeier and Brady Haupt will call it starting at about 745 on 1300 The Fan and 1300thefan.com. The Redbirds visit Pinckneyville tomorrow night.
In girls action last night:
Benton beat Murphysboro 61-49, Mount Vernon over Marion 63-48, Carterville 66, Pinckneyville 31
Nashville topped DuQuoin 51-33, they finish 10-0 in the River to River Mississippi.
Johnston City defeated Carmi White County 51-41 to finish the Black Diamond East at 10-0.
Cobden over Trico 53-36, Sesser-Valier/Waltonville big over Zeigler-Royalton 64-12, Christopher 52, Woodlawn 47.
Hockey: The Blues lose to San Jose, 3-1. The Blackhawks beat the Coyotes in overtime, 5-4.
No Shocker: SIU men’s basketball has now lost 3 in a row, they lose at Wichita State last night 76-55. The 21st ranked Shockers jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never trailed. Dawgs cut the lead to 1 on two occasions in the first half, but couldn’t take the lead. Shockers led by 9 at the half, started the 2nd half on a 7-0 run and put the Dawgs to bed. Head coach Barry Hinson couldn’t fault the effort…
Anthony Beane led all scorers with 20 and passed Darren Brooks for 5th place on the all-time school scoring list, Bola Olanyian with a career high 16 rebounds to go with 7 points.
Southern’s still in second place, but they have company. It’s now a 4-way tie for 2nd after Northern Iowa beat Evansville, 57-54 in Cedar Falls, and Illinois State beat Loyola 78-70. Indiana State won Tuesday night, so the Dawgs, Aces, Redbirds and Sycamores are all 7-4. Loyola comes to town Saturday night for the rescheduled Black Out Cancer Game.
Saluki football welcomed 22 new recruits on National Signing Day yesterday, including 3 local players: Chester DL Jordan Berner, Murphysboro RB Clay Rendleman, and Johnston City kicker Nico Gualdoni. New head coach and DuQuoin native Nick Hill says the locals will get every opportunity to compete for playing time.
Saluki men’s basketball will have to shake their 2-game losing streak tonight at 21st ranked Wichita State. The Dawgs are still in a second-place tie with Evansville in the MVC, three games behind the Shockers. WSU routed the Dawgs 83-58 back on January 9th. Greg Marshall’s club has won 11 straight and is arguably playing their best ball of the season after an injury-plagued pre-conference season.
(Marshall on getting better)
Tipoff is at 8pm, Mike Reis and Greg Starrick have the pregame beginning at 7 on 105-1 VZA.
Last night in the Valley, both last-place teams lost on the road:
Indiana State beat Drake, 63-56. The Sycamores have won 8 in a row at home, and are now a half-game behind SIU and Evansville.
Missouri State topped Bradley, 77-71. Chris Kendrix led the Bears with a career-high 21.
Two other Valley games tonight: Evansville is at Northern Iowa, and Illinois State visits Loyola.
High school boys scores:
West Frankfort beat DuQuoin 55-50
Johnston City beat Zeigler-Royalton 79-55
Christopher beat Trico 74-54
Chester 52, Goreville 35
Woodlawn 57, Sesser-Valier 36
Crab Orchard 71, Thompsonville 53
In girls action, DuQuoin beat Anna-Jonesboro on Senior Night, 55-46
It’s National Signing Day in college football, and new Saluki head coach Nick Hill will unveil his first recruiting class at a public reception tonight at 6pm in the Stadium Club at Saluki Stadium. Doors open at 5:30 and fans can even purchase season tickets at the event. Hill will hold a signing press day press conference today at 3.
In other football news, the Missouri Valley Football Conference reached a multi-year deal with ESPN3 to televise more than 50 conference and non-conference games starting this fall.
Hockey: The Blues come out of the All-Star Break and shut out Nashville, 1-0. The Blackhawks won in Colorado, 2-1.
Saluki men’s basketball is in the midst of its first 2-game losing streak of the season, and a trip to 21st ranked Wichita State looms tomorrow night. Speaking at Saluki Basketball Live at Buffalo Wild Wings Monday, upon further review, the Dawgs’ meltdown loss at Northern Iowa Sunday didn’t look as bad to head coach Barry Hinson…
Southern is still tied for second place in the MVC with Evansville, 3 games back of Wichita State. The Dawgs and Shockers play tomorrow night at 8 in Wichita.
The Shockers moved up to #21 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, they remain at #22 in the coaches poll. Fred Van Vleet was named Missouri Valley Player of the Week, he poured in 32 points in Sunday’s win over Evansville.
There’s two Valley games tonight: Drake visits Illinois State, Bradley visits Missouri State.
We have high school basketball tonight on 1300 The Fan, as West Frankfort hosts DuQuoin, Rick Westermeier and Brady Haupt call it starting at about 745 on 1300 The Fan and streaming live at 1300thefan.com.
In girl action last night:
Harrisburg beat Murphysboro 50-41
West Frankfort topped Herrin 69-64
Massac County over Carterville 45-43
Johnston City wrapped up the Black Diamond East with a 50-45 win over Vienna
Sesser Valier Waltonville did the same in the Black Diamond West by beating Goreville 61-44.
Christopher topped Chester 52-34
(Photo Credit: Saluki Athletics)
SIU men’s basketball suffered their first true road loss of the year at Northern Iowa, 67-58.
Southern was up by 11 with 6 and a half minutes left in the first half, and looked on their way to snapping a 13-year drought in Cedar Falls. But the Dawgs got distracted, the Panthers discovered Bennett Koch on the inside, he scored a career-high 22, and Southern’s misery at McLeod Center continued.
A frustrated Barry Hinson after the game…
Anthony Beane led the Dawgs with 16, 14 for Sean O’Brien. The Dawgs have dropped 2 in a row, and have to go to league leading Wichita State Wednesday night. The Shockers walloped the Aces, 78-65 behind 32 from Fred Van Vleet. They go to 10-0. SIU and Evansville remain in a 2nd place tie at 7-3.
Saluki women’s basketball, playing without the injured Dyana Pierre, still managed to sweep the ISU’s over the weekend. After bumping off Indiana State Friday, Southern took down Illinois State yesterday 76-71. Rishonda Napier led SIU with 17, Azia Washington with her first double-double of the year, 15 points to go with 11 rebounds.
Head coach Cindy Stein on the winning weekend…
Southern’s now 13-8 and 6-3 in the MVC. They travel to Loyola Friday night.
NBA: The Bulls lose to the Clippers 120-93.