Pregame notes: USI at Bellarmine

Basic info: Southern Indiana (13-3, 5-1 GLVC) at Bellarmine (13-2, 6-0 GLVC), 7 p.m. CST Monday at Knights Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.

Pregame story: USI men’s top-ranked offense to meet Bellarmine’s top-ranked defense

Live Stream: GLVC Sports Network; WEOA 98.5 FM/1400 AM; WPSR 90.7 FM

PROBABLE STARTERS

Southern Indiana:  Jeril Taylor (6-4, Jr., G, 17.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg); Bobo Drummond (5-10, So., G, 12.7 ppg, 4.1 apg); Alex Stein (6-3, Fr., G, 14.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.8 apg); George Edwards (6-6, Sr., F, 13.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg); Shane Seniour (6-8, Sr., F, 7.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg).

Bellarmine: Al Davis (5-9, Jr., 8.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.6 apg); Rusty Troutman (6-5, Jr., 19.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.0 apg); Michael Parrish (5-8, Sr., 7.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg); George Suggs (6-10, Sr., 10.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg); Yasin Kolo (6-10, 12.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg).

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Noting USI: The Eagles are unranked in the coaches’ poll, but No. 15 in the Media Top 25 … USI is 0-1 against ranked teams, falling to Midwestern State in November … The Eagles are coming off a 1-1 week, losing to Quincy (96-92) Thursday and beating Truman State (81-64) Saturday. Bobo Drummond sunk a combined 10 3-pointers and George Edwards pulled down 25 rebounds in those contests … USI leads the GLVC in scoring (88.8 points per game) and are second in shooting (50.3 percent) … The Eagles have played just two road games this season and won both (at Rockhurst, at William Jewell) … USI are already 2-0 at Knights Hall this season, sweeping both games in the Bellarmine Classic … The Eagles lead the all-time series against the Knights, 49-36, with an 8-6 advantage in Knights Hall since 2000.

Noting Bellarmine: The Knights are ranked No. 9 in the coaches’ poll and No. 5 in the media poll … Bellarmine is riding a nine-game winning streak and are the defending Midwest Region champion … The Knights advanced to the Division II semifinals last spring at Evansville’s Ford Center … Bellarmine boasts the stingiest defense in the GLVC, allowing just 66.7 points on 40.4 percent field goal shooting … The Knights also lead the league offensively in shooting at 51.3 percent … Bellarmine won both meetings with USI last year, 83-70 on the road and 67-54 at home … Knights’ freshman forward Adam Eberhard went to high school at Evansville Memorial, and has been their sixth-man this season.

Pregame notes: USI at Rockhurst

Basic info: Southern Indiana (10-2, 2-0 GLVC) at Rockhurst (6-4, 1-1 GLVC), 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Halpin Field House in Kansas City, Missouri.

Pregame story: Winning translating to team chemistry for USI men

Live Stream: GLVC Sports Network; WEOA 98.5 FM/1400 AM; WPSR 90.7 FM

PROBABLE STARTERS

Southern Indiana:  Jeril Taylor (6-4, Jr., G, 16.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg); Bobo Drummond (5-10, So., G, 11.8 ppg, 4.3 apg); Alex Stein (6-3, Fr., G, 14.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg); George Edwards (6-6, Sr., F, 13.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg); Shane Seniour (6-8, Sr., F, 7.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg).

Rockhurst: Malachi Nix (5-8, Jr., G, 13.8 ppg, 5.5 apg); John Burke (6-2, Sr., G, 5.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg); Austin LeVan (6-3, Fr., G, 15.8 ppg, 2.7 apg); Adam Fatkin (6-5, Jr., F, 9.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg); Alex Hagan (6-7, So., F, 8.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg).

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Noting USI: For the first time this year, the Eagles received votes for a top 25 poll — the NCAA Division II Media Poll. … USI rides a six-game winning streak after eclipsing the century mark for the third time this season in its last game against Purdue North Central on Dec. 30. … The Eagles are outscoring opponents by 27.5 points during the winning streak and shooting 52.2 percent from the field over that span. … Drummond is coming off a career-high 10 assist game against PNC in which he also chipped in 10 points and had no turnovers. … USI is playing in its first true road game of the season as all four games away from home have been at neutral-site courts. … The Eagles lead the all-time series against Rockhurst, 14-1.

Noting Rockhurst: The Hawks are in the first year under head coach Drew Diener, a former NAIA Championship coach with Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee, Wisc. … RU enters the game undefeated at 4-0 on its home court this season. … Defense has been the strength of the Hawks so far as they have limited opposing teams to just 39.6 percent from the field (28.6 from behind the 3-point arc) and have allowed 68.5 points per game so far. … LeVan leads RU in scoring, free throw percentage (92.3), 3-point percentage (42.9) and 3s made per game (3.0). … Nix is currently the leading assist man in the league with 5.5 per game, though he is prone to turnovers (3.4 per game). He also plays more than anyone on the Hawks with more than 32 minutes per game… RU has split its two GLVC contests, beating Truman State 78-72 on the road and losing at Quincy 77-67.

Hello world!

Just trying to keep up with this will be a challenge, but USI sports — especially USI men’s and women’s basketball — should provide plenty of fodder. This is Thanksgiving week, so the men’s and women’s teams have a shortened practice schedule. But they still have to prepare for this weekend’s games: the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic for the men, which runs Friday and Saturday at the Physical Activities Center, and the USI Thanksgiving Classic for the women, which will go Saturday and Sunday at the PAC. Interesting note for the women’s team: Chancellor Dugan, who turned the USI women’s team into a national power in the 1990s, returns as the coach of Bellarmine University’s team this weekend. USI coach Rick Stein, now the winningest coach in the team’s history, was her longtime assistant.