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
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).
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.