Now that Great Lakes Valley Conference teams have played several league games, looking at conference-games-only statistics can prove illuminating. Such as the fact that USI has a significant lead in the category of field-goal percentage defense. Opponents are averaging just 38.4 percent from the field against the Eagles. This goes a long way in explaining why USI has won some games that it may not have deserved to win because of a poor shooting night. Make sure your opponent has an even poorer shooting night and you’ll probably win. In second, by the way, is Wisconsin-Parkside at 40.9 percent.
Also, despite its miserable performance on the boards in the loss at Illinois-Springfield, USI leads the GLVC in rebound margin at plus-11.5, well-ahead of second-place Kentucky Wesleyan’s plus-8.2. USI also leads in blocked-shot average, at 5.5 per game. In last place? Archrival Kentucky Wesleyan, at 0.75. But that must not mean much to the Panthers — they’re undefeated for the season.
One more thing: the conference leader in defensive rebounds per game is NOT USI. It’s USI’s Thursday night opponent, Saint Joseph’s, at 28.25 per game (the Eagles, however, are second at 28.0).