January 16, 2007
USI welcomes GLVC rivals back to the PAC
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The 10th-ranked University of Southern Indiana men's basketball hopes to get back on track when it welcomes old-time GLVC rivals Bellarmine University and Northern Kentucky University to the Physical Activities Center this week. USI plays Bellarmine Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and NKU Saturday at 3:15 p.m.
This week's games are the first visits to the PAC by Bellarmine and NKU since January of 2005, prior to the GLVC splitting into divisions.
USI (16-2, 5-2 GLVC) starts this week's action looking to rebound from the 76-74 overtime road loss to Quincy University, who rose to ninth in the latest top-25 poll. The Screaming Eagles had started last week's play with a 63-54 road win over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
USI senior center Rashard Sullivan
(Miami, Florida) led the Eagles in the split with 13.0 points per game (ppg) and 3.0 blocks per game (bpg), while ranking second on the squad with 6.5 rebounds per game (rpg) and 2.5 assists per game (apg).
For the season, senior guard Melvin Hall
(Evansville, Indiana) heads the scoring column with 15.6 ppg and continues to lead the GLVC with 3.7 three-point field goals per game. Hall needs just 15 three-point field goals to tie his single-season school record (82) that he set last year.
Sullivan follows Hall on the season scorecard with 13.2 ppg, while junior guard Kenny Page
(Indianapolis, Indiana) is dropping in 11.1 ppg. Page leads the team with 4.3 apg, while senior forward Marty Wise
(New Orleans, Louisiana) tops the rebounding chart with 7.3 rpg.
In the GLVC action, Page is USI's top scorer and assist man with 13.7 ppg and 3.3 apg.
The Knights (8-7, 4-3 GLVC) of Bellarmine swept their GLVC games at home last week, defeating the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 73-53, and the University of Missouri-Rolla, 85-72. Bellarmine has won five of its last seven with the victories.
BU junior guard Adam Barmes, a local product from Ferdinand, Indiana, leads the Knights with 12.9 ppg. He is followed by junior center Dzaflo Larkai, who is dropping 12.7 ppg.
USI leads the all-time series with Bellarmine, 41-24, and has won the last six meetings. The Eagles also have won the last seven match-ups at the PAC.
The Norse of NKU start the week Thursday evening at Kentucky Wesleyan College and are on a four-game winning streak. They also swept UMR and UMSL last week with scores of 81-73 and 68-53, respectively.
NKU senior guard Steven Wright leads the Norse with 16.0 ppg and 5.2 rpg. He is followed by senior guard Kevin Schappell, who is averaging 12.3 ppg off the bench.
The Eagles lead the all-time series with the Norse, 40-16, and won the only meeting of 2005-06, 75-56, in Highland Heights, Kentucky. USI also has won the last six meeting with the Norse and the last eight contests at the PAC, dating back to the 1996 NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament.
NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Jan. 16, 2007)
1. Winona State, Minn. (8), 15-0
2. Clayton State, Ga., 15-0
3. Central Missouri, 14-0
4. Bentley, Mass., 16-0
5. Minnesota State, 17-1
6. Findlay, Ohio, 14-1
7. Emporia State, Kan., 14-0
8. Grand Valley State, Mich., 14-2
9. Quincy, Ill., 14-2
10. Southern Indiana, 16-2
11. Metropolitan State, Colo., 13-2
12. Cal State-San Bernardino, 10-2
13. Millersville, Pa., 15-1
14. Virginia Union, 9-1
15. Northwest Missouri State, 12-3
16. Southeastern Oklahoma State, 12-2
17. Delta State, Mi