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February 26, 2008

Eagles playing for chance at the GLVC Tournament
USI needs wins and help to make the post-season

USI Men's Basketball Game Notes

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team enters the final week of the 2007-08 regular season with its season on the brink as it is looking to lock up a berth in the GLVC Tournament.

USI missed a chance to secure a berth in the tournament last week and fell to fourth in the GLVC West as a result of being swept by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 70-58, and Quincy University, 73-62. The Screaming Eagles trail second place SIUE (15-10, 8-9 GLVC) by one full game and Quincy (13-12, 7-10 GLVC) due to the tie-breaker.

To earn a berth in the GLVC Tournament, USI must have a better week than Quincy. The Eagles need to finish one game better than the Hawks to negate the tie-breaker held by Quincy. Both teams have two games remaining.

USI also has a chance to finish second in the division and host a first round game in the conference tournament. To move up to second, USI needs to sweep its final two games SIUE must lose its final two games and Quincy needs to lose once.

Standing in the way of the Eagles and step one in making the GLVC Tournament are the Miners of the Missouri University of Science and Technology (3-22, 0-17 GLVC) and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (9-16, 4-13 GLVC). Game time Thursday against Missouri S&T is 7:30 p.m., while tip-off against UMSL on Saturday is 3:15 p.m.

SIUE and Quincy also finish out the regular season at home by hosting West-leading Drury University and Rockhurst University.

The Eagles are looking to complete season sweeps of both Missouri S&T and UMSL. USI started the 2008 calendar year with road wins at Missouri S&T, 73-57, and UMSL, 67-44. The Eagles also lead the all-time series against Missouri S&T, 6-2, and against UMSL, 25-11.

Missouri S&T enters this week's action still looking for their first win in the GLVC and are in the midst of an 18-game losing streak. The Tritons of UMSL are coming off a road-trip split last week, but has lost four of their last five contests.

In combination with the women's game on Thursday, the Eagles will be hosting a "Think Pink" night at the PAC. Fans wearing pink and showing up before 5:30 p.m. will be admitted to both games for free, while people who are wearing pink and come after 5:30 p.m. will be admitted for $5.

The USI-UMSL match up on Saturday also is Senior Day for the Screaming Eagles. USI will honor senior guard Tyson Schnitker (Robinson, Illinois) and senior forward Norman Plummer(Cincinnati, Ohio) prior to the 3:15 p.m. tip-off.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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