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Redhawks Look to Make it Five-Straight at EKU Saturday

Southeast Missouri (10-6, 3-0 OVC) at Eastern Kentucky (7-6, 1-1 OVC)
Game Information
Date: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
Tipoff: 3:00 p.m., CT
Location: Richmond, Ky.
Arena: McBrayer Arena
Series: Southeast trails 13-30
Head Coaches: Rekha Patterson (10-6, First Season); Chrissy Roberts (89-122, Seventh Season)

Media Information 
Radio: SEMO ESPN 92.9 FM (Erik Sean) | Listen Live
Live Video: OVC Digital Network
Live Stats: EKUSports.com
Twitter Updates: @SEMOwbb
Game Notes: Southeast Missouri | Eastern Kentucky
 
Showdown at EKU
Southeast Missouri (10-6, 3-0 OVC) will continue its road trip when it plays at Eastern Kentucky (7-6, 1-1 OVC) Saturday afternoon. The Redhawks and Colonels are set to tip off at 3 p.m., CT, from McBrayer Arena in Richmond, Kentucky.
 
Follow the Redhawks
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on SEMO ESPN 92.9 FM. Erik Sean will provide play-by-play on the broadcast. Fans can download the SEMO ESPN app to listen to live broadcasts of Redhawks basketball all season long. Live stats can be accessed online at EKUSports.com. Live Twitter updates are available on the official Twitter page of the Redhawks, @SEMOwbb. The game will also be streamed for free on the OVC Digital Network.
 
Series History
Southeast Missouri trails the all-time series, 13-30. The Redhawks are 5-17 in McBrayer Arena. Southeast will look to snap a four-game losing streak to the Colonels. Prior to losing four-straight to EKU, Southeast had won nine of the previous 10 meetings. Southeast's last win came in Richmond on Feb. 10, 2011, 64-57. The Redhawks narrowly lost last years' meeting, 57-54.
 
Let's Recap
Southeast Missouri remained perfect in Ohio Valley Conference play Thursday with an 89-79 road victory at Morehead State. Southeast exploded for 28 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and swipe the win away from the Eagles. Bri Mitchell exploded for 13 points in the fourth quarter, finishing with a team-high 21 points. Corneisha Henderson finished her career night with 19 points and three 3-pointers.
 
Looking at the Eastern Kentucky Colonels
Eastern Kentucky enters Saturday's game with a 1-1 record in OVC play and is 7-6 overall. The Colonels are coming off a 70-61 win over OVC powerhouse UT Martin on Thursday. The Colonels are led this season by Jalen O'Bannon who averages 15.4 points a game. O'Bannon has been named OVC Newcomer of the Week four times. She has earned a double-double in each of the last three games. Her 9.1 rebounds a game leads the OVC this season.
 
Looking Ahead
The Redhawks will return home for a single game on Jan. 13 when they host Jacksonville State. Tipoff against the Gamecocks is slated for 5:30 p.m. at the Show Me Center. Southeast will then open a two-game road swing beginning at Tennessee Tech on Jan. 16 and ending at SIUE on Jan. 20.
 
A Great Start to OVC Play
Southeast Missouri's perfect 3-0 start in Ohio Valley Conference play is its best since the 1998-99 season. The Redhawks won their conference opener for the first time since the 2006-07 season. In its three OVC games, Southeast is outscoring its opponents by nine points a game and shooting a very respectable 47% from the field. From the free-throw line, Southeast is shooting 77% with 52 made free throws. In OVC-only games, Southeast leads the league with 81.7 points per game and .468 team field goal percentage. The 1998-99 went on to remain perfect for four games to open league play. The Redhawks have never opened OVC play 5-0.
 
Patience at the Line
A major improvement for the Redhawks this season is their free-throw shooting. Southeast is currently shooting 71% from the stripe. Southeast's 221 made free throws ranks 24th in the country. Individually, Imani Johnson's 89.4% average is 17th-best in the country. Johnson was riding a 29-free throw streak to start the season before snapping it against Belmont. Southeast's 28 made free throws in the Tennessee State game is a league-best this season.
 
Back on the Right Track
With Thursday's win over Belmont, the Redhawks statistically improved to a positive scoring margin for the first time since Dec. 2. After the loss to Missouri, Southeast's scoring margin fell to -4.4. Since then, Southeast has gone 6-2 and outscored its opponents, 549-495, with a +7.7 scoring margin. Southeast is also outshooting its opponents, .452 to .396, from the field over the span. The Redhawks are pulling down 3.9 more rebounds than their opponents.
 
In Front of the Home Crowd
Southeast is 5-2 in the Show Me Center this season. In home games, Southeast averages 76 points a game, 7.7 more than its opponents. Southeast shoots .429 on the Show Me Center floor. The Redhawks are a home win shy of matching their total home wins from a season ago (6-7).
 
Rebounding is What We Do Best
The Redhawks are among the best rebounding teams in the nation. Southeast Missouri ranks eighth nationally in total rebounds with 697 this season, which is second-most in the OVC to Morehead State (762). Southeast ranks 33rd in rebounds per game, averaging 43.56 a game. The Redhawks are 7-1 when they outrebound their opponents this season and have a +3.5 rebounding margin.
 
Painting the Court Red
The Redhawks are averaging 32.4 points in the paint per game this season. Southeast drained a season-high 48 points in the pain at Morehead on Thursday. The Redhawks have scored 30 or more points in the paint in 11 of their 16 games. The Redhawks are 8-3 in those contests.
 
Put Me In, Coach
The Redhawks' bench has been big this season, putting up 30.3 points a game. The bench has scored 42% of the team's points this season. The bench scored a season-high 49 points against William Woods and 46 against Tennessee State last week. The Redhawks are 5-2 when the bench scores 30 or more points. A bench player has scored double-figure points 23 times this season.
 
 
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