The Indiana State Sycamores and the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles meet in college basketball action from the Screaming Eagles Arena on Sunday.
The Indiana State Sycamores will try to build on their current five-game win streak after a 74-71 win over Southern Illinois last time out. Courvoisier McCauley leads the Sycamores in scoring with 17.3 PPG and 5.2 RPG while Cameron Henry has 11.4 PPG with a team-high 5.4 RPG and 3.7 APG as the only other double-digit scorer for Indiana State as well as the Sycamores’ top rebounder and assist man up to this point in the season. As a team, Indiana State is averaging 83.1 points per game on 48% shooting from the field, 35% from three point range and 75.1% from the foul line this season.
The Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles will try to add to their 78-47 win over subdivision Anderson in their last game. Jelani Simmons leads Southern Indiana in scoring with 15.7 PPG along with 3.3 RPG while Trevor Lakes has 11.9 PPG with 6 RPG and Tyler Henry and Gary Solomon each have 10+ PPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for Southern Indiana up to this point in the season. Jacob Polakovich has 9.9 PPG with a team-high 9.1 RPg to lead Southern Indiana on the glass while Isaiah Swope has 9.1 PPG and a team-high 3.1 APG to lead the Screaming Eagles in assists up to this point in the year. As a team, Southern Indiana is averaging 74.6 PPG on 46.5% shooting from the field, 39.6% from three and 66.4% from the foul line this season.
Indiana State is 3-8 ATs in their last 11 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a win while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games following an ATS win.
I get the case to be made for Southern Indiana at home here, but the problem I have is that the Sycamores are just the more talented team from top to bottom here. Southern Indiana’s represented well in spots so far this season, but Indiana State’s just on another level right now and one that I don’t think Southern Indiana can match. Give me the Sycamores here.