How to Watch, Stream, Listen, Follow
Game Time: 3:30pm CT
Location: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NE
Stream: Fox Sports GO
Radio: 1620AM the Zone in Omaha / 88.7FM in Edwardsville
Odds & Ends
Creighton is favored by 27 points according to Odds Shark. The over/under is set at 165.5.
If you’ve recently burned down your house due to goofing up a turkey fryer, or you just like to burn all of your things, you should probably going through insurance instead of trying to recoup your losses through gambling on sports. If you’re betting your entire life’s savings on Edwardsville beating the spread to start rebuilding from the charred ashes of your domicile, I’d suggest you don’t and call your homeowners insurance instead. If you’re thinking about using your car as a trade chip to earn cash to rebuild your house - the house that used to be the place you played video games, looked at nudie mags, where you pounded beers with the boys in the basement while your wife was watching Breaking Bad upstairs, where your daughter took her first (and last — long story) steps, where your brother punched you so hard in the stomach that you had to get surgery, where you cried after you saw that “documentary” about the penned up whale named Willy, where you were overall just a shitty person, I’d suggest you don’t do that and go through the proper channels with your insurance company. It makes a lot more sense. Don’t be stupid, guy who burned his house down.
Creighton and SIU-Edwardsville have never met on the hardwood, but Coach McDermott has played the Cougars in his coaching tenure when he was at Iowa State. In their lone game, McDermott beat SIU-E 91-55 back in 2009.
Verba de Ludis
The tryptophan high is wearing off, isn’t it?
All that delicious turkey, in copious amounts, makes you a little sleepy. Your eyes rolling into the back of your head as the dreams about playing a set with Nirvana in the early 90s begins to overwhelm your senses.
It’s OK. Keep sleeping. You won’t miss much in this game.
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. There isn’t a whole lot that’s notable about this little public university just a handful of miles across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. The town was named after Ninian Edwards, the 3rd governor of Illinois, who liked to eradicate Native Americans from, “his lands,” and proceeded to send armed militias to Native American tribes to, well, you know the story. At the time, the Illinois territory consisted of the titular state, as well as all of Wisconsin, parts of Minnesota, and the UP in Michigan. That’s a lot of land! Well, Ninian didn’t care, and in 1812, while the titular war against the redcoats was burning and churning, Ninian headed toward Peoria and burned tribes, killed innocents, and waged a chaotic war that left the Native Americans across the country royally pissed off at the United States. President James Madison grew ever more pissed with Ninian, knowing how important the natives were to this country, so naturally Ninain hid out in Kentucky for a while until the 5-0 died down. As it happens in this country, even today, Ninian was elected to serve two more terms. Two years after he left office he died of cholera.
The Cougars brought back one of their top three scorers during a 6-24 campaign last season in 6’8 220lb forward Jalen Henry. Junior Daniel Kinchen has taken a large role with the team, hanging in for dear life for 88% of the minutes played so far this season. As a tweener 1/2 Kinchen has been the primary catalyst for the offensive side of the board, chucking up, on average, 16.2 shots per game.
On the defensive side of the ball the Cougars are really, really, really not good. While they were able to beat the Stetson Hatters, the SIUE let Valpo pour 94 on ‘em, let Purdue drop 105, and lost to Western Illinois 69-67.
On average, their defensive possessions last about 15 seconds, letting opponents shoot an eFG% of 55%. They don’t force a lot of turnovers. They foul a lot, with opposing teams to score 28% of their points from the free throw line.
If Creighton needed a game to polish their free throw game, this is certainly it. In fact, if Creighton needed a confidence booster after that rock fight against Baylor, they couldn’t have picked a better opponent. This will give fans a chance to potentially see Jordan Scurry launch some threes with double digit minutes remaining in the second half.
This will be a bloodbath of epic proportions.