Redhawks Return To OVC Play at Eastern Kentucky
Jan. 1, 2007
BASKETBALL GAME INFORMATION
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 6:30 p.m. (CST)
Southeast Missouri @ Eastern Kentucky
McBrayer Arena, Richmond, Ky.
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri State is 3-11 overall and 1-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks have lost six straight and eight of their last nine.
Eastern Kentucky is 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the OVC.
THE COACHES: Southeast Missouri is under the direction of new head coach Scott Edgar, an assistant at Tennessee last season, who has served as head coach at Duquesne and Murray State. He has also been an assistant at Tulsa, Arkansas and Alabama-Birmingham. His collegiate head coaching record is 111-106 in his eighth season.
Jeff Neubauer is 22-20 in his second season at Eastern Kentucky.
THE SERIES: Eastern Kentucky leads the series 14-13.
LAST SEASON: The teams split two games with the Redhawks winning 68-62 at the Show Me Center while the Colonels won 80-51 in Richmond, Ky.
SHOOTING IMPROVES: Despite a loss at Iowa State, the Redhawks did have their best shooting day of the season. Against the Cyclones, Southeast shot 56% from the floor, 54% from three and 74% from the line.
FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTE: Freshmen continue to gain more and more playing time. Freshmen average nearly 70 minutes per game out of a possible 200. Against Purdue, freshmen played 103 of the 200 minutes.
Roderick Pearson leads the way, averaging 20.5 minutes per game.
RHODES STEPS UP: Freshman Marcus Rhodes is the Redhawks fourth leading scorer in OVC games only with an average of 10.2 points per game.
TALENTED TRANSFERS: Two highly touted transfers lead Southeast in scoring and rebounding. Brandon Foust, a transfer from Oklahoma, averages 11.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Michael Rembert, a transfer from Bradley, averages 9.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Rembert had a career high 20 points vs. Jacksonville State.
JOHNSON MOVES UP: Junior guard David Johnson is the Redhawks leading scorer in OVC games with an average of 12.8 points per game. He has fully recovered from hernia surgery that forced him to miss all but three games last season. Johnson, who had 20 points against UT Martin, averages 10.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game on the season.
RAYTOWN DUO: Roderick Pearson and JaJuan Maxwell are both from Raytown, Mo. (a suburb of Kansas City), but played at rival high schools. Pearson, a jet quick guard who started the Jacksonville State game, played at Raytown South while Maxwell, a versatile 6-6 player, played for Raytown High School.
Pearson averages 6.1 points per game with a high of 28 points vs. Samford, while Maxwell, who had a career high 11 points at Evansville, averages 6.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
PARADOSKI INJURED: Junior point guard Paul Paradoski suffered a knee injury during practice on Dec. 12. X-rays and an MRI were negative but he has missed the last four games. Paradoski resumed practice on Dec. 26 and is expected to be available for the Eastern Kentucky game.
FREE MISSES HURT: The Redhawks are shooting just .573 from the free throw line. At Purdue on Saturday night, the Redhawks made just 12-28 free throws despite the fact freshman JaJuan Maxwell was 7-7 from the line.
REDHAWKS AWARD: The Southeast coaching staff bestows a Redhawks Award any time a player has points, rebounds and assists that equal 25 or more. Brandon Foust received a Redhawks Award when he had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists vs. Alaska. David Johnson received the award after 20 points, four rebounds and four assists vs. UT Martin. Michael Rembert was honored after the Jacksonville State game when he had 20 points, five rebounds and one assist.
FOUST HONORED: Brandon Foust was named to the Top of the World Classic All-Tournament team. He currently leads the team in scoring with 11.6 points per game and is tied for the lead in rebounding with 5.4 rebounds per game.
AT THE SHOW ME CENTER: The Redhawks are 2-3 at the Show Me Center this season and are 202-85 (.704) since the facility opened in 1987.
REDHAWKS ADD ST. LOUIS RADIO STATION: The Southeast Basketball Network has added 1380 ESPN Radio in St. Louis. The network operated by Mississippi River Radio, will be anchored by 100,000 watt K-103 FM in Cape Girardeau. Other network stations include KSIM, Sikeston;, KWOC, Poplar Bluff and KMAL, Malden.
Erik Sean will be the play-by-play voice of Redhawks basketball with Todd Bonacki adding commentary at home games and Ron Hines adding color during the road games.
Scott Edgar RADIO SHOW: Scott Edgar will have a weekly radio show on KGIR, 1220 AM in Cape Girardeau. He will be on from 7-8 p.m. each Monday with host Erik Sean. They will talk Redhawks basketball and take calls from listeners.
REDHAWKS BASKETBALL WITH Scott Edgar: Edgar will have a weekly television show on WQWQ-TV, the Heartland's CW. The show will be seen at 11 p.m. each Monday night and will be hosted by Heartland Sports Director Todd Richards. The show will also be shown on Charter Cable, Channel 11, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at both 8 and 9 p.m.
SID STREAK: Southeast SID Ron Hines has worked 770 consecutive basketball games. He has not missed a game since 1980.
NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: The Redhawks return to the Show Me Center on Thursday, Jan. 4, when they host Eastern Illinois.