MARTIN, Tenn.— For the first time in over three decades, the University of Tennessee at Martin and Southern Indiana will meet on the hardwood as the Skyhawk men’s basketball team continues their Ohio Valley Conference road swing with three games at Screaming Eagles Arena. Tippoff on Saturday, January 14 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., following the conclusion of the women’s game in a doubleheader.
UT Martin last faced Southern Indiana on February 25, 1992 — the final year of the Skyhawks’ transition to becoming a member of the NCAA Division I. This contest marks the first time since November 27, 1989 that UT Martin will travel to Evansville to play against to take on the Screaming Eagles.
The Skyhawks (11-7, 3-2 OVC) pull off a convincing 77-66 away win over Tennessee State on Thursday. returning after missing playing time with an injury, Jordan Sears meanwhile, soared to a career-best 21 points Desmond Williams scored a season high with 16 points. KK Curry and Parker Stewart added 13 and 11 points, respectively, as UT Martin held the Tigers on 33.9 percent shooting — including a 5-of-24 performance (20.8 percent) from three-point country.
The Skyhawks lead the OVC in offense (82.6 points per game), goal margin (+8.4), field goal percentage (.459), rebounds (40.2 per contest), assists (14.9 per outing) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3).
Southern Indiana (9-9, 2-3 OVC) ranks first in the OVC in three-point field goal percentage (.390), three-point field goals made (9.9 per game ), rebound margin (+5.0), and offensive rebound (12.2 per contest). Individually, Jacob Polakovich leads the league in rebounds (11.5 per game, including a staggering 15.2 average in OVC play), while Trevor Lakes has a league-high 3.4 trifectas per contest.
The Screaming Eagles defeated Little Rock by a margin of 74-67 Thursday in the first nationally televised competition in programming history. Lakes (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Polakovich (16 points, 14 rebounds, five assists) each had double-doubles, while Isaiah Swope had 19 points.
The game will be streamed live on ESPN+, while Chris Brinkley will be covering the game live from the sidelines locally on WCMT Radio 1410 AM/100.5 FM. These links, as well as a link to follow along with live stats, are at the top of the webpage.