The University of Southern Indiana (USI) is located in Evansville, Ind., and has an enrollment of 10,710. USI plays their home games in the 3,300 seat Physical Activities Center. The Screaming Eagles compete in the NCAA Division II in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. USI finished the 2009-10 season with a 24-3 record and ranked No. 11 nationally in the division II. The Screaming Eagles played an exhibition game at Illinois last week and hung tough with the Illini, 76-67. The game was tied at 47 with 14 minutes left in the second half. USI, like Alabama-Huntsville, runs a three guard offense.
Rodney Watson earned GLVC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Screaming Eagles to a 24-3 record in his first season in Evansville. Previous to becoming head coach at USI Watson was an assistant coach at Southern Illinois for 19 years where he coached under head coaches Rich Herrin, Bruce Weber, Matt Painter, and Chris Lowery.
34 Nick Duncheon F Sr. (6-7, 200)- As a junior Duncheon started all 27 games and averaged 6.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Played 23 minutes at Illinois but came up scoreless and went 0-of-6 from the field.
51 Mohamed Ntumba C Sr. (6-7, 230)- Ntumba, whose hometown is Kinshasa, Congo, played in all 27 games a year ago averaging 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest. Ntumba scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds in the loss to Illinois.
03 Kevin Gant G Sr. (5-8, 155)- Gant, photo at right, started all 27 games a year ago and led the GLVC in assists per game at 5.2. Averaged 6.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Scored 4 points and had 6 assists at Illinois in exhibition opener. A ball thief, Gant had six steals against the Illini.
05 Brandon Hogg G Jr. (6-1, 185)- As a sophomore Hogg played in all 27 game. He averaged 2.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. Scored 10 points and had 6 rebounds and 2 assists in the game with the Illini.
33 C.J. Trotter G Sr. (6-3, 170)- USI's top scorer. Played in all 27 games as a junior. Averaged 7 points and 2 rebounds. Scored 19 points and had 7 rebounds in the recent loss to Illinois.
OTHERS TO WATCH
10 Jared Rehmel G Sr. (6-0, 155)- Division I transfer from Central Arkansas where he averaged 9.8 points and 2.1 rebounds last season.
21 Issac McClure F Jr. (6-6, 215)- Transfer from Southeastern Illinois College where he averaged 13.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
31 Eduardo Gallina G Fr. (6-4, 195)- 20-year old from Florianopolis, Brazil. Scored 14 points in the loss to Illinois, making 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
32 Taylor Wischmeier F Fr. (6-8, 210)- Averaged 21.5 points and 10 rebounds per game for Brownstown Central high school in Indiana.
SOUTHERN INDIANA 2009-10 HIGHLIGHTS