Coming off of one of its biggest wins in school history, the men’s basketball program at Shawnee State will look to pad its resume for a possible NAIA Division I National Tournament bid as the No. 4 Bears take on the No. 5-seeded Campbellsville Tigers Saturday afternoon in the Mid-South Conference Quarterfinals.
A full preview of Saturday’s Mid-South Conference Quarterfinal between the two programs is below. The contest begins at 3 p.m. CST/4 p.m. EST.
NAIA (RV) Shawnee State men (20-10, 9-7 Mid-South)
- Shawnee State finished the regular season with double-digit victories in 17 of its 30 contests, including a 86-57 win over Campbellsville Jan. 11 at Gosser Gymnasium in Campbellsville.
- As SSU has for most of the season, the Bears continue to stand tall in several different categories. Overall, SSU is:
- First in the NAIA in blocks per game (6.9)
- First in the NAIA in total blocks (208)
- First in the NAIA in defensive field goal percentage (35.2)
- Second in total offensive rebounds (1,346)
- Second in rebounds per game (44.9)
- Third in rebounding margin (plus-12.3).
- In addition to their top-three positions in the former categories, Shawnee State is:
- Fourth in scoring defense (64.1)
- Sixth in defensive rebounding per game (31.3)
- Seventh in offensive rebounding per game (13.5)
- 10th in scoring margin (plus-13.4)
- Shawnee State has put three players (Kyree Elder, Justin Johnson, and EJ Onu) in double-figures this season. The Bears have six players averaging at least 6.3 points per game.
- In his third season, DeLano Thomas has already matched the fourth-best win total in school history as SSU holds their 20-win mark — which equals the 1995-96 and 2002-03 units. Only the inaugural team in 1988-89 and the 1993-94 unit (21 wins each) and the 2001-02 squad (22 wins) have more victories in school history than this year’s group.
Campbellsville men (18-12, 8-8 Mid-South)
- Campbellsville finished the regular season by winning 10 of its 30 games by double-digits.
- The Tigers capped off the regular season by defeating No. 1 Georgetown (94-92) and No. 13 Cumberlands, Ky. (70-65) on Feb. 22 and Feb. 29 at Powell Athletic Center.
- Campbellsville has put Taiveyhon Mason and Richie Mitchell in double-figures this season. Seven of Campbellsville’s players are averaging at least 6.9 points per bout.
Limit turnovers, be consistent with ball movement, and close out defensive possessions. When the Bears have lost this season, those two factors have been the primary setbacks in those losses for Shawnee State.
However, SSU even overcame a combined mark of 38 turnovers to claim victory over Campbellsville because SSU held the Tigers to 32.4 and 34.9 percent shooting from the field. With Campbellsville’s offensive balance, however, banking on the Tigers to shoot poorly because of the Bears’ strong defense isn’t wise, so Shawnee State needs to keep the ball hopping, as they did in their 86-57 and 73-71 victories where SSU posted 12 assists apiece as a team.
Saturday’s contest, along with any remaining contests that the Shawnee State women will be involved in, will be broadcasted at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/shawneest/. The games themselves will have a live video feed as well, which is available at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/midsouthconf/. All contests are free of charge.
A full breakdown of the conference bracket is located here.
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