CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will make its first trip to Clarksville when Austin Peay serves as host to the Cougars, 7 p.m., Thursday in Dave Aaron Arena.
The Govs played and won against the Cougars last year in Edwardsville in the respective programs' first meeting. But this time the Cougars come to Clarksville as full-fledged Ohio Valley Conference members and West Division rivals.
SIUE comes in at 5-9 overall and 1-3 in the OVC. The Cougars recorded their season's first OVC victory, Saturday, in downing Tennessee Tech, 58-54, to snap a four-game losing streak.
Forward Jerome Jones leads SIUE at 15.1 ppg while Kris Davis, who led the nation three-point shooting as a freshman, is at 10.4 ppg.
Austin Peay, meanwhile, again will attempt to get back on the winning track with a pair of OVC home tilts this weekend. The Govs stand 1-3 in the OVC after losing to Murray State, 71-68, last Saturday. All three league defeats have been by three points or less.
Junior guard Travis Betran picked up his second straight-and fifth overall-OVC Newcomer of the Week after scoring more than 20 points in each game last week, including 27 against Murray State.
HOME COMES TO CLARSKVILLE: Forwards Anthony Campbell and Will Triggs hail from Edwardsville, Ill., and Thursday's game will be the first time SIU Edwardsville comes to the APSU campus in basketball. The Governors played at SIUE last season, with Triggs getting a chance to play in his hometown for the first time as a collegian. Campbell, however, did not play in the game after undergoing knee surgery earlier that winter. In addition to Campbell and Triggs, the Govs have two others who don't live far from Edwardsville-redshirt sophomore forward Joe Harms, of Belleville, Ill., and freshman guard Cory Arentsen, of Breese, Ill.
This is Dave Loos' 23rd season as Austin Peay head coach and he is 369-322 at APSU-the winningest basketball coach in Ohio Valley Conference history-while 450-375 all-time in his 27th season as a college head coach
Austin Peay was picked to finish third behind Murray State and Southeast Missouri in the newly formed OVC West Division in the preseason poll.
After playing five straight games away from Dave Aaron Arena, the Govs now are amidst a four-game home stand, with this being Game No. 3.
APSU enters the game seeking to rebound from a 71-68 loss to Murray State, Saturday night.
This is SIU Edwardsville's first trip to Clarksville and Austin Peay.
SIUE is in its first season as a full-fledged member of the OVC and is eligible for the league tournament for the first time.
SIUE comes in at 5-9 overall and 1-3 in the OVC, defeating Tennessee Tech, 58-54, last Saturday. Michael Messer led the way with 14 points while Jerome Jones added 13. Reggie Reed failed to score a point but had five assists and four steals to spark the defensive effort.
Lennox Forrester is in his sixth season as the Cougars head coach, owning a 55-101 record.
Forward Jerome Jones leads SIUE in scoring at 15.1 ppg, including a team-high 33 three pointers. Guard Kris Davis, the league's top three-point shooters a year ago, is at 10.4 ppg while forward Michael Messer averages 10.1 ppg.
THE SERIES: This is the second meeting between Austin Peay and one of the newest OVC members, SIU Edwardsville. The Govs lead the series, 1-0, with APSU defeating the Cougars, 80-67, in the two teams' first meeting, Jan. 19, 2012. This is SIUE's first visit to Clarksville and Dave Aaron Arena.
WHAT A WIN WOULD MEAN: The Govs would win their second OVC game...they would improve to 6-13...they would go 2-3 in January...it would be the Govs' second OVC home victory of 2012-13...they would go to 2-0 all-time against SIUE...it would make Dave Loos 2-0 all-time against SIU Edwardsville....it would make Loos 2-0 against SIUE coach Lennox Forrester...it would be Loos' 451st career victory.
WHAT A LOSS WOULD MEAN: The Govs would drop nine games below the .500 mark at 5-14...the Govs would lose their second straight OVC home game...it would be the Govs' first loss in the series...the Govs would drop to 4-4 at home this season...the Govs would fall to 1-4 in January...it would be Dave Loos' 324th APSU loss and 377th all-time.