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Jacob Polakovich, senior forward, congratulates Tyler Henry, junior guard, for joining the 1,000 Point Club at the mens basketball game Thursday in the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Analysis: USI athletes not recognized in NCAA DI

Eric Reynolds, Sports Writer February 1, 2023

USI is in its first athletic year of being Division I, making USI athletics ineligible for postseason tournaments due to NCAA bylaw This bylaw makes it so universities transitioning from DII...

The mens basketball team sign autographs for fans during the mens meet-and-greet Friday in Screaming Eagles Arena.

Gallery: Men’s basketball players greet fans at Division I home opener

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor November 15, 2022

The men's basketball team met with fans Friday in the Screaming Eagles Arena before the women's basketball team's Division I home opener. The men's team won their Division I home opener Sunday vs....

The womens basketball team rests during a media timeout against Oakland City University Nov. 7 in the Screaming Eagles Arena. (Photo by Quinton Watt)

Opinion: Overreactions to basketball’s Division I opening night

Eric Reynolds, Staff Writer November 10, 2022

USI started its basketball season Monday with the men's team traveling to the University of Missouri and the women’s team at home facing Oakland City University. USI Men’s Basketball vs. University...

The university has announced that customers will be permitted to purchase beer during mens and womens basketball games for a pilot program. Beer will be sold at the concession stand in the Screaming Eagles Arena. (Photo by Quinton Watt)

University to allow beer purchases in Screaming Eagles Arena

Alyssa DeWig and Ian Young November 4, 2022

The university announced a pilot program to sell beer during men’s and women’s basketball games in the Screaming Eagles Arena beginning Nov. 11. The program is in collaboration with Sodexo and will...

Gary Solomon, junior guard, drives for a huge dunk against Midway University Wednesday at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Gallery: Men’s basketball wins first DI exhibition game

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor November 2, 2022

The men's basketball team started their season with an exhibition match vs. Midway University. Isaiah Swope, sophomore guard, carried the team to an 85-50 win with 18 points, six assists and five steals.

Takiya Howard, sophomore guard, shows her skills with a layup at the 2022 Midnight Madness event Thursday.

Opinion: Division I women’s basketball games to watch

Eric Reynolds, Sports Writer October 25, 2022

The women’s basketball team is getting ready to begin its first Division I season. More well known teams are on the schedule. Basketball fans should be on the lookout for these games: Oakland City...

Jelani Simmons, senior guard, shoots over a player from Lindenwood University during the 2021-2022 season. Simmons is one of five returning players to the Division I lineup.

Opinion: Must see games for men’s basketball Division I debut

Eric Reynolds, Sports Writer October 18, 2022

The men’s basketball schedule features a set of more well-known opponents after moving to NCAA Division I. This will be the university’s first season as a Division I college. The change to DI comes...

Senior Noah Hufnagel runs the 8K at the Appalachian State Bridge Open Sept. 2. Hufnagel finished third out of 146 runners with a time of 15:12.6.

Cross country continues DI stretch at Live in Lou, Hufnagel breaks school record

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor October 5, 2022

The cross country teams continued their first Division I stretch at Live in Lou Friday in Louisville, Kentucky. The men’s team finished 18th out of 31 teams and five spots behind Ohio Valley Conference...

Kiyron Powell, freshman center, warms up before the first day of practice on Sept. 27. The mens basketball team is scheduled to begin their DI career Nov. 7 at University of Missouri.

Men’s basketball to start DI with a mostly new roster

Eric Reynolds and Quinton Watt September 28, 2022

The men's basketball team prepares to enter the Division I era with an overhauled roster. The team has five returning players from the 2021-2022 18-8 team: Jelani Simmons, senior guard, Jacob Polakovich,...

Seven Screagles earn OVC honors

USI athletes gain recognition in Division I

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor September 21, 2022

Division I was met with both success and defeat in the first month and a half of the semester. Men’s soccer and women’s volleyball have yet to win an official season game, but many players have been...

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor, gives his take on the first USI Division I schedule releases.

Quint Take: DI Schedule Releases

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor August 30, 2022

Division I is upon us. After a long summer of waiting, the Fall 2022 athletics has started. For the sports fans, we’ve gained the first USI Division I schedules. A lot of important things come from athletic...

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