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No superstitions in basketball

No superstitions in basketball
October 1, 2019

Rodney Watson, head coach of the men’s basketball team,  believes everyone has a superstition, although he doesn’t always have one. “Superstitions are kinda like throwing salt over your shoulder,”...

PAC Comeback

Work on the new floor began July 24, and ended earlier this month.
Men's basketball takes down UIndy in final PAC showdown
March 12, 2019

Rodney Watson said the Senior Night game was something no one would be able to ever forget. “To win a game dramatically like that... no one will ever be able to forget, whether it was the players,...

High hopes for men’s basketball season

Head coach Rodney Watson lays out the game plan to members of the 2014-15 men’s basketball team during a game agaisnt Davis Elkins College. Watson is the ninth head coach for the men’s team and 2015-16 will be his seventh coaching season.
September 17, 2018

As the Men’s Basketball team is preparing for the season, Rodney Watson begins his 9th year as head basketball coach. Coach Watson is 203-65 overall in his eight years with the team. Watson and the team...

After tribulation comes triumph

Aaron Nelson receiving the GLVC Player of the Year award March 9, 2014 at the Ford Center after USI won the GLVC Tournament by defeating Bellarmine 86-73.
Former basketball star overcomes adversity, goes pro
December 6, 2017

Before Aaron Nelson started donning the uniforms of professional basketball teams, he had much to overcome. The 26-year-old Chicago Heights native was blessed with his on-the-court skills, but parts...

Hansen returns from suspension

Nate Hansen (5), a junior guard and forward, signals for his teammates to get into position to run a play against Brescia University Tuesday in the PAC.
November 17, 2017

He’s back. Nate Hansen is finally back. The junior guard/forward has played in two games since being suspended for the first three games of the season for a “violation of team rules.” In those...

Freshmen fitting into the formula

Freshmen Mateo Rivera (3) and Emmanuel Little (14) watch from the sidelines during the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at the Ford Center Nov. 3-4.
November 8, 2017

In the most recent regular season game, the USI men’s basketball team played, an 88-75 win against Kentucky Wesleyan Saturday to conclude the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at the Ford...

The Sideline View: What happens when Hansen comes back?

The Sideline View: What happens when  Hansen comes back?
November 8, 2017

Nate Hansen is two-thirds of the way through his three-game suspension for a “violation of team rules,” and the team felt that during the regular season opener Friday night against Augustana University...

‘His effort was incredible’

Alex Stein, a sophomore guard, goes for the wrap around pass against Lewis.
Alex Stein remains focused, sets sights on leadership
October 26, 2017
Alex Stein has the lost art. The junior shooting guard can do something on the court other players can’t or don’t. He can nail a consistent mid-range jumper.

Rajala, Dickson aim to add range

DayJar Dickson (23) goes up for a block as Julius Rajala (12) waits to collect the rebound against William Jewell Jan. 5, 2017.
October 19, 2017

One of the advantages the University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team has over other Division II teams is the size of its forwards. Last seasons starters, Julius Rajala and DayJar “Day...

Reunited on the West Side

Alex Stein (20, Nate Hansen (5) and Jacob Norman (2) all graduated from Reitz in 2015. After two years apart, they're all three playing on the same team this year for USI.
October 19, 2017

Five miles and a 13-minute drive are all that separate the campuses of Reitz High School and the University of Southern Indiana. That short distance is how far from USI Alex Stein, Jacob Norman and...

Stein receives preseason honor

Junior guard Alex Stein handling the ball in the Screaming Eagles final game last season against the University of Findlay on March 11. USI lost 70-69 in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. Stein finished the game with 11 points.
September 26, 2017
Stein is the first USI player to receive preseason honors since Jamar Smith in the 2009-10 season and only the 10th Screaming Eagle overall.
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