The Mastodons enter this game as one of the hottest teams in the NCAA, riding an eight-game winning streak. They have been dominant on both ends of the court, averaging over 80 points per game while holding their opponents to just under 68 points per game.
What it is: Men’s College Basketball
Matchup: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons vs. Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles
Time: Wednesday December 6, 2023, 7 pm ET
Locations: Screaming Eagles Arena, Evansville, IN
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Head Coach Jon Coffman has instilled a culture of winning in Fort Wayne, and his team is playing with confidence and swagger. Jarred Godfrey has been a scoring machine for the Mastodons, averaging 21.2 points per game, while Damian Godfrey and Deonte Billups are also averaging double digits in points.
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Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons basketball players
Screaming Eagles Hoping to Upset the Leaders
The Screaming Eagles are looking to snap a four-game losing streak after falling to Bowling Green last time out. They have been inconsistent this season, but they are capable of playing at a high level when they are motivated.
Head Coach Stan Gouard will need his team to play a near-perfect game to pull off the upset. They will need to find a way to slow down the high-powered Mastodons offense and take advantage of their size advantage on the inside.
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Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles basketball players
Matchup to Watch:
The key matchup in this game will be between the Purdue Fort Wayne backcourt of Jarred Godfrey and Damian Godfrey and the Southern Indiana frontcourt of Logan Kimmel and Austin Smith. The Godfreys will need to use their quickness and shooting ability to create scoring opportunities, while Kimmel and Smith will need to use their size and strength to control the paint.
This game should be a well-contested battle, but the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons are simply playing too well right now. Look for them to continue their winning streak with a convincing victory on the road.
Expected Score: Purdue Fort Wayne 87, Southern Indiana 72
This is the second meeting between these two teams this season. The Mastodons won the first meeting 75-71 on November 30th, 2023.
Purdue Fort Wayne has won the last four meetings between the two teams.
The Screaming Eagles are 1-4 at home this season.
The Mastodons are 2-1 on the road this season.
Follow the Game:
Keep up with all the action on Wednesday night by following along on Twitter at @PurdueFortWayneMBB and @USIathletics. You can also watch the game live on ESPN+.