Quincy men (12-13, 7-10) at Illinois-Springfield (7-18, 5-12)
7:30 p.m. Thursday, The Recreation and Athletic Center, Springfield, Ill.
ESPN 1440 AM
Scouting the Prairie Stars: UIS lost its third straight game Saturday, falling 82-67 on the road to Missouri-St. Louis, but it has backed its way into securing the No. 12 spot in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
Kyle Gupton, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, leads UIS in scoring (11.9 points per game) and 3-point shooting (42 percent). Dylan Sparkman, a 6-10 sophomore forward, is supplying 10.8 points and six rebounds per game, and West Dawson, a 6-5 senior forward, averages 10.1 points and a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game. UIS ranks 14th in the GLVC in scoring defense (73 points per game), 16th in free-throw percentage (69.2 percent) and 14th in 3-point percentage defense (37.3 percent).
At stake for QU: The Hawks know they're going to be playing a first-round GLVC Tournament game on the road, but a win in their regular-season finale could help them improve their seeding. Right now, QU would be positioned No. 11 in the 12-team field. A win Thursday, coupled with a loss by William Jewell at Rockhurst, would push the Hawks to the No. 10 seed.
The series: Quincy leads the all-time series 4-3 after beating UIS 78-75 in overtime at Pepsi Arena on Dec. 8.
-- Blake Toppmeyer