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Basketball Salukis look for season sweep against Redbirds

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WSIL -- The Basketball Salukis hit the road with plenty of momentum heading into their matchup against Illinois State.

Thanks to Saturday's win over Valparaiso, the Dawgs find themselves in the midst of a five game winning streak that has landed them in second place in The Valley.

During the streak...the Dawgs have shot 52% from the field, averaging more than 73 points a game.

Despite the hot streak, the Salukis say they're staying grounded, trying not to get ahead of themselves.

"I know we're in second place, but we can't get too caught up in the placing right now. We just got to take each game at a time, and try to focus on each game, and not worry too much about the outside stuff. And I think if we do that, we'll be good," said SIU junior forward Armon Fletcher.

"I think this is the first time we've had a streak like this in a couple years, so getting six would definitely be a feat for me. As a sophomore, I wasn't a part of that two years ago," said SIU sophomore guard Aaron Cook.

It's been a while since the Basketball Salukis have found success while visiting Illinois State.

The Dawgs have lost lost ten straight in Bloomington, with the average margin of defeat of 14 and a half points.

The Dawgs took down the Redbirds at home last month, but for success on the road, they will have to slow down forward Phil Fayne.

"He likes to get it going early, crash the offensive glass. We put emphasis on trying to keep him off the glass, and also stopping Milik Yarbrough. He's their engine. We stop him early, get him frustrated, we have a good shot," said Fletcher.

"Our biggest focus is finding people. Coach Autry always comes to us at practice, screaming at us to 'Do your job. Find a guy, and hit him, get him off the glass.' That's what we really have to focus on; instead of watching the ball bounce around, we have to find somebody, hit them, make sure they don't get the ball," said Cook.

The Salukis will be after their first win at ISU in more than a decade, tipoff is set for 8pm Thursday night.

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