E. Illinois goes up against St. Francis (IL)

St. Francis (IL) vs. Eastern Illinois (2-2)

Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, San Antonio; Friday, 3 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: The Eastern Illinois Panthers will be taking on the Fighting Saints of NAIA school St. Francis (IL). Eastern Illinois is coming off a 114-61 home win over Indiana-Northwest in its most recent game.

SQUAD LEADERS: George Dixon has averaged 13.8 points and nine rebounds this year for Eastern Illinois. Marvin Johnson has paired with Dixon with 11.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.DOMINANT DIXON: In four appearances this season, the Panthers’ George Dixon has shot 62.2 percent.

DID YOU KNOW: Eastern Illinois went 6-6 overall when playing against out-of-conference opponents last season. The Panthers scored 69.9 points per contest across those 12 games.