After winning their first conference game at Sparta, the Du Quoin Indians are coming off two hard losses to Mascoutah and Anna-Jonesboro and have the league-leading Nashville Hornets coming to town for a big conference showdown Friday night.
"We have a big conference matchup on Friday against Nashville, that is coming off a very big win over previous #1 state ranked Pinckneyville Panthers," said Du Quoin Coach Jason James.
Nashville (16-3, 4-0 Mississippi Division) come in on a four-game winning streak after beating Carterville 45-34, Pinckneyville 57-38, Okawville 47-43, and Greenville 49-17.
The Hornets are a perfect 4-0 on the road and are 8-2 on neutral courts during two tournaments and one shootout.
For Du Quoin (6-9, 1-3 Mississippi Division) this will be only their fourth home regular season game of the season, posting a 1-2 record at Anders Gymnasium. The Indians also went 2-2 at their own Tipoff Classic to begin the season for an overall home record of 3-4.
"We really have to start buying into what we are wanting to do if we are going to have any success," James said. "We are hoping that we start playing the games like we do in practice. In practice we are flying around and getting after it and when it comes to games we just don't have that competitive fire. But we will get there."
The Indians have dropped their last 13 games to the Hornets. The last win came on Feb. 15, 2013, with a score of 46-35.
"They have a ton of size and one of the best players in the state in the (Carson) Parker kid," James said. "We will have to play extremely well, take care of the ball and get in help on defense to have a chance."
Du Quoin returns to the court Saturday at Trico in a girls/boys doubleheader with the Lady Indians tipping off at 4:30 p.m. and the boys right after.
"Trico will be a lot of fun with the girls playing before us," James said. "Trico has a solid ball club that is playing really well right now. They have a very good post player and they play really hard."