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Southern Illinois Salukis men's basketball


Southern Illinois Salukis men's basketball

Southern Illinois Salukis
2014–15 Southern Illinois Salukis men's basketball team
Southern Illinois Salukis athletic logo
University Southern Illinois University
Conference Missouri Valley
Location Carbondale, IL
Head coach Barry Hinson (3rd year)
Arena SIU Arena
(Capacity: 9,328)
Nickname Salukis

Maroon and White

Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1977, 2002, 2007
NCAA Tournament appearances
1977, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Conference tournament champions
1977, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2006
Conference regular season champions
1977, 1990, 1992, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007

The Southern Illinois Salukis basketball team represents Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale, Illinois. The Salukis compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Salukis have been coached by Barry Hinson since March 28, 2012, and play their home games at SIU Arena.


Prior to joining the NCAA, the Salukis competed in the NAIA men's basketball level. Appearing 5 times, with a combined tournament record of 9 wins and 4 loses. Most notable tournament appearances came in 1945, in which the Salukis finished 3rd, and then the following year in the 1946 tournament where the Salukis were NAIA national champions. The Salukis would not place again in the following 3 tournament appearances in 1947, 1948, 1960.

In 1967, SIU, led by guard Walt Frazier who went on to be named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, won the National Invitation Tournament. At the time, the tournament was considered much more prestigious than it is today. The Salukis were members of the College Division, the equivalent of Division II, and were therefore ineligible to compete for the NCAA Division I Tournament.

In 1977, future NBA player Mike Glenn led the Salukis to the NCAA Division I Tournament Sweet Sixteen.

From 1993 to 1995, SIU advanced to three straight NCAA Division I Tournaments. Prior to that, the Salukis participated in the National Invitation Tournament for four consecutive years from 1989–1992.

Part of the SIU Saluki men's basketball team's 2003 season was chronicled in MTV's True Life: I Am A College Baller.[1]

The Saluki men's basketball team garnered national attention by advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in 2002 and 2007.

In 2006–2007 year, the Salukis reached their highest position in the AP Coaches Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Poll with a position of #11, before dropping to #14 after losing the MVC to Creighton prior to entering the NCAA tournament.

After achieving success at SIU, former coaches Bruce Weber and Matt Painter accepted head coaching positions at schools in the Big Ten. Weber took over at Illinois in 2003 and Painter – an alumnus of and former basketball player at Purdue University – accepted the Boilermakers' offer to become top assistant and designated successor to Gene Keady in 2004, becoming head coach in March 2006.

In 2009, the Salukis lost longtime assistant coach to the head coach ranks. Coach Rodney Watson, following 21 seasons as the backup in Carbondale, accepted the head coaching position at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN. In his first season with the Screamin Eagles, Watson has led his team to a 23–0 record at the NCAA Div II powerhouse, who he took over despite a one year post-season ban as part of the transgressions of the former coaching staff.

Yearly records (Division 1)

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Jack Hartman (Division I Independent) (1968–1970)
1968–69 Jack Hartman 16–8
1969–70 Jack Hartman 13–10
Jack Hartman: 29–18
Paul Lambert (Midwestern Conference) (1970–1972)
1970–71 Paul Lambert 13–10
1971–72 Paul Lambert 10–16
Paul Lambert (Division I Independent) (1972–1975)
1972–73 Paul Lambert 11–15
1973–74 Paul Lambert 19–7
1974–75 Paul Lambert 18–9 NIT 1st Round
Paul Lambert (Missouri Valley Conference) (1975–1978)
1975–76 Paul Lambert 16–10 9–3 2nd
1976–77 Paul Lambert 22–7 8–4 T-1st NCAA Regional Semi-Finals
1977–78 Paul Lambert 17–10 11–5 3rd
Paul Lambert: 126–84 28–12
Joe Gottfried (Missouri Valley Conference) (1978–1981)
1978–79 Joe Gottfried 15–13 8–8 T-3rd
1979–80 Joe Gottfried 9–17 5–11 8th
1980–81 Joe Gottfried 7–20 0–16 9th
Joe Gottfried: 31–50 13–35
Allen Van Winkle (Missouri Valley Conference) (1981–1985)
1981–82 Allen Van Winkle 11–16 7–9 7th
1982–83 Allen Van Winkle 9–19 5–13 8th
1983–84 Allen Van Winkle 15–13 7–9 T-5th
1984–85 Allen Van Winkle 14–14 6–10 T-6th
Allen Van Winkle: 49–62 25–41
Rich Herrin (Missouri Valley Conference) (1985–1998)
1985–86 Rich Herrin 8–20 4–12 T-8th
1986–87 Rich Herrin 12–17 5–9 6th
1987–88 Rich Herrin 12–16 6–8 T-4th
1988–89 Rich Herrin 20–14 6–8 T-5th NIT 1st Round
1989–90 Rich Herrin 26–8 10–4 1st NIT 1st Round
1990–91 Rich Herrin 18–14 9–7 T-4th NIT Quarterfinals
1991–92 Rich Herrin 22–8 14–4 T-1st NIT 1st Round
1992–93 Rich Herrin 23–10 12–6 2nd NCAA 1st Round
1993–94 Rich Herrin 23–7 14–4 T-2nd NCAA 1st Round
1994–95 Rich Herrin 23–9 13–5 T-2nd NCAA 1st Round
1995–96 Rich Herrin 11–18 4–14 T-10th
1996–97 Rich Herrin 13–17 6–12 9th
1997–98 Rich Herrin 14–16 8–10 8th
Rich Herrin: 225–174 111–103
Bruce Weber (Missouri Valley Conference) (1998–2003)
1998–99 Bruce Weber 15–12 10–8 T-5th
1999–2000 Bruce Weber 20–13 12–6 3rd NIT 2nd Round
2000–01 Bruce Weber 16–14 10–8 T-4th
2001–02 Bruce Weber 28–8 14–4 T-1st NCAA Sweet 16
2002–03 Bruce Weber 24–7 16–2 1st NCAA 1st Round
Bruce Weber: 103–54 62–28
Matt Painter (Missouri Valley Conference) (2003–2004)
2003–04 Matt Painter 25–5 17–1 1st NCAA 1st Round
Matt Painter: 25–5 17–1
Chris Lowery (Missouri Valley Conference) (2004–2012)
2004–05 Chris Lowery 27–8 15–3 1st NCAA 2nd Round
2005–06 Chris Lowery 22–11 12–6 2nd NCAA 1st Round
2006–07 Chris Lowery 29–7 15–3 1st NCAA Sweet 16
2007–08 Chris Lowery 18–15 11–7 3rd NIT 2nd Round
2008–09 Chris Lowery 13–18 8–10 5th
2009–10 Chris Lowery 15–15 6–12 9th
2010–11 Chris Lowery 13–19 5–13 8th
2011–12 Chris Lowery 8–23 5–13 9th
Chris Lowery: 145–115 77–67
Barry Hinson (Missouri Valley Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 Barry Hinson 14–17 5–12 10th
2013–14 Barry Hinson 13-18 9-9 T-4th
Barry Hinson: 27-35 15-22
Total: 746–581

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Postseason results

NCAA Division I tournament results

The Salukis have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament ten times. Their combined record is 6–10.
Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1977 First Round Arizona W 81–77
Sweet Sixteen Wake Forest L 81–86
1993 #14 First Round #3 Duke L 70–105
1994 #11 First Round #6 Minnesota L 60–74
1995 #10 First Round #7 Syracuse L 92–96
2002 #11 First Round #6 Texas Tech W 76–68
Second Round #3 Georgia W 77–75
Sweet Sixteen #2 Connecticut L 59–71
2003 #11 First Round #6 Missouri L 71–72
2004 #9 First Round #8 Alabama L 64–65
2005 #7 First Round #10 St. Mary's W 56–65
Second Round #2 Oklahoma State L 77–85
2006 #11 First Round #6 West Virginia L 46–64
2007 #4 First Round #13 Holy Cross W 61–51
Second Round #5 Virginia Tech W 63–48
Sweet Sixteen #1 Kansas L 58–61

NCAA Division II tournament results

The Salukis have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament seven times. Their combined record is 17–9.
Year Round Opponent Result
1959 Regional Semifinals Wittenberg L 70–80
Regional 3rd Place Game Belmont Abbey L 70–79
1961 Regional Semifinals Trinity W 96–82
Regional Finals Southeast Missouri State L 84–88
1962 Regional Semifinals Union W 70–56
Regional Finals Evansville W 88–83
Elite Eight Northeastern W 73–57
Final Four Mount St. Mary's L 57–58
National 3rd Place Game Nebraska Wesleyan W 98–91
1963 Regional Semifinals Southeast Missouri State W 87–79
Regional Finals Lamar W 93–84
Elite Eight Evansville W 86–73
Final Four South Dakota State L 76–80
National 3rd Place Game Oglethorpe L 64–68
1964 Regional Semifinals Ball State W 88–81
Regional Finals Evansville L 59–64
1965 Regional Semifinals Concordia (IL) W 71–70
Regional Finals Central Michigan W 90–62
Elite Eight Washington-St. Louis W 76–67
Final Four North Dakota W 97–64
National Championship Game Evansville L 82–85 OT
1966 Regional Semifinals Indiana State W 83–65
Regional Finals Evansville W 90–77
Elite Eight Fresno State W 93–70
Final Four North Dakota W 69–63
National Championship Game Kentucky Wesleyan L 51–54

NAIA tournament results

The Salukis have appeared in five NAIA Division I Tournamentss. Their combined record is 9–4. They were NAIA national champions in 1946.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1945 First Round Washburn W 64–49
Elite Eight Doane W 61–44
Final Four Loyola (LA) L 35–37
3rd Place Game Eastern Kentucky W 49–45
1946 First Round Central Missouri W 49–39
Second Round Loras W 58–55
Elite Eight Nevada W 66–58
Final Four Loyola (LA) W 53–37
National Championship Game Indiana State W 49–48
1947 First Round Dakota Wesleyan L 39–44
1948 First Round Southern Oregon W 54–50
Second Round Manhattan L 42–52
1960 First Round Oklahoma Baptist L 71–75

NIT Results

The Salukis have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) nine times. Their combined record is 8–8. They were NIT champions in 1967.
Year Round Opponent Result
1967 First Round Saint Peter's W 103–58
Quarterfinals Duke W 72–63
Semifinals Rutgers W 79–70
Finals Marquette W 71–56
1969 First Round South Carolina L 63–72
1975 First Round Pittsburgh L 65–70
1989 First Round Saint Louis L 54–87
1990 First Round Green Bay L 60–73
1991 First Round Boise State W 74–75
Second Round Missouri State W 72–69
Quarterfinals Stanford L 68–78
1992 First Round Boston College L 69–78
2000 First Round Colorado W 94–92
Second Round BYU L 57–82
2008 First Round Oklahoma State W 69–53
Second Round Arizona State L 51–65


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