Betting on the Southern Illinois Salukis

The Southern Illinois Salukis play Division I men's basketball in the intimate SIU Arena. With seating of just 8,339 the venue is one of the smallest in all of major college basketball. That stadium is also one of only a few in the nation which does not bear some type of professionally licensed name. Southern Illinois University is located in Carbondale, Illinois. Before joining the NCAA the Salukis played at the NAIA men's basketball level. The Salukis won the 1946 NAIA National Championship, and have been to 3 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16's. Southern Illinois began playing Division I basketball as an independent in 1968. The team has made it to 10 NCAA March Madness Tournaments and has won its conference tournament championship 5 times since 1977. The school has also won its conference regular season title 8 times since 1977, and 5 times as the Missouri Valley Conference Champion from 2002 through 2007. This page is designed to provide you with information about the Salukis basketball program that will assist you in making informed decisions concerning your betting options. We have included similar guides for betting on the Northwestern Wildcats basketball team and betting on University of Illinois Fighting Illini basketball. Illinois basketball is not the only sports venue represented here. You will find a comprehensive guide to betting on Illinois NBA basketball teams, and football fans can check out our section on Illinois football betting for information about betting on Illinois NFL football and Illinois college football.

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The 2014 Southern Illinois Salukis Men's Basketball Team

While it is still too early to tell if the team is a winner or a loser this year, one thing is for certain concerning the 2014 - 15 season of Southern Illinois basketball. The Salukis need to play better defense, rebound more effectively and score more points. Failing in these 3 important areas is not a recipe for success. The Salukis narrowly lost to St. Louis by 3 points, then beat a very average Tennessee State team by 17. After only 2 games, passing judgment on Southern Illinois may be a little premature. But when you are 154th or worse in rebounds, points, assists and field-goal percentage, something has to change if you expect a decent season. Junior guard Anthony Beane is averaging 23.0 points, 1.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game in the early going. And Sophomore forward Sean O'Brien is adding 10.5 rebounds, 15.0 points and 2.0 assists per game. But unless the team starts playing better defense and shooting the ball more efficiently, a March Madness appearance in 2015 is out of the question.

Southern Illinois Salukis National Invitation Tournament History

Since 1967 the Salukis have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) a total of 9 times. The NIT includes colleges which have not made it to the more prestigious March Madness tournament each year. Entering the 2014 season the University of Illinois men's basketball team is an even 8 wins and 8 losses in NIT play. The very first year that Illinois appeared in the tournament (1967) they won all 4 rounds and defeated Marquette for the Championship by a score of 71 - 56. The school most recently played in the NIT in 2008, losing in the 2nd round to Arizona State.

Southern Illinois Salukis NAIA Division I Tournament Performance

From 1945 through 1960 the Salukis made it to 5 NAIA Division I postseason tournaments. With an overall 9 - 4 record, the University of Illinois includes an NAIA National Championship in 1946. That year their average NAIA tournament victory came by nearly 10 points, and they narrowly defeated Indiana state by a score of 49 - 48 in the National Championship game.

Southern Illinois NCAA Division I and Division Tournament Results

From 1959 through 1966 the University of Southern Illinois was invited to the NCAA Division II tournament each year, a total of 7 times. With a respectable 17 - 9 record, the Salukis have nonetheless never won the NCAA Division II tournament. They did play in the Championship game in 1965 and 1966, losing both times by 3 points. The first NCAA Division I March Madness appearance came in 1977, where the University of Southern Illinois made it to the Sweet 16. The school has been to the Division I tournament, the pinnacle of postseason competition at the college basketball level, a total of 10 times entering the 2014 season. They nearly upset #1 ranked Kansas in the 2007 March Madness tournament, losing by a score of 58 – 61 to nearly miss making the Elite Eight that year.

Resources for Southern Illinois Salukis Basketball Fans

Southern Illinois Salukis Basketball Team official website

NCAAB Official Website