Southern Illinois Capsule
Nickname: Salukis Coach: Chris Lowery Location: Carbondale, Illinois Record at Southern Illinois: 78-25 Conference: Missouri Valley Career Record: 78-25 Overall Record: 29-6 Conference Record and Finish: 15-4, 1st Seed, Region and Bid: 4, West, At-large Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 10 NCAA Tournament Record: 6-9 (.400) Final Four Appearances: 0 NCAA Tournament Championships: 0 Best NCAA Tournament Finish: REGIONAL SEMIFINALIST (2002) Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: 15 Final Associated Press ranking: 14 Final Ratings Percentage Index: 7 Record vs. teams in the field: 4-3 Starters: F -- Matt Shaw (6-7, 225, Jr. -- 11.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg) F -- Randal Falker (6-7, 230, Jr. -- 12.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg) G -- Jamaal Tatum (6-2, 175, Sr. -- 15.0 ppg, 3.0 apg) G -- Tony Young (6-0, 190, Sr. -- 9.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg) G -- Bryan Mullins (6-2, 190, So. -- 6.2 ppg, 3.6 apg) Key Reserves: G -- Wesley Clemmons (6-3, 195, So. -- 3.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg) F -- Tony Boyle (6-8, 235, So. -- 2.4 ppg) (statistics before NCAA Tournament) OUTLOOK: Arguably the top "mid-major" program in the nation, the Salukis are in the NCAA Tournament for a sixth straight season and advanced to the regional semifinals for the second time since 2002. The Salukis do it with hard-nosed defense, holding opponents to 56.5 points prior to the NCAAs. They have improved upon that in their last two games, limiting Holy Cross and Virginia Tech to a combined 99 points and 3-of-24 shooting on 3-pointers. Offensively, the great inside-outside tandem in Falker and Tatum helped Southern Illinois deal with the loss of starting forward Matt Shaw against the Hokies, combining for 31 points and 15 rebounds in the 63-48 win. Suffering an ankle sprain against Holy Cross, Shaw's status for Kansas is unknown. They cannot afford to play without him against Kansas, which features an active front line with stellar sophomore Julian Wright and hard-nosed freshman Darrell Arthur. NEXT GAME: Thursday vs. (1) Kansas at San Jose, California
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Updated Monday, Mar 19, 2007