Gregory Budzban, chair of the mathematics department, looks over his graph of possible basketball player positions Tuesday in the Neckers
Building. There are five common player positions in the game of basketball. A recent study looking at the NBA done by Muthu Alagappan,
a graduate student at Stanford University, showed the possibility of 13 positions based on common attributes and playing styles. The study
inspired Budzban to create a similar project using the Missouri Valley Conference. “I was looking for a project to show the connection between
math and the real world,” Budzban said. Budzban started the project to give students a chance to apply their mathematical skills to a real world
situation.
Ian Mullen • Daily Egyptian

Professor: Can ‘Moneyball’ help Saluki basketball?

In basketball, the only numbers on the court used to be on the back of jerseys. A research group from the SIU math department is using the men’s and women’s basketball statistics to try and find ways the teams can improve. Gregory Budzban, math department ... Continue Reading →

Salukis have rough day on course, drop six spots in tournament standings

The Saluki men’s golf team dropped more spots than any other team on day two of the Cardinal Intercollegiate to finish near the bottom of the pack. Louisville, the host, won the tournament with a score of 870, good for 6-over-par. SIU’s total score ... Continue Reading →

Women’s golf comes down to earth at Missouri tournament

After winning its first two tournaments this fall, the SIU women’s golf team fell down to earth at the University of Missouri’s Johnie Imes Invitational hosted in Columbia, Mo. The Salukis finished 12th out of 15 teams with a three-round score of ... Continue Reading →
Senior kicker Chaz Centore, center, heads out of the away locker room Saturday during West Frankfort High School’s 26-21 win against Benton High School at Tabor Field in Benton. Centore has what he most often describes as bilateral brachial plexus, which leaves him with underdeveloped arms. “I don’t limit myself on and off the field,” Centone said. “I always try my best when kicking.”

Frankfort kicker overcomes adversity

Chaz Centore is very much a typical high school junior. On a typical day, he wakes up, gets to school as late as he can without being tardy, goes to football practice and goes home to do homework, play video games or hang out with friends. There is one ... Continue Reading →

Dawgs bark back and forth about plays

Communication is key and honesty is the best policy. Those are two mottos that relate to life, but are common practice in team sports, especially SIU volleyball. “I don’t think there’s another sport that has six people in such close proximity to ... Continue Reading →
Lewis Marien • Daily Egyptian
Freshman infielder Hunter Anderson, left, tosses the ball to freshman outfielder Logan Blackfan Monday during practice at Itchy Jones Stadium. Anderson and Blackfan are two of 12 freshmen on the SIU baseball roster this year. “It’s going to be fun growing up as a team,” Blackfan said. “Our main goal is to win conference, but we want to get better as a team this fall, and hopefully we can put something together in the spring.”

Baseball reloads with youth

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Junior quarterback Mark Iannotti passes the ball Saturday during the third quarter of the Salukis’ 34-17 win against Western Illinois University at Saluki Stadium. Iannotti threw 2 touchdowns and a career high 272 passing yards during the game. SIU will play the University of South Dakota Saturday at Saluki Stadium.
Nathan hoefert • Daily Egyptian

4-1 Salukis still need to improve

Saluki football pulled a win in its first conference game Saturday night, but only looked decent in the first half. In the victory over Western Illinois University SIU had to lean on a strong second half performance for its fourth win. This has been ... Continue Reading →
Nicolas-Galindo-•-Daily-Egyptian

Salukis introduce new assistants

The Salukis have two new coaches who will experience a meet against a conference rival for the first time Saturday. Head coach Rick Walker hired assistant Elise Knoche earlier this month and graduate assistant Csaba Gercsak Knoche was the head coach at ... Continue Reading →

Salukis compete against themselves

The Saluki swimming team hosted two meets this weekend, but was the only team competing. The University of Evansville and Illinois State University have attended the Saluki Miler and the Saluki Open Water meets in previous years. This year they did not ... Continue Reading →

Dawgs drop two road matches

SIU volleyball finds itself on a new streak, but not one it was hoping for. The Salukis (7-8, 1-2) continued conference play this weekend on the road with a 3-1 loss against the Illinois State University Redbirds (9-5, 3-0) on Friday at the Redbird Arena, ... Continue Reading →

Women’s tennis team has rocky start in Boulder tournament

The Lady Salukis started their 2014-15 campaign in between a rock and a hard place in Boulder, Co. The team competed in the University of Colorado Invitational. The six-team tournament pitted the Salukis against hosts Colorado, the University of Arkansas, ... Continue Reading →

Salukis defeat Leathernecks 34-17

SIU football bounced back from its first loss of the season with a victory in the conference opener. No. 16 SIU (4-1, 1-0) beat Western Illinois University (2-3, 0-1) 34-17 Saturday night thanks to another strong second-half performance. The Salukis outscored ... Continue Reading →

The Missouri Valley: The SEC of the FCS

College football has been slammed by some pundits for a lack of inclusiveness and equality, as the same conference seems to appear in the championship game yearly. The Southeastern Conference of the Football Bowl Subdivision won seven consecutive national ... Continue Reading →

Salukis renew rivalry with Western

Two teams will meet on the gridiron for the 60th time in their storied history this Saturday. SIU and Western Illinois University will open Missouri Valley Football Conference play at Saluki Stadium. The series has been filled with drama. Of the 59 games ... Continue Reading →

SIU opens MVFC season against Western Illinois

The Salukis will square up against one of their oldest rivals in this season’s opener. SIU (3-1) hosts Western Illinois University (2-2) in Saturday’s game. It also marks the start of the Missouri Valley Football Conference season for each team. SIU ... Continue Reading →
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