Men’s basketball team can monitor how much heart it has

An SIU coach is finding what it means to give 100 percent. The men’s basketball team has been wearing heart rate monitors during practice and conditioning to gauge players’ performances. Entering his third season as head coach, Barry Hinson said ... Continue Reading →
Sarah Gardner • Daily Egyptian
Junior guard Anthony Beane goes up for a dunk Saturday during “Homecoming Hoops” outside SIU Arena. The Salukis’ first home basketball game of the season is at 7:05 p.m. Saturday against the University of St. Mary.

Saluki basketball future better than present

SIU men’s basketball ended last season with a surprising run in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament that ended in heartbreak. This year’s team is looking to build on that success, though it will be missing a big piece. With the loss of Desmar ... Continue Reading →

Djimde finds delayed, fresh start with SIU

Old ladies can start leaving SIU coach Barry Hinson alone because his team will be taller this year. Junior center Ibby Djimde is 6-foot-8 and 255 pounds. He transferred to SIU from Illinois after his sophomore year. As a result, he was forced to sit ... Continue Reading →

Former star returns to SIU with new intentions

After a successful basketball career, former Saluki and NBA point guard Troy Hudson became a writer, a rapper and even wrote a movie script. Hudson played at SIU from 1995-1997 and played with five NBA teams, including his longest stint of five years ... Continue Reading →

Pierre looks to defend her All-MVC honor

Rarely is there ever a bright spot on a team with a winning percentage that more resembles a poor batting average. For the 2013-2014 SIU women’s basketball team, forward/center Dyana Pierre was a bright spot in a murky 5-26 campaign. As a sophomore ... Continue Reading →

Hinson: Smithpeters rejoins Salukis

Men’s basketball coach Barry Hinson confirmed in press release that Tyler Smithpeters, a sophomore guard from Harrisburg, is back with the team and will practice. Smithpeters said he was back from his suspension yesterday. But it was not until today ... Continue Reading →

Smithpeters rejoins Salukis

Men’s basketball coach Barry Hinson confirmed in press release that Tyler Smithpeters, a sophomore guard from Harrisburg, is back with the team and will practice. Smithpeters said he was back from his suspension yesterday. But it was only until ... Continue Reading →

Gorski embraces new role after career-ending injury

Kiley Gorski’s basketball career took a turn after she arrived at SIU last year. Gorski suffered a career-ending knee injury before she saw game action for the Salukis, but remains with the team as a student assistant. Head coach Cindy Stein said Gorski’s ... Continue Reading →
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 to hold walk-on tryouts

The SIU women’s basketball team might find its next key contributor Wednesday. Head coach Cindy Stein will hold a walk-on tryout Wednesday at SIU Arena. The tryout is open to any female SIU student enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours, who has obtained ... Continue Reading →

Basketball looks ahead to future potential

The Dawgs added five players to a team that made a miraculous run to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinals. Austin Weiher, Deion Lavender, Chaz Glotta, Jordan Caroline and Armon Fletcher will all represent the maroon and white of the Salukis ... Continue Reading →
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Hinson’s in the Dawghouse now

The Saluki family photo album will now have two fewer players.  Junior guard Mike Balogun and sophomore guard Marcus Fillyaw are leaving SIU at the end of the semester. Hinson has preached family to his team all season long, but it’s obvious it has ... Continue Reading →
Mike Balogun (left), Marcus Fillyaw (right)
SARAH GARDNER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Saluki basketball faces changes

Following coach Hinson’s advice, guards Fillyaw and Balogun pursue other options The Salukis will be without two guards next season; both played valuable minutes in the run to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semi-finals. Sophomore guard Marcus ... Continue Reading →

The freshmen can wait

The young guns rule college basketball; the players’ that are too young to even consider when their graduation date might be. That is, if they ever reach their graduation. A rule should be in place that players have to spend two years in college before ... Continue Reading →
Senior Davante Drinkard shakes hands with senior Colby Long as coach
Barry Hinson thanks Long for his future military service Tuesday during
the 2013-2014 Men’s Basketball Postseason Celebration at SIU Arena.
Long, who graduates in May, will be a first lieutenant in the army. Hinson,
Athletic Director Mario Moccia and Chancellor Rita Cheng all spoke
during the event that celebrated the team’s accomplishments on and off
the court this season.
CHRIS ZOELLER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Saluki basketball gets final standing ovation

For the final time this season, fans were able to admire and show their appreciation for the SIU men’s basketball team as more than 300 fans gathered in SIU Arena. The voice of the Salukis, Mike Reis, was the moderator for the 2013-2014 men’s basketball ... Continue Reading →
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