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 →
Senior guard Desmar Jackson prepares to drive during SIU’s 63-58 win against the University of Northern Iowa March 7 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Jackson lead the team this season in points, rebounds, assists, steals and free throws, and was the first player in SIU school history to do so.
CHRIS ZOELLER
DAILY EGYPTIAN

At least my granny can shot fake

There is only one shot I have been able to master in the game of basketball: the granny shot. Senior guard Desmar Jackson was a second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference basketball player this year. He has range and has been able to dunk since the seventh ... Continue Reading →
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Salukis head to semi-finals

After a season of twists and turns, the Salukis have a chance to play Sunday for the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. In the rubber game of the season series, the six seed Salukis were able to knock off the third seeded University of Northern ... Continue Reading →

Kid in a candy store, part two

My first Arch Madness as a sports reporter has so far been exciting, overwhelming and stressful all wrapped into one. The butterflies started Thursday when I was walking to the back entrance of the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It was only an afternoon ... Continue Reading →

Salukis fall short in Windy City

After defeating the top team in the Missouri Valley Conference Saturday, the Salukis fell short to the Loyola University-Chicago Ramblers 67-56. The game started close as the Salukis only trailed by four with eight minutes left in the first half but the ... Continue Reading →

Arch Madness underway

After months of anticipation, 10 Missouri Valley Conference teams will converge in the Gateway to the West to cement their place in conference history and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. For the next four days, Valley fans across the country will focus ... Continue Reading →
Senior guard Desmar Jackson goes up for a slam dunk Nov. 2 at SIU Arena. Jackson earned runner-up Defensive Player
of the Year for the Missouri Valley Conference and was
named to the All-MVC Second Team.
SARAH GARDNER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

The madness of March is back in the MVC

The best time of the year for a basketball fan is finally upon us: March Madness. After almost four months of Saluki basketball, it is time for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. SIU did not start the season off the best way, but being 7-3 in ... Continue Reading →

Saluki Weekend Wrap Up: Baseball

The Saluki baseball team has won six of its last seven games. SIU was on a four-game winning streak before hosting Northern Illinois University in a three-game series. NIU won Friday’s game 1-0 to end the streak, but the Salukis won both games Saturday, ... Continue Reading →
Freshman guard Tyler Smithpeters is lifted by Jalen Pendleton and celebrates with his teammates Saturday after the men’s basketball team defeated Illinois State University 66-65 at SIU Arena. Smithpeters scored a three-point basket with nine seconds left on the clock putting the Salukis ahead by one, and securing the win. The Salukis claimed the sixth seed in the Missouri Valley Conference and will take on the University of Northern Iowa Friday at 8:35 p.m. at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
SARAH GARDNER
DAILY EGYPTIAN

Saluki Weekend Wrap Up: Men’s Basketball

The Salukis delivered on Senior Day and claimed the sixth seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in front of a sold-out crowd at SIU Arena. SIU (13-19, 9-9) played Saturday in front of a full house for the first time since 2008 against the ... Continue Reading →
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