Tag:Southern Illinois
Posted on: October 2, 2008 2:29 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2008 2:33 pm

Coaches vs. Cancer field is set

The field for the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer has been finalized.

The 16-school field has four regionals.

Here's the breakdown:

-- Duke Regional --

  • Duke
  • Presbyterian
  • Georgia Southern
  • Houston

-- UCLA Regional --

  • UCLA
  • Prairie View A&M
  • Weber State
  • Miami-Ohio

-- Michigan Regional --

  • Michigan
  • Michigan Tech
  • Northeastern

-- Southern Illinois Regional --

  • Southern Illinois
  • California Universty of Pennsylvania
  • UMass
  • Arkansas-Monticello

The first-round and second-round games will be played Nov. 10-13 on the campuses of the four hosts with the most-intriguing early match-up being a possible Southern Illinois-UMass game on Nov. 12. The four regional champions will then advance to New York, where the winner of the SIU Regional will play the winner of the Duke Regional on Nov. 20 while the winner of the UCLA Regional and the winner of the Michigan Regional meet in the other semifinal.

The championship game is Nov. 21 at Madison Square Garden.

Barring upsets, it would pit Duke against UCLA.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 24, 2008 6:05 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2008 6:09 pm

Coaches vs. Cancer field should come next week

The 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer still hasn't announced its field.

Many of you are wondering why.

So here's why: A source with knowledge of the situation said the Gazelle Group is waiting on one more signed contract to finalize the field. When it arrives the complete field will be announced, and the source said that should happen next week. For the UMass fans who keep emailing, the source said it appears the Minutemen will open the event in the regional at Southern Illinois. The Salukis are a regional host along with Duke, UCLA and Michigan.

How the bracket will be drawn is yet to be determined, the source said. But rest assured UCLA and Duke will be on opposite sides to create an opportunity for the Bruins and Blue Devils to meet in the finals at New York's Madison Square Garden on Nov. 21.

Posted on: March 8, 2008 8:22 am

SIU struggled offensively (big surprise, right?)

Southern Illinois will miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001.

That's the result of Friday night's 54-49 loss to Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference, a game in which the Salukis missed three 3-point attempts in the final 35 seconds and 18 of the 24 they attempted overall. That's why they lost, in simple terms. But on some level it was a fitting ending given how SIU's main problem all season has been the ability to make shots -- 3-pointers or otherwise.

SIU ranks 216th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage.

SIU ranks 210th nationally in 2-point field goal percentage.

SIU ranks 107th nationally in free throw percentage.

So while it might be true that defensive wins championships, the reality is that a respectable offense certainly helps. And the Salukis have been offensively challenged all season, proof being how they've  been held to less than 57 points in 10 of their 13 losses.
Category: NCAAB
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