Discussion

Salukis stake spot in Sweet 16 with gritty D

There's nothing sugary or pretty about the way Southern Illinois plays ball. But the Salukis' slow and nasty pace earned them a spot in the Sweet Sixteen.

Originally Published: March 18, 2007
By Kyle Whelliston | Special to ESPN.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It's supposed to be a collection of college basketball's most attractive and tastiest squads; they wouldn't have named the final quartet of quartets the Sweet 16 if it weren't.

But there's nothing sugary or pretty about the way Southern Illinois plays ball. The regular-season champions of the Missouri Valley play at one of the nation's slowest, nastiest paces and own the nation's third-stingiest team points-allowed average at 56.3. After dispatching Virginia Tech 63-48 in ...

Read full story

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

ALSO SEE

MORE MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL HEADLINES