Southern Illinois Men's Basketball Preview

Southern Illinois won six of its last nine games in 2013, including a stunning upset of nationally ranked Wichita State, to give the program momentum heading into Barry Hinson's second season at the helm. The Salukis have added 10 newcomers, as Hinson has almost completely overhauled SIU's roster since taking over as head coach in March, 2012.

Hinson, who has won more conference games in his career (101) than any of the league's 10 active coaches, hopes to continue the progress made last season. To do so, he will need big production from a dynamic pair of returning guards (Desmar Jackson and Anthony Beane), and the emergence of complementary pieces at point guard and forward. While the Salukis have proven talent in the backcourt, they have just one forward with Division I playing experience (Davante Drinkard). Hinson brought in five junior college transfers to provide an immediate boost, but also landed one of the state's top freshmen (Sean O'Brien).

returning players

Anthony Beane Anthony Beane
inished seventh in school history in points scored by a freshman (283) and eighth in scoring average (9.1)...Second in the MVC in scoring average among freshmen, behind Missouri State's Marcus Marshall

Desmar Jackson Desmar Jackson
Ranked sixth in the MVC in scoring (15.1 ppg), 13th in rebounding (5.4 rpg) and fourth in steals (1.9 spg)...His 58 steals were the ninth most in a season in school history...Recorded three-straight 20-point games -- the first Saluki player to do so since Kent Williams in 2001

Jalen Pendleton Jalen Pendleton
Came on strong at the end of the season as he averaged 8.0 points in the last nine games...Named MVC Newcomer of the Week after a career-high 17 points at Indiana State on Feb. 9


2012-13 stats

Team Statistics
SCORING 1964 2019
Points per game 63.4 65.1
Scoring margin -1.8 -
FIELD GOALS-ATT 733-1645 689-1484
Field goal pct .446 .464
3 POINT FG-ATT 139-434 195-523
3-point FG pct .320 .373
3-pt FG made per game 4.5 6.3
FREE THROWS-ATT 359-559 446-616
Free throw pct .642 .724
F-Throws made per game 11.6 14.4
REBOUNDS 931 980
Rebounds per game 30.0 31.6
Rebounding margin -1.6 -
ASSISTS 321 402
Assists per game 10.4 13.0
Turnovers per game 12.2 15.5
Turnover margin +3.3 -
Assist/turnover ratio 0.9 0.8
STEALS 250 183
Steals per game 8.1 5.9
BLOCKS 68 79
Blocks per game 2.2 2.5
ATTENDANCE 65094 105171
Home games-Avg/Game 13-5007 15-6435
Neutral site-Avg/Game - 3-2884