Men's Basketball to renew regional rivalry with Murray State

    The Salukis and Racers last met in 2006.

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    March 26, 2013

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois and Murray State will renew their men's basketball regional rivalry next season, the two schools announced on Tuesday.

    The Salukis and Racers agreed to a four-game series, with games at Murray State in 2013 and 2015, and at Southern Illinois in 2014 and 2016. The teams have not played each other since 2006, the last season SIU advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

    Both programs have storied basketball traditions. The Salukis have made 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, including Sweet 16 finishes in 1977, 2002 and 2007. The Racers have advanced to the NCAA Tournament 13 times since 1988. In 2012, Murray State finished the season with a 31-2 record and a No. 16 national ranking in the USA Today Coaches poll.

    "Coach (Steve) Prohm has done a fantastic job at Murray State, taking that program to new heights," said SIU head coach Barry Hinson. "Adding the Racers not only improves our strength of schedule, but it will generate interest and excitement among the diehard fan bases of both schools."

    Carbondale, Ill. and Murray, Ky. are separated by just 115 miles. Southern holds a 16-14 advantage in the all-time series between the schools that dates to 1929. The Salukis have won 11 of the last 14 meetings.