Men's Basketball to play Saint Mary's in John R. Wooden Tradition game in Indianapolis

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    Sept. 19, 2008

    The Southern Illinois men's basketball team has added a game to its 2008-09 schedule. The Salukis will play Saint Mary's (Calif.) at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday, Dec. 20.

    The game will start at approximately 6 p.m. ET and follow the 3:30 p.m. matchup between Purdue and Davidson. Both games are part of the John R. Wooden Tradition tournament.

    "This is a prestigious tournament, and we are very pleased to be invited," said Saluki head coach Chris Lowery. "We're excited to bring Saluki Basketball back to our fans in Indianapolis and the Hoosier state."

    SIU and Saint Mary's are familiar foes, having played three-straight seasons, with Southern winning all three games. The Salukis beat the Gaels, 65-56, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005. They also won at Saint Mary's the following season and at home a year ago.

    The Gaels were 25-7 last year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. They return their top three scorers.

    Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Oct. 17, with prices ranging from $10 to $125. Tickets are available at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at (317) 239-5151 or online

    Established in 2000, the John R. Wooden Tradition is an annual tribute to the legendary former coach and the excellence he personifies. Similar to the standards established by the Wooden Classic, its California-based sibling founded in 1994, the event hosts college basketball's premier programs. In addition to the doubleheader, this year's event activities include the Wooden Tradition Coaches Banquet on December 19 at the Westin Indianapolis, which benefits Special Olympics Indiana.