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    Oct. 27, 2007

    For the first time in school history, Southern Illinois is ranked in the men's basketball preseason Top 25. The Salukis, who return three starters from last year's Sweet 16 team, will begin the season #23 in the ESPN/USAToday Coaches poll.

    SIU won 29 games last season and ended the year ranked #11 in the country in the Coaches Poll.The previous earliest date Southern Illinois enjoyed a national ranking came on Nov. 30, 1976. The Salukis defeated Missouri to open the season and entered the Associated Press poll at #17 the following week. SIU went on to win the Missouri Valley Conference that year and advance to the Sweet 16.

    Southern opens its exhibition season next Saturday against King College at 2:05 p.m. at SIU Arena.

    ESPN/USA Today Poll
    1. North Carolina (10) 0-0 739
    2. UCLA (12) 0-0 734
    3. Memphis (8) 0-0 731
    4. Kansas (1) 0-0 669
    5. Georgetown 0-0 625
    6. Louisville 0-0 620
    7. Tennessee 0-0 598
    8. Michigan State 0-0 503
    9. Indiana 0-0 479
    10. Washington State 0-0 464
    11. Duke 0-0 390
    12. Marquette 0-0 381
    13. Oregon 0-0 360
    14. Gonzaga 0-0 252
    14. Texas A&M 0-0 252
    16. Texas 0-0 216
    17. Arizona 0-0 205
    18. USC 0-0 189
    19. Arkansas 0-0 173
    20. Pittsburgh 0-0 160
    21. Stanford 0-0 158
    22. Kentucky 0-0 155
    23. Southern Illinois 0-0 137
    24. North Carolina State 0-0 119
    25. Villanova 0-0 111

    Others Recieving Votes
    Kansas State 94, Syracuse 69, Ohio State 65, Clemson 56, Connecticut 55, Butler 42, Davidson 39, Xavier 38, Alabama 31, Mississippi State 30, Florida 26, Wisconsin 21, Illinois 16, Washington 12, Brigham Young 12, Nevada 8, Bradley 7, Virginia 7, Virginia Commonwealth 5, Utah 4, Baylor 3, Old Dominion 3, Saint Joseph's 3, Fresno State 2, George Mason 2, Utah State 2, Notre Dame 1, California 1, Maryland 1.

     

     

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