Southern Illinois Salukis Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Bryan Mullins

Team Mascot: Saluki

Year Opened: 1964

Capacity: 8284

City / State: Carbondale / Illinois

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Southern Illinois Salukis vs Saint Louis Billikens

Rival Team: Saint Louis Billikens

Southern Illinois and Saint Louis have an intense non-conference rivalry that takes place every year. The matchups between these two are a can’t miss for anyone in Southern Illinois or the St. Louis area. as there are lots bragging rights on the line between these two regional rivals. If you can only see one Billikens non-conference game, then this is the one to see.

Southern Illinois Salukis vs Murray State Racers

Rival Team: Murray State Racers

Carbondale, Illinois and Murray, Kentucky are separated by only 115 miles and as a result, there is a lot of regional pride on the line when the Salukis and Racers square off. Both schools have impressive histories on the court having made a combined 25 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournaments making this matchup all that much better. If you want to witness a fantastic non-conference matchup in Carbondale, then get tickets when the Racers come to town.

Southern Illinois Salukis Stadium Guide

In Game

Banterra Center underwent a massive renovation before the 2010 season catapulting it into being one of the top venues in the Missouri Valley Conference. Even nearly a decade later, the venue still has a new arena smell to it.

You’ll want to arrive early to take in all of the sights and sounds of Banterra Center as there is a lot to see here in Carbondale. Before entering the arena, take a minute to snap a picture with the saluki statue outside. Afterward, make your way to the SIU Hall of Fame, which honors all of the best athletes in Salukis history, and take some time to explore the concourse before the game as there are tons of pictures and banners to see here as well.

Once the game starts, you’ll be treated to a fantastic in-game experience equipped with a raucous students section, a banging band, and two lovable mascots. The student section, known as the Dawg Pound, makes every game feel like it’s a tournament game and the Saluki Pep Band plays all of your favorite SIU songs making both major contributors to the incredible atmosphere found inside Banterra Center.

A trip to Carbondale is a great time for any college hoops fan, so get your tickets and start planning your trip today.

Things to check out

Saluki Statue

Before entering Banterra Center, stop by and snap a picture with the saluki statue. The statue is a must-see for anyone attending a game in Carbondale and offers an excellent photo op as well, so make sure to check it out.

SIU Hall of Fame

Take some time before the game to see the SIU Hall of Fame inside Banterra Center. The Hall of Fame celebrates all of the best athletes and achievements in Salukis history making it a can’t miss.


Walk the concourse to see all of the murals around Banterra Center. The murals honor all of the best players and moments in Salukis hoops history and are excellent for re-living all of your favorite SIU basketball moments, so take some time to see them all.


Look up from your seat to see all the banners hanging from the rafters. The banners celebrate all of the best players and teams in Salukis history including the legendary Walt Frazier.

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SIU Team Store

If you want to pick up a souvenir from your trip to SIU, then stop by the SIU Team Store. The team store offers a wide variety of Salukis merchandise including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and much more. No matter what you’re looking for you’ll find it at the SIU Team Store.

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Dawg Pound

Just like in Cleveland, the Dawg Pound is where you’ll find the rowdiest and wildest fans on game days. The Dawg Pound is filled with the most intimidating fans at the game, so if you want to get loud and support the Salukis, there is no better place to be than the Dawg Pound.

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Saluki Pep Band

The Saluki Pep Band is a can’t miss part of any Southern Illinois basketball game. The pep band will keep you pumped up throughout the game with their tunes and is a big part of what makes attending a Salukis basketball game such an excellent experience.

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Brown Dog and Gray Dog

Southern Illinois has not one but two mascots who entertain fans on game days. Keep an eye open Brown Dog and Gray Dog when attending a Salukis basketball game as you never know what kind of shenanigans this duo will get into next.

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Fight Songs

  1. “Go! Southern! Go!”

    Go! Southern Go!
    Fight on the victory!
    Go! Southern Go!
    March on triumphantly!
    Come on and show,
    Southern, Show,
    For all the world to know
    Nothing’s gonna stop you now
    Hit that line and show them how to go!
    Southern Go! Go!

  2. "Southern Alma Mater”

    Hail Alma Mater
    Southern to thee
    Strong thru the years you
    stand triumphantly
    Beacon to guide us
    Over life’s sea
    Light that can never fail us
    Hail, hail to thee.

  3. “Saluki Men”

  4. “Go You Saluki”

Southern Illinois Salukis Bars & Restaurants

  1. Flame Bar and Grill

    Flame Bar and Grill

    The warm and friendly casual atmosphere offers a comfortable informality that sets them apart as a Carbondale restaurant.

    501 E Walnut St, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Cellar

    The Cellar

    Home of the Best Bloody Mary in Carbondale, Ill

    101 W Monroe St, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. PK’s Bar


    Family-friendly pizza, pasta & sub chain for delivery or eat-in, with beer & wine at some locales.

    308 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $

  4. The Hangar 9

    Rockys Bar and Grill

    A hip hangout for craft beer & live music in a rebuilt airplane shelter with a patio.

    511 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Underground Public House


    Laid-back hangout providing a sizable beer selection, including rotating drafts, plus American grub.

    717 S University Ave, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Longbranch Cafe and Bakery

    Longbranch Cafe and Bakery

    Neighborhood cafe & bakery serving fair-trade coffee drinks plus eclectic eats & pastries.

    100 E Jackson St, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA

    Bar website

    cafe - $

  7. Mary Lou’s Grill


    Popular, cash-only fixture whipping up classic diner fare for breakfast & lunch since 1962.

    118 S Illinois Ave #5, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  8. Bandana’s Bar-B-Que

    Bandanas Bar B Que

    Regional chain dishing Southern-style barbecue & sides in a cowboy-themed space.

    309 E Main St, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA

    Bar website

    - $$

  9. Italian Village

    Italian Village

    Longtime wood-paneled eatery with a salad bar, pizzas, red-sauce Italian favorites & video games.

    405 S Washington St, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA

    Bar website

    italian - $$