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Southern Illinois Basketball Tickets

Diehard college basketball fans know that year after year the Missouri Valley Conference is one of the most underrated mid-major leagues. They should also know that for many years, the Southern Illinois Salukis have been an important part of that success. The Salukis have a long and proud history on the hardwood, which has kept last-minute Southern Illinois basketball tickets in high demand. That tradition continues to this day, with the Salukis typically being one of the top teams in the Missouri Valley, which means it’s not as easy as one might think to find cheap Southern Illinois basketball tickets.

The Legends

The early days of Southern Illinois basketball were spent with the Salukis playing at the Division II level. However, the Salukis had great success at that level, reaching the Division II Final Four four times between 1962 and 1966. In 1967, Hall of Famer Walt Frazier was a key part of the SIU team that won the NIT and set the stage for the Salukis to make the jump up to Division I the following year.

The Arrival

Like most teams, Souther Illinois struggled a bit after moving to the Division I level. Outside of a Sweet 16 trip in 1977, the Salukis found little success until the 1990s. However, once they got there, they were there to stay. Under Rich Herrin, SIU won Missouri Valley regular-season titles in 1990 and 1992 and reached the NCAA Tournament in three consecutive years starting in 1993. That set the foundation for the likes of Bruce Weber, Matt Painter, and Chris Lowery, who took the Salukis to new heights. In 2002, Weber helped SIU begin a string of six straight NCAA Tournament appearances. That era was highlighted by Sweet 16 runs in 2002 under Weber and 2007 under Lowery.

Homegrown Hero

After falling on some hard times, the Salukis received a jolt of life in 2019 when Bryan Mullins was hired as head coach. Mullins was a four-year starter for SIU under Lowery and a part of the team that reached the Sweet 16 in 2007 and finished with a program-best 29 wins. With one of their own at the helm, the Salukis are confident that brighter days are ahead.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Does Southern Illinois Basketball Play?

Since 1974, the Salukis have played their home games at the Banterra Center, which is located on the SIU campus in Carbondale, Illinois. The venue originally opened as SIU Arena but was renamed in 2019. In addition to Southern Illinois basketball, the Banterra Center has hosted many concerts and important public events during its history. For basketball games, the Banterra Center has a capacity of just under 8,400 fans.

When do Southern Illinois tickets go on sale?

Cheap Southern Illinois tickets to games played at Banterra Center are available months in advance, as are Southern Illinois tickets for away games. In other words, there’s no rush to check Southern Illinois’s schedule. Just grab tickets whenever you’ve got the itch.

Is it better to buy Southern Illinois tickets in advance?

With Southern Illinois tickets being available so far ahead of time, it’s easy to buy tickets whenever you want to – but there’s little need to plan ahead. You can often get cheap last-minute tickets to Southern Illinois games by waiting to make your purchase until the very last minute. As game day gets closer and sellers drop their prices, fans reap the benefits.

What’s the best way to buy cheap Southern Illinois tickets?

The best way to buy cheap Southern Illinois tickets is always going to be from a secure online platform that connects fans and resellers. These ticket marketplaces often have some of the cheapest ticket prices and are the easiest way to shop for Southern Illinois tickets. Can you buy Southern Illinois tickets at the stadium? Sure – but you’ll likely be paying a higher price than you need to!  

Why should I choose Gametime over other ticket marketplaces?

Ticket marketplaces are the best place to find sports tickets. And when it comes to cheap Southern Illinois tickets, Gametime is a no-brainer. Seats bought through us are affordable because we charge some of the lowest service fees anywhere. On top of that, we show you the view from the seats you’re shopping for thanks to our panoramic seat view photos. You’ll never have to buy seats blind with Gametime – you’ll know what your view at Banterra Center will be before you buy those cheap Southern Illinois tickets. So the next time you’re in the market for cheap Southern Illinois tickets, turn to Gametime.

How much are Southern Illinois Basketball tickets?

Southern Illinois ticket prices will differ depending on a number of factors. Generally speaking, the average ticket price for Southern Illinois tickets is around $31 a ticket. But you can be looking at a few hundred dollars more, depending on the opponent, stage of play, and demand. 

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