CARBONDALE -- Southern Illinois University men's basketball coach Barry Hinson might just get the sellout he asked for on Saturday.

Less than 1,000 tickets remained for the Salukis' 3 p.m. tipoff against Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite Wichita State at SIU Arena on Thursday. Even with SIU's students mostly gone until the start of the spring semester Jan. 19, the game for at least a share of the league lead could be the Salukis' first sellout since the Senior Day game against Illinois State on March 1, 2014.

SIU has sold out the arena 24 times since it opened in 1964. The Salukis are 18-6 in sold-out games. Tickets for Saturday's Maroon Out game are $10, $15 and $18 and available online at www.siusalukis.com and at the SIU Ticket Office.

SIU (14-2, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference) continued its best start since the 2003-04 season with its sixth road win Wednesday night at Bradley. Anthony Beane scored 11 points and Tyler Smithpeters added 10 in the 65-44 win that gave the program its first 6-0 road start in history.

The win was SIU's first at Carver Arena since January 2012.

Wichita State (9-5, 3-0 MVC) beat Evansville (13-3, 2-1 MVC) 67-64 Wednesday night in Wichita, Kansas. The Shockers have won four straight games but are just 2-2 on the road this season.

"Here come the big boys," Hinson said after Wednesday night's win. "Everybody's asking the question 'How good are we? Are we for real?' We're getting ready to find out."

In addition to the third-longest active home-court winning streak heading into the week at 38 straight, Wichita State is the only team in the Valley with a winning record on the road over the last five seasons. The Shockers are 39-7 in conference games outside Koch Arena in the past five years.

The Salukis own one of Wichita State's seven conference losses in the last three seasons. SIU, which is 30-12 at home against the Shockers, beat Wichita State 64-62 on Feb. 5, 2013.

todd.hefferman@thesouthern.com

618-351-5087 / On Twitter: @THefferman

Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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