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Saluki Basketball: Opponent Watch

Saluki Basketball: Opponent Watch

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SIU's Aaron Cook fires between two defenders Saturday night against San Francisco. The Dons defeated the Salukis 76-60 at the Banterra Center.

The first NET rankings of the year are expected near the end of this month, so today's first Saluki Basketball: Opponent Watch features the latest BPI rankings from ESPN.com.

SIU (2-3) dropped its third straight game Saturday night against San Francisco (4-0), 76-60. The Salukis have one non-Division I victory, over Division III Illinois Wesleyan, and beat UTSA (0-4) in the first game of the Sunshine Slam in Florida. The Roadrunners go for their first win of the season at No. 17 Utah State Monday night.

Here is the opponent watch:

SIU Salukis (2-3, 0-0 MVC)

NET:

ESPN.com BPI: 276

ESPN.com SOS: 306

Last game: Lost 76-60 to San Francisco / Next game: At Murray State (2-1) Tuesday night

SIU OPPONENT WATCH

Illinois Wesleyan (2-1)

NET: N/A

ESPN.com BPI: N/A

Vs. SIU: SIU won 76-48

Last game: Beat Alma 95-76 / Next game: At Chicago Tuesday

UTSA Roadrunners (0-4)

NET:

ESPN.com BPI: 181

Vs. SIU: SIU won 72-60

Last game: Lost 91-79 to Delaware at the Sunshine Slam / Next game: At No. 17 Utah State Monday

Delaware Blue Hens (5-0)

NET:

ESPN.com BPI: 240

Vs. SIU: Delaware won 56-54 at the Sunshine Slam in Florida

Last game: Beat LaSalle 81-73 / Next game: At St. Francis (Pa.) Tuesday

Oakland Golden Grizzlies (3-2)

NET:

ESPN.com BPI: 236

Vs. SIU: Oakland won 61-52 at the Sunshine Slam in Florida

Last game: Lost 80-50 at No. 7 Maryland / Next game: Host Hartford Tuesday

San Francisco Dons (4-0)

NET:

ESPN.com BPI: 97

Vs. SIU: San Francisco won 76-60

Last game: Beat SIU 76-60 / Next game: Host Cal State Bakersfield Tuesday

Murray State Racers (2-1)

NET:

ESPN.com BPI: 91

Vs. SIU: Tuesday night in Murray, Ky.

Last game: Beat Breschia 114-48 / Next game: Host Southern Illinois Tuesday

North Carolina Central Eagles (1-3)

NET:

ESPN.com BPI: 337

Vs. SIU: Nov. 26 in Carbondale

Last game: Lost 87-56 to No. 4 Louisville / Next game: At Youngstown State Tuesday

Saint Louis Billikens (3-1)

NET:

ESPN.com BPI: 157

Vs. SIU: Dec. 1 in St. Louis

Last game: Lost 83-66 to No. 12 Seton Hall / Next game: Host High Point Wednesday

Norfolk State Spartans (3-1)

NET:

ESPN.com BPI: 302

Vs. SIU: Dec. 4 in Carbondale

Last game: Beat Newport News Apprentice 113-54 / Next game: At Bradley Tuesday

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (1-2)

NET:

ESPN.com BPI: 244

Vs. SIU: Dec. 7 in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Last game: Lost 66-63 at North Florida / Next game: At Iowa State Tuesday

Missouri Tigers (2-1)

NET:

ESPN.com BPI: 71

Vs. SIU: Dec. 15 in Columbia, Mo.

Last game: Lost 63-58 at No. 21 Xavier / Next game: Host Wofford Monday

Hampton Pirates (2-1)

NET: 

ESPN.com BPI: 297

Vs. SIU: Dec. 18 in Carbondale

Last game: Lost 78-65 at William & Mary / Next game: Host Regent University Thursday

Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (1-1)

NET: 

ESPN.com BPI: 284

Vs. SIU: Dec. 21 in Carbondale

Last game: Beat Purdue-Fort Wayne 69-68 / Next game: Host The Citadel Tuesday

*Indiana State Sycamores (0-3)

NET: 

ESPN.com BPI: 163

Vs. SIU: Dec. 30 in Terre Haute, Ind.; Feb. 26 in Carbondale

Last game: Lost 69-55 to Ball State / Next game: Host Duquesne Thursday

*Illinois State Redbirds (2-1)

NET: 

ESPN.com BPI: 189

Vs. SIU: Jan. 4 in Carbondale; Jan. 25 in Normal

Last game: Lost 67-65 to Central Florida / Next game: Vs. Cincinnati Friday at Paradise Jam

*Valparaiso Crusaders (3-1)

NET: 

ESPN.com BPI: 180

Vs. SIU: Jan. 7 in Carbondale; Feb. 12 in Valparaiso, Ind.

Last game: Beat North Dakota 74-60 / Next game: Vs. Grand Canyon Friday at Paradise Jam

*Bradley Braves (2-1)

NET: 

ESPN.com BPI: 136

Vs. SIU: Jan. 11 in Peoria; Feb. 15 in Carbondale

Last game: Beat UIC 65-56 / Next game: Host Norfolk State Tuesday

*Loyola Ramblers (2-2)

NET: 

ESPN.com BPI: 89

Vs. SIU: Jan. 16 in Chicago; Jan. 29 in Carbondale

Last game: Beat St. Joseph's 85-68 / Next game: Host IUPUI Wednesday

*Drake Bulldogs (3-1)

NET: 

ESPN.com BPI: 166

Vs. SIU: Jan. 19 in Carbondale; Feb. 1 in Des Moines

Last game: Beat Simpson College 98-53 / Next game: Host Lehigh Thursday

*Northern Iowa Panthers (4-0)

NET: 

ESPN.com BPI: 116

Vs. SIU: Jan. 22 in Carbondale; Feb. 23 in Cedar Falls, Iowa

Last game: Beat Northern Colorado 78-72 in overtime / Next game: Host UT Martin Tuesday

*Evansville Purple Aces (3-0)

NET: 

ESPN.com BPI: 228

Vs. SIU: Feb. 5 in Evansville, Ind.; Feb. 20 in Carbondale

Last game: Beat Indiana-Kokomo 89-71 / Next game: Host SMU Monday 

*Missouri State Bears (2-2)

NET: 

ESPN.com BPI: 113

Vs. SIU: Feb. 8 in Carbondale; Feb. 29 in Springfield, Mo.

Last game: Lost 59-56 at No. 21 Xavier / Next game: Vs. Miami (Fla.) Thursday at Charleston Classic

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