November 12, 2007

Pre-game reception planned in Anaheim

by Kathy Dillard


CARBONDALE, Ill. — West Coast Salukis, alumni and friends of Southern Illinois University Carbondale can get pumped up for the inaugural Anaheim Classic men's basketball tournament at a pre-game reception on Thanksgiving Day.

The reception is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, at the Sheraton Park Hotel's Garden Room at 1855 S. Harbor Blvd., east of the Anaheim Convention Center. The eight-team tournament features SIUC along with the University of Miami (Ohio), Mississippi State University, University of San Diego, University of South Alabama, University of California–Irvine, University of Southern California and University of Tennessee–Chattanooga. The Salukis take on the UT-Chattanooga Mocs at 1 p.m. Pacific time. The winner of that game plays the winner of the Mississippi vs. Irvine match-up.

The Saluki reception includes hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, hosted by the SIU Foundation, SIUC Saluki Athletics and the SIU Alumni Association. There is no cost to attend the reception. Register to attend by signing up online at or by calling the SIU Alumni Association office at 618/453-2408 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Central time.

Tournament tickets are available through Ticketmaster at Fans may buy packages of six sessions/12 games for $75 or single session tickets (two games) for $15. All tickets are general admission, allowing fans to sit together in the areas designated for their teams.

For the complete tournament game schedule or for more information about the tournament, go to

Remember to show Saluki pride by wearing the latest SIUC apparel, available at Click the online store icon to view selections. SIU Alumni Association members receive a 15 percent discount. Not a member? Join online or call the SIU Alumni Association office at (618) 453-2408.