Hold on to the ball, hold on to hope 

January, 7, 2009
1/07/09
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During the 2006-07 season, Butler and Southern Illinois figured prominently in the national polls all season, and each ended up taking a trip to the Sweet 16.

Many were flummoxed as to how either could have succeeded. Butler was tragically undersized, often outrebounded by double digits, and was prone to horrible shooting nights. SIU built its reputation on defense, yet had trouble managing 40 percent shooting from the floor. The Salukis often played a high-stakes game of scrappy basketball, luring opponents into 47-45 games that always seemed to go down to the final possession.