SIU to introduce new men's basketball coach

Barry Hinson (Source:
Barry Hinson (Source:

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - A source close to the program tells Heartland Sports Director Todd Richards that Southern Illinois University will introduce Barry Hinson Wednesday as the new men's basketball coach.

Hinson was the Director of Men's Basketball Operations at Kansas.  Hinson is also the former men's basketball head coach at Missouri State University.

Hinson was fired by the Bears on March 9 after failing to take Missouri State to the NCAA tournament in nine seasons.

He replaces Chris Lowery, who went 145-116 in eight seasons with the Salukis before being fired March 2 after an 8-23 season.

Lowery's teams made three NCAA tournament appearances, including the Sweet 16 in 2007. But the Salukis haven't been to the tournament since then and have had a losing record in 3 of their past four seasons.

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