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SIU men's basketball reveals 2016 non-conference schedule

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Twenty-two wins is something to smile about. 

That's how the SIU Salukis men's basketball team ended the season last year, with 22 wins.

This season, they're ready to up the ante. And they've done just that with their non-conference schedule. 

The Salukis announced on Wednesday their 13 game schedule, featuring a school record 8 home games. 

Head coach Barry Hinson could not be more excited about the direction his team is headed. 

"I've said this before, you guys have heard me say this. These power five conferences that we're playing have McDonald's All American's. We have kids that have eaten at McDonald's. There's a big difference in that, " Hinson said with a chuckle.  "And we don't have any McDonald's All-Americans. So this is a great opportunity for our kids to play at a level that we don't get an often chance to do that."

Those Power 5 teams he's referring to would be the match ups the Salukis have against Arkansas on November 14, Minnesota on November 25 and Louisville on December 7. 

With this tough schedule looming, some could be worried for the Salukis. However, SIU was 12 and 2 in non-conference play last season. 

Hinson is confident his team will rise to the challenge. 

"I would not have done this to this program," he said with a smile. "Nor would I have done this to our individuals on our team if I didn't feel like we were mature enough and ready to handle this." 

SIU plays in exhibition at home against UMSL on November 3 and then kicks off the season against Wright State on November 11 at SIU Arena.

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