By: Carly O'Keefe
Local stores selling Saluki gear have seen more fans buying everything from apparel to face paint to support SIU as they continue to climb in national prominence. "As the season progresses and the team does better, we always see an increase in sales," said Aaron Savka, owner of Carbondale's Saluki Central stores.
According to retailers, this year sales have been even better than normal, following what's arguably the best regular season the men's Saluki basketball team's ever had. "I think this year, this team is pretty special. They've done some things that the teams in the past haven't done, even though the teams in the past were good, these guys got something a little different to them. People seem to take to them a little more than some of the teams in the past," said Savka.
The love of the team has translated into more fans buying more stuff to show support. "You wanna show your pride and school spirit and cheer them on, and when the new fashions come out you have to go with the new too," said Saluki Basketball fan Jaime Lodge.