For Saluki fans, it's time to go dancing

For Saluki fans, it's time to go dancing
By: Arnold Wyrick
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois Salukis are heading to the 'big dance' during March Madness.
On Sunday the Saluki faithful learned that their dawgs would be seeded fourth against Holy Cross. On Monday the phone lines at the Saluki ticket office began lighting up immediately after 8 a.m. "Depending on if they're SIU affiliation, alumni, season ticket holders and most importantly a member of the Saluki Athletic Scholarship Fund.  After we determine all that, then we'll be calling people back and telling them congratulations you've got two, four or six tickets," says Brad Pietz SIU's ticket manager.
The NCAA tournament is only offering up 550-tickets for each schools fans to attend the first round the college games. "We only have 550-tickets to work with.  The venue in Columbus, Ohio is sold out.  So we are trying to work with the other schools, if they're not going to sell their allotment, we can try to grab some of those," says SIU's Director of Athletics Mario Moccia.
Some fans didn't want to wait to get through on the phone lines at the ticket office to give their information to ticket-takers, they decided to come in, in person to fill-out their ticket application form. "It's close to home, you've got to go, it's a great game close to home here in southern Illinois.  And I'd like to see the game on Sunday, after we beat them on Friday.  I'd like to see us play the former coach of the Saluki's Bruce Weber's team, at the University of Illinois," says Janna Bachman of Murphysboro.
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