March 18, 2002 at 7:02 PM CST - Updated July 3 at 2:55 PM
Saluki Fever is smelling sweet to the dawgs and their fans.
The Salukis rallied from a 19 point deficit Sunday night to beat the Georgia Bulldogs and advance to the 'Sweet 16'. It's only the second time in school history, that they've played in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
"I think it's awesome it's great they've worked hard and I know some of the players personally and it's great to see them succeed like this," says Megan Tarrolly who was wearing her Saluki gear.
Businesses and cars in the Carbondale area have also put on a display of support and enthusiasm for the Salukis. "Well we're really excited about SIU being at the NCAA's, it's real exciting for Carbondale to go to the NCAA's it's been a long time since it's happened," says Angie Breeden of First Cellular.
Some of the Saluki players tell Heartland News that they weren't even born the last time the team was playing in the 'Sweet 16'. "I wasn't even born but he next time we go I'm going to be a year older, we going again next year and we doing this again, this ain't no one time event, I mean we here, we for real, we legit," says Sylvester Willis the Salukis Freshman Guard/Forward.