SIU Arena was once the most feared stop in the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Salukis won 42 consecutive MVC home games from 2001-2006. They won 33 (2003-06) and 31 straight (2001-03) conference and non-conference during that time.
As SIU slipped, so did attendance, from a peak of 7,743 in 2006-07 to 3,299 in 2011-12.
Prompted by a 14-2 record, star guard Anthony Beane and an attractive opponents, fans are coming back. A win over Northern Iowa drew a season-high crowd of 6,106 on Saturday.
Saturday’s game against Wichita State is on its way to a sellout, according to Todd Hefferman of The Southern Illinoisan.