Hit to SIU's rebuilding process

There were many surprises in the Missouri Valley this season -- from Wichita State's Final Four run to Drake's firing of Mark Phelps to Illinois State's vacillating play -- but perhaps was as intriguing as Barry Hinson's first season at Southern Illinois. Hinson was a longtime MVC coach at Missouri State, but in his return to the conference, he led the Salukis, a team picked by many to finish in the league's cellar, to an almost .500 season and 14 wins.