SIU Hooks Up With Holy Cross In Round One

But Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery just doesn't want to hear about that now.

He says fourth-seeded Southern first must take on the 13th-seeded Holy Cross Crusaders on Friday.

Lowery knows Holy Cross is no slouch, having appeared in the tournament four times in the past seven years. During that time, the Crusaders have given bigger schools like Kentucky, Marquette and Kansas fits.

If the Salukis prevail, they would play on Sunday against either fifth-seeded Virginia Tech -- a team they beat in November -- or 12th-seeded Illinois. The Illini are coached by Bruce Weber, the guy Lowery succeeded in Carbondale.