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Roosevelt Smart to visit Loyola this weekend

Sunrise Christian Academy (Kan.) guard Roosevelt Smart is set for an official visit to Loyola this weekend, according to a tweet from the Illinois Wolves, Smart’s AAU squad. Photo: George LeClaire / Basketball Focus If Loyola coach Porter Moser can snag Smart, it would be a huge get for the Ramblers. Smart is being recruited by many high-major programs, and he is highly-touted...
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JUCO forward Maurice Kirby headed to Loyola

Photo: Deirdre Hamill/The Arizona Republic Loyola (Chicago) received its first commitment for the Class of 2015 on Thursday as Coffeyville Community Collge forward Maurice Kirby tweeted that he will become a Rambler next season. I have committed to Loyola University Chicago to continue my basketball career. Excited to work with the staff and players next year! — Maurice Kirby...
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Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams out for season with torn ACL

Photo: Lee News Service/ Stephen Haas Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams will miss the 2014-15 season after suffering a torn ACL during a preseason workout, the school announced Thursday. Abrams will use a medical redshirt and return for his final season of eligibility in 2015-16. “Tracy worked hard in the offseason to put himself in great position heading into his senior year,...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Top-100 recruit Jalen Brunson makes college decision

Lincolnshire, Illinois, product Jalen Brunson will be making his college decision this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. CT. Brunson is choosing between Illinois and Villanova. A five-star prospect, Brunson is considered the best recruit in Illinois for the Class of 2015. The 6’1″ point guard would be a huge get for either of these schools. Watch, Share and Broadcast High School Events...
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Breaking down UIC’s 2014-15 schedule

UIC is coming off a very poor season that saw only six wins total. The Flames have a better group this season, although whether the group is slightly better or significantly better will depend on the impact of Howard Moore‘s six newcomers. Senior guard Marc Brown is UIC’s leading returning scorer (11.3 ppg) Photo: UIC Athletics The new-look Flames open the city on the road, but...
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Horizon League announces 2014-15 TV schedule

Along with a release of the full Horizon League on Tuesday came the release of the conference’s television schedule for the 2014-15 season. Two Horizon League conference games will be televised nationally on ESPN2, with three others broadcast nationally on ESPNU. Additionally, seven non-conference games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN networks. The first round of the Horizon...
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Former UIC forward Scott VanderMeer sings contract in Uruguay

From UIC press release: Former UIC men’s basketball standout Scott VanderMeer recently signed a contract to continue his professional career with Team Malvin in Uruguay’s LUB league.  The 7-foot center graduated from UIC in 2009 and has racked up four championships throughout his pro career, including a NBA D-League title with the Iowa Energy in 2011. VanderMeer is one of 13...
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Breaking down DePaul’s 2014-15 schedule

With Tuesday’s release of the Big East schedule, DePaul’s slate for the 2014-15 season is now complete. Once again, things are not looking good for the Blue Demons, with another expected finish at the bottom of the conference. Photo: Chicago Tribune DePaul eases its way into the 2014-15 season with its season opener at home against UIC. The Flames are coming off a 6-25. The...
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Big East releases 2014-15 schedule

The Big East released its conference schedule for the 2014-15 season Tuesday afternoon. A full, composite schedule is available below. The conference slate once again begins with a five-game Fox Sports 1 marathon on New Year’s Eve, featuring all 10 teams. Fox Sports 1 will broadcast more than 100 Big East games nationally over the course of the season. “Our second season in the...
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D.J. Irving Joins PSU Staff as Graduate Manager

Former Boston University guard D.J. Irving is reuniting with his former coach, taking a graduate manager position on Pat Chambers‘ staff at Penn State. Photo: Boston University “It is great to reunite with D.J.,” Chambers said. “He had a remarkable career at Boston University which began by leading the team to the NCAA tournament in his freshman year. Sharing his playing...
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Big East to launch digital network September 25

The Big East announced Friday the creation of the Big East Digital Network. The online network, which will launch Sep. 25, will offer year-round live streaming, including free streaming of 80-100 events annually. The network will have its own channel within Fox Sports Go, an app that provides streaming of Fox Sports broadcasts. “The conference is proud to team with Fox Sports...
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Breaking down Loyola’s 2014-15 schedule

Loyola released its 2014-15 schedule Thursday. This season’s slate features a total of 30 games, 12 of them non-conference and 18 of them in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Ramblers also feature 15 games at home in Gentile Arena. Photo: Loyola Athletics “Increasing the number of home games is always a focus when building a successful program and we were able to increase our...
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Milwaukee releases non-conference schedule

Photo: Milwaukee Athletics Milwaukee released its non-conference slate Wednesday for the 2014-15 season. The Panthers, who made last year’s NCAA Tournament, have marquee home games in December against Big Ten favorite Wisconsin and perennial Big Sky contender Montana. They also play some tough road games against Auburn, Oklahoma State and Arkansas. Here is a look at Milwaukee’s...
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Loyola releases 2014-15 schedule

Loyola released its full schedule for the 2014-15 season Thursday afternoon. The slate features 12 non-conference games and then the 18-game Missouri Valley season. Check back soon for a full breakdown with analysis of the Ramblers’ schedule. But for now, here is who the Ramblers will be playing this season: 2014-15 Loyola Schedule * = MVC game; # = Las Vegas Classic Nov. 14...
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Rutgers lands top-100 recruit Corey Sanders

Photo: 247sports.com Eddie Jordan picked up a major addition to the Rutgers family Thursday with top-100 recruit Corey Sanders committing to the Scarlet Knights. Sanders, a Florida native, is one of the top point guards in the Class of 2015. ESPN ranks Sanders the No. 4 point guard and No. 32 overall prospect, and Rivals has him at No. 73 overall. Unsurprisingly, Sanders also had...
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Former Milwaukee forward earns spot on NFL roster

Photo: TDDaily.com Former Milwaukee big man Demetrius Harris is making his mark at the professional level, but not in basketball. The ex-Panther is making it in the NFL as a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs. Harris officially made the Chiefs’ 53-man roster over the weekend. Last season, he was a member of the team’s practice squad. The Arkansas native was a strong presence...
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Northern Iowa-VCU game to be televised on NBC Sports Network

AP Photo / Matthew Putney The most anticipated game on Northern Iowa’s non-conference schedule will now be televised to a national audience. NBC Sports Network released its schedule of 45 college basketball games that will air during the 2014-15 season, including a matchup between Northern Iowa and Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 13. Northern Iowa will be one of the country’s premier...
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Robo Kreps Joins UIC Staff as Graduate Manager

From UIC press release: Former UIC basketball star Robo Kreps will join the Flames’ staff as a graduate manager, as announced by head coach Howard Moore on Wednesday afternoon. Kreps was a four-year letterwinner for UIC (2008-11) and currently ranks as the program’s seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,594 career points and fourth in career threes (230). Photo: UIC Athletics...
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Illinois makes five-star recruit’s top 5

Class of 2015 power forward Carlton Bragg publicly narrowed his list to five schools this week on Twitter, and Illinois remains in contention to land the coveted recruit. The Illini are still competing with UCLA, Kansas, Kentucky and Arizona. UCLA Illinois Kansas Kentucky Arizona No particular order , no favorites and thank you to all the schools that have been recruiting me ...
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Wichita State lands top-100 recruit Landry Shamet

Gregg Marshall and the Wichita State Shockers received their first major commitment for the Class of 2015 on Wednesday morning. Top-100 recruit Landry Shamet, a 6’4″ shooting guard, announced on Twitter that he will play his college ball as part of Shocker Nation. Officially committed to WICHITA STATE! Glad to be part of #shockernation! Thanks to everyone who's supported...
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Chicago State offers ’16 guard Reggie Tharp

Chicago State extended an offer to Class of 2016 point guard Reggie Tharp, according to a tweet from Tharp. Just got offered by Chicago state! #blessed#cougars — Reggie Tharp 1⃣0⃣ (@10_tharp) September 1, 2014 Photo: 247sports.com Tharp, who hails from Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has also received an offer from Western Illinois, and he visited Iowa...
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UIC finishes with 3-2 record on Canada summer trip

Every four years, college basketball programs receive the opportunity to take their team on a foreign tour. UIC had never taken advantage of that opportunity until this summer, when the Flames took a seven-day trip to Canada. They played five games against Canadian competition. After losing the first two, UIC rebounded with three straight wins to finish the trip and end it with a...
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Breaking down Chicago State’s challenging 2014-15 schedule

Photo: South Bend Tribune Chicago State’s full schedule for the 2014-15 season has been on the school’s website for a few weeks now, so it’s about time The Catch and Shoot took a closer look at the Cougars’ non-conference opponents and marquee conference games. Tracy Dildy certainly decided to challenge his group early as the Cougars open on the road against a pair of Power...
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Northwestern unveils new Welsh-Ryan Arena court

Welsh-Ryan Arena’s much-needed makeover is complete. Northwestern already added in a new videoboard above center court earlier in the summer, and it then gave the floor a new paint job to spruce things up. Check out these tweets and pictures from members of Northwestern’s athletics department for a view of the arena’s new look.   Center-court view of the new Welsh-Ryan Arena...
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JUCO forward Kaylen Shane will not attend UIC

UIC’s front court took a hit Friday as the school announced junior college transfer Kaylen Shane will not attend UIC this fall. Shane, a 6’10″ center, transferred to UIC from John A. Logan College, where he played two seasons. Last season, Shane averaged 6.7 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 59.8% from the field. “Kaylen would have been a great teammate and added much...
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