This week's edition of Sunday links is abbreviated, but still has something interesting things in it.
- The Big East Conference had two new previews released last week. It's no surprise that DePaul is picked at the bottom. Everyone sees the fact that Dar Tucker left and the team was terrible last season and automatically assumes the worst. I think DePaul could be a little bit better than last place, but it'll depend on what the Blue Demons choose to listen to this off season.
- UIC officially announced its roster this week. The loss of Scott VanderMeer and Josh Mayo to graduation is going to be compounded by the loss of Tori Boyd and Jovan Ignjatovic. The front court depth of the Flames is going to be tested very often next season. On the plus side, there's a lot of young talent coming to UIC. I've read good things about Aurora's Anthony Kelly and 6'11" transfer Kyle Robbins will add some height as well. Everything is covered here.
- Dave Dudzinski - a Loyola recruiting target - is considering a number of East Coast schools after a trip there this summer. He visited a bunch of Ivy League schools. The key quote, "You can't really beat an Ivy League education so if I can get it at a severely discounted rate, it's something I'm going to consider," Dudzinski said. It will be interesting to see what his ultimate decision is.
- Then there was the poll. It's already been referenced at least once, but there was a poll of Illinois college coaches where it was decided that after the University of Illinois the top choice was Illinois State. Northwestern finished fifth, DePaul fourth and UIC sixth.
- Finally, two articles worth noting: Searching for Billy Edelin did a post about the best basketball metropolitans, Chicago was nowhere to be found. Also, if Sports Illustrated is going to FOIA the votes of college football voters, why not the basketball ones as well? Thankfully there's a tournament to solve the hard questions, but still the votes would be interesting to see.