More News - Tuesday, Oct. 26

February 14, 2010: DePaul Blue Demons forward Tony Freeland (22) with the shot attempt during the NCAA basketball game between the DePaul Blue Demons and the Seton Hall Pirates at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Pirates beat the Blue Demons, 79-71.

The season is fast approaching. Here are some links to keep you up-to-date with all the latest news.

DePaul and the Big East: Pico Dulce over at The East Coast Bias spent a lot of time compiling the work of his fellow Big East writers. It's presented in a three-part series with projected standings, projected lineups and news and notes from the offseason. What you need to know about DePaul is that both myself and Blue Demons Nation hit the high points, but disagreed on lineups. It seems like Blue Demons Nation sees the freshman playing a big more early on than I do. Of course, that might change. Cleveland Melvin definitely has a chance to play a lot of minutes.
UIC: The blog to follow this season when talking about UIC basketball might not be Chicago College Basketball. (A shock right?) The UIC athletics department has started Flame Throwers, the official blog of UIC basketball. I expect that this should be a good source of information, but expect there to be a slant to things. What I want to know - Is Howard Moore going to do any podcasts? I learned the most from listening to Jimmy Collins talk about his team than at any other time during the season.

DePaul's Blue and White Scrimmage: Here's the official release about the Blue and White scrimmage, which unfortunately I was unable to attend on Saturday night. I guess the most surprising data point was that Tony Freeland led the Blue Demons with 18 points. Melvin had a solid 16 points. Both of them also grabbed seven rebounds. Jeremiah Kelly, who is one of three players Blue Demons Nation and I agreed should be starting this season, also had a good all-around game. Of course, DePaul's most important day this week could come on Thursday when Mike Shaw is set to announce his college destination. Michael O'Brien's sources seem to think Shaw is headed to Illinois.

More Gus can't be a bad thing: Gus Johnson is going to more than double his output of games on Big Ten Network. This just makes the Big Ten, which already had a chance to be the best conference in the nation, that much better. Sign me up for a buzzer beater or two for Northwestern.
Chicago State is at the bottom: The preseason rankings just show you how much work Tracy Dildy has to go this season as the Cougars were ranked 334th out of 345 NCAA Division I basketball teams by Rush The Court. Here is the link from the Northwest Indiana Times about Sean Montgomery that's referenced in the tweet. (Note: 6 of the 7 Great West Conference teams were ranked #328 or higher.)

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