I'm back! And its time to get this fired up again. The city of Chicago had a rough weekend, as no team got a victory. Thankfully everyone has a chance to rebound. Typically this is a light week because everyone is finishing finals, but Northwestern and DePaul's students are already gone for the winter, so the Wildcats play two games this week and the Blue Demons have two as well. It's going to keep everyone busy!
Everyone's schedules are after the break, but I'll be at Northwestern vs. Long Island tonight, DePaul vs. Milwaukee tomorrow and Loyola vs. DePaul on Saturday. Hopefully some other games as well. UIC's got a big week too with a game at Northern Illinois and then a game at the United Center versus Illinois on Saturday.
Schedule for the week -
Chicago State: vs. Trinity International (non-DI) on Tuesday, Dec. 14; at Hawaii on Friday, Dec. 17
Loyola (Ill.): at DePaul on Saturday, Dec. 18
UIC: at Northern Illinois on Tuesday, Dec. 14; vs. Illinois (United Center) on Saturday, Dec. 18
DePaul: vs. Milwaukee on Tuesday, Dec. 14; vs. Loyola (Ill.) on Saturday, Dec. 18
Northwestern: vs. Long Island on Monday, Dec. 13; vs. American on Thursday, Dec. 16
Some notes: Northwestern has a 90%+ chance of winning each game this week according to Ken Pomeroy's data. Their percentage chance of going undefeated 86%. That's really good. Also, Loyola is the favorite according to Ken Pomeroy for the Ramblers' game against DePaul, 70-65. DePaul is favored to beat Milwaukee, but that should also be close.
UIC is a slight underdog on the road at Northern Illinois, but it's certainly a winnable game. The one at the United Center is probably another story. While Ken Pomeroy calls it a "neutral site" game it'll certainly feel like an Illini home game. It's too bad that the UIC-Illinois and DePaul-Loyola games start an hour apart.