Archive for March 2011

Season Recap: Northwestern

This is the fifth and final one of five season recaps that appeared this week. There was one each day in reverse order of current KenPom ranking, so check the archives for your team. This wasn’t the year that Northwestern made the NCAA Tournament, but it wasn’t a complete loss either. The Wildcats showed some... Read more »

Season Recap: Loyola

This is the fourth of five season recaps that will appear this week. There will be one each day in reverse order of current KenPom ranking.

Old Spice Classic field finalized

The Old Spice Classic field for November 2011 has been finalized. The eight teams will be DePaul, Indiana State, Arizona State, Dayton, Fairfield, Minnesota, Texas Tech and Wake Forest. The Sycamores are the only team that made the NCAA Tournament, but Fairfield and Dayton made the NIT. The major conference teams in the tournament just aren’t that good.... Read more »
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Polka and Kreps honored

Two Chicago seniors have been named finalists for the Chip Hilton Award. The award is given to a graduating senior for his outstanding character, leadership and talent. Andy Polka of Loyola and Robo Kreps of UIC are both finalists for the award along with Jimmer Fredette of BYU and Charles Jenkins of Hofstra. Kreps and... Read more »

A thought on Loyola's coaching search

Here’s how Loyola should sell their current job to anyone who might be thinking about taking it this weekend at the Final Four. New facilities mean easier time recruiting. You’re in the heart of Rogers Park in Chicago – talent is here if you can get it. You get to play in a rising mid-major... Read more »

Season Recap: DePaul

This is the third of five season recaps that will appear this week. There will be one each day in reverse order of current KenPom ranking. Never has a marketing plan seemed so appropriate than this season at DePaul. The Blue Demons’ “New Era, Same Tradition” slogan rang true throughout the season. The hiring of... Read more »
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Benford to interview at Loyola

According to a report by Prep Bullseye, Marquette assistant coach Tony Benford will interview for the Loyola head coaching job on Friday. The Golden Eagles assistant is coming off of a Sweet 16 appearance and wasn’t even available to interview until this week. This matches up with information that said the Ramblers would wait to... Read more »

Video: Making a Wilson basketball

From time to time I get marketing emails with ideas for blog posts. To be honest, most are terrible. This afternoon though I got an email from Wilson Sporting Goods Co. They’re based in Chicago and they’ve got a cool new video about the making of an official NCAA approved Wilson basketball. They’ve whittled the... Read more »

Season Recap: UIC

This is the second of five season recaps that will appear this week. There will be one each day in reverse order of current KenPom ranking. After UIC finally escaped the Jimmy Collins era in August of 2010, Howard Moore brought a new style of basketball and promise to the Flames. Unfortunately he didn’t bring... Read more »
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Season Recap: Chicago State

This is the first of five season recaps that will appear this week. There will be one each day in reverse order of current KenPom ranking. It was also going to be like this during Tracy Dildy’s first season at Chicago State. Benjy Taylor wouldn’t have left the job for an assistant coach position at Hawaii... Read more »
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