Chicago 5 - Day 3
The Chicago 5's third day of simulations brings us one game that was supposed to happen this season and didn't plus an intriguing matchup that should happen soon.
UIC and Chicago State were originally scheduled to play in 2010-11, but when Tracy Dildy left the Flames to become the new head coach of the Cougars the game was canceled. Well, WhatIfSports doesn't know that the Cougars would have some extra motivation here, but it might not have mattered as the Flames went to the South Side and came away with a convincing 72-50 victory in the simulation.
Robo Kreps scored 20 points and Paul Carter added 17 as the Flames sprinted out early and then used a balanced attack from the reserves to hang onto the convincing margin. Kreps also showed off his point guard skills with nine assists in the game. Carl Montgomery was the bright spot for the Cougars scoring 16 points and grabbing seven boards in 25 minutes. He only had two fouls in the game, so it's ridiculous that he played so few minutes. Jonathan Montgomery was the Cougars' second-leading scorer with 10 points.
In game two Northwestern got 20-plus points from its three leading scorers but still needed some late free throw to hold off Loyola 74-65 at the Gentile Center. John Shurna scored 21 points for the Wildcats and Juice Thompson and Drew Crawford each scored 20, but behind a 22 and 12 double-double from Ben Averkamp the Ramblers held strong. Walt Gibler had 13 points for Loyola as the paint attack really bothered Northwestern and the Ramblers out rebounded the Wildcats 39-26. Andy Polka had 11 boards for Loyola. The Wildcats shot a blistering 63.5 effective field goal percentage in the game to keep the offense humming.
- DePaul 2-0
- Northwestern 2-0
- UIC 2-1
- Loyola 0-2
- Chicago State 0-3
Leaders will return at the conclusion of the tournament.