Posts tagged "Ben Averkamp"

Chicago 5 - Leaders and Wrap Up

When I started this little exercise I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to go. Basically I just wanted to see how WhatIfSports engine did with simulations and also get a feel for the tournament. The 10 games that were played didn’t include too many buzzer beaters, but it seems like part of that... Read more »

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... Read more »

Third annual All-Chicago College Basketball Teams

Thompson was the heart and soul of the Northwestern team that tied the school record with 20 wins and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT. He averaged 15.9 ppg and 4.3 assists per game while finishing 13th in the nation in minutes percentage. He never came off the court and he'll be super difficult for Northwestern to replace next season.
With the season complete it’s time for one of my favorite posts, the All-Chicago College Basketball teams. I’ve taken the five teams around the city and compressed them into the 10 players that stood out the most during the season. There were some tough calls, especially on the second team, but I think these are... Read more »

Wood and Cole show importance of stars in the Horizon League

Last night, as I watched Brandon Wood and Norris Cole take over games for Valparaiso and Cleveland State and carry their teams into the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament, I thought about what Loyola and UIC are missing. The reasons why they weren’t there. For the Ramblers, I think the problem was that they... Read more »

Horizon League Teams via Player Ratings

So I was perusing the APBRMetrics forums looking for some interesting research in college basketball, because what else would I do with some free time in my day, and I stumbled across NCAA Player Ratings. I think the work that Statman is doing is very impressive and it just so happens that he recently posted the player... Read more »

Norris Cole, Valparaiso victory, highlight Horizon Saturday

The Horizon League had a little bit of everything on Saturday. Norris Cole became the second player in the last 15 years to score at least 40 points and grab at least 20 rebounds in Cleveland State’s victory over Youngstown State, Loyola and Milwaukee each got comfortable victories and Valparaiso and Butler continued to assert... Read more »

Poor shots, turnovers, leave Ramblers reeling

Loyola couldn’t find a rhythm offensively in the first half and it cost the Ramblers a chance at a home Horizon League victory as they fell 66-57 to Milwaukee at the Gentile Center on Thursday night. Loyola shot 17-51 from the field and committed 15 turnovers on the way to loss which drops Jim Whitesell’s... Read more »

Loyola improving as back end of conference play starts

The Horizon League schedule is designed such that you really get a chance in the middle to reboot your conference season. Some teams take advantage of it and have a much better second half. Others falter as teams see them for a second time.  The hope is that a veteran team like Loyola will be... Read more »

It's time for Loyola and UIC to prove themselves in Horizon League

Horizon League play reopens on Thursday night with a full slate of four games. Saturday there’s a fifth (because Valparaiso and Butler will play their pair game) and with that the league will be officially restarted. Things didn’t go so well for Loyola or UIC the first time around. Loyola dropped a pair of games... Read more »

All-Horizon League Non-Conference Teams

With the non-conference season winding down, and Horizon League play set to start up again Thursday with a full slate of games, I wanted to put out my all-conference teams through the first half of the season. The two five-man teams are completely based on non-conference play (and the earlier conference games) and use a... Read more »