Tag: college basketball

Chicago attendance figures

The official attendance figures are out for men’s college basketball last season across the NCAA’s three divisions. Here are the relevant facts and figures for the Chicago schools: No Chicago area team finished in the Top 50 nationally in attendance. Though Illinois did finish 10th with 15,851 fans per game. DePaul finished 67th nationally in... Read more »

Big East thinking about expanding... Again

Update: The first version of this post incorrectly stated Villanova’s intentions. Of course divining the Big East’s intentions gets even harder then. Expansion talk is once again heating up in the Big East. This time it’s an article in the Boston Globe by Mark Blaudschun that speculates about a whole heck of a lot of... Read more »

College basketball is alive in Chicago

College basketball is alive in Chicago
It’s a known fact that most sports reporters don’t pay attention to college basketball season until approximately February. The Super Bowl and college bowl games typically have to finish before most newspapers will even consider running something about how Connecticut looks strong in the preseason or the fact that Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger is a... Read more »

What to watch for today in the NCAA Tournament

Here’s are some quick hit thoughts about the NCAA Tournament today: 7 Possible Upsets (no 8-9 or 7-10 games): 12 Clemson over 5 West Virginia – 11:15 a.m. CT 13 Morehead State over 4 Louisville – 12:40 p.m. CT 12 Richmond over 5 Vanderbilt – 3:10 p.m. CT 14 Wofford over 3 BYU – 6:15... Read more »

Deeper look at CBI and CIT fields

So with things looking dicey for Northwestern and the NIT is there a chance that the Wildcats might play in smaller tournament? Sure, if they want to. There are going to be 40 other teams that play postseason basketball in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) and the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Both are relatively new and both come... Read more »

What we know about CIT and CBI teams

40 teams are going to make the postseason after the NCAA Tournament and NIT select their fields. That’s because there are two other small postseason events, the CIT and the CBI. Both are relatively new and both come with some special rules. For instance, the CIT only takes mid-major teams and the Great West Conference... Read more »

You thought DePaul's Big East streak was bad...

Last night Division III Caltech ended a 26-year, 310-game Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference losing streak. The Beavers beat Occidental 46-45 for their first victory in conference since January 23, 1986.  It was the season finale for Caltech which finished 5-20 overall. Check out this New York Times feature about the team for more. (h/t... Read more »

Northwestern's Offense is Good

Alright, you already knew that, but how about this: Northwestern’s offense is also balanced. Every player on the Wildcats has an offensive rating above 100 this season. As far as I can tell Northwestern is one of just six teams in the nation that can claim this feat. (And the only one in the Big... Read more »

Live: Northwestern vs. Michigan

The Wildcats are 3-1 in games I live-blog, so here I am. (Yeah small sample sizes!) This is a unique game in the Big Ten. It features two teams that play very similar styles offensively and defensively. (Here’s a Freep article on that topic.) That’s why I think the line seems really high at Northwestern... Read more »

DePaul - Marquette rivalry looks to be alive

Since DePaul and Marquette left Conference USA for the Big East their basketball programs have gone in different directions. The Blue Demons have gone 21-70 (23 percent) and the Golden Eagles have gone 57-34 (63 percent) in conference. Still, that hasn’t stopped the head-to-head matches from being excellent. Over that same time span Marquette has... Read more »