Archive for May 2011

Value added in Chicago

Value added is a somewhat esoteric metric developed by the Marquette basketball blog Cracked Sidewalks (used by John Templon) and explained in this post that essentially combines a player’s offensive rating as calculated by Ken Pomeroy with min% to calculate the value that a player contributes to a team’s offense vs. an average replacement over... Read more »

DePaul hoops earns perfect academic score; Chicago State admonished

DePaul hoops earns perfect academic score; Chicago State admonished
The NCAA released its Academic Progress Rates (APR) for the 2009-2010 season this week, great news for the basketball programs at DePaul, Northwestern and Loyola, which all earned public recognition awards. Chicago State and UIC didn’t fare so well. Full numbers, the change season-to-season, and some numbers from around the leagues after the jump. Here’s... Read more »

Jim Whitesell and Porter Moser traded jobs

Scott Powers, along with other sources, reported late last night that former Loyola head coach Jim Whitesell accepted a job as an assistant at St. Louis University under head coach Rick Majerus. It was only a week ago that Whitesell withdrew his name name from the coaching search at D-III UW-Eau Claire. What’s weird is... Read more »

There should be a Horizon League/MAC Challenge

I think we can all agree that the “challenge” format is an up-and-coming trend in non-conference college basketball scheduling. Why shouldn’t it be? Challenges bring in viewers who wouldn’t normally watch, say, a Northwestern game in November. If you’re a fan of ANY ACC team, you’re interested in the Big Ten/ACC challenge, and so you’re... Read more »

DePaul legend Rashon Burno hired on as Manhattan College assistant

The Rashon Burno story is a long and inspiring one — most DePaul fans know the important details. As detailed in this 1996 story, before Burno was recruited by former DePaul head coach Pat Kennedy in 2001, he experienced the death of his mother and then his grandmother, who was raising him, before he even... Read more »

The Chicago College Basketball Guide to Twitter

In my years of following college basketball in the Windy City, Twitter has always been the go-to source for as-it-happens news and analysis straight from the horse’s mouth. Before a news nugget shows up in my inbox as a press release or a Google Alert, it’s always on Twitter first. But it’s not always easy... Read more »

Northwestern lands Big Ten/ACC Challenge re-match

In a re-match of last season’s Challenge game at Welsh-Ryan Arena, it was announced today that the Wildcats will travel to Georgia Tech on Nov. 29, representing the Big Ten in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Yellow Jackets finished last season tied for 10th in the ACC with a 13-18 (5-11 ACC) record. Tech enters... Read more »

2011 DePaul signee Shane Larkin named to Florida All-State team

A member of Orlando’s 6A state runner-up Dr. Phillips team, 5-11 PG Shane Larkin was named to the all-state boys basketball team this week according to the Orlando Sentinel. Larkin, son of baseball 12-time All-Star and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin has been called “DePaul’s biggest recruit since Mac Koshwal and Dar Tucker came in... Read more »

College basketball not big money in Chicago

Based on a March report released by CNN Money listing the revenues and expenses of all D-I basketball programs, the Chicago Five rank pretty much where you’d expect.Revenue Northwestern: $9,328,062 (28th) DePaul: $3,257,409 (88th) Loyola: $1,597,239 (158th) UIC: $1,303,094 (197th) Chicago State: $721,356 (295th) Together the colleges in Chicago account for 1.51 percent of the... Read more »

Hayden Humes transferring to UIC from Toledo; Will sit out season

UPDATE: Per a correction from UIC, Humes will only have two years of eligibility at UIC. Red-shirt sophomore forward Hayden Humes (6-8, 220 lbs.) will be transferring to the Flames with three years of remaining eligibility, per a release from UIC basketball, after playing in all 32 Toledo games last season and starting in 25.... Read more »