Archive for May 2011

Predicting Northwestern's 2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup

Big Ten Senior Associate Commissioner Mark Rudner tweeted today that the Big Ten / ACC Challenge matchup announcements are being delayed: Big Ten ACC MBB challenge schedule changing, won’t be ready to go until early next week. Stay tuned! This after an earlier tweet announcing that the schedule would be released today-ish: Look for Big... Read more »

Fordham set to christen Loyola's Norville Center

Unveiled in a March 3, 2011 ribbon-cutting ceremony, Loyola’s all-new $26 million Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics is tentatively set to host last-place finishing A-10 team Fordham this fall. This based on a preliminary schedule released by Loyola’s Athletic Department which was distributed at an alumni event and posted to the Ramblermania Forums. The brazen... Read more »

Jerry Wainwright makes return to college basketball

Jerry Wainwright makes return to college basketball
Fired 15 games into DePaul’s 2010 basketball season, former head coach Jerry Wainwright is newly employed. He’ll serve as a full-time assistant at Fresno State University under new head coach Rodney Terry. Terry was previously an assistant under Wainwright at UNC-Wilmington and Richmond, and became Fresno’s new head coach in April. Since his 2010 firing... Read more »

John Shurna could be an NBA first-round selection ... in 2012

Update 4:30pm: Multiple sources (here’s one) are now reporting that Minnesota’s Ralph Sampson III will actually be returning to the school for his senior season. Unlike Minnesota’s Ralph Sampson and Notre Dame’s Carleton Scott, Northwestern’s John Shurna made the obvious choice Sunday to withdraw his name from the NBA draft on the new deadline for... Read more »

Tracy Dildy expanding junior college recruiting empire

Former UIC assistant and current Chicago State head coach Tracy Dildy built a name for himself finding and recruiting the best junior college prospects that the state of Illinois had to offer. Where many schools focus chiefly on high school recruiting, Dildy has found his niche grooming relationships with what seems to be an extensive... Read more »

UIC and Loyola working together for 'Weekend in Chicago'

The business side of college basketball comes starkly to life on the Basketball Travelers Schedule Board. It’s a disconcerting place where high and high-mid teams offer guarantees – money – to low and even D-II and D-III teams to fill in their non-conference schedule with single game and home/home series. DePaul, Northwestern and UIC have... Read more »

Scott VanderMeer leads class of Chicago alums in the D-League

The Iowa Energy (the minor league counterpart of the Chicago Bulls and the Phoenix Sun) beat out the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 119-111, in Game Three of the NBADL Finals Friday to capture the D-League crown – the team’s first championship in it’s four years of basketball. Former 7-foot UIC big man Scott VanderMeer –... Read more »

Picking up where John left off

That’s the plan. Basketball is undergoing a revival in the city of Chicago, led by a new generation of homegrown heroes that are making it big in the pros, and a swath of new coaches looking to make their mark scouting big talent in the Second City. More so now than in recent history, coaches... Read more »