D-II Quincy will visit UIC in regular season

D-II Quincy will visit UIC in regular season
Never heard of Quincy? I had never heard of the tiny school on the Illinois/Missouri border either until I did a little searching around. But the local paper there released the QU Hawks’ full 2011-12 basketball schedule yesterday, and while the Hawks will play pre-season exhibition games against D-I’s Illinois State, Drake and Illinois, UIC... Read more »

UIC, Loyola competing with DePaul for offseason attention

When DePaul announced in early May that they’d be making the most of their long offseason with a 10-day trip to France beginning August 11, the Blue Demons set the bar very high for offseason media attention. All NCAA D-I teams are allowed one overseas trip every four years – another silly NCAA rule –... Read more »

Is Oliver Purnell one of the most overpaid coaches in college hoops?

Amid all the outrage over John Calipari’s $36.5 million eight year contract extension, Yahoo! Sports writer Jason King thinks Purnell is too handsomely compensated. Purnell raked in $1.8 million for his inaugural 7-24 season at DePaul. That’s $58,064.52 per game, $257,142.86 per win, $855.51 per point or $13.79 per reported home fan. Sounds obscene in... Read more »

Ex-DePaul forward Devin Hill transferring to Loyola

It was reported yesterday that senior DePaul forwards Devin Hill and Eric Wallace were granted releases before their final season with the Blue Demons. Today multiple sources are confirming that 6-9 bench contributor Hill will transfer to Loyola. Hill will sit out the 2011-2012 season, but may retain two years of eligibility when he starts... Read more »

York guard David Cohn could play for Biancalana again

According to a (protected) tweet from Illinois Wolves coach Mike Mullins, one of the top 2013 prospects in the state, as Scott Powers has noted, 6-2 shooting-guard David Cohn, picked up an offer from UIC over the weekend — likely at UIC’s camp. This Chicago Hoops article is the only other source currently available. Cohn,... Read more »

Loyola still searching for assistant

It’s been a big offseason for coaching shakeups in Chicago, and there’s still one opening – Loyola needs a third assistant. After being named to Loyola head coach Porter Moser’s staff in April, former Eastern Illinois assistant Michael Lewis resigned after less than three weeks on the job to take a position at Butler. Sounds... Read more »

The new class of point guards in Chicago

With an up-and-coming new class of point guards looking to stake their place among the colleges in Chicago, it seems as though DePaul sophomore Brandon Young may have the only safe point job in town. Chicago State, UIC, Northwestern and even Loyola are in point guard limbo heading into the 2011-2012 season. Loyola: Courtney Stanley... Read more »

The Charleston Classic won't help Northwestern's NCAA bid much

With the announced return of John Shurna for his senior season in purple, the Wildcats are seriously contending for their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance this season. Even ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi agrees. But teams like Ohio State and Wisconsin will likely stand in the way of an automatic berth, so the Wildcats will have to... Read more »

Former Loyola assistant headed to MAC

I’ve mentioned the MAC/Horizon League similarities before, and now Kevin Mondro, former Loyola assistant under Jim Whitesell and associate head coach at Detroit is making the jump. Mondro was announced earlier today as an assistant at Eastern Michigan University under new head coach Rob Murphy. He’s a bit of a Horizon League success story. Mondro... Read more »

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 »