Youngstown State 68 Loyola 66 Final

The Penguins celebrate their upset victory over the Ramblers. Loyola initially started the second half right where the left off in the first half. But halfway through they hit a snag and it cost them dearly. Star forward Ben Averkamp got into foul trouble early, Loyola’s defense had difficulty defending the outside shot, and they…

Loyola 35 Youngstown State 30 Halftime

Loyola forward Ben Averkamp (24) leads all scorers with 13 points. Ben Averkamp was the driving force behind Loyola’s first half comeback. Loyola took an early 6-2 lead, but missed shots, lack of defense in the paint, and the inability to rebound put Loyola in a hole. Turnovers also assisted Loyola in their first half…

Loyola Looks to Continue it’s Winning Streak

The 2012-2013 Loyola Ramblers men’s basketball team has been quite the story. Head coach Porter Moser has delivered one heck of a turnaround in Rogers Park. Last year the Ramblers finished with a dismal record of 7-23 (1-17 Horizon League). This year the Ramblers find themselves in a much better position. Currently they are 10-3…

DePaul Continues it’s Offensive Onslaught to Win the Game

Halftime: DePaul finished the first half on a 11-2 run. The Blue Demons have exceeded everyone’s expectations with an outstanding first half. DePaul leads the Panthers from Wisconsin-Milwaukee 45-27 at halftime. Cleveland Melvin, Donnavan Kirk, and Jamee Crockett lead all DePaul scorers, while Melvin leads all rebounders. The Blue Demons started the game on a…

The Blue Demons Are Riding High on a Three-Game Winning Streak

The Blue Demons stretch before practice. The DePaul Blue Demons men’s basketball got back to work on Friday as they prepare for the arrival of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon. The Demons extended their current winning streak to three games after an amazing comeback against Chicago State on Wednesday night. As great as that victory was,…

Chicagoland Basketball Kickoff Luncheon

Yesterday afternoon I had the honor and privilege of attending the Chicagoland Basketball Kickoff Luncheon. DePaul University hosted the event at  Maggiano’s Little Italy in Downtown Chicago. Even though this was a DePaul sponsored event, Northwestern, Loyola, Illinois-Chicago, and Chicago State were also in attendance. Coaches, players, administrators, and special guests from each school were…

Horizon League Media Day

    On Tuesday I had the privilege of attending the Horizon League’s annual media day. It is a preseason event hosted by the college basketball conference every October as a way to promote the upcoming basketball season. For the 2012-2013 season the Horizon League will have nine teams: Illinois-Chicago {UIC}, Loyola, Valparaiso, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin-Green…

Another sour year for college basketball in Illinois.

It’s starting to become a regular thing around these parts. Year in and year out, the men’s college basketball teams in the state of Illinois are dissapointments {Well at least at the Division 1 level anyway.}. Starting with the Northwestern Wildcats. They complained about not getting into the NCAA Tournament {Something they have never done…

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