Two teams fighting to get out of the middle of the Horizon League meet on Thursday on CSN. UIC will host Youngstown State live on CSN at 7 p.m.
The Flames (12-12, 5-6) won on the road in Milwaukee last weekend to help snap a four-game losing streak. Junior big man Tai Odiase, a Homewood-Flossmoor product, has stepped up his play as he's the team's leading scorer now that Dikembe Dixson is out for the season with a torn ACL. Freshman guard Tarkus Ferguson, who won a state title with Belleville Althoff last season, has also played well recently for the Flames.
Youngstown State (10-15, 4-8) has dropped two consecutive games as they've struggled in conference play. The Penguins are getting a strong junior season out of junior guard Cameron Morse as he's putting up 22.0 points per game.
UIC is looking for the season sweep in this one as they won the first matchup on the road, 92-89, on Jan. 14.
It's no secret that Simeon routinely churns out some of the best basketball talent in the country. From Nick Anderson to Derrick Rose to Jabari Parker, the Wolverines are notorious for the impact their former student-athletes have at the collegiate and professional ranks.
Thursday, former Simeon stars Zach Norvell (Gonzaga) and Donte Ingram (Loyola) hit clutch shots to lead their respective schools to victory in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64.
Norvell, who graduated from Simeon in 2016, buried a go-ahead three with about 20 seconds remaining in No. 4 Gonzaga's 68-64 win over No. 13 UNC Greensboro.
Norvell, a 6-foot-5 redshirt freshman, averaged 12.2 points in 26.1 minutes for Gonzaga this season. He finished with 15 points on 3-of-12 shooting (2-of-8 from three) in 34 minutes Thursday. He was ranked 83rd in the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2016.
In the biggest upset of the day, Ingram and No. 11 Loyola knocked off No. 6 Miami 64-62. Ingram hit a three with less than a second remaining, securing Loyola's first NCAA tournament win since 1985.
Ingram is a 6-foot-6 guard/forward who graduated from Simeon in 2014. He averaged 11.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 30.7 minutes this season for Loyola.
Ingram finished with 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting in 34 minutes for Loyola Thursday. He shot just 3-of-8 from distance, though one of those conversions obviously came at a perfect time for the Ramblers.
Norvell and Ingram both have Friday off before their respective schools are back in action Saturday. Norvell and Gonzaga will face-off against No. 5 Ohio State in Boise, while Ingram and Loyola will play No. 3 Tennessee in Dallas.
March is about to get mad for Loyola University.
After winning both the MVC regular season and tournament titles, the Ramblers are heading to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 33 years.
But sometimes the journey is as special as the prize and this season, Loyola had quite the campaign...
11th-seeded Loyola takes on 6th-seed Miami on Thursday at 2:10 p.m. in Dallas.