Two teams heading in opposite directions match up in the Horizon League on Saturday afternoon as Valparaiso travels to Chicago to face UIC at 3 p.m. on CSN.
The Crusaders (19-4, 9-1) are trying to hold on for the Horizon League's regular season title for the second consecutive season as they've been one of the strongest mid-major teams in the country. Junior forward Alec Peters (17.1 ppg) continues to excel as a well-rounded scorer and he's joined on the roster by a number of standouts from the Chicagoland area.
Valparaiso has plenty of players with Chicago roots as the roster includes Keith Carter (Proviso East), Darien Walker (Simeon), Lexus Williams (Marist) and Jubril Adekoya (Andrew).
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UIC (3-18, 1-9) is coming off of its first conference win under new coach Steve McClain as the Flames beat Cleveland State last weekend. Freshman Dikembe Dixson (17.6 ppg) continues to have a very productive inaugural campaign and UIC features a lot of young talent from the Chicagoland area.
Former local standouts on the UIC roster include Tai Odiase (Homewood-Flossmoor), Paris Burns (Curie), Gabe Snider (Whitney Young), Julian Torres (Bolingbrook), Dominique Matthews (St. Rita) and Lance Whitaker (Bartlett).
These two teams played on Jan. 2 with the Crusaders winning 75-47.
In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.
Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.
The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.
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On this week’s Daily Line podcast, VSIN’s Sam Panayotovich joins Ryan McGuffey and Paul Aspan to take us inside the scene in Vegas as last week’s Bears-Dolphins line jumped from Bears -3.5 to Bears -7 on the news that Brock Osweiler would replace Ryan Tannehill (3:00). We look ahead to the Patriots (-2.5) at the Bears, discuss what kind of impact Khalil Mack’s injury could have on this week’s spread (6:30) and Sam gives us his best bets of the week (7:30). Joe Ostrowski of the Early Odds podcast also joins the show to discuss the how to get the best of the number (14:00) and whether home underdogs will stay hot. Plus, the guys make their picks for week 7 (18:00) and a quick thought on the Bulls over under. (32:00)
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