Illinois State and Loyola part of MVC doubleheader Wednesday on CSN


Illinois State and Loyola part of MVC doubleheader Wednesday on CSN

A couple of local Missouri Valley teams headline a doubleheader on CSN on Wednesday night.

In the first game at 6 p.m., Northern Iowa travels to Loyola while the second game at 8 p.m. will be Missouri State playing at Illinois State. You can see both of these games live on CSN.

The Ramblers (10-5, 0-2) are off to a sluggish start in conference play after looking good early in the season. Junior forward Aundre Jackson leads the way for Loyola at 15.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while senior guard Milton Doyle, a Marshall product from the Public League, is putting up 14.4 points and 4.3 assists per game.

The Panthers (5-8, 0-2) are also looking to pick up their first win in league play as Northern Iowa enters this one with four straight losses. Senior Jeremy Morgan has been outstanding this season but he needs more help as he leads the team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

In the second game, Illinois State (10-4, 2-0) is trying to keep pace with Wichita State after a good start. The Redbirds are coming off of two consecutive double-digit wins to start Valley play as senior forward Deontae Hawkins (14.4 points, 6.7 rebounds) and senior guard Paris Lee (13.6 points, 5.4 assists per game) are playing well.

Missouri State (11-4, 2-0) has been playing good ball lately as they have three straight wins. Junior forward Alize Johnson has been playing great ball lately as he's averaging 14.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.

DePaul extends contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through 2023-24


DePaul extends contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through 2023-24

One of the icons of DePaul athletics is sticking around.

Monday, DePaul extended the contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through the 2023-24 season. Bruno just wrapped up his 32nd season as head coach of his alma mater, leading DePaul to its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament.

While the Blue Demons were eliminated in the Round of 32 this March, Bruno has led the program to the Sweet 16 three of the last eight seasons.

“I am so thankful to be working at a great institution like DePaul,” Bruno said in a press release. “I never would have been here without coach Ray Meyer who gave me a basketball scholarship, Frank McGrath and Gene Sullivan who hired me in the 1970s."

Behind Bruno, DePaul went 27-8 in 2017-18, winning its fifth-straight Big East regular-season title. The Blue Demons also won their third Big East Tournament title in five years, defeating rival Marquette 98-63. Bruno also picked up his 700th career victory in February, defeating conference-foe Butler 86-68.

“I’ve been fortunate to have great assistant coaches through all the years,” he said. “My current staff is absolutely one of the best in the country.

"Most important, the reason you succeed is the players. I’ve been blessed to have tremendous student-athletes help build the DePaul women’s basketball legacy.

“I am excited about this contract extension because we still have work to do. As proud as we are of everything we have achieved, our expectation through the length of this extension is to take the Blue Demons to even higher places.”


Loyola rewards Porter Moser with multi-year contract extension


Loyola rewards Porter Moser with multi-year contract extension

Loyola is rewarding Porter Moser for his basketball team's success this season.

Loyola and Moser have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is through the 2025-26 season.

"We are excited to be able to announce a new contract for Porter that will keep him at Loyola a long time," Loyola Director of Athletics Steve Watson said. "He is the perfect fit for Loyola and operates his program the right way, with student-athletes who achieve excellence on the court and in the classroom and are also excellent representatives of the institution.

"We are fortunate to work at a university like Loyola, that values and has made a commitment to athletics. It is nice to reward Porter not just for an outstanding season, but also for the job he has done during his time here."

That's a well-deserved extension for a head coach who led the Ramblers to a NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985.

As the 11th seed, Loyola exceeded all expectations, shocking the world with a Final Four appearance. The Ramblers took down No. 6 Miami, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 7 Nevada, and No. 9 Kansas State before losing to No. 3 Michigan, who would go on to lose to No. 1 Villanova in the championship game.

Loyola finished the regular season with a 28-5 record and a MVC Championship.

In seven seasons, Moser has a 121-111 record with the Ramblers, though three of his last four have been winning seasons.