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Local college basketball roundup: Illinois, Northwestern win openers

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Local college basketball roundup: Illinois, Northwestern win openers

The 2016-17 college basketball regular season tipped off on Friday night as many of the in-state programs played their first real game of the season. Here's a look at how each local program fared.

Illinois 79, Southeast Missouri State 62

Senior Malcolm Hill started the season strong with a team-leading 21 points as Illinois earned a home win. Center Maverick Morgan finished with 16 points on a perfect 8-for-8 from the field.

After missing the last two seasons with injury, point guard Tracy Abrams scored 13 points in his return as he was 4-for-5 from the field, including 3-for-4 from three-point range. Forward Michael Finke chipped in 13 points for the Illini.

John Groce's ballclub will look to keep the momentum going as they host Northern Kentucky at home on Sunday. 

Northwestern 94, Mississippi Valley State 63

Cruising to an easy win at home were the Wildcats as forward Vic Law finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists. After missing last season due to a shoulder injury, Law looked like he hadn't missed a beat as he was 7-for-10 from the floor and 3-for-4 from three-point range.

Former Fenwick product Scottie Lindsey added 17 points for Northwestern while guards Bryant McIntosh, Sanjay Lumpkin and Isaiah Brown all totaled 11 points.

The next game for Northwestern comes on Monday as they host Eastern Washington.

Northern Illinois 80, Indiana State 78, OT

The Huskies opened their season with a tight overtime home win as center Marin Maric had a monster outing, going for 25 points and seven rebounds on 11-for-14 shooting from the field. NIU also had 14 points from forward Levi Bradley while forward Jaylen Key tallied a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Laytwan Porter (seven points) was the late hero as he made two free throws with a little over four seconds left to break a 78-78 tie.

Despite shooting only 22 percent (4-for-18) from three-point range, the Huskies were able to hang on for the win as their defense held Indiana State to 34 percent (25-for-72) shooting. 

Northern Illinois plays Roosevelt University, a non-Division I opponent, for its next game on Monday.

Loyola 69, Alcorn State 44

Picking up a win at the Gentile Arena, the Ramblers only led by two at the half before stepping on the gas and pulling away in the second half.

Loyola used a 17-0 second-half run as senior guard Milton Doyle led the way with 21 points and six assists.

The Ramblers host a non-Division I team in IU Northwest in another home game on Sunday. 

Murray State 73, Illinois State 70

Expectations are high for Illinois State this season as they dropped their opener on the road with a close loss. Guard Paris Lee's layup tied the game at 70 with seven seconds left, but the Racers responded with the game-winning three-pointer from Jonathan Stark with 1.5 seconds left. 

MiKyle McIntosh paced the Redbirds with 16 points while also grabbing eight rebounds while Lee added 15 points. Forward Deontae Hawkins finished with a double-double for Illinois State as he ended with 14 points and 15 rebounds. 

Murray State has been one of the OVC's best programs the last few years and made for a tough opener for the Redbirds. Illinois State will look to bounce back during its home opener against IPFW on Wednesday. 

Wright State 85, Southern Illinois 81

Depite 29 points from guard Mike Rodriguez, the Salukis dropped its season opener at home as they allowed 54 second-half points. 

Guard Leo Vincent also added 19 points for Southern Illinois while forward Sean O'Brien (14 points) and guard Armon Fletcher (10 points) also finished in double-figures. 

Things don't get any easier for the Salukis on Monday as they play Arkansas on the road. 

San Francisco 82, UIC 80

This one came down to the final minute as the Dons made two free throws to seal the win.

Sophomore wing Dikembe Dixson nailed the game-tying three-pointer with a minute left as he finished with a team-high 15 points. Center Tai Odiase finished with 12 points, five rebounds and four blocks. 

The Flames will hold their home opener on Wednesday when they host UT-San Antonio. 

Kansas State 82, Western Illinois 55

It was a tough opener for the Leathernecks as they didn't put up much of a fight in a road loss at Kansas State. Senior guard Garrett Covington paced Western Illinois with 17 points while guard Dalan Ancrum added 12.

Western Illinois will play its home opener on Sunday as they host a non-Division I opponent in Oak Hills Christian. 

Bradley 70, Illinois-Springfield 55

Opening the year with a non-Division I opponent at home, the Braves earned the win behind a balanced scoring effort.

Guard Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye paced Bradley with 12 points while guard Jojo McGlaston finished with 10. 

Eleven different players scored for the Braves as they were 9-for-20 (45 percent) from three-point range.

Bradley will be tested more on Sunday as they host Delaware. 

 

Loyola opens 2018-19 season hosting UMKC on NBC Sports Chicago

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Loyola opens 2018-19 season hosting UMKC on NBC Sports Chicago

After a memorable Final Four run that captured the nation's attention, Loyola returns to the court with its 2018-19 regular season debut on NBC Sports Chicago.

The Ramblers open the new campaign with a home game at Gentile Arena against UMKC in a game that tips off at 8 p.m. Tuesday night's opener will also be special as Loyola raises the Final Four banner to commemorate last season. 

Loyola is coming off of a 32-6 season that saw them win the Missouri Valley Conference by four games before taking the country by storm with a memorable run in March. The Ramblers lost some key pieces from last season -- including wing Donte Ingram and guard Ben Richardson. But much of the team's core is back for another potential run.

Reigning MVC Conference Player of the Year Clayton Custer is back at point guard for Loyola and the senior is flanked by returning double-figure scorers like senior guard Marques Townes and sophomore center Cameron Krutwig. Loyola is also expecting some role players from last season to make a leap, as expectations are high for sophomore Lucas Williamson entering the season.

The Ramblers hope to extend a 15-game nonconference home winning streak by knocking off UMKC for a second consecutive season. The Kangaroos hosted Loyola last season, as the Ramblers rallied after trailing by halftime to win, 66-56. Coming off of a 10-22 season, the Kangaroos are led by junior guard Xavier Bishop -- a former standout at Springfield Lanphier standout.

Before Loyola takes the floor against UMKC, NBC Sports Chicago will also air Illinois State's season-opening game as the Redbirds will host Florida Gulf Coast at 6 p.m. Both in-state programs will have more games on NBC Sports Chicago throughout the 2018-19 season, as both Missouri Valley Conference programs as expected to compete for the league title.

NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2018-19 college basketball schedule

NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2018-19 college basketball schedule

Chicago, IL (November 1, 2018) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - is ready to bring college hoops fans another exciting season of action-packed NCAA basketball featuring a total of 52 men’s & women’s contests, featuring many of the area’s top teams and players.

NBC Sports Chicago viewers can look forward to the very best in local/regional basketball action featuring Missouri Valley Conference action highlighted by 2018 NCAA Final Four participant/MVC #1 preseason-ranked Loyola Ramblers (nine games), along with Illinois State (ten games), Northern Iowa (11 games), Bradley (five games), Southern Illinois (five games), Valparaiso (five games), Drake (three games), along with Horizon League’s UIC Flames (three games), plus – live opening round coverage of the always-competitive MVC Tournament beginning March 7.
NOTE: All games will also be available via live stream to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive will also be accessible via the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app available on iOS and Android devices, at no cost, to fans anywhere in the U.S. and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

NBC Sports Chicago’s early season men’s collegiate basketball schedule gets underway with MVC “Coach of the Year” Porter Moser and the Loyola Ramblers in the team’s 2018-19 Home/Season Opener against UMKC on Tuesday, November 6 at 8:00 PM CT LIVE from Gentile Arena. The announcing tandem for Ramblers games on NBC Sports Chicago this season features Jordan Bernfield (play-by-play) and ESPN Radio 1000’s Jeff Dickerson handling color analysis. NBC Sports Chicago will also carry three UIC Flames telecasts this season with the first telecast taking place on Thursday, November 15 as the Flames host William & Mary at 7:00 PM featuring play-by-play via ESPN Radio 1000’s Jonathan Hood and analysis provided by NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan. The network other two Flames telecasts on Dec. 1 & 5 features Bernfield handling play-by-play with rotating analysis duties provided by Hood and Kaplan.

Among the key regional match-ups on the schedule this season include Chicago State at Illinois State (Nov. 13), Loyola at UIC (Dec. 1), Eastern Illinois at Bradley (Dec. 15), SIU at Northern Iowa (Jan. 5), Northern Iowa at Illinois State (Jan. 8 & Feb. 13), Illinois State at Bradley (Jan. 23), Northern Iowa at Loyola (Jan. 30), Valparaiso at Evansville (Feb. 2), Loyola at Bradley (Feb. 13), and Illinois State at Northern Iowa (Feb. 13), among many others. Note the attached schedule for a complete list of men’s games this season on NBC Sports Chicago and on NBC Sports Chicago+.

NBC Sports Chicago’s women’s basketball schedule includes five games featuring perennial national standout/five-time defending Big East Conf. champion DePaul Blue Demons. The team’s first telecast takes place on Friday, January 18 at 7:00 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago+ vs. St. Johns live from the new Wintrust Arena in downtown Chicago.  Additional DePaul match-ups on NBC Sports Chicago’s schedule include games against Marquette (Jan. 3), Villanova (Feb. 8), Georgetown (Feb. 10), and Butler (Feb. 24).  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will also carry the UIC Flames in home court action on Wed, Nov. 7 vs. Valparaiso (note the attached schedule for a complete listing of women’s games this season).

IMPORTANT NOTE: A number of men’s and women’s games on NBC Sports Chicago’s college basketball schedule this season will air exclusively on NBC Sports Chicago+. NBC Sports Chicago+ (NBCSCH+) is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T, RCN, and WOW! homes among numerous other carriers and streaming services; viewers are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER page for complete channel location details.

In addition to game coverage, NBC Sports Chicago will once again provide college basketball fans with team college coaches show this season (air dates may vary during the season) – Tuesdays (beginning in early December): Inside Notre Dame Basketball with Mike Brey (5:30 PM)…Wednesdays (beginning in late December): The Foundation: Northwestern Basketball (5:30 PM)...and The Steve Prohm Show: Iowa State Basketball (Season Preview Special - Wed, Dec. 12 at 5:30 PM; weekly airings on Mondays at 5:30 PM beginning in January).

2018-19 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL on NBC SPORTS CHICAGO

  1. Tue, Nov 6, 6:00 pm - Florida Gulf Coast @ Illinois State
  2. Tue, Nov 6, 8:00 pm - Loyola:  UMKC @ Loyola
  3. Fri, Nov 9, 7:00 pm - Loyola:  Furman @ Loyola
  4. Sun, Nov 11, 3:00 pm - Stetson @ Missouri State (NBCSCH+)
  5. Tue, Nov 13, 7:00 pm - IL ST:  Chicago State @ Illinois State
  6. Thu, Nov 15, 7:00 pm - UIC:  William & Mary @ UIC
  7. Sat, Dec 1, 3:00 pm - UIC:  Loyola @ UIC
  8. Wed, Dec 5, 6:00 pm - UIC:  Illinois State @ UIC
  9. Wed, Dec 5, 8:00 pm - Loyola:  Ball State @ Loyola
  10. Sat, Dec 8, 7:00 pm - IL ST:  Ole Miss @ Illinois State
  11. Sat, Dec 15, 7:00 pm - Bradley:  Eastern Illinois @ Bradley
  12. Sat, Dec 15, 7:30 pm - North Dakota St. @ Missouri St. (NBCSCH+)
  13. Wed, Jan 2, 8:00 pm - MVC:  Indiana State @ Loyola
  14. Sat, Jan 5, 1:00 pm - Valparaiso @ Missouri State
  15. Sat, Jan 5, 3:00 pm - MVC:  Evansville @ Illinois State
  16. Sat, Jan 5, 7:00 pm - UNI:   Southern Illinois @ Northern Iowa (NBCSCH+)
  17. Tue, Jan 8, 7:00 pm - IL ST:  Northern Iowa @ Illinois State
  18. Sat, Jan 12, 3:00 pm - MVC:  Valparaiso @ Southern Illinois
  19. Sun, Jan 13, 3:00 pm - MVC:  Drake @ Northern Iowa
  20. Tue, Jan 15, 7:00 pm - Loyola:  Valparaiso @ Loyola
  21. Wed, Jan 16, 7:00 pm - MVC:  Drake @ Bradley
  22. Wed, Jan 16, 7:00 pm - UNI:  Indiana State @ Northern Iowa (NBCSCH+)
  23. Sat, Jan 19, 3:00 pm - MVC:  Northern Iowa @ Valparaiso
  24. Sun, Jan 20, 2:00 pm - Missouri St. @ Illinois State
  25. Wed, Jan 23, 6:00 pm - MVC:  Illinois State @ Bradley
  26. Sat, Jan 26, 3:00 pm - MVC:  Bradley @ Missouri State
  27. Sat, Jan 26, 7:00 pm - UNI:  Evansville @ Northern Iowa
  28. Wed, Jan 30, 6:00 pm - Loyola:  N. Iowa @ Loyola (NBCSCH+)
  29. Wed, Jan 30, 8:00 pm - MVC:  Indiana State @ Southern Illinois (NBCSCH+)
  30. Sat, Feb 2, 1:00 pm - MVC:  Valparaiso @ Evansville
  31. Sat, Feb 2, 7:00 pm - UNI:  Missouri State @ Northern Iowa (NBCSCH+)
  32. Wed, Feb 6, 7:00 pm - MVC:  Southern Illinois @ Missouri State (NBCSCH+)
  33. Sat, Feb 9, 5:00 pm - MVC:  Northern Iowa @ Drake
  34. Wed, Feb 13, 7:00 pm - MVC:  Loyola @ Bradley
  35. Wed, Feb 13, 7:00 pm - UNI:  Illinois State @ Northern Iowa (NBCSCH+)
  36. Sat, Feb 16, 11:00 pm - MVC:  Southern Illinois @ Indiana State
  37. Wed, Feb 20, 6:00 pm - MVC:  Evansville @ Loyola
  38. Wed, Feb 20, 7:00 pm - Northern Iowa @ Missouri State (NBCSCH+)
  39. Wed, Feb 27, 6:00 pm - MVC:  Missouri State @ Illinois State (NBCSCH+)
  40. Thu, Mar 7, 6:00 pm - MVC:  MVC Tournament: Opening Rd #1 (NBCSCH+)
  41. Thu, Mar 7, 8:00 pm - MVC:  MVC Tournament: Opening Rd #2 (NBCSCH+)

 

2018-19 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL on NBC SPORTS CHICAGO

  1. Wed, Nov 7, 7:00 pm - Valparaiso @ UIC (NBCSCH+) 
  2. Sun, Dec 16, 2:00 pm - Gonzaga @ Missouri State (NBCSCH+)
  3. Sun, Jan 6, 2:00 pm - Evansville @ Missouri  (NBCSCH+)
  4. Fri, Jan 18, 7:00 pm - St. Johns @ DePaul (NBCSCH+)
  5. Sat, Jan 20, 2:00 pm - Missouri State @ Illinois State (NBCSCH+)
  6. Sun, Jan 27, 2:00 pm - Valparaiso @ Missouri State (NBCSCH+)
  7. Sun, Feb 3, 1:00 pm - Marquette @ DePaul
  8. Fri, Feb 8, 7:00 pm - Villanova @ DePaul (NBCSCH+)
  9. Sun, Feb 10, 2:00 pm - Georgetown @ DePaul (NBCSCH+)
  10. Sun, Feb 24, 2:00 pm - Butler @ DePaul
  11. Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - Missouri State @ Indiana State (NBCSCH+)

(Schedules as of 11/1/18)  -- ALL TIMES CENTRAL TIME

 

SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

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