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Melvin leads DePaul to 83-73 win over Providence

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Melvin leads DePaul to 83-73 win over Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Cleveland Melvin scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead DePaul to an 83-73 win over cold-shooting Providence on Saturday night.

Brandon Young and Jamee Crockett each had 15 points for DePaul (10-5, 1-1 Big East). The Blue Demons snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 4-0 on the road, their best start away from home since winning the initial five to start the 1993-94 season.

The Blue Demons led by seven at halftime, opened it to double digits early in the second half and never had their lead fall below 11 points until the closing 2 12 minutes.

Providence's Bryce Cotton, the Big East's second-leading scorer at 21.5 points per game, had 20 points, 16 coming in the closing 3 12 minutes. He was 4 of 13 from the floor.

Kadeem Batts had 17 points and Vincent Council added 16 points and six assists for the Friars (8-6, 0-2), who shot 38 percent (24 of 63) and missed their initial 10 3-point attempts.

DePaul, which led 37-30 at the half, turned its full court press into a pair of easy baskets by Crockett in the opening minute of the second half. Melvin then nailed a turnaround bank shot, giving the Blue Demons a 43-30 lead with 17:25 to play and forcing Providence to call time-out out with boos echoing from the home crowd.

The Blue Demons continued to build their lead while the Friars kept missing shots, using a 9-0 run to pull to a 59-38 advantage on Moses Morgan's put-back with 11 12 minutes left. Providence missed 11 of its first 14 shots in the opening 8 minutes of the second half.

Donnavan Kirk's 3-point play gave DePaul a 62-40 lead with 9:52 left.

The Friars used a press of their own to get a few steals in a late charge, closing it to 70-60 on Cotton's 3-pointer with 2:37 to go. Cotton had another 3 and a free throw to make it 72-64 with just under 2 minutes left.

In the first half, neither team held more than a two-possession lead until the Blue Demons scored the final six points of the half, taking a 37-30 edge into intermission.

In the sloppily played opening 20 minutes that lacked any flow, mainly caused by the Blue Demons' half and fullcourt trapping defense that had Providence struggling to get into its offensive sets, the Friars started ice cold from the floor and missed eight of their initial 10 shots. DePaul was even worse, making just 2 of 11, forcing a handful of long jumpers against Providence's 2-3 zone defense. The Blue Demons couldn't figure out how to get the ball inside in the early minutes.

The Friars, coming off an 18-point loss at No. 4 Louisville on Wednesday, led 22-17 before Melvin scored all nine points during a 9-2 run over a 1:47 stretch that pushed DePaul ahead for the rest of the half.

Cotton didn't start and was held without a basket until he had a fast-break layup with 1:37 left in the half, cutting it to 31-30 before the Blue Demons had the final six points of the half.

The Blue Demons lost their conference opener by one point at home against Seton Hall.

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

 

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