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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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NCAA to allow student-athletes to make money off name, image, likeness

NCAA to allow student-athletes to make money off name, image, likeness

The NCAA still won’t be paying its players, but it will allow student-athletes to receive endorsements from third-parties.

The governmental body for college athletics has long been a strong proponent of its athletes being amateurs, but this marks a drastic change in that, even if the schools won’t be allowed to pay the athletes directly. The NCAA’s Board of Governors met this week and supported the changes with some caveats.

“While student-athletes would be permitted to identify themselves by sport and school, the use of conference and school logos, trademarks or other involvement would not be allowed,” a press release from the NCAA read. “The board emphasized that at no point should a university or college pay student-athletes for name, image and likeness activities.”

The rule changes aren’t officially in place and must be implemented by the three divisions of college athletics that fall under the NCAA. The next step is for each division to make the actual rules the board of governors supported. The goal is for that to be in place in January and to take effect for the 2021-22 school year.

“The board’s action is the latest step by the Association to support college athletes and modernize its rules regarding name, image and likeness,” the press release read.

The process for this started back in October and has remained on track for January 2021. 

Maybe the next time a player like Zion Williamson gets hurt busting his shoe open on the court, he can switch shoe companies and make some money off it?

DePaul hands men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao extension through 2023-24

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DePaul hands men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao extension through 2023-24

DePaul announced Thursday they’ve extended the contract of men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao through 2023-24. Terms weren’t disclosed.

“We are happy to reach an agreement to continue the improvement and stability that Coach Leitao has instilled in our men’s basketball program,” athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto said in a press release. “His vision of academic excellence, athletic excellence and community service mirrors DePaul’s mission in developing outstanding student-athletes and future leaders in our society.”

Leitao just wrapped up his fifth season in his second go-around as DePaul’s head coach. The Blue Demons started off hot, going 12-1 in non-conference play while picking up wins over Iowa, Minnesota and Texas Tech.

They struggled mightily in Big East play, going 4-15 with wins over then-No. 5 Butler, and later Xavier in the Big East tournament, prior to it being canceled due to COVID-19.

Fans and alumni have grown increasingly restless as DePaul has failed to move up from the cellar of the Big East. They’re 64-98 overall the last five seasons, finishing last in conference three times. Their best finish came in 2018-19, when they went 7-11 and tied for eighth.

Last season, Leitao led DePaul to its first postseason berth since 2007, resulting in a second-place finish in the College Basketball Invitational tournament. 

Leitao has acquired some talented players the past few seasons, including transfers Max Strus (now a two-way guard/forward with the Bulls) and point guard Charlie Moore (formerly of Cal-Berkeley and Kansas). Forward Paul Reed is a potential 2020 NBA draft first-round pick. 

Leitao's 2019-20 recruiting class ranked 34th nationally, according to 247 Sports. Forward Romeo Weems (Michigan Mr. Basketball) and guard Markese Jacobs (Uplift) headlined the group.

“I appreciate DePaul athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto for her continued support,” Leitao said. “The process of laying the foundation for sustained success evolved into a strong start to this season before a tough run through the conference schedule.

"I’m proud of the resilience of our players and staff to finish the season strong before all of our lives were interrupted with the coronavirus outbreak. The response we received from our fans and supporters all season was outstanding and we can’t wait to continue to build excitement at Wintrust Arena in the future.”