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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 is taking steps to allow student-athletes to make money off their likeness

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NCAA is taking steps to allow student-athletes to make money off their likeness

Bulls rookie guard Coby White has talent, an infectious smile and an afro that makes him stand out on the court. It’s a fair bet he could have made some money off his likeness while he played at North Carolina if the rules allowed it.

The NCAA is taking steps towards allowing its athletes to do so, but there’s still a long way to go in the process. The organization’s Board of Governors unanimously voted to start the process. That vote moves things to the NCAA’s three divisions “to consider updates to relevant bylaws and policies,” as it was worded in the NCAA's press release.

“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” said Michael V. Drake, the chair of the board and president of Ohio State. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education. This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships.”

The board asked each division (Division I, Division II, Division III) to make any new rules immediately and no later than January 2021.

It’s important to note that none of the changes are final, or even imminent. It’s still relevant that the NCAA is going through the process at all, after being so strongly in favor of amateurism across the board for its student-athletes.

The potential changes would not allow for compensation based on performance or participation in a sport. Of course, the natural grey area is that higher performing athletes will be more marketable so they would be compensated on performance indirectly.

This comes after California passed legislation to allow college athletes to receive endorsement/sponsorship money and other states are pursuing similar.

This is still far from being official or finalized, but it will continue to be a major story in college sports over the next couple years.

Dave Leitao suspended 3 games, DePaul put on 3-year probation

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Dave Leitao suspended 3 games, DePaul put on 3-year probation

The DePaul men's basketball team has been placed on three-year probation and head coach Dave Leitao has been suspended three games for the 2019-20 season, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.

The program was found guilty of "failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance while Leitao did not "prevent violations from occurring in his program."

A Division I Committee on Infractions panel concluded that a "former DePaul associate head coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he knowingly directed the former assistant director of basketball operations to provide impermissible recruiting benefits to a recruit."

The NCAA found that three coaches knew about the situation but failed to report the infractions. DePaul will vacate all wins earned while the ineligible player competed and suffer recruiting restrictions. They were also fined $5,000 plus 1% of the men's basketball program budget.

In 2019, DePaul had their first winning season since 2007 by going 19-17.