Northern Iowa takes on No. 1 North Carolina


Northern Iowa takes on No. 1 North Carolina

It will be a big deal for Northern Iowa when No. 1 North Carolina visits the McLeod Center on Saturday. Power conference teams don't typically play true road games at Missouri Valley Conference schools very often but the Panthers were able to land a game in-part so North Carolina could play a road game in Iowa for senior point guard Marcus Paige. The game can be found on CSN+ at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

Paige, an All-American candidate, is out for Saturday's contest with a hand injury, which means he'll miss the opportunity to play an hour away from Marion, where he grew up and went to Linn-Mar High School.

The Tar Heels have started 3-0 in Paige's absence and a balanced roster is the biggest strength of the team. North Carolina is led by junior big man Kennedy Meeks and senior forward Brice Johnson as both are averaging around 16 points per game. Sophomore point guard Joel Berry II has stepped up nicely in Paige's absence to average 15 points per game.

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Northern Iowa enters the big home game at 1-1 after dropping its season-opener to Colorado State then beating Stephen F. Austin at home. Coming off an appearance in the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament, the roster looks a bit different for the Panthers after the departure of three starters.

Guard Jeremy Morgan leads Northern Iowa at 17 points per game while guard Wes Washpun (16.5 ppg) and Paige's former Linn-Mar backcourt mate Matt Bohannon (16 ppg) are right there with Morgan. 

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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.