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Northern Iowa, Wichita State part of Missouri Valley doubleheader on CSN+

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Northern Iowa, Wichita State part of Missouri Valley doubleheader on CSN+

Conference play is just getting started in college basketball as CSN+ will have a Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader on Wednesday night.

In the first of two live matchups, Wichita State will travel to face Indiana State in a 6 p.m. tip that will mark the conference opener for both teams. In the second game of the doubleheader, Missouri State will head to Northern Iowa for an 8 p.m. tip. Both games can be found on CSN+.

The Shockers (10-3) are moving on without graduated seniors Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet but they're still a top-flight program thanks to some solid recruiting from head coach Gregg Marshall. Wichita State is led by balanced effort that includes double-figure point production from junior forward Darral Willis Jr (11.5 ppg)., sophomore forward Markis McDuffie (11.3 ppg) and junior forward Zach Brown (10.0 ppg). With 10 players averaging at least 13.4 minutes per game, Wichita State should be one of the deepest teams in the Valley this season.

Indiana State (6-6) has been inconsistent this season. The Sycamores own an impressive win over No. 16 Butler earlier this season but they've also lost to teams like Northern Illinois and Quinnipiac. Junior guard Brenton Scott is one of the conference's best scorers as he's pumping in 19.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game so far this season. 

The second game of the doubleheader is also the conference opener for both teams.

Missouri State (9-4) is coming off of a solid showing in the Las Vegas Classic as they fell to No. 23 USC before beating DePaul by double-digits. Junior forward Alize Johnson (13.2 points, 9.2 rebounds per game) is off to a good start while junior guard Ronnie Rousseau III (12.8 points, 2.8 assists per game) helps lead the offense. 

Northern Iowa (5-6) has dropped back-to-back games to Iowa and No. 8 North Carolina as they're trying to figure things out for conference play. Senior guard Jeremy Morgan is having a stellar season for the Panthers as he leads the team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Morgan is averaging 16.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.8 blocks per game so far this season.

DePaul extends contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through 2023-24

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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

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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.