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Thursday on CSN: Arch Madness opening round

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Thursday on CSN: Arch Madness opening round

The Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament kicks off on Thursday night and you can watch the first two games of Arch Madness live on CSN.

It starts at 6 p.m. as Evansville battles Indiana State, while Bradley will face Drake immediately following that in a game that will tip around 8:30 p.m.

In the opening matchup, No. 8 seed Evansville (15-16, 6-12) will face No. 9 seed Indiana State (11-19, 5-13) for the right to face No. 1 seed Illinois State in Friday's quarterfinals. 

The Purple Aces have won five out of seven games as they split the season series with Indiana State during the season. Evansville beat the Sycamores, 65-63, on Feb. 25 as guard Jaylon Brown made the game-winning free throws.

The second matchup has No. 7 seed Bradley (12-19, 7-11) taking on No. 10 seed Drake (7-23, 5-13) as the winner gets the chance to face No. 2 seed Wichita State on Friday in the quarterfinals. 

Winners of three consecutive games, the Braves appear to be playing their best basketball at the end of the season as they beat the Bulldogs, 82-74, on Feb. 25 to sweep the season series. 

CSN will also carry all four quarterfinal games of Arch Madness live on Friday, as the full day of action begins live at 12 p.m.

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.