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Loyola can’t handle Wichita State

  ROGERS PARK- After losing to Northern Iowa last week in what was considered a "statement game", the Loyola Ramblers (12-4, 2-2 Missouri Valley Conference) had yet another one of those games on Sunday. Unfortunately, the 15th ranked Wichita State Shockers (14-2, 4-0 MVC) came to the Gentile Center and walked away with a 67-53 victory. The Ramblers once again failed to make a dent among the top tier of ...

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The Illini get a boost from unlikely sources in victory over Maryland

  CHAMPAIGN- After everything that the Illinois Fighting Illini basketball team has endured over the last few days, especially the Rayvonte Rice injury, head coach John Groce was hoping to give his a team a wake up call that would get them out of this funk. Apparently that wake up call manifested itself on Wednesday night as the Illini (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten) successfully defended their home court with a 6 ...

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Illini guard Rayvonte Rice out indefinitely

  CHAMPAIGN- If things weren't already bad for the Illinois Fighting Illini basketball team, they just got worse. On Tuesday, Illinois head coach John Groce announced that Illini senior guard Rayvonte Rice will be out for an undetermined amount of time with a broken bone in his left hand. He's scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday after sustaining the injury in practice. Rice is the Illini's leading s ...

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The Fighting Illini find themselves in a Big Ten abyss

  It's not the start that the Illinois Fighting Illini (10-5 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) had hoped for as they began the Big Ten portion of their schedule this season. After finishing their non-conference schedule on a three-game winning streak, John Groce and his team have found themselves in a 0-2 hole after disappointing losses at Michigan and at #20 Ohio State. Many had picked the Illini to win in Ann Ar ...

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Cleveland State proves to be too much for UIC

  UNIVERSITY VILLAGE- After winning their previous two games -including their conference opener against Youngstown State on Friday night- the Illinois-Chicago Flames (5-12 overall, 1-1 Horizon League) had plenty of momentum heading into Sunday's conference tilt against the Cleveland State Vikings (8-8, 2-0 HL). Unfortunately all of that momentum went out the window almost immediately after tip off at t ...

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Alex Olah prepares for his biggest challenge of the season

  EVANSTON- The 10-4 (1-0 Big Ten) Northwestern Wildcats are in prime position to make a run this year. They've won four games in-a-row, five of their last six, and have improved on the defensive side of the floor (allowing just 58 points per game). On Sunday night however, the Cats' will face what could be their biggest challenge of the season. The fourth-ranked, 13-1 (1-0 Big Ten) Wisconsin Badgers m ...

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Key prospects from CBS Sports Classic

The CBS Sports Classic in Chicago was one of the most highly anticipated showcases in recent college basketball history—and it didn’t disappoint. The United Center was packed with NBA scouts and GM’s all drooling over the crop of talent spread across North Carolina, Ohio State, UCLA, and most of all, Kentucky. ESPN draft expert Chad Ford said the games showcased 21 of his top 100 draft prospects. It’s extre ...

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Sam Thompson, Tyler Ulis, return home at CBS Sports Classic

The inaugural CBS Sports Classic on Saturday featured arguably the four most prominent basketball programs in the country in North Carolina, Ohio State, UCLA and Kentucky. The games brought an epic atmosphere to the thousands of fans in attendance at the United Center. The event was special for all involved, but for two players in particular the games held added meaning beyond basketball. The day of college ...

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No. 1 Kentucky thrashes UCLA in historic rout at CBS Sports Classic

It doesn’t get much more prestigious in college basketball than a matchup between Kentucky and UCLA at the CBS Sports Classic. With 19 total NCAA titles and endless iconic players and coaches between the two teams, fans packed the United Center in Chicago with hopes of another chapter getting added to this historic rivalry. UCLA did make history, but not the kind they’d want to remember. Kentucky took a 41- ...

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No. 24 UNC knocks off No. 12 OSU in CBS Sports Classic

CHICAGO-- No. 24 North Carolina was desperate for a win on Saturday. The Tar Heels had lost three times already in its first ten games after entering the season as the No. 6 ranked team in the country. Saturday’s matchup against No. 12 Ohio State at the inaugural CBS Sports Classic was a must win game for the Tar Heels, even in December. As the old adage goes, pressure can burst pipes or make diamonds. Nort ...

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