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What’s next for Chicago State?

  The men's basketball program at Chicago State University has made some buzz over the past two seasons. It started in 2013 when they won the Great West Tournament (their first ever conference title) and played in the College Insider Tournament (their first ever postseason bid). Then during the offseason they joined the Western Athletic Conference upon the dissolution of the Great West. A new conferenc ...

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What went wrong for the UIC Flames?

  Out of all of the college basketball teams in the Chicago area, the UIC Flames were the only team expected to have some success this season. After finishing last season with a 18-16 record, and advancing to the second round of the College Insider Tournament, everyone believed that the Flames were primed for even bigger success in 2014. The expectations were especially high after the additions of two ...

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Back to square one for DePaul

  After a ending a season which began with promise but ended with disappointment, the DePaul Blue Demons find themselves back at square one. Not only did they finish last in the Big East for the seventh consecutive season (12-21, 3-15 Big East), they've also had difficulty breaking bad habits during that time span. Bad habits such as bad shot selection, turnovers, lack of awareness on defense and bouts ...

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A step back for the Loyola Ramblers?

  As the old saying goes, "what a difference a year makes". That statement definitely holds true for the Loyola Ramblers. After posting a 15-16 record in 2013, it would appear that the Ramblers took a step back this year by finishing with a 10-22 record. But I wouldn't consider that to be the case and here's why...... For starters; switching conferences is tough for any program, just ask teams like Not ...

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The ride is over for both DePaul and Chicago State

  We knew the dream would be over at some point, we just hoped it wouldn't be so soon. Both the DePaul Blue Demons and the Chicago State Cougars were eliminated from their respective conference tournaments on Thursday night. DePaul was riding high with a new sense of hope after upsetting Georgetown in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Wednesday. Unfortunately, reality would set in on Thursd ...

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DePaul still has signs of life

The 2014 Big East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament got underway at New York's Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. The DePaul Blue Demons were originally expected to have a merciful end to yet another miserable season. Instead, they walked out of MSG with a new sense of hope. They opened the tournament as the 10th seed against the seventh seeded Georgetown Hoyas. Georgetown swept the regular seas ...

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Chicago State’s defense shines on Senior Day

  CHICAGO- It's no secret that college basketball in Chicago has been depressing to watch for the most part part. But there is one team that has been worth watching this season that nobody even talks about. Despite their less than stellar record, the Chicago State Cougars (13-18, 8-8 Western Athletic) have Chicago's best shot of playing in college basketball's postseason this year. On Saturday, CSU hel ...

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DePaul’s Brandon Young reaches milestone despite losing to St. Johns

  The DePaul Blue Demons were hoping to start another winning streak after defeating Seton Hall on Tuesday night. Unfortunately that would not be the case as the Demons (11-19, 3-14 Big East) went to New York's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, and were sent home with a 72-64 loss thanks to St. Johns (19-11, 9-8). It's the same old story in another long and miserable season for DePaul, but not everythin ...

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DePaul and UIC break their losing streaks

  To say that both the DePaul Blue Demons and the Illinois-Chicago Flames have struggled this season is a major understatement. Both teams began the season with excitement and promise, both were moderately successful in non-conference play,  but once conference play began it was completely different story. For the Demons, their streak of bad luck in the Big East continued with one miserable loss after ...

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What’s next for Cleveland Melvin?

As the DePaul Blue Demons continue to live life without forward Cleveland Melvin, they've been in a steady decline as they've lost five straight without him and seven in a row overall. Wednesday's 25-point loss to Villanova's another sobering reminder of how much he meant to the program. They're many unanswered questions. Why was he suspended? Did it a play a part in his departure? Why won't the university ...

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