Full schedule of NCAA basketball games on CSN

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Full schedule of NCAA basketball games on CSN

The college basketball season is about to kick off this fall and Comcast SportsNet will air more than 70 games throughout the year, including almost 60 men's basketball contests.

It all kicks off Sunday with LIVE coverage of the "Battle of the Midway" game played on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum in San Diego, Calif. The game features No. 9 Syracus vs. No. 20 San Diego State.

Beyond that, CSN will show five games from both the UIC Flames and Loyola Ramblers, as well as Missouri Valley Conference action that features Illinois State (seven games), Southern Illinois (four games), Northern Iowa (three games), Bradley (two games) and No. 16 Creighton (three games).

Some of the big local matchups include UIC at Northwestern Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., Loyola at DePaul Dec. 29 at 1 p.m., ISU at Bradley Jan. 29 at 7 p.m., SIU at ISU Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. and UIC at Loyola Feb. 16 at 1 p.m.

Check out the entire men's slate below:

DateTimeTeams1.Sun, Nov. 11
3 p.m.
Syracuse vs. SDSU
LIVE2.Thu, Nov. 15
6 p.m.
ISU @ Drexel
LIVE3.Sat, Nov. 17
6 p.m.
Bradley @ IUPUI
LIVE4.Sat, Dec. 1
12 p.m.
ISU @ Louisville
LIVE5.Sat, Dec. 1
2 p.m.
Furman @ Loyola
LIVE6.Sat, Dec. 1
1 p.m.
UIC @ Northwestern
SDD 7 p.m.
7.Sat, Dec. 8
3 p.m.
Colorado St. @ UIC
LIVE8.Sun, Dec. 9
7 p.m.
W. Michigan @ ISU
LIVE9.Sat, Dec. 15
1 p.m.
Eastern Michigan @ UIC
LIVE10.Sat, Dec. 15
4 p.m.
Iona @ Georgia
LIVE11.Wed, Dec. 19
6 p.m.
ISU @ Dayton
LIVE12.Sat, Dec. 22
1 p.m.
Mercer @ Alabama
LIVE13.Sat, Dec. 22
7 p.m.
Winthrop @ Auburn
LIVE14.Sat, Dec. 29
1 p.m.
Loyola @ DePaul
LIVE15.Sat, Dec. 29
3 p.m.
Florida A&M @ Georgia
LIVE16.Sun, Dec. 30
3 p.m.
Alabama A&M @ Miss St.
LIVE17.Sun, Dec. 30
5 p.m.
N. Iowa @ Wichita St.
LIVE18.Sun, Dec. 30
7 p.m.
Loyola MD @ Memphis
LIVE19.Wed, Jan. 2
7 p.m.
Creighton @ ISU
SDD 3 a.m.
20.Thu, Jan. 3
8 p.m.
Lamar U @ Stephen F. Austin
LIVE21.Sat, Jan. 5
1 p.m.
Green Bay @ Detroit
LIVE22.Sat, Jan. 5
8 p.m.
SIU @ Evansville
LIVE23.Sat, Jan. 12
1 p.m.
Bradley @ N. Iowa
SDD 3 a.m.
24.Sat, Jan. 12
1 p.m.
Valparaiso @ Milwaukee
SDD 3 p.m. OR 12:30 a.m.25.Sat, Jan. 12
7:30 p.m.
Memphis @ UAB
LIVE26.Tue, Jan. 15
7 p.m.
SIU @ Bradley
LIVE27.Sat, Jan. 19
1 p.m.
CSU @ Green Bay
LIVE28.Sat, Jan. 19
7 p.m.
Evansville @ Indiana St.
SDD 3 a.m.29.Wed, Jan. 23
7 p.m.
Creighton @ Drake
SDD 3 a.m.
30.Sat, Jan. 26
1 p.m.
Cleveland St. @ Youngstown St.
LIVE31.Sat, Jan. 26
3 p.m.
Detroit @ Loyola
LIVE32.Sat, Jan. 26
7 p.m.
Evansville @ ISU
LIVE33.Tue, Jan. 29
7 p.m.
ISU @ Bradley
SDD 3 a.m.
34.Wed, Jan. 30
7 p.m.
Missouri St. @ Creighton
SDD 3 a.m.
35.Thu, Jan. 31
7 p.m.
UW-Green Bay @ UIC
LIVE36.Sat, Feb. 2
1 p.m.
UW-Green Bay @ Loyola
LIVE37.Sat, Feb. 2
6:30 p.m.
Indiana St. @ Drake
LIVE38.Sat, Feb. 2
3 p.m.
SIU @ ISU
LIVE39.Sun, Feb. 3
4 p.m.
Northwestern St. @ McNeese St.
LIVE40.Wed, Feb. 6
7 p.m.
ISU @ Drake
LIVE41.Sat, Feb. 9
1 p.m.
Valpo @ CSU OR Det @ GB
LIVE42.Sat, Feb. 9
1 p.m.
Butler @ George Wash
SDD 3 p.m.
43.Sat, Feb. 9
6:30 p.m.
Missouri St. @ Wich St.
LIVE44.Tue, Feb. 12
7 p.m.
Indiana St. @ Missouri St.
SDD 3 a.m.
45.Wed, Feb. 137 p.m.
Arkansa @ Auburn
LIVE46.Sat, Feb. 161 p.m.
UIC @ Loyola
LIVE47.Sat, Feb. 163 p.m.
Georgia St. @ George Mason
LIVE48.Sat, Feb. 233 p.m.
William & Mary @ George Mason
LIVE49.Wed, Feb. 277 p.m.
N. Iowa @ SIU
SDD 3 a.m.50.Sat, Mar. 2
1 p.m.
ISU @ N. Iowa
LIVE51.Sat, Mar. 21 p.m.
Youngstown St. @ Wright St.
LIVE52.Sat, Mar. 2
4 p.m.
MVC Wilcard
LIVE
53.Thu, Mar. 7
6 p.m.
MVC Tourney Opening Round 1
LIVE54.Thu, Mar. 7
8:30 p.m.
MVC Tourney Opening Round 2
LIVE
55.Fri, Mar. 8
12 p.m.
MVC Tourney Quarterfinal 1
LIVE56.Fri, Mar. 8
2:30 p.m.
MVC Tourney Quarterfinal 2
LIVE
57.Sat, Mar. 9
1:30 p.m.
MVC Tourney Semifinal 1
LIVE58.Sat, Mar. 9
4 p.m.
MVC Tourney Semifinal 2LIVE

Women's basketball gets underway Friday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. with a matchup between Northern Iowa and ISU in one of the five Redbirds games to appear on the schedule.

Below is the full slate of women's games on CSN:

DateTimeTeams
1.Fri, Jan. 4
7 p.m.
N. Iowa @ ISU
LIVE
2.Thu, Jan. 17
7 p.m.
SIU @ Ind. St.
LIVE 3.Sat, Jan. 19
4 p.m.
SIU @ ISU
LIVE 4.Mon, Jan. 21
7 p.m.
Creighton @ Missouri St.
LIVE 5.Fri, Jan. 25
7 p.m.
N. Iowa @ Creighton
SDD 3 a.m. 6.Fri, Feb. 8
7 p.m.
N. Iowa @ Wichita St.
LIVE 7.Sun, Feb. 10
2 p.m.
Creighton @ ISU
LIVE 8.Thu, Feb. 14
7 p.m.
ISU @ SIULIVE 9.Sat, Feb. 23
1 p.m.
Syracuse @ S. FloridaLIVE 10.Thu, Feb. 28
7:30 p.m.
Wichita St. @ ISULIVE 11.Sun, Mar. 3
12:30 p.m.
MVC: Wilcard gameLIVE 12.Sat, Mar. 9
11 a.m.
Big East Tourney 2nd Rd.LIVE 13.Sun, Mar. 10
5 p.m.
Big East Tourney QtrfinalLIVE 14.Sat, Mar. 16
1:30 p.m.
MVC Tourney Semifinal 1LIVE 15.Sat, Mar. 16
4 p.m.
MVC Tourney Semifinal 2LIVE 16.Sun, Mar. 17
2 p.m.
MVC Tourney Championship
LIVE

SDD: Games airing on a same day delay basis

Schedules subject to change.

In The Loop: The Blackhawks' 9-1 February by the numbers

In The Loop: The Blackhawks' 9-1 February by the numbers

The Blackhawks went 9-1 in February and did so in emphatic fashion.

The Blackhawks outscored their opponents 44-24 in the month and scored four goals or more in each of the nine wins. The only loss came after the team's bye week, a 3-1 loss at home to Edmonton seven days after winning 5-1 in Edmonton.

A big reason for the Blackhawks' recent surge is because of the production of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Toews scored seven goals and had 11 assists in February and was named the league's second star of the week this week. Patrick Kane had nine goals and seven assists.

Scott Darling went 3-0 in his starts and gave up just four goals in those games. Corey Crawford went 6-1 with a 2.71 goals against average.

Despite the Blackhawks' success in February, the Minnesota Wild still lead the division. The Blackhawks beat the Wild twice in February, but the Wild went 7-2 in the rest of February, including tonight's 5-4 overtime win against the LA Kings to sit three points ahead of the Blackhawks and still with two games in hand.

Watch the video above to see Pat Boyle break down these Blackhawks numbers.

Fire putting finishing touches on roster as season nears

Fire putting finishing touches on roster as season nears

The preseason has finished and it's officially a match week for the Chicago Fire.

The Fire, which travel to Columbus on Saturday for the season opener, returned from preseason training in Florida on Sunday and began the team's first full day back in Chicago with the team's annual kickoff luncheon on Monday. The team's players, coaches and staff interact with fans and the media ahead of the upcoming season.

Two players, UNC-Charlotte products Brandt Bronico and Matej Dekovic, were introduced to the audience a couple hours before the club announced the two 2017 draft picks had signed contracts. Bronico, a central midfielder drafted in the third round, and Dekovic, a center back/left back taken in the fourth round, both signed one-year deals with club options for the following three years.

Dekovic could add some much needed depth in central defense, but is a logical candidate to go out on loan to USL affiliate Tulsa. Dekovic, 23, is Croatian and counts as an international player even though he played three years collegiately with the 49ers. The Fire have nine international players on the roster with eight slots for them. The Fire could trade for an international slot, but if Dekovic goes out on loan he won't count against that number. Coach Veljko Paunovic was asked about potential outgoing loans, but didn't give specifics other than to say they have "made some decisions" and "are still working on that."

Bronico and Dekovic don't figure to play major roles this season, but there could still be more moves ahead. The lone trialist in the final week of the Fire's training camp, former Columbus Crew defender Chad Barson, was not retained. General manager Nelson Rodriguez said Ryan Taylor will be the latest right back to join the Fire on trial. Taylor, 32, made 55 English Premier League appearances with Wigan Athletic from 2005-2009 and 61 more with Newcastle United from 2009-2015. This season he has made 12 appearances for Port Vale in England's third tier, the most recent of which on Jan. 20 when he scored a penalty kick.

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"Ryan Taylor will join us this week," Rodriguez said. "He's a very experienced player, he plays a lot of different positions, which we like. We like that versatility. We love the attitude that he's expressed towards coming on trial, which is not easy for an accomplished player. We'll look at him this week, maybe look at him for two weeks. I don't know how long it will take, but he is an option for us."

The Englishman would also take up an international slot.

A potentially bigger move is the one Rodriguez hinted at regarding a third designated player. Currently, David Accam and Nemanja Nikolic are the Fire's two DPs, meaning one more DP spot is available.

"We have the latitude, we have the cap space, the budget space and the resources within MLS and within our ownership to add another DP," Rodriguez said. "We've looked at a few players. Two of the players that we had on our list, we didn't make offers for so I want to be clear the two players we were tracking, one signed in Mexico with a big club in Mexico and one went to China for big money so they're off our list.

"There are still two players that we're tracking. I think as we get deeper into the start of the season, even though the first window is open, it's tougher. I would say we would likely look at the summer, or, as we did last year, forego the summer and concentrate on January. I still think it's hard to integrate players midseason."