Saturday, April 2, 2011
Posted: 9:42 p.m.
By David Kaplan
The Loyola Ramblers have found the successor to Jim Whitesell and will announce St. Louis University Associate Head Coach Porter Moser as their new head basketball coach sometime in the next 24 hours, Comcast SportsNet has learned.
Moser has extensive experience as a head coach having served in that position at both Arkansas Little Rock and at Illinois State University. In three seasons at Little Rock, he posted a 54-34 record. In his first season Moser inherited a team that had gone 4-24 the previous season and finished last in the league. He was the architect of the largest turnaround in Sun Belt Conference history by leading his 2000-01 club to an 18-11 mark. After losing four starters and the top three scorers from his first team, Moser led the Trojans to an 18-11 record in his second season and an 18-12 mark in 2002-03 before moving on to Illinois State.
During his four seasons with the Redbirds, Moser compiled a 51-67 record and helped to rebuild a program that was last in the Missouri Valley Conference prior to his arrival. He has spent the past four seasons as the top assistant to legendary coach Rick Majerus and is considered one of the best assistant coaches in college basketball.
David Kaplan is the host of Chicago Tribune Live on Comcast SportsNet. Follow him on Twitter @thekapman.
The Missouri Valley Conference returns to CSN with live college hoops action on Wednesday night.
Looking to make a push for the NCAA tournament, Illinois State hosts Southern Illinois at 6 p.m. live on CSN. Then at 7 p.m. on CSN+, Loyola will host Drake in another Valley contest.
The Redbirds (23-5, 15-1) have won four straight games as they are co-leaders of the conference with Wichita State. Senior Deontae Hawkins leads Illinois State in scoring at 14.6 points per game.
Southern Illinois (15-14, 8-8) won on the road at Indiana State to snap a three-game losing streak as they're hoping for a better result after losing to Illinois State at home by seven earlier this season. Senior point guard Mike Rodriguez leads the Salukis in points and assists at 13.0 points and 4.1 assists per game.
In the second game, Loyola is trying to make a move up the conference standings as they host Drake.
The Ramblers (17-12, 7-9) lost to the Bulldogs on the road earlier this season as they enter this one having lost five of six games. Loyola is led by senior Milton Doyle as he leads the Ramblers in points and assists at 15.6 points and 4.3 assists per contest.
Drake (7-21, 5-11) has lost seven straight games but they did get the best of the Ramblers in that 102-98 thriller earlier this season. The Bulldogs do have a talented junior in Reed Timmer as he's putting up 15.6 points per game.
Both of these games are important for Missouri Valley Conference tournament seeding purposes as Arch Madness begins on Thursday, March 2.
You can catch Thursday and Friday's MVC Tournament action live on CSN on March 2 and March 3.
College hoops returns to CSN on Tuesday with some local action as UIC hosts Green Bay. You can watch this Horizon League matchup live on CSN+ at 7 p.m.
The Flames (14-14, 7-8) are coming off of a loss to Oakland as they try to make one more push up the conference standings. Junior big man Tai Odiase leads UIC at 11.3 points per game as the former Homewood-Flossmoor product is also a solid rim protector.
Green Bay (16-11, 10-5) is still fighting for one of the conference's top spots as they're coming off of a win over Milwaukee. The Phoenix already own a four-point win over UIC this season at home in a close game.
Senior guard Charles Cooper is averaging 13.0 points per game as he's been one of the better guards in the conference this season.