NCAA Hoops: Butler rolls past UIC; EIU falls

NCAA Hoops: Butler rolls past UIC; EIU falls

Monday, Feb. 7, 2011
Posted 9:54 p.m. Updated 10:49 p.m.

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Shelvin Mack scored 17 points and Butler beat Illinois-Chicago for the ninth straight time, 72-65 Monday night.Khyle Marshall added 11 points, and Zach Hahn and Ronald Nored each had 10 for the Bulldogs (16-9, 8-5 Horizon).Robo Kreps scored 22 points to reach 1,500 for his career, and Paul Carter finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds the Flames (6-19, 1-12).After 13 lead changes and five ties in the first 34 minutes, Butler pulled away with a 15-4 run to go up 59-46 with 7:42 remaining. Illinois-Chicago cut the deficit to 62-58 with 4:38 left but couldn't get any closer.The first half included nine lead changes and four ties, and the Bulldogs went into halftime ahead 34-33.
Complete Recap, Box ScoreEIU drops fifth straight to Murray StateCHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) B.J. Jenkins scored 21 points and Murray State rallied with a late 18-0 run to defeat Eastern Illinois 66-53 Monday night.Isaiah Canaan added 16 points and Isacc Miles had 11 for the Racers (18-6, 10-3 Ohio Valley), who have won six straight since losing to the Panthers on Jan. 20.Zavier Sanders scored 18 points to lead Eastern Illinois (8-15, 4-9), which has dropped five in a row since its last meeting with Murray State. Jeremy Granger had 16 points.The conference-leading Racers trailed 49-46 after Sanders' layup with 7:28 to play but then held the Panthers scoreless over the next 6:49 as they put together their decisive run.Murray State shot only 42.2 percent compared to 56.4 percent for Eastern Illinois but hit 12 3-pointers and 16 free throws while the Panthers made three 3s and six free throws.
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High School coaches 'leave no stone unturned' in helping players explore next level

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Photo at top: Loyola Academy assistant coach Paul Pryma extends his hand toward a Steinmetz High School player during pregame introductions on Feb. 21. (Andres Waters/MEDILL)

High School coaches 'leave no stone unturned' in helping players explore next level

By Andres Waters
Special Contributor to CSNChicago.com

After Loyola Academy held off rival New Trier 43-40 to win the 2017 Zion-Benton regional championship, Ramblers head coach Tom Livatino had a special message for his players.

"That's the best celebration that I have ever been a part of," Livatino said. "Because everybody was completely about love. You guys love each other and we all can tell. I'm really, really proud just to be one of our coaches."

While the speech was a powerful way for Livatino to tell the players of his appreciation, he and other high school coaches engage in something much bigger to show players how proud they are: college recruiting.

In addition to time spent planning and practicing, coaches also sacrifice countless hours each week helping their players find opportunities to play at the next level.

"It's a really long part of the process, but to be honest, it's a part of the job that I absolutely love," Livatino said. "We demand so much of our players in every aspect. And, from a basketball standpoint, the least I could do is everything in my power to help them out."

Less than 48 hours after the Ramblers completed their season with a loss to Evanston Township in the Waukegan Sectional semifinal, Livatino was back in his office holding individual meetings with each player.

Starting with the 10 departing seniors, Livatino discussed the factors that go into choosing a college for high school athletes.

His conversations with the two players who already committed, senior guards Ramar Evans and Matt Lynch, focused on how they felt about their next steps. With the others, Livatino asked whether they wanted to play at the next level and, if so, which schools they wanted to attend that shared an interest in them. The conversations held with the Ramblers' juniors are very similar.

"I wasn't just looking for basketball, I was looking for a fit academically and socially," said Lynch, who committed to Division III St. Norbert College. "[Livatino] said St. Norbert would be the best fit for me. It fit everything I was looking for."

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From dunks to deliveries: Former No. 1 pick LaRue Martin's unlikely success story

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Photo at top: La Rue Martin poses for a photo at a National Basketball Retired Players Association event. (Photo courtesy of La Rue Martin)

From dunks to deliveries: Former No. 1 pick LaRue Martin's unlikely success story

By Elan Kane
Special Contributor to CSNChicago.com

LaRue Martin Jr. thought his future was set. The Portland Trail Blazers had drafted him No. 1 overall in the 1972 NBA draft. Money and fame awaited.

Fifteen years later, he started work as a UPS driver, struggling to find uniform pants that fit his 6-foot-11 frame.

"There is life after sports," Martin said. "Period."

It's been 45 years since the draft and Martin, a former Loyola University star, is now the UPS Illinois district public affairs and community services manager. He is labeled by many as one of the biggest busts in NBA draft history, but he is fine with that designation.

"I don't believe in saying anything negative, you have no control over that," Martin said. "I took care of my family, did what I had to do and I'm the type of person I can't dwell off the negatives. I can't. I kept my head up high and moved onto a positive mode of life and it has treated me very well."

Martin averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 14 minutes per game in just four seasons with the Trail Blazers. He blames his low numbers on his lack of playing time, but many believe he was just not good enough.

"He didn't get playing time because he [stunk]," said Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan, who has covered the NBA for decades. "[Former No. 1 overall draft pick Michael] Olowokandi didn't do much but I think he did more than that."

Martin is used to the criticism.

"As a young man, reading the papers all the time, that bothered me, I must admit that," Martin said. "But I hold my head up high now because I've been very successful in the corporate world."

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