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NCAA Hoops: McCamey leads Illini over Michigan

NCAA Hoops: McCamey leads Illini over Michigan

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011
9:40 p.m.

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Demetri McCamey scored 18 and Illinois held off a late Michigan charge for a 54-52 win Wednesday.Bill Cole hit a free throw with 14 seconds to play to give Illinois the two-point edge. The Wolverines then missed a pair of shots at the other end, the last a desperation one-handed heave by Stu Douglass that hit the rim at the buzzer.The win keeps Illini (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten) hopes for an NCAA tournament spot alive. For Michigan (16-11, 6-8), the loss ended a three-game winning streak that had the Wolverines thinking March Madness might be in reach for them, too.Mike Tisdale added 12 for Illinois, which led 32-22 at halftime.Jordan Morgan led Michigan with 12 points. Darius Morris had 11 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 10.Complete Recap, Box Score

Creighton crushes Illinois State 75-59

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Doug McDermott scored 18 points to lead Creighton past Illinois State 75-59 on Wednesday night.Josh Jones added a career-high 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting for the Bluejays (17-11, 9-7 Missouri Valley). Creighton shot 62.8 percent from the field, and went 56 percent (10 for 18) from 3-point range. Jones had three 3-pointers.McDermott was 7 for 11 from the field and had a team-high six rebounds for Creighton, which used a 14-0 run that ended in the first minute of the second half to take a 37-25 lead. Antoine Young added 11 points.Austin Hill scored a career-high 27 points for Illinois State (11-16, 3-13). Justin Clark added 12 points for the Redbirds, playing without leading scorer Jackie Carmichael, who did not make the trip due to illness.
Box ScoreLoyola downs UIC in OTCHICAGO (AP) Courtney Stanley's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Loyola of Chicago a 67-66 overtime victory over Illinois-Chicago Wednesday night.Dipanjot Singh had given the Flames a 66-64 lead with 6 seconds remaining before Terrance Hill passed to Stanley for the game-winner.Hill made a pair of free throws with 5 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 59. Neither team led by more than two points in the extra period. Geoff McCammon made a 3-pointer to put Loyola in front 62-61, but Paris Carter's dunk restored UIC's lead.McCammon scored 23 points, including 5-of-5 3-point shooting, to lead the Ramblers (15-12, 6-10 Horizon League). Hill had 16 points and Stanley scored 13.Paul Carter had 19 points for the Flames (7-21, 2-14) and Paris Carter had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Box ScoreIndiana St. defeats Southern Illinois 77-72CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) Jake Odum scored 16 points and Indiana State weathered a game-opening drought lasting 8:12 to beat Southern Illinois 77-72 on Wednesday night.Odum made just two baskets but went 12-for-12 from the line as the Sycamores (15-12, 10-6 Missouri Valley) won their third in a row. Dwayne Lathan scored 11 points.The Salukis (11-16, 5-11) were led by Carlton Fay, whose 24 points included five 3-pointers. Kendal Brown-Surles and Diamond Taylor scored 12 points apiece and Mamadou Seck grabbed 11 rebounds for Southern Illinois, which has lost seven of eight.The Salukis led 12-0 before Jordan Printy got Indiana State on the board with a 3-pointer with 11:48 left in the first half.After the Salukis went up 15-9, the Sycamores rattled off the next nine points for an 18-15 lead with 5:16 left in the first half and never trailed again.
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Say it ain't so: DePaul commit Tyger Campbell reopens recruitment

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Say it ain't so: DePaul commit Tyger Campbell reopens recruitment

It looks like it was too good to be true.

Tyger Campbell shocked the recruiting world when he committed to DePaul on May 8.

Less than four months later, Campbell has reopened his recruitment.

The Rivals.com four-star point guard out of La Lumiere High School in Indiana, who is the No. 66 prospect in the 2018 Class, took to Twitter Friday night to explain his decision.

One of Campbell's original draws to the Blue Demons was DePaul hiring Shane Heirman as an assistant coach. Heirman coached Campbell for two seasons at La Lumiere.

"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told Scout.com when he committed to the Blue Demons. "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy."

Campbell currently has offers from a handful of D1 schools, including Illinois, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Purdue, SMU, Memphis and Tennessee.

Upset alert? Why a confident UIC is challenging juggernaut Kentucky

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Upset alert? Why a confident UIC is challenging juggernaut Kentucky

On the heels of a 12-win improvement, UIC basketball is riding confidently into the new season. 

And why shouldn't they be? Head coach Steve McClain returns a young, talented nucleus that's expected to challenge for a Horizon League championship and NCAA Tournament berth. 

In fact, the program is in such good shape that they thought: Let's play Kentucky. 

Yup, that's right. The UIC Flames will match up with the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena on Nov. 26, a necessary stage in development, according to McClain. 

“Every year you build your program, there’s steps you have to take," McClain said. "When we got the opportunity to go to Kentucky, I think that’s the next level of exposure for our program.

"When you're chasing trying to be great, you gotta show your kids and show people what greatness looks like. I don't think anyone can argue what Kentucky has done, so I want to put our kids in that environment so they see what it is." 

The contrast between programs is severe. UIC hasn't made an NCAA Tournament since 2004. The Wildcats have made 11 since then. UIC has never advanced out of the first round at the Big Dance. Kentucky has eight National Championships. 

Even this upcoming season, as the Flames boast one of their most skilled teams in school history, none of them were ever touted like Kentucky's freshman class, which ranks No. 2 in the nation per ESPN. 

But the disparities in past successes don't seem to bother UIC. Instead, players, who were likely snubbed by bigger schools in recruitment, are excited about the opportunity to compete on a national stage that the Flames rarely see. 

“First I was like, ‘It’s about time we got someone like (Kentucky) on our schedule,’" said center Tai Odiase, one of the few seniors on the roster. "We’ve been trying to play bigger teams to showcase what we’re made of."

“I don’t see why you go into a place like that without a chip on your shoulder. You don’t go in there just to play basketball, we’re trying to win."

UIC will be heavy, heavy underdogs. There's no way around that. But there are certain spots where they may not be at such a disadvantage. 

On the defensive end, Odiase continued to terrorize guards and big men alike, finishing fifth in the NCAA with 2.9 blocks per game. The dynamic guard duo from "The Six," Godwin Boahen and Marcus Ottey, are quick enough to hang and both took a huge step down the stretch last season. Then there's the return of 2015-2016 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Dikembe Dixson, who is recovering from a torn ACL.

"The doctors at times thought he was a freak of nature because he was back as quick as he was," McClain said.  

Still, it's a tune-up game for Kentucky, who also scheduled Kansas, UCLA and Louisville on their non-conference slate. But one team's expected walk through is another team's vital experience. 

"Our guys can walk in and see that on a given night, you can compete with anyone," McClain said. 

Given new athletic director Garrett Klassy's comments at his introductory press conference, it doesn't seem as if games like this are a one-hit wonder for UIC. 

“I am an aggressive scheduler," Klassy said. "I helped with the scheduling at George Washington. We’ll play anyone, anytime, anywhere.

"You want to measure yourself against the best. We have a lot of returning starters. It’ll be nice to go on the road, play a tough game and maybe sneak out an upset."