Kaplan: Loyola to name SLU's Moser head coach

Kaplan: Loyola to name SLU's Moser head coach

Saturday, April 2, 2011
Posted: 9:42 p.m.

By David Kaplan
CSNChicago.com

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.

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Preview: Eastern Illinois, Southern llinois in action today on CSN

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Preview: Eastern Illinois, Southern llinois in action today on CSN

College basketball is back on CSN on Saturday as two local teams will be featured in live conference matchups.

In the first matchup at 11 a.m., Eastern Illinois will host Austin Peay in an Ohio Valley Conference clash on CSN+ while the second matchup has Evansville hosting Southern Illinois in a Missouri Valley Conference game at 1 p.m. on CSN.

Eastern Illinois (9-8, 1-3) is coming off of a conference loss to Murray State. Junior guard Montell Goodwin leads the charge for the Panthers as he's averaging 14.8 points per game on the season. Austin Peay (5-13, 1-3) just earned a tight win over SIU-Edwardsville to help end an 11-game losing streak. Junior Josh Robinson is having a strong season despite the losing as he's averaging 21.2 points per game for the Governors.

The second game will be on the main CSN at 1 p.m. as Southern Illinois (10-8, 3-2) tries to bounce back from a loss to Bradley. The Salukis are led by sophomore guard Armon Fletcher as the Edwardsville product leads the team at 13.7 points per game.

Evansville (10-8, 1-4) is coming off of three consecutive losses as the Purple Aces are trying to figure things out at home. Senior Jaylon Brown has been one of the Valley's premier scorers this season as he's putting up 20.9 points per contest.

MVC basketball doubleheader on CSN

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MVC basketball doubleheader on CSN

Missouri Valley Conference basketball is back on CSN on Wednesday as a doubleheader begins at 6 p.m.

In the first game, Loyola will travel to Wichita State to face the Shockers in a 6 p.m. tip while the second game features Northern Iowa traveling to Bradley in a game that tips at 8 p.m.

Loyola (12-5, 2-2) has won two straight games as Chicago products Milton Doyle (Marshall) and Donte Ingram (Simeon) are both playing well. Doyle barely missed a triple-double in a win over Northern Iowa and followed that up with a career-high 35 points in a win over Bradley. Ingram has returned from a knee injury to give the Ramblers a boost as he had 25 in the win over Northern Iowa.

Wichita State (14-3, 4-0) has won five straight as they once again look like one of the Valley's best teams. Junior forward Darral Willis Jr. leads the Shockers in scoring at 12.1 points per game while sophomore Markis McDuffie is putting up 11.8 points per game. 

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The second game of the doubleheader features Northern Iowa taking on Bradley. The Panthers (5-10, 0-4) have dropped five straight games as they're struggling to find help for senior guard Jeremy Morgan.

Bradley (7-10, 2-2) is coming off of a home loss to Loyola but they've had a solid bounceback season in head coach Brian Wardle's second year. The Braves only won five games all of last season as the roster has been revamped for this season.

Freshman guard Darrell Brown paces the Bradley offense at 12.2 points per game while junior forward JoJo McGlaston is putting up 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.