Christian Thomas and Milton Doyle each scored 21 points as Loyola beat McKendree, 78-68, on Monday evening. Meanwhile, UIC defeated Western Illinois, 67-64.
It wasn't the ideal start for DePaul but they'll take the win of the UIC Flames to kick off their 2014 season.
It's not common for former commitments to ultimately sign with their old school, but both Illinois and DePaul were able to secure LOI's in just that scenario.
4mJohn Shurna, Northwestern's all-time leading scorer, will play for the Toronto Raptors in the upcoming NBA Summer League, the Raptors announced earlier this week. It'll mark the third time Shurna has played in the Summer League.
4mA pair of Spartans specialists landed on Wednesday's preseason award watch lists. Michigan State kicker Michael Geiger and punter Mike Sadler were on the lists for the Lou Groza Award and the Ray Guy Award, respectively.
4mThey have basketball in Luxembourg, and now they have Joseph Bertrand in Luxembourg. The team BBC Arantia Larochette announced Bertrand would be joining the roster on Tuesday.
4mLyons Township product Nick Zeisloft will transfer from Illinois State to Indiana. Head coach Tom Crean lauded his experience and shooting ability, something the Hoosiers will need this season.
4mAfter two years splitting time with Kain Colter at quarterback, Trevor Siemian is now the clear-cut No. 1 QB for Northwestern. How will things go for the Wildcats with Siemian running the show this season?
4mTwo more preseason award watch lists were released Tuesday, including the one for the Rimington Trophy. Michigan State's Jack Allen, a Hinsdale Central alum, is one of 10 Big Ten centers on the list.
4mIt was reported Monday that the Illini will play five home games away from Champaign in 2015 thanks to construction on the State Farm Center. With the school looking for other in-state options, could home games in Chicago be a possibility?