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.
4wPenn State will try to avoid the same infamous fate as Michigan when the Nittany Lions host Appalachian State in 2018. The school announced a future meeting between the two on Thursday.
4wNorthwestern center Brandon Vitabile was one of 17 college football players named a National Scholar-Athlete on Thursday. The distinction made him a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, referred to as the "academic Heisman."
4wMinnesota head basketball coach Richard Pitino announced Wednesday night that junior guard Zach Lofton has been dismissed from the team. Lofton started 13 games for Illinois State last season.
1mFor a team that's struggled like the Illini have this season, praising the punting would seem to be the ultimate in finding a silver lining. But the Illini have one of the best punters in the Big Ten and in the entire country.
1mPat Fitzgerald isn't surprised his team ranks last in the Big Ten in yards per play, and he's putting it on the Northwestern receivers to make more guys miss and turns short gains into big plays.
1mRutgers quarterback Gary Nova was injured during the Scarlet Knights' loss to Nebraska this past weekend, and his status is still a question mark heading into this weekend's game against Wisconsin.
1mAfter reports indicated such Monday night, Urban Meyer confirmed Tuesday that senior running back Rod Smith is no longer an Ohio State Buckeye.