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.
1mNorthwestern and Minnesota meet this weekend in a clash of unexpected Big Ten West leaders. Northwestern has turned in two straight terrific defensive efforts, but Minnesota boasts top running back David Cobb.
1mChris Collins has generated excitement for Northwestern and brought in a great recruiting class. But if the Cats are going to reach an NCAA tournament, there's plenty this year's group will need to improve upon.
1mThe Big Ten officially implemented guaranteed scholarships for student-athletes in all sports, the conference announced on Wednesday afternoon.
1mPurdue might have benefitted from going up against a porous Illinois defense in an offensive explosion a week ago, but there's reason to praise new starting quarterback Austin Appleby, who has provided a spark for the Boilermakers.
1mIf 259 yards from Melvin Gordon can't deliver a win, there are bigger problems with the offense. The Badgers realize that and are hoping playing both Tanner McEvoy and Joel Stave at quarterback can fix some of their woes.
1mReilly O'Toole is taking over at quarterback for the Illini after the injury to starter Wes Lunt, but if O'Toole is going to find success, he's going to need to stop throwing interceptions.
1mNorthwestern head coach isn't against students partying, but he isn't a fan of them rushing the field after a big win. In fact, he thinks the SEC's fines levied in the wake of field-rushings at Ole Miss and Kentucky are the appropriate measure to take.