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.
1mIndiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, meaning the Hoosiers will have to turn to Al Rabay High School product Chris Covington moving forward.
1mThe Wildcats picked up a commitment from four-star forward Aaron Falzon, who tweeted Monday that he'd be joining the program. He's the second four-star commit in as many recruiting classes for the Cats and one of Rivals' top 100 recruits in the Class of 2015.
1mIllini sophomore and Simeon product Jaylon Tate has worked on improving his game this offseason, but he's also worked on getting louder on the court, something that could beneift Illinois in the wake of the injury to starting point guard Tracy Abrams.
1mNorthwestern freshman Vic Law might have the ability to go for 30 points. But Chris Collins and the Wildcats are enamored by everything the St. Rita product can do on the court and a desire to contribute in multiple ways.
1mMinnesota's win over Northwestern has the Gophers undefeated in Big Ten play with just one loss to their names overall. And they're closing in on the top of the Big Ten Power Rankings.
1mThough Michigan State leaped over Alabama and Auburn in Sunday's coaches poll, the two one-loss teams from the Yellowhammer State stayed above the Spartans in the AP poll.
1mMichigan State is the new No. 6 team in the coaches poll, jumping a pair of teams from the state of Alabama. Two other Big Ten teams rose a couple spots in the coaches' top 25, while Minnesota is close to cracking the top 25.