The Morning After: Illinois State

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Now that we’ve all had 14 hours to digest the game, here we go. Stories from last night’s OT thriller: –Courier & Press: http://bit.ly/MOJGQ5 –Bloomington Pantagraph: http://bit.ly/1gv54EC Some observations: –An hour or so earlier, Indiana blew an 11-point lead at home to Penn State and lost the game. When Illinois State started creeping back in… Read more »

The Morning After: Bradley

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Stories from Sunday’s 66-60 win over Bradley: –Courier & Press: http://bit.ly/L2qtt8 –Peoria Journal Star: http://bit.ly/1f6Ea3u Some observations: –UE whipped out the pick and roll in early possessions and played stifling defense in the first half of the game. I was really impressed with how the Aces (especially Adam Wing and Egidijus Mockevicius) hedged ball screens       … Read more »

The Morning After: Loyola

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Stories from UE’s second MVC win over Loyola: –Courier & Press: http://bit.ly/KsXgI3 –Chicago Sun Times: http://bit.ly/1hGGYqJ Some observations: –UE looks like it’s clicking, and the defense took major strides Saturday. Despite poor shooting and offensive execution by both teams, the Aces had numerous steals and great rebounding to not let Loyola break open the game…. Read more »

The Morning After: Southern Illinois

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Stories from UE’s first MVC win at SIU yesterday: –Courier & Press: http://bit.ly/1do1ZqJ –The Southern: http://bit.ly/1a0Tl0U Some observations: –The Aces looked a lot more loose, relaxed, and confident than they had since they started 5-0, and now with a conference win under their belt, that feeling will continue. D.J. Balentine looked like his typical self… Read more »

The Morning After: Northern Iowa

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Stories from UNI’s handling of Evansville: –Courier & Press: http://bit.ly/1euJH3I –Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: http://bit.ly/1glxAaK Some observations: –That was probably the worst effort by the team all season. UE seemed deflated right from the start after UNI took an 11-point lead minutes into the game, and it all went downhill from there. The numbers weren’t… Read more »

The Morning After: Indiana State

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Stories from Indiana State’s 81-62 win over Evansville: –Courier & Press: http://bit.ly/1gbRtkc –Terre Haute Tribune Star: http://bit.ly/1a0Pb3y Some observations: –Jaylon Moore had a fantastic game, but unfortunately that was overshadowed by the bad loss. For the first time in several games, the Aces played two forwards and benefitted from it. Moore had 14 points, taking… Read more »

Postgame thoughts with Loyola women’s head coach Sheryl Swoopes

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Loyola’s first Missouri Valley Conference game didn’t go how it wanted, but with a first-year head coach entering a brand new conference, things will naturally be tough. The Ramblers dropped a 75-57 contest Thursday night to Evansville at the Ford Center. I caught up with Ramblers head coach Sheryl Swoopes after the game to get… Read more »

The Morning After: Butler

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Stories from last night’s 68-59 loss to Butler: –Courier & Press: http://bit.ly/19kzJ7x –Indianapolis Star: indy.st/191XZ8R  Some observations: –The game was a lot closer than the final score indicated. UE resorted to fouling and Butler hit 11 of its last 12 free throws, which inflated the score. Regardless, it was a competitive game. The teams traded… Read more »