Rick Telander Tied Chicago Violence To NBA Free Agency For Some Reason


He did it.

It wasn’t easy.

It took a lot of pandering, false parallels, unfair doling out of responsibilities, and a pinch of dog whistle, but Rick Telander managed to connect this city’s position in NBA free agency to the plague of gun violence here. It’s brilliant in its absurdity, magnificent in how dually counterproductive it is to both the topic of sports contracts and to people being murdered en masse.

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Your DePaul, Cleveland Melvin News Update


DePaul Senior Cleveland Melvin went out in the worst possible way. He was the Big East rookie of the year as a freshman, and had a decent shot of finishing up second to Mark Acguirre as DPU’s second leading scorer. Instead he’s kicked out of school and off the team? Maybe he left by his own accord? We still don’t know. DePaul’s communications about Cleveland Melvin were, quoting Fletch

“we’re in a bit of grey area. How grey? Charcoal.”


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For DePaul Blue Demons, Big East Tournament is their NCAA Tournament


Hopefully, this week in Madison Square Garden will say goodbye to the league in style, by winning a few consecutive games. The Blue Demons are part of the Catholic seven who are starting their own conference, and bringing the Big East name with them. Yes, seven Catholic schools gave up their conference for Lent.

DePaul will play Rutgers next in the final Big East as we know it tournament. “I do think we match-up against them well, and of course we won the game here,” Purnell said of the match-up with the Scarlet Knights.

“This is our NCAA tournament,” Purnell said of the Big East tournament. “We play Rutgers (on Tuesday). If we win, we keep going. So it functions exactly like a NCAA tournament. That’s the approach we have to take.”
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Pitt Panthers win comfortably at DePaul; #20 Pitt Panthers on hot streak


On an episode of Mr. Belvidere, the character played by Bob Uecker once sang karaoke “My kind of town..Pittsburgh is” The rift on the popular Sinatra tune about Chicago is apt for #20 Pitt Panthers basketball as they own a winning record at DePaul. The Pitt Panthers shot 76% from the field, 83% on three pointers in the first half to build a big 46-35 lead after the first 20 minutes. They won 81-66; shooting 72% for the game (that’s a school record), 64% from deep.

The Pitt Panthers ruined DePaul senior night and improved to 24-7, 12-6 in Big East play. The #20 team in college basketball, they’re riding a hot streak into March Madness. The Pitt Panthers have won four in a row, 11/14 and 12/16. Over the last 12 years, the Pitt Panthers are the Big East leaders in winning percentage, conference winning percentage, Big East championships, Big East Tournament wins and NCAA Tournament appearances.

So they’ll say goodbye to the league in style, as they move on to the ACC.

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DePaul basketball has made a three in 608 straight games


DePaul basketball has made at least one three-pointer in 608 straight games. That’s insane. The last time they were scoreless from behind the arc  was February 16th, 1993 versus UAB. The streak almost fell Wednesday night in a loss to Louisville. DePaul didn’t hit a three until late in the second half and they finished just 1-9 from the field. Something to watch for when they battle last place USF at 1 CDT tomorrow.

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Louisville basketball keeps DePaul ranked opponent losing streak alive


It wasn’t always pretty but #9 Louisville basketball cruised to a 79-58 Big East road victory tonight extending a now 42-game losing streak against ranked opponents for DePaul. So much for the 8-0 start tonight by DePaul and the close, gritty first half that was anyone’s ballgame for awhile. The Blue Demons’ last win over a ranked-team was 84-76 over No. 17 Villanova on Jan. 3, 2008 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont Arena. DePaul’s last win over a top 10 team was a 64-57 decision on Dec. 2, 2006 versus the #5 Kansas Jayhawks.

DePaul fell to 11-17 overall and 2-13 in the Big East while Louisville basketball improved to 23-5 overall and 11-4 in conference. There was a lot of sloppiness in the game in the first half, a bunch of back and forth turnovers. You could almost cue up “Yakety Sax” (the Benny Hill theme song) for the type of college basketball being played during many stretches of the first half. Then in the second half, UL seemed more soothing and symphonic.

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College basketball is AWFUL in all of Illinois, yet again

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What a shame. What a crying shame that Chicago, which every year has some of the best preps talent in the country, has zero going for it on the college level. Unless the Illinois Fighting Illini can somehow go 6-3 down stretch (and they face some brutal opponents so this highly unlikely) what Land of Lincoln team will get into the big dance? An improved UIC team that is 9-2 at home and 5-5 on conference could very possibly win the Horizon League Tournament, the only way they get their ticket punched. So maybe zero teams in the NCAAs this year, just like last year, just like four years ago. Juxtapose that with Indiana in 2000, when the Crossroads of America got seven teams in the big dance.

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Duke Blue Devils, 903 and Mike Krzyzewski: Class Acts

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In 1990, I was a grade-school student who loved sports, and had many teams. However, when it came to college basketball, I was at a loss.

I grew up in Chicago. I love Notre Dame football, but beyond David Rivers and LaPhonso Ells, ND basketball left a lot to be desired. In the mid-80’s I loved Dallas Comegys and Rod Strickland, but after their respective departures, DePaul hoops became lost in a vacuum.

So, when Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Duke and UNLV met in the 1990 Final Four, I was a fan without a team. Sure, I rooted for ND and DePaul, and have since, but everyone enjoys cheering for a winning team.

The ’90 Final Four was held in Denver, CO, the boyhood home of my father. And my dad had managed to land tickets to the final round of the tourney.

As my dad and I entered McNichol arena that Saturday night, I was disappointed. I had chosen to root for UConn because my best friend had recently moved to Chicago from Connecticut. But Christian Laettner ended Tate George’s and all other UConn’s fans’ hopes with his first Elite 8 buzzer beater.

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DePaul Will Continue Running and Gunning This Year

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Last night DePaul defeated the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, a team that will spend the first two months of the season on the road, with trips to No. 1 North Carolina, eighth-ranked Florida, and No. 15 Wisconsin along the way.

The Delta Devils opened the season on Saturday, losing 80-67 at Notre Dame. As they embark on the long road trip, they’ll no doubt remember their game at McGrath Arena, where they encountered a DePaul team that loves to play a fast up-and-down style.

In the preseason, DePaul lost three players to injuries and eligibility issues, they really can’t afford to lose any more, if they hope to continue playing their fast-paced, always pressing style.

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DePaul Blue Demons off to 2-0 Start

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In two of the last three years, DePaul has won four of their first five. So very early season success is nothing new to them. It’s the Big East conference games where the trouble starts.

But January 1 versus Syracuse can wait for now, as the Blue Demons rolled past the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (Yes, Blue Demons versus Delta Devils, Satan no doubt loves the mascots in this one) 80-70.

Senior guard Jeremiah Kelly led the game with 24 points on 6-12 from behind the arc. DPU shot 10-24 from downtown for the game.

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DePaul, UIC Signing Day Synopsis

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DePaul coach Oliver Purnell inked two players Wednesday to a National Letter of Intent with DeJuan Marrero and Jodan Price. Marrero is a 6’5” forward from Gary, Ind. and Price is a 6’7” guard/forward from Beverly Hills, Mich.

Marrero averaged 22.1 points and 15.3 rebounds per game as a junior at Gary’s Bowman Academy. The two-time member of the Times of Northwest Indiana All-Area first team played for the U18 national team for Puerto Rico at the 2010 FIBA Americas tournament. On the summer AAU circuit, Marrero played for Spiece Indy Heat and he is ranked among the top 50 players in the nation at his position and the top 15 players in Indiana by ESPN.com.

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Big East/SEC Challenge Unveiled: Kentucky-St. John’s, DePaul-Ole Miss

The DePaul college basketball team learned its opponent for the 2011 BIG EAST/SEC Challenge today: the Mississippi Rebels at Allstate Arena. The three-day event features 12 games in December between BIG EAST and SEC programs.

Here’s the full schedule:
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