2013-Illini-Cougars

Posted on November 24, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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November 22, 2013

After opening the season with four games in nine days, 4-0 Illinois plays its lone game in an eight-day stretch, hosting 2-3 Chicago State on Friday night, and extended their 2013-14 streak to 5, defeating the Cougars 77-53. This victory gives the Illini their third consecutive season with a record of 5-0.

Senior Jon Ekey was the spark the team needed Friday night against Chicago State, as he lit things up on the court including a put back dunk, and back-to-back threes. WATCH!

“Different coaches, different systems,” Ekey said. “These coaches play a little bit differently, which I fit into a little bit better than the system they have over there [at Illinois State.] It’s great at this level to be able to do that, it’s one of those things that the coaches have been talking about ever since I got on campus. That’s why they recruited me when I left over there. It’s what they’ve been talking about to me every day, going out there, taking the open ones and don’t pass up shots. Just been a work in progress that’s kind of accumulated.”

Ekey led the way with 19 points and snagged 6 boards, followed by a trio of players who added 12 points including Joseph Bertrand, Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice. Bertrand snagged 8 boards.

Coming off a 5-of-7 three-point shooting performance against Bradley on Sunday, Ekey again hit five threes to bail out the Illini against the lingering Chicago State team. After the Cougars pulled within four (55-51) with eight minutes left in the ball game, Ekey got his spark started with a dunk 30 seconds later, and didn’t look back.

On the other side of the court, the Cougars’ Clarke Rosenberg led the way with 16 points, followed by Matt Ross who added 13. Eddie Denard snagged 5 boards.

The Cougars shot 18-45 (40.0%) from the floor while Illini shot 26-54 (48.1%). Home team also controlled the boards with a 39-20 margin.

Up next for Illinois is a trip west to face UNLV, November 26.

Up next for Chicago State is Southern Illinois, November 30 at 205pm on their home campus. The game can also be heard on the world-famous WVON 1690AM.

GAME NOTES
Illinois is now 13-0 in November under head coach John Groce and has won its last 24 games overall in the month of November.

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Monitoring of Student-Athletes

Posted on November 5, 2013. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

… a NEW trend: monitoring Student-Athletes Social Media

October 15, 2013

I’m almost certain, social media studies will be added to college curriculums especially for student-athletes. After all, some schools are watching a prospective athlete’s every move on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

It’s no urban legend that athletes have lost scholarship offers and opportunities because of their actions on social media sites.

“We look at social media constantly,” one Mid-American Conference school’s recruiting coordinator said. “We have several eyes looking at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all the time. Most of the kids seem to not get the fact that social media is open to the public. They also seem to not understand that scholarship offers have been lost because of things we’ve seen on social media.”

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Monitoring behavior of athletes has become a full-time job. Information travels more quickly than some people realize, and tracking social media has become easier thanks to rapid changes in software capability.

“We see everything from Twitter conversations to friend requests on Facebook to pictures from last night’s party on Instagram,” one longtime Big East assistant coach said. “We see it all and we share that information back and forth in a moment’s notice.”

The next time a player is at a party holding a red Solo cup, he or she might want to think twice about posting a picture of that on ANY site. But photos aren’t the only incriminating evidence left behind. Times and frequency of posts also are warning signs to colleges.

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Understanding the Guaranteed Game and $$$

Posted on January 9, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Have you ever wondered why do smaller, not-so popular schools schedule top-tier basketball schools each and every year? In a word M-O-N-E-Y.

It’s possible for a team to travel more than 12,600 miles and not have a victory, with the exception of briefcases full of money for showing up? Absolutely!!! Delaware State accomplished this in 2009.

They made $550,000 payday for one game against Michigan. At Delaware State, that’s equivalent to the revenue from at least two years of home games.

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