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Illinois Basketball Season Preview

The Illini were co-Big Ten Champions last year and made another NCAA Tournament Appearance. They beat Chattanooga is a tightly contested first round game and then fell to Houston in the round of 32. But now Kofi is gone, along with nine other players from last year’s team. The Illini have reloaded through the transfer…

Northwestern Season Preview

Northwestern enters this year without a NCAA Tournament appearance since 2017. That was their only one in program history and since that season the Wildcats have gone just 26-71 in Big Ten play. Last season was absolutely filled with close losses. Only four of their 16 losses were by double digits. Those losses were at…

DePaul Season Preview

DePaul finished last season 15-16 and 6-14 in Big East play. That 6-14 record tied them for 9th place with Butler. It was the first time in the last six seasons the Blue Demons did not finish last in the Big East. There were definitely a few glimmers of hope in head coach Tony Stubblefield’s…

Loyola Chicago Season Preview

A new season and a new conference for the Ramblers as they begin their first season as a member of the Atlantic-10 conference. Loyola finished their final season in the Missouri Valley with a conference tournament championship and a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Ramblers then lost in the first-round game to Ohio State…

UIC Basketball Season Preview

After 21 seasons in the Horizon League, UIC moves to the Missouri Valley Conference this season. With the departure of Loyola Chicago to the Atlantic 10, UIC takes their spot as the Chicago-based team in The Valley. The move will be a step up in competition and can hopefully push UIC to take another step…

Chicago Bulls Season Preview

The Bulls finished the 2021-22 season at 46-36 and made it back to the postseason for the first time since 2016-17. They lost the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round, but it was a positive step forward that was a lot of fun for Bulls Nation. The Glaring Question The Bulls were 39-21 through their…

Chicago Blackhawks Season Preview

The Playoff hopes from the 2021-2022 season didn’t last very long. The Blackhawks went winless in their first nine games, resulting in the firing of head coach Jeremy Colliton. The Hawks then traded Marc-Andre Fleury, Brandon Hagel and Ryan Carpenter at the trade deadline. They went on to finish the season with a 28-42-12 record.…

Chicago Bears Season Preview

The Bears open up the 2022 season on Sunday when they host the San Francisco 49ers at 12 PM CT at Soldier Field. With new GM Ryan Poles and new head coach Matt Eberflus, the Bears will look to go in a different direction than previous seasons. Many predictions for this season aren’t very optimistic…

Illinois Football Preview: What to Know

Last season was the first for Bret Bielema as head coach at Illinois. The Illini finished the year 5-7, but there were plenty of positives in Bielema’s first year. After a 1-4 start, Illinois finished the year 4-3 in their last seven games including some big road wins at #7 Penn State and Minnesota. Offense…

What to Know: Northwestern Football Preview

Last season was really disappointing for Northwestern. A 3-9 record and only 1-8 in Big Ten play. Their only win came against Rutgers on October 16th. From that point, the Wildcats finished 0-6 and were outscored 205-68 over those final six games! For a team that historically hangs their hat on defense, they didn’t have…

Cubs- Down on the Farm: Owen Caissie

Player: Owen Caissie Position: Outfielder Height: 6’4 Weight: 215 Age: 20 Bats/Throws: L/R Current Level: A+ South Bend MLB.com Rank: 10th in Cubs System Fangraphs Rank: 3rd in Cubs System Acquired: Trade from San Diego Padres along with Zach Davies, Reginald Preciado, Yeison Santana and Ismael Mena for Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini Hometown: Burlington, Ontario, Canada The Padres selected Caissie 45th overall in the 2020 Draft. But Caissie…

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Caleb Freeman

Player: Caleb Freeman Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’1 Weight: 195 Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AA-Birmingham MLB.com Rank: 20th in White Sox System Drafted: 15th Round, 2019 MLB Draft Hometown: Abilene, Texas Caleb Freeman struggled in his three seasons at Texas Tech: posting a 6.48 ERA over those years. However, the White Sox liked his live arm and made him an above slot offer for $150,000 in the…

White Sox 1st Half Analysis

The All-Star Break is upon us. The Sox will open up the second half Friday when they host the Cleveland Guardians. Below we see the White Sox win percentage throughout the season: The Sox had a rocky start when they lost eight in a row from April 17th to April 26th and fell to 6-10.…

Cubs 1st Half Analysis

We’ve reached the All-Star Break, so it’s a good time to take a minute to stop and look at where the Cubs are at. Below we see the Cubs win percentage throughout the season: Obviously, the Cubs have not had a good year. They dropped 14 of 17 games from April 19th to May 8th…

Meet the New Blackhawks Draft Class

The Blackhawks made some noise on Day 1 of the NHL; trading away both Alex DeBrincat and Kirby Dach. By doing so, management made it very clear we’re not planning to contend in the near future. But we also picked up four picks in the 2022 draft (7th, 13th, 39th and 66th overall) in addition…

Who to watch during Bulls 2022 Summer League

The Bulls Summer League Schedule will feature the Mavericks, Knicks, Raptors, Hornets and then a 5th team with a similar win/loss record determined after the first four games. DateTimeOpponentVenueTV7/83 PMDallas MavericksThomas & MackESPNU7/104 PMNew York KnicksCox PavilionESPN27/124 PMToronto RaptorsThomas & MackNBATV7/145 PMCharlotte HornetsCox PavilionESPN2Times are Central The Bulls roster includes a very low number of…

Dalen Terry: Meet the Newest Chicago Bull

Player: Dalen Terry Height: 6’7 Year: Sophomore College: Arizona Hometown: Phoenix, AZ Pick: 1st Round, 18th Overall by the Chicago Bulls It was a bit of mystery who the Bulls would take at #18 in this year’s NBA Draft and they decided to go with Arizona wing Dalen Terry. Terry is a super-efficient and athletic…

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Ben Leeper

Player: Ben Leeper Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’0 Weight: 195 Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AAA Iowa MLB.com Rank: 27th in Cubs System Fangraphs Rank: 18th in Cubs System Acquired: Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent in 2020 Hometown: Southlake, Texas College: Oklahoma State Ben Leeper dealt with a ton of injuries early on while at Oklahoma State, including two Tommy John surgeries. He was healthy his senior year…

AHL Playoffs Matchup Analysis: Chicago Wolves vs Springfield Thunderbirds

The Chicago Wolves continue this incredible season all the way to the Calder Cup Finals! They beat Rockford, Milwaukee and now Stockton to reach the finals. They’ll meet the Springfield Thunderbirds in the Finals. Springfield beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Charlotte and Laval to get here. The Thunderbirds finished second in the Atlantic Division in the regular season…

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Jose Rodriguez

Player: Jose Rodriguez Position: Shortstop Height: 5’11 Weight: 175 Age: 21 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AA-Birmingham MLB.com Rank: 3rd in White Sox System Signed: 2017-18 International Signing Period Hometown: Valverde, Dominican Republic The White Sox signed Jose Rodriguez back in the 2017-18 international signing period for just $50,000 out of the Dominican Republic, so to be this high on prospect list is already a good return on that investment.…

AHL Playoff Matchup Analysis: Chicago Wolves vs Stockton Heat

The Wolves have had little trouble thus far in the AHL Playoffs. They swept the Rockford Icehogs 3-0 then beat the Milwaukee Admirals 3-1. The Central Division Champs will now faceoff with the Stockton Heat for the Western Conference Finals. The Heat will be the Wolves’ toughest matchup yet. Chicago may have the best record…

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Caleb Kilian

Player: Caleb Kilian Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’4 Weight: 180 Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AAA Iowa MLB.com Rank: 5th in Cubs System Acquired: July 30, 2021 in trade from San Francisco Giants for Kris Bryant Hometown: Anaheim, CA College: Texas Tech Kilian was drafted in the 8th round, 236th overall in 2019 by the San Francisco Giants. The Giants dealt Kilian to the Cubs along with…

AHL Playoff Matchup Analysis: Chicago Wolves vs Milwaukee Admirals

The Wolves completely dominated the Rockford Icehogs in Round 1. A 3-0 series sweep and winning every game by at least three goal (6-2, 4-1, 4-1). They outshot Rockford 38-20, 49-16 and 40-30 in those three games. Milwaukee on the other hand went all five games in their series with the Manitoba Moose. The Admirals…

AHL Playoff Matchup Analysis: Chicago Wolves vs Rockford Icehogs

The Wolves-Icehogs matchups have always been a tough one for me to pick a side for. The Wolves are Chicago’s team and I’ve been to many more of their games, but Rockford is the other Illinois team, and affiliated with the Blackhawks. That being said, I’ll really just look to enjoy this series and root…

Breaking Down the Bears 2022 Draft Class

The Bears didn’t have a first-round pick, but the new front office did a great job with what they had. They effectively turned three picks into seven later on in the draft. First, the Bears traded the 150th pick for picks 166 and 207. Then took that 166th pick and traded it for picks 174…

3 Areas The Bulls Must Address This Summer

The Bulls finished the regular season at 46-36 and made the playoffs for the first time in five seasons. They surpassed preseason expectations (win total predictions were set at 40), despite constant injuries plaguing the team. The Bulls caught the attention of the city and the league when they went 39-21 through the first 60…

Why Everyone Is So Excited About RJ Melendez

Freshman guard RJ Melendez has been steadily getting more and more time over the past few weeks and on Sunday we saw a breakout performance against Northwestern. He reached double figures for the first time in his career with 14 points in just 17 minutes. Melendez added in six rebounds, two steals and a block…

Northwestern Basketball Team Preview

What a weird year 2020-21 was for Northwestern. They lost by just 1 point to Pittsburgh early, but then beat Michigan State, Indiana and Ohio State to improve to 7-1 and jump to #19 in the AP Poll. Yep, these Wildcats were ranked at one point last year. But they then lost 13 in a…

Illinois Basketball Team Preview

Illinois reached new heights last year despite being knocked out by Loyola-Chicago in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. They finished the year 24-7, won the Big Ten Tournament and earned a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament (their first appearance in the Big Dance since 2013). This years team loses a few pieces…

DePaul Basketball Team Preview

Tony Stubblefield begins his first season at DePaul. He takes over a program that has a 5-28 Big East record over the past two seasons and that lost seven guys from last year’s rotation. Given that, the Blue Demons are projected to finish last in the Big East again, but I’ll be more interested in…

Loyola-Chicago Team Preview

There’s two big elephant’s room going into the season for Loyola this year, so let’s address them up front. Porter Moser is gone, he took the head coaching job at Oklahoma and assistant coach Drew Valentine steps in as the new head coach. The other is that Cameron Krutwig is gone and you’re not going…

Illinois-Chicago Basketball Team Preview

We definitely can’t jump to any conclusions after Luke Yaklich’s first year at UIC, especially in what was a weird COVID year that had to hurt first year coaches everywhere. Excuses aside, the first year growth wasn’t there and it’s time for a do-over this year. Yaklich is known for his defense and for whatever…

Northwestern Football Preview: What To Know Before Week 1

Northwestern comes off a 7-2 year that saw the Wildcats win the Big Ten West for the 2nd time in the last three years and beat Auburn 35-19 in the Citrus Bowl. The defense carried the team at times last year and Peyton Ramsey helped the passing game a lot. But Pat Fitzgerald will always…

Illinois Football Preview: What to Know Before Week 1

It was another rough year for Illinois in 2020 as they finished with a 2-6 record in what was a Big Ten only season because of Covid-19. Lovie Smith is out as head coach and Bret Bielema is in. Bielema saw tremendous success as a head coach at Wisconsin from 2006-2012 before leaving Camp Randall…

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Andrew Dalquist

Player: Andrew Dalquist Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’1 Weight: 175 Age: 20 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: A- Kannapolis MLB.com Rank: 5th in White Sox System Drafted: 2019 (3rd Round, 81st Overall by CHW) Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA The White Sox spent $2 million to sign Dalquist after drafting him in the 3rd round of 2019 to get him to sign with the Sox and forgo his commitment to…

What To Expect From The Bulls Summer League Roster?

The Chicago Bulls Summer League roster doesn’t have a whole lot of NBA experience, but with a 2020 draft pick coming over from Europe, a former high school and college slam dunk champion and the first looks at this year’s pick Ayo Dosunmu, there’s definitely some intrigue this summer. Let’s take a look at this…

Ayo Dosunmu Is Coming Home To Chicago

The Bulls definitely didn’t expect Ayo Dosunmu to be around for their only pick of the 2021 NBA Draft. At 38th overall, the Morgan Park grad could be a steal for the Bulls. Dosunmu was a first-team all-American and winner of the Bob Cousy award: given to the nation’s top point guard. Dosunmu averaged 20.1…

Everything To Know About The Blackhawks 2021 Draft

The Blackhawks traded ended up trading their pick back to 32nd overall in the Seth Jones trade, but there’s still plenty to talk about when looking at the Hawks draft this year. They had a total of eight picks, let’s take a look at all the picks. Blackhawks 2021 Draft Picks RoundPickOverall PickPlayerPosCountryHtWtLeagueTeam13232Nolan AllanDCAN6′ 2″195WHLPrince…

The Blackhawks’ Defense No Longer Runs On Duncan

After 3 Stanley Cups, 2 Norris Trophies, a Conn Smyth, 105 goals and 520 assists in 1,192 games spanning 16 seasons, Duncan Keith’s time as a Chicago Blackhawk has come to an end. Back on July 12th, the Hawks traded Keith and Tim Soderlund to the Edmonton Oilers for Caleb Jones and a 2022 3rd-round…

Everything You Need To Know About The Cubs New Draft Picks

Last year’s MLB draft was only five rounds, this year’s MLB Draft was back up to 20 rounds. Not quite the 40 rounds were used to, but it felt a lot closer to normal. The Draft was also later this season as it took place during the MLB All-Star Break. The Cubs made some interesting…

What’s Behind Andrew Chafin’s Bullpen Emergence?

Over his first six seasons in the majors, Andrew Chafin had a 3.67 ERA with opponents hitting .234 against him. But in 2021, Chafin has a 1.59 ERA with opponents hitting just .155 against him. He ranks in 90th percentile or higher in expected batting average expected slugging, expected ERA and hard hit percentage, despite…

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Tyler Johnson

Player: Tyler Johnson Position: RHP Height: 6’3 Weight: 210 Age: 25 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AAA Charlotte MLB.com Rank: 18th in White Sox System Drafted: 2017 (Round 5, 147th overall by White Sox) Hometown: Richmond, VA College: South Carolina The White Sox drafted Tyler Johnson in the 5th round back in 2017. He likely dropped to the 5th round due to a sore arm that kept him sidelined for part…

Can Stubblefield Restore DePaul Basketball in Chicago?

DePaul Director of Athletics, DeWayne Peevy has named Tony Stubblefield the new head men’s basketball coach for the Blue Demons. Stubblefield replaces Dave Leitao, who coached the Blue Demons from 2015-2021 in his second stint at DePaul. Stubblefield comes to DePaul after being a part of the coaching staff at Oregon for the past 11…

Breaking Down the Bears 2021 Draft Class

The Bears had one of the best drafts in 2021, addressing a lot of their weaknesses and questions going forward. Let’s take a look at each of the seven picks from the Bears 2021 Draft. Rd: 1 Pick: 11 QB Justin Fields College: Ohio State Height: 6’3 Weight: 227 The Bears traded up to get…

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Dauris Valdez

Player: Dauris Valdez Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’8 Weight: 254 Age: 25 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AA Tennessee MLB.com Rank: 30th in Cubs System Acquired: April 5, 2021 in trade from Padres for James Norwood Hometown: Bani, Dominican Republic The Cubs acquired Valdez right after the beginning of the 2021 MLB season from San Diego in a deal that sent James Norwood back the other way. Valdez…

Why Trading Yu Darvish Was The Right Move

The Cubs sent some shockwaves across baseball on Monday when they sent Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to the Padres for Zach Davies, Reginald Preciado, Yeison Santana, Owen Caissie and Ismael Mena. So far I’ve heard almost nothing but negative feedback from the Cubs fanbase, but I think a lot of that comes from an…

The White Sox Are Loving Lefties

The White Sox are having a heck of a 2020 season. They are currently atop the AL Central and have a shot at the best record in the American League. They’ve been crushing it at the plate, and particularly against left-handed pitches. That’s what I want to look at here. Here we have the top…

The Most Unlikely No-Hitter Ever?

Sunday was an incredible day for Chicago Sports! The Bears came back from a 23-6 4th-Quarter deficit to beat the Lions. The White Sox beat the Tigers 5-2, making it their 8th win in nine games. And finally, to top it all off, Alec Mills threw a no-hitter in the Cubs 12-0 victory over the…

3 Big Questions Going into the Bears Opener

The Bears finished last season 8-8, much worse than many of us had hoped for. It seems like the media is very negative on the Bears going into 2020. Many have the opener against the Lions as a very even matchup and Vegas has the Lions favored by three points. Last year the Bears won…

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