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Changing of the guard: Hall of Fame announces 2018 finalists

By Robbie Weinstein
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES – As the NBA continues trending toward small ball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s 13 finalists for 2018 include some of the league’s all-time great guards.

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Their stars rising, DeRozan and Dinwiddie give back to Compton

By Robbie Weinstein
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES – Under sunny skies at Compton’s Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, DeMar DeRozan’s and Spencer Dinwiddie’s distinct paths to the NBA converged for one day.

Visiting a class of first-graders Friday, the Compton-bred DeRozan, 28, helped students spell words like “train,” while Dinwiddie assembled an NBA-themed signpost, helping decorate a new playground built by NBA service partner KaBOOM!

At first glance, DeRozan’s and Dinwiddie’s stories seem alike.  Both are tall, lean guards from the greater Los Angeles area, and they’ll both take part in major events during this year’s All-Star weekend. Both even play in the Northeast — DeRozan for the Toronto Raptors and Dinwiddie with the Brooklyn Nets.

But that’s where the similarities end.

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After cold start, Flames fired up by Ferguson’s return

By Robbie Weinstein
Medill Reports

The 2017-18 season was supposed to represent a step forward for UIC.

Picked third in the Horizon League’s preseason poll, the Flames returned a roster full of talented sophomores who played well as freshmen. But after a 86-51 stomping at the hands of Northern Kentucky on December 30 that sent the team to 5-10 and 0-2 in league play, it was clear that something had to change.

“Before the season, there was a lot of hype,” sophomore point guard Tarkus Ferguson said. “We was supposed to be the 1-, 2- or 3-seed in the conference and win the conference, stuff like that. So I think that kind of got to our heads a lot; we thought about it a little bit too much. We wasn’t hungry enough.”

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UIC claims fourth straight road win with dominant performance at Milwaukee

By Robbie Weinstein
Medill Reports

In the final moments of UIC’s 74-56 win over Milwaukee, a group of Flames fans celebrated with a chant that filled a mostly empty UWM-Panther arena.

This is our court! This is our court!

An incredulous student stood up, pointing to the Milwaukee logo at midcourt and offering his glasses from one section over. But for at least one Monday evening, UIC felt right at home.

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