A look at the state's Division I men's basketball teams.

A look at the state's Division I men's basketball teams.


 


Bradley


Coach: Geno Ford (7-25 in 1st year at Bradley)


Record: 7-25 overall, 2-16 in Missouri Valley (10th)


Trending: Rebuilding from ground up


Last NCAA berth: 2006. Last postseason berth: CIT in 2009.


The situation: Imagine how far the Braves fell from Sweet 16 in 2006.


 


Chicago State


Coach: Tracy Dildy (10-52 in 2nd year at Chicago State)


Record: 4-26, 2-8 (6th) in Great West


Trending: Rock bottom


Last NCAA berth: None. Last postseason berth: NAIA in 1984.


The situation: A former NAIA and NCAA Division II program is over its head in Division I, where it has played since 1984-85.


 


DePaul


Coach: Oliver Purnell (19-45 in 2nd year at DePaul)


Record: 12-19, 3-15 in Big Ten (16th)


Trending: Falling out of the picture


Last NCAA berth: 2004. Last postseason berth: NIT in 2007.


The situation: DePaul needs a home rather than a rented gym in the suburbs. The Demons probably also should find another league.


 


Eastern Illinois


Coach: Vacant


Record: 12-17 overall, 5-11 in Ohio Valley (10th)


Trending: Starting over


Last NCAA berth: 2001. Last postseason berth: NCAA in 2001.


The situation: The school fired Mike Miller on Feb. 27 after compiling a 75-130 record in seven seasons. He had one winning season with the Panthers.


 


Illinois


Coach: Vacant


Record: 17-15 overall, 6-12 in Big Ten (T-9th)


Trending: Downward


Last NCAA berth: 2011. Last postseason berth: 2011 (NCAA)


The situation: Bruce Weber lost his job after missing the NCAAs three times in the last five years and watching program slide from NCAA runner-up in 2005.


 


Illinois-Chicago


Coach: Howard Moore (15-46 in 2nd year at Illinois-Chicago)


Record: 8-22 overall, 3-15 in Horizon (9th)


Trending: Free falling


Last NCAA berth: 2004 Last postseason berth: NCAA in 2004.


The situation: After taking over from Jimmy Collins, Moore has been unable to get traction. State school in the city could be diamond in the rough.


 


Illinois State


Coach: Tim Jankovich (103-63 in 5th year at Illinois State)


Record: 20-13 overall, 9-9 in Missouri Valley (T-3rd)


Trending: Climbing


Last NCAA berth: 1998. Last postseason berth: NIT in 2012.


The situation: With a near miss in Valley title game and everyone back next season, the Redbirds should challenge for league title.


 


Loyola


Coach: Porter Moser (7-23 in 1st year at Loyola)


Record: 7-23 overall, 1-17 in Horizon (10th)


Trending: Rock bottom


Last NCAA berth: 1985. Last postseason berth: NCAA in 1985.


The situation: Loyola won the 1963 NCAA title by breaking the color barrier. Latest upgrade to facilities might help.


 


Northern Illinois


Coach: Mark Montgomery


Record: 5-26 overall, 3-13 in Mid-American (6th in West Division)


Trending: Looking for a spark


Last NCAA berth: 1996. Last postseason berth: NCAA in 1996.


The situation: With a sparkling arena and proximity to Chicago, how can the Huskies have six straight seasons with 20 losses or more?


 


Northwestern


Coach: Bill Carmody (270-215 in 12th year at Northwestern)


Record: 18-13 overall, 8-10 in Big Ten (T-7th)


Trending: Hitting a wall


Last NCAA berth: None. Last postseason berth: NIT in 2012.


The situation: The only power conference team to never play in the NCAA, Northwestern makes fourth straight NIT appearance, and it could cost Carmody his job.


 


Southern Illinois


Coach: Vacant


Record: 8-23 overall, 5-13 in Missouri Valley (9th)


Trending: Dropped out of sight


Last NCAA berth: 2007. Last postseason berth: NIT in 2008.


The situation: They spent millions to rebuild SIU Arena. Rebuilding the Salukis after firing Chris Lowery will be also be costly.


 


Southern Illinois-Edwardsville


Coach: Lennox Forrester (50-92 in fifth year at SIUE)


Record: 10-17 overall, 6-10 in Ohio Valley (9th)


Trending: Baby steps


Last NCAA berth: None. Last postseason berth: NCAA Division II in 2007.


The situation: A former Evansville and Bradley assistant, Forrester must guide Cougars through tough jump from Division II.


 


Western Illinois


Coach: Jim Molinari (47-74 in 4th year at Western Illinois)


Record: 18-14 overall, 9-9 in Summit League (T-4th)


Trending: Big jump forward


Last NCAA berth: None. Last postseason berth: CBI in 2012.


The situation: After getting first conference tournament win since 1999, Western Illinois makes first postseason appearance in 31 years as a Division I program.


 


NOTE: NIT -- National Invitation Tournament. CBI -- College Basketball Invitational. CIT -- Collegeinsider.com Tournament.