Men's Basketball Blog Entry #10: Jordan Hicks
Loyola senior chronicles last weekend's victory over city rival UIC
Feb. 13, 2012
There are a lot of things that people could have said about our win over UIC on Saturday being our first one in Horizon League play, but for us as a team it deemed us 1-0. I believe a lot of teams where we are at this point of the season would've thrown in the towel. Obviously, that's not on our minds and all the positive vibes spread throughout the locker room, especially at a time where there's not a lot to praise. Throughout the week last week, as a team we got together and along with the coaches made short-term and long-term goals. It was one of the best weeks of practice we've had in a long time and it showed in Saturday's game. We came out and punched first Saturday, taking a 20-6 lead and never looking back as we got that elusive first win in the Horizon League.
It also was about time that we had everybody on the same page. By that I mean everybody was healthy and playing with a rhythm, and having Ben Averkamp back in the line-up provided a huge boost. I feel like Ben brings an up-lifting feeling to everybody on the team when he's out on the court.
If you were a faithful fan and came to our game or the women's game versus Youngstown State on Saturday, this blog is for all those that supported the Breast Cancer awareness cause and the people out there that are currently fighting the disease. Cancer one way or another affects everybody and the people fighting the deadly disease are some of the strongest people out there. Myself, as well as the rest of the team, were proud to represent and support the fight those people endure.
Faced with a quick turnaround, we take on Butler Tuesday night at the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. Backed by a lot of confidence and a little momentum, this is a big game for us. This is an exciting game for me because I haven't been back to Butler since my freshman year when we snatched a 71-67 victory over the No. 15 ranked team in the nation. Expectations are high, but with nothing to lose this will be a fun and exciting game for us. I hope you can tune in for the game Tuesday night at 7 p.m. CT, because personally, I like surprises.