This rivalry used to be something. Some of you have no idea who Alfredrick Hughes, Mark Aguirre or Terry Cummings are. These guys were awesome. These guys were Chicago basketball. These guys were all first-round NBA draft picks.
Back in the 1980s, Chicago was a hotbed for college basketball. Hughes averaged 26.3 PPG and 9.5 RBs in 1985. In 1980, Aguirre averaged 26.8 and 7.6. These are huge numbers.
DePaul went into the tournament in 1980 at 26-1. Loyola went into the 1985 tournament at 24-4, beating Illinois and DePaul on the way.
Chicago basketball was something in the 80s. Rogers Park was different. (It's where the rich folks lived on Good Times.)
With DePaul's Alumni Hall no longer hosting basketball games, you have to go to Loyola's Gentile Center. The stadiums are largely empty now, with only the most diehard of fans in attendance.
But it's something to behold.The players care. It's still a bit of turf war. It matters. Getting back to small school basketball is like a walk back in time and well worth it.
Runner Up: Go see King play Simeon in the Chicago Public League. This rivalry goes back years, hitting its peak in the 90s.
Pay special attention to Simeon's Ben Wilson Stadium. It's named for the No. 1 rated player in the country, Ben Wilson, who was murdered on the streets of Chicago on the eve of his senior season.
Wilson was so good and the crime so senseless his No. 25 was retired Public League wide. Only Derrick Rose for displaying superior skill both on and off the court has been afforded the honor of wearing No. 25.