The 43-year-old Luke Yaklich grew up in Illinois, played at Illinois State and coached high school ball in the state before serving as an assistant at his alma mater from 2013-2017.
Men’s basketball players, coaches and staff at Siena College, Illinois-Chicago and Wright State are self-isolating as a precaution after two officials who called the school’s games tested positive for the coronavirus.
Illinois-Chicago fired coach Steve McClain on Friday after five seasons.
Tyler Sharpe scored 16 points and Jalen Tate added 14 on Tuesday, helping Northern Kentucky beat UIC 71-62 to lock up its second straight Horizon League Tournament title and earn another trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Tarkus Ferguson tied his career high with 25 points and Illinois-Chicago advanced to its first Horizon League championship game since 2004 with a 73-56 victory over top-seeded Wright State on Monday night.
Chicago State plans to send its men's and women's basketball teams to Las Vegas for the WAC Tournament next week after canceling regular-season games because of concerns about the spread of the corona virus.
Michael Diggins registered 17 points and eight rebounds as Illinois-Chicago got past Youngstown State 67-61 in the Horizon Conference Tourney semifinals on Thursday night.
Braelen Bridges and Tarkus Ferguson each scored 14 points to lift Illinois-Chicago to a 93-59 win over IUPUI in the first round of the Horizon Conference tournament on Tuesday night.
Oakland squeaked past UIC 68-66 Saturday.
Godwin Boahen had 19 points off the bench to carry Illinois-Chicago to an 84-67 win over Detroit Mercy on Thursday night.
UIC narrowly beat IUPUI 77-72 Saturday.
UIC beat Northern Kentucky 73-43 Sunday.
Loudon Love scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Wright State beat Illinois-Chicago 75-58 on Friday night.
UIC defeated Green Bay 71-58 on Saturday.
Darius Roy scored 18 points as Milwaukee defeated Illinois-Chicago 74-57 on Thursday night.
UIC beat Cleveland State 64-62 Saturday thanks to two free throws in the final seconds.
Tarkus Ferguson scored six of his 10 points in overtime as Illinois-Chicago opened the second half of the Horizon League schedule by erasing a nine-point second-half deficit and beating Youngstown State 90-83 in overtime on Thursday night.
Alonde LeGrand scored the go-ahead basket with .4 seconds remaining and Detroit-Mercy defeated Illinois-Chicago 70-69 on Saturday.
Tarkus Ferguson totaled 19 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks as Illinois-Chicago routed Oakland 80-50 on Thursday night.
Tarkus Ferguson flirted with a triple double - 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists - while five players reached double figures and Illinois-Chicago defeated IUPUI 75-66 on Saturday.