Wednesday, January 17, 2018

News On The Horizon 1/16/2018

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, January 16, 2018--Hoopville
Side Dishes:
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Wright State is 6-0 in the Horizon after coming back for a 77-67 win over Youngstown State. The Raiders again played without Justin Mitchell, still on hiatus from the team, but increasingly this is a team with more than enough weapons-five players scored in double figures here.
Oakland pulls away late, beats UIC 78-68--CBS Sports
Hankerson scores 24, Green Bay tops Milwaukee 99-92 in OT--CBS Sports
Northern Kentucky powers past Cleveland State 70-55--CBS Sports
Brennan helps IUPUI jump out early, beat Detroit Mercy 81-66--CBS Sports
Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: Western Kentucky is a serious contender in Conference USA--Mid-Major Madness
Also receiving votes: Duquesne 13, Fresno State 11, Wright State 11, UT Arlington 9, Murray State 8, Charleston 4, Northern Kentucky 4, CS Fullerton 1, Utah Valley 1.
Northern Kentucky hands Cleveland State another road loss--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Drop 4th Straight To Northern Kentucky To Close Out Road Trip--NEO Sports Insiders
Appleby named Horizon League Freshman of the Week ... again--Cleveland State Hoops
Furious Titan Rally Falls Short At IUPUI--detroittitans.com
After an ACL tear, Chris Gilbert is ready for the court--Oakland Post
OU defeats Youngstown State--Oakland Post
Kendrick Nunn understands his reputation may be damaged after accusations of domestic violence: 'I've grown a lot'--Chicago Tribune
OAKLAND OUTLASTS UIC ON THE ROAD BEHIND NUNN'S 32--goldengrizzlies.com
OAKLAND ALL-ACCESS SHOW AIRS SECOND EPISODE WEDNESDAY ON FOX SPORTS DETROIT--goldengrizzlies.com

The Blitz Jan. 14, 2018--Oakland Post
Oakland Snaps @UICFlamesMBB Winning Streak at Three--uicflames.com
JAGS RIDE HOT SHOOTING TO 81-66 WIN OVER DETROIT MERCY--iupuijags.com

JAGUARS OFFENSE SPUTTERS IN LOSS TO No. 23/24 GREEN BAY--iupuijags.com
UWGB men score overtime win against rival UW-Milwaukee--Green Bay Press Gazette
Cohen, Hankerson and Small Each Score Over 20 Points in OT Win Over Milwaukee--greenbayphoenix.com

UWGB women move into first-place tie with win over IUPUI--Green Bay Press Gazette
No. 23/24 Green Bay Hands IUPUI its First Loss in Conference Action, Moves into Tie for First--greenbayphoenix.com
UW-Green Bay 99, UWM 92 (OT): Panthers fall on the road again--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Come Up Short In Overtime, 99-92--mkepanthers.com
NKU takeaways from win over Cleveland State--Cincinnati Enquirer
NKU parlays strong defense, solid bench production for 70-55 win over Cleveland State on Monday--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Norse Bounce Back, Beat Cleveland State 70-55--River City News
Game Recap: Norse slay Vikings 70-55--The Norse Report
Gallery: Norse get back on track with victory over Cleveland State--The Northerner
@NKUNorseMBB rolls past Cleveland State, 70-55--nkunorse.com

Cleveland State women hold off late NKU rally, pull out 70-65 victory at BB&T Arena--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Pretender or Contender: A Look at Conference Play’s Early Overachievers--CBB Central
Horizon League: Wright State

Status: Contender

Perhaps no team has been a bigger surprise to start conference play than Wright State, who knocked off Youngstown State this afternoon to move to 6-0 in Horizon League play. Freshman big man Loudon Love has been a revelation, averaging close to a double-double while giving Scott Nagy a reliable frontcourt presence. Meanwhile, the midseason addition of Cole Gentry, a South Dakota State transfer, has been huge. Gentry has added another steady ballhandler and shooter to WSU’s rotation, and the Raiders are 8-0 in games he’s played at least 20 minutes in. With Oakland not living up to the preseason hype, the door has been opened for Wright State to make a run for the Horizon League title.
Sports Today: Does Jags postseason success mean Bengals have a fighting chance?--Dayton Daily News
Wright State stayed on a roll Monday, downing Youngstown State 77-67 at the Nutter Center.

Mark Hughes was the man this time, scoring 13 points and helping to lock down Penguins star Cameron Morse.

›› Hughes celebrates birthday with win against hometown Youngstown State

The first-place Raiders are headed to Wisconsin this weekend to face Green Bay and Milwaukee, who both stink.

Of course, coach Scott Nagy is on high alert for a letdown:

“We’re just not used to this as this point, that at 6-0 we’re going to get everybody’s best shot,” Nagy said. “We’re not good enough, we don’t have enough talent and we’re not deep enough where we’re just going to roll in and play poorly and beat people. It takes maturity to show up every night and play well.”

Better to be the hunted than the hunter, though, right?…

While the men are alone in first place in the Horizon League, the women’s team is tied with Green Bay and IUPUI.

All have 5-1 marks in conference play.

Wright State won for the fifth time in a row Monday (also against Youngstown State) with Fairmont grad Chelsea Welch scoring her 1,000th career point as a Raider.

Even more impressive: She’s done that in less than two seasons…

Player Spotlight: Chelsea Welch--Guardian Online
YSU men drop third straight game--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins drop 3rd straight--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Penguins stumble early against Wright St.--Youngstown Vindicator
#HLMBB Roundup: Jan. 16--The Horizon League

Monday, January 15, 2018

News On The Horizon 1/15/2018

Wright State wins 7th straight, beats Youngstown State 77-67--CBS Sports
Cleveland State Finishes Up Road Trip Tonight In Northern Kentucky--NEO Sports
Vikings Finish Road Swing on Monday Night at Northern Kentucky--csuvikings.com
Appleby Named Horizon League Freshman of the Week--csuvikings.com

Cleveland State Weekly Sports Roundup--NEO Sports
Women’s Basketball Finishes Roadswing With 70-65 Victory At Northern Kentucky--csuvikings.com
1/15 Men's Basketball Players of the Week--College Sports Madness
Horizon Corey Allen G Detroit Mercy
Men’s Basketball Out To Extend Winning Streak At IUPUI On Tuesday--detroittitans.com

Titan Basketball Luncheon Set For Jan. 17--detroittitans.com
Kay Felder is coming back to the D--Oakland Post
GAME 20: OAKLAND BATTLES UIC IN CHICAGO MONDAY--goldengrizzlies.com
FORMER OAKLAND STANDOUT KAY FELDER SIGNS WITH DETROIT PISTONS--goldengrizzlies.com
Flames Come Up Short against Milwaukee--uicflames.com
1/15 Women's Basketball Players of the Week--College Sports Madness
Horizon Macee Williams C IUPUI

WILLIAMS TAKES HOME FIFTH FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK AWARD--iupuijags.com
Marquette Women’s Basketball Rebuilding Momentum In The Associated Press Top 25--Anonymous Eagle
I could make an argument that Marquette never deserved to lose their spot in the top 25 relative to the teams that they suffered defeats against this season. Notre Dame is ranked #5 this week after losing to Louisville, who now takes their old #2 spot. Tennessee stay steady at #6, while Michigan jump up from #23 to #19. Green Bay also saw a boost, moving from #25 to #23. That’s four of MU’s five losses on the season right there, and all four of them came away from the McGuire Center. The fifth was in the opener, on the road against New Mexico, without Amani Wilborn in the lineup. The only thing slowing Marquette’s return to the top 25 is the fact that there just aren’t any ranked teams in the Big East to help them push their way back into the poll.
No. 25/24 Green Bay Hits the Road for Matchup with League-Leading IUPUI--greenbayphoenix.com

Four Green Bay Basketball Coaches Shows to be Held at Green Bay Distillery--greenbayphoenix.com
Reit Hits Buzzer Beater To Win Home Stand--UWM Post

Lindner’s Efforts Earn League Honors--mkepanthers.com
Dominant Second-Half Sends UWM Home With 23-Point Win--mkepanthers.com
Scouting NKU's matchup with Cleveland State on Monday night--Cincinnati Enquirer
NKU beats Cleveland State 70-55, jumps to 5-1 in Horizon League play--Cincinnati Enquirer
Game Preview: NKU vs Cleveland State--The Norse Report
Column: Keep the momentum going, Norse Nation--The Northerner
Norse Notebook: Brannen looking for ways to improve against size--The Northerner

Norse fall short to Raiders in overtime--The Northerner
@NKUNorseWBB kicks off Monday doubleheader versus Cleveland State--nkunorse.com
Cleveland State hangs on to defeat @NKUNorseWBB, 70-65--nkunorse.com
Youngstown native Hughes sparks WSU past Penguins--Dayton Daily News
Men’s Basketball gets huge road win, stays atop conferance standings--Guardian Online
Benzinger Honored by League--wsuraiders.com
Raiders Pull Away for Win over YSU--wsuraiders.com

Welch hits milestone while leading WSU women to win--Dayton Daily News
Women's Basketball Cruises Past Youngstown State--wsuraiders.com
YSU looks for active student section--Mahoning Valey Tribune Chronicle
Late Surge Lifts Wright State Past Men's Basketball, 77-67--ysusports.com

Turnovers, Rebounding Hurt Penguins in Loss at Wright State--ysusports.com
#HLMBB Players of the Week: Jan. 15--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Players of the Week: Jan. 15--The Horizon League
#HLWBB Roundup: Jan. 15--The Horizon League

Sunday, January 14, 2018

News On The Horizon 1/14/2018

Cleveland State Vikings Fall to Oakland 81-68--NEO Sports Insiders

Vikings Fall At Nationally Ranked Green Bay, 69-43--csuvikings.com
Hot Start Propels Titans to 61-58 Win at UIC--detroittitans.com
Detroit Pistons nab ex-Oakland star Kay Felder on two-way contract--Detroit Free Press
Kay Felder to sign two-way contract with Detroit Pistons--Detroit News

OAKLAND FALLS TO FOURTH QUARTER RUN AT IUPUI--goldengrizzlies.com
“Juice” on the loose--Whoosh! Net
@UICFlamesMBB Looks to Extend Winning Streak Monday--uicflames.com

Toney Turns in Double-Double Against Detroit Mercy--uicflames.com
IUPUI MOVES WIN STREAK TO FIVE WITH VICTORY OVER OAKLAND--iupuijags.com
JAGS TO BE TESTED AGAINST No. 24/25 GREEN BAY ON MONDAY--iupuijags.com
Green Bay Begins Five-Game Homestand on Monday Night, Hosts In-State Rival Milwaukee--greenbayphoenix.com

UWGB women cruise to win over Cleveland State--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Closes Out Homestand with Wire-to-Wire Win Over Cleveland State--greenbayphoenix.com
Third Game In Six Days Takes Milwaukee To Green Bay Monday--mkepanthers.com

Reit’s Buzzer Beater Sends Milwaukee Home With Another Win--mkepanthers.com
NKU looks to bounce back Monday night as Cleveland State visits BB&T Arena--Northern Kentucky Tribune
@NKUNorseMBB hosts Cleveland State on Monday--nkunorse.com

Six years later, Thomas More women still dominating PAC; NKU women fall to Wright State, TMC men win--Northern Kentucky Tribune
NKU WOMEN LOSE IN OT: Wright State opened the overtime with a 10-2 run and held on for a 68-63 win over Northern Kentucky University on Saturday at BB&T Arena.

NKU’s Kailey Coffey (23) attempts a shot against Wright State on Saturday at BB&T Arena. (Photo by Chloe Smith)
NKU forced overtime when Samari Mowbray scored a basket with 18 seconds remaining to tie the game at 56-all. The Raiders scored the first four points of overtime to take a 60-56 lead, but Molly Glick hit a pair of free throws to cut the Wright State advantage to 60-58.

Wright State responded with a 3-pointer by Mackenzie Taylor for a 63-58 lead, and Emily Vogelpohl added a layup to extend the advantage to 65-58 at the 2:01 mark. The Raiders improved to 13-4 overall, 4-1 in the Horizon League.

Freshman forward Kailey Coffey tied her career high with 17 points for NKU, which is 4-12 overall, 2-3 in the Horizon League. Coffey shot 8-for-12 from the field and grabbed four rebounds. Glick added 15 points, five assists and five rebounds, while Taryn Taugher scored nine points off the bench.

Wright State finished with a 44-30 advantage on the boards that resulted in an 18-7 edge in second-chance points. The Raiders shot just 37.3 percent from the field and made 56.5 percent of their free throws.

NKU plays host to Cleveland State at 5 p.m. Monday.
Wright State edges @NKUNorseWBB in overtime, 68-63--nkunorse.com
First-place Raiders aim to solve Morse code--Dayton Daily News
Wright State vs. YSU: What you need to know about Monday’s game--Dayton Daily News
Winchester is Integral to Raider Run--wsuraiders.com

Women's Basketball Holds On for OT Win at NKU--wsuraiders.com
Buzzer-beater spills Penguins in Milwaukee--Youngstown VIndicator
Penguins Lose 62-61 at Milwaukee on Broken Play Buzzer-Beater--ysusports.com
#HLWBB Roundup: Jan. 13--The Horizon League

Saturday, January 13, 2018

News On The Horizon 1/13/2018

The Morning Dish – Friday, January 12, 2018--Hoopville
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Wright State is starting to look like it just might be the team to beat in the Horizon. Scott Nagy has proven to be a terrific hire for the Raiders, who toppled Northern Kentucky 84-81 on the road in a battle for first. Grant Benzinger scored 31 and WSU won without Justin Mitchell, one of the better rebounding guards in the country who Nagy said has “asked for some personal time away from the team,” per Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News. Wright State just might be in the driver’s seat already to win the Horizon; the Raiders already have road wins now at UNK and Oakland.
Wright State holds off N. Kentucky 84-81 for league lead--CBS Sports
Hayes scores 30, Oakland rallies to beat Cleveland St 81-68--CBS Sports
Patterson, Brennan help IUPUI sweep Green Bay 67-61--CBS Sports
Detroit Mercy rallies to beat Youngstown State 93-91--CBS Sports
Dixson, Ottey combine for 42, UIC beats Milwaukee 88-73--CBS Sports
News, Notes and (Some) Highlighted Games – Friday, January 12--Hoops HD
– Under the Radar featured Western Kentucky getting a signature road win at Old Dominion to put themselves in a 2-way tie with Middle Tennessee for the C-USA standings. Wright State put an end to their recent miseries against NKU with a solid road win last night to put the Raiders atop the Horizon by themselves.
Cleveland State falls to Oakland, 81-68--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU Looks To End Road Skid Versus Oakland Friday Night--NEO Sports Insiders
Matt’s Musings: Five outtakes from CSU’s two-game swing in Michigan--The Reserve News
Carpenter Scores 17 in Setback at Oakland--csuvikings.com

Women's Basketball Continues Roadswing At Nationally Ranked Green Bay--csuvikings.com
Friday’s college basketball: U-D Mercy wins two in a row--Detroit News
Allen, Jackson Jr. Too Much For Youngstown State--detroittitans.com

Titans Drop Road Contest at IUPUI on Thursday--detroittitans.com
Titans, Flames Clash on Saturday in Chicago--detroittitans.com
STRONG SECOND HALF LIFTS OAKLAND OVER CLEVELAND STATE 81-68--goldengrizzlies.com

OAKLAND HOLDS OFF UIC, 67-63--goldengrizzlies.com
Helping hand--Whoosh! Net
Flames Take Third Straight Game, Top Panthers 88-73--uicflames.com

Flames Unable to Hold Off Oakland, 67-63--uicflames.com
JAGUARS DEFENSE LEADS TO 67-61 VICTORY--iupuijags.com

OFFENSE POWERS JAGUARS PAST DETROIT MERCY--iupuijags.com
IUPUI WELCOMES OAKLAND TO THE JUNGLE ON SATURDAY--iupuijags.com
UWGB men lose fifth straight in loss to IUPUI--Green Bay Press Gazette
IUPUI Controls the Glass in Green Bay's 67-61 Loss, Patterson Nets Career-High 14 Points--greenbayphoenix.com

Poor shooting night? No problem for UWGB women--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Grinds Out 65-56 Victory Over YSU at Home--greenbayphoenix.com
Illinois-Chicago 88, UW-Milwaukee 73: Panthers have a long night--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Slow Start Sends Panthers To 88-73 Loss At UIC--mkepanthers.com

Lindner Leads Panthers To “School Day” Victory--UWM Post
Home Stand Closes Saturday Against Youngstown State--mkepanthers.com
NKU loses 84-81 to Wright State after Moeller grad Benzinger scores 31--Cincinnati Enquirer
NKU's takeaways from an 84-81 home loss to Wright State--Cincinnati Enquirer
Bracketology: Xavier, Northern Kentucky meet in first round--Cincinnati Enquirer
Wright State holds off NKU, 84-81, Thursday night in Horizon League first-place showdown--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Wright State Topples NKU in Battle for First Place in Horizon League--River City News
Game Recap: Norse Drop Close One to Wright State--The Norse Report
Benzinger, Raiders end NKU’s four game win streak--The Northerner
Wright State hangs on to defeat @NKUNorseMBB, 84-81--nkunorse.com
McDonald on Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List--nkunorse.com

@NKUNorseWBB hosts Wright State in Saturday rivalry game--nkunorse.com
Sports Today: Wright State and Ohio State remain unbeaten with big conference wins--Dayton Daily News
Raiders Hold Onto First Place with Big Win at NKU--wsuraiders.com
Morse scores 26 points, but YSU falls to Detroit--Youngstown Vindicator
Morse 3s not enough as Detroit Mercy wins--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Six Scoring in Double Figures in Loss at Detroit Mercy--ysusports.com

Lull enough to doom YSU against No. 25 Green Bay--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins Can't Overcome Third-Quarter Lull in 65-56 Loss at No. 24/25 Green Bay--ysusports.com
Panthers Are On Deck for Penguins as Road Stretch Continues--ysusports.com
#HLMBB Roundup: Jan. 12--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Roundup: Jan. 11--The Horizon League

Thursday, January 11, 2018

News On The Horizon 1/11/2018

The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 11, 2018--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu

There are quite a few good matchups to watch on a night that includes a nearly full slate of Pac-12 action, with a number of good ones likely to fly under the radar.
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There will only be one team undefeated in Horizon League play at the end of the night as Northern Kentucky hosts Wright State in a battle of the two 4-0 teams in the league (7 p.m.)
Hall's putback at buzzer lifts IUPUI over Milwaukee 72-71--CBS Sports
Nunn sends Oakland past Youngstown St. 95-82--CBS Sports
Allen gets Detroit Mercy past Cleveland State late, 85-84--CBS Sports
Dixson scores 23; UIC cruises in 84-73 win over Green Bay--CBS Sports
Vikings Fall at Buzzer at Detroit Mercy In Another Last Shot Loss--NEO Sports Insiders
Vikings Conclude Road Swing Through Michigan on Friday at Oakland--csuvikings.com

Vikings Fall At Milwaukee, 79-72--csuvikings.com
Allen’s Buzzer Beater Has Vikings Walking The Plank--detroittitans.com
@DetroitMBB Takes On Youngstown State On Friday--detroittitans.com
HOT SHOOTING LEADS OAKLAND TO 95-82 WIN OVER YOUNGSTOWN STATE--goldengrizzlies.com
GAME 19: GOLDEN GRIZZLIES CLOSE OUT HOME SLATE AGAINST CLEVELAND STATE--goldengrizzlies.com
@UICFlamesMBB Races Past Green Bay, 84-73--uicflames.com
Flames Seek Third Straight Win Friday Night--uicflames.com
HALL'S LAYUP AT THE HORN SENDS JAGS TO 72-71 VICTORY--iupuijags.com
JAGS TO TAKE ON GREEN BAY ON FREE T-SHIRT NIGHT--iupuijags.com
UWGB men drop fourth straight in loss at UIC--Green Bay Press Gazette
Small Scores 27, But Green Bay Falls in Third-Straight Road Game at UIC 84-73--greenbayphoenix.com
Panthers Denied At Buzzer By IUPUI, 72-71--mkepanthers.com
Panthers Head To Chicago Friday Night For Tilt Against Flames--mkepanthers.com

Lindner’s Double-Double Sparks Another Panther Comeback--mkepanthers.com
Norse host Raiders in intriguing matchup--Cincinnat Enquirer
Game Preview: NKU vs Wright State--The Norse Report
Preview: NKU takes on Wright State and a way-too-early look at ‘bracketology’--The Northerner
Sports Today: Ohio State, Wright State look to keep rolling--Dayton Daily News
The Raiders have a bigger challenge as they have to go on the road to face defending Horizon League champion Northern Kentucky.

Both teams are 4-0 in league play.

This figures to be a defensive battle, which could favor the Raiders, but the Norse are hard to beat on their home floor. They swept WSU in three games last season.

Whatever happens south of the border tonight, Scott Nagy is making WSU’s widely questioned decision to change coaches two years ago look pretty wise — not the least of which because point guard Cole Gentry and budding star post player Louden Love wouldn’t be Raiders if not for his hiring.

Tom Archdeacon profiled Love this week, and he appears to be a player worth getting to know based on his size and skills.

I’m thinking of calling him the American Vitaly Potapenko.

How’s that sound?…
WSU beats NKU, moves into sole possession of first place--Dayton Daily News
Oakland’s offense too much for YSU--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Sights & sounds inside the O’rena--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Men's Basketball Looks to Rebound at Detroit Mercy Friday Night--ysusports.com
#HLMBB Roundup: Jan. 11--The Horizon League

Drive to Detroit: Five Awesome Spots to Eat During Motor City Madness--The Horizon League