Saturday, January 21, 2017

News On The Horizon 1/21/2017

Dorsey-Walker paces Oakland over Northern Kentucky--CBS Sports
Wright State beats Detroit 106-88--CBS Sports
Youngstown State gets 1st win at Green Bay since 2003--CBS Sports
Stull's buzzer-beater lifts Milwaukee over Cleveland State--CBS Sports
College hops: Oakland outguns N. Kentucky; UDM falls at Wright State--Detroit Free Press
Cleveland State's men's basketball team hasn't recovered from three high-profile transfers--Crains Cleveland Business
Cleveland State Men’s Hoops Travel to Milwaukee for Horizon League Action--NEO Sports Insiders
Vikings Lose ANOTHER Close One In Milwaukee, 6 3-62--NEO Sports Insiders
The Surprise Twist Ending to Cleveland State’s Twin Bill Versus Horizon League Leaders--Campus Pressbox
Vikings Fall at the Buzzer at

Livingston Tallies Career-High 28 Points In Victory At
Women's Basketball Travels To Detroit For Sunday Afternoon
Titans Knocked Off At Wright

Hall of Fame Spotlight: Sue Hardy (Kruszewski)
Titans Pull Away From Youngstown State in 80-63
Skyforce's Keith Benson tearing up D-League in bid for call-up--Argus Leader
Short-handed Golden Grizzlies tough out road win over Norse--Press Row Sports
Dorsey-Walker paces Oakland over Northern

Rematch Against Valpo on Deck for

Bender Scores 1,000th Point as Flames Fall to Wright
Green Bay Drops First Home League of the Season to Youngstown
VIDEO: Milwaukee wins on Brock Stull buzzer-beater--College Basketball Talk
UWM 63, Cleveland State 62: Stull wins it--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Stull’s game-winner sinks Cleveland State, 63-62--UWM Post
Stull’s Buzzer-Beater Sinks Vikings,

Panthers Head To No. 25 Green Bay
Who should be MVP?--Duke Chronicle
The same argument follows in college basketball, where a little-known player outside of basketball geeks named Alec Peters is having a season to remember for an unranked Valparaiso team, keeping the Crusaders alive in the Horizon League without much support around him. Yet players like Villanova swingman Josh Hart, UCLA freshman phenom Lonzo Ball, Kansas’ Frank Mason III and even Duke sharpshooter Luke Kennard are consistently ranked above Peters in nearly every Wooden Award—the NCAA’s National Player of the Year award—projection.
This is the main reason Kennard will probably receive more votes for the Wooden Award than Peters, who is averaging nearly four points and five rebounds more than Kennard this season. In addition to shooting a much higher percentage and taking on other well-known teams, Kennard plays for one of the sport’s biggest brands.

That’s the unfortunate reality of college basketball awards, and why fans should try to watch a few lesser-known players when they’re not gawking at Westbrook’s latest triple-double.
Quick Takes: An early peek at the Bubble--Bracketville
Rest of the Field

Projected IN: None.
Early Bubble: Middle Tennessee State, UNC-Wilmington, Illinois State, Wichita State, Akron, Nevada, Chattanooga, Valparaiso, Charleston
No. 1 Crusaders face UIC in second match-up of the season--Valpo Torch
Men’s basketball beats No. 1 Green Bay, takes over first in league--Valpo Torch
Crusaders Set to Host UIC As Scoring Record Awaits

Crusader women’s basketball looking to improve in conference play--Valpo Torch
Crusaders Fall to Norse on Friday at
Turnovers, cold shooting extend Norse losing streak--The Northerner
Spellman released from NKU men’s basketball
@NKUNorseMBB falls to Oakland,
Sunday matinee with Detroit Mercy on tap for

@NKUNorseWBB downs Valpo for first true road
Wright State rolls Detroit behind Davis’ career-high 27 points--Dayton Daily News
College Basketball Preview: Oakland at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Raiders crack century-mark in win over Detroit Mercy--Raider Roundball
Men Explode for 106 Points in Win Over Detroit

Women Dominate Second Half to Win at
Penguins earn rare win at Green Bay--Youngstown Vindicator
Santiago's Late Three Lifts Men's Basketball to 92-89 Win at Green

Penguins fall behind early in road loss to Detroit--Youngstown Vindicator
Detroit Mercy Starts, Finishes Strong in 80-63 Win Over
Women's Basketball Heads North for Sunday Contest vs.
#HLMBB Update Jan. 20--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Recaps, Jan. 20--The Horizon League

Friday, January 20, 2017

News On The Horizon 1/20/2017

The Morning Dish – Friday, January 20, 2017--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu:
Horizon League games include Detroit Mercy at Wright State, suddenly struggling Oakland at Northern Kentucky, Cleveland State at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Youngstown State facing Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Waters Named Finalist For Runway To Fashionable 4 Hall Of

Thursday, January 19, 2017

News On The Horizon 1/19/2017

Good point guards becoming harder to find in college basketball (video)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Begin Wisconsin Trip on Friday Night in
Detroit Mercy Looks For Revenge At Wright

Titans Entertain Penguins on Friday at Calihan

Around the city: Deeper UIC able to absorb rash of injuries--Chicago Tribune

Flames Open Season-Long Homestand with Wright
Men's Basketball Game Preview: vs Youngstown State (1/20/17)
Next Edition Of Panthers Courtside Report Premieres
Bracketology: Resume, metrics have Villanova No. 1--College Basketball Talk
Salt Lake City
5) Duke
Ranking the 10 best college basketball players in the nation--USA Today
6. Senior forward Alec Peters, Valparaiso Crusaders
Valpo Basketball

Crusaders Return Home, Host Northern
@NKUNorseMBB welcomes Oakland to BB&T

Road trip to Valpo next up for
College Basketball Preview: Detroit at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Men’s Basketball Hosts Detroit Mercy and

Women’s Basketball Plays at UIC,
Penguins Visit League Co-Leader Green Bay Friday

First-year players give YSU a boost--Youngstown Vindicator
Women’s team at YSU hits its stride--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

News On The Horizon 1/18/2017

Scanning the Nation January 17, 2017: notes from across college hoops--Hoopville
It’s also cool seeing Bacari Alexander on the sidelines for Detroit Mercy, the school that perpetually seems to alternate every few years between wanting to be known as Detroit and Detroit Mercy (the school’s actual name). Alexander was a tough guy on some terrific Titans teams under Perry Watson in the late 90s. And that was some kind of rivalry game Detroit won over Oakland Friday night, a 2-14 team defeating a 14-3 team, on the road, in front of a
Odiase scores 20 as Illinois-Chicago beats Milwaukee 71-57--CBS Sports
Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: Chaos, chaos everywhere--Mid-Major Madness
10 Valparaiso 15-4 15 118
23 Oakland 14-5 12 42
Technically speaking, officials charged with cleaning up college basketball (photos, video)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Rise and shine: Cleveland State (6-13, 2-5) is back on the road Friday at Milwaukee (5-14, 1-5), looking to back up its impressive road upset earlier this week at Oakland, 76-65. The Vikings only other league win was at home over Milwaukee the opening week of Horizon League play. CSU will play the third of four straight road games on Monday at Green Bay.

Sophomore guard Rob Edwards was key for the Vikings over Oakland as he scored a career-high 32 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field.
Valpo's Peters too much for Cleveland State--Cleveland State Hoops

Vikings Continue Roadswing At Oakland Friday
Metro & state: UDM reunion weekend features Duerod jersey retirement--Detroit Free Press
1976-77 Reunion To Feature Special Luncheon, Duerod Jersey Retirement, Vitale
My big weekend wrapup: #MACtion and the Mid-Major Madness Jinx--Mid-Major Madness
Stock Falling:
Oakland: We jumped to the front of the Oakland bandwagon when the Golden Grizzlies beat Valparaiso last week. Since then, they squeaked by a bad Illinois Chicago team by one, then lost a pair of home games to even-worse Detroit and Cleveland State. What’s going on in Oakland?
Men’s basketball suffers second consecutive conference loss--Oakland Post
Golden Grizzlies look to restore swagger--OAKLAND INSIDER BY TERRY FOSTER

Rough first half makes women’s basketball incapable of comeback against Raiders--Oakland Post
Dixson’s Shooting Numbers Prove How Much His Game Has
Marcus Ottey could miss up to four weeks with broken wrist--The Catch and Shoot
UIC has turned the first corner by beating up on bad opponents--The Catch and Shoot
Flames outlast Penguins in overtime battle--UIC News
Adversity not stopping Flames--Whoosh! Net
UIC Rips Off Third Straight Win, Downs Milwaukee,

Bender Climbs Assist List in Loss to
Green Bay comes crashing back to earth in loss at Valpo--Phear the Phoenix

Youth steps up, leads UWGB past Valparaiso--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Receives Top 25 Ranking in USA Today Coaches
Newly Ranked Green Bay Locks Down Valparaiso to Win Eighth
Illinois-Chicago 71, UWM 57: Flames knock off Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Fall After Flames Pull Away In Second
Milwaukee Men Host Cleveland State Friday At UWM Panther

Panthers win big over Flames, 83-55--UWM Post
Panthers Extinguish Flames In 28-Point
Expert predictions: SI writers make midseason picks for Final Four & more--Sports Illustrated
Tournament hero in waiting

Davis: Alec Peters, senior forward, Valparaiso. He could have gone pro—and no one would have blamed him after his coach, Bryce Drew, left for Vanderbilt—but Peters came back to try to play in the NCAA tournament for the first time. He is as gifted an offensive players as there is in the country.
It’s tough to break records--Kenpom
It turns out my hunch was wrong. From a predictive standpoint, it’s beneficial for a team to have attempted more free throws to this point. More free-throw attempts give us a more reliable estimate of a team’s ability. Because Notre Dame has shot so few free throws, we can’t be as confident in the fact that nearly all of their players have improved their shooting over previous career averages.

In fact, Valparaiso, who has made 80.6% of their shots on 449 attempts, is probably about as good as Notre Dame in real life. The Crusaders are actually the favorite to lead the country in FT% from this point forward, but since Notre Dame already has a 2.2% advantage in the bank, the Fighting Irish are still the favorite to win the season-long FT% title.
Bracketology: Northwestern continues rise in field of 68--The Catch and Shoot
 5  Purdue
 12  Valparaiso
 4  North Carolina
 13  Wichita State

Franklin Reaches Career Milestone in Loss to Green
NKU women add six to program in Whitaker’s first recruiting class--The Northerner
YSU Looks to End Losing Streak at Green Bay--The Jambar
Milwaukee Game Time Changed to 1 p.m. Eastern/Noon

One Game at a Time: YSU Women look to Extend Their Streak--The Jambar
Brunner Named Horizon League Freshman of the
Penguins Hope to Carry Momentum to Detroit on
(WHID) What's Happening in Detroit - Jan. 18--The Horizon League
UIC Wins Third Straight; #HLMBB Update Jan. 17--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Recaps, Jan. 17--The Horizon League

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

News On The Horizon 1/17/2017

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, January 17, 2017--Hoopville
Side Dishes:
Like Monmouth, it took some time for Valparaiso to get to the top of its league, but the Crusaders now are tied for first in the Horizon League after an 80-56 pounding of previously HL undefeated Wisconsin-Green Bay. Alec Peters: 20 points, 16 rebounds. Just another night for the Valpo star. Also in the Horizon, Oakland took its second straight curious loss at home, falling to now 6-13 Cleveland State 76-65.
McFolley scores career-best 26, Detroit beats Youngstown St--CBS Sports
Edwards' 32 points leads Cleveland St. past Oakland 76-65--CBS Sports
Peters leads Valparaiso past Green Bay 80-56--CBS Sports
Horizon League is as Deep and Wide Open as Ever…
Edwards Scores Career-High 32 Points to Lead Vikings Past Oakland,

Women’s Basketball Falls At Youngstown State,
1/16 Men's Basketball Players of the Week--College Basketball Madness
Horizon Jaleel Hogan F Detroit Mercy
Allen, Hogan Sweep Horizon League
McFolley Leads Hot Shooting Titans Past Youngstown

College basketball: Detroit Mercy men, women score conference wins--Detroit Free Press

Reynolds Surpasses 1,500 Points, Titans Defeat
Golden Grizzlies lose 2nd straight at home to a last-place team--Oakland Press
Detroit native Edwards stars in Cleveland State win over Oakland--Press Row Sports

Busy Stretch Has UIC Hosting Milwaukee

Flames Shoot For Split With
UWGB has ugly loss at Valparaiso--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Goes Cold at Valparaiso in League

1/16 Women's Basketball Players of the Week--College Basketball Madness
Horizon Mehryn Kraker G Green Bay
Alec Peters sets career rebounding record as Valparaiso routs Green Bay--Post-Tribune
Valparaiso takes back control of the Horizon League with win over Green Bay--NWI Times
Peters Sets Rebounding Mark as Crusaders Crush Green
Titans overtake @NKUNorseWBB in
Braun Hartfield Ties Career High in 87-71 Loss at Detroit

YSU back on track--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
THREE in a Row: YSU wins as Smolinski scores 30--The Jambar
Complete Effort; Smolinski Barrage Lift Penguins to 92-67 Win Over
Valpo Hands Green Bay First League Loss; #HLMBB Update Jan. 16--The Horizon League

Smolinski Pours in 30 Points; #HLWBB Recaps (Jan. 16)--The Horizon League

Monday, January 16, 2017

News On The Horizon 1/16/2017

The Morning Dish – Monday, January 16, 2017--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu

At long last, college basketball has Monday all to itself, and because it’s a holiday, the slate is not as light as usual on Mondays.
There’s also an early showdown in the Horizon League as Green Bay visits Valparaiso at 8 p.m.
Bubble Watch: Teams beginning to build conference résumés--Sports Illustrated
Finally, Oakland (14–3, 4–0) and Valparaiso (12–4, 2–1) will give the college basketball world an exciting fight for the Horizon League crown, with the Grizzlies drawing first blood in Indiana last week. Neither team, however, did enough out of conference to warrant at-large consideration. Oakland went 1–1 against potential at-large teams, beating Georgia but losing to Michigan State, and also fell to Nevada and Northeastern. Valparaiso has solid wins over Rhode Island, Alabama and BYU, and challenged itself by scheduling Oregon and Kentucky, but that just doesn’t add up to an at-large bid.
Hoop Thoughts: Five-minute guide for the second half of the season--Sports Illustrated
Under the Radar

1. Alec Peters, senior forward, Valparaiso. Enjoying a stellar senior season, ranking second in the country in scoring (24.1), 12th nationally in rebounding (10.6) and 17th nationally in free throw shooting (90.6). He’s also 19th in the Horizon League in field goal percentage (45.4).
Titans Host Northern Kentucky in Monday
Chicago Weekly Awards, Jan. 16--The Catch and Shoot
Freshman of the Week

Dominique Matthews, UIC

Matthews averaged 16 points with a 66.7 effective field goal percentage in two games last week. Fresh off 11 points in a win against Cleveland State, Matthews exploded for a career-high 21 points along with three assists to help UIC defeat Youngstown State in overtime.

Honorable mention: Isiah Brown, Northwestern; K.J. Santos, UIC
Illinois Rankings, Jan. 16--The Catch and Shoot
7. UIC (10-8, 3-2 Horizon)

Last week: 8

After sweeping its Ohio road trip, UIC has won three of its last four games to move into fourth place in the Horizon League. If the Flames beat Milwaukee on Tuesday, they will be 4-2 in the conference for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
The few, the proud--Whoosh! Net
Lew Wallace graduate Charles Cooper leads Green Bay into Valparaiso--Post-Tribune

Mehryn Kraker Honored with Horizon League Player of the Week
Panthers Look To Extend Recent Stretch Of Success Against Flames

UWM Hosts UIC Tuesday On Time Warner
First place Green Bay to face Crusaders for first time since conference tournament--NWI Times

Road Stretch Continues as Crusaders Visit
@NKUNorseWBB travels to the Motor City for tilt with Detroit
Big Second Quarter Carries Women to Win at
Maturing Penguins--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU taking steps in right direction--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU Looks to Sweep Homestand Monday vs. Cleveland
Horizon League Men's Basketball Players of the Week (Jan. 16)--The Horizon League

Horizon League Women's Basketball Players of the Week (Jan. 16)--The Horizon League