Sunday, November 9, 2014

News On The Horizon 11/9/2014's Top 100 players in college hoops for 2014-15--Eye On College Basketball

Listed at 5-11, 166 pounds, Sykes is hardly an imposing presence. But the Green Bay guard is one of the best players in the country, as fast as a locomotive and capable of leaping over tall forwards in a single bound. -- SV
Mid-Major Conference Preview: Horizon League--Mid-Major Madness

Early signs are positive for Miami Heat--Miami Herald
It’s early — probably too early to tell — but might Erik Spoelstra’s beloved process be paying off?

It sure looked like it, after Sunday’s win over Toronto. Saturday’s win against Philadelphia might be evidence, too.

Then there’s some indisputable testimony: Three games into the season, Miami is averaging 109.3 points per game, second in the league only to Dallas. It is the only team in the East that has yet to record a loss.

Yes, it’s early. But even something that could be relegated further down the line as nothing more than a hot start is important. A 3-0 record to start the season shows progress, especially after a laborious preseason, and more importantly, it shows the Heat’s new lineup can gel successfully.

The key, Spoelstra said Sunday, is balance.

“Everybody was contributing, instead of spectating,” he said.

Every Heat player that stepped onto the court Sunday scored. The same thing happened in Miami’s season opener against Washington, which was also the fourth time in history that the Heat recorded three different 20-point scorers in the same game (Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole).
Heat’s win streak vs. Charlotte ends with loss to Hornets--Miami Herald
Dwyane Wade finished with 25 points and seven assists, and he noted after the game while talking with point guard Norris Cole that the team only committed eight turnovers.
Heat's Norris Cole not the same since opener--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Cleveland State has the look of a basketball team expecting big things this season--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU Athletics Expands 216 HOOPY HOUR For Basketball Games--Cleveland State Hoops
Robert Edwards to take official visit to Cleveland State--Cleveland State Hoops
CSU Basketball To Air On WHK, 1420 AM & WHKW, 1220
CSU Athletics Expands 216 HOOPY HOUR For Basketball
Vikings Host Malone in Exhibition on Monday

Women’s Basketball Tabbed Third In Preseason
Women's Basketball Set To Host Lake Erie In Exhibition

Horizon League Preview: #4 Detroit Titans--Busting Brackets
Friday’s Kings game at the Phoenix Suns--Sacramento Bee

▪ 1. Perimeter defense: The Suns use three attacking guards in Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas. The Kings might have to adjust their lineup and use Ray McCallum more to deal with the multiple point-guard looks.
Trick Or Treat Detroit
Men's Basketball Hosts Marygrove in Exhibition
Donate To Gleaners Community Food Bank & Receive A Free Basketball Game

Meet The Newcomers: Lariah
No. 44 Will Hang In Calihan Hall For Titan Legend Cheryl
Women’s Basketball Opens Exhibition Season This

Sibert: Flyers a tough group that plays to win--Dayton Daily News
The newcomers, senior guard Ryan Bass and freshman guard Darrell Davis, will get a lot of action in this game and throughout the early-season schedule.

“They’re going to be thrown into the fire,” Miller said. “The more they can handle, the better off they are for us.”

Grizz Gang reveals plans for the upcoming basketball seasons--Oakland Post

Men's basketball wins preseason opener--Oakland Post

Two UIC players suspended three games apiece for violation of school policy--CollegeBasketballTalk
UIC’s Jay Harris and Lance Whitaker suspended for first three games of the season--The Catch and Shoot
WATCH: UIC’s cool, new intro video--The Catch and Shoot
Recap and Analysis: UIC overcomes slow start, defeats Beloit in exhibition--The Catch and Shoot
Men’s basketball starts season with win--UIC News
Kelsey Barlow Drafted Into NBA
Men's Basketball: Getting to Know the Newcomers - Jay
Men's Basketball Hosts Beloit in Exhibition Game on
UIC Claims 70-54 Exhibition Win Against Beloit

UIC Wins Exhibition Contest Over St. Xavier,
Ruvanna Campbell Voted Preseason First-Team All-Horizon

2014-15 Season Preview: Ten possible ‘Cinderellas’--CollegeBasketballTalk
5. Green Bay: The Phoenix lose inside-out big man Alec Brown but they do return one of the best point guards in the country in senior Keifer Sykes. Brian Wardle’s team returns four starters, and in junior forward Jordan Fouse they likely have the best defender in the Horizon League. And like three of their four teams ahead of them on this list, Green Bay will have a conference tournament title game loss to use as fuel.
For Kenneth Lowe, no self-pressure to replace Brown--Green Bay Press Gazette
Sykes named to Cousy Award watch list--Green Bay Press Gazette
College Basketball Conference Preview: Horizon League--UWGB Fourth Estate
Sykes Named to Bob Cousy Award Watch
Green Bay to Open Season with Military Appreciation
Veteran Volunteer to Receive Phoenix Hero

Phoenix women look to play big around basket--Green Bay Press Gazette
UW-Green Bay women's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women picked to repeat as Horizon champions--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women overcome slow start to win final tuneup--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Chosen as League Favorite for Seventh-Straight
Women's Basketball Ready for Final Exhibition
Kraker Helps Green Bay Sprint Past Titans for Exhibition

UWM sophomore Akeem Springs shows scoring ability--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A Letter to Marquette fans--PantherU
Milwaukee to face Platteville in exhibition contest--PantherU
Milwaukee beats Platteville, 68-54, at home--PantherU
Panthers find success without Austin Arians--PantherU
Individual Game Tickets On Sale Now For Milwaukee
Milwaukee To Face Platteville In Men's Basketball Exhibition Action
Second-Half Spurt Sends Milwaukee Past Platteville,

Video: Women's Basketball Looking Forward To Start Of
Individual Game Tickets On Sale Now For Milwaukee
Women's Basketball Preseason Show Set For Wednesday
Green Named To Preseason All-League Second

EuroView: Broekhoff big again in overtime winThe Pick and Roll
Valpo shows ups and downs in exhibition against Grand Valley State--The Catch and Shoot
Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso ready for lone exhibition, without Shane Hammink and with E. Victor Nickerson--The Post-Tribune
Men’s College Basketball: Valparaiso turns back Grand Valley State 60-52--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso edges Grand Valley State in lone exhibition contest--The NWI Times
What You Need to Know: Valpo Men's
Crusaders Open November with Exhibition Win over Grand Valley

Crusaders Pegged 8th in Horizon League Preseason

Wright State rallies in second half to beat Findlay in exhibition--Dayton Daily News
WSU’s Davis doing more, expecting more--Dayton Daily News
Blog: Raiders prepare for exhibition--The Guardian
Former Raiders excelling overseas--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Raiders rally in second half--The Guardian
Eye on the Raiders Blog: Thomasson puts on exhibition--The Guardian
Raiders Dominate Second Half in Exhibition Win Over

Blog: Initial impressions--The Guardian

WSU women picked second in Horizon--Dayton Daily News
Wright State women picked second in Horizon League--Dayton Daily News
Women’s basketball: Seniors take the lead--The Guardian
Women Picked Second; Demmings, Mingo First

YSU Athletics, Rulli Brothers Team Up To Host One-of-a-Kind
Single Game Tickets Available for Penguins

Women’s Basketball to Hold Public Exhibition Game This
Schlegel Named Preseason All-Horizon League; Penguins Picked to Finish
Meet Nikki
Meet Indiya

For UIC, Foreign Trip Paying Dividends--Horizon League Network
Sykes Named to Cousy Award Watch List--Horizon League Network
Slocum showing no signs of slowing down with Penguins' newcomers--Horizon League Network
Faces May Change, But Same Challenging Schedule for Oakland--Horizon League Network

Green Bay Picked Horizon League Favorite; Demmings Voted Player of the Year in #HLWBB Preseason Poll--Horizon League Network

Sunday, November 2, 2014

News On The Horizon 11/2/2014

Top of the O26 Class: Horizon League, MAC, MVC, Summit--Rush The Court
Dan Peters, former Youngstown State coach, dies of cancer at 60--CBS Sports
2014-15 College Basketball Conference Preview: Best of the Rest--Eye On College Basketball
5. Green Bay

The top four of this list are in a tier to themselves. After that, it gets a bit more tricky. I'll slot the Green Bay Phoenix here at fifth, as they return most of their scoring as well as the best player in the Horizon last year, Keifer Sykes. The Phoenix does have to contend with losing surprising draft pick Alec Brown, and his ability to space the floor did provide much clearer driving lanes for Sykes. And of course, Brown's size on the interior was useful against smaller Horizon competition, but the sum of his game was less than what the pieces said he should have been. Returning forward Jordan Fouse was a much more complete defensive player a year ago than Brown was, and he'll team with Sykes to cause opposing ball-handlers fits. Carrington Love and Greg Mays also return as starters for the Phoenix, but the team will rely mostly on Sykes to carry them. Sykes is a tremendous scorer and slasher, who averaged 20.3 points per game and drew 6.5 fouls per 40 minutes, but he's also an underrated passer who was second in the Horizon with a 30.7 percent assist rate. Sykes is another mid-major guard that has an outside shot to be an All-American this season. He should lead the Phoenix to an improvement on their 24-7 record last season and into the NCAA Tournament.
Our Preseason Best of the Rest First Team

G: Keifer Sykes, Green Bay

G: R.J. Hunter, Georgia State

G: Fred VanVleet, Wichita State

G: Ron Baker, Wichita State

F: Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara

Meet the Miami Heat: A look at 2014-15 roster--Miami Herald

Position: Point guard

Age: 26

Height, weight: 6-2, 170

Season: Fourth

Inside scoop: Cole will begin the season as the team’s starting point guard. It’s a huge opportunity for Cole and it comes during a contract year.

Last season: 6.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.0 apg

Career: 6.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.4 apg
Miami Heat’s evolving roster features a variety of experience--Miami Herald
Chris Bosh, Norris Cole lead Heat in opening night win--Miami Herald
Norris Cole has career night in new role with Heat--Miami Herald
Miami Heat’s Norris Cole credits ‘hard work’ for success in opening win--Miami Herald
Heat bypass extension for Cole, who will become restricted free agent in July--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Heat's Cole has no issue waiting until July on contract--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Tim Hasbargen - Can the German Prospect Pay Off for the CSU Vikings?--Let's Go Vikes!
CSU Hallow Hoops and Green and White Scrimmage Today--Let's Go Vikes!
Another Dayton Dunbar Product Will Be a Starting Member of the Cleveland State Vikings--Let's Go Vikes!
Video: Highlights of 2014 CSU Green & White Scrimmage--Let's Go Vikes!
Getting to Know Cleveland State Sixth Man Vinny Zollo--Let's Go Vikes!
Norris Cole to Start at Point Guard for Miami Heat--Let's Go Vikes!
Taking a Look at the Vikings Who Jumped Off of Gary Waters' Ship--Let's Go Vikes!
CSU Basketball Notebook: 'Secret scrimmage' will provide first test for Vikings--Cleveland State Hoops
A Jerk’s Guide to the Cleveland State Vikings--PantherU
VIDEO: Hallow-Hoops
CSU Basketball Single Game Tickets Now on

Basketball hosts 'Hallow-Hoops'--The Cauldron

Second Titan Luncheon of the Season Set For Nov.
Men's Basketball Exhibition Season Begins on
Nine Titans Score as Detroit Rises Past Siena Heights,

The Long Road Back--Varsity Press
Meet The Newcomers: Darianne

Oakland overcomes slow start to defeat Ferris State in exhibition--The Oakland Press
Leadership will be key for Oakland Golden Grizzlies--The Oakland Press
Petros ready to shoulder the load--Oakland Post
Men's and women's basketball teams announce TV deal --Oakland Post

Former UIC guard Pat Birt commits to Tulsa--The Catch and Shoot
ans Invited to Trick-or-Treat with UIC Basketball Programs
Men's Basketball: Getting to Know the Newcomers - Paris

Women's Basketball Media Guide Now Available on
Women's Basketball's Poster and Schedule Card Have
Women's Basketball Hosts St. Xavier for Exhibition Game

Keifer Sykes repeats as Green Bay’s slam dunk champion (VIDEO)--CollegeBasketballTalk
2014-15 Season Preview: Can Green Bay take the next step, represent the Horizon League in the Tournament?--CollegeBasketballTalk
Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes maintains the chip on his shoulder--CollegeBasketballTalk
Horizon League Player of the Year Keifer Sykes throws down 360 at #PHXMadness--The Catch and Shoot
Balanced approach leads Phoenix over Michigan Tech--Green Bay Press Gazette
A Jerk’s Guide to the Green Bay Phoenix--PantherU
Horizon League Media day results--UWGB Fourth Estate
Green Bay Kicks Off Season with
Green Bay Welcomes Ripon Thursday for Exhibition
Second-Half Sykes Pushes Green Bay to Exhibition

Phoenix madness stirs up excitement for young fans--UWGB Fourth Estate
Women's Basketball Welcomes Crowd for
Green Bay Opens with Home Exhibition Against Michigan
Green Bay Uses Quick Start to Cruise to Exhibition

Adjusting expectations--PantherU
Milwaukee holds their annual Tip-off Luncheon--PantherU
Arians’ status for Platteville in doubt--PantherU
Q&A: Milwaukee Panthers guard, Akeem Springs--PantherU

Valpo building chemistry as season nears--The Post-Tribune

What You Need to Know - Valpo Women's
Crusader Women Drop Exhibition to

Donlon: ‘Competitive toughness’ key for Raiders--Dayton Daily News
Blog: Donlon addresses off-the-court issues--The Guardian
Blog: Raiders host Rockets in closed scrimmage--The Guardian

Blog: Donlon, Bradbury dampen expectations for upcoming season--The Guardian

Women’s basketball: Six Raiders in double figures in win over Ashland--The Guardian
Women Explode for 113 Points in Exhibition

Youngstown State Mourns Loss of Former Coach Dan

Saturday, October 25, 2014

News On The Horizon 10/25/2014

Mid-Major Rankings, Preseason Edition 2014-15--The Catch and Shoot
13. Cleveland State

Losing Bryn Forbes hurts the Vikings a ton, but no Horizon League team has a better top-three players than Trey Lewis, Charlie Lee and Anton Grady.

14. Green Bay

Keifer Sykes is one of the best guards in college basketball, but the Phoenix have to replace big man Alec Brown. Seniors Greg Mays and Alfonzo McKinnie, who spent a lot of last season injured, will need to produce in the frontcourt.

Dwyane Wade shows flashes of old self in Miami Heat’s preseason win over Rockets--Miami Herald
Norris Cole started at point guard in place of Mario Chalmers for the sixth consecutive game, Luol Deng is taking the place of LeBron James at small forward and the Heat’s power-forward position is a work in progress. Williams started at the four against Houston, and he could get the call for the regular-season opener, but the position will ultimately be filled by another new face, Josh McRoberts.
Video - Cleveland State Basketball Preview--Cleveland Leader
Cleveland State hoops to face Xavier in 'secret scrimmage'--Cleveland State Hoops
VIDEO: Charlie Lee at Horizon League Media
VIDEO: Anton Grady at Horizon League Media

Recap: LA Lakers vs. Sacramento--Sacramento Bee
Las Vegas, NV ( - Ray McCallum beat the final buzzer with a tip-in to lift the Sacramento Kings a 93-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the preseason finale for both teams.

After Jeremy Lin sank 1-of-2 from the free throw line to put the Lakers in front, McCallum isolated on the right wing and put up an 18-footer that was off the mark with just under three seconds left. Reggie Evans fought for the offensive rebound and put up an air ball. McCallum followed his shot and was right there to meet the ball at the rim and guide it in.
A Jerk’s Guide to the Detroit Titans--PantherU
Titans Host Basketball Media Day on
Titan Tip-Off Helps Usher in New Basketball

Meet The Newcomers: Chea
Meet The Newcomers: Nicole

Oakland’s Petros ready for last shot at NCAA tournament--The Oakland Press
A Jerk’s Guide to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies--PantherU

Sporting blitz week of Oct. 22--Oakland Post

Men's Basketball

Oakland was picked to finish seventh in the 2014-15 Horizon League Preseason Poll. The league's nine head coaches, staff and media voted on the preseason poll. Corey Petros and Kahlil Felder were preseason all-league selections, with Petros named to the first team and Felder to the second.

Women's Basketball

Elena Popkey has been named to the Madness 2014-2015 Preseason All-Horizon League Women's Basketball Second Team. Popkey averaged 13.8 points and 6.2 rebounds last season, posting six games of over 20 points along the way.

Illinois College Basketball Rankings, Preseason Edition 2014-15--The Catch and Shoot
9. UIC

Howard Moore has a talented group of newcomers that could pull UIC out of the Horizon League’s cellar. Point guard D’Juan Miller is very athletic, graduate student Jay Harris is a veteran with outside shooting ability and freshman Tai Odiase is a defensive stalwart.
Scrimmage showcases men’s basketball team--UIC News
Men's Basketball: Getting to Know the Newcomers - Jason

Regina Miller Set to Host Free Coaching Clinic on Oct.

2014-2015 Season Preview: College Basketball’s Top 13 Dunkers (VIDEOS)--CollegeBasketballTalk
6. Keifer Sykes, Green Bay: Sykes is the smallest player on this list, but he may actually be the best leaper. How many players do you know that can throw an alley-oop to themselves?:

Fletcher off to a good start in Great Britain--Phear The Phoenix
Alfonzo McKinnie 'still getting to 100%'--Phear The Phoenix

Green Bay Basketball Programs Host Successful Media
Join the Phoenix Basketball Teams for FanFest and

Horizon League Preview: #5 Milwaukee Panthers--Busting Brackets
Replacing Jordan Aaron's game points will take team effort--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
International Panthers: Mens Basketball Players Continue Careers--UWM Post
Gold Takes Down Black In Mens Basketball Scrimmage--UWM Post
Intrasquad scrimmage set for Tuesday--PantherU
The Big Announcement That Was…Not Announced--PantherU
Many positives come out of Panther scrimmage--PantherU
A Jerk’s Guide to the Milwaukee Panthers--PantherU
Gold Tops Black, 74-64, In Milwaukee Men’s Basketball

Top Mid-Major Players to Watch in 2014-15: 45-41--Mid-Major Madness
45. Alec Peters, Valparaiso, F: Peter's busted out his freshman year for Bryce Drew's Crusaders averaging 12.7 points and 4.8 rebounds. Now it's time for the 6'8 big man to refine his game in year two as he recently noted to Mid-Major Madness at Horizon League Media Day, "As you play you don't’ get away with as much as you do when you are a new player. You got to find different ways to get yourself open and find different ways to score. My coaches have talked with me a lot. People know who you are now, everyone is going to do their scouting report.". It'll be interesting to see how Peters matures this season.
Graduations and injury at Valparaiso create opportunities for new and returning Crusaders--The Catch and Shoot
A Jerk’s Guide to the Valparaiso Crusaders--PantherU

A Jerk’s Guide to the Wright State Raiders--PantherU
Blog: Don’t fret over TV deal--The Guardian
Blog: You dropped the bombshell on me--The Guardian
Blog: Big Four Classic has me thinking--The Guardian

Roster changes won’t slow Penguins--Youngstown Vindicator
Seniors Schlegel and Walker Lead Penguins--The Jambar
Women’s Basketball Holds Media and Photo

Sunday, October 19, 2014

News On The Horizon 10/19/2014

Napier shines again as Heat Lite edge Spurs 111-108 in OT--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Against that backdrop, Spoelstra opened with a lineup that featured Shawne Williams Udonis Haslem, Danny Granger, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole, while moving quickly to the likes of Johnson, Birch and Shawn Jones before the end of a first quarter.
MSU coach Izzo 'threw up' when rewatching UConn game--The Detroit News
It will have to be the same formula for Michigan State, which will need contributions outside of the big three.

Will it be sophomores Alvin Ellis or Gavin Schilling? Could it be junior transfer Bryn Forbes? Or could it be the freshmen class of Lourawls Nairn, Javon Bess or Marvin Clark?

"We are really talented," Trice said. "You cannot replace any of those three guys, but the guys we gained can really help us."
Charlie Lee Exclusive Interview | 2014 Horizon League Media Day--Hidden Diamond Productions

College Sports Madness Names Ruvanna Campbell All-Horizon

Saturday, October 18, 2014

News On The Horizon 10/18/2014

2014-2015 Season Preview: Mid-Major Power Rankings--CollegeBasketballTalk
7. Green Bay, 24-7, 14-2 Horizon (1st): The Phoenix lose center Alec Brown, but they return four of their top five scorers — including star point guard Keifer Sykes — from a team that beat ACC champion Virginia last season.
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Belmont, Chattanooga, Cleveland State, Hofstra, Louisiana-Lafayette, Manhattan, Sam Houston State, Siena, Stony Brook, UC Santa Barbara, Western Michigan
Highlights From the 2014-15 Horizon League College Basketball Media Day--Mid-Major Madness

Horizon Women's Basketball 2014-2015 Preseason All-Conference Teams--College Sports Madness
High-Major Women's Basketball 2014-2015 Preseason All-American Teams--College Sports Madness

Miami Heat uses the long ball to rally for first win of the preseason--Miami Herald
Chalmers, Norris Cole and Shabazz Napier are all splitting minutes, vying for the job.

Cole got the start in Friday night’s game, finishing with five points.
Late 3-pointers lift Heat over Warriors, to first preseason win--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Even with the game played not far from the campus he delivered an NCAA championship, Chalmers again played off the bench for the Heat, with Norris Cole starting at point guard.
Harlem Globetrotters Announce 2015 Rookie Class--Harlem Globetrotters
Detroit native Carlos “Dizzy” English played parts of three seasons in the NBA Development League after averaging 8.3 points per game in his career at Cleveland State University. The 5-9 dribbling dynamo played the two years prior to his time at Cleveland State at Mott Community College (Mich.), where he helped lead the team to a 61-10 record over that span.
Cleveland State picked second in Horizon League men's basketball preseason poll--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State offers Damarri Moore--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State men’s basketball picked to finish second in Horizon League--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Press Conference at Horizon League Media Day '14--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State to face three ranked teams--Cleveland State Hoops
Vikings Tabbed Second in League Preseason

Kings’ Ray McCallum finds himself in same position entering second season--Sacramento Bee
Titans Picked Third, Howard Named to Preseason First Team at HL Media

Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Rick Albro Inducted Into BCAM Hall Of

Mid-major Oakland takes on murderer's row as prep for Horizon League season--The Sporting News
Top Mid-Major Players to Watch in 2014-15: 50-46--Mid-Major Madness
49. Kahlil Felder, Oakland, G: Kahlil Felder bust on to the scene a year ago and finished the season as a Freshman All-American and the Horizon Leauge's top freshman. The 5'9 guard created a talented combo with senior Duke Mondy and ended up averaging 9.5 points, 6.4 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game. His assists numbers were enough to lead the Horizon League and finish tied for seventh nationally. Felder's top performance came against rival Detroit in front of a national TV audience where he finished the 83-82 Golden Grizzlies win with a triple-double of 15 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. Greg Kampe might have lost some household names but Felder gives Oakland a bright future.


UIC newcomer D’Juan Miller frontrunner to land starting point guard spot--The Catch and Shoot
UIC players throw down jams at preseason dunk contest--The Catch and Shoot
A Jerk’s Guide to the UIC Flames--PantherU

2014-2015 Season Preview:’s Mid-Major All-Americans--CollegeBasketballTalk

Keifer Sykes, Green Bay, Sr. (20.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.9 apg): High-flying, high-scoring point guards aren’t that easy to find. Sykes is the reason that the Phoenix have a shot at winning a game-or-two in the NCAA tournament.
Green Bay star Keifer Sykes throws down impressive dunk in practice--College Basketball Nation Blog
Green Bay is top pick for team and player in the Horizon League--Eye On College Basketball

Jeter, McWhorter speak at Horizon League Media Day--PantherU
Replacing Jordan Aaron--PantherU
Three Basketball Events On Tap For Milwaukee

Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso picked fourth in the Horizon League--The Post-Tribune
Thoughts from Horizon League Media Day--Inside VU Sports

Men’s Basketball: Horizon League announcement postponed--The Guardian

A Jerk’s Guide to the YSU Penguins--PantherU

Schlegel Named to Preseason All-Conference Team by College Sports

Thursday, October 16, 2014

News On The Horizon 10/16/2014

High-Major Men's Basketball 2014-2015 Preseason All-American Teams--College Sports Madness
2014-15 College Basketball Preview: Picking champions for every conference--The Catch and Shoot
Horizon League—Cleveland State

Between Cleveland State and Green Bay, the Horizon League title race should be an exciting one. Green Bay won the league last year, and although it returns outstanding senior guard Keifer Sykes, it also lost talented and versatile big man Alec Brown.

Cleveland State also lost a couple of key pieces, but the Vikings have two very good guards in junior Trey Lewis and senior Charlie Lee and one of the league’s best big men in junior Anton Grady.

Illinois State transfer Kaza Keane gives the Vikings another solid option in its backcourt.
2014-15 Horizon League Preview: Can Keifer Sykes, Green Bay Repeat?--The Catch and Shoot
Green Bay named Horizon League preseason favorite--Daily Herald

Miami Heat tones down hype before preseason game against LeBron James, Cavs--Miami Herald
Search for scoring

Bosh was better on Tuesday night against the Magic than in the Heat’s preseason debut, and that was a positive step.

He finished with 18 points and found open shots early in the game thanks to better ball movement behind new starting point guard Norris Cole.
Wade hoping Heat can get to consistent rotation--South Florida Sun Sentinel

Women’s Basketball Unveils Remodeled Locker Room With Special

Page’s Xavier Hill-Mais commits to Oakland--The Oakland Press
Athletic Department creates new Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Performance position--Oakland Post
Sporting blitz, week of Oct. 15--Oakland Post
Max Hooper set to help replace Travis Bader's outside shooting--Oakland Post

Red vs. Blue Scrimmage offers first look at men’s basketball--UIC News
Annual Red vs. Blue Scrimmage Set for Oct.
Men's Basketball: Getting to Know the Newcomers - D'Juan
UIC MBB Participates in Horizon League Media

UWGB, Sykes named Horizon League favorites--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix to Host Annual FanFest, Green & White Scrimmage on Oct.
Men's Basketball Set for Horizon League Media
Green Bay Tabbed Preseason Favorite, Sykes Named Preseason

Phoenix to Host Annual FanFest, Green & White Scrimmage on Oct.

UWM Panther Arena should not be demolished--On Milwaukee
Horizon League To Hold Men’s Basketball Media Day
Tiby Named Preseason Second Team All-Horizon

Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso picked fourth in the Horizon League--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso adds recruit Daniel Relvao--The Wisdom of Oz
Son of Indiana Pacers star Rik Smits commits to the Crusaders--The NWI Times
Peters named First Team All-Horizon League; Crusaders tabbed for fourth--The NWI Times
Early look at Horizon League Projections/All-Conference--Inside VU Sports
Peters Named Preseason First Team Selection; Crusaders Picked

Gun found in car led to WSU player’s dismissal--Dayton Daily News
Wright State picked to finish 5th in Horizon--Dayton Daily News
Donlon finds loaded weapon during custody exchange at WSU’s practice facility--The Guardian
Men’s Basketball: Raiders face lower expectations heading into 2014-15 season--The Guardian
Basketball Luncheon
Raiders Picked Fifth in HL Preseason
Howloween Hoopla Set for October

Open Competition: Nine Newcomers Litter YSU Men’s Basketball Roster--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Holds Annual Media
Bobby Hain Named Preseason All-Horizon League Second-Team; Penguins Picked

#HLMBB Media Day ESPN3 Schedule--Horizon League Network
Green Bay Tabbed Horizon League Favorite; Sykes Voted Player of the Year in Preseason Poll--Horizon League Network

Saturday, October 11, 2014

News On The Horizon 10/11/2014

Vague and Tenebrous Tweets by Almario Vernard Chalmers: Did Chalmers get benched today?--Miami Herald
Why would Chalmers be depressed? Well, being demoted to second-string point guard is enough to put anyone from Miami in a bad mood. (Of course, so is being in stuck in traffic on Biscayne Boulevard waiting on that damn bridge, or getting busted for smash porn, or, you know, getting plucked from your bubble by the Coast Guard.) Anyway, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has said several times during training camp that competition is wide open at point guard. Norris Cole has made it clear that he is pushing to be the team's starter, and, of course, Chalmers didn't exactly have the best possible finish to the 2014 playoffs.

He was benched for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, and there was probably a time after The Finals when he thought he wasn't returning to the Heat.

Anyway, Chalmers went 0 of 2 for two points in the Heat's preseason opener. He played just 21 minutes and recorded two assists and two turnovers. Meanwhile, Cole played more than 23 minutes and went 4 of 8 from the field for 10 points and had four steals, two assists and didn't commit a turnover.
Stuff from the Heat's shootaround today, including Spoelstra on LeBron, Stan Van Gundy and this 'microwave society' we all live in--Miami Herald
On the Heat's growing concerns at point guard and other observations from the second preseason game--Miami Herald
Heat's Birdman fascinated with Rio's Big Mac
--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Cole not getting comfortable

"It feels great to start," Cole said "My confidence is always pretty high. It's great to be moved in there, but this is early and it's still preseason. We're still trying to get better and do whatever we have to do to get better. If that means me starting, then that's what that means."

Horizon League Basketball Preview: #7 Oakland Golden Grizzlies--Busting Brackets
Top 25 Countdown: Others Receiving Votes--CollegeBasketballTalk
Dayton Flyers

Last Season: 26-11, 10-6 Atlantic 10 (t-5th), lost in the Elite 8
Key Losses: Devin Oliver, Vee Sanford, Khari Price
Key Returnees: Dyshawn Pierre (11.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 40.9% 3PT), Jordan Sibert (12.2 ppg, 42.6% 3PT)
Key Newcomers: Ryan Bass (transfer), Darrell Davis, Detwon Rogers
Outlook: Dayton was as good as any team in the country in February and March of last season, going 9-1 to close out the Atlantic 10 season before making a run to the Elite 8. Losing Devin Oliver will hurt, putting pressure on Jordan Sibert and Dyshawn Pierre to take on a bigger role offensively. The combination of Oakland transfer Ryan Bass and sophomore Scoochie Smith will be counted on to take over ballhandling duties. Dayton should compete for top four in the A-10.
Redshirt freshman’s foot injury a hit to Oakland’s perimeter depth--CollegeBasketballTalk
Kampe, Hovland nominees for Michigan Sports Hall of Fame--The Oakland Press

Horizon League Basketball Preview: #9 UIC Flames--Busting Brackets

2014-2015 Season Preview: 25 must-watch non-conference games--CollegeBasketballTalk

16. Kentucky vs. UCLA - (CBS Sports Classic in Chicago) - Dec. 20: Two blue-bloods square off in the United Center.
17. Texas vs. UConn - Nov. 30: Ryan Boatright vs. Isaiah Taylor will be fun.
18. Arizona vs. Michigan - Dec. 13: Sean Miller’s defensive mastery vs. John Beilein’s offensive ingenuity.
19. Arizona vs. UNLV - Dec. 23: The Runnin’ Rebels have a ton of young talent on their roster.
20. Syracuse vs. Michigan (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) – Dec. 2: Syracuse have PG questions while Michigan has an unproven front line.
21. Ohio State vs. North Carolina (CBS Sports Classic in Chicago) - Dec. 20: Are the Buckeyes truly a top 15-caliber team?
22. Minnesota vs. Louisville (U.S. Air Station in Puerto Rico) - Nov. 14: Big Pitino vs. Little Pitino.
23. Green Bay vs. Georgia State - Dec. 4/27: Arguably the nation’s two-best mid-majors. Keifer Sykes vs. Ryan Harrow and R.J. Hunter. And yeah, these two teams meet twice.
Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes will wow you this season (VIDEO)--CollegeBasketballTalk

Son of former NBA star commits to Valparaiso--CollegeBasketballTalk
Rik Smits' Son Derrik Smits Commits to Valparaiso--Mid-Major Madness

Horizon League Preview: #6 Wright State Raiders--Busting Brackets
Wright State parts ways with a veteran forward--CollegeBasketballTalk
Wright State gets three new uniforms (PHOTO)--CollegeBasketballTalk

Horizon League Preview: #8 Youngstown State Penguins--Busting Brackets