Friday, March 16, 2018

News On The Horizon 3/16/2018

The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 15, 2018--Hoopville
Side Dishes:
The CIT continued with three games, all home teams winning. Eastern Michigan won its 22nd game of the season, dumping Niagara 83-65; Texas-San Antonio defeated former Southland foe Lamar 76-69 in an all-Texas matchup, the Roadrunners’ second-ever postseason win, and Illinois-Chicago routed St. Francis (Pa.) 84-61.
Today’s Menu:
The real NCAA Tournament gets underway today with the first 16 games of the first round. The day tips off with Oklahoma against Rhode Island in a 7-10 game between two teams on the skids of late (12:15 p.m. Eastern, CBS). Other games in the first window include Wright State against Tennessee (12:40 p.m., truTV), UNC Greensboro vs. Gonzaga (1:30 p.m., TNT) in what could be a real dogfight if the Spartans’ tough defense can slow down the Zags, and Pennsylvania meets top seed Kansas (2 p.m., TBS).
Sean’s Sport Chips — A look at incoming CSU basketball player Deante Johnson--The Reserve News
CIT round-up: Eastern Michigan, UIC, UTSA advance--Mid-Major Madness
Under The Radar Postseason News, Notes and Highlighted Games – Thursday, March 15th--Hoops HD
Chalk also held in the opening round of the CIT – Eastern Michigan, UT-San Antonio and Illinois-Chicago all won at home against Niagara, Lamar and St. Francis-PA, respectively. Another strange development is that there are 4 late entries into the field – Wofford, Portland State, Northern Colorado and Sam Houston State will now play 2nd round games against opponents to be determined.
UIC Cruises to CIT Victory Over Saint
Purdue edges IUPUI in the WNIT on Karissa McLaughlin's basket--The Indy Star
Minnesota Women’s Basketball: Gophers to Take on Wisconsin-Green Bay in NCAA First Round--Daily Gopher
UWGB women ready to make noise in NCAA Tournament--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB's fanatical statistician much more than numbers--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's Basketball NCAA Tournament Preview: First Round vs
Panthers Shoot Lights Out To Win 81-67 In WNIT
The Morning Dish – Friday, March 16, 2018--Hoopville
NCAA Tournament Roundup:
Also winning in the South was Tennessee, which rolled past 14 seed Wright State 73-47. Undoubtedly the SEC will crow about going 4-0 on the tourney’s first day.
32 NCAA Tournament First Round Quick Takes--Rush The Court
Tennessee vs. Wright State: If Wright State big man Loudon Love stays out of foul trouble, he could grab enough rebounds against the Volunteers to give Wright State a reasonable chance at an upset.
VIDEOS: Tennessee’s Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield posterizes Wright State--College Basketball Talk
No. 3 Tennessee cruises past No. 14 Wright State--College Basketball Talk
Tennessee wins NCAA opener, routs Wright State 73-47--CBS Sports
NCAA Tournament First Round: Wright State goes cold, falls to Tennessee--Mid-Major Madness
NCAA Tournament: First Round Preview – Thursday, March 15th--Hoops HD

(14) WRIGHT STATE VS (3) TENNESSEE (12:40 PM, TruTV). This could be a potential upset with the Raiders’ inside-outside combo of Loudon Love and Grant Benzinger, but they haven’t faced as many teams with the size and defensive intensity that you would expect from a Rick Barnes-coached team so far this season. Even with their loss to Kentucky in the SEC Championship, the Vols come into this game with a share of the SEC regular-season title and a lot of momentum.
Wright State's Loudon Love brings his football backgroud at Geneva to the basketball court--Chicago Tribune
39 players from Illinois on NCAA tournament rosters--Chicago Tribune
NCAA Tournament: No. 3 Tennessee Vols Handle Business Against No. 14 Wright State, 73-47--Rocky Top Talk
LIVE: Wright State battles Tennessee in the NCAA tournament--Dayton Daily News
NCAA Tournament: Tennessee ends Wright State’s season--Dayton Daily News
Sports Today: The NCAA tournament still rules--Dayton Daily News
As for Wright State, well, I was optimistic going in, but Tennessee was favored for a reason.

The Raiders were bad offensively even compared to their normal game, which is obviously a recipe for disaster against a good Tennessee squad.

I thought the Volunteers played an average game while WSU came out cold and never recovered.

Of course, Wright State had to be at its best to win, and the Raiders were far from that.

I would imagine some of those shots in the second half would have been more likely to drop if not for the hole the Raiders were in.

But this could be the type of experience they can build on for the future.

“I think as time goes on, they’ll be able to look back and see what a special season this was,” he added. “One thing I told them is that I haven’t enjoyed every team that I’ve coached, but I really enjoyed these guys. This team has been a joy to coach, and for as thin as we were and as young as we are, we accomplished so much.”

One of the fun parts of March Madness is seeing those teams that come back with the same group two or three times in a four-year span and get that big win after absorbing some hard lessons…

Special Season Comes to an

Revitalized Raiders open WNIT play at Toledo--Dayton Daily News
YSU ousted from WBI--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Wright State falls to Tennessee in NCAA First Round--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Roundup: Milwaukee Advances, IUPUI Falls in WNIT First Round--The Horizon League

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

News On The Horizon 3/14/2018

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 14, 2018--Hoopville
Side Dishes:
Also in the NIT, Western Kentucky made Conference USA 2-0 for the night with a solid 79-62 win at home over Boston College. Louisville also held off Northern Kentucky 66-58 and Oregon fought off a challenge by Rider to win 99-86.
Tonight’s Menu:
The College Insider Tournament is back with three more games, including a pretty good one with Niagara at Eastern Michigan. Others include St. Francis (Pa.) at Illinois-Chicago and Texas-San Antonio facing Lamar.
Kendrick Nunn nominated for Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year--Oakland Post
Dixson Set to Pursue Professional
IUPUI women's coach Austin Parkinson knows Purdue well--The Indy Star
Scouting Purdue women's basketball at IUPUI--Journal & Courier
Louisville rallies past Northern Kentucky 66-58 in NIT--CBS Sports
NIT First Round: Saint Mary’s, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky advance; UNC Asheville falls in 2OT--Mid-Major Madness
Louisville 66, Northern Kentucky 58

Northern Kentucky disappointed everyone when it lost to Cleveland State in the Horizon League Tournament. The Norse nearly made up for it, but Louisville overcame a five-point halftime deficit to knock out the men from Sweden Highland Heights, Kentucky.

Northern Kentucky shot 5-for-28 from three-point land. For those keeping track, these three mid-major losers shot a combined 12-for-78 from beyond the arc.
Under The Radar Postseason News, Notes and NIT/CBI Games – Tuesday, March 13th--Hoops HD

(7) NORTHERN KENTUCKY AT (2) LOUISVILLE (7:00 PM, ESPN). While the Norse were upset early in the Horizon tournament, they appear to be the far more enthusiastic team in this matchup where they make the short drive down I-71 to face off against in-state foe Louisville in the first round.
NKU loses 66-58 to Louisville in first round of NIT--Cincinnati Enquirer
Louisville rallies in second half, posts 66-58 win over NKU in opening round of NIT Tuesday night--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Photos & Reaction: NKU Falls to Louisville in NIT--River City News
Gallery: Cardinals rally in second half to end NKU’s season--The Northerner
@NKUNorseMBB falls to Louisville in the NIT,
2018 NCAA Tournament Players to Watch – Part 1--Hoopville
Grant Benzinger, Sr. G, Wright State
The son of former Major League Baseball player Todd has been the go-to guy for the Raiders, and he came up big not only in the Horizon League final, but earlier this year when he scored 31 points on 8-13 shooting in a win at regular season champion Northern Kentucky.
RTC Bracket Prep: South Region--Rush The Court
Great Storyline: Ryan Custer and Wright State. The Raiders endured tragedy last spring when freshman forward Ryan Custer suffered an off-the-court injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Nearly one year later, he has served as inspiration for a Wright State team dancing for the first time in over a decade.
2018 NCAA Tournament: Stats, facts to know to fill out a March Madness bracket--CBS Sports
17: Kansas has 17 wins against teams in the field, the most of any team participating. Next best is Virginia (14), then Villanova and UNC (12). Teams with no wins against 2018 tournament teams: North Carolina Central, LIU Brooklyn, Texas Southern, UMBC, Radford, Lipscomb, Cal State Fullerton, Wright State, Iona, Penn, Stephen F. Austin, Bucknell, Buffalo, Montana and Charleston.
Surprising Tennessee opens tourney against Wright State--CBS Sports
Tennessee vs. Wright State odds: 2018 NCAA Tournament picks from proven computer model--CBS Sports
What to Watch For: The first Thursday of the NCAA Tournament--Team Speed Kills

NCAA Basketball: Georgia at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The co-regular season champion Tennessee Volunteers have been a bit up-and-down over the last few weeks. They defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs 76-54 back on February 27. They then had two close calls to the Georgia Bulldogs on March 3 and then against Mississippi State in the Quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. But, they followed that up with a demolition of the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Semis and played Kentucky close in the Final.

Tennessee, a 3 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament, start off with the Wright State Raiders. On one hand, Wright State shouldn’t inflict too much fear in Vol fans if you look at the numbers. Tennessee ranks 40th in Adjusted Offensive Efficiency. Wright State... ranks 246th. The Vols rank 162nd in PPG, with 74.2. The Raiders... rank 224th, with 72.1. So they are a bit deficient on offense. The problem is, as we touched on: Tennessee’s offense has sputtered in recent weeks. And the Raiders play pretty good defense. They rank in the Top 30 in PPG allowed (65.7, good for 27th in the nation) and rank 54th in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency.

If the Vols that we saw for most of the year, the ones who made the push to the top of the SEC appear again, then they should be able to handle WSU. However, if the plodding Vols appear, the ones who can’t really score at will, then the Raiders could keep it close. And if it comes down to a game of inches, there’s no telling what that means for the 3-seeded Volunteers.
NCAA Tournament: Voice of Volunteers - Wright State’s first-round foe - is Kettering native--Dayton Daily News
Ryan Custer-inspired shirts fit Wright State Raiders to a T--Dayton Daily News
Wright State vs. Tennessee: Everything you need to know about Thursday’s game--Dayton Daily News
Hall happy to be home in Texas for biggest game of career--Dayton Daily News
Raiders Enjoying The
Busy Day in
Penguin women excited for WBI--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU Women’s Basketball Playing Well against Binghamton in WBI--The Jambar
Penguins Fall 70-59 in Opening Round of the

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

News On The Horizon 3/13/2018

Flames earn spot in postseason--UIC News
Season extended--Whoosh! Net
Flames Welcome Red Flash in CIT
Gametime set for Thursday's women's basketball game at IUPUI--Purdue Exponent
2018 Linc Darner Boys Basketball Camps

The Aspire Group & Green Bay Athletics Form Ticket Sales

Women's Basketball 2018 NCAA Tournament Spokane Regional Overview--College Sports Madness
What Possible Matchup is Interesting?
Green Bay against Oregon in the second round would be interesting because of the fun contrast in styles between these two teams. The Phoenix are a tough defensive minded team that is not afraid to grind the tempo of the game down against a team like the Ducks. While Oregon can light up the scoreboard with anyone in the country on any given night and is a tough team to prepare for on the second half of a tournament weekend.
Women's Basketball 2018 NCAA Tournament Spokane Region Round of 64 Game Breakdowns--College Sports Madness
#7 Green Bay vs. #10 Minnesota
This should be a game that goes down to the wire. Green Bay has consistently hung around the top 25 all season long. Minnesota is dangerous enough offensively to create their share of problems for the Phoenix. Allie Leclaire is a senior guard for Green Bay that will provide strong leadership and is averaging over 14 points per game on the season. For the Golden Gophers, it will be important for them to get the tempo of the game sped up into the 80’s or 90’s and use their great guards, led by Kenisha Bell and Carlie Wagner, to their advantage.
Minnesota Women’s Basketball: Gophers a #10 Seed and will play #7 Green Bay--Daily Gopher
UWGB women draw Minnesota in NCAA tournament--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay a No. 7 Seed, Facing No. 10 Seed Minnesota in Oregon in NCAA First
Milwaukee Women's Basketball 2018 NIT Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
Panthers Headed Back To WNIT, Will Play Northern Iowa
Louisville vs. Northern Kentucky in NIT: Schedule, streaming info, betting odds, TV--CBS Sports
Louisville players decide to play in the NIT after initially voting against it--The Dagger
Louisville basketball players voted against accepting an NIT invitation, sources say--USA Today
NKU excited to play Louisville, 'one of the greatest schools in college basketball history'--Cincinnati Enquirer
NKU faces major challenge against Louisville shot-blocking duo Tuesday night in NIT opener--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Norse "Excited" for NIT Match-Up with Louisville on ESPN--River City News
Game Preview: NKU at Louisville (NIT)--The Norse Report
Like mother, like son; Drew McDonald joins mother Christie in NKU history books--The Northerner
Preview: Norse set to battle Louisville in first round of the NIT--The Northerner
McDonald, Holland collect NABC All-District
March Madness 2018: Ranking all 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament field--CBS Sports
57 Wright St.
There are a lot of really good coaches at the mid-major level who do not get their due nationally. Scott Nagy is among them. He took the Wright State job after guiding South Dakota State into Division I. Now, year two, he has the Raiders as the champions out of the Horizon League.
NCAA Tournament 2018: Tennessee vs. Wright State live stream, TV channel, time, date--CBS Sports
March Madness: 68 reasons to love and obsess over the 2018 NCAA Tournament field--CBS Sports
65. Always love examining the tip time windows and ranking them accordingly. Here's your viewer's guide and priority list. I'd rank them like this, with the qualifier that these are really balanced blocks this year.
6. Thursday early afternoon: URI-Oklahoma, Tennessee-Wright State, Gonzaga-UNC Greensboro, Kansas-Penn
NCAA Tournament: (3) Tennessee vs. (14) Wright State Preview and Prediction--Rocky Top Talk
Sports Today: Bengals start critical week with strong move--Dayton Daily News
Lastly, it’s a pretty big week for Scott Nagy.

Not only has he done precisely what he was hired to do by leading Wright State back to the NCAA tournament, he can also brag about his old team being in the Big Dance, too.

“I’m happy for them,” Nagy said. “A lot of those kids we recruited, and we want them to have good experiences. If they can walk away from South Dakota State and say they had a great experience, that’s good.”
March Madness: 10 potential NCAA tournament upsets ranked by likelihood--Dayton Daily News
Upsets define the NCAA tournament.

Without them, it the next two weekends would probably be cool but not nearly as memorable.

Picking the right upsets — and avoiding the wrong ones — is a key to winning bracket pools, too.

That’s a shame because those are the hardest things to do.

Well, I can’t tell you which upsets to pick, but here are 10 matchups that caught my eye for one reason or another.

They are rated by likelihood with “1” meaning we don’t think it will happen, but it’s not out of the question and “5” meaning put it down in ink.
Likelihood: 4

Wright State vs. Tennessee

The biggest challenge for the Raiders will be scoring enough points. They have the defense to keep it close and a big lineup for a small-conference team, so they don’t have to worry about being overwhelmed from that standpoint.

The Volunteers have four players who average at least nine points per game and can shoot the three. They foul a lot, though, and aren’t a great rebounding team.

Wright State women to face another Ohio squad in WNIT--Dayton Daily News
Raiders Draw Toledo in
Cameron Morse Closes Stellar Career In Year One of Calhoun

YSU women to play in WBI--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins Begin WBI Wednesday Against
@NKUNorseMBB closes 2017-18 campaign with narrow NIT setback at Louisville--The Horizon League

Motor City Madness Reaches New Heights In 2018--The Horizon League

Three #HLWBB Teams to Compete in WNIT--The Horizon League

Monday, March 12, 2018

News On The Horizon 3/12/2018

Midseason re-rank: Division I men's college basketball players from Greater Cincinnati--Cincinnati Enquirer
FIRST TEAM (in alphabetical order)

Grant Benzinger (Moeller) - Wright State senior guard

14.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.3 APG in 33.1 minutes/game

Xavier Musketeers guard Trevon Bluiett (5), left, and Wright State Raiders guard Grant Benzinger (13) chase a loose ball in the first half during the NCAA college basketball game between the Wright State Raiders and the Xavier Musketeers, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at Cintas Center in Cincinnati. (Photo: The Enquirer/Kareem Elgazzar)
Drew McDonald (Newport Central Catholic) - Northern Kentucky junior forward/center

16.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.0 APG in 28.6 minutes/game
Northern Kentucky University's Drew McDonald during

Northern Kentucky University's Drew McDonald during practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Thursday March 16, 2017. (Photo: Cara Owsley, The Enquirer/Cara Owsley)

Jack Anton (Moeller) - Elon senior forward
Shaq Athie (Lockland/Colby CC) - Grambling State junior guard
Nick Ayers (Simon Kenton) - Northern Kentucky senior guard
Jaevin Cumberland (Wilmington) - Oakland junior guard
Ryan Custer (Elder) - Wright State sophomore forward
Tyler Mitchell (Kings) - Wright State freshman guard
Trey Stacey (Moeller) - Wright State senior guard
Sean’s Sport Chips — A look at incoming CSU player Rashad Williams--The Reserve News
@UICFlamesMBB Earns Postseason Opportunity in
NKU to play Louisville in the NIT on Tuesday night--Cincinnati Enquirer
Northern Kentucky University opponent Louisville reportedly voted against NIT appearance--Cincinnati Enquirer
This time it counts — NKU squares off against Louisville in NIT opener Tuesday night on ESPN--Northern Kentucky Tribune
NIT: Northern Kentucky Draws Louisville in Opening Round--River City News
First-round NIT matchup pits No. 7 @NKUNorseMBB against No. 2
No. 7 @NKUNorseMBB readies for No. 2 Louisville in first NIT
2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket Breakdown: The South Region--College Basketball Talk
The No. 3 seed in the South is Tennessee, who draws Wright State in the first round of the tournament, while No. 6 seed Miami draws Loyola-Chicago in the first round of the tournament. The Ramblers won at Florida back in December and will be one of the trendy upset picks in the first round of the tournament. They won both the Missouri Valley regular season and tournament, and as a No. 11 seed, they’re rated higher than Davidson, who won the Atlantic 10 tournament.
2018 NCAA Tournament Power Rankings: The Field of 68, from 1-to-North Carolina-Central--College Basketball Talk
56. WRIGHT STATE: My favorite part about this Wright State team is that their best player is probably Loudon Love, a 6-foot-9, 275 pound former offensive lineman that is coming off of a torn ACL and changed his last name to Love from Vollbrecht. How can you not root for a team with a guy like that?
Wright State--Sporting News
2018 NCAA tournament: Breaking down the March Madness field of 68--USA Today
14. Wright State

Nickname: Raiders Location: Dayton, Ohio.

Record: 25-9, 14-4. Bid: Horizon champ.

Last appearance: 2007, lost to Pittsburgh in Round of 64.

Coach: Scott Nagy (0-3 in three appearances).

Overview: Nagy has gotten the Raiders to play top-notch defense, ranking in the top-50 nationally in points allowed (66.0) and field goal percentage defense (41.5%). One of the best players, Justin Mitchell, left the team in early January, but the Raiders rallied. This is a well-balanced offensive team, with youth and experience. There’s also size on the roster, which can’t be said for all mid-majors. Veteran guard Grant Benzinger is dynamic and drives this team. Freshman guard Jaylon Hall adds a boost off the bench.

Projected starters: Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. (14.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 88.8 FT%); G Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr. (9.9 ppg, 3.0 apg, 83.1 FT%); G Cole Gentry, 5-10, So. (9.2 ppg, 81.4 FT%); C Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr. (5.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg); C Louden Love, 6-9, Fr. (12.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 53.1 FG%).
NCAA Tournament Profile: Get to know the Wright State Raiders--Mid-Major Madness
Men's Basketball 2018 NCAA Tournament South Region Round of 64 Game Breakdowns--College Sports Madness
#3 Tennessee vs. #14 Wright State
Tennessee has had a surprisingly good season and it will not end here. The Volunteers have quite a few scoring options, led by slasher Grant Williams and his 15.3 points per game. When Williams is getting to the basket, it opens up space on the perimeter for the shooters. And this team has plenty of shooting threats who will take smart shots. Most notable is 6-5 small forward Admiral Schofield who is second on the team behind Williams with 13.8 points per game.
Tennessee basketball NCAA Tournament: Detailed scouting report from Wright State league foe--SEC Country
68 Degrees of Separation: a Wisconsin connection to every team in the 2018 NCAA Tournament--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(14) WRIGHT STATE – Billy Wampler and Sharif Chambliss. The Eau Claire Regis sophomore Wampler is redshirting this season after transferring from Drake, but he'll be on the roster next year along with current Pewaukee High School senior Grant Basile, who's having a huge finish to his career and committed to WSU earlier this year. Assistant coach Sharif Chambliss, a Racine St. Catherine's alumnus who also played for a year at Wisconsin, was there to watch Basile's 29-point performance against Whitnall in an electric sectional semifinal. Wampler started 16 games and played in 31 last year for Drake, averaging 9.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Regis finished 26-1 and qualified for the Division 3 state tournament when Wampler was a senior in 2015.

Tourney trip: Third (last in 2007). Tourney record: 0-2. Facing Wisconsin teams: Never. Leading scorer: Grant Benzinger, 14.5 ppg. Best name: Loudon Love
Wright State players recall their favorite NCAA tourney memories--Dayton Daily News
Archdeacon: Pair of Wright State legends weigh in on this year’s team--Dayton Daily News
Wright State to face Tennessee in NCAA Tournament first round--Dayton Daily News
NCAA announces start time for Wright State-Tennessee--Dayton Daily News
Knee-jerk reactions to the NCAA tournament field--Dayton Daily News
2. Perhaps the opposite is true of Wright State.

In Tennessee, the Raiders get another defense-first team and one that hasn’t been in the NCAA tournament since going to the Sweet 16 in 2014.

With a couple of big guys in the starting lineup, including imposing redshirt freshman Loudon Love, Wright State could present a unique challenge to a Tennessee team that isn’t overly big.
Wright State Raiders: 14 seeds have history of NCAA Tournament upsets--Dayton Daily News
March Madness: 7 things to know about Wright State foe Tennessee--Dayton Daily News
Archdeacon: Raiders aiming to make history in NCAA Tournament--Springfield News-Sun
WSU’s Benzinger knows Tennessee well due to friendship with Schofield--Springfield News-Sun
The few, the proud, the WSU Pep Band--The Guardian Online
Wright State gets 14 seed, will play University of Tennessee in Dallas, Texas--The Guardian Online
Benzinger Looks Forward to NCAA
Raiders Draw Tennessee in NCAA
Wright State draws Tennessee in NCAA Tournament--The Horizon League
First-round NIT matchup pits No. 7 @NKUNorseMBB against No. 2 Louisville--The Horizon League

No. 7 Seed Green Bay to Face No. 10 Seed Minnesota in Oregon in NCAA Tournament First Round--The Horizon League

Friday, March 9, 2018

News On The Horizon 3/9/2018

Horizon League wants to stay in Detroit, but it’s a tough sell--Detroit News
Cleveland State basketball: A reason to be upbeat -- Terry Pluto--Cleveland Plain Dealer
For Cleveland State, Next Year Has Arrived (But Not For Everybody)--Campus Pressbox
Matt’s Musings: Recapping the memorable moments from the 2017-18 season--The Reserve News
Madness Men's Basketball 2017-2018 All-High Major Teams--College Sports Madness
Third Team
G Kendrick Nunn
OU hoops declines postseason bids; will host Thanksgiving tournament--Detroit News
THE DERY VIEW: Emotional Roller
Bitter taste--Whoosh! Net
Women's Basketball to Host Selection Show Watch Party at Green Bay
Northern Kentucky Men's Basketball 2018 NIT Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
Don Owen: NIT bid assured this Sunday night, but questions still abound for NKU--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Norse Guide to the
NIT … The Original Postseason
Tourney Talk: HoopsHD interviews Wright State SR SG Grant Benzinger--Hoops HD
Wright State Men's Basketball 2018 NCAA Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
Wright State inviting public to selection show watch party--Dayton Daily News
The story of a WSU walk-on athlete--The Guardian Online
NCAA Tournament Ticket Policy

Thursday, March 8, 2018

News On The Horizon 3/8/2018

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 6, 2018--Hoopville
Side Dishes:
Cleveland State delivered its second straight stunner in the Horizon League, defeating No. 4 Oakland 44-43 in the semifinals. One game after the Vikings knocked out the top seed Northern Kentucky, they took out the preseason favorites as Tyree Appleby hit the go-ahead shot with 32 seconds left and CSU shut down the Golden Grizzlies’ attempt for a game-winner. Cleveland State now will face No. 2 Wright State, which held off 6 seed Wisconsin-Milwaukee 59-53, keeping the Panthers from their second straight trip to the tourney final from a low seed.
The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 7, 2018--Hoopville
The Horizon League championship game had the possibility of providing the first conference champion with a sub-.500 record this year, as Cleveland State took their 12-23 mark into the game against Wright State. The Raiders took care of business, however, beating the Vikings 74-57 for their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2007.
Tuesday’s Three Things to Know: Gonzaga rolls, Notre Dame survives and four other tickets punched--College Basketball Talk
3. Four other teams earn NCAA tournament berths
A Joe Chealey layup late in regulation forced overtime, and the College of Charleston would go on to beat Northeastern 83-76 in overtime to win the CAA title. Representing the Horizon League will be Wright State, which as the two-seed avoided the chaos in Detroit and beat Cleveland State 74-57.
Cleveland State vs. Wright State odds: Vegas legend picks Horizon League championship game--CBS Sports
Wright State tops Cleveland St 74-57, earns NCAA Tourney bid--CBS Sports
Wright State cruises to Horizon League Championship--Mid-Major Madness
Wright State tops Cleveland State for NCAA Tournament berth--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State falls to Wright State in Horizon League title game--News-Herald
Vikings’ Magical Run Ends One Win Shy of NCAA
First Season Complete... So Many People to Thank!
2018 Horizon League tournament: Oakland advances to semifinals--Detroit Free Press
Oakland basketball upset by Cleveland State in Horizon League semifinal--Detroit Free Press
Pat Caputo - Ground Hog Day for Greg Kampe, Oakland University--Oakland Press
Oakland University’s coach Greg Kampe calls season ‘a disaster’--Oakland Press
Oakland defeats IUPUI in tournament opener--Oakland Post
Oakland loses out of Motor City Madness--Oakland Post
UIC fires women's basketball coach Regina Miller--Chicago Tribune
Women’s basketball coach to leave UIC--UIC News
UIC Announces Change in Leadership for Women's Basketball
IUPUI Women's Basketball 2018 NIT Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
Green Bay Women's Basketball 2018 NCAA Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
Five big questions as GB enters the off-season--Phear The Phoenix

UWGB women rout Wright State in Horizon League title game, clinch bid to NCAA tournament--Green Bay Press Gazette
#22/21 Green Bay Captures 16th Horizon League Tournament
Norse Guide to the
Introducing Cinderella: Wright State rides Loudon Love to the NCAA tournament--College Basketball Talk
LOOK: Wright State makes NCAA tourney and celebrates with paralyzed teammate--College Basketball Talk
Conference tournament brackets, automatic bids to 2018 NCAA Tournament--CBS Sports
Elsewhere in auto bid land ...

There were five automatic bids on Tuesday. We've got the details below. Be sure to check in with this post daily, as it will be updated with schedules, scores and conference tournament info as results shift throughout championship week.
In the Horizon League, No. 8 seed Cleveland State's hope of going Cinderella ended against No. 2 Wright State. Scott Nagy, who got to Wright State two years ago after building up South Dakota State, coached his team to a 74-57 title-game win. The Raiders are back in the field for the first time in 11 years.
Wright State whips CSU, heads to NCAA tournament--Dayton Daily News
Wright State’s Benzinger reluctantly accepts tournament MVP award--Dayton Daily News
Wright State coach downplays notion of fatigue as a factor in HL final--Dayton Daily News
Freshmen a force in key second-half stretch for Raiders--Dayton Daily News
Who could Wright State play in the NCAA tournament?--Dayton Daily News
Sports Today: Already a March to remember for Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Raiders try to return to normalcy after clinching NCAA tourney bid--Springfield News-Sun
For students and alumni alike, WSU’s big win more than just a game--The Guardian Online
Raiders Go Dancing!
Raiders to Host NCAA Selection Show

Wright State Women's Basketball 2018 NIT Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
Wright State falls to Green Bay in HL title game--Dayton Daily News
Women's Basketball Falls in
Wright State Claims 2018 #HLMBB Title at #MotorCityMadness--The Horizon League

#MotorCityMadness Champions Brunch Held at Little Caesars Arena ahead of Championship Games--The Horizon League

Green Bay Crowned 2018 #MotorCityMadness Women's Champions--The Horizon League

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

News On The Horizon 3/6/2018

The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 3, 2018--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu

A marathon day of games is ahead of us, including a couple of rivalry games, and the first NCAA Tournament bid will be handed out as well.
The Horizon League has quarterfinal action in Detroit with No. 7 Green Bay taking on No. 2 Wright State (5:30 p.m.), then No. 8 Cleveland State taking on regular season champion Northern Kentucky (8 p.m.)
The Morning Dish – Sunday, March 4, 2018--Hoopville
Side Dishes:
Kahlil Small scored 34 and also grabbed 11 rebounds in a herculean effort for Wisconsin-Green Bay, but the Phoenix’s season ended in the Horizon quarterfinals with an 87-72 loss to Wright State. Outside of tourney’s,
Today’s Menu:
The Summit League’s remaining two quarterfinal games are played, including No. 5 North Dakota State vs. No. 4 IPFW and 6 seed Oral Roberts against No. 3 Denver. The same goes for the Horizon League, where Wisconsin-Milwaukee meets 3 seed Illinois-Chicago plus former Summit foes IUPUI and Oakland square off now in the Horizon quarters in the 4/5 game.
The Morning Dish – Monday, March 5, 2018--Hoopville
As conference tournaments take over the entirety of the landscape until Selection Sunday, we’ve just gone through quite a weekend. Four NCAA Tournament bids went out on Sunday, and we had a little bit of everything among them. And other tournaments continue on, a few with championship matchups all set.
Side Dishes
The Summit League was among those that had quarterfinal action on tap, and both games were dandies. Fort Wayne rallied from being down by 18 at the half to beat North Dakota State 86-82, then Denver beat Oral Roberts 90-88 in double overtime to close out the entire day. In the Horizon League, Milwaukee knocked off UIC 80-75 and Oakland beat IUPUI 62-55, with the note that both of those games were tied at the half.
Tonight’s Menu

It’s all conference tournament action from this point on until next week. Two more automatic bids go out tonight.
In Detroit, the Horizon League has its semifinals as well, with Cleveland State taking on Oakland (7 p.m.) followed by Milwaukee taking on Wright State (9:30 p.m.)
Wright St. beats Green Bay in Horizon tourney quarterfinals--CBS Sports
Cleveland State upsets N. Kentucky 89-80, advances to semis--CBS Sports
Milwaukee moves on beating UIC 80-75 in Horizon quarterfinal--CBS Sports
Nunn hits late FTs, Oakland advances to Horizon League semis--CBS Sports
Oakland vs. Cleveland State odds: Horizon League tournament picks from proven model--CBS Sports
Cleveland State upsets Oakland 44-43--CBS Sports
Love, Wright St. beat Milwaukee in Horizon League semifinals--CBS Sports
Champ Week Live Blog, 3/3: THIS IS MARCH--Mid-Major Madness
UPDATE: 10:19 p.m.

Down goes another 1 seed. Cleveland State, which came into the game 10-22 overall and 6-12 in the Horizon League, knocked off top-seeded Northern Kentucky in the Horizon League quarterfinals, 89-80.

Tyree Applebee, who led the eight-seeded Vikings with 24 points, hit the dagger — a long three with 1:13 to go to put Cleveland State up by eight.

The Norse led by five at the half, but wilted down the stretch amid a Cleveland State run. Drew McDonald led NKU with 24 in the losing effort.

Northern Kentucky is now the third 1 seed to lose in a conference tournament — Rider and UNC Asheville also lost theirs. Even weirder, this is the third year in a row that the top seed in the Horizon League tournament failed to win a game.
Championship Week Video Notebook: Day 6, Sunday--Hoops HD
We saw more carnage in the Metro Atlantic, and the top seed in the Horizon League also went down.
Cleveland State advances to the Horizon League Tournament championship--Mid-Major Madness
NCAA conference tournaments off to wild start (video)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Knock Off Top-Seeded Northern Kentucky to Advance to League
Vikings Top Oakland to Advance to Horizon League Championship

Vikings Fall To Wright State In #HLWBB Second
Detroit Mercy spun its wheels in Bacari Alexander’s second season--Detroit News
Men's Basketball Season Comes To An End At

Titans' Season Ends in Setback in Horizon League First
Kampe tees off on light crowd for Oakland’s Horizon win--Detroit News
'We fell apart': Oakland's season ends in Horizon semis--Detroit News
Oakland men’s team limps into Horizon League Tournament--Oakland Press
Oakland Grizzlies find a way to win, top IUPUI in Horizon tourney--Oakland Press
Oakland loses heart-breaker in Horizon League semifinals--Oakland Press
Grizz Gang hosts pep rally ahead of Horizon League Tournament--Oakland Post

Patience pays off for UIC in third year of McClain era--Chicago Tribune
Flames finish season in league quarterfinals--UIC News
@UICFlamesMBB Foiled by Milwaukee in #HLMBB

Women’s basketball falls in league tournament--UIC News

Thompson: Fountain Central's Macee Williams comes up big for IUPUI--Journal & Courier
Green Bay attendance down again in 2017/2018--Phear The Phoenix

UWGB women advance to Horizon League championship game--Green Bay Press Gazette
#22/21 Green Bay Dominates Second Half, Advances to Tournament Championship--Green Bay Press Gazette
No. 22/21 Green Bay to Face Wright State in Horizon League
Stull Carries Panthers To Victory In Postseason
Panther Fans Can Gather For Pregame Rally In
Raiders Dash Milwaukee’s Postseason Hopes,

Comeback Effort Falls Short In Motor City Madness
Northern Kentucky won't make The Dance after shocking loss in Horizon League tournament--WCPO
NKU upset by Cleveland State 89-80 on Saturday, will now play in NIT--Cincinnati Enquirer
No. 1 NKU upset 89-80 by No. 8 Cleveland State on Saturday night at Motor City Madness--Cincinnati Enquirer
Takeaways from NKU's early exit from Motor City Madness--Cincinnati Enquirer
Cleveland State upsets top-seeded NKU, 89-80, in shocker at Horizon League Tournament--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Don Owen: For mid-majors, March Madness is insanity fueled by TV, conference tournaments--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Stunned: Northern Kentucky Bounced from Horizon League Tournament--River City News
Horizon League run ends abruptly in quarterfinals for NKU--The Northerner
@NKUNorsMBB falters in 89-80 decision to Cleveland State in

NKU upset bid falls short against Green Bay--The Northerner
Raiders to face Milwaukee team that has their number in semifinals--Dayton Daily News
Wright State beats Milwaukee to reach Horizon League final--Dayton Daily News
Can WSU beat Milwaukee, or will history repeat itself?--Guardian Online
Get to know Chris Collins, the voice of the Raiders--Guardian Online
Raiders Roll Into

March Madness: Wright State men, women to play for titles today--Dayton Daily News
Sports Today: In defense of conference tournaments--Dayton Daily News

Raiders rattle Abshaw, rip CSU 83-61 to advance--Dayton Daily News
Wright State women rally to reach Horizon League title game--Dayton Daily News
Raiders Cruise to
Comeback Puts Raiders in
YSU women fritter away lead, but holds on to beat Milwaukee--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU survives epic rally from Milwaukee--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU looks to turn it around vs. Green Bay today--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women run out of steam against Green Bay--Youngstown Vindicator
Soph Myers is YSU X-factor--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins cash in--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU solid in season’s 2nd half--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins Survive Milwaukee Comeback to Advance in
Cash Scores 1,000th Point as Penguins Bow Out of
#HLMBB Recap: #MotorCityMadness Day Three--The Horizon League
#HLMBB Recap: #MotorCityMadness Day Four--The Horizon League

#MotorCityMadness Basketball Camp Starts Day Three of Tournament--The Horizon League
#MotorCityMadness Stars of the Day: March 3--The Horizon League
#MotorCityMadness Stars of the Day: March 4--The Horizon League
#MotorCityMadness Stars of the Day: March 5--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Recap: #MotorCityMadness Day Three--The Horizon League
#HLWBB Recap: #MotorCityMadness Day Four--The Horizon League