Sunday, November 23, 2014

News On The Horizon 11/23/2014


Morning News: Season Begins, Pitino Bowl, VCU Over Tennessee, SEC Debacles, Michigan St Struggles, And Much More--Basketball Predictions
Iona Tops Cleveland State This was an interesting chance to get a look at two teams that will contend for conference titles. I took Cleveland State to win the Horizon preseason. In the MAAC, I gave the narrow edge to Siena over Iona, but with the loss of Imoh Silas things might change. And this was an impressive way for Iona to start their regular season, led by Isaiah Williams (18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists). This isn't a "bad" loss for Cleveland State, on the road at a good Iona team. So there's no reason to think they're not still the Horizon favorite.
Viewer's Guide: Season kicks off with few impact games on opening night
Cleveland State-Iona is a matchup of two of the best mid-majors in the country this season. If you have a way to watch it, you should. It should be a fast, high-scoring game. Another fun mid-major game will be Boise State-San Diego in Los Angeles.
Important updates about tonight's game, #Heat (5-3) at #Hawks (4-3)--Miami Herald
LINEUP SPECULATION: With Wade out of the lineup, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is faced with his first major lineup decision of the regular season. He could go a number of ways, including starting Shannon Brown, Mario Chalmers or even rookie Jame Ennis at shooting guard. Another possibility could be Norris Cole coming off the bench and Chalmers starting alongside Shabazz Napier. That seems unlikely, but Napier will likely get more minutes one way or another over the next week or so.
Lack of defensive cohesion has Heat hot, bothered--South Florida Sun Sentinel
While the Heat's defensive precepts have mostly remained constant from recent seasons, the roster and rotation haven't. Power forward Shawne Williams and small forward Luol Deng are less than 10 games into their Heat tenures. Norris Cole now is the starting point guard, while Mario Chalmers is the reserve shooting guard, perhaps the starting shooting guard, with Dwyane Wade dealing with a strained left hamstring. And offseason free-agent additions Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger are more injured than ambulatory.
Winderman's view: Bucks 91, Heat 84--South Florida Sun Sentinel
-- Spoelstra, on Norris Cole's recent run of low turnovers and high assists, "I like the decisions that he is making."

-- Cole mostly was uneven Sunday.

-- With three turnovers and two assists.
Poor third quarter dooms Heat in 91-84 loss to Bucks--South Florida Sun Sentinel
"We have to figure it out, regardless of who's out there," Spoelstra said "It was working fine enough in the first half."

Without Wade, the Heat went with the starting lineup of Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers in the backcourt. For a second straight game, the Chalmers led the team in scoring with 18 points.
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After Shawne Williams hit a 3-pointer to make it 78-74, Bucks guard Brandon Knight responded with a three. Knight then answered Cole's 3-pointer on the next possession.
Shawn Windsor: Tom Izzo coaching for both present, future--The Detroit Free Press
Izzo had a solid recruiting class this season and has an even better one for next. Those two classes, combined with transfers Bryn Forbes and Eron Harris, plus juniors Denzel Valentine and Matt Costello, should give MSU a chance at a deep tournament run.
Michigan State sloppy in win over Navy--The Detroit News
Kelly followed with a pair of free throws to cut the Michigan State lead to 60-57 with 1:57 to play. Trice then hit a runner in the lane and the Spartans followed with a stop. But after a miss on the drive by Bryn Forbes, Kelly got a putback on the other end to make it 62-59 with 23.1 seconds to play.
Cleveland State, Akron, Kent State waiting on official word for hoops recruits--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State point guard Charlie Lee suspended; Akron head coach Keith Dambrot back at practice - Local College Basketball--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Basketball Season Gets Off on Wrong Foot Before First Ball Is Tipped--Cleveland Leader
Inconsistent Play & Foul Trouble Cost Cleveland State In Loss to Iona--Cleveland Leader
Lewis, Grady Shine in Exhibition--Cleveland State Hoops
Rob Edwards Commits to Cleveland State--Cleveland State Hoops
Charlie Lee To Miss First Six Games for Cleveland State--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Adds Two During Early Signing Period--Cleveland State Hoops
Jibri Blount, Robert Edwards' Highlight Videos--Cleveland State Hoops
CSU Basketball Notebook: Charlie Lee Suspended First Six Games of 2014-15 Season--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State basketball Lands Three-Star Recruit--Cleveland State Hoops
Vikings Top Malone, 69-48, in Exhibition--csuvikings.com
VIDEO: 2014-15 Cleveland State Basketball Seasons Kick Off on Friday--csuvikings.com
Vikings Open Season at Iona on Frida--csuvikings.com
Men's Basketball Adds Two During Early Signing Period--csuvikings.com
CSU Drops Season Opener at Iona, 78-73--csuvikings.com
CSU Opens Regular Season Home Slate on Monday Night--csuvikings.com
Grady's Career-High Leads CSU Past Tiffin, 85-56--csuvikings.com
Jeron Rogers Signs NLI To Attend Cleveland State--csuvikings.com
CSU Begins Play in Global Sports Showcase on Wednesday--csuvikings.com
Vikings Top Jacksonville State, 60-46--csuvikings.com
CSU To Host Tweet-Up At December 3rd Basketball Game--csuvikings.com
Vikings Travel to Savannah State on Saturday--csuvikings.com
Gary Waters Radio Show Returns on Nov. 24--csuvikings.com

VIDEO: 2014-15 Cleveland State Basketball Seasons Kick Off on Friday--csuvikings.com
Vikings Open 2014-15 Season Against Toledo--csuvikings.com
Women’s Basketball Signs Three For 2015-16--csuvikings.com
Vikings Open 2014-15 With 81-71 Victory Over Toledo--csuvikings.com
Coach Peterson Abiad With Munch Bishop--csuvikings.com
Vikings Begin Three-Game Roadswing At Minnesota--csuvikings.com
Vikings Fall At Minnesota, 93-76--csuvikings.com
Eckles Has Career-High Performance In Loss At FAU--csuvikings.com
Vikings Finish Roadswing At FIU Sunday--csuvikings.com

NCAA Basketball Game Recap: Michigan Takes Down Detroit, 71-62--Mid-Major Madness
College Basketball Recap: Detroit, Howard Down South Alabama With Defense, Turnovers--Mid-Major Madness
No. 24 Michigan overcomes Howard, Detroit--The Oakland Press
Detroit Downs South Alabama 66-53--Titans Update
Patrick Ackerman:
Finally eligible to play, Titan tall man ready to make his mark
--Varsity Press
Carlton Brundidge:
Expecting boos at Crisler Arena
--Varsity Press
Could Titans upset UM? Rashad says yes--Varsity Press
Coach McCallum Records Win No. 100, Detroit Tops Rochester 77-54--detroittitans.com
PASS Charters & MSHOF Enhance Metro Series--detroittitans.com
Late Run Lifts Ducks Past Titans 83-66--detroittitans.com
UDM Selected To Host Preliminary Rounds Of 2018 NCAA Tournament--detroittitans.com
Titans Fall in Final Minutes at No. 24 Michigan--detroittitans.com
Howard Helps Pace Titans past Jaguars 66-53--detroittitans.com

Second Half Rally Ends Titans Upset Bid At Michigan In Season Opener--detroittitans.com
Titans Breeze By Marygrove, 88-46, In Home Opener--detroittitans.com
Women’s Basketball Alumni Day Set For Dec. 20--detroittitans.com
Detroit's Comeback Falls Short At Ohio--detroittitans.com
Second-Half Rally Not Enough For Detroit--detroittitans.com

Western Michigan Broncos vs. Oakland Golden Grizzlies Basketball Preview--Hustle Belt
Western Michigan Broncos vs. Oakland Golden Grizzlies Basketball Final: Solid Performance Gets WMU a Win On First Road Trip--Hustle Belt
Grizzlies roll past St. Xavier in exhibition season finale, 87-72--The Oakland Press
Padraic McMeel named senior associate AD at Oakland University--The Oakland Press
Eastern Michigan pulls away from Oakland, 89-77--The Oakland Press
Oakland’s McCune overcoming the loss of his mother--The Oakland Press
Oakland struggles in crunch time, falls to Western Michigan--The Oakland Press
Oakland Downed by Western Michigan 82-71--Grizz Gang
Oakland (0-3) Battles Western Carolina (1-2)--Grizz Gang
Men's basketball falls to No. 14 Iowa State 93-82 in opener--Oakland Post
Oakland partners with the Violence and Abuse Resource Consortium--Oakland Post
Oakland falls 89-77 at Eastern Michigan--Oakland Post
Femi the freshman shines in win--Oakland Post
Men's basketball's home opener will feature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society--Oakland Post
PASS CHARTERS AND MSHOF ENHANCE METRO SERIES--ougrizzlies.com
EASTERN MICHIGAN BEATS OAKLAND, 89-77--ougrizzlies.com
HORIZON LEAGUE ANNOUNCES TV PARTNERSHIP WITH AMERICAN SPORTS NETWORK--ougrizzlies.com
OAKLAND FALLS TO WESTERN MICHIGAN, 82-71--ougrizzlies.com
OAKLAND HOSTS CBE HALL OF FAME CLASSIC--ougrizzlies.com

Oakland Cheer and Dance work together to put on a show--Oakland Post

Tungate weighs in on upcoming women's basketball season--Oakland Post
Sporting blitz, week of Nov. 19--Oakland Post
Women’s Basketball

The Golden Grizzlies fell to the University of Central Florida Knights 98-65 Monday night in Orlando. Freshman Leah Somerfield led Oakland in scoring with 12 points, while Zykria Lewis had 28 points for Central Florida. Oakland had the lead late in the first half, but Central Florida took a nine-point lead into the half and scored 63 points in the second half. The women Golden Grizzlies will play their home opener Sunday night against the Chicago State Cougars.
OAKLAND ADDS THREE DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD--ougrizzlies.com
OAKLAND FALLS AT UCF, 98-65--ougrizzlies.com
OAKLAND READY FOR HOME OPENER ON SUNDAY VERSUS CHICAGO STATE--ougrizzlies.com

UIC announces early signing period class--The Catch and Shoot
Rapid Reaction: UIC 67, WIU 64--The Catch and Shoot
UIC edges Western Illinois in home opener--The Catch and Shoot
Flames frontcourt shines as UIC holds off Western Illinois--The Catch and Shoot
Yale 70, UIC 58--The Catch and Shoot
Men rally, but fall to rival DePaul 72-71--UIC News
Men’s squad grabs home opener against Western--UIC News
Opening fight--Whoosh!Net
Wiegand flexes muscle--Whoosh!Net
Ivy League education--Whoosh!Net
UIC Drops One to Yale 70-58--Flame Fanatic
Updated: UIC (1-2) Takes On Kent State (3-0)--Flame Fanatic
UIC Men's Basketball Announces 2015 Signing Class--uicflames.com
UIC's Comeback Falls Short at DePaul, 72-71--uicflames.com
UIC Wins Home Opener Against Western Illinois, 67-64--uicflames.com
Flames Drop Opening Game at MABC Classic to Yale, 70-58--uicflames.com
Sharp-Shooting Kent State Defeats UIC, 78-60--uicflames.com

Women’s basketball opens season vs. Bradley--UIC News
Women score decisive win in home opener--UIC News
Women’s basketball cruises past Northern Illinois--UIC News
Flames Open Season With 71-43 Win Over Bradley--uicflames.com
Women's Basketball Cruises to 61-47 Win Over NIU--uicflames.com
Women's Basketball Wins Thriller at Miami Ohio, 72-69--uicflames.com

Seven small-conference teams with Cinderella potential--The Dagger
3. Green Bay (24-7, 14-2): Fueling the Phoenix this season will be the memory of the day they let a gift-wrapped chance to reach last season's NCAA tournament slip away. In one of the most surprising outcomes of conference tournament week last March, Green Bay fell to rival Milwaukee in the Horizon League semifinals, a loss made all the more frustrating by the fact that 7-foot NBA prospect Alec Brown aggravated a shoulder injury early in the first half and explosive pont guard Keifer Sykes played with a hyperextended knee and an injured ankle. Though Green Bay will miss the inside-outside contributions of Brown, the return of Sykes and three other starters gives the Phoenix hope of again ascending to the top of the Horizon League. Sykes will be the catalyst with his ability to get into the lane, finish at the rim or create for his teammates. He'll be aided by sharpshooter Carrington Love, high-flying Greg Mays and defensive standout Jordan Fouse. Look for forwards Kenneth Lowe and Alfonzo McKinnie to each absorb some of the minutes vacated by Brown in the frontcourt. This is a potent Green Bay team with enough talent and experience to do some damage in the NCAA tournament, but getting there won't be easy. Cleveland State is formidable competition in the Horizon League and Valparaiso and Wright State won't be pushovers either
Sixty-eight predictions for the new season that are sure to come true (unless they don't)--The Dagger
62. Mid-major star whose name you'll know by March if you don't already: Green Bay's Keifer Sykes. The 5-foot-10 senior is an elite point guard and maybe the nation's premier dunker. Watch this if you have any doubts.
12 must-watch college basketball players in 2014-15--USA Today
11. Keifer Sykes, Green Bay: At 5-11, Sykes makes up for his size with speed and high-flying athleticism. He’s the reigning Horizon League Player of the Year after averaging 20.3 points a game last season and one of the best mid-major players in the country.
LOOK: Green Bay will wear special unis with names of fallen soldiers--Eye On College Basketball
Here are 68 things worth watching in college basketball this season--Eye On College Basketball
18. Keifer Sykes

CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm projects Green Bay will win the Horizon League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, at which point the Phoenix would be something like a No. 14 seed. That means some top-three seed will have to deal with Sykes, a dynamic scorer who plays at the mid-major level but would be similarly strong at the high-major level.
Wednesday Preview: In-State Hostility Night--BT Powerhouse
Wisconsin vs. Green Bay preview: The Sykes Show hopes to buck history in Madison--Bucky's 5th Quarter
Wisconsin's Front Line Dominates Green Bay 84-60--Mid-Major Madness
UW-Green Bay vs. Wisconsin: Badgers blow by Phoenix, 84-60--Bucky's 5th Quarter
Keifer Sykes and Frank Kaminsky shared a moment on Twitter-- SBNation.com
Wisconsin 84, UWGB men 60--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Blown Out by No. 3 Wisconsin 84-60--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay (1-1) and East Carolina (2-1) Face Off--Phoenix Fever
Non-conference schedule at a glance--Phear The Phoenix
Next up: Gulf Coast Showcase--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay Honors Military, Rolls to Season-Opening Win--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Keifer Sykes Named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50--GreenBayPhoenix.com
No. 3/4 Wisconsin Overpowers Green Bay at the Kohl Center--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Marquette Women's Basketball Preview: vs UW-Green Bay--Anonymous Eagle
Women's Basketball Suffers 94-66 Loss In Carolyn Kieger's Debut--Anonymous Eagle
Buck, UWGB women roll in home opener--Green Bay Press Gazette
A new Phoenix rises up: Daeshon Francis--UWGB Fourth Estate
Green Bay Falls 68-64 in OT at Vanderbilt--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay Stuns No. 24 Purdue in Double Overtime--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Buck's Career Game Leads Green Bay to 84-52 Rout--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Auburn rallies back to beat Milwaukee 83-73--Mid-Major Madness
UWM roster at a glance--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Horizon League at a glance--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM must shoot for regular-season Horizon League title--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM falls to Auburn--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Justin Jordan jumps out as player who can help UWM--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A tough loss to swallow for Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Early turnovers doom UWM against Oklahoma State--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Bob Gottlieb, basketball coach at UW-Milwaukee in 1970s, dies at 74--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Despite sanctions, Panthers ready to compete--On Milwaukee

Students Could Suffer If Arena Lost
--UWM Post
A Never-Ending Roller Coaster--UWM Post
Three Finalists for Chancellor Search Released This Morning--UWM Post
Jeter Frustrated as Panthers Lose in Close One 70-68--UWM Post
Austin Arians to Redshirt 2014–15 Season--UWM Post
Despite restrictions, goal is to win Horizon League--PantherU
Milwaukee opens season against Auburn--PantherU
Keeping Arena doesn’t mean losing the Bucks--PantherU
Panthers face Golden Eagles in home opener--PantherU
Panthers still looking for offensive identity--PantherU
McWhorter leads Milwaukee past Minnesota-Crookston--PantherU
One big step backwards for the Panthers--PantherU
Mistakes continue to haunt Milwaukee--PantherU
Arians redshirt a good idea--PantherU
Milwaukee Beaten by Oklahoma State 82-68--UWM Update
Milwaukee (1-3) Squares Off with Louisiana (1-2)--UWM Update
Tiby Named To Lou Henson Award Watch List--uwmpanthers.com
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel To Broadcast 14 Milwaukee Basketball Games In 2014-15--uwmpanthers.com
Milwaukee Drops Opener At Auburn, 83-73--uwmpanthers.com
Jordan Named Horizon League Freshman Of The Week--uwmpanthers.com
Milwaukee Rolls Past Minnesota-Crookston, 75-54--uwmpanthers.com
Milwaukee Falls To IUPUI, 70-68--uwmpanthers.com
Arians To Redshirt 2014-15 Season--uwmpanthers.com
Milwaukee’s Strong Second Half Not Enough At Oklahoma State--uwmpanthers.com
Milwaukee Opens Play in Vegas Monday Versus Louisiana--uwmpanthers.com

UWM three players to watch--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Green pours in 36 as Panthers win opener--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers filled with fresh faces--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Red-hot Panthers cool down quickly--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM women fall to Bowling Green--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
New Season Presents New Challenges for the Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Women’s Basketball Adds Four In Early Signing Period--uwmpanthers.com
Green’s Monster Effort Sends UWM To Win In Opener--uwmpanthers.com
Second-Half Heartbreak As Panthers Fall To North Dakota--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers Can’t Ground Falcons In Second Half--uwmpanthers.com

High school basketball Preseason Fab 15: No. 10, Zionsville--The Indy Star
Zionsville, which was 11-2 through January last season, will have one of the most experienced teams in Central Indiana. Derrik Smits, a 7-foot Valparaiso recruit, is the top returning scorer (10.6 ppg) and also averaged 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots. The left-handed Smits shot 54 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free-throw line last season.

Smits, the son of former Indiana Pacer Rik Smits, has battled injuries throughout his career, but can be one of the best players in the state when healthy and motivated.
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Zionsville will get a significant boost with the return of Cassius Smits-Francisco, a 6-8, 225-pound sophomore who should be back in mid-December as he recovers from surgery from an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his knee. Smits-Francisco, the cousin of Smits, is receiving early recruiting interest from Ball State, Indiana State, Ole Miss, Purdue and Valparaiso.

"He's progressing nicely," Busick said. "He's been working hard in the weight room and is putting on a lot of muscle. He's going to have to get back into a rhythm and back into a flow, but he's going to help us."
Valparaiso to honor Bartow's father before game--Johnson City Press
College basketball: Yeo is back to ruling the court--South Bend Tribune
Bethel's Clay Yeo Earns NCCAA and Crossroads League Player of the Week--BethelCollegePilots.com
Valpo bounces back against IU-South Bend--The Catch and Shoot
Mizzou Hoops Wrap-Up, Game 2: Valparaiso--Rock M Nation
Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso playing five games in first 10 days to start the season--The Post-Tribune
Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso zones out Arkansas-Pine Bluff to start tourney--The Post-Tribune
Homer Drew set to make ESPN broadcasting debut--The NWI Times
Valparaiso sophomore Peters ready to take control--The NWI Times
Crusaders come out strong in season-opening victory--The NWI Times
Offense struggles as Valparaiso falls in road opener--The NWI Times
Valparaiso junior Walker eager to make presence felt after long wait--The NWI Times
Crusaders pour it on in rout of IU-South Bend--The NWI Times
Skara wasting little time making presence felt at VU--The NWI Times
Peters leads Crusaders in wire-to-wire victory--The NWI Times
Valparaiso uses 53-point first half to win early morning men's hoops contest--The NWI Times
Crusaders command Titans--The Torch
Valparaiso Waxes Maine 93-70--Valpo Daily
Crusaders Fall at Missouri--valpoathletics.com
Game Day Parking: 2014-15 Men's Basketball--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Basketball Preview--valpoathletics.com
Balanced Offense Leads Valpo Past IUSB--valpoathletics.com
Crusaders Use Inside Presence to Down UAPB--valpoathletics.com
Peters Sets New Career High in Win Over Maine--valpoathletics.com

Women’s Basketball: Valparaiso beats NIU for first time in school history--The Post-Tribune
Women’s Basketball: Jessica Carr kicks into gear as Valparaiso cruises--The Post-Tribune
Hamlet eager to make an impact for the Crusaders--The NWI Times
Dean’s career night pushes Valparaiso past Butler--The NWI Times
Strong offense propels Valparaiso women to third victory--The NWI Times
Crusader Women Open Season with a Bang--valpoathletics.com
Franklin's First Career Double-Double Leads Crusaders Past NIU--valpoathletics.com
Crusaders Dial It Up From Deep to Defeat Tennessee Tech--valpoathletics.com

Wright State wins a back and forth battle over Belmont to win 73-70--Mid-Major Madness
Wright State Raiders vs. Bowling Green Falcons Final: Falcons move to 2-0 with win--Hustle Belt
Griffin ready to provide more offense, if needed, for Wright State--Dayton Daily News
New-look Raiders have potential in Donlon’s fifth season--Dayton Daily News
WSU tips off season against Belmont--Dayton Daily News
WSU-BELMONT PREVIEW--Dayton Daily News
Raiders charge into season with 73-70 win in opener--Dayton Daily News
WSU win comes with a painful cost--Dayton Daily News
Raiders right back at it today against Ohio Dominican--Dayton Daily News
Raiders outlast Division II ODU--Dayton Daily News
Thomasson comes up big on boards for WSU--Dayton Daily News
Raiders ready for rare matinee at Bowling Green--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State v. Bowling Green--Dayton Daily News
Raiders look to bounce back from loss--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State v. Charleston Southern--Dayton Daily News
Incredible comeback lifts Raiders over Belmont 73-70--RaiderRoundball.com
Late Raider run pulls out victory over D-II Ohio Dominican--RaiderRoundball.com
Wright State Gets Win over Charleston Southern 86-79--Rowdy Review
Eye on the Raiders Blog: Game 3 preview, the road begins--The Guardian
Raider spotlight: Kendall Griffin has yet another season interrupted--The Guardian
Men’s basketball weekly notebook>--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Second half dooms Raiders--The Guardian
Men Rally for Season-Opening Win Over Belmont--wsuraiders.com
Men Slip Past Ohio Dominican--wsuraiders.com
Hopkins Honored Twice--wsuraiders.com
Men Fall at Bowling Green--wsuraiders.com
Five in Double Figures as Men Win at Charleston Southern--wsuraiders.com

Raiders loaded for another run at NCAA Tournament--Dayton Daily News
WSU women win home opener--Dayton Daily News
Women’s basketball: Raiders lose Demmings for rest of the season--The Guardian
Women’s basketball: Offensive rebounding keys Wright State--The Guardian
Women’s basketball: Wright State defends in win--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Raiders welcome back Yoho--The Guardian
Women Win Season Opener at Austin Peay--wsuraiders.com
Mingo's 30 Leads Women Past Lipscomb--wsuraiders.com
Mingo Named Horizon League Player of the Week--wsuraiders.com
Women Defeat Murray State in Home Opener--wsuraiders.com
Women Pull Away from Southern Illinois--wsuraiders.com

YSU men’s team will be busy--Youngstown Vindicator
Hain’s foul trouble hurts YSU in loss to Kent--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins rebound for 1st win--Youngstown Vindicator
Keene, Stewart get career bests in YSU’s defeat--Youngstown Vindicator
Eastern Michigan takes down YSU men--Youngstown Vindicator
Balanced scoring lead YSU men to victory--Youngstown Vindicator
Kent State holds off Youngstown State 69-61--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State beats Oberlin College 71-53--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU men trying to find their way--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Downs North Carolina-Greensboro 76-67--Guin Report
Basketball Season Tips Off for Penguins--The Jambar
Men’s Basketball Falls To Kent State--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Adds Latin Davis During Early Signing Period--ysusports.com
Men's Basketball Adds Jordan Andrews During Early Signing Period--ysusports.com
Amiker, Hain Lead Penguins in Opener Against Kent State--ysusports.com
Penguins Pick Up First Win Of Season Beating Oberlin, 71-53--ysusports.com
Men's Basketball Adds Forward Devin Haygood During Early Signing Period--ysusports.com
Keene, Stewart Go For Career Highs in 75-63 Loss at Central Michigan--ysusports.com
Four Score in Double Figures in Men's Basketball's 71-62 Loss to Eastern Michigan>--ysusports.com
Five Score in Doubles to Lead Men's Basketball Past Longwood, 82-72--ysusports.com
Keene, Hain Lead Men's Basketball Past UNCG, 76-67--ysusports.com

Golden chance to beat Flashes--Youngstown Vindicator
Eight-minute surge powers YSU women--Youngstown Vindicator
Defense clamps down to keep women unbeaten--Youngstown Vindicator
Schlegel Named to Preseason All-Conference Team--The Jambar
Penguins Look for First 2-0 Start in Three Years--The Jambar
Offensive Explosion Pushes Penguins Past Kent State--The Jambar
Meet Morgan Olson--ysusports.com
Meet Krista Pietropola--ysusports.com
Meet Kelley Wright--ysusports.com
Five Talented Ohioans Sign NLIs to Play Women’s Basketball at Youngstown State--ysusports.com
Women’s Basketball Starts Season With 83-61 Win Over Niagara--ysusports.com
Arbanas Named Horizon League Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week
Penguins Match Largest Victory Ever Over Kent State, 68-49--ysusports.com
Defense Strong Again as YSU Beats Radford, 70-44--ysusports.com

Jeter and his Panthers Focused on Different Kind of Title Defense--Horizon League Network
After Two Trips to Championship, Wright State Looking to Breakthrough in 2015--Horizon League Network
Young Valpo Squad Seeks Fourth Consecutive Postseason--Horizon League Network
Titans Hope Offseason Changes Pay Dividends this Year--Horizon League Network
SYKES SHOW: Phoenix prepared for life without Brown--Horizon League Network
2014-15 Signing Central--Horizon League Network
NCAA Selects Indianapolis as Site of 2021 NCAA Men's Final Four--Horizon League Network
Detroit, Valpo and Wright State Victorious on Opening Night--Horizon League Network
Green Bay Opens Season With Blowout Win--Horizon League Network
Strong Second Periods Send WSU & YSU to Victories--Horizon League Network
Horizon League Announces Television Partnership with American Sports Network--Horizon League Network
Sykes Tabbed to Wooden Award Preseason Top 50--Horizon League Network
Indianapolis Tabbed to Host 2017 First, Second Rounds of NCAA Tournament--Horizon League Network
WSU's Hopkins, UWM's Jordan Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network
The Blessing Behind the Hardship: The Story of McCune's Mother--Horizon League Network
Three Wins for #HLMBB on Monday Night--Horizon League Network
CSU & Valpo Cruise to Victory on Wednesday Night--Horizon League Network
Peters Leads Valpo to Win--Horizon League Network
Three Wins on Saturday for #HLMBB--Horizon League Network
Valpo & YSU Wrap Up Tourneys With Wins--Horizon League Network

Four Teams Win on #HLWBB Opening Night--Horizon League Network
#HLWBB Goes Undefeated Over Weekend--Horizon League Network
Wright State's Mingo and Youngstown State's Arbanas Collect #HLWBB Honors--Horizon League Network
UIC Defeats Northern Illinois in Monday Night #HLWBB Action--Horizon League Network
Youngstown State Picks Up Second Win Tuesday Night--Horizon League Network
Green Bay Upsets No. 24 Purdue in Double-Overtime--Horizon League Network

Sunday, November 9, 2014

News On The Horizon 11/9/2014

CBSSports.com's Top 100 players in college hoops for 2014-15--Eye On College Basketball
45. KEIFER SYKES (GREEN BAY)

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 AM--csuvikings.com
CSU Athletics Expands 216 HOOPY HOUR For Basketball Games--csuvikings.com
Vikings Host Malone in Exhibition on Monday Night--csuvikings.com

Women’s Basketball Tabbed Third In Preseason Poll--csuvikings.com
Women's Basketball Set To Host Lake Erie In Exhibition Contest--csuvikings.com

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

▪ 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 Style--detroittitans.com
Men's Basketball Hosts Marygrove in Exhibition Finale--detroittitans.com
Donate To Gleaners Community Food Bank & Receive A Free Basketball Game Ticket--detroittitans.com

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

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.”
BASKETBALL SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE--ougrizzlies.com
GREG KAMPE RADIO SHOW LIVE AT THE RED OX ON WEDNESDAY--ougrizzlies.com
PETROS' FINAL SEASON A CULMINATION OF DETERMINATION AND LEADERSHIP LEARNED--ougrizzlies.com
OAKLAND CLOSES OUT EXHIBITION PLAY AGAINST ST. XAVIER ON FRIDAY NIGHT--ougrizzlies.com
GOLDEN GRIZZLIES CLIP ST. XAVIER, 87-72, IN FINAL EXHIBITION--ougrizzlies.com

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

Men's basketball wins preseason opener--Oakland Post
OAKLAND SELECTED SIXTH IN PRESEASON LEAGUE POLL--ougrizzlies.com

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 D-League--uicflames.com
Men's Basketball: Getting to Know the Newcomers - Jay Harris--uicflames.com
Men's Basketball Hosts Beloit in Exhibition Game on Thursday--uicflames.com
UIC Claims 70-54 Exhibition Win Against Beloit College--uicflames.com

UIC Wins Exhibition Contest Over St. Xavier, 71-60--uicflames.com
Ruvanna Campbell Voted Preseason First-Team All-Horizon League--uicflames.com

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 List--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay to Open Season with Military Appreciation Day--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Veteran Volunteer to Receive Phoenix Hero Award--GreenBayPhoenix.com

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 Year--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Women's Basketball Ready for Final Exhibition Game--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Kraker Helps Green Bay Sprint Past Titans for Exhibition Win--GreenBayPhoenix.com

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 Basketball--uwmpanthers.com
Milwaukee To Face Platteville In Men's Basketball Exhibition Action Thursday--uwmpanthers.com
Second-Half Spurt Sends Milwaukee Past Platteville, 68-54--uwmpanthers.com

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

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 Basketball--valpoathletics.com
Crusaders Open November with Exhibition Win over Grand Valley State--valpoathletics.com

Crusaders Pegged 8th in Horizon League Preseason Poll--valpoathletics.com

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 Findlay--wsuraiders.com

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
Kim's Kountdown--wsuraiders.com
Women Picked Second; Demmings, Mingo First Team--wsuraiders.com


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

Women’s Basketball to Hold Public Exhibition Game This Saturday--ysusports.com
Schlegel Named Preseason All-Horizon League; Penguins Picked to Finish Fourth--ysusports.com
Meet Nikki Arbanas--ysusports.com
Meet Indiya Benjamin--ysusports.com

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