Saturday, December 20, 2014

News On The Horizon 12/20/2014


The Morning Dish – Friday, December 19, 2014--Big Apple Buckets
Thursday’s action:
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Virginia eased past Cleveland State 70-54, using its usual formula of terrific defense with patient and productive offense. UVA shot 50% and committed just six turnovers.
Anton Grady key to Cleveland State's success - College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Easily Defeated by No. 6 Virginia 70-54--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State (5-6) Takes On San Francisco (6-5)--Vikings Ball
CSU Returns Home to Host San Francisco--csuvikings.com--Vikings Ball

Vikings Travel To Morehead State For Sunday Contest--csuvikings.com

Detroit women's great Williams to have number retired--The Detroit News
Detroit Set For Saturday Showdown With Western Michigan On Alumni Day--detroittitans.com

GAME 12: OAKLAND AT PITT--ougrizzlies.com

OAKLAND READY FOR FINAL HOME GAME OF 2014 AGAINST INDIANA--ougrizzlies.com

UWGB women vs. Vermont: What to watch for--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Closes 2014 Home Schedule with Vermont on Saturday--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Panthers seek consistency on the road--PantherU
Milwaukee Men’s Basketball Expected To Earn Perfect APR Score--uwmpanthers.com

Panthers Conclude 2014 Home Slate Sunday Against Cougars--uwmpanthers.com

College Basketball: Valparaiso’s Adekoya suspended two games--The Post-Tribune
Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso’s busy weekend starts with test against IPFW--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders winding down non-conference play--The NWI Times
Crusaders Take On IPFW, Goshen This Weekend--valpoathletics.com

Women’s Basketball: Valparaiso (3-7) at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (3-6)--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders and Cougars Tangle Saturday in Edwardsville--valpoathletics.com

WSU's Thomasson limiting mistakes as comfort level grows--Dayton Daily News

Women Open BTI Invitational With Win Over Denver--wsuraiders.com

YSU men bounce back to blow out Wilberforce--Youngstown Vindicator
Hain has 17 and 17, Youngstown State beats Wilberforce 92-71--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Thumps Wilberforce 92-71--Guin Report
Coach Slocum Posts Win No. 696 in 92-71 Win Over Wilberforce--ysusports.com

YSU women crush Ohio Valley--Youngstown Vindicator
Women's Basketball Remain Unbeaten; Defeats Ohio Valley, 84-33--ysusports.com

Late Run Sends WSU to Victory--Horizon League Network
Hot Shooting Penguins Pull Away in Win--Horizon League Network

Youngstown State, Wright State Win in Matinee Contests Friday--Horizon League Network

Thursday, December 18, 2014

News On The Horizon 12/19/2014


The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 18, 2014--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu:
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Cleveland State at Virginia (7 p.m. EST, ESPNU) It’s hard to bet against the Cavaliers with how they’re playing. The Vikings have been a mild disappointment plagued by suspensions and inconsistency, but they’re good enough to make this interesting if the Wahoos are off.
Pregame Shootaround: Is Duke-UConn a rivalry?--CollegeBasketballTalk
Five Things to Watch For:

1. Cleveland State at No. 6 Virginia, 7:00 p.m.: Cleveland State is pretty good this season, having given Louisville everything that they can handle earlier this year. Virginia, like Louisville, is tough as nails defensively, but instead of pressing, they play packline as well as anyone.
Cleveland State falls to No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers, 70-54--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State 86, MVNU 40: Lewis Ties 3-Point Record in Vikings Victory--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Easily Defeated by No. 6 Virginia 70-54--Vikings Ball
Vikings Fall at #6 Virginia, 70-54--csuvikings.com

Vikings Fall To Niagara On Health & Physical Education Day--csuvikings.com

Detroit (6-5) vs. Rhode Island (6-3)--Titans Update
Bring in the New Year at Calihan Hall--detroittitans.com
Road Trip Sends Titans to Rhode Island--detroittitans.com

Titans Buzz Through Delaware State, 74-52, For Coach Rademacher’s Record-Setting 94th Victory--detroittitans.com

Oakland (4-7) Takes On Pittsburgh (7-3)--Grizz Gang
OAKLAND BASKETBALL ALL-ACCESS SHOW AIRS ON FOX SPORTS DETROIT--ougrizzlies.com

Women's Basketball Set for Two Games in Las Vegas--uicflames.com

Morning Coffee: Amere May, Old Dominion, and Green Bay--Mid-Major Madness
Green Bay (8-2) vs. Arkansas-Little Rock (4-4)--Phoenix Fever

Strong opening month sets tone for UWGB women--Green Bay Press Gazette

Milwaukee (5-6) vs. SIU Edwardsville (1-7)--UWM Update
Milwaukee Opens Five-Game Road Swing At SIUE Saturday--uwmpanthers.com

Women's Basketball Participates In Kids2Kids Toy Donation--uwmpanthers.com

Wright State Takes Down Western Carolina 69-56--Rowdy Review
Men’s basketball: Raiders win fourth in a row powered by another Yoho double-double--The Guardian
Men Pull Away Late for 69-56 Win at Western Carolina--wsuraiders.com

Men’s Basketball Hosts Wilberforce Friday--ysusports.com

Penguins Host Ohio Valley on Friday in Kids Field Trip Game--ysusports.com

Interview: Grant Benzinger--Horizon League Network

Interview: Dani Franklin--Horizon League Network
Titans Down Delaware State, 74-52--Horizon League Network

News On The Horizon 12/18/2014


Michigan State's Forbes finally sheds brace--The Detroit News
CSU Travels to #6 Virginia For Game on ESPNU--csuvikings.com

Women's Basketball Set To Host Niagara On Health & Physical Education Day--csuvikings.com

O26 Game of the Week: Hawkeye State Showdown, Harvard-Virginia & SDSU-Cincy…--Rush The Court
Stars Aligned: Great Individual Match-Ups
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Detroit’s Juwan Howard Jr. vs. Rhode Island’s E.C. Matthews – 4:00 PM ET, Saturday. Matthews is from Detroit; Howard plays for Detroit. Matthews is a future NBA first-rounder; Howard is the son of a former NBA first-rounder. Matthews is a high-scoring (17.1 PPG), 6’5” sophomore; Howard, an even higher-scoring (19.5 PPG) 6’5” senior. There’s all sorts of intrigue in this game (both teams also happen to be pretty good), and this match-up is at the top of the list.
Detroit Falls to UCF 75-70--Titans Update
Titans Late Run Falls Short at UCF, 75-70--detroittitans.com

Two-Game Homestand Begins With Delaware State On Thursday--detroittitans.com

Oakland Blown Out by No. 3 Arizona 101-64--Grizz Gang
NO. 3 ARIZONA HANDS OAKLAND 101-64 LOSS--ougrizzlies.com

OAKLAND OUTLASTS TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI, 61-54--ougrizzlies.com

UIC overmatched by SMU in 67-46 loss--The Catch and Shoot
High-scoring ways earn Horizon honors for Harris--UIC News
Harris nets Horizon honors--Whoosh!Net
OT Heartbreak--Whoosh!Net
UIC Blown Out by Southern Methodist 67-46--Flame Fanatic
UIC's Second Half Run Falls Short at SMU, 67-46--uicflames.com

Green Bay with an off-the-glass alley-oop in a half court set (VIDEO)--CollegeBasketballTalk
Aggressive UWGB men cruise past Morehead State--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Destroys Morehead State 66-50--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay 66, Morehead State 50 | Five Things--Phear The Phoenix
Quick Start Lifts Green Bay to 16-Point Win--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Valpo Basketball Preview--valpoathletics.com

Women's Basketball Announces Summer Camp Dates--valpoathletics.com

Wright State-Western Carolina preview--Dayton Daily News
Raiders rolling into game at Western Carolina--Dayton Daily News
Wright State (7-4) Takes On Western Carolina (3-7)--Rowdy Review

Slocum unhappy with YSU’s effort in loss--Youngstown Vindicator
Kennesaw State beats Youngstown State 90-84--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Downed by Kennesaw State 90-84--Guin Report
Bobby Hain Registers Fifth Double-Double in 90-84 Loss to Kennesaw State--ysusports.com

YSU women remain perfect with OT win over Robert Morris--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU Grinds for a 73-65 Overtime Win at Robert Morris--ysusports.com

#HLMBB Weekly - December 17th, 2014--Horizon League Network
Fast Start Leads to Green Bay Win--Horizon League Network

#HLWBB Weekly - December 17th, 2014--Horizon League Network
YSU Comes Back in OT Win, Oakland is Victorious on the Road--Horizon League Network

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

News On The Horizon 12/17/2014

Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of Dec. 15--The Catch and Shoot
10. Green Bay (7-2). Last week: 11

Green Bay blew by Drake in its first home game against a Division I opponent. The Phoenix are at home again this week against Morehead State.
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20. Valparaiso (10-2). Last week: 23

Valparaiso edged Ball State over the weekend for its 10 win. Next up for the Crusaders is a Saturday game at IPFW.

MSU notes: Bryn Forbes cleared to lose hand brace--The Detroit Free Press
Winning can come in many styles for Akron, Cleveland State and Kent State: College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State basketball and STO join hands for four TV games--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State overwhelms Mount Vernon Nazarene, 86-40--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State has tough stretch ahead before league play begins: College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Four Cleveland State Games To Air On SportsTime Ohio--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Takes Loss against Bowling Green 67-57--Vikings Ball
Lewis Ties CSU Record as Vikings Top Mount Vernon--csuvikings.com
Four Cleveland State Games To Air On SportsTime Ohio--csuvikings.com

Starting Five All Score In Double-Figures As CSU Defeats Belmont, 89-86--csuvikings.com

Detroit Tripped Up by No. 11 Wichita State 77-68--Titans Update
Detroit (6-4) Faces UCF (5-4)--Titans Update
UDM Night at the Palace Scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 4--detroittitans.com
Titans Begin Eight Day Road Trip at Central Florida--detroittitans.com

Crosby Tabbed Horizon League Player Of The Week--detroittitans.com
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, Alumni Day Set For This Week’s Women’s Hoops Action--detroittitans.com

Michigan State crushes Oakland 87-61--The Oakland Press
Oakland Loses Big against Michigan State 87-61--Grizz Gang
Oakland (4-6) and No. 3 Arizona (10-0) Square Off--Grizz Gang
NO. 3 ARIZONA HANDS OAKLAND 101-64 LOSS--ougrizzlies.com

RECORD OFFENSIVE OUTBURST OVERWHELMS CONCORDIA, 109-62--ougrizzlies.com
OAKLAND TRAVELS TO TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI ON WEDNESDAY--ougrizzlies.com

Illinois College Basketball Rankings for the Week of Dec. 15--The Catch and Shoot
8. UIC (3-7). Last week: 10

UIC ended a three-game losing streak Thursday with a solid win against UCF. The Flames wrap up a four-game home stand Monday against Tennessee-Martin.
Chicago Weekly Awards: Dec. 15--The Catch and Shoot
Jay Harris named Horizon League Player of the Week--The Catch and Shoot
After second half comeback, UIC falls in overtime to Tennessee-Martin--The Catch and Shoot
Harris smoking as Flames end skid--Whoosh!Net
UIC Narrowly Defeated by Tennessee-Martin 81-78 in OT--Flame Fanatic
UIC (3-8) vs. Southern Methodist (6-3)--Flame Fanatic
Jay Harris Named Horizon League Player of the Week--uicflames.com
UIC Forced OT in Near Comeback, Fell to UT-Martin, 81-78--uicflames.com
Flames Journey to SMU for Wednesday Night Battle--uicflames.com

Women’s squad 6-0 at home with latest win--UIC News
Women's Basketball Stays Unbeaten At Home--uicflames.com

Green Bay Slams Drake 64-48--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay (7-2) Squares Off with Morehead State (4-8)--Phoenix Fever
GB now #6 in both mid-major polls--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay Hosts Morehead State on Wednesday Night--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Matt Tiby settles down, steps up with double-double--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Waxes Montana 73-58--UWM Update

Valparaiso Survives Ball State 65-62--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso (10-2) Battles IPFW (6-3)--Valpo Daily
Cornelison to Sing National Anthem at ARC--valpoathletics.com

Franklin Collects Second HL Freshman of the Week Award--valpoathletics.com

Men’s basketball: Sledge’s chapter at WSU comes to a close--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Playing for milkshakes--The Guardian
Benzinger Named Freshman of the Week--wsuraiders.com

Women’s basketball: Snowstorm gives Reed chance to return for one final game in her hometown--The Guardian
Women’s basketball: WSU’s Van der Keijl impressive in win over Otterbein--The Guardian
Women Set Division I Scoring Record Against Otterbein--wsuraiders.com

Guins Start Busy Five-Day Stretch at Robert Morris on Wednesday--ysusports.com

Cleveland State and UIC Display Strong Showings at Home Tuesday--Horizon League Network

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

News On The Horizon 12/16/2014

The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 4, 2014--Hoopville
Wednesday nights’s action: A very busy night
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Valparaiso is now an impressive 8-1. The Crusaders defeated Eastern Kentucky 72-66 on the road for their sixth straight win. Continue familiarizing with the name Alec Peters; the Valpo sophomore scored 21 in this one, hitting 7 of 8 from three-point range. The Crusaders’ only loss was at Missouri, so hold off on predicting a duplication of that 1998 Sweet 16 run, but still a terrific start for Bryce Drew’s team.
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Today’s Menu
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UW-Green Bay at Georgia State These two are playing a home-and-home this month, and it’s a smart move, given both are going to struggle getting any kind of quality non-conference games. Keifer Sykes against R.J. Hunter or Ryan Harrow would be must-see TV…if this one was on TV.
Pregame Shootaround: College basketball finally takes over Saturday--CollegeBasketballTalk
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR:
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A fun matchup of experienced point guards and some teams with scoring punch as Green Bay (5-2) travels to Miami to face the No. 15 Hurricanes. The Phoenix have senior guard Keifer Sykes and a team that is looking for a NCAA Tournament appearance and a win against an unbeaten Miami team would be great for the resume. Miami will counter with Angel Rodriguez and Shelden McClellan and both transfers have played well this season.

Speaking of Horizon League teams off to a solid start, 8-1 Valparaiso hosts New Mexico in its final chance to earn a nice non-conference win before conference season begins. Crusaders forward Alec Peters is one of the most underrated scorers in the country, as he’s currently shooting 59 percent from the field and 60 percent from the three-point line for the season.
Thursday Viewer's Guide: A slow night highlighted by a fast game--Eye On College Basketball

Thursday Viewer's Guide: A slow night highlighted by a fast game
By Sam Vecenie | CBSSports.com
December 4, 2014 3:11 am ET
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Another one to watch -- Green Bay at Georgia State (7 ET): Your number one team in the RPI isn't Kentucky, Duke or Louisville. Nor is it Texas, Arizona or Gonzaga. Actually, it's the Green Bay Phoenix, who will take that accomplishment into Georgia to face against R.J. Hunter and the Panthers. While it's basically an empty accomplishment becuase the 5-1 Phoenix haven't played a home game yet against a Division I opponent, Green Bay still features one of the best players in the country in Keifer Sykes and could be an at-large team this year. However, it'll be an underdog on the road against Hunter and the Panthers, as the potential first-round pick has scored at least 27 points in each of his previous three games. Really, really good matchup here.

Matchup to watch -- Jordan Fouse vs. R.J. Hunter: From the previously mentioned Green Bay-Georgia State matchup, this matchup on the wing should tell the tale of the game. Fouse is one of the most underappreciated defensive players in the country -- a 6-foot-7 wing that can athletically stop anyone because of his motor and length. On the other end, Hunter is, simply put, one of the best scorers in the country. He's one of the best shooters in all of the NCAA, as well as a good pick-and-roll player who can get into the lane. This is a really good matchup that will be interesting to see unfold if coach Brian Wardle decides to let it happen.
Horizon League Power Rankings: Green Bay’s big win over Miami keeps the Phoenix ahead of the pack--The Catch and Shoot

Big Ten M5: 12.05.14 Edition--Rush The Court
Michigan State came up short in South Bend when they fell to Notre Dame by a point in overtime, but one of the bright spots in the game was the shooting of Cleveland State transfer Bryan Forbes. The 6’3″ junior guard scored 18 points, which included a 4-of-4 mark from deep. Forbes was not only accurate but timely, as he scored on a jumper at 9:03 in the second half that ended an 8-2 Irish run. Unfortunately for the Spartans, Forbes inexplicably did not take another shot after that. Moving forward, it’s going to be necessary to bring him more into the offense as Tom Izzo does not have as much offensive talent as he’s grown accustomed to having these last 15 years.
Defense still issue for struggling Miami Heat in loss to Milwaukee Bucks--Miami Herald
Starter Luol Deng missed the game with a bruised hand, and Danny Granger started at small forward. In addition to Deng’s absence, point guard Norris Cole wasn’t available because of an illness. The Heat started Granger, Bosh, Wade and Josh McRoberts, with Mario Chalmers at point guard.
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▪ The four steals by Chalmers in the first quarter were the most by a Heat player in any quarter this season. Cole held the previous high with three steals in a quarter on Nov.14 in Atlanta.
For starters: Miami Heat at Memphis Grizzlies--South Florida Sun Sentinel
A look at the starting lineups, inactives, referees and a pregame note of note for Sunday's 6 p.m. game between the Heat and Grizzlies at FedExForum (TV: Sun Sports. Radio: 790-AM, 104.3-FM, 106.3-FM, 710-AM-Spanish), with Deng and Cole back for the Heat.
MSU 85, Ark.-PB 52: Tom Izzo pleased, then disappointed--The Detroit Free Press
Senior forward Branden Dawson had 12 points and seven rebounds, junior guard Bryn Forbes scored 12 points, freshman forward Marvin Clark Jr. had 10, and junior guard Denzel Valentine had eight points, eight assists and six rebounds.
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"I mean it's finals week, that's stressful," Forbes said. "But to get our bodies right, that'll be good."
Bryn Forbes' offense for MSU doesn't excuse his defense--The Detroit News
Trice and junior forward Matt Costello each scored 15 to top MSU's five players in double figures. Senior forward Branden Dawson and junior guard Bryn Forbes each had 12 points and freshman forward Marvin Clark Jr. 10. That is Costello's career high.
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Forbes (non-shooting hand) said the brace is getting smaller and he hopes to play without any brace in the next week or two.
Turnovers doom Cleveland State in 59-54 loss to Toledo--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State makes it look easy in 76-54 win over Western Illinois--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Division I Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State (4-4): Unlike Akron, which has found all the pieces to its puzzle, Cleveland State has a missing piece that can't be filled by the current roster. No consistent post presence leaves incumbent and undersized pivot Anton Grady (6-8, 225) open to almost instant foul trouble against bigger centers.

In Cleveland State's loss to Toledo, Grady played 15 minutes and was in foul trouble two minutes into the game. In CSU's victory, he played 29 minutes and had only one foul. Grady scored 14 points in the victory and head coach Gary Waters said the game plan used against Western Illinois, forcing 21 turnovers, will be consistent from now on.

CSU will pressure the opposition, leading to more steals and layups while keeping the ball from getting inside where Grady becomes exposed.

"We have to keep him on the floor,'' Waters said. "We need his scoring."

The other mandate Waters has given is no more than 15 3-point attempts per game. CSU was 9-of-16 against WIU. "And only four players are allowed to shoot them," he said.

Those four are guards Trey Lewis and Charlie Lee, along with forwards Marlin Mason and Vinny Zollo.
Cleveland State strong early but fades at Bowling Green, 67-57--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Toledo 59, Cleveland State 54: Vikings offense stalls in Lee's return--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State 76, Western Illinois 54: New Look Vikings Roll Past Leathernecks--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State-BGSU preview--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Stumbles with Loss to Toledo 59-54--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State Thumps Western Illinois 76-54--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State (4-4) Battles Bowling Green (5-2)--Vikings Ball
Strong Defensive Effort Lifts CSU Past Western Illinois, 76-54--csuvikings.com
CSU Falls at Bowling Green, 67-57--csuvikings.com
Vikings Return Home to Host Mt. Vernon Nazarene--csuvikings.com

Cleveland State women rally to beat Kent State, 69-67--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Upend East Carolina, 59-57--csuvikings.com
Viking Seniors Lead CSU To 69-67 Victory Over Kent State--csuvikings.com

Saturday Notes – December 13, 2014--Hoopville
Wichita State 77, Detroit 68: Detroit led for a lot of the second half, so they continue to show promise in non-conference play. Still, this game was there for them at one point before it got away from them.
No. 11 Wichita State rallies past Detroit--USA Today
Kings can’t find shooting touch in loss to Detroit--Sacramento Bee
Malone changed his substitution pattern off the bench. Instead of Ramon Sessions, second-year guard Ray McCallum backed up Collison.

McCallum hadn’t played in four of the previous five games. He had seven points and two assists.

Malone said he would take the rotation on a game-by-game basis but was pleased with McCallum’s play.
Perry Watson being inducted into U of D Hall of Fame--The Detroit News
Detroit Picks Up Win against South Florida 67-57--Titans Update
Detroit (6-3) Faces No. 11 Wichita State (6-1)--Titans Update
Titans Host South Florida on Saturday--detroittitans.com
Titans Horn South Florida Bulls, 67-57--detroittitans.com
UDM Announces Kane Eligible For Saturday’s Game Against No. 11 Wichita State--detroittitans.com
Hall Of Fame Profiles: Perry Watson--detroittitans.com
Trinity Donates 500 Tickets to Local Community Groups--detroittitans.com
Titans Host No. 11 Wichita State Saturday on ESPNU--detroittitans.com
Detroit Basketball Ticket "Flash Sale" Begins Friday--detroittitans.com
Titans Battle in 77-68 Loss to No. 11 Wichita State--detroittitans.com

Finals Week Has Madonna Visiting Detroit On Monday--detroittitans.com
Reynolds Selected Horizon League Player of the Week--detroittitans.com
Detroit Women's Basketball Defeats Madonna--detroittitans.com
Detroit Begins Glass City Classic With Southeast Missouri On Saturday--detroittitans.com
Titans Upended By Southeast Missouri In Saturday Matinee At Glass City Classic--detroittitans.com
En Fuego! Titans Break School Three-Point Record In Firing Past Toledo--detroittitans.com

Michigan State Basketball: Oakland University preview--isportsweb
Miller: Dayton will learn from loss to Arkansas--Dayton Daily News
Bass’ game: Dayton guard Ryan Bass played a season-high 20 minutes. He averaged 6.8 minutes in his first four games since returning from a concussion.

Bass had five points, two rebounds, two assists and one turnover. He helped the Flyers deal with a full-court press that gave them fits in the first half.
Oakland Pounds Rochester (MI) 84-52--Grizz Gang
Oakland Narrowly Beats Morehead State 70-68 in OT--Grizz Gang
Oakland (4-5) vs. No. 19 Michigan State (6-3)--Grizz Gang
Golden Grizzlies 'not ready for spotlight', fall to Spartans 87-61--Oakland Post
OAKLAND BEGINS ROAD SWING AT MOREHEAD STATE--ougrizzlies.com
GOLDEN GRIZZLIES PREVAIL OVER MOREHEAD STATE IN OT, 70-68--ougrizzlies.com
DANIELS NAMED HORIZON LEAGUE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK--ougrizzlies.com
Oakland Falls to No. 23 Michigan State, 87-61--ougrizzlies.com

OAKLAND HITS ROAD FOR MATCHUP AT BALL STATE ON SATURDAY--ougrizzlies.com
OAKLAND DROPS ROAD GAME AT BALL STATE, 75-50--ougrizzlies.com
HAVING THE FIGHTING SPIRIT--ougrizzlies.com
OAKLAND SET TO HOST CONCORDIA ON MONDAY MORNING--ougrizzlies.com

Late Night Snacks: George Washington throttles DePaul--CollegeBasketballTalk
STARRED

1. Jay Harris (UIC)

Harris scored 32 points in the Flames’ 71-60 win over UCF.
UIC snaps skid with 71-60 win against UCF--The Catch and Shoot
Flames fall to rival Loyola at home Saturday--UIC News
Flames seek fourth victory after overcoming UCF--UIC News
Head-scratcher--Whoosh!Net
Cold day in city rivalry--Whoosh!Net
UIC Tripped Up by Loyola (Chicago) 77-67--Flame Fanatic
UIC Defeats UCF 71-60--Flame Fanatic
UIC (3-7) and Tennessee-Martin (5-2) Face Off--Flame Fanatic
Flames Fall to City-Rival Loyola, 77-67--uicflames.com
Flames Take Down Central Florida at Home, 71-60--uicflames.com
Flames Seek Fourth Home Win Against UT-Martin on Monday--uicflames.com

Women’s squad stays strong on defense against SIUE--UIC News
Women’s basketball off to best start in 19 years--UIC News
Women pile up wins for best start since ’81--UIC News
Women's Basketball Eases Past Western Illinois, 67-54--uicflames.com
Women's Basketball Seeks Best Start in D-I Era--uicflames.com
UIC Defeats EIU, 78-66, for Fourth Straight Victory--uicflames.com

The Morning Dish – Friday, December 5, 2014--Hoopville
Thursday nights’s action:
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Georgia State blew out Wisconsin-Green Bay 72-48. The first game of two between these teams was no contest. R.J. Hunter scored 26 and Ryan Harrow added 17. This was a statement for the Panthers. As for UWGB…what happened here? The Phoenix has now been blown out twice this year. One was at Wisconsin, and that’s going to happen to teams in Madison. Now it’s also happened against Georgia State-a good team to be sure, but not a good sign with a game at Miami (Fla.) up next.
Scanning the Nation Notebook – Dec. 10--Hoopville
In Wisconsin-Green Bay’s win over Miami, the very athletic Phoenix out-rebounded the Hurricanes 46-37 and, perhaps most impressive of all, it didn’t even take a huge game from Keifer Sykes to get this win. Sykes had 18, but seven of those came at the free throw line in the last 1:30. Sykes was just 5-for-15 from the field, but Carrington Love was the star with a career-high 20. UWGB hasn’t completely replaced the unique inside/outside game of seven-footer Alec Brown yet, but if more players can take scoring load off of Sykes, then look out.
Revisiting the Wildly Upsetting Weekend: Yale, Green Bay, NJIT, USC Upstate & North Florida--Rush The Court
No. 15 Miami to Green Bay--The Sporting News
Pregame Shootaround: No. 18 Iowa State hosts No. 20 Arkansas--CollegeBasketballTalk
Mid-Major Matchup of the Night: Green Bay at Georgia State, 7:00 p.m.

This is as good as it gets at this level. The Phoenix are led by one of the best point guards in the country in Keifer Sykes, and he will be going up against one of the nation’s best back court, regardless of level. R.J. Hunter is a pro, and Ryan Harrow and Kevin Ware are high-major players. This will be almost as exciting as when they square off in Atlanta later this month.
Late Night Snacks: LSU hands No. 16 West Virginia its first defeat--CollegeBasketballTalk
IMPORTANT OUTCOMES
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2. Georgia State 72, Green Bay 48

The Panthers got off to a good start offensively, and the same cannot be said for the Phoenix. End result: a 72-48 triumph for Ron Hunter’s team. R.J. Hunter scored 26 to lead the way for Georgia State, with Ryan Harrow adding 17 and eight assists. Keifer Sykes scored 16 points but he needed 15 shots to do so, and he was also Green Bay’s lone double-digit scorer.
Weekend Preview: Three great matchups, headlined by two top ten battles--CollegeBasketballTalk
UPSET WATCH:
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Green Bay at No. 15 Miami, Sat. 2:00 p.m.: The Phoenix may not pull this off, but Angel Rodriguez vs. Keifer Sykes will make watching them try worth the time.
Green Bay gets signature win on the road against unbeaten No. 15 Miami--CollegeBasketballTalk
Morning News: New Bracket, Arizona/Gonzaga Thriller, NJIT's Upset Of The Decade, Green Bay Over Miami, And More--Basketball Predictions
Green Bay Upsets Miami Green Bay was embarrassed in their last outing, losing by 24 points to Georgia State. But we knew that this was a good team that plays really tough defense along with the best player in the nation that casual fans don't know about - Keifer Sykes. Sykes only had 18 points here, but he hit seven consecutive clutch free throws in the final 90 seconds to put the game away. And Green Bay's defense completely shut down Angel Rodriguez (2-for-15 shooting, 3 assists) and held Miami to 0.81 PPP.

This was a game Green Bay had to have. It's their last game against a likely RPI Top 50 opponent, and it keeps alive their long shot hopes for an at-large bid. In the end, though, they're probably going to have to take the Horizon League. For Miami, this was something of a regression game after such a great start to the season. But there's never any reason to panic about a team after one bad game. The larger sample size still says that this is a borderline Top 25 quality team.
Weekend Viewer's Guide: Busy weekend includes two major games--Eye On College Basketball
Others:
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Green Bay continues its road trip, this time going to Miami to take on the Hurricanes after getting beaten handily by Georgia State. Miami is still unbeaten this year, and has looked excellent in doing so.
Night Court: Zona-Zaga epic; UVA gets road W v. VCU; Green Bay over Miami--Eye On College Basketball
Morning News: Iowa State Over Arkansas And LSU Over West Virginia. Also Talking University of Sciences, TCU And Georgia State.--Basketball Predictions
Georgia State Thumps Green Bay With Kevin Ware, Ryan Harrow and RJ Hunter all in their lineup, Georgia State got quite a bit of media hype preseason. Not as a bubble team, really, but as a team that could be a scary 12 or 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Things had gotten off to a slow start, though, with losses in their only two games against Pomeroy Top 200 opponents. But this was a total annihilation of a really good Green Bay team. George State had 61% of their two-pointers, compared to just 30% for Green Bay. They had a 34-to-18 advantage in paint scoring and a 20-to-4 advantage in fast break scoring. Even Keifer Sykes (16 points on 5-for-15 shooting) was shut down.

Was this performance a fluke or a sign of things to come for Georgia State? Their next game is a tough test, on the road at Old Dominion on December 17th. They also have a road re-match coming up at Green Bay on December 27th for some reason.

Green Bay heads on the road next to play the University of Miami on Saturday. But besides the Georgia State rematch, they likely will not face another RPI Top 100 opponent this season unless it's an intra-conference foe. In the end, it looks like the Horizon League will come down to them and Cleveland State, with Valparaiso hanging in as the dark horse.
Miami vs. Green Bay final score: Hurricanes undefeated season ends against Phoenix, 68-55--SBNation.com
UW-Green Bay men stun No. 15 Miami--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB men ready to settle back in at Resch--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix keeps rolling with win over Drake--Green Bay Press Gazette

Green Bay Pulls off Upset over No. 15 Miami (FL) 68-55
--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay (6-2) vs. Drake (1-7)--Phoenix Fever
Carrington Love shines in GB's upset at Miami--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay Posts Historic Road Win at No. 15/15 Miami--GreenBayPhoenix.com
NOTEBOOK: Tough Schedule, Strong Results Have Green Bay Atop RPI Rankings--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Phoenix Feature: Fouse Leads Phoenix Defense--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Sykes Starts Hot, Green Bay Steals Big Win Over Drake--GreenBayPhoenix.com

UWGB women at South Dakota State: What to watch--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women rally on road to beat Jackrabbits--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women vs. Wisconsin: What to watch for--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women outlast Badgers for 'ugly' win--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women’s Basketball rising quickly--UWGB Fourth Estate
Allie LeClaire Garners Freshman of the Week Award--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay Climbs Back to Knock Off SDSU in Closing Minutes--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay Guts Out 53-43 Win Over Rival Wisconsin--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Milwaukee vs. DePaul: 3-Point Preview--Big East Coast Bias
Milwaukee vs. DePaul: Halftime Notes--Big East Coast Bias
Wisconsin vs. Milwaukee preview: Will Badgers heed wake-up call?--Bucky's 5th Quarter
Wisconsin vs. UW-Milwaukee: 3 keys to Badgers' 93-54 win--Bucky's 5th Quarter
Panthers lose on a buzzer-beater--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers hit another low point--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
No pressure, no expectations for Panthers in game with No. 5 Badgers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Omaha hits three at buzzer to stun Panthers--UWM Post
Twice the Team: Badgers Beat Up On Little Brother Panthers--UWM Post
Panthers Seek to Stop Demons From Running--PantherU
Badgers present many game changers--PantherU
Beating Badgers a tall order--PantherU
Badgers overwhelm Panthers in rout--PantherU
Back in the saddle--PantherU
Panthers Get Back to Winning Ways--PantherU
Milwaukee Punished by DePaul 83-61--UWM Update
Milwaukee Punished by No. 5 Wisconsin 93-54--UWM Update
Milwaukee (4-6) Takes On Montana (3-5)--UWM Update
Panthers’ Winning Streak Snapped With 83-61 Loss At DePaul--uwmpanthers.com
No. 5/6 Wisconsin Too Much For Milwaukee--uwmpanthers.com
Total Team Effort Keys Milwaukee’s 73-58 Victory Over Montana--uwmpanthers.com

Panthers feast on turnovers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Indiana pulls away from UW-Milwaukee--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Fall On Buzzer-Beating Three-Pointer--uwmpanthers.com
Huge Scoring Run Sends Milwaukee Past Eastern Illinois--uwmpanthers.com
Hoosiers Use Second-Half Scoring Run To Pull Away--uwmpanthers.com

Valparaiso bounces back against Trinity International--The Catch and Shoot
Valparaiso edges Ball State to earn 10th win--The Catch and Shoot
New Mexico Basketball: Lobos dominate Valparaiso to pick up second straight win--Mountain West Connection
Ball State Cardinals at Valparaiso Crusaders: Men's Basketball Preview--Hustle Belt
Ball State Cardinals vs. Valparaiso Crusaders Final Score: Cards Fall in Heartbreaker, 65-62--Hustle Belt
Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso trying to learn from New Mexico loss--The Post-Tribune
Men’s College Basketball: Valparaiso steams past Trinity International 79-54--The Post-Tribune
Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso faces Ball State to complete long stretch--The Post-Tribune
Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso rallies past Ball State to notch 10th win of season--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders hosting highest profile out-of-state team since Marquette in 2006--The NWI Times
Crusaders suffer worst home shooting performance in 14 years in loss--The NWI Times
Rested Crusaders ready to erase bitter taste of New Mexico loss--The NWI Times
Andrean product Nick Davidson makes first career start for Crusaders in victory--The NWI Times
Crusaders look to continue recent success against in-state rivals--The NWI Times
Valparaiso passes test in first close game of season--The NWI Times
Sophomore earns multiple awards, helps team to seven win streak--The Torch
Junior Guard loses year and a half of career due to NCAA rules--The Torch
Valparaiso Knocked Off by New Mexico 63-46--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso Pummels Trinity International 79-54--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso (9-2) and Ball State (3-3) Square Off--Valpo Daily
Cold-Shooting Crusaders Fall to New Mexico--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Basketball Preview--valpoathletics.com
Crusaders Pick Up Ninth Win of Season Wednesday Night--valpoathletics.com
Crusaders Hold Off Ball State For Win Number Ten--valpoathletics.com

Women’s Basketball: Illinois (7-3) at Valparaiso (3-6)--The Post-Tribune
Women’s Basketball: Illinois puts ‘Krush’ on Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders suffer fourth straight 20-plus point defeat--The NWI Times
Early deficit cripples Valparaiso against the Illini--The NWI Times
Embracing role as non-starter, Franklin paces Valpo in scoring, rebounding--The Torch
Dorow, staff show excitement for sophomore's potential--The Torch
Golden Hurricane Make it Rain from Deep; Down Crusaders at ARC--valpoathletics.com
Crusader Women Sign Four to NLI--valpoathletics.com
Strong Start Lifts South Dakota to 81-62 Victory over Valpo--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Women Fall to Illinois at Home--valpoathletics.com

The Morning Dish – Friday, December 12, 2014--Hoopville
Wednesday night’s action:
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Wright State completed a season sweep of Belmont, winning 79-71 in Nashville. As usual, Billy Donlon’s Raiders are a tough out, while the Bruins again played without high-scoring Craig Bradshaw.
Miami RedHawks Vs. Wright State Raiders: 'Hawks Can't Overcome Poor First Half Shooting--College Sports Madness
Donlon looking for more D against Blue Knights--Dayton Daily News
Urbana at Wright State preview--Dayton Daily News
Wright State routs Urbana--Dayton Daily News
Raiders ready for rematch with Belmont--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State vs. Belmont--Dayton Daily News
Wright State notches road win at Belmont--Dayton Daily News
Wright State holds off Miami--Dayton Daily News
Yoho double-double key for Raiders--Dayton Daily News
Yoho and new teammates lead Raiders over Miami 68-59--RaiderRoundball.com
Wright State Pummels Urbana 81-58--Rowdy Review
Wright State Defeats Belmont 79-71--Rowdy Review
Wright State Picks Up Win against Miami (OH) 68-59--Rowdy Review
Eye on the Raiders Blog: Coming home--The Guardian
Men’s Basketball: Raiders earn win in return--The Guardian
Raiders faced with surprisingly tough schedule--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Raiders second-half effort bests Belmont--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Raiders flying high after big road win--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Wright State survives a pair of Miami rallies--The Guardian
Men Roll Past Urbana 81-58--wsuraiders.com
Men Rally for 79-71 Win at Belmont--wsuraiders.com
Men Hold Off Miami 68-59--wsuraiders.com

Stanton standing tall in the post for WSU--Dayton Daily News
Women’s basketball: Mingo’s 34-point effort not enough for WSU--The Guardian
Women’s basketball: Raiders bounce back after nine days off--The Guardian
Women Fall at Butler--wsuraiders.com
Four in Double Figures as Women Cruise Past Lamar--wsuraiders.com

Instant Reaction: Aggies defeat Youngstown St 81-63--Good Bull Hunting
Amiker, Hain, Keene power Penguins to fifth win in last six games--Youngstown Vindicator
Tired Penguins cruise past Thiel--Youngstown Vindicator
Money games pay off for YSU men’s basketball program--Youngstown Vindicator
Keene, Hain pace Youngstown State past Thiel 70-45--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Downs South Dakota 87-79--Guin Report
Youngstown State Punishes Thiel College 70-45--Guin Report
Youngstown State Loses Big against Texas A&M 81-63--Guin Report
Youngstown State (7-5) and Kennesaw State (3-7) Face Off--Guin Report
Double-Doubles By Amiker, Hain Leads YSU to 87-79 Win Over South Dakota--ysusports.com
Penguins Win For Sixth Time in Seven Games Beating Thiel, 70-45--ysusports.com
Bobby Hain Named Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Week--ysusports.com
Men’s Basketball Falls at Texas A&M, 81-63--ysusports.com
Men’s Basketball Hosts Kennesaw State Wednesday Night--ysusports.com

YSU women off to record start--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women unbeaten but not perfect--Youngstown Vindicator
Texas A&M transfers too much for YSU men--Youngstown Vindicator
Report: Youngstown State spends less on athletics--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Defense keys YSU women’s success--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins Remain Unbeaten With 92-43 Victory Over Oberlin--ysusports.com
Penguins Earn Impressive 80-48 Win at Canisius--ysusports.com

Hot Shooting Penguins Win at South Dakota--Horizon League Network
Green Bay Drops Top-15 Foe; Detroit & Oakland Also Victorious on Saturday--Horizon League Network
Three 20-Plus Wins for Men's Basketball Teams on Sunday--Horizon League Network
YSU's Hain, Oakland's Daniels Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network
#HLMBB Weekly - December 10th, 2014--Horizon League Network
Valpo Rolls to Win--Horizon League Network
Interview: Bobby Hain--Horizon League Network
Second Half Comebacks Send UIC and WSU to Wins--Horizon League Network
Green Bay and Valparaiso Score Home Court Wins--Horizon League Network
Milwaukee and Wright State Earn Home Victories--Horizon League Network
UIC's Harris, WSU's Benzinger Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network
CSU's Defensive Effort Leads to Win--Horizon League Network

Cleveland State Bests East Carolina, 59-57--Horizon League Network
YSU Remains Unbeaten; Green Bay and UIC Post Big Wins--Horizon League Network
Head Coach Kate Peterson Abiad Earns 150th Career Win--Horizon League Network
Detroit's Reynolds and Green Bay's LeClaire Earn #HLWBB Honors--Horizon League Network
Titans Defeat Madonna, 76-47--Horizon League Network
Valparaiso Falls to South Dakota, 81-62--Horizon League Network
#HLWBB Weekly - December 10th, 2014--Horizon League Network
Milwaukee, Green Bay Claim Non-Conference Victories--Horizon League Network
Interview: Rosanna Reynolds--Horizon League Network
Caitie Goddard: Around the ball and around the world--Horizon League Network
Youngstown State, Green Bay Continue Winning Ways--Horizon League Network
#HLWBB Racks Up Three Wins Sunday--Horizon League Network
Detroit's Crosby and Valparaiso's Franklin Tab Player of the Week Honors--Horizon League Network
Oakland and Wright State Hit Triple Digit Points in Victories--Horizon League Network