Sunday, February 7, 2016

News On The Horizon 2/7/2016

Saturday Notes – February 6, 2016--Hoopville
Oakland 67, Cleveland State 57: Significant in this win by the Golden Grizzlies that keeps them right in the race in the Horizon League is that Kahlil Felder didn’t lead them in scoring – it was Jalen Hayes, who had a big double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Felder had 13 and 11 assists for a double-double of his own.
SATURDAY’S SNACKS: No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 North Carolina fall on the road--CollegeBasketballTalk
Bryn Forbes, Michigan State: Forbes scored 29 points, shooting 8-for-10 from three, in the Spartans’ 16-point win at Michigan.
Valparaiso moved to 20-4 on the season with a 73-55 win at UIC. Bryce Drew’s Crusaders limited the Flames to 32-8 percent shooting on the day.
W-5 BP68--Basketball Predictions
Still alive, but pretty much need a miracle:
UCF, East Carolina, Albany, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Duquesne, Fordham, Richmond, DePaul, Marquette, Penn State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Long Beach State, Charleston, James Madison, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, Oakland, Siena, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Kent State, Ohio, Illinois State, Indiana State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington State, Auburn, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Mercer, Louisiana Lafayette, UT-Arlington
State hoops roundup: Oakland, Detroit notch victories--The Detroit Free Press
Rapid Reaction: Valparaiso 73, UIC 55--The Catch and Shoot

Saturday's state women: Central wins 6th straight on buzzer-beater--The Detroit News
Detroit 69, (at) Youngstown State 68: Haleigh Ristovski’s basket with 1.6 was the game-winner as the Titans improved to 5-1 on the road in the Horizon League. Brianne Cohen scored 21, Nicole Urbanick added 16 and Brittney Jackson 11 for Detroit (11-11, 7-4 Horizon). Indiya Benjamin and Kelsea Newman each had 15 points for Youngstown State (15-7, 6-5).

(At) Cleveland State 88, Oakland 75 (OT): Ashanti Abshaw had 24 points and 17 rebounds and Khayla Livingston had 24 points as Cleveland State (5-16, 2-9 Horizon) rolled in overtime. Olivia Nash had 26 points and 15 rebounds for Oakland (12-10, 4-7).

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A huge Saturday of hoops--CollegeBasketballTalk
2. No. 10 Michigan State seemed to find their stride last week, as Denzel Valentine returned to his Player of the Year caliber form while Bryn Forbes and Matt Costello have been playing some of their best basketball of the season. The Spartans will pay a visit to rival Michigan at 2:00 p.m., and while the Wolverines have picked off Maryland in Ann Arbor without Caris LeVert, they’re coming off of a blowout loss in the same building to Indiana.
No. 10 Michigan State steamrolls Michigan--CollegeBasketballTalk
Louisville’s postseason ban callously snatches dream from Lee, Lewis--Sports Illustrated
Video | Trey Lewis reflects on postseason ban, BC win--Louisville Courier-Journal
Fans give pregame ovation for Lee, Lewis--Louisville Courier-Journal
Louisville's Lewis: 'We don't deserve this'--Louisville Courier-Journal
Sullivan | Lee, Lewis embody enforcement injustice--Louisville Courier-Journal
Forbes, MSU sizzle from three in 89-73 rout of U-M--The Detroit Free Press
MSU's Izzo: Our three seniors won us the game--The Detroit Free Press
Windsor: MSU's seniors speak loudly in rout of U-M--The Detroit Free Press
Niyo: Forbes' shooting eye, hustle lift Spartans--The Detroit News
Cleveland State's inspired effort falls short in 67-57 loss to Oakland--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU Vikings Fall on Cole and Kailey Jersey Retirement Day 67-57 to Oakland--NEO Sports Insiders
Cleveland State Vikings Retire Norris Cole’s number 30 jersey--NEO Sports Insiders
Oakland 67, Cleveland State 57: Golden Grizzlies have too much firepower in win over Vikings--Cleveland State Hoops
Vikings Fall to Oakland,

Cleveland State Picks Up 88-75 Overtime Victory Against

Titans Outscore Youngstown State, 94-92, On Saturday

Ristovski's Last Second Shot Lifts Titans Past Penguins,

Oakland tops Cleveland State in defensive battle for sixth straight win--Press Row Sports
Men's basketball rounds out three-game road trip with 67-57 win over Cleveland State--Oakland Post


Three Score Double Figures, But UIC Falls to

Kendyl Nunn Scores Career High 34 Points in

UW-Green Bay men fall at Wright State--Green Bay Press Gazette
Cold Shooting, Turnovers Hand Green Bay Defeat at Wright

UWGB’s Buck too much for rival UW-Milwaukee--Green Bay Press Gazette
Buck's Big Half Propels Green Bay to Win Over

Panthers let one slip away--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers need to avoid early deficit with NKU--PantherU
Defense can’t continue awful run--PantherU
Panthers Upended By Northern Kentucky On The

Banged Up Panthers Fall To

BUBBLE BANTER: George Washington’s critical win, Cincinnati’s bad loss--CollegeBasketballTalk
Valparaiso (KenPom: 23, RPI: 36): The Crusaders beat one of the four-worst teams in college basketball on Saturday. Just playing that game is going to hurt their profile. I think the Crusaders are a top 40 teams in college basketball, but they want to make sure they win the automatic bid.
Seed List: Louisville pulls plug on NCAA bid--Bracketville
This would have been an ideal year for “mid majors” to find a spot in the Field of 68. Unfortunately, few have taken advantage of the opportunity. Monmouth, Valparaiso, Chattanooga, and maybe Arkansas-Little Rock, are about the only outfits that are likely to appear under Best of the Rest when Bubble Talk resumes.
Vashil Fernandez breaks Valparaiso blocks record--The Catch and Shoot
Vashil Fernandez sets Valparaiso career blocks record in win over UIC--The Post-Tribune
Fernandez sets blocks record as Valparaiso rolls--The NWI Times
Fernandez Sets New Valpo Blocks Record In Saturday

Local roundup: Kay Foley sweeps distance races, Munster wins sectional--The Post-Tribune
VU women fall: Jasmyn Walker had 12 points and six rebounds, but Valparaiso fell 68-50 to visiting Northern Kentucky in Horizon League women's basketball. No one else reached double figures for the Crusaders (8-14, 4-7).
Offense Falters in Home Loss to Northern
White milestone helps Norse rally against Milwaukee--The Northerner
@NKUNorseMBB posts 75-71 comeback win vs

BREAKING: NKU signs apparel deal with adidas--The Northerner

Norse women sweep four-game road trip--The Northerner
@NKUNorseWBB defeats Valpo; Win streak now at

Wright State gets lift from bench to beat Green Bay--Dayton Daily News
Tom Archdeacon: Wright State guard fights through injuries--Dayton Daily News
Raiders dominate the Phoenix for a 79-60
Raiders men cruise by Green Bay 79-60--The Guardian
Men Roll Past Green

Demmings' 35 Leads Women Past

YSU drops tight contest--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU men lose late lead to Detroit--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Felder, Oakland Torches Penguins--The Jambar
Penguins Fall to Detroit on Last-Second Shot--The Jambar
Detroit Wins Back-And-Forth Battle, 94-92 As Morse Scores

This time, YSU falters at end--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women’s comeback falls short this time--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Fourth Quarter Comeback Leads to Penguins Win Over Oakland--The Jambar
YSU's Frantic Comeback Bid Comes Up Short in 69-68 Loss to

Top of Standings Starting to Separate from Pack after Saturday Results--Horizon League Network

Road Teams Shine Thursday Night--Horizon League Network
#HLWBB Begins Second Half of Conference Play--Horizon League Network

Friday, February 5, 2016

News On The Horizon 2/5/2016

Cleveland State to retire Cole’s number--Amico Hoops
Live at 6 p.m. | UofL's Damion Lee, Trey Lewis--Louisville Courier-Journal
Louisville's Lewis: 'We don't deserve this'--Louisville Courier-Journal
Michigan looks to take over Ohio: MAC, Horizon weekend schedule, TV, scoreboard--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Horizon Saturday: Cleveland State (7-17, 2-9) will retire the numbers of former players Norris Cole and Kailey Klein in ceremonies during the men's/women's doubleheader that begins with the men's game at 1. Both players led the Vikings to the NCAA Tournament in their careers.

Both CSU teams could use their help now, particularly the men who have had their talent shredded by transfers. Three players (Bryn Forbes/Michigan State, Anton Grady/Wichita State, Trey Lewis/Louisville) over the last two seasons have been the most costly.

Oakland (16-8, 8-3) has had just the opposite issue as major transfers into the program over the last two seasons had the Grizzlies expecting to be one of the top teams in the conference.

Oakland's overall record is starting to trend up, but the talent speaks for itself, including Kahlil Felder (25.6 points, 8.8 assists) who is challenging to be the leading scorer in the nation and has been tops in assists already. Two games behind leader Valparaiso in the HL Standings is not insurmountable.

Saturday's Horizon League schedule

Cleveland State vs. Oakland 1 p.m., ESPN3
Valparaiso at Illinois-Chicago, 4 p.m.
Green Bay at Wright State, 7 p.m., ESPN3
Milwaukee at Northern Kentucky, 7 p.m., ESPN3
Detroit at Youngstown State, 7 p.m., ESPN3
Cleveland State Wants a Re-Do on the Rebuild--More Than A Fan
Detroit 71, Cleveland State 63--Cleveland State Hoops
Vikings Return to Action on Saturday vs. Oakland as Norris Cole's #30 to be Retired

Vikings Set To Host Oakland To Conclude

Titans Look To Make It Three In A Row On
Titans To Host Cardio For A Cause, Water Donation To Benefit

Titans Prepare for Youngstown State on

Kahlil Felder might be only 5-foot-9, but he could do something unprecedented in college basketball--College Basketball Nation Blog
HLMBB: Retribution road trip for Oakland continues in 107-85 blowout of Youngstown State--Press Row Sports
United Golden Grizzlies pummel Youngstown State, win fifth straight--Oakland Post

Flames and Raiders Clash on Saturday

Saturday showdown at Wright State--Phear The Phoenix

Green Bay Hosts In-State Rival Milwaukee on

Panthers’ valiant comeback falls short at Wright State--UWM Post
Panthers Make First-Ever Trip To Northern Kentucky

Panthers Kickoff Second Half Of Season At Green

College basketball preview: Valparaiso at Illinois-Chicago--The Post-Tribune

Pink Game on Tap for Valpo Women Saturday
Column: New NKU tradition a symbol of collaboration, spirit--Cincinnati Enquirer
@NKUNorseMBB closes homecoming week with

@NKUNorseWBB concludes road trip at

Wright State-Green Bay preview--Dayton Daily News
Alstork helping Raiders stay on winning track--Dayton Daily News
WSU Hangs On To Edge Milwaukee 84-83 in a

Men’s Basketball Host Detroit Saturday Night on State Farm Kids'

YSU Women Finish Home Stand vs. Detroit on

Road Teams Shine Thursday Night--Horizon League Network

News On The Horizon 2/4/2016

LATE NIGHT SNACKS: Vandy tops Texas A&M; Wisconsin stays hot--CollegeBasketballTalk
J.T. Yoho, Wright State: It was a battle in the Horizon League between the Raiders and Milwaukee, but Wright State won by a point as Yoho had a big night. The senior went for 29 points, collected eight rebounds and added four assists.
Oakland took down Youngstown State as Kay Felder had 17 points and 14 assists.
Ranking the best states for college hoops this season--The Sporting News
1. Indiana
Supporting schools (with Pom/RPI rank): Notre Dame (31/34), Valparaiso (23/35), Butler (44/61), Evansville (62/78), IPFW (141/79), Indiana State (119/122)

Combined record for these eight teams: 136-46

Need to know: ...At 19-4, Valparaiso is easily the best team in the Horizon League and the odds-on favorite to earn the league's auto bid. Should they get upended, their computer numbers at least offer hope of at-large chances.
​11. Michigan
Supporting schools (with Pom/RPI rank): Michigan (39/41), Oakland (104/136), Central Michigan (133/130), Eastern Michigan (145/146)

Combined record for these five teams: 75-38

Need to know: ... And Oakland has one of the most exciting players in all of college basketball; 5-9 superstar Kay Felder is averaging 25.6 points and 8.8 assists per game - he has 11 games with double-digit assists and has scored at least 20 points in 22 of Oakland's 23 games.
​25. Wisconsin
Supporting schools (with Pom/RPI rank): Wisconsin (53/68), Marquette (109/107), Milwaukee (125/151), Green Bay (143/160)

Combined record for these four teams: 56-32
Green Bay beats Northern Kentucky 85-78--CBS Sports
Wright State fends off Milwaukee rally to win 84-83--CBS Sports
Oakland outruns Youngstown State 107-85--CBS Sports
Jenkins paves way in Detroit 71-63 win over Cleveland State--CBS Sports

No. 21 Wichita State runs away from Southern Illinois, 76-55--Wichita Eagle
The Shockers made seven free throws to make it 49-31 and four straight points from Grady gave Wichita State a 53-34 lead with 14:11 to play.

"Our guards were really pounding the ball down to Shaq and me," Grady said. "They were dropping the ball down to us and giving us good opportunities."
Day After: No. 21 Wichita State 76, Southern Illinois 55--Wichita Eagle
Rotation watch:

WSU’s post position keeps looking stronger.

Shaq Morris and Anton Grady combined to make 10 of 14 shots. Grady’s defensive effort has bumped up in recent games. Morris and VanVleet find each other regularly for lobs. It’s a good mix, especially when Grady keeps his desire to shoot threes (1 of 8 this season) under wraps.
Cleveland State falls to Detroit despite 25 points from Demonte Flannigan--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Back at Home to Host Detroit at 7:30--NEO Sports Insiders
Flannigan Scores Career-High 25 Points in 71-63 Setback to

Four Score In Double-Figures As Vikings Come Up Short Against

Jenkins, Titans Shoot Past Vikings,

Titans Top Vikings, 66-60, in Coach Scott's



UIC Preps for White-Out Conditions Saturday vs.

Flames Fall to Northern Kentucky

UWGB men hold off Northern Kentucky--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix preview: Green Bay at Northern Kentucky--Phear The Phoenix
Fouse Stuffs Stat Sheet in Green Bay's 85-78 Win at

Phoenix weekly: Despite injury, Luke has no regrets--Green Bay Press Gazette

Late free throw sinks Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Upcoming road trip crucial for the Panthers--PantherU
Raiders Spoil Incredible Milwaukee Comeback

Crusader Men In Search of Win

Raiders Outlast Crusaders,
Late rally falls short as Norse beaten by Green Bay--The Northerner
@NKUNorseMBB’s comeback bid falls short to Green

NKU sports in #headlines--The Northerner

NKU women win third straight, 72-61--The Northerner
@NKUNorseWBB topples UIC for third-straight

Tom Archdeacon: Yoho finds a home at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Raiders men hold on against Milwaukee--The Guardian
Men Pull Out 84-83 Thriller Over

Women Win at

Grizzlies get revenge against YSU men--Youngstown Vindicator
Men: Andrews making progress--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Winning and losing--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Four Reach Double Figures in Loss to

YSU women entering critical stretch--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women rally past Oakland--Youngstown Vindicator
Women: Better defense needed--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguin women rally again--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Fourth-Quarter Rally Leads Penguins to 67-63 Win Over

Road Teams Win Three of Four Games on Thursday Night in #HLMBB--Horizon League Network

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

News On The Horizon 2/3/2016

Men's Basketball Returns Home to Host Detroit on Thursday

Vikings Continue Homestand Against Detroit On Thursday

Detroit Heads To Cleveland State For Thursday

Titans Hit Road, Play Cleveland State on

Oakland’s Hayes frustrating defenders with jump hook--The Oakland Press


UIC to retire Kenny Williams’ number--The Catch and Shoot
Dixson takes 6th honor--Whoosh!Net

UIC Enters Second Half of League Play on Two-Game Win

News and notes: Three point shooting, Fouse nears milestone, and more--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay vs Milwaukee Set for 7 PM on Feb. 15 on Bud Light
Green Bay Continues Road Swing at NKU, Wright

Black and Gold hits the road--PantherU

One night only: Surveying prospectives’ NCAA tourney hopes--Hoopville
The likely one-bid leagues. We’ll discuss teams that could be exceptions below, though all of these either have 1) a clear-cut at-large candidate who will be a heavy favorite to win the league tourney (ex. Wichita State) or 2) the at-large candidate is at the fringes, but can’t be discounted totally:
America East  MAC
Big West  MVC
Conference USA  Southern
Horizon  Summit League
MAAC   Sun Belt
Firmly perched on the fence. These teams will convincingly play their way in or out…or will be waiting impatiently on Selection Sunday.
Valparaiso Truthfully, a team that belongs in the category above this. The Crusaders tried to schedule tough, only to see several of their non-conference opponents get hammered by injuries. Valpo also has dealt with a ton of injuries itself. Still, if one watches even a little of this team, there is no question it is one of the best 36 at-large squads, but our skeptical side knows the eye test rarely is applied to teams like this one.
Overrated/Underrated Teams: February Edition--Rush The Court
Bonus: Teams in mid-major conferences who are playing really well even though they aren’t yet nationally relevant: Saint Mary’s, VCU, Saint Joseph’s, Valparaiso, Yale, Stony Brook
Homestand for @NKUNorseMBB continues with Green

Students quiz athletics panel on Horizon League--The Northerner

@NKUNorseWBB heads west to take on

It’s a Penguins reunion at Beeghly--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

News On The Horizon 2/2/2016

Oakland beats Northern Kentucky 85-74--CBS Sports
Horizon Men's Basketball 2016 Conference Tournament Bracket--College Sports Madness

Women's basketball faces rough season--The Cauldron

Ray McCallum – Play Hard, Play Smart, Play

Felder's double-double lifts Oakland past N. Kentucky--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland tops Northern Kentucky for fourth straight win--The Oakland Press
Free-throw shooting, defensive adjustments push Oakland past Northern Kentucky, 85-74--Press Row Sports
Golden Grizzly pride drove this year’s winter tailgate--Oakland Post
A night in the life of AD Konya--Oakland Post
Oakland moves into second place with road victory over Northern Kentucky--Oakland Post

The Sporting Blitz--Oakland Post

Jean Ann Miller honored for dedication to OU--Oakland Post
WBB up and down in Wisconsin--Oakland Post

Flames outlast Vikings in OT--UIC News
UIC to Retire Kenny Williams' No. 11 on February

Women’s basketball drops Crusaders--UIC News

Panthers Open Extended Road Swing At Wright State

Bracketology!--Eye On College Basketball
11 SEEDS: Valparaiso; St. Joe’s; Washington; Butler vs. Cincinnati.

Women's Basketball Resumes Play Thursday vs. Wright
700 WLW Host Says He Was Booted from NKU Game; Norse Fall, 85-74--River City News

YSU guard grows on court and off--Youngstown Vindicator
Men's Basketball Opens Four-Game Homestand Against Oakland

Penguins Start Second Half of League Play Hosting Oakland on

#HLMBB GIF of the Week (Jan. 25)--Horizon League Network
Horizon League Athletes of the Week (Week of Jan. 25)--Horizon League Network