Sunday, March 1, 2015

News On The Horizon 3/1/2015

The Morning Dish – Saturday, February 28, 2015--Hoopville
Side Dishes

The Horizon League regular season champion has been decided, as Valparaiso went into Cleveland and pulled out an impressive 56-53 win over Cleveland State. That clinches the regular season title for the Crusaders, who played excellent defense for much of the game and did enough offensively, especially when the game was on the line, to come out victorious. Bryce Drew has done this with a roster that has just two seniors, only one of whom has played the entire season.
Northern Iowa vs. Wichita State Headlines Set of Decisive O26 Weekend Games--Rush The Court
Horizon League

Oakland (16-14, 11-4) at Green Bay (21-7, 11-4) – 2:00 PM ET, ESPN3, Saturday. Valparaiso’s road win over Cleveland State last night gave the Crusaders the regular season championship and the top seed. Spots two and three are still up for grabs in this one, though, as the winner will receive the other double-bye to the semifinals in the eight-team tournament.
Late Night Snacks: Valpo wins Horizon League regular season title--CollegeBasketballTalk
2015 Horizon League Tournament: Times, Television, Tickets--Mid-Major Madness
Green Bay 83, OU 63: Grizzlies 3rd seed in Horizon; UDM 5th--The Detroit Free Press

State women: MSU wins third straight--The Detroit News
Detroit 78, (at) Valparaiso 57: Haleigh Ristovski and Nicole Urbanick each had 17 points while Brianne Cohen added 15 and Darianne Seward 12 as the Titans (11-16, 6-8 Horizon League) cruised in a road victory.

Detroit shot 19 of 35 (54 percent) in the first half while building a 44-28 halftime lead. Rosanna Reynolds had 11 points for the Titans. Jasmyn Walker had 18 points to lead Valparaiso (6-21, 2-12).

(At) Illinois-Chicago 64, Oakland 54: Oakland's Nola Anderson scored 22, but Illinois-Chicago countered with Ruvanna Campbell's 26 as the Golden Grizzlies fell on the road.

Oakland (11-17, 5-10 Horizon)erased a 12-point deficit in the second half to make it 49-47 before UIC (16-11, 6-8)pulled away by shooting 54 percent (14 of 26) from the field.

Wisconsin 68, MSU 61: Spartans pushed closer to bubble--The Detroit Free Press
MSU actually recovered from that start to lead, 13-11, midway through the first half, getting some big shots from junior guard Bryn Forbes. But Hayes did what he wanted against Dawson in getting 10 of his 14 points in the first half.
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Forbes came off the bench as well, with Izzo starting Travis Trice, and Forbes responded with a season-high 21 points. Trice scored 16 and Denzel Valentine 10. MSU fought back after trailing by 22 in the second half.
Cleveland State makes a late charge, but Valparaiso pulls out 56-53 victory for Horizon League title (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Narrowly Defeated by Valparaiso 56-53--Vikings Ball
CSU Drops Regular Season Finale to Valparaiso, 56-53--csuvikings.com
CSU Earns #4 Seed; Opens Tourney Play on Friday Night--csuvikings.com

Green Sets Single-Season Three-Point Record In Loss At Milwaukee--csuvikings.com

Titans Rise Over The Crusaders On The Road, 78-57--detroittitans.com

Kahlil Felder is making a name for himself in the Horizon League--SB Nation
Oakland-Green Bay matchup fueled by player-of-year talk--The Detroit Free Press
Green Bay 83, OU 63: Grizzlies 3rd seed in Horizon; UDM 5th--The Detroit Free Press
Green Bay defeats Oakland to clinch No. 2 seed at Horizon tourney--The Oakland Press
Valparaiso claims Horizon League regular season title with win at Cleveland State--Press Row Sports
Green Bay defeat Oakland in regular-season finale; top seeds for Horizon League tourney set--Press Row Sports
Oakland Punished by Green Bay 83-63--Grizz Gang
OAKLAND DROPS REGULAR-SEASON FINALE AT GREEN BAY, 83-63--ougrizzlies.com

OAKLAND COMEBACK FALLS SHORT AT UIC, 64-54--ougrizzlies.com

Valparaiso takes home Horizon League title, No. 1 seed with win at Cleveland State--The Catch and Shoot
UIC guard Paris Burns taking “time away from the team”--The Catch and Shoot
UIC earns conference tournament home game with 61-46 win against Wright State--The Catch and Shoot
Senior moment--Whoosh!Net
UIC Clobbers Wright State 61-46--Flame Fanatic
UIC Wins Finale and Secures No. 6 Seed in HL Tournament--uicflames.com
Tickets on Sale for Men's Basketball First Round Game on Tuesday--uicflames.com

Women end home season with win over Oakland--UIC News
Campbell Leads UIC Past Oakland, 64-54--uicflames.com

Seniors lift Phoenix men to win, No. 2 seed--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix soar past Grizzlies: Photo Gallery--UWGB Fourth Estate
Green Bay Beats Up Oakland 83-63--Phoenix Fever
Seniors Go Out in Style with 83-63 Victory--GreenBayPhoenix.com

UWGB women stifle Youngstown State--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Continues Dominant Defense in Rout of Youngstown St.--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Panthers' season ends on a high note--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers look to finish above .500--PantherU
Milwaukee Defeats Youngstown State 82-74--UWM Update
Milwaukee Outlasts Youngstown State, 82-74, In Thriller For Fourth Consecutive Win--uwmpanthers.com

Ashley Green goes out in style with another 30-point game--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Green’s 30 Points Leads Panthers To Senior Day Victory--uwmpanthers.com

Valparaiso holds off Cleveland State for Horizon League title--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders win Horizon League, will host tournament--The NWI Times
Regular-season now irrelevant in race for lone NCAA tournament berth--The NWI Times
Scouting the Horizon League men's basketball tournament--The NWI Times
My Horizon League Awards Ballot--Inside VU Sports
Valparaiso Survives Cleveland State 56-53--Valpo Daily
Crusaders Claim Outright Title With Win at Cleveland State--valpoathletics.com
Tickets Available Now for 2015 Horizon League Championship--valpoathletics.com

Valparaiso women struggle, lose to Detroit--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders fall in final home game--The NWI Times
Titans Spoil Senior Day with 76-57 Victory over Valpo--valpoathletics.com

Raiders fall flat against Flames--Dayton Daily News
Wright State Blown Out by UIC 61-46--Rowdy Review
Men’s basketball: Yoho and Davis can’t stop WSU’s losing streak--The Guardian
Men Fall in Regular-Season Finale at UIC--wsuraiders.com

Yoho, Davis return from injuries--Dayton Daily News

YSU men fall to Milwaukee to clinch last place--Youngstown Vindicator
More of the same in YSU season finale--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Loses to Milwaukee 82-74--Guin Report
Penguins’ Comeback Stalls Against Milwaukee--The Jambar
Shawn Amiker Nets 23, Bobby Hain Scores 1,000th Point in Loss to Milwaukee--ysusports.com

Green Bay routs YSU women--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women clobbered by Green Bay, 73-27--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Women’s Basketball Dominated by Green Bay--The Jambar
Penguins Fall at Home to Green Bay--ysusports.com

Valpo Captures Men's Basketball Regular Season Title--Horizon League Network
Green Bay, Milwaukee & UIC Win on Final Day of Regular Season--Horizon League Network
Field Set for 2015 Men's Basketball Championship--Horizon League Network

Detroit, Milwaukee, UIC and Green Bay Grab Saturday Wins--Horizon League Network

Saturday, February 28, 2015

All #HLMBB seeds with 3 games to go

As of last night's games:

Valpo 56 Cleveland State 53

Team      W  L Pct.  GB
Valpo    13  3 0.813 0     Clinched 1 seed
Oakland  11  4 0.733 1.5
GB       11  4 0.733 1.5
CSU      11  5 0.688 2
Milw.     8  7 0.533 4.5   Ineligible
Detroit   7  9 0.438 6     Clinched 5 seed
UIC       3 12 0.200 9.5
WSU       3 12 0.200 9.5
YSU       2 13 0.133 10.5
Valpo's win over CSU clinched the 1 seed and hosting duties. And with that, all RPI ties are gone.

Today's Green Bay-Oakland game settles the remainder of the top 4 seeds. If Green Bay wins, they get the 2 seed, Oakland gets the 3 seed, and CSU gets the 4 seed (Oakland wins the tiebreaker with CSU because they split with Valpo while CSU was swept by Valpo0.

If Oakland beats Green Bay, Oakland gets the 2 seed, CSU gets the 3 seed, and Green Bay gets the 4 seed (CSU wins the tiebreaker since they swept Green Bay).

The winner of the WSU-UIC game gets the 6 seed as the only team of the lower 3 to have 4 wins.

If YSU beats Milwaukee, they win the tiebreaker with the loser of the WSU-UIC game and get the 7 seed (they would be the only team of the 3 to beat 5th place Milwaukee, now that the top 4 teams have swept all 3), and the loser of WSU-UIC would get the 8 seed.

If YSU loses to Milwaukee, they get the 8 seed and the loser of WSU-UIC gets the 7 seed.

Today's games:

Oakland at Green Bay - Winner gets the 2 seed
Wright State at UIC - Winner gets the 6 seed
Milwaukee at Youngstown State - YSU gets the 7 seed with a win

News On The Horizon 2/28/2015

The Morning Dish – Monday, February 23, 2015--Hoopville
So much for a showdown in Cleveland on Friday night. Milwaukee pulled off a 66-60 win over
visiting Cleveland State, putting the Vikings two games back in the loss column. That means Valparaiso can clinch the regular season title with a win at Detroit on Wednesday night. If Detroit wins, Cleveland State can tie the Crusaders with a win on Friday night.
The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 26, 2015--Hoopville
It’s starting to look like no one wants to win the Horizon League. Valparaiso had a chance to wrap up the regular season title but lost to Detroit 63-60. The Crusaders appeared to tighten up late, forcing a terrible shot on their final possession and then committing a bad foul on Juwan Howard, Jr.’s fall-away turnaround three-point attempt with 1.3 seconds left, after which Howard hit the three deciding free throws.
The Morning Dish – Friday, February 27, 2015--Hoopville
Keifer Sykes scored 36 points as Wisconsin-Green Bay held off Illinois-Chicago 72-67. More on the Horizon League race below.
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Tonight’s Menu: Full Ivy League and heavy MAAC schedules, plus a few others

Valparaiso at Cleveland State (10 p.m. EST, ESPNU) It the Crusaders win, it’s simple: Valpo takes the Horizon League title outright and gets one of the two double byes into the semifinals of the conference tourney, which it would host as the No. 1 seed. If the Vikings win, then Valpo cannot win the title and tiebreakers will decide the top seed and tournament host between CSU and the winner of Saturday’s Green Bay/Oakland game.
O26 Weekly Awards: Miami (OH), Kyle Wiltjer, Howie Dickenman & Binghamton…--Rush The Court
O26 Player of the Week
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Honorable Mentions: Maodo Lo – Columbia (35 points at Brown… 18 points, six rebounds at Yale); Amere May – Delaware State (39 points vs. Coppin State… 30 points at Hampton); Greg Mays – Green Bay (34 points vs. Detroit… 19 points, seven rebounds vs. Cleveland State); Zeek Woodley – Northwestern State (36 points vs. Central Arkansas… 25 points vs. New Orleans); Jalan West – Northwestern State (10 points, 11 assists, five steals vs. Central Arkansas… 36 points vs. New Orleans); Jalen Cannon – St. Francis-Brooklyn (27 points, 15 rebounds vs. Fairleigh Dickinson… 23 points, 15 rebounds vs. Saint Francis (PA))
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O26 Dunk of the Week

Keifer Sykes – Green Bay. Newsflash: Sykes is still (barely) 6’0’’ and dunking like he’s 6’6’’. This latest high-flying installment came at the expense of Detroit’s Paris Bass last Wednesday night. That’s right Paris… just get out of his way.

Sunday’s Snacks: No. 9 Utah, No. 24 Ohio State suffer road losses--CollegeBasketballTalk
STARRED
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2. Kahlil Felder, Oakland

20 points (8-for-14 FG), 14 assists (two turnovers) and five rebounds in the Golden Grizzlies’ 81-56 win over UIC.
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NOTABLES
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J.J. Panoske scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures as Milwaukee beat Cleveland State 66-60. The Vikings’ loss means that Valparaiso clinched at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title.

Cleveland State knocked off at UW Milwaukee, 66-60--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State needs assistance to win the Horizon League title - Local College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State has chance at Horizon League title after all--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State's Anton Grady, Valparaiso's Alec Peters in head-to-head battle for Player of Year--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU Basketball Notebook: Vikings still Alive for No. 1 seed--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Slips with Loss to Milwaukee 66-60--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State Finishes Their 2014-2015 Season with Valparaiso--Vikings Ball
Vikings Fall at Milwaukee, 66-60--csuvikings.com
Vikings Host Valparaiso in Regular Season Finale--csuvikings.com

Vikings Come Away With 77-70 Victory At Valparaiso--csuvikings.com
Vikings Conclude Roadswing At Milwaukee Saturday--csuvikings.com

UDM 63, Valparaiso 60: Titans snap Crusaders' win streak--The Detroit Free Press
Wednesday's roundup: Detroit slips past Horizon leader--The Detroit News
Detroit Sneaks by Valparaiso 63-60--Titans Update
Senior Delight As Titans Knock Off First Place Valparaiso, 63-60, In Final Regular Season Contest--detroittitans.com
2015 Men's Basketball Summer Camps Announced--detroittitans.com

Freshman dynamo--Varsity Press
Titans Drop Regular Season Home Finale On Thursday Night--detroittitans.com
Three Game Road Swing Starts At Valparaiso On Saturday--detroittitans.com

Oakland guard Kahlil Felder shatters a defenders ankles (VIDEO)--CollegeBasketballTalk
Oakland guard drops defender with a dazzling crossover--The Dagger
OU's Dante Williams eventually emerged as defensive stopper--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland-Green Bay matchup fueld by player-of-year talk--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland keeps conference title hopes alive with win over Youngstown State--The Oakland Press
Hooper Comes Alive! Junior guard’s hot hand helps Oakland douse Flames--Press Row Sports
Horizon League Power Rankings: Conference’s best players peaking down the stretch--Press Row Sports
Pesky Penguins unable to halt Oakland’s winning streak on senior night--Press Row Sports

Oakland Whips UIC 81-56
--Grizz Gang
Oakland Gets Win against Youngstown State 82-71--Grizz Gang
Oakland burns UIC Flames 81-56--Oakland Post
Oakland ices out YSU Penguins, keeps HL championship hopes alive--Oakland Post
The case for K: Why Felder's the Horizon League's frontrunner--Oakland Post
FELDER LEADS OAKLAND TO 81-56 WIN OVER UIC--ougrizzlies.com
OAKLAND TOPS YOUNGSTOWN STATE, 82-71, ON SENIOR NIGHT--ougrizzlies.com
GAME 31: GOLDEN GRIZZLIES CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON AT GREEN BAY--ougrizzlies.com

GREEN BAY OUTLASTS OAKLAND, 70-55--ougrizzlies.com
OAKLAND HITS ROAD TO UIC ON SATURDAY--ougrizzlies.com

Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of Feb. 23--The Catch and Shoot
6. Valparaiso (25-4, 12-2 Horizon). Last week: 6

Valparaiso held off Wright State in its only game of the week to keep hold of first place in the Horizon League. The Crusaders have won seven games in a row.
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14. Green Bay (21-7, 10-4 Horizon). Last week: 7

Green Bay fell out of the Horizon League title race Friday with an overtime loss at home to Cleveland State. The Phoenix finish the season with games they should be favored in against UIC and Oakland. Now their focus will turn to getting the No. 2 in the Horizon League Tournament, which would still give them a bye to the conference semifinals.
Chicago Weekly Awards: Feb. 23--The Catch and Shoot
Player of the Week

Valparaiso played only game this week, and the Crusaders won thanks to a great performance from sophomore forward Alec Peters. Peters posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a pair of steals. He shoot 7-of-14 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Honorable mention: Tre Demps, Northwestern; Vic Law, Northwestern;J ay Harris, UIC
VIDEO: Oakland guard Kahlil Felder breaks Bobby Hain’s ankles--The Catch and Shoot
Untimely errors spoil UIC comeback against Green Bay--The Catch and Shoot
Flames can’t keep momentum against Grizzlies--UIC News
Extinguished after hot start--Whoosh!Net
Sykes is Flame retardant--Whoosh!Net
UIC Easily Defeated by Oakland 81-56--Flame Fanatic
UIC (7-22) and Green Bay (21-7) Square Off--Flame Fanatic
Hot-Shooting Grizzlies Down UIC, 81-56--uicflames.com
Flames Comeback Falls Short against Green Bay, 72-67--uicflames.com
UIC Hosts Wright State in Regular Season Finale on Saturday--uicflames.com

Basketball falls to Horizon’s No. 1 Green Bay--UIC News
Nunn’s layup nets win for Flames against Milwaukee--UIC News
Nunn's Layup Leads Flames Past Milwaukee, 72-70--uicflames.com
Truiett to Be Honored as UIC Hosts Oakland Saturday--uicflames.com

Late Night Snacks: Minnesota wins at Michigan State, No. 7 Arizona and No. 13 Utah roll--CollegeBasketballTalk
STARRED

1. Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes

Sykes surpassed the 2,000-point mark in the Phoenix’s win over UIC, scoring 36 points on 13-for-23 shooting from the field while also accounting for six rebounds, four steals and three assists.
In front of hometown friends and family who molded him, Keifer Sykes reaches major milestone--The Catch and Shoot
VIDEO: Keifer Sykes scores 2,000th career point in return home to Chicago--The Catch and Shoot
Horizon slate a worthy foe for UWGB men--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB men vs. Illinois-Chicago: What to watch for--Green Bay Press Gazette
Sykes' career night lifts Phoenix men--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB men vs. Oakland: What to watch for--Green Bay Press Gazette
Double bye to semi-finals still within reach--Phear The Phoenix
242K: Sykes Passes 2,000 Career Points, Posts Career High in Homecoming--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Sykes Putting Up Unprecedented Numbers in League History--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Quartet of Phoenix Players to Be Honored for Senior Day--GreenBayPhoenix.com

UWGB women Horizon champs again after beating Oakland--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women vs. Youngstown State: What to watch for--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Looks to Secure Outright League Title at Oakland--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay Seizes Outright League Title with Win at Oakland--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay Goes for Perfect League Road Record at YSU--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Phoenix Feature: Big Week for Women's Basketball--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Steve McWhorter faces no regrets on staying with Milwaukee through postseason ban--The Catch and Shoot
Prideful Panthers happy to finish home slate with a victory--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panoske provide the dramatic touch for UWM--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers look to send seniors out winners--PantherU
Heading into the last week--PantherU
Panthers open final trip at WSU--PantherU
Black and Gold drops WSU, guarantees .500--PantherU
Milwaukee Drops Cleveland State 66-60--UWM Update
Milwaukee (12-16) Squares Off with Wright State (11-17)--UWM Update
Milwaukee Sends Seniors Out In Style With 66-60 Win Over Cleveland State--uwmpanthers.com
McWhorter Tabbed Horizon League Player Of The Week--uwmpanthers.com
Panoske’s Late Three Lifts Milwaukee Over Wright State, 61-58--uwmpanthers.com
Red-Hot Milwaukee Closes 2014-15 Season At Youngstown State Saturday--uwmpanthers.com

Late shot sinks Panthers' women's basketball team--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Lindner Earns Horizon League Freshman Of The Week Honors--uwmpanthers.com
Women’s Team Holds Grade School Basketball ClinicWomen’s Team Holds Grade School Basketball Clinic--uwmpanthers.com
Thrilling Milwaukee Comeback Comes Up Just Short--uwmpanthers.com
February Closes With PINK OUT And Senior Day Against Vikings--uwmpanthers.com

Like father, like son--Current in Zionsville
Searching for Cinderella: Valparaiso--Define Mid-Major
Mid-majors ready to make some noise--Four Corners
Potential 12-seeds worth a pick
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Valparaiso (25-4, 12-2 Horizon League)

What's to like: How can you not like the Crusaders for an upset, when they're coached by the ultimate Cinderella-moment-maker, Bryce Drew? If that's not enough, Valpo has the sort of singular player who can make March magic happen in Alec Peters. The sophomore averages 17 points and 6.7 boards a night and has failed to reach double figures just four times this season. And, in a wildly competitive Horizon League, the Crusaders have won seven in a row and 12 of their past 13.
Pregame Shootaround: Valparaiso looks to clinch outright Horizon League title--CollegeBasketballTalk
Valpo falls by three on Howard's free throws--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso gets another shot at outright Horizon League title--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso has eyes on Horizon League prize--The NWI Times
Crusaders suffer late heartbreak in Detroit--The NWI Times
Crusaders heading to Cleveland with Horizon title on the line--The NWI Times
Freshman seizes opportunity off bench, fills needed point guard role--The Torch
Valparaiso Narrowly Beaten by Detroit 63-60--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso Closes Their 2014-2015 Season with Cleveland State--Valpo Daily
Ranking the Best Mid-Major Teams in College Basketball in 2014-15--Bleacher Report
Valpo Basketball Preview--valpoathletics.com
Crusaders Fall on Road at Detroit--valpoathletics.com
Title, Hosting Rights on the Line Friday at Cleveland State--valpoathletics.com

Valparaiso women aim to slow Cleveland State--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso rides second-half burst, but falls short--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso women eye third straight win over Detroit--The Post-Tribune
Cleveland State pulls away from VU women in second half--The NWI Times
Crusaders to make most of final weeks of play in injury-plagued season--The Torch
Vikings Prevail 77-70 over Crusader Women--valpoathletics.com
Pair of Promotions on Tap for Women's Home Finale--valpoathletics.com

WSU mission: Stop skid, send seniors out smiling--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Donlon irate as WSU drops 8th straight--Dayton Daily News
Tiby trouble for Raiders as losing streak grows--Dayton Daily News
First-round home game on line today for WSU--Dayton Daily News
Men’s basketball: Defenses target Karena--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Raiders prepare for senior night--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Senior night brings emotions--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Last second 3 sinks Raiders--The Guardian
Benzinger Honored by Horizon League--wsuraiders.com
Men Drop 61-58 Heartbreaker to Milwaukee on Senior Night--wsuraiders.com

Bradbury notches 100th win at WSU--Dayton Daily News
Mingo Named Finalist for Lieberman Award--wsuraiders.com
Women Defeat Detroit as Bradbury Wins #100 at WSU--wsuraiders.com

Tough test ahead for YSU defense--Youngstown Vindicator
Oakland defeats YSU men, 82-71--Youngstown Vindicator
Youngstown State Downed by Oakland 82-71--Guin Report
Late Surge Pushes Oakland Past Penguins, 82-71--ysusports.com
Men's Basketball Hosts Milwaukee on Senior Night Saturday--ysusports.com

Awards keep coming for YSU’s Schlegel--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women host Horizon League’s best in Green Bay--Youngstown Vindicator
Unselfish Schlegel powers YSU women--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins Prepare for Top-Ranked Green Bay--The Jambar
Schlegel Collects Several Awards for High-Scoring Performances--ysusports.com
Penguins Set to Battle Green Bay on Saturday at Beeghly--ysusports.com

Milwaukee's McWhorter and Wright State's Benzinger Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network
Feature: Rewards of Coaching--Horizon League Network
Interview: Greg Kampe--Horizon League Network
#HLMBB Weekly - February 25, 2015--Horizon League Network
Clutch Free Throws Lead to UDM Win; Oakland Stays Perfect at Home in League--Horizon League Network
Sykes' Career-High Leads GB to Win; UWM Wins on Late Three-Pointer--Horizon League Network

Youngstown State's Schlegel and Milwaukee's Lindner Collect Weekly Honors--Horizon League Network
WSU's Tay'ler Mingo Named Finalist for Lieberman Award--Horizon League Network
#HLWBB Weekly - February 25, 2015--Horizon League Network
Cleveland State and UIC Garner Wednesday Wins--Horizon League Network
Interview: Mehryn Kraker--Horizon League Network
Phoenix Claim Outright Regular Season Title; Mike Bradbury Collects 100th Win at WSU--Horizon League Network

Thursday, February 26, 2015

All seeds for #HLMBB with 4 games left

Thanks to Milwaukee's win over WSU tonight, they have sealed 5th place and priority over Detroit as a common opponent, even though they are ineligible.

As of last night's games:

Milwaukee 61 Wright State 58
Green Bay 72 UIC          67

Team      W  L Pct.  GB
Valpo    12  3 0.800 0
CSU      11  4 0.733 1
Oakland  11  4 0.733 1
GB       11  4 0.733 1
Milw.     8  7 0.533 4     Ineligible
Detroit   7  9 0.438 5.5   Clinched 5 seed
UIC       3 12 0.200 9
WSU       3 12 0.200 9
YSU       2 13 0.133 10
If Valpo beats CSU they get the 1 seed. If Valpo loses to CSU and Green Bay beats Oakland, Valpo gets the 2 seed (Valpo wins the tiebreaker because they split with CSU while Green Bay was swept by them). If they lose to CSU and Oakland beats Green Bay, Valpo ends up with the 3 seed because Oakland also sweeps Green Bay while Valpo only split with them.

CSU gets the 1 seed if they beat Valpo and Oakland loses to Green Bay. If Oakland instead wins out, RPI breaks the tie.

If Valpo beats CSU and Oakland beats Green Bay, CSU gets the 3 seed because they win the tiebreaker with Green Bay. If they lose to Valpo and Green Bay wins out, CSU gets the 4 seed because they lose the tiebreaker with Oakland since they get swept by Valpo while Oakland split with them.

Oakland's only shot at the 1 seed is mentioned above in the RPI tiebreaker with CSU. If Valpo beats CSU and Oakland beats Green Bay, Oakland gets the 2 seed without the need for tiebreakers. If CSU beats Valpo and Green Bay wins out, Oakland gets the 4 seed because the other 3 teams are 12-4. If Valpo beats CSU and Green Bay beats Oakland, Oakland gets the 3 seed because they win a two-way tiebreaker with CSU (only team to beat Valpo).

Green Bay gets the 2 seed if they win out and Valpo beats CSU. All the tiebreakers are bad for them, so the only way is for both CSU and Oakland to finish 11-5. They get the 3 seed if they win out and CSU beats Valpo (they lose the 3-way tiebreaker with Valpo and CSU but finish 1 game ahead of Oakland). If they lose to Oakland, they lose the 2-way tiebreaker with CSU (head-to-head) and get the 4 seed.

UIC can clinch the 6 seed simply by beating WSU. If WSU beats UIC and Milwaukee beats YSU, UIC ends up with the 7 seed (they finish at least one game behind WSU and they finish ahead of YSU. If WSU beats UIC and YSU beats Milwaukee, UIC gets the 8 seed because they lose the tiebreaker with YSU (Milwaukee finishes ahead of Detroit and sweeps UIC but splits with YSU).

WSU gets the 6 seed if they beat UIC and the 7 seed if UIC beats them and Milwaukee beats YSU. If they lose and YSU beats Milwaukee, WSU gets the 8 seed because they were swept by Milwaukee while YSU split with them (NOTE: this is a correction from my previous post. SECOND NOTE: if Milwaukee doesn't participate in tiebreakers as a common opponent, Detroit would break this tie for WSU instead)

YSU gets the 7 seed if they beat Milwaukee because they win the tiebreaker over either WSU or UIC because both were swept by Milwaukee (likewise, the winner of the WSU-UIC game gets the 6 seed while the loser gets the 7 seed). If they lose to Milwaukee, they of course end up with the 8 seed.

Tonight's games:

Valpo at Cleveland State - Valpo can absolutely claim the 1 seed; Cleveland State can most likely claim the 1 seed (they currently lead in the RPI over Oakland by about 19 points).

All tiebreakers for #HLMBB with 6 games remaining

The disclaimer I wrote here: Top 2 seed scenarios with 10 games left in #HLMBB.
This year my tiebreaker analysis is going to be less than 100% definite because I have not heard yet exactly how the Horizon League office is treating Milwaukee in it's application of the tiebreakers. Obviously they are ineligible for the NCAA tournament, therefore they are ineligible for the Horizon League tournament.

I'm going to go out on a limb and base my analysis on the following premise: all of Milwaukee's league games count for the teams they played, therefore the proper thing to do is pretend that Milwaukee is eligible and then at the very end delete them from the list and move everybody lower up one slot.
has turned out to be much ado about nothing. The only context in which things could have gotten complicated is when Detroit and Milwaukee both finish 7-9. The only top 4 team who would function as a tiebreaker for these two teams is Valpo, and in these scenarios, Detroit would win the tiebreaker anyway. There are 4 of these scenarios that also include a tie for 1st between CSU and Oakland, so procedurally we're not supposed to break this tie until we break that one, but it turns out that CSU and Oakland both split with each team, so Milwaukee-Detroit isn't breaking that tie -- in fact, as mentioned before, nobody can break that tie, it has to be broken by RPI. Moreover, it doesn't matter which of the two wins that tiebreaker, that team is not going to be able to break the Milwaukee-Detroit tie. Only Valpo can (Green Bay gets swept by both teams so they don't resolve anything either.

As of last night's games:

Detroit 63 Valpo 60
Oakland 82 Youngstown State 71
Team      W  L Pct.  GB
Valpo    12  3 0.800 0
CSU      11  4 0.733 1.5
Oakland  11  4 0.733 1.5
GB       10  4 0.714 2
Milw.     7  7 0.500 5     Ineligible
Detroit   7  9 0.438 5.5   Clinched 5 seed
UIC       3 11 0.214 9
WSU       3 11 0.214 9
YSU       2 13 0.133 10
Detroit managed to keep CSU alive for the 1 seed, and in fact the Vikings once again control their own destiny (with the possible exception of RPI tiebreakers, where they depend on their non-conference opponents to help them).

If Valpo beats CSU they get the 1 seed. If Valpo loses to CSU and Green Bay beats Oakland, Valpo gets the 2 seed (even if Green Bay beats UIC, Valpo wins the tiebreaker because they split with CSU while Green Bay was swept by them). If they lose to CSU and Oakland beats Green Bay, Valpo ends up with the 3 seed because Oakland also sweeps Green Bay while Valpo only split with them.

CSU gets the 1 seed if they beat Valpo and Oakland loses to Green Bay. If Oakland instead wins out, RPI breaks the tie.

If Valpo beats CSU and Green Bay beats Oakland and UIC beats Green Bay, CSU gets the 2 seed. If Valpo beats CSU and Oakland beats Green Bay, CSU gets the 3 seed because they win the tiebreaker with Green Bay. If they lose to Valpo and Green Bay wins out, CSU gets the 4 seed because they lose the tiebrekaer with Oakland since they get swept by Valpo while Oakland split with them.

Oakland's only shot at the 1 seed is mentioned above in the RPI tiebreaker with CSU. The same RPI tiebreaker for 2nd place no longer exists because Valpo lost to Detroit. If Valpo beats CSU and Oakland beats Green Bay, Oakland gets the 2 seed without the need for tiebreakers. If CSU beats Valpo and Green Bay wins out, Oakland gets the 4 seed because the other 3 teams are 12-4. If Valpo beats CSU and Green Bay beats Oakland, Oakland gets the 3 seed because they win a two-way tiebreaker with CSU (with Green Bay beating UIC) and in a 3-way tie with CSU and Green Bay, they finish in the middle of the 3 (CSU 3-1, Oakland 2-2, Green Bay 1-3). If CSU beats Valpo and Green Bay beats Oakland and UIC beats Green Bay, they get the 3 seed because they win the tiebreaker over Green Bay because they split with CSU while Green Bay was swept by them.

Green Bay gets the 2 seed if they win out and Valpo beats CSU. All the tiebreakers are bad for them, so the only way is for both CSU and Oakland to finish 11-5. They get the 3 seed if they win out and CSU beats Valpo (they lose the 3-way tiebreaker with Valpo and CSU but finish 1 game ahead of Oakland). If they beat Oakland but lose to UIC, they lose the 2-way tiebreaker with Oakland (common opponent CSU) and the 3-way tiebreaker with Oakland and CSU (head-to-head-to-head) and in either case get the 4 seed. If they lose to Oakland, they lose the 2-way tiebreaker with CSU (head-to-head) and get the 4 seed.

Now for the lower 3: YSU plays Milwaukee, so they've already split with UIC and WSU. WSU has Milwaukee and UIC left to play and they need a win over UIC to gain a split with them. So the WSU-UIC game is only one left between these 3 teams. WSU and UIC are tied for 8th at 3-11, YSU brings up the rear at 2-12.

If WSU beats UIC, then any ties would have to resort to common opponents. If UIC beats WSU, UIC would have the upper hand in a 3-way tie or a tie with WSU.

Thus, UIC can clinch the 6 seed simply by winning out. If they lose to WSU they can still get the 6 seed if they beat Green Bay (since WSU and YSU both were swept by the Phoenix) and WSU loses to Milwaukee. If they beat WSU but lose to Green Bay, they of course win a tiebreaker with WSU (there is no longer a 3-way tie at 4-12). If WSU beats UIC and Milwaukee wins out and Green Bay beats UIC, UIC ends up with the 7 seed (they finish at least one game behind WSU and they finish tied with or ahead of YSU and they win a tiebreaker with YSU since they split with Detroit while YSU was swept by them (Green Bay, Oakland, CSU, and Valpo all sweep both teams). If WSU beats UIC but loses to Milwaukee and YSU beats Milwaukee and Green Bay beats UIC, UIC gets the 8 seed because they lose the tiebreaker with YSU (Milwaukee finishes ahead of Detroit and sweeps UIC but splits with YSU).

If WSU beats Milwaukee, Milwaukee and Detroit tie at 7-9. Detroit wins the tiebreaker because of their win over Valpo (in addition to being eligible), and Detroit swept YSU while splitting with UIC, so UIC gets the 7 seed in this tiebreaker with YSU.

WSU can also clinch the 6 seed simply by winning out. If they beat UIC but lose to Milwaukee, UIC would still have to lose to Green Bay in order for WSU to gain the 6 seed. If WSU beats Milwaukee but loses to UIC, WSU gets the 7 seed because they lose the tiebreaker with UIC or finish one game behind them. They can't fall to the 8 seed because if they lose out and YSU beats Milwaukee, Detroit breaks the tie in favor of WSU.

YSU can't get the 6 seed for the same reason. If they beat Milwaukee and Milwaukee beats WSU, they tie with either UIC or WSU for 8th place. Milwaukee finishes ahead of Detroit and they favor YSU in either case, so YSU would get the 7 seed. If YSU loses to Milwaukee OR YSU beats Milwaukee and WSU and UIC each win OR YSU beats Milwaukee and WSU wins out and Green Bay beats UIC, YSU gets the 8 seed because Detroit sweeps YSU while splitting with UIC.

Tonight's games:

Milwaukee at Wright State - Milwaukee can clinch sole possession of 5th place (for any solace that gives them) and thus assert themselves as a higher tiebreaker than Detroit, Wright State can keep control of their own destiny for the 6 seed.
Green Bay at UIC - UIC can increase their influence as a tiebreaker and avoid having to meet Detroit next Tuesday, Green Bay can keep alive their pursuit of a 2 seed

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Seeds 1 through 6 in #HLMBB with 8 games left to play.

The disclaimer I wrote here: Top 2 seed scenarios with 10 games left in #HLMBB.
This year my tiebreaker analysis is going to be less than 100% definite because I have not heard yet exactly how the Horizon League office is treating Milwaukee in it's application of the tiebreakers. Obviously they are ineligible for the NCAA tournament, therefore they are ineligible for the Horizon League tournament.

I'm going to go out on a limb and base my analysis on the following premise: all of Milwaukee's league games count for the teams they played, therefore the proper thing to do is pretend that Milwaukee is eligible and then at the very end delete them from the list and move everybody lower up one slot.
has turned out to be much ado about nothing. The only context in which things could have gotten complicated is when Detroit and Milwaukee both finish 7-9. The only top 4 team who would function as a tiebreaker for these two teams is Valpo, and in these scenarios, Detroit would win the tiebreaker anyway. There are 4 of these scenarios that also include a tie for 1st between CSU and Oakland, so procedurally we're not supposed to break this tie until we break that one, but it turns out that CSU and Oakland both split with each team, so Milwaukee-Detroit isn't breaking that tie -- in fact, as mentioned before, nobody can break that tie, it has to be broken by RPI. Moreover, it doesn't matter which of the two wins that tiebreaker, that team is not going to be able to break the Milwaukee-Detroit tie. Only Valpo can (Green Bay gets swept by both teams so they don't resolve anything either.

In short, Detroit is the 5th seed as mentioned in my previous post, and Milwaukee sits there in the middle with them, waiting to see if any other teams need it to break a tie.

To summarize the top 4: Valpo gets the 1 seed by winning one or both of their remaining games. They get the 2 seed if they lose out and Oakland loses at least once. Finally they lose a 3-way tie with CSU and Oakland to get the 3 seed.

CSU gets the 1 seed if they beat Valpo and Detroit beats Valpo and Oakland loses at least once more. If Oakland instead wins out, RPI breaks the tie.

If Valpo gets the 1 seed, CSU gets the 2 seed if they beat Valpo and Oakland loses once more or if they lose to Valpo and Oakland loses out and Green Bay loses to UIC. In either case, if they end up in a 2-way tie with Oakland, RPI will be needed to break the tie and they still could end up with the 2 seed.

If they lose to Valpo they get the 3 seed if Oakland beats Green Bay or if Green Bay wins out and YSU beats Oakland. Otherwise, they get the 4 seed.

Oakland's only shot at the 1 seed is mentioned above in the RPI tiebreaker with CSU. Likewise, if they win out and CSU beats Valpo (who in turn beats Detroit), the same RPI tiebreaker has to break this tie (Valpo is not a tiebreaker in this case because each will split with them; Green Bay is not because each will sweep them). If Oakland wins out and CSU loses to Valpo, Oakland gets the 2 seed. If they beat Green Bay or if they beat YSU and Green Bay loses to UIC, they are guaranteed at least a 3 seed via tiebreakers (head-to-head over Green Bay or Valpo as common opponent if CSU loses to Valpo). Otherwise they end up with the 4 seed.

Green Bay gets the 2 seed if they win out and Valpo beats CSU. All the tiebreakers are bad for them, so the only way is for both CSU and Oakland to finish 11-5 or worse. They get at least a 3 seed as long as they finish ahead of Oakland (if Oakland beats YSU, Green Bay has to win out). Otherwise they get the 4 seed.

Now for the lower 3: YSU has Oakland and Milwaukee remaining on their schedule, so they've already split with UIC and WSU. WSU has Milwaukee and UIC left to play and they need a win over UIC to gain a split with them. So the WSU-UIC game is only one left between these 3 teams. WSU and UIC are tied for 8th at 3-11, YSU brings up the rear at 2-12.

If WSU beats UIC, then any ties would have to resort to common opponents. If UIC beats WSU, UIC would have the upper hand in a 3-way tie or a tie with WSU.

Thus, UIC can clinch the 6 seed simply by winning out. If they lose to WSU they can still get the 6 seed if they beat Green Bay (since WSU and YSU both were swept by the Phoenix) and WSU loses to Milwaukee. If they beat WSU but lose to Green Bay, they win the 3-way tiebreaker (3-1 to 2-2 to 1-3) and they of course win a tiebreaker with WSU. They would not win a tiebreaker with YSU since the Penguins would split with Oakland while UIC was swept by them. So UIC gets the 6 seed if they win out, or if they split and YSU loses at least once more.

WSU can also clinch the 6 seed simply by winning out. If they beat UIC but lose to Milwaukee, UIC would still have to lose to Green Bay in order for WSU to gain the 6 seed. If there's a 3-way tie with YSU at 4-12 with WSU beating UIC, WSU actually wins that tiebreaker if Detroit beats Valpo because Detroit wins the tiebreaker with Milwaukee, and WSU swept Detroit while UIC and YSU each lost at least once to Detroit. So: WSU gets the 6 seed if they win out or if they beat UIC and UIC loses to Green Bay and either Detroit beats Valpo or YSU loses at least once more.

YSU can get the 6 seed if they win out and WSU beats UIC and UIC loses to Green Bay and Valpo beats Detroit (leaving Milwaukee all alone in 5th place for tiebreaker purposes). This would put YSU and WSU in a 2-way tie at 4-12 with Milwaukee as the highest common opponent that can break the tie, and WSU would be swept by Milwaukee in this scenario while YSU splits with them.

Tonight's games:

Valpo at Detroit - Valpo can clinch 1 seed, Detroit already has 5 seed but can increase their tiebreaker influence with a win in cases where Milwaukee loses out (A Valpo loss also sets up a showdown on Friday with CSU for the 1 seed).
YSU at Oakland - Oakland can maintain their slim hopes for a 1 seed (assuming Valpo loses), YSU can maintain their slim hopes for a 6 seed and right to host a first round game

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top 4 #HLMBB seeds with 8 games to go

I'll just repeat the disclaimer I wrote here: Top 2 seed scenarios with 10 games left in #HLMBB.
This year my tiebreaker analysis is going to be less than 100% definite because I have not heard yet exactly how the Horizon League office is treating Milwaukee in it's application of the tiebreakers. Obviously they are ineligible for the NCAA tournament, therefore they are ineligible for the Horizon League tournament.

I'm going to go out on a limb and base my analysis on the following premise: all of Milwaukee's league games count for the teams they played, therefore the proper thing to do is pretend that Milwaukee is eligible and then at the very end delete them from the list and move everybody lower up one slot.
As of yesterday's games:

Oakland 81 UIC 56
Milwaukee 66 Cleveland State 60
Team      W  L Pct.  GB
Valpo    12  2 0.857 0
CSU      11  4 0.733 1.5
GB       10  4 0.714 2
Oakland  10  4 0.714 2
Milw.     7  7 0.500 5
Detroit   6  9 0.400 6.5
UIC       3 11 0.214 9
WSU       3 11 0.214 9
YSU       2 12 0.143 10
The conference is perfectly split in half. We know that Detroit, UIC, Wright State, and Youngstown State will be playing first round games on Tuesday March 4th, and Valpo, CSU, Green Bay, and Oakland will be waiting for them on Friday.

Thanks to Milwaukee's take down of CSU, Valpo is now the only team in control of their own destiny, though if they lose at Detroit, CSU will regain control over their destiny. But Valpo still gets the 1 seed if they beat CSU. However, they can clinch the 1 seed on Wednesday at Calihan Hall.

Even if they lose both games, they still get the 2 seed if Oakland loses at least one of their remaining games. In a 3-way tie between CSU, Valpo, and Green Bay, CSU wins the tiebreaker (3-1) and Green Bay loses it (1-3), while Valpo sits in the middle (2-2). Replace Green Bay with Oakland and Valpo loses the tiebreaker based on Green Bay as the common opponent, where Valpo is the only team to lose to the Phoenix.

CSU gets the 1 seed if they beat Valpo and Detroit beats Valpo and Oakland loses at least one more game. Green Bay is no threat to CSU because of the head-to-head tiebreaker. If Oakland ties at 12-4, as mentioned above, Valpo drops out first, and there is no common opponent that breaks the remaining tie between Oakland and CSU, so we have to resort to the RPI tiebreaker. rpiforecast.com currently projects CSU as the winner, but I have no idea how sure of a thing that is. I choose to not project but simply leave it hanging.

If CSU beats Valpo and Valpo beats Detroit, CSU gets the 2 seed unless Oakland wins out and wins the RPI tiebreaker. If CSU loses to Valpo, they can still get the 2 seed if Green Bay beats Oakland but loses to UIC. In a 3-way tie at 11-5, CSU is 3-1, Oakland 2-2, and Green Bay 1-3. They also win a 2-way tie with Green Bay as mentioned above.

If CSU loses to Valpo, Green Bay wins out, and Oakland beats YSU, CSU ends up with the 4 seed because they lose the 3rd place tiebreaker with Oakland based on Valpo as a common opponent.

In all the remaining scenarios, CSU gets the 3 seed.

If Green Bay wins out and Valpo beats CSU, Green Bay gets the 2 seed, since CSU and Oakland finish 11-5 or worse.

If Green Bay beats Oakland on Saturday and at least matches their win total during the week, they avoid the 4 seed by winning more games than Oakland. Any Green Bay tie with Oakland breaks in favor of Oakland because of common opponent Cleveland State, if not a head-to-head sweep by Oakland. Therefore, if Green Bay finishes tied with or below Oakland, they end up with the 4 seed (they can only tie at 11-5, and at that record they lose tiebreakers with both CSU and Oakland; if they lose out they must be alone at 10-6).

Detroit and Milwaukee are on an island by themselves. Neither can even tie for 4th, and neither can fall into a tie for 7th. If Detroit beats Valpo and Milwaukee loses out, they tie for 5th place. This accounts for 32 of the 256 possible scenarios. In all but 4 of these scenarios, the tie can be broken simply by virtue of Milwaukee's ineligibility. The remaining 4 scenarios leave the tie in limbo until the tie between CSU and Oakland for first place is resolved using RPI.

In the remaining 224 scenarios, Milwaukee finishes ahead of Detroit. In all 256 scenarios, Detroit ends up with the 5 seed since Milwaukee is ineligible. So we can say unofficially that Detroit will be the 5 seed and host the 8 seed at Calihan Hall on Tuesday March 3rd.

The remaining seeds I will tackle in my next post.