Sunday, April 13, 2014

News On The Horizon 4/13/2014


Dwyane Wade returns to Miami Heat’s starting lineup, scores 24 after missing nine games--Miami Herald
Battier has gone from starter to playing in the second unit to now being replaced in the regular rotation by Rashard Lewis. The Heat’s second unit against the Hawks also included Norris Cole, Ray Allen and Chris Andersen. Toney Douglas also played in the second quarter as a defensive stopper against Hawks point guard Jeff Teague.
Winderman's view: Hawks 98, Heat 85--South Florida Sun Sentinel
-- Douglas entered after several shaky minutes from Norris Cole, who struggled against Teague.

-- Rashard Lewis retained his spot with the second unit.

-- That unit also featured Ray Allen, Cole, Chris Andersen and Lewis.

Postgame notes: Ray McCallum learns from playing the best--Sacramento Bee
Kings notes: Thomas wants to come back from injury before season ends--Sacramento Bee
The Kings have been impressed by rookie Ray McCallum’s play in place of Thomas, but they still would like to see Thomas back on the court.

Morning Five: 04.10.14 Edition--Rush The Court
Wisconsin-Milwaukee will not be repeating its surprise run to the NCAA Tournament next year. In fact, they won’t even be able to defend their Horizon League Tournament crown after receiving a one-year post-season ban for its low APR score. This clearly is not as high-profile as Connecticut’s one-year ban in 2013 and we don’t expect to see a player (sorry student-athlete) standing next to Rob Jeter talking about being banned, but it is a significant blow to the program. At this point, we have to place blame the program particularly when they have known about these APR guidelines for years.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee latest school hit with questionable APR postseason ban--SB Nation

Men’s Basketball: Bryce Drew could be a candidate for Tulsa job--The Post-Tribune

Released YSU players wanted to return--Youngstown Vindicator

Saturday, April 12, 2014

News On The Horizon 4/12/2014

2014-15 Preview: Mid Majors, Part II--Basketball Predictions
Horizon League

Green Bay certainly felt like they had a case for an at-large bid this season. And considering the way that the Selection Committee thinks (rewarding tough non-conference schedules) they had to be in the mix. Instead, they somehow only got a 4 seed in the NIT, where they got rolled by a Belmont team that appeared much more motivated (Keifer Sykes being out was a factor as well). In all it wasn't a particularly successful postseason for the Horizon League. Milwaukee stole the Horizon League auto bid (including an overtime victory over Green Bay), but they could only get a 15 seed and were crushed by Villanova. Cleveland State, Valparaiso and Wright State all went to the CIT, where none got further than the second round.

Green Bay was powered by the inside-outside duo of Keifer Sykes and 7'1" Alec Brown. Brown is gone (with a real chance to be drafted by the NBA), but Horizon League Player of the Year Sykes should be back for one more season. Green Bay returns their top four minute earners after those two as well, led by the interior duo of 6'9" Greg Mays and 6'7" Jordan Fouse. One player to look for next season is 6'7" Kenneth Lowe, who was effective in limited minutes as a true freshman. They don't have any prominent transfers or recruits, though, so if Green Bay is going to get back near where they were this last season, several of their bench players will need to get significantly better.

Cleveland State finished the season strong, winning 10 of their final 11 regular season games before being stunned by Wright State in the Horizon League tournament. Their offense was awfully good, and their three-point shooting (40.2%) was third best in the nation. They only lose one regular from their rotation, Jon Harris. They return their best outside shooter (Bryan Forbes), their point guard (5'8" Charlie Lee) and their most important big man (Anton Grady). They will hope to have shooting guard Sebastian Douglas back fully healthy after he missed about half of the games in January, February and March, and who ended up having knee surgery after the season ended. They add 6'0" Andre Yates, who played sparingly as a freshman at Creighton in 2012-13. They will also get back 6'9" Aaron Scales, who didn't play much as a freshman and took a redshirt season in 2013-14 to improve his game. It's very likely that Cleveland State will be the media's preseason Horizon League favorite heading into next season.

The automatic bid, of course, was won by Milwaukee, but that run was pretty fluky. They lost four of their final five regular season games, so it's not like there was much evidence of improvement from a team that was actually 8th (out of 9) in the conference in efficiency margin. On top of that they lose two starters (their top two scorers, in fact) as well as a key bench piece. Their top returner is probably swing forward Austin Arians. Their top addition is probably transfer Akeem Springs, who averaged 7.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game as a freshman at Northern Illinois in 2012-13. Wright State is a team hit even harder by graduation, losing five of their top six minute earners. Their only real proven returner is 5'9" point guard Reggie Arceneaux.

A team that might be down next season but has a nice core for the futre is Valparaiso. They lose four players from their ten man regular rotation, but four more were only freshmen. The two biggest losses are clearly leading-scorer Lavonte Dority and 7'0" defensive presence Moussa Gueye. Their top two rising-sophomore returners are point guard Lexus Williams and 6'8" Alec Peters, who scored 12.7 points per game with a 56.1 eFG% as a true freshman. The most important non-freshman returner is 6'10" Yashil Fernandez. Their most important addition is 6'7" E. Victor Nickerson, who averaged 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Charlotte in 2012-13. And if the success Bryce Drew had with a not-particularly-highly-rated 2013 recruiting class is a sign for the future, look for a couple of these 2014 recruits to be significant factors as well.

If there's a sleeper team to finish near the top of the Horizon League next season, I think it's Detroit. They only went 6-10 in conference play, but they only lose two players from their regular rotation. Those two losses (Evan Bruinsma and Ugochukwu Njoku) were their top two rebounders, so they are going to need some size. 6'8" Patrick Onwenu is the one proven returner. They add 6'11" Patrick Ackerman, who played sparingly in two seasons at Penn State, and also add a 2014 recruit in 6'6", 250 pound Jaleel Hogan. But while the front court is a bit of a question mark, they return everybody else, led by swing forward (and leading-scorer) Juwan Howard, Jr. Their top returner aside from Howard is probably shooting guard Jarod Williams, who was one steal behind Evan Bruinsma for the team lead in significantly fewer minutes. They need a point guard, but Detroit is in the mix for a few different high school and Juco recruits who could fill the void, so you have to expect that Ray McCallum will land somebody to fill that spot.

In the end, here's how I see the top half of the Horizon League playing out:

1. Cleveland State
2. Green Bay
3. Detroit
4. Valparaiso
5. Milwaukee
Ultra Early Mid-Major Rankings for the 2014-15 College Basketball Season--The Catch and Shoot
9. Cleveland State

Key losses: Jon Harris, Devon Long

Key returners: Bryn Forbes, Trey Lewis, Anton Grady, Charlie Lee, Sebastian Douglas, Marlin Mason

Key additions: None

Cleveland State finished the 2013-14 season on a tear before losing in the Horizon League Tournament. And now the Vikings return four starters from a team that won 21 games.

The Vikings won’t have the best guard in the conference because of Keifer Sykes at Green Bay, but overall they will have the best backcourt. Bryn Forbes led the team in scoring with 15.6 points per game and 81 3-pointers. Trey Lewis and Charlie Lee combined for 22.9 points and 7.5 assists per game, and both were also great 3-point shooters. Lewis shot 36.9% while Lee led the team, in terms of percentage, at 43.3% from deep.

Cleveland State will not have much depth in its frontcourt, but it has a great forward in Anton Grady and another solid one in Marlin Mason. Grady averaged 10.4 points and 6.8 rebounds last season while Mason posted 5.9 points per contest on 55.0% shooting and also grabbed 4.2 boards.
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19. Green Bay

Key losses: Alec Brown, Vincent Garrett

Key returners: Keifer Sykes, Greg Mays, Carrington Love, Jordan Fouse, Kenneth Lowe, Lamin Fulton, Alfonzo McKinnie

Key additions: None

Green Bay may have some struggles with Alec Brown departing, but the Phoenix still return five of their top six players. That includes Horizon League Player of the Year Keifer Sykes.

Sykes will once again be the best player in the Horizon League, and he also has a very solid supporting cast. Carrington Love, who averaged 7.9 points and 2.5 assists, joins him in the backcourt while Greg Mays, Jordan Fouse and Kenneth Lowe will man the frontcourt.

Miami Heat takes a step back in the Eastern Conference standings with loss to Memphis Grizzlies--Miami Herald
A lean-in jumper from 20 feet by James gave the Heat a five-point lead with 20 seconds left in the third quarter, but the Grizzlies amazingly reeled off five points in the final second of the quarter to tie it. Following a layup by Gasol with one second remaining, Heat reserve point guard Norris Cole committed a turnover in the open court. Memphis guard Tony Allen inbounded the final possession to Courtney Lee, who somehow got off a running one-handed three-pointer before the buzzer. Officials initially ruled the shot came after the buzzer, but overturned the ruling after a video review. Lee finished with 18 points.
LeBron stopped at the rim as Nets stop Heat 88-87--South Florida Sun Sentinel
James started the fourth quarter on the bench, with Spoelstra going with the limited firepower of a lineup of Chris Andersen, Lewis, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen and Norris Cole.
Winderman's view: Grizzlies 107, Heat 102--South Florida Sun Sentinel
-- In the second quarter, Norris Cole alley-oops to LeBron about five feet short of the rim. LeBron ends it with a layup.
Heat come up short against Grizzlies; Pacers showdown next--South Florida Sun Sentinel
But off a Norris Cole turnover with seven-tenths of a second left in the third period, Courtney Lee converted a running 3-pointer to tie it 80-80 heading into the fourth, with James having played 31 of 36 minutes to that point.
ESPN's Outside the Lines: "First Cinderella"--Cleveland State Hoops
Waters Named Finalist for Ben Jobe Award--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Adds Detroit Guard Kenny Carpenter--Cleveland State Hoops

Kings notes: McCallum doesn’t mind playing heavy minutes--Sacramento Bee
Kings’ effort improves but execution lags--Sacramento Bee
The Kings had a chance to win but were unable to execute their final play as drawn up, and rookie Ray McCallum missed a 21-foot jumper with 0.3 seconds to play.
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McCallum said he liked his final shot.

“I thought I got a good look,” he said. “It’s just a shot that I’ve got to make and knock it down.”

The Kings dropped to 3-32 when scoring fewer than 100 points.

“It’s an area that we’ve got to improve on, being able to close out games,” McCallum said. “… It’s just something for me to build on and learn from, learning how to close a game out. And as a team we’ve got to get some stops and execute down at the end.”

Said Malone: “We didn’t have great execution on that last play but great opportunity for Ray to try and make a play at the end. But it was a little bit short.”

Cousins finished with a game-high 30 points with 12 rebounds. McCallum had 23 points and eight assists.
Kings notes: Malone wants Williams on the attack--Sacramento Bee
Tough assignments – Kings rookie Ray McCallum is learning there are no easy nights playing point guard in the NBA.

In the final three games, the Kings play perhaps the NBA’s best point guard (Chris Paul of the Clippers), one of the league’s best passing guards (Ricky Rubio of the Timberwolves) and Phoenix’s dual attack of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe.

McCallum held his own against Portland All-Star Damian Lillard with 23 points, eight assists and no turnovers.

“I love the opportunity to play against the best,” McCallum said. “It’s going to be a huge challenge for myself, but I’m up to it. Go out there and compete and kind of see where I stack up and all the things in my game that I need to work on.”
Detroit Titans Men's Basketball Year-End Banquet Set for April 14--detroittitans.com
11 Titans Named to Horizon League Winter All-Academic Team--detroittitans.com

Shearer To Attend Pro Combine At 2014 Final Four--detroittitans.com
Women's Basketball Announces Team Shootout Date--detroittitans.com

Bader garners more national accolades--Oakland Post
Sporting blitz week of 4/9--Oakland Post
Men’s Basketball-

Senior Oakland University basketball star Travis Bader finished in second place in the Quicken Loans college 3-point competition Thursday. The event was held at SMU’s Moody Coliseum. Bader was only edged out by Brady Heslip of Baylor, who managed to outscore Bader 18-14 in the final round. Erik Kangas also finished second in this event in 2009 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Felder named to Kyle Macy Freshman All-American Team--Oakland Post
BADER FINISHES RUNNER-UP AT 3-POINT CHAMPIONSHIP--ougrizzlies.com
BADER AND PETROS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE--ougrizzlies.com

Watterworth reflects on illustrious women's basketball career--Oakland Post
POPKEY NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE TEAM--ougrizzlies.com

Howard Moore in National Spotlight via His UW Recruit Frank Kaminsky--uicflames.com

Story and Hannemann Named to WBI All-Tournament Team--uicflames.com
Dates Announced for 2014 Regina Miller Basketball Camps--uicflames.com
UIC Has Strong Showing in Final NCAA Statistical Report--uicflames.com
WBI CHAMPIONS IN REVIEW: Rachel Story Highlights--uicflames.com

Ultra Early Mid-Major All-America Teams for the 2014-15 College Basketball Season--The Catch and Shoot
First Team
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Keifer Sykes, Green Bay

Sykes, the reigning Horizon League Player of the Year, averaged 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists. He may be small at 5’11″, but he’s got some amazing hops.
Men's basketball: UWGB will play at Miami on Dec. 6--Green Bay Press Gazette

Six Phoenix Student-Athletes Earn Winter Academic All-League Honors--GreenBayPhoenix.com

APR sanctions result in postseason ban next season for Milwaukee--CollegeBasketballTalk
Wisconsin-Milwaukee banned from 2015 postseason due to APR--Eye On College Basketball
Milwaukee Loses Appeal, Will Be Banned From Postseason Due to Low APR Score--Mid-Major Madness
Milwaukee banned from 2014-15 postseason play--The Catch and Shoot
UWM men's basketball banned from postseason play--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM men's basketball program banned from postseason play--On Milwaukee
UWM Men’s Basketball Banned from 2014-2015 Postseason (Updated 4/10/13 4:30 PM)--UWM Post
Panthers banned from basketball postseason--PantherU
Appeal Of Milwaukee Men's Basketball Postseason Ban Denied--uwmpanthers.com

Women's Basketball Golf Outing Set For June 23--uwmpanthers.com

Milwaukee banned, Drew bouncing?--The NWI Times

Former Raider Receives Presidential Early Career Award--wsuraiders.com
Eight Student-Athletes Named Winter HL All-Academic--wsuraiders.com

Ryan Weber to transfer from Youngstown State--CollegeBasketballTalk
Ryan Weber will transfer from Youngstown State--The Catch and Shoot

2013-14 YSU Women’s Basketball Season Highlights--ysusports.com

Milwaukee to Miss 2015 Men's Basketball Postseason--Horizon League Network

Sunday, April 6, 2014

News On The Horizon 4/6/2014

Mid-Major Transfers List: March 31 Edition--Mid-Major Madness
2014 Outgoing Transfers:
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Ismaila Dauda, 6'10, JR, Cleveland State
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Ryan Bass, 5'9, SR, Oakland
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Joey Miller, 6'3, JR, UIC
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Incoming Transfers (From Power Conferences)
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Chris Jenkins, 6'7, FR, Colorado -- DETROIT

Cinderella Watch: Mid-Major Teams to Watch in 2014-15--Mid-Major Madness
Cleveland State Vikings: Cleveland State finished the regular season on a 10-1 run before getting bounced from the Horizon League Tournament courtesy of Wright State. Gary Waters probably can't wait for next year after the Vikings CIT appearance, as Anton Grady, Trey Lewis and Bryn Forbes all have two years left in the green and gold.
Recap: Indiana vs. Miami--Miami Herald
James, Rashard Lewis and Norris Cole each hit from long range during a quarter-ending 15-4 run that gave Miami a 68-63 advantage.
Indiana Pacers rally late to edge Miami Heat--Miami Herald
The Heat gave itself life with three seconds remaining when Bosh made a three-pointer. Following a timeout and a quick foul by Norris Cole with 2.3 seconds left, Pacers point guard George Hill missed two free throws to give the Heat one last chance, but Bosh’s attempt never reached the rim.
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Wade left the game with 1:59 to play and his team leading 80-79. The Heat’s starting shooting guard grabbed at his left hamstring away from the ball and quickly motioned at the Heat’s bench for a substitution. Cole finished the game in place of Wade.
ASK IRA: Is Norris Cole's regression a concern? --Miami Herald
Winderman's view: Heat 93, Raptors 83--South Florida Sun Sentinel
-- Spoelstra this time closed with Toney Douglas and Mario Chalmers, instead of Chalmers and Norris Cole.
Cleveland State looks to be the Horizon League favorite for 2015--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Waters Named Finalist for Ben Jobe Award--csuvikings.com

Kings’ McCallum making his point while Thomas heals--Sacramento Bee

Memories Shared At The 2014 Detroit Women's Basketball Banquet--detroittitans.com

Oakland's Travis Bader named to mid-major All-America team--The Detroit News
Thursday's NCAA notebook: Oakland guard Bader will be in 3-point event--The Detroit News
Sporting blitz week of 4/02--Oakland Post
Men’s Basketball-

Travis Bader was named to the Lou Henson mid-major All-American team for the second straight season. Bader is also eligible for the mid-major player of the year. Two other Horizon players were named to the list, Green Bay’s Alec Brown and Kiefer Sykes.

Bader was also named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team for the third straight year. Bader earned his undergraduate degree in communications and will graduate with a master's degree this May. Bader currently boasts a 3.51 grade point average in the communications graduate program.
BADER SELECTED FOR STATE FARM 3-POINT CHAMPIONSHIP--ougrizzlies.com
BADER NAMED MID-MAJOR ALL-AMERICAN--ougrizzlies.com
BADER NAMED DIVISION I-AAA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE--ougrizzlies.com
FELDER NAMED FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN--ougrizzlies.com

Assistant coaches announce departure--Oakland Post
Tungate confirms departure of assistant coaches--Oakland Post

Flames advance to tournament semifinals--UIC News
Flames win semifinals, head to tourney championship--UIC News
Flames capture women’s basketball title--UIC News
Flames Defeat Eastern Michigan, Advance to WBI Semifinals--uicflames.com
Flames Dominate Fairfield, Advance to WBI Championship--uicflames.com
UIC WINS 2014 WBI CHAMPIONSHIP--uicflames.com

Sykes nets rare honor with All-America team recognition--Green Bay Press Gazette
Season ends for Sykes-less Phoenix--UWGB Fourth Estate
Season ends for Phoenix men--UWGB Fourth Estate
Wardle Among Finalists for Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Brown, Sykes Named to 2014 Lou Henson All-American Team--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay's Wardle Named NABC District 12 Coach of the Year--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Sykes Named Third AP Honorable Mention All-American--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay's Brown Named Finalist for Lefty Driesell Award--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Brian Wardle Named 2014 Skip Prosser Man of the Year--GreenBayPhoenix.com

'Untapped potential,' state performances have UWGB excited about Lindstrom--Green Bay Press Gazette
Young UWGB women's squad ready to take next step--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Barnett, Thomas leave UWGB program--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay falls in conference tournament, drops NIT opener--UWGB Fourth Estate
Women's Basketball to Play at 2014 Gulf Coast Showcase--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Old dog, new trick: Begel supports UWM athletics--On Milwaukee
Loyalty Should Be Rewarded--UWM Post
UW (Um, What?): Panther Pride (Kind Of… Not Really)--UWM Post
Remember the magic--PantherU
Shuffling off to Buffalo--PantherU
Time for us to embrace Rob Jeter--PantherU
Matt Tiby goes on epic fan rant @UWM @MKEPanthers @MKE_MBB #UWM #mkebb @UWMShoutouts--PantherU
A Week To Remember: The Panthers In The NCAA Tournament--uwmpanthers.com
Annual Senior Salute Set For April 24; Ticket Renewal Info--uwmpanthers.com

Crusaders looking forward as workouts begin--The NWI Times
Joseph, Walker Conclude Stellar Season for Vanier--valpoathletics.com
Crusader Men’s Basketball to Hold Summer Camps--valpoathletics.com
Ron Howard Sets NBA D-League Career Scoring Record--valpoathletics.com

Women's Basketball to Host Trio of Summer Camps--valpoathletics.com

Men’s Basketball: Donlon’s alma mater looking for head coach--The Guardian
Vest Named HL Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month--wsuraiders.com

Women’s Basketball: James turning to professional ranks--The Guardian

Report: YSU grants Weber his release--Youngstown Vindicator
Kendrick Perry’s Historic Season and Career Highlight Exciting Men’s Basketball Season--ysusports.com
Kendrick Perry Selected to 2014 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament--ysusports.com

Hornberger Named 2013-14 Coach Ed DiGregorio MVP at Women’s Basketball Banquet--ysusports.com

Oakland's Bader Selected for State Farm 3-Point Championship--Horizon League Network
Oakland's Bader and Green Bay's Brown, Sykes named to the 2014 Lou Henson All-American Team--Horizon League Network
Green Bay Head Coach Brian Wardle Among Finalists for Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award--Horizon League Network
Cleveland State Head Coach Gary Waters Named Finalist for Ben Jobe Award--Horizon League Network
Wardle Tabbed All-District 12 Coach by NABC--Horizon League Network
Wright State's Vest and UIC's Fletcher Collect Scholar-Athlete of the Month Honors--Horizon League Network
Trio of #HLMBB Stars Honored--Horizon League Network
Felder Named Finalist for CollegeInsider.com Freshman of the Year--Horizon League Network
GB's Wardle Named Skip Prosser Man of the Year--Horizon League Network

Flames Advance in WBI Behind Campbell's 20-20 Effort--Horizon League Network
Flames Roll to WBI Title Game--Horizon League Network
UIC Captures WBI Championship--Horizon League Network

Sunday, March 23, 2014

News On The Horizon 3/23/2014


Winderman's view: Heat 91, Grizzlies 86--South Florida Sun Sentinel
-- Birdman added a needed spark in the third period after the Heat went down 12.

-- As did the dual-point backcourt of Chalmers and Norris Cole.
Heat can't discount draft--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Since Dwyane Wade came aboard with the No. 5 pick in 2003, it can be argued that the Heat's best draft pick was a player they dealt away on draft night (Marcus Thornton) and arguably their best draft-night acquisition (Patrick Beverley) was a player who never wore the team's uniform during the regular season (although perhaps that designation should go to two-time-champion Norris Cole).
Cleveland State's last shot fails, and the Vikings fall, 64-62, to Ohio University--Cleveland Plain Dealer
ESPN Outside the Lines show 'The first Cinderella' looks at ex-Cleveland State coach Kevin Mackey--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Eight up-transfers who will impact the NCAA tournament--CollegeBasketballTalk
Jason Calliste and Joseph Young, Oregon-via-Detroit and Houston

Joseph Young is a scorer, and that was evident from the first moments he took the court for the Ducks, but the ultimate surprise of all these up-transfers is Calliste. The ex-Detroit guard was a good shooter in the Horizon League, but Calliste’s accuracy has completely transformed in Euegene. He is leading the nation in true shooting percentage, and several of his offensive statistics rank within the top percentile for KenPom.com. While occupying a similar percentage of shots attempted as he did in Detroit, Calliste is converting more than 50 percent of his threes.
Is No. 7 Oregon heading for another surprise NCAA Tournament run?--CollegeBasketballTalk
With reserves like Cook stepping up for Moser and solid guard play from Joseph Young, Jason Calliste, Johnathan Loyd and Dominic Artis, the Ducks are confident heading into Saturday’s game against Wisconsin.
Cook schools Cougs--The Register-Guard
Cook also regained the nickname his teammates gave him earlier this season.

“He’s our X factor,” senior guard Jason Calliste said. “He’s why we won this game.”
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Calliste and Amardi are just the latest in a line of Ducks who have raved about Cook’s athleticism and potential, and he showed off both of those qualities against the Cougars. What the Ducks see in practice was on display for the nation.
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Joseph Young added 19 points as the Ducks (24-9) shot 50 percent from the field despite making just 2-of-13 three-pointers. Cook helped Oregon get a season-high 49 points from its bench, and Calliste added 14 points. Amardi had five points and eight rebounds.
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BYU (23-12), a No. 10 seed, led only when Tyler Haws opened the game with a jumper before the Ducks ran off the next six points. They built their lead to 39-24 on two free throws by Calliste with 3:07 left in the first half before the Cougars scored the final seven points of the half to get within 39-31 at the break.
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“We knew they’d go on a run, that is a good offensive team,” Calliste said. “We had to weather the storm, stick to our principles. We tightened up a bit on defense.”
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Oregon followed with a 22-6 run starting with Cook’s three-point play which marked the first of eight straight possessions when the Ducks scored. Calliste made two free throws and a three-pointer to give Oregon a 78-59 lead with 6:38 left in the game.
Oregon, Wisconsin present intriguing contrast in styles--The Register-Guard
Jason Calliste and Mike Moser both had NCAA Tournament experience but had not been part of a tournament victory before arriving at Oregon.

Calliste’s sophomore year at Detroit ended with a 65-50 loss to second-seeded Kansas in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Calliste was 1-for-6 from the field, missed all four three-point attempts and scored three points in the loss.

Two years later, Calliste had 14 points and four assists to help Oregon defeat BYU 87-68 on Thursday afternoon at the Bradley Center.

“I wanted to get that bad taste out of my mouth,” Calliste said. “I finally did it.”
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“Me and Jason kept saying to each other throughout this game, ‘We need this one’,” Moser said. “It makes it easy to forget the losses we had. It is desperation at its finest.”

Calliste and Moser were motivated by not wanting their college careers to end without a win in March Madness.

“I would never get another chance at it,” Calliste said. “It’s satisfying, but I am not satisfied so on to the next one.”
Former Detroit Mercy player Jason Calliste made right call at Oregon--The Detroit Free Press

Pat Birt Featured in RedEye's March Madness Edition--uicflames.com

Flames face No. 1 EMU in tourney semifinals Monday--UIC News
Flames Play in WBI Quarterfinals at No. 1 Eastern Michigan--uicflames.com

Video: Top 5 Dunks 2013-2014--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay's Memorable 2013-14 Season in the Books--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Peaks and Valleys--The Mid-Majority
There were four games at the First Niagara Center, and I needed Dayton, Western Michigan, Saint Joseph’s, or Milwaukee to win one of them because my very existence depended on it. Because if all four failed - and all four would enter as underdogs - there would be no TMM games here for the second day, Saturday. And although I’ve eaten plenty of complimentary food over the course of the season, I’m no freeloader. If we didn’t have a dog or a hawk or a bronco in the hunt, I wasn’t hanging around.
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Anyway, from my selfish perspective, things were still ascending, Dayton would play Syracuse, and if Saint Joseph’s or Milwaukee could win, I would still have two games to watch.
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Milwaukee led for much of the first half in the finale, and with some better shooting could have given Villanova a run, but it ended up like most 2 vs 15 NCAA games finish, 73-53 for the higher seed.
NCAA Game Analysis: Second Round, Thursday Evening--Rush The Court
#2 Villanova vs. #15 Milwaukee – East Region Second Round (at Buffalo, NY) – 9:25 PM ET on TBS

These two teams enter the NCAA tournament on considerably different notes. Second seeded Villanova blew its chance for a one seed by losing to Seton Hall in the Big East quarterfinals while Milwaukee salvaged a 7-9 regular season with four consecutive wins in the Horizon League tournament. In fact, three of the Panthers’ wins in that event came away from home with two being true road games. It was a special March run for a team that otherwise would have been an afterthought. If Villanova is to right the ship and get back to playing good team basketball as it has for most of the year, the Wildcats have to do a better job on the perimeter. Villanova’s Achilles heel all year long has been three point defense, significantly exposed in all four of its losses to aforementioned Seton Hall (42 percent), Creighton (60 percent in each of two losses) and Syracuse (54 percent). While Milwaukee is not a great three point shooting team, Rob Jeter’s squad attempts just over 21 threes per game. If they get hot, the Wildcats could have a tougher game than they might expect. Jordan Aaron was phenomenal in the Horizon tournament and is fully capable of putting the Panthers on his back. Austin Arians is also another deep threat for Milwaukee. The bad news for the Panthers is getting hot from three is probably their only chance of pulling this one off. Milwaukee is not very efficient on either end of the floor and it would take its best game, combined with a sloppy game from the Wildcats, in order for Jeter’s team to win. While Milwaukee is a respectable opponent, Villanova has been too good all year long to slip up here.

The RTC Certified Pick: Villanova.
Rushed Reactions: #2 Villanova 73, #15 Milwaukee 53--Rush The Court
NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 03.21.14 Edition--Rush The Court
East Region
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Villanova started slow, but UW-Milwaukee proved to be no problem for the Wildcats behind Darrun Hilliard’s 16 points.
No. 2 Villanova overcomes off-night to beat No. 15 Milwaukee--CollegeBasketballTalk
Late Night Snacks: Tournament-record four overtime games on Thursday--CollegeBasketballTalk
NOTABLES
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East Region No. 2 Villanova didn’t get off to the best of starts against No. 15 Milwaukee, but the Wildcats woke up in the second half to beat the Panthers 73-53 in Buffalo. The Wildcats will face former Big East foe UConn Saturday.
Day 3 Open Thread + Picking The Lines--Basketball Predictions
Villanova (-16.5) over Milwaukee: Milwaukee is a "happy to be here" team. They were 7-9 in Horizon League play and below the conference average in both offensive and defensive efficiency. The only way they cover this spread is if Villanova, as a team that relies heavily on threes, goes ice cold.
Crazy Thursday in NCAA tourney, and it's just the beginning--Eye On College Basketball
19: That's the number of 3-pointers Villanova missed in its 73-53 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Wildcats were 0 for 11 from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes and finished 4 of 23. Still, they cruised -- mostly because they were 24 of 39 on 2-pointers.
Game Preview: (2) Villanova vs. (15) Milwaukee--Big East Coast Bias
2014 NCAA Tournament results and bracket: Final score for Milwaukee vs. Villanova 73-53--VU Hoops
Final Score: (2) Villanova 73, (15) Milwaukee 53--Big East Coast Bias
Game blog: Villanova 73, UWM 53--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers' dream fades in second half--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
An awful night for UWM's Jordan Aaron--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers game report: Thursday at a glance--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
An Unbelievable Experience: Panthers Fall in NCAA Tournament--UWM Post
UWM Seniors Lead Their Team to the Big Dance--UWM Post
Behind Enemy Lines: VUHoops.com Q&A--PantherU
Milwaukee faces Villanova in NCAA Tournament--PantherU
Milwaukee’s season comes to an end--PantherU
No. 15-Seeded Milwaukee Pounded by No. 2-Seeded Villanova 73-53 in NCAA Tournament--UWM Update
Milwaukee bows out to Villanova 73-53 in NCAA tourney--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers' Run Comes To A Close In Loss To Villanova--uwmpanthers.com

2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament: Ohio vs. Wright State Preview, TV Listings, Streaming, Odds & More--Hustle Belt
2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament Ohio vs. Wright State Recap: Bobcats 56, Raiders 54--Hustle Belt
Raiders hope to continue roll at OU--Dayton Daily News
Men Fall Short at Ohio--wsuraiders.com

Notre Dame Region Recaps: Top seeds perform and Cowgirls survive OT--Swish Appeal
#3 Kentucky Wildcats 106, #14 Wright State Raiders 60

MVP: DeNesha Stallworth was just a dominating force in the post today. She finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and blocked five shots as the Wildcats led 51-25 at halftime and continued to pour it on in the second half to show why they are a 3-seed.

Bench was big... 56 points from the reserves for the Wildcats and that could prove to be a really big confidence boost going forward in the tournament. If you can get that production from any bench, you're going to win a lot of games. Jennifer O'Neill scored 21 off the bench for Kentucky.

It was over win... After Wright State tried to climb back into the game, cut it to 34-22. The Wildcats would close the first half on a 17-3 run and never look back, pushing the lead doubling the point production of the Raiders.
WSU’s Elkins smiles through the pain--Dayton Daily News
WSU women say no reason to be nervous--Dayton Daily News
Dream season ends for WSU--Dayton Daily News
Women’s Basketball: Wildcats’ size, depth proves too strong for Raiders--The Guardian
Women’s Basketball Notebook: James among three seniors who play for final time--The Guardian
Women Fall to #10/11 Kentucky in NCAA First Round--wsuraiders.com

Panthers' Run Ends in NCAA Tournament--Horizon League Network
Wright State's Season Ends at Ohio--Horizon League Network

Wright State Ready for NCAA Tournament Debut--Horizon League Network
Raiders Fall to Kentucky in NCAA First Round Game--Horizon League Network

Thursday, March 20, 2014

News On The Horizon 3/20/2014

Daniel Evans Bracketology: March 12 — NCAA, NIT, CBI, CIT Projected FieldsBracketology Expert
The NCAA Tournament Picture (Bracket Below)

NCAA Tournament Locks (35): Arizona, Florida, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Kansas, Duke, Villanova, Virginia, Creighton, Michigan, San Diego State, Iowa State, Michigan State, Louisville, North Carolina, Saint Louis, Cincinnati, UCLA, Texas, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Kansas State, Vcu, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Iowa, Ohio State, George Washington, Memphis, Arizona State, New Mexico, Oregon, Baylor, SMU, Oklahoma State

Clinched NCAA Tournament Auto-Bids (12): Harvard (Ivy), Eastern Kentucky (OVC), Wichita State (MVC), Mercer (ASUN), Coastal Carolina (Big South), Manhattan (MAAC), Wofford (SOCON), Milwaukee (Horizon), Mount St. Mary’s (NEC), North Dakota State (Summit), Gonzaga (WCC), Delaware (CAA)

Bracket Math:
How many spots are still available for bubble teams hoping to win their way into the NCAA Tournament? Let’s break it down with a little bit of simple math.

I have 35 locks above, but when you consider nine conferences figure to have at least three bids or more (American, ACC, A10, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Mountain West, Pac 12, SEC) it’s fair to assume that in MOST — if not all — of those leagues, the automatic bid will also come from an already “locked in” team. Therefore, we subtract nine from 35, which leaves us with 26 “true locks”. Add in the 32 automatic bids awarded to teams that win their conference tournament (which is where the nine conference champs we discounted a second ago will end up) and you’ve got a total of 58 locks.

Since 68 teams make the NCAA Tournament, that leaves us with 10 spots remaining for bubble teams. Now, let’s take a look at the bubble:

Projected Bubble Spots Left: 10
Bubble In (10): Colorado, Stanford, Nebraska, Saint Joseph’s, Dayton, Xavier, California, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Tennessee
Bubble Out: Byu, Arkansas, Georgetown, Providence, Green Bay, Florida State, St. John’s, Belmont, Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia
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The NIT Picture

Automatic NIT Bids (7): Belmont (OVC), Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN), Davidson (SOCON), Vermont (America East), Green Bay (Horizon), Iona (MAAC), Robert Morris (NEC)
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The CBI/CIT Picture

Projected CBI Field (16): Penn State, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, San Francisco, Boise State, New Mexico State, Siena, Illinois State, Ole Miss, Buffalo, Tulsa, Western Kentucky, Cleveland State, Saint Mary’s, Houston, Missouri State

Teams we know won’t accept CBI bid: Miami FL (link)

Projected CIT Field (27): Grand Canyon (rumored to accept), American, UCSB, Towson, IPFW, William & Mary, Quinnipiac, Princeton, South Dakota State, Holy Cross, Montana, Charlotte, Bucknell, Winthrop, Wagner, VMI, Chattanooga, Hartford, High Point, Drexel, UAB, Radford, USC Upstate, Albany, Hawaii, St. Bonaventure, Wright State

Accepted CIT Bids (5): San Diego (accepted), Valparaiso (accepted), Nebraska-Omaha (accepted), Brown (accepted), Murray State (accepted)
Handing out the Hardware: CHD’s picks for all-conference players of the year (Part 1 of 2)--CollegeHoopsDaily
Horizon
G: Kendrick Perry (Youngstown State)
G: Keifer Sykes (Wisconsin Green Bay)
G: Kelsey Barlow (Illinois Chicago)
F: Juwan Howard, Jr. (Detroit)
C: Alec Brown (Wisconsin Green Bay)
Player of the Year: Keifer Sykes (Wisconsin Green Bay)
Rookie of the Year: Alec Peters (Valpariaso)
6th Man of the Year: Jon Harris (Cleveland State)
Coach of the Year: Brian Wardle (Wisconsin Green Bay)
Tournament Central - 3/11--The Mid-Majority
Horizon League

Green Bay seemed to have the Horizon by the tail, playing the conference tournament at home and finishing two full games clear of the rest of the league. Milwaukee had other ideas and won their third game of the tournament with a thrilling overtime victory. On the other side of the bracket Wright State snuck by Cleveland State to earn the right to host the championship game tonight. Both teams scored less than 1 point per possession during the Horizon League season, so expect a slug fest in Dayton.

#5 Milwaukee vs. #3 Wright State - 7:00 ESPN
NBCSports.com’s Conference Awards and All-League teams--CollegeBasketballTalk
HORIZON
Player of the Year: Keifer Sykes (Green Bay)
Coach of the Year: Brian Wardle (Green Bay)
Newcomer of the Year: Kahlil Felder (Oakland)
All-Horizon

Keifer Sykes (Green Bay)
Kendrick Perry (Youngstown State)
LaVonte Dority (Valparaiso)
Travis Bader (Oakland)
Alec Brown (Green Bay)
NCAA Tournament Primer: Milwaukee Panthers--CollegeBasketballTalk
Late Night Snacks: Four autobids decided; should BYU be concerned?--CollegeBasketballTalk
IMPORTANT OUTCOMES
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2) Milwaukee 69, Wright State 63

Picked to finish dead-last in the Horizon League in the preseason, the Panthers pulled off another road win on Tuesday after winning at Green Bay in the semifinals. Since senior guard Jordan Aaron returned from suspension, the Panthers haven’t lost and with two consecutive road wins against solid opponents, this team will be a scary 15 or 16 seed in the field of 68.

Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Another doubleheader in Dayton--CollegeBasketballTalk
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR:
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3) A CIT matchup that should be entertaining is Cleveland State taking on Ohio in Athens. Ohio’s Nick Kellogg and Maurice Ndour lead the way offensively for the Bobcats, who are scoring nearly 72 points per game. Cleveland State’s a slightly better offensive team, and guard Bryn Forbes is averaging 15.4 points per game for a team that has lost just two games since January 22.
2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament: Ohio Will Face Cleveland State In Athens On Wednesday, March 19--Hustle Belt
2014 CIT: Ohio vs. Cleveland State Preview--Hustle Belt
2014 CIT, Ohio vs. Cleveland State: Odds, Lines, Spreads--Hustle Belt
2014 College Insider Tournament, Cleveland State Profile: Get to Know the Vikings vis Mid-Major Madness--Hustle Belt
2014 CIT Ohio vs. Cleveland State Recap: Bobcats Overcome Adversity to Beat Vikings 64-62--Hustle Belt
LeBron James, Miami Heat making effort to get Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen more involved--Miami Herald
Spurred on by James, the Heat’s superb ball movement in the final minutes of the game found the open man. More often than not, that player was Allen, who had 14 points in the fourth quarter. Wade added nine points and Norris Cole, who played all 12 minutes of the fourth quarter, had five points. Combined, Allen, Wade and Cole outscored the Rockets by five points.
LeBron James back in Cleveland for 'business trip'--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Cole contributes

In the wake of a slump that had seen him scoreless in two of his three previous appearances, backup point guard Norris Cole was particularly pleased with Sunday's fourth-quarter contribution, when he made both of his shots and had two assists and no turnovers as the lone Heat player to go all 12 minutes in the final period.

"It was good to see some shots go in, good to see some positive plays," he said. "I'm a pretty positive player, so eventually I knew it couldn't get any worse the way I was playing. I knew it couldn't get any worse."
Akron, Cleveland State still playing hoops in the postseason--Cleveland Plain Dealer
'Other' basketball tournaments start for Cleveland State, Akron--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State accepts bid to CIT; Will Face Ohio on Wednesday--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State's Sebastian Douglas' career might be over after another knee surgery--Cleveland State Hoops
Forbes Named to NABC All-District Second Team--csuvikings.com
CSU Opens Play in CollegeInsider.com Tournament at Ohio--csuvikings.com
Vikings Fall at Ohio, 64-62, in CIT First Round--csuvikings.com

'Superfan' shows Viking spirit since 1994--The Cauldron
Gordon & Livingston Earn Horizon League Postseason Honors--csuvikings.com
No. 5 Vikings Begin Horizon League Tournament At No. 4 UIC--csuvikings.com
Vikings Fall At UIC In Horizon League Quarterfinals--csuvikings.com

Pac-12 Senior Days: Oregon and Transfer U--Rush The Court
Jason Calliste is cold-blooded; literally. It’s why he wears long sleeves for every game and has earned the nickname, “The Sleeved Reaper” from Duck fans. One of the best pure shooters in the conference, Calliste has come up clutch at numerous moments throughout the year, including just this weekend when he hit the go ahead and-one jumper against third-ranked Arizona. The Detroit transfer has become arguably one of the top sixth mans in the Pac-12 and will be exciting to watch in the final month of the season.
Moser, Young honored, Ducks look to OSU--The Register-Guard
"I always tell the guys, the spoils kind of go to the winners," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "We didn't win enough. I thought some of the guys were maybe more deserving, but if you don't finish 1-2-3 in the league, I guess we were third but we caught up at the end. Mike, Joe, Jason (Calliste), Johnny (Loyd), I thought they were all deserving of something. I thought Johnny should have been on the all-defensive team with his steals and nobody is better on the ball than Johnny."
Ducks beat Beavers, 88-74, in first round of Pac-12 Tournament--The Register-Guard
Jason Calliste provided his usual production off the bench with 17 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the field, including 3-for-4 on three-pointers. Point guard Dominic Artis, who was 1-for-12 from the field in his last seven games, had 10 points and six assists in 23 minutes while Carter had six points, his second-highest total of the season, and three assists, which matched his total from the previous nine games, in 20 minutes.
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Oregon State scored the first nine points of the game culminating with a jumper from Devon Collier before Oregon finally scored on a three-pointer by Mike Moser after the Ducks missed their first nine shots. OSU led 15-7 when Altman put Carter, Artis, Calliste and Elgin Cook in the game with Damyean Dotson.
UO/UCLA Gameday: Links and web extras--The Register-Guard
You may have noticed during the season that Oregon basically makes Joe Young, Mike Moser, Damyean Dotson, Jason Calliste, and Johnathan Loyd as its spokesmen. Waverly Austin and Nicholas Lucenti were made available once late in the season.
Ducks head home from Vegas looking ahead to NCAAs--The Register-Guard
Oregon has seven players with NCAA experience including five back from last year when the Ducks reached the Sweet 16. Mike Moser went to the NCAA Tournament with UNLV last season while Jason Calliste went with Detroit two years ago.
Ducks will open NCAA Tourney vs. BYU--The Register-Guard
"Elgin is pretty excited about going back to Milwaukee," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "Richard (Amardi) and Jason (Calliste) were hoping for Buffalo. Joseph (Young) and Dot were hoping for San Antonio. Elgin had Milwaukee and I didn't care. We're in, we're playing, so I am excited about that."
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Calliste, who had a career-high 31 points while shooting 7-for-13 from the field, including 4-7 on three-pointers, and made all 13 of his free throws. He suffered an injury to his side in Oregon's 82-63 loss to UCLA at the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday.
Detroit's Ray McCallum back at Palace as Sacramento Kings rookie--The Detroit Free Press
Howard Named to NABC All-District Team--detroittitans.com
Titans to Host Special March Madness Luncheon at Calihan Hall--detroittitans.com
Titans Announce Partnership with Pakmode Media + Marketing--detroittitans.com

Trio Of Titans Earn All-League Honors--detroittitans.com
Titans Drop Horizon League Championship Opener--detroittitans.com

Losing season had its moments--Oakland Post
OU'S BADER NAMED NABC ALL-DISTRICT FIRST TEAM--ougrizzlies.com

Sporting blitz week of 3/12--Oakland Post
Women’s Basketball-

Three players received Madness 2013-14 Horizon League All-Conference honors from the Oakland University women’s basketball team. Bethany Watterworth and Elena Popkey were named to the third team, and Kim Bee was named to the fourth team. Meanwhile, the Horizon League announced that Bethany Watterworth was named to second team all-conference and Kim Bee was named to the all-defensive team. The Grizzlies will play Youngstown State in the opening round of the Horizon League Tournament on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
OAKLAND FALLS IN LEAGUE TOURNAMENT TO YOUNGSTOWN STATE, 68-64--ougrizzlies.com

East Region: Thursday's games--The Chicago Tribune
(2) Villanova (28-4) vs. (15) Milwaukee (21-13)

8:25 p.m., TBS

After setting a school record for wins, the Wildcats saw their chances for a No. 1 seed disappear with a stunning 64-63 loss to Seton Hall in the Big East tournament. The Panthers went 7-9 in Horizon League play but have been a different team since Jordan Aaron (15 ppg) returned from a four-game suspension in late February.

Illinois-Chicago Women's Basketball 2014 NIT Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
Flames compete in Horizon League quarterfinals--UIC News
Flames advance to league semifinals with win vs Cleveland State--UIC News
Flames fall to No. 1 Green Bay; postseason play possible--UIC News
Flames prepare for postseason play--UIC News
Hannemann Named Illinois National Guard Student-Athlete of the Week--uicflames.com
Campbell, Story and Bender Earn All-League Honors--uicflames.com
Flames Advance to Horizon League Semifinals; Defeat CSU 77-72--uicflames.com
Flames Defeated in HL Semifinals by Green Bay, 68-59--uicflames.com
Fans Invited to Celebrate the Best WBB Season in Program History--uicflames.com
Flames to Play in Postseason for Second Time, Host IPFW in WBI--uicflames.com
Flames Win First Postseason Game in Program History--uicflames.com

NIT Bracketology: March 10--Big Apple Buckets
Morning Five: 03.10.14 Edition--Rush The Court
It has been March for a while now, but it didn’t really feel like until Friday night when teams started receiving NCAA Tournament automatic bids. The first team to do so was Harvard by virtue of winning the Ivy League regular season title. They were soon joined by Mercer, Coastal Carolina, Wichita State, and Eastern Kentucky. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the weekend was Milwaukee beating Green Bay in the Horizon League semifinals, but we wouldn’t necessarily call them a bid thief because we doubt that Green Bay will be able to get an at-large bid.
The RTC Other 26 Superlatives--Rush The Court
Five Others
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Keifer Sykes – Guard – Green Bay. Sykes emerged as one of the best point guards in America, featuring an explosive offensive game, true point guard instincts and a knack for winning. Averaged 20.4 points, 5.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds in the regular season. Combined for 79 points against top-tier opponents Wisconsin, Harvard and Virginia.
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O26 Upset of the Year
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Honorable Mentions: Green Bay over Virginia (75-72); North Carolina Central over North Carolina State (82-72); Northern Colorado over Kansas State (60-58).
SMU headlines the list of bubble teams that got snubbed--CollegeBasketballTalk
Green Bay: The mid-major darling of the at-large field, many fans and pundits were hoping the committee would let the Horizon League regular season champs into the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team. It didn’t happen for the Phoenix (24-6, 14-2) , as an overtime loss to Milwaukee in the Horizon League Tournament semifinals ended Green Bay’s NCAA Tournament hopes. It was the second loss of the season for Green Bay to Milwaukee, but the Phoenix still owned a home win over No. 1 seed and ACC champion Virginia and a respectable three-point loss to Wisconsin. Horizon League Player of the Year Keifer Sykes wasn’t healthy during the Horizon League Tournament, but the committee didn’t seem to notice that Green Bay was playing at less than full strength.
Green Bay Men's Basketball 2014 NIT Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
Green Bay can only wait and hope after stunning conference tournament loss--The Dagger
A look at the contenders for the NCAA tournament's final at-large spots--The Dagger
70. Green Bay (24-6, 14-2): The downside of conference tournaments for mid-major league champs is that an entire season's worth of good work can unravel in one night. Such is the case for Green Bay, which fell behind by 13 points in the first half against Milwaukee in the Horizon League semis, rallied to force overtime and then ran out of steam. The chances of Green Bay surviving that loss and earning an at-large bid are slim even though the Phoenix's two best players, Alec Brown and Keifer Sykes, both were far from 100 percent healthy that night. What gives the Phoenix hope is they do have a similar profile to the Middle Tennessee team that received a spot in the First Four last March. Green Bay has a great win over Virginia and a respectable No. 57 RPI, but the Phoenix's next best win came against Tulsa, and it has a few bad losses in league play too.
SMU headlines this year's list of biggest NCAA tournament snubs--The Dagger
Green Bay (24-6, 14-2): The Phoenix were the most deserving small-conference regular season champion not to get a bid. Their season unraveled when stars Keifer Sykes and Alec Brown both sustained injuries in Horizon League semifinals against Milwaukee, contributing to a surprising loss that dashed Green Bay's hopes of an automatic bid and ultimately excluded it from the NCAA tournament. Green Bay coach Brian Wardle had hoped the committee would consider the injury factor as well as that his team dominated the Horizon League and beat ACC champion Virginia in November. Alas, it wasn't enough to outweight a resume lacking other quality wins.
Three things the selection committee got right and three it got wrong--The Dagger
What they got wrong: the 68th team (and BYU's placement)

Judging from the reaction of NC State players to hearing their name called during the selection show, they were as surprised as anyone to make the field, and they should have been. Little about their profile suggested they were worthy of beating out an SMU team ranked in the Top 25 as recently as Monday or a Green Bay team that dominated its league, beat Virginia in non-league play but stumbled in the Horizon semifinals.
O26 Resume Review: Atlantic 10, Conference USA, BYU & Green Bay…--Rush The Court
Do Keifer Sykes and Green Bay have an at-large shot?. (USAT)

Green Bay (24-6, #63 RPI). This is just a real shame. Green Bay had the potential to be the next Cinderella that America fell in love with. But then the Phoenix lost to Milwaukee in the Horizon League semifinals, which pretty much sealed their fate as an NIT team. It’s really too bad. Diminutive point guard Keifer Sykes is a scoring machine with major hops, and 7-footer Alec Brown can drain 3s with the best of them. Green Bay’s argument is a 75-72 home win against ACC champion Virginia. But that was way back on December 7, before Virginia got their stuff together. The Phoenix also hung tough with Wisconsin before losing by three at home in mid-November. But they have bad losses to Eastern Michigan, Valparaiso and now two to Milwaukee. That might be one or two bad losses too many for an at-large bid.

Projected seed for now: Out
How can one-bid leagues get their best teams into the NCAA tournament?--Sports Illustrated
FINAL BP68--Basketball Predictions
For the bubble teams, I think I'm more or less in the consensus on the teams getting in. If one of my teams in ends up in the NIT, the most likely are SMU, Dayton and Nebraska. Who's the first team out? Honestly, I think it's Green Bay.

It's not that I necessarily think Green Bay will end up the first team out, but because Green Bay's resume is so different from the other teams, I can see the argument that could be made in the Selection Committee for them. For comparison, you may think Minnesota deserves in before Green Bay, and they may end up being in contention in the Committee room longer than Green Bay, but I don't see an argument anybody could make for Minnesota over Nebraska. Across the board, Nebraska has a better case. I can see an argument for Green Bay over Nebraska or Dayton.
Green Bay, SMU headline list of NCAA tournament snubs--USA Today
Requiem for the Little Guy; thoughts on each region in NCAA tournament--Sports Illustrated
Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Green Bay -- y'all never really had a chance. Ditto for Toledo, Belmont and Iona. Middle Tennessee? That was so last year.

The most surprising exclusion from the field of 68 was, of course, SMU, but who got the last coveted at-large in its stead? North Carolina State. Sure, the Wolfpack beat Syracuse in the ACC tournament to seal the deal, but that's only because they had the opportunity to play Syracuse on a neutral court three days before Selection Sunday. The Little Guy doesn't get those chances. You know the saying: Can't make it unless you take it.

Mark Gottfried can play just about anyone he wants outside the ACC. He knows this, which is why he went about scheduling so smartly. N.C. State's nonconference strength of schedule was ranked 108th in the country -- not great, but not awful, either. The Wolfpack played road games at Tennessee (which it won) and Cincinnati (lost), and it also lost to Missouri at home. The reason those games are smart is because if the Pack wins, they look good, but if they lose, there's not a whole lot of damage. Gottfried also scheduled a home game against North Carolina Central, which the Wolfpack lost. I'm guessing he won't make that mistake again.

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This is not to blame Gottfried. It's his job to get his team to the NCAA tournament, which he did, barely. But it does give us a window into the challenges the Green Bays of the world face in the superconference era. The Phoenix are one of those programs where playing them becomes a lose-lose. If you beat 'em, you're supposed to. If you lose to 'em, you must be bad. Green Bay was lucky this year because Virginia coach Tony Bennett, who is an alum, was crazy enough to take his team to the Resch Center on Dec. 7. The Phoenix won the game, and Virginia went on win the title in the same conference where N.C. State plays. Yet, despite winning the Horizon League regular season title by two games and amassing 24 wins, Green Bay was left out, and N.C. State scooped up the last at-large. Little Guy luck.
Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of March 17--The Catch and Shoot
6. Green Bay (24-6, 14-2 Horizon). Last week: 6

Green Bay made a case for an at-large bid but wound up with a spot in the NIT. The Phoenix have the benefit of playing at home, and they will face OVC regular season champion Belmont.
Mike Vandermause column: UWGB got exactly what it deserved--Green Bay Press Gazette
Left out of NCAA tourney, UWGB men get No. 4 seed in NIT--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: Phoenix sees NIT as valuable experience for younger players--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: Missing Sykes, Phoenix ends season with NIT loss--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay men ousted by Milwaukee--UWGB Fourth Estate
Without Sykes, season comes to an abrupt halt--Phear The Phoenix
Sykes Voted to Star-Studded USBWA All-District Team--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Sykes, Brown Tabbed to NABC All-District First Team--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay to Host Belmont on Tuesday in NIT Opener--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay's Great Season Ends with NIT Loss to Belmont--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Green Bay Women's Basketball 2014 NCAA Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
Women's basketball: UWGB's Borseth named Horizon League coach of year--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: UWGB in must-win situation--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: UWGB rolls past Valpo in Horizon semis--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Buck scores 24 to lift UWGB into Horizon League finals--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: UWGB stunned by Wright State in Horizon League final--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: UW-Green Bay to face Minnesota in WNIT opener--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Patience, persistence pay off for UWGB's Zastrow--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: UW-Green Bay stumbles in second half of WNIT loss to Minnesota--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix wins conference--UWGB Fourth Estate
Balanced Attack Leads Phoenix to Quarterfinal Win, 72-55--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Women's Basketball Survives and Advances with 68-59 Win over UIC--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Phoenix Falls in HL Title Game to Wright State, 69-88--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Women's Basketball to Face Minnesota in WNIT--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Women's Basketball Drops 62-60 Heartbreaker to Minnesota in WNIT--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Virginia earns No. 1 seed in the East Region--MICentralSports.com
The Wildcats (28-4) will play Milwaukee (21-13) Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y. With a win, the Wildcats would face a familiar team in the next round: Ex-Big East beast Connecticut or Philadelphia's Saint Joseph's.
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And Milwaukee won the Horizon League tournament title after posting a 7-9 league record during the regular season.
Ticket Punched: Milwaukee completes stunning turnaround to claim Horizon League--The Dagger
Bracket Prep: Mount St. Mary’s, Milwaukee, Gonzaga, North Dakota State--Rush The Court
Milwaukee
Rob Jeter’s Panthers’ Impressive Run Through The Horizon League Has Milwaukee Tournament-Bound For The First Time Since 2006.

Horizon League Champion (21-13, 11-9)
RPI/Pomeroy/Sagarin = #145/#165/#170
Adjusted Scoring Margin = -1.3
Likely NCAA Seed: #15-#16

Three Bruce Pearls of Wisdom.

Milwaukee, a team that had won just seven Horizon League games all season, won four in a week to earn a ticket to the Big Dance. They had to beat Green Bay for a second time this year (in the semifinals) – something that possible #1 seed Virginia could not do once – to accomplish the feat. The Panthers will be a part of the Tournament for the first time since 2006 — the year after Bruce Pearl departed UW-Milwaukee (as they were then know) for Tennessee. Between that 2006 appearance and a Sweet 16 run the year prior, Milwaukee won three Tournament games, but this year’s team will need to find some serious magic if they hope to make it three straight winning trips to the Dance for the program.

If nothing else, Milwaukee is equally average on both ends. The Panthers are almost right on the D-1 average for offensive and defensive efficiency, ranking 173rd in each category. Offensively, Rob Jeter’s team shoots a lot of threes (30th nationally in 3PA/FGA), but they aren’t especially accurate from distance, making just 33% of those attempts. They also get to the line a good amount (55th nationally in FTA/FGA), where they actually do shoot the ball well. On the season, the Panthers are converting 73.3% of their charity stripe efforts. Jordan Aaron is the team’s leading scorer at 14.6 points per contest, but it’s senior big man Kyle Kelm (12.4 PPG) who is the most efficient Panther when it comes to putting the ball through the hoop.

A year ago, the Panthers went just 8-24 (3-13 in the Horizon). Their 7-9 conference season isn’t exactly the stuff that March sleepers are made of, but overall, this is a vastly improved team. With a pretty similar personnel base (four Panther starters were key parts of last year’s team) and no individual players seeing massive statistical improvements, it’s hard to figure where Coach Jeter made up all the extra wins (and efficiency, for that matter). The Panthers likely won’t win a Tournament game, but for a team picked to finish last in the Horizon in the preseason, making an appearance on college hoops’ biggest stage should be accomplishment enough.

Best Case Scenario: Close loss in Round of 64. Depending on how other conference tournaments shake out, the Panthers should find themselves as either a #15 or #16 seed on Selection Sunday. But no matter which seed line it is, this Milwaukee team simply isn’t built to play the role of giant-killer. Bruce Pearl ain’t walking through those doors!
NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 03.18.14 Edition--Rush The Court
East Region
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Milwaukee respects Villanova, but knows that the game can be won on the defensive end, particularly outside. Panthers coach Rob Jeter boils it down to a simple question: ”Can we match up with Villanova’s quickness on the perimeter?”
O26 Bracketbusting: East and West Regions--Rush The Court
Milwaukee (#15, East) – Milwaukee went on an improbable run in the Horizon League Tournament, notching road victories over prohibitive favorite Green Bay and Wright State to clinch the automatic bid. The unlikely trek probably ends there for Rob Jeter’s scrappy bunch, though. Unless they are clicking on all cylinders, Villanova’s great balance and depth will likely prove too much for the Panthers over the course of 40 minutes. Forwards Kyle Kelm and Matt Tiby have some size and aren’t lacking in confidence – both flashed demonstrative swagger throughout the conference tournament – but they might really struggle against the Wildcats’ solid interior defense. Jeter’s guards will have to knock down shots, and I just don’t seem them doing that on a consistent enough basis to advance.
Checking out all 68 teams in the field--College Basketball Nation Blog
Looking for something more improbable than Bob Knight's successor taking Texas Southern to the NCAA tournament in a year the Hoosiers didn't go? Try Cal Poly (67) earning its first-ever tournament bid with a 13-19 record. Or maybe Mount St. Mary's (66) finishing 16-16 but blowing out established NEC power Robert Morris to get here. Or Weber State (65) making an NCAA tournament appearance two years after Portland Trail Blazers Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard departed the school. Or a center from Coastal Carolina (64) named El Hadji Ndieguene being recognized by fans in an Orlando Wal-Mart? Or Wisconsin-Milwaukee (63) being picked to finish last in the Horizon League before knocking off Green Bay en route to the Horizon tourney crown? Or Louisiana-Lafayette (62) upsetting previously dominant Georgia State? Or Albany (61) going dancing despite wearing -- or maybe because of? -- the goofiest purple-and-yellow uniforms in the sport.
Complete East Region Analysis--Basketball Predictions
Thoughts:
Don't worry about the 1/16 game, of course. Some day we'll have a 16 seed over a 1, but it won't be Coastal Carolina over Virginia. The 2/15 game requires little more thought, as Milwaukee didn't even make it to .500 in Horizon League play. They're going to have a nightmare trying to score against the Villanova defense.
Tiny Dancers: Milwaukee continues run to Horizon title--CBS Sports
From 1-68: Ranking the NCAA field--Eye On College Basketball
62. Milwaukee: Winning at Green Bay twice means you can be a threat in the Round of 64. Jordan Aaron's return from suspension completely changed the team.
WATCH: UW-Milwaukee gets down to Pharrell's 'Happy'--Eye On College Basketball
Ranking the NCAA Tournament coaches by playing career, 1-68--Eye On College Basketball
36. Rob Jeter, Milwaukee -- Jeter starred under Bo Ryan at Division III Wisconsin-Platteville,captaining the team to the 1991 NCAA Division III title. Jeter, who started 89 consecutive games, played professionally in Portugal for a year before becoming an assistant coach at his alma mater.
2014 NCAA Tournament Haiku previews--Eye On College Basketball
Villanova (2) vs. Milwaukee (15): Think Wildcats win big / Panthers robbed us of Green Bay / Bracket gods aware
Viewer's Guide: The best day of the college basketball season--Eye On College Basketball
No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 15 Milwaukee (9:25 p.m., TBS): Milwaukee made a great run through the Horizon League tournament, but that momentum likely stops here. The last time we saw Villanova, it lost to Seton Hall in the Big East quarterfinals. This one should help the Wildcats get their confidence back.
2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: Milwaukee vs. Villanova - The Battle of Feline Foes--Mid-Major Madness
NCAA Tournament 2014, Milwaukee vs. Villanova: Preview, TV Schedule, Odds and more--VU Hoops
Milwaukee Men's Basketball 2014 NCAA Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
Milwaukee wins 2014 Horizon League basketball tournament--SB Nation
2014 NCAA tournament: East region capsules and analysis--The Detroit Free Press
No. 15 Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Nickname: Panthers. Location: Milwaukee.

Record:21-13, 7-9.Bid: Horizon League champ.

Last appearance:2006, lost to Florida in second round.

Coach:Rob Jeter, 1-1 in 1 appearance.

Overview:The Panthers claimed the Horizon title a year after finishing 8-24 and after being picked last this preseason. The No. 5 seed won four games en route to the title, including in overtime at top seed Wisconsin-Green Bay. They got a boost with the return from suspension of leading scorer Jordan Aaron in time for the Horizon tournament.

Twitter:@MKEPanthers

Did you know?Jeter's father, the late Bob Jeter, played for the NFL's Green Bay Packers — he is a member of the team's Hall of Fame — and Chicago Bears from 1963 to 1973.

Starters:G Jordan Aaron, 5-10, Sr. (14.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 80.6 FT%); F Kyle Kelm, 6-9, Sr. (12.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 52.5 FG%); F Matt Tiby, 6-8, So. (12.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg); F Austin Arians, 6-6, So. (11.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 78 FT%); G Steve McWhorter, 6-2, Jr. (8.1 ppg, 3.9 apg, 3.8 rpg).
NCAA tournament 2014: Breaking down every matchup in the field of 68--The Detroit Free Press
No. 2 Villanova Wildcats vs. No. 15 Milwaukee Panthers

Milwaukee struggled in the regular season but caught fire from three to take down a talented Green Bay team in the Summit League final. Despite their recent play, the Panthers likely won’t have what it takes to upset coach Jay Wright’s offensive juggernaut in Villanova. The Wildcats ranked 30th in the nation in scoring, averaging 78.5 points per game, and 20th in assists, with 15.6 per game.
Tuesday's college basketball roundup: Milwaukee gets NCAA bid with Horizon title--The Detroit News
68 facts about the NCAA tournament's 68 teams--The Oakland Press
8. Milwaukee: Coach Rob Jeter was the leading scorer of Portugal’s pro league in 1992-93.
G Jordan Aaron leads Milwaukee's march to NCAAs--MICentralSports.com
NCAA tournament team previews: Milwaukee Panthers--The Sporting News
Milwaukee’s Aaron inspired by late mother--New York Post
Breaking Down the Brackets: East Region--Run The Floor
The key player for every NCAA tournament team--USA Today
(15) Milwaukee: G Jordan Aaron

Class: Senior
Height: 5-10 Weight: 160
PPG: 15 RPG: 3 APG: 2.4

When the diminutive Aaron was suspended, the Panthers struggled mightily. But the senior guard returned and averaged over 20 points a game in the Horizon League tournament.

He’ll remind you off: Tu Holloway, Xavier, 2008-12
2014 NCAA Tournament: Round of 64 picks for Thursday’s games--The Catch and Shoot
No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 15 Milwaukee, 8:25 p.m. CT on TBS, East Region

Milwaukee is already a Cinderella story even without yet playing a NCAA Tournament game. The Panthers were picked to finish dead last in the Horizon League, and even after actually finishing fifth they were not considered much of a threat to win the Horizon League Tournament. After beating Detroit at home and Valparaiso on a neutral site, the Panthers won road games against first-place Green Bay and third-place Wright State to earn a bid to the Big Dance.

The Cinderella streak will likely not carry over into the NCAA Tournament, though. The Panthers have not been consistent enough to go against Villanova for a full 40 minutes. They’ll need all five of their starters to be on their game if they are going to have any shot.

One thing Milwaukee does have that many mid-majors do not is good size with 6’9″ senior Kyle Kelm and 6’8″ sophomore Matt Tiby. And if Villanova has weak spots, they are in the Wildcats’ frontcourt.

My pick: Villanova 80, Milwaukee 64
An Open Letter To UWM Fans--Anonymous Eagle
NCAA Tournament 2014: Villanova must conquer familiar foe to reach Sweet 16--VU Hoops
Behind Enemy Lines: PantherU on Milwaukee--VU Hoops
NCAA Tournament 2014: Transcript of Villanova Press Conference with Jay Wright, James Bell, and Ryan Arcidiacono--VU Hoops
Men's Basketball 2014 NCAA Tournament East 2nd Round Game Breakdowns--College Sports Madness
#2 Villanova vs. #15 Milwaukee (Buffalo, New York)

Jay Wright has his Villanova squad playing great basketball again after some not-so-stellar seasons of late. They are a high scoring team with great balance. They have been a pillar of consistency all year. Outside of their miraculous loss to Seton Hall in the Big East tournament, they have outworked and outplayed their opponents all season. They have three players averaging more than 14 points per game and their ability to run and spread the wealth should be too much for Milwaukee to handle. Plus, the Wildcats will want to get rid of the bad taste in their mouth from the Big East tournament. They have rebounded well from losses this year and there is no reason to suspect that would change now.
2014 Horizon League Championship: Milwaukee Marches into the Madness--Mid-Major Madness
UW-Milwaukee caps impressive Horizon finish with NCAA bid--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM's Jordan Aaron wears Horizon League championship net proudly--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Personal loss propels UWM's Jordan Aaron to succeed--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
'Stick to the plan': UWM coach Rob Jeter never wavered--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM draws No. 2 Villanova Thursday in Buffalo--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
For UW-Milwaukee, defense will be key against Villanova--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM's Malcolm Moore battled injuries to a contributing role--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM notes - Wildcats are wary of Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
NCAA Tournament - Pressure doesn't faze UWM's Steve McWhorter--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
At a glance: No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 15 UW-Milwaukee--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Viewing party set for Panther NCAA bid--On Milwaukee
A little crow for dinner as Panthers earn NCAA tournament berth--On Milwaukee
Grab a seat at UWM's Selection Sunday seeding party--On Milwaukee
Will Milwaukee travel for Panthers?--On Milwaukee
Badgers, Panthers dream big heading into NCAA Tournament--On Milwaukee
UWM sets tournament viewing parties--On Milwaukee
Selection Sunday Party Packed for Panthers--UWM Post
Kelm and Seniors Lead Milwaukee--UWM Post
Milwaukee wins the Horizon League title--PantherU
Unbelievable Panthers Now Dancing in March--PantherU
Social Media Cascade #PantherProud #RevengeWorldTour--PantherU
What it’s all about--PantherU
Panthers get Villanova in Buffalo--PantherU
Panthers will face Villanova in Buffalo--PantherU
Panthers Bask in NCAA Attention--PantherU
Headed to Buffalo to cover tournament game--PantherU
Panthers need to keep quick starts coming--PantherU
Milwaukee Picks Up Win over Wright State 69-63--UWM Update
No.15-Seeded Milwaukee (21-13) and No. 2-Seeded Villanova (28-4) Face Off in Second Round--UWM Update
Milwaukee Beats Wright State 69-63 for Horizon Title--uwmpanthers.com
The Turnaround Is Complete, And The Panthers Are Dancing--uwmpanthers.com
Video: Panthers Celebrate Horizon League Title--uwmpanthers.com
Campus Pep Rally Set For Thursday Afternoon--uwmpanthers.com
Video: Champion Panthers Meet The Media Wednesday--uwmpanthers.com
#PantherProud: Campus Celebrates Champion Panthers--uwmpanthers.com
NCAA Tournament Pairings Party Set For Sunday At Gasthaus--uwmpanthers.com
Video: Countdown To A Championship - Pregame With The Panthers--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers Draw Matchup With Villanova In NCAA Tournament--uwmpanthers.com
Video: Panthers React To Selection Sunday--uwmpanthers.com
Video: Panthers Meet Media Monday Afternoon--uwmpanthers.com
NCAA Tournament Guide: Panthers Headed To Buffalo--uwmpanthers.com
Video: Seniors Roelke, Gustavson Reflect On Post-Season Run--uwmpanthers.com
NCAA Tournament Watch Parties Set--uwmpanthers.com
Wednesday In Buffalo: Panthers Practice, Meet Media--uwmpanthers.com

UW-Milwaukee women lose to Wright State--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Opens Horizon League Tournament At Wright State Wednesday--uwmpanthers.com
Video: Warras and Rechlicz Preview the First Round WBB Matchup--uwmpanthers.com
Raiders End Postseason Hopes For Milwaukee Women--uwmpanthers.com

Mike DeCourcy's ranking of 16 sweet NCAA Tournament moments--The Sporting News
11. Valparaiso's Bryce Drew hits buzzer-beater to upset No. 4 seed Ole Miss, 1998 first round. The play drawn up by his father, Homer, worked perfectly to get the superstar son an open 3-pointer. But it still was a hard shot. Drew had to catch the ball, worry about the clock, release the ball against the closing defense and assure that he was on target. No wonder it’s still a big deal.
Break time’s over for young Crusaders--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso benefits from CIT experience, but falls to Columbia on buzzer-beater--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso will be shorthanded in Tuesday’s CIT game against Columbia--The NWI Times
Davidson eager to contribute for Valparaiso--The NWI Times
Columbia ends Valparaiso season with basket at the buzzer in CIT opener--The NWI Times
CIT Again? What's different this time for Valparaiso?--Inside VU Sports
Initial Valparaiso Basketball post-mortem--Inside VU Sports
Dority Earns NABC All-District Honor--valpoathletics.com
Tickets On Sale Now for CIT First Round Game--valpoathletics.com
Crusaders to Host Columbia In CIT First Round Game Tuesday Evening--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview Show--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Set to Open CIT Play Tuesday--valpoathletics.com
Buzzer-Beater Drops Crusaders in First Round of CIT--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - Columbia--valpoathletics.com

Crusaders knock off Detroit in tourney opener--The NWI Times
Valparaiso women finish season with loss to Green Bay--The NWI Times
Horton Compels Crusaders to 76-69 Win over Detroit--valpoathletics.com
Crusaders Exit HL Tournament with Defeat to Green Bay--valpoathletics.com

Preview: Wright State vs. Milwaukee--Dayton Daily News
Wright State falls in title game--Dayton Daily News
Wright State falls again in Horizon final--Dayton Daily News
First half hurts WSU in title game--Dayton Daily News
WSU has much to consider before accepting postseason bid--Dayton Daily News
Wright State men’s team accepts CIT bid--Dayton Daily News
Donlon renewing his rivalry with ECU--Dayton Daily News
Wright State-East Carolina preview--Dayton Daily News
Wright State: No NCAA Tournament, just a smack down--Through the Arch
Milwaukee goes worst to first to claim Horizon League title--RaiderRoundball.com
Wright State Takes Loss against Milwaukee 69-63--Rowdy Review
Men’s Basketball: Panthers drop Raiders in HL Championship--The Guardian
Men’s Basketball: Despite loss, Raider fans show up big when it mattered most--The Guardian
Men’s Basketball: Wright State opens CIT with win at ECU--The Guardian
Men Fall to Milwaukee in HL Championship Game--wsuraiders.com
Men Roll to 73-59 Win at East Carolina in CIT First Round--wsuraiders.com
Raiders to Play at Ohio in CIT Second Round--wsuraiders.com

Best overall year ever in college hoops in Greater Dayton area?--Through the Arch

Wright State Women's Basketball 2014 NIT Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
Women's Basketball 2014 NCAA Tournament South Bend Region 1st Round Game Breakdowns--College Sports Madness
#3 Kentucky vs. #14 Wright State (Lexington, Kentucky)

This is the first time since 1983 that the Wildcats have earned this high a seed in NCAA play, and the beauty of this seed is Kentucky would play the first two rounds at home should the Wildcats advance this far. Although Kentucky faces Wright State for the first time in school history, an ominous stat awaits Kentucky’s neighbors to the north. Kentucky has gone 14-0 against Horizon League opponents in the history of the program, including eight wins against the University of Detroit. Kentucky, led by senior DeNesha Stallworth (12.3 points per game), reached the Elite Eight each of the past two seasons. Wright State won 26 games this year, including a Horizon League title, and this is Wright State’s first trip to the NCAA tournament. Despite the fact junior Kim Demmings (22.7), Ivory James (17.2) and Tay’ler Mingo (15.7) average almost 55 points per game, Kentucky’s 82.4 scoring average should overcome that.
Dance Card: Wright State, Horizon--Swish Appeal
NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky Women Land a #3 Seed in South Bend Regional--A Sea Of Blue
Demmings named HL Player of the Year--Dayton Daily News
Elkins ending career in record-breaking fashion--Dayton Daily News
WSU women play for NCAA bid, HL crown today--Dayton Daily News
WSU women are going dancing--Dayton Daily News
Can WSU make another dream come true?--Dayton Daily News
Wright State women headed to NCAA Tournament--Through the Arch
Women’s Basketball: Raiders grind out win over Panthers in HL quarterfinals--The Guardian
Women’s Basketball: Raiders pound Penguins, advance to HL title game for NCAA bid--The Guardian
Women’s Basketball: Creme’s Bracketology projects rematch for Raiders, Wolfpack--The Guardian
Women Defeat Milwaukee in HL Quarterfinals--wsuraiders.com
Women Roll Over Youngstown State in HL Semifinals--wsuraiders.com
Raider Women Win Horizon League Title!--wsuraiders.com
Women's Basketball Moving Up in the Rankings--wsuraiders.com
Women to Face Kentucky in NCAA Opening Round--wsuraiders.com
Bradbury Appears on FOX 45 in the Morning--wsuraiders.com
Women's Basketball Appears on Living Dayton--wsuraiders.com
Demmings Featured on NCAA's Starting Five--wsuraiders.com

Kendrick Perry’s YSU career one to remember--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU’s Perry named NABC all-District, first-team for second straight year--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Kendrick Perry Named NABC All-District First-Team For Second Straight Year--ysusports.com

YSU’s Schlegel named first-team All-Horizon League--Youngstown Vindicator
Thompson’s three-point play helps Penguins top Oakland--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins, Raiders meet tonight in Green Bay--Youngstown Vindicator
Wright State ends YSU’s season--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU moving on--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguin women to face up-tempo Wright State team--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Wright State dominates YSU women, ends Penguins’ season--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
‘You’ve Got to Find a Way’: Penguins move on in Horizon League tournament--The Jambar
YSU Hosts Oakland Wednesday in Horizon League Tournament--ysusports.com
Thompson's Late Three-Point Play Lifts Women's Basketball to 68-64 Win over Oakland--ysusports.com
Penguins Face Wright State in Horizon League Semifinals--ysusports.com
YSU’s Season Ends in Tournament Semifinals--ysusports.com
Heidi Schlegel Named to Horizon League All-Tournament Team--ysusports.com

Sykes Named USBWA All-District--Horizon League Network
Milwaukee Crowned #HLMBB Champions--Horizon League Network
Seven #HLMBB Players on NABC All-District Team--Horizon League Network
Valpo to Host Columbia in CIT Opening Round--Horizon League Network
Campus Celebrates Panthers' NCAA Berth--Horizon League Network
Wright State Headed to East Carolina in CIT--Horizon League Network
Milwaukee to Meet Villanova in NCAA Tournament--Horizon League Network
Green Bay to Host Belmont in NIT Opening Round--Horizon League Network
Cleveland State to Open CIT at Ohio--Horizon League Network
Wright State Advances in CIT--Horizon League Network
CSU Season Ends in Final Seconds at Ohio--Horizon League Network
Milwaukee Set to Open NCAA Tournament Against Villanova--Horizon League Network
UWM's Malcolm Moore Grateful for Last Opportunity--Horizon League Network

Valpo Takes Down Detroit to Advance to #HLWBB Quarterfinals--Horizon League Network
Home Teams Advance in #HLWBB Quarterfinals--Horizon League Network
Green Bay, Wright State Advance to #HLWBB Championship--Horizon League Network
Wright State Punches Ticket to NCAA Tournament--Horizon League Network
Wright State to Face Kentucky in NCAA Tournament--Horizon League Network
Green Bay and UIC Accept Bids into Postseason Tournaments--Horizon League Network
UIC Wins First Postseason Game in Program History--Horizon League Network