Monday, March 12, 2012

News On The Horizon 3/12/2012

It Ends With Frayed Edges and Hurt Feelings--The Mid-Majority
From 1-68: Ranking the NCAA field--Eye On College Basketball

57. Detroit: This isn't your typical No. 15 seed. The Titans have a McDonald's All-American in Ray McCallum and a future pro in Eli Holman.

3-point shot: Butler in the A-10?--College Basketball Nation Blog
Jazz’s Corbin, management plan to meet with Raja Bell--Salt Lake Tribune

Overall, O’Connor is pleased with the progress he’s seen from the Jazz — especially the development of youngsters Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, Enes Kanter and Hayward — and believes an 11th-place Utah team still has a strong chance to make the Western Conference playoffs.

CBI Tournament 2012 Bracket: Butler, Evansville Accept Bids--SB Nation Indiana
Butler: NIT passes, Bulldogs to play Delaware at home in College Basketball Invitational--The Indy Star
Butler still plans on playing more--The Indy Star
CBI best option for Butler--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler To Play In The College Basketball

Cleveland State Vikings visit Stanford Cardinal and Akron Zips visit Northwestern Wildcats in nationally televised Tuesday night NIT games--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Head to Stanford For
Vikings Travel to Stanford for NIT First Round

NCAA Tournament 2012: No Dog In Fight, But Plenty Of Boston College Connects--BC Interruption

Jesuits! The following members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities are dancing. Remember when you are filling out your bracket, God is on these guys' side.
(15) Detroit. The Horizon League champs are facing (2) Kansas in the Midwest Regional.

Chat with Detroit Mercy star Ray McCallum Live--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy vs. Kansas: Quick facts--The Detroit Free Press
Scouting the state's NCAA tournament opening matchups--The Detroit Free Press

Titans vs. Jayhawks

Records: No. 15 seed Detroit Mercy 22-13, 11-7 Horizon League, No. 61 overall tournament seed; No. 2 seed Kansas 27-6, 16-2 Big 12 , No. 5 overall seed.

When: About 9:57 p.m. Friday in Round 2 of Midwest Regional.

Where: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb.

TV: TruTV. Line: Jayhawks by 15.

Round 3: Sunday vs. No. 7 Saint Mary's or No. 10 Purdue.

Chatter: The Titans' first NCAA game since 1999 will be against a storied program in a town sure to be filled with Kansas fans. The Jayhawks have won the Big 12 regular-season title eight straight years but lost to Baylor in the tournament semifinals. A history lesson: UDM stunned St. John's and UCLA in their NCAA openers in 1998 and '99.

Detroit Mercy excited to showcase its talent against perennial title contender Kansas--The Detroit Free Press
For Detroit Mercy's father-son team, trip to the Big Dance feels like a date with destiny--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy faces No. 2 seed Kansas, long trip in NCAA Tournament--The Detroit News
Interactive: University of Detroit's road--The Detroit News
MARCH MADNESS: Detroit Titans draw No. 2 Kansas in NCAA tourney--The Oakland Press
CAPUTO: State earned its No.1, but Detroit deserved better than 15th--The News-Herald
Titans to Face #2 Kansas in Omaha in NCAA

Detroit Mercy women fall in Horizon League title game--The Detroit News
MARCH MADNESS: Detroit women fail to Dance with men's team, drop Horizon final--The Oakland Press
Detroit's Quest For HL Title Falls Short, Drop Championship Game To #10/10 Green

Bailey Named to Horizon League All-Tournament

Women's basketball: UWGB clinches NCAA berth with win over Detroit--Green Bay Press Gazette

Men's basketball: UWGB excluded from CIT field--Green Bay Press Gazette
CHAMPS! Green Bay Wins Horizon League Tournament
Postseason Props: Freshman and Senior Propel Phoenix to

Panthers to play on after all--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee to play at TCU in CBI--PantherU
Panthers Headed To TCU For College Basketball Invitational

Panthers eliminated by Valparaiso--UWM Post
Women’s basketball season in review--UWM Post

NIT 2012 Bracket: Valparaiso Heads To Miami--SB Nation Indiana
Miami Hurricanes miss out on tournament berth--Miami Herald
Left out of the Big Dance, Miami receives No. 2 seed in NIT--South Florida Sun Sentinel
NIT sends Crusaders to Florida to meet Miami--The Post-Tribune
Mutka: Passing of the torch in Horizon League?--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso will play Miami (Fla.) in first round of NIT--The NWI Times
Michigan State 68, Ohio State 64: Spartans win Big Ten tournament title--The Detroit Free Press

Brandon Wood scored 21 points as Michigan State beat Ohio State, 68-64, in the Big Ten championship game today in Indianapolis. It's the first Big Ten tournament title for MSU since 2000, the year they won the NCAA championship.

• GAME STATS Wood was 8 of 14 from the field and 4 of 8 from the three-point line in 33 minutes. Draymond Green added 12 points and nine rebounds and Derrick Nix had 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting.

Michael Rosenberg: Spartans finally reign alone and earn last No. 1 seed--The Detroit Free Press

The star for Michigan State was senior Brandon Wood, who scored 21 points because … well, because it was his turn, I guess. Wood scored 21 points, and every one of them seemed huge. It was that kind of game. When MSU trailed, 52-45, and guard Keith Appling (who had just missed a lay-up) started to wonder if the game was slipping away, Wood grabbed it and wouldn’t let go. He passed to Derrick Nix for a dunk. He drained a three. He drained another. x The Spartans led, 53-52, and never trailed again.
Green did hit a three-pointer to give MSU a five-point lead with 95 seconds left. But he didn’t even see the key stretch of the game, the 10-0 run keyed by Wood. Green had been hit in the head. He had his face in a towel.

“I was just dazed and woozy,” he said. “Then I heard we made an 8-0, 10-0 run or something. I didn’t see the first eight points.”

Wood can tell him all about it. Wood transferred from Valparaiso and this will be his only season as a Spartan. At times, he has looked like a tentative first-year player. Now he is playing like a senior, and a great one.

Michigan State Spartans 68, Ohio State 64: Spartans get the last laugh in Big Ten final--The Detroit Free Press

Then Derrick Nix scored inside. And Brandon Wood hit a three to cut the deficit to two. The next trip down, Wood hit another three-pointer. Brandan Kearney followed with a tip-in, Austin Thornton drained another three-pointer, and within 2 minutes MSU had turned the game around. The 12-2 run gave the Spartans a lead they never gave back.

"We were just locked in the whole time," said Nix, who often frustrated Sullinger and finished with 10 points. "Everybody brought it. We didn't have any letups."

Green finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Wood scored 21 points, 14 in the second half.

Michigan State dispatches Ohio State for Big Ten title--The Detroit News

That's when Brandon Wood began to will Michigan State back into the lead.

The Spartans went on a 10-0 run sparked by Wood to take the lead back with 11:59 to play.

The senior nailed two 3-pointers in the run and continued to spark the offense five minutes later when his reverse layup off a pass from Green put Michigan State ahead 62-57 with 6:42 left in the game. Wood finished with 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting.
Every player who entered the game scored and Green and Wood had seven pointes apiece while Green had four rebounds.
Green was named the tournament's most valuable player and was joined on the all-tournament team by Wood, Sullinger, Thomas and Minnesota's Andre Hollins.

Pure elation for top-seeded Michigan State--The Detroit News

"But it's really been a good team effort, and this was a big win for us because it kind of validates maybe that we belong, and I even questioned it. I'm not gonna lie to you. I even questioned: Are we good enough? And if we would have been a 2 seed, I would have completely understood that, too."

It didn't surprise Brandon Wood, who scored 21 points in the title game and transferred from Valparaiso for the chance to play in the NCAA Tournament.

"I kind of knew that we were probably going to get the No. 1 seed because I watched some shows earlier and they said the winner of the game would probably get the No. 1 seed," Wood said. "So we were all excited. And just to be a part of the tournament for myself, it's something I've always dreamed of. And to now be a part of that with these guys, it's just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me."

Brandon Wood's hard work for Michigan State pays off--The Detroit News
Michigan State earns more than top seed with Big Ten title win--The Detroit News

They did it with contributions from just about everyone in this tournament, too, from point guard Keith Appling, who was snubbed for all-tournament honors, to the big-man tandem of Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix to freshmen Travis Trice and Brandan Kearney. And particularly from senior role players Austin Thornton, who poured in four three-pointers Saturday against the Badgers, and Brandon Wood, who finished with a game-high 21 points Sunday.

Crusader Men to Take On Miami In First Round of 2012

Demmings Named to All-Tournament

Green Bay wins Horizon League Tournament--Horizon League Network

Detroit Given No. 15 Seed; Will Meet Kansas in NCAA Second Round--Horizon League Network
Valparaiso, Cleveland State, Butler, Milwaukee Learn Postseason Destinations--Horizon League Network

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