Here is the full slate:
8 a.m.: Northern Illinois at Valparaiso
2 p.m.: Detroit at St. John’s
Other games that should catch some attention: Steve Lavin leads another big group of St. John’s youth against Ray McCallum and Detroit.
Ranking the ESPN 2012 Tip-Off Marathon games--Run The Floor
4. Detroit at St. John's (2 p.m.): One of the best small-school players in the nation (Ray McCallum Jr.) versus a beatable Big East team on the rise, in a rematch from last year (Detroit won)? Yes, I think I will.
9. Northern Illinois at Valparaiso (8 a.m.): Northern Illinois won four games against Division I opponents last season. Valparaiso should be the favorite in the Horizon. This game should not be competitive, but it will be worth watching to get an early read on Valpo.
ESPN releases schedule for 24-hour marathon of college hoops--Eye On College Basketball
8 a.m.: Northern Illinois at Valparaiso. Bryce Drew's team will look to bring in a regular-season Horizon title for the second straight year. And now there's no Butler to deal with. Again, this is a game for the nutjobs who get passionately invested in college hoops in early November. We're thankful.
2 p.m.: Detroit at St. John's. No one has any idea of what St. John's is anymore. Steve Lavin's come back to coach full-time but has lost his premier assistant, Mike Dunlap, who took the lead job with the Charlotte Bobcats. Ray McCallum Jr. should have a pretty big -- from a national standpoint -- type of year with Detroit. I could see him putting up 30 in this spot and starting the Horizon POY campaign.
Horizon League Expansion: Why Oakland and Others Make Sense--Mid-Major Madness
Tip-Off Marathon Gives Some Chance to Shine, But Could Leave Fans Wanting--Mid-Major Madness
At first glance, the schedule isn't terrible. Gonzaga begins with a game that should pose both a challenge and pump up its profile for the NCAA committee. Harvard and UMass will light up the morning in Boston, and Detroit has a chance to showcase Ray McCallum, Jr. later in the day.
And it is hard to forget that Northern Illinois was one of the bottom 20 teams last season, and will be facing a stacked Valparaiso team that should contend in the Butler-less Horizon.
While the Crusaders offer the best chance to cover one of the marathon contests live, it isn't going to be breaking the box office.
There is a chance that Murray State could land a game with the Crusaders, a game that offers a myriad of reasons to favor it over a game with the Huskies, not the least of which is Ed Daniel's hair. Couldn't ESPN exert a little of its influence to make that happen?
This isn't implying that scheduling this type of thing is easy, nor that everything can work perfectly all the time, but the games with the mid-major teams do leave a little to be desired, with only Detroit and Gonzaga scoring contests that should truly push them forward come March.
Then again, I will still be watching.
ESPN Tip-Off Marathon schedule is here--College Basketball Nation Blog
First things first. The games are as follows (all times ET):
8 a.m.: Northern Illinois at Valparaiso
2 p.m.: Detroit at St. John’s
Davidson at New Mexico might not do anything for you. Harvard at UMass might not tickle your fancy. I get that. But for the college hoops fan -- the kind who knows how cool it will be to see a midnight game at New Mexico's Pit, the kind who recognizes UMass as a sleeper A-10 contender in 2012-13, the kind who knows how good Detroit guard Ray McCallum Jr. is, the kind who realizes what a tough early road test Kent State will be for Temple -- then that schedule has a little bit of everything.
Cole's quest: 'Destroy whoever he plays'--Miami Heat Index
Dwyane Wade ‘doing fine’ after surgery; Miami Heat awaits Rashard Lewis decision--Miami Herald
This And That
• Fizdale, on point guard Norris Cole: “We’re breeding Norris a different way. Norris is a hunter. We’re developing him to be an attacker. He’s going out to Vegas with the intent to destroy whoever he’s playing against. I don’t want him to ever think he has arrived to the point where he’s now being hunted. He has to stay hungry and play this summer like a guy that did not win a title.”
Lots at stake for Miami Heat trio in Summer League--Miami Herald
Terrel Harris leads Miami Heat’s Summer League team to victory--Miami Herald
Norris Cole leads Heat to summer-league win over Lakers--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Double-standard with Nash, Allen?--South Florida Sun Sentinel
ALMOST HERE: Upon his introduction with the New York Knicks, who acquired him in a sign-and-trade transaction with the Houston Rockets, center Marcus Camby said he was sincere in his free-agency overtures with the Heat. "I was going on a plane," Camby said of his planned visit to South Florida last weekend that was cancelled only after the Heat instead extended their taxpayer mid-level exception to Ray Allen. "Of course, with a sign-and-trade, the team that signs you and trades you wants to have different pieces in return. So I guess things didn't work out in that aspect and I guess the Knicks put together a nice package." The latter thought, at least from this perspective, remains debatable, considering the Knicks yielded Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan and 2014 and 2015 second-round picks in the transaction. More than anything, what it says is the Heat were willing to part with neither the lottery-protected 2013 first-round pick they obtained from the Philadelphia 76ers at last month's NBA Draft or 2011-12 rookie point guard Norris Cole.
Heat formally bypass amnesty on Mike Miller, bank provision--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Because Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Shane Battier, James Jones, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis were signed after the 2011 NBA CBA was reached, they are not eligible for the amnesty provision. Dexter Pittman's contract expires following the coming season, so he no longer is in the amnesty equation going forward.
Heat fall to Golden State 65-62 in summer league--South Florida Sun Sentinel
The Heat, led by Norris Cole's 15 points, fell to 2-1.
Terrel Harris scores 25 to lead Heat past Spurs in summer league--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Harris was joined in double-figures by rookie Justin Hamilton (15 points) and guard Norris Cole (11). It was the first extensive action for Hamilton, who missed the first two games of the summer league because of a hamstring injury.
Cole, Jackson to play in NBA summer league--Cleveland State Hoops
Cole Scores 13 in Summer League Opener--Cleveland State Hoops
2012 NBA Summer League: update #2--Cleveland State Hoops
St. John's to open season vs. Detroit as part of ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon--Rumble In The Garden
Michigan State, Detroit Featured On ESPN's 2012 Tip-Off Marathon--SB Nation Detroit
Schedule update: Red Storm announce 2012-13 nonconference opponents and dates--Rumble In The Garden
The season will begin on November 13th, when St. John's welcomes Detroit to Carnesecca Arena for a weekday afternoon slate as part of ESPN's 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. The Johnnies lost to the Titans in Detroit last year when the school dedicated its home court to Dick Vitale.
UDM Assistant Coach Derek Thomas On National Division I Ethics Coalition, Tabbed No. 5 Assistant Coach In The Nation--detroittitans.com
Holman To Play For Houston Rockets NBA Summer League Team--detroittitans.com
Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation To Honor Coach McCallum--detroittitans.com
Defending HL Champion Titans To Face St. John's In ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon--detroittitans.com
Coach McCallum Receives Award At 30th Annual Metro Detroit Youth Day--detroittitans.com
Simon Inks With Chicago Bulls' NBA Summer League Squad--detroittitans.com
Joel Machota Tabbed Titans New Graduate Assistant Coach--detroittitans.com
Titans Place 73 On Spring Horizon League Academic Honor Roll--detroittitans.com
Northwestern Basketball Non-Conference Schedule Analysis: Now With Monte Carlo Simulations!--Sippin' On Purple
2011-12 record: 8-22, (3-15)
2011-12 KenPom ranking: 290th
UIC used to have a strong program, even sweeping a home and home series over two years against NU early in Carmody's NU tenure, but they've fallen to the bottom of the Horizon League. NU should roll.
NU win probability: 95%
Paul Carter Named to Atlanta Hawks Summer League Roster--uicflames.com
Hayden Humes Named to NABC's "Honors Court"--uicflames.com
Men's Basketball Advanced Skills Camp Open for Registration--uicflames.com
Knowing the Newcomers 2012: Joey Miller--uicflames.com
Coach Fro Journeys to Hungary for the U16 European Championships--uicflames.com
Regina Miller to Appear on MeTV's CPS Sports Edition--uicflames.com
Trio Of Ramblers Selected To NABC Honors Court--LoyolaRamblers.com
Getting To Know The Newcomers: Jeremy King--LoyolaRamblers.com
Getting To Know The Newcomers: Nick Osborne--LoyolaRamblers.com
The Countdown to Badger Hate Week Begins--Anonymous Eagle
And the GoMarquette.com preview:
The Golden Eagles will travel to Green Bay on Wednesday, Dec. 19 to play a road game against Green Bay for the first time in program history. The Phoenix is led by Marquette’s seventh all-time leading scorer Brian Wardle, who returns All-Horizon League First Team performer Alec Brown and a squad which won eight of its last 10 regular season contests in 2011-12.
Not only did they win eight of their last 10 games, they also went 10-2 against Division 1 opponents at home last year. The Golden Eagles will have to have everything rolling in the right direction in the Resch Center to be able to come away with a victory. While I expect the Phoenix to provide a quality mark on Marquette's non-conference strength of schedule, it might not be as strong as last year with Butler departing the Horizon League for the Atlantic 10 this season.
Women's basketball: Hoewisch, now Ratka, joins Bollant at illinois--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women's basketball tops nation in academics--Green Bay Press Gazette
SummerTimeOut Featuring Jenny Gilbertson--GreenBayPhoenix.com
SummerTimeOut Featuring Breannah Ranger--GreenBayPhoenix.com
SummerTimeOut Featuring Sam Zastrow--GreenBayPhoenix.com
The Phoenix Tops the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay Men's Basketball Golf Outing Set for Aug. 6--GreenBayPhoenix.com
From Street to Seat--PantherU
Panther Standouts Take The Court This Summer--uwmpanthers.com
Meier, Wolf Earn Spots On NABC Honor Court--uwmpanthers.com
Video: Summer Shootaround - Catching Up With Panther Men's Basketball--uwmpanthers.com
WNBL gig for import Lindsay--The Mercury
Brunson Sidelined With Left Calf Strain--wnba.com
Laur Set To Continue Professional Career In Australia--uwmpanthers.com
Valparaiso May Not Be A Good Fit For Pitt's Basketball Schedule--Cardiac Hill
Small forwards with big expectations--FoxNews.com/Sports
Philadelphia, PA – Next season's crop of small forwards does not have any over-hyped stars like in years past. However, there are a handful of talented three men who could become household names by next March. The following is an early list of small forwards to keep an eye on during the 2012-13 season:Mavs to play at Ralston arena 13 times next season--Mavericks Today
RYAN BROEKHOFF - Valparaiso might not be in the limelight of college basketball coverage, but that did not stop Broekhoff from relentlessly competing night in and night out last year. The Australian import is as efficient and well-rounded on the hardwood as you're going to find. As a junior in 2011-12, he finished fourth in the Horizon League in scoring with 14.9 ppg and first in rebounding with 8.5 rpg. His outstanding season earned him Horizon Player of the Year honors and a spot on the league's First Team with his teammate Kevin Van Wijk. The Crusaders finished the regular season at the top of the league standings, but could not get past Ray McCallum and Detroit in the Horizon League Tournament. The Aussie three man will be a player to watch as he looks for redemption as a senior.
The UNO schedule:7/11 Bidwell's Blog: Murray State schedule update--WPSD Local
Nov.: 9: Northern Illinois, 7 p.m. 11: St. Mary (Kan.), 6 p.m. 16: at Tulane, TBD. 18: at Nebraska, TBD. 23: vs. Bethune-Cookman, at Valparaiso, Ind., TBD. 24: vs. Valparaiso or Chicago State, at Valparaiso, Ind., TBD. 29: at North Dakota State, 7 p.m.
What may be happening is Valparaiso. Prohm said he is working on a deal to bring Valpo in next season, although nothing is finalized yet. Valpo is coming off a 22-12 season and their first ever regular-season Horizon League title. The Crusaders lost in the opening round of the NIT to Miami, FL.
Assuming Valpo gets done, don't be surprised if landing that elusive 29th game doesn't happen until next month. In the end, a lot of teams, just like Murray State, are holding out for home games. Eventually, someone will get desperate enough to say they'll open a series on the road. That's what Prohm and the Racers are waiting on to happen. It will happen, but it will take time.
Valparaiso to host Northern Illinois on ESPN at 7 a.m.--The NWI Times
Notes on Valparaiso Men's Basketball 2012-13 Schedule--Inside VU Sports
Four Crusaders Named to NABC Honors Court--valpoathletics.com
Freeman stays in the Horizon League--The NWI Times
Crusaders Hosting Game as Part of ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon--valpoathletics.com
Wright State signs Miles Dixon, guard from Texas--Wright State University Sports
Hollins to Make Appearance at WSU--wsuraiders.com
Dixon Officially Signs with Raiders--wsuraiders.com
New York Trip with The Raiders-Deadline July 23--wsuraiders.com
Freeman Named WBB Assistant Coach--wsuraiders.com
The dozens: 12 stats you should know entering the 2012-13 season--Run The Floor
15.4: Percentage of minutes played by the Youngstown State bench, which was fewest in the nation. All five starters averaged at least 30 minutes a game, and none of the bench players even averaged 10. The same starting lineup was used in every game. The team did lose two seniors, so expect a bigger role for this year's bench, at least for the front court. In the back court the Penguins return what is likely the best guard tandem in the Horizon with Kendrick Perry and Blake Allen.
YSU Women’s Basketball Ranks Sixth in Academic Top 25--ysusports.com
Women's Basketball Golf Outing Reaches Capacity--ysusports.com
12 Horizon League Men's Basketball Student-Athletes Named to NABC Honors Court--Horizon League Network
Valpo, Detroit Tabbed to Play in ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon--Horizon League Network
McCallum Receives Award at 30th Annual Metro Detroit Youth Day--Horizon League Network
Green Bay and Youngstown State Women's Basketball Teams Rank in Top 10 of WBCA Academic Team Honor Roll--Horizon League Network