Sunday, September 30, 2012

News On The Horizon 9/30/2012

Rating Heat roster from No. 1 to No. 20--Miami Herald
7. Norris Cole: Such a ranking above proven veterans might be a reach, but the second-year point guard provides the type of energy so essential amid the monotony of an 82-game marathon. There will be nights when a spark is needed, and Cole is nothing if not a sparkplug.

Titans, McCallum Receive High Praise in Preseason
Lowe to Play Basketball in
Men's Basketball to Host Open Tryouts Oct.
Family Fun Night at Calihan Hall for Titan
A Great Titan Weekend Ends with a Youth Clinic and Alumni

Washington's Alec Peters picks
Report: 2013 forward Alec Peters verbally commits to Valparaiso--CollegeBasketballTalk
Valpo lands standout in Alec Peters--Chicago Sun-Times

Saturday, September 29, 2012

News On The Horizon 9/29/2012

Position rankings: Horizon League point guards--Run The Floor
Horizon League Expansion Rumors Heat Up--Mid-Major Madness

Rating Heat roster from No. 1 to No. 20--South Florida Sun Sentinel
7. Norris Cole: Such a ranking above proven veterans might be a reach, but the second-year point guard provides the type of energy so essential amid the monotony of an 82-game marathon. There will be nights when a spark is needed, and Cole is nothing if not a sparkplug.

Shalonda Winton Cleveland State Senior, Potential Horizon League MVP and WNBA Draftee--US Basket

Family Fun Night at Calihan Hall for Titan
A Great Titan Weekend Ends with a Youth Clinic and Alumni

Regina Miller Set to Host Free Coaching Clinic on Oct.

Getting To Know The Newcomers: Taylor

Men's basketball: Little Chute forward Kenneth Lowe commits to UWGB--Green Bay Press Gazette

VIDEO BIOS: Getting to Know the 2012-13 Women's Basketball

Thursday, September 27, 2012

News On The Horizon 9/26/2012

10 questions: Heat mostly have answers as camp awaits--South Florida Sun Sentinel
2. Will the rotation remain similar?

Not after Pat Riley seized the moment early during free agency by snapping up Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.

Riley and Spoelstra essentially have acknowledged promising starter's minutes to Allen in a reserve role. That could mean less Mike Miller, perhaps less Norris Cole and possibly even less (if that's possible) James Jones.
5. Who will benefit most from camp?

For Cole and Harris, this will be their first true NBA training camp, with last season's camps reduced to a week in December due to the lockout. The extra teaching, and conditioning, time also could benefit Pittman.
7. How's the health?

With a veteran roster, this will not be an issue reserved solely for camp.

For now, Wade enters promising a gradual return from his July knee surgery. Similarly, Allen is returning from July ankle surgery. Then there is Miller's skeletal bag o' misery and Cole's lingering groin issue.
10. Where does the roster currently stand?

A.: James, Wade, Bosh, Battier, Chalmers, Haslem, Allen, Lewis, Miller, Joel Anthony, Jones, Cole, Pittman, Gladness, Varnado, Harrellson, Harris and Temple.

Flint's LaMarcus Lowe will play upcoming basketball season in
College basketball's top 100 players for 2012-13--SB Nation
Whenever there's an undertaking as easily debatable as this one, at least a brief explanation of the formula used is required. Let me first clarify that for these rankings I did not consider pro potential. The only two factors utilized were past performance and predicted future performance, with more emphasis placed on the latter.

The first 50 players on the list do not get little blurbs. I'm trying to get you all to work on your bing-ing before the start of the season.
64. Ray McCallum, JR, G, Detroit
Trevor Mbakwe, Branden Dawson among injured stars making return--Sports Illustrated
Other notable names coming off of injuries: Josh Benson (Dayton), Sampson Carter and Cady Lalanne (UMass), Jon Horford (Michigan), Mike Marra (Louisville), Paul McCoy (St. Mary's), Nick Minnerath (Detroit), Kevin Noreen (West Virginia), JP Olukemi (Oklahoma State), Chris Otule (Marquette), Kourtney Roberson (Texas A&M), Terrance Shannon (Florida State), JT Thompson (Charlotte), Marc Trasolini (Santa Clara)
Lowe to Play Basketball in
Men's Basketball to Host Open Tryouts Oct.

Phoenix Men's Basketball Tailgate: Top-10 Reasons to

Men’s basketball upbeat despite roster turnover--The Guardian
Raiders Sign 6-7

LaMarcus Lowe Signs to Play in Dutch League--Horizon League Network

Saturday, September 22, 2012

News On The Horizon 9/22/2012

Cleveland State's Gary Waters pleased with 'challenging' 2012-13 schedule--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Announces TV Schedule--Cleveland State Hoops
2012-13 CSU Men's Basketball Schedule
Vikings to Appear on ESPN Family of Networks Seven

Women's Basketball Releases 2012-13

UD-Mercy men's basketball schedule features ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off appearance--The Detroit News
Freshmen athletes learn to balance school and sports--Varsity Press
Titan Legend - Spencer
Demanding Men's Basketball Schedule Includes BCS
Titan Legend – Perry
Former Titan Coach Don Sicko to Attend Legends & Traditions
Come One, Come All to the Jr. Youth FREE Basketball
Legends & Traditions Weekend Opens With Moving Tribute To The Past &

Big Opponents Highlight Women's Basketball Non-Conference

2012-13 Men's Basketball Prospectus Now Available on
Men's Basketball Season Tickets Now

Loyola Family Four Pack Season Tickets Now On
Loyola To Appear On ESPN Networks Four Times In
Getting To Know The Newcomers: Milton

Women's basketball: UWGB schedule includes 3 games in Cancun--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Releases 2012-13

Men's basketball: MU tickets go on sale Oct. 6--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's Basketball Tailgate, Marquette Ticket Sale Launch

UWM basketball schedule features 11 20-game winners--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Davidson Home Game, Tough Road Slate Highlights 2012-13
Panthers Land At Least Five Dates On ESPN Family Of

Valparaiso University a big part of ESPN’s coverage this season--The NWI Times
Crusaders to Make At Least Eight ESPN Appearances During HL

141 To Watch: Ranking All 2012-13 Pac-12 Non-Conference Games--Rush The Court
113. Wright State @ Utah, November 24, 2:30 PM/6:30 PM, Pac-12 Networks
2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Breakfast

Men's Basketball to Appear Seven Times on ESPN Family of

Horizon League to Hold Men's Basketball Media Day on October 9--Horizon League Network
Horizon League, ESPN Announce 2012-13 Men's Basketball TV Schedule--Horizon League Network

Horizon League to Hold Women's Basketball Media Day on Oct. 8--Horizon League Network

Monday, September 17, 2012

News On The Horizon 9/16/2012

Basketball: NBA on hold for Jackson--New Zealand Herald
Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Breakfast Set For Halloween
Men's college basketball fans can get a jump start on the upcoming season by spending Halloween morning with head coaches Rob Senderoff of Kent State, Keith Dambrot of the University of Akron, Gary Waters of Cleveland State and Jerry Slocum of Youngstown State at the first Coaches vs. Cancer of Northeast Ohio 2012 Tip-Off Breakfast.

Preseason NIT brackets released. Who’s getting upset?--CollegeBasketballTalk

And there is a real chance that at least one of those four teams loses in the first two rounds. How?:

- Michigan: The Wolverines may be one of the top teams in the country heading into next season, but Cleveland State will be a tough matchup for them in the second round. The Vikings lost some key players to graduation last season, but they bring back quite a bit of young talent — including potential star Anton Grady — and athleticism, which, when combined with their full-court pressure, could be enough to get Michigan out of a rhythm.

Which of the top seeds will make Madison Square Garden in the preseason NIT?--Run The Floor

Here are the roads for the top four seeds.

No. 1 - Michigan. They'll tune up with a win over IUPUI, who lost three starters off a team that went 12-18 against Division I opponents. Then they'll get the winner of Cleveland State vs Bowling Green. Last year, Cleveland State would have given Michigan a run, but now they've graduated three starters who all took more than 23% of the shots when they were on the floor. In the early season, Cleveland State will still be searching for an identity.

We Have Brackets! NIT Season Tip-Off Field Set--Mid-Major Madness

Of the other mid-majors in the field, it is unlikely that any will advance to MSG. Delaware should get by Penn, but taking down Virginia will be difficult. And Cleveland State will likely run into Michigan in the second round.

Athletes' tweets under the microscope--The Cauldron
Cleveland State to face BGSU in NIT Season Tip-Off--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Selected to Play in NIT Season

Temple and Syracuse highlight finalized field for Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden--CollegeBasketballTalk

Joining Temple and Syracuse will be Alcorn State, Canisius, and an NCAA tournament participant from last season, Detroit.
Dec. 17: Detroit at Syracuse
Dec. 27: Detroit at Temple
Dec. 29: Canisius at Detroit
Detroit returns former McDonald’s All-American guard Ray McCallum, Jr., from a team that finished 22-14 and lost to Kansas in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament.

Detroit Mercy basketball to take on Syracuse, Temple in Gotham Classic--The Detroit Free Press
Titan Legend - Rashad Phillips '
UDM Athletics Inks Agreement with PMI College to Sell
Titans Mourn the loss of former standout Doug Chappell '
Men's Basketball Legends & Traditions Weekend set for Sept. 21-22
Smith and McCallum Speak at Hudsonville Leadership
Titans to Play in Gotham

Kelley Wesp Named Graduate Assistant

UIC Men's Basketball Adds UCF Transfer Josh

Loyola’s very own Globetrotters: Men’s basketball team and staff take a two-week tour of Italy (Part 2 of 2)--Loyola Phoenix
Getting To Know The Newcomers: Kody
Loyola To

Men's basketball: UWGB completes schedule; early road test awaits--Green Bay Press Gazette
Wardle Releases Demanding 2012-13 Men's Basketball

Borseth to Compete for Title of Mr.

It’s Our Time!--Beyond the ARC

YSU Releases 2012-13 Women's Basketball

Horizon League Announces New Social Media Fan Engagement Program with Lodestone Sports--Horizon League Network
Cleveland State Selected to Play in NIT Season Tip-Off--Horizon League Network

Saturday, September 8, 2012

News On The Horizon 9/8/2012

50 in 50: Conference breakdowns--ESPN
T-118. Valparaiso
T-138. Detroit
149. Loyola (Ill.)
T-150. UW Milwaukee
T-152. UW Green Bay
T-166. Wright State
T-193. Cleveland State
T-193. UIC
283. Youngstown State

Treveon Graham, Andre Hollins to make impact in sophomore season--Sports Illustrated
Sixth Man: Anton Grady, 6-8 PF, Cleveland State

Freshman points per game: 8.5
Freshman minutes per game: 21.2
Percent of team possessions used: 22.9
Offensive Efficiency Rating: 105.9

Cleveland State coach Gary Waters has already referred to Grady, a much larger cousin of Earl Boykins, as "our future." With the Vikings' three top possession-users gone from last season, it would seem that the future is now. Grady was a monster in short spurts as a freshman, leading CSU in offensive and defensive rebounding percentage, block percentage, and posting a usage/efficiency ratio that suggests he can assume a go-to-guy role if called upon. Waters told Grady during his recruitment that he'd be used as a wing forward, but he's been so good in a pure frontcourt role that it doesn't seem wise to push him to the perimeter. (And selfishly, I don't want anything to interfere with his breakout.)

2012-13 Schedule Update--Cleveland State Hoops

Titan Legend - Willie Green '
Titan Fans, Take This Survey For A Chance To Win A Basketball Road Trip

Titan Legend - John Long '78
Horizon League Announces Network HD, Instant Replay

Complete UIC Men's Basketball Schedule

Jasmine Bailey Signs Pro Contract to Play in
Full 2012-13 UIC Women's Basketball Schedule

Loyola Announces 2012-13 Men's Basketball
Loyola Men's Basketball Season Tickets Are On Sale
Getting To Know The Newcomers: Devon

Loyola Women's Basketball Announces 2012-13

A More Vocal Brown Leads the Phoenix into

Beer must be a part of Klotsche--PantherU
Panthers Back To Work In Preparation For 2012-13

Women's Basketball Announces Complete 2012-13

Pitt Releases 2012-13 Basketball Schedule--Cardiac Hill

A brief analysis of the Panther's non-conference schedule provides little excitement, particularly at home. Valparaiso, rumored to be a late home addition, did not make the cut.

25 Under-the-Radar College Basketball Players Who Will Become Superstars--Bleacher Report
Valpo Athletics Launches New Social Media Fan Engagement

Crusader Women's Basketball Announces 2012-2013

Wright State signs 6-6 forward Jerran Young--Wright State University Sports
Great moments in Raider history--The Guardian
Raider Insider with Athletic Director Bob Grant--The Guardian
Men’s Basketball Releases 2012-13
Men's Basketball to Hold

Horizon League Announces Network HD, Instant Replay