Third TeamThe 10 best nonconference schedules--College Basketball Nation Blog
G Will Cherry (Montana) 2011-12: 15.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.3 spg
Cherry was Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year last season, and even with a knee injury sidelining him until December the senior will be one of the leaders for the reigning Big Sky champs.
G Shane Gibson (Sacred Heart) 2011-12: 22.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg
Gibson’s shooting percentages from last season: 51.0% from the field, 43.3% from three and 86.2% from the foul line despite being the focal point of the opposition’s scouting report. Is the 50/40/90 club possible for Gibson this season? It most certainly is.
F Ryan Broekhoff (Valparaiso) 2011-12: 14.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.3 apg
The reigning Horizon League Player of the Year, who led the conference in rebounding, returns in hopes of leading the Crusaders to the NCAA tournament. Broekhoff’s versatility allows head coach Bryce Drew to do a number of things with him, making for a tough assignment for the opposition.
F Julian Boyd (LIU Brooklyn) 2011-12: 17.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg
Boyd landed in some hot water during the offseason but luckily for he and the Blackbirds the end result is a two-game suspension. Boyd helped lead LIU to its second consecutive NEC title and was named league Player of the Year for his efforts.
F Jackie Carmichael (Illinois State) 2011-12: 13.9 ppg, 9.7 rpg
Carmichael’s a physically imposing figure and helped lead the Redbirds to the MVC tournament title game last season. Even with the loss of point guard Nic Moore and head coach Tim Jankovich, Illinois State is likely the biggest threat to Creighton and Carmichael is a big reason why.
Honorable mention: F De’Mon Brooks (Davidson), F Jake Cohen (Davidson), F Torrey Craig (USC Upstate), G James Ennis (Long Beach State), C Vander Joaquim (Hawaii), G Kerron Johnson (Belmont), G Lamont “Momo” Jones (Iona), G Ray McCallum Jr. (Detroit), G Preston Medlin (Utah State) and F Keith Rendleman (UNCW).
7. TEMPLENonconference schedule analysis: Others--College Basketball Nation Blog
Toughest: vs. Duke (Dec. 8 in East Rutherford, N.J.), vs. Syracuse (Dec. 22 in NYC), at Kansas (Jan. 6)
Next toughest: at Kent State (Nov. 13), at Villanova (Dec. 5), Detroit (Dec. 28)
AKRONHorizon League Preview: Valparaiso won’t sneak up on anyone this year--The Dagger
Toughest: Puerto Rico Tip-Off (Nov. 15-18), at Creighton (Dec. 9)
Next-toughest: Middle Tennessee (Dec. 2), at Detroit (Dec. 15), Princeton (Dec. 30)
The rest: at Coastal Carolina (Nov. 9), John Carroll (Nov. 12), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Dec. 18), Cleveland State (Dec. 23), Texas Southern (Dec. 27), Coppin State (Jan. 2)
Toughness scale (1-10): 8 -- The Zips could theoretically face Oklahoma State, Tennessee and NC State in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. But Zeke Marshall and company have a guaranteed matchup at Creighton in early December. That road trip to Detroit a week later will pit the favorites in the MAC against the favorites in the Horizon League. MTSU and Princeton are also strong mid-majors. It’s a strong start for an Akron team that upset Mississippi State in its season opener a year ago.
Toughest: at New Mexico (Nov. 12), vs. Duke (Jan. 2 in Charlotte)
Next-toughest: Old Spice Classic (Nov. 22-25), at Drexel (Dec. 22)
The rest: Emory (Nov. 9), at Milwaukee (Nov. 17), at Chattanooga (Dec. 1), Charlotte (Dec. 5), Wofford (Dec. 8), UNC Wilmington (Dec. 15), at Richmond (Dec. 29), UNC Greensboro (Jan. 5)
Toughest: at Syracuse (Dec. 17)
Next-toughest: at St. John's (Nov. 13), at Miami (Nov. 24), at Pittsburgh (Dec. 1), Akron (Dec. 15), at Temple (Dec. 28)
The rest: Northern Michigan (Nov. 9), Drake (Nov. 17), at Bowling Green (Nov. 27), Toledo (Dec. 5), Rochester (Dec. 8), Alabama State (Dec. 10), at Alcorn State (Dec. 19), Canisius (Dec. 30)
Toughness scale (1-10): 9 -- Detroit’s mid-December meeting with Syracuse is the toughest game on its nonconference slate. But the Horizon League favorites earn a 9 based on their “next-toughest” matchups. The Titans will play three teams (Pitt, Temple and Miami, all on the road) that could finish top-5 in their respective leagues and earn NCAA tourney bids. Legitimate shots at top-50 RPI wins for Ray McCallum Sr.’s squad.
Toughest: Charleston Classic (Nov. 15-18)
Next-toughest: at Dayton (Dec. 22), Valparaiso (Dec. 29), BracketBusters (TBA)
The rest: Brescia (Nov. 9), Old Dominion (Nov. 24), at Lipscomb (Nov. 26), Bethel (Dec. 4), at Evansville (Dec. 8), Western Kentucky (Dec. 16), at Arkansas State (Dec. 19)
Toughness scale (1-10): 7 -- The Racers should enter the season as a top-25 team after winning their first 23 games last year and achieving a national ranking throughout the season. After opening with Auburn and then getting St. John's or Charleston, Isaiah Canaan could lead Murray State to a Charleston Classic title game matchup against Baylor or Colorado. Those are the only two nonconference foes who pose an obvious threat for the Racers. Always-tough ODU and Horizon co-favorite Valpo travel to Murray and the Racers are sure to be given a tough BracketBusters opponent. Still, given the accomplishments last year and the return of Canaan, the Racers can’t get too much credit for this schedule. Then again, high-major programs probably dodged this mid-major powerhouse.
Horizon Women's Basketball 2012-13 Preseason All-Conference Teams--College Sports Madness
Miami Heat experiences different world on China trip--Miami Herald
Miller, Allen, James Jones and Battier represented the Heat’s veteran players who visited the Wall. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem skipped the adventure and instead chose to stay in downtown Beijing. Of the Heat’s players who made the trip, guards Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and Terrel Harris logged the most steps. The trio hiked for miles and then ended the day in style by riding sleds down the mountain. The Heat chartered three buses for the trip to the Wall, and Chalmers, Cole and Harris were among the last of the party to report back in.Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade returns, shows rust in win vs. Clippers in China--Miami Herald
“I walked as much as I could before I got tired,” Chalmers said. “I had a great time. Me and Cole were talking about how hard it would be to defend the Wall, but at the same time how you could see everything and you could have seen the attackers coming.”
The Heat’s players were allowed to bring two guests to China all expenses paid. Chalmers brought his mother and sister, and Cole brought his parents. Cole’s father, Norris Sr., had a slightly different perspective of the Wall than his son, the budding military strategist.
“Nine-year-old boys probably came to this place and worked for their entire lives,” he said. “There are bones buried in this wall.”
The tour guides on the charter buses confirmed Mr. Cole’s grim but wise thoughts. For one of the buses, the tour guide was a source of pure unintended comedy, a abundant thing for this group of Americans in China.
Rookie guard Norris Cole started in place of Mario Chalmers, who has a sore leg. Cole had 11 points. Chris Bosh added 10 points from the center position and provided stout interior defense, especially for a preseason game. The Clippers shot 33 percent (12 of 36) from the field in the first half.Miami Heat set for final exhibition game in China vs. Clippers--Miami Herald
Mario Chalmers missed the game in Beijing with a sore leg. Norris Cole started for Chalmers and scored 11 points. LeBron James continues to pace the Heat, which is 2-1 in exhibitions. James scored 20 points in Beijing on 6-of-11 shooting, including 8 of 9 from the free-throw line.Dwyane Wade returns as Heat pound Clippers 94-80--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Wade was in Thursday's starting lineup along with James, Chris Bosh, Shane Battier and Norris Cole, who again started in place of Chalmers. Mike Miller, who had started Sunday in place of Wade, did not play. Bosh was limited by foul trouble, called for his fifth in the third quarter, closing with 10 points.Youthful team isn't a worry for Cleveland State's Gary Waters--Cleveland Plain Dealer
October madness arrives at CSU, Kent State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Ray McCallum Jr. Is 1 Of College Basketball’s Best-Kept Secrets--DIME Magazine
Rasheed Wallace Calls Into Question Old College vs. NBA Debate Over Passion and Heart--Rush The Court
Best out-of-conference games: the ACC--Run The Floor
5. Miami vs Detroit - Nov. 24. The Hurricanes might be the best team no one is talking about, but they won't earn anyone's respect if they can't handle mid-major foes at home. Detroit loves to run the floor, and they have one of the most exciting guards in the nation in Ray McCallum. If Miami's roster played for a team in North Carolina, this game would certainly get better than ESPN3 billing.Detroit Mercy basketball seeks to follow up on Horizon League success--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy hit by graduation but is picked 2nd in league--The Detroit News
Tip-Off Event Creates Memorable Atmosphere for Titan Fans--detroittitans.com
Basketball Publicity Day Welcomes Local Media to Calihan Hall--detroittitans.com
From Wall Climbing To Pictures & Interviews, Titans In The Midst Of A Busy Week--detroittitans.com
UIC counting on practice player for hard-nosed attitude--The Chicago Tribune
Sights and Sounds of Horizon League Basketball Media Day--uicflames.com
Newcomer Milton Doyle Leads Midnight Madness at Loyola--Mid-Major Madness
Loyola counting on Averkamp--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola Men's Basketball Announces Schedule Change--LoyolaRamblers.com
Watch Midnight Madness Live on HLN Tonight--LoyolaRamblers.com
Horizon League Media Day Interviews--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Eichler Looks to Lead Phoenix with Toughness--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Horizon League Media Day Interviews--GreenBayPhoenix.com
2012-13 Green Bay Men's Basketball Season Preview--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Full-Court Club Sneak Peek Scrimmage Set For October 23--uwmpanthers.com
Congratulations To The Second Basketball Season Ticket Prize Winner--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers Open Practice For 2012-13 Campaign--uwmpanthers.com
In Case You Missed It ...--Panther Blog Zone
Kurth Deemed Medically Unable to Compete--valpoathletics.com
Arceneaux a key player for Wright State men--Wright State University Sports
WSU to host annual “Howloween Hoops” event--The Guardian
First Basketball Practice Friday--wsuraiders.com
New identity for YSU--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Men’s basketball endures ‘boot camp’--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Holds Annual Media Day at the Beeghly Center--ysusports.com
Inaugural Downtown Round Ball Classic at Covelli Centre to Feature YSU Men's Basketball--ysusports.com