Thursday, November 15, 2012

News On The Horizon 11/14/2012

Late night snacks: Crashing after the marathon--CollegeBasketballTalk

Ryan Broekhoff, Valparaiso – Teams like Valparaiso don’t get a ton of, if any, national attention. So when they do, they need to take advantage. Broekhoff did with 20 points on 4-of-8 three’s in a 69-46 win over Northern Illinois. From personal experience, it was nice to hear Broekhoff’s string music on my television as I went in-and-out of sleep this morning.
Ray McCallum, Jr., Detroit – The day was somewhat uncharacteristic for the consistent son of the Titans’ head coach. Yes, 23 points is the norm for the junior. But it took him 23 shots (eight makes) and he was 4-for-12 from three in a 77-74 loss at St. Johns. He’ll no doubt get his all season. But considering the stage, volume shooting wasn’t what McCallum needed.
The day after: A long and busy Tuesday in the Horizon--Horizon League Hoops
Best and worst of the 2012 Tip-Off Marathon--College Basketball Nation Blog
Honorable mention: Ray McCallum Jr. (Detroit), Siyani Chambers (Harvard), Ryan Broekhoff (Valparaiso)
Ranking the conferences: 1-32--ESPN
Where Cinderella Happens

(Or: Conferences of wildly varying quality that nonetheless all feature at least one or two teams you could see spring an upset come March)
14. Horizon League: The Horizon essentially booted Butler a year early for jumping ship to the Atlantic 10; one wonders if the league shouldn't have swallowed its pride and milked one final year out of Brad Stevens' golden calf. Bryce Drew has Valpo poised atop the league, and Detroit is intriguing. The Horizon's programs play good solid hoop, but without Butler, I'm not sure if anyone will notice.

The Field for Madison Square Garden is Set in NIT Season Tip-Off--Mid-Major Madness
Of course, one of the other two teams could have won to give us more to root for. Cleveland State and Alabama-Huntsville were just overmatched. The D-II team has at least some of an excuse. It is one thing to beat North Texas. It is another to try and take on Kansas State. That is just not going to happen. The Wildcats had no issue, winning 87-26.

So why were we that high on North Texas? Seriously, 87-26. That is like... wow... just wow. And North Texas couldn't beat them. Tony Mitchell took four shots!. Honestly feel like this deserves more than a little bit of a meltdown. North Texas lost to the team that lost to Kansas State by 61!

South Alabama, you are officially the favorites in the Sun Belt now (especially after Middle Tennessee State had trouble with Savannah State tonight). North Texas had best learn how to play before that changes back (Even tonight, Mitchell was 6-for-16. What is going on?).

Ok, putting in the carbon rods here. Meltdown averted.

Cleveland State was not up to the task tonight either, losing by 30 to Michigan. Unlike against Bowling Green, Anton Grady stayed out of foul trouble and was the only bright spot for the Vikings. The sophomore scored 15 points on 7 of 15 shooting. The rest of the team? They shot 24.4 percent.

Not sure that game needs much more explanation, other than it is was nice to see Grady get back on track this season.
Vikings dominate Tigers in season opener--The Cauldron
Cleveland State lands Dauda--Cleveland State Hoops
Ismaila Dauda's Highlight Videos--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State to Face Alabama-Huntsville, Robert Morris in NIT Consolation Round--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Adds Two During Early Signing Period--Cleveland State Hoops
#5 Ranked Michigan Beats Cleveland State, 77-47--Vikings Ball
On this day 2 years ago - Nov 14, 2010--Vikings Ball
Grady Scores 15 in 77-47 Setback at #5
Vikings to Play at Robert Morris in NIT Consolation
Men's Basketball Adds Two During Early Signing

Vikings grab huge 60-46 win over Coyotes--The Cauldron

#POSTERIZED: Flight-23 ready for take off--Ballin' is a Habit

Doug Anderson, #POSTERIZED
--Horizon League Hoops
Detroit’s Doug Anderson’s monster putback dunk (VIDEO)--It's Always Sunny in Detroit
Video: Monster dunk by UDM's Doug Anderson up for ESPN's 'Best of the Best'--The Detroit Free Press
Titans Host Drake on International

Game #1: Nothing Like Opening Up The Season Against A Rival As Detroit Faces
Titans Drop Season Opener At
Game #2: Early Season Jesuit Battle In The Motor City As Titans Host
Second-Half Run Lifts Detroit Past

Guards carry Flames in exhibition--Whoosh!Net
New Big Man on Campus--Whoosh!Net
ESPN 1000 Broadcast Time, TV Channel Listings Announced for UIC-New

Women's Basketball Entertains SIUE on Thursday

Walt Gibler injures shoulder with German squad--Horizon League Hoops
Loyola signs two guards--The Chicago Tribune
On this day 4 years ago - Nov 14, 2008--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola Unveils 1963 NCAA Championship 50th Anniversary
Loyola Men's Basketball Adds Pair Of Recruits For 2013-14
Loyola Heads To Florida For USF

Women's Basketball Blog: Gabby

NCAA: Alec Brown Focused On The Right Things--Hoops World
Green Bay men start season on road--UWGB Fourth Estate

UWGB women: Stephanie Sension seems ready for new role--Green Bay Press Gazette
Borseth Announces Class of

Panthers knock off Broncos at Klotsche Center--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The "Kyle Rechlicz Show" on TWC Sports 32--Panther Blog Zone
Long-Distance Effort Sends Panthers To Victory Over

Men’s basketball: Victory against Big Ten’s Nebraska would be big for Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
Region student-athletes who signed to play college sports--The NWI Times

Nick Davidson, men's basketball, Valparaiso University
VU men's basketball team switches gears for Nebraska--The NWI Times
Valparaiso (2-0) vs. Nebraska (1-0)--Valpo Daily
Valpo Men Look For 3-0 Start Thursday at

Women’s basketball: VU women overcome cold shooting, dominate Purdue Cal on boards--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders continue Indiana women's basketball dominance--The NWI Times
Crusader Women Down Purdue Calumet Wednesday

Raiders improve to 2-0 with second road win--Dayton Daily News
Raiders tame Panthers for first 2-0 start since 2007-08--The Guardian

Women Hold On for 75-71 Win Over

Youngstown State 68, Georgia 56--Basketball Predictions
This game was a disaster for Georgia for a number of reasons. Obviously the tiny crowd at the game is a sign that there's no excitement around this Georgia program. But more importantly, it wasn't that Georgia lost but how they lost. It would have been one thing if Youngstown State had shot out of their minds, or if something fluky had happened. But Georgia actually shot slightly better. Rebounds and turnovers were basically even. And Georgia star Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put in a really good effort with 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting. And I watched much of the second half, and if you couldn't see the uniforms you wouldn't have been able to tell which team was supposed to be better. I feel like if you played this game ten times that each team would win five.

The reality is that this is going to be a long season for Georgia. Watching Caldwell-Pope play will be fun, and the fans can hope for some improvement from other players on the team. But it's hard to see this team even seriously contending for an NIT spot. They'll play Southern Miss on Thursday and then will head to the Barclays Center to play Indiana in the Legends Classic.

As for Youngstown State, the reality is that the Horizon League is wide open at the top. The exit of Butler means that there is no alpha dog. Valparaiso was my pick preseason, and they're still my pick. But you can make a good argument that their top competitor will be Youngstown State. The Penguins will get some good tests next week to see just how true that argument is. They will head to Duquesne University where, on consecutive days, they'll face North Dakota State, James Madison and Duquesne.
Men's Basketball Hosts Saint Francis (Pa.) in 2012-13 Home Opener
Men's Basketball Signs Guard Marcus Keene During Early Signing

YSU women off to best start in 13 seasons--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women win second straight--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Ballers be ballin’--The Jambar
YSU Holds on for 60-50 Win at Buffalo, First 2-0 Start in 13
Hannah Boesinger and Jenna Hirsch Sign NLIs to Play Women's Basketball at Youngstown

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