Tuesday, November 6, 2012

News On The Horizon 11/6/2012

NBA Draft Prospect Rankings: Overall--CBS Sports
62 Alec Brown Green Bay Jr. C 7-1 225
70 Ray McCallum Detroit Jr. PG 6-3 190
Mid-Major Top 25--CollegeInsider.com
21. Valparaiso 0-0 184 - Horizon
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Loyola MD 124, Detroit 117, Oral Roberts 99, Montana 76, Nevada 45, George Mason 34, USC Upstate 30, Old Dominion 29, Tennessee State 29, College of Charleston 25, Denver 23, LIU-Brooklyn 22, Manhattan 20, Weber State 20, Harvard 19, Wagner 18, Princeton 17, UT-Arlington 17, Delaware 16, Elon 16, Oakland 16, Savannah State 16, South Alabama 14, Siena 12, Robert Morris 10, UTSA 10, Idaho 9, UNC Greensboro 8, Santa Clara 6, Cal State Fullerton 5, Kent State 4, UNC-Asheville 4, Cleveland State 3, Evansville 3, Loyola Marymount 3, Chattanooga 2, Charleston Southern 2, Utah Valley 2, Jackson State 1, Norfolk State 1, North Dakota 1, San Diego 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, Stony Brook 1, UC Irvine 1 .

Women's Mid-Major Top 25--CollegeInsider.com
2. Green Bay (1) 0-0 708 - Horizon
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Boston University 81, UT-Martin 81, Eastern Michigan 79, South Dakota 70, Saint Mary's 67, Howard 60, Davidson 57, Quinnipiac 52, Central Michigan 51, UALR 47, Harvard 47, Detroit 43, Chattanooga 42, Eastern Illinois 35, Wichita State 29, Navy 26, Illinois State 18, American 16, Stetson 16, Oral Roberts 14, UC Santa Barbara 6, Miami 6, Cal State Northridge 6, Florida International 3, Yale 3, High Point 3, Praire View 2, Stephen F. Austin 2, Winthrop 2, Campbell 1, William & Mary 1, Lehigh 1.

D'Aundray Brown: 10th Overall Draft...--NBA
Cleveland State Vikings Basketball 2012-2013 Season Preview--The Sports Fix
CSU Vikings Taking On The Look Of Youth To Start The 2012-13 Season--CBS Cleveland
Miami Heat’s offense overwhelms Phoenix Suns--Miami Herald
Udonis Haslem had 12 points and five rebounds in 19 minutes. It was by far Haslem’s best game of the young season. He entered the game with two points on the season. Lewis and reserve point guard Norris Cole had six points each.
Cleveland State's Brown, Harmon selected in NBA D-League draft--Cleveland State Hoops

Detroit Coaching Staff Falling Apart As Season Approaches--Mid-Major Madness
Detroit Assistant Carlos Briggs Apparently Leaves Titan Program--Mid-Major Madness
Ex-Detroit Mercy player David Barns dies after 2-year battle with cancer--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy interim athletic director Jason Horn gets his shot--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy is adversity-tested after rugged, resurgent season--The Detroit News
Titans Slay Dragons 123-71 in Final Exhibition--detroittitans.com
UDM Mourns The Loss Of Former Titan David Barns--detroittitans.com

Breaking down local women's college basketball teams--The Detroit Free Press
Test #2: Detroit Readies For The Battle Of McNichols--detroittitans.com
Unity In The Community, UDM & Marygrove Come Together To Help Clean Up McNichols--detroittitans.com
Battle Of McNichols Sees Titans Corral Mustangs, 125-35--detroittitans.com

The State of Mid-Major Basketball: Part III--Big Apple Buckets
If you’re not a fan of a mid-major team already, find one to root for. It could be one near your hometown. It could be one that plays a style you like or has an awesome star player. Kyle Whelliston once created Certificates of Investment. These pieces of digital paper meant that you were committing to following, understanding and rooting for a team during the season. I happened to be transplanted to Rogers Park, Chicago for that 2009-10 season. So I picked Loyola (Ill.).

I was there when the Ramblers lost by a point, in a packed gym to the Butler Bulldogs. Jim Whitesell’s crew would go on to finish the season 14-18, but Butler? They’d make it all the way to National Title game before falling to Duke by two measly points.

I keep following the Ramblers. (I follow too many college basketball teams.) When I’m back in Chicago I’ll hit up a game at the renovated Gentile Center. It’s a nice facility that too few people go to right now, because Loyola hasn’t won more than 20 games since 2006-07. When I think back on that night and the crowd stuffed into the bleachers. Chanting. Trying to will the Ramblers to a victory that would’ve meant the difference between 5-13 and 6-12 in league play. I remember what mid-major basketball is all about.

I hope, by taking a holistic view of the nation in this series you’ve realized that my experience at the Gentile Center that night a few years ago, isn’t an isolated event. It can happen in Morningside Heights in Manhattan or Orem, Utah. The opponent can be Butler, Harvard or NJIT. Where there are two Division I college basketball teams that want to compete, brilliant things can happen.

If I were you, I’d want to be watching.

Tempo-free countdown: No. 2 Green Bay--Horizon League Hoops
Phoenix hopes to rise with Sykes--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Men's basketball: UWGB's Humphrey to miss season with knee injury
--Green Bay Press Gazette
Humphrey to miss entire season--UWGB Hoops Blog

UW-Milwaukee men's basketball roster--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jeter makes quick alterations to UWM's pace--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Horizon League at a glance--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UW-Milwaukee gets plenty to learn from--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM 68, UW-Parkside 67--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee escapes Parkside push--PantherU
Aaron's Late Free Throws Secure Comeback Win For Panthers--uwmpanthers.com

Ten Deeper Sleepers--Sports Illustrated
Ryan Broekhoff, Valparaiso

Another of the successful Aussies in college hoops, Broekhoff took on a larger role last season for the surprise Horizon League regular-season champs and thrived. With Valpo looking for a repeat, no reason to expect that Broekhoff won't deliver one himself.

Women’s basketball: Valparaiso just misses century mark in new coach’s debut--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso women race to 49-point win over Holy Cross--The NWI Times
Live from the ARC: Valparaiso vs. Holy Cross (WBB Exhibition)--Inside VU Sports
Crusaders Run Out to Exhibition Win Monday Night--valpoathletics.com

Julius Mays gives fans a scare in Kentucky exhibition win--CollegeBasketballTalk
Wright State’s Courtney Boyd tears ACL--Wright State University sports
Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: What Julius Mays Injury Means for Rotation--Bleacher Report

Tempo-free countdown: No. 3 Youngstown State--Horizon League Hoops
Ready to contend--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Opens 83rd Season at George Washington Saturday--ysusports.com

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