Sunday, December 9, 2012

News On The Horizon 12/9/2012

Podcast: College Basketball Creativity--Ballin' is a Habit
From Detroit's "Star Wars" night and Taylor University's "Silent Night Game" to the potential 4-in-1 event at Cowboy Stadium, the college basketball community is always coming up with news ways to attract attention to events.
Late Afternoon Snacks: Curry burns Owls; Berger released--CollegeBasketballTalk
No. 19 Michigan State 73, Loyola (Chi) 61 – Loyola was picked to finish seventh in the Horizon League this year, so for the Ramblers to head into the locker room up 32-30 on the Spartans in Breslin says more about the home team’s mistakes than it does about the visitors’ talent. Freshman Gary Harris was the only MSU starter in double figures, with 20 points, but he found backup on the bench. Adreian Payne had a 14/10 double-double to help Sparty avoid the upset.

Games of the Evening
Valparaiso at No. 18 New Mexico – Valpo has an impressive attack, with Ryan Broekhoff (16.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Kevin Van Wijk (14.8, 5.3) figuring to be Horizon League leaders this season. We’ve seen the Lobos wear down visitors in the Pit a few times already this season, but they’ll have to stay vigilant against this ambitious mid-major foe.
Undefeated Eastern Kentucky Shaking Up Pomeroy Rankings--Big Apple Buckets
Biggest Drops This Week:

Monmouth -49 (267)
Stetson -48 (253)
College of Charleston -42 (159)
Milwaukee -37 (266)
North Florida -34 (196)
Long Beach St. -34 (158)

LBSU is in a tough spot because the 49ers are waiting to get some key transfers eligible before they’re able to take on all comers in the Big West. In the meantime they got blown out by Syracuse and Ohio State this week. Likewise, Monmouth’s big loss to Syracuse didn’t help, but the game that made a bigger dent in the rankings was the 19-point home loss to Navy. The BCS teams that fell the furthest this week were Penn St. and Boston College. If St. Francis Brooklyn had been able to pull the upset at BC my guess is that Eagles would’ve made the list this week, instead Steve Donahue’s team sneaked out an eight-point victory. Milwaukee lost to Buffalo by 20, which is why you see the Bulls on the gainers list. The Panthers are currently the Horizon League’s lowest rated team, and it’s not particularly close.

Biggest Gains This Season:

UIC +161 (128)
Utah +115 (194)
Canisius +112 (164)
Eastern Kentucky +101 (191)
Gardner Webb +94 (146)

I covered UIC last week, but the Flames continued their impressive start to the season with a home victory over Colorado State on Saturday. Utah and Canisius have built their success on the back of transfers, which is how they were so underrated by Pomeroy’s initial rankings. Billy Baron is quite the handful in the MAAC. I covered EKU above, but as long as they’re undefeated they’ll continue to outperform their preseason expectations.

After Knicks' debacle, Heat realizes it has issues--Miami Herald
Norris Cole said he felt ready for the Knicks, but his strained groin might have told a different story Thursday night. He managed one rebound and one assist.
Heat regain defensive edge, down Hornets 106-90--South Florida Sun Sentinel
But that's when James, Wade, with sparks from point guard Norris Cole and forward Shane Battier, helped put it away, the Heat's lone victory of the week.

"You could see the motor was better," Spoelstra said of his team's effort.
Hawks take flight, arrive for showdown with Heat--South Florida Sun Sentinel
And with Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver still sidelined by back issues, the Heat will see plenty of those quick guards, with Jeff Teague, Devin Harris and Lou Williams likely to again raise the issue of Mario Chalmers' on-ball defense and possibly to again lead to Heat backup point guard Norris Cole playing as the Heat's closer at the position.
Cleveland State falls, 80-63, to No. 25 North Carolina State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
#25 Ranked NC State Gets 80-63 Win Over Cleveland State--Vikings Ball
Vikings Fall at #25 N.C. State,

Winton Triple-Double Leads Vikings Past Miami (Ohio),

Detroit rolls over Rochester, 102-67--The Detroit Free Press
DETROIT — Ray McCallum scored 24 points and Detroit hit 13 3-pointers en route to a 102-67 victory over Rochester (Mich.) on Saturday.

McCallum was 8 of 10 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line for the Titans (4-4). Jason Calliste and Anton Wilson added 14 points apiece, while Nick Minnerath and Juwan Howard Jr. had 11 each. Minnerath also had nine rebounds while Doug Anderson handed out a career-high seven assists.

Dramell Hogan had 22 points and eight rebounds for Rochester (11-4), an NAIA school. Drew Maynard added 13 points and Stavros Schizas had 11.

The 102 points were the most by the Titans since last season when they beat Concordia 113-68. Detroit shot 55 percent from the field, including 13 of 27 from 3-point range, and hit the century mark when Gabriel Dos Santos buried a jumper with 1:44 remaining.
Saturday's state basketball roundup: Detroit rides threes to romp over Rochester--The Detroit News
Detroit Gets Blowout Win Over Rochester (MI), 102-67--Titans Update
Titans Cruise Past Rochester,
Titans Continue Homestand Against Alabama State

Game #9: UDM Gears Up For Finals Week By Hosting

Illinois-Chicago 64, Colorado State 55--Basketball Predictions
This game was Colorado State's first chance to bounce back from that emotional loss to Colorado. This was also UIC's first Division I game since their big win over Northwestern. Throw in the fact that UIC can't rebound well and everything seemed to point to a Colorado State win here. But UIC just played really well and found a way to come away with a huge victory.

Colorado State did dominate the boards, of course. They had a 58.8 OR%, compared to a 27.6 OR% for UIC. But UIC did a really good job keeping the ball out of the paint, forcing Colorado State into clanging a whole lot of two-point jumpers (in all, the Rams hit only 31.9% of two-point attempts). Colton Iverson was held relatively quiet, with only 8 points and 8 rebounds.

With Butler gone, the Horizon League is really wide open this season. You can make an argument for Valparaiso or Cleveland State, and even for Youngstown State. But UIC's play the past couple of weeks means that they have to be in that argument as well. As it turns out, their first three Horizon League games will be against those three teams, so we'll get an early sense of just how well their non-conference play translates to the Horizon. Their next game will be a week from today against Eastern Michigan.

Without any big wins so far, this loss is really damaging to Colorado State's at-large hopes. Their only chance now will be to collect several big scalps in Mountain West play while going at least 10-6. Their next game will be December 17th, against North Florida.
On this day 5 years ago - Dec 08, 2007--Flame Fanatic
UIC Gets 64-55 Win Over Colorado State--Flame Fanatic
Flames Pull Away From Colorado State for Seventh-Straight Win,

Loyola-Chicago falls short against No. 19
1963 NCAA Tournament game at Jenison Field House helped bolster civil rights movement--The Detroit Free Press
At the center of change: 1963 game at Jenison Field House 'a defining moment' for integration in sports--Lansing State Journal
Loyola (Chicago) Falls to #19 Ranked Michigan State, 73-61--LU Wolf Ball
Valiant Effort Comes Up Short In 73-61 Loss at #19/17 Michigan

Loyola Comeback Falls Short In 65-58 Loss To Nebraska

UWGB women's hoops: Freshman Lukan ignites buzz defense in win over Marquette--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Picks Up Key Road Win at

UW-Milwaukee at DePaul--The Chicago Tribune
On this day 13 years ago - Dec 08, 1999--UWM Update
Postgame Report - Buffalo and NIU--Panther Blog Zone

Big first half sends Rockets past Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Postgame Report: Milwaukee at Toledo--Panther Blog Zone
Big First Half Sends Toledo Past Milwaukee

No. 18 Lobos top Valpo to move to 10-0--CBS Sports
Valparaiso loses 65-52 at No. 18 New
Valparaiso puts up a fight but turnovers prove costly against New Mexico--The Post-Tribune
#18 Ranked New Mexico Drops Valparaiso, 65-52--Valpo Daily
Game Wrap Up: New Mexico--Section EE
Crusaders Fall to Top-20 New Mexico

No. 8 Louisville women rout Valparaiso,
Crusaders fall on the road to #8/8

WSU comes alive, routs VMI--Dayton Daily News
Notes: Wright State shuts down VMI’s fast-paced attack--Wright State University Sports
Video highlights: Wright State vs. VMI--Wright State University Sports
Raiders sprint to 92-59 victory over
Wright State Gets Huge Win Over Virginia Military Institute, 92-59--Rowdy Review
Raider offense explodes in 92-59 win over VMI--The Guardian
Raiders Roll to 92-59 Win Over

Women Hold On for 73-71 Win at

YSU men win first NCAA game at Covelli--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU gets convincing win over Hiram--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Beats Hiram Big, 71-44--Guin Report
Penguins Take Talents Downtown in 71-44 Victory over

Penguins happy to get back home for holidays--Youngstown Vindicator

UIC Improves to 8-1; WSU, Detroit, YSU Notch Wins--Horizon League Network

Cleveland State, Green Bay and Wright State Collect Victories on Saturday--Horizon League Network

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