Monday, December 31, 2012

News On The Horizon 12/31/2012

KenPom Movement: Virginia Tech Comes Back To Earth--Big Apple Bucket
Biggest Risers This Week:
4. Loyola (IL): +29 (161)
Biggest Fallers This Week:
2. Cleveland St.: -33 (190)
Biggest Risers This Season:
2. UIC: +147 (142)
Thanks to a win at DePaul, Loyola (IL) is now amongst the biggest risers this season, coming in at 11. UIC and Loyola’s rise is why the demise of the Horizon League has been rather overstated. Though it’s somewhat offset by movement amongst other teams such as Milwaukee and Cleveland St. Still, eight the league’s nine teams can dream about winning a league title and hosting the conference tournament. Pomeroy projects six of them to finish between 9-7 and 7-9.

Biggest Fallers This Season:
4. Milwaukee: -105 (305)
ATB: Bluegrass Battle Produces Drama, UNC Steps Up Against UNLV, and One Excellent Day For Kevin Ollie….--Rush The Court
Your Quick Hits….
Horizon League Race Comes Into Focus. The earlier-than-expected departure of Butler to the Atlantic 10 created a void atop the Horizon League. With the Bulldogs gone, who would step up and assume its top-dog mantle? Valparaiso and Detroit looked a step above the rest, but early-season success from UIC suggested the emergence of another contender. With conference play tipping off this week, Valpo reclaimed its frontrunner status with a solid two-point win at Murray State Saturday night. The Flames are heading in the opposite direction, having dropped three straight, including Saturday’s blowout loss at Toledo (74-55). Valpo is a far cry from entering the at-large discussion, but when you go into Isaiah Canaan’s house and upend the Racers, that’s heady stuff. With the possible exception of Detroit, Bryce Drew’s team is the clear favorite in a watered-down league.
…and Misses.

Loyola Ends DePaul’s Hot Streak. Ah, the dark side of soft schedule strength. For the better part of the last four weeks, DePaul has fattened up on cupcake opponents, rattling off seven straight victories against lowly competition with semi-respectable wins over Arizona State and Auburn (If you can’t tell, I’m really stretching the definition of “respectable”) standing as exceptions. The Blue Demons got a wakeup call Saturday night from Loyola University of Chicago, who, at 9-3 and with wins over Mississippi State and Toledo, is one of the Horizon League’s better ensembles to date. At least DePaul has a shiny new, basketball-only league to look forward to. That’s right: As convoluted and unfair as it seems, DePaul gets to tag along with the Catholic 7 revolutionaries, while UConn and Cincinnati are stuck in the crumbling Big East. Fair is fair, right?
More Notes From Around The Nation.
Detroit Looks Formidable Heading into Horizon Play. In its final three games before the Horizon League opener against Milwaukee, Detroit – led by do-it-all junior guard Ray McCallum – pushed Syracuse to the limit and nearly spoiled Jim Boeheim’s 900th victory celebration, trounced Alcorn State and handled business against a rising Canisius team. Not a bad way to walk into league competition.
College Hoops Player of the Week: Tyler Haws, BYU--CollegeBasketballTalk
Bench: Ryan Broekhoff (Valpo), John Brown (High Point), Seth Curry (Duke), Frankie Dobbs (Bryant), Cully Payne (Loyola IL), Russ Smith (Louisville)

Week 8 efficiency rankings
--Horizon League Hoops
The 10 most quality wins of non-conference play--Horizon League Hoops

Miami Heat finding life on the road tough--Miami Herald
Harrellson led all bench scorers with five. Ray Allen (19:53) and Norris Cole (19:52) scored two points apiece.
Vikings Host Kent State on

Vikings Post 6-0 Record During December With 70-51 Victory Over Lake

Pregame Shootaround 12.30.12: Mid-majors dominate Sunday’s action--CollegeBasketballTalk
Mid-Major Matchup of the Day: Canisius vs. Detroit (3:00 p.m. ET)

Keep an eye on the backcourt in this one. Detroit’s Ray McCallum has been a threat throughout his career with the Titans, while Billy Baron has become Canisius’ best weapon since following his dad from Rhode Island and being granted eligibility to play immediately. Detroit comes in at 7-5, but has losses to Syracuse, St. John’s, Pitt, and Miami.

Both teams like to push the pace and put points on the board, led by Baron and McCallum respectively, so don’t expect a defensive battle.
Five Things to Watch
4. Canisius is an early-season upstart in the MAAC, already having beaten Temple. They travel to Detroit Sunday to face former McDonald’s All-American Ray McCallum. The Titans might be 7-5, but four of their losses have come to BCS-conference schools.
Detroit Mercy 83, Canisius 78: Ray McCallum (22 points) leads Titans--The Detroit Free Press
Sunday's state college basketball: Detroit Mercy men edge Canisius--The Detroit News
Detroit Takes Down Canisius 83-78--Titans Update
On this day 2 years ago - Dec 30, 2010--Titans Update
Titans Top Canisius 83-78, Stay Perfect at
McCallum Named HL Player of the

Flames drop 3rd straight on road--Whoosh!Net

UIC Travels to Indiana for New Year's Eve
Bender Named Horizon League Newcomer of the

Porter Moser To Be Guest On WGN Radio Monday
Men's Basketball Blog #10: Joe
Loyola To Host Pre-Game Reception January
Payne Named Horizon League Newcomer Of The

Men's basketball: UWGB routs overmatched Division II foe--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Demolishes Illinois-Springfield 84-43--Phoenix Fever
On this day 9 years ago - Dec 30, 2003--Phoenix Fever
Muhammad Shoots the Phoenix Past the Prairie

Women's basketball: UWGB trounces Wichita State--Green Bay Press Gazette
Team Effort Leads Phoenix Over Wichita

On this day 9 years ago - Dec 30, 2003--UWM Update

Welcome to Murray, Kentucky--The Mid-Majority
College Hoops Team of the Week: UCLA Bruins--CollegeBasketballTalk
Seven more teams deserving of a shoutout:
Valparaiso: The Crusaders went into Murray and knocked off Isaiah Canaan’s Racer squad. Ryan Broekhoff led the way with 18 points and eight boards.
Mutka: New Year’s tips for impatient NWI jocks--The Post-Tribune
A full house at Valparaiso University with Hobart fans pouring in Saturday to welcome Northern Illinois standout Amanda Corral for the 1:35 p.m. matinee with the Crusaders
Bryce Drew guiding Valparaiso to victory over the Detroit Titans for the Horizon League title and its first NCAA bid since departing from the Mid-Continent League for a basketball upgrade ... Now that Andrean’s Nick Davidson has broken the ice, how about more VU recruits from Northwest Indiana? It’s a lot more cost efficient than checking out talent in Australia, Croatia or Nigeria ...
Crusader Men Open Up 2013 at Home Wednesday

Gerardot earns Horizon League Player of the Week

Raiders survive upset bid--Dayton Daily News
Raiders 9-4 going into Horizon League play--Dayton Daily News
Video highlights: Wright State vs. Mount St. Joseph--Wright State University Sports
Wright State Picks Up Win against Mount St. Joseph 58-49--Rowdy Review
On this day 10 years ago - Dec 30, 2002--Rowdy Review
Men Defeat Mount St.

Women Hold On for 53-46 Win Over Morehead

On this day 6 years ago - Dec 30, 2006--Guin Report

Men's Basketball Final Shot: Dec. 30--Horizon League Network
Detroit's McCallum, Loyola's Payne Receive Weekly Awards--Horizon League Network

3-0 Sunday for Women's Basketball Teams--Horizon League Network
Tabitha Gerardot Named Player of the Week, Terri Bender Earns Newcomer Nod--Horizon League Network

Sunday, December 30, 2012

News On The Horizon 12/30/2012

Ten observations from 2012's final Saturday--College Basketball Nation Blog
9. On the flip side, the Horizon League had a solid showing Saturday, as Loyola ended DePaul's seven-game win streak and Valparaiso handed Isaiah Canaan and Murray State an extremely rare home loss with a 66-64 victory. Ryan Broekhoff had 18 points for the Crusaders and Jordan Coleman added 10. Valpo outrebounded Murray State 38-25 and forced 17 turnovers.

Road bumps continue as Miami Heat stumbles against Milwaukee Bucks--Miami Herald
Miami’s lineup with three minutes left: Harrellson, Norris Cole, James Jones, Joel Anthony and Terrel Harris.

Game #12: Titans Take Their Talent To South

UIC falls 74-55 to Toledo--The Chicago Tribune
UIC Pummeled by Toledo 74-55--Flame Fanatic
Flames Drop Third-Straight Road Decision, 74-55 at

Loyola tops DePaul for 1st time since '89--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola beats DePaul for first time since 1989--Daily Herald
Loyola (Chicago) Knocks Off DePaul 69-61--LU Wolf Ball
Payne Pushes Loyola Past DePaul,

Loyola Overpowered By Marquette,

Today's UWGB men's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Hosts Illinois-Springfield Sunday at

Today's UWGB women's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette

UWM gets plenty of offense to beat Ohio Dominican--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Whips Ohio Dominican 95-80--UWM Update
Aaron's 34 Points Spark Panthers To 95-80 Win Over Ohio

Bulldogs run away from Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Game #12 – Milwaukee 70, Drake 80--Panther Blog Zone
Drake Holds Off Milwaukee In Final Non-League

Long Drives and Hard Lessons (Part 2)--The Mid-Majority
Pregame Shootaround 12.29.12: Intrastate rivalry in Bluegrass State highlights Saturday’s action--CollegeBasketballTalk
Mid-Major Matchup of the Day: Valparaiso vs. Murray State

Valpo-MSU is a matchup between two mid-major stars: Isaiah Canaan and Ryan Broekhoff. Canaan is having the All-American season that was expected of him, averaging 20.9 points and 3.9 assists per game, while Broekhoff is one of the more unheralded impact forwards in the country with his 16.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

Murray State will be pushing the tempo, but both teams shoot well from the floor. Keep an eye on who contains Ed Daniel in the paint for Valpo. If no one does, rebounding could be the deciding factor Saturday.
Canaan goes for 24, but Valpo edges Murray State--CollegeBasketballTalk
Night Court: Recapping all the action from Saturday--Eye On College Basketball
No soup for you: Is Murray State still the favorite in the Ohio Valley?

Everyone knew Murray State would take a step back from last season, but the Racers have now dropped two in a row after losing at home to Valparaiso on Saturday. Valpo might be the Horizon favorite, but it's also a team whose best win was over Kent State and had losses to Oakland and Nebraska. Even more disconcerting is the fact Murray State was up by 11 in the first half, and led for most of the early parts of the second half. With Belmont playing better (though it lost 66-63 to UCF on Saturday), Murray State could have some competition for the OVC title.
Men’s basketball: Valparaiso stuns Murray State for big road win--The Post-Tribune
VU men erase early deficit to defeat Murray State--The NWI Times
Valparaiso Steals One From Murray State 66-64--Valpo Daily
Valpo knocks off Murray State--Section EE
Crusaders Down Murray State Saturday

Women’s basketball: Tabitha Gerardot wills Valpo to a win over BSU--The Post-Tribune
Gerardot leads VU women in comeback victory--The NWI Times
Crusader women rally to upend Ball

Finishing shots at rim key for Raiders--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Mount St. Joseph at Wright State--Wright State University Sports

YSU overcomes lethargic play--Youngstown Vindicator
Youngstown State Pounds Marygrove (MI) 93-52--Guin Report
Kendrick Perry Joins 1,000 Points Club in Victory Over

Successful day for YSU basketball--The Jambar

Penguins Stay Perfect at Home with 69-51 Triumph Over

Men's Basketball Final Shot: Dec. 29--Horizon League Network

Valparaiso and Youngstown State Secure Home Victories--Horizon League Network

Saturday, December 29, 2012

News On The Horizon 12/29/2012

How the conferences shake out as 2013 approaches--Hoopville
Horizon League: Illinois-Chicago has emerged as the favorite, but Valparaiso should still be right there and Loyola has been a pleasant surprise.

Cleveland State 79, Rio Grande 59--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Beats Down Rio Grande 79-59--Vikings Ball
Vikings Use Strong Second Half in 79-59 Win Over Rio

Titans Look to Stay Perfect at Home, Host Canisius

Preview: UIC at Toledo--The Chicago Tribune

Strong Second Half Propels UIC to Victory against Western

Preview: Loyola at DePaul--The Chicago Tribune

Loyola Goes North For Saturday Night Tilt at

WBB: Panther Offense Transitioning

Valpo’s Erik Buggs willing ‘to do whatever it takes’ to win--The Post-Tribune
VU foe Murray State is led by All-American candidate Isaiah Cannan--The NWI Times
Valparaiso (9-4) vs. Murray State (9-2)--Valpo Daily

Tabitha Gerardot looks to be spark plug as Crusaders start Horizon play--The Post-Tribune

Mount St. Joseph-Wright State preview--Dayton Daily News
Raiders recharge their batteries over holiday break--Wright State University Sports
On this day 16 years ago - Dec 28, 1996--Rowdy Review

Perry approaching milestone as Penguins return to action--Youngstown Vindicator
Men's Basketball Hosts Marygrove in Final Game of

Men's Basketball Final Shot: Dec. 28--Horizon League Network

Friday, December 28, 2012

News On The Horizon 12/28/2012

DePaul, UIC and Loyola finishing year strong--The Chicago Tribune
My college basketball predictions for 2013--Sports Illustrated
4. The Atlantic 10 will then scramble to add the best remaining assets from the CAA (see: George Mason, College of Charleston or Drexel), Southern Conference (Davidson) or even Horizon (Valparaiso?). This is far more speculative than prediction No. 3, but it's natural that the A-10 would try to replace at least some of the six to seven teams it's bound to lose after this season. The Catholic 7's formation/expansion is a direct threat to the future of the East Coast's lesser leagues, and they'll need to be proactive to remain relevant.

Detroit Mercy men's basketball game against Temple Friday is postponed--The Detroit News
Detroit (7-5) Squares Off with Temple (9-2)--Titans Update
On this day 15 years ago - Dec 27, 1997--Titans Update
Titans Game at Temple Postponed Due to Weather
Titans Look to Stay Perfect at Home, Host Canisius

UIC (9-3) and Toledo (3-6) Face Off--Flame Fanatic
Flames Wrap Up Month of December at Toledo Saturday

Women's Basketball Hosts Western Michigan on Friday

Loyola (Chicago) (8-3) Goes Up against DePaul (9-3)--LU Wolf Ball
Averkamp Makes A Name For Himself On And Off

UWGB's Cougill could be close to returning--UWGB Hoops Blog

Green Bay Travels to Wichita To Close Out

Panthers Wrap Up 2012 With Saturday Matinee Vs. Ohio

Weekend Preview: Kentucky-Louisville highlights a solid slate--
Six more games to watch this weekend
Sat. 3:00 p.m.: Valparaiso at Murray State (ESPN3): One of the best mid-major matchups of the season. Valpo is the favorite in the Horizon, while Murray State looks like they picked up where they left off last season. Isaiah Canaan looks like an all-american again, and Stacy Wilson has proven to be terrific this year. The best matchup, however, will end up being Ed Daniel squaring off with Valpo’s front line of Ryan Broekhoff and Kevin Van Wijk.
Road Shooting Woes--Section EE

Raiders back to square one with Stanton out--Dayton Daily News

Women's Basketball Hopes to End 2012 on High Note vs.

Men's Basketball Weekend Preview: Final Tune-Up Before League Action--Horizon League Network

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

News On The Horizon 12/25/2012

A trio of Horizon League Christmas greetings--Horizon League Hoops

NBA gives perfect Christmas gift: Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder--Miami Herald
Other factors have contributed to the Heat’s current run of defensive excellence — Joel Anthony and Norris Cole receiving more minutes; Dwyane Wade reestablishing himself as a top-notch defender; and LeBron James playing defense so well that he never even fouls people anymore.

Doug Anderson Receives Honorable Mention for the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - December 24th, 2012--Titans Update
Titans Visit Temple Over Christmas Week in Gotham

Make It Thrice, Brown Tabbed Horizon League Player of the

Power Pyramid: Week Four has the holiday spirit--CBS Sports
Outside the Pyramid:

-- UIC, much as I love the Flames, had to drop out after dropping two straight, getting handled by Western Illinois and Miami University.

On Campus: Joe Crisman contributing to Loyola’s resurgence--The Post-Tribune

Taylor Johnson Earns Horizon League Newcomer of the Week

Men's basketball: Sunday's UWGB game moved to noon--Green Bay Press Gazette
Keifer Sykes Wins the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - December 24th, 2012--Phoenix Fever

J.J. Panoske is Runner-Up for the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - December 24th, 2012--UWM Update

Jerran Young is Runner-Up for the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - December 24th, 2012--Rowdy Review

Bobby Hain Receives Honorable Mention for the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - December 24th, 2012--Guin Report

Men's Basketball Notebook (Dec. 24)--Horizon League Network