Your Quick Hits…Pregame Shootaround 1.17.13: Minnesota-Michigan highlight a good night--CollegeBasketballTalk
Horizon League Produces Favorite. It is rare that a team wins or loses a conference race over a two-game stretch. After Thursday night’s victory at Detroit Valparaiso is in position to accomplish this, with a home date against undefeated Wright State awaiting on Saturday. If the Crusaders win that game, they will have beaten their two chief league competitors in a two-day span. Without Butler, the league doesn’t have a clear favorite, but Valpo is the closest thing, and now that Detroit’s out of the way (Ray McCallum can ball), beating the Raiders at home is the only logical hurdle to a regular season title. That’s assuming Bryce Drew’s team doesn’t slip up the rest of the way – a road trip to Wright State in early February could cause problems. The bottom line is that in a pool of mediocre teams, Valpo gives the Horizon some sense of hierarchy and order.
Thursday Night’s All Americans.
Kevin Van Wijk, Valparaiso – If Detroit’s Nick Minnerath is going to go out and score 36 points, keeping pace is a real burden. Van Wijk fell just five points short of Minnerath’s total.
Mid-Major Matchup of the Day: Valparaiso at Detroit (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU)Late Night Snacks: ‘Havoc’ wears down Hawks and a stunning rally in Detroit--CollegeBasketballTalk
Two of the favorites square off in the Horizon League. What intrigues me the most about this game is that Valpo’s strength is along the front line while Detroit lives off of the athleticism of their perimeter plays. This game is worth watching simply to see Doug Anderson fly.
Games of the NightPreviewing Thursday’s 3-game slate--Horizon League Hoops
2. Valparaiso 89, Detroit 88
In a matchup of the defending Horizon League regular season (Valparaiso) and tournament (Detroit) champions the Titans looked to be in good shape for much of the night at Calihan Hall. Detroit led 50-32 at the half and 88-77 with just over three minutes remaining…and did not score another point. Two Ryan Broekhoff free throws with 17 seconds remaining proved to be the difference, and Kevin Van Wijk led the Crusaders with 31 points. Nick Minnerath led Detroit with 36 points, and given how wild this one was the rematch at Valparaiso on February 23 should not lack for entertainment.
2. F Nick Minnerath (Detroit) and G Kevin Van Wijk (Valparaiso)
In Valparaiso’s 89-88 win over Detroit these two players stood out. Minnerath finished with 36 points (12-of-17 FG), four rebounds and three steals, and Van Wijk led the Crusaders with 31 points (13-of-15 FG) and five rebounds.
Twitter reacts: Valpo completes insane comeback at Detroit--Horizon League Hoops
Night Court: VCU unleashes havoc, Michigan bounces back--Eye On College Basketball
That's a good win: Valparaiso comes back from a huge deficit to win at Detroit.
Valparaiso was down 18 at the half and trailed by as many as 22 points. With 3:01 left in the game, the Crusaders trailed by 11 -- but Detroit didn't score again. Two Ryan Broekhoff free throws with 17 seconds left ended up being the difference. Detroit missed two contested 3-pointers in the final seconds to fall 89-88. Although Wright State is undefeated in the Horizon, the Crusaders might now be the team to beat in the conference.
Players with impact
The Valparaiso vs. Detroit game had arguably the two best individual performances of the day. Detroit's Nick Minnerath had 36 points, while Valpo's Kevin Van Wijk went for 31 points on 13-for-15 shooting.
LeBron James, strong defense power Miami Heat past Los Angeles Lakers--Miami Herald
The overwhelming defensive pressure allowed the Heat to overcome a poor night shooting from the outside. The Heat was 2 of 13 from three-point range with Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier, Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole combining to go 0 of 8 from distance.On this day 15 years ago - Jan 17, 1998--Vikings Ball
Vikings Fall at Hot-Shooting Milwaukee, 69-57--csuvikings.com
CSU to Host Valparaiso at 4:00 pm on Feb. 9--csuvikings.com
Vikings Drop Heartbreaker To Green Bay--csuvikings.com
Vikings Continue Homestand Against Milwaukee Saturday Afternoon--csuvikings.com
Detroit Mercy squanders big lead in 89-88 loss to Valparaiso--The Detroit Free Press
Thursday's state basketball: UDM loses heartbreaker at the finish--The Detroit News
StatSheet Projects Detroit as CBI Team: 01/18/2013--Titans Update
Calihan Hall Win Streak Falls as Titans Drop 89-88 Decision to Valpo--detroittitans.com
StatSheet Projects UIC as CIT Team: 01/18/2013--Flame Fanatic
Turns out Payne is Loyola’s gain--Daily Herald
Averkamp Named Horizon League Male Scholar-Athlete Of The Month--LoyolaRamblers.com
Wisconsin-Green Bay forward suspended three games--CollegeBasketballTalk
Men's basketball: UWGB rises in 2nd half to top Youngstown State--Green Bay Press Gazette
Balanced Attack, Defense Spark Sixth-Straight Home Win--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Women's basketball: Phoenix survives 'physical battle' on road--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Takes Winning Streak to Cleveland--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay Wins in Comeback Thriller--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Panthers find a spark to end dry spell--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Video: Scouting Report As Cleveland State Visits Klotsche Thursday--uwmpanthers.com
Bench Sparks Panthers To 69-57 Win Over Cleveland State--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers bitten by turnovers in loss--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Video: Coach Banks Previews First League Road Trip--uwmpanthers.com
Tucker Records 1,000th Career Point Against Youngstown State--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers Look To Bounce Back At Cleveland State--uwmpanthers.com
Numbers to Know: Thursday recap--College Basketball Nation Blog
Scorer of the Night – Kevin Van Wijk, ValparaisoValparaiso pulls off stunning rally to beat Detroit--The Post-Tribune
Van Wijk scored a career-high 31 on 13-for-15 from the field, as Valparaiso picked up an 89-88 come-from-behind win against Detroit. The Crusaders trailed by 11 with three minutes to go, but scored the final 12 points of the game to pick up the win.
Crusaders score final 12 points to get past Detroit--The NWI Times
Crusaders make comeback in final moments vs. Detroit--The Torch
On this day 11 years ago - Jan 17, 2002--Valpo Daily
StatSheet Projects Valparaiso as CIT Team: 01/18/2013--Valpo Daily
Valpo Stuns Detriot, 3-0 on the road--Section EE
Valpo/Detroit PPS--Section EE
Fans Encouraged to Vote for ValparaiZone for Naismith Student Section of the Year--valpoathletics.com
Epic Crusader Comeback Leads to Win at Detroit--valpoathletics.com
Crusaders' Game at Cleveland State Chosen For ESPN2--valpoathletics.com
Wright State coach calls out Horizon League for tough schedule--Wright State University Sports
StatSheet Projects Wright State as NCAA Tournament Bubble Team 16 Seed: 01/18/2013--Rowdy Review
Preview: Wright State at Valparaiso--Wright State University Sports
Perry’s 21 can’t lift YSU past Phoenix--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women earn 500th victory--Youngstown Vindicator
Championship Rematch Highlights Busy Night in Men's Hoops--Horizon League Network
Men's Basketball Final Shot: Jan. 17 - Two Home Wins & One Epic Comeback--Horizon League Network
Men's Basketball Weekend Preview: No. 1 vs. No. 2--Horizon League Network
Averkamp, Brown Repeat as Scholar-Athletes of the Month--Horizon League Network
GB and YSU Win on Thursday Night in Women's Basketball--Horizon League Network