Tuesday, January 29, 2013

News On The Horizon 1/29/2013

Illinois: A sorry state of basketball--Daily Herald

Norris Cole at the White House--Through the Arch
Bryn Forbes Wins the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - January 28th, 2013--Vikings Ball

Titan Alumni Gathering in Chicagoland A Fun Time for All--detroittitans.com
Titans Hit the Road for Wright State on Wednesday--detroittitans.com

Will Simonton is Runner-Up for the StatSheet Horizon Sixth Man of the Week - January 28th, 2013--Flame Fanatic

UWGB men's basketball: Death of father staggers but doesn't stop Sykes--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UWGB's Brown is Horizon League player of week--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB's Brown named Horizon League player of the week--UWGB Hoops Blog
Alec Brown Wins the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - January 28th, 2013--Phoenix Fever
Alec Brown Tabbed Horizon League Player of the Week--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Women's basketball: Phoenix continues domination of Wright State--Green Bay Press Gazette
Rob Demovsky column: Time is right for UWGB men to move to Kress Center--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Looks to Sweep Season Series With Wright State--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Explosive First Half Leads Green Bay Past Wright State--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Ten Luckiest and Unluckiest Coaches: 2009-2012--Big Apple Buckets
Continuing my series on luck. Let’s investigate if “luck” has anything to do with good “coaching”. Do our opinions about “good in-game” coaches line up with how lucky they’ve been over the past four seasons? The Top and Bottom 10 Coaches in Luck over the past four seasons (minimum 3 seasons).

Top 10:

Jeff Jones
Matthew Driscoll
Horace Broadnax
Greg Kampe
Rob Jeter
Jim Woolridge
Tom Pecora
Clifford Reed Jr.
Gregory Ivory
Tommy Dempsey

Jeff Jones used to be a major conference coach, but he’s now the head man at American. Greg Kampe is the head coach of Oakland and typically thought of as a guy that’s pretty hard to game plan against. I’m surprised that Rob Jeter and Tom Pecora both made this list. Though Tommy Dempsey’s inclusion isn’t that surprising.
A familiar tune--PantherU

J.J. Panoske Receives Honorable Mention for the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - January 28th, 2013
--UWM Update

Pyramid: For only second time this year, a change at the top--Eye On College Basketball
-- At 16-5 overall and with a two-game lead in the Horizon, Valpo is now on my horizon.
Losing Streaks And Injury Splits, Part 1--RealGM Basketball
Injury Splits, Part 1

Over the next two days, I’m going to talk about where injuries or suspensions may be skewing our evaluation of various teams. I won’t be talking about all of this year’s critical injuries. For example, Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser, Missouri’s Michael Dixon, and Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon have missed the entire season. While those injuries have clearly hurt their teams, because they didn’t play a minute this year, the Pomeroy and Sagarin ratings for those teams accurately reflect their future expectations.

But when players are out for a period of time (like Duke’s Ryan Kelly), it can take awhile for the rankings to catch up. Duke is now playing worse basketball, and we may want to look at how much worse the Blue Devils are playing without Kelly.

Of course not every player who is injured matters. For that reason I focus on players who play at least half their team’s minutes. And often we are looking at very small samples. Random noise may certainly explain some of the deviations from the norm. But I do think it is informative to look at how teams have performed without their missing stars.
Team                  Adj Off Adj Def W   L Pyth.
Long Island           110.7 112.6 4   4 0.4571

Long Island (without  105.5 115.4 6   6 0.2857
Julian Boyd)

Valparaiso            102.4 93.1 6   3 0.7254

Valparaiso (with      107.5 96.6 9   2 0.7480
LaVonte Dority)

Wichita St.           109.1 89.1 9   1 0.8890

Wichita St. (since 3  109.2 86.3 10  1 0.9183
players out)
Former South Florida guard LaVonte Dority joined Valparaiso mid-season, and the aggressive offensive player has helped boost the team’s overall performance. He is attracting a ton of attention and making his teammates better.
Osipoff: Valparaiso in a prime spot in Horizon League--The Post-Tribune
StatSheet Projects Valparaiso as NCAA Tournament Bubble Team 14 Seed: 01/28/2013--Valpo Daily
Ryan Broekhoff Receives Honorable Mention for the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - January 28th, 2013--Valpo Daily
Valpo Heads to YSU Wednesday Night--valpoathletics.com

James Named HL Newcomer of the Week--wsuraiders.com
Women Fall to Green Bay--wsuraiders.com

Kamren Belin Named Horizon League Newcomer of the Week--ysusports.com
Men's Basketball Hosts Horizon League Leader Valpo Wednesday on ESPN3--ysusports.com

YSU's Belin, Brown gets league honors--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Brown Earns Third Horizon League Player-of-the-Week Award--ysusports.com

Green Bay's Brown, Youngstown State's Belin Receive Weekly Awards--Horizon League Network
Men's Basketball Notebook (Jan. 28)--Horizon League Network

Brandi Brown Named Player of the Week, Ivory James Earns Newcomer Nod--Horizon League Network
Kate Peterson Abiad Mic'd Up--Horizon League Network
Green Bay's Rides Big First Half to Win--Horizon League Network

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