Tuesday, January 8, 2013

News On The Horizon 1/8/2013

Big Apple Buckets’ Mid-Major Podcast #2--Big Apple Bucket
ATB: Notre Dame WINS an Important Game, Indiana Cruises at Penn State and Cincinnati Loses Another Home Game…--Rush The Court
…and Misses.

It’s Official: UIC Is Bad Again. Maybe the biggest early surprise in the unpredictable mid-major realm was UIC. Howard Moore’s team ripped off a 9-1 start, with wins over Northwestern, Iona and Colorado State mixed in. I saw this team up close when they toppled the Wildcats at Welsh-Ryan Arena, and I have to admit, they looked positively competitive. There was every reason to believe the Flames’ torrid start was totally legitimate. What was once one of the great turnarounds in college hoops has now sputtered into desolation. After Monday night’s loss at Cleveland State, the Flames have now whiffed in four of their past five, nary a formidable opponent on tap. The Horizon League is so weak and so open that the Flames can win the league even if this current rut endures a bit longer. Beating Valparaiso, the league frontrunner, when it visits Chicago Wednesday is optimal.
Dunkdafied. I owe a grave apology to Doug Anderson of Detroit University. Anderson, you see, is one of the best dunkers in college basketball. And here we are, more than two months into the season, and Anderson hasn’t made his Dunkdafied debut. He flushed this alley-oop off a Ray McCallum pass in last Thursday’s win over Milwaukee. Time frame is a priority in this space, but on tonight’s bare-bones hoops docket, it’s a perfect time to pay tribute to Anderson – this is something of a season career achievement award.
Pregame Shootaround 1.7.2013: Notre Dame plays … Cincinnati?--CollegeBasketballTalk
Mid-Major Matchup of the Day: Illinois-Chicago at Cleveland State

UIC has been one of the nation’s most pleasant surprises after putting together wins against the likes of Mercer, Iona, Northwestern and Colorado State. A recent three-game losing streak aside, the Flames look to be a serious contender in the Horizon. Cleveland State was a favorite to win the league in the preseason, but after a series of injuries — including one to stud sophomore Anton Grady — the Vikings have fallen back to the pack.
Today's Specials: Gridiron title game overshadows Monday hoops--Eye On College Basketball
Second-best game: Illinois-Chicago at Cleveland State (6 p.m.). Illinois-Chicago got some publicity in mid-December, getting off to a 9-1 start after winning a total of eight games last season. However, the Flames proceeded to lose three in a row before bouncing back with a win over Youngstown State last week. Cleveland State has had trouble replacing four starters from last season and has dropped five in a row against Division I competition. With that said, even if UIC wants to be taken seriously in the Horizon this season, a road game against Cleveland State won't be easy.
2013 NBA Draft Podcast: Scouting The Mid-Majors--NBA DRAFT INSIDER
SLU Transfer Carter Weighs Options--Chicago Hoops

Cleveland State Vikings beat Illinois-Chicago in Horizon League home opener--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Picks Up Win over UIC 60-50--Vikings Ball
Vikings Top UIC, 60-50, For First League Win--csuvikings.com

Vikings Open Horizon League Play At UIC--csuvikings.com

College basketball roundup: Detroit might be tempted to look beyond Horizon--The Detroit Free Press
Ray McCallum is Runner-Up for the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - January 7th, 2013--Titans Update
Bus Trip to Cleveland State SOLD OUT--detroittitans.com

14-minute scoring slump sinks UIC--The Chicago Tribune
Good news, bad news--Whoosh!Net
Gary Talton Receives Honorable Mention for the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - January 7th, 2013--Flame Fanatic
UIC Loses to Cleveland State 60-50--Flame Fanatic
Josh Crittle Named HL Newcomer of the Week--uicflames.com
Listen to UIC-Cleveland State LIVE on UICFlames.com!--uicflames.com
Green Bay Game Moved to 3:00 p.m.; Will Be Carried on ESPN 1000--uicflames.com
Turnovers Plague Flames in 60-50 Loss at Cleveland State--uicflames.com

Jeff White Receives Honorable Mention for the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - January 7th, 2013--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola Looks For Fourth Straight Road Win, Visits Green Bay Wednesday--LoyolaRamblers.com

Greg Mays Wins the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - January 7th, 2013--Phoenix Fever

UWGB moves Saturday tipoff times--Green Bay Press Gazette

Today's UWGB women's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Faces Detroit in Horizon League Opener--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Basketball Notebook: Coaches' Shows Return, Ticket Specials Available--uwmpanthers.com

Richardson named HL Newcomer of the Week--valpoathletics.com

The changing face of YSU basketball--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Kendrick Perry Wins the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - January 7th, 2013--Guin Report
Kendrick Perry Named Horizon League Player of the Week for Second Time--ysusports.com

Brandi Brown Named Horizon League Women’s Basketball Player of the Week--ysusports.com

YSU's Perry, UIC's Crittle Collect Weekly Awards--Horizon League Network
Men's Basketball Notebook (Jan. 7)--Horizon League Network
Men's Basketball Final Shot: Jan. 7 - Nothing Comes Easy on the Road--Horizon League Network

Brandi Brown Named Player of the Week, Charae Richardson Earns Newcomer Nod--Horizon League Network

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