Sunday, February 17, 2013

News On The Horizon 2/17/2013

Control of #ALLCAPSGAME--The Mid-Majority
Deja Vu at VU--The Mid-Majority

The Other 26: This Is Not Mark Few’s Best Team… Yet
--Rush The Court
Looking Forward: What We’re Watching

Here are the games to keep an eye on over the next week.
Detroit at Valparaiso (2/16) – The first meeting between these two Horizon League contenders was memorable. Down 22 in the second half and 11 with about three minutes to play, Valpo staged a furious late rally and escaped with an 89-88 win on the road. You can bet that the Titans are champing at the bit to avenge the embarrassment. To do that, they’ll need to shut down the Crusaders’ potent frontcourt of Kevin Van Wijk and Ryan Broekheoff.
Observations from Saturday night's games--College Basketball Nation Blog
On the Horizon: Detroit and Valparaiso might have played the best game of the night. Detroit was down by 15 points with 10 minutes remaining in its road game against the Crusaders. But the Titans launched a 17-2 run over the next five minutes. They eventually won by 10 points, 84-74, and now they’re a half-game behind Valpo in the Horizon League standings. Nick Minnerath and Jason Calliste scored 21 points apiece, while Ray McCallum Jr. added 15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. In the first meeting between the two teams, Detroit led by 18 at halftime and 11 with three minutes to play -- but lost by one. Sweet revenge tonight.
Unlikely moments from unlikely stars are what make March Madness--Eye On College Basketball
An unlikely hero from an unlikely school hitting a shot that some insist should've never been taken to upset a traditional power and top seed. It's a moment that cemented Farokhmanesh's place in March Madness history, which is something he never could've imagined when he was just a kid in Iowa reenacting Bryce Drew's similarly famous shot.

"We used to joke around and somebody would be like, 'OK, I'm Bryce Drew,' Farokhmanesh said. "Then somebody would throw the ball to halfcourt, somebody would catch it and you'd run up behind him, catch his pass and launch a 3-pointer. So the Bryce Drew play is the play I think of most when I think of a shot from the NCAA tournament."

That story made Drew laugh when I relayed it to him.

"For me, it was the Christian Laettner shot," said Drew, who is now the coach at Valparaiso but still most famous for hitting a buzzer-beater against Ole Miss in the opening round of the 1998 NCAA tournament that helped Valpo advance to what remains the school's only Sweet 16. "We were just so thrilled that we'd won that game that by no means did we have an inkling that they'd be showing that play for years to come."
Top Teams Continue To Stumble On Road, Muddy Tournament Picture--Mid-Major Madness
This one was a damn shame. Valparaiso could have sealed the deal with this one, and given themselves a three game lead on the Titans with only two conference games remaining. Instead they are a hair's width ahead and with a tougher remaining schedule than Detroit.

The Crusader offense was clicking, with a 50% performance from the field and eleven threes, resulting in Kevin Van Wijk and Ryan Broekhoff finishing fourth and fifth in scoring with 10 points each.

Unfortunately, they weren't really stopping Detroit either. Nick Minnerath, Jason Calliste and Ray McCallum each got theirs, as McCallum finished the night with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, three steals, two blocks, and a partridge in a pear tree on 40% shooting - and most of those numbers (points, rebounds, FG%) weren't even the second best on his team.

When neither team is being stopped defensively, a great way to lose by ten is to attempt 10 free throws while your opponent makes 16.
Loyola overcomes injuries to best UIC 69-60--The Chicago Tribune

KenPom Movement: Tennessee and Manhattan Move Up--Big Apple Buckets
Biggest Fallers This Season:

North Texas: -142 (249)
Old Dominion: -141 (273)
Cleveland St.: -139 (247)
Marshall: -138 (231)
Drexel: -136 (177)

These teams have pretty much solidified the title of most disappointing. There’s a possibility that Penn St. could get back into the mix, but other than that unless someone really gives up down the stretch these are your underachievers according to KenPom’s preseason rankings.
Updated: Cleveland State (12-15) and Milwaukee (6-21) Square Off--Vikings Ball
Vikings Continue Homestand Against

Cleveland State Comes Up Short At Milwaukee,

University of Detroit Mercy athletics could be affected by Big East-Atlantic 10 moves, formation of 'Catholic 7'
Pick 'N' Roll--Pick 'n' Roll
Team of the week: Detroit
By Andy Katz |

The Titans had a remarkable comeback win at Valparaiso, allowing them to keep pace with the Crusaders for the Horizon League title. They were down 15 but went on a 36-11 run to win by 10, capping a strong week that included hammering Cleveland State. Detroit (10-4) is now a half-game behind Valpo (10-3) with two league games left. I wouldn't rule out the Titans causing some issues as a possible bubble team if they could win their final two nonconference road games against Wichita State and Temple.

A year ago, Detroit shocked Valparaiso on the road to win the Horizon League tournament title. A win by the Crusaders on Saturday would have given them a season sweep against Detroit, likely knocking the Titans out of the title chase. Now it's a dead sprint over the final weeks of the season. This could be one of the more significant February road wins in any regular-season league title chase. Detroit now has a chance to set itself up for a return to the NCAA tournament at Valparaiso's expense.

Spencer Haywood likes chances to make Basketball Hall of Fame this time
--The Detroit Free Press
College basketball roundup: Detroit Mercy, Oakland win--The Detroit Free Press
Saturday's state college basketball: Detroit rallies past Valparaiso--The Detroit News
Could theoretical move to 'Catholic 7' by Detroit clear way for Oakland to Horizon League?--Grizzlies Den
Updated: Detroit (17-9) vs. Valparaiso (20-6)--Titans Update
On this day 5 years ago - Feb 16, 2008--Titans Update
Detroit Knocks Off Valparaiso 84-74--Titans Update
StatSheet Projects Detroit as NIT Six Seed: 02/17/2013--Titans Update
Titans Payback Valparaiso With Second-Half Run To Down Crusaders,

Video: UIC coach Moore, 'Hats off to Loyola'--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola takes down UIC 69-60--Daily Herald
Updated: UIC (15-10) Battles Loyola (Chicago) (13-12)--Flame Fanatic
UIC Drops One to Loyola (Chicago) 69-60--Flame Fanatic
StatSheet Projects UIC as CIT Team: 02/17/2013--Flame Fanatic
Second Half Comeback Falls Short at Loyola,

Women's Basketball Falls at Valparaiso,

Ramblers celebrate championship season--The Chicago Tribune
Video: Loyola's Moser pleased with 'prideful kids'--The Chicago Tribune
Video: Loyola's Hicks on 1963 championship Ramblers--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola (Chicago) Drops UIC 69-60--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola Builds Early Lead, Hangs On For 69-60 Win Over
As Good As

Law, Johnson Push Loyola To Road Win At Wright State,

Today's UWGB men's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UWGB routs Youngstown State, completes Ohio sweep--Green Bay Press Gazette
Updated: Green Bay (14-12) and Youngstown State (15-11) Square Off--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Plays at Youngstown State on

Women's basketball: Phoenix puts away YSU in second half--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Defeats Penguins in Battle of League's Top Two

Updated: Milwaukee (6-21) Goes Up against Cleveland State (12-15)--UWM Update
Panthers Finish Off Weekend Road Swing At Cleveland

Panthers edge Vikings--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Swopshire Helps Milwaukee To Victory In Final

Titans turn the tables with rally at Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders collapse against Detroit men--The NWI Times
Post game wrap up: Valpo vs. Detroit--The Torch
Updated: Valparaiso (20-6) Faces Detroit (17-9)--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso Slips with Loss to Detroit 84-74--Valpo Daily
Crusaders Fall to Detroit Saturday

Women’s basketball: Valparaiso’s huge run snuffs UIC--The Post-Tribune
Reserve guard sparks Valpo women past UIC--The NWI Times
Balanced Crusaders rally to beat UIC in Play 4Kay

Women Fall to

Updated: Youngstown State (15-11) Takes On Green Bay (14-12)--Guin Report
On this day 12 years ago - Feb 17, 2001--Guin Report
Men's Basketball Goes For 10th Home Win Sunday Against Green

YSU women lose at Green Bay--Youngstown Vindicator
Green Bay ends YSU women's winning streak--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins’ Winning Streak Stopped at Green Bay,

Men's Basketball Final Shot: Feb. 16 - Nothing is Decided--Horizon League Network

GB, Loyola, UWM and Valpo Win on Saturday Night in Women's Basketball--Horizon League Network

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