Friday, February 22, 2013

News On The Horizon 2/22/2013

Who Has More to Play For In BracketBusters?--Big Apple Buckets
Saturday, Feb. 23:
Eastern Kentucky at Valparaiso, ESPNU, 1 ET - EKU is currently on the outside looking in of most NIT brackets, including mine. The OVC’s second best resume though means something. This is a great chance to enhance it. If the Colonels could pull off the upset they’d be right on the NIT bubble and an interesting team to watch down the stretch. For Valpo, there isn’t an NCAA at-large bid coming, but they’re certainly an intriguing team. As one of the two Horizon League teams that could make noise in March it’s important to win this game so that potential seeding isn’t impacting. More to play for: Valparaiso

Detroit at Wichita State, ESPN2, 4 ET - As is the case with Valparaiso, Detroit could use to win this game to improve their seed if they survive the Horizon League tournament (and the HL tourney is set up for the higher seeds). Winning at Wichita State won’t hold quite as much cachet as it would when this game was announced, but it’d still be a good win. The Shockers have dropped back onto the bubble thanks to some close losses in conference play, but after barely surviving against Illinois State they’ve got a chance to make a statement by blowing out the Titans on national television. More to play for: Wichita State
Mid-Major Report: Power Rankings--College Basketball Nation Blog
12. Valparaiso (21-7, 11-3 Horizon). The Crusaders are still on top of the Horizon League despite losing a war with Detroit over the weekend.
14. Detroit (18-9, 10-4 Horizon). With Saturday’s come-from-behind road victory over Valpo, the athletic Titans are just a game behind the Crusaders.
The Final Stretch: Title race reset--Eye On College Basketball
Horizon: Valparaiso's loss to Detroit last weekend gave the Titans an opening in the league race. Valpo is still up one game with two left. The teams split the two regular-season meetings. An interesting note: Detroit still plays at Wichita State and Temple.

Vikings Travel to Western Illinois for Ramada

Winton Becomes All-Time Leading Rebounder In 73-69 Setback At

Predictions for the best of BracketBusters--College Basketball Nation Blog
Detroit at Wichita State, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN2: The Titans have soared toward the top of the Horizon League with an offense that's averaging 79 PPG, sixth in the nation. They're 20th in Ken Pomeroy's adjusted offensive efficiency rankings, as Ray McCallum Jr. (18.7 PPG) leads a unit that possesses high-major athleticism at every position. But they'll have to decipher a Shockers squad that's found its groove again after a rocky three-game losing stretch that threatened its position in the Missouri Valley Conference. Gregg Marshall's team is back on top of the league with a feisty defense that's allowed only 59.7 PPG in MVC play (second in the conference). Six-foot-8 forward Cleanthony Early is a matchup dilemma due to his versatility (6-for-12 from the 3-point line in his last two games) and fellow 6-8 forward Carl Hall uses his brawn inside to make an impact. This is a matchup between a fluid offense and a stingy defense. Something has to give.
Prediction: Detroit 73, Wichita State 71
Titans Travel to Wichita St. on Saturday for

Titans Upended By

On this day 4 years ago - Feb 21, 2009--Flame Fanatic

Comeback Complete in OT Fashion against WSU,

Averkamp named Loyola's first Academic All-American--The Chicago Tribune
Averkamp Named Loyola's First Men's Basketball Academic

Loyola Puts Five In Double Figures, Races Past Detroit, 91-81

VIDEO: Redshirt McKinnie Playing Key Role in Green Bay's

VIDEO: Academic Success A Team Effort for

UWM 75, VALPARAISO 71: Good start for Panthers leads to win--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Fend Off Crusaders After Big First

On this day 2 years ago - Feb 21, 2011--Valpo Daily
StatSheet Projects Valparaiso as NCAA Tournament Bubble Team 14 Seed: 02/22/2013--Valpo Daily
Valpo Hosts Eastern Kentucky in BracketBusters

Women’s basketball: Milwaukee holds off Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
Milwaukee’s 3-point barrage sinks Valpo women--The NWI Times
Milwaukee hits 12 3-pointers in win over

Peers and Seers--The Mid-Majority
Wright State coach won’t miss BracketBusters event--Wright State University Sports
Preview: Evansville at Wright State--Wright State University Sports

Women’s hoops loses overtime thriller to UIC--The Guardian
Women Drop Overtime Heartbreaker at

YSU’s Perry injures knee in practice--Youngstown Vindicator
Men's Basketball Hosts Central Michigan in Ramada Bracketbuster on Senior Day

Senior Brandi Brown wills Penguins past CSU--Youngstown Vindicator
‘Thank goodness for Brandi Brown’--The Jambar
Brown Scores Season-High 33 Points As Penguins Outlast

Interview: Keifer Sykes--Horizon League Network
Men's Basketball Weekend Preview: BracketBusters--Horizon League Network

Brown Named 1st Team Academic All-American; Averkamp Voted to 2nd Team--Horizon League Network
Standings Tighten in Women's Basketball--Horizon League Network

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