Iona at Valparaiso: Call me crazy for suggesting this, but I think the Gaels could be in a marquee game on ESPN2 even after their recent struggles for a few reasons.
This game would make for excellent television. It’ll be fast paced and high-scoring and has Momo Jones, Ryan Broekhoff and some guys ESPN can pitch.
Iona’s story: The big collapses, the heart-breaking losses, all that talent. It makes for good TV. If you have to broadcast a game for two hours, why not this?
While their market shares certainly aren’t great, these teams are right outside both the New York and Chicago markets.
It all adds up to an intriguing game that I think is a lot better than some of the other options ESPN could choose. So let’s see if they pick it.
Detroit at Western Michigan: This should be Detroit at Akron, but the Titans and Zips already played. So instead we’ll get something like this game, which isn’t quite as sexy.
KenPom Movement: Feeling SWACtastic--Big Apple Buckets
Top 5 Fallers This Season:Cleveland State earns road win over Illinois-Chicago--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Old Dominion: -160 (292)
North Texas: -135 (242)
Cleveland St.: -135 (243)
Penn St.: -125 (192)
Marshall: -119 (212)
Cleveland St. actually had a pretty up-and-down week and rose 23 spots in the rankings after winning by 11 at UIC on Saturday. The Vikings have three tough games coming up, but two of them are home, so they’ve got an opportunity to impress and get off this list.
On this day 11 years ago - Feb 02, 2002--Vikings Ball
Vikings Win at UIC, 77-66--csuvikings.com
Five Vikings Score In Double-Figures In Overtime Loss At Valparaiso--csuvikings.com
On this day 7 years ago - Feb 02, 2006--Titans Update
Second-Half Surge Sees Titans Claw Their Way Past Panthers, 61-59--detroittitans.com
Cleveland State still has UIC's number--The Chicago Tribune
Cleveland State defeats Illinois-Chicago 77-66--Daily Herald
UIC Drops One to Cleveland State 77-66--Flame Fanatic
Cleveland State Records Wire-to-Wire Win over Men's Hoops, 77-66--uicflames.com
Phoenix Rout Flames, 99-53--uicflames.com
Green Bay knocks off Loyola 73-65--The Chicago Tribune
Green Bay downs Loyola--Daily Herald
Loyola (Chicago) Beaten by Green Bay 73-65--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola Falls To Green Bay, 73-65--LoyolaRamblers.com
Loyola Travels To Wright State Monday Night--LoyolaRamblers.com
Men's basketball: Phoenix picks up gritty road win over Loyola--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Picks Up Win over Loyola (Chicago) 73-65--Phoenix Fever
Gutsy Effort Sends Green Bay Past Loyola, 73-65--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Women's basketball: UWGB offensive outburst continues in rout of UIC--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Smothers Flames in Historic Homecoming Win--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Panthers' upset bid falls short--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Titans Escape With Narrow Victory Over Panthers--uwmpanthers.com
Women’s basketball: Valparaiso pulls out overtime win--The Post-Tribune
Inside scoring leads Valpo past Cleveland St. women--The NWI Times
Valpo women upend Cleveland State in overtime--valpoathletics.com
Loyola-Wright State preview--Dayton Daily News
Raiders not making plays in crunch time--Dayton Daily News
Men's Basketball Final Shot: Feb. 2 - The Road--Horizon League Network
Detroit, Green Bay and Valparaiso Win on Saturday in Women's Hoops--Horizon League Network