Monday, March 11, 2013

News On The Horizon 3/11/2013

Baby Steps--The Mid-Majority
The Beginning of Madness--The Mid-Majority
Reigning In The Titans--The Mid-Majority
OH. MY. GOD.--The Mid-Majority
ATB: Buzzer-Beaters Galore, Conference Tournament Aplenty and Bubble Consolidation…--Rush The Court
Horizon. I don’t even know where to begin with this one. The scene: two-seeded Detroit is in a tight game with Wright State. Raiders guard Miles Dixon dribbles himself into a terribly difficult position under the basket, pivots, turns, then swooshes a game-winner at the buzzer. Enough drama for one conference tournament’s semifinal round, right? Wrong. The night-cap was even more wild. Host and top-seed Valparaiso trailed Green Bay by two points as Ryan Broekhoff approached the three-point line. The rest is captured in the video below (a note: watch Valpo coach Bryce Drew’s reaction as Broekhoff’s shot falls through. Just awesome.). The Crusaders will stage a do-or-die Tourney showdown with Wright State Tuesday night.
Second Team
Ryan Broekhoff, Valparaiso – The buzzer-beater linked above capped a 25-point, six-rebound effort for Valpo’s senior forward. 2012-2013 All-Conference Teams--CollegeBasketballTalk

Player of the Year: Ray McCallum (Detroit)
Coach of the Year: Billy Donlon (Wright State)
All-Conference Team:

Ray McCallum (Detroit)
Kendrick Perry (Youngstown State)
Keifer Sykes (Green Bay)
Ryan Broekhoff (Valparaiso)
Nick Minnerath (Detroit)
Gif City: With teeth (Saturday edition)--College Hoops Journal
5. Miles Dixon’s buzzer beater allows Wright State to play for the Horizon Championship (that’s a tough shot!)

3. Ryan Broekhoff wins it for Valparaiso at the buzzer.

Wooden Award ballot and tourney thoughts--Andy Katz Blog
• I loved seeing the complete opposite reactions from Valpo's Bryce Drew and Marquette's Buzz Williams after buzzer-beaters Saturday. Drew fell backward to the floor and rolled over. He experienced the thrill of making a last-second shot as a player and now knows what it's like to coach one. Williams never uncrossed his arms in the corner as Vander Blue hit the game-winning shot off the glass. I couldn't tell whether he even smiled. But I wouldn't have been surprised in the locker room if Williams didn't dive on the floor. He's not about himself in public, but he pours his passion into every possession, practice and game.

• The semifinal buzzer-beaters for the Horizon League (Wright State over Detroit, too) couldn't have come at a better time after the league took a hit with Butler's departure (I was the first to say it would take a step back). The Horizon League lost a top-25 presence, but the competitive balance and excitement didn't wilt.

Local Colleges Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State: The Vikings (14-18) ended their season with a first-round loss in the Horizon League Tournament, but CSU should have bright days ahead. With the return of 6-8 forward Anton Grady from a knee injury, HL Newcomer of the Year Bryn Forbes, the addition of guard Trey Lewis (a transfer from Penn State) and the veterans on the returning roster, CSU should be very deep. Only senior Tim Kamczyc is departing.

Next season, for the first time since CSU's 2009 NCAA Tournament run, head coach Gary Waters should not only have a strong starting unit, but also a deep and experienced bench. With 6-5 Junior Lomomba recovered from a foot injury and 6-9 Luda Ndaye healed after a hip injury -- plus continued improvement by 6-6 Marlin Mason -- the Vikings should be at the top of the Horizon League heap.

Winton Named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year & First Team

Detroit Nipped by Wright State 56-54 in Horizon Tournament--Titans Update
StatSheet Projects Detroit as NIT Four Seed: 03/11/2013--Titans Update

Field Set For 2013 Horizon League Women's Basketball

Flames Travel to Valparaiso for Horizon League First

Third-Seeded Loyola Draws Milwaukee To Open Horizon League

Green Bay Edged by Valparaiso 70-69 in Horizon Tournament--Phoenix Fever

Ritchie's Long-Range Success Gains Player of the Week
Ritchie, Eichler Receive All-Horizon League

Jon LeCrone Commends Valparaiso During State of the League Address--ValpoLife
Broekhoff, Barton and Buzzer-Beaters--The NWI Times
Post game wrap up: Valpo vs. Green Bay--The Torch
Valparaiso Nips Green Bay 70-69, Moves to Championship of Horizon Tournament--Valpo Daily
Crusaders Prepare For Tuesday Title Showdown With Wright

Horizon League Women’s Tournament outlook--The Post-Tribune
Women’s basketball: Valpo looks to keep making progress--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso hosts UIC in first round of HL
Gerardot named All-Horizon League Second

Coach Billy Donlon 3/11/13--The Dan Dakich Show
Wright State releases ticket info for Horizon League championship game--Dayton Daily News
Wright State Knocks Off Youngstown State 66-59, Advances to Semifinals of Horizon Tournament--Rowdy Review
Wright State Edges Detroit 56-54, Advances to Championship of Horizon Tournament--Rowdy Review
Raiders Play For

Women #5 Seed for Horizon League
Demmings, James Receive All-Horizon League

Boldon, Brown Earn Top Horizon League Women’s Basketball Honors; Davis Named to Newcomer

Men's Basketball Semifinal Recap--Horizon League Network

Adrian Ritchie Named Player of the Week, Shar'Rae Davis Earns Newcomer Nod--Horizon League Network
Horizon League Announces Women's Basketball All-League Honors--Horizon League Network

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