Monday, March 18, 2013

News On The Horizon 3/18/2013

Loyola of Chicago women fall to No. 20 Green

KenPom Season Movers: Utah and Cleveland St.--Big Apple Buckets
Miami Heat beats Toronto Raptors, extends winning streak to 22 games--Miami Herald
Following a driving layup by Allen, Norris Cole grabbed a long rebound off a miss by Gay, took a few dribbles and launched a 55-foot lob pass to Wade, who finished the play with a two-handed dunk.

Detroit enters NIT, opens at Arizona State in first round--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit to face ASU in NIT opener--The Detroit News
Titans are NIT Bound!

UIC vs Chicago State in postseason match--UIC News
UIC Draws Crosstown Rival Chicago State for CIT First

Loyola Drops Horizon League Finale To No. 20 Green Bay,

On this day 3 years ago - Mar 17, 2010--Phoenix Fever

Women's basketball: UWGB takes Horizon tournament title, NCAA berth--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay to Host NCAA Selection Show Celebration on
Going Dancing! Green Bay Grinds Out Championship Game
Postseason Props: Reserve Ranger Impacts Title

The next Stephen Curry? We've got the 12 best candidates here--Eye On College Basketball
Ryan Broekhoff (Valparaiso). The senior forward for the Crusaders puts up 16 points per game, grabs seven rebounds and can shoot 43 percent from deep. He hit the game-winning shot that sent this team to the tournament. You know Valpo, right? Bryce Drew in '98 hitting a legendary shot to beat Ole Miss. Yeah, Drew now coaches this program. And he lets Broekhoff have a long leash. He's a matchup problem for a lot of teams. The Aussie is the next-best thing to this next fella. Opponent: Michigan State.
Ten seniors worth following you might never hear from again--Eye On College Basketball
The NCAA tournament is filled with players you'll be watching in the NBA for years. UNLV's Anthony Bennett and Kansas' Ben McLemore are two obvious examples. But a lot of the students on display are guys you might never hear from or about again.

They are seniors.

They are not projected NBA Draft picks.

Here are 10 (in alphabetical order) worth monitoring:

1. Ryan Broekhoff (Valparaiso): The Crusaders' most famous NCAA tournament appearance featured a small guard who averaged 19.8 points per game and nailed an iconic buzzer-beater. Now that guard is the coach, and his best player is a 6-foot-7 forward averaging 16 points and seven rebounds per game.
2013 NCAA Tournament Preview: Midwest Region - Louisville Looks at Smooth Ride--Mid-Major Madness
3. Think long and hard about Valparaiso: We aren't sold on Valparaiso taking out Michigan State, but the computer gives them a 33 percent chance of getting past the first game, so we will through this out there. We know that the combination of Ryan Broekhoff and Kevin Van Wijk can manage on the inside. And Broekhoff has the ability to move outside, much like some of the power forwards in the Big Ten. This is a difficult matchup for Michigan State. The guard play will be the difference here though, because Keith Appling and Gary Harris are going to be tough to handle.
Live Blog: NCAA Selection Show--The Detroit News
Michigan State’s struggles at the end of the season didn’t hurt too much in their seeding for this year’s NCAA Tournament.

The Spartans will be a No. 3 seed in the Big Dance and play No. 14 seed Valparaiso in the tournament’s “second” round at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Crusaders won the Horizon League this season.

If Michigan State wins, they’ll face one of three teams. Middle Tennessee State and St. Mary’s will battle in a play-in game with a game against Memphis on the line.
The teams visiting The Palace for the NCAA Tournament--The Detroit News
No. 14 Valparaiso (26-7): The Crusaders grabbed the Horizon League bid this season from Detroit Mercy. In the Tournament, they hope hot shooting can lead to a couple wins. Valparaiso is the sixth-best shooting team in the nation, averaging 48.9 percent this season. They can also get hot from 3-point range, hitting from downtown at 37.6 percent this season.
Spartans ready to leave Big Ten foes behind--The Oakland Press
Men's NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Overview--College Sports Madness
Michigan State faces Valparaiso in the 3/14 seed game. The Spartans will be looking forward to playing anyone outside of the Big Ten but Sparty better not let their guard down too much as the Crusaders are no pushover as a 14 seed.
Men's NCAA Tournament Midwest Region 2nd Round Game Breakdowns--College Sports Madness
#3 Michigan State vs. #14 Valparaiso (Auburn Hills, Michigan)

Back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004, Valparaiso is still looking for another magical moment in March. This group will create an interesting matchup for the Spartans. The Crusaders, led by Coach Bryce Drew, should not get beat too badly on the glass by the Spartans and can knock down shots. If Valpo is hitting the long ball, they can stick around with Michigan State. Meanwhile, the Spartans should be strong offensively inside with Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne. Nix, in particular, will have trouble defending the Valpo frontcourt, but he will be the strongest presence on the floor for either team. With the Crusaders hitting three-pointers and MSU scoring in the paint, the difference could be who can hang onto the ball. Both squads have turnover problems and Valparaiso will have to keep that under control if they want to pull off an upset.
Valparaiso gets No. 14 seed, matchup with Michigan State--The Post-Tribune
Valpo says 'Yes' to Michigan--The NWI Times
No. 14 Crusaders face No. 3 Spartans in Michigan--The NWI Times
Former Crusader reflects on playing Michigan State in NCAA tournament--Inside VU Sports
Valparaiso University to Battle Michigan State in NCAA Tournament--ValpoLife
No.14-Seeded Valparaiso (26-7) vs. No. 3-Seeded Michigan State (25-8) in Second Round--Valpo Daily – “The next Stephen Curry? We’ve got the 12 best candidates here”--Beyond the ARC
Crusaders Head to Auburn Hills as 14 Seed to Face Michigan
Crusaders, Spartans to Face Off at 11:15AM CT Thursday on

Wright State to host Tulsa in CBI--Dayton Daily News
Raiders accept bid to CBI, host Tulsa Wednesday--The Guardian
Raiders to Host Tulsa in CBI Presented by

Perry, Penguins get shot at redemption on Tuesday--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Brown Earns College Sports Madness Honors; Penguins in Mid-Major Top

Postseason awaits YSU men, women--Youngstown Vindicator

YSU women get automatic bid to WNIT; Brown honored--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Brandi Brown Earns All-Tournament Team
Women’s Basketball Earns Automatic Bid to

Valparaiso Earns No. 14 seed, Will Meet Michigan State to Open NCAA Tournament--Horizon League Network
Detroit Headed to Arizona State in NIT--Horizon League Network
Wright State to Host Tulsa in CBI Opening Round--Horizon League Network

Green Bay Captures Horizon League Tournament Championship--Horizon League Network

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