Thursday, March 21, 2013

News On The Horizon 3/21/2013

Arizona State downs Detroit in first round of NIT--CBS Sports
Detroit Mercy blown out by Arizona State in NIT, 83-68--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy falls to Arizona State in NIT--The Detroit News
No. 6-Seeded Detroit Trounced by No. 3-Seeded Arizona State 83-68 in NIT--Titans Update
Titans Fall to Arizona State in Opening Round of

Game #31: Detroit Readies For Postseason Play On

UIC outlasts Chicago State 80-69--The Chicago Tribune
Flames advance in postseason play--UIC News
Flames get elusive 1st postseason victory--Whoosh!Net
UIC Defeats Chicago State for First-Ever Postseason Win,

Men's basketball: UWGB fades in 2nd half of CIT loss to Bradley--Green Bay Press Gazette
Bradley Rally Ends Phoenix 2012-13

Women's basketball: Sisters put aside sibling rivalries as UWGB teammates--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix Fan Viewing Party Planned at The Bar East for Sunday
Green Bay in the Big Dance: Scouting

Lindsay Laur Gets New Season off to Fast Start--Panther Blog Zone

Everyone remembers March’s iconic shots fondly except the guys who defended them--The Dagger
Opponent Q&A: Beyond The Arc--The Only Colors
Mid-Major Players to Watch : March Madness Edition--Scouting the Mid-Majors
Ryan Broekhoff (Valparaiso, Sr. F, 6’7,
215lbs)-Broekhoff has ended his four-year career at Valpo on a fantastic note after leading the Crusaders to its first tournament appearance in nine years (thanks to an incredible buzzer-beat against Green Bay in the Horizon League Semi-Finals), while averaging 15.9 ppg and 7.9 rebs. Broekhoff is a solid shooter, who consistently hits jumpers, and is fairly accurate beyond-the-arc (43.2%). Broekhoff is also fearless when it comes to attacking the basket, making him a multi- dimensional scoring threat.
March Madness Q&A: Taking a Closer Look At the Valparaiso Crusaders With Mike Osipoff--The Detroit Sports Site
The Other 26: Bracket-Busting, East and Midwest Edition--Rush The Court
The Slipper May Fit

These are the low seeds that have a solid chance of scoring a Second Round upset.
Valparaiso (#14, Midwest) — When you’re a team that takes and makes a lot of threes, you always have a chance at pulling an upset. Valpo has three shooters with over 40 made threes and at least a 39 percent three-point shooting percentage. Foremost among them is their star swing forward, Ryan Broekhoff, a fearless scorer who can go inside and out and has the ability to carry a team offensively. The Crusaders also do a nice job on the defensive glass, which is always important against a Tom Izzo team. Where they might struggle is containing Michigan State’s athleticism. Valpo tends to force teams off the three-point line, but that may not be the best strategy against a Spartans’ team that is prone to dry shooting spells but has the athletes to drive to the basket.
Rush the Court Podblast: NCAA Midwest Region Preview (32:06 -- FF to 19:00)--Rush The Court
NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 03.21.13 Edition--Rush The Court
Valparaiso forward Kevin Van Wijk was ready to give up basketball after one season as a Crusader due to a surgically-repaired back that just was not getting any better. This all changed due to a relationship he forged with Frank Eksten of the Sports Medicine Institute in Crown Point, Indiana. Van Wijk’s back has improved dramatically and he is now Valparaiso’s second leading-scorer.
NCAA Game Analysis: Second Round, Thursday Afternoon--Rush The Court
Day 3 Open Thread + Picking The Lines--Basketball Predictions
Valparaiso (+10.5) over Michigan State: This is definitely a bigger spread than I thought it would be. I didn't take Valparaiso to win this game outright, but they do have a real chance. I think Michigan State might be looking past this game a little bit too much. Valpo is a tough, experienced team that can score all over the floor. Their defense is their weakness, but Michigan State is not the most offensively explosive team out there.
Palace breakdown: What you need to know about the other teams--The Detroit News
Senior status

Valparaiso is kind of, well, old. And that’s not a bad thing.
Valparaiso has six seniors, including two fifth-year seniors, among the team’s top eight players, and all five starters.
"They wanted to make the NCAA Tournament," Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew said in advance of his team’s game against Michigan State today. "They know this is their first and only NCAA Tournament, and I think we’re all excited to get to the game."
The Crusaders are led in scoring by 6-foot-7-inch senior Ryan Broekhoff (15.9 points, 7.3 rebounds).
10 Most Memorable Moments in NCAA Tournament History--Midwest Sports Fans
The biggest and best storylines unfolding with the tourney--Eye On College Basketball
-- Bryce Drew coaching Valpo and the highlight you'll see extra-often this year. You probably already have come across it a dozen times by now. It's already a top-10 all-time March Madness clip as it is. I don't even need to link it. Now just picture this: Michigan State 66, Valpo 65, eight seconds left. Valpo ball. Can you even stand the thought? We can't get something that good; we don't deserve it as a society.
Your Thursday NCAA tournament viewing guide--Eye On College Basketball
Valparaiso vs. Michigan State, 12:15 p.m. ET (CBS), Auburn Hills, Mich. -- The tourney gets underway with a Tom Izzo team that's actually getting way too little Final Four buzz. We should know better. Valpo's Ryan Broekhoff has the ability to shoot from deep, and if you're telling me he has 30, I'm telling you this game is close with two minutes to go.
2013 NCAA tournament Haiku previews--Eye On College Basketball
Michigan State vs. Valparaiso: "Drew for the win: good!" / Now coaches alma mater / But it's Izzo Time
Now a Coach, Drew Aims to Take Valparaiso on Another N.C.A.A. Run--New York Times
NCAA TOURNAMENT: Valpo's Drew hoping to create another moment against MSU--The Oakland Press
Collins, Drew seen as ideal fits for NU--The Chicago Tribune
Thursday's NCAA Midwest Region matchups--The Chicago Tribune
(3) Michigan State (25-8) vs. (14) Valparaiso (26-7)

11:15 a.m., WBBM-Ch. 2

Making their 16th consecutive NCAA appearance, the Spartans are battle-tested by a rugged Big Ten schedule. With Derrick Nix using his 6-9, 270-pound frame to attack the interior, sharpshooters Keith Appling (13.6 ppg) and freshman Gary Harris (12.9) are free to exploit the perimeter. The Crusaders are making their eighth trip — but first since 2004 — thanks in part to a buzzer-beater by Ryan Broekhoff (15.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg) in the Horizon League semifinals. These teams met in the first round in 2000, a 65-38 rout by eventual national champion Michigan State.
VU glad ‘business trip’ closer to home than in previous years--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders face large task against big, physical Spartans--The Post-Tribune
Brokehoff hopes for chance to face former Australian teammates--The NWI Times
Wood provides bond between Valparaiso and Michigan State--The NWI Times
Crusaders focused on business--The NWI Times
Michigan State Scouting Report: Forward Adreian Payne #5--Beyond the ARC
#ValpoGameday - NCAA Tournament - Michigan

2013 CBI Tournament: First Round Recaps--Mid-Major Madness
Wright State 72, Tulsa 52

The Raiders earned their first ever postseason win in dominating fashion as Wright State beat down on the Golden Hurricane in Dayton's other playoff game. While the Raiders only shot 38.5 percent in the first half, seven of their10 field goals were three-pointers, as Wright State was able to establish dominance on the perimeter. Tulsa fought hard for the first eleven minutes of the game, when Reggie Arceneaux hit a three (his only points of the game) and the Raiders didn't look back.

Kendall Griffin led the Raiders with 15 points and Jerran Young added 14 points and eight rebounds. On Tulsa's side, Scottie Haralson and James Woodard had 13 and 12 points respectively, but outside of D'Andre Wright who added eight points off the bench, Tulsa couldn't keep up with Wright State's bench, which scored 29 points. The Hurricane only scored two points off of 11 turnovers, while the Raiders scored 19 points off of their 14 forced turnovers which also helped apply the final nail in Tulsa's season.
Wright State routs Tulsa in CBI--Dayton Daily News
Notes: Griffin stars in Wright State’s victory over Tulsa--Dayton Daily News
Raiders top Tulsa 72-52 to advance in CBI
Raiders earn first DI postseason victory in team history with 72-52 win over Tulsa--The Guardian
Men Defeat Tulsa in CBI First

Healthy Penguins awaiting second-round CIT opponent--Youngstown Vindicator
Thu. 12:30 p.m.: YSU to host Canisius in CIT--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Men’s Basketball Hosts Canisius in CIT Second

YSU women host Indiana State tonight--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women ready for Indiana State--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Renewed excitement--The Jambar

Looking for More Postseason Success with Four Games on Wednesday--Horizon League Network
Valpo Preps for NCAA Opener Versus Michigan State--Horizon League Network
Men's Basketball Final Shot: March 20--Horizon League Network
Valpo Looks to Experience in NCAA Matchup vs. Michigan State--Horizon League Network

Youngstown State and Detroit Open Postseason Play on Thursday Night--Horizon League Network

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