Tuesday, March 5, 2013

News On The Horizon 3/5/2013

Horizon League Conference Tournament Preview--College Basketball Talk
2013 Horizon League Tournament Preview--Horizon League Hoops
A tempo-free analysis of the 2012-2013 Horizon League Player of the Year--Horizon League Hoops
Conference tournaments: Get your 2013 brackets, predictions--Eye On College Basketball
Horizon (March 5-12 -- Campus sites of higher seeds)
What we expect to happen: Valparaiso and Detroit battled down the stretch during the season, but the Crusaders came out on top. In the conference tourney, the tables will turn -- Ray McCallum will carry the Titans to the NCAA tournament.
What-to-know tourney previews: Horizon League--Eye On College Basketball
Ray McCallum Edges Ryan Broekhoff For Horizon Player of the Year--Mid-Major Madness
Why The Horizon League Player of the Year Was So Hard to Call--Mid-Major Madness
Final exams coming for UIC, Loyola--The Chicago Tribune
Champ Week: Setting up Week 1--ESPN
Horizon League

When: Tuesday, March 5 (first round); Friday, March 8 (second round); Saturday, March 9 (semifinals); Tuesday, March 12 (championship)
Where: First round at higher seed; second round/semifinals at Valparaiso; championship at highest remaining seed

The favorite: Valparaiso secured the Horizon League crown with a strong finish. The Crusaders won seven of their last eight conference games. Ryan Broekhoff (15.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG) is not just one of the best players in the league, he's also one of the country's more versatile forwards. And his team is ranked seventh in effective field goal percentage per Ken Pomeroy.

The top challengers: Settle down, Detroit fans. Yes, you're right there, too. The Titans split their series with the Crusaders this season; both games were thrillers. And when it wants to be, Ray McCallum Sr.'s crew is a fascinating highlight reel. But Detroit has mixed that potential with some ugly stretches of bad basketball, too. Still, Ray McCallum Jr. (19.2 PPG) is the player I'd want to lead my program if I were entering this tournament. Wright State is ranked 45th in adjusted defensive efficiency per Ken Pomeroy, and the Green Bay Phoenix have been one of the toughest teams in the conference in recent weeks. Plus, it's always helpful to enter any postseason event with a 7-1 center -- Alec Brown is averaging 13.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG and 1.8 BPG.

My pick: I believe in McCallum Jr. in a single-elimination tournament and am going with the guy I trust to make the clutch plays Detroit will need to advance and win the championship. The Titans are a really fearless unit when they're rolling.
Forde Minutes: With March proving ground upon us, every team is fighting for something--Yahoo! Sports

Heat win franchise-record 15th straight against Timberwolves 97-81--South Florida Sun Sentinel
After two free throws by Norris Cole, Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer to push the lead back to eight. Allen then was involved in a skirmish that resulted in an ejection for Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea, who was called for a Flagrant-2 foul. Minnesota coach Rick Adelman then drew a technical for arguing the call.
Cleveland State freshman Bryn Forbes named Horizon League newcomer of the year--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU's Bryn Forbes Earns Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Honors--Cleveland Leader
Al Pawlowski & David Glasier Talk CSU Basketball Live on Video--Cleveland Leader
Cleveland State's Forbes Named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year--Cleveland State Hoops
Forbes Named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year--csuvikings.com
CSU Opens Horizon League Tournament at UIC on Tuesday--csuvikings.com

Detroit's Ray McCallum Jr. named Horizon League player of the year--The Detroit News
McCallum Named Horizon League POY, Minnerath First Team--detroittitans.com
Get On The Bus To Cheer On The Titans In The Horizon League Championship Semifinals--detroittitans.com

Tuesday's matchup: Cleveland State at UIC--The Chicago Tribune
Horizon honors Talton, Crittle--Whoosh!Net
Game #31: Flames Host Cleveland State Tuesday Night in HL Tourney--uicflames.com
Talton, Crittle Nab All-Horizon League Honors--uicflames.com

A senior, his mom and one shining moment--College Basketball Nation Blog
Tuesday's matchup: Loyola at Youngstown State--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola men's basketball chaplain, a 93-year-old nun, is full of team spirit--The Chicago Tribune
Jordan Hicks is Runner-Up for the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - March 4th, 2013--LU Wolf Ball
Second Season Starts Tuesday At Youngstown State--LoyolaRamblers.com
Hicks Named Horizon League Player Of The Week--LoyolaRamblers.com
Ben Averkamp Named Second Team All-Horizon League--LoyolaRamblers.com
Loyola's 1963 Team Earns No. 1 Seed In CBS Sports' Ultimate Bracket--LoyolaRamblers.com

Men's basketball: UWGB must prove itself in tournament pressure--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UWGB's Sykes, Fouse earn all-Horizon League honors--Green Bay Press Gazette
Sykes, Brown, Fouse honored by Horizon League--UWGB Hoops Blog
Jordan Fouse Wins the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - March 4th, 2013--Phoenix Fever
Phoenix Trio Earns Horizon League Postseason Honors--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay Welcomes Milwaukee for Horizon League Tourney--GreenBayPhoenix.com

UWGB women move up to No. 20 in AP poll--Green Bay Press Gazette

Panthers believe they can hang with Phoenix--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Lovell chooses Amanda Braun as AD--PantherU
Panthers Head To Green Bay For Tuesday's First Round Tournament Game--uwmpanthers.com
Aaron Claims Spot On Horizon League's All-Newcomer Team--uwmpanthers.com

UWM picks Amanda Braun as new athletic director--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Power Pyramid: Building the final version for this season--Eye On College Basketball
Outside the Pyramid:
-- Valpo won the Horizon League over the weekend, is 24-7, and I think Bryce Drew will be returning to the NCAA tournament. This time as a coach.
Father and son relive epic shot--Yahoo! Sports
Horizon League: History doesn’t repeat as Ryan Broekhoff misses out--The Post-Tribune
Bryce Drew, Valparaiso players talk Horizon League awards--The Wisdom of Oz
Crusaders recognized with Horizon League postseason honors--The NWI Times
Crusaders sit back as Horizon League tournament begins--The NWI Times
Scouting the Horizon League men's basketball tournament--The NWI Times
Capobianco Takes Final Newcomer of the Week Honor--valpoathletics.com
Bracket, Ticket Information for 2013 Horizon League Championship--valpoathletics.com
Four Crusaders Earn Horizon League Postseason Honors--valpoathletics.com

Valpo women finish road-schedule at Youngstown State--valpoathletics.com
Valpo WBB drops game at Youngstown State--valpoathletics.com

Donlon named Horizon League Coach of the Year--Dayton Daily News
Raiders clinch #3 seed in HL tourney with dominant win over YSU--The Guardian
Donlon Named Coach of the Year; Darling Second Team--wsuraiders.com

James Named HL Newcomer of the Week--wsuraiders.com

Men’s Basketball Captures Several Horizon League Postseason Awards--ysusports.com

Browns delivers 2,000th point in YSU women's win over Valpo--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Flagg fits into team, YSU--The Jambar
Team effort takes down Valpo--The Jambar
YSU Wins Third Game in Five Days Beating Valpo, 72-50--ysusports.com

Loyola's Hicks, Valpo's Capobianco Win Weekly Men's Basketball Awards--Horizon League Network
McCallum Leads Men's Basketball Award Winners--Horizon League Network
2012-13 Horizon League Men's Basketball Awards Show--Horizon League Network

YSU's Brandi Brown, WSU's Ivory James Win Weekly Honors--Horizon League Network
Penguins Run Away From Valpo in Second Half--Horizon League Network

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