Friday, November 29, 2013

News On The Horizon 11/29/2013

Charlie Lee will have MRI on Tuesday--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State assistant coach suspended one game--Cleveland State Hoops

Vikings Set For ECU Pirate Thanksgiving

Late Night Snacks: Kentucky, Duke, Arizona and Syracuse all win--CollegeBasketballTalk

Kelsey Barlow had 38 points on 8-for-11 shooting, adding eight boards and five assists as Illinois-Chicago [sic] beat Wagner.
Barlow scores 38 points in UIC's 94-76 win--The Chicago Tribune
UIC trounces Wagner 94-76--Daily Herald
All Barlow, all night--Whoosh!Net

Men's basketball: UWGB tops Pepperdine to open Alaska shootout--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Picks Up Win over Pepperdine 97-89--Phoenix Fever

UWGB women's college basketball tournament preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women's basketball: Big rebound for Lukan--Green Bay Press Gazette

Panthers Headed To KC For Saturday Contest With

Milwaukee Set To Participate In Aggie Thanksgiving

Drew keeps Crusaders home for early season--The NWI Times
Valparaiso (4-3) vs. Mercer (4-3)--Valpo Daily

Women’s basketball: VU (0-5) at Florida International (0-4)--The Post-Tribune

Victory gives Raiders reason to enjoy Thanksgiving--Dayton Daily News
Darling’s performance leads Raiders over Braves--The Guardian
Men Defeat Alcorn State

YSU rally comes up short against Kent State--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State (6-2) vs. Austin Peay (3-3)--Guin Report
Men’s Basketball Hosts OVC Member Austin Peay

Green Bay Opens Great Alaska Shootout with Win--Horizon League Network

Thursday, November 28, 2013

News On The Horizon 11/28/2013

Cleveland State got 'cheated' in Kentucky loss, assistant coach tweets--Sports Illustrated
Kentucky rallies for home win over Cleveland State--CollegeBasketballTalk
Cleveland State assistant sounds off about calls in loss to Kentucky--CollegeBasketballTalk
Cleveland State assistant Jermaine Kimbrough suspended one game for comments on officiating--CollegeBasketballTalk
Assistant coach says refs ‘cheated’ Cleveland State in loss at Kentucky--The Dagger
4-point play: Instant analysis on Cleveland State-Kentucky--USA Today
Cleveland State assistant's tweets claiming refs 'cheated' under review--USA Today
Cleveland State assistant complains refs 'cheated' team, deletes tweets--Eye On College Basketball
Morning Coffee: Near Miss for Cleveland State, The Chicken Dance and the Game You Didn't See--Mid-Major Madness
Cleveland St. Vikings at Kentucky Wildcats: Game Preview--A Sea Of Blue
Cleveland State vs. Kentucky final score: Wildcats avoid upset with late run--SB Nation
Kentucky 68, Cleveland St. 61: Postmortem--A Sea Of Blue
LeBron James will host Thanksgiving for his teammates--Miami Herald
The league’s website unveiled video boxscores Monday and for hoop heads the new feature is a revelation. With a few clicks, every statistic of every second of every game is now available to fans. Beginning this season, every block by Joel Anthony, every three-pointer or missed shot by Michael Beasley and every steal or turnover by Norris Cole will be cataloged at
Miami Heat defeats Phoenix Suns, wins seventh straight game--Miami Herald
Dwyane Wade had a productive game, going 9 of 13 from the field for 21 points. He also had 12 assists and six rebounds. Guard Norris Cole, filling in for Mario Chalmers in the starting lineup, was 1 of 6 from the field. Chalmers missed the game with a strained muscle in his leg.
Cleveland State needs a few shots to beat Kentucky - Local college sports this morning--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State can't close, and falls to Kentucky on the road, 68-61--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State comes close, but can't seal the upset at Kentucky - Local college sports this morning--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State assistant suspended one game for Twitter comments--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Ndaye to have shoulder surgery Wednesday--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State-Kentucky Preview--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Stumbles with Loss to No. 3 Kentucky 68-61--Vikings Ball
Gutsy CSU Squad Falls Short at #3/4 Kentucky,
Jermaine Kimbrough Suspended For One

Vikings Host Morehead State Wednesday
Cleveland State WBB vs Morehead Promo 11/27/
Getting to know...Alexis
Key Scoring Runs Lead Vikings To 76-67 Victory Over Morehead

Detroit (3-4) and South Florida (4-1) Face Off--Titans Update
Howard Named College Sports Madness HL Player of the
Titans Visit South Florida Saturday on

Thanksgiving Break Has Titans Heading To The Sunshine

Western Michigan 99, Oakland 88: David Brown's 31 keep Golden Grizzlies winless--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland heads to Western Michigan looking for first win of season--The Oakland Press
Western Michigan defeats Oakland University 99-88--The Oakland Press
Oakland Stumbles with Loss to Western Michigan 99-88--Grizz Gang

Oakland clears hurdle, gets first win of season over Niagara--The Oakland Press

Louisiana Tech routs UIC 103-78--The Chicago Tribune
UIC overwhelemed by Louisiana Tech 103-78--Daily Herald
Sunny skies for Flames basketball at Gulf Coast Showcase--UIC News
Louisiana Tech just too much--Whoosh!Net
UIC Beats Down Wagner 94-76--Flame Fanatic
Flames to Play Louisiana Tech in Gulf Coast
Flames Fall in Semifinals of Gulf Coast
Barlow's 38 Points Clinches Third Place for Flames at

Flames take reins against Miami--UIC News
Women's Basketball in Puerto Rico for San Juan
Story Named Illinois National Guard Student-Athlete of the

Tournament Week Viewing Guide: Thanksgiving Day 2013--Blogging the Bracket
Great Alaska Shootout Quarterfinals

Last night, Tulsa (1-4) picked up its first win of the season, as the Golden Hurricane stunned Indiana State (3-2), 63-62. Danny Manning's squad will meet TCU (3-2) in Friday's first semifinal, though host Alaska-Anchorage (5-2) gave the Horned Frogs a mighty scare in a contest that ended up a 73-70 TCU win. Tonight, the bottom half's semifinal matchup will be determined.

Pepperdine Waves (4-1) vs. Green Bay Phoenix (2-1), 9:30 p.m. ET (CBS SN)
Denver Pioneers (0-2) vs. Harvard Crimson (4-1), approx. 12 a.m. ET (CBS SN)

Three of the four teams in action this evening in Anchorage are projected to be at or near the top of their respective leagues this season. The lone exception, Pepperdine, is off to a surprisingly strong start, but Green Bay is a slight step up in competition, certainly better than the San Jose State team the Waves fell to. Denver has yet to win a game, but there's no shame in losing to either California or Stanford. Harvard suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of Colorado on Sunday, as the Crimson stopped in Boulder on their way to the Last Frontier.
UWGB heads north for Great Alaska Shootout--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB men's basketball tournament preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay (2-1) Squares Off with Pepperdine (4-1)--Phoenix Fever
Men's Basketball Opens Great Alaska Shootout Thursday
Green Bay to Play in 2014 Gulf Coast

Women's Basketball Ready for Maine Thanksgiving

UWM establishes its status against NAIA school Judson--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Long hair; don’t care: Matt Tiby’s Journey to Milwaukee--UWM Post
No-Nonsense Mailbag #1--PantherU
Milwaukee dominates down low to beat Judson--PantherU
Four-Point Play: Judson--PantherU
Milwaukee (6-2) Battles Missouri-Kansas City (1-4)--UWM Update
Panthers Dominant Inside In Rolling Past
Postgame Extra: Tiby Talks About Season To Date, Looks Forward To

UWM women go cold in the desert--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Key Scoring Run Sends Lobos Past Panthers In Second

No classes means more practice for Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
Basketball: Crusaders lead wire to wire to beat UCF--The Post-Tribune
Capobianco shines in Valparaiso win--The NWI Times
Wrapping up UCF--Inside VU Sports
A Valpo Life that Matters: Alec Peters--ValpoLife
Valparaiso (4-3) vs. Mercer (4-3)--Valpo Daily
Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview
Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference -
Crusaders Down UCF Tuesday
Crusader Men to Host Pair of Post-Thanksgiving

Crusaders Prepare for FIU Thanksgiving Classic in

Donlon: Wright State has to get defense back on track--Dayton Daily News
Wright State-Alcorn State Preview--Dayton Daily News
Wright State takes step in the right direction defensively in win over Alcorn State--Dayton Daily News
WSU 73 Alcorn St.
Wright State Clobbers Alcorn State 73-55--Rowdy Review

Kent State Continues Hot Start, Outlasts Surging Youngstown State Squad 83-79--Hustle Belt
Belin scores 32 points, but YSU falls--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU ready for 'rival' Kent State--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Downed by Kent State 83-79--Guin Report
Bad first half dooms YSU--The Jambar
High-Scoring Offenses Collide When @YSUMensHoops Visits Kent
Belin Scores 32 As Penguins Rally Falls Short at Kent

Shooting Woes Doom Penguins in 66-41 Loss at

Men's Basketball Weekly - Nov. 26th--Horizon League Network
Interview: Gary Waters--Horizon League Network
Milwaukee, Valparaiso Win at Home Tuesday Night--Horizon League Network
CSU Assistant Jermaine Kimbrough Suspended One Game--Horizon League Network
Brown, Peters Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network
UIC, WSU Enter Holiday with Victories--Horizon League Network

Women's Basketball Weekly - Nov. 26th--Horizon League Network
Oakland Collects First Win of the Season; Cleveland State Knocks Off Morehead State--Horizon League Network

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

News On The Horizon 11/25/2013

Cleveland State on the road to Kentucky; Kent State hosts sizzling Youngstown State - This week in local college hoops--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Calling All Alums, Women's Basketball Alumni Day Set For Dec.

Morning Coffee: New Mexico State Completes Sweep, Oakland Reeling--Mid-Major Madness
Slow start proves costly for OU men's basketball--Oakland Post

Winless Oakland falls 84-50 to No. 3 Lady
Winless Oakland women fall, 84-50, to No. 3 Lady Vols--The Oakland Press

Balanced Flames find themselves--Whoosh!Net
Flames Hand San Diego its First Loss,

Rachel Story Earns Horizon League Player of the

UWGB basketball: Brown named Horizon League player of the week--Green Bay Press Gazette
GB up to #15 in Mid-Major poll--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay Basketball to Host "An Evening with the Bennetts"
Alec Brown Named Horizon League Player of the

Buck Tabbed Horizon League Freshman of the

Milwaukee returns home to face Judson--PantherU
Panthers Back Home, Welcome Judson To Cell

Panthers Start Week With Matchup At New

Williams exceeds expectations at Valparaiso--Inside VU Sports
Peters Earns HL Freshman of the Week
Valpo Hosts UCF Tuesday

YSU men lookto end five-game losing streak against Kent State--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU ready for 'rival' Kent State--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Penguins Travel to Bucknell for First Road Game of

Green Bay's Brown, Valparaiso's Peters Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network
UIC Clinches Win Over San Diego, Cleveland State Falls to Kentucky in Closing Minutes--Horizon League Network

Wright State Runs Win Streak to Three Games--Horizon League Network
10 Questions with Youngstown State's John Barnes--Horizon League Network
Story Named Player of the Week, Buck Earns Freshman Honors--Horizon League Network

Sunday, November 24, 2013

News On The Horizon 11/24/2013

Wade's return, LeBron's jumper lift Heat over Magic 101-99--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Even with Wade back after missing two games due to ongoing knee issues, the first quarter featured the rare full second unit for Heat, with Andersen, Beasley, Rashard Lewis, Ray Allen and Norris Cole together late in the period, even without foul trouble for any of the Big Three.
Shane Battier going out in a blaze of gory?--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Closing time

Not only did the Heat outscore the Magic 30-22 in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 101-99 victory, but point guard Norris Cole played the entire period, helping limit Magic point guard Jameer Nelson to two points and one assist over the 12 minutes.

"It's my job, on this team, defender," Cole said. "And that's one of the skill sets that I bring to the table. So it's great to be in there when it really matters."

Cole said he views himself as more than a specialist against similar quick guards.

"I'm always ready," he said. "I always look at it like that whenever we go against anybody, quick or not, I feel like I can defend." . . .
Cleveland State regroups quick for an 87-74 victory over Robert Morris--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Defeats Robert Morris; Kentucky Looms Next--Cleveland Leader
Vikings Use Six in Double Figures to Top Robert
Trip to Kentucky Up Next for

Gordon & Aideyman Notch Career-Highs As Vikings Fall To FAU,

Toledo 80, Detroit 78: Julius Brown hits game-winner against Titans--The Detroit Free Press
Stony Brook 104, Detroit 102 (3OT): Titans outlasted in thriller--The Detroit News
Late Toledo Run Dooms Titans in 2K Sports Classic,
Titans Drop 3OT Heartbreaker to Stony Brook in 2K Sports

Titans Second-Half Rally Stopped Short as UDM Falls to Ball

Louisiana-La Fayette 84, Oakland 75: Golden Grizzlies remain winless--The Detroit Free Press
Louisiana rallies past Oakland--The Oakland Press

Bader's 30 points isn't enough to keep OU men from 0-6 start--The Oakland Press

Monday's matchup: UIC vs. San Diego--The Chicago Tribune
Flames Set to Participate in Gulf Coast

Flames Defeat RedHawks for Third Straight

Men's basketball: Brown's triple-double leads UWGB past Minnesota-Duluth--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay hoping McKinnie gives spark--UWGB Fourth Estate
Brown Posts Triple-Double as Green Bay Rolls,

Women's basketball: UWGB rolls over Vermont after bus gets stuck en route to arena--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix falls to Badgers--UWGB Fourth Estate
Women's Basketball Takes Home TD Bank Classic

Panthers keep rolling away from home--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers look to win on road--PantherU
Another win away from home--PantherU
Arians, Kelm Lead Panthers To Another Road

Dynamic duo decks Bison--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Postgame Report: Milwaukee vs. North Dakota State--Panther Blog Zone
Panthers Knock Off Bison For First Victory Of

Pomeroy Rankings Movement – Nov. 24--Big Apple Buckets
Top 10 Movers This Week:
Valparaiso: -47 (130)
Men’s basketball: Valpo rolls in return home--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso crushes James Madison--The NWI Times
Wrapping up James Madison--Inside VU Sports
Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - James
Crusaders Roll to Win Saturday Over James

Golden Eagles Snag Win from

South Alabama holds off Wright State in second half--Dayton Daily News
Men Fall Short at South

Women’s Basketball: Stifling defense gives Raiders third-straight win, dominate Knights by 53--The Guardian
Women Dominate Marian

YSU coach happy; Penguins set record--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Five #HLMBB Teams Grab Saturday Victories--Horizon League Network
Oakland, Detroit Fall in Close Games Sunday--Horizon League Network

Green Bay, Milwaukee and UIC Win on Saturday in Women's Basketball--Horizon League Network

Saturday, November 23, 2013

News On The Horizon 11/23/2013

Late Night Snacks: No. 21 Iowa State remains undefeated--CollegeBasketballTalk

1) Alec Peters (Valparaiso): The Crusaders fell 100-92 at Evansville but Peters’ performance should be noted, as he scored 30 points one day after returning from his hometown of Washington, Ill., which was hit hard by a tornado on Sunday. D.J. Balentine led Evansville with 32 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Dave Sobolewski scored 25 points to lead Northwestern to an easy win at UIC, 93-58.
Midwest tornadoes hit home for Valpo star freshman Alec Peters--Eye On College Basketball
Oakland reinstates Mondy, Williams following university investigation--Eye On College Basketball
Morning Coffee: North Carolina Central Pulls Big Upset, BYU Loses in Tough Battle--Mid-Major Madness
Evansville scored 55 points in the first half and had to hold on for a 100-92 win over Valparaiso as the Crusaders went for 62 in the second half. D.J. Balentine scored 32 points and Duane Gibson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Purple Aces in the win. Ryan Sawvell scored 14 points and had six rebounds in 16 minutes of action off the bench. Alec Peters (Side note: hope everything was OK with Alec's family and friends in Washington, Ill.; The NWI Times has a nice story scored 30 points in the loss, and went 7-for-11 from 3-point range.

Miami Heat starters get rest while reserves roll on to defeat Orlando Magic--Miami Herald
Norris Cole was 3 of 3 from three-point range and Ray Allen and Shane Battier had two three-pointers each.
Cole drained a three-pointer with 7:09 left in the fourth quarter to give the Heat a 102-76 lead. Miami led 90-71 entering the final period. The Heat has scored at least 100 points in 11 of the team’s first 12 games.
Miami Heat’s James Jones always ready to play--Miami Herald
Said Jones, pragmatic as always: “You just pick your poison. That’s every team. This league is full of guys who can make shots. I’m just blessed to be on a team with guys that are willing to make the extra pass because many, many teams you’ll find that team’s best players are reluctant to get off the ball. LeBron, D-Wade, Mario [Chalmers], Norris [Cole], they get off the ball really well.”
Jones, Heat beat Magic at their own game 120-92--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Just as Michael Beasley, Rashard Lewis, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Ray Allen and Chris Andersen have done already this season, it again was a case of someone beyond the realm of the Big Three providing a big threat.
Once again, it was Heat by committee, with Chalmers, Andersen, Beasley and Cole also having their moments, as the Heat continued the pattern of fattening their record against the rest of the Southeast Division.
Patience is the key for Heat's Norris Cole--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Vikings Return Home to Host Robert
CSU Basketball Doubleheader on Saturday (Nov. 23)

Vikings Continue Homestand Against Florida Atlantic Saturday
CSU Basketball Doubleheader on Saturday (Nov. 23)

McCallum assigned to Reno Bighorns--Sacramento Bee
UDM defeats James Madison on the road, 71-67--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit 77, Florida Atlantic 44: Balanced attack paces Titans--The Detroit Free Press
Tuesday's college basketball roundup: Carlton Brundidge paces Detroit in victory--The Detroit News
Titans Host 2K Sports Classic Sub-Regional Round at Historic Calihan
Titans Top FAU in First Night of 2K Sports Classic

Titans Upended On The Road By No. 21/19 Michigan
Wake Up Call Set For 11 AM As Titans Prepare For Ball State On

Morning Five: 11.21.13 Edition--Rush The Court
The fortunes of Duke Mondy and Dante Williams have taken quite a turn in the past week. During their trip to play at Cal last week the two players were accused of rape charges that were quickly dropped, but were suspended indefinitely from the team for their actions although they had already been cleared of the rape charges. Yesterday, Oakland announced that the two players were back on the team after a two-game suspension. We won’t get into the moral issues of the suspension and what they did since this is not really the place to discuss that, but we will note our amusement at the school’s internal review of the incident. What investigation could the school, which has no power out in California (the school is based in Michigan), have conducted in such a short period of time? We have no problem with them letting the two play again, but the idea of a legitimate internal review seems ridiculous.
Oakland reinstates Duke Mondy, Dante Williams after two-game suspension--CollegeBasketballTalk
Suspended Oakland U. basketball players Duke Mondy, Dante Williams reinstated--The Detroit Free Press
Jeff Seidel: Oakland's Greg Kampe putting team through training after bad situation in L.A.--The Detroit Free Press
Duke Mondy, Dante Williams reinstated to Oakland basketball team--The Detroit News
Suspended Oakland University players Dante Williams, Duke Mondy reinstated--The Oakland Press
Suspended Oakland University players Dante Williams, Duke Mondy talk about arrests--The Oakland Press
Oakland looking for first win of season, coach Greg Kampe unsure if reinstated players will see action--The Oakland Press

Women’s basketball falls at home to Miami--Oakland Post

Northwestern Showing Signs of Life But Still Has Problems--Rush The Court
UIC, a team expected to finish in the middle of the Horizon League, has also underperformed relative to their already mediocre expectations. The Flames started the preseason ranked 262nd in the country, according to KenPom, but has since fallen to 302nd. Their defense has been less than stellar (giving up 106.4 points per 100 possessions) and their weaknesses played right into the Wildcats’ hands: poor perimeter defense and a stark lack of rim protection. For the season, UIC has allowed teams to shoot 46.7 percent from deep (342nd in the country). The Flames didn’t fare any better on Wednesday when they allowed the Wildcats to make 55 percent of their three-point shots. UIC has also allowed its opponents a free pass when they’ve been beaten off the dribble by only blocking 3.2 percent of all possible shots. Once Northwestern cleared space in the lane by sinking some threes, they were able to get to the rim easily. So as it turns out, UIC was a perfect match for the Wildcats to get the team’s confidence going.
Northwestern trounces UIC 93-58--The Chicago Tribune
Men’s basketball falls to Northwestern--UIC News
A new low for Flames--Whoosh!Net
Men's Basketball Stumbles Against Northwestern,

Women’s basketball crushes SIUE--UIC News
Flames Roll Past SIUE,
Women's Basketball Seeks Third Consecutive

Men's basketball: Sykes has potential to be among all-time greats at UWGB--College Sports Madness
Men's Basketball Hosts Minnesota Duluth on Saturday

Women's basketball: Too early to worry about UWGB's 3-point shooting--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women's basketball: Phoenix open up TD Bank Classic with win--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's Basketball Travels to Vermont for TD Bank
Women's Basketball Wins Opener of TD Bank Classic,

Panthers Hit The Road For Saturday Contest With Tennessee

UWM Closes Out Homestand With Early Tip Against

Valparaiso freshman Alec Peters hails from storm-battered Washington, IL--CollegeBasketballTalk
Men’s basketball: Valpo starts slow, rally falls short--The Post-Tribune
Evansville beats Valparaiso 100-92--The NWI Times
Crusaders look to improve on slow starts--The NWI Times
Valparaiso's connection to Evansville tragedy--Inside VU Sports
Wrapping up Evansville--Inside VU Sports
Attempted Rally Comes Up Short
Crusaders Return Home to the ARC Saturday
Alec Peters Joins Valpo

Womens Basketball: IUPUI Beats VU, Stops Skid at ARC--The Post-Tribune
Valpo women struggle against former conference rival IUPUI--The NWI Times
Wrapping up IUPUI (WBB)--Inside VU Sports--The NWI Times
Crusaders Set for Home Opener vs. IUPUI
Jaguar Bench Powers IUPUI Past
Crusaders Make Stop in Tennessee Sunday Before FIU

Wright State loses one of its biggest fans with death of Bill Stump--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State vs. Houston Baptist--Dayton Daily News
Wright State seeks first road win Friday in Alabama--Dayton Daily News
Wright State pulls away in second half to beat Houston Baptist--Dayton Daily News
Raiders receive support away from Ohio--The Guardian
Raiders Sign
Men Pull Away for 75-59 Win Over Houston

Women’s Basketball: Raiders smash Racers behind James’ career-high 35--The Guardian
Women Roll to 95-69 Win at Murray

Fast start helps YSU men cruise over Thiel--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU wins, but coach not happy with second-half play--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Fans Can Use Football Ticket For Free Admission To Saturday's Basketball
Men’s Basketball Hosts Westminster on Saturday

YSU women earn first win for Barnes--Youngstown Vindicator
Short-handed YSU women battling major injury woes--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

10 Questions with Oakland's Kahlil Felder--Horizon League Network
Six Reach Double Figures as Youngstown State Improves to 5-1--Horizon League Network
2013 Interview: Keifer Sykes--Horizon League Network
10 Questions with Milwaukee's Matt Tiby--Horizon League Network
WSU, Detroit Open Subregionals with Wins--Horizon League Network

UIC and YSU Ride Three-Point Shooting to Wins on Wednesday Night--Horizon League Network
James' Hot Hand Leads Wright State to Victory--Horizon League Network

Thursday, November 21, 2013

News On The Horizon 11/20/2013

Morning Coffee: Upset Specials for Belmont, Indiana State, Illinois State--Mid-Major Madness
Other bites:

Someone finally found the answer for Kendrick Perry. Massachusetts held the Youngstown State star to just 14 points en route to a 85-69 win over the Penguins. Chaz Williams led the way for the Minutemen with 19 points and 11 assists, helping three of his teammates to also land double digits in the scoring column. Cady Lalanne had 13 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks for UMass. Bobby Hain had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Youngstown State and Marcus Keene had 20 off the bench in the loss.
Oakland put up a nice effort against Cal on Friday night despite all the distractions. But facing Gonzaga on Sunday was another matter. The Zags ran past the Grizzlies, 82-67, with 21 points from Kevin Pangos, including five 3-pointers. Big men Sam Dower and Przemek Karnowski totalled 27 points and three blocks in the win. Travis Bader led Oakland with 22 points, and Kahlil Felder had seven assists to just four turnovers (yes, we are watching him closely for a reason).
Northern Illinois is still looking to string two wins together under coach Mark Montgomery after losing 82-69 to Milwaukee. The Huskies got 19 points and eight rebounds from Darrell Bowie, but it was far from enough. The Panthers were led by Malcolm Moore who had 15 points off the bench on a perfect shooting night. Steve McWhorter added 14 points in the win.
Ohio staged a block party as they held off a late charge from Valparaiso to save a 76-72 win at home. Maurice Ndour had five swats to go along with his 23 points and six rebounds, while Jon Smith added four more. Nick Kellogg poured in four threes and finished with 16 points. For the Crusaders, LaVonte Dority had 20 points while Alec Peters had 16 points, 13 boards and three steals.

LeBron James leading Miami Heat by example--Miami Herald
The Heat still went 10 players deep and, perhaps most impressively, no player logged more than 36 minutes. Norris Cole led the team in minutes (36) and reserve Rashard Lewis played 33 minutes.
Heat win 4th straight, top Hawks 104-88--Miami Herald
Allen scored Miami's first 12 points of the final quarter, Michael Beasley added the next four, and the Heat lead grew 94-78 with 5 minutes remaining, ensuring that the two-time defending NBA champions would keep their starters on the bench for the entirety of the final period. Norris Cole finished with eight points, nine assists and five rebounds for Miami.

"Our starters are rooting them on," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "They understand the importance of that group."
Heat's Mario Chalmers more cautious after flagrant-foul issues--South Florida Sun Sentinel
For Chalmers, he is the past the issue. The focus returns to being the starter for the two-time defending champions. Backup Norris Cole was solid in his absence, but Chalmers is ready to regain his role.

"I just got to let it go," Chalmers said. "I just want to be there for my teammates and not let them down like I did last time. I expect to continue to do what I'm doing. It's a minor setback for a major comeback, like the saying goes. I just got to get past this and get ready for Tuesday."
Cleveland State and Kent State get solid wins, Akron Zips struggle - Basketball this week--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Karrington Ward's career-high 28 points leads Eastern Michigan to 81-69 win over Cleveland State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State in 'foul' mood; Kent State at end of line - Morning Line--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jonothan Janssen Commits to Cleveland State--Cleveland State Hoops
Vikings Drop 81-69 Contest at Eastern

Vikings Fall Short Against Eastern Michigan,

Kings notes: McCallum will get seasoning in Reno--Sacramento Bee
Physical, but not sharp--The Register-Guard
For a team preaching defense and rebounding, Oregon appeared to get the message by outrebounding Utah Valley 42-30 while holding the Wolverines to 37.9 percent shooting from the field.

However, the message in the locker room after the 17th-ranked Ducks’ 69-54 victory over the Wolverines on Tuesday night in front of 5,717 at Matthew Knight Arena wasn’t overly positive.

“I’m not happy about it,” Oregon senior guard Jason Calliste said of the defensive performance in particular. “Coach isn’t happy, the guys aren’t happy. That’s not good enough if you want to be good.”
“We had to get stops tonight,” Calliste said. “All the other games have been easy-flowing, guys had it going and once you get it going, you think you can outscore a team. That is not going to happen every night. You have to lock up, rebound, and defend, that’s how you get it done if you want to win.”

Calliste backed up his words with actions.

“Defensively, at times we played really well and Jason made four or five outstanding defensive plays in the second half,” Altman said. “He showed toughness and did a good job.”

Oregon scored 17 straight in the first half to take a 20-4 lead, but Utah Valley closed within 29-25 by halftime.

“That was definitely disappointing,” Calliste said. “You have to sit down on defense. Just because you are up doesn’t mean the game is over. You have to be solid the rest of the game. Not for 35 minutes or 32, but for 40.”
Calliste made a pair of free throws and Loyd added a layup to put Oregon ahead 41-33 with 14:56 left to play. Elgin Cook got a rebound and scored before adding a free throw and Young drove for a layup to put the Ducks up 46-33.
“We need to get better,” Calliste said. “We didn’t play that well. Too many guys are worried about the wrong things. We are not going to outscore everyone, we have to play better defense.”
Tuesday's college basketball roundup: Carlton Brundidge paces Detroit in victory--The Detroit News
Titans Visit James Madison
Titans Spoil JMU's Banner Raising Night with 71-67 Road

Women's Basketball Signs Four Prized
Upset Minded Titans To Visit No. 21/19 Michigan State On

Oakland falls to No. 15 Gonzaga
Late Night Snacks: Three ranked teams fall on Sunday--CollegeBasketballTalk
No. 17 Gonzaga shot 11-for-20 from three in their 82-67 win over Oakland. Kevin Pangos hit five, finishing with a team-high 21 points.
Gonzaga 82, Oakland 67: Golden Grizzlies end road trip winless--The Detroit Free Press
No. 15 Gonzaga tops short-handed Oakland, 82-67--The Oakland Press

Attorney for fired Oakland University coach Beckie Francis weighing legal options--The Oakland Press
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Despite strong second half, Oakland falls to Miami--The Oakland Press
Francis' attorney ‘We’re contemplating our options’--Oakland Post

Northwestern at UIC--The Chicago Tribune
Men’s basketball faces Northwestern at UIC Pavilion--UIC News
Moore blames self for lackluster effort--Whoosh!Net
Flames Host Northwestern on Wednesday

Women’s basketball rallies to victory against Idaho State--UIC News
Women's Basketball Seeks Second Straight Win Over

UWGB basketball: Sykes, Buck get league awards--Green Bay Press Gazette
Sykes Earns Fifth Horizon League Player of the Week

UWGB basketball: No guarantee Phoenix will play Wisconsin next year--Green Bay Press Gazette
Tesha Buck Named Horizon League Freshman of the
Phoenix Insider: Total

KenPom Movement – Nov. 17--Big Apple Buckets
Here’s a look at the rest of the biggest movers in KenPom’s rankings for this week and the season as a whole.

Biggest Improvements This Week:

Bryant +96 (108)
UC Santa Barbara +72 (106)
UC Irvine +68 (134)
Milwaukee +65 (196)
Kent St. +59 (149)

I wrote about the reason UC Irvine is moving on up in the world earlier this week. The Anteaters went to Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena and put on a convincing display. The reason UCSB is on this list and UNLV on the drops is the Gauchos’ 85-65 victory in Las Vegas. Milwaukee is a team I didn’t think would be particularly good this season, but the Panthers have won their last three games against Davidson, San Jose St. and James Madison. Bucknell is right outside that group. Also, LIU Brooklyn’s close loss to Indiana and some shakeups around them helped the Blackbirds crack the Top 200 of Pomeroy’s rankings at 199 through Saturday.
Preview: DePaul at Milwaukee--The Chicago Tribune
Melvin, Young lead Demons to road win--The Chicago Tribune
DePaul beats Milwaukee 80-71--Daily Herald
Lesser lights get to shine in UW-Milwaukee victory--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM's Steve McWhorter named co-Horizon League player of the week--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Weary Panthers are short of breath--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Panthers Fall In Return to The Cell
--UWM Post
Panthers start off weekend with a win--PantherU
Panthers win third straight game--PantherU
Panthers have won four straight--PantherU
Tough loss at home--PantherU
Panthers Dig Deep To Overcome Huskies, Win NIU Invite
McWhorter Claims Horizon League Co-Player Of The Week
Panthers Open Home Schedule Tuesday As DePaul Visits U.S. Cellular
Panthers Run Out Of Gas In 80-71 Loss To

Hot shots sink Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Falls In Shootout With

Men’s basketball: Valparaiso takes late lead, but still loses at Ohio--The Post-Tribune
Men's basketball: Valparaiso at Evansville outlook--The Post-Tribune
Comeback falls short for Crusaders--The NWI Times
Tornado hits VU freshman's hometown in Washington, Ill.--The NWI Times
Wrapping up Ohio--Inside VU Sports
Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview
Men's Basketball Returns to Action Wednesday at

Women's Basketball Signs Four

Thurgood graduate Thomasson joins Wright State recruiting class--Dayton Daily News
Raiders return home to face D-III Manchester after tough week--Dayton Daily News
Raiders smother D-III Manchester with defense--Dayton Daily News
Raiders spank the Spartans (Manchester not Michigan State)
Raiders destroy D-III Manchester--The Guardian
Men Dominate Manchester

Sledge receives 20-day jail sentence--The Guardian
James Named HL Player of the

Youngstown State may finally be ready to turn a corner--Hoopville
Keene excels in YSU loss to UMass--Youngstown Vindicator
Keene provides lift for YSU men--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU men's basketball ready to bounce back--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Short-handed YSU women battling major injury woes--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
The ‘Keene’ to success: Penguins return home for two non-conference opponents--The Jambar
Penguins tame Tomcats--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Hosts Thiel Wednesday
Six Reach Double Figures As Penguins Beat Thiel

Despite injuries, YSU women stay positive--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins fight through injuries in preparation for Wednesday--The Jambar
Norse Code Penguins earn first victory this season--The Jambar
YSU Concludes Opening Three-Game Home Stand Against
Penguins Make 11 3s, Beat Northern Kentucky 67-53 for Barnes's First

Milwaukee Wins NIU Invitational--Horizon League Network
Sykes, McWhorter and Felder Garner Weekly Honors--Horizon League Network
#HLMBB News & Notes (Nov. 18)--Horizon League Network
WSU Dominates on Monday Night--Horizon League Network
Detroit Collects First Road Win of Year, Spoiling JMU's Opener--Horizon League Network
Men's Basketball Weekly - Nov. 20th--Horizon League Network

Green Bay and Wright State Win on Sunday--Horizon League Network
Wright State's James Earns Player of the Week, Green Bay's Buck Named Freshman of the Week--Horizon League Network
10 Questions with Wright State's Kim Demmings--Horizon League Network
Women's Basketball Weekly - Nov. 20th--Horizon League Network