Thursday, November 14, 2013

News On The Horizon 11/14.2013

College Basketball Viewing Guide For Wed., 11/13/13--Blogging the Bracket
Wright State Raiders at Georgetown Hoyas, 7 p.m. (FS1)
One of the favorites for the Horizon crown plays its first game against Division I opposition, visiting the Hoyas, who fell to Oregon in the Armed Forces Classic in Korea on Friday night.
Valparaiso Crusaders at Illinois Fighting Illini, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)
The Crusaders and Illini are a pair of teams with two wins under their respective belts. Valpo followed up a good home win against Murray State with one against non-D1 North Park, while Illinois took out both Alabama State and Jacksonville State in its exempt event.
Late Night Snacks: Providence, Colorado survive at home--CollegeBasketballTalk
2) Illinois picked up a win against Valparaiso at home on Wednesday night, knocking off the Crusaders 64-52. But it was not a pretty win by any stretch of the imagination. The Illini were never able to pull away. Rayvonte Rice led the way with 18 points.

1) D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Markel Starks clearly weren’t bothered by jet lag returning from South Korea. They went for 48 points and 11 assists combined in a win over Wright State.
Mark Tollefson led five San Francisco players in double figures with 18 points as the Dons moved to 2-0 win a 91-82 home win over Cleveland State.
Night Court: Joseph Young lights it up for Oregon--Eye On College Basketball
That's a good win: Beating Wright State at home isn't going to garner many headlines, but the Raiders did bring back five starters from a team that was one win away from the NCAA tournament. And Georgetown handled them with ease. The backcourt of Markel Starks and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera combined to score 48 points as the Hoyas cruised, 88-70. Josh Smith didn't dominate like he did in the opener against Oregon, but Georgetown's perimeter shooting picked up the slack. The Hoyas went 10-for-22 from behind the arc, including freshman Reggie Cameron knocking down his first three attempts.
Other outcomes of note:
Illinois had four players in double-figures in its win over Valparaiso, 64-52.

What To Watch For: USF-Cleveland State Preview--Bay Sports Report
Mark Tollefsen Leads San Francisco Dons to Big Win Against Cleveland State--Bay Sports Report
Cleveland State defeated by San Francisco, 91-82--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU Vs USF Preview With James Stapleton of West Coast Convo--Let's Go Vikes!
Terrell Hales Signs with Cleveland State--Cleveland State Hoops
Vikings Fall at San Francisco,

Vikings Host Lake Erie In Home
CSU WBB vs Lake Erie

Young goes on the attack--The Register-Guard
Sophomore Elgin Cook, another newcomer from junior college, had 16 points and four rebounds for the Ducks, and senior transfer Jason Calliste had five points and a team-high four assists. Damyean Dotson and Johnathan Loyd added nine points apiece for Oregon.
Cook scored on four of five possessions for Oregon to push the lead to 92-77 and then Calliste added a layup and Young hit a three-pointer to put the game away. The Ducks eventually scored 16 straight points to take a 105-77 lead.
Titans Visit No. 18/19 UConn on
First Roundball Luncheon Scheduled at Buddy's on Nov.
Titans Fall to No. 18/19 UConn in 2K Sports
Men's Basketball Signs Two in Early Signing

Off The Court With Ellisha
Four-Game Swing Against In-State Opponents Continues On Thursday At
Four-Game Swing Against In-State Opponents Continues On Thursday At
Detroit Falls In Battle Of

No. 24 UCLA beats Oakland 91-60--Sports Illustrated
UCLA Gets Tough Against Oakland, Wins 91-60--Sports Report SoCal
Men’s basketball opens with loss to UNC--Oakland Post

Judge to review redacted report on firing of Oakland University basketball coach Beckie Francis--The Detroit Free Press
Ex-Oakland University coach seeks through court reason behind firing--The Detroit News
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Oakland falls in home opener in final seconds--The Oakland Press
Former coach Beckie Francis asks Oakland University for confidential report, extension to file litigation--The Oakland Press
Judge orders Oakland University to turn over review of Beckie Francis--The Oakland Press
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Oakland falls in home opener in final seconds--The Oakland Press

Preview: Roosevelt at UIC--The Chicago Tribune
UIC lands H-F big man Odiase--The Chicago Tribune
Men’s basketball loses heartbreaker in season opener--UIC News
Brown on fire as Flames roll--Whoosh!Net
Flames Welcome Roosevelt on Wednesday
UIC Basketball Inks Odiase, Sims in Early Signing
Brown Scores Career-High 25 in Win Against Roosevelt,

Women’s basketball falls in tough competitions--UIC News
Women's Basketball Set To Host Idaho State

Men's basketball: Phoenix lands pair of guards for class of 2014--Green Bay Press Gazette
Francis, Small Sign to Play Collegiately at Green

Women's basketball: Notre Dame's LeClaire, Oconto's James sign on with UWGB--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's Basketball Inks Four In-State Recruits to

Morning Coffee: BYU Makes its Presence Known, Small Ball Fails Against Milwaukee--Mid-Major Madness
Other bites:

Davidson tried to take a page from Loyola's opening night plan against Milwaukee, by going small against the team of giants from Wisconsin. It worked on the scoring end, as Tom Droney and Brian Sullivan each had 22 points for the Wildcats. But it looks like Milwaukee learned its lesson from the opening loss. The Panthers fed Matt Tiby, who went to the line 12 times, and scored 21 points while pulling in nine rebounds. Kyle Kelm added 10 points and Austin Arians scored 11 in the 81-77 win for the Panthers. Side note: Milwaukee still shot 3 of 17 from 3-point range, so maybe the Panthers haven't learned all their lessons.
Illinois Standout Stull Signs Letter Of Intent To Join

Panthers And Badgers Set To Battle In UWM Season

Preview: Valparaiso at Illinois--The Chicago Tribune
Survive and advance begins now--College Basketball Nation Blog
Illinois' win over Valparaiso may have been a bit less drastic. Valpo, after all, won the Horizon League last season. It is a name mid-major program. It is no Brown, to say nothing of Abilene. But still, the Cavaliers lost six seniors, including stars Kevin Van Wijk and Ryan Broekhoff, from last season and are in full-on rebuilding mode in Bryce Drew's second season, which made their mere two-point deficit at the six-minute mark of the second half in Champaign all the more troubling.
Photos: Illinois 64, Valparaiso 52--The Chicago Tribune
Illini dominate boards in ugly win over Valparaiso--The Chicago Tribune
Illinois faces size test against Valparaiso--Daily Herald
Illinois survives Valparaiso charge, wins 64-52--Daily Herald
Big Ten Tuesday Preview: Conference Looks to Remain Undefeated--BT Powerhouse
Valparaiso at Illinois (-14) 7:30 PM EST BTN

The Illini have gotten off to a quick start this season and will look to keep it rolling when they face off against Valparaiso. While Valpo is a step up in competition, Illinois has been playing great and should be capable of taking care of business. Both Joseph Bertrand and Rayvonte Rice have been impressive and provided a spark for an Illini team trying to replace the likes of Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson. If they can keep it up it'll be a huge benefit to an inexperienced Illini squad.

Besides Bertrand and Rice, the team saw Jaylon Tate have an impressive game on Sunday. If he can keep up his assists, he'll likely put his foot in the door and contend with Tracy Abrams for the starting spot at the point. Abrams has experience on his side but he doesn't distribute the ball effectively and commits far too many turnovers. Also look for Groce to continue trying to get his freshman more involved as their development will likely be key to the season (as well as add valuable depth). Nnanna Egwu seems to be the starting center by default, though he's been a decent contributor so far. He needs to be more dominating and efficient down low, but he's at least taken care of business in their first two games.

Valpo is 2-0, coming off of wins versus Murray State and North Park. Valpo's numbers are skewed thanks to the North Park game, but they still managed to shoot over 70% from the field in their last outing and a downright lethal 12 of 18 from the three. Don't expect anywhere near those numbers (or open looks), but if Valpo can hit at a solid rate, they could keep it closer than expected. LIU-Brooklyn made some noise against the Hoosiers and this game seems the most ripe for an upset, though I think Valpo's stat line will be more in the vein of their opener versus Murray State. If Valpo shoots 43% tonight and only 68% from the line, expect a double digit Illinois win. Either way, the Crusaders will have their hands full with a young and talented Illini squad.
Illinois 64 Valparaiso 52: Oh Man That Was Ugly--The Champaign Room
Men’s basketball: Valpo’s Illinois natives excited to face Illini--The Post-Tribune
Illini game a homecoming of sorts for Valparaiso's Alec Peters--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders hang tough but Illini pull away--The Post-Tribune
Valpo's Powell set to return to Illinois--The NWI Times
Upset bid falls short for Valparaiso--The NWI Times
Wrapping up Illinois--Inside VU Sports
Crusader Men Set for Showdown With Illini
Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview
Four Teams Honored at Championship
Crusaders Fall at Illinois Wednesday

Karungi Nets Double-Double, but Illini Top Crusaders

Georgetown’s win over Wright State more valuable than you think--CollegeBasketballTalk
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown beat Wright State--USA Today
Viewer's Guide: Quiet slate after tip-off marathon--Eye On College Basketball
Best game: Wright State at Georgetown (7 p.m., FOX Sports 1). To me, this is clearly the best game of the night. Wright State has five starters back from a team that came within one game of the NCAA tournament, and that doesn't count Crishawn Hopkins, a Butler transfer who is eligible after the first semester. Can the Raiders keep pace with Georgetown? Josh Smith looked dominant offensively in the opening loss to Oregon, but the Hoyas need to shoot better from the perimeter.
Sleeping with the Enemy: The Raiders of Wright State--Casual Hoya
Game Preview: Georgetown vs. Wright State--Big East Coast Bias
Shootaround: Wright State at Georgetown--Casual Hoya
Donlon: Raiders need to slow down Georgetown in transition--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State at Georgetown--Dayton Daily News
Men’s Basketball: 3-point extravaganza leads Hoyas over Raiders--The Guardian
Men Fall at

Women’s Basketball: James, Raiders use defense to smother RedHawks in blowout win--The Guardian
Women’s Basketball: Raiders’ new defensive philosophy paying early dividends--The Guardian
Women Roll to 90-63 Win Over Miami in Home

Perry, Penguins off to hot start--Youngstown Vindicator
Perry leads YSU to 3-0 start--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU passes first test in Georgia--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Men's Basketball Hosts Warren Wilson Thursday in 2013-14 Home

YSU women hurt by injuries to Davis, Touvelle--Youngstown Vindicator
Schlegel scores 23 but poor second half dooms YSU in loss to Buffalo--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women moving ahead without two players--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Moral victory not enough in YSU’s defeat--The Jambar
Women's Basketball Welcomes Buffalo to Beeghly Center on
Penguins Come Up Short in 72-65 Setback to

Oakland Drops Ursine Matchup at No. 24 UCLA--Horizon League Network
Men's Basketball Weekly - November 13th--Horizon League Network
2013-14 Men's Basketball Signing Central--Horizon League Network
UIC Lone Winner on Wednesday--Horizon League Network

Raiders Roll to 2-0 Start--Horizon League Network
Women's Basketball Weekly - November 13th--Horizon League Network

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