Wednesday, January 15, 2014

News On The Horizon 1/14/2014

O26 Mid-Season Awards: Gregg Marshall, Chaz Williams, Jon Severe and Others…--Rush The Court
O26 Midseason First-Team All-Americans
Kiefer Sykes – G – 5’11’ – Junior – Green Bay. Four times this season Sykes has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, and he might just become the conference’s Player of the Year when it’s all said and done. The quick, explosive guard has played his best games against his team’s most difficult competition, scoring 32 points in a close loss to Wisconsin, 26 against Harvard, and 21, along with 10 assists and only just two turnovers, in Green Bay’s upset victory over Virginia. He averages 19.6 points and five assists per game, rarely committing miscues and regularly producing good looks for stud teammate Alec Brown. As a result, the Phoenix has looked like one of the better mid-major squads in college basketball at the midpoint.
O26 Honorable Mentions
Alec Brown – C – Green Bay
O26 Freshman of the Year
Honorable Mentions:
Alec Peters – F – 6’8’’ – Valparaiso… 13.9 PPG, 5.1 RPG
Sunday’s Pregame Shootaround: Ohio State hosts Iowa in Big Ten play--CollegeBasketballTalk
MID-MAJOR GAME OF THE DAY: Green Bay vs. Milwaukee, 2 p.m.

The two top teams in the Horizon League meet in Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon. Green Bay, led by Kiefer Sykes’ 19.6 points per game, have three losses on the season — a three-point loss to Wisconsin and against Harvard — while knocking off Virginia at home. Milwaukee is 2-1 in conference play after losing to Cleveland State.
Tracking the trends: Standouts in college hoops two months in--Eye On College Basketball
Most games played: Jacksonville State (18), Tennessee-Martin (18), Oakland (18), Youngstown State (18)
Most blocks in a game: 10 (by four people: Aaric Murray, Wagner's Naofall Folahan, Green Bay's Alec Brown and New Mexico State's Sim Bhullar)
Green Bay vs. Milwaukee Game Recap: Sykes Leads Phoenix Back and Over the Top--Mid-Major Madness
College Hoops Viewing Guide: January 12, 2014--Blogging the Bracket
Mid-Afternoon Window
Marquee Games

Green Bay Phoenix (12-3, 2-0 Horizon) at Milwaukee Panthers (12-5, 2-1), 2 p.m. (TWCS Wisconsin/Horizon League Network)
The Phoenix have won seven in a row, including their first two Horizon League contests, and nine of 10 since falling to Harvard in the Great Alaska Shootout semifinals. Green Bay looks to be living up to the favorites role, but it will be challenged by a Panther team that's looking to separate itself from fellow second place squads Cleveland State and Wright State.

Miami Heat stumbles in second half, loses to New York Knicks--Miami Herald
The dunk, made possible by a nifty assist from guard Norris Cole, was really the only highlight of the game for the visiting team, but it was so emphatic it almost made up for all the lowlights and the loss to New York. Of course, the added attention of a primetime game on TNT added to the panic on the Internet, which Heat owner Micky Arison felt compelled to address after the surprising loss.
Dwyane Wade reports soreness in knee, sits against Brooklyn Nets--Miami Herald

Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers also sat out for the Heat, which started Norris Cole, Ray Allen, LeBron James, Rashard Lewis and Chris Bosh.
LeBron James fouls out in Miami Heat’s loss to Brooklyn Nets--Miami Herald
Playing with names like “King James,” “J.Shuttlesworth,” “Cole Train” and “Birdman” on the backs of their jerseys, the Heat played uninspired and uninterested basketball for the better part of four quarters and two overtime periods and lost to the short-handed Brooklyn Nets 104-95 on Friday night at Barclays Center.
With James out of the game on fouls, it was up to Norris Cole to send the game into double overtime with a running jumper. Cole knocked down his clutch shot with three seconds remaining in the first overtime, and Pierce missed his second potential game-winner at the buzzer. Pierce missed a shot at the end of regulation as well.

Cole, filling in for Mario Chalmers for the third game in a row, had 18 points and seven assists. Chris Bosh had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Rashard Lewis added 12 points.
A three-pointer by Cole gave the Heat a two-point lead with 2:10 to play. From there, the Heat and Nets swapped leads until James tied the game with a free throw with 40.8 seconds to play.

The nicknames on the back of the jerseys made it feel like a game of street ball, so, naturally, no one played any defense for the first 12 minutes. James played with “King James” on his jersey. Ray Allen was “J.Shuttlesworth” after the character he played (Jesus Shuttlesworth) in the movie He Got Game, Chris Andersen was “Birdman,” Cole was “Cole Train” and so on.
Miami Heat excited to visit White House for second year in row--Miami Herald
Norris Cole captured the sentiment of teammates when he noted: “It’s never going to get old for me.”
A White House visit comes with many decisions. For Cole, it’s mulling whether to muster the courage to ask for a picture of himself and the president — just the two of them.
Battier and Chalmers both improving but out against Knicks--Heat Check
Shane Battier will miss his fourth game due to a strained left quadriceps and Mario Chalmers will miss his second full game with an injured Achilles heel. Rashard Lewis and Norris Cole are expected to start in place Battier and Chalmers, respectively.
Previewing the first meeting of the season between the #Heat and #Knicks--Heat Check
OF NOTE: Rashard Lewis will once again start for Shane Battier, who is missing his fourth straight game with a strained left quadriceps. Norris Cole will start in place of Mario Chalmers, who is out for his second game with pain in his Achilles tendon. Dwyane Wade did not participate in shootaround, but said he expects to play. Greg Oden did not travel to New York with the Heat. According to the team, Oden remained in Miami to work on his conditioning.
Previewing Heat at Nets…Don't look now, but New York's teams are a combined 8-1 in 2014.--Heat Check
OF NOTE: The Heat lost to the Nets at Barclays Center at the beginning of the season, but the Nets have been diminished by injuries since then. Center Brook Lopez is out for the season and Deron Williams has dealt with a series of injuries. Most recently, Williams has missed time with ankle injuries. Rashard Lewis is expected to start once again at power forward while Shane Battier recovers from a strained leg muscle. Battier has missed four straight games. Norris Cole has started for Mario Chalmers in each of the Heat's last two games. Chalmers has been out with soreness in his Achilles tendon. Greg Oden did not travel to New York with the Heat. According to the team, Oden remained in Miami to work on his conditioning.
Norris Cole builds trust in trial run as starting point guard--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Bench play lifts Cleveland State and Akron, Kent still searching: Local college hoops this morning--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Big week ahead for Cleveland State - Local college basketball this week--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Akron Zips overcome their issues; Cleveland State on the road - Local college hoops this morning--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State falls to Youngstown State and Kendrick Perry, 67-66--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Loses Heartbreaker to Youngstown State 67-66--Vikings Ball
Vikings Head to Youngstown State for Monday Night
Getting to know the CSU MBB team...Sebastian
CSU Falls at Youngstown State,

While students away, Vikings play--The Cauldron
Two CSU Hoops Luncheons Scheduled This

Gordon Tallies Career-High 30 Points As CSU Picks Up 98-82 Victory At Wright
Gordon Named Horizon League Player Of The

Pre-game notes: Kings cancel sending McCallum to D-League--Sacramento Bee
Ducks drop third straight--The Register-Guard
The 17th-ranked Ducks (13-3), who were 13-0 and ranked No. 10 in the nation less than two weeks ago, are now 1-3 in the Pac-12 Conference and likely to fall out of the national rankings today.

"Everybody is frustrated, nobody likes to lose," senior guard Jason Calliste said. "We know what we have to do, get back and work."
The Ducks are as baffled as anyone by their recent slide.

"I wish I had an answer for you, but I don't," Calliste said.
Mike Moser had 24 points to pace the Ducks while Calliste added 12 points and Damyean Dotson had 10. Oregon shot 52.2 percent from the field, but committed 15 turnovers compared to seven for the Cardinal and Stanford outrebounded the Ducks 32-26.
Replay: Chat with UDM basketball coach Ray McCallum--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy's Juwan Howard Jr. ready to protect home court vs. Oakland--The Detroit Free Press
CAPUTO: Everybody wins with Oakland-Detroit Mercy rivalry--The Oakland Press
Detroit Drops One to Oakland 77-69--Titans Update
Detroit (8-10) Battles Valparaiso (9-9)--Titans Update
Saturday's Game on WADL
Late Run Lifts Oakland Past Titans For Horizon League
Cureton Honored with Prestigious John Conti

Late Oakland Run Upsets

It's a grudge match vs. Detroit Mercy for Oakland's Greg Kampe--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland 77, Detroit Mercy 69: Grizzlies pull off comeback in rivalry's first league meeting--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland 77, Detroit Mercy 69: Big second half gives Golden Grizzlies win at Calihan Hall--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland 77, Detroit Mercy 69: Why the Golden Grizzlies won Saturday--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland, Detroit men's basketball teams eager to match up again--The Detroit News
Big crowd sees Oakland overtake Detroit in second half in first Horizon League meeting--The Detroit News
Mondy's 2nd half lifts Oakland past Detroit, 76-69--The Oakland Press
Win over rival Detroit steadies Oakland early in Horizon League play--The Oakland Press
Oakland’s Ryan Bass expected to miss remainder of 2013-14 season--Grizzlies Den
PREGAME NOTES: Oakland at Detroit--Grizzlies Den
PHOTOS: Oakland falls to Milwaukee--Grizzlies Den
The Diesel Talks with Oakland U Basketball Coach Greg Kampe--Detroit Sports 105.1
Oakland Gets Win against Detroit 77-69--Grizz Gang
Oakland silences Detroit Mercy with 77-69 win--Oakland Post
Rivalry Revived between Oakland University and University of Detroit Mercy--Oakland Post

Oakland women get first-ever Horizon win over Detroit--The Oakland Press
Women's basketball earns first-ever Horizon League win--Oakland Post

UIC Loses 6th Straight Game At Wright State--The Catch and Shoot
UIC loses sixth straight--The Chicago Tribune
Men’s basketball team edged by Wright State--UIC News
Flames can’t escape funk--Whoosh!Net
UIC Loses to Wright State 58-53--Flame Fanatic
UIC (5-12) vs. Milwaukee (12-6)--Flame Fanatic
Flames Travel to Wright State for a Sunday Night
Flames Edged by Wright State on the Road,

Flames fall in league home opener--UIC News
Flames Continue Horizon League Play Saturday against Youngstown
Flames Fall to Youngstown State,
Women's Basketball Starts Michigan Road Trip Against

Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of January 13--The Catch and Shoot
5. Green Bay (13-3, 3-0 Horizon). Last week: 7

Green Bay survived Milwaukee in overtime on Sunday to extend its winning streak to eight games. The Phoenix continue their four-game road trip at Wright State and UIC.
Men's basketball: UWGB finding success limiting opponents' best--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: Sykes sparks UWGB late in OT win at UWM--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Picks Up Win against Milwaukee 93-86 in OT--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay (13-3) Faces Wright State (11-8)--Phoenix Fever
Rivals Meet as Green Bay Plays at Milwaukee on
Sykes Sparks Green Bay's Rally, Overtime Win at
Deja Vu: Keifer Sykes Wins 5th Player of the Week Award in

Women's basketball: In January, 'it's just basketball' for UWGB--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Shots don't fall for UWGB in shocking loss to UWM--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's Basketball Entertains In-State Rival Milwaukee on
Slow Second Half Dooms Phoenix in 75-64 Loss to

Keifer Sykes' 34 lead UWGB past UWM in overtime--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
On the offensive: UWM creates problems for opponents--On Milwaukee
In-state rivals will square off--PantherU
Phoenix comes back to knock off Panthers--PantherU
Milwaukee Tripped Up by Green Bay 93-86 in OT--UWM Update
Panthers Back At Cell For Sunday Showdown With Green
Video: Panthers Getting Ready For Green Bay's Visit
Panthers Battle But Come Up In Short In OT Loss To Green
Panthers Open Three-Game Road Swing At UIC

Panthers finally halt UWGB's hex--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Postgame Report: Milwaukee at Green Bay--Panther Blog Zone
Video: Battle Against Green Bay Marks Horizon League
Milwaukee Snaps 17-Game Streak With Signature Victory On The
Snower Claims Horizon League Freshman Of The Week
Milwaukee Looks To Ride Momentum On Ohio Road

Men’s basketball: Not enough energy for Valparaiso comeback--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders can’t solve Wright State’s defense--The NWI Times
Valparaiso Crushed by Wright State 62-45--Valpo Daily
Valpo Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - Wright
Crusaders Fall Friday Night to Wright
Valpo Men's Basketball Weekly Preview
Men's Basketball Heads to Detroit

Crusaders Head to Michigan for First Horizon League Road

WSU’s Pacher plays well on road, but thoughts are at home--Dayton Daily News
Wright State-UIC preview--Dayton Daily News
Raiders return home tonight, Pachers hope to soon--Dayton Daily News
Wright State rallies past UIC to stay perfect at home--Dayton Daily News
Donlon’s gamble pays off against Flames--Dayton Daily News
Wright State Wins Big over Valparaiso 62-45--Rowdy Review
Wright State Drops UIC 58-53--Rowdy Review
Wright State (11-8) Takes On Green Bay (13-3)--Rowdy Review
Men’s Basketball: Injury-ravaged Raiders win for the first time on the road--The Guardian
Men’s Basketball: Raiders rally, run out the clock in win over Flames--The Guardian
Men Win at
Men Score Final Nine to Defeat UIC

Women’s Basketball: Gordon’s career-high 30 helps Vikings blow past Raiders--The Guardian
Women Fall to Cleveland

Louisiana's Elfrid Payton and Youngstown State's Kendrick Perry Steal Monday Night--Mid-Major Madness
Perry powers YSU past Cleveland State--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins start four-game homestand with rival CSU--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Primetime Perry--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU benefits from new NCAA officiating rules--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Gets by Cleveland State 67-66--Guin Report
Beast Mode: Perry seals YSU victory over in-state rival Cleveland State--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Hosts Cleveland State in Horizon League Home Opener
Perry Pushes Penguins Past Cleveland State in 67-66

YSU women rain 3s to top UIC--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins Head to Chicago Looking to Sweep Horizon League Road
Penguins Improve to 2-0 in League Play with 69-58 Win at
YSU Starts Four-Game Home Stand Thursday vs. Green

WSU Snares First Road Win, Knocks Off Valpo, 62-45--Horizon League Network
Oakland Stuns Detroit with Late Rally to Claim 77-69 Victory--Horizon League Network
Sunday Delivers #HLMBB Thrillers--Horizon League Network
Green Bay's Sykes, Oakland's Felder Earn Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network
YSU Takes Monday Night Thriller Over CSU--Horizon League Network

All Three Road Teams Win on Saturday in WBB--Horizon League Network
CSU Rides Hot Shooting To Road Win--Horizon League Network
Gordon Named Player of the Week, Snower Earns Freshman Honors--Horizon League Network

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