Thursday, January 2, 2014

News On The Horizon 1/2/2014

Conference Tip-Off Primer: Horizon League--Mid-Major Madness
Conference-race simulations: Part
12. Horizon

The pick: Green Bay. The Phoenix has spent most of the season in the lower end of the top 100 and has the claim to fame of giving Wisconsin its closest game so far (a three-point Badger win in Green Bay).

The contrarian pick: Cleveland State. The Vikings are coming off a road win against Kent State, and as you may remember, put a rather large second-half scare into Kentucky about a month ago.

Green Bay 4168
Cleveland St. 2243
Valparaiso 863
Oakland 648
Detroit 570
Youngstown St. 544
Milwaukee 515
Wright St. 440
Illinois Chicago 9

Durability a staple for Heat's Norris Cole--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Heat brace for Golden State's high-scoring backcourt--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Last year Warriors coach Mark Jackson referred to them as the greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history. Heat guard Norris Cole, who will be among those responsible for defending the perimeter, compared Curry and Thompson to the Sacramento Kings backcourt of Mike Bibby and Peja Stojakovi¿ in the early 2000s.

"They're a challenge but we're going to approach the game the same way that we always do," Cole said. "They shoot the ball well, and all you can do is contest them and corral them into blitzes. They're going to take some shots and they're going to make some shots. Ultimately, we feel like our habits and our depth will be able to wear them down."
"Contested 3s are the lowest percentage shot in basketball," Cole said. "If a guy is hitting contested all game, then it's just their game. It's just one game. You live with that than getting your defense broke down. Dribble penetration, that's the way a team gets everything. You can't give a team everything."
Cleveland State gets down to Horizon League business--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Vikings Close Out Non-League Play At South

Titans Ring In the New Year Hosting Wright State on

After Brutal Non-Conference Slate, Oakland Enters 1st Horizon League Season--The Catch and Shoot

UIC Takes Non-Conference Lessons Into Start Of Horizon League Play--The Catch and Shoot
Thursday's matchup: UIC at Valparaiso--The Chicago Tribune

Flames Look for 11 Straight Wins Friday Against

Men's basketball: Phoenix remains top target in Horizon play--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Opens Horizon League Play at Home on

Women's basketball: UWGB failing to close out games--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: New year, new start for Phoenix--Green Bay Press Gazette
Dominating Performance Propels Green Bay Over Maine,

Panthers in position to compete for Horizon title--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee begins conference schedule--PantherU

Gorches: Turnovers the key to Horizon 3-peat for Valpo--The Post-Tribune
Questions remain as Valparaiso begins Horizon League men's basketball title defense--The NWI Times
Horizon League: The Non-Con, 2013--The Valparaiso Crusaders Fan Zone

Wright State opens Horizon League schedule against newcomer Oakland--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Oakland at Wright State--Dayton Daily News

Wright State women hope to end six-game losing streak to UD--Dayton Daily News

Frigid trip on horizon for YSU men--Youngstown Vindicator
Men’s Basketball Opens Horizon League Play at

Men's Basketball Opens Horizon League Play--Horizon League Network

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