Saturday, March 1, 2014

News On The Horizon 3/1/2014

Horizon League roundup: Oakland, Detroit Mercy fall at home--The Detroit Free Press

Masked LeBron James leads Miami Heat in rout of New York Knicks--Miami Herald
In his first game at AmericanAirlines Arena as a professional, Hardaway Jr., the son the Heat legend, went 2 of 14 from the field for six points. He was outplayed by Heat reserve guard Norris Cole, who went 5 of 9 from the field for 11 points.
Another cutting move by James — this time with an assist from Norris Cole — put the Heat up by 20 points with 1:30 to play in the third quarter. Seconds later, Ray Allen made a three-pointer from the corner to begin the celebration. After a timeout, Chris Andersen swatted away a spinning layup attempt by Hardaway Jr. and the rout of rival New York was officially under way.
Heat's Norris Cole experienced enough to handle slumps--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Masked man (LeBron) lifts Heat over Knicks 108-82--Miami Herald
Hours after his nose was broken last week on a blow to the face from Thunder forward Serge Ibaka while completing a dunk, James posted an Instagram photo of himself in a "Bane" mask. Thursday, he came out with a look resembling the Batman villain.

"It was awesome," teammate Chris Bosh said. "He played like Batman. If you want to wear a black mask and look crazy, you should do it."

"Only LeBron," teammate Shane Battier said, "could make breaking your nose look cool. I don't think it will inspire people to go out and break their nose. But it looked pretty cool. I expected nothing less than fashion forward from the Renaissance man that he is."

"The element of surprise," Wade said, "was pretty cool."

Or as teammate Norris Cole said, "I didn't expect anything less from a member of the Heatles. He swagged it out."
Marla Ridenour: Twinsburg’s Jon Harris comes home to help MS-stricken father--Akron Beacon Journal
Cleveland State Finishes Their 2013-2014 Season with Valparaiso--Vikings Ball
Gary Waters Radio Show Returns to Burgers 2 Beer on Monday
CSU Closes Regular Season at Valparaiso on

Six Score In Double Figures, But Vikings Fall At
Schmitt & The Vikings Host UIC On Senior

Ducks look ahead to USC--The Register-Guard
Leading by two, two of Oregon’s top free throw shooters, Joseph Young and Jason Calliste, combined to miss three free throws in the final 43 seconds of regulation. Leading by one with six seconds left, Oregon committed a turnover. Leading by two with 1.3 seconds left in regulation, Young was supposed to miss his second free throw intentionally and he tried to do that, but made it to set up Wear’s tying shot. Oregon scored only two points in the first overtime and had back-to-back shot-clock violations.

But in the end, the Ducks won their fourth straight game to improve to 7-8 in conference and 19-8 overall.

“If we wouldn’t have won that, that would have been tough,” Altman said. “We had it, we let them back into it, but then to find a way to win definitely was big. If that hadn’t come out, that would have been hard.”

While Calliste and Young missed crucial free throws late in regulation, Elgin Cook was 7-for-8 at the line and was 6-for-6 in the second overtime. Leading 81-79 with 26 seconds left in the second overtime, Oregon inbounded the ball to Cook, a 65-perent free-throw shooter, and he made both.
Altman played his usual 10-man rotation against UCLA, but with the two overtimes, Loyd played 44 minutes, Moser and Calliste played 40, and Young played 39. Dotson, Cook and Amardi all played at least 19 minutes as well.

“We’re going to have to have more production out of our bench, but we’re fine,” Altman said.
Detroit Falls to Milwaukee 68-62--Titans Update
Detroit Finishes Their 2013-2014 Season with Green Bay--Titans Update
Titans Tripped Up By Milwaukee, 68-62, On Thursday
Titans Host Green Bay on Saturday for "Senior Day"

Oh Yes, Titans Rally From Double Digits To Beat Valpo, 81-79, On
Detroit Set To Face Youngstown State On Senior Day On

Nightmare second half spells doom for Oakland in loss to Green Bay--The Oakland Press
Oakland Takes Loss against Green Bay 71-63--Grizz Gang
Oakland Closes Their 2013-2014 Season with Youngstown State--Grizz Gang
Late collapse sours senior day for men's basketball--Oakland Post

Second-half comeback fuels Grizzly senior day victory--Oakland Post

UIC Honors Seniors in Regular Season Finale Vs. Wright State--The Catch and Shoot
Coach vows to fix Illinois-Chicago's losing ways--The Chicago Tribune
Saturday's matchup: Wright State at UIC--The Chicago Tribune
Laying the smack down--Whoosh!Net
UIC Closes Their 2013-2014 Season with Wright State--Flame Fanatic
Flames to Honor Seniors on Saturday's Regular Season

Flames Break Program Record with 73-65 Win at Youngstown
Flames Seek Third Straight Win Saturday at Cleveland

Interpretive Dance: Green Bay, other Cinderellas poised to bust your bracket--The Dagger
Teams chasing NCAA bids to end droughts or get in for first time--Eye On College Basketball
Green Bay Phoenix (1996): The other Phoenix (Phoenii?)! I had a story up earlier this week on why Green Bay is a team that's perfect for that 12-over-5 upset we get every season. The Phoenix have already clinched a share of the Horizon League title and have a possible future pro in Alec Brown. Awesome team to watch. Will be popular upset pick if they get to the big boy bracket.
Night Court: Bloody night as five of six ranked teams in play lose--Eye On College Basketball
Who locked up league titles tonight:
Green Bay became outright Horizon League champions with a 71-63 come-from-behind road win over Oakland. Earlier this week I had something on why this team should be on your March radar.
Phoenix Pheature: Alec Brown Will Go Down as one of GB's Best--We Are Green Bay
Men's basketball: After wrapping up title, no sign UWGB will rest players--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: Fouse stifles Bader as UWGB rallies past Oakland--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UWGB at Detroit preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix clinch Horizon League--UWGB Hoops Blog
Green Bay Knocks Off Oakland 71-63--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Closes Their 2013-2014 Season with Detroit--Phoenix Fever
Horizon League champs!--Phear The Phoenix
Arroyo Edwards narrows his list to five--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay Back in Action on Thursday Night on
Fouse Fuels Comeback as Green Bay Claims Outright
March Madness Begins as Green Bay Ends Regular Season on

Women's basketball: UWGB works overtime to top Wright State, stay in 1st--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: UWGB at Valparaiso preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's Basketball Battles to top of HL with 79-72 OT
Women's Basketball Plays Final Road Test of Regular Season at

Panthers embarrassed on Senior Night--PantherU
Great end to the regular season--PantherU
Milwaukee Picks Up Win over Detroit 68-62--UWM Update
Milwaukee Seeding Scenarios--Panther Blog Zone
Panthers Dig Deep To Pull Out Important Road Win In
Tickets On Sale Now For Tuesday's First Round League Tournament

Video: Rodriguez Excels In New Role As
Milwaukee Women Head To Ohio For Showdown With

With No. 3 seed unlikely, Valpo gearing up for HL tourney--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders host Cleveland State in Horizon League finale--The NWI Times
Updated: Valparaiso (17-13) and Cleveland State (20-10) Square Off--Valpo Daily
Crusaders Host Cleveland State Saturday on Senior

Crusaders Let One Slip Away in
Crusader Women Entertain Green Bay on Senior

Six seeds still up for grabs as Horizon League season winds down--Dayton Daily News
Raiders’ go-to guys stepping up down stretch--Dayton Daily News
Updated: Wright State (17-13) Takes On UIC (6-23)--Rowdy Review
Men’s Basketball: Raiders prepare for regular season finale--The Guardian

OT win extends UWGB’s dominance of WSU--Dayton Daily News
Women’s Basketball: Phoenix outlast Raiders in overtime--The Guardian
Women’s Basketball: Phoenix are the class of the Horizon League but Wright State is close--Dayton Daily News
Women Drop Overtime Decision to Green

Youngstown State Closes Their 2013-2014 Season with Oakland--Guin Report
Valiant Effort By Penguins Not Enough in One-Point Loss at
Men's Basketball Hosts Oakland on Senior Day

YSU women have goals beyond beating Green Bay--Youngstown Vindicator
Flames too hot for YSU women--Youngstown Vindicator
Destiny Awaits--The Jambar
On a Mission: ’97 – ’98 senior Penguins capped legacy with historic victory (Part 2)--The Jambar
Penguins Never Get In Gear Falling to UIC
Penguins Hope to Rebound in Saturday Contest at

Feature: Favorite Players--Horizon League Network
Milwaukee Clinches #HLMBB Tournament Home Game; Green Bay Claims Outright Title--Horizon League Network
Feature: Horizon League Tournament--Horizon League Network

Last Second Shot Sends Detroit to Victory--Horizon League Network
Green Bay & UIC Wins Leave Phoenix Alone in First--Horizon League Network

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