Sunday, March 2, 2014

News On The Horizon 3/2/2014

Horizon League tournament: Detroit on road, Oakland at home in first round Tuesday--The Detroit Free Press
Horizon Leauge Tournament: Tourney Bracket Finalized (with Full Bracket)--The Catch and Shoot

Winderman's view: Heat 112, Magic 98--South Florida Sun Sentinel
-- Greg Oden had his moments in the second period, including an assist for a Norris Cole 3-pointer.

-- Cole immediately paid him back with an assist for a dunk moments later.
Greg Oden measuring up with more than just bulk for Heat--South Florida Sun Sentinel
There was a hard dribble toward the paint, a spin and a pass to Norris Cole for a 3-pointer, Oden's first NBA assist since 2009. A few sequences later, Cole reciprocated on a play that led to an Oden dunk. Moments later, Oden got enough lift for an alley-oop dunk off a pass from LeBron James.
Cole said that second-quarter sequence showcased the possibilities beyond merely banging bulk against Roy Hibbert and other oversized big men.

"He kicked it out, could have shot that one," Cole said of the pass for his lone 3-pointer of the night. "But he dribble drived, his man helped."

Shortly thereafter came payback, for the first of Oden's dunks.

"You got to reward him when he's open," Cole said. "And he finished, as he always does, strong."
"He's worked hard to get his body, get himself ready to get out there," Cole said. "He showed, when he's healthy, he can play this game at a high level. Two Ohio guys -- Ohio State to Cleveland State -- we hooked up a couple of times out there and it was fun. It was good to see him out there and it was good to play with him."
Cleveland State tunes up for tournament; Kent State, Akron have work to do - local college hoops this morning--Cleveland Plain Dealer
March is here in college basketball; hear it roar - Bill Livingston--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Despite a program that is at least equal and probably superior to those of the MAC schools, this is the problem at Cleveland State. The rivalries in the Vikings' conference are not as familiar to fans. Over the years in various conferences, CSU has had pitched games against Southwest Missouri State, Butler, Valparaiso and now Wisconsin-Green Bay. Sadly, the Horizon League lost its brand name when Butler left, leaving behind Valet and Footman.
Cleveland State takes care of business on the road, beating Valparaiso, 63-52--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Gets Win against Valparaiso 63-52--Vikings Ball
CSU Tops Valparaiso, 63-52, in Regular Season

Vikings Top UIC, 78-70 On Senior

Ducks put away USC 78-63 for 5th straight win--The Register-Guard
Jason Calliste had 13 points while Cook added 12, his highest-scoring game in conference play. Jalil Abdul-Bassit was in during Oregon's late run because Damyean Dotson suffered a sprained ankle and Artis played a season-high 27 minutes while getting four points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
USC led 19-12 on a three-pointer by Howard, but then the Ducks rolled off 10 straight points starting with a three-pointer from Calliste and continuing with five in a row from Moser before Dotson scored to put Oregon up 22-19.

USC broke the halftime tie with two free throws from J.T. Terrell and last led 54-53 on Wesley's three-point play with 12:22 to go. Calliste followed with a three-pointer and Cook later converted a three-point play to give the Ducks a 61-58 lead that they never relinquished.
Detroit falls to Green Bay, opens Horizon tournament on road--The Detroit News
Detroit Beaten by Green Bay 75-66--Titans Update
Detroit Edged by First Place Green Bay, 75-66, on Senior

Titans Race Past Youngstown State, 75-60, On Senior

Oakland's second half buries Youngstown St. 87-81--The Oakland Press
Oakland Defeats Youngstown State 87-81--Grizz Gang
Oakland Finishes Their 2013-2014 Season with Youngstown State--Grizz Gang
OU defeats YSU, 87-81--Oakland Post

Wright State 68, UIC 61--The Catch and Shoot
UIC can't hold off Wright State--The Chicago Tribune
Sad ending at Pavilion--Whoosh!Net
UIC Falls to Wright State 68-61--Flame Fanatic
UIC Closes Their 2013-2014 Season with Valparaiso--Flame Fanatic
Flames Edged by Wright State in Regular Season Finale,
Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship Tickets on

Flames Fall at Cleveland State,

Bubble Watch: Marquette gets one the Hoyas needed, Oregon gets a Bruins gift--The Sporting News
Taking care of business
Wisconsin-Green Bay 71, Oakland 63. It remains unlikely there could be an at-large NCAA Tournament bid coming out of the Horizon League, but the Phoenix (23-5, No. 53) still have that early season win over Virginia and a conference regular-season title on their resume. It does seem a better bet to get the automatic bid.
Late Night Snacks: Five ranked teams, including No. 10 Saint Louis, fall--CollegeBasketballTalk
Green Bay wrapped up the Horizon League title with a 71-63 win at Oakland, outscoring the Golden Grizzlies 40-19 in the second half.
A quick college basketball primer for those of you just joining us in March--Sports Illustrated
8. There are Cinderellas out there. A few have been mentioned already, although you can’t consider VCU, Creighton, Wichita State or Gonzaga mid-majors anymore. Saint Louis is on the cusp, but the Billikens have been doing this for years now. Look a bit deeper, yes, even past the Aztecs and the Lobos. I’m talking teams like Belmont, Iona, North Dakota State, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin (which is 26-2!), Green Bay, Harvard or Louisiana Tech. Obviously conference tournaments can throw this into a bit of upheaval, but watch how teams are playing down the stretch. If they’re on a hot streak, they’ve got a couple good non-conference wins on their resume and they have a go-to scorer (or a few experienced veterans), they could bust some brackets.
Weekend Bubble Overview--Run The Floor
Green Bay at Detroit -- If the Phoenix want to retain any slight hope of an at-large bid, they must pile up wins, including this one against Detroit.
Bubble Watch Heading Into March 2nd--Basketball Predictions
Best of the rest (12):
Dayton, Nebraska, West Virginia, Louisiana Tech, Green Bay, Stephen F Austin, North Dakota State, Utah, Missouri, Boise State, Georgia, LSU
Cinderella Watch: Can Phoenix Rise to the Challenge of March?--Mid-Major Madness
Men's basketball: Sykes scores 29 as UWGB wraps up regular season with win--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Takes Down Detroit 75-66--Phoenix Fever
Sykes Helps RV/RV Green Bay Close Regular Season in

Women's basketball: UWGB moves one victory from another crown--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's Basketball Slips Past Valparaiso,

Milwaukee Picks Up Win over Detroit 68-62--UWM Update
Panthers Are Fifth Seed, Open Tourney With Detroit

Early second-half run dooms Panthers against Wright State--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Raiders Use Big Second Half To Knock Off

Valparaiso falls in finale, celebrates seniors--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders drop season finale to Cleveland State--The NWI Times
Valparaiso Slips with Loss to Cleveland State 63-52--Valpo Daily
Crusaders Drop Regular Season Finale to Cleveland
Tickets Available Today for Tuesday Tournament

VU women’s upset bid vs. Green Bay falls short--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders Take Green Bay to the Brink, Fall

Raiders finish strong to clinch tourney bye--Dayton Daily News
Wright State’s Donlon feels for coaching comrade--Dayton Daily News
Wright State Downs UIC 68-61--Rowdy Review
Wright State earns first-round bye with second half rally--The Guardian
Men Close Out Regular Season With Win at

Women’s Basketball: Raiders snare second place with rout of Panthers--The Guardian
Women Bounce Back With Win Over

Senior night-mare: Bader burns YSU--Youngstown Vindicator
Oakland's second half buries Youngstown St. 87-81--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Stumbles with Loss to Oakland 87-81--Guin Report
Youngstown State Closes Their 2013-2014 Season with Oakland--Guin Report
Perry’s 30 points not enough in final regular season game--The Jambar
Perry Scores 30 in Senior Night Loss to

Cold-shooting YSU women lose at Detroit--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU Can’t Solve Calihan’s Rims in 75-60 Loss at

Feature: Celebrity Crush--Horizon League Network
Field Set for 2014 #HLMBB Tournament--Horizon League Network

CSU, GB, UDM and WSU Win on Saturday--Horizon League Network

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