Saturday, March 8, 2014

News On The Horizon 3/8/2014

Tournament Central - 3/7--The Mid-Majority
The Horizon tournament moves from home sites to Green Bay for the weekend with six teams remaining. Top two seeds Green Bay and Cleveland State will play the winners of today's games on Saturday. The first round went according to seed, although Oakland needed overtime and a near miracle in regulation to make it past Youngstown St.

#3 Wright State vs. #6 Oakland - 7:00 p.m.
#4 Valparaiso vs. #5 Milwaukee - 9:30 p.m.
Friday’s Pregame Shootaround: Harvard looks to make NCAA tournament return--CollegeBasketballTalk
Horizon League: Wright State, Valparaiso enter the fray
The Horizon League bracket favors those who finish highest in the standings, meaning that champion (and host) Green Bay and Cleveland State won’t play until Saturday’s semifinals. Friday night, Wright State and Valparaiso play their first games with the Raiders facing Oakland and Valpo taking on Milwaukee. Wright State swept the Golden Grizzlies during the regular season, and the Crusaders did the same to Milwaukee.
Late Night Snacks: No. 2 Wichita State remains undefeated, Harvard punches its ticket--CollegeBasketballTalk
2) Duke Mondy (Oakland)

Shot 1-for-8 from the field, accounting for five points and three turnovers in the Golden Grizzlies’ 73-57 loss to Wright State in a Horizon League quarterfinal.
Horizon League: Milwaukee knocks off Valparaiso
Milwaukee took care of Valparaiso, 74-57, setting up a semifinal matchup with rival and Horizon League regular season champ Green Bay. Jordan Aaron scored 20 points and Matt Tiby added 18 for the Panthers, who finished the season 7-9 in conference play. Also advancing to the semis was Wright State, who will play Cleveland State after beating Oakland 73-57.
Breaking down mid-major mania--USA Today

Dates: March 4, March 7-8, March 11

Sites: First round is at campus sites; quarterfinals and semifinals are at Resch Center (Green Bay, Wis.); championship is at a campus site (higher-seeded team hosts)

What to expect: Wisconsin-Green Bay was far and away the best Horizon League team in the regular season, amassing a 24-5 overall record and notching a high-profile non-conference victory against ACC-leading Virginia. Led by Alec Brown, a 7-1 center with an outside shot, and 5-11 point guard Keifer Sykes, the Phoenix should take care of business on their floor. However, watch out for Cleveland State and its lights-out three-point shooting, as well as defending champion Valparaiso. The Crusaders took down Green Bay in January.

Who wins: Wisconsin-Green Bay
Bracketology: Looking ahead and who bubble teams should root for--Eye On College Basketball
UW Green Bay: The Horizon League champs host their conference tournament, which means that if they need an at-large bid, it's because they lost to an inferior team on their home floor. The Phoenix have a home win over ACC champ Virginia and C-USA co-champ Tulsa among its four top 100 wins. But they too have a couple bad losses, including UW Milwaukee at home and a very soft overall schedule. I think this team is dangerous if they get in, but they should have to win their tournament to do so.
Horizon League Second Round Recap--Mid-Major Madness
College Hoops Viewing Guide: March 7, 2014--Blogging the Bracket
Horizon League Second Round

Both games on Horizon League Network/Sportstime Ohio/TWCS Wisconsin/ESPN3

No. 6 Oakland Golden Grizzlies (13-19, 8-9) vs. No. 3 Wright State Raiders (18-13, 10-6), 6 p.m.
No. 5 Milwaukee Panthers (18-13, 8-9) vs. No. 4 Valparaiso Crusaders (18-14, 10-7), approx. 8:30 p.m.

The higher seeds dominated their opposition for today, with a nine-point Milwaukee loss to Valpo the closest the five and six seeds got all season.

Miami Heat falls flat against San Antonio Spurs--Miami Herald
Wade had 16 points and was 7 of 15 from the field. Michael Beasley had 11 points off the bench. Guards Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole struggled for the second game in a row.
Slow starts hurting Heat during skid--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Point guard play lacking

Another glaring blemish during the losing streak has been the play of point guards Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole.

They were badly outplayed by Spurs guard Tony Parker and the Rockets' Patrick Beverley the past two games.

"It's been off the last two games," Chalmers said. "We've got to do better."

Cole and Chalmers have combined to score 13 points on 5 of 23 shooting while committing seven turnovers. The opposing point guards averaged 18 points.

"We've got to get back on track, find a way to get back on track," Chalmers said. "It starts with me. I'm the starting point guard. I just got to turn it up. It's just been one of those trips. We've got to get out to a better start. That starts with me. I've got to make sure we got off to a better start."
Cleveland State two wins away from NCAA Tournament; Akron-Kent tonight - Local college hoops this morning--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Press Conference at HL Tournament (March 7)--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State-Wright State preview--Cleveland State Hoops
Updated: Cleveland State (21-10) and Wright State (19-13) Face Off--Vikings Ball
Vikings Play Wright State in League

Postgame notes: Bench is a bright spot in ‘awful’ effort for Kings--Sacramento Bee
Reggie Evans had 10 rebounds and eight points. Ray McCallum had eight points, two assists and no turnovers.

HL Positioning On The Line As Titans Close Out Regular Season At Green

Oakland's Travis Bader an Internet sensation after heady play (with video)--The Detroit Free Press
Wright State 73, Oakland 57: Travis Bader, Grizzlies done in by Raiders--The Detroit Free Press
Friday's college basketball roundup: Oakland falls in Horizon quarterfinals--The Detroit News
Oakland falls in Horizon League second round to Wright State--The Oakland Press
Oakland Loses Big against Wright State 73-57--Grizz Gang
Wright State wrongs Oakland--Oakland Post


Tickets to Wednesday's WBB HL Quarterfinal Now on

Men's basketball: UW-Milwaukee tops Valpo for shot at UWGB--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Finishes Their 2013-2014 Season with Milwaukee--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Set to Host 2014 Horizon League

UWGB senior Ranger, mom have grown to love Green Bay--Green Bay Press Gazette
Pack the House as Women's Basketball Plays Regular Season

Panthers pounce early for victory over Valparaiso--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers need to keep their edge--PantherU
Panthers head into the fire #RevengeWorldTour--PantherU
Milwaukee Thumps Valparaiso 74-57--UWM Update
Milwaukee Finishes Their 2013-2014 Season with Green Bay--UWM Update
Panthers Advance With Impressive Win Over
Panthers Set To Battle Top-Seeded Green Bay

Panthers Celebrate Senior Day In Season Finale Against

Milwaukee ends Valparaiso’s season--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders bounced from Horizon League tournament--The NWI Times
Crusaders search for answers following disappointing exit--Inside VU Sports
Valparaiso Trounced by Milwaukee 74-57--Valpo Daily
Crusaders Succumb to Panthers in Second Round of HL

Women’s Basketball: Valparaiso (5-23, 3-12) at Wright State (22-8, 11-4)--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders Close Out Regular Season Saturday at Wright

Raiders ready for slugfest with Grizzlies--Dayton Daily News
Dixon’s big game sends Wright State into semifinals--Dayton Daily News
Raiders go deep to beat Oakland--Dayton Daily News
Wright State Punishes Oakland 73-57--Rowdy Review
Updated: Wright State (19-13) and Cleveland State (21-10) Square Off--Rowdy Review
Men’s Basketball: Wright State ends Oakland’s season in Horizon League quarterfinals--The Guardian
Men Pull Away to Defeat Oakland in HL Second

My all-Horizon League ballot--Penguin Insider

YSU Hopes Full 40 Minutes Leads to One More Home Game for

Wright State, Milwaukee Prevail in #HLMBB Second Round--Horizon League Network

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