Friday, November 28, 2014

News On The Horizon 11/28/2014

Horizon League Weekly Recap: This First Week--Mid-Major Madness
Monday's basketball roundup--The Detroit News
Detroit rolls to win

Anton Wilson scored 14 and Juwan Howard Jr. 12 for Detroit (3-2) in a 69-55 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore at the Progressive Legends Classic in Toledo on Monday.

Brandan Kearney and Paris Bass had 11 apiece for the Titans.

Western Carolina 88, (at) Oakland 79 (2OT): Western Carolina's James Sinclair slammed home a dunk with 23 seconds left in double overtime for the win. Kahlil Felder had 26 points and six assists for Oakland (0-4).
Tuesday's college roundup--The Detroit News
Howard's 28 power Detroit

Toledo — Juwan Howard Jr. scored 28 on Tuesday night and Brandan Kearney made the 3-pointer that put Detroit ahead for good in an 82-79 victory over Toledo in the final of the Progressive Legends Classic.

The game was 75-75 when Kearney, who began his college career at Michigan State, made his only 3-pointer with 49 seconds remaining. He finished with seven points.

Toledo (2-3) led by five with 4:19 left after a 3-point play by Justin Drummond.

Howard responded with a three-point play of his own, then a jumper as Detroit (4-2) went to make it 73-73 with 1:38 left.

Paris Bess scored 14 and Jarod Williams 13 for Detroit.

J.D. Weatherspoon led Toledo with 20 points.

More state men

(At) Oakland 70, Chicago State 57: Corey Petros scored 19 and Tommie McCune had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Oakland (1-4) in its first victory.

Dante Williams scored 13 and Kahlil Felder had 10 points and seven assists for the Grizzlies.

Report: Michigan State adds another injured player to already thin rotation--CollegeBasketballTalk
While this might not be a catastrophic injury to the Spartans’ season, Michigan State is already without freshman guard Javon Bess, who has a broken foot, and Cleveland State transfer and guard Bryn Forbes has a broken non-shooting hand that he’s attempting to play through.
Miami Heat lacking points and bodies in loss to Los Angeles Clippers, 110-93--Miami Herald
Not that Norris Cole would have made much of a difference on this night — the Heat lost 110-93, and the team already trailed by more than 20 points when Cole left with a dislocated middle finger — but one more injured starting guard might be too much for the Heat to overcome even against the dregs of the Eastern Conference.
Cole never returned after his injury, which forced Shannon Brown into the lineup. He started the second half and could start on Saturday in Orlando if Cole isn’t cleared to play. The Heat plays the Charlotte Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday.
It’s back to basics for struggling Miami Heat--Miami Herald
Among those injured are Dwyane Wade, who sat out his fourth consecutive game Thursday night with a hamstring injury, Luol Deng, who’s getting over a wrist injury, and now Norris Cole, who dislocated his middle left finger deflecting a pass against the Clippers.

Shannon Brown started the second half in place of Cole, and Spoelstra called on Justin Hamilton to play a few minutes. It was Hamilton’s first appearance on court since Nov.5; he has been dealing with a hip injury.

A somber Cole said he’s following doctors’ orders as far as playing time goes. Spoelstra said the team is going to wait and see how the point guard feels Saturday.

“It’s frustrating, but it’s better early than late,” Cole said of the Heat’s diminished lineup. “We don’t feel sorry for ourselves; we’re professionals, so whoever’s out there is expected to compete at a high level and still expected to win.”
Noteworthy: Dwyane Wade is out, marking the fifth game he has missed with a strained hamstring. Norris Cole is questionable because of a dislocated left middle finger, but the Heat’s starting shooting guard has played in 160 consecutive games, the third-most in franchise history. ... The Heat (6-6) has lost four of its past five games and is seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Chris Bosh helps Heat close out win over Orlando Magic--Miami Herald
Mario Chalmers, moving to the point with Norris Cole nursing a dislocated finger, also made his mark with 24 points and eight assists.
Saturday night at least brought signs of encouragement, with a lineup lacking both both Dwyane Wade (hamstring) and Cole.

Wade missed his fifth consecutive game, though he might be close to returning. Cole, injured midway through the Clippers loss, saw his streak of 160 consecutive games come to an end — one shy of sharing No.2 on the Heat’s all-time list.

Grant Long made 161 consecutive appearances from 1990 through ’92. Cole hadn’t missed a game since Dec.4, 2012 against the Washington Wizards.
Heat’s chemistry remains a work in progress due to injuries--Miami Herald
Starting Heat guards Norris Cole and Dwyane Wade were out again against the Hornets and are expected to miss Tuesday’s game against Golden State. Wade has missed six games with a hamstring injury, and Cole has missed two after dislocating his left middle finger against the Clippers last Thursday.
Heat add center Hassan Whiteside, release Shannon Brown--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Brown had started the past two games, victories over the Orlando Magic and Hornets, amid the injuries that have sidelined starting guards Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole.
With Wade and Cole expected to miss Tuesday's game against the visiting Golden State Warriors, the Heat's options of backcourt starters alongside Mario Chalmers could be reduced to Shabazz Napier, James Ennis, Danny Granger or Dawkins
Winderman's view: Warriors 114, Heat 97--South Florida Sun Sentinel
-- Mario Chalmers again kept the Heat afloat, as Norris Cole struggled amid his return.
-- Cole offered a Thanksgiving welcome to fans pregame at midcourt.
ASK IRA: Does Norris Cole for Dion Waiters make any sense?--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Warriors' finishing kick too much for Heat 114-97--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Even with Wade and center Chris Andersen sidelined, and even with Norris Cole limited to a 1-of-8 shooting night in his return while wearing a splint on his dislocated left middle finger, the Heat continually counterpunched -- until the Warriors took the fight out of them with their 3-point efficiency, closing 13 of 28 from beyond the arc.
The Heat got Cole back after he missed two games, but were without Andersen after he severely sprained his ankle in Sunday's home victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
MSU 79, Santa Clara 52: Hobbled Spartans handle business--The Detroit Free Press
Junior guard Bryn Forbes scored 10 points for MSU and ice-cold Santa Clara (29% shooting) was led by 12 points from Jared Brownridge.
MSU shows center strength in easy win over Santa Clara--The Detroit News
Travis Trice scored 19 and handed out eight assists while Marvin Clark scored 15, Denzel Valentine added 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and Bryn Forbes scored 10.
Akron gets big wins; Kent State squanders perfect mark; Cleveland State off to Louisville--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings try to spoil Rick Pitino’s milestone--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Tripped Up by Savannah State 87-83 in OT--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State (2-2) and No. 6 Louisville (4-0) Face Off--Vikings Ball
Vikings Fall at Savannah State in Overtime,
Lewis Scores 24 Points In Loss at #6

Vikings Pick Up 73-65 Victory At

Mid-Makeovers: Which O26 Units are Poised for a Turnaround?--Rush The Court
Detroit – Horizon League – 2013-14 record: 13-18 (6-10). After finishing eighth in the Horizon League standings in 2013-14 (out of nine teams) and graduating its top rebounder and second-leading scorer, Evan Bruinsma, Detroit was picked third in this year’s preseason poll. Why such high expectations? The simple answer is twofold: Juwan Howard Jr. is back, and a wave of talent joins him. Howard, a 6’5’’ senior who led the Titans in scoring last season (18.3 PPG), should be one of the best players in the conference this year, even if his numbers do not drastically improve. He was probably relied upon far too heavily a season ago – the wing took 20-plus shots on six different occasions – so this year’s additions should help reduce the pressure and enable Howard to score more efficiently. Those reinforcements – transfers Chris Jenkins (Colorado) and Brandan Kearney (Arizona State), along with redshirt freshman Paris Bass – will bring depth at small forward and provide supplemental offensive punch. Add that to the trio of quality guards in the backcourt, plus 6’10’’ Penn State transfer Patrick Ackerman down low, and Ray McCallum’s team should rediscover its winning ways this season.
Tip-Off Marathon: The O26 Menu--Rush The Court
Detroit at Oregon – 11:00 PM ET, ESPNU, Tonight. Detroit will be much improved this season and should give Oregon a game, at least early on. Juwan Howard Jr. scores a lot of points (18.3 PPG in 2013-14), Oregon’s Joseph Young scores a lot of points (18.9 PPG in 2013-14) – think of this as your chips and salsa, or spinach and artichoke dip. You can’t really go wrong.
Detroit Titans vs. Toledo Rockets Final: UT has 18-game home winning streak snapped--Hustle Belt
Detroit Pulls off Upset against Toledo 82-79--Titans Update
Detroit (4-2) Battles Bowling Green (3-0)--Titans Update
Titans Head to Toledo for Progressive Legends
Bass Named Horizon League Freshman of the
Defensive Pressure and Late Run Lifts Detroit Past UMES,
Titans Face Toledo in Progressive Legends Classic
UDM Athletics Offers Five-Game Holiday Ticket
Titans Snap Toledo's Home Winning Streak, Win Progressive Legends Classic

Hall Of Fame Profiles: Lisa
Women’s Basketball Alumni Day Set For Dec.

Assigned Reading: Oakland’s Tommy McCune has overcome a lot while showing flashes of great play--CollegeBasketballTalk
Bass, Rogers making good progress in return for Flyers--Dayton Daily News
Dayton’s conditioning paid off in Puerto Rico--Dayton Daily News
If guard Ryan Bass (concussion) and forward Detwon Rogers (knee) return during non-conference play, that will help Dayton’s depth. In the three games in Puerto Rico, Dayton played an eight-man rotation. Dayton committed six fouls in the first four minutes of their 55-53 victory last Thursday over Texas A&M and you wondered if they would have enough players to finish the game.
Oakland falls to Western Carolina in double overtime--The Oakland Press
Oakland tops Chicago State for first win of the season--The Oakland Press
Oakland Stumbles with Loss to Western Carolina 88-79 in 2OT--Grizz Gang
Oakland Gets Win over Chicago State 70-57--Grizz Gang
Oakland Beaten by Georgia State 83-78--Grizz Gang
Oakland (1-5) Goes Up against Toledo (2-3)--Grizz Gang
Oakland falls to WMU but beats cancer--Oakland Post
Men's basketball falls to Western Carolina 88-79--Oakland Post


Rapid Reaction: UIC 87, St. Xavier 76--The Catch and Shoot
UIC blows past St. Xavier to end three-game losing streak--The Catch and Shoot
UIC point guard Jay Parker out with foot injury--The Catch and Shoot
Men’s basketball team falls at tournament--UIC News
Flames win at home with double-doubles--UIC News
Size matters – in their hearts--Whoosh!Net
Opening fight--Whoosh!Net
Wiegand flexes muscle--Whoosh!Net
Ivy League education--Whoosh!Net
One-man show not nearly enough--Whoosh!Net
Lost weekend--Whoosh!Net
UIC Loses Big against Kent State 78-60--Flame Fanatic
UIC Loses to Southern Illinois 67-60--Flame Fanatic
UIC Knocks Off St. Xavier 87-76--Flame Fanatic
UIC (2-4) Goes Up against Dayton (3-1)--Flame Fanatic
Men's Basketball Drops Final Contest at MABC
Flames Cruise Past Saint Xavier at Home,

Flames seek fourth win in a row in contest against Northwestern--UIC News
Ruvanna Campbell Earns Horizon League Player of the
UIC Drops Wednesday Matinee at Northwestern,

2014-15 RTC Preseason O26 All-America Teams--Rush The Court
Third Team

Keifer Sykes – G – Green Bay. If Green Bay can break through and win a game or two in the NCAA Tournament, the diminutive point guard will be the reason why. The senior averaged 20.3 PPG and 4.9 APG last season. Generously listed at 6’0”, Sykes is one of the best dunkers in the O26 ranks.
UWGB men vs. East Carolina: What to watch for--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB shuts down ECU to open tourney--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB advances to Gulf Coast Showcase finals--Green Bay Press Gazette
UW-Green Bay knocks off Florida Gulf Coast--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix win, 88-57--UWGB Fourth Estate
Green Bay Earns Close Win against Evansville 64-62--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Knocks Off Florida Gulf Coast 59-45--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Posts Wire-to-Wire Win in Gulf Coast
Green Bay Guts Out Win in Gulf Coast
Green Bay Claims Gulf Coast Showcase

UWGB women face 'doggone tough' test in Florida--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Stuns No. 24 Purdue in Double
Buck's Career Game Leads Green Bay to 84-52
Green Bay Set to Tip-Off Gulf Coast Showcase in

Tiby, McWhorter deliver for Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers' McWhorter leads second-half rally that falls short--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
New Season Presents New Challenges for the Panthers--UWM Post
Cody Wichmann talks NCAA appearance, The Ban and What it’s Like to Play with A Legends Nephew--UWM Post
Vegas showdown with the Ragin’ Cajuns--PantherU
Former Panthers coach Bob Gottlieb Dead at 74--PantherU
Panthers hold on late to beat Ragin’ Cajuns--PantherU
Going down to Vegas with Oral Roberts--PantherU
Milwaukee wins tournament title despite loss--PantherU
Milwaukee Downs Louisiana 56-52--UWM Update
Milwaukee Edged by Oral Roberts 69-66--UWM Update
Milwaukee Mourns Passing Of Bob
Milwaukee Wins Thriller Over Louisiana,
Milwaukee’s Furious Rally Falls Short In 69-66 Loss To Oral

Milwaukee Athletics To Offer Black Friday Ticket

Marquette Women's Basketball Preview: vs UW-Milwaukee--Anonymous Eagle
Video: Green Off To An Impressive Start In 2014-15
Golden Eagles Outlast Panthers Down The

Horizon League Preview: #3 Valparaiso Crusaders--Busting Brackets
Men’s Basketball: Alec Peters, Valparaiso jump on Maine--The Post-Tribune
VU men's basketball preview--The NWI Times
Valparaiso (4-1) Takes On Drake (1-3)--Valpo Daily
Peters Claims Player of the Week
Challenge in Music City Awaits Valpo This

Women’s Basketball: Valparaiso (3-1) at Akron (3-0)--The Post-Tribune
Women’s Basketball: Akron too much as Valparaiso drops road game--The Post-Tribune
Franklin Named Horizon League Freshman of the
Crusader Women Suffer Road Defeat to

Donlon not surprised by team’s resiliency--Dayton Daily News
Wright State-Cal State Fullerton preview--Dayton Daily News
Hoops on the menu for WSU--Dayton Daily News
Raiders falter down the stretch in loss--Dayton Daily News
Wright State Falls to Cal State Fullerton 67-62--Rowdy Review
Wright State (3-2) Battles Florida International (3-2)--Rowdy Review
Men Drop 67-62 Decision to Cal State

‘Nor ‘Easter’ keeps Wright State team at home--Dayton Daily News
Nor'easter Affects Women's Weekend

Keene leads Penguins past Greensboro--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins hit books after long road trip--Youngstown Vindicator
Keene's shot lifts Youngstown St. over UMKC 66-63--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Holds Off Missouri-Kansas City 66-63--Guin Report
Youngstown State (4-3) Battles Illinois State (2-2)--Guin Report
Keene Hits Game Winning Shot Against UMKC--The Jambar
Keene Knocks Down Game-Winner As Guins Best

YSU women are on the defensive early--Youngstown Vindicator
Four Reach Double Figures in Women's Basketball's 69-54 Win Over

Valpo's Peters, UDM's Bass Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network
#HLMBB Captures Three Neutral Site Wins--Horizon League Network
Unbeaten Tuesday Night in Men's Basketball--Horizon League Network
#HLMBB Weekly - November 26th, 2014--Horizon League Network
GB Wins Gulf Coast Showcase; YSU Victorious on Last Second Shot--Horizon League Network

#HLWBB Weekend Recap--Horizon League Network
UIC's Campbell and Valparaiso's Franklin Collect #HLWBB Honors--Horizon League Network
Women's Basketball Splits Tuesday Evening Contests--Horizon League Network
#HLWBB Weekly - November 26th, 2014--Horizon League Network
Three Teams Fall in Road Contests Wednesday--Horizon League Network

Sunday, November 23, 2014

News On The Horizon 11/23/2014

Morning News: Season Begins, Pitino Bowl, VCU Over Tennessee, SEC Debacles, Michigan St Struggles, And Much More--Basketball Predictions
Iona Tops Cleveland State This was an interesting chance to get a look at two teams that will contend for conference titles. I took Cleveland State to win the Horizon preseason. In the MAAC, I gave the narrow edge to Siena over Iona, but with the loss of Imoh Silas things might change. And this was an impressive way for Iona to start their regular season, led by Isaiah Williams (18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists). This isn't a "bad" loss for Cleveland State, on the road at a good Iona team. So there's no reason to think they're not still the Horizon favorite.
Viewer's Guide: Season kicks off with few impact games on opening night
Cleveland State-Iona is a matchup of two of the best mid-majors in the country this season. If you have a way to watch it, you should. It should be a fast, high-scoring game. Another fun mid-major game will be Boise State-San Diego in Los Angeles.
Important updates about tonight's game, #Heat (5-3) at #Hawks (4-3)--Miami Herald
LINEUP SPECULATION: With Wade out of the lineup, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is faced with his first major lineup decision of the regular season. He could go a number of ways, including starting Shannon Brown, Mario Chalmers or even rookie Jame Ennis at shooting guard. Another possibility could be Norris Cole coming off the bench and Chalmers starting alongside Shabazz Napier. That seems unlikely, but Napier will likely get more minutes one way or another over the next week or so.
Lack of defensive cohesion has Heat hot, bothered--South Florida Sun Sentinel
While the Heat's defensive precepts have mostly remained constant from recent seasons, the roster and rotation haven't. Power forward Shawne Williams and small forward Luol Deng are less than 10 games into their Heat tenures. Norris Cole now is the starting point guard, while Mario Chalmers is the reserve shooting guard, perhaps the starting shooting guard, with Dwyane Wade dealing with a strained left hamstring. And offseason free-agent additions Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger are more injured than ambulatory.
Winderman's view: Bucks 91, Heat 84--South Florida Sun Sentinel
-- Spoelstra, on Norris Cole's recent run of low turnovers and high assists, "I like the decisions that he is making."

-- Cole mostly was uneven Sunday.

-- With three turnovers and two assists.
Poor third quarter dooms Heat in 91-84 loss to Bucks--South Florida Sun Sentinel
"We have to figure it out, regardless of who's out there," Spoelstra said "It was working fine enough in the first half."

Without Wade, the Heat went with the starting lineup of Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers in the backcourt. For a second straight game, the Chalmers led the team in scoring with 18 points.
After Shawne Williams hit a 3-pointer to make it 78-74, Bucks guard Brandon Knight responded with a three. Knight then answered Cole's 3-pointer on the next possession.
Shawn Windsor: Tom Izzo coaching for both present, future--The Detroit Free Press
Izzo had a solid recruiting class this season and has an even better one for next. Those two classes, combined with transfers Bryn Forbes and Eron Harris, plus juniors Denzel Valentine and Matt Costello, should give MSU a chance at a deep tournament run.
Michigan State sloppy in win over Navy--The Detroit News
Kelly followed with a pair of free throws to cut the Michigan State lead to 60-57 with 1:57 to play. Trice then hit a runner in the lane and the Spartans followed with a stop. But after a miss on the drive by Bryn Forbes, Kelly got a putback on the other end to make it 62-59 with 23.1 seconds to play.
Cleveland State, Akron, Kent State waiting on official word for hoops recruits--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State point guard Charlie Lee suspended; Akron head coach Keith Dambrot back at practice - Local College Basketball--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Basketball Season Gets Off on Wrong Foot Before First Ball Is Tipped--Cleveland Leader
Inconsistent Play & Foul Trouble Cost Cleveland State In Loss to Iona--Cleveland Leader
Lewis, Grady Shine in Exhibition--Cleveland State Hoops
Rob Edwards Commits to Cleveland State--Cleveland State Hoops
Charlie Lee To Miss First Six Games for Cleveland State--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Adds Two During Early Signing Period--Cleveland State Hoops
Jibri Blount, Robert Edwards' Highlight Videos--Cleveland State Hoops
CSU Basketball Notebook: Charlie Lee Suspended First Six Games of 2014-15 Season--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State basketball Lands Three-Star Recruit--Cleveland State Hoops
Vikings Top Malone, 69-48, in
VIDEO: 2014-15 Cleveland State Basketball Seasons Kick Off on
Vikings Open Season at Iona on
Men's Basketball Adds Two During Early Signing
CSU Drops Season Opener at Iona,
CSU Opens Regular Season Home Slate on Monday
Grady's Career-High Leads CSU Past Tiffin,
Jeron Rogers Signs NLI To Attend Cleveland
CSU Begins Play in Global Sports Showcase on
Vikings Top Jacksonville State,
CSU To Host Tweet-Up At December 3rd Basketball
Vikings Travel to Savannah State on
Gary Waters Radio Show Returns on Nov.

VIDEO: 2014-15 Cleveland State Basketball Seasons Kick Off on
Vikings Open 2014-15 Season Against
Women’s Basketball Signs Three For
Vikings Open 2014-15 With 81-71 Victory Over
Coach Peterson Abiad With Munch
Vikings Begin Three-Game Roadswing At
Vikings Fall At Minnesota,
Eckles Has Career-High Performance In Loss At
Vikings Finish Roadswing At FIU

NCAA Basketball Game Recap: Michigan Takes Down Detroit, 71-62--Mid-Major Madness
College Basketball Recap: Detroit, Howard Down South Alabama With Defense, Turnovers--Mid-Major Madness
No. 24 Michigan overcomes Howard, Detroit--The Oakland Press
Detroit Downs South Alabama 66-53--Titans Update
Patrick Ackerman:
Finally eligible to play, Titan tall man ready to make his mark
--Varsity Press
Carlton Brundidge:
Expecting boos at Crisler Arena
--Varsity Press
Could Titans upset UM? Rashad says yes--Varsity Press
Coach McCallum Records Win No. 100, Detroit Tops Rochester
PASS Charters & MSHOF Enhance Metro
Late Run Lifts Ducks Past Titans
UDM Selected To Host Preliminary Rounds Of 2018 NCAA
Titans Fall in Final Minutes at No. 24
Howard Helps Pace Titans past Jaguars

Second Half Rally Ends Titans Upset Bid At Michigan In Season
Titans Breeze By Marygrove, 88-46, In Home
Women’s Basketball Alumni Day Set For Dec.
Detroit's Comeback Falls Short At
Second-Half Rally Not Enough For

Western Michigan Broncos vs. Oakland Golden Grizzlies Basketball Preview--Hustle Belt
Western Michigan Broncos vs. Oakland Golden Grizzlies Basketball Final: Solid Performance Gets WMU a Win On First Road Trip--Hustle Belt
Grizzlies roll past St. Xavier in exhibition season finale, 87-72--The Oakland Press
Padraic McMeel named senior associate AD at Oakland University--The Oakland Press
Eastern Michigan pulls away from Oakland, 89-77--The Oakland Press
Oakland’s McCune overcoming the loss of his mother--The Oakland Press
Oakland struggles in crunch time, falls to Western Michigan--The Oakland Press
Oakland Downed by Western Michigan 82-71--Grizz Gang
Oakland (0-3) Battles Western Carolina (1-2)--Grizz Gang
Men's basketball falls to No. 14 Iowa State 93-82 in opener--Oakland Post
Oakland partners with the Violence and Abuse Resource Consortium--Oakland Post
Oakland falls 89-77 at Eastern Michigan--Oakland Post
Femi the freshman shines in win--Oakland Post
Men's basketball's home opener will feature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society--Oakland Post

Oakland Cheer and Dance work together to put on a show--Oakland Post

Tungate weighs in on upcoming women's basketball season--Oakland Post
Sporting blitz, week of Nov. 19--Oakland Post
Women’s Basketball

The Golden Grizzlies fell to the University of Central Florida Knights 98-65 Monday night in Orlando. Freshman Leah Somerfield led Oakland in scoring with 12 points, while Zykria Lewis had 28 points for Central Florida. Oakland had the lead late in the first half, but Central Florida took a nine-point lead into the half and scored 63 points in the second half. The women Golden Grizzlies will play their home opener Sunday night against the Chicago State Cougars.

UIC announces early signing period class--The Catch and Shoot
Rapid Reaction: UIC 67, WIU 64--The Catch and Shoot
UIC edges Western Illinois in home opener--The Catch and Shoot
Flames frontcourt shines as UIC holds off Western Illinois--The Catch and Shoot
Yale 70, UIC 58--The Catch and Shoot
Men rally, but fall to rival DePaul 72-71--UIC News
Men’s squad grabs home opener against Western--UIC News
Opening fight--Whoosh!Net
Wiegand flexes muscle--Whoosh!Net
Ivy League education--Whoosh!Net
UIC Drops One to Yale 70-58--Flame Fanatic
Updated: UIC (1-2) Takes On Kent State (3-0)--Flame Fanatic
UIC Men's Basketball Announces 2015 Signing
UIC's Comeback Falls Short at DePaul,
UIC Wins Home Opener Against Western Illinois,
Flames Drop Opening Game at MABC Classic to Yale,
Sharp-Shooting Kent State Defeats UIC,

Women’s basketball opens season vs. Bradley--UIC News
Women score decisive win in home opener--UIC News
Women’s basketball cruises past Northern Illinois--UIC News
Flames Open Season With 71-43 Win Over
Women's Basketball Cruises to 61-47 Win Over
Women's Basketball Wins Thriller at Miami Ohio,

Seven small-conference teams with Cinderella potential--The Dagger
3. Green Bay (24-7, 14-2): Fueling the Phoenix this season will be the memory of the day they let a gift-wrapped chance to reach last season's NCAA tournament slip away. In one of the most surprising outcomes of conference tournament week last March, Green Bay fell to rival Milwaukee in the Horizon League semifinals, a loss made all the more frustrating by the fact that 7-foot NBA prospect Alec Brown aggravated a shoulder injury early in the first half and explosive pont guard Keifer Sykes played with a hyperextended knee and an injured ankle. Though Green Bay will miss the inside-outside contributions of Brown, the return of Sykes and three other starters gives the Phoenix hope of again ascending to the top of the Horizon League. Sykes will be the catalyst with his ability to get into the lane, finish at the rim or create for his teammates. He'll be aided by sharpshooter Carrington Love, high-flying Greg Mays and defensive standout Jordan Fouse. Look for forwards Kenneth Lowe and Alfonzo McKinnie to each absorb some of the minutes vacated by Brown in the frontcourt. This is a potent Green Bay team with enough talent and experience to do some damage in the NCAA tournament, but getting there won't be easy. Cleveland State is formidable competition in the Horizon League and Valparaiso and Wright State won't be pushovers either
Sixty-eight predictions for the new season that are sure to come true (unless they don't)--The Dagger
62. Mid-major star whose name you'll know by March if you don't already: Green Bay's Keifer Sykes. The 5-foot-10 senior is an elite point guard and maybe the nation's premier dunker. Watch this if you have any doubts.
12 must-watch college basketball players in 2014-15--USA Today
11. Keifer Sykes, Green Bay: At 5-11, Sykes makes up for his size with speed and high-flying athleticism. He’s the reigning Horizon League Player of the Year after averaging 20.3 points a game last season and one of the best mid-major players in the country.
LOOK: Green Bay will wear special unis with names of fallen soldiers--Eye On College Basketball
Here are 68 things worth watching in college basketball this season--Eye On College Basketball
18. Keifer Sykes's Jerry Palm projects Green Bay will win the Horizon League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, at which point the Phoenix would be something like a No. 14 seed. That means some top-three seed will have to deal with Sykes, a dynamic scorer who plays at the mid-major level but would be similarly strong at the high-major level.
Wednesday Preview: In-State Hostility Night--BT Powerhouse
Wisconsin vs. Green Bay preview: The Sykes Show hopes to buck history in Madison--Bucky's 5th Quarter
Wisconsin's Front Line Dominates Green Bay 84-60--Mid-Major Madness
UW-Green Bay vs. Wisconsin: Badgers blow by Phoenix, 84-60--Bucky's 5th Quarter
Keifer Sykes and Frank Kaminsky shared a moment on Twitter--
Wisconsin 84, UWGB men 60--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Blown Out by No. 3 Wisconsin 84-60--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay (1-1) and East Carolina (2-1) Face Off--Phoenix Fever
Non-conference schedule at a glance--Phear The Phoenix
Next up: Gulf Coast Showcase--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay Honors Military, Rolls to Season-Opening
Keifer Sykes Named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top
No. 3/4 Wisconsin Overpowers Green Bay at the Kohl

Marquette Women's Basketball Preview: vs UW-Green Bay--Anonymous Eagle
Women's Basketball Suffers 94-66 Loss In Carolyn Kieger's Debut--Anonymous Eagle
Buck, UWGB women roll in home opener--Green Bay Press Gazette
A new Phoenix rises up: Daeshon Francis--UWGB Fourth Estate
Green Bay Falls 68-64 in OT at
Green Bay Stuns No. 24 Purdue in Double
Buck's Career Game Leads Green Bay to 84-52

Auburn rallies back to beat Milwaukee 83-73--Mid-Major Madness
UWM roster at a glance--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Horizon League at a glance--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM must shoot for regular-season Horizon League title--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM falls to Auburn--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Justin Jordan jumps out as player who can help UWM--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A tough loss to swallow for Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Early turnovers doom UWM against Oklahoma State--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Bob Gottlieb, basketball coach at UW-Milwaukee in 1970s, dies at 74--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Despite sanctions, Panthers ready to compete--On Milwaukee

Students Could Suffer If Arena Lost
--UWM Post
A Never-Ending Roller Coaster--UWM Post
Three Finalists for Chancellor Search Released This Morning--UWM Post
Jeter Frustrated as Panthers Lose in Close One 70-68--UWM Post
Austin Arians to Redshirt 2014–15 Season--UWM Post
Despite restrictions, goal is to win Horizon League--PantherU
Milwaukee opens season against Auburn--PantherU
Keeping Arena doesn’t mean losing the Bucks--PantherU
Panthers face Golden Eagles in home opener--PantherU
Panthers still looking for offensive identity--PantherU
McWhorter leads Milwaukee past Minnesota-Crookston--PantherU
One big step backwards for the Panthers--PantherU
Mistakes continue to haunt Milwaukee--PantherU
Arians redshirt a good idea--PantherU
Milwaukee Beaten by Oklahoma State 82-68--UWM Update
Milwaukee (1-3) Squares Off with Louisiana (1-2)--UWM Update
Tiby Named To Lou Henson Award Watch
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel To Broadcast 14 Milwaukee Basketball Games In
Milwaukee Drops Opener At Auburn,
Jordan Named Horizon League Freshman Of The
Milwaukee Rolls Past Minnesota-Crookston,
Milwaukee Falls To IUPUI,
Arians To Redshirt 2014-15
Milwaukee’s Strong Second Half Not Enough At Oklahoma
Milwaukee Opens Play in Vegas Monday Versus

UWM three players to watch--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Green pours in 36 as Panthers win opener--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers filled with fresh faces--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Red-hot Panthers cool down quickly--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM women fall to Bowling Green--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
New Season Presents New Challenges for the Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Women’s Basketball Adds Four In Early Signing
Green’s Monster Effort Sends UWM To Win In
Second-Half Heartbreak As Panthers Fall To North
Panthers Can’t Ground Falcons In Second

High school basketball Preseason Fab 15: No. 10, Zionsville--The Indy Star
Zionsville, which was 11-2 through January last season, will have one of the most experienced teams in Central Indiana. Derrik Smits, a 7-foot Valparaiso recruit, is the top returning scorer (10.6 ppg) and also averaged 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots. The left-handed Smits shot 54 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free-throw line last season.

Smits, the son of former Indiana Pacer Rik Smits, has battled injuries throughout his career, but can be one of the best players in the state when healthy and motivated.
Zionsville will get a significant boost with the return of Cassius Smits-Francisco, a 6-8, 225-pound sophomore who should be back in mid-December as he recovers from surgery from an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his knee. Smits-Francisco, the cousin of Smits, is receiving early recruiting interest from Ball State, Indiana State, Ole Miss, Purdue and Valparaiso.

"He's progressing nicely," Busick said. "He's been working hard in the weight room and is putting on a lot of muscle. He's going to have to get back into a rhythm and back into a flow, but he's going to help us."
Valparaiso to honor Bartow's father before game--Johnson City Press
College basketball: Yeo is back to ruling the court--South Bend Tribune
Bethel's Clay Yeo Earns NCCAA and Crossroads League Player of the
Valpo bounces back against IU-South Bend--The Catch and Shoot
Mizzou Hoops Wrap-Up, Game 2: Valparaiso--Rock M Nation
Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso playing five games in first 10 days to start the season--The Post-Tribune
Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso zones out Arkansas-Pine Bluff to start tourney--The Post-Tribune
Homer Drew set to make ESPN broadcasting debut--The NWI Times
Valparaiso sophomore Peters ready to take control--The NWI Times
Crusaders come out strong in season-opening victory--The NWI Times
Offense struggles as Valparaiso falls in road opener--The NWI Times
Valparaiso junior Walker eager to make presence felt after long wait--The NWI Times
Crusaders pour it on in rout of IU-South Bend--The NWI Times
Skara wasting little time making presence felt at VU--The NWI Times
Peters leads Crusaders in wire-to-wire victory--The NWI Times
Valparaiso uses 53-point first half to win early morning men's hoops contest--The NWI Times
Crusaders command Titans--The Torch
Valparaiso Waxes Maine 93-70--Valpo Daily
Crusaders Fall at
Game Day Parking: 2014-15 Men's
Valpo Basketball
Balanced Offense Leads Valpo Past
Crusaders Use Inside Presence to Down
Peters Sets New Career High in Win Over

Women’s Basketball: Valparaiso beats NIU for first time in school history--The Post-Tribune
Women’s Basketball: Jessica Carr kicks into gear as Valparaiso cruises--The Post-Tribune
Hamlet eager to make an impact for the Crusaders--The NWI Times
Dean’s career night pushes Valparaiso past Butler--The NWI Times
Strong offense propels Valparaiso women to third victory--The NWI Times
Crusader Women Open Season with a
Franklin's First Career Double-Double Leads Crusaders Past
Crusaders Dial It Up From Deep to Defeat Tennessee

Wright State wins a back and forth battle over Belmont to win 73-70--Mid-Major Madness
Wright State Raiders vs. Bowling Green Falcons Final: Falcons move to 2-0 with win--Hustle Belt
Griffin ready to provide more offense, if needed, for Wright State--Dayton Daily News
New-look Raiders have potential in Donlon’s fifth season--Dayton Daily News
WSU tips off season against Belmont--Dayton Daily News
Raiders charge into season with 73-70 win in opener--Dayton Daily News
WSU win comes with a painful cost--Dayton Daily News
Raiders right back at it today against Ohio Dominican--Dayton Daily News
Raiders outlast Division II ODU--Dayton Daily News
Thomasson comes up big on boards for WSU--Dayton Daily News
Raiders ready for rare matinee at Bowling Green--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State v. Bowling Green--Dayton Daily News
Raiders look to bounce back from loss--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State v. Charleston Southern--Dayton Daily News
Incredible comeback lifts Raiders over Belmont
Late Raider run pulls out victory over D-II Ohio
Wright State Gets Win over Charleston Southern 86-79--Rowdy Review
Eye on the Raiders Blog: Game 3 preview, the road begins--The Guardian
Raider spotlight: Kendall Griffin has yet another season interrupted--The Guardian
Men’s basketball weekly notebook>--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Second half dooms Raiders--The Guardian
Men Rally for Season-Opening Win Over
Men Slip Past Ohio
Hopkins Honored
Men Fall at Bowling
Five in Double Figures as Men Win at Charleston

Raiders loaded for another run at NCAA Tournament--Dayton Daily News
WSU women win home opener--Dayton Daily News
Women’s basketball: Raiders lose Demmings for rest of the season--The Guardian
Women’s basketball: Offensive rebounding keys Wright State--The Guardian
Women’s basketball: Wright State defends in win--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Raiders welcome back Yoho--The Guardian
Women Win Season Opener at Austin
Mingo's 30 Leads Women Past
Mingo Named Horizon League Player of the
Women Defeat Murray State in Home
Women Pull Away from Southern

YSU men’s team will be busy--Youngstown Vindicator
Hain’s foul trouble hurts YSU in loss to Kent--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins rebound for 1st win--Youngstown Vindicator
Keene, Stewart get career bests in YSU’s defeat--Youngstown Vindicator
Eastern Michigan takes down YSU men--Youngstown Vindicator
Balanced scoring lead YSU men to victory--Youngstown Vindicator
Kent State holds off Youngstown State 69-61--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State beats Oberlin College 71-53--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU men trying to find their way--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Downs North Carolina-Greensboro 76-67--Guin Report
Basketball Season Tips Off for Penguins--The Jambar
Men’s Basketball Falls To Kent State--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Adds Latin Davis During Early Signing
Men's Basketball Adds Jordan Andrews During Early Signing
Amiker, Hain Lead Penguins in Opener Against Kent
Penguins Pick Up First Win Of Season Beating Oberlin,
Men's Basketball Adds Forward Devin Haygood During Early Signing
Keene, Stewart Go For Career Highs in 75-63 Loss at Central
Four Score in Double Figures in Men's Basketball's 71-62 Loss to Eastern Michigan>
Five Score in Doubles to Lead Men's Basketball Past Longwood,
Keene, Hain Lead Men's Basketball Past UNCG,

Golden chance to beat Flashes--Youngstown Vindicator
Eight-minute surge powers YSU women--Youngstown Vindicator
Defense clamps down to keep women unbeaten--Youngstown Vindicator
Schlegel Named to Preseason All-Conference Team--The Jambar
Penguins Look for First 2-0 Start in Three Years--The Jambar
Offensive Explosion Pushes Penguins Past Kent State--The Jambar
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Five Talented Ohioans Sign NLIs to Play Women’s Basketball at Youngstown
Women’s Basketball Starts Season With 83-61 Win Over
Arbanas Named Horizon League Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week
Penguins Match Largest Victory Ever Over Kent State,
Defense Strong Again as YSU Beats Radford,

Jeter and his Panthers Focused on Different Kind of Title Defense--Horizon League Network
After Two Trips to Championship, Wright State Looking to Breakthrough in 2015--Horizon League Network
Young Valpo Squad Seeks Fourth Consecutive Postseason--Horizon League Network
Titans Hope Offseason Changes Pay Dividends this Year--Horizon League Network
SYKES SHOW: Phoenix prepared for life without Brown--Horizon League Network
2014-15 Signing Central--Horizon League Network
NCAA Selects Indianapolis as Site of 2021 NCAA Men's Final Four--Horizon League Network
Detroit, Valpo and Wright State Victorious on Opening Night--Horizon League Network
Green Bay Opens Season With Blowout Win--Horizon League Network
Strong Second Periods Send WSU & YSU to Victories--Horizon League Network
Horizon League Announces Television Partnership with American Sports Network--Horizon League Network
Sykes Tabbed to Wooden Award Preseason Top 50--Horizon League Network
Indianapolis Tabbed to Host 2017 First, Second Rounds of NCAA Tournament--Horizon League Network
WSU's Hopkins, UWM's Jordan Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network
The Blessing Behind the Hardship: The Story of McCune's Mother--Horizon League Network
Three Wins for #HLMBB on Monday Night--Horizon League Network
CSU & Valpo Cruise to Victory on Wednesday Night--Horizon League Network
Peters Leads Valpo to Win--Horizon League Network
Three Wins on Saturday for #HLMBB--Horizon League Network
Valpo & YSU Wrap Up Tourneys With Wins--Horizon League Network

Four Teams Win on #HLWBB Opening Night--Horizon League Network
#HLWBB Goes Undefeated Over Weekend--Horizon League Network
Wright State's Mingo and Youngstown State's Arbanas Collect #HLWBB Honors--Horizon League Network
UIC Defeats Northern Illinois in Monday Night #HLWBB Action--Horizon League Network
Youngstown State Picks Up Second Win Tuesday Night--Horizon League Network
Green Bay Upsets No. 24 Purdue in Double-Overtime--Horizon League Network