Sunday, November 2, 2014

News On The Horizon 11/2/2014

Top of the O26 Class: Horizon League, MAC, MVC, Summit--Rush The Court
Dan Peters, former Youngstown State coach, dies of cancer at 60--CBS Sports
2014-15 College Basketball Conference Preview: Best of the Rest--Eye On College Basketball
5. Green Bay

The top four of this list are in a tier to themselves. After that, it gets a bit more tricky. I'll slot the Green Bay Phoenix here at fifth, as they return most of their scoring as well as the best player in the Horizon last year, Keifer Sykes. The Phoenix does have to contend with losing surprising draft pick Alec Brown, and his ability to space the floor did provide much clearer driving lanes for Sykes. And of course, Brown's size on the interior was useful against smaller Horizon competition, but the sum of his game was less than what the pieces said he should have been. Returning forward Jordan Fouse was a much more complete defensive player a year ago than Brown was, and he'll team with Sykes to cause opposing ball-handlers fits. Carrington Love and Greg Mays also return as starters for the Phoenix, but the team will rely mostly on Sykes to carry them. Sykes is a tremendous scorer and slasher, who averaged 20.3 points per game and drew 6.5 fouls per 40 minutes, but he's also an underrated passer who was second in the Horizon with a 30.7 percent assist rate. Sykes is another mid-major guard that has an outside shot to be an All-American this season. He should lead the Phoenix to an improvement on their 24-7 record last season and into the NCAA Tournament.
Our Preseason Best of the Rest First Team

G: Keifer Sykes, Green Bay

G: R.J. Hunter, Georgia State

G: Fred VanVleet, Wichita State

G: Ron Baker, Wichita State

F: Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara

Meet the Miami Heat: A look at 2014-15 roster--Miami Herald

Position: Point guard

Age: 26

Height, weight: 6-2, 170

Season: Fourth

Inside scoop: Cole will begin the season as the team’s starting point guard. It’s a huge opportunity for Cole and it comes during a contract year.

Last season: 6.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.0 apg

Career: 6.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.4 apg
Miami Heat’s evolving roster features a variety of experience--Miami Herald
Chris Bosh, Norris Cole lead Heat in opening night win--Miami Herald
Norris Cole has career night in new role with Heat--Miami Herald
Miami Heat’s Norris Cole credits ‘hard work’ for success in opening win--Miami Herald
Heat bypass extension for Cole, who will become restricted free agent in July--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Heat's Cole has no issue waiting until July on contract--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Tim Hasbargen - Can the German Prospect Pay Off for the CSU Vikings?--Let's Go Vikes!
CSU Hallow Hoops and Green and White Scrimmage Today--Let's Go Vikes!
Another Dayton Dunbar Product Will Be a Starting Member of the Cleveland State Vikings--Let's Go Vikes!
Video: Highlights of 2014 CSU Green & White Scrimmage--Let's Go Vikes!
Getting to Know Cleveland State Sixth Man Vinny Zollo--Let's Go Vikes!
Norris Cole to Start at Point Guard for Miami Heat--Let's Go Vikes!
Taking a Look at the Vikings Who Jumped Off of Gary Waters' Ship--Let's Go Vikes!
CSU Basketball Notebook: 'Secret scrimmage' will provide first test for Vikings--Cleveland State Hoops
A Jerk’s Guide to the Cleveland State Vikings--PantherU
VIDEO: Hallow-Hoops
CSU Basketball Single Game Tickets Now on

Basketball hosts 'Hallow-Hoops'--The Cauldron

Second Titan Luncheon of the Season Set For Nov.
Men's Basketball Exhibition Season Begins on
Nine Titans Score as Detroit Rises Past Siena Heights,

The Long Road Back--Varsity Press
Meet The Newcomers: Darianne

Oakland overcomes slow start to defeat Ferris State in exhibition--The Oakland Press
Leadership will be key for Oakland Golden Grizzlies--The Oakland Press
Petros ready to shoulder the load--Oakland Post
Men's and women's basketball teams announce TV deal --Oakland Post

Former UIC guard Pat Birt commits to Tulsa--The Catch and Shoot
ans Invited to Trick-or-Treat with UIC Basketball Programs
Men's Basketball: Getting to Know the Newcomers - Paris

Women's Basketball Media Guide Now Available on
Women's Basketball's Poster and Schedule Card Have
Women's Basketball Hosts St. Xavier for Exhibition Game

Keifer Sykes repeats as Green Bay’s slam dunk champion (VIDEO)--CollegeBasketballTalk
2014-15 Season Preview: Can Green Bay take the next step, represent the Horizon League in the Tournament?--CollegeBasketballTalk
Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes maintains the chip on his shoulder--CollegeBasketballTalk
Horizon League Player of the Year Keifer Sykes throws down 360 at #PHXMadness--The Catch and Shoot
Balanced approach leads Phoenix over Michigan Tech--Green Bay Press Gazette
A Jerk’s Guide to the Green Bay Phoenix--PantherU
Horizon League Media day results--UWGB Fourth Estate
Green Bay Kicks Off Season with
Green Bay Welcomes Ripon Thursday for Exhibition
Second-Half Sykes Pushes Green Bay to Exhibition

Phoenix madness stirs up excitement for young fans--UWGB Fourth Estate
Women's Basketball Welcomes Crowd for
Green Bay Opens with Home Exhibition Against Michigan
Green Bay Uses Quick Start to Cruise to Exhibition

Adjusting expectations--PantherU
Milwaukee holds their annual Tip-off Luncheon--PantherU
Arians’ status for Platteville in doubt--PantherU
Q&A: Milwaukee Panthers guard, Akeem Springs--PantherU

Valpo building chemistry as season nears--The Post-Tribune

What You Need to Know - Valpo Women's
Crusader Women Drop Exhibition to

Donlon: ‘Competitive toughness’ key for Raiders--Dayton Daily News
Blog: Donlon addresses off-the-court issues--The Guardian
Blog: Raiders host Rockets in closed scrimmage--The Guardian

Blog: Donlon, Bradbury dampen expectations for upcoming season--The Guardian

Women’s basketball: Six Raiders in double figures in win over Ashland--The Guardian
Women Explode for 113 Points in Exhibition

Youngstown State Mourns Loss of Former Coach Dan

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