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

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