Tonight’s MenuThe Morning Dish – Tuesday, January 27, 2015--Hoopville
We don’t have a big slate, but there are some important games on tap. We also must keep an eye on any impact for games later in the week from the winter storm that is already hitting the northeast as of early Monday morning.
It’s a busy night in the Horizon, MEAC, Southland and SWAC. Among the interesting matchups there are Cleveland State visiting Oakland (Horizon), Delaware State traveling to play 7-0 North Carolina Central (MEAC), and best of all is a SWAC showdown with Southern (6-1) visiting Alabama State (6-0).
Monday’s action:Pregame Shootaround: A top-25 Big 12 clash highlights a slow Monday night--CollegeBasketballTalk
Valparaiso is one win from the 20-win mark already after a 73-48 blowout of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR:Late Night Snacks: Iowa State tops Texas in top-25 Big 12 battle; North Carolina beats Syracuse--CollegeBasketballTalk
Two of the Horizon League’s top teams play on Monday night as Valparaiso hosts Milwaukee and Cleveland State travels to Oakland. The Crusaders are a game behind the Vikings, but have the better non-conference profile.
STRUGGLEDHorizon League Midseason Review, Second Half Preview--Mid-Major Madness
1. Detroit’s Juwan Howard Jr.
The senior went 2-for-10 for only four points in a loss to Wright State. Howard Jr. is averaging 18.2 points per game on the season. The 6-foot-5 wing only had one other single-digit scoring game this season before Monday night.
Oakland held off Cleveland State for a Horizon League home win as guard Kahlil Felder made the go-ahead bucket and the game-icing free throws to seal the win. Felder led the Golden Grizzlies with 16 points and six assists.
Valparaiso raced out to a 30-5 lead on Milwaukee and never looked back for a Horizon League win. Sophomore forward Alec Peters had 24 points as the Crusaders improved to 19-4 and 6-2 in league play.
Valparaiso Shoots Out The Lights In 25-point Win Over Milwaukee--Mid-Major Madness
College hoops: UDM sleepwalks to loss; Oakland holds on--The Detroit Free Press
Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of Jan. 26--The Catch and Shoot
4. Green Bay (17-4, 6-1 Horizon). Last week: 6Chicago Weekly Awards: Jan. 26--The Catch and Shoot
Green Bay recorded a huge conference win Friday, defeating Valparaiso. The Phoenix are tied atop the Horizon League standings with the Cleveland State Vikings, who they play Saturday.
12. Valparaiso (18-4, 5-2 Horizon). Last week: 13
Valparaiso’s five-game winning streak ended Friday with a 51-50 loss at Green Bay. The Crusaders have a fairly easy week ahead with games against Milwaukee and UIC.
Player of the Week
Honorable mentions: Alec Peters, Valparaiso; Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern; Myke Henry, DePaul; Vashil Fernandez, Valparaiso
Team of the Week
Valparaiso split two games last week and had its five-game winning streak snapped, but there’s no reason not to be an optimistic Crusaders fan right now. The loss came to Horizon League favorite Green Bay by only one point on the road.
The Crusaders sit in third place right now, but after that performance they showed they will be in the mix for the conference title this winter.
Game of the Week
Honorable mentions: Valparaiso-Green Bay; Northwestern-Ohio State; DePaul-Seton Hall
Cleveland State continues to win through adversity - Local College Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State rally falls short at Oakland, 59-56--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State-Oakland preview--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Edged by Oakland 59-56--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State (12-10) Takes On Green Bay (17-4)--Vikings Ball
Lewis Picks Up Second Straight Player Of The Week Honor--csuvikings.com
Vikings Fall at Oakland, 59-56--csuvikings.com
Detroit starts poorly, falls to Wright State at home--The Detroit News
Detroit Falls to Wright State 64-53--Titans Update
Detroit (10-12) vs. Youngstown State (10-13)--Titans Update
Bass Named Horizon League Freshman of the Week--detroittitans.com
Titans Fall To Wright State On Nerd Night--detroittitans.com
Detroit coach Autumn Rademacher suspended one game--The Detroit News
Titans Visit Youngstown State On Wednesday--detroittitans.com
Photos: LeBron James attends Oakland-Cleveland State game--The Detroit Free Press
Monday's roundup: LeBron watches Oakland top Cleveland State--The Detroit News
Oakland Holds Off Cleveland State 59-56--Grizz Gang
Oakland (9-12) Faces Wright State (11-10)--Grizz Gang
Oakland defeats Cleveland State at home--Oakland Post
GOLDEN GRIZZLIES HAND CLEVELAND STATE 59-56 DEFEAT--ougrizzlies.com
GAME 22: OAKLAND FACES WRIGHT STATE--ougrizzlies.com
Sporting Blitz--Oakland Post
The Oakland University women’s basketball defeated Youngstown state 85-82 on Saturday to earn its third Horizon League. Olivia Nash led the team with 20 points in the effort.
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond attended the men’s basketball game on Thursday night against Milwaukee. On Monday night, LeBron James attended the game against Cleveland State to support his long time friend and Oakland assistant coach, Brandon Weems. Oakland athletics twitter handle
@goldengrizzlies was trending in Detroit at one point on Monday because of LeBron James’ appearance.
Corey Petros was named as a candidate for the senior class award. He has a 3.43 GPA and is only the third player to earn at least 1400 points and 800 rebounds.
Women’s team off their game--Oakland Post
Illinois College Basketball Rankings for the Week of Jan. 26--The Catch and Shoot
12. UIC (5-16, 1-5 Horizon). Last week: 12Flames lose grip on lead against Youngstown State--UIC News
UIC’s losing streak hit five Saturday with a loss at Youngstown State. The Flames wrap up their three-game road trip Thursday at Milwaukee.
Not enough juice--Whoosh!Net
UIC (5-16) Takes On Milwaukee (7-14)--Flame Fanatic
Women’s basketball team falls in overtime at Milwaukee--UIC News
UIC's Defense Stifles Valparaiso, 60-42--uicflames.com
Green Bay (17-4) Squares Off with Cleveland State (12-10)--Phoenix Fever
Antoine Pittman adds to his highlight reel--Phear The Phoenix
Rankings and Bracketology: January 26--Phear The Phoenix
UWM Panthers have a bad day at the office--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers take on conference monster Valpo--PantherU
Milwaukee Trounced by Valparaiso 73-48--UWM Update
Milwaukee (7-14) vs. UIC (5-16)--UWM Update
Hot-Shooting Valpo Knocks Off Milwaukee, 73-48--uwmpanthers.com
Green Earns National Honors After Leading UWM To 2-0 Week--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers Look To Extend Win Streak To Three In Cleveland--uwmpanthers.com
Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso cruises past Milwaukee--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso opens on 30-5 run to rout Milwaukee--The NWI Times
Valparaiso Punishes Milwaukee 73-48--Valpo Daily
Crusaders Ride Quick Start to Easy Win Monday--valpoathletics.com
Women’s Basketball: Valparaiso (4-14, 0-5) at UIC (12-6, 2-3)--The Post-Tribune
Women’s Basketball: Without Haylee Thompson, Jessi Wiedemann, Valpo feels pain vs. UIC--The Post-Tribune
First-Half Scoring Drought Costs Crusaders in Chicago--valpoathletics.com
Sharp-shooting Griffin, Benzinger blitz Detroit--Dayton Daily News
Injury doesn’t alter Griffin’s game--Dayton Daily News
Wright State vs. Oakland preview--Dayton Daily News
WSU will try to cool Horizon League’s hottest team--Dayton Daily News
Wright State Gets Win against Detroit 64-53--Rowdy Review
Wright State (11-10) Battles Oakland (9-12)--Rowdy Review
Men’s basketball: Griffin scores career high in win over Detroit--The Guardian
Men’s basketball notebook: Benzinger helps Raiders out of doldrums--The Guardian
Men Defeat Detroit 64-53--wsuraiders.com
Youngstown State (10-13) Takes On Detroit (10-12)--Guin Report
Men's Basketball Visits the Motor City to Take on Detroit Thursday--ysusports.com
YSU women look to rebound against Detroit--Youngstown Vindicator
Nikki Arbanas Named Horizon League Freshman of the Week--ysusports.com
Penguins Look to Bounce Back Wednesday vs. Detroit--ysusports.com
Cleveland State's Lewis, Detroit's Bass Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network
Oakland, Valpo and WSU Win on Monday Night--Horizon League Network
Milwaukee's Green and Youngstown State's Arbanas Collect Weekly Accolades--Horizon League Network