A few mid-majors have big matchups with first place on the line. In the Horizon League, Green Bay visits Cleveland State, while in the Missouri Valley, top 25 teams play each other for the first time since 1982 as Wichita State travels to Northern Iowa. In the Northeast Conference, Robert Morris hosts Bryant, and Bucknell hosts Colgate in a battle for the top of the tight Patriot League race. Late at night, Montana visits Sacramento State in the Big Sky.Saturday Notes – January 31, 2015--Hoopville
Cleveland State 76, Green Bay 62: The Vikings grab a half-game lead in the Horizon League for now after winning this showdown. Round two is in less than three weeks in Green Bay.The Morning Dish – Sunday, February 1, 2015--Hoopville
Valparaiso 70, UIC 65: Valparaiso keeps pace with Cleveland State, who they have already knocked off at home.
Side Dishes:Morning News: New Bracket, Duke Steals A Win, Louisville Stuns UNC, Northern Iowa Routs Wichita St, And Much More--Basketball Predictions
Just six Division I teams have reached the 20-win mark so far. By far the most surprising of them is Valparaiso, which joined the list after holding off Illinois-Chicago 70-65. (The others: Arizona, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Northern Iowa, Notre Dame). Also a note on UIC: junior guard D’Juan Miller has left the program for personal reasons, according to a release from the school. Miller was averaging 4.7 points and 4.0 assists per game for the Flames, who are struggling through another tough season at 5-18 overall and 1-7 in the Horizon League.
Cleveland State Knocks Off Green Bay Cleveland State struggled badly against a really difficult non-conference schedule, going just 6-8 overall. But they've played really well in Horizon League play so far. Not only are they now tied for first place in the Horizon League standings at 7-2, but they're now leading the league in efficiency margin in conference play (+0.14 PPP, compared to +0.13 PPP for Green Bay and +0.12 PPP for Valparaiso). This was an emphatic win that was never really in doubt, and it firmly turns the Horizon League from a two-team race to a three-team race. It will be hard to bet against Keifer Sykes in the Horizon League tourney, but Green Bay won't run away with the regular season title.
MSU 76, U-M 66 (OT): Spartans take control in extra time--The Detroit Free Press
Bryn Forbes also scored 10 and hit a three that seemed to put MSU in charge, up 66-61 with 1:24 left in regulation.Cleveland State game with Green Bay today a battle of guards - Local College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
But it would be nearly 5 minutes before the Wolverines would score again. And in that time, MSU ran off nine straight points. Trice hit a jumper to give MSU a 63-61 lead, then stole an Albrecht pass, then fed Forbes for a corner three to make it 66-61 Spartans with 1:24 left.
Cleveland State rolls to important Horizon League victory over Green Bay, 76-62 (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Green Bay Vs. Cleveland State preview--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State 76, Green Bay 62: Vikings Return the Favor, Rout Phoenix--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Defeats Green Bay 76-62--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State (13-10) Takes On Youngstown State (10-15)--Vikings Ball
Vikings Top Green Bay, 76-62, Move Back Into First Place--csuvikings.com
Vikings Post 72-64 Victory At Oakland--csuvikings.com
College roundup: EMU edges WMU; CMU tops Ohio; UDM falls--The Detroit Free Press
Milwaukee 78, Detroit 74Detroit Takes Loss against Milwaukee 78-74--Titans Update
MILWAUKEE — Akeem Springs scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Milwaukee to a 78-74 win over Detroit today.
Matt Tiby and Steve McWhorter added 16 points apiece for the Panthers (9-14, 4-5 Horizon League). Justin Jordan had 14.
Milwaukee led 35-33 at the break but a pair of 3-pointers by Juwan Howard Jr. and another by Anton Wilson early in the second half helped Detroit to a 47-42 lead. An 8-0 Milwaukee run followed to put the Panthers back on top, 50-47, with 12:44 to play. A Springs 3-pointer gave the Panthers a 67-57 lead with 5:06 remaining and Detroit responded with a 9-2 run to pull to within three, 69-66, before Milwaukee sealed the win with Springs and McWhorter combining for 6 of 10 from the line in the final minute.
Howard led the Titans (11-13, 4-5) with 18 points.
Howard's Second Half Flurry Not Enough in Milwaukee--detroittitans.com
Williams’ defense the catalyst for Oakland’s success--The Oakland Press
Oakland Clobbers Youngstown State 96-80--Grizz Gang
Oakland (11-12) Takes On UIC (5-18)--Grizz Gang
OAKLAND SCORES 96 IN WIN OVER YOUNGSTOWN STATE--ougrizzlies.com
OAKLAND SUFFERS 72-64 SETBACK TO CLEVELAND STATE--ougrizzlies.com
UIC Stumbles with Loss to Valparaiso 70-65--Flame Fanatic
UIC (5-18) Goes Up against Oakland (11-12)--Flame Fanatic
D'Juan Miller Leaves Basketball Program for Personal Reasons--uicflames.com
Fells Scores 28 in Near-Comeback Against Valparaiso--uicflames.com
Women's Basketball Falls to Green Bay, 64-45--uicflames.com
UWGB men come up short at Cleveland State--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB men vs. Wright State: What to watch for--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Loses to Cleveland State 76-62--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay (17-5) vs. Wright State (11-11)--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Stumbles in Loss at Cleveland State--GreenBayPhoenix.com
UWGB women pull away at Illinois-Chicago--Green Bay Press Gazette
Strong Second Half Lifts Green Bay Past UIC--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Huge free-throw edge helps Panthers hold off Detroit--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers look back while looking to grow home win streak--PantherU
Milwaukee Downs Detroit 78-74--UWM Update
Balanced Attack Helps Milwaukee Get Past Detroit, 78-74--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers' women's basketball team get snowed under--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
First Half Sets The Tone As Panthers Fall At YSU--uwmpanthers.com
Ugly win still counts for Valparaiso--The NWI Times
Valparaiso Gets Win against UIC 70-65--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso (20-4) and Detroit (11-13) Square Off--Valpo Daily
Crusaders Hold On at UIC, Earn 20th Win of Season--valpoathletics.com
Green Bay-Wright State preview--Dayton Daily News
Raiders refocusing goals as league losses mount--Dayton Daily News
Wright State (11-11) Goes Up against Green Bay (17-5)--Rowdy Review
Men’s basketball: Donlon shifts focus on March--The Guardian
Oakland handles Youngstown State 96-80--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Easily Defeated by Oakland 96-80--Guin Report
Youngstown State (10-15) and Cleveland State (13-10) Square Off--Guin Report
Men’s Basketball Suffers Worst Loss of Season--The Jambar
Bobby Hain Ties Career High In Defeat to Oakland--ysusports.com
Penguins celebrate birthday, victory--Youngstown Vindicator--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Benjamin celebrates birthday with win
Women’s Basketball Rebounds Against Milwaukee--The Jambar
Penguins Bounce Back in Big Way, Top Milwaukee 87-64--ysusports.com
CSU, UWM & Valpo Secure Wins on Saturday--Horizon League Network
Oakland Rides Hot-Shooting to Road Win--Horizon League Network
YSU, CSU and Green Bay Grab Saturday Victories--Horizon League Network