Saturday, February 14, 2015

News On The Horizon 2/14/2015

The Morning Dish – Friday, February 13, 2015--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu:

Wisconsin-Green Bay at Valparaiso (7 p.m. EST, ESPN2) Arguably the two top contenders in the Horizon League, and their first meeting was decided by a point.
The Morning Dish – Saturday, February 14, 2015--Hoopville
Side Dishes
The Horizon League also had a showdown, as Green Bay visited Valparaiso with first place on the line. Valparaiso made its six-point halftime lead stand up, building it up to 15 points before holding off Green Bay 63-59. Cleveland State had a chance to join Valparaiso atop the standings, but they went to Detroit and lost 66-65 on a late three-pointer by Juwan Howard, Jr., who had 23 points.
Pregame Shootaround: Underrated rivalry, Horizon League showdown highlights Friday slate--CollegeBasketballTalk
Late Night Snacks: No. 7 Arizona rolls past Washington, Iona-Manhattan doesn’t disappoint--CollegeBasketballTalk

Valparaiso 63, Green Bay 59

The Crusaders have won five games in a row since losing to Green Bay on Jan. 23. Valpo now holds a one-game lead over the Phoenix in the Horizon League standings.
Keifer Sykes, Green Bay: One of the top mid-major players looked better suited for Friday Night Fights not the Horizon League matchup that preceded it. The Green Bay guard had a bandage over his eye and remained on the bench in the final minutes with ice on his left hand. He was also just 2-of-13 for seven points in 30 minutes.
Mid-major report: Cameron Payne, Murray State racing to the tourney--Sports Illustrated
Weekend Spotlight: Green Bay (20-5) vs. Valparaiso (22-4), Friday, 7 p.m. EST, ESPN2

The Horizon is tight at the top, with a little help from the poor conference performances by Youngstown State and Illinois-Chicago, and Friday night’s primetime matchup between Green Bay and Valpo could go a long way toward determining the eventual seeding of the league.

Green Bay is an elite defensive team (19th in adjusted efficiency) and has one of the most dynamic point guards, Keifer Sykes, in all of college basketball. The Phoenix won the first meeting over the Crusaders by a single point in Green Bay, and they’ll head into a feisty road environment at the ARC.

Alec Peters, Valpo’s explosive sophomore forward, is averaging 17.3 points (on 46.7 percent shooting from deep) and 6.4 rebounds a game, but he was held to just nine points in the Jan. 23 loss to the Phoenix. If the Crusaders are going to split the season series, they’ll need Peters to play his best.

Cleveland State rallies, but can't hold on at Detroit, 66-65--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Narrowly Defeated by Detroit 66-65--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State (15-11) Takes On UIC (7-19)--Vikings Ball
Vikings Second Half Rally Falls Short at Detroit in 66-65

Howard's three helps UDM hold off Cleveland State 66-65--The Detroit Free Press
Friday's roundup: Howard hits winner in Detroit upset--The Detroit News

Detroit Escapes Cleveland State 66-65
--Titans Update Update
Howard, Titans Sink First Place Vikings, 66-65, Friday Night On

Valentine's Day Match-Up Has The Penguins In

Hayes emerging as 'X-factor' for Golden Grizzlies--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland ready for rematch with Detroit--The Oakland Press
Horizon League Power Rankings: Fantastic four teams in their own tier--The Oakland Press
Oakland (12-14) and Detroit (12-15) Square Off--Grizz Gang


Scanning the Nation Notebook – February 13, 2015--Hoopville

Also a special mention of Illinois-Chicago. We have a soft spot for teams that may not be particularly good but that continue to play hard. While the Flames have had another tough year (7-19 record) under coach Howard Moore, every time we’ve caught them on TV we can say this: it’s a team that has not quit. UIC has eight losses by six points or less, and the Flames have even knocked off a couple Horizon League foes of late, winning at Detroit and Wright State in the last week. UIC also was the team that finished 6-25 last year but defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee by 22 points just before the Horizon League Tournament, when Milwaukee would get on a run and make the NCAA Tournament.
Valpo grabs first place in Horizon League with win against Green Bay--The Catch and Shoot
UIC Picks Up Win against Wright State 79-75--Flame Fanatic
UIC (7-19) vs. Cleveland State (15-11)--Flame Fanatic
Flames Win Second Straight on the Road at WSU,

Women's Basketball Takes on Wright State

UWGB rally comes up short at Valpo--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Tripped Up by Valparaiso 63-59--Phoenix Fever
Rally Falls Short as Green Bay Loses at

UWGB women shackle Mingo, sweep Wright State--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women at UW-Milwaukee: What to expect--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Goes for Season Sweep at Milwaukee on

Milwaukee (10-15) Takes On Valparaiso (23-4)--UWM Update
Milwaukee Welcomes League Leader Valpo To Panther Arena

Panthers Welcome First-Place Phoenix For Valentine’s

Valparaiso holds off Green Bay to take control of conference--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders all alone in first place after wild win--Northwest Indiana Times
Valparaiso/Green Bay: Defining a Rivalry (No. 1)--Inside VU Sports
Valparaiso Drops Green Bay 63-59--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso (23-4) Faces Milwaukee (10-15)--Valpo Daily
Former men’s head basketball coach Homer Drew speaks about son Bryce--Valpo Torch
Windy City natives reflect on early years of playing basketball--Valpo Torch
Men’s senior sets career highs in multiple categories--Valpo Torch
Senior overcomes seasons of injuries--Valpo Torch
Valparaiso prepares for tough test as Phoenix come to town--Valpo Torch
Crusaders Claim First Place; Hold Off Green

Appreciation for speedy recovery grows with time for Valparaiso senior--Valpo Torch
Valparaiso senior cherishes memory of representing Ugandan national team--Valpo Torch
Young players flourish as Crusaders take care of Milwaukee--Valpo Torch
Walker Leads Crusaders to 69-56 Win over

Preview: Youngstown State at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Benzinger driving Raiders’ youth movement--Dayton Daily News
Raiders looking for one win to reverse spin--Dayton Daily News
Wright State Falls to UIC 79-75--Rowdy Review
Wright State (11-14) Goes Up against Youngstown State (10-17)--Rowdy Review
Men's Rally Falls Short Against

Women Fall at League-Leading Green

Youngstown State (10-17) vs. Wright State (11-14)--Guin Report
Penguins Start Big Road Trip at Detroit on

Valpo Wins to Claim Sole Possession of First; Howard Jr.'s Clutch Shot Lifts UDM--Horizon League Network

Interview: Cori Coleman--Horizon League Network

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