Sunday, February 22, 2015

News On The Horizon 2/22/2015

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 18, 2015--Hoopville
Side Dishes:

A pair of games on Tuesday were affected by weather. Cleveland State and Western Carolina were going to play an unusual mid-February non-conference game at WCU as the return game in a two-year contract, but CSU did not travel due to a snow storm. That one has been cancelled with no reschedule date.
The Morning Dish – Friday, February 20, 2015--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu: Seven games on tap, including a full Ivy League slate

Cleveland State at Wisconsin-Green Bay (7 p.m. EST, ESPN2) Two teams tied for second in the Horizon, just one game back of Valparaiso. One would think the Phoenix have too much firepower for the Vikings, but CSU just hasn’t gone away.
The Morning Dish – Saturday, February 21, 2015--Hoopville
Side Dishes
Cleveland State stayed right with Valparaiso in the Horizon League with a 66-61 overtime win at Green Bay. The two teams were tied entering the night, but it is the Vikings that have a showdown next Friday at home against the Crusaders, and that game could be for all the marbles.
Saturday Notes – February 21, 2015--Hoopville
Valparaiso 55, Wright State 48: The stage is almost set for the showdown between the Crusaders and Cleveland State on Friday night. Each has one game before that one.
Horizon League Breakdown: Valpo on Top With Work to be Done--Rush The Court
Wednesday’s Snacks: No. 4 Duke comes back, and No. 12 Louisville continues to struggle--CollegeBasketballTalk
Greg Mays (34 points) and Keifer Sykes (23, eight assists and seven rebounds) led Green Bay to a 96-78 win over Detroit. The Phoenix are now tied for second in the Horizon League with Cleveland State (a game behind Valparaiso), and the two teams meet Friday night.
Pregame Shootaround: Horizon League heavyweights meet in Green Bay--CollegeBasketballTalk
Late Night Snacks: Cleveland State takes down Green Bay again--CollegeBasketballTalk
Night Court: Duke beats UNC in an overtime instant classic--Eye On College Basketball
3. Can we just lump in a whole bunch of Green Bay player? The Phoenix won 96-76 over Detroit. Jordan Fouse: 13 points, nine assists, six rebounds, four steals; Keifer Sykes: 23 points, eight assists, seven rebounds; Greg Mays: game-high 34 points.

Also hoo boy, Sykes!

Night Court: Zags rally from 17 down; UK scores 110; Xavier, LSU good Ws--Eye On College Basketball
Other outcomes blipping the radar:
Behind 17 points and 10 boards from Alec Peters, Valparaiso improved to 25-4 overall and 12-2 in the Horizon with its 55-48 win against Wright State.
Mail: Which mid-majors could bust brackets? Was Gibbs' supension just?--Sports Illustrated
I’m glad Joe used the word “unheralded” because that eliminates Gonzaga, Wichita State and Northern Iowa, all of which are technically midmajors. Here are my top five candidates:

1. Murray State. I ranked the Racers 22nd on my AP ballot this week, so there’s no sense in easing up on the accelerator now. Besides not having lost a game since Nov. 29, Murray State could very well enter an NCAA tournament game against a high-major school with the best player on the floor in 6’2” sophomore point guard Cameron Payne. That is usually not the case.

2. Valparaiso. The last team to beat Murray State. Bryce Drew’s Crusaders are in first place in the Horizon with an 11-2 record (24-4 overall). Their leading scorer is Alec Peters, a versatile 6’9” sophomore forward who could start for a lot of power conference teams.
Green Bay hosts Cleveland St. in key Horizon League matchup--Busting Brackets

Hey Joe: Last-minute thoughts as Spartans invade U-M--The Detroit Free Press
The switch to look for tonight is MSU senior Travis Trice starting at shooting guard, with Bryn Forbes becoming the sixth man off the bench. Regardless of whether that happens, the bigger question in basketball is always who finishes the game, not who starts it. You know Trice, Branden Dawson, Denzel Valentine and a big are going to be on the floor for MSU in "winning time." Freshman Tum Tum Nairn replaced Bryn Forbes against Ohio State, Izzo giving up shooting but getting better defense and playmaking in return. When Forbes is hot on a particular night, he probably gets the nod there. But before Nairn emerged, he had that fifth spot by default. Now Izzo has more options.
No shots? No problem for Valentine, Spartans at U-M--The Detroit Free Press
"They tried to take me out the game a little bit, but it freed up other guys," Valentine said. "Trav had a big night, (Dawson) had a big night and Bryn (Forbes) had a lot of open shots. We got the win, that's all I'm happy about."

Forbes (seven points, 1 for 7 from three) had open looks all night, several of them on sharp Valentine passes that could have been assists. The Spartans (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten) are still waiting, though, for all three of its stars to have a big game in a big game.
Hey Joe: Mailbag goes cuckoo for Tum Tum--The Detroit Free Press
So the latest mailbag is heavy on the Tum Tum, for various reasons:

* I have a few Tum Tum questions:
2. With the recent success of Tum Tum starting and Trice coming off the bench, do you think this lineup will/should remain for rest of the season?
I answered the second question above. I think this is going to be the lineup for the rest of the season, though I still think it's possible Trice replaces Bryn Forbes as the starting off guard. This is somewhat reminiscent of a decade ago when Drew Neitzel replaced Chris Hill as MSU's starting point guard midway through that season, a move that helped the Spartans improve and eventually make a Final Four run. Nairn and Trice also make up a tandem that is somewhat reminiscent of Travis Walton and Neitzel in 2006-07, when MSU needed Neitzel off the ball making shots. So … MSU's backcourt is all Drew Neitzel, at different stages.
Spartans find confidence during win streak--The Detroit News
Izzo will also play Nairn and Trice together plenty while still expecting plenty of contribution from guard Bryn Forbes, as well as Costello and Gavin Schilling at center.
Cleveland State game canceled at Western Carolina for Tuesday night--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State starts big road series at Green Bay and Milwaukee--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State edges UW-Green Bay in overtime, 66-61--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Game at Western Carolina Cancelled--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Picks Up Win over Green Bay 66-61 in OT--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State (17-11) Goes Up against Milwaukee (11-16)--Vikings Ball
Vikings Win in Overtime at Green Bay,
Vikings Conclude Wisconsin Swing at

Second Half Run Gives CSU 67-63 Victory Over Wright
Vikings Drop 78-65 Contest At

College hoops: UDM, EMU, CMU win; WMU fall at home--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Blown Out by Green Bay 96-76--Titans Update
Detroit Takes Down Youngstown State 83-70--Titans Update
Detroit Closes Their 2014-2015 Season with Valparaiso--Titans Update
#DetroitsCollegeTeam Visits Green Bay
ass Records Third Double-Double in Loss at Green
Team Effort Lifts Detroit Past Penguins,

Titan Basketball to Host Pink, Purple

Titans Comeback Just Falls Short At Oakland In #MetroSeries
Titans Earn 78-65 Victory Over Vikings on Senior

Kahlil Felder leads Oakland past Detroit 83-78 at O'rena--The Detroit Free Press
Slowed game pace working well for Golden Grizzlies--The Detroit Free Press
Horizon League Power Rankings: Valpo’s big win shakes up the top--Press Row Sports
Max Hooper’s shooting helps Golden Grizzlies escape Wright State with 76-67 victory--Press Row Sports
Oakland Picks Up Win against Wright State 76-67--Grizz Gang
Oakland (14-14) Goes Up against UIC (7-21)--Grizz Gang
Oakland spares Detroit no mercy--Oakland Post
Oakland defeats injury-ridden Wright State--Oakland Post

Popkey honored, seals the deal late against Detroit--Oakland Post

UIC finishes road trip with 67-59 loss to Cleveland State--The Catch and Shoot
UIC fails to capitalize in home loss to Milwaukee--The Catch and Shoot
UIC guard Jay Harris surpasses 1,000 career points with 27-point performance--The Catch and Shoot
Felder sparks Oakland to 81-56 win over Illinois-Chicago--Daily Herald
Flames fall at No. 2 Cleveland State--UIC News
Falling flat at home--Whoosh!Net
UIC Tripped Up by Milwaukee 71-60--Flame Fanatic
UIC (7-21) vs. Oakland (14-14)--Flame Fanatic
Jay Harris Eclipses 1,000 Career Points in Home
UIC at Oakland on Sunday for Final Road

Women’s basketball hot on boards--UIC News
Women's Basketball Falls at Green Bay,

UWGB men vs. Cleveland State: What to watch for--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB men blow late lead in crushing loss--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix fly high over Titans: Photo Gallery--UWGB Fourth Estate
Green Bay Wins Big over Detroit 96-76--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Tripped Up by Cleveland State 66-61 in OT--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay (21-7) and UIC (7-22) Face Off--Phoenix Fever
Next up: Friday night showdown with Cleveland State--Phoenix Fever
Alec Brown makes Bakersfield Jam debut--Phoenix Fever
GB suspends Henry Uwadiae "indefinitely"--Phear The Phoenix
Alec Brown Set to Make NBA D-League
Mays' Career-High 34 Fuels Phoenix
Keifer Sykes Named Finalist for Bob Cousy
Cleveland State Hands Green Bay First Home

UWGB women vs. Illinois-Chicago: What to watch for--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women clinch 17th straight Horizon title in rout--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix Feature: Coach Sarah
Borseth Seizes Win No. 600 as Green Bay Routs
Green Bay Throttles UIC to Claim 17th-Straight League

Panthers finally earn road win--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tough roads to traverse--PantherU
Milwaukee Drops UIC 71-60--UWM Update
Milwaukee (11-16) Faces Cleveland State (17-11)--UWM Update
Milwaukee Earns 71-60 Road Win Over
Milwaukee Hosts Cleveland State Sunday In 2014-15 Home

Panthers can't seal the deal--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Back on TV Thursday Against Penguins--Panther Blog Zone
Women’s Basketball Pink Out Game Set For February
Panthers Drop Heartbreaker To YSU In Final

Scanning the Nation Notebook – February 20, 2015--Hoopville

Valparaiso has a glittering record (24-4, including 11-2 in the Horizon League) but has had some bad luck with injuries at the point guard spot this year, losing returning starter Lexus Williams to an ACL tear in September and then seeing the in-season starter Keith Carter go down in early January with a toe injury. Bryce Drew came up with a creative solution, going with 6-foot-8 senior E. Victor Nickerson at the point. Nickerson obviously has a big size advantage against most point guards defending him, and began using it increasingly more frequently to post up or drive on smaller guys as he got more comfortable in the role. One thing that helps is Valpo runs a lot of ball screen offense, so Nickerson wasn’t being expected to be a penetrator and distributor so much as someone to just get the team into its plays. Good news for the Crusaders is that Carter returned on Sunday in a win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
COURTSIDE CANADA: Valparaiso freshman guard Tevonn Walker settling into life in the NCAA--Edmonton Sun
Wright State gives Valparaiso a scare on senior night--The Catch and Shoot
Valpo's Keith Carter stays upbeat, on upswing in comeback--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso seniors celebrate night with a victory--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders begin final week with title in mind--The NWI Times
Peters leads Valparaiso men past Wright State--The NWI Times
Breaking down Horizon League stretch run--Inside VU Sports
Valparaiso finds victory in big conference matchup--The Torch
Skara posts big numbers in few minutes of playing time each game--The Torch
Love in the air at the ARC--The Torch
Valparaiso Knocks Off Wright State 55-48--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso (25-4) and Detroit (13-17) Face Off--Valpo Daily
Valpo Basketball
Crusaders Close Out Perfect Home League Slate

Scouting Valparaiso vs. Green Bay women's basketball--The Post-Tribune
Injury bug bites Valparaiso again in loss to Green Bay--The Post-Tribune
Post-Tribune Local Roundup for Saturday, Feb. 21--The Post-Tribune
Schlegel torches Valparaiso for 38 in Horizon League rout--The NWI Times
Young Crusaders making huge impact on women’s program--The Torch
Associate head coach finds himself back at Valparaiso--The Torch
There’s no stopping Heidi Schlegel as Youngstown downs Valparaiso--The Torch
Crusaders Go Cold in Green
Penguins, Schlegel Hold on Loosely in Win over Valpo

Raiders set sights on more than stopping skid--Dayton Daily News
Valpo rallies to hand WSU 7th straight loss--Dayton Daily News
Wright State Beaten by Oakland 76-67--Rowdy Review
Wright State Takes Loss against Valparaiso 55-48--Rowdy Review
Wright State (11-17) Takes On Milwaukee (12-16)--Rowdy Review
Men’s basketball: Duo’s emergence not enough to stem losses--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Light at the end of the tunnel--The Guardian
Raider Spotlight: Arceneaux plays through the pain--The Guardian
Men’s basketball notebook: Benzinger joins 30-point club--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Raiders drop sixth in a row--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: No longer freshmen--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Not in the zone--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Eight minute stretch dooms Raiders--The Guardian
Men Fall to Oakland Despite Benzinger's 31
Men Drop 55-48 Decision at

Jump picked for WCBA’s ‘Coach’ program--Dayton Daily News
Dutch sophomore big for WSU women--Dayton Daily News
Women’s basketball: Raiders bounce back against Oakland--The Guardian
Jump Selected to WBCA's "So You Want To Be A Coach"
Women Fall at Cleveland
Women Defeat Oakland for 20th Win of

YSU downs WSU behind Keene--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU’s Slocum on cusp of milestone win--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU’s Slocum misses first chance at 700th win--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU finally breaks through with league win--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Slocum in line for 700th win--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Detroit tops Penguins--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Takes Loss against Detroit 83-70--Guin Report
Youngstown State (11-18) Battles Oakland (15-14)--Guin Report
YSU Men’s Basketball Could Stop Titan Offense--The Jambar
Penguins Battle Back But Fall to Hot-Shooting

Keene, Schlegel receive top honor--Youngstown Vindicator

Barnes’ Penguins control their own destiny--Youngstown Vindicator
Schlegel’s 38 points rally YSU women past Milwaukee--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU’s twin towers--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Schlegel’s 38 pushes YSU women past Milwaukee--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Schlegel scores 38 again, YSU women win big--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins Look to Continue Win Streak--The Jambar
Schlegel Named to WBCA’s ‘So You Want To Be A Coach’ Class of
Schlegel Repeats as Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the
Schlegel Scores 38 to Lift Penguins to Come-From-Behind Win at
Schlegel Delivers Encore Performance in YSU's 87-69 Win at

#HLMBB Weekly - February 18, 2015--Horizon League Network
Interview: Juwan Howard Jr.--Horizon League Network
Green Bay and Oakland Win on Wednesday Night--Horizon League Network
Oakland's Corey Petros Earns Haier Achievement Award--Horizon League Network
UWM Scores Road Win at UIC--Horizon League Network
Green Bay's Keifer Sykes Named Finalist for Bob Cousy Award--Horizon League Network
Interview: Gary Waters--Horizon League Network
Cleveland State Wins OT Thriller at Green Bay--Horizon League Network
Interview: Marcus Keene--Horizon League Network
UDM Rides Hot Start to Victory: Valpo Overcomes Halftime Deficit to Win--Horizon League Network
Valpo Holds Onto 1st; Detroit Clinches 1st Round Home Game--Horizon League Network

Green Bay's Mary Ellen Gillespie Appointed to NCAA DI Women's Basketball Committee--Horizon League Network
#HLWBB Weekly - February 18, 2015--Horizon League Network
Cleveland State, Oakland Claim Mid-Week Wins--Horizon League Network
Interview: Jasmyn Walker--Horizon League Network
Detroit's Leahy, Youngstown State's Schlegel Collect Scholar-Athlete of the Month Honors--Horizon League Network
Green Bay Head Coach Kevin Borseth Earns 600th Career Win--Horizon League Network
Green Bay Clinches Share of Regular Season Title--Horizon League Network

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