Saturday, February 28, 2015

News On The Horizon 2/28/2015

The Morning Dish – Monday, February 23, 2015--Hoopville
So much for a showdown in Cleveland on Friday night. Milwaukee pulled off a 66-60 win over
visiting Cleveland State, putting the Vikings two games back in the loss column. That means Valparaiso can clinch the regular season title with a win at Detroit on Wednesday night. If Detroit wins, Cleveland State can tie the Crusaders with a win on Friday night.
The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 26, 2015--Hoopville
It’s starting to look like no one wants to win the Horizon League. Valparaiso had a chance to wrap up the regular season title but lost to Detroit 63-60. The Crusaders appeared to tighten up late, forcing a terrible shot on their final possession and then committing a bad foul on Juwan Howard, Jr.’s fall-away turnaround three-point attempt with 1.3 seconds left, after which Howard hit the three deciding free throws.
The Morning Dish – Friday, February 27, 2015--Hoopville
Keifer Sykes scored 36 points as Wisconsin-Green Bay held off Illinois-Chicago 72-67. More on the Horizon League race below.
Tonight’s Menu: Full Ivy League and heavy MAAC schedules, plus a few others

Valparaiso at Cleveland State (10 p.m. EST, ESPNU) It the Crusaders win, it’s simple: Valpo takes the Horizon League title outright and gets one of the two double byes into the semifinals of the conference tourney, which it would host as the No. 1 seed. If the Vikings win, then Valpo cannot win the title and tiebreakers will decide the top seed and tournament host between CSU and the winner of Saturday’s Green Bay/Oakland game.
O26 Weekly Awards: Miami (OH), Kyle Wiltjer, Howie Dickenman & Binghamton…--Rush The Court
O26 Player of the Week
Honorable Mentions: Maodo Lo – Columbia (35 points at Brown… 18 points, six rebounds at Yale); Amere May – Delaware State (39 points vs. Coppin State… 30 points at Hampton); Greg Mays – Green Bay (34 points vs. Detroit… 19 points, seven rebounds vs. Cleveland State); Zeek Woodley – Northwestern State (36 points vs. Central Arkansas… 25 points vs. New Orleans); Jalan West – Northwestern State (10 points, 11 assists, five steals vs. Central Arkansas… 36 points vs. New Orleans); Jalen Cannon – St. Francis-Brooklyn (27 points, 15 rebounds vs. Fairleigh Dickinson… 23 points, 15 rebounds vs. Saint Francis (PA))
O26 Dunk of the Week

Keifer Sykes – Green Bay. Newsflash: Sykes is still (barely) 6’0’’ and dunking like he’s 6’6’’. This latest high-flying installment came at the expense of Detroit’s Paris Bass last Wednesday night. That’s right Paris… just get out of his way.

Sunday’s Snacks: No. 9 Utah, No. 24 Ohio State suffer road losses--CollegeBasketballTalk
2. Kahlil Felder, Oakland

20 points (8-for-14 FG), 14 assists (two turnovers) and five rebounds in the Golden Grizzlies’ 81-56 win over UIC.
J.J. Panoske scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures as Milwaukee beat Cleveland State 66-60. The Vikings’ loss means that Valparaiso clinched at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title.

Cleveland State knocked off at UW Milwaukee, 66-60--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State needs assistance to win the Horizon League title - Local College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State has chance at Horizon League title after all--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State's Anton Grady, Valparaiso's Alec Peters in head-to-head battle for Player of Year--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU Basketball Notebook: Vikings still Alive for No. 1 seed--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Slips with Loss to Milwaukee 66-60--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State Finishes Their 2014-2015 Season with Valparaiso--Vikings Ball
Vikings Fall at Milwaukee,
Vikings Host Valparaiso in Regular Season

Vikings Come Away With 77-70 Victory At
Vikings Conclude Roadswing At Milwaukee

UDM 63, Valparaiso 60: Titans snap Crusaders' win streak--The Detroit Free Press
Wednesday's roundup: Detroit slips past Horizon leader--The Detroit News
Detroit Sneaks by Valparaiso 63-60--Titans Update
Senior Delight As Titans Knock Off First Place Valparaiso, 63-60, In Final Regular Season
2015 Men's Basketball Summer Camps

Freshman dynamo--Varsity Press
Titans Drop Regular Season Home Finale On Thursday
Three Game Road Swing Starts At Valparaiso On

Oakland guard Kahlil Felder shatters a defenders ankles (VIDEO)--CollegeBasketballTalk
Oakland guard drops defender with a dazzling crossover--The Dagger
OU's Dante Williams eventually emerged as defensive stopper--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland-Green Bay matchup fueld by player-of-year talk--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland keeps conference title hopes alive with win over Youngstown State--The Oakland Press
Hooper Comes Alive! Junior guard’s hot hand helps Oakland douse Flames--Press Row Sports
Horizon League Power Rankings: Conference’s best players peaking down the stretch--Press Row Sports
Pesky Penguins unable to halt Oakland’s winning streak on senior night--Press Row Sports

Oakland Whips UIC 81-56
--Grizz Gang
Oakland Gets Win against Youngstown State 82-71--Grizz Gang
Oakland burns UIC Flames 81-56--Oakland Post
Oakland ices out YSU Penguins, keeps HL championship hopes alive--Oakland Post
The case for K: Why Felder's the Horizon League's frontrunner--Oakland Post


Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of Feb. 23--The Catch and Shoot
6. Valparaiso (25-4, 12-2 Horizon). Last week: 6

Valparaiso held off Wright State in its only game of the week to keep hold of first place in the Horizon League. The Crusaders have won seven games in a row.
14. Green Bay (21-7, 10-4 Horizon). Last week: 7

Green Bay fell out of the Horizon League title race Friday with an overtime loss at home to Cleveland State. The Phoenix finish the season with games they should be favored in against UIC and Oakland. Now their focus will turn to getting the No. 2 in the Horizon League Tournament, which would still give them a bye to the conference semifinals.
Chicago Weekly Awards: Feb. 23--The Catch and Shoot
Player of the Week

Valparaiso played only game this week, and the Crusaders won thanks to a great performance from sophomore forward Alec Peters. Peters posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a pair of steals. He shoot 7-of-14 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Honorable mention: Tre Demps, Northwestern; Vic Law, Northwestern;J ay Harris, UIC
VIDEO: Oakland guard Kahlil Felder breaks Bobby Hain’s ankles--The Catch and Shoot
Untimely errors spoil UIC comeback against Green Bay--The Catch and Shoot
Flames can’t keep momentum against Grizzlies--UIC News
Extinguished after hot start--Whoosh!Net
Sykes is Flame retardant--Whoosh!Net
UIC Easily Defeated by Oakland 81-56--Flame Fanatic
UIC (7-22) and Green Bay (21-7) Square Off--Flame Fanatic
Hot-Shooting Grizzlies Down UIC,
Flames Comeback Falls Short against Green Bay,
UIC Hosts Wright State in Regular Season Finale on

Basketball falls to Horizon’s No. 1 Green Bay--UIC News
Nunn’s layup nets win for Flames against Milwaukee--UIC News
Nunn's Layup Leads Flames Past Milwaukee,
Truiett to Be Honored as UIC Hosts Oakland

Late Night Snacks: Minnesota wins at Michigan State, No. 7 Arizona and No. 13 Utah roll--CollegeBasketballTalk

1. Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes

Sykes surpassed the 2,000-point mark in the Phoenix’s win over UIC, scoring 36 points on 13-for-23 shooting from the field while also accounting for six rebounds, four steals and three assists.
In front of hometown friends and family who molded him, Keifer Sykes reaches major milestone--The Catch and Shoot
VIDEO: Keifer Sykes scores 2,000th career point in return home to Chicago--The Catch and Shoot
Horizon slate a worthy foe for UWGB men--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB men vs. Illinois-Chicago: What to watch for--Green Bay Press Gazette
Sykes' career night lifts Phoenix men--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB men vs. Oakland: What to watch for--Green Bay Press Gazette
Double bye to semi-finals still within reach--Phear The Phoenix
242K: Sykes Passes 2,000 Career Points, Posts Career High in
Sykes Putting Up Unprecedented Numbers in League
Quartet of Phoenix Players to Be Honored for Senior

UWGB women Horizon champs again after beating Oakland--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women vs. Youngstown State: What to watch for--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Looks to Secure Outright League Title at
Green Bay Seizes Outright League Title with Win at
Green Bay Goes for Perfect League Road Record at
Phoenix Feature: Big Week for Women's

Steve McWhorter faces no regrets on staying with Milwaukee through postseason ban--The Catch and Shoot
Prideful Panthers happy to finish home slate with a victory--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panoske provide the dramatic touch for UWM--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers look to send seniors out winners--PantherU
Heading into the last week--PantherU
Panthers open final trip at WSU--PantherU
Black and Gold drops WSU, guarantees .500--PantherU
Milwaukee Drops Cleveland State 66-60--UWM Update
Milwaukee (12-16) Squares Off with Wright State (11-17)--UWM Update
Milwaukee Sends Seniors Out In Style With 66-60 Win Over Cleveland
McWhorter Tabbed Horizon League Player Of The
Panoske’s Late Three Lifts Milwaukee Over Wright State,
Red-Hot Milwaukee Closes 2014-15 Season At Youngstown State

Late shot sinks Panthers' women's basketball team--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Lindner Earns Horizon League Freshman Of The Week
Women’s Team Holds Grade School Basketball ClinicWomen’s Team Holds Grade School Basketball
Thrilling Milwaukee Comeback Comes Up Just
February Closes With PINK OUT And Senior Day Against

Like father, like son--Current in Zionsville
Searching for Cinderella: Valparaiso--Define Mid-Major
Mid-majors ready to make some noise--Four Corners
Potential 12-seeds worth a pick
Valparaiso (25-4, 12-2 Horizon League)

What's to like: How can you not like the Crusaders for an upset, when they're coached by the ultimate Cinderella-moment-maker, Bryce Drew? If that's not enough, Valpo has the sort of singular player who can make March magic happen in Alec Peters. The sophomore averages 17 points and 6.7 boards a night and has failed to reach double figures just four times this season. And, in a wildly competitive Horizon League, the Crusaders have won seven in a row and 12 of their past 13.
Pregame Shootaround: Valparaiso looks to clinch outright Horizon League title--CollegeBasketballTalk
Valpo falls by three on Howard's free throws--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso gets another shot at outright Horizon League title--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso has eyes on Horizon League prize--The NWI Times
Crusaders suffer late heartbreak in Detroit--The NWI Times
Crusaders heading to Cleveland with Horizon title on the line--The NWI Times
Freshman seizes opportunity off bench, fills needed point guard role--The Torch
Valparaiso Narrowly Beaten by Detroit 63-60--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso Closes Their 2014-2015 Season with Cleveland State--Valpo Daily
Ranking the Best Mid-Major Teams in College Basketball in 2014-15--Bleacher Report
Valpo Basketball
Crusaders Fall on Road at
Title, Hosting Rights on the Line Friday at Cleveland

Valparaiso women aim to slow Cleveland State--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso rides second-half burst, but falls short--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso women eye third straight win over Detroit--The Post-Tribune
Cleveland State pulls away from VU women in second half--The NWI Times
Crusaders to make most of final weeks of play in injury-plagued season--The Torch
Vikings Prevail 77-70 over Crusader
Pair of Promotions on Tap for Women's Home

WSU mission: Stop skid, send seniors out smiling--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Donlon irate as WSU drops 8th straight--Dayton Daily News
Tiby trouble for Raiders as losing streak grows--Dayton Daily News
First-round home game on line today for WSU--Dayton Daily News
Men’s basketball: Defenses target Karena--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Raiders prepare for senior night--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Senior night brings emotions--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Last second 3 sinks Raiders--The Guardian
Benzinger Honored by Horizon
Men Drop 61-58 Heartbreaker to Milwaukee on Senior

Bradbury notches 100th win at WSU--Dayton Daily News
Mingo Named Finalist for Lieberman
Women Defeat Detroit as Bradbury Wins #100 at

Tough test ahead for YSU defense--Youngstown Vindicator
Oakland defeats YSU men, 82-71--Youngstown Vindicator
Youngstown State Downed by Oakland 82-71--Guin Report
Late Surge Pushes Oakland Past Penguins,
Men's Basketball Hosts Milwaukee on Senior Night

Awards keep coming for YSU’s Schlegel--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women host Horizon League’s best in Green Bay--Youngstown Vindicator
Unselfish Schlegel powers YSU women--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins Prepare for Top-Ranked Green Bay--The Jambar
Schlegel Collects Several Awards for High-Scoring
Penguins Set to Battle Green Bay on Saturday at

Milwaukee's McWhorter and Wright State's Benzinger Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network
Feature: Rewards of Coaching--Horizon League Network
Interview: Greg Kampe--Horizon League Network
#HLMBB Weekly - February 25, 2015--Horizon League Network
Clutch Free Throws Lead to UDM Win; Oakland Stays Perfect at Home in League--Horizon League Network
Sykes' Career-High Leads GB to Win; UWM Wins on Late Three-Pointer--Horizon League Network

Youngstown State's Schlegel and Milwaukee's Lindner Collect Weekly Honors--Horizon League Network
WSU's Tay'ler Mingo Named Finalist for Lieberman Award--Horizon League Network
#HLWBB Weekly - February 25, 2015--Horizon League Network
Cleveland State and UIC Garner Wednesday Wins--Horizon League Network
Interview: Mehryn Kraker--Horizon League Network
Phoenix Claim Outright Regular Season Title; Mike Bradbury Collects 100th Win at WSU--Horizon League Network

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