Oakland at Valparaiso Two of the four teams in heavy competition for honors in the Horizon League.
Damaging loss for MSU at home vs. Illinois, 59-54--The Detroit Free Press
"We got what we deserved," said MSU junior guard Denzel Valentine, who suggested that Izzo go with Bryn Forbes instead of him for a pair of technical-foul free throws, after Illinois guard Jaylon Tate got a technical for bumping into Travis Trice at the line.MSU notes: Latest loss shows foul shooting still a problem--The Detroit Free Press
Box score: Illinois 59, Michigan State 54
"It's extremely frustrating," said MSU junior guard Bryn Forbes, who split the technical free throws after Trice split his free throws.
Trice (69% foul shooter entering the game), who later said Tate apologized for what he considered an inadvertent hit, missed his second shot. Then Forbes (81.3%) missed his first, and the Breslin groans reached full volume.
"Our best shooters should go up there," Izzo said, "and be able to make a damn free throw."
"It's just difficult to watch," said Bryn Forbes, who came in at 81.3% on free throws but missed a chance to tie the game from the line with 33.2 ticks left.Poor free-throw shooting dooms MSU--The Detroit News
It's clearly difficult for the Breslin fans to watch as well, considering the angry reactions to every miss — and sarcastic cheers when Forbes went 2-for-2 on a first-half trip to the line.
Forbes shot two technical fouls with 33.2 seconds left after a hotly debated call on Illinois guard Jaylon Tate. Denzel Valentine said he asked Forbes if he would make two shots, Forbes said yes.
Valentine — who leads the team at 83.3% from the line but missed a free throw in last week's win over Michigan that helped U-M force overtime — said he told Izzo to go with Forbes.
Before Forbes talked with reporters, he went to the MSU practice gym and shot free throws for about 15 minutes.
The overall numbers were bad enough – 7-for-18 from line – but it was who was missing them and when. Travis Trice, Bryn Forbes and Matt Costello – three of Michigan State's best – all missed them at crunch time when the Spartans had a chance to pull out a game they really had no business winning.Cleveland State wins 'losable' game against Wright State, takes Horizon League lead--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Costello missed the front end of a one-and-one with Michigan State trailing by four with just less than four minutes to play, but the big misses came from Trice and Forbes.
With 33.2 seconds to play, Trice went to the line for a one-and-one with Illinois up 55-52. He made the first and on the shot, Illinois' Jaylon Tate was called for a technical foul after he hit Trice in the midsection. That meant Michigan State had three more free throws and were getting the ball.
The result was a miss from Trice and a split from Forbes. It left the Spartans behind by a point and they were unable to get a decent shot on the following possession as Denzel Valentine put up a wild shot in the lane and fouled out on the rebound.
Valentine, who missed a key free throw late in the Michigan win, said he told Izzo to put Forbes at the line for the technical free throws.
"I told him to send Bryn," Valentine said. "He had been to the line and shot 2-for-2 and he made some big shots in high school. I'm like, 'He's gonna make them.' But he didn't make them. … We've got the game and could have won it (at that point). It is just disappointing that we work so hard on everything and we had a chance to win and didn't get it done. It is very disappointing."
Forbes, who entered the game shooting 81.3 percent from the line, was in the practice gym after the game for 15 minutes.
"I feel disgusted," he said. "Missing and losing the game like that. You get the call with 30 seconds left and could have had a four-point lead there and instead we're down one point."
The Spartans fought back a bit in the closing minutes, cutting the Illini lead to 28-27 when Forbes hit a 3-pointer with 6.8 seconds left.
Cleveland State's Anton Grady has made a remarkable comeback from three knee surgeries -- Terry Pluto--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU Basketball Notebook: Anton Grady Quietly Having POY-Worthy Season--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Whips Wright State 88-72--Vikings Ball
Vikings With 9th in HL; Top Wright State, 88-72--csuvikings.com
Vikings Fall At League-Leading Green Bay--csuvikings.com
Oakland’s Felder among nation’s leaders in minutes, assists--The Oakland Press
GAME 25: OAKLAND TANGLES WITH VALPO ON SUNDAY--ougrizzlies.com
Metro & state: Oakland women's hoops loses at Milwaukee--The Detroit Free Press
Sensing urgency, UIC senior Ahman Fells develops from role player to big scorer--The Catch and Shoot
Loss simply indefensible--Whoosh!Net
Rematch Set for UIC and Detroit on Sunday--uicflames.com
UIC Rallies for Road Win Over Youngstown State, 66-63--uicflames.com
UWGB women rebound with rout of Cleveland State--Green Bay Press Gazette
Weitzer's Career High Gives Green Bay Bounce Back Win--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Milwaukee Takes Loss against Green Bay 81-70--UWM Update
Peters, Valpo looking to rise, shine vs. Oakland--The Post-Tribune
Plenty of matchups to watch between Valparaiso and Oakland--The NWI Times
Chasing Valparaiso: A Greg Kampe Story--Inside VU Sports
Crusaders Welcome Oakland to ARC Sunday Afternoon--valpoathletics.com
Valpo starts strong but fades in second half--The Post-Tribune
Wright State Erupts to Erase Halftime Deficit Versus Valpo--valpoathletics.com
Raiders can’t keep pace with CSU--Dayton Daily News
Arceneaux hits 1,000-point milestone on 3-pointer--Dayton Daily News
Wright State Blown Out by Cleveland State 88-72--Rowdy Review
Men’s basketball notebook: Arceneaux makes it 1,000--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Lee, Grady buries Wright State--The Guardian
Men Drop 88-72 Decision at Cleveland State--wsuraiders.com
Women’s basketball: Mingo and Denham carry Raiders to win--The Guardian
Women Score 55 in Second Half to Defeat Valparaiso--wsuraiders.com
Penguin women can’t hold lead, lose to UIC in OT--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguin women fall in overtime--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins Fall to UIC in Overtime, 66-63--ysusports.com
Season-Best Shooting Leads to Cleveland State Win--Horizon League Network
Green Bay, UIC and Wright State Win in Saturday Matinees--Horizon League Network