Monday, February 9, 2015

News On The Horizon 2/9/2015

Late Night Snacks: Iowa, Boise State pick up big home wins--CollegeBasketballTalk
E. Victor Nickerson led six players in double figures with 16 points as Valparaiso beat Oakland 82-76. The Crusaders are now 9-2 in the Horizon League.
Valparaiso Beats Oakland 82-76 for 9th Win in Horizon League--Mid-Major Madness
Detroit, Oakland lose in Horizon League action--The Detroit Free Press
Illinois Rankings for the Week of Feb. 9--The Catch and Shoot
11. UIC (6-19, 2-8 Horizon). Last week: 12

UIC ended an eight-game losing streak Sunday with an 83-73 win at Detroit. The Flames look for more success on the road this week with they play Wright State and Cleveland State.
Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of Feb. 9--The Catch and Shoot
7. Green Bay (19-5, 8-2 Horizon). Last week: 9

Green Bay knocked off Wright State and Milwaukee last week to stick within a half-game of first place in the Horizon League. After traveling to play last-place Youngstown State on Wednesday, the Phoenix are on the road again Friday, facing first-place Valparaiso.
10. Valparaiso (22-4, 9-2 Horizon). Last week: 11

Valparaiso defeated Detroit and Oakland last week and is now in a two-way tie atop the Horizon League standings with Cleveland State.
25. Cleveland State (15-10, 9-2 Horizon). Last week: Unranked

Cleveland State is tied with Valparaiso as the Horizon League leader.
Chicago Weekly Awards: Feb. 9--The Catch and Shoot
Player of the Week
Honorable mentions: Paris Burns, UIC; Earl Peterson, Loyola; Jamee Crockett, DePaul

Freshman of the Week

Freshman guard Tevonn Walker played a large role in Valparaiso’s two key victories last week, averaging 15.5 points on 55 percent shooting. He scored 19 points in a win against Detroit and then 12 pints against Oakland, tacking on a pair of steals in that one as well.

The Horizon League has several talented freshman, and Walker is making a case for Freshman of the Year.

Honorable mentions: Ben Richardson, Loyola; David Skara, Valparaiso; Joshua Meier, Chicago State

Team of the Week

Valparaiso knocked off Detroit and Oakland last week to move into a tie with Cleveland State for first place in the Horizon League at 9-2. The Crusaders already have a home win against the Vikings, and they meet them again in Cleveland for the final game of the regular season Feb. 27.

Valpo has now won four games in a row and 9 of their last 10. The Crusaders have another huge game coming up Friday when they host the Green Bay Phoenix, who are 8-2 in Horizon League play.

In terms of sheer win total, Valpo is one of the best teams in the country. The Crusaders are 22-4, which puts them tied Northern Iowa for the third-most wins the country. Gonzaga leads with 24 wins while Kentucky has 23 victories.

Game of the Week

The highly anticipated rematch of Valparaiso and Oakland lived up to its billing. Valpo opened up an early double-digit lead, but Oakland closed it to 41-35 at halftime. The entire second half was played in 10-point window, and the game was tied going into the final five minutes.

A late surge by the Crusaders and a few ill-advised shots and turnovers by the Golden Grizzlies allowed Valpo to win 82-76.

Cleveland State 88, Wright State 72: Vikes Look to Finish Strong--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State (15-10) Battles Detroit (11-15)--Vikings Ball

Detroit Gets Upset by UIC 83-73--Titans Update
Detroit (11-15) vs. Cleveland State (15-10)--Titans Update
Titans Downed By UIC In Sunday

Valparaiso edge Oakland, 82-76, halt Golden Grizzlies’ seven-game win streak--Press Row Sports
Oakland Beaten by Valparaiso 82-76--Grizz Gang
Oakland (12-13) Takes On Milwaukee (9-15)--Grizz Gang


UIC snaps 8-game losing streak with 73-63 victory at Detroit--The Catch and Shoot
Motown hit--Whoosh!Net
UIC Pulls off Upset over Detroit 83-73--Flame Fanatic
UIC (6-19) and Wright State (11-13) Square Off--Flame Fanatic
UIC Holds Strong at Detroit in First Road Win,

Alec Brown set to join Bakersfield Jam--Phear The Phoenix

Panthers to go to Tiby--PantherU
Milwaukee (9-15) and Oakland (12-13) Face Off--UWM Update
Milwaukee Returns Home, Hosts Oakland Tuesday

Green Named Horizon League Player Of The

Valpo survives against Oakland to stay atop Horizon League standings--Grizz Gang
Balanced scoring carries Valparaiso past Oakland--The Post-Tribune
Balanced attack keeps Valparaiso in first place--The NWI Times
Valparaiso/Green Bay: Defining a Rivalry (No. 5)--Inside VU Sports
Men earn victory in tough game against Oakland--The Torch
Valparaiso Gets Win over Oakland 82-76--Valpo Daily
Crusaders Pull Out Crucial Win Over

Franklin Selected HL Freshman of the Week for Third

Wright State (11-13) Takes On UIC (6-19)--Rowdy Review
39th Annual Fairborn Night Scheduled Feb.

Mingo Chosen HL Player of the Week by College Sports

Valpo Gets by Oakland; UIC Claims First Road Win of the Season--Horizon League Network
Oakland's Petros and Hayes Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network

Milwaukee's Green and Valparaiso's Franklin Collect Weekly Accolades--Horizon League Network

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