Thursday, March 19, 2015

News On The Horizon 3/19/2015

Late Night Snacks: All of Wednesday’s other tournament action--CollegeBasketballTalk
Team of the Day: Cleveland State

The Vikings blew out Western Michigan of the MAC on Wednesday night, 86-57. Charlie had 28 points and seven assists to lead the way, while Anton Grady chipped in with 21 points, 14 boards and six assists.
Cleveland State Vikings vs Western Michigan Broncos CIT Recap: Charlie Lee Catches Fire To Down Broncos 86-57--Hustle Belt
NCAA scouting report: Can MSU hold off talented Georgia?--The Detroit Free Press

Bum left foot or not, expect Gaines to give it everything he has for the Bulldogs. Adrenaline can be a powerful medicine. Georgia also gets quality play from freshman big man and former MSU recruiting target Yante Maten and 6-7 junior forward Cameron Forte. Senior Taylor Echols provides some backcourt depth. The Bulldogs will miss guard Juwan Parker (Achilles) who will dress and be available for emergency use only. MSU could use more shooting from Bryn Forbes, who hit some big ones against Wisconsin after a quiet stretch. Marvin Clark Jr. is locked in as a quality backup for Dawson, while Alvin Ellis has been improving. And Costello has been MSU's best center all season. Colby Wollenman is ready if MSU gets in foul trouble.
Wojo: Wipe slate clean — It's Tournament time--The Detroit News
Izzo invests in his teams emotionally and laments the transitory nature of the game, from the one-and-done recruits to the loose transfer rules that allow players to jump. He plays it, too — Bryn Forbes, a transfer from Cleveland State, has been a valuable addition — but is it good for the sport? Kentucky has lost freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Nerlens Noel, Julius Randle and James Young to the first round of the past few NBA drafts, and has more possible first-yea departures — Karl-Anthony Towns, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker.
Cleveland State falls to Michigan in WNIT, 72-50--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State rolls past Western Michigan in CIT, 86-57--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU Hits 13 Three's in 86-57 Win at Western

Women’s Basketball Falls At Michigan In WNIT First

Titans Receive Valuable Financial Management Lesson From The EKS

'Looks favorable' for Martez Walker to be on Oakland's team--The Detroit News

The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 19, 2015--Hoopville
Also in the NIT, Arizona State and Vanderbilt also pulled off mild surprises on the road, while Illinois State also eliminated Wisconsin-Green Bay 69-56.
Lee's 18 points lead Illinois State, 69-56 in NIT--CBS Sports
UWGB's Keifer Sykes scores his own rap song--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB's season ends in another NIT loss--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay's 2015 Season Ends with Loss at Illinois

NCAA sendoff for UWGB women is Thursday--Green Bay Press Gazette
VIDEO: A Look Back at Green Bay in the NCAA
Follow the Phoenix at the NCAA
Green Bay Ready for NCAA Tournament First Round Game vs

Valparaiso, Bryce Drew ready to make fresh NCAA tournament memories--Washington Post
Valparaiso’s Alec Peters savors first trip to NCAA tournament--Washington Post
Valparaiso’s Keith Carter: From Heartbreak to Happiness--One Bid Wonders
NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 03.18.15 Edition--Rush The Court
In Valparaiso, the Drews are “more than just basketball royalty, they are the first family.” Having already won three regular season Horizon League championships, coach Bryce Drew loves being a part of the program that has family – including himself – has given so much to over the years.
2015 NCAA tournament: Midwest region analysis and capsules--USA Today
13. Valparaiso

Nickname: Crusaders. Location: Valparaiso, Ind.

Record: 28-5, 13-3. Bid: Horizon champ.

Last appearance: 2013, lost to Michigan State in Round of 64.

Coach: Bryce Drew, 0-1 in one appearance.

Overview: Valparaiso struggled with injuries but till won the league regular-season title before fending off determined Green Bay in the conference. Now fully healthy and loaded with confidence, the Crusaders will be a favorite to become a Cinderella and pull off tournament magic reminiscent of when their coach was playing for Valpo.


Did you know? Valparaiso once boasted the "world's tallest basketball team." A group of men who were too tall to join the military during WWII came to play basketball at Valparaiso.

Starters: C Vashil Fernandez, 6-10, Sr. (6.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.0 bpg), F Alec Peters, 6-9, So. (16.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg), G Tevonn Walker, 6-1, Fr. (10.2 ppg), G E. Victor Nickerson, 6-8, Jr. (6.2 ppg), G Darien Walker, 6-3, Jr. (10.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg).
Valparaiso vs Maryland--CBS Sports
Valparaiso players are well aware of 'The Shot': NCAA Tournament 2015--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Valparaiso goes from under radar to trendy NCAA upset pick--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso defense doesn't plan to deviate from regular-season course--The Post-Tribune
VU campus ready to dance--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso following similar script from previous Maryland encounter--The NWI Times
Bryce Drew continuing the family business--The NWI Times
VALPARAISO NOTEBOOK: Valparaiso’s voice calling for good outcome--The NWI Times
Size matters for the Crusaders--The NWI Times
Crusaders make final preparations for Big Dance--The NWI Times
Valparaiso Game Notes - 2015 NCAA Tournament vs.
Crusaders Spend Thursday in Final Prep For

YSU ready for tall challenge in Duquesne--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Women’s Basketball Prepares for WNIT--The Jambar
Penguins Fall to Duquesne in First Round--The Jambar
YSU's Season Ends With 72-54 WNIT Loss to

CSU Rolls in CIT Opener; GB Falls in NIT First Round--Horizon League Network
Valpo To Begin NCAA Tournament Play Friday Versus Maryland--Horizon League Network

Cleveland State Falls to Michigan in First Round of WNIT--Horizon League Network

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