Sunday, March 22, 2015

News On The Horizon 3/22/2015

MSU notes: Bryn Forbes with crucial minutes off bench--The Detroit Free Press
Vikings Continue Play in CIT on Monday at

UIC to hire Indiana assistant Steve McClain as head coach--CollegeBasketballTalk
Illinois-Chicago hires IU assistant Steve McClain as head coach--Sports Illustrated
Illinois-Chicago set to hire Steve McClain--Mid-Major Madness
Indiana assistant Steve McClain accepts UIC head coaching job--The Catch and Shoot

Phoenix, Princeton similarly stingy, tough teams--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB falls short against Princeton in NCAA tournament--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix no match for bigger Tigers inside--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix return home after NCAA Tourney loss--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay in the Big Dance: Scouting
On the Road with the Phoenix: Part
Green Bay Falls to Princeton in NCAA Tournament

The Morning Dish – Friday, March 20, 2015--Hoopville
The Midwest includes what on paper is the very best first round game of them all with West Virginia going against Buffalo. The Bulls will need to handle the WVU pressure, but also keep an eye on UB’s defense as well, which is very good. Maryland opens with Valparaiso, and don’t overlook this game, either. Champions from top 15 conferences almost always are tough outs, and though they are offensively challenged, the Crusaders are good enough defensively to take this one down to the wire. Also in Omaha, Kansas opens against a New Mexico State team that has been injury-riddled this year but is still athletic and tall enough to cause trouble, and Wichita State plays Indiana in a game that will be dominated by guards. The Shockers’ being tourney tested would figure to be a difference, but is no guarantee for a team that can really struggle at times offensively. And if Yogi Ferrell gets going, this one could quickly sway in the Hoosiers’ favor.
The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 21, 2015--Hoopville
West Virginia will take on No. 4 Maryland, who held off No. 13 Valparaiso 65-62 behind a balanced attack that saw three Terrapins score 14 points, including Melo Trimble, who added ten rebounds.
Rushed Reactions: #4 Maryland 65, #13 Valparaiso 62--Rush The Court
Pregame Shootaround: 16 more games on tap for Friday--CollegeBasketballTalk
No. 13 Valparaiso vs. No. 4 Maryland, 4:40 p.m. (TNT): Bryce Drew is no stranger to upsets and has a chance if he can slow down Maryland guards Melo Trimble and Dez Wells. The Crusaders have the size up front to make this tight.
Tourney Snacks: Recapping Day 2 of the NCAA Tournament--CollegeBasketballTalk
BLOWN CALL OF THE DAY: No. 4 Maryland 65, No. 13 Valpo 62

This is becoming all too familiar of a theme in this tournament. This time, it’s Varun Ram avoiding a whistle as he raked the arms of Keith Carter as he tried to get off a desperation, last-second three.
No. 4 seed Maryland gets a stop on the final possession in knocking off No. 13 seed Valparaiso--CollegeBasketballTalk
Breaks go against underdogs in chalk-filled Day 2 of NCAA tournament--Sports Illustrated
Valparaiso's shot at another first-round buzzer-beater didn't go as well--The Dagger
Day 4 Open Thread + Picking The Lines--Basketball Predictions
Maryland (-4.5) over Valparaiso: This is a popular upset, and tightly so. Maryland is the weakest 4 seed and Valparaiso is a strong 13 seed. Pomeroy has the spread at only 2. What makes me nervous about taking Valparaiso is that their biggest strength is the paint. 6'9" Alec Peters is their best player, and their offense is heavily dependent on offensive rebounds. Maryland isn't a great defensive rebounding team, but they were fairly good (6th best in the Big Ten), and more importantly they are massive. Five of the ten guys in their regular rotation are 6'8" or larger. I think that they force Valparaiso to hit outside shots to beat them.
No new March memory for Bryce, Homer Drew as Valpo falls to Maryland--USA Today
Bryce Drew and Bobby Hurley hope to create more March magic--USA Today
Maryland holds off Valparaiso 65-62 with late swipe--CBS Sports
Illinois-Chicago to hire Indiana assistant Steve McClain as head coach--Eye On College Basketball
Friday's Viewer's Guide: Will Day Two repeat Day One's epic action?--Eye On College Basketball
No. 13 Valparaiso vs. No. 4 Maryland (-4.5); 4:40 ET, TNT: This tournament marks the 17th anniversary of Bryce Drew's shot to beat Ole Miss in 1998. Can he lead the Crusaders back to the promised land as a coach? It's possible. However, they'll need to slow down Melo Trimble and Dez Wells on the perimeter to do so, and that could be a tall task. But if they can control the glass on both ends like they have all season as well as get some timely shots from Alec Peters, they could pull off a bit of a surprising win. It's also worth mentioning that Maryland has won 10 of its 11 games decided by six points or fewer, which is likely unsustainable going into the future. Can that luck keep up?
Night Court: Chalk city as nearly every higher seed wins on Friday--Eye On College Basketball
Maryland also wins on controversial call at end over Valpo.

The Terps came away with a 65-62 win against Valparaiso, but under some strange circumstances. With 14 seconds left, Valparaiso inbounded the ball and ran some putrid end of game offense. With about three seconds left in the corner, Keith Carter went up for a jumper and this happened.

That's little-used walk-on Varun Ram making what amounted to be a huge defensive play, but ultimately one that was a foul and went uncalled. Who knows if Valpo makes the free throws in that late-game situation, but it sure would have been nice for them to have gotten the chance.

Regardless, this was a game that ended up staying close solely due to timely 3-point shooting from the Crusaders. Valpo only shot 36 percent from the field for the game, but ultimately 12 3-pointers kept them in the game and gave them a real chance to tie or even win it late. Maryland got 14 points each from Dez Wells and Melo Trimble, but rather it was the 14 points from Jared Nickens that played the pivotal role. Even though he only had two in the second half, his four 3s in the first half really turned the game and not only slowed a big Valpo run, but also gave Maryland momentum to get going.
2015 NCAA Tournament recap: Valparaiso's final effort fails to get Crusaders past Maryland--Mid-Major Madness
Valparaiso loses in devastating fashion at NCAA Tournament--The Catch and Shoot
VU fans proud of Crusaders despite first-round loss--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso falls to Maryland 65-62--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso battles Maryland, narrowly misses upset--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso acknowledges effort, but vows return to NCAA tournament--The Post-Tribune
CRUSADERS NOTEBOOK: Columbus turns into a family affair for the Carters--The NWI Times
Clock strikes midnight for Crusaders--The NWI Times
Missed opportunities end Valparaiso’s record season--The NWI Times
Crusaders expecting to make return trip to NCAA tournament--The NWI Times
Columnist prediction for Valparaiso vs. Maryland--The Torch
March Madness in the Midwest--The Torch
Crusaders lose close game in second round of NCAA Tournament--The Torch
Peters Eclipses 1,000-Point Mark in 65-62 Loss to

Losing season serves as motivation for Valparaiso--The Torch

Women’s basketball: Raiders season ends in WNIT 1st round--The Guardian
Women Fall to Toledo in WNIT First

Ex-YSU standout Perry had to adjust to Australia--Youngstown Vindicator
Looking back, ahead at YSU men’s program--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Schlegel says farewell as YSU women fall in WNIT--Youngstown Vindicator
End of the road--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Future looks bright for Penguins--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Valparaiso Falls to Maryland in NCAA Tournament, 65-62--Horizon League Network

Youngstown State Falls to Duquesne in WNIT First Round--Horizon League Network
Green Bay Set to Face Princeton Saturday--Horizon League Network
Green Bay Falls to Undefeated Princeton in NCAA Touranment--Horizon League Network

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