Tuesday, March 3, 2015

News On The Horizon 3/3/2015

Horizon League Tournament Preview and Postseason Awards--CollegeBasketballTalk
Horizon League Awards Signal Good Things to Come for Conference--Mid-Major Madness
Horizon League: Conference Tournament Preview--Define Mid-Major
Horizon Men's Basketball 2014-2015 All-Conference Teams--College Sports Madness
Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of March 2--The Catch and Shoot
9. Valparaiso (26-5, 13-3 Horizon). Last week: 6

Valparaiso finished the season with a 56-53 win at Cleveland State to capture the Horizon League title outright. The Crusaders get a bye straight to the conference semifinals, which they host Saturday.
12. Green Bay (23-7, 12-4 Horizon). Last week: 14

Green Bay survived a close game at UIC in which senior guard Keifer Sykes scored his 2,00th career point. The Phoenix followed that with a 20-point win against Oakland, securing the No. 2 seed in the Horizon League Tournament.
Chicago Weekly Awards: March 2--The Catch and Shoot
Player of the Week
Honorable mentions: Christian Thomas, Loyola; Alex Olah, Northwestern; Darien Walker, Valparaiso; Sean Hill, Chicago State
Freshman of the Week
Honorable mentions: Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern; Vic Law, Northwestern; Tai Odiase, UIC

Team of the Week

Valparaiso captured an outright Horizon League title for the third time in four seasons under coach Bryce Drew with a win Friday at Cleveland State. The Crusaders are now the clear favorite to win the Horizon League Tournament and return to the NCAA Tournament, as they get a bye to the semifinals, which they also host.

If they win in the semifinals, the Crusaders will host the championship game as well next Monday.
Game of the Week
Honorable mentions: Valparaiso 56, Cleveland State 53; Green Bay 72, UIC 67;
Horizon League Season Awards: All-Conference Team, Coach of the Year, and more--The Catch and Shoot
Horizon League Tournament Preview: Can Valparaiso defend its home floor?--The Catch and Shoot
Ranking all 9 Horizon League fight songs--The Catch and Shoot
Horizon League Conference Tournament Preview--Rize Above

Horizon League tournament play kicks in for Cleveland State - Local College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State's Anton Grady, Trey Lewis earn first team All-Horizon League honors (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State's Grady, Lewis and Lee earn All-Horizon league honors--Cleveland State Hoops
Grady, Lewis, Lee Earn All-League Honors--csuvikings.com

UDM's hopes lie in winning Horizon League tournament--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit's Bass named top Horizon League freshman--The Detroit News
Detroit Finishes Their 2014-2015 Season with Youngstown State--Titans Update
Titans Host No. 8 Seed Youngstown State in Horizon League Tournament--detroittitans.com
Howard, Bass Earn Horizon League Accolades--detroittitans.com

Titans Visit Milwaukee In Pivotal Horizon League Contest On Wednesday--detroittitans.com

Oakland’s Felder, Petros earn all-Horizon League honors--The Oakland Press

Illinois Rankings for the Week of March 2--The Catch and Shoot
10. UIC (8-23, 4-12, Horizon). Last week: 11

UIC blew past Wright State over the weekend to earn the No. 6 seed and a home game in the Horizon League Tournament. The Flames will host the Raiders, who they swept, once again Tuesday in the tournament’s first round.
Flames play first-round Horizon game Tuesday at Pavilion--UIC News
Awards snub for Flames--Whoosh!Net
UIC Closes Their 2014-2015 Season with Wright State--Flame Fanatic
No. 6 UIC Hosts No. 7 Wright State in HL First Round--uicflames.com

Women end home season with win over Oakland--UIC News
Ruvanna Campbell Earns Horizon League Player of the Week--uicflames.com

Green Bay's Keifer Sykes repeats as Horizon Player of the Year--Eye On College Basketball
Recruiting round-up: Playoff time--Phear The Phoenix
Horizon League Tournament bracket set--Phear The Phoenix
Sykes Increases Record, Wins 13th Career Player of the Week--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Back-to-Back: Keifer Sykes Repeats as Horizon League Player of the Year--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Tiby and McWhorter Make Conference Honors--UWM Post
McWhorter, Tiby Earn Second Team All-Horizon League Honors--uwmpanthers.com
Milwaukee Announces 2015 Men’s Basketball Camp Dates--uwmpanthers.com

Freshman Of The Week Honors Belong To Lindner Again--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers Open March With Final Home Game Against Detroit--uwmpanthers.com

Valparaiso collects slew of Horizon League awards--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso gets plenty of accolades from postseason conference awards--The NWI Times
Predicting the 2015 Horizon League Championship--Inside VU Sports
Crusaders fall in final home game for Valparaiso seniors--The Torch
Five Crusaders Honored by Horizon League--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Basketball Preview--valpoathletics.com
Pregame Reception In Hilltop Gym to Precede Saturday's Game--valpoathletics.com
Run at the Top: The Crusaders' Success Under Bryce Drew--valpoathletics.com

Benzinger named to HL All-Freshman team--Dayton Daily News

UIC's Campbell and Milwaukee's Lindner Tab Weekly Honors--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State at Illinois-Chicago--Dayton Daily News
Raiders ready to leave Chicago but don’t want to come home--Dayton Daily News
Wright State Closes Their 2014-2015 Season with UIC--Rowdy Review
Horizon League Championship preview--The Guardian
Women’s basketball: Bradbury reaches 100 wins at WSU--The Guardian
Men’s basketball: Raiders begin HL tourney on extended road trip--The Guardian
Benzinger Honored by Horizon League--wsuraiders.com

YSU hopes to break cycle of Horizon losing--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Closes Their 2014-2015 Season with Detroit--Guin Report
Women’s Basketball Looks to Rebound Against Cleveland State--The Jambar
Penguins Visit Detroit Tuesday in HL First Round--ysusports.com

Big week ahead for YSU women’s hoops--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins forgot about Saturday’s GB loss--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU Looks to Clinch Home Tournament Game Wednesday at Cleveland State--ysusports.com

Green Bay's Sykes and Oakland's Hayes Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network
2015 Men's Basketball Award Winners Announced--Horizon League Network
Feature: Tournament Time--Horizon League Network
#HLMBB Weekly - March 3rd, 2015--Horizon League Network

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