Sunday, August 16, 2015

News On The Horizon 8/16/2015

2015-16 College Basketball Conference Tournaments: What's Changing--Blogging the Bracket
The Northern Kentucky Norse, entering their final transition year on its journey to full DI membership, surprisingly left the conference that sponsored its entry, the Atlantic Sun, for the Horizon League. While the move brought NKU to a league it fit better with geographically, it was a bit surprising when you consider that the A-Sun even let Norse teams compete in conference championship events last year—a full two years before those squads could claim bids to NCAA championships. The Horizon, however, will extend this courtesy to NKU in 2016.
Horizon: 10 members, 9 postseason-eligible (minus NKU, who will participate in the conference tournament)
Two conferences moved to neutral sites for the next few seasons. The Big Sky will play at the Reno (Nev.) Events Center for the next three years, while the Horizon League signed a five-year deal with Olympia Entertainment to play in Detroit. Joe Louis Arena will be the conference's home for the first two seasons, with three years in the new Detroit Arena completing the term.
Otherwise, it looks like every other conference is sticking with the same format as last season, though the ACC will play and extra Tuesday opening round game with Syracuse's return and the A-Sun may lose a quarterfinal if Stetson is ruled out. However, it's possible the Horizon changes its double-bye format with a move to a neutral site and the Summit might include all nine teams.

Michigan State guard hoping to diversify offensive game--CollegeBasketballTalk
Graduate students Trey Lewis, Damion Lee stepping forward as leaders for Louisville--CollegeBasketballTalk

Hogan, Foster-Smith Traveling Europe With Global Sports

Women's Basketball Gives Back at Oak Park Summer

#92 Oakland Men's Basketball 2015-2016 Preview--College Sports Madness
OU's Kampe headed to Kuwait for military tourney--The Detroit Free Press

2015-16 Men's Basketball Intros: Najeal

UWGB lands recruit from Michigan--Green Bay Press Gazette
Kameron Hankerson commits to Green Bay--Phear The Phoenix

Milwaukee Men’s Basketball Golf Classic Is Huge
McWhorter Signs Pro Contract To Play In

Green Bay to Host 2016 Horizon League Women’s Basketball

Valparaiso heads to Canada in advance of expectations-filled season--The Post-Tribune
Ranking the Most Complete Players for the 2015-16 College Basketball Season--Bleacher Report
Terker's Top 50 Previews: #44 Valparaiso Crusaders--/r/collegebasketball
Crusaders Win Pair of Games on First Day of Action From
Crusaders Take Down McGill, Improve to
Crusaders Fall at Carleton Thursday
Crusaders Take Down Ottawa To Close Out Foreign
WBB closes out Costa Rica trip with a

Women Wrap Up Canada Trip With Win Over

Penguins Defeat Patron Regulators, 79-76, Behind Hain's
Men's Basketball's Comeback Falls Short in 93-90 Loss, Hain Nabs Second
Penguins Paced By Andrews' 23, 13 3-Pointers in 101-69 Win Over Real Deal

Penguins moving on after departure--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Wright State, Northern Kentucky Conclude Foreign Tours--Horizon League Network

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