Saturday, August 22, 2015

News On The Horizon 8/22/2015

MSU's Izzo: Harris, Ellis won't play in Italy--The Detroit Free Press
He reiterated that senior guard Bryn Forbes has been the team MVP and most improved player this summer.
Hey Joe: Hoops observations before MSU zooms to Italy--The Detroit Free Press
Izzo continues to gush about Forbes, and Forbes continues to show why. His upper body is much different and he understands how to defend now. And the shot is still falling.
Harris, Ellis won’t play in Italy for Spartans--The Detroit News
Izzo also praised senior Bryn Forbes.

“He’s got arms now,” Izzo said. “He doesn’t have toothpicks sticking out of his shoulders. He’s got arms. He gained the 12-15 pounds. He has been, as we listed him yesterday, he has been our MVP of the summer. He has been our most improved and most consistent player this summer.”

Kate Peterson Abiad Sticking With Cleveland State Long-Term
--More Than A Fan

Calihan Hall Upgrade To Include New Sound
Detroit Sports Zone High School Hall Of Fame To Honor Three Former

Oakland's Greg Kampe talks about Kuwait trip--The Detroit Free Press
U.S. troops join OU coach Greg Kampe's regiment in Kuwait--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland basketball ready for international trip to Spain--The Oakland Press

Men's Basketball Helps With Move-In

Regina Miller Assists with Chicago Sky Cares
Women’s Basketball Releases Non-Conference

UWGB to be part of ESPN’s Tip-Off marathon--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay to Take Part in ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon on

Double Bonus: Foreign Tours, Schedule Leaks, Summer Wrap Up--Mid-Major Madness
Another November tournament to keep an eye on is down in Fort Myers for the Gulf Coast Showcase. It's a mid-major party as the eight team field features Central Michigan, Drake, Duquesne, Murray State, Milwaukee, Pepperdine, Weber State, and Western Kentucky. There are obviously plenty of strorylines in this one but the biggest will be the Murray State Racers who suddenly find themselves without Cameron Payne and Steve Prohm.

Everything you need to know about the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon--CollegeBasketballTalk

There are two that I think qualify here:
Stephen F. Austin vs. Northern Iowa features two well-coached, veteran mid-major ball-clubs, but given what both programs lost for last season, the first game on Tuesday that is a must-watch comes at 10:00 a.m. ET when Valparaiso makes the trip to Kingston to take on URI. Valpo may be the best mid-major in the country this side of Wichita State (are they a mid-major?), while this may be the year that Danny Hurley finally breaks through with the Rams.
Ranking the 12 best games in next year's Tip-Off Marathon--The Dagger
8. Valparaiso at Rhode Island (Nov. 17, 10 a.m. EST): The under-the-radar gem of this year's Tip-Off marathon pits one of the nation's premier mid-majors against an Atlantic 10 squad poised for a breakout season. Valparaiso returns every key player from a team that went 28-6 and pushed Maryland in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, but the Crusaders will be challenged on the road against a Rhode Island team led by Atlantic 10 player of the year candidate E.C. Matthews.
Valparaiso recuperates, looks ahead after productive trip to Canada--The Post-Tribune
Drew excited following Canada trip--The NWI Times
Vashil is Back (and Here’s Why It’s Really Important)--The Valparaiso Crusaders Fan Zone
Crusaders To Play at Rhode Island as Part of ESPN Tip Off
Valpo Basketball Season Tickets Now On
Northern Kentucky gets a new court … with a boat? (VIDEO)--CollegeBasketballTalk
Strategic plan Uprising unveiled for
John L. Griffin Court gets a new

Donlon Adds Two to

Green Bay & Valparaiso to Appear on ESPN's Eighth Annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon--Horizon League Network

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