Dec. 3: Kentucky at UCLA. Interesting that these two are meeting during the week-usually this would be played on a Saturday afternoon on CBS. A good early gauge for young players on both teams. Honorable mention: Belmont at Valparaiso
Dec. 28: Davidson at California. Sweet matchup of the Wildcats’ shooters against the Golden Bears’ freshmen. Quality win available for either team. Honorable mention: Valparaiso at Belmont, Part II
Dec. 30: Oakland at Virginia. A day with a lot of heavy hitters in action, but few playing each other, so we’ll go off the grid. The Golden Grizzlies have an electric guard in Kahlil Felder and could catch the Cavaliers napping just before New Year’s. Honorable mention: Syracuse at Pittsburgh
Akron has all the ingredients for a big season: MAC Basketball 2015 (photos, video)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Zips have played an exhibition game against Malone and a private scrimmage against Youngstown, but Dambrot said beyond going against new faces nothing has prepared them for what they expect from CSU.
"Gary (Waters, CSU head coach) is coming after us, I'm sure of that,'' Dambrot said. "They're going to press, we know that. We're expecting a rat race, and it's hard to simulate that. In the scrimmage and exhibition game we didn't see any of that.
"We just have to play basketball. We have to make it a game of basketball. Use our size and strength to our advantage."
Vikings basketball nab exhibition win--The Cauldron
#TitanTuesday: Aaron Foster-Smith--detroittitans.com
Oakland's Kahlil Felder practicing for season--The Detroit Free Press
OU home schedule beefed up while tough games shrink--The Detroit News
One-on-one with new assistant coach Dionne Phelps--Oakland Post
Grizz Gang held first pep rally, riled up crowd for basketball season--Oakland Post
GOLDEN GRIZZLIES HOST HEIDELBERG IN FINAL EXHIBITION TUNE-UP--ougrizzlies.com
Bringing smiles to the graduate assistant position--Oakland Post
Basketball season opens with free Flames Friday Tailgate--UIC News
Women’s basketball coach sets sights on league championship--UIC News
Women’s basketball grabs second exhibition win--UIC News
Flames Win Exhibition Finale, 78-48, Over Indiana-Northwest--uicflames.com
UWM basics; 2014-'15 schedule--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
With ban over, UW-Milwaukee Panthers have higher standards--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Mid-majors capable of wrecking some brackets--CollegeBasketballTalk
2. Valparaiso: The Crusaders narrowly missed out on an upset back in March, falling by just three points to four-seed Maryland. Vashil Fernandez receiving his fourth season of eligibility means that head coach Bryce Drew can call upon one of the top front court tandems around, pairing Fernandez with junior Alec Peters. Peters was a first team all-Horizon League selection last season, with Fernandez being the Defensive Player of the Year. In total ten of the eleven players who scored a point for Valparaiso last season are back, with guards Tevonn Walker and Darien Walker and wing E. Victor Nickerson among those contributors.College hoops Crystal Ball: Picking Final Four, player of the year, more--Sports Illustrated
Hamilton: Valparaiso. During the past two off-seasons, Bryce Drew’s name has circulated through the coaching search rumor mill. He was under consideration at places like Northwestern and DePaul, but it’s possible the 41-year-old will have his pick of schools should he want to jump after this season. The Crusaders return nearly all of their scoring and rebounding from the team that won 28 games and the Horizon League regular season and tournament titles a year ago. League player of the year candidate Alec Peters (16.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and reigning conference defensive player of the year Vashil Fernandez (98 blocks) are the most notable returnees. They are just two of six returning rotation regulars that Drew can deploy. Valpo's coach is most well-known for his game-winning, buzzer-beating shot against Ole Miss in the 1998 NCAA tournament, a seminal March moment. He may add to his catalog next spring.Mid-Major Game of the Week: Iona Gaels at Valparaiso Crusaders--Mid-Major Madness
Valpo Basketball Preview--valpoathletics.com
Coaching Carousel, Part 3--Define Mid-Major
Northern Kentucky2015-16 Must-see men’s basketball games--The Northerner
Last Season Finished: 13-17 (7-7)
What happened to the last coach?
Northern Kentucky fired Dave Bezold after their season ended last year. Bezold was the coach as the Norse made the transition from D-II to D-I, but Northern Kentucky did not have much success under him at the D-I level going just 33-54 in 3 seasons.
Who is the new coach?
Head Coaching Experience: None
Record as a Head Coach: 0-0
John Brannen will take over the reigns as the Norse makes another transition. This time they are going from the Atlantic Sun conference to the Horizon league. It's an improve, for sure, but will come with another jump in competition. Can the Norse keep up? Brannen will have a lot to do with answering that question.
5 years in Detroit; Commissioner sets goals for Horizon League--The Northerner
2015-16 Must-see women’s basketball games--The Northerner
Eight questions with Coach Billy Donlon--Dayton Daily News
Men’s basketball preview--The Guardian
Thomasson not your average Joe--Dayton Daily News
Senior season starts--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Men's Basketball Opens 86th Season At Kent State Saturday--ysusports.com
YSU Announces Broadcast Details for Basketball Season--ysusports.com
Cashing in--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Oakland's Felder Named to Lute Olson Award Preseason Watch List--Horizon League Network