Thursday, November 12, 2015

News On The Horizon 11/12/2015

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 11, 2015--Hoopville
Expectations are sky-high for Valparaiso this year, so much so that anything less than a dominant run in the Horizon League and an NCAA bid will be seen as a disappointment. Alec Peters is the type of inside/outside scorer anyone would love, Vashil Fernandez is a legitimate defensive center, and it sounds like Shane Hammink was a revelation on the team’s August exhibition trip to Canada. The Crusaders could easily win their first NCAA tourney game since their memorable Sweet 16 appearance in 1998, but the Horizon will continue to be tricky. Oakland also is set to give Valpo fits, and the battle between Peters and the Golden Grizzlies’ Kahlil Felder for player of the year honors will be fun.
A game a day for the 2015-16 season: January--Hoopville
Jan. 8: Valparaiso at Oakland. Friday night has the two favorites in the Horizon League, with the defending champs and this year’s favorite on the road against the upstart challengers. Also the top two players in the HL in Alec Peters (Valpo) and Kahlil Felder (Oakland). Honorable mention: Western Michigan at Akron

Cleveland State ready to 'press on' for the 2015 basketball season (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer

UDM's Jaleel Hogan holds key to Horizon League hopes--The Detroit Free Press

Oakland puts on offensive display in exhibition win--The Oakland Press
Oakland's McCune no longer on team, in court system--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland's Kahlil Felder trying to take command as leader--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland men's basketball closes out exhibition season against Heidelberg--Oakland Post


Women's Basketball Set To Tip-Off 2015-16 Season Friday at

UWGB men add Anderson, Hankerson to program--Green Bay Press Gazette
Signing day: Anderson, Hankerson sign with GB--Phear The Phoenix
Darner Lands Two Standouts for First Official Recruiting

UWGB women add 3 in-state recruits--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Women's Basketball Inks Three In-State Recruits to
Phoenix to Open Regular Season with Military Appreciation

Milwaukee Kicks Off Season Friday Against Denver At Cable Car

Panthers Tip Off 2015-16 With Exhibition Against

USA TODAY Sports' preseason bracketology--USA Today
No. 4 Louisville: The Cardinals will have a cloud of off-court issues hovering over their season, but the on-the-court outlook is a good one, starting with Drexel transfer Damion Lee, a proven scorer who can carry this team offensively.

No. 13 Valparaiso: Coach Bryce Drew has a team capable of going on a deep run in the NCAA tournament, starting with the likely Horizon League Player of the Year Alec Peters.
Bracketology: 1-68 seed list for projected NCAA Tournament bracket--Eye On College Basketball
42. Valparaiso Crusaders

Projected bid: Horizon winner

Last year's NCAA tournament result: Lost to Maryland in Round of 64

The Crusaders won the Horizon last season a year ahead of schedule.
The 30 best college hoops non-con games before Christmas--Eye On College Basketball
Sunday, Nov. 22: Valpo (41) at Oregon (23).

Valpo, the team we think is the best coming out of any one-bid league this season, has a load of really good games, but this is their toughest. And it's not totally unlikely Bryce Drew's guys goes into Eugene and get a win. If the D shows up and Alec Peters holds his own down low (which he should), this could be one of those upsets you miss because of a football Sunday. So don't miss it!

Top 101 players involved: 1
With talent and depth, Valparaiso welcomes weight of expectations--The Post-Tribune

VU's Walker enters sophomore season highly motivated--The NWI Times
Men’s basketball hopes ‘toughness’ defines team--The Northerner
Brannen announces 2016-17 MBB recruiting

Women hope to pick up where they ended last season--The Northerner
@NKUNorseWBB signs four for 2016-17

Men's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Men's Basketball Inks Braun Hartfield During Early Signing

Arbanas ready to take leadership role--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Women's Basketball Adds Three Western Pennsylvania Standouts in Early Signing
Women's Basketball Hosts Canisius in 2015-16 Opener on

2015-16 #HLMBB Signing Central--Horizon League Network

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