Saturday, November 14, 2015

News On The Horizon 11/14/2015

Opening Weekend Games to Watch--Define Mid-Major
9:00pm - Cleveland St. vs. Akron
2:30pm - Iona vs. Valparaiso

This might just turn out to be the game of the weekend. Iona disappointed last year by not making the NCAA Tournament despite being the clear favorite in their conference. Valpo, on the other hand, has had great success under Bryce Drew making NCAA Tournaments in 2 of the last 3 years.

Wichita State’s VanVleet leaves game with minor ankle sprain--CollegeBasketballTalk
Also of note in the win was the play of forwards Anton Grady and Eric Hamilton. Grady, a grad student who transferred in from Cleveland State, accounted for 12 points and three rebounds while the freshman Hamilton added 13 points and seven boards off the bench. They’ll be two key players moving forward for a team that has to account for the loss of Tekele Cotton and Darius Carter from last season’s Sweet 16 team.
CSU Vikings Men’s Hoops Opens Up Tonight Vs Akron at Kent State--NEO Sports Insiders
The 2015 Cleveland State Fall Signing Period Extravaganza!--More Than A Fan
Clayborne Brings More Size to the Cleveland State Men’s Basketball

Last month, Vikings fans received word that three recruits, Richardson Maitre, Andy Lucien and Evan Clayborne, verbally committed to CSU. Since then, Maitre, the native of Montreal, has re-opened his search and Lucien, the 6-7 local product from North Olmsted, has yet to sign with the Vikings.

That left Clayborne, who followed up his verbal with a signed NLI to play for Cleveland State. His arrival next year will continue the path of Vikings from Dayton. Of course, while notables such as Norris Cole, Aaron Pogue and, presently, Andre Yates hail from Dunbar High School, Clayborne comes from another Dayton school, Thurdgood Marshall.

With his signing, Clayborne, a 6-7 forward, will added to frontcourt depth that has increased over the past couple of years, as evidenced by the recent addition of Jeron Rogers and Jibri Blount this season.

And of course, that new season kicks off on Saturday, when Cleveland State travels to Kent State to face Akron in the Coaches vs. Cancer doubleheader.

Ely, Miller Added to Women’s Basketball

As CSU women’s basketball coach Kate Peterson Abiad prepares her team for tonight’s opener at home against Bucknell, two of her verbal commits signed their letters to join the program next season.

Mariah Miller, the 5-11 forward from Brookfield East High School, will provide the Vikings with yet more length in the frontcourt, plus continues Peterson Abiad’s pipeline of high school players from Wisconsin. For the second signee, Cleveland State turned east, where they locked down Jade Ely, a 5-9 guard out of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania.
Cleveland State suspends Myles Hamilton--Cleveland State Hoops
Clayborne Signs with Cleveland State--Cleveland State Hoops
Lucien Signs with Cleveland State--Cleveland State Hoops
CSU Basketball To Air On WHK, 1420 AM & WHKW, 1220

Women’s Basketball Adds Mariah Miller For The 2016-17
Livingston & Bosley Record Career-High Nights As Vikings Fall To
Women’s Basketball Adds Jade Ely For The 2016-17

Coach McCallum To Appear On Suburban Ford 7 Sports Cave On Sunday With Justin
Season 111 Begins On Monday Night For Men’s

Second Half Rally Falls Short in Season
Three Ristovski Sisters Square Off Sunday When Titans Host
Women's Basketball Welcomes Iycelin to Titan

Women's basketball blows out U-M Dearborn--Oakland Post

Party foul--Whoosh!Net
Flames Fall Late to San Francisco,

Women's Basketball Victorious in Season Opener, 75-48 vs.

The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 14, 2015--Hoopville
In a game that wasn’t far off, Stanford needed overtime to beat Green Bay 93-89, with Christian Sanders scoring eight of his team-high 23 points in overtime.
Sanders leads Stanford to 93-89 overtime win over Green Bay--CBS Sports
Stanford Basketball 2015: Cardinal Win season opener in overtime--Rule Of Tree
UWGB falls in OT at Stanford in opener--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Drops Overtime Thriller to Open Season at

Marquette Women's Basketball Drops 2015-16 Opener To UW-Green Bay--Anonymous Eagle
UWGB women open season with historic win--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Pulls Away From Marquette to Win

Arians, Tiby star as UWM wins its first opener since 2012-'13--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Men’s Basketball Surges to First Win--UWM Post
Milwaukee Opens Season With 71-58 Victory Over
Panthers Battle Lipscomb Saturday In Cable Car

Milwaukee Women Impressive In Exhibition

Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Iona Gaels preview: 3 things to watch--Mid-Major Madness
2015-16 College Basketball Non-Conference Schedules: MVC And A Few Other Mids--Blogging the Bracket
Valparaiso Crusaders (90)

@Oregon (28), Iona (81)*, Belmont (95), @Belmont (95), @Oregon State (103)*, @Rhode Island (107), @Indiana State (125), IPFW (188), Missouri State (200), @Ball State (286), @Chicago State (325), Indiana Kokomo*, Trinity Christian*

Average opponent four-year ranking: 187.15
Schedule rank among at-large contenders: 91st

If you combine this non-conference schedule with the typical quality of the Horizon League, the Crusaders might just be able to knick an at-large should they fail to win the conference's automatic bid in Detroit in March. Road games against Oregon, Oregon State, and Rhode Island combined with a visit from Iona (a team that would build a schedule just like this) and home-and-home series with OVC Tournament champion Belmont might give Valpo a strong computer profile come March. Their chances can only improve if they actually manage to win some of these ambitious matchups.
College basketball preview: Iona at Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders show grit in season-opening victory--The NWI Times
Breaking down Valparaiso vs. IPFW (Game No. 1)--Inside VU Sports
Men's basketball raises banner, takes down IPFW in season opener--The Torch
Crusaders Take Down Mastodons In Season

WBB: Foul trouble, shooting woes cost Crusaders in season opener--The Torch
Bulldogs Flip the Switch in Win over
West Virginia routs Northern Kentucky 107-61--Cincinnati Enquirer
Norse fall in season opener to West Virginia--The Northerner
@NKUNorseMBB falls to No. 23 West Virginia in

GALLERY: Norse take Redhawks to school in 71-57 win--The Northerner
Roush rolls through RedHawks in @NKUNorseWBB
@NKUNorseWBB welcomes Indiana State for home

Alstork sparks Wright State to season-opening win--Dayton Daily News
Alstork shines in Raiders debut--The Guardian
Men Defeat South Dakota in Season

SPORTS DAILY: Fresh faces dominate UD, Wright State openers--Dayton Daily News
Demmings surpasses 2000 points--The Guardian
Demmings Reaches 2000 Points in Season Opener at

YSU ‘Cash-es’ in at line to rally past Canisius--Youngstown Vindicator
Cash's Last-Second Free Throws Cap Major Comeback Victory for Youngstown

Milwaukee, Valpo & WSU Win on Opening Night--Horizon League Network

#HLWBB Launches 2015-16 Season--Horizon League Network

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