Tuesday, November 17, 2015

News On The Horizon 11/16/2015

Sunday’s basketball roundup: MSU women open top WMU--The Detroit News
Michigan 88, (at) Detroit 61: Hallie Thome scored 21 and Kelsey Mitchell, Katelynn Flaherty and Jillian Dunston chipped in 10 apiece for the Wolverines (2-0), who scored 30 in the second quarter to open a 49-27 lead at the half. Michigan had a 53-23 advantage in rebounding and shot 54.3 percent from the field. Rosanna Reynolds and Nicole Urbanick scored 19 and 17, respectively, for the Titans (0-2).

Central Michigan 110, (at) Oakland 87: Presley Hudson scored 32 and Jasmine Harris had 17 to lead five Chippewas in double figures, and Central (2-0) scored 45 points in the opening quarter. Taylor Jones scored 23 and Olivia Nash and Nola Anderson added 13 each for Oakland (1-1).

Cleveland State's Gary Waters not upset with debut loss: Local College Basketball (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
A Look at What’s Happening This Week with the Cleveland State Sports Teams--NEO Sports Insiders
Vikings Host Malone in Home Opener on Tuesday Night--csuvikings.com

UDM's Josh McFolley: I just had to play like I was taught--The Detroit Free Press

Sibling Showdown Takes Center Stage on Sunday--detroittitans.com


Men's Basketball Visits Western Illinois Tuesday--uicflames.com
Dikembe Dixson Named HL Freshman of the Week--uicflames.com

UIC women’s basketball opens with up-tempo win over Howard--UIC News

The Morning Dish – Monday, November 16, 2015--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu

ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon is coming right up, and a few of the early games are ahead that we’ll mention here along with the ones that actually fall on Monday but are not part of that.
Going into the overnight in the east, Brigham Young goes to Long Beach State, tipping at 1:45 a.m. Eastern. As is usually the case, Hawaii hosts a game in the next session, taking on Nevada at 4 a.m. Tennessee State hosts Green Bay at 6 a.m. as many people rise to start their day, and Stephen F. Austin heads to Northern Iowa at 8 a.m.
On The Menu: Tip-Off Marathon, Part I--Blogging the Bracket
Tip-Off Marathon Specials
Green Bay Phoenix at ETSU Buccaneers (NIT Season Tip-Off), 6 a.m. (ESPN2)
On Friday, the Phoenix let Stanford off the hook in their season and NIT opener, falling in OT. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers defeated a non-Division I team handily. Expect the Phoenix to rebound.
Phoenix Preview: Green Bay at ETSU--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay Ready for Early Morning Tip at ETSU on ESPN2--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Carrington Love Named Horizon League Player of the Week--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Love, Lukan named Horizon players of the week--Green Bay Press Gazette

Kaili Lukan Named Horizon League Player of the Week--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Springs leads Milwaukee in rally over Santa Clara 71-65--CBS Sports
Wisconsin-Milwaukee vs Notre Dame--CBS Sports
UWM 71, Santa Clara 65 - Panthers win Cable Car Classic title--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Men’s Basketball Beats Host Santa Clara for Cable Car Classic Title--UWM Post
Milwaukee Bucks Broncos, Wins Cable Car Classic--uwmpanthers.com
Arians Named MVP Of Cable Car Classic--uwmpanthers.com
Milwaukee Puts Undefeated Record On The Line, Visits Notre Dame Tuesday--uwmpanthers.com

Rechlicz Adds Three In Early Signing Period--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers Easily Handle Kangaroos In Season Opener--uwmpanthers.com

Late Night Snacks: No. 1 North Carolina, No. 23 Purdue roll--CollegeBasketballTalk
Valparaiso 83, Iona 58: Two teams expected to be among the best mid-major programs in the country met in Valparaiso, and the game wasn’t close at all. Bryce Drew’s team controlled the action from start to finish, with their defense doing a good job of limiting Iona’s quality looks. Tevonn Walker scored 17 points and Shane Hammink 16 to lead the way for the Crusaders, who finished with five players in double figures. Iona, which shot just 29 percent from the field in their season opener, received 12 points apiece from A.J. English and Deyshonee Much. Much, who began his career at Buffalo, was granted a waiver that made him eligible to compete immediately just hours before Sunday’s game.
Iona: One of the nation’s top scoring teams last season, the Gaels shot just 29 percent from the field in an 83-58 season opening loss at Valparaiso.
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.
Hoop Thoughts: Evaluating top teams after a wild opening weekend--Sports Illustrated
In the future, I will include my previous week’s rankings, but since so little changed from the preseason, I felt it wasn’t worth it. The only change I made from my first ballot was sliding in Baylor, which I did not rank last week, and dropping Iona, which I ranked No. 25 but which lost at Valparaiso by (cough) 25 points.
Other schools I considered ranking were Valparaiso, which has one of the top midmajor players in America in 6'9" junior forward Alec Peters; Cincinnati, which romped over Western Carolina and Robert Morris during the opening weekend (106 points in the second game! Hallelujah!); Louisville, which doesn’t have a difficult test until it plays at Michigan State on Dec. 2; and Notre Dame, which got a career-high 27 points from junior point guard Demetrius Jackson in its win over St. Francis (Pa.).
Eight storylines to watch during this year's tip-off marathon--The Dagger
7. How will Rhode Island look without its injured star?

The worst image of college basketball's opening weekend was the sight of E.C. Matthews being helped off the floor 10 minutes into Rhode Island's season-opening victory over American. The Rams' leading scorer suffered a season-ending right knee injury when he drove to the hoop, planted in the paint and crumpled to the floor. Matthews' injury lowers expectations for a Rhode Island program that appeared to be poised for a breakthrough season. The Rams returned every key player from a 23-win NIT team and added two potential impact transfers, making them one of the preseason favorites to win the Atlantic 10. Tuesday's matchup with mid-major power Valparaiso will be a good barometer for how dangerous Rhode Island can still be with sharpshooting Vermont transfer Four McGlynn taking Matthews' spot in the starting five. The Crusaders, who return virtually everyone from a 29-win NCAA tournament team, flexed their muscles Sunday by demolishing MAAC favorite Iona in their season opener.
Morning News: Is Valparaiso A Bubble Team? Also, Cincinnati Annihilated Robert Morris, And AJ Hammons Is Out--Basketball Predictions
Valparaiso defeats Iona 83-58--CBS Sports
Game Recap: Iona Gaels can't penetrate defense of Valparaiso Crusaders--Mid-Major Madness
Mid-Major Madness Power 15: Valparaiso Crusaders vault into top 5--Mid-Major Madness
On The Menu: Sunday, November 15, 2015--Blogging the Bracket
Main Courses

Iona Gaels at Valparaiso Crusaders (Beaver Showcase), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
I will be in attendance at the RAC for this one, which features two of the top mid-major squads in the country. Both of whom could win at least a game in the NCAAs and might actually have at-large hopes. The winner will get the early advantage in the race. The Gaels and Crusaders both return the bulk of their squads that claimed conference regular season titles in 2015, though Valpo was the only team of the two to make the Tournament. This is the Gaels' opener, while the Crusaders topped IPFW on Friday.
2015 ESPN Tip-Off Marathon --Define Mid-Major
10:00am, ESPN2: Valparaiso vs. Rhode Island - Valpo is one of the best mid-major teams in the country and have Sweet 16 potential. Rhode Island is an up and coming team under Danny Hurley, but they lost E.C. Matthews for the season during their opener on Friday. This will be a tough first test without him.
Valparaiso cruises past Iona in matchup of league favorites--The Post-Tribune
College basketball preview: Valparaiso at Rhode Island--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso delivers statement in blowout win over Iona--The NWI Times
Busy week ahead for Valparaiso men's basketball--The NWI Times
Breaking down Valparaiso vs. Iona (Game No. 2)--Inside VU Sports
Crusaders make statement against mid-major power Iona--The Torch
Early Run Buoys Crusaders to Big Win Over Iona--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Travels for Tip-Off Marathon Showdown With Rhode Island--valpoathletics.com
Home slate for @NKUNorseMBB opens with Tiffin--nkunorse.com

Norse rally late to win home opener, 73-67--The Northerner
Uetrecht, Lyttle lead @NKUNorseWBB over Indiana State--nkunorse.com

Baker's 3 helps Northern Illinois top Wright State 65-59--CBS Sports
WSU falls late to Northern Illinois--Dayton Daily News
Men’s Basketball drops back to back games--The Guardian
Men Fall at Northern Illinois--wsuraiders.com

YSU men’s team is road tested--Youngstown Vindicator
Some things don’t show up in a box score--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Still Searching for 700--The Jambar
A Return to DI Basketball--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Hosts Toledo in Home Opener Wednesday Night--ysusports.com

Women's Basketball Faces First Road Test at Niagara--ysusports.com

Valpo Rolls to Win; UWM Takes Cable Car Classic--Horizon League Network
Green Bay's Love, UIC's Dixson Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network

NKU Picks Up Second Win of Season Over Indiana State--Horizon League Network
Green Bay's Lukan and Oakland's Jones Tab Weekly Accolades--Horizon League Network

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