Friday, November 20, 2015

News On The Horizon 11/19/2015

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 17, 2015--Hoopville
Today’s menu: Enjoy it, because even in conference play there will be few days this season that are so loaded with quality matchups. We’ll go in order of start time, due to the true all-day nature of the schedule.

The Tip-Off Marathon continues all day, and even this morning bears close attention. Valparaiso at Rhode Island (10 a.m.) is a game that only loses a little bit of luster with the ACL injury to URI’s E.C. Matthews. Two excellent defensive squads. Late note from Valpo’s Twitter feed this morning that sophomore forward David Skara did not make the trip with the team.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee is off to a 3-0 start after winning the venerable Cable Car Classic, and now the Panthers have to go to Notre Dame for their fourth game in five days.
The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 18, 2015--Hoopville
Tuesday also included Oklahoma winning at Memphis 84-78, as Buddy Hield showed All-American mettle with 30 points. Colorado outscored Auburn 91-84 in a high scoring game for a road win, while Valparaiso survived Rhode Island 58-55 in a low-scoring contest for a big road victory. And for pure basketball with wild swings and an amazing finish, few games this year will be better than Hawaii’s 76-75 win over Nevada, which began at 4 a.m. Eastern time.
Side Dishes
Villanova responded after falling behind Nebraska in the early going, going on to an easy 87-63 win. Daniel Ochefu (17 points, 10 rebounds) had a double-double. Notre Dame got a challenge from Wisconsin-Milwaukee but shot 57.1% and needed every shot in an 86-78 win.
Western Illinois also has backed up its win over Wisconsin with two more, the latest an 84-57 win over Illinois-Chicago. It’s way, way early, but the Leathernecks are making a preliminary claim to be one of the nation’s most improved teams.
Today’s menu: A fairly busy schedule, though it will feel benign after the round-the-clock quality of the previous 36 hours
Finally, Eastern Michigan at Oakland is an intriguing in-state battle between a pair of teams that both fall in that ‘better than you think’ category.

Shockers stumble in Tulsa--Shocker Hoops
The play from seniors Ron Baker and Anton Grady added a couple bright spots in an otherwise disappointing outing from Wichita State. Grady once again almost notched a double-double, scoring 18 points, and grabbing 9 rebounds. Baker’s defensive effort kept the Shockers competitive, recording 4 steals in the game.
Cleveland State notches first win; Akron, Kent State on road tonight: Local College Basketball 2015 (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU Vikings Men’s Hoops Home Opener Tonight Vs Malone--NEO Sports Insiders
Vikings Overcome Rough First Half to Win Home Opener--NEO Sports Insiders
Cleveland State men's basketball gets first win of season in home opener--Cleveland State Hoops
Flannigan's Double-Double, Strong Second Half Lead Vikings Past Malone,

Women's Basketball Set To Host Evansville In Midweek
Abshaw Double-Double Leads CSU In Loss To

UDM 88, CSU 65: Paris Bass suspended, but Titans win--The Detroit Free Press
Monday's roundup: Detroit routs Central State in home opener--The Detroit News
Last week of pure practice puts focus on team, school--Varsity Press
Titans Sink Marauders For 22nd-Straight Home-Opening
Titans Back On WADL, CBS Radio This
Detroit To Hold Special Needs Player Camp Appreciation Day On
Titans Hit The Road For Pittsburgh On

Assistants happy to be part of new vision for Titans--Varsity Press
Lacking height, young Titans rely on team defense, youth--Varsity Press
National Girls & Women in Sports Day Set for Jan.
Titans Visit No. 8 Maryland in First Road Contest of

Oakland to unveil pressure defense, fast-break offense--The Detroit Free Press
Felder, Grizzlies top EMU in opener, 91-81--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland defeats Eastern Michigan in opener--The Detroit News
Transfers shine in Oakland’s season-opening win over Eastern Michigan--The Oakland Press
Transfer(s) of power: Gibson, Dorsey-Walker big for Oakland in season-opening win over Eastern Michigan--Press Row Sports
Oakland justifies the hype, defeats Eastern 91-81--Oakland Post


Western Illinois defeats Illinois-Chicago 84-57--CBS Sports
UIC lit up by Western Illinois in 84-57 defeat--The Catch and Shoot
Tailgate tips off Flames basketball season--UIC News
Dixson gets honored--Whoosh!Net
Offense sputters in 1st road test--Whoosh!Net
Flames Drop First Road Test at Western
Carolyn O’Connell Named Assistant Director of Academic

Flames Outlast Chicago State 51-47 in
Flames Travel to Purdue on

Guyn's 26 lead E. Tennessee St. in 103-90 win over Green Bay--CBS Sports
Game Recap: East Tennessee State wins early College Hoops Marathon match up against Green Bay--Mid-Major Madness
UWGB men fall at East Tennessee State--Green Bay Press Gazette
Lowe's Career High Not Enough as Green Bay Falls at
Road Trip Continues for Green Bay, Visits Georgia Tech

Jackson, Beachem big for No. 18 Notre Dame--CBS Sports
UWM doesn't pack enough punch against Fighting Irish--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Men’s Basketball Falls to No. 18 Notre Dame--UWM Post
Panthers look for Pot o’ Gold--PantherU
Milwaukee Announces New Student Section
Valiant Effort Comes Up Short In 86-78 Loss At No. 18 Notre

UWM women 70, Missouri-Kansas City 48 - Lindner puts on an opening night show--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Women’s Basketball Tops UMKC in Season Opener--UWM Post

The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 19, 2015--Hoopville
Side Dishes
Valparaiso is the first 4-0 team in Division I after a 78-40 win over Indiana-Kokomo. While a non-Division I win is hardly notable, it’s the second of three games in three days for the Crusaders, including their win at Rhode Island Tuesday morning.
Tuesday Viewer's Guide: Champions Classic, Maryland-Georgetown on tap--CBS Sports
Other games

Valparaiso takes on Rhode Island early in the morning, and the Crusaders could use this game as a springboard toward an at-large bid. Or, the Rams could use this to stabilize their season following E.C. Matthews' injury.
On The Menu: Tip-Off Marathon, Part II--Blogging the Bracket
Tip-Off Marathon Specials

Valparaiso Crusaders at Rhode Island Rams, 10 a.m. (ESPN2)
On Sunday, I got to see the Crusaders run Iona ragged. They look very much the part of a team that can do some damage in March and even be a potential at-large selection. This morning, Valpo will take on a Rams team that will have to adjust to life without its best player, guard E.C. Matthews, who looked to be a favorite for A 10 Player of the Year before injuring his knee in Rhody's win over American Eagles on Friday.
Whose stock has risen and fallen during the tip-off marathon?--The Dagger

It's very early and it's still a long shot, but Valparaiso appears to be the rare Horizon League team that may not have to rely on winning its conference tournament to secure an NCAA bid. The Crusaders (3-0) already have two wins that should boost their RPI at the end of the season, a rout of MAAC favorite Iona on Sunday and a 58-55 nail biter at Atlantic 10 contender Rhode Island on Tuesday morning. Finding power-conference teams willing to schedule a game was not easy for a Valparaiso program with amost every key contributor back from last year's 29-win NCAA tournament team, but the Crusaders do still have a few more chances to notch quality nonconference wins. They visit Pac-12 contender Oregon and improving Oregon State next week and play a home-and-home series with fellow mid-major power Belmont in December.
Morning News: Efficient Kentucky, Denzel Valentine's Triple Double, Maryland/Georgetown, Wichita State Goes Down, And More--Basketball Predictions
Valparaiso Wins Again Coming on the back of an impressive 25 point demolition of Iona, Valparaiso picked up a quality win on the road here at Rhode Island. It's too early to take computer ratings seriously, but Valparaiso is playing like the type of team that could make an at-large run. They have balanced scoring and a strong defense (0.83 PPP allowed so far this season), so there's no one easy way to beat them. As always, it's incredibly tough to earn an at-large bid out of a league like the Horizon, but Valparaiso is doing the right things so far.
Evaluating the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon: 29 Takeaways From 29 Hours of Action--Rush the Court
Valparaiso and Rhode Island played an absolutely terrible first half with only the Rams getting to 20 points on a three at the buzzer. Valpo didn’t score for almost eight minutes but took control in the second half before hanging on at the end. - See more at:
Peters' late FTs help Valparaiso hold off Rhode Island 58-55--CBS Sports
Game Recap: Valparaiso scores road victory over Rhode Island 58-55--Mid-Major Madness
I Slept On It: Tip-Off Marathon, Part II--Blogging the Bracket
The Tip-Off Marathon's Daytime Shift
Horizon League favorite Valparaiso won at Rhode Island, 58-55, holding off a furious Rams rally that only ended with a missed Four McGlynn three-point attempt at the buzzer. This game started slowly, as you'd expect out of a 10 a.m. tip, but gathered steam in the second half.
Valpo freshman Derrik Smits out for season--Mid-Major Madness
Valparaiso guts out resume-building win at Rhode Island--The Post-Tribune
UPDATE: Crusaders pull out tough win at Rhode Island--The NWI Times
Davidson shines in Valparaiso victory--The NWI Times
Breaking down Valparaiso vs. Rhode Island (Game No. 3)--Inside VU Sports
Men’s basketball fine and dandy--The Torch
Valpo takes care of business, tops Indiana-Kokomo--The Torch
Crusaders Earn Tip-Off Marathon Victory At Rhode
Micah Bradford Inks NLI With Crusader Men’s
Crusaders Handle IU Kokomo Wednesday

Crusaders fight cancer--The Torch
NKU gets win at home against Tiffin--Cincinnati Enquirer
GALLERY: Second half surge gives Norse men first win, 83-71--The Northerner
Holland’s near triple-double leads MBB past Tiffin,
Thirty @NKUNorseMBB games to be televised this

Bearcats edge Norse in final minutes, 71-68--The Northerner
Holland’s near triple-double leads MBB past Tiffin,
Lyttle doubles up as @NKUNorseWBB falls short at

Donlon believes 1-2 start could have been different--Dayton Daily News
Yoho’s return gives Raiders a boost--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State vs. Kentucky--Dayton Daily News
SPORTS DAILY: Wright State tries to shock the world — again--Dayton Daily News
Demmings and Van der Keilj post double-doubles--The Guardian

Tom Archdeacon: WSU points leader ready for record to fall--Dayton Daily News
Women Rally for 73-68 Win at Kent

Toledo Rockets beat down Youngstown State on the road--Mid-Major Madness
YSU unable to slow Toledo in home opener--Youngstown Vindicator
New-look Penguins play home opener tonight--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Rocket power--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins Fall to Rockets in Home Opener--The Jambar
Hot-Shooting Toledo Beats YSU in Home

YSU women defeat Niagara--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women win second straight to open season--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Balanced Effort Leads Penguins to 71-54 Win at
Penguins Welcome Radford to Beeghly Center on

Titans Win Home-Opener for 22nd Straight Season--Horizon League Network
Valpo Takes Down Rhode Island, CSU & NKU Record First Wins--Horizon League Network
Jon LeCrone, Tom Wilson Interview--Horizon League Network
Oakland Wins Season Opener, Valpo Improves to 4-0--Horizon League Network

Horizon League Athletes of the Week (Nov. 9)--Horizon League Network

Milwaukee, UIC Grab Monday Night Wins--Horizon League Network

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