Friday, December 11, 2015

News On The Horizon 12/11/2015

SVSM grad returns to Akron from Florida; Cleveland State back at Q: College Basketball 2015--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Amid Cloudy Present, Cleveland State Men’s Basketball Looks to the Future--More Than A Fan
Kent State 66, Cleveland State 62: Waters conducts team meeting after Vikings' loss--Cleveland State Hoops
Vikings Host Ohio on Saturday at Quicken Loans

Vikings Head To Toledo For Saturday Afternoon

Metro & state: UDM's McFolley named league frosh of week--The Detroit Free Press
UDM's patch for Reggie Hall; funeral Friday at Calihan--The Detroit Free Press
When players get punished, running often involved--Varsity Press
Rolling at home--Varsity Press
Payne, Smith, Jackson play key roles as coaches and mentors--Varsity Press
Bring A Toy For Sergeant Santa & Get A Free Ticket To Saturday's BGSU
Titans Look To Make It Three In A Row On

Detroit Women's Basketball Inks Three to
Titans Return to Road on Saturday at Western



Illini 5-5 heading into game with UIC --Daily Herald
UIC Welcomes Illinois to Chicago's United Center

Flames Seek Fourth Straight Win at Western

Phoenix hopes struggles from line are over--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay aggressively recruiting Wisconsin, Midwest--Phear The Phoenix

The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 10, 2015--Hoopville
Side Dishes

A big salute goes to Wisconsin-Milwaukee after the Panthers defeated Wisconsin 68-67 for their first win over the Badgers in 23 years. Point guard Jordan Johnson was sensational (22 points) and Milwaukee fought back time and again after going down by 15 points early, finally taking its first lead with less than three minutes left and withstanding a final shot by the hosts. By the way: Nigel Hayes was also outstanding for the Badgers-32 points and eight rebounds.
Morning News: Dayton Knocks Off Vanderbilt, Fred VanVleet Returns In Style, Wisconsin Falls To Milwaukee, And More--Basketball Predictions
Wisconsin Falls To Milwaukee This was an ugly game all around. Quick whistles meant 48 fouls and 59 free throw attempts. Both teams made more free throws than field goals, though Milwaukee hit much more of them down the stretch. They hit 82% as a team, including their final 12 of the game. Wisconsin hit 72% as a team, which is fairly good, but Nigel Hayes missed a pair of crucial free throws with his team trailing by just two points in the final 30 seconds.

Poor shooting has been the consistent story for Wisconsin all around this season. They shot a horrific 5-for-27 on two-point jumpers here. For the season, Wisconsin is hitting just 45% of their two-point attempts, 34% of their two-point jumpers, and 32% of their threes (all well outside the Top 200 in the nation). How real is that bad shooting? Some of it has to be. Wisconsin has a lot of young players who simply aren't the type of shooters they're replacing from last season. That said, some of this is likely to regress. For example, Nigel Hayes is down from 40% on threes last year to 31% this year. And if Wisconsin can get even halfway decent jump shooting, they are a supremely talented team in many other ways. In fact, weirdly enough, this is one of those talented teams Bo Ryan has ever had.

Milwaukee has quietly been a solid team this season. They near won at Notre Dame a couple of weeks ago also. Valparaiso is obviously the favorite in the Horizon League, but Milwaukee looks like their strongest possible challenger.
Milwaukee Welcomes Judson For Sunday Matinee At

Panthers women duo combine for 50 points in road victory--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Lindner, Ford-Washington Lead Milwaukee Past

State of Hoops: Is IU among the state's Big Four?--Indy Star
Valparaiso has been quite busy, which has been a good and bad thing.

OK, OK, everyone wants to know how Indiana rates. The Hoosiers have lost three of five, including a high-profile disaster against Duke. Are the Hoosiers better than Valparaiso, or Evansville, at the moment?
David Woods, IndyStar Butler basketball reporter

1) Purdue. It should not be a foregone conclusion that Michigan State or Maryland will win Big Ten.

2) Butler. Bulldogs came up Rosey at Cincinnati.

3) Notre Dame. Loss to Monmouth doesn’t look so bad now.

4) Indiana. Hoosiers could perhaps be lower. Haven’t done anything, really.

5) Valparaiso. Didn’t see that loss at Ball State coming.
Nathan Baird, JCOnline Purdue basketball reporter

1) Purdue. Anyone anywhere getting 40 minutes of center play better than Haas and Hammons?

2) Butler. Proved it can win with clutch moments in tough road games.

3) Notre Dame. More Big Ten wins (Iowa, Illinois) than anyone on this list.

4) Indiana. Don’t look now, but Morehead State’s only loss was at good Illinois State team.

5) Valparaiso. Losing at Ball State is not how one builds an NCAA at-large resume.
Zach Osterman, IndyStar IU basketball reporter

1) Purdue -- Have I mentioned how much I love this team's defensive versatility? Have now. Best defensive team in the Big Ten.

2) Butler -- Will another in-state school pick up a better road win this season than the Bulldogs at Cincinnati? Certainly not in the non-conference.

3) Notre Dame -- Still not convinced about the Irish ... but Valpo's Ball State loss gives me pause.

4) Valparaiso -- Know what the Crusaders have? Better wins than Indiana, and fewer losses than Indiana. Crusaders at No. 4.
Valparaiso (7-2) coach Bryce Drew, on his team's busy early-season schedule while also dealing with a couple of injuries: "Routine has been thrown out the window. The team has done a really good job of adjusting. The guys have been focused. We haven’t had the chance to have that many practices and we need that, we need to get better and work on some things.” - Northwest Indiana Times
The Morning Dish – Friday, December 11, 2015--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu

Not unlike late January through the rest of the regular season, this Friday has a light slate as only six Division I games are on tap.
Valparaiso looks to keep their great start going as they travel to take on Chicago State.
Valparaiso gets past Indiana State 69-63 on the road--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso's Jubril Adekoya on brother, opponent Jawad: 'Basically my best friend'--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders shine from deep in return to Chicago--The NWI Times
MBB: Creating his own tradition--The Torch
Peters Ties Program Record; Crusaders Take Down

Basketball teams busy going into finals week--The Torch

Women’s basketball should start Franklin--The Torch
WBB: Lindfors finds her home--The Torch
Home tilt with Norfolk St. on tap for

Northern Kentucky women return from finals break to host West Virginia State in doubleheader--Northern Kentucky Tribune

@NKUNorseWBB back to action against W.Va.

Raider women rebounding at record pace--Dayton Daily News

Youngstown St.-Purdue Preview--CBS Sports

YSU women learned from road loss to Penn State--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU better learn from loss to PSU--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Another test awaits 6-1 Penguins--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

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