Monday, December 14, 2015

News On The Horizon 12/14/2015

Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of Dec. 14--The Catch and Shoot
1. Valparaiso (9-2). Last week: 2
23. Oakland (6-3). Last week: 25

U of L Progress Report | The Good, Bad, Ugly--Louisville Courier-Journal

There's been much more good than anything else. The graduate transfers Damion Lee (18.8 points per game, 53.7 percent shooting) and Trey Lewis (13.8 points, 3.3 assists) have been everything Louisville wanted and needed. Lee is a shot-maker; Lewis is a nice complementary guard to Lee. Their leadership with Mangok Mathiang has been invaluable to U of L's otherwise young team.

It hasn't particularly come into play so far this season, save the Michigan State game, but Louisville's free-throw shooting is probably the worst thing on its profile right now. The Cards have made just 67.4 percent of their foul shots, a number that ranks 220th in college basketball.

It does, however, warrant mentioning that U of L's two top free-throw shooters, Lee and Lewis, who have taken a third of the Cards' total free throws, are shooting 88.9 and 87.5 percent, respectively.
Akron, Cleveland State, Kent State establishing their identities: College Basketball 2015 (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Ohio 76, Cleveland State 67--Cleveland State Hoops

A Look at What’s Happening This Week for the CSU Vikings--The Cleveland Fan

Vikings Set To Host FIU On Health & Physical Education

Men’s Basketball To Host Military Appreciation Day On

WADL to Air Final 10 Women's Basketball Home

Mid-Major Madness Player of the Week: Kay Felder, Oakland Golden Grizzlies--Mid-Major Madness

College hoops: MSU women top Oakland for third win in row--The Detroit Free Press

Illinois Rankings for the Week of Dec. 14--The Catch and Shoot
12. UIC (1-6). Last week: 11

After getting blown out at UCF, UIC nearly upset Illinois at the United Center. The Flames look to end a four-game losing streak Wednesday against Illinois State.
Chicago Weekly Awards, Dec. 14--The Catch and Shoot
Player of the Week

Dikembe Dixson, UIC

UIC nearly came from behind to upset Illinois on Saturday, and Dixson was the main reason why. He scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting, 10 rebounds, and four assists. Despite six turnovers, the 6-foot-7 freshman still had an efficient afternoon.

Dixson is now averaging 13.3 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 42.1 percent from 3-point range this season. He has scored at least 20 points in each of his last two games.

Honorable mentions: Dominique Matthews, UIC; Tre Demps, Northwestern

Freshman of the Week

Dikembe Dixson, UIC

Honorable mentions: Dominique Matthews, UIC; Eli Cain, DePaul
Game of the Week

Illinois 83, UIC 79

After falling behind 41-30 at halftime, UIC came roaring back to take a brief, five-point lead in the second period. The Flames hung close until the final buzzer, taking their big brother downstate to the wire at the United Center.

The game featured several thrilling performances. Dixson had his Player of the Week explosion, and fellow freshman Dominique Matthews posted 18 points in the first half, including a stretch where he had 12 points in less than two minutes.

For Illinois, junior guard Malcolm Hill recorded 22 points.
UIC’s Dikembe Dixson wins Horizon League Freshman of the Week--The Catch and Shoot
Flames push back against Illini, but fall four points short--UIC News
Formula for trouble--Whoosh!Net
Freshmen flourish in tough loss--Whoosh!Net
Dixson Secures Second HL Freshman of the Week

Fourth straight win for UIC women’s basketball--UIC News

Green Bay Returns to Action Tuesday, Welcomes Pacific to Resch

Green Bay Shoots Past Wisconsin, Secures Third Straight

Milwaukee's Jordan Johnson Horizon League co-player of week--USA Today
Panthers win in record-setter against NAIA foe--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UW-Milwaukee Panthers are a team worth watching--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Men’s Basketball Explodes for School-Record Point Total--UWM Post
Panthers need to graduate and become full-time ass-kickers--PantherU
J.R. Lyle likely out one week--PantherU
Johnson Shares Horizon League Weekly

Panther Comeback Falls Just Short To

Mid-Major Madness Power 15: George Washington powers into top spot--Mid-Major Madness
2. Valparaiso Crusaders (9-2, 1) 4
Top 25 Rankings for the Week of Dec. 14--The Catch and Shoot
25. Valparaiso (9-2). Last week: Not Ranked
Alec Peters' perfect 3-point shooting sparks Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
Northern Kentucky coasts to 81-60 win over Norfolk State--CBS Sports
Big opponents offer NKU opportunity--Cincinnati Enquirer
Northern Kentucky cruises past Norfolk State, 81-60--Cincinnati Enquirer
GALLERY: Smothering defense helps propel Norse past Norfolk State--The Northerner
Billups, Murray lead @NKUNorseMBB past Norfolk St.,
@NKUNorseMBB set to face

Balanced attack keys Northern Kentucky men’s win; Norse women set Division I scoring record in rout--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Norse Men & Women Score Blowout Wins at Home--River City News

GALLERY: NKU women rout West Virginia State 92-47--The Northerner
Balanced scoring leads @NKUNorseWBB over West Va.

Fouls an issue for Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Men Fall at

Simmons Three Lifts Women Past Eastern
Vogelpohl Named HL Freshman of the

YSU Men’s Basketball Prepares for Geneva--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Hosts Geneva Tuesday Evening at

Sarah Cash Named Horizon League Women’s Basketball Player of the
Barnes Wins 200th Game as Penguins Beat Salem International,

Hot Shooting Leads to Wins for NKU & UWM--Horizon League Network
Oakland's Felder, Milwaukee's Johnson and UIC's Dixson Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network

#HLWBB Secures Three Victories Sunday--Horizon League Network
Youngstown States's Cash and Wright State's Vogelpohl Tab Weekly Honors--Horizon League Network

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