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
THE GOODAkron, Cleveland State, Kent State establishing their identities: College Basketball 2015 (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
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.
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 Day--csuvikings.com
Men’s Basketball To Host Military Appreciation Day On Saturday--detroittitans.com
WADL to Air Final 10 Women's Basketball Home Games--detroittitans.com
Mid-Major Madness Player of the Week: Kay Felder, Oakland Golden Grizzlies--Mid-Major Madness
FELDER NAMED HORIZON LEAGUE AND MID-MAJOR MADNESS PLAYER OF THE WEEK--ougrizzlies.com
FELDER NAMED LOU HENSON AWARD NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK--ougrizzlies.com
College hoops: MSU women top Oakland for third win in row--The Detroit Free Press
OAKLAND FALLS TO NO. 25 MICHIGAN STATE, 82-62--ougrizzlies.com
Illinois Rankings for the Week of Dec. 14--The Catch and Shoot
12. UIC (1-6). Last week: 11Chicago Weekly Awards, Dec. 14--The Catch and Shoot
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.
Player of the WeekUIC’s Dikembe Dixson wins Horizon League Freshman of the Week--The Catch and Shoot
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.
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 Nod--uicflames.com
Fourth straight win for UIC women’s basketball--UIC News
Green Bay Returns to Action Tuesday, Welcomes Pacific to Resch Center--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay Shoots Past Wisconsin, Secures Third Straight Win--GreenBayPhoenix.com
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 Honor--uwmpanthers.com
Panther Comeback Falls Just Short To Denver--uwmpanthers.com
Mid-Major Madness Power 15: George Washington powers into top spot--Mid-Major Madness
2. Valparaiso Crusaders (9-2, 1) 4Top 25 Rankings for the Week of Dec. 14--The Catch and Shoot
25. Valparaiso (9-2). Last week: Not RankedAlec 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., 81-60--nkunorse.com
@NKUNorseMBB set to face Michigan--nkunorse.com
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. State--nkunorse.com
Fouls an issue for Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Men Fall at Miami--wsuraiders.com
Simmons Three Lifts Women Past Eastern Kentucky--wsuraiders.com
Vogelpohl Named HL Freshman of the Week--wsuraiders.com
YSU Men’s Basketball Prepares for Geneva--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Hosts Geneva Tuesday Evening at Beeghly--ysusports.com
Sarah Cash Named Horizon League Women’s Basketball Player of the Week--ysusports.com
Barnes Wins 200th Game as Penguins Beat Salem International, 80-40--ysusports.com
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