Sunday, December 20, 2015

News On The Horizon 12/19/2015

Buzzer thoughts from U of L's rout of WKU--Louisville Courier-Journal
Trey Lewis complements: Every team needs a Robin to its Batman, and Lewis played that role again on Saturday. He scored in a variety of ways, including a pair of rather cunning drives and layups in the second half. He produced a nice line -- 15 points, three assists and a steal.
Cleveland State scores with 1.8 left, beats Belmont 67-65--CBS Sports
Trey Lewis: Mangok Mathiang is Louisville's leader--Louisville Courier-Journal
MSU players on Izzo's halftime speech, 12-0 record--The Detroit Free Press
No. 1 Michigan State beats Northeastern, 78-58--The Detroit Free Press
Senior guard Bryn Forbes’ hard dive to the floor for a loose ball in the first half seemed to spark his team, and the Spartans cranked up their defense and transition game to run away in the second half. After Forbes’ dive, which resulted in a Northeastern turnover out of bounds, Izzo gave him a two-handed shove – an emphatic show of affection for a play the Spartans needed.

“I thought he was about to get T’d up,” Costello said of Izzo.

“That’s what gets him excited -- hustle plays, energy plays, that’s what he likes,” Forbes, who seems to be making them as much as anyone of late, said of Izzo.

“I thought that changed our whole game,” Izzo said of the play. “And if I told you of all the people on my team, including my managers, he would have been the last guy that (would have) gotten on the floor in the last year or so.”
No. 1 MSU goes 12-0 after win over Northeastern--The Detroit News
The Huskies built a 15-10 lead, but Michigan State started to chip away with a 7-0 run, and in the midst of that stretch, it was Bryn Forbes that slid across the floor near midcourt and forced Northeastern turnover.

As the players went to the bench on the stoppage, a fired-up Izzo shoved Forbes in the chest and yelled, ‘Way to go.’

“He loves diving on the floor,” Forbes said. “I don’t know what it is, but it’s something about diving on the floor. He was just excited, that’s what gets him excited. Hustle plays, energy plays, that’s what he likes.”

It was exactly what the Spartans needed as it came during a 17-4 run that helped them take a 34-25 lead at the break.

“I thought that changed our whole game,” Izzo said. “I’m impressed with him and don’t even know what he scored. But he’s doing more things and we needed someone to light a match.”

Forbes has tended to spark most games with his shooting, and when he transferred from Cleveland State last season, Izzo was constantly pushing Forbes to play tougher.

That led to an off-season transformation. Forbes is stronger, physically, but he’s been more of an all-around player this season.

“Bryn's been called every name in the book,” senior Matt Costello said. “Just like 'What are you doing, what are you doing? You need to toughen up.’ This year he's taken it to heart, gotten bigger, stronger, has a different mindset.”
Now the Spartans look to stand alone. A victory on Tuesday against Oakland would improve Michigan State to 13-0, the best start in school history.

“We’re excited about it,” Forbes said. “It’s a big milestone to hit, the best start in school history. I don’t think we’re close to stopping, we don’t want to be close to stopping. I think we’ve got bigger goals in mind.”
Cleveland State wins at the end, 67-65, over Belmont--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Vikings Men’s Hoops Back at Home Today to Host Belmont--NEO Sports Insiders
Flannigan’s Last Second Jumper Leads Vikings to 67-65 Win Over Belmont--NEO Sports Insiders
Preview: Belmont vs. Cleveland State--Cleveland State Hoops
Flannigan Hits Game-Winner With 1.8 Seconds Left as CSU Tops Belmont,

Detroit tops Central Florida 95-89--CBS Sports
Detroit Mercy tops Central Florida, 95-89--The Detroit Free Press
Red Hot Titans Run Away From UCF,

The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 19, 2015--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu

With final exams over, we’re now in a busy stretch during which a number of teams play multiple games right before Christmas. Saturday is a very busy one, with some of the best games coming early on.
Oakland always plays a tough non-conference schedule, and their latest test is a visit to Washington.
Felder scores 38 as Oakland beats Washington 97-83--CBS Sports
Felder scores 38 as Oakland beats Washington, 97-83--The Detroit Free Press
Steve Schrader’s what to watch this week--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland notches Power 5 win, dominates Washington on road--The Detroit Free Press

An intrastate matchup

It’s the annual Michigan State-Oakland game, this year at the Palace. It’s the Spartans’ only game in a 10-day span as they get time off for the holidays, and it’s also their last game before starting the Big Ten schedule. And it features two of our favorite coaches, Tom Izzo and Greg Kampe, two guys who have been around forever. 7 p.m., ESPNU.
Saturday's roundup: Felder scores 38 in Oakland upset--The Detroit News
Felder leads Oakland past Washington--The Oakland Press
Oakland's final transfer to debut at Washington--Oakland Post
Golden Grizzlies defeat Pac 12's Washington Huskies--Oakland Post


Loyola of Chicago beats Illinois-Chicago 64-47--CBS Sports
Loyola vs. UIC preview: How to watch, listen, stream, bet--The Catch and Shoot
Loyola retains local bragging rights with win over UIC--The Catch and Shoot
Miscues Sink UIC at

Flames Welcome Toledo To Pavilion

UWGB women win fifth straight--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Rallies Past SDSU for Fifth-Straight

Men’s Basketball Comes Up Short in Double OT--UWM Post

Valparaiso beats Missouri State 74-45--CBS Sports
Valparaiso vs. Missouri State preview: How to watch, listen, stream, bet--The Catch and Shoot
Hot shooting sends Valparaiso to easy win over Missouri State--The Catch and Shoot
Tevonn Walker returns to lead Valparaiso in blowout win over Missouri State--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders deliver No. 1,000 for Drew family--The NWI Times
This Is Indiana: Expanding the Crossroads Classic--Inside VU Sports
Drew Family Earns 1,000th Collegiate Victory as Crusaders Down Missouri

Crusaders notch first D1 win of the season--The NWI Times
Defense, Rebounding Drive Valpo to Win over
GALLERY: Unselfish Norse keep Redhawks winless--The Northerner
Four double-digit efforts leads MBB past SEMO,

GALLERY: Brown buzzer-beater buries Norse in overtime--The Northerner
@NKUNorseWBB falls to Akron on OT

Preview: Bowling Green at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Yoho getting closer to being at full strength--Dayton Daily News
Time Warner Sports Channel to Air WSU

Michigan overwhelms Youngstown State 105-46--CBS Sports
Penguins face second stiff test at Michigan--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Men's Basketball Falls to Michigan,

Women's Basketball Heads to Akron Looking for 10th

Games Come Down to the Wire for #HLWBB Saturday--Horizon League Network

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