Tuesday, December 22, 2015

News On The Horizon 12/22/2015

Sullivan | Picking Louisville, even at Rupp--College Sports Madness
Though Louisville’s Damion Lee and Trey Lewis cannot match UK’s backcourt athleticism, the graduate transfer guards are unlikely to panic in the face of full-court pressure. (Quentin Snider, Louisville’s third guard, has 47 assists against just 12 turnovers.)
Northern Iowa is NCAA Tournament bound, SMU is rolling: College Basketball 2015--Cleveland Plain Dealer
On the Horizon: The league is not quite as top heavy as expected, considering Oakland (7-3) has been far from dominant, even with five power conference transfers plus All-League guard Jhalil Felder (25.9 points a game) and one of the top scorers in the country.

The surprise team has been Detroit as most of its 6-3 mark has been built without the services of 6-8 wunderkind Paris Bass, who was suspended first semester.

Also making a move of late is Cleveland State (4-7), which has won a pair since dropping five straight. But there is still one huge fix coach Gary Waters has to make, and that is clogging up the middle.

In three of the last four games post players have delivered career highs, and we're talking about a sub off the bench scoring 20 (Mark Mercer, Belmont) and a career 10-point scorer getting a career high 22 (Khaliq Spicer, Kent State).

"The issue we've got to resolve is post defense,'' Waters said after the 67-65 Belmont victory. "They're licking their chops in there."
A Look At the Week Ahead for the CSU Vikings Sports Team--NEO Insiders Sports
Cleveland State G Rob Edwards Named Horizon League Freshman of the Week--NEO Insiders Sports
Rise of the Cleveland State Walk-Ons, Daniel Levitt and Tim Hasbargen--More Than A Fan
Edwards Named Horizon League Freshman of the Week--csuvikings.com

Vikings Fall To UNCG To Finish Non-League Play--csuvikings.com
Abshaw Tabbed Horizon League Freshman Of The Week--csuvikings.com

Titans Visit Western Kentucky In Nationally Televised Game On Tuesday--detroittitans.com

Titans Fight in Loss at No. 24 Michigan State--detroittitans.com

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 22, 2015--Hoopville
Side Dishes
The big news off the court Monday was the announcement that Michigan State star Denzel Valentine will miss 2-3 weeks due to minor knee surgery after an injury in practice Sunday night. Valentine is undoubtedly a frontrunner for national player of the year honors with averages of 18.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. Assuming he returns within that timeframe and not before-as seems to happen fairly often with many of these time estimates-he’ll miss a game with Oakland tonight, road games at Iowa and Minnesota and perhaps a home game with Illinois Jan. 7.

Today’s menu: Almost feels like a Saturday with how many teams are hustling to get in games before the holidays, many of them during the day (and after posting this we see CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein says the same thing)

Top-ranked Michigan State will get a serious test in its first game without Valentine as it faces Kahlil Felder and Oakland (7 p.m., ESPNU). The Golden Grizzlies certainly have the scoring threats to push the Spartans.
WEEKLY AWARDS: Wes Washpun leads UNI, and Ohio State’s big game--CollegeBasketballTalk
Kahlil Felder, Oakland: Felder had 38 points, nine assists and six boards as the Grizzlies knocked off Washington in Seattle on Saturday. He’s now averaging 25.9 points and 8.9 assists on the season.
Michigan St.-Oakland Preview--CBS Sports
College basketball hero Max Hooper shoots 3-pointers and ONLY 3-pointers--Lookit
Valentine injury means MSU's Harris must step up vs. OU--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland surges into showdown with No. 1 MSU--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland University Athletics signs decade-long contract with Nike, Nike LIDS--Oakland Post
Quick facts for Oakland MSU--Oakland Post

OAKLAND HOLDS OFF IPFW, 81-74--ougrizzlies.com

Top 10 moments of Chicago basketball in 2015: Honorable mentions--The Catch and Shoot
Dominique Matthews scores 12 points in two minutes.

The 2015-16 has been filled with growing pains, as expected. But Flames fans have witnessed a few moments that show the possibility of a very bright future.

Dec. 12 at the United Center, freshman guard Dominique Matthews exploded for 18 points in the first half against Illinois. Matthews scored 12 of those points in a 1:49 span. Matthews had a steal and breakaway layup, a tough layup in traffic, a pair of 3-pointers and a two-point jumper during that stretch.

It doesn’t hold up to when Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes 30 points in a 4:38 stretch last season, but it’s quite impressive nonetheless for a Horizon League player.
UIC vs. Purdue-Calumet preview: How to watch, listen, stream, bet--The Catch and Shoot
Former UIC coach Howard Moore joins Wisconsin staff--The Catch and Shoot
Flames Host Peregrines Tuesday Prior to Holiday Break--uicflames.com

UIC Burns Nevada 70-55--uicflames.com

UWGB men seek upset at Wisconsin--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix preview: Green Bay at Wisconsin--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay Visits Wisconsin to Begin Post-Ryan Era--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Allie LeClaire Claims Second Weekly Award of 2015-16 Season--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Kraker's Clutch Performance Boosts Phoenix to Victory--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Milwaukee Closes Out 2015 With Midweek Battle At Minnesota--uwmpanthers.com

Catch The Panthers And Golden Eagles On TWC SportsChannel--Panther Blog Zone
UWM Hosts Marquette Tuesday On TWC SportsChannel--uwmpanthers.com

Xavier continues to climb Seed List--Bracketville
Let’s also not forget about the solid mid-major resumes of Arkansas Little Rock, UT-Arlington, Chattanooga, and Valparaiso. And it’s hard to ignore Northern Iowa’s wins over North Carolina and Iowa State. Both are chalk full of staying power.

Valparaiso ruins Farris’ homecoming in 66-point rout--The NWI Times
Valpo Women Run Streak to Three with Record-Setting Performance--valpoathletics.com
Northern Kentucky men continue extended home stand against IU Kokomo Wednesday--Northern Kentucky Tribune
@NKUNorseMBB’s takes on IU Kokomo Wednesday--nkunorse.com

Wright State lightens Benzinger’s load on offense--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Murray State at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Raiders rout Bowling Green by 36--RaiderRoundball.com
Raiders win their third straight--The Guardian
Men Defeat Murray State for Third Straight Win--wsuraiders.com

WSU Women Fall to Georgia--RaiderRoundball.com

Jackson, Irish bounce back to beat Youngstown State 87-78--CBS Sports
Five Reach Double Figures in 87-78 Loss to Notre Dame--ysusports.com

WGH grad helps Zips pound Penguins--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
‘They Wanted It More Today’--The Jambar
Akron Controls Paint to Beat YSU, 74-49--ysusports.com

Oakland's Felder, Cleveland State's Edwards Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network
Oakland's Felder Named Lou Henson Award National Player of the Week--Horizon League Network
Oakland's Felder Named Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week--Horizon League Network

Green Bay's LeClaire and Cleveland State's Abshaw Collect Weekly Honors--Horizon League Network
Two Majors in Three Years No Problem for NKU's Gayheart--Horizon League Network
Valpo Gets Big Win Over IU-Kokomo--Horizon League Network
#HLWBB Dominates at Home--Horizon League Network

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