Thursday, August 27, 2015

News On The Horizon 8/27/2015

Double Bonus: Breaking Down the 2016 College Hoops Marathon--Mid-Major Madness
Green Bay Phoenix at East Tennessee State Buccaneers, 6 am, ESPN2

This game will be my coffee and will be a big stage for two first year head coaches in Steve Forbes at ETSU and Linc Darner at Green Bay. Darner is especially intriguing coming from Florida Southern where he went 218-72 over nine seasons, which included a national championship last season. The Phoenix are looking to replace superstar guard Kiefer Sykes, while the Bucs need to replace at star of their own in Rashawn Rembert.

ETSU has gone the transfer route to reload and should have Deuce Bello (Missouri/Baylor), Ge'Lawn Guyn (Cincinnati), and Peter Jurkin (Indiana) all eligible for this one. It's an interesting experiment in Johnson City to say the least.

This will be a great early game to see where these two teams are as they both are in semi-rebuilding mode.
Valparaiso Crusaders at Rhode Island Rams, 10 am, ESPN2

Speaking of mid-major star power, this game will have plenty. Rhode Island is loaded and looking to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time this century. E.C. Matthews gets a little help from Memphis transfer Kuran Iverson and sharpshooting Towson transfer Four McGlynn.

On the other side of the court Valpo is poised for another Horizon League title run with Alec Peters leading the way. Peters has already posted over 1,000 points in his first two seasons as a Crusader and also averaged 6.7 rebounds per game last season. It'll be fun to watch him go at it with Hassan Martin in November.

Forbes scores 18 as MSU wins first exhibition in Italy--The Detroit Free Press
MSU coasts to 98-54 victory in first game on Italy trip--The Detroit News
Cleveland State basketball to play games at Quicken Loans Arena--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Titan Athletics Welcomes The Class Of 2019 On Freshmen Move-In

Oakland hoops to incorporate transfers, sightsee in Spain--The Detroit Free Press
Can’t Cheat The Grind--SLAM Online

Putting pieces together--Whoosh!Net
Q&A: Flames head coach Steve McClain--Whoosh!Net

Jerro Elevated to Associate Head Coach at

GB lands commitment from Trevor Anderson--Phear The Phoenix

Women's Basketball to Take Part in Paradise

Former Panther Anthony Hill Signs With CAB

Valpo Basketball Preview: Canada

Women's Basketball Welcomes Llorens to
NKU Basketball Coaches at Rally House on August

Men's Basketball: Get to Know Freshman Jordan
Men's Basketball to Hold Second Annual Wine

Saturday, August 22, 2015

News On The Horizon 8/22/2015

MSU's Izzo: Harris, Ellis won't play in Italy--The Detroit Free Press
He reiterated that senior guard Bryn Forbes has been the team MVP and most improved player this summer.
Hey Joe: Hoops observations before MSU zooms to Italy--The Detroit Free Press
Izzo continues to gush about Forbes, and Forbes continues to show why. His upper body is much different and he understands how to defend now. And the shot is still falling.
Harris, Ellis won’t play in Italy for Spartans--The Detroit News
Izzo also praised senior Bryn Forbes.

“He’s got arms now,” Izzo said. “He doesn’t have toothpicks sticking out of his shoulders. He’s got arms. He gained the 12-15 pounds. He has been, as we listed him yesterday, he has been our MVP of the summer. He has been our most improved and most consistent player this summer.”

Kate Peterson Abiad Sticking With Cleveland State Long-Term
--More Than A Fan

Calihan Hall Upgrade To Include New Sound
Detroit Sports Zone High School Hall Of Fame To Honor Three Former

Oakland's Greg Kampe talks about Kuwait trip--The Detroit Free Press
U.S. troops join OU coach Greg Kampe's regiment in Kuwait--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland basketball ready for international trip to Spain--The Oakland Press

Men's Basketball Helps With Move-In

Regina Miller Assists with Chicago Sky Cares
Women’s Basketball Releases Non-Conference

UWGB to be part of ESPN’s Tip-Off marathon--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay to Take Part in ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon on

Double Bonus: Foreign Tours, Schedule Leaks, Summer Wrap Up--Mid-Major Madness
Another November tournament to keep an eye on is down in Fort Myers for the Gulf Coast Showcase. It's a mid-major party as the eight team field features Central Michigan, Drake, Duquesne, Murray State, Milwaukee, Pepperdine, Weber State, and Western Kentucky. There are obviously plenty of strorylines in this one but the biggest will be the Murray State Racers who suddenly find themselves without Cameron Payne and Steve Prohm.

Everything you need to know about the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon--CollegeBasketballTalk

There are two that I think qualify here:
Stephen F. Austin vs. Northern Iowa features two well-coached, veteran mid-major ball-clubs, but given what both programs lost for last season, the first game on Tuesday that is a must-watch comes at 10:00 a.m. ET when Valparaiso makes the trip to Kingston to take on URI. Valpo may be the best mid-major in the country this side of Wichita State (are they a mid-major?), while this may be the year that Danny Hurley finally breaks through with the Rams.
Ranking the 12 best games in next year's Tip-Off Marathon--The Dagger
8. Valparaiso at Rhode Island (Nov. 17, 10 a.m. EST): The under-the-radar gem of this year's Tip-Off marathon pits one of the nation's premier mid-majors against an Atlantic 10 squad poised for a breakout season. Valparaiso returns every key player from a team that went 28-6 and pushed Maryland in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, but the Crusaders will be challenged on the road against a Rhode Island team led by Atlantic 10 player of the year candidate E.C. Matthews.
Valparaiso recuperates, looks ahead after productive trip to Canada--The Post-Tribune
Drew excited following Canada trip--The NWI Times
Vashil is Back (and Here’s Why It’s Really Important)--The Valparaiso Crusaders Fan Zone
Crusaders To Play at Rhode Island as Part of ESPN Tip Off
Valpo Basketball Season Tickets Now On
Northern Kentucky gets a new court … with a boat? (VIDEO)--CollegeBasketballTalk
Strategic plan Uprising unveiled for
John L. Griffin Court gets a new

Donlon Adds Two to

Green Bay & Valparaiso to Appear on ESPN's Eighth Annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon--Horizon League Network

Sunday, August 16, 2015

News On The Horizon 8/16/2015

2015-16 College Basketball Conference Tournaments: What's Changing--Blogging the Bracket
The Northern Kentucky Norse, entering their final transition year on its journey to full DI membership, surprisingly left the conference that sponsored its entry, the Atlantic Sun, for the Horizon League. While the move brought NKU to a league it fit better with geographically, it was a bit surprising when you consider that the A-Sun even let Norse teams compete in conference championship events last year—a full two years before those squads could claim bids to NCAA championships. The Horizon, however, will extend this courtesy to NKU in 2016.
Horizon: 10 members, 9 postseason-eligible (minus NKU, who will participate in the conference tournament)
Two conferences moved to neutral sites for the next few seasons. The Big Sky will play at the Reno (Nev.) Events Center for the next three years, while the Horizon League signed a five-year deal with Olympia Entertainment to play in Detroit. Joe Louis Arena will be the conference's home for the first two seasons, with three years in the new Detroit Arena completing the term.
Otherwise, it looks like every other conference is sticking with the same format as last season, though the ACC will play and extra Tuesday opening round game with Syracuse's return and the A-Sun may lose a quarterfinal if Stetson is ruled out. However, it's possible the Horizon changes its double-bye format with a move to a neutral site and the Summit might include all nine teams.

Michigan State guard hoping to diversify offensive game--CollegeBasketballTalk
Graduate students Trey Lewis, Damion Lee stepping forward as leaders for Louisville--CollegeBasketballTalk

Hogan, Foster-Smith Traveling Europe With Global Sports

Women's Basketball Gives Back at Oak Park Summer

#92 Oakland Men's Basketball 2015-2016 Preview--College Sports Madness
OU's Kampe headed to Kuwait for military tourney--The Detroit Free Press

2015-16 Men's Basketball Intros: Najeal

UWGB lands recruit from Michigan--Green Bay Press Gazette
Kameron Hankerson commits to Green Bay--Phear The Phoenix

Milwaukee Men’s Basketball Golf Classic Is Huge
McWhorter Signs Pro Contract To Play In

Green Bay to Host 2016 Horizon League Women’s Basketball

Valparaiso heads to Canada in advance of expectations-filled season--The Post-Tribune
Ranking the Most Complete Players for the 2015-16 College Basketball Season--Bleacher Report
Terker's Top 50 Previews: #44 Valparaiso Crusaders--/r/collegebasketball
Crusaders Win Pair of Games on First Day of Action From
Crusaders Take Down McGill, Improve to
Crusaders Fall at Carleton Thursday
Crusaders Take Down Ottawa To Close Out Foreign
WBB closes out Costa Rica trip with a

Women Wrap Up Canada Trip With Win Over

Penguins Defeat Patron Regulators, 79-76, Behind Hain's
Men's Basketball's Comeback Falls Short in 93-90 Loss, Hain Nabs Second
Penguins Paced By Andrews' 23, 13 3-Pointers in 101-69 Win Over Real Deal

Penguins moving on after departure--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Wright State, Northern Kentucky Conclude Foreign Tours--Horizon League Network

Saturday, August 8, 2015

News On The Horizon 8/8/2015

Valpo Men's Basketball - Canada
Lyttle scores big in victory over Costa

Men's Basketball Arrives In Bahamas For Foreign

News On The Horizon 8/7/2015

U of L's Lee, Lewis locking up starting roles--Louisville Courier-Journal
Graduate transfers guaranteed to start for Louisville--CollegeBasketballTalk
Forbes builds up strength for senior year--The Detroit Free Press

Green Bay to Host 2016 Horizon League Women's Basketball

Hoops tournament gives fresh life to an old-school
Overseas Elite controlled play in the second semifinal, with five players in double figures, to take an 84-71 win. It had been a tumultuous journey for Overseas, which had to win its opening round game July 10 with just five players. The fifth player, former Oakland University guard Travis Bader, had spent the morning of the game playing his final game for the Oklahoma City Thunder's Summer League team in the Orlando Summer League.

The Basketball Tournament's championship bracket had a cinematic feel to it.

Unfortunately, Overseas Elite's game that afternoon was in Atlanta.

After scoring four points for OKC, Bader scooted to the airport, caught a flight to Atlanta, and got to the arena about 45 minutes before tipoff.

"I was talking with Drew (Morrison, the team's "Booster"), and he was just like, 'Okay, when you get here, I'll pick you up from the airport and drive you to the game,' "Bader said. "I was like, cool. I got there about an hour before the game started, and he was like, 'You're gonna have to play.' And I was like, 'Okay, I'll play like five, 10 minutes.' I had just played that morning. I was like, cool, I'll play a little bit. And he was like, 'No, you have to play. We have four guys right now. You're the fifth.' "
Pat Caputo - AD Jeff Konya has clear vision of Oakland University athletic future--The Oakland Press
Veteran players welcome new additions to the Oakland family--Oakland Post
Breaking down athletic finances at Oakland University--Oakland Post

2015-16 Men's Basketball Intros: Drew
VOTE NOW: Your Top Flames Returner for 2015-16!
UIC Basketball Releases 2015-16 Non-League

Green Bay to Host 2016 HL Women’s Basketball

The East Side Pirates signed Alfonzo
UWGB, UW agree to new scheduling deal--Green Bay Press Gazette
Former UWGB standout Alec Brown to play in Spain--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay and Wisconsin won't play in 2016--Phear The Phoenix
Men's Basketball to Participate in NIT Season

Green Bay to Host 2016 Horizon League Women's Basketball
Women's Basketball Adds Ashley Luke for 2015-16

Pair Of Panthers Named To NABC Honors
Relive Milwaukee NCAA Basketball Wins On TWC
Jeter Earns Men Who Empower Men
Bracket Announced for 2015 Gulf Coast

Big Game Broekhoff--Downtown
Dick's to open in Valpo, and Bryce Drew will be there--The NWI Times
Sizing up Valparaiso's non-conference history--Inside VU Sports

Green Bay to Serve as Host of 2016 #HLWBB
Shining Moment on NKU Horizon--Cincy Magazine

Day 1 - Travel--NKU Women's Basketball Costa Rica Trip
Day 1 - Game Time--NKU Women's Basketball Costa Rica Trip
Inside Women's Basketball Summer Workouts Part
WBB heading to Costa Rica to Elevate its
Green Bay to host 2016 Horizon League WBB
Long day ends in victory for WBB in Costa

WSU signs 6-8 Denmark recruit--Dayton Daily News
Raiders Sign 6-8 Player from

Women's Basketball To Visit Canada This
Women Defeat Montreal CEGEP
Women Roll Past

Green Bay to Host 2016 Horizon League Women’s Basketball

Vashil Fernandez Granted Fourth Season of Athletic Eligibility, Will Return to Valpo--Horizon League Network

Green Bay to Host 2016 Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship--Horizon League Network