Sunday, January 31, 2016

News On The Horizon 1/31/2016

W-6 BP68--Basketball Predictions
Meanwhile, we're starting to trim the fat from the full bubble. 21 teams were eliminated from at-large contention: Ball State, Bowling Green, UC-Santa Barbara, East Tennessee State, Eastern Michigan, Elon, Iona, La Salle, UMass, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Missouri State, Navy, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota State, Northeastern, Tennessee State, Toledo, Tulane, Western Kentucky, and Wyoming.
Still alive, but pretty much need a miracle:
UCF, East Carolina, Albany, Boston College, Duquesne, Fordham, Saint Louis, DePaul, Marquette, St. John's, Weber State, Penn State, Rutgers, Oklahoma State, TCU, Long Beach State, Charleston, James Madison, Towson, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Old Dominion, Oakland, Siena, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Illinois State, Indiana State, Northern Iowa, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, UNLV, Utah State, Washington State, Auburn, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Mercer, Texas A&M-CC, IPFW, Georgia State, Louisiana Lafayette, UT-Arlington, Pepperdine
Detroit overtakes Wright State and hangs on for 75-68 win--CBS Sports

Gameday update: No. 22 Wichita State at Evansville--College Sports Madness
▪ Mockevicius, as the Shockers showed in the first meeting, isn’t great defending outside the lane. Anton Grady scored 17 points in that game off the pick-and-pop because Mockevicius lost him. Mockevicius can’t foul, because the Aces don’t have a backup, which puts him in a bind. It’s hard for him to aggressively defend Fred VanVleet in the ball screen because of foul potential. If he doesn’t, VanVleet gets lots of room to motor.

Wilson helps UDM rally past Wright State, 75-68--The Detroit Free Press
Titans Fight Back To Charge Past Raiders On


WATCH: Najeal Young sinks game-winner to end UIC’s losing streak--The Catch and Shoot
MBB opens second-half of #HLMBB season with

Raiders men drop back-to-back games--The Guardian
Men Drop 75-68 Decision at

Detroit Overcomes Double-Digit Deficit to Win--Horizon League Network

News On The Horizon 1/30/2016

UIC ends losing streak, beats Cleveland State 72-70 in OT--CBS Sports
Valparaiso dominates Youngstown State in 97-68 win--CBS Sports
On The Menu: January 30, 2016--Eye On College Basketball
Youngstown State Penguins (9-13, 4-5) at Valparaiso Crusaders (18-4, 8-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Crusaders should be able to stay atop the Horizon League, though the Penguins have won their last two road games—against what look to be the conference's worst two teams.

Video | Trey Lewis on Louisville loss to Virginia--Louisville Courier-Journal
Cleveland State falls in overtime to Illinois-Chicago, 72-70--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Men’s Hoops Travel Today to Take on UIC--NEO Sports Insiders
Cleveland State Falls 72-70 to UIC in Overtime--NEO Sports Insiders
Yates doubtful for Saturday's game vs. UIC--Cleveland State Hoops
Carpenter Scores Career-High 24 Points, But Vikings Fall at UIC in

Vikings Fall To Wright State To Wrap Up First Round Of League

Titans Retire Spencer Haywood’s
Titans Meet Raiders On Sunday At Calihan

Titans Suffer Setback at Green

The Morning Dish – Saturday, January 30, 2016--Hoopville
Side Dishes
Oakland is making the race in the Horizon League a little more interesting after Kahlil Felder scored 33 points, at times in spectacular fashion, to lead the Golden Grizzlies to an 89-63 romp over Wright State. That brings the Grizzlies within a game of Wright State for second place behind Valparaiso.
A why behind the win--Oakland Post


UIC defeats Cleveland State for first win against a Division I opponent--The Catch and Shoot
Resilient Flames Outlast Vikes in Overtime Thriller,

Flames return to form, drop Crusaders

Lindstrom leads UWGB women over Detroit--Green Bay Press Gazette
No. 22 Green Bay Dominates Glass, Returns to Form Against

Panthers quickly get back on track--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Defense Sparks Panthers Past

Crusaders once again set scoring mark against YSU--The NWI Times
MBB: Crusaders roll Penguins--The Torch
Quick Start Propels Valpo to Win Saturday

WBB: Late scoring drought haunts Valpo in loss to UIC--The Torch
Crusaders Drop Defensive Feud to
Hot-shooting Norse pound Penguins--The Northerner
@NKUNorseWBB makes it two on the

Preview: Wright State vs. Detroit--Dayton Daily News
Raiders putting loss behind them, heading to Detroit--Dayton Daily News

Women Roll at Cleveland State Behind Balanced

Morse scores 27, but Valpo tops YSU--Youngstown Vindicator
Cameron Morse Scores Game-High 27 in Loss to

Former Penguin plagues YSU--Youngstown Vindicator
Norse stay course to take down YSU--Youngstown Vindicator
NKU makes a point--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Former YSU Guard Leads NKU Over Penguins--The Jambar
Jackson Scores Career High 18 Points As YSU Falls to

UIC Takes First #HLMBB Win; Valpo Overwhelms to Remain Alone in First--Horizon League Network

Coach Borseth Reaches 400 DI Victories; WSU Gets Back on Track--Horizon League Network

Saturday, January 30, 2016

News On The Horizon 1/29/2016

The Morning Dish – Friday, January 29, 2016--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu:
The Horizon League has three games, including the in-state showdown with Wisconsin-Green Bay at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, plus surprising Wright State and its defense taking on the freewheeling offense of Oakland.
PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: VCU looks to retain grip on A-10’s top spot--CollegeBasketballTalk
THIS ONE’S GOOD TOO: Wright State at Oakland, 8:00 p.m.

Valparaiso has company atop the Horizon League standings, as Billy Donlon’s Raiders are 7-1 in conference games and have won ten of their last 11 games. Friday night they visit one of the nation’s most electrifying guards in junior Kay Felder, whose ability to both score and distribute the basketball makes him a tough matchup for any opponent the Golden Grizzlies encounter. But the key for Oakland will likely be their ability to defend, as Wright State has four players averaging at least 9.6 points per game led by sophomore guard Mark Alstork (12.2 ppg). The Raiders aren’t a prolific scoring team, but their ability to defend makes it imperative that Oakland get stops at a higher rate than it has thus far.
3. Another key matchup in the Horizon League is Green Bay’s game at rival Milwaukee, with both sporting 5-3 records in league play. The Panthers, who have been the Horizon League’s most efficient offensive team in league play, have five players averaging double figures led by senior forward Matt Tiby (14.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg).
Northern Kentucky defeats Detroit 91-83 behind Murray's 25--CBS Sports
Felder scores 33, Oakland beats Wright State 89-63--CBS Sports
Milwaukee rallies past Green Bay 95-94 on unlikely finish--CBS Sports
Week in Review, 1/22-1/
Highest-scoring game: #144 Green Bay 115, #176 Detroit 108 (OT) [98], Monday. Whatever you want to call Green Bay’s system - RP40 or HyperLinc or Screaming Pronghorns - it lived up to its billing last week. Thanks to a 33-point overtime, this game got crowned as the highest-scoring in the land. But the runner-up with Oakland’s 111-95 win over Green Bay that occurred in regulation. The Phoenix is now 5-3 in the Horizon so they’re not just some joke, people. In fact, in conference play, their defense is ranked better than their offense on a per-possession basis.

Sloppy play has Izzo upset after Michigan State blowout--The Detroit News
And, guard Bryn Forbes took four shots.

“We’ve got to get Bryn into it, and to keep Bryn into it we need to keep Zel into it,” Izzo said.
Ousting Gary Waters – A Fool’s Errand--More Than A Fan
Men's Basketball Starts Second Half of League Slate on Saturday at

Vikings Wrap Up First Round Of League Play Against Wright

NKU 91, UDM 83: Titans fall as Spencer Haywood’s 45 rises--The Detroit Free Press
Friday’s roundup: Titans fall on Haywood’s night--The Detroit News
Titans Fall To Northern

Titans Prepare for Green Bay on

Small ball: College guards 6 feet and shorter take over scoring race--The Oakland Press
Felder’s 33 leads Oakland past Wright State, 89-63--The Oakland Press
Oakland pummels first-place Wright State 89-63 behind 33 from Kay Felder--Press Row Sports
Oakland destroys Raiders to crowd's evident favor--Oakland Post

UIC comeback falls short against Youngstown State--The Catch and Shoot
Tale of two halves--Whoosh!Net
UIC Opens Second Half of Conference Slate

Flames Crossing State Line to Battle

UWGB men fall despite record shooting night--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Shoots 63 Percent But Falls 95-94 at

Springs, Johnson help Panthers claw past Phoenix--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Men’s Basketball Wins I-43 Battle in Final Seconds--UWM Post
Panthers need to slow down track meet with Phoenix--PantherU
Diminutive Johnson is a giant for the Panthers--PantherU
Panthers Grab Last-Second Thriller Over

Cold-shooting in second half dooms UWM women--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM Looks To Rebound Saturday Versus

College basketball preview: Youngstown State at Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso takes care of business at the ARC--The NWI Times
Valpo Men Host YSU on Space Jam
Norse down Detroit for third win in four games--The Northerner
Murray paces @NKUNorseMBB to 91-83 win at

@NKUNorseWBB wraps weekend at Youngstown

Yoho reaches 1,000-point milestone, but Raiders ‘bad’ at Oakland--Dayton Daily News
Men Fall at

YSU men visit Valparaiso--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Men's Basketball Goes For Third Straight Win at League-Leading

Wright on--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins Host NKU on Saturday, Look to Keep Pace in

UWM Nabs Rivalry Win; NKU & OAK also Victorious as #HLMBB Hits Halfway Point--Horizon League Network

Friday, January 29, 2016

News On The Horizon 1/28/2016

Youngstown State tops Illinois-Chicago 82-78--CBS Sports
Peters scores 18, Valparaiso beats Cleveland St. 77-52--CBS Sports

Shocker report (Jan. 27)--Wichita Eagle
Worth noting
WSU’s Anton Grady grabbed career rebound No. 800 early in the first half. He came to WSU with 724 in 104 games at Cleveland State
Video | Lewis and Mathiang crash U of L's Women's Basketbal post game presser--Louisville Courier-Journal
For Spartans, it’s seniors to the rescue--The Detroit News
Looking to end a three-game skid last Saturday when they played Maryland, it was No. 12 Michigan State’s trio of seniors who got the Spartans back on the winning path. Bryn Forbes broke out of a shooting slump to score 25 while Denzel Valentine scored 19 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out eight assists. Add to that the emotional effort from an injured Matt Costello (15 points and 12 rebounds), and it was the perfect formula.

“The good news is my three seniors really played well,” Izzo said. “Costello probably had his best game on leg and a half and Valentine and Forbes played pretty well, and Forbes played pretty well defensively, too. Your seniors are the ones you need in cases like that.”
Iowa looks for key road win: Today's College Basketball Schedule & Scoreboard--Cleveland Plain Dealer
On the Horizon: Cleveland State (7-14, 2-6) has a tough road chore at Valparaiso, 8 p.m. ESPN3. The Crusaders are sitting atop the league standings along with idle Wright State. Valparaiso (17-4, 7-1), has not lost a game at home this season, and the Crusaders look to stay ahead of the rest of the league both on and off the court.
Cleveland State Men’s Hoops Take on Valparaiso Tonight in Indiana--NEO Sports Insiders
CSU Wraps Up First Round of Horizon League Play with 77-52 Loss to Valparaiso--NEO Sports Insiders
Youngstown State 70, Cleveland State 55: Vikings take a step back with loss to Penguins--Cleveland State Hoops
Vikings Fall at League-Leading Valparaiso to Conclude First Round of League

Vikings Fall To Northern Kentucky,

Titans Host HL Newcomer Northern Kentucky On Spencer Haywood

Titans Shoot Way Past Milwaukee in 89-79 Road

Oakland's new attitude leads to pair of road


Stellar Second-Half Surge Cannot Carry UIC to

Phoenix weekly: UWGB men making history--Green Bay Press Gazette
Stakes are still high in renewal of in-state rivalry--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay Visits In-State Rival Milwaukee on Friday

UWGB women’s 14-game winning streak ends--Green Bay Press Gazette
No. 22 Green Bay Drops First League Game to Oakland,

UWM’s Austin Arians looks to regain his shooting touch--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Closes Out Homestand With In-State Rival Green

Women's Basketball Returns To Time Warner Cable--Panther Blog Zone
Detroit’s Hot Shooting Ends Panther Winning

#Top10Thursday: National coach of the year candidates--College Basketball Nation Blog
10. Bryce Drew, Valparaiso Crusaders

Drew’s nonconference slate included wins over Rhode Island and Oregon State. The Crusaders, 7-1 in the Horizon League, are ranked second in adjusted defensive efficiency by They’ve held their opponents to a 40.7 percent mark inside the arc (fourth in the country). Valpo, led by Alec Peters (17.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG), could battle the top teams in the power leagues.
Valparaiso Receives $2M For Basketball Recruiting--Inside Indiana Business
Alec Peters, Valparaiso roll past Cleveland State--The Post-Tribune
MBB: Crusaders take care of business in rout of Cleveland State--The Torch
MBB Preview Capsule: Valparaiso (18-4, 8-1) vs. Youngstown State (9-13, 4-5)--The Torch
Crusaders Ride Familiar Formula to Win Over Cleveland

Walker has will to win--The Torch
WBB Preview Capsule: Valparaiso (8-11, 4-4) vs. Illinois-Chicago (10-9, 1-7)--The Torch
Crusaders Target Third Straight Win Saturday vs.
@NKUNorseMBB closes first half of #HLMBB season at

Students broadcast in a class of their own--The Northerner

Twin power! Roush sisters nearly outscore Cleveland State--The Northerner
#Roushed! Twins combine for 48 in win over Cleveland

Raiders’ success built on not giving up easy baskets--Dayton Daily News
Wright State-Oakland preview--Dayton Daily News

Women Fall Short at Youngstown

YSU holds off UIC for road win--Youngstown Vindicator
Cash’s 21, late charge aid in YSU’s Horizon League win--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins look to keep momentum--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Men's Basketball Makes 14 3s in 82-78 Win Over

YSU to face tough task in Wright State--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Late 3's, Defensive Stops Lift Penguins to 72-69 Win Over Wright

Valpo's Stingy Defense, YSU's Hot Shooting Helps Both Post Wins--Horizon League Network

#HLWBB Standings Shake Up Thursday--Horizon League Network

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

News On The Horizon 1/27/2016

Vikings Conclude First Round of League Play on Thursday at

Vikings Host Northern Kentucky To Open Four-Game

35. Taleb Tarczewski, Arizona--The Sporting News
Five honorable mentions: Paris Bass, Detroit. Evan Bradds, Belmont. Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame. Jimmy Hall, Kent State. Kyle Kuzma, Utah.

National Girls & Women in Sports Day Successful Once
Titans Hit Road, Visit Milwaukee on

20. Jared Uthoff--The Sporting News
Five honorable mentions: Bryce Alford, UCLA. Kay Felder, Oakland. A.J. Hammons. Gavin Ware, Mississippi State. Jameel Warney, Stoney Brook.
Pat Caput0 - Oakland Golden Grizzlies, collection of terrific players or great team?--The Oakland Press
Making an IMPACT--Oakland Post
Oakland completes two game sweep in Wisconsin, beats Milwaukee 82-79--Oakland Post

Nash finishing (college) career strong--Oakland Post

Flames Return to Sweet Home Chicago to Host

Horizon League women's tourney likely to move--Green Bay Press Gazette
No. 22 Green Bay Opens Five-Game Homestand with Oakland,

Panthers Aim For Sixth-Straight Win On Time Warner
Kostowicz Named To NCAA “Starting Five”

25. Ben Simmons, LSU--The Sporting News
Five honorable mentions: Roscoe Allen, Stanford. Anthony Beane, Southern Illinois. Mindaugas Kacinas, South Carolina. Alec Peters, Valparaiso. Rashawn Thomas, A&M Corpus Christi.
Versatile forward David Skara brings skill, hustle to Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
Nickerson striving to get back to form--The NWI Times
Crusaders Return to the ARC, Host Cleveland
UC and NKU notes, highlights and post game--700 WLW

@NKUNorseWBB travels to face Cleveland

Navy SEAL training paying off for Raiders--Dayton Daily News

YSU seeks first consecutive win since Dec. 2--Youngstown Vindicator
Young YSU Players Begin to Mature--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Seeks Second Straight Horizon League Win at