Tuesday, January 12, 2016

News On The Horizon 1/11/2016

The Morning Dish – Sunday, January 10, 2016--Hoopville
Side Dishes

Among the individual performances of the day, the highlight was an incredible one by Cameron Morse of Youngstown State, who scored a career-high 44 in the Penguins’ 103-93 win over a Wisconsin-Green Bay team that was previously undefeated in the Horizon League.
Today’s Menu:
Valparaiso has the second leg of a very tough road trip in the Horizon League when it goes to improving Detroit.
SUNDAY’S SNACKS: No. 5 Michigan State rolls, No. 16 Louisville falls--CollegeBasketballTalk

Valparaiso’s Alec Peters: Peters was nearly unstoppable in the Crusaders’ win at Detroit, as he scored 39 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

In a matchup of teams undefeated in Horizon League play, Valparaiso took care of Detroit 92-74. Bryce Drew’s team scored 50 first half points, and Alec Peters racked up 39 points and 14 boards.
Oakland rebounded from its loss to Valparaiso with an 86-61 win over UIC. Kay Felder tallied 26 points, four assists, three steals and two blocks for the Golden Grizzlies.
Bracket Projection: Kansas holds on to No. 1 overall seed--CollegeBasketballTalk
Providence Raleigh
6) Texas Tech 6) UCLA
11) Monmouth / Oregon State 11) VALPARAISO
3) Duke 3) Miami-FL
Hoop Thoughts: Winners and losers from the nonconference season--Sports Illustrated
• Check out Valparaiso’s Alec Peters when you get a chance. He’s a 6'9" junior who can score from any spot on the floor, whether it’s with his back to the basket in the post or facing up behind the three-point line. He’s also a real good passer. I call guys like that a queen piece.

• Another mid-major nugget: Oakland’s 5’9” junior point guard Kahlil Felder​ is trying to become the first player in NCAA history to lead the country in points and assists. Right now he is third in scoring (25.8) and first in assists (8.7). I hope he does it! We do, after all, see eye to eye.
This week’s AP ballot

* (Last week’s rank on my ballot in parentheses)

1. Kansas (1)
2. Oklahoma (3)
3. Maryland (2)
4. North Carolina (4)
5. Michigan State (6)
6. Villanova (8)
7. Xavier (9)
8. Iowa (11)
9. Miami (12)
10. SMU (13)
11. Duke (17)
12. West Virginia (15)
13. Texas A&M (21)
14. South Carolina (25)
15. Providence (10)
16. Butler (18)
17. UCLA (NR)
18. Baylor (NR)
19. Iowa State (7)
20. Pittsburgh (NR)
21. Louisville (20)
22. Virginia (5)
23. Arizona (16)
24. Indiana (NR)
25. Valparaiso (NR)
I’ve been itching to rank Valparaiso for a while, and the Crusaders finally put me over the top with their impressive win at Oakland. Winning conference games on the road against good teams is tough. Winning them convincingly is even tougher.
Valparaiso beats Detroit 92-74, alone in first place--CBS Sports
Kahlil Felder, Oakland beat Illinois-Chicago 86-61--CBS Sports
Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of Jan. 11--The Catch and Shoot
1. Valparaiso (13-3, 3-0 Horizon). Last week: 1

2. Gonzaga (13-3, 5-0 WCC). Last week: 2

3. Monmouth (11-4, 3-1 MAAC). Last week: 3

4. UT-Arlington (12-2, 3-0 Sun Belt). Last week: 5

5. Evansville (14-3, 3-1 MVC). Last week: 4

6. Wichita State (10-5, 4-0 MVC). Last week: 10

7. Akron (13-2, 2-0 MAC). Last week: 6

8. Little Rock (14-1, 4-0 Sun Belt). Last week: 7

9. Hawaii (13-2, 2-0 Big West). Last week: 8

10. Saint Mary’s (14-2, 5-1 WCC). Last week: 9

11. BYU (12-5, 3-1 WCC). Last week: 14

12. UAB (13-3, 3-0 C-USA). Last week: 16

13. Southern Illinois (14-3, 3-1 MVC). Last week: 11

14. South Dakota State (13-4, 2-1 Summit). Last week: 13

15. Chattanooga (13-3, 2-1 SoCon). Last week: 15

16. UC Irvine (13-5, 2-0 Big West). Last week: 19

17. Georgia State (10-3, 3-1 Sun Belt). Last week: 21

18. Stony Brook (11-4, 2-0 A-East). Last week: 23

19. High Point (12-4, 5-0 Big South). Last week: 25

20. Louisiana Tech (13-3, 2-1 C-USA). Last week: 18

21. William & Mary (11-4, 3-1 CAA). Last week: Not Ranked

22. Northern Iowa (10-7, 2-2 MVC). Last week: 12

23. Northeastern (11-6, 3-1 CAA). Last week: 20

24. Yale (9-5). Last week: Not Ranked

25. Oakland (10-7, 2-2 Horizon). Last week: 17

Video | Trey Lewis talks Clemson loss--Louisville Courier-Journal
Lewis: Approach has to change after Clemson--Louisville Courier-Journal
MSU 92, PSU 65: Valentine returns, Forbes shines--The Detroit Free Press
A Look at the Week Ahead for Cleveland State Vikings Sports Teams--NEO Sports Insiders
Milwaukee 65, Cleveland State 62: Vikings rally falls short--Cleveland State Hoops

Detroit's home win streak snapped by Valpo, 92-74--The Detroit Free Press
Second-Half Rally Not Enough For Titans On Sunday--detroittitans.com

Reynolds, Urbanick Earn Weekly Honors Following 3-0 Week--detroittitans.com

Oakland 86, UIC 61: Felder, Grizzlies outshoot Flames--The Detroit Free Press
Sunday’s roundup: Felder gets Oakland back on track--The Detroit News
Oakland rebounds with rout of UIC--The Oakland Press
Felder scores 26 as Oakland finishes homestand with 86-61 victory over UIC--Press Row Sports
Golden Grizzlies end two game skid, blow out Flames at home--Oakland Post
28. Phoenix Suns (via Cavaliers): Kahlil Felder (Oakland, PG, Junior)--Bleacher Report


Illinois Rankings for the Week of Jan. 11--The Catch and Shoot
13. UIC (2-12, 0-3 Horizon). Last week: 13

UIC has been blown out in three road games to start Horizon League play. The Flames conference home opener is Thursday against Green Bay.
Chicago Weekly Awards, Jan. 11--The Catch and Shoot
Player of the Week

Dikembe Dixson, UIC

Dixson, a 6-foot-7 freshman, had another dominant week, averaging 25 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games. While the Flames are struggling, Dixson has been a bright spot bringing optimism for the future.

His 28-point outburst Sunday against Oakland allowed UIC to at least stay close into the second half. It was the second time this season where Dixson has scored 28 points.
Freshman of the Week

Dikembe Dixson, UIC
Lost weekend in Michigan--Whoosh!Net
Dixson corrals another award--Whoosh!Net
Dixson Matches Career High, But Flames Fall at Oakland--uicflames.com
Dixson Scores Fourth Horizon League Weekly Honor--uicflames.com

UWGB's Love has trial pushed back to April--Green Bay Press Gazette

Men’s Basketball Edges Cleveland State--UWM Post
Tiby Named To Mid-Season Watch List For Lou Henson Award--uwmpanthers.com

Mid-Major Madness Power 15: Valparaiso Moves Back into Top Spot--Mid-Major Madness
Observations: UNLV pulled the trigger too early on coach Dave Rice--Eye On College Basketball
This and That
We're still about a month away from talking about potential bracketbusters, but hoops junkies everywhere should be studying Valpo. The Crusaders have eight juniors and seniors while already boasting wins at both Rhode Island and Oregon State. Bryce Drew's team defends, rebounds, and shares the ball. This is the 12 seed that will give an opposing assistant coach nightmares in about 10 weeks.
Ben Simmons has competition for best player in the nation: College Basketball 2016--Cleveland Plain Dealer
On the Horizon: The perfect example of a top-and-bottom league. Valparaiso (13-3, 3-0) is alone at the top in the conference standings but five of the 10 teams in the league are at .500 or worse and four of them have losing records. Every team in the league outside of the Crusaders has five or more losses already, indicating Valpo is the clear kingpin until proven otherwise.
Top 25 Rankings for the Week of Jan. 11--The Catch and Shoot
1. Kansas (14-1, 3-0 Big 12). Last week: 3

2. Oklahoma (13-1, 2-1 Big 12). Last week: 1

3. Maryland (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten). Last week: 2

4. Michigan State (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten). Last week: 4

5. Xavier (14-1, 2-1 Big East). Last week: 8

6. Miami Fla. (13-1, 2-0 ACC). Last week: 9

7. North Carolina (15-2, 4-0 ACC). Last week: 10

8. Villanova (14-2, 4-0 Big East). Last week: 12

9. Providence (14-2, 2-1 Big East). Last week: 6

10. SMU (15-0, 4-0 AAC). Last week: 13

11. Duke (14-2, 3-0 ACC). Last week: 15

12. Arizona (13-3, 1-2 Pac-12). Last week: 7

13. Iowa State (12-3, 1-2 Big 12). Last week: 11

14. Virginia (12-3, 1-2 ACC). Last week: 5

15. Texas A&M (13-2, 3-0 SEC). Last week: 17

16. Iowa (12-3, 3-0 Big Ten). Last week: 18

17. Butler (12-4, 1-3 Big East). Last week: 16

18. Kentucky (12-3, 2-1 SEC). Last week: 14

19. West Virginia (14-1, 3-0 Big 12). Last week: 20

20. Pittsburgh (14-1, 3-0 ACC). Last week: Not Ranked

21. Valparaiso (13-3, 3-0 Horizon). Last week: 23

22. South Carolina (15-0, 2-0 SEC). Last week: Not Ranked

23. Louisville (13-3, 3-1 ACC). Last week: 19

24. Purdue (14-3, 2-2 Big Ten). Last week: 21

25. Baylor (12-3, 2-1 Big 12). Last week: Not Ranked
Alec Peters sets career highs as Valparaiso routs Detroit--The Post-Tribune
In brief: Indiana coach Kevin Wilson gets six-year, $15.3 million deal--The Post-Tribune
VU's Peters earns multiple honors: A day after Valparaiso's Alec Peters had the best game of his college career, the awards came flooding in.

The junior forward on Monday was named Horizon League co-Player of the Week by the conference office as well as Horizon League Player of the Week and High-Major Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

Peters had career highs of 39 points and 14 rebounds in VU's win over Detroit on Sunday. He shot 12-for-20 from the floor and 11-for-11 from the foul line. Peters had another double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Oakland on Friday.
Peters equals Valparaiso scoring record in road win--The NWI Times
Career Day From Peters Leads Crusaders to Win at Detroit--valpoathletics.com
Player of the Week Accolades Roll In For Peters--valpoathletics.com
Legendary basketball coach Mote Hils made his mark on high school, college — started NKU program--Northern Kentucky Tribune

Fast starting Wright State holds off Norse women; NKU men drop to 0-3 in Horizon League play--Northern Kentucky Tribune

Raiders defense shuts down Northern Kentucky for 60-46 road win--RaiderRoundball.com

Mid-Major Madness Player of the Week: Cameron Morse, Youngstown State Penguins--Mid-Major Madness
Cameron Morse Named Horizon League Co-Player of the Week--ysusports.com

Aggressive play equals success for YSU women--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU Learning From Loss to Green Bay--The Jambar

Valpo Alone in First After Peters' Career Day; Felder Guides Oakland to Win--Horizon League Network
Valpo's Peters, YSU's Morse and UIC's Dixson Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network

Detroit's Reynolds and Oakland's Jones Garner Weekly Honors--Horizon League Network

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