Friday, January 15, 2016

News On The Horizon 1/15/2016

LATE NIGHT SNACKS: No. 16 Iowa rolls, BYU wins at No. 25 Gonzaga--CollegeBasketballTalk
Valparaiso remained undefeated in Horizon League play with a 68-56 win over Milwaukee. Vashil Fernandez scored 14 points for the Crusaders, who dominated the boards and outscored the Panthers 20-0 in second chance points.
I Slept On It: Iowa Dominates Sparty (Again)--Blogging the Bracket
Valparaiso (14-3, 4-0) saw off its third straight potential Horizon League title challenger, topping Milwaukee (12-6, 3-2) at the ARC, 68-56.
Week in Review, 1/8 - 1/
Fastest game: #244 Youngstown St. 103, #113 Green Bay 93 [91 possessions], Saturday.

I haven’t talked enough about Green Bay’s rookie head coach Linc Darner. I don’t think I’ve talked about him at all, actually, but he caught my attention very early in the season. While it seems inevitable that Duggar Baucom’s The Citadel team will claim the national adjusted tempo title this season, the race is not over because as this 91-possession showed, Darner doesn’t mess around. In fact, his offense is faster paced than any team in the country right now. It’s just that unlike The Citadel, Darner’s defense actually provides resistance for the opposition, which slows things down a bit.

I was wondering if Darner had a name for his system, and indeed he does. He calls it “RP 40”, which, for a person with a cool name like Linc Darner, is completely disappointing. I was hoping the RP would stand for something interesting. Rapid Points? Rabid Pronghorns? No, it means “relentless pressure for 40 minutes”. Kind of a watered down version of 40 minutes of hell, I guess, but it totally doesn’t do his system justice.

The hiring of Darner by Green Bay was a breath of fresh air. He won a D-II national title at Florida Southern last season, so it’s not like his system is some sort of gimmick. It’s an easy sell to get fans to take a break from staring longingly at the Ha Ha Clinton-Dix poster in their bedroom and out to the Resch Center for the fast-paced hoops action that can produce a result like 103-93 when the competing teams aren’t even shooting that well. And the Phoenix have been reasonably successful in Darner’s first season, going 11-6 (4-1) so far.

But if Darner was shrewd he would have held a campus-wide contest to rename his system. Surely, someone would have come up with something more marketable than RP 40. I would have submitted Rabid Pronghorns and HyperLinc if I was allowed two entries. If limited to one, I would have submitted Screaming Pronghorns. Actually, I am going to submit all three and make myself the judge of the contest because I make the rules around here.

And the winner is… HyperLinc! Sorry, pronghorn fans. Go support the University of Lethbridge if you have a problem.

Slowest game: #129 Milwaukee 65, #273 Cleveland St. 62 [52], Saturday. In two separate games in the Horizon League on Saturday, one had 91 possessions and one had 52 possessions. Some critics of the shot clock decrease were concerned the change would limit diversity in playing style, and wah, wah, wah. (Those are sounds a crybaby makes.) Well, for one day in the Horizon League that was soooo not true. Somewhere this was called a defensive battle, but the teams were more efficient here than in the game at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown.

Video | Trey Lewis: Jump shot's missing, but team's winning--Louisville Courier-Journal
College Basketball Schedule & Scoreboard for January 15, 2016--Cleveland Plain Dealer
In Horizon League play: Cleveland State lost its fifth straight game in conference play, falling at Wright State. The Vikings will stay on the road for a Saturday game at Northern Kentucky.
Vikings Head to Northern Kentucky for First Time in Program

Cleveland State’s Winter of Discontent--More Than A Fan

Women's Basketball Set To Host Youngstown

Detroit content to let Oakland snare limelight--The Detroit News
Detroit Hosts League Newcomer Northern Kentucky on

Why Oakland's Max Hooper has shot nothing but threes this season--The Dagger
The rivalry continues: What to know before OU faces UDM tomorrow afternoon--Oakland Post

Nash records 29th career double-double, most in women's basketball Division I history--Oakland Post

Photo gallery: Green Bay 78, UIC 76--The Catch and Shoot
Strong effort for naught--Whoosh!Net
Flames Fall in Waning Seconds to Green Bay,
UIC Entertains Milwaukee Saturday to Finish

Campbell Reaches Milestone as Flames Drop Battle at Milwaukee,
All-Time Best 76 Flames Named to 2015 HL Fall Honor
Flames Set for Saturday Tilt at Green

Lew Wallace grad Charles Cooper excels in Green Bay's fast-paced system--The Post-Tribune

Phoenix weekly: UWGB women look to improve at line--Green Bay Press Gazette

Men’s Basketball Loses Key Battle vs. Valparaiso--UWM Post
Travel To Detroit To See Milwaukee In Motor City
Milwaukee Prepares For Quick Turnaround Saturday At

Panthers win a nail-biter--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Looks To Make It Three In A Row

Checking In On Likely One-Bid Leagues--Rush The Court
Horizon – Valpariso has the most efficient defense in the country (per KenPom) and showed it last Friday, holding Kay Felder to eight of 28 from the floor in an easy win at Oakland. The Crusaders have EVERYBODY back from last season’s 28-6 group that nearly beat Maryland in the Tournament. This year they’re 13-3 and own a win at Oregon State.
Peters looking to move past Milwaukee--The NWI Times
Rest of the Horizon League--The Torch
On the Upswing--The Torch
Crusaders impress in early HL play--The Torch
Men's basketball handles Panthers at the ARC--The Torch
Valpo Men Look to Stay Hot Saturday Versus Green

Senior seizes reserve role--The Torch
Valpo Wraps Up Wisconsin Trip Saturday at
Norse get first Horizon League win in rout--The Northerner
@NKUNorseMBB hosts Cleveland State
@NKUNorseMBB games set for Time Warner Cable

Norse men post first Horizon League victory; NKU women topple Oakland on the road--Northern Kentucky Tribune
NKU places 94 on Horizon League Honor

@NKUNorseWBB closes out road trip Saturday at

Wright State-Youngstown State preview--Wright State University Sports
Minnis finding niche with Raiders--Dayton Daily News
WSU Men’s 3-Point Bombs Sink Cleveland

CaMERON MORSE at a glance--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU sophomore Morse making most of his one D-I offer--Youngstown Vindicator
Morse vs. Norse as YSU falls to NKU--Youngstown Vindicator
Cameron Morse Scores 29 in 84-64 Loss to Northern
Men's Basketball Visits Wright State Saturday

NKU Earns First Horizon League Win; GB, Valpo & WSU Collect Victories--Horizon League Network

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