Thursday, January 21, 2016

News On The Horizon 1/20/2016

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, January 19, 2016--Hoopville
Side Dishes
Valparaiso moved to 16-3 with a 96-65 win at Youngstown State. Meanwhile, suddenly surging in the Horizon League is Wright State, now 5-1 in conference games after a 77-76 win over Detroit.
Valparaiso beats Youngstown State 96-65 for 6th league win--CBS Sports
Cleveland State cruises past Illinois-Chicago 70-53--CBS Sports
Benzinger's 3 caps Wright St rally in 77-76 win over Detroit--CBS Sports
Northern Kentucky pulls away from Oakland 90-73--CBS Sports
On The Menu: January 18, 2016--Blogging the Bracket
Detroit Titans (9-7, 3-2) at Wright State Raiders (10-8, 4-1), 7 p.m. (ASN/MASN/CSN Chicago)
Valparaiso Crusaders (15-3, 5-0) at Youngstown State Penguins (7-12, 2-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Raiders can establish themselves as the Crusaders' primary challenger for the Horizon crown with a win over the Titans and tie Valpo for the lead if Bryce Drew's squad drops one on the road.
Parity means a big job ahead for 2016 NCAA Tournament selection committee--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU on the move?: If the Cleveland State Vikings (6-13, 1-5) are going to get on a roll, the best time to do it is now. Coming off a road win at Northern Kentucky, its first in league play, CSU next plays Illinois-Chicago (2-14, 0-5) at home tonight, then has a six-day break until playing Youngstown State (7-12, 2-4), a home game at Quicken Loans Arena.

These two teams, along with Northern Kentucky (5-11, 1-4), share the back end of the Horizon League standings with the Vikings.

Horizon rising: No team has come closer than 12 points of defeating Valparaiso this season in conference play. A three-game road swing through Youngstown State, Wright State and Northern Kentucky should give the Crusaders even more separation from their peers.

But looming ahead for Valpo is the conference tournament, set for Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. Motown is home stomping grounds for the Detroit Titans and Oakland Grizzlies. Each team has its issues, but also has players who can win games by themselves.

Oakland's Khalil Felder is the nation's assist leader (8.7) and also contending to be the top scorer in the nation, averaging 25.6 points a game. Detroit's 6-8 Paris Bass is a perimeter dervish who can score, rebound and pass, all at a very high level. Valpo will likely win the HL regular season title with ease, but the tournament could be different.
Also coming soon to play at Cleveland State will be 6-9 Alec Peters from Valparaiso, a physical junior post player who is also shooting better than 40 percent on 3-pointers; and Kahlil Felder, a 6-0 junior point guard from Oakland who is contending to be the leading scorer in the nation, currently fourth at 25.6 points a game. He is also the leading assist man in the nation, averaging 8.7 a game.

Finally, there is Detroit's 6-8 junior Paris Bass, a multi-skilled wing player averaging 18.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists. His 3-point shooting (29 percent) currently isn't what it was last season (36 percent), but he is clearly capable.
Monday’s Horizon League MBB Roundup: Wright State continues rebound season with Detroit win--Press Row Sports
Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of Jan. 18--The Catch and Shoot
1. Valparaiso (15-3, 5-0 Horizon). Last week: 1
19. Oakland (11-7, 3-2 Horizon). Last week: 25

No. 11 Michigan State suffers third straight defeat
Also of note was the off night experienced by Bryn Forbes, who scored three points on 1-for-8 shooting. The senior’s struggled in two of Michigan State’s last three games, as Anthony Clemmons held him in check in Iowa’s win in East Lansing last week, and this comes after scoring 17 points or more in three straight games. In addition to needing to do a better job of adjusting defensively, the Spartans need to get to the point where both Forbes and Eron Harris are clicking on the wings at the same time.
Day After: Wichita State 82, Indiana State 62--Wichita Eagle
How the game turned: Two nice plays by Wichita State center Anton Grady set up a game-deciding burst. Against a half-hearted Sycamores half-court trap, Grady passed to Evan Wessel near the basket, who drew a foul. His free throws put the Shockers up 43-37 with 16:06 to play.

The Sycamores went back to center Brandon Murphy, who had just completed a three-point play. Grady held his ground and forced Murphy to miss badly. The Shockers pushed the ball for a three-point play by Ron Baker.

After a Sycamores turnover, Grady made two free throws to give the Shockers an 11-point lead. After a bad shot by Indiana State’s Devonte Brown, Fred VanVleet beat the defense to get Zach Brown a layup and a free throw.
Lessons learned in November hope to pay dividends in March--Shocker Hoops
While Shamet may be lost for the season due to surgery on a stress fracture in his left foot, VanVleet is back, Grady is playing his way back into form, Frankamp is coming off the bench to add scoring punch and the freshmen are benefiting from the minutes they’ve been forced to play. Marshall had hoped to redshirt sophomore post player Rauno Nurger, but with injuries to Grady and sophomore pivot Shaquille Morris, the coach had no choice but to bring Nurger back onto the court.
Having Grady back is a huge aid to the Shocker frontcourt, as his veteran presence on the glass and as a primary option to finish around the basket compliments Marshall’s guards well. Assuming he is healthy going forward, Wichita State has a pillar to hold things up in the paint.
College Basketball Schedule & Scoreboard for January 18, 2016--Cleveland Plain Dealer
On the Horizon:
After snapping a five-game losing streak by beating Northern Kentucky on Saturday, the Cleveland State Vikings are back at it tonight, hosting Illinois-Chicago at the Wolstein Center at 7.
Cleveland State rolls over UIC for second straight win--Cleveland Plain Dealer
A Look at the Week Ahead for Cleveland State Sports Teams--NEO Sports Insiders
Vikings Put Out Flames Early 70-53 for a Much Needed Win in Conference Play--NEO Sports Insiders
Preview: UIC vs. Cleveland State--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State 70, UIC 53: Vikings win second straight --Cleveland State Hoops
Edwards Nets 24 Points as Vikings Top UIC,

Abshaw Picks Up Horizon League Freshman Of The Week
Vikings Travel To Valparaiso For Thursday Evening

Wright State 77, UDM 76: Late 3 dooms Titans on road--The Detroit Free Press
Monday’s roundup: Wright State edges Detroit--The Detroit News
Titans Stunned At Wright

81 Titans Earn Fall Horizon League Academic Honor Roll

Women's Basketball HL Championship All-Session Tickets on Sale

N. Kentucky 90, Oakland 73: Grizzlies can’t stop Norse--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland struggles at both ends, falls to Northern Kentucky--The Oakland Press
HLMBB: Northern Kentucky outshoots, outrebounds Oakland in 90-73 win--Press Row Sports
Oakland drops another Horizon League home game, falls to 3-3 in league play--Oakland Post

Photo gallery: Milwaukee 87, UIC 62--The Catch and Shoot
Illinois Rankings for the Week of Jan. 18--The Catch and Shoot
13. UIC (2-14, 0-5 Horizon). Last week: 13

UIC nearly upset Green Bay in a 78-76 defeat and then got blown out by Milwaukee the following game. Still looking for their first win against a Division I opponent, the Flames play their next three games on the road.
Chicago Weekly Awards, Jan. 18--The Catch and Shoot
Freshman of the Week

Michael Kolawole, UIC

Kolawole gets his first Freshman of the Week award after averaging 10.5 points and five rebounds in two losses last week.

With guard Dominique Matthews out for the season, Kolawole has stepped up in conference play as a legitimate scoring option for the Flames. The Texas native shot 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) and 6-of-6 at the foul line last week.

Honorable mentions: Dikembe Dixson, UIC
Game of the Week

Green Bay 78, UIC 76

UIC and Green Bay went back and forth for the entire 40 minutes with the game coming down to a pair of free throws with one second left. Green Bay guard Turner Botz made both foul shots, and the Phoenix escaped UIC Pavilion with the nail-biting win.
Odiase a force versus Vikings--UIC News
Flames in deep freeze--Whoosh!Net
Despite Odiase’s Double-Double, Flames Bested by

Ruvanna Campbell Selected as Senior CLASS Award
Horizon League Women's Basketball Tourney Tickets On Sale

Green Bay routs Chicago State 99-66--CBS Sports
Love records 1,000th career point in UWGB’s win--Green Bay Press Gazette
News and notes: 1,000 points for Carrington Love--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay Cruises Past Chicago State as Love Reaches 1,000 Career
Men's Basketball Black Out Cancer Game This Saturday at 1

Phoenix on the Road Again for Two-Game Conference

Men’s Basketball Annihilates UIC in Windy City--UWM Post
Winning games in Illinois could be huge for the university--PantherU
Tucker Named Spor Toto Basketball League
Panthers Close Out January With Three Games At

Women’s Basketball Flawless During Short Home Stand--UWM Post
Kostowicz Named Player Of The
Panthers Take Three-Game Winning Streak To Wright

Bracket Update: Oklahoma leads Field of 68--CollegeBasketballTalk
St. Louis Providence
6) Baylor 6) Dayton
11) Geo Washington / Washington 11) VALPARAISO
3) Michigan State 3) Virginia
No. 11 Seeds: California, Alabama, Valparaiso (Horizon), Chattanooga (Southern)--The Sporting News
Bracketology: North Carolina replaces Kansas as a No. 1 seed--Eye On College Basketball
It's not just the majors. Gonzaga is down. St. Mary's has a gaudy record, but hasn't beaten a sure tournament team. Wichita State is down after a rough stretch of non-conference play while dealing with an injury to Fred VanVleet, although the Shockers did beat Utah. The best non-major may sit 20 miles from my house in Valparaiso, but they are an unlikely at-large team if that's needed.
Oklahoma No. 1, North Carolina No. 2, Kansas No. 3 in Coaches Poll--CBS Sports
Next five: Gonzaga, Clemson, Dayton, Oregon, Valparaiso
Mid-Major Madness Power 15: VCU Making a Comeback--Mid-Major Madness
1. Valparaiso Crusaders (15-3, 6 1st Place) 1
College Basketball AP Poll Week 11: Gonzaga falls out leaving power conference heavy poll--Mid-Major Madness
Wichita State (39), Valparaiso (30), Dayton (9), St. Mary's (8), Gonzaga (5), Hawaii (3), Arkansas-Little Rock (1), Monmouth (1) and Navy (1) all received votes in this week's poll. Still, they are currently a long way from reach the No. 25 spot, where Indiana had 210 points.
Oklahoma takes over top spot after week of upsets: AP Top 25 basketball poll (video)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
At the back end I had to give a vote to Clemson, based on its body of work in the ACC with three straight wins over Top 25 teams. I also gave a vote to Valparaiso. The Crusaders are not just undefeated in the league, nobody has yet come close to beating them as all their Horizon League wins have been by double digits.
Top 25 Rankings for the Week of Jan. 18--The Catch and Shoot
23. Valparaiso (15-3, 5-0 Horizon). Last week: 21
Shannon Ryan's AP Top 25 ballot--The Chicago Tribune
•Teams to keep an eye on for next week: Valparaiso (15-3) Purdue (15-3), which could re-enter my ballot.
Valparaiso's Alec Peters bounces back with double-double vs. Green Bay--The Post-Tribune
Men's basketball: Valparaiso routs Youngstown State, caps stellar day--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders score most points in conference game since joining league in 2007--The NWI Times
Fernandez Claims League Player of the Week
Valpo Earns Sixth Straight Double-Figure Victory in League
Valpo Basketball

Crusaders Seek to Right the Ship Thursday vs.
Northern Kentucky’s McDonald named Horizon League Freshman of the Week for second time--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Billups drives hot-shooting Northern Kentucky offense with 22 points, keys win over Oakland--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Norse Blow Past Oakland, Pick Up Horizon Win on the Road--River City News
Billups lifts NKU to convincing win at Oakland--Cincinnati Enquirer
Norse comeback falls short against Cleveland State--The Northerner
Norse get huge win at Oakland, 90-73--The Northerner
McDonald, White net weekly
@NKUNorseMBB blows past Oakland on the road,

Norse women return to home court for Horizon League matchup against Green Bay--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Winning basket waived off as Norse lose in Detroit--The Northerner
#HLWBB Championship tickets on sale Jan.
@NKUNorseWBB returns home to host Green

Preview: Detroit at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Wright State Raiders relying on strong defense again--Dayton Daily News
Late rally lifts Wright State past Detroit--Dayton Daily News
Archdeacon: ‘Wrist, elbow, chin … win’ for Raiders--Dayton Daily News
Benzinger hits a game winner with 18 seconds left--The Guardian
Benzinger Three Lifts Men Past Detroit

Kim Demmings sets Wright State career points mark--Dayton Daily News
Demmings Chosen as Horizon League Player of the

Another Horizon opponent wallops Penguins--Youngstown Vindicator
Watching a pain for Hain--Youngstown Vindicator
Valpo invades slumping YSU--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Too much Valpo--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
No defense for Penguins--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
It’s Been a Tough Week for YSU Men’s Basketball--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Loses 96-65 to

Penguins visit last-place UIC after loss to CSU--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Women's Basketball Looks to Snap Short Skid at UIC on

Valpo's Fernandez and NKU's McDonald Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network
WSU Scores Last Second Victory; CSU & Valpo Breeze to Wins--Horizon League Network
Flex Ticket Package Plan Debuts for #MotorCityMadness--Horizon League Network
Big Second Half Catapults NKU to Victory; GB Records Non-Conference Road Win--Horizon League Network

Wright State's Demmings and Cleveland State's Abshaw Tab Weekly Honors--Horizon League Network
Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship Tickets Going on Sale Jan. 20--Horizon League Network
UIC's Ruvanna Campbell Selected as Senior CLASS Award Candidate--Horizon League Network

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