Tuesday, January 5, 2016

News On The Horizon 1/4/2016

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: The keys to tonight’s Kansas-Oklahoma game--CollegeBasketballTalk
Youngstown State visits Oakland, meaning that it is Kahlil Felder time.
Hoop Thoughts Stock Report: Time to buy, sell or hold these top teams--Sports Illustrated
Ten sleeper stocks
Valparaiso (11–3). The Crusaders lost a couple of head-scratchers to Ball State and Belmont, but they have a talented stretch four in Alec Peters. The winner of their game at Oakland on Friday gets the early inside track in the race for the Horizon League crown.
Wright State holds off surging Milwaukee in 84-82 OT win--CBS Sports
Kaufman's tip-in lifts Youngstown State over Oakland 100-98--CBS Sports
Bass leads Detroit to an 88-80 win over Cleveland State--CBS Sports
Small, Love help Green Bay beat Wright State 76-68--CBS Sports
Milwaukee scores late to get past Northern Kentucky, 76-67--CBS Sports
I Slept On It: Conference Play Is Officially Popping--Eye On College Basketball
Valparaiso (11-3, 1-0) opened Horizon League play with a resounding 75-47 win over UIC (2-10, 0-1) Flames. Green Bay (8-5, 1-0) joined them by topping Northern Kentucky Norse (4-8, 0-1), 86-70, so did Oakland (9-5, 1-0), 86-68 winners at Cleveland State (5-9, 0-1), while Wright State (7-7, 1-0) topped Milwaukee (9-5, 1-0), 84-82, after overtime and Detroit (7-5, 1-0) defeated Youngstown State (5-9, 0-1), 96-87.
Mid-Major Madness Power 15: Dayton Flys to the Top--Mid-Major Madness
3. Valparaiso Crusaders (11-3) 1
Also Receiving Votes: Richmond, Akron, Louisiana Tech, Hawaii, Mercer, Stony Brook, Oakland, VCU, Northern Iowa, Army, Davidson, High Point, Grand Canyon, Georgia State, UAB, Northern Illinois, Hofstra, Yale, Fordham, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
On The Menu: Big Monday Is Back (Temporarily)--Blogging the Bracket

Youngstown State Penguins (5-9, 0-1) at Oakland Golden Grizzlies (9-5, 1-0), 7 p.m. (ASN)
Cleveland State Vikings (5-9, 0-1) at Detroit Titans (7-5, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Wright State Raiders (7-7, 1-0) at Green Bay Phoenix (8-5, 1-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

With Valparaiso idle, one of the four 1-0 teams in Horizon League action tonight will jump the Crusaders to claim the auto bid in tomorrow's bracket. The Golden Grizzlies are in the driver's seat.
Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of Jan. 4--The Catch and Shoot
1. Valparaiso (11-3, 1-0 Horizon). Last week: 1
17. Oakland (9-5, 1-0 Horizon). Last week: 16

Trey Lewis says prayer helped ankle get better for Wake game--Louisville Courier-Journal
By 'miracle' Lewis plays through hurt ankle--Louisville Courier-Journal
MSU's Forbes after win over Minnesota--The Detroit News
Cleveland State falls to Oakland in Horizon League opener--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Bobby Hurley has officially taken his act to Arizona State: College Basketball 2016 (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
On the Horizon: Cleveland State's tough opening road in Horizon League play continues as the Vikings (5-9, 0-1) are on the road tonight at Detroit (7-5, 1-0), after suffering a loss at Oakland (9-5, 1-0) over the weekend. The Vikings looked to be turning the corner after back-to-back victories over Loyola-Chicago and Belmont, but have now lost two of their last three.

Detroit is not invincible, so a road victory would set the table for a pair of upcoming conference home games against Green Bay on Thursday and Milwaukee on Saturday, both at the Wolstein Center.
Cleveland State falls to Detroit despite 26 from Rob Edwards--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Vikings Fall 86-68 in Conference Opener to Oakland--NEO Sports Insiders
Preview: Cleveland State vs. Detroit--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State guard Daniel Levitt out tonight with knee injury--Cleveland State Hoops
CSU Continues Horizon League Play at Detroit on Monday Night--csuvikings.com
Edwards Scores Career-High 26 in CSU's Setback at Detroit--csuvikings.com

Vikings Close Out Four-Game Roadswing At Detroit--csuvikings.com
Vikings Fall At Detroit, 82-68--csuvikings.com

UDM 88, Cleveland State 80: Paris Bass' 28 leads Titans--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Readies For Cleveland State On Monday--detroittitans.com
Titans Send Vikings Out To Sea, 88-80--detroittitans.com

Titans Look to Rebound Against Cleveland State on Monday--detroittitans.com
Titans Shoot Way Past Vikings For First Horizon League Win--detroittitans.com

YSU 100, Oakland 98: Kaufman's tip-in downs Grizzlies--The Detroit Free Press
OU's Felder closes in on Horizon player-of-week record--The Detroit Free Press
Monday's basketball: Oakland loses on last-second tip-in--The Detroit News
Oakland cruises past Cleveland State 86-63 in Horizon opener--The Oakland Press
Youngstown State shocks Oakland at home--The Oakland Press
Oakland glide to 86-68 victory over Cleveland State in Horizon League opener--Press Row Sports
Plenty of 3-pointers, disputed call lifts Youngstown State over Oakland 100-98--Press Row Sports
Men's basketball opens league play with 86-68 victory over Cleveland State--Oakland Post

Illinois Rankings for the Week of Jan. 4--The Catch and Shoot
13. UIC (2-10, 0-1 Horizon). Last week: 13

UIC remains without a Division I win entering the first full week of January. Last week, the Flames dropped a close game to Northern Illinois and then were blown out by Horizon League favorite Valparaiso.
Chicago Weekly Awards, Jan. 4--The Catch and Shoot
Freshman of the Week
Honorable mentions: Dikembe Dixson, UIC; Fred Sims Jr., Chicago State
Painful losses--Whoosh!Net

UWGB men win in comeback fashion--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Overcomes Double-Digit Halftime Deficit to Top Wright State--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Panthers claw back but fall short in overtime--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers claw past Norse in block party--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Men’s Basketball Lose Tight Contest to Wright State--UWM Post
Panthers drop conference opener to Raiders--PantherU
Panthers welcome NKU to the Horizon League--PantherU
Spirited Rally Comes Up Just Short In Overtime--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers Stand Tall Down Stretch To Claim Win Over Norse--uwmpanthers.com

Ford-Washington sparks UWM women--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers’ Fast Start Too Much For Cougars--uwmpanthers.com

Top 25 Rankings for the Week of Jan. 4--The Catch and Shoot
23. Valparaiso (11-3, 1-0 Horizon). Last week: 24
Michael Osipoff's best Post-Tribune sports stories of 2015--The Post-Tribune
There was my absolute favorite story of the year on Crusaders center Vashil Fernandez. His journey from Jamaica, and his ability to balance being a doting father to daughter Maia and now a husband to Bridget, the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, and an honors graduate student is inspiring.

Would-be senior Fernandez anchored Valparaiso's NCAA Tournament team that nearly upset Maryland and set a school record for wins. After the season, the NCAA granted him a final season of eligibility, and he's part of another Crusaders team that appears poised to be a tournament factor.

Valparaiso's leader? Bryce Drew, of course. He is the son of Homer Drew, of course.

Parents and children.

Bryce ends 2015 as the coach of arguably the country's best mid-major team, perhaps a Sweet 16 team. Will he end 2016 still the coach of the team that plays its home games on the court that bears his father's name? Such matters are for another day.
Breaking Down Valparaiso vs. UIC--Inside VU Sports
Billups scores 17, grabs 500th career rebound, but NKU men drop Horizon opener to Green Bay--Northern Kentucky Tribune
NKU Men’s Basketball Notes: Norse wrap up three-game road trip with Horizon match at Milwaukee--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Northern Kentucky guard McDonald earns Freshman of the Week honors from Horizon League--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Billups reaches rebounding milestone as Norse fall--The Northerner
Late Milwaukee surge thwarts Norse--The Northerner
Road trip for @NKUNorseMBB concludes at Milwaukee--nkunorse.com
McDonald nets #HLMBB Freshman of the Week--nkunorse.com
@NKUNorseMBB drops close battle at Milwaukee--nkunorse.com

Uetrecht three douses Flames--The Northerner

WSU wins in OT after squandering lead--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State at Green Bay--Dayton Daily News
Raiders turn attention to Green Bay after big win--Dayton Daily News
Raiders fade down the stretch in Horizon loss--Dayton Daily News
Raiders men defeat Milwaukee in OT--The Guardian
Raiders men fall to Green Bay 76-68--The Guardian
Men Win Overtime Thriller at Milwaukee--wsuraiders.com
Men Fall at Green Bay--wsuraiders.com

Vogelpohl Honored by College Sports Madness, Horizon League--wsuraiders.com

Rebound woes wobble Penguinsv--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins falter in second half--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins stun Oakland, 100-98--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Kaufman's Last-Second Tip-In Lifts Men's Basketball to 100-98 Win Over Oakland--ysusports.com

Cash is clutch for YSU in final seconds--Youngstown Vindicator
Cash is money for YSU--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Cash Earns Second Horizon League Player-of-the-Week Award--ysusports.com

Opening Day of #HLMBB Play Sees Four Home Teams Win & WSU Take OT Road Victory--Horizon League Network
Oakland's Felder, Northern Kentucky's McDonald Collect Men's Basketball Honors--Horizon League Network

YSU Last Second Winner Highlights Monday Night Action in Men's Basketball
--Horizon League Network

Oakland, YSU Capture League Wins--Horizon League Network
Milwaukee Defeats Chicago State, 55-48--Horizon League Network
Youngstown State's Cash and Wright State's Vogelpohl Earn Weekly Honors--Horizon League Network
Detroit Garners First League Win--Horizon League Network

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