Tonight’s Menu: Quiet Friday nights from now until March, though this one does not lack for action.Walker hits 6 3s, Valparaiso beats Oakland 84-67--CBS Sports
One of the games of the year in the Horizon League takes place with Valparaiso at Oakland (7 p.m. EST, ESPN2). This one has almost everything you could want: quality (the top two teams in the league entering the season with the defending champions on the road at what is expected to be their top challenger), stars (Alec Peters for Valpo, Kahlil Felder for Oakland), contrast of styles (the defensive-minded Crusaders against the freewheeling Golden Grizzlies), and two teams who tested themselves with tough non-conference schedules. This should be a lot of fun.
Also in the Horizon League, Illinois-Chicago is at Detroit (9 p.m., ESPNU). The Titans are starting to heat up, having won six of eight, and are one of just three Horizon teams without a conference loss so far.
Balanced Detroit starts fast to beat Illinois-Chicago 87-69--CBS Sports
SMU edges Cincinnati; Akron, Kent State home tonight: College Basketball Schedule & Scoreboard for January 8, 2016 (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Down again: Cleveland State just did not have enough in its Horizon League home opener as Wisconsin Green Bay took down the Vikings, 87-67. CSU turns right around and hosts Milwaukee at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Wolstein Center.No. 1 Kansas faces another test at Texas Tech: College Basketball Schedule & Scoreboard for January 9, 2016 (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU at home: Cleveland State tries to bounce back from Thursday's loss to Wisconsin Green Bay when it plays host to Milwaukee at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Wolstein Center.Vikings Fall to Butler [sic] 87-67 in CSU Horizon League Home Opener--NEO Sports Insiders
Cleveland State Announces Guard Myles Hamilton Has Been Dismissed From the Team--NEO Sports Insiders
Stipe Miocic’s Cleveland State Roots--More Than A Fan
Levitt Out, Hamilton Possibly Out and the Wheels Have Fallen OffGreen Bay 87, Cleveland State 67: Vikings squander 15-2 lead, fall to Phoenix--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State men’s basketball coach Gary Waters has, over the years, stressed that his team should be judged on what it does in the final months of the season, rather than the beginning.
Well, at 5-11 and with three straight losses to open the Horizon League slate, are we ready to judge yet?
The historically stalwart Viking defense, a Waters hallmark, has disappeared. In fact, in the losses to Oakland, Detroit and Wisconsin-Green Bay, Cleveland State has given up at least 86 points in each of those games.
When Green Bay’s Turner Botz is torching you from the three-point arc, it may be time to re-think your defensive strategy.
Even Rob Edwards, who started the conference schedule on fire, was neutralized against the Phoenix. Fans worry if this is an omen of things to come.
To make matters worse, the backcourt is starting to thin out, and not in a good way.
First, Daniel Levitt, the walk-on three-point specialist, suffered a knee injury in the loss to Oakland. According to Waters, doctors have pointed to a possible ACL and MCL tear. If an MRI shows that to be true, Levitt will be lost for the remainder of the season.
And then there’s Myles Hamilton, the Kennesaw State transfer that was supposed to be the answer at point guard. Well, if limited production and a crappy attitude define answer, then there you have it.
Hamilton was probably already on thin ice with Waters, starting the season being suspended for violating team rules. After making his debut against Kent State, he virtually disappeared in the win against Belmont, and things haven’t really clicked.
Then the Green Bay game happened.
After playing a minute, Waters yanked Hamilton not only off the court, but off the bench, sending him back to the locker room after they got into it. Tom Mieskoski tweeted that this may very well be the last straw, as Waters is contemplating cutting Hamilton loose.
The original thought was that this season’s team, full of underclassmen, would somehow get it together in time for conference play. Now, it just looks like any hope of that happening has been beaten violently into the ground.
At this point, CSU president Ronald Berkman could very well be sweating bullets that he’ll get a call from Quicken Loans Arena president Len Komoroski telling him the deal’s off.
Cleveland State guard Myles Hamilton dismissed from the team--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Hosts Milwaukee on Saturday to Continue Horizon League Play--csuvikings.com
Vikings Continue Homestand Against Milwaukee On Saturday Afternoon--csuvikings.com
Friday’s roundup: Detroit improves to 3-0 in Horizon--The Detroit News
Bass Still On The Lou Henson Mid-Season Watch List--detroittitans.com
Detroit’s High Octane Offense Burns Up Flames, 87-69, On Friday Night--detroittitans.com
Titans Look For Third-Straight Horizon League Win at UIC--detroittitans.com
OU's Greg Kampe: Not worried about Horizon League this early--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland's Greg Kampe: Everything was great except our coaching--The Detroit Free Press
Valparaiso 84, Oakland 67: Grizzlies falter in 2nd half--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland missed chance to prove their a Horizon contender--The Detroit Free Press
Valparaiso dominates Oakland at home--The Oakland Press
Tevonn Walker outshines Felder in Valparaiso’s 84-67 win at Oakland--Press Row Sports
What you need to know before tonight's men's basketball game--Oakland Post
Kampe blames poor coaching for 84-67 loss to Valparaiso--Oakland Post
VALPARAISO OUTPACES OAKLAND, 84-67--ougrizzlies.com
OAKLAND EDGES UIC FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE WIN, 78-76--ougrizzlies.com
Balanced Detroit starts fast to beat UIC 87-69--The Chicago Tribune
Early Scoring Drought Sinks UIC at Detroit--uicflames.com
Flames Nipped Down the Stretch--uicflames.com
Phoenix weekly: Long road trips will test men--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Pours in 11 Three-Pointers in 20-Point Win at Cleveland State--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Green Bay Defense Shines in 66-45 Victory Over Cleveland State--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Springs has hot hand as Panthers roll--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Men’s Basketball Handles YSU behind Springs’ Career Night--UWM Post
Arians, team need to have some fun--PantherU
Panthers Look To Go 3-1 In League Play Saturday In Cleveland--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers lose on buzzer-beater--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM Looks To Finish Road Swing Strong At Cleveland--uwmpanthers.com
Valparaiso proves it's the team to beat in Horizon League--The Dagger
Tevonn Walker on target as Valparaiso downs Oakland--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso rolls Oakland on the road in key Horizon League tilt--The NWI Times
Crusaders Make Statement With Friday Road Win at Oakland--valpoathletics.com
WBB: Upward-trending Titans come back to knock off Crusaders--The Torch
Detroit Upends Crusaders Thursday Night--valpoathletics.com
Crusader Women Meet Improved Oakland Squad Saturday--valpoathletics.com
@NKUNorseMBB hosts Wright State in #HLMBB action--nkunorse.com
Northern Kentucky men host Wright State Saturday in initial home Horizon League appearance--Northern Kentucky Tribune
@NKUNorseWBB set for road contest at Wright State--nkunorse.com
Wright State working to manage Yoho’s minutes--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State at Northern Kentucky--Dayton Daily News
WSU to honor past players on Alumni Night--Dayton Daily News
Vogelpohl Making Smooth Transition to College--wsuraiders.com
Slocum’s Penguins can’t keep momentum--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins make adjustments without veteran forward Hain--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Doubleheader split--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU ends short home series with Phoenix tonight--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Men's Basketball Hosts Green Bay Saturday Night at Beeghly--ysusports.com
YSU’s Newman hits game-winner at buzzer--Youngstown Vindicator
Women win on last-second shot--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Battle of Horizon leaders--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
No. 1 vs. No. 2: YSU Hosts Green Bay on Saturday--The Jambar
Penguins Set to Tangle with Defending Champion Green Bay on Saturday--ysusports.com
GB & UWM Record Road Wins on Thursday Night--Horizon League Network
Valpo's Adekoya Chosen to Attend NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum--Horizon League Network
Felder Earns Lute Olson Mid-Season National Player of the Year Honors--Horizon League Network
Detroit & Valpo Set Up Undefeated Showdown with Friday Victories--Horizon League Network