Wednesday, February 17, 2016

News On The Horizon 2/16/2016

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, February 16, 2016--Hoopville
Neither Oakland nor Iona are likely to win the regular season championship in their respective conferences. It also should surprise just about no one if either or both are in the NCAA Tournament a month from now.

The Golden Grizzlies and Gaels are two of the prime candidates to either a) displace their league champion from the NCAA tourney field or b) turn their conferences into surprising two-bid winners. Both were in action on Monday and continued late-season surges with impressive wins reminding us of just how potent they are.
Oakland pulled away from Wright State in the second half for an 89-73 win on the road, winning for the seventh time in eight games and completing a sweep of a team that Horizon League favorite Valparaiso was unable to beat in two matchups this regular season. Texas transfer Martez Walker scored a career-high 22 points off the bench. In fact, 50 of the Golden Grizzlies’ 89 points came from the bench, while superstar Kahlil Felder scored “only” 15 points but dished out 12 assists.

Wright State is a far more comfortable matchup for Oakland than Valparaiso is, which was evidenced by OU’s victory margins of 26 and 16 points and the Raiders as well as the Crusaders’ 17-point win in their first matchup at the O’rena in January. Regardless, Oakland has any number of individuals who can be a load, whether it be Jalen Hayes, massive Percy Gibson, sniper Max Hooper or-most of all-Felder. Even if Valpo takes care of the Golden Grizzlies in their second meeting on Friday, any team even thinking of an at-large bid in the NCAAs will be sweating out Oakland, well aware of the capabilities of Greg Kampe’s team.
LATE NIGHT SNACKS: Texas, Baylor, Butler earn big wins; South Carolina, Vanderbilt get bad losses--CollegeBasketballTalk
GAME OF THE NIGHT: Youngstown State 92, UIC 91, 2 OT

Two of the Horizon League’s bottom feeders provided quite a bit of excitement on Tuesday night as Matt Donlan (13 points, nine rebounds) made a putback with 1.2 seconds left to give the Penguins the win. This game produced some gaudy stat lines as Cameron Morse had 28 points in 50 minutes for Youngstown State while freshman Dikembe Dixson (40 points, 17 rebounds) and Tai Odiase (22 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks) had big outings for UIC.
Valparaiso won in the Horizon League over Cleveland State as Alec Peters had 15 points and Tevonn Walker added 13 points.
Staying in the Horizon League, Detroit outlasted Northern Kentucky as Paris Bass had 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Peters, Walker lead Valparaiso past Cleveland St. 66-43--CBS Sports
Bass' 24 pts helps Detroit hold of Northern Kentucky, 74-68--CBS Sports
Youngstown State needs 2 OTs to beat Illinois-Chicago 92-91--CBS Sports
On The Menu: Tuesday, February 16, 2016--Blogging the Bracket

Valparaiso Crusaders (21-5, 11-2) at Cleveland State Vikings (8-18, 3-10), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Crusaders' RPI and at-large hopes both took a hit with Saturday's home loss to Wright State Raiders, so the Horizon leaders must rebound by repeating their January 28th 25-point home win over the Vikings to stay in the picture.
Under the Radar Game of the Day – Tuesday, February 15: Valparaiso at Cleveland State--Hoop HD

Cleveland State rocked by first-place Valparaiso, 66-43--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Norris Cole: CSU’s NBA standout--The Cauldron
Cleveland State in Action Tonight Against 21-5 Valparaiso at Quicken Loans Arena--NEO Sports Insiders
Vikings Fall to League-Leading Valparaiso at Quicken Loans

Detroit Mercy edges Northern Kentucky, 74-68--The Detroit Free Press
Titans Take Out Norse On The Road,

Women's Basketball's Pink Game Helps Raise $3,

Martez Walker scores career-high 22 points to guide Oakland past Wright State--Press Row Sports

Key to UIC success lies at the foul line--The Catch and Shoot
UIC falls to Youngstown State in closing seconds of double overtime--The Catch and Shoot
Flames to retire No. 11 jersey--UIC News
Odiase’s big blocks help Flames build on winning streak--UIC News
Double the treasure--Whoosh!Net
Dixson Drops 40 Points, But UIC Loses Double-OT

Metric Bracketology: RPI And KenPom Like Texas Tech And Tulsa This Week--Blogging the Bracket
27  7  Providence    Baylor  Valparaiso*
43  11  Valparaiso*    Tulsa  Little Rock*
56  14  UNC Wilmington*   Valparaiso*  Chattanooga*
2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket: Latest Projection of the Field of 68--Bleacher Report
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

No. 4 Kentucky (19-6, RPI: 13, KP: 9, SOS: 32)
No. 13 Stony Brook (America East auto bid)

No. 5 Dayton (21-3, RPI: 12, KP: 27, SOS: 64)
No. 12 Valparaiso (Horizon auto bid)
Tevonn Walker, Valparaiso bounce back with rout of Cleveland State--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders Use Dominant Defense to Defeat CSU
GALLERY: Detroit holds on to spoil senior night--The Northerner
@NKUNorse falls to Detroit, 74-68, on senior

Raiders Fall to

Donlan’s tip-in wins it for Penguins--Youngstown Vindicator
Right place, right time--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Donlan’s Putback Gives YSU 92-91 Victory in Double

Single-Session Fan Block Tickets Available for Motor City Madness--Horizon League Network
YSU Wins on Last Second Tip-in; Detroit & Valpo Lead Wire-to-Wire--Horizon League Network

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