Wednesday, March 23, 2016

News On The Horizon 3/22/2016

Ten candidates who could replace Jamie Dixon as Pittsburgh's coach--CBS Sports
Bryce Drew (Valparaiso head coach)

Drew has passed on Power-5 jobs and seems in no rush to leave his alma mater. But he has won at least 25 games in four of the five seasons he has coached at the Division I level, and he's the two-time Horizon League Coach of the Year. Drew got a look from Iowa State. Pitt would be wise to look, too.
Greg Kampe (Oakland head coach)

Pitt fans seemed to grow tired of Dixon in the sense that he neither plays fast nor has a big personality. So why not look at a guy like Kampe -- who plays fast and has a huge personality? He has guided Oakland to the NCAA Tournament three times, turned so-so prospects into NBA players, won 550-plus career games, gone 24-10 in Horizon League contests the past two years and his Grizzlies led the nation in scoring this season by averaging 86.3 points, which has to be appealing to a school that just lost in the NCAA Tournament with 43 points.

Valentine, Forbes didn't want this memory--The Detroit Free Press
Seidel: Michigan State’s Bryn Forbes still confident amid shooting slump--The Detroit Free Press
Spartans seniors take blame for devastating defeat--The Detroit News
It was hardly what Valentine, Matt Costello and Bryn Forbes envisioned, putting every bit of energy they had into getting back to the Final Four after losing last season to Duke. But that’s where they found themselves, Costello with his head in his hands and Forbes staring at nothing, his eyes not moving.
Costello had the best game, scoring 22 and grabbing nine rebounds, but his front-end miss of a one-and-one with 1:50 to play kept Michigan State behind by three. That came after Valentine and Forbes each missed 3-pointers that would have tied the game.

But it was a struggle most of the game. Forbes ended up with 14 points, but he was scoreless in the first half. And Valentine turned the ball over six times and was just 5-for-13 shooting for 13 points.

None, however, was deflecting responsibility.

“I wasn't sharp at all in the first half,” Forbes said. “Then at halftime the coaches just put it to us that we were playing terrible. I was playing awful. So, I know I had to pick it up, but it still wasn't enough.”
The seniors – Colby Wollenman included – were a special group he said, his eyes red as he struggled to relay his feelings.

“They gave me everything,” Izzo said. “They gave me the ability to sleep with two eyes shut again. That disappeared for a few years.”
Later, Izzo said if his son grew up to be like Valentine, Costello, Forbes or Wollenman, he’d “a happy guy.”
A look back at the 2009 Vikings’ NCAA appearance--The Cauldron

Efforts in Flint water crisis leave impact on Titans--Varsity Press

Playing with eight, Titans exceed expectations--Varsity Press

Ex-Oakland basketball player injured in Brussels terrorist attack--The Dagger
Former Oakland University basketball player injured in Brussels attacks--The Sporting News
Former Oakland basketball player injured in Brussels attack--The Detroit Free Press
Former college basketball player injured in Brussels airport bombing--Eye On College Basketball
Former Oakland player injured in Brussels attack--The Detroit News
Former Oakland basketball player Bellin injured in Brussels bombings--Oakland Post

UWGB women will remain Horizon favorites--Green Bay Press Gazette

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 22, 2016--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu:

NIT quarterfinal play opens with a delicious matchup of a pair of teams that should’ve been in the NCAA Tournament. It’s offense vs. defense when Saint Mary’s travels across the country to face Valparaiso (7 p.m. EST, ESPN), with the winner making its first-ever trip to the NIT semifinals. That is followed by Creighton playing at BYU (9 p.m., ESPN), with the Cougars looking to get to the semis for the second time in four years while the Bluejays attempt to make their first semifinal trip since 1942.
Valparaiso advances to its first NIT semis--CBS Sports
Updated 2016 NIT bracket: Quarterfinals set--FanSided
One of the big stories in the NIT bracket is the fact that there is only one remaining No. 1 seed of the four that entered the tournament in the Valparaiso Crusaders. The Crusaders have rolled to this point, but they’ll certainly be put to the test in the quarterfinals as they take on another team that many people considered to be a snub from the NCAA Tournament in the Saint Mary’s Gaels.
Obviously the Valparaiso-Saint Mary’s game is going to be huge while the other three matchups all feature a No. 4 seed taking on the No. 2 seed. With how things have gone in the NIT to this point, though, it’s hard to say what’s going to happen next.
NIT: Valparaiso Shuts Down Saint Mary's to Advance--Mid-Major Madness
Mid-major powers Valparaiso, Saint Mary's meet in NIT quarterfinals--The Post-Tribune
Rutter: Valpo has unfinished business to settle with old enemy--The Post-Tribune
Vashil Fernandez helps Valparaiso top Saint Mary's in NIT quarterfinals--The Post-Tribune
Fernandez looks to go out a winner at the ARC--The NWI Times
Bryce Drew, VU players after NIT win--The NWI Times
Valpo headed to Madison Square Garden--The NWI Times
Crusaders heading to the Big Apple--The NWI Times
JIM PETERS: Both Drew sons appreciate the NIT experience--The NWI Times
Meet Valpo Basketball's Biggest Little Fan--ValpoLife
MBB: Defense stifles Saint Mary’s, Valpo advances to NIT Semifinals--The Torch
NIT 2016: Tuesday's Quarterfinals Scores, Updated Bracket and Wednesday Schedule--Bleacher Report
Teams Postseason Performances Do Not Justify Them Being In or Out of Big
Valpo Advances to NIT Final Four After Dominant Second Half Over St. Mary’
Welcome to New York! Crusaders Take Down Saint Mary’s, Advance to NIT

Local roundup: Valparaiso women's coach Tracey Dorow gets extension--The Post-Tribune
Dorow Inks Contract Extension Through 2017-2018

5 possible candidates for Wright State job--Dayton Daily News

YSU’s Wernicki promoted to associate coach--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Michael Wernicki Named Youngstown State Associate Head

Penguins seeking southern comfort--Youngstown Vindicator
Arbanas close to milestone--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins have newfound confidence--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU Travels to Louisiana for WBI Semifinals--The Jambar
Penguins Head to Louisiana for WBI Semifinals Contest vs. Ragin'

Second Half Romp Sends Valpo to NYC--Horizon League Network

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