Sunday, March 6, 2016

News On The Horizon 3/5/2016

The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 5, 2016--Hoopville
Tonight‘s Menu

Conference tournaments lead the way as the first automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament go out today, but there is much more than that.
The Horizon League Tournament gets going in Detroit with Cleveland State taking on Green Bay, Northern Kentucky taking on Milwaukee, UIC taking on Wright State and Youngstown State taking on Detroit.
Green Bay beats Cleveland State 65-53 in Horizon tourney--CBS Sports
Milwaukee controls Northern Kentucky 86-69--CBS Sports
Wright State rolls past Illinois-Chicago 74-43 in Horizon--CBS Sports
Detroit eliminates Youngstown State, 92-79--CBS Sports
Horizon League Tournament: First Round Recap--Mid-Major Madness
On The Menu: Saturday, March 5, 2016: Conference Tourney Edition--Blogging the Bracket
Horizon League First Round

ESPN3 will stream all four games.

Game 1: No. 9 Cleveland State Vikings (9-22, 4-14) vs. No. 4 Green Bay Phoenix (19-12, 11-7), 12 p.m.
The Phoenix swept the season series.
Game 2: No. 8 Northern Kentucky Norse (9-20, 5-13) vs. No. 5 Milwaukee Panthers (19-12, 10-8), approx. 2:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 3: No. 10 UIC Flames (5-24, 3-15) vs. No. 3 Wright State Raiders (19-12, 13-5), approx. 5 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 4: No. 7 Youngstown State Penguins (11-20, 6-12) vs. No. 6 Detroit Titans (15-14, 9-9), approx. 7:30 p.m.
The Titans swept the season series.

The Horizon has a unique format. The top two seeds, the Valparaiso Crusaders and Oakland Golden Grizzlies, have a bye until Monday's semifinals, so the four winners of today's games will meet tomorrow in the quarterfinals. Also of note is that NKU, in its final year of its transition from Division II, is participating in its second consecutive conference tournament in its second conference in as many years. The Norse didn't disrupt the Atlantic Sun event as much last season as ineligible Stetson is this time around.

Note that this season's the Horizon tournament begins a long stay in Detroit, starting at Joe Louis Arena and moving to the Red Wings' new arena upon its completion.

The team in this group to keep an eye on is Wright State, who managed to defeat Valpo twice ... and also to lose to Oakland twice. The Raiders also managed to be one of UIC's three conference victims.
Motor City Madness: No. 4 Green Bay forces 27 turnovers in 65-53 win over Cleveland State to open tourney--Press Row Sports
Motor City Madness: No. 5 Milwaukee cruises past Northern Kentucky, 86-69, in first round action of Horizon League tourney--Press Row Sports
Motor City Madness: No. 3 Wright State clamps down on UIC in 74-43 victory--Press Row Sports

Wichita State’s locker room somber, silent following MVC semifinal loss (+video)--Wichita Eagle
On the other side of a small partition, senior forward Anton Grady got dressed quickly, pulling on a gray Nike pullover and sweats before starting interviews. He addressed the elephant in the room after the Shockers placed themselves firmly on the bubble come NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday on March 13.

“For whatever reason, we didn’t have the consistency we needed,” Grady said. “That was lacking, and it’s tough to deal with, but we put ourselves in this situation. Now we wait.”
Analysts quick to cast doubt on Shockers’ NCAA chances--Wichita Eagle
Grady as the go-to option — Senior center Anton Grady provided Wichita State its lone consistent scoring threat. He just couldn’t stay on the floor long enough to make it matter more.

Grady scored 14 points in 22 minutes before fouling out. He made 7 of 12 shots by taking advantage of Northern Iowa’s desire to cut off driving lanes for VanVleet and Baker. The Panthers obstructed their path with a big man and tried to keep them away from the middle of the court, leaving Grady open for mid-range jump shots.

“We worked hard not to allow the ball to get back to the middle of the floor with Fred and Ron, to use that ball screen to get to that spot,” UNI coach Ben Jacobson said. “That’s one of the decisions that we had to make: Do we allow Fred to get to the middle and have his options? Or, we know they’re going to put Grady at 15 to 17 feet and he’s going to be open.”

Grady said the Shockers worked on his movements during shootaround on Saturday.

“(Marshall) put in a new play for us, and the play was just for a 15-foot jump shot, or swing it to the opposite wing,” he said. “I was able to knock that shot down today.”
Forbes on ‘bittersweet’ day--The Detroit News
Cleveland State falls to Green Bay, 65-53, to end its season--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Battles Green Bay in Horizon League Tourney Saturday--NEO Sports Insiders
Cleveland State’s Season Ends with 65-53 Loss to Green Bay in Horizon League Tournament--NEO Sports Insiders
Vikings Fall to Green Bay in First Round of League Tournament,

Last Second Abshaw Jumper Leads Vikings To 64-62 Victory At Northern

Detroit Mercy 92, YSU 79: Brundidge helps Titans in Horizon tournament--The Detroit Free Press
To make deep Horizon run, UDM must finally get defensive--The Detroit Free Press
First-half run fuels UD victory in Horizon tournament--The Detroit News
Detroit Rolls to Tournament Win Over Youngstown

Titans Use Comeback for Win in Regular Season


Oakland women defeat Green Bay by eight on senior day--Oakland Post

Wright States blows by UIC in first round of Horizon League Tournament--The Catch and Shoot
UIC Eliminated from #MotorCityMadness by Wright

Flames Drop Shootout to Valpo in Home Finale,

UWGB men advance in Horizon tournament--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Turns Over Cleveland State, Advances to Second

UWGB women fall to Oakland again--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Falls in Regular Season Finale to Oakland,

UW-Milwaukee 86, Northern Kentucky 69 - UWM returns to winning ways in postseason play--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tiby Keys Milwaukee Second-Half Surge In Postseason
Panthers And Phoenix Meet Sunday For Spot In

Detroit 80, UWM women 76 - Panthers can't seal the deal--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Cohen’s Career Day Helps Detroit Squeak By

Predicting the Tournament Field – Updated Bracketology--College Hoops Daily
12 SEEDS: Valparaiso; Princeton; Monmouth; San Diego State.
Vashil Fernandez, Valparaiso understand Horizon League tourney pressure--The Post-Tribune
Status unclear for Skara and Walker at Horizon tourney--The NWI Times

Balanced Effort Sparks Crusaders to 80-74 Win over
Norse season ends in Horizon League tourney--The Northerner
White goes for 23, but Norse fall in

Super freshman Abshaw stuns NKU on senior night--The Northerner
Buzzer-beater spoils Senior Night for

WSU routs UIC to advance to HL second round--Dayton Daily News
One year later, WSU makes big halftime lead hold up--Dayton Daily News
Raiders cruise by UIC in round one--The Guardian
Defense Leads Men to 74-43 First Round Win Over

Morse scores 26, but YSU falls to Detroit--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU Loses in the First Round of Horizon League Tournament--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Falls to No. 6 Detroit,

Women's Basketball Heads to Wright State for Regular-Season

Top Seeds All Advance on Saturday--Horizon League Network

#HLWBB Closes Out Final Weekend of Regular Season--Horizon League Network

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