Monday, October 10, 2016

News On The Horizon 10/9/2016

Oakland basketball picked second in Horizon; Detroit Mercy sixth--Detroit Free Press
2016-17 Horizon League season preview--The Catch and Shoot
HLeague 2016-17 Preview the Season: 8. Wright State; 7. Northern
HLeague 2016-17 Preview the Season: 6. Youngstown State; 5. Detroit
HLeague 2016-17 Preview the Season: 3(tie). Green Bay;
Cleveland State Vikings Sophomore Rob Edwards Named Preseason All-Horizon League Second Team--NEO Sports Insiders
Three questions as Cleveland State basketball team opens practice--Cleveland State Hoops
Edwards Named to Preseason All-Horizon League 2nd Team; Vikings Tabbed
Report: Ray McCallum getting 1st crack for Detroit Pistons tonight--Detroit Free Press
Jenkins, Hogan Earn College Sports Madness
Basketball Single Game Tickets Now On
Jenkins Tabbed All-Conference As HL Preseason Poll & Teams
Hall Of Fame Nominations Now

Titan Basketball Back On WADL For

Women's Basketball Field Trip Day Set for Nov.
After serving in war zones, Army veteran ruled ineligible to play in college by NCAA--CBS Sports
NCAA’s Isaiah Brock stance is bad PR, but how the system works--College Basketball Talk
NCAA rules Army veteran ineligible after serving in war zone--Sports Illustrated
NCAA's decision to rule Army veteran ineligible defies common sense--The Dagger
NCAA to Army veteran: Sorry, your high school grades were bad--Sporting News
NCAA technicality will keep decorated Army veteran from playing college basketball--Chicago Tribune
NCAA restricts army veteran's chance to play basketball at Oakland--Detroit Free Press
Oakland basketball to appeal NCAA ruling on Army vet--Detroit News

Phoenix men picked to finish 3rd in Horizon--Green Bay Press Gazette
Let's talk about banners--Phear The Phoenix
Randall Herbst Promoted to Men's Basketball Associate Head
Phoenix Men's Basketball Holds Opening Day of
Men's Basketball Picked Third, Cooper Preseason All-League First

Women's Basketball Opens 2016-17 with First
What's new and what's going on this weekend at upgraded UWM Panther Arena?--On Milwaukee
Basketball Fans Offered “Panther Pick 3” Ticket

UWM Athletics Excites Fans for New Season--UWM Post
From Now On To Create New Panthers Gameday

Women's Basketball Holds First
64 reasons to be excited for the 2016–17 college hoops season--Sports Illustrated
64. The return of Valparaiso’s Alec Peters

Peters, a lethal perimeter shooter who posted one of the nation’s 20 best offensive ratings last season, considered turning pro this summer but he elected to withdraw from the NBA draft and then decided against transferring to a more high-profile program. In July he shined at the Nike Basketball Academy and, according to our Luke Winn, left the event with four pages of handwritten notes. You won’t see the 6' 9" forward on national television every week, but hopefully he leads the Crusaders to the NCAA tournament in his final season in college.
Valparaiso picked to win Horizon League as Alec Peters is named preseason Player of the Year--Mid-Major Madness
Crown Point lures Hall of Fame softball coach Pete Iussig out of retirement--Post-Tribune
Peters, Valparaiso headline Horizon: Since Alec Peters decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft, then to return to Valparaiso, the senior forward has been accumulating accolades.

So it should come as no surprise that Peters was announced Thursday as the Horizon League's preseason player of the year.

Almost equally unsurprising, Valparaiso was tabbed as the top team in the preseason poll, receiving 35 of 39 first-place votes. Matt Lottich's first season as coach will begin with the Crusaders, who won four regular-season titles in Bryce Drew's five seasons, in the familiar position as favorites.

Senior swingman Shane Hammink also claimed the final spot on the preseason all-league second team.

Peters is the Crusaders' first preseason player of the year since Lubos Barton was the Mid-Continent Conference's in 2001-02.

Lew Wallace graduate Charles Cooper, a Green Bay senior, grabbed the last spot on the preseason first team.
Slideshow: Predicting the Horizon League men's basketball finish--The Times
Peters named Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year--Inside VU Sports
Crusaders Tabbed Preseason Favorite; Peters Preseason Player of the
What do you think of Victor’s new look?--The Northerner
@NKUNorseMBB picked 7th in Horizon League preseason

Season tickets on sale for
Beilein turns to new assistant to help Michigan’s defense--College Basketball Talk
This season, Beilein is hoping to correct some of those defensive problems.

New assistant Billy Donlon, who joined the Michigan staff this offseason after a six-year run as head coach at Wright State, is the man Beilein is turning to for defensive expertise. The Wolverines barely made the NCAA Tournament last season but return plenty of experience – and they could certainly take a big step forward in 2016-17 if Donlon can help them become a stingier group.

“I am giving him a lot of responsibility,” Beilein said at media day Monday. “My eye, and the detail that we do in offense, I think he’s got a similar eye for defense, and we’re trying to combine that without confusing everybody.”
“You can’t really move the offensive needle,” Donlon said. “I think the players are wanting to also move the defensive needle some, and I think they recognize if we do that, what could happen.”
One of the trademarks of Michigan’s defense has been a lack of fouling. Many coaches would be happy with that, but it’s fair to wonder if the Wolverines have been operating at too much of an extreme. Michigan averaged 15.5 fouls a game last season. Donlon’s Wright State team averaged 22.

Could Michigan benefit from a little more aggressiveness on defense, even if it leads to more fouls?

“You look at some of our guys’ stats, some guys didn’t average two fouls a game, so that’s a little bit too cautious,” Beilein said. “Somehow we’ve got to take Bill’s defense where they fouled more, and still stay out of the one-and-one and still keep our best players on the floor.”
He had to shake up his staff a bit this offseason because Bacari Alexander was hired to lead the Detroit Titans and Wisconsin-Milwaukee hired LaVall Jordan.

In Donlon, Beilein hopes he’s found someone who can help the Wolverines in an area where they’ve been lacking.

“He is a head coach that is now as the assistant coach,” Beilein said. “He’s got a lot of the head coach qualities already, where he’s strong with his command. … I can tell by our kids’ eyes, they are learning from him, they love listening to him.”
Alstork honored as Raiders picked fifth in Horizon League poll--Dayton Daily News
Wright State picked fifth, Alstork earns second-team nod--Dayton Daily News
Preseason Poll Ranks Wright State Basketball and Mark Alstork--The Guardian
Alstork Picks Up Preseason
Former YSU player Reese on Penguins’ staff--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU men to face challenging schedule--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Men's Basketball to Host Fifth Annual Tipoff Banquet Oct.
Cameron Morse Named Preseason All-Horizon League First-Team, Penguins Picked
Horizon League Announces Men's Basketball Preseason

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