Wednesday, November 30, 2016

News On The Horizon 11/30/2016

Vikings Set For Two-Day Navy
Titans Mourn The Loss Of Hall-Of-Famer Norm Swanson '

Titans Fall in Final Seconds on Field Trip Day,

Flames Embark on First Road
The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 30, 2016--Hoopville
The TV networks try to inject some intrigue into this time with happenings like the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. And the event does have some excellent games, but the truth is the novelty of most of this event wore off long ago. Duke and Michigan State already play every few years in the not-so-modestly named Champions Classic, Indiana and Purdue face Notre Dame regularly in the Crossroads Classic. How many more games do these teams need to play against each other? Also: why should we buy the idea that Georgia Tech playing Penn State or Rutgers facing Miami (Fla.) is a big deal just because of their conference affiliations?

(Prime example of this: last night a top 25 team-Rhode Island-played on the road against a Valparaiso team that was a notable snub from the NCAA Tournament last year and very rarely gets to host top 25 teams. This was a prime setting for a terrific TV game. Instead, we were “treated” to Georgia Tech against Penn State in the 40% full Bryce Jordan Center)
Side Dishes:

Valparaiso has had a heck of a last eight days, posting a 4-0 record that included three name-brand wins. The Crusaders won the MGM Grand Main Event tourney last week by defeating Alabama and BYU, and now Valpo has its first win at home over a ranked team since a 1988 win over Notre Dame dubbed the Lutheran Miracle by then-coach Homer Drew. The Crusaders topped No. 21 Rhode Island 65-62, with Alec Peters again playing at an All-American level with 27 points, nine rebounds and a blocked shot on the Rams’ final tying three-point attempt. Great win for Valpo, and a great test for URI as well.
Valparaiso picks up key non-conference win over No. 21 Rhode Island--College Basketball Talk
Peters helps Valpo upset No. 21 Rhode Island 65-62--CBS Sports
Rhode Island vs. Valparaiso final score: Crusaders continue hot start with 65-62 win--Mid-Major Madness
Alec Peters' blocked shot clinches Valparaiso upset of No. 21 Rhode Island--Post-Tribune
Valparaiso knocks off ranked opponent for first time since 1998--NWI Times
McDonald's of Northwest Indiana and Valparaiso University's Partnership Shown at Men's Basketball Game--Valpo Life
Crusaders Win Thriller Over Nationally-Ranked Rhode Island
McDonald scores 32 as Norse beat Morehead State--The Northerner

Norse fall to Stetson on Victor Hoops for Health day--The Northerner
Second half powers Stetson to win over
College Hoops Viewing Guide For Wednesday, November 30, 2016---Blogging The Bracket
Other Games Of Note
Wright State Raiders (6-1) at Georgia State Panthers (3-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Both squads are coming off productive Thanksgiving weeks. The Raiders swept their home exempt round-robin, while the Panthers won the Cancun Challenge’s Mayan Division crown.
YSU Looks to Rebound Against Robert Morris--The Jambar
Valpo Tops No. 21 Rhode Island #HLMBB--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Recap, Nov. 29--The Horizon League

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

News On The Horizon 11/29/2016

Vikings Conclude Four Game Road Swing on Wednesday at Arkansas
Titans Ready For In-State Rival Eastern Michigan On

Titans Host George Mason for Field Trip Day on
Keeping up with Team 50--Oakland Post
Men’s basketball takes fourth in Great Alaska Shootout--Oakland Post

Women’s basketball conquers Concordia--Oakland Post
Men’s basketball falls short in Thanksgiving Classic finale--UIC News
Couldn’t let sleeping dogs lie--Whoosh! Net

Flames excel in NCAA graduation report--UIC News
Milwaukee Men Finally Back At Home Wednesday Against
The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 29, 2016--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu:
Rhode Island begins a big week that should provide a lot of insight on if the Rams are up to their No. 21 national ranking, starting with a trip to Valparaiso in a game that deserves a national television audience.
O26 Feast Week in Review: Winners, Losers and a Little Extra Stuffing--Rush The Court
Valparaiso (6-1). In its MGM Grand Main Event victories over Alabama and Brigham Young, Valparaiso proved it could win both slow and fast. After grinding down the Crimson Tide for a six-point, 66-possession victory on Monday, the Crusaders beat the Cougars by three points in an 82-possession barn-burner two nights later. The unwavering constant, of course, was O26 Preseason Player of the Year Alec Peters, who averaged 24.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game over the stretch. Just for good measure, Matt Lottich’s club tacked on a hard-fought victory over Ball State on Sunday afternoon. Now 6-1, Valparaiso is right where it was expected to be heading into the second half of non-conference play. A victory over #23 Rhode Island tonight could rouse some at-large chatter.
Tuesday TV schedule: URI/Valpo preview and all your other game watching needs--Mid-Major Madness
College Hoops Viewing Guide For Tuesday, November 29, 2016--Blogging The Bracket
Other Games Of Note
Rhode Island Rams (5-1) at Valparaiso Crusaders (6-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

This is a rematch of last season’s Tip-Off Marathon, when the Crusaders defeated an E.C. Matthews-less Ram squad 58-55 in Kingston.

Women's Basketball Team Seeks Best Start in Eight
Local-foe Morehead State on docket for

@NKUNorseWBB hosts Hatters on Victor’s Hoops 4 Health
Wright State (6-1) at Georgia State (3-2)--Dayton Daily News
Athlete Spotlight: Mike LaTulip--The Guardian
Men's Basketball Hits the
Penguins Begin Busy Stretch With Contest at Robert

News On The Horizon 10/28/2016

Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: We can’t agree on a darn thing--Mid-Major Madness
7       Valparaiso      6-1     9               143
Others Receiving Votes: Chattanooga 27; Fort Wayne 27; Middle Tennessee 20; UT Arlington 19; Iona 17; Old Dominion 17; George Washington 15; Saint Joseph’s 14; Missouri State 12; Yale 11; Oakland 11; Illinois State 10; Portland 10; Grand Canyon 9; North Dakota State 8; North Dakota 8; Massachusetts 8; South Dakota 7; Little Rock 6; William & Mary 5; College of Charleston 5; Eastern Washington 4; Bakersfield 4; New Mexico State 3; Stephen F. Austin 2; Wright State 1; Fairfield 1.
Duquesne hold off Cleveland St. rally in 78-71 win--CBS Sports
College basketball roundup: Ohio State women, Cleveland State men drop contests--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Late Rally Falls Short For CSU in 78-71 Setback at

Vikings Use Balanced Effort To Pick Up 65-42 Victory Over Lake
Oakland Army vet Isaiah Brock earns Horizon League honor--Detroit News

UIC finishes 1-2 at NIU Thanksgiving Classic--The Catch and Shoot
Chicago Weekly Awards, Nov. 28--The Catch and Shoot
Player of the Week

Dikembe Dixson, UIC

Dixson continued to torch opponents, averaging 29 points and 7 rebounds in three games last week. Dixson dropped 32 points and 10 rebounds against Elon or his first double-double of the season. He also got the foul line 20 times during a 31-point performance against Northern Illinois.
Freshman of the Week

Tarkus Ferguson, UIC

Ferguson turned in consecutive double-digit scoring outputs for the first time in his career dropping 11 points against Northern Illinois and Cal Poly. The 6’4″ freshman also averaged 2.3 assists in three games last week.

Honorable mention: Marcus Ottey, UIC
Ignited from the start--Whoosh! Net
UIC Welcomes Chicago State for Crosstown
Cyber Monday Ticket Specials Today, Get 17% Off Until
Daum propels South Dakota State past Milwaukee 81-58--CBS Sports
S. Dakota St. 81, UWM 58: Panthers dig early hole--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Early Deficit Too Much As Panthers Drop Showcase

11/28 Women's Basketball Players of the Week--College Sports Madness
Horizon Jenny Lindner G Milwaukee
Milwaukee overwhelms Vermont for TD Bank title--UWM Post
Lindner, Odegard Sweep League
Peters scores 23 points and Valparaiso tops Ball State 79-73--CBS Sports
Rhode Island-Valparaiso Preview--CBS Sports
Sunday Recap: Gonzaga holds off Cyclones, Saint Mary’s rolls, Dayton outlasts UNM and more--Mid-Major Madness
Also of Note:

Valparaiso improved to 6-1 with a 79-73 win over Ball State. The Crusaders will host Rhode Island on Tuesday in what should be one of the best Mid-major games of the non-conference slate. After that, the Crusaders get the pleasure of playing at Kentucky.
11/28 Men's Basketball Players of the Week--College Sports Madness
Horizon Alec Peters F Valparaiso
Valparaiso overcomes slow start to knock off Ball State--NWI Times
Bryce Drew slowly transitioning to new post at Vanderbilt--NWI Times
No. 21 Rhode Island is first ranked opponent to visit ARC in nearly six years--NWI Times
Crusaders Take Advantage of Takeaways; Take Down Ball
Peters Earns Horizon League Player of the Week
Valpo Welcomes Ranked Rhode Island Squad to ARC
Wright St. takes down N. Florida 75-67 behind Benzinger--CBS Sports
Wright State beats North Florida for three straight wins in home event--Dayton Daily News
Raiders complete MABC Classic sweep with win over North Florida--Raider Roundball
Men Claim MABCC Title; Benzinger
Former Penguin Keene is Nation’s Leading Scorer, While Ex-Teammate is Not Far

YSU Announces Time Changes to Saturday’s Basketball

Penguins Lose Monday Evening Contest at Northern
#HLMBB Update Nov. 27--The Horizon League
Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Week (Nov. 28)--The Horizon League

Social Media scenes from Thanksgiving #HLHOOPS--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Recaps, Nov. 27--The Horizon League
Horizon League Names Jenny Lindner Player of the Week, Lizzie Odegard Freshman of the Week--The Horizon League
#HLWBB Recap, Nov. 28--The Horizon League

Sunday, November 27, 2016

News On The Horizon 11/27/2016

MAC/state basketball: Detroit falls in double overtime--Detroit Free Press
Oakland 79, UC-Davis 66: Stevie Clark had 19 points and Martez Walker scored 16 to lead the Golden Grizzlies to fourth place in the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage.

Oakland (6-1) led 37-34 at the half but trailed 45-43 in the middle of the second half. Isaiah Brock made a layup, followed by two free throws after a turnover, to put the Grizzlies up for good and start a 9-2 run. Nick Daniels’ 3-pointer made it 52-47.

Clark’s 3-point play at 4:59 pushed the lead to 11 and free throws iced the game.

Daniels finished with 12 points and Brock 10. The Golden Grizzlies were 15-of-19 from the free-throw line in the second half.

Chima Moneke led the Aggies (5-3) with 21 points and 12 rebounds. UCD was just 11 of 36 from the field in the second half.
Vikings Conclude Play in Bluegrass Showcase on Sunday at

Vikings Host Lake Erie To Close Out
Turner helps Manhattan edge Detroit Mercy 84-81 in 2OT--CBS Sports
Turner Leads Manhattan Over Detroit Mercy in Epic Double-OT
Titans Upended By Manhattan in Double

Cohen Scores Game-High 23, Titans Fall in Tournament
Titans Earn Thrilling Win Over Delaware,
Oakland tops Alaska Anchorage 71-65 in Great Alaska Shootout--CBS Sports
Clark's 19 leads Oakland over UC Davis 79-66--CBS Sports
College basketball roundup: Oakland men, Michigan State women win--Detroit Free Press
Oakland tops Alaska Anchorage 71-65 in Great Alaska

Illinois-Chicago tops Cal Poly in NIU Thanksgiving Classic--CBS Sports
Armstead has 21, N Illinois turns back Ill-Chicago 92-81--CBS Sports
Ignited from the start--Whoosh! Net
Fast Start Propels UIC to 84-71 Win Over Cal
Flames Fall Short in NIU Thanksgiving Classic
Keene pours in 31 in C. Michigan's 89-77 win over Green Bay--CBS Sports
UWGB can’t hold off Central Michigan--Green Bay Press Gazette
Strong Second Half by Central Michigan Hands Green Bay Home

Big run leads UWGB to win over Chattanooga--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Closes Out Road Trip with 71-55 Win at
ETSU dominates 2nd half, dumps Milwaukee 86-62--CBS Sports
Milwaukee beats cold-shooting UC Irvine, 54-37--CBS Sports
UWM 54, UC-Irvine 37: UWM's defense doesn't rest--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Coach Pootz Postgame Breakdown – DePaul--PantherU
Panthers Unable To Maintain Hot Start In Loss To
Panthers Defense Locks Down Anteaters,
Pentagon Showcase Closes With Panthers And

UWM women win tournament title--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Overwhelm Blackbirds With 38-Point
Women’s Basketball Claims TD Bank Classic Title With 24-Point
The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 27, 2016--Hoopville
For BYU, this is a discouraging loss and another sign yet that perhaps this is a team that just can’t shed its stripes. The Cougars are one of the most explosive offensive teams in the country, able to blitz opponents with 18-20 points as quickly as any team out there. The defensive end has typically been another matter, and while perhaps some of that is a trade-off to being so offensive-minded, the performances by Valparaiso and now Utah Valley in back-to-back games are not encouraging for a team that had been shutting teams down quite nicely in a 4-0 start to the season, allowing just 64.8 points in those games before allowing-gulp-103.0 over its last two losses.
College Hoops Viewing Guide For Sunday, November 27, 2016--Blogging The Bracket
Ball State Cardinals (3-2) at Valparaiso Crusaders (5-1), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Even though both of these teams participated in the Men Who Speak Up Main Event, they didn’t meet in it, thanks to this pre-arranged matchup. The Cardinals stunned the Crusaders in Muncie last season, 69-66, a result that played a small part in keeping Valpo from an at-large.
New-look Crusaders looking for revenge over Ball State--NWI Times
Valpo Men Return Home, Host Ball

VU edges Liberty at the buzzer on Lindfors' layup--NWI Times
Twice is Nice: Lindfors Layup Lifts Valpo to Second Buzzer-Beating Win in Last Nine
Cole scores career-high 32 in NC Central's victory, 82-74--CBS Sports
Northern Kentucky University men's basketball coach aims high for hoops program--WCPO
Scoring droughts doom Norse in loss to NC Central--The Northerner
Holland, McDonald score 20 apiece in 82-74 loss to NC

Two Norse Put Up 20, but Norse Fall at Home to NC CentralRiver City News

Terry scores career high in Norse victory--The Northerner
Terry’s 23 leads Norse to win over
Alstork heats up, carries Wright St past Bakersfield 68-64--CBS Sports
Wright State rallies during North Dakota's cold spell--CBS Sports
Wright State digs in for victory over Roadrunners--Dayton Daily News
Strong second half propels Wright State to sixth win--Dayton Daily News
Raiders struggle but take game one of the MABC Classic from Cal State Bakersfield--Raider Roundball
Late surge lifts Raiders over North Dakota--Raider Roundball
Men Edge CSU Bakersfield in Final Minute
Men Defeat North Dakota

Women Drop Decision to Undefeated Clemson at San Juan
Canisius beats Youngstown 90-84--CBS Sports
Slocum bemoans effort in YSU loss--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU Can’t Keep Pace as Canisius Wins--The Jambar
Canisius Holds Off YSU Rally for 90-84
#HLMBB Recaps Nov. 25--The Horizon League
#HLMBB Update Nov. 26--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Recaps, Nov. 25--The Horizon League
#HLWBB Recaps, Nov. 26--The Horizon League

Friday, November 25, 2016

News On The Horizon 11/25/2016

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 23, 2016--Hoopville
Today’s Menu:
We incorrectly wrote yesterday that the MGM Grand Main Event final between BYU and Valparaiso was to be played yesterday; indeed, that game actually takes place tonight, as the teams received a day off after their semifinal games. It’s Mormons vs. Lutherans for the title in a matchup of two schools with strong affiliations to their respective churches. Watching Alec Peters against BYU’s talented core should be fun.
Finally, the good ol’ Great Alaska Shootout tips off its 39th annual event with a pair of quarterfinals, with Buffalo taking on the host Alaska-Anchorage and Oakland meeting Nevada in a good matchup.
The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 24, 2016--Hoopville
Side Dishes
The Great Alaska Shootout opened with the NCAA Division II host school Alaska-Anchorage giving a Division I team a fit, as usual, before falling to Buffalo 85-79. The second game was also a dandy, as Nevada rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to upend Oakland 82-78.
Valparaiso defeated BYU for the second time in less than eight months to win the MGM Grand Main Event in a 92-89 shootout. The Crusaders weathered the Cougars’ hot start to rally and win, and doing so with offense, outscoring the potent BYU lineup. Alec Peters was terrific-26 points, 12 rebounds-and so was Shane Hammink with 23 points.
No. 1 Kentucky runs away from Cleveland State 101-70--CBS Sports
#1 Kentucky Wildcats trounce Cleveland State Vikings 101-70--NEO Sports Insiders
Edwards Scores Career-High 28 in Setback at #1

Women’s Basketball Falls To Niagara,
Leissner's 31 points lift New Hampshire past Detroit Mercy--CBS Sports
College hoops: Detroit Mercy, CMU take losses on Thanksgiving Eve--Detroit Free Press
Wednesday's basketball: Eastern cruises past Madonna--Detroit News
More state men

(At) New Hampshire 86, Detroit Mercy 70: Tanner Leissner scored 18 of his career-high 31 points in the second half and Jaleen Smith had a double-double to lead New Hampshire.

Detroit Mercy trailed by 11 midway through the first half and closed within 33-30 on a DeShawndre Black jumper at the 3:19 mark before Leissner’s 3-pointer gave the Wildcats a 44-36 lead at the half.

New Hampshire quickly pushed its advantage to 13 in the second half before the Titans got within seven. Then Smith hit a 3 and followed Leissner’s layup with a jumper to make the difference 56-42 with 14:38 to go and Detroit Mercy never got it inside 10 again.

Smith had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Daniel Dion had 14 points for the Wildcats (3-2), who shot 56.5 in the second half despite making just 1 of 7 behind the arc.

Jaleel Hogan had 18 points, Black 14 and Josh McFolley 13 for the Titans (1-4).
@DetroitMBB Host Manhattan On

Women's Basketball Opens CSUN Thanksgiving Classic on
Nevada rallies from 16-point halftime deficit, tops Oakland--CBS Sports
Wednesday recap: Big comebacks by Nevada and Utah Valley, Wichita State dominance and more--Mid-Major Madness
Nevada’s record-setting comeback

Oakland friends, you know we love you. The Grizzlies built a 16-point half time lead, but Nevada started the second half on a 12-2 run and eventually pulled off the biggest comeback in Great Alaska Shootout history. It can’t feel good now, but the Grizzlies won’t face two players as talented as Cameron Oliver (22 points) and Marcus Marshall (25 points) at the same time the rest of the season, save for their game against Michigan State. Oakland should fatten up and roll into a two-game swing against the Spartans and Georgia at 9-1.

As for Nevada, the Wolfpack have responded to the season-opening loss at St. Mary’s with solid wins against Oregon State, Iona and Oakland. Oliver does seem to have fallen into the trap of trying to show scouts he can shoot. After 60 three-point attempts all last season, he’s already got 17. But he’s hit 10 of them, so there isn’t much to complain about right now. Marshall has been as advertised, and Lindsey Drew has been solid at the point. This is a team to watch.
Ex-OU player Bellin's Brussels attack survival story on '48 Hours'--Detroit Free Press
Thursday’s basketball: Nevada rallies, tops Oakland--Detroit News
Elon beats Illinois-Chicago 91-80 behind Swoope, Dawkins--CBS Sports
UIC downed by Elon in first game of Thanksgiving Classic--The Catch and Shoot
UIC falls to Elon 91-80--Chicago Tribune
Growing pains--Whoosh! Net
Late Surge Can't Carry UIC Past
LaVall Jordan Q&A: First-year coach finds optimism in young but unified Milwaukee squad--The Catch and Shoot

Panthers score big to take down UW-Madison--UWM Post
Women’s Basketball Starts TD Bank Classic
Valparaiso wins MGM Grand Main Event's heavyweight bracket--CBS Sports
Valparaiso outlasts BYU in Vegas to win title--Mid-Major Madness
John Calipari’s reaction to Kentucky’s win over Cleveland State--A Sea Of Blue
“But like I said, we’ve got a ways to go. Again, Tennessee-Martin had Mississippi beat, lost by three. They won every other game. They’ve beaten all the teams here. They press, they trap, they drive the ball at every chance, and so we have that game. Then you go to the following week and you think about who we're about to face, bam, bam, bam. And it's going to be a tough road.

“I think that Valpo just beat Alabama by eight. Valparaiso has a center that they tell me is an NBA player. 6'9", 250, absolutely a lock for the NBA. Big kid. Scoring 25 a game right now. So we have - look, we are where we are. Now, each game forward is going to get better and better. It's exactly what you need before you get into league play.“
Valparaiso downs BYU in championship game of Las Vegas tournament--Chicago Tribune
JIM PETERS: Lottich wants VU to be Region's hoops team--NWI Times
Crusaders bring home the belt from Las Vegas--NWI Times
Crusaders Defeat BYU, Bring Home Championship
@NKUNorseMBB returns to BB&T Arena for matchup with NC

@NKUNorseWBB returns home to host
College Baksetball Preview: CSU Bakersfield at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Davis is Unwavering on the

Women Fall to Georgetown at San Juan
Men's Basketball to Host Canisius Saturday at
Men's Basketball Recaps - Nov. 22--The Horizon League
#HLMBB Recaps Nov. 24--The Horizon League

Thanksgiving weekend brings plenty of hardwood action--The Horizon League

Women's Basketball Recaps - Nov. 23--The Horizon League
#HLWBB Recap, Nov. 24--The Horizon League

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

News On The Horizon 11/23/2016

College Hoops Viewing Guide For Wednesday, November 23, 2016--Blogging The Bracket
After recording comfortable wins on Monday night, the two NIT semifinalists are ready to renew acquaintances. Look for this one to be as tense as the Valparaiso‘s 72-70 win over the BYU in new York.
While the Nevada-Oakland game is the main attraction here, keep an eye on Buffalo-UAA. The hosts are ranked 12th in Division II, though they lost to both Chaminade and Hawai’i Pacific in Honolulu earlier this month.
Non-Tournament Action Of Note

Cleveland State Vikings (1-2) at Kentucky Wildcats (4-0) (Bluegrass Showcase), 1 p.m. (SEC Network)

The Vikings might wish for a Thanksgiving presidential pardon before this one.
No. 1 Kentucky hosts Cleveland State in another tune-up--CBS Sports
Cleveland State Takes on #1 Ranked Kentucky Today in Bluegrass Showcase--NEO Sports Insiders
The latest on Flannigan, Hales & Peppers--Cleveland State Hoops
New Hampshire Overwhelms Struggling Detroit Mercy,
Titans Drop Road Affair At New

Tuesday's basketball: Central women edge Oakland, 70-67--Detroit News
Balanced thrashing--Whoosh! Net
Ottey earns first Horizon honor--Whoosh! Net
2016-17 Green Bay Phoenix Fan Bus

Green Bay Gets Hot Late to Down Belmont,
Panthers End Streak With Big Win Over
Alec Peters, Jubril Adekoya propel Valparaiso past Alabama in Las Vegas--Post-Tribune
Crusaders set to take on BYU--Valpo Torch
Valpo and BYU To Square Off For Heavyweight

Dorow to Battle Sister, Leuzinger to Face Alma Mater on
Men Against Breast Cancer Classic Presented by Premier

Women Play in San Juan Shootout, in
Frantz leads Yountstown St past D-III Westminster, 97-67--CBS Sports
Penguins take down Titans--Youngstown Vindicator
Six Score Double Figures As Penguins Beat Westminster

Injuries continue to haunt YSU women--Youngstown Vindicator
Next Woman Up: YSU Women’s Basketball Loses Another Starter--The Jambar
Cash Scores 29 as Penguins Beat Tiffin
#HLWBB Recaps, Nov. 22--The Horizon League