Tuesday, November 22, 2016

News On The Horizon 11/22/2016

Mid-Major Madness Top 25: Week 2--Mid-Major Madness
9       Valparaiso      3-1     8           120
Others Receiving Votes: Richmond 26; College of Charleston 24; Vermont 21; Harvard 19; Old Dominion 19; Oakland 17; East Tennessee State 15; Arkansas State 14; Belmont 12; Missouri State 12; Illinois State 11; Portland State 10; Stephen F. Austin 10; North Dakota State 8; William & Mary 8; Tennessee State 8; North Dakota 8; South Dakota 7; Pepperdine 6; Winthrop 5; Marshall 5; Grand Canyon 5; Massachusetts 4; Albany 4; Akron 3; Charlotte 3; New Mexico State 3; Texas Southern 2; Wagner 2; South Alabama 2; Idaho 1.
HoriZone Roundtable 20: A Week of Setbacks--Campus Pressbox
Kentucky Basketball vs Cleveland State: Game Time, TV Schedule, Online Stream, Odds, Rosters, Radio, More--A Sea of Blue
Vikings Travel to Top-Ranked Kentucky for Wednesday Afternoon Game--csuvikings.com

Vikings Continue Three-Game Homestand Against Niagara On Wednesday--csuvikings.com
Florida State crosses century mark for second straight game--CBS Sports
Detroit Mercy Falls At Florida State--detroittitans.com
NIT Season Tip-Off Has Titans In New Hampshire--detroittitans.com

Titans Host Kent State in Home Opener on Monday--detroittitans.com
Titans Cruise Past Kent State in Home Opener, 73-52--detroittitans.com
Golden Grizzlies maul Cougars--Oakland Post
Oakland is Lone Undefeated Team in H-League, as Talented Mountain West Opponent Looms--HLeagueHoops.com

11/21 Men's Basketball Players of the Week--College Sports Madness
Horizon Dikembe Dixson F Illinois-Chicago
Ottey awarded Horizon League Freshman of the Week--The Catch and Shoot
Chicago Weekly Awards, Nov. 21--The Catch and Shoot
Every week for the 2016-17 season, The Catch and Shoot will name a Player of the Week, Freshman of the Week, Team of the Week and Game of the Week among the five Division I schools in the Chicago area.

Here are the winners for the 1st week of the season (Nov. 11-Nov. 20):

Player of the Week
Honorable mentions: Vic Law, Northwestern; Dikembe Dixson, UIC

Freshman of the Week

Marcus Ottey, UIC

Ottey was average in UIC’s opener at San Francisco but bounced back with 15 points in the home opener against UTSA. The Canada product shot 9-of-10 at the line and 3-of-4 from the field, and also tallied two assists.

Honorable mentions: Godwin Boahen, UIC

Team of the Week


The Flames were favored against a Division I opponent for the first time ever under Steve McClain, and they delivered with an 86-78 win against UTSA in the home opener. UIC followed that with an easy victory against Trinity Christian.

At 2-1 (albeit with one win against a non-Division I team), UIC has a winning record for the first time since the end of the 2012-13 season.
Marcus Ottey Receives Horizon League Recognition--uicflames.com
Flames Look to Feast at NIU Thanksgiving Classic--uicflames.com
Anderson, Botz lead Green Bay over Bowling Green 77-61--CBS Sports
Five Green Bay players in double figures in win over UMKC--CBS Sports
UWGB bounces back against Bowling Green--Green Bay Press Gazette
Cooper, Jones lead UWGB past UMKC--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Bounces Back with 20 Made Free Throws to Down BG--greenbayphoenix.com
Green Bay Pours in 95 Points in Convincing Win Over UMKC--greenbayphoenix.com

11/21 Women's Basketball Players of the Week--College Sports Madness
Horizon Jessica Lindstrom F Green Bay
Women's Basketball Game Preview at Belmont - November 22, 2016--greenbayphoenix.com
Lindstrom Claims Second-Straight HL Player of the Week Award--greenbayphoenix.com
Garrett, Cain score 20 to lead DePaul past Milwaukee 77-59--CBS Sports
Garrett breaks slump as DePaul pulls away from Milwaukee--The Catch and Shoot
DePaul 77, UWM 59: Long-range attack sinks Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Hot Second Half Sends Blue Demons Past Panthers--mkepanthers.com
Sanford Pentagon Showcase Up Next For Milwaukee--mkepanthers.com

UWM women 73, Loyola 46: Panthers ride early lead--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers’ defense shines over Loyola, 73-46--UWM Post
Defense Sparks Milwaukee To Big Road Win--mkepanthers.com
Panthers Host Wisconsin Tuesday--mkepanthers.com
Alabama Basketball Falls, 68-60--Roll 'Bama Roll
The Morning Dish – Monday, November 21, 2016--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu

The early season tournaments get into high gear as a few big ones start today.
The MGM Grand Main Event in Las Vegas begins with Ball State taking on Coppin State, then Coastal Carolina takes on Southern Utah, Saint Louis meets BYU and Valparaiso takes on Alabama.
The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 22, 2016--Hoopville
Side Dishes
Late in the night, Valparaiso picked up a very nice 68-60 win over Alabama in the MGM Grand Main Event tourney. That’s a quality win for the Crusaders against a team that will be a tough out this year. Next, Valpo gets BYU in the final in a rematch of the two teams’ NIT semifinal game earlier this year after the Cougars blew out Saint Louis 92-62.
SEC Feast Week Preview: Part I--Rush The Court
MGM Grand Main Event (Las Vegas, NV) – Alabama. The 2-1 Crimson Tide head to Las Vegas today to take on Valparaiso in a semifinal game at the MGM Grand Main Event. A win against the Crusaders would almost certainly result in a match-up with BYU on Tuesday (the Cougars will battle St. Louis in the tournament’s other semifinal). Many are expecting improvement from Avery Johnson’s club ahead of next year’s monster recruiting haul, and Alabama certainly needs to get the job done against teams like Valparaiso if it wants to think about playing meaningful games in March. Should the Tide get a shot at BYU, an excellent team that plays extremely fast (third in the nation), they will have a chance for a nice resume-building win.
Peters scores 24, Valparaiso beats Alabama 68-60--CBS Sports
Monday TV schedule: Times, channels and all your streaming needs--Mid-Major Madness
Feast week 2016-17 begins.

The MGM Grand Main Event tips off, with the tantalizing possibility of a BYU-Valparaiso final on the table. The teams met in an NIT semifinal last year, with Valpo winning a down-to-the-wire game 72-70.
Monday Recap: BYU and Valpo advance in Vegas, Winthrop and Bucknell pull off upsets--Mid-Major Madness
College Hoops Viewing Guide For Monday, November 21, 2016--Blogging The Bracket
MGM Grand Main Event Semifinals (Primer)

In this event’s Heavyweight Bracket, Alabama looks to be the biggest obstacle to a rematch of last season’s Valparaiso-BYU NIT semifinal.
College basketball All-Week team: Frank Mason shines at the point for Kansas--ncaa.com
PF: Alec Peters, Valparaiso

Valparaiso was stoked that Peters opted to return this season, and it’s easy to see why. This dude is on another level.

On the season, Peters is averaging 25.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, highlighted by a 36-point, 15-rebound effort against Trinity. The scary thing? It’s reasonable to think his scoring could rise.

MORE: Week 1 college basketball roundup

For how great his raw numbers are, Peters hasn’t been very efficient thus far by his standards. The big man is only shooting 42 percent from the floor; in 2015-16, he made 50.5 percent of his field goal attempts. Peters is averaging 20.3 (!) shot attempts per game this season; to say that he has the greenest of lights is an understatement.

If Peters maintains this workload while upping his efficiency to career norms, look out. Actually, you should probably look out anyway. Valparaiso is always a fun team to watch, but Peters is can’t-miss these days.
Today’s Menu:
As mentioned above, the Legends Classic final has Notre Dame against Northwestern, while a very good consolation game pairs Texas and Colorado. Kansas and Georgia will play in the CBE Hall of Fame title game, while the MGM Grand Main Event features BYU against Valparaiso in the final.
Valparaiso in Las Vegas to take on Alabama, MGM Grand Main Event--NWI Times
Crusaders advance to MGM Main Event title game--NWI Times
Crusaders Take Down Alabama, Advance To Championship of Men Who Speak Up Main Event--valpoathletics.com

Valpo women cruise past IU Kokomo in home opener--NWI Times
Crusaders Receive Balanced Scoring Effort in Rout of IU Kokomo--valpoathletics.com
Holland, McDonald lead Northern Kentucky, 79-70--CBS Sports
NKU wins at Miami in Tarkett Sports Classic--Cincinnati Enquirer
Holland carries Norse to win over Miami (OH)--The Northerner
Holland, McDonald guide @NKUNorseMBB past Miami, 79-70--nkunorse.com

Norse Nation has spoken, Victor E. Viking costume option chosen--nkunorse.com

Late scoring drought thwarts Norse rally in loss to Ohio--The Northerner
Bobcats overtake Norse on the road--nkunorse.com
Alstork has 23, Wright State drubs Ohio Dominican 109-54--CBS Sports
5 things to know about Wright State’s win over Ohio Dominican--Dayton Daily News
Raiders drop first game despite Alstork’s 39--The Guardian
Alstork Honored by League Again--wsuraiders.com
Men Explode for 109-54 Win Over Ohio Dominican--wsuraiders.com
Alstork Looks to Help Team Win--wsuraiders.com
Youngstown State beats Florida International 78-73--CBS Sports
Cameron Morse Scores 29 in 78-73 Win Over FIU--ysusports.com
Men's Basketball Hosts Westminster Tuesday Night--ysusports.com

Big Fourth Quarter Pushes Penguins Past Hornets, 102-94--ysusports.com
Freshman YSU Women’s Basketball Players Honored--ysusports.com
Athletes of the Week (Nov. 14)--Horizon League

Detroit Mercy and Valpariaso Pull Through, Northern Kentucky Falls--Horizon League

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