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

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