Tuesday, December 13, 2016

News On The Horizon 12/12/2016

Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: Gonzaga is your unanimous No. 1--Mid-Major Madness
5 Valparaiso 8-2 4 163
20 Oakland 9-1 NR 37
Horizon League Power Rankings, Dec. 12--The Catch and Shoot
My big weekend wrapup: Who impressed, who didn’t, and who still needs to win a darn game--Mid-Major Madness
Beat Somebody!

Oakland: I wanted to rank Oakland on my Power Rankings ballot this week. I really did. But the Grizzlies still don’t have a win against anyone, even in the top 200 of KenPom. Their next three games will tell us a lot, however, as Oakland hosts Northeastern and Georgia, with a game at Michigan State in the middle.
College hoops: Oakland’s Isaiah Brock named Horizon freshman of week--Detroit Free Press

Somerfield’s career-high not enough to push Golden Grizzlies past Ball State--Oakland Post
OAKLAND FALLS AT HOME TO BALL STATE, 66-59--goldengrizzlies.com
Illinois Rankings, Dec. 12--The Catch and Shoot
10. UIC

Record: 4-5

UIC nearly got a major victory against Grand Canyon at GCU Arena, where San Diego State lost and No. 11 Louisville eked out a win. However, the Flames blew a three-point lead and fell 73-69.

On tap for this week are games against local rivals DePaul and Loyola.
Chicago Weekly Awards, Dec. 12--The Catch and Shoot
Game of the Week

Grand Canyon 73, UIC 69

The Flames used a 12-0 run to take a 68-65 lead in the final minutes, but Grand Canyon game back to nip them in front of a loud crowd. UIC still has not won a road game under Steve McClain, but it will get another shot this week at DePaul.
Door slammed in Flames' face--Whoosh! Net

Flames Renew Rivalry With Northwestern Tuesday Morning--uicflames.com
12/12 Women's Basketball Players of the Week--College Sports Madness
Madness National Players of the Week
High-Major Jessica Lindstrom F Green Bay
Madness High-Major Conference Players of the Week
Horizon Jessica Lindstrom F Green Bay
Jessica Lindstrom Collects Third Player of the Week Honor--greenbayphoenix.com
Panthers’ comeback falls short against Northwestern, 65-63--UWM Post

Northwestern Sneaks Last-Second Win Away From UWM--mkepanthers.com
Women’s Basketball Looks To Rebound Wednesday--mkepanthers.com
Hoop Thoughts: Celebrating some of the best upperclassmen this season--Sports Illustrated
Alec Peters, 6' 9" senior forward, Valparaiso. It was quite surprising when Peters announced he was coming back to Valpo, considering his coach, Bryce Drew, had left to take over for Kevin Stallings at Vanderbilt. Peters is hoping to take the Crusaders back to the NCAA tournament, but even if he doesn’t, he is going to make his mark as one of the best players in the history of that program. Peters ranks third in the country in scoring (25.3) and is 11th in free throw percentage (95.0). He also leads the Horizon in scoring and rebounds (9.2), ranks 22nd in field goal percentage (44.5) and though he has not shot the ball well from three so far (15 for 55), he did make 44.5% percent as a junior, so you can be sure that number will rise.

Women’s Basketball Team Drops Road Contest at Indiana--valpoathletics.com
12/12 Men's Basketball Players of the Week--College Sports Madness
Madness High-Major Conference Players of the Week
Horizon Lavone Holland G Northern Kentucky
NKU gets an ace with McDonald’s commitment to hoops--Cincinnati Enquirer
Holland garners Horizon League Player of the Week Honors--nkunorse.com
College Basketball Preview: Urbana at Wright State--Dayton Daily News

Women Drop 76-72 Decision at Illinois--wsuraiders.com
Dunn Earns Second Freshman-of-the-Week Nod--ysusports.com
Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Week (Dec. 12)--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Recaps, Dec. 11--The Horizon League
Horizon League Women's Basketball Player of the Week (Dec. 12)--The Horizon League

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