Tuesday, January 31, 2017

News On The Horizon 1/31/2017

Vikings Open Roadswing At UIC Thursday Evening--csuvikings.com
Titans Host Milwaukee for Red Out on Thursday--detroittitans.com
Men’s basketball selects All Half-Century Team--Oakland Post
Winterfest Tailgate heats up cold night--Oakland Post

Little makes a big name for herself in Oakland’s lineup--Oakland Post
The Blitz: Feb. 1, 2017--Oakland Post
Women’s basketball

The women’s basketball split their road trip this past weekend. The two-game stretch began with Northern Kentucky University on Friday, Jan. 27. The Golden Grizzlies took down the Norse 61-47. Leah Somerfield led the way with a game-high 17 points and eight rebounds

The Golden Grizzlies were not as successful, however, against the Wright State Raiders on Sunday, Jan. 29. Despite Taylor Gleason’s team-high 16 points, four steals and four assists, and Taylor Jones’ 12 points and season-high eight rebounds, Oakland fell to the Raiders 84-66.

The split road trip brings the Golden Grizzlies to 5-5 in the Horizon League. Oakland returns to the Blacktop to face Green Bay at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2.
Flames Strive to Sink Phoenix in Green Bay--uicflames.com

Flames scorch nets in win over Valparaiso--UIC News
UWGB women's fans love their Phoenix--Green Bay Press Gazette
Scanning the Nation January 31, 2017: On Georgia Tech, Akron, New Mexico State and more--Hoopville
-Even as expectations were high coming into the season, Monmouth and Valparaiso are two teams that probably aren’t as good as they were last year, another example of just how damaging it is when the NCAA selection committee doesn’t get it right with its at-large selections and ignores teams like them. Both are still in the driver’s seat to win their leagues this year, though, and have plenty of pieces to win a game or two in the NCAAs, no doubt the biggest pieces being players who can take over a game in Justin Robinson (Monmouth) and Alec Peters (Valpo). Both are teams with the size and experience to win in March, though…
Player of the Year Power Rankings: The Swanigan-Happ debate is heating up--College Basketball Talk

11. Joel Berry II, North Carolina
12. Melo Trimble, Maryland
13. Josh Jackson, Kansas
14. Malik Monk, Kentucky
15. Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame
16. Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
17. Markelle Fultz, Washington
18. Justin Jackson, North Carolina
19. Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s
20. Alec Peters, Valparaiso
Men's Basketball Welcomes Oakland to the Beeghly Center Thursday Night--ysusports.com

YSU Starts Four-Game Road Stretch at Valparaiso on Thursday--ysusports.com
(WHID) What's Happening in Detroit - Feb. 1--The Horizon League

News On The Horizon 1/31/2017

My big weekend wrapup: Rise of the little guys--Mid-Major Madness
Stock Falling:

Green Bay: So it turns out Oakland is bad, which made Green Bay the team in the Horizon with the best shot at taking down Valparaiso. It’s not working out well for the Phoenix so far. Their 7-3 conference record isn’t bad, but their inexplicable loss over the weekend to Detroit does not bode well.
Tuesday's Gary Waters Radio Show to Take Place at Rascal House--csuvikings.com
Allen Tabbed HL Freshmen Of The Week For The Third Time--detroittitans.com

Detroit Mercy Inducts 2017 Hall Of Fame Class--detroittitans.com
NIT Bracketology: January 30, 2017--NYC Buckets
Also considered (likely CIT/CBI teams): Tulsa, St. Bonaventure, UCF, George Mason, Loyola (IL), Missouri St., San Francisco, Elon, Northeastern, UNCG, Furman, Georgia Southern, Yale, Harvard, Saint Peter’s, Oakland, La Tech, UAB, Old Dominion, New Hampshire, Cal St. Bakersfield, Sam Houston St.
1/30 Men's Basketball Players of the Week--College Sports Madness
Horizon Jalen Hayes F Oakland
Golden Grizzlies turn to a freshman to run point--OAKLAND INSIDER BY TERRY FOSTER
Illinois Rankings, Jan. 30--The Catch and Shoot
8. UIC (11-11, 4-5 Horizon)

Last week: 7

UIC dropped a pair of home games last week and now has its first three-game losing streak of the season. The upcoming week will be tough as the Flames head to Green Bay and Milwaukee.
Chicago Weekly Awards, Jan. 30--The Catch and Shoot
Freshman of the Week

Godwin Boahen, UIC

Boahen averaged 16.5 points and 2 steals last week, although UIC lost both games.

The 5’11” point guard’s assist numbers have been down recently, but his scoring has picked up. He shot 5-of-8 from two and 5-of-9 from three last week.

Honorable mention: Patrick Szpir, Chicago State; Tarkus Ferguson, UIC; Brandon Cyrus, DePaul
Not quite enough--Whoosh! Net

Carlsten-Handberg Named Horizon League Freshman of the Week--uicflames.com
Green Bay splits Michigan road trip in disappointing fashion--Phear The Phoenix
Panthers fall to Oakland in OT, 79-70--UWM Post

Panther Sports Report Back At It Tonight--mkepanthers.com
Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: The low-majors start to surge--Mid-Major Madness
10 Valparaiso 18-4 10 136
Norse fall to league-leading Valparaiso--The Northerner.com
1/30 Women's Basketball Players of the Week--College Basketball Madness
Horizon Chelsea Welch C Wright State
Hartsock: Gem City Jam? Let the women lead the way--Dayton Daily News
Tom Archdeacon: Wright State coach — ‘this place means everything to me’--Dayton Daily News
Wright St. guard/Fairmont grad Chelsea Welch honored by Horizon League--Dayton Daily News
Welch and Smith help Raiders capture 8th straight win--The Guardian
Welch Named Horizon League Player of the Week--wsuraiders.com
Penguins trying to break Horizon League logjam--Youngstown Vindicator

Two more womens basketball players go down in injury-filled season--Youngstown Vindicator
Horizon League Men's Basketball Players of the Week (Jan. 30)--The Horizon League

Horizon League Women's Basketball Players of the Week (Jan. 30)--The Horizon League

Monday, January 30, 2017

News On The Horizon 1/30/2017

The Morning Dish – Friday, January 27, 2017--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu:
Wisconsin-Green Bay travels to suddenly struggling Oakland (9 p.m., ESPNU), with the Phoenix now a game ahead of the Golden Grizzlies in the Horizon League standings.
W-6 BP68--Basketball Predictions
Three projected auto-bids from one-bid leagues changed this week as well. Valparaiso replaces Oakland as the Horizon favorite, UNC-Asheville replaces Winthrop as the Big South favorite, and Mount St. Mary's replaces LIU as the NEC favorite.
Wichmann leads Milwaukee to 73-69 OT win over Detroit Mercy--CBS Sports
Faulkner scores 19, Northern Kentucky beats UIC 79-62--CBS Sports
Peters with 25 and 14 leads Valparaiso over Wright State--CBS Sports
Kanter, Lowe have double-doubles as Green Bay beats Oakland--CBS Sports
Youngstown State beats Cleveland State 67-64--CBS Sports
Martez Walker's 3 in OT sparks Oakland over Milwaukee 79-70--CBS Sports
Valparaiso wins 7th straight, beats Northern Kentucky 65-58--CBS Sports
Black's 3-point play gives Detroit Mercy win over Green Bay--CBS Sports
Alstork helps Wright State edge Illinois-Chicago 88-86--CBS Sports
Cleveland State Falls to Youngstown State, 67-64--NEO Sports Insiders
The Odd Lack of Intrigue into the Cleveland State Athletic Director Search--Campus Pressbox
CSU's Second Half Rally Falls Short in 67-64 Loss at YSU--csuvikings.com

Vikings Drop Tough Contest Against No. 24 Green Bay--csuvikings.com
Free throw bug bits Detroit Mercy in 73-69 OT loss to Milwaukee--Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy basketball faces tough task against Green Bay--Detroit Free Press
Dre Black comes through to help Detroit Mercy stun Green Bay, 93-92--Detroit Free Press
Titans Fall In Overtime Thriller--detroittitans.com
Titans Tough Out A Win Over Defending HL Champion Green Bay--detroittitans.com

76 Titans Earn Way Onto HL Fall Academic Honor Roll--detroittitans.com

Titans Shoot Well in Road Setback at Wright State--detroittitans.com
Reynolds' Game-Winner Lifts Titans Over Norse, 55-53--detroittitans.com
Bader, Felder, Benson highlight Oakland basketball's half-century team--Detroit Free Press
Golden Grizzlies snap 3-game home losing streak with OT win over Milwaukee--Oakland Press
Shooting woes continue for Golden Grizzlies in loss to Green Bay--Press Row Sports
Golden Grizzlies prevail in OT win over Milwaukee, 79-70--Press Row Sports
Men’s basketball’s comeback efforts fall short in loss to UWGB--Oakland Post
Men’s basketball wins overtime thriller in the O’rena--Oakland Post
Green Bay Edges Oakland, 80-72--goldengrizzlies.com
The Golden Grizzlies search for early season form--OAKLAND INSIDER BY TERRY FOSTER

Horror show--Whoosh! Net
Flames Start Fast, Fall Flat Against Norse--uicflames.com
Flames Narrowly Edged by Raiders--uicflames.com

Bender, Etheridge Named to Horizon League Honor Roll--uicflames.com
Toney, Flames Scorch the Nets in Win Over Valpo--uicflames.com
UWGB men earn big road win--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB men squander late lead at Detroit--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Goes Wire to Wire to Pick Up Huge Road Win at Oakland--greenbayphoenix.com
Green Bay Falls on Late And-One Free Throw at Detroit Mercy--greenbayphoenix.com

UWGB women win 11th straight--Green Bay Press Gazette
No. 24/25 Green Bay Stays Perfect in League Play with 65-51 Win Over CSU--greenbayphoenix.com
UWM 73, Detroit 69: Panthers prevail in OT--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Go To Overtime Again For Third Win In A Row--mkepanthers.com
Men’s Basketball Spends Morning In Detroit Giving Back--mkepanthers.com
Heartbreak In Overtime As Panthers Fall To Oakland--mkepanthers.com

UWM women hold off Youngstown State--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Notches Another Road Win At YSU--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Right on, Tevonn: Walker responds with scoring outburst to spark Valparaiso--Post-Tribune
Valparaiso's Shane Hammink flourishes in secondary role as 'Robin' to 'Batman'--Post-Tribune
Alec Peters adds free throw record as Valparaiso downs Northern Kentucky--Post-Tribune
Peters helps send VU to sixth straight Horizon victory--NWI Times
Crusaders stay poised during win streak--NWI Times
Valparaiso wins, takes two-game lead in Horizon League after Green Bay loss--NWI Times
Alec Peters surpasses former coach Bryce Drew’s scoring record--Valpo Torch
Men’s basketball faces challenging opponents in weekend matchups--Valpo Torch
Senior guard elevates from intramural to intercollegiate athletics during senior season--Valpo Torch
Crusaders Take Down Raiders For Sixth Straight Win--valpoathletics.com
Basketball Battles to Win Sunday Over NKU--valpoathletics.com

Junior Dani Franklin scores point number 1,000 with half the season left--Valpo Torch
Crusaders Can’t Shake Shooting Slump in Loss at UIC--valpoathletics.com
Norse set DI win record in victory over UIC--The Northerner
MBB defeats UIC, 79-62; sets D-I era win record--nkunorse.com
League-leading Valpo outlasts @NKUNorseMBB, 65-58--nkunorse.com

Norse come up short, lose to Detroit--The Northerner
Golden Grizzlies pull away from @NKUNorseWBB in fourth quarter--nkunorse.com
Second half of Horizon League action starts with Detroit Mercy on Sunday--nkunorse.com
@NKUNorseWBB drops heartbreaker to Titans, 55-53--nkunorse.com
Woeful shooting sinks Wright State at Valpo--Dayton Daily News
WSU rallies for win at UIC--Dayton Daily News
Men Fall at Valparaiso--wsuraiders.com
Men Rally for 88-86 Win at UIC--wsuraiders.com

Welch's 33 Leads Women to Seventh Straight Win--wsuraiders.com
Women Set Winning Streak Record in Decision Over Oakland--wsuraiders.com
YSU men hold off Cleveland State--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU men must start run tonight--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Hungry for a victory--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU Gets it Done: Frantz’s 17 Points Get The Job Done--The Jambar
Santiago's Block, Frantz's 3-Pointer Lifts Penguins to 67-64 Win Over Cleveland State--ysusports.com

Injury-depleted Penguins rally, but fall to Panthers--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women rally, but fall short again--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Too Little, Too Late: YSU Rally Falls Short Despite Olson’s 20--The Jambar
Penguins Make Late Run But Fall 78-74 to Milwaukee--ysusports.com
Valpo Wins Sixth Straight, 7-1 in HL; #HLMBB Update Jan. 27--The Horizon League
Youngstown State Edges Cleveland State; #HLMBB Update Jan. 28--The Horizon League
Bryce Drew talks Alec Peters and Horizon League Basketball Championship--The Horizon League
Seven Straight Wins for Valpo; #HLMBB Update Jan. 29--The Horizon League

Green Bay and Milwaukee basketball teams give back during road trip in Detroit--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Recaps; Jan. 27--The Horizon League
#HLWBB Recaps, Jan. 28--The Horizon League
#HLWBB Recaps, Jan. 29--The Horizon League

Friday, January 27, 2017

News On The Horizon 1/27/2017

Coaches LaVall Jordan, Bacari Alexander form friendly rivalry--Detroit Free Press
Vikings Drop Heartbreaker To Milwaukee On Kids Day--csuvikings.com
Titans Prepare For Friday Road Game at Wright State--detroittitans.com
This is new: Oakland hoops struggling to make shots--Detroit Free Press

2017 UIC Athletics Hall of Fame: 1997-98 Men’s Basketball Team--uicflames.com
Men's Basketball Preview: at Oakland on ESPNU (1/27/17)--greenbayphoenix.com

No. 24/25 Green Bay Overwhelms YSU to Win 10th Straight--greenbayphoenix.com
Milwaukee Places 107 Student-Athletes On Fall Academic Honor Roll--mkepanthers.com

UWM women 80, Cleveland St. 78: Kostowicz beats the clock, Vikings--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Look For Weekend Sweep Saturday--mkepanthers.com
Bracketology: Making sense of a wild week of college hoops--College Basketball Talk
5) Wisconsin
4) Notre Dame
The eight most impressive first-year coaches in college basketball this season--CBS Sports
Matt Lottich, Valparaiso (16-4, 6-1 in the Horizon League)

I'm at the point where I'm older than a few of the coaches I have to write about. That's uplifting. The 34-year-old Lottich took over for Bryce Drew, who is now at Vanderbilt and under .500. Like Weir at New Mexico State, Valpo didn't go outside its campus to pick a replacement. The boon: Lottich managed to keep Alec Peters around for one final season, and it has been the game-changer. Without Peters, Lottich is probably not on this list, which isn't to downgrade his acumen, but rather another reminder that Peters is one of the 25 best players in college basketball. He doesn't receive the pub because Valpo is seldom on television. The Crusaders have wins over Alabama, BYU and Rhode Island and would be the No. 13 seed you have no interest in playing come time for the Big Dance.
College Basketball Bracketology 2016: Week 12--Fansided
South Region
(4) Virginia vs. (13) Valparaiso
Valparaiso prepares for tough matchup against Wright State--NWI Times
College basketball: Wild weekend brings numerous standout performances--ncaa.com
Valparaiso’s Alec Peters

He passed Bryce Drew as Valpo’s all-time scorer and did it with style, scoring 30 points in a romp over UIC. He’s also second in the nation in scoring behind Keene.
First-Place Crusaders Welcome Wright State to ARC On Military Night--valpoathletics.com

Crusaders, Flames Battle Saturday in Chicago--valpoathletics.com
Three-game road swing for @NKUNorseMBB starts at UIC--nkunorse.com

NKU places 96 on Horizon League Honor Roll--nkunorse.com

Late surge propels Oakland past NKU--The Northerner
Golden Grizzlies come to town for Friday night tilt with @NKUNorseWBB--nkunorse.com
Lake Central graduate Tye Wilburn grows comfortable at Wright State--Post-Tribune

College Basketball Preview: Wright State at Valparaiso
--Dayton Daily News
5 things to watch in sports this weekend: Basketball takeover edition--Dayton Daily News
2. Wright State plays tonight, too, but you’ll have to stream it.

The Raiders play at Valparaiso on ESPN3 at 8 p.m.

WSU has won three games in a row and can pull within a game of first place by knocking off the Alec Peters and the Crusaders, who are 6-1 in Horizon League play.
SPORTS DAILY: Where’s Dayton’s crosstown shootout?--Dayton Daily News
Wright State gets two big wins over conference opponents--Guardian
Men's Basketball Head to Valpo and UIC--wsuraiders.com

Women's Basketball Hosts Detroit Mercy and Oakland--wsuraiders.com
Taylor is Toughness Personified for WSU--wsuraiders.com
Penguins Host Cleveland State Saturday in Suits and Sneakers Game--ysusports.com

119 YSU Student-Athletes Recognized on Horizon League Academic Honor Roll--ysusports.com

Unable to Keep Up: YSU Losses to Best Team in League--The Jambar
Penguins Hosts Milwaukee on Full Saturday at YSU--ysusports.com
Kostowicz Hits Buzzer-Beater; #HLWBB Recaps (Jan. 26)--The Horizon League

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

News On The Horizon 1/25/2017

Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: The nation’s best begin to separate--Mid-Major Madness
10 Valparaiso 16-4 10 123
Others Receiving Votes: Belmont 18; Bucknell 14; Boise State 13; Oakland 10; Louisiana 9; La Salle 8; North Dakota State 8; New Mexico 7; UC Irvine 7; UNC Greensboro 6; Georgia Southern 6; San Diego State 5; Santa Clara 5; Richmond 3; Harvard 3; Ohio 3; Fort Wayne 3; UNC Asheville 3; Canisius 1.
Titans see growth, eye more wins in Horizon--The Varsity News
RED OUT Friday As Titans Welcome Milwaukee In First Beilein Bowl--detroittitans.com

Enthusiasm of Alexander, Scott is contagious--The Varsity News

Road travel brings mix of treats, challenges--The Varsity News
Titans take 6-2 conference record to Wright State--The Varsity News
Titans Set to Host National Girls & Women's in Sports Day on Feb. 4--detroittitans.com
Flames Prepare to White Out Norse--uicflames.com
Green Bay vs. Belmont Men's Basketball Game Will Not Be Rescheduled--greenbayphoenix.com
Panthers Go For Three In A Row Friday At Detroit Mercy--mkepanthers.com

UWM Starts Ohio Trip At Cleveland State--mkepanthers.com
2017 DraftExpress NBA Mock Draft--Draft Express


Alec Peters
PF (Valparaiso - Senior)
21.7 years old | 6'9" | 225 lbs
Alec Peters 2016-17 Preseason Scouting Video - Strengths
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2016-17 NCAA (19 GP)
23.6 PPG 10.6 RPG 2.2 APG 29.7 PER
Player of the Year Power Rankings: Frank Mason is having an incredible year--College Basketball Talk

Luke Kennard, Duke
Malik Monk, Kentucky
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
Markelle Fultz, Washington
Josh Jackson, Kansas
Justin Jackson, North Carolina
Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s
Alec Peters, Valparaiso
Melo Trimble, Maryland
SU Hosts No. 24/25 Green Bay on Thursday--ysusports.com
(WHID) What's Happening in Detroit - Jan. 25--The Horizon League