Thursday, January 5, 2017

News On The Horizon 1/5/2017

Horizon League Power Rankings: Conference Play Week 2--Mid-Major Madness
Cleveland State Men’s Hoops Plays Tonight at Wright State--NEO Sports Insiders
Vikings Begin Two Game Roadtrip at Wright State on Thursday
Men’s Basketball Announces Roster
Titans Head To UIC For Friday Night
Coach Alexander Named Finalist For Runway To Fashionable 4 Hall Of

Titans to Host #MetroSeries Rally at Buddy's Pizza on
Titans Prepare for #MetroSeries Battle at
Chesterton's Chris Palombizio eager for Oakland's game against Valparaiso--Post-Tribune

UIC getting major lift from freshman guard duo from Canada--Chicago Tribune
Flames to Tussle with Detroit Mercy &

Flames Return Home to Face
Rivalry showdown set for Friday night--Phear The Phoenix
Tickets ON SALE NOW for 2017 Horizon League Basketball

Green Bay Dominates on Both Ends of Floor, Wins Fourth
UWM hoping rivalry game provides lift--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Tip Off 2017 With In-State Matchup Friday At Green

Video: Panthers Excited After Hot
O26 Power 13: New Year, New Order, Same Teams on Top--Rush The Court
10. Valparaiso (11-3) – Horizon. Any hope for an at-large bid likely fell by the wayside after Valparaiso’s double-overtime home loss to Santa Clara on December 22. Which is a shame, because with wins over Alabama, BYU, Rhode Island and Missouri State, the Crusaders were beginning to make a strong case. Still, with Alec Peters (25.0 PPG, 10.4 RPG) putting up monster numbers and shooting more efficiently, Matt Lottich’s group remains the clear Horizon League favorite. This Friday night’s home game against top challenger Oakland will be an interesting bellwether for both teams.
UNC Wilmington looks poised to repeat in CAA and return to NCAAs--Sports Illustrated
Player to Watch: Alec Peters, Valparaiso senior forward

The question of where Alec Peters would spend the 2016­–17 season was one of great intrigue last off-season—would it be back at Valpo? In the NBA? On another Division I team? After Crusaders head coach Bryce Drew left for the same job at Vanderbilt, many speculated that Peters, who was eligible to be a graduate transfer (and who would have been a highly-sought after one), would spend his final year at a school that could offer the NBA prospect more of a national platform and/or a shot at a national title. But in the end, Peters returned to Valparaiso, hoping to avenge a season that seemed destined to result in the program’s second straight NCAA tournament appearance before a crushing overtime loss in the Horizon League tourney semifinal derailed it.

The Crusaders did go on to reach the NIT championship game, collecting valuable postseason experience. And the senior is making the most of it—through 14 games he’s pouring in 25.0 points per game, with 10.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists to boot. That’s an increase of nearly seven points from his season average in 2015–16, though his shooting percentages, particularly from the perimeter, have dipped. Peters has posted five straight double-doubles, and his star play has helped Valpo get off to an 11–3 start with wins over BYU, Rhode Island and Alabama.
College basketball Player of the Year rankings: Baylor's Motley making a move--CBS Sports
THE NEXT FIFTEEN (in alphabetical order): Dwayne Bacon (Florida State), Joel Berry (North Carolina), Dillon Brooks (Oregon), Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame), Jawun Evans (Oklahoma State), Marcus Foster (Creighton), Ethan Happ (Wisconsin), Amile Jefferson (Duke), Jock Landale (Saint Mary's), TJ Leaf (UCLA), Lauri Markkanen (Arizona), Kelan Martin (Butler), Alec Peters (Valparaiso), Melo Trimble (Maryland), Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga).
Valpo Basketball
Crusaders To Host Oakland In ESPN2
Faulkner hits career high as Norse blast Penguins--The Northerner
YSU serves as League home-opener for @NKUNorseMBB--The Northerner

Critical free throws lift Cleveland State past NKU--The Northerner
@NKUNorseWBB rallies for the comeback but falls short against
Detroit a good starting place to make America great again--Dayton Daily News
College Basketball Preview: Cleveland State at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Wright State prevails with strong defense--Dayton Daily News
Men Hold Off Cleveland

Four in Double Figures as Women Pull Away from
Basketball team faces NKU--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Cameron Morse Scores 1,000th Career Point in Loss at Northern

Penguins Go Cold in Final Minutes in 71-58 Loss at Wright

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