Monday, January 9, 2017

News On The Horizon 1/9/2017

The Morning Dish – Friday, January 6, 2017--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu: It’s Friday, with a whole eight games on the schedule, but five of them are on national TV and many of them are very worthy of your time.
Yet another big conference game is in the Horizon, where Oakland is at Valparaiso (9 p.m., ESPN2).
Not making the TV cut for the night: Rider heads to upstate New York to face Marist in the MAAC, while Wisconsin-Milwaukee faces Wisconsin-Green Bay and Detroit Mercy is at Illinois-Chicago in the Horizon.
The Morning Dish – Sunday, January 8, 2017--Hoopville
Side Dishes:

Phil Kasiecki returns with his Saturday notes for the rest of the season, including his recap of Saturday’s biggest games here.

Among the top individual performances of the day:
Drew McDonald scored a career-high 37 points and nabbed 10 rebounds for surprising Northern Kentucky, which defeated Cleveland State to move to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in the Horizon League.
Today’s Menu:
Fresh off a big win at Valparaiso, Oakland can’t afford a slip-up at improving Illinois-Chicago.
Davis, Alstork help Wright St hold off Cleveland St 55-51--CBS Sports
Faulkner, McDonald lead N Kentucky past Youngstown St, 83-70--CBS Sports
UIC cruises in 2nd half, beats Detroit 78-64--CBS Sports
Kanter with a double-double, Green Bay beats Milwaukee 80-74--CBS Sports
Walker scores 25; Oakland cruises to 78-66 win over Valpo--CBS Sports
McDonald scores 37 as N. Kentucky tops Cleveland St. 83-75--CBS Sports
Youngstown State slips past Wright State 80-75--CBS Sports
Hammink, Walker pace Valparaiso past Detroit 81-74--CBS Sports
Hayes gets 20, Oakland sets school record with 18 blocks--CBS Sports
Oakland vs. Valparaiso game recap: Martez Walker puts on a show in road win--Mid-Major Madness
Mid-Major Madness Podcast: UT Arlington coach Scott Cross joins us, plus we talk the Horizon League, Atlantic 10, and more--Mid-Major Madness
Under the Radar Game of the Day: Oakland at Valparaiso--Hoops HD
Ohio University beat Kent State at its own physical game (video)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Horizon League update: Cleveland State (5-10, 1-2) is at Northern Kentucky on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Vikings are coming off a tough road loss at Wright State, 55-51. ... In a matchup between HL heavyweights Friday night, Oakland got the best of Valparaiso, 78-66. The Grizzlies (13-3, 3-0) are now tied for first in the conference with Green Bay.
Vikings lose at Wright State Thursday, 55-51--NEO Sports Insiders
Slide Into Obscurity Continues for Cleveland State--Campus Pressbox
Flannigan Posts Double-Double in 55-51 Setback at Wright
Edwards Scores 19 in Setback at Northern

Vikings Pick Up 58-54 Victory At Northern
Vikings Fall At Wright State,
Titans’ Defensive Pressure Not Enough At
Titans Edged At

Reynolds Named Candidate for Senior Class
Titans Down Oakland For Best Horizon League Start Since
W-9 BP68--Basketball Predictions
BEYOND THE ARC | Cincinnati, SMU on AAC collision course--American Sports Net
Oakland has been the Horizon League’s best offensive team for the past two years but is now the top defensive team. The Golden Grizzlies are leading the league with a 4-0 record after knocking off Valparaiso, 78-66. The win snapped a three-game losing streak to Valparaiso and upped the Golden Grizzlies record to 14-3 overall. Greg Kampe is the head coach at Oakland and I am most grateful as he gave me full access to their locker room for their Horizon League showdown on Friday at Valpo. Kampe is a positive task master and educator. He is a fascinating mix of coach/teacher/mentor/expert who combines a sense of humor with Yoda-like wisdom. He told his team prior to going out for the second half, “Do you want your coach to die of a heart attack on national TV? If you do keep throwing up three pointers. We’ve got to get it inside or else I’m going to die on the sideline. Is that what you want?” Thankfully the team responded and Oakland won 78-66 and Kampe is still alive as I write this.
Golden Grizzlies get huge road win over preseason Horizon favorite Valpo--Oakland Press
Oakland Cruises to 78-66 Win Over
Hayes Scores 20, Oakland Beats UIC

Women’s basketball loss heats up Horizon League rivalry--Oakland Post
Bench production helps UIC blow by Detroit--The Catch and Shoot
Illinois Rankings, Jan. 9--The Catch and Shoot
8. UIC (8-8, 1-2 Horizon)

Last week: 10

After easily beating Detroit, UIC nearly sent shockwaves through the Horizon League against Oakland, but the Flames fell by one point.
Chicago Weekly Awards, Jan. 9--The Catch and Shoot
Freshman of the Week

Tarkus Ferguson, UIC

Ferguson was not as well known as some of the other Flames freshmen in high school, but so far he has been the best in the class. Last week, the 6’4″ guard averaged 15.5 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals as UIC went 1-1.

In a loss to Oakland, Ferguson posted his first double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Honorable mention: Godwin Boahen, UIC
Game of the Week

Oakland 58, UIC 57

UIC took the Horizon League favorite to the wire, but Tai Odiase had his game-winning layup attempt blocked by Jalen Hayes at the buzzer. After leading 37-31 at halftime, the Flames battled back from down 7 points in the final five minutes and led with two minutes remaining.
Depth charge--Whoosh! Net
Flames Fire Past Titans for First Conference
UIC Drops Defensive Dandy to Oakland,

UIC Comes Up Short Against
Shots Fall, But So Do Flames, Against Green
UWGB men holds off in-state rival--Green Bay Press Gazette
Charles Cooper thriving in new role--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay Fends Off Rival Milwaukee to Stay Perfect in
Men's Basketball Game Preview: vs Northern Kentucky (1/10/17)

UWGB women enjoy lopsided win--Green Bay Press Gazette
Strong Second Half Propels Green Bay to Fifth Straight
Late run sinks Panthers again--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Second-Half Run Helps Phoenix Topple
Video: Bryce Nze Making An Impact As a

UWM women 88, Illinois-Chicago 65: Panthers extinguish Flames with early run--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers roll past Flames, 88-65--UWM Post
Panthers Breeze Past Flames For Road
Milwaukee Notches Comeback Win At
Odegard Again Honored By Horizon
Alec Peters, Valparaiso look to regroup after dropping showdown to Oakland--Post-Tribune
Shane Hammink, Tevonn Walker help Valparaiso put away Detroit Mercy--Post-Tribune
Peters ready for Oakland’s game plan--NWI Times
Oakland delivers biggest win at the ARC in storied rivalry--NWI Times
Peters challenges himself after Oakland loss--NWI Times
Hammink, Walker combine for 26 free throws in VU's league win--NWI Times
Crusaders Fall To Oakland Friday
Crusaders Close Weekend By Claiming Win Over

Phoenix Defense Too Much For Crusaders on
Four Crusaders in Double Figures in Loss to Milwaukee--valpoathletics.comDorow to Undergo Neck
SATURDAY’S SNACKS: Florida State, Butler earn wins; Duke, Louisville suffer injuries in wins--College Basketball Talk
Drew McDonald, Northern Kentucky: This sophomore forward is starting to get comfortable for the Norseman as he went for 37 points and 10 rebounds in a Horizon League win over Cleveland State. McDonald was 11-for-15 from the field and 5-for-6 from three-point range.
NKU’s Drew McDonald puts on a record show--Cincinnati Enquirer
McDonald powers Norse to victory against Cleveland State--The Northerner
Faulkner lifts @NKUNorseMBB over YSU,
McDonald’s 37 hands MBB an 83-75 win over
McDonald, Faulkner sweep Horizon League weekly
@NKUNorseMBB readies for Wisconsin trip, battle with Green

Senior forward Rebecca Lyttle gives NKU women consistency--Cincinnati Enquirer
Norse win first Horizon League game of the season--The Northerner
@NKUNorseWBB earns first League win with overtime victory over
Youngstown State-Wright State preview--Dayton Daily News
YSU rallies to beat Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Penguins rally from 15 down to knock off Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Cole Gentry set to join Wright State basketball program--Dayton Daily News
Disastrous second half dooms Raiders against Youngstown State--The Guardian
Men Drop Tough Decision to Youngstown
Raiders Sign

Women Hit 13 Threes in Win Over Cleveland
Morse scores 1,000th point in YSU loss--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU overcomes halftime deficit to Wright State--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU men post key road win--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins Overcome 14-Point Halftime Deficit For 80-75 Win Over Wright

YSU men, women lose, but Morse gets 1,000--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Cold spell costly for YSU women--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women falter in overtime at NKU--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women still winless in Horizon League--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins Fight Back at NKU Before Falling in
Wright State, Northern Kentucky Earn League Wins; #HLMBB Update Jan. 5--The Horizon League
Oakland Tops Valpo | UIC, Green Bay Earn Wins; #HLMBB Update Jan. 6--The Horizon League
NKU's McDonald Goes for 37 and 10; #HLMBB Update Jan. 7--The Horizon League
Oakland Sets League Block Record; #HLMBB Update Jan. 8--The Horizon League
Horizon League Men's Basketball Players of the Week (Jan. 9)--The Horizon League

Horizon League Teams Give Back in Detroit--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Recaps, Jan. 5--The Horizon League
Rosanna Reynolds Named Candidate for Senior Class Award--The Horizon League
#HLWBB Recaps, Jan. 7--The Horizon League
Horizon League Women's Basketball Players of the Week (Jan. 9)--The Horizon League

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