Tuesday, February 28, 2017

News On The Horizon 2/28/2017

2016-17 Horizon League awards predictions--Mid-Major Madness
2016-17 HLeagueHoops Season Awards--

Trio Of Vikings Earn All-League Postseason Honors--csuvikings.com
Horizon League, Olympia Entertainment To Host Numerous Events And Activities In Conjunction With “Motor City Madness”--detroittitans.com

Titan Trio Honored in Horizon League Postseason Awards--detroittitans.com
Ferguson caps 4-pack--Whoosh! Net
UWGB's Kraker named Horizon League MVP--Green Bay Press Gazette
Kraker Named POTY, Lindstrom, Wellnitz and Hibner Honored--greenbayphoenix.com
Men’s basketball lets season finale slip away, 86-75--UWM Post
Relive Milwaukee’s NCAA Tournament Win On Spectrum Sports--mkepanthers.com

Panthers Are Fifth Seed At Motor City Madness--mkepanthers.com
Odegard, Kostowicz Earn All-League Honors--mkepanthers.com
College basketball: Six mid-major stars who could lead upsets in March--ncaa.com
Alec Peters | Valparaiso

If Peters’ name sounds familiar, it might be from the 2015 tournament when he led the Crusaders to a near upset of Maryland. Or, perhaps, it’s just from looking at the stat leaders throughout the season.

The senior ranks seventh in the nation in scoring at 23 points per game as he looks to cap off his college career by grabbing Valpo’s first tournament win since its Sweet Sixteen run in 1998. Peters is maybe a tad undersized at 6-foot-9, but he erases any deficiencies with a deadly combination of great post work and a soft shooting touch. He’s put up 20 points in 23 of his 29 games. He also averages a double-double per game.
Don’t think he just beats up on weaker Horizon League players, either. In the Crusaders’ three games against ranked teams, he averaged 24.7 points per game and poured in 26 against a BYU team that just beat Gonzaga.

Valpo is far from a sure thing to make the tournament — it’s currently tied atop the conference standings with Oakland, which it lost to in both regular-season meetings — but if the Crusaders can hoist the Horizon League trophy, watch out for Peters’ swan song.
Bracketology: Gonzaga holds on to No. 1 Seed--College Basketball Talk
5) Virginia
Player of the Year Power Rankings: It’s Frank Mason III’s award to lose--College Basketball Talk

Josh Jackson, Kansas
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville
Monte’ Morris, Iowa State
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
Melo Trimble, Maryland
Malik Monk, Kentucky
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
Dillon Brooks, Oregon
Joel Berry II, North Carolina
Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s
Alec Peters, Valparaiso
Previewing Championship Week: What to expect from mid-major conference tournaments--College Basketball Talk
6. Just how healthy is Alec Peters?: The star scorer for Valparaiso, Peters was an NBC Sports preseason all-american, but between a couple of bad league losses and a surge from Oakland late in the year, the Crusaders have reached a point where they are not in position to receive an at-large bid to the Big Dance. But he’s currently dealing with a stress reaction in his foot, and while he’s expected to play in the Horizon League tournament, it’s difficult to know just how healthy he is. Peters is good enough to lead Valpo to a win as a No. 13 or No. 14 seed, and it would be a shame to see him miss out on the Big Dance.
FIve storylines to watch during week one of conference tournament play--The Dagger
1. Will Alec Peters be healthy enough to lead Valparaiso?

One of the great stories from this past summer was the loyalty Peters showed to Valparaiso. The heralded 6-foot-9 forward chose to stay with the Crusaders even after coach Bryce Drew left for Vanderbilt and dozens of high-major programs reached out through back channels urging him to consider leaving as a graduate transfer.

For months, it appeared Peters’ loyalty would be rewarded. He averaged 23 points and 10.1 boards to play his way into contention to be a first-round draft pick and to lead Valparaiso into position to win the Horizon League title. But then Peters suffered an unspecified lower leg injury that sidelined him for the Crusaders’ final two regular season games and has since thrown his availability for the Horizon League tournament into question.

Valparaiso (24-7, 14-4) is an experienced, postseason-tested team that would be a tough out in the NCAA tournament, but there’s little chance the Crusaders will get there if Peters either can’t play in the Horizon League tournament or is at less than full strength. They’ll likely have to get by a Green Bay team that upset them in the conference tournament last year just to earn the right to make the title game, where an Oakland team that beat them twice this season could be waiting.
New Bracketology – 2/28/17--College Hoops Daily
14 SEEDS: Princeton; Belmont; UNC Asheville; Valparaiso.

Franklin, Lindfors Earn Horizon League Postseason Awards--valpoathletics.com
Despite constant changes, Murray thrives for Norse--The Northerner

Rebecca Lyttle named to #HLWBB All-Defensive Team--nkunorse.com
Wright State’s Merriweather named Horizon League Coach of Year--Dayton Daily News
Welch, Merriweather Honored by Horizon League--wsuraiders.com
Mary Dunn Named Horizon League Freshman of the Year--ysusports.com
Horizon Leage, Olympia Entertainment to host numerous events in conjunction with Motor City Madness--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Postseason Awards Announced; Kraker Player of the Year--The Horizon League

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