Saturday, February 4, 2017

News On The Horizon 2/4/2017

Expert picks, best bets, top underdogs odds, lines for Saturday's college basketball--CBS Sports
Matt Norlander

Oakland -4.5 at Cleveland State

The Vikings are just 7-16 and they can't score. Oakland, meantime, is 17-7 and has proven plenty capable of winning on the road in the conference. Not only that, but the Grizzlies have one of the best defenses in the league. Getting 4.5 is way too easy. I think the Grizzlies win by 10.
Thursday Recap: CofC draws even with UNC Wilmington and more--Mid-Major Madness
Quick Hitters:

Valpo took care of business at Milwaukee behind 22 points from Alec Peters in a 71-54 win. The game (clearly) did not go to overtime, which is notable since the Panthers had played three straight games requiring an extra period (going 2-1 over that stretch).
Green Bay won at UIC, 84-80, continuing a good stretch for the Phoenix. Linc Darner’s team had plenty of preseason buzz and largely fell flat in the non-con. They’re now 8-3 in Horizon League play, defending well and lo and behold, get a big game at home against the Crusaders this weekend.
Weekend preview: Preparing for the Big Game--Mid-Major Madness
5 games to watch:

Valparaiso at Green Bay, Sat., 1 p.m., ESPN3

The two best teams in the Horizon League to get us going on Saturday afternoon? Yes please. Valpo has won eight straight and, in that stretch, dismantled the Phoenix at home, 80-56. But now Green Bay gets to host, and it is 8-2 at home this year. Last time out against Illinois-Chicago, Warren Jones went off for 18 points on 4-7 shooting from three with seven assists.
Big second half sends Cleveland State past Detroit Mercy--Cleveland State Hoops
Vikings Host Oakland on Saturday to Conclude Brief Two-Game

Vikings Travel To Valparaiso For Saturday Afternoon
Ray McCallum inks 10-day contract with Charlotte Hornets--Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy Closes Out Road Trip At Youngstown State On

Titans Entertain #21/24 Green Bay on
Thursday’s basketball: Hayes, Brock lead Oakland to win--Detroit News
UIC Seeks Season Sweep at

Flames Close Out Homestand With Youngstown
Men's Basketball Game Preview: vs Valparaiso - Feb. 4, 12
Panthers Set For Saturday Matinee Against

Detroit women 77, UWM 63: Panthers sluggish on road--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Looks For Bounce-Back Game At
Mid-Major Stock Watch: Don’t short these short stars--Mid-Major Madness
Valparaiso: While the spotlight has been focused Gonzaga, Wichita State, and other mid-major powers, Valparaiso has quietly put together an eight-game win streak. Since their home loss to Oakland, the Crusaders have gone 8-0, while the Grizzlies have sputtered at 4-4. In Horizon League play, Valpo holds the throne in both offensive and defensive efficiency by significant margins. They appear to be hitting their stride at the perfect time, and will not be a team that opponents want to face in the postseason.
Quick Takes: Middle Tennessee St leads early mid-major hopefuls--Hoopville
Here are a few other mid-major hopefuls as we head into February:
Valparaiso (Horizon) … RPI: 57 | BPI: 96 | SOR: 42 | KP: 81 – The notables are wins over Rhode Island, Alabama, and BYU. The rest is pretty average, but the Crusaders could make a case if they end up with 26 or 27 wins.
Valparaiso set to add another chapter to Green Bay rivalry--NWI Times
Men’s basketball looks to keep number one spot in Horizon League--Valpo Torch
Crusaders beat Northern Kentucky in close 65-58 victory--Valpo Torch
Son of ‘Dunking Dutchman’ Rik Smits starts at center against Chicago State--Valpo Torch
Valpo Takes Aim at Win Number 20 Saturday

Sophomore women’s basketball player seeing better numbers despite dim season record--Valpo Torch
Women's Basketball Shoots for Second Straight Victory on Saturday--Valpo Torch
@NKUNorseWBB makes short trip to take on Wright
Preview: Northern Kentucky at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Men’s Basketball hosts Blackout Night versus Northern

Women’s Basketball Hosts NKU on Blackout
YSU Comes up Short: Lack of Effort Gives Oakland the Win--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Closes Homestand Against Detroit Mercy Saturday

Penguins Turn Focus to UIC for Saturday

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