Tuesday, February 7, 2017

News On The Horizon 2/7/2017

Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: New Mexico State and Vermont continue to ride win streaks
15 Valparaiso 19-5 10 98
Others Receiving Votes: Furman 22; Chattanooga 21; St. Bonaventure 12; Weber State 11; Oakland 9; Ohio 9; Arkansas State 8; Eastern Washington 8; Winthrop 8; Santa Clara 5; Iona 4; Tennessee-Martin 3; Fort Wayne 2; North Carolina Central 2; Colorado State 2; Bakersfield 1.
Basketball Diary: January 2017
Biggest Upsets
2. January 13: #312 Detroit 93, #74 Oakland 88 (3.4%) A week before this game, Oakland went to Valparaiso and won convincingly, improving to 4-0 in league play and positioning themselves as the favorite to win the Horizon League in a major early-season surprise. But things have changed a lot since then. It started with this debacle in which starting point guard Stevie Clark ended up in the doghouse in the first half, played just seven minutes, and Oakland blew a double-digit lead at home to a team that was previously 2-14. The Grizzlies enter February at 6-4 in the Horizon and their chances at a regular-season title are remote.
David S. Glasier: Cleveland State loses a game ... and a true fan--News Herald

Viking athletics update Jan. 23 through Feb. 5--CSU Cauldron
Rob Spademan discusses search for athletic director--CSU Cauldron
Watch this: Detroit Mercy, Oakland coaches tour Little Caesars Arena--Detroit Free Press
HAP and Detroit Mercy Host Community Health Day on Feb. 10--detroittitans.com

Marinkovic Named Horizon League Freshman of the Week--detroittitans.com
Oakland’s Brock earns Horizon League Player of the Week honors--Oakland Press

Flames fly past Panthers in OT--UIC News
UWGB men get revenge on Valparaiso--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay back in Horizon League title race--Phear The Phoenix

PinkZone Game-Worn Authentic Jersey Auction Now Active--greenbayphoenix.com
Last Extended Road Trip Of Regular Season Up Next For UWM--mkepanthers.com

Women’s Basketball Gives Back During Detroit Trip--mkepanthers.com
Bracketology: Villanova leads march to Madness--College Basketball Talk
5) Florida
Hoop Thoughts: Dear football fans, welcome to college basketball--Sports Illustrated
But I still have my eye on Wichita State, which trounced Illinois State on Saturday and is now ranked No. 17 on kenpom.com; Valparaiso, which is still alone in first place in the Horizon League; and New Mexico State, which is undefeated in the WAC and has lost just two games all season.
My big weekend wrapup: The Big Game was kind of a letdown--Mid Major Madness

Valparaiso missed a golden opportunity to put some distance between itself and the rest of the Horizon field on Saturday, falling 86-69 at second-place Green Bay. Now, the Phoenix are just a half-game back of a Crusader team that probably should have gone to the NCAA Tournament last year. This country can’t afford to let Alec Peters miss the Big Dance again.
Curse of Blackout Night uniforms continues against NKU--Raider Roundball

10 nuggets to get caught up on college basketball season: Dayton leading A-10 (x2), Kennard rocks, UC rolls--Dayton Daily News
3. Watch out for the Wright State women’s team.

The Raiders are also in their first season under a new head coach, and Katrina Merriweather had WSU in first place in the Horizon League as of Monday afternoon.

ARCHDEACON: Merriweather thankful for another chance

Fairmont graduate Chelsea Welch leads Wright State in scoring at 17.9 points per game while Lexi Smith averages 13.5 points and nine rebounds.

At 142 in the RPI, they are going to have to win the league tournament to make the NCAA tournament.

4. The start of the Scott Nagy era hasn’t been as smooth.

Wright State’s men’s team is in the middle of the pack in the Horizon League at 6-5 (15-9 overall).

With a 125 RPI, the Raiders are going to have to win the league tournament to go to the Big Dance, but we know they’re at least adept at making it that far.

RELATED: WSU men’s and women’s team forge friendships
Effort in and out at YSU--Youngstown Vindicator
Effort is not consistent with Penguins--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Decision time for YSU men--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Young Penguins make progress--Youngstown Vindicator
Women's Basketball Makes Annual Wisconsin Trip This Week--ysusports.com
Horizon League Men's Basketball Players of the Week (Feb. 6)--The Horizon League
Men's Basketball Championship Game to Air on ESPN--The Horizon League
(WHID) What's Happening in Detroit - Feb. 8--The Horizon League

Horizon League Women's Basketball Players of the Week (Feb. 6)--The Horizon League

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