Saturday, March 11, 2017

News On The Horizon 3/11/2017

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 8, 2017--Hoopville
Horizon League review: Coaching carousel good and bad--Detroit News

A look at postseason tournament hopes for state teams--Detroit News
* Oakland (24-8): The Golden Grizzlies fizzled again in the Horizon League tournament, costing Greg Kampe and Co. their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011, in a year where it was there for the taking -- especially with Valpo without Alec Peters. As regular-season champion, though, Oakland will get its first-ever NIT bid, but hosting a first-round game looks like a long shot.

* Detroit Mercy (8-23): The Titans took a step back in Bacari Alexander's first year as head coach, at least in terms of the win-loss column. Still, athletic director Robert Vowels told The Detroit News he has the "right guy" in place, and there was definite improvement as the season went on. With lots of returning talent, a good recruit class should get UDM in the postseason next year.
* Oakland (18-12): Despite an opening loss in the Horizon League tournament, Jeff Tungate's team is likely to earn a second-tier postseason bid. It'll likely carry on without Hannah Little, who played in the Horizon with a break hand, but shouldn't risk it anymore.

* Detroit Mercy (18-14): A surprise appearance in the Horizon League championship game boosted the Titans' profile in coach Bernard Scott's second season, and he was hopeful the WNIT might give Detroit Mercy a look after its loss to No. 1 Green Bay in the final.
Gary Waters' exit leaves Cleveland State with big void to fill (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Scribbles: Three names to consider as basketball coach -- Terry Pluto (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jermaine Kimbrough Makes His Case to be Cleveland State Coach--Campus Pressbox

Sports Mini Stories--The Cauldron
Men’s basketball falls to YSU in Horizon League Tournament

The Cleveland State University men’s basketball team fell to Youngstown State University in the first round of the Horizon League tournament Saturday night by a score of 84-69. The Vikings finish their season with a 9-22 record.

Leading all scorers was sophomore Rob Edwards with 27 points. He shot 50 percent from the field and added seven rebounds.

As a team, the Vikings shot 38.2 percent, compared to YSU’s 50.9 percent.

In his final game in a Viking uniform, senior Demonte Flanngian scored six points and collected seven rebounds. Junior Bobby Word added 10 points while freshman Kasheem Thomas scored seven.

The Vikings close their second consecutive 20+ loss season with an eye to the future as they look to continue rebuilding the team.
Vikings honored with basketball postseason honors

Four Vikings basketball players earned all-league postseason honors for their efforts on the court this season.

Sophomore Rob Edwards was the lone representative from the men’s team, earning Second Team All-Horizon League. He ranked sixth in scoring and second in steals this season.

For the Lady Vikings, three players were honored.

Freshman Jade Ely earned an All-Freshman selection. She was selected as Horizon League Freshman of the Week three times this season and averaged 6.6 points per game.

Junior Khayla Livingston earned Second Team All-Horizon League for her efforts this season. She averaged 15.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. She also ranked third in assists in the Horizon League.

Finally, sophomore Ashanti Abshaw earned First Team All-Horizon League by averaging 18 points and seven rebounds per contest.

Pink jersey raffle raises money for cancer research--The Cauldron
OU's Kampe to naysayers: 'We had a tremendous year'--Detroit News
Will Green Bay accept a postseason invite?--Phear The Phoenix
Valparaiso Men's Basketball 2017 NIT Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness

Konieczny Named to Indiana All-Star
D-3 BP68--Basketball Predictions
March Madness 2017: Northern Kentucky clinches Horizon title and NCAA bid--CBS Sports
James Votruba: NKU basketball success 'much quicker than I expected'--WCPO
Norse get fitted for glass slipper, and unforced errors in mayor's race--Cincinnati Enquirer
Norse Return: Champions Welcomed Back to NKU Campus--River City News
Fathead Sinks a Buzzer-Beater at the Horizon League Tournament--The Horizon League

The Journey: Together at #MotorCityMadness--The Horizon League

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