Wednesday, March 15, 2017

News On The Horizon 3/15/2017

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 15, 2017--Hoopville
Side Dishes:

The 80th annual National Invitation Tournament opened with a good amount of seeding carnage. Two 6 seeds, a 7 seed and an 8 seed won, and in all road teams were 4-3 on the night. The biggest surprise was eighth-seeded Cal State Bakersfield pummeling top seed California in the first half and then held on through an ugly second half to win 73-66. Seventh-seeded Oakland also rallied from 20 points down at Clemson in the second half without star Jalen Hayes to win 74-69, and now the Golden Grizzlies will play Richmond, which won at Alabama 71-64. Another game for T.J. Cline is never a bad thing. No. 6 seed Boise State also came back to win at Utah 73-68 in a game where it literally sounded like there were more Bronco fans in Salt Lake City than for the Utes. Also winning were Colorado State (81-74 over College of Charleston), Georgia Tech (75-63 as a home 6 seed against Indiana) and Mississippi (91-83 at Monmouth), plus Illinois routing depleted Valparaiso 82-57. Obviously early NIT results often have to be taken with a grain of salt, but still.
NCAA, NIT, CIT Viewing Guide For Tuesday, March 14, 2017--Blogging The Bracket
NIT First Round
Illinois State Region

No. 7 Valparaiso Crusaders (24-8) at No. 2 Illinois Fighting Illini (18-14), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 6 Boise State Broncos (19-11) at No. 3 Utah Utes (20-11), 10 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Illini, with an interim coach, host a Valpo team that’s ecstatic to be in the field, while the Utes host the team that basically replaced them in the Mountain West.
Iowa Region

No. 7 Oakland Golden Grizzlies (24-8) at No. 2 Clemson Tigers (17-15), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 6 Richmond Spiders (20-12) at No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide (19-14), 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

With a pair of wins, the two CFB National Championship participants will meet in the NIT’s Round of 16.
Walker, Oakland beat Clemson 74-69 in opening round of NIT--CBS Sports
Oakland's rally past Clemson in NIT perhaps program's best win ever--Detroit Free Press
Oakland stuns Clemson in NIT for signature win--Detroit News
Basketball alumnus retires from pros--Oakland Post
Oakland shocks Clemson in first round of the NIT--Oakland Post
Oakland Drops Clemson to Open the NIT,

Athletics hosts first-ever Trivia Night--Oakland Post
Flames earn invitation to CBI tournament--UIC News
UIC Welcomes Stony Brook for
Men's Basketball Preview - at UMKC (CBI presented by FIVE FOUR)

Time to go dancing for UWGB women--Green Bay Press Gazette
Fan Information: Following the Phoenix in the NCAA
UWM women to play in CBI--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Anonymous fan expresses concern surrounding Amanda Braun controversy--UWM Post
Anonymous fan weighs in--PantherU
Panthers Host Southern Illinois In Opening Round Of
Hill, Black carry Illini past Valpo 82-57 in NIT opener--CBS Sports
VU's season of promise ends with a thud in 25-point NIT loss at Illinois--NWI Times
Valpo Falls to Illinois In NIT
Northern Kentucky-Kentucky Preview--CBS Sports
Northern Kentucky University's Paul Cluxton reflects on Norse's DII heyday and free-throw record--WCPO
Northern Kentucky University's game vs. Kentucky is special for Todd Svoboda, who played for both--WCPO
FTW: NKU Norse is No. 1 mascot in NCAA Tournament--Cincinnati Enquirer
Jeff Ruby to buy steak dinner for 15,000 students if NKU beats UK--Cincinnati Enquirer
If Norse Win, Jeff Ruby will Buy Steaks for All NKU Students--River City News
5 Questions: NKU Athletic Trainer on Team, NCAA Tournament--River City News
NKU holds drawing for 48 NCAA tournament tickets--The Northerner
March Madness arrives for @NKUNorseMBB with tourney game versus
Women’s Basketball Hosts WNIT First
Charles Grove: Getting a feel for YSU’s coach search--Youngstown Vindicator

Postseason Banquet for Women’s Basketball Set for April
Oakland Rallies Past Clemson; Advances in NIT--The Horizon League

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