Saturday, March 18, 2017

News On The Horizon 3/18/2017

Cleveland State search for new basketball coach in high gear--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU athletic director begins search for Waters’ successor--News-Herald
Chris Jent Is Not the Answer for Cleveland State--Campus Pressbox
Head Basketball Coach – Cleveland State University – Full-time--Hoop Dirt
UM-UDM hoops opened The Joe, but won’t close it--Detroit News
Oakland's Hayes (teeth) '50-50' for Sunday NIT game--Detroit News
The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 16, 2017--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu:
The final first round game in the CBI has Stony Brook at Illinois-Chicago.
The Morning Dish – Friday, March 17, 2017--Hoopville
Side Dishes:
The one CBI game Thursday saw Illinois-Chicago edge Stony Brook 71-69. The Flames have shown nice improvement in Steve McClain’s second year.
Flames advance in
Forward march--Whoosh! Net
Fire and fury--Whoosh! Net
Marching On! UIC Downs Stony Brook in CBI Opener,
Slow start dooms UWGB women vs. Purdue--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB's success shouldn't be judged by NCAA wins--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Falls in NCAA Tournament First Round to
UWM Post receives response to anonymous fan letter regarding Amanda Braun--UWM Post
Milwaukee Men’s Basketball To Host Senior Salute April

Women's Basketball Heads To Saint Francis For WBI Second
The best buzzer-beaters in March Madness history--USA Today
Bryce Drew — Valparaiso vs. Ole Miss, 1998 Round of 64

What was better: the shot, the first pass or the second pass? Does it matter? Not really. This was incredible.

Valparaiso University's Lottich looks to the future following first season--NWI Times
2017 NCAA Tournament Players to Watch – Part 2--Hoopville
Drew McDonald, So. F, Northern Kentucky
He followed up a promising freshman season with an even better campaign this year, one that included scoring 20 or more points in three of the four games leading up to the Horizon League championship, where he had a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds.
NCAA Tournament: Previewing Friday’s bracket action; picks, predictions, betting lines and channels--College Basketball Talk

On Thursday, both Gonzaga and Villanova, as No. 1 seeds, were pushed in the first half before pulling away in sloppy games in the second half. On Friday, the tournament’s five blue-bloods — plus Louisville! — all square against teams seeded 14 or lower. Do any of them have a shot?
No. 2 Kentucky (-20) vs. No. 15 Northern Kentucky, 9:40 p.m., CBS: I actually think NKU makes this into a slugfest, and I think they give Malik Monk some trouble. Kentucky wins, but NKU cover. PREDICTION: Northern Kentucky (+20)
Day 4 Picking The Lines--Basketball Predictions
Kentucky (-20) over Northern Kentucky: I don't have strong feelings about this spread. I chose Kentucky simply because the Wildcats have tended to out-athlete inferior opponents and run them off the court this season, rather than just letting them hang around.
March Madness: Meet the 2017 NCAA tournament teams--USA Today
15. Northern Kentucky

Nickname: Norse. Location: Newport, Ky.
Record: 24-10, 12-6. Bid: Horizon champ
Last appearance: First appearance.
Coach: John Brannen (first appearance)
Twitter: @NKUNorseMBB

Overview: The Norse are in their first NCAA tournament in their first year of eligibility. Although lacking size, they rank in the top 50 nationally in rebounding margin, a key part of their Horizon League tournament title victory against Milwaukee. The Norse’s go-to player is forward Drew McDonald, who can score either in the paint with quick moves and jump hooks or outside.

Projected starters: F Drew McDonald, 6-7, So. (16.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg), F Jordan Garnett, 6-5, Jr. (4.8 ppg 3.5 rpg), F Carson Williams, 6-5, Fr. (10.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg) G Cole Murray, 6-7, Sr. (10.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg), G Lavone Holland II, 6-1, Jr. (14.3 ppg, 4.1 apg)
NCAA tournament: Ranking Friday's 16 first-round matchups--USA Today
13.) No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 15 Northern Kentucky, South Region, 9:40 p.m. ET, CBS

Welcome to the Division I tournament, Norse. Don’t expect too many gifts from the Wildcats though.
NCAA Tournament 2017, Kentucky vs Northern Kentucky: Highlights, score and recap--Fan Sided
Freshmen lead Kentucky over Northern Kentucky 79-70--CBS Sports
2017 NCAA Tournament First Round — Friday Evening Viewing Guide--Blogging The Bracket
Indianapolis — South Region

CBS will air both games with Jim Nantz, Grant Hill and Bill Raftery, and Tracy Wolfson on the call.

No. 10 Wichita State Shockers (30-4)* vs. No. 7 Dayton Flyers (24-7), 7:10 p.m.
No. 15 Northern Kentucky Norse (24-10)* vs. No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats (29-5)*, approx. 9:40 p.m.

At the end of the night, expect Kentucky to send its in-state “rival” (they’ve only met once since NKU started its move to D1, back in the second game of the 2013-14 season) packing. But the opener is a bit more up in the air, as again, two great mid-major programs meet in a 7-vs.-10 showdown. I would say that UK has more to fear from Wichita State than Dayton, though.
Northern Kentucky University's trip to the NCAA tournament is about much more than just basketball--WCPO
Oh shoot! Northern Kentucky misses too many 3s, loses to Kentucky in NCAA Tournament--WCPO
Russell: Northern Kentucky University basketball poised for bright future--WCPO
Can NKU beat Kentucky? It's not impossible--Cincinnati Enquirer
Not a shell game: This NKY 'celebrity' picked NKU to beat UK--Cincinnati Enquirer
Jeff Ruby could need over 12,000 pounds of steak soon--Cincinnati Enquirer
Calipari, Pitino laud NKU's Brennan at NCAA tourney--Cincinnati Enquirer
NKU: We’re not a Cinderella story vs. Kentucky--Cincinnati Enquirer
NKU students get to big game thanks to alum--Cincinnati Enquirer
A historic run: NKU savors tournament even in defeat--Cincinnati Enquirer
Cats respect NKU, want to keep winning streak going against Norse in NCAA opener--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Billy Reed: Congrats to Norse for milestone, but do any of the regionals have a shot to make Final Four?--Northern Kentucky Tribune
NCAA Tournament: Kentucky overcomes challenge from Northern Kentucky in opener--Northern Kentucky Tribune
Kenton Library's Turtle Predicts Big Upsets - Including NKU - in NCAA Tournament--River City News
Listen: NKU Basketball's Potential Impact on the Region--River City News
Why I Stopped Loving UK and Started Pulling for NKU--River City News
In Defeat, Northern Kentucky Knows Triumph, Optimism--River City News
WATCH: Get ready for the big game: NKU vs. UK--The Northerner
Column: Win or Lose, NKU winners no matter what--The Northerner
Where to watch tonight’s NKU-UK game--The Northerner
Halftime: Kentucky surges to lead over Norse--The Northerner
Norse bid for an upset falls short against Kentucky--The Northerner
Norse Notebook: In loss, Holland and Williams push Norse--The Northerner
@NKUNorseMBB pushes No. 2 Kentucky, but falls in NCAA First
Donlon says he has nothing but love for Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Tom Archdeacon: Ex-Wright State coach a lucky man — just ask him--Springfield News Sun

Women’s NIT Bracket: Opponents and Dates are set for the 5 MAC teams--Hustle Belt
Central Michigan Chippewas at Wright State Raiders

Thursday, 3/16

The Raiders are 24-8 on the season, and went 15-3 in the Horizon League, good enough to tie Green Bay for first place.

They are lead in scoring by Chelsea Welch, who is averaging 18.6 per game.

While they aren’t the best shooting team around, they average 40 rebounds a game, and have 5 players that score 9 or more.
Wright State women edge CMU to advance in WNIT--Dayton Daily News
Wright State women ready to stand tall against Michigan--Dayton Daily News
Women Pull Out 66-64 WNIT First Round Win Over Central
Women’s Basketball to Play at
Northern Kentucky Pushes No. 2 Kentucky in NCAA Debut--The Horizon League

Wright State Finishes Strong, Wins WNIT Opener--The Horizon League
Green Bay's Season Concludes in NCAA First Round Versus Purdue--The Horizon League

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