Tuesday, March 21, 2017

News On The Horizon 3/20/2017

Detroit group already preparing to host NCAA tournament games in 2018--Detroit Free Press
The Morning Dish – Sunday, March 19, 2017--Hoopville
Today’s Menu
The NIT stays busy on Sunday with three more games, including two matching 7-vs.-6 seeds. Belmont is at Georgia Tech (Noon, ESPN) and will see how its spread-out offense works against the Yellow Jackets’ size. In the evening, Oakland looks for its second straight on the Atlantic Coast when it plays at Richmond (7:30 p.m., ESPNU). The other game for the day includes TCU at Iowa.
Cline leads Richmond past Oakland 87-83 in NIT--CBS Sports
NIT Bracket 2017: Richmond moves one step closer to MSG--Mid-Major Madness
(6) Richmond 87, (7) Oakland 83

The Spiders have relied on T.J. Cline and ShawnDre’ Jones all season, and it was no different coming down the stretch in a tight game with the Golden Grizzlies.

Oakland turned a five-point half time deficit into a seven-point lead with just under eight minutes left in the game. From there, Cline and Jones dominated in their final game in the Robins Center. Jones (17 points, 3 assists) hit a slew of jumpers in the final few minutes while Cline (25 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists) sealed it at the free throw line.

Martez Walker (25 points) converted a four-point play with under 30 seconds left to bring Oakland within one point. But Cline, the A-10 Player of the Year, hit three free throws from that point ice the game.

The Spiders advance to the quarterfinals to play TCU in Forth Worth. The only Big 12 team Richmond played this season was Texas Tech on Dec. 17, where the Spiders took a seven-point loss at home. TCU beat Iowa on Sunday to reach this point.

Richmond advanced as far as the quarterfinals in the 2014-15 NIT before falling to Miami, and missing a chance to play in Madison Square Garden.

Oakland ends the season at 25-9, its most wins since 2010-2011 and first time its had single-digit losses since 2009-10. Greg Kampe will returns Walker and forward Jalen Hayes (18 points, 9 rebounds) next season, who should make the Golden Grizzlies a contender yet again in the Horizon League.
Oakland takes Richmond to the wire, falls in NIT--Detroit News
Men’s basketball season comes to an end with loss to the Spiders--Oakland Post
The Morning Dish – Monday, March 20, 2017--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu

We wait until Thursday for more NCAA Tournament action, but the other tournaments go on.
Quarterfinal action is on tap in the CBI, starting with Loyola (Md.) at Coastal Carolina (7 p.m.), then Utah Valley visits Rice and George Washington visits UIC at 8 p.m. The last game of the night there is Wyoming hosting UMKC at 9 p.m.
UIC advances to CBI semifinals with 80-71 win over George Washington--The Catch and Shoot
Flames top George Washington to Advance to CBI Semifinals--uicflames.com
UWM women 67, St. Francis 57: Panthers advance to WBI semifinals--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Stymie Red Flash To Advance To WBI Semis--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Osipoff: Valparaiso looks ahead with optimism after taxing season--Post-Tribune
Ruby: 'NKU Norse' to be steak on menu at The Precinct--Cincinnati Enquirer
Jeff Ruby to Give NKU Students & Others Steak Dinners After All--The River City News
Wright State’s Davis chosen for dunk contest--Dayton Daily News
Davis Selected to Slam Dunk Championship--wsuraiders.com
Interest growing in YSU’s opening--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
UIC Advances to CBI Semifinals--The Horizon League

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