Thursday, March 9, 2017

News On The Horizon 3/9/2017

Current NIT Bracketology--NYC Buckets
NIT Tournament Bracket:

Bold: Automatic Bid
Italics: Bubble Teams

1. Illinois
8. Valparaiso
4. Alabama
5. Monmouth
3. Mississippi
6. Texas Tech
2. Houston
7. Richmond

1. Kansas St.
8. Oakland
4. Ohio St.
5. Colorado St.
3. Clemson
6. UCF
2. Georgia
7. UNC Greensboro
Bracket Watch: How conference tournaments could shake up the top seeds--Sports Illustrated
Every day through Selection Sunday we’ll update our Bracket Watch, giving you an up-to-date field of 68 every single day. Each of those columns will begin with a look at the games that night relevant to seeding at the top and in the middle of the field. While the Bubble Watch covers the backend of the field, the Bracket Watch will focus on the teams that are safely in the dance, and what they stand to gain—or lose—every time they take the floor.

Tuesday’s seeding games (all times Eastern, locks are italicized)

Horizon League Championship: Northern Kentucky vs. UW-Milwaukee

It’s No. 4 against No. 10 for the Horizon League title. Northern Kentucky had its path to the championship game cleared in part by Youngstown State, which upset top-seeded Oakland before falling to the Norse in the semifinals on Monday. UW-Milwaukee did its own heavy lifting, knocking off No. 2 Valparaiso and No. 6 Illinois-Chicago to get to the championship game. It’s impossible to overstate how improbable the Panthers run to the brink of the NCAA tournament is. They went 8-23 in the regular season and 4-14 in conference, losing their last nine games in a row. Should they win on Tuesday, they will set a record for most losses by an NCAA tournament team. One of the four conference games they managed to win in the regular season came at the expense of Northern Kentucky. As for the Norse, this is the first year in which they’re eligible for postseason tournaments, after joining Division I in 2012-13. They’re also the hottest team in the conference, winning 11 of their last 13, including the two they’ve won in the tournament.
Horizon League tournament 2017 scores, bracket: N. Kentucky, Milwaukee in final--CBS Sports
N. Kentucky beats Milwaukee 59-53, earns NCAA Tournament bid--CBS Sports
Horizon League Championship Preview: Northern Kentucky meets Milwaukee--Mid-Major Madness
Horizon League Championship: The Norse go Dancing--Mid-Major Madness
College Hoops Viewing Guide For March 7, 2017--Blogging the Bracket
Horizon League Championship

No. 10 Milwaukee Panthers (11-23, 4-14) vs. No. 4 Northern Kentucky Norse (23-10, 12-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

While the Panthers last reached the NCAAs in 2014, the Norse are aiming to become the first school to qualify in their first season of Division I postseason eligibility since the North Dakota State Bison did so in 2009. Naturally, Milwaukee would be destined for the First Four in Dayton if they manage to win their fourth game in five days.
Madness Men's Basketball 2016-2017 All High-Major Teams--College Sports Madness
First Team
G Nigel Williams-Goss
G Marcus Keene
Central Michigan
G/F Paris Lee
Illinois State
F Alec Peters
F/C Jock Landale
Saint Mary's
Fourth Team
G Landry Shamet
Wichita State
G Jaaron Simmons
G/F C.J. Bryce
UNC Wilmington
F Jalen Hayes
F/C Erik McCree
Louisiana Tech
Cleveland State, Gary Waters to part ways--College Basketball Talk
Cleveland State's Gary Waters retires as head coach of the Vikings--Cleveland Plain Dealer
College basketball: Gary Waters retires as coach at Cleveland State--News-Herald
Cleveland State’s Gary Waters to Retire after 11 seasons--NEO Sports Insiders
Gary Waters is Gone. Who Will Coach Cleveland State?--Campus Pressbox
CSU’s Gary Waters to Retire After 11 Seasons as Winningest Coach in Program
Detroit Mercy women fall short in Horizon final at Joe; up next, WNIT?--Detroit Free Press
UDM women fall to Green Bay in Horizon title game--Detroit News
Titans Run To A Championship Ends In Tough Battle With Green
Oakland Men's Basketball 2017 NIT Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
OU basketball gets Kansas, Syracuse, MSU next season--Detroit News
OPINION: The overlooked reason Oakland can’t fire Greg Kampe--Oakland Post

Little proves she’s tough stuff in Motor City Madness game--Oakland Post
UIC’s rally falls short in Horizon League semifinals--UIC News
Underdog ends Flames’ season--Whoosh! Net

Motor City Madness--UIC News
Seniors end career with most wins in GB history--Phear The Phoenix
DANCING AGAIN! Green Bay Punches Ticket to 17th NCAA
Women’s Basketball Set to Host Selection Show Watch Party

Green Bay Women's Basketball 2017 NCAA Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
Horizon League must build excitement for tournament--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women earn spot in NCAA tournament--Green Bay Press Gazette
Watch last-place UWM Panthers play for NCAA Tournament berth tonight
23-loss UWM has a shot at history and the NCAA Tournament--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
N. Kentucky 59, UWM 53: NCAA bid falls short--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Top Flames To Continue Improbable Postseason
Milwaukee’s Wild Postseason Ride Ends In Title
Peters Earns USBWA All-District
Introducing Cinderella: In first season eligible for postseason, Northern Kentucky heads to NCAA Tournament--College Basketball Talk
Northern Kentucky reaches NCAA tournament in first year of eligibility--The Dagger
New Bracketology – Championship Week – 3/7/17--College Hoops Daily
15 SEEDS: Northern Kentucky; Iona; Texas Southern; Nebraska Omaha.
Norse Mythology: Why Northern Kentucky’s win is so special--Mid-Major Madness
Northern Kentucky Men's Basketball 2017 NCAA Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
COLUMN: Northern Kentucky University basketball coach John Brannen sure to become hot commodity--WCPO
NKU beats Milwaukee 59-53, laces up its NCAA dancing shoes--WCPO
Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team welcomed home after Horizon League victory--WCPO
Small NKU hoops squad making big headlines, one win away from March Madness--Cincinnati Enquirer
NKU punches ticket to NCAA tournament--Cincinnati Enquirer
NKU Norse NCAA Tournament bid congratulations, reactions--Cincinnati Enquirer
Hero's welcome for NKU Norse--Cincinnati Enquirer
Let's Dance: Northern Kentucky Wins Horizon League, NCAA Berth--River City News
In year one, NKU 40 minutes from NCAA berth--The Northerner
WATCH: NKU students head to Horizon League title game--The Northerner
Norse notebook: Norse are Cinderella no longer--The Northerner
Norse up! NKU to the NCAA tournament--The Northerner
Norse fans gather to witness history--The Northerner
Norse notebook: Raucous crowd propels Norse to victory--The Northerner
@NKUNorseMBB wins Horizon League Tournament Championship,
Join @NKUNorseMBB for Selection Sunday Watch
NKU halts Raiders season Horizon League Tournament--Guardian

Wright State Women's Basketball 2017 NIT Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
Lady Raiders fight hard, fall short in Horizon League Semis--Guardian
Lexi Smith Named to HL All-Tournament
Youngstown State coach Jerry Slocum retires--College Basketball Talk
YSU’s Slocum announces retirement after 42 seasons--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU’s Slocum calls it a career--Youngstown Vindicator
Fitting end for Slocum with YSU--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Changes desperately needed for YSU hoops--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Miracle Run Ends: YSU Exits Tournament After Tough Loss--The Jambar
Slocum Decides to Retire From Coaching--The Jambar
Youngstown State Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jerry Slocum Announces
Northern Kentucky Wins #HLMBB Championship--The Horizon League

Horizon League puts finishing touches on tournament with Champions Brunch--The Horizon League
Relive the best moments from Motor City Madness 2017--The Horizon League

Green Bay Wins #HLWBB Championship--The Horizon League
Green Bay's Mehryn Kraker named espnW mid-major player of the year--The Horizon League

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