Sunday, February 19, 2017

News On The Horizon 2/19/2017

The Morning Dish – Saturday, February 18, 2017--Hoopville
Green Bay pulls away late, routs Milwaukee 80-56--CBS Sports
Benzinger, Davis help Wright St top Cleveland St 74-68, 2OT--CBS Sports
Youngstown State edges past Northern Kentucky 81-77--CBS Sports
Vikings Take A Tough Loss To Wright State 74-68 In Double OT--NEO Sports Insiders
Flannigan Posts Double Double, But Vikings Fall to Wright State in Double

Abshaw Records 1,000th Career Point As Vikings Take Down Northern
Titans Entertain First Place Valparaiso On

Titans Drop Road Contest at
Men’s basketball takes down league-leading Crusaders once again--Oakland Post
The Bench Boys bring energy down the

Road warriors--Whoosh! Net
Flames Finish Road Swing Sunday at

Flames Lose Senior Day Contest to
UWGB men enjoy big day against rival--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Goes Wire-to-Wire to Crush Milwaukee
UWGB 80, UWM 56: Streaky Panthers fall to Phoenix again--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Fall To Green Bay On Senior
W-3 BP68--Basketball Predictions
Scouting today's game--NWI Times
Crusaders Look to Rebound At Detroit

Crusaders Upend Titans in Wild One at
Norse fall to Penguins in final road game--The Northerner
@NKUNorseMBB suffers 81-77 setback at

Terry’s big night not enough to take down Vikings--The Northerner
@NKUNorseWBB falls to Cleveland State on the
Wright State outlasts Cleveland State in double OT--Dayton Daily News
Men Win Double Overtime Thriller at Cleveland

Women Tie Winning Streak Record at Youngstown
YSU tops NKU, ends losing run--Youngstown Vindicator
Defense first for YSU--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Senior Night Done Right: YSU Wins Home Finale with Energy--The Jambar
Late Surge Leads Penguins to 81-77 Win Over Northern

Miscues, turnovers haunt YSU women in loss to WSU--Youngstown Vindicator
Missed FTs, turnovers cost YSU against Wright St.--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Tough Loss at Home: YSU Unable to Win Despite Benjamin’s 23--The Jambar
Penguins Come Up Short in Upset Bid vs. Wright State,
#HLMBB Update Feb. 18--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Recaps; Feb. 18--The Horizon League

Saturday, February 18, 2017

News On The Horizon 2/18/2017

Alstork's 33 helps Wright St. fend off Youngstown St. 84-81--CBS Sports
Northern Kentucky holds off Cleveland State--CBS Sports
The Morning Dish – Friday, February 17, 2017--Hoopville
Tonight’s Menu: One of the busier Friday nights in a while
A big one in the Horizon has Valparaiso at Oakland (7 p.m., ESPN2). The Golden Grizzlies jumped the Crusaders in the teams’ first meeting at Valpo, harassing Alec Peters with a sticky defense, but Oakland had a stretch losing four out of five games soon after that one and trails the Crusaders by two games in the HL standings.
Oakland beats Valpo, pulls within 1 game atop Horizon League--CBS Sports
Ferguson, Matthews lead UIC over Detroit 74-69--CBS Sports
Ferguson, Matthews, and Odiase Lead Flames Past Titans in Back-and-Forth
Quick Takes: Monmouth captures MAAC title--Bracketville
Friday night Bracket Games:
Valparaiso at Oakland
College hoops: Oakland pulls within a game atop Horizon; UDM stumble--Detroit Free Press
Down to the Wire, Vikings take another loss 62-60--NEO Sports Insiders
Cleveland State loses another close game--Cleveland State Hoops
Vikings Host Wright State on Saturday

Women's Basketball Set To Host Northern Kentucky Saturday
Titans Edged By UIC In Friday Night

Titans' Comeback Attempt Falls Just Short at
Titans Look to Bounce Back at Valparaiso on
Oakland completes season sweep of Valpo, closes to within a game of 1st-place Crusaders--Oakland Press
Bench contributions help Golden Grizzlies best Crusaders, 82-71--Press Row Sports
Oakland Defeats Valparaiso,

UIC Picks Up #HLMBB Road Win at Detroit

Flames Topple Titans in Dramatic
Flames Shoot for Back-to-Back Wins on Senior
Milwaukee women knock off Green Bay--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's Basketball Game Preview: at Milwaukee - Feb. 18, 1:00

Green Bay Drops Road Bout with Milwaukee,
UWM women 72, UWGB 60: Loud message--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Women's Basketball Knocks Off Green Bay--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Local roundup: Valparaiso falls to Oakland, loses for second time in four games--Post-Tribune
VU's Adekoya ruled out for rest of the season--NWI Times
Crusaders fall to Oakland, NCAA--NWI Times
Men’s basketball goes head to head with Oakland, Detroit Mercy--Valpo Torch
Peters wears Adekoya’s number 23 in win over Youngstown State--Valpo Torch
Williams overcomes two major knee injuries to make big contributions Crusader basketball--Valpo Torch
Men’s Basketball Falls at Oakland Friday

Women’s basketball able to stop top scoring opponents--Valpo Torch
Crusaders Fall to Grizzlies at ARC on
Women's Basketball to Battle Detroit Mercy on
@NKUNorseMBB closes regular-season road schedule at Youngstown

@NKUNorseWBB continues road trip at Cleveland
College Basketball Preview: Wright State at Cleveland State--Dayton Daily News
Morse scores 35, but YSU men can’t get it Wright--The Youngstown Vindicator
35 points from Morse not enough as Penguins fall--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Men's Basketball Celebrates Senior Night Saturday Against Northern

Sizzling Smolinski lifts YSU women over NKU--The Youngstown Vindicator
Smolinski leads women to OT win--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins Host HL-Leading Wright State on Play4Kay
Isaiah Brock's Journey--The Horizon League
Oakland Sweeps Valpo; UIC Earns Road Win; #HLMBB Update Feb. 17--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Recaps, Feb. 16--The Horizon League
Milwaukee Upends Green Bay, Feb. 17 Recap--The Horizon League

Thursday, February 16, 2017

News On The Horizon 2/17/2017

Cleveland State loses at the buzzer, 62-60, vs. Northern Kentucky--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Northern Kentucky edges Cleveland State, 62-60--News-Herald
Vikings Fall to Northern Kentucky,

Vikings Fall To League-Leader Wright State,
Detroit Mercy Welcomes UIC On Friday In Annual First Responder's
Oakland's Greg Kampe joining exclusive club with 1,000th game--Detroit Free Press
Oakland coach Greg Kampe to celebrate 1000th game Friday against Valpo--WXYZ
Dominique Matthews breaks out for UIC after working way back from injury--Chicago Tribune--Chicago Tribune
Milwaukee Basketball in the midst of Rivalry Week--UWM Post

Panthers, Phoenix Square Off Friday
Bracketology: Don’t sleep on Duke--College Basketball
5) Notre Dame
Top 60 NBA Draft prospects: Markelle Fultz, Josh Jackson, Lonzo Ball lead the way--CBS Sports
29. Alec Peters, Valparaiso: Remember: the Horizon League can’t stop him, but neither could Oregon or Kentucky. You don’t average 23 points and 10 rebounds without some serious skill.
On a roll: Freshman walk-on John Kiser 'brings a lot of value' to Valparaiso--Post-Tribune
Valparaiso, Oakland set to battle on national television--NWI Times
Wiegman leads NKU by example--Cincinnati Enquirer
Free throws guide Norse to victory over Vikings--The Northerner
Williams, McDonald lead @NKUNorseMBB past CSU,

Feb. 20 NKU Basketball Coaches Show

Norse fall to Penguins in OT--The Northerner
Penguins outlast Norse in overtime,
Alstork leads Raiders past Penguins--Dayton Daily News
Men Hold On for 84-81 Win at Youngstown

Women Set League Win Record at Cleveland
YSU Falls Short: Morse’s 35 Not Enough to beat WSU--The Jambar
Morse Scores 35 as YSU Comes Up Short Against Wright

A Great Way to Start: YSU wins First of Four Home Games--The Jambar
Smolinski Makes Seven 3s in YSU's 77-73 Overtime Win Over
Down to the Wire; #HLMBB Update Feb. 16--The Horizon League

News On The Horizon 2/16/2017

Horizon Men's Basketball 2017 Conference Tournament Bracket--College Sports Madness
Vikings Return Home to Host Northern Kentucky on Thursday

CSU Basketball Teams Return Home on Thursday ... See What's Going

Vikings Host Wright State To Begin Four-Game
Titans Return to Road Thursday Night in the Windy

Matthews honored by Horizon--Whoosh! Net
Flames Set to Tangle with Titans in

Flames Host Detroit Mercy on Hoop Pink
'Nix in the Pros: Alfonzo McKinnie is an all-star--Phear The Phoenix
A look at the race for the #2 seed--Phear The Phoenix
Join Panthers Saturday For “Senior Day” Against

Panthers, Phoenix Square Off Friday
College Basketball Player of the Year rankings: Caleb Swanigan jumps to No. 1--CBS Sports
THE NEXT TEN (in alphabetical order): Dwayne Bacon (Florida State), Joel Berry (North Carolina), Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame), De’Aaron Fox (Kentucky), Ethan Happ (Wisconsin), Justin Jackson (North Carolina), Jock Landale (Saint Mary’s), Lauri Markkanen (Arizona), Donovan Mitchell (Louisville), Alec Peters (Valparaiso).
The Mid-Major Awards (Little Too Early Predictions)--College Hoops Daily
National Mid-Major Player of the Year: Nigel Williams-Goss, Junior, Gonzaga, Guard

This award is toughest to decide. Picking between the leader of arguably the best team in basketball, Nigel-Williams Goss, and one of the most dominant players in the NCAA, Alec Peters, was tough. At the end of the day, I went with Nigel Williams-Goss as the National Mid-Major Player of the Year. Williams-Goss is averaging 15.7 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, 4.6 assists per game, shooting .505, around 2 steals per game, and a player efficiency rating of 26.58. Peters is averaging more points (23.1 ppg), more rebounds (10.7 rpg), fewer assists (2.2 apg), shooting at .463, .9 steals per game, and a player efficacy of 28.18. The stats give an edge to Peters. I say leading Gonzaga to an undefeated season against a much harder schedule gives Williams-Goss the edge. 21-5 is a good record for Valparaiso, but in a moderate conference, it is expected.
First Team:

– Nigel-Williams Goss, Junior, Gonzaga, Guard

– Marcus Keene, Junior, Central Michigan, Guard

– Alec Peters, Senior, Valparaiso, Forward

– James Thompson IV, Sophomore, Eastern Michigan, Forward

– Jock Landale, Junior, St. Mary’s, Center
Valpo Basketball
Men's Basketball Starts Stretch Run Friday at

Women's Basketball Goes for Consecutive Wins on
Final road trip of the regular-season awaits

@NKUNorseWBB hits the road for Youngstown
Men’s Basketball Hits the

OHSAA balance issues, 1st-place Flyers, Reds Arroyo experiment, GSP back in the UFC, etc.--Dayton Daily News
Hey, and don’t forget the Wright State women are still in first place in the Horizon League, too…

First-Place Women’s Basketball Hits the
Back To Beeghly: YSU Looking to Build with Four Home Games--The Jambar
ESPN College Basketball analyst to serve as moderator for Champions Brunch in Detroit--The Horizon League
(WHID) What's Happening in Detroit - Feb. 15--The Horizon League

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

News On The Horizon 2/15/2017

Tommy Titan to ‘Wear the Bear’--Oakland Post
Mid-Major Valentines: What’s in a name?--Mid-Major Madness
Carrington Love - Green Bay (2012-16)

How can you not appreciate a name like Carrington Love? Green Bay fans sure appreciated him during his tenure, which ended last season in the NCAA Tournament at the hands of Texas A&M in the first round. Love improved his scoring total every year for the Phoenix, and led the team in scoring during his senior season with 17.3 points per game.
Spots Available on Green Bay Fan Bus to
Player of the Year Power Rankings: Justin Jackson climbing, Ethan Happ and Lonzo Ball sliding?--College Basketball Talk

Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame
De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
Melo Trimble, Maryland
Malik Monk, Kentucky
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina
Joel Berry II, North Carolina
Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s
Alec Peters, Valparaiso
Top 10 sexiest mid-major coaches of 2017--Mid-Major Madness
And that brings us to our winner:

1. Matt Lottich (Valparaiso)

Lottich moved his way up from assistant to head coach this year and he’s been doing great things. The Crusaders currently sit at the top of the Horizon standings with an 11-2 league record (21-5 overall). They’re also currently pegged as a 13 seed in the bracket matrix, putting them in prime upset territory. Not bad for his first time.

Now, he gets the title of Sexiest Mid-Major Coach to go with it.
Bracketology 2017: Valentine’s Day Edition--College Hoops Daily
14 SEEDS: Belmont; UNC Asheville; Princeton; Valparaiso.
Men's Basketball Hosts Wright State Thursday

Women's Basketball Starts Four-Game Home Stand Thursday vs.
Motor City Madness Free Hat Voucher Ends Monday, Feb 20--The Horizon League

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

News On The Horizon 2/14/2017

Valparaiso beats Youngstown State 82-72--CBS Sports
My big weekend wrapup: Gonzaga will finish the regular season undefeated--Mid-Major Madness
Stock Falling:

Green Bay: It’s become clear that nobody has much interest in challenging Valparaiso in the Horizon League. After we decided that Green Bay was a possibility, the Phoenix decided to drop two straight and three out of five. Do we dare turn our attention to...Oakland? Nah, jk.
1976-77 Men’s Basketball Team Receives John Conti

Marinkovic Earns Third Freshman of the Week
Chill in the air--Whoosh! Net
Dominique Matthews Wins Horizon League
Mid-Major Stock Watch: This is ONLY February--Mid-Major Madness

Green Bay: After their win against Valparaiso, the Phoenix had a chance to make their move in the Horizon League. They didn’t, losing their following two games, and they now trail the Crusaders by 2.5 games in the standings. With two road games coming, they’ll need to get back in the win column to maintain their positioning for the Horizon League tournament.
Lindner Earns Horizon League
Bracketology: Committee delivers ACC message--College Basketball Talk
W-4 BP68--Basketball Predictions
Hoop Thoughts: The Wonderer ponders college basketball's burning questions--Sports Illustrated
. . . whether any of the top mid-majors will get an at-large bid

During our midseason bracket preview show on CBS over the weekend, I asked RPI guru Jerry Palm if he thought Middle Tennessee would be able to get an at-large if it doesn’t win the Conference USA tournament. I assumed they would because he assigned the Blue Raiders a No. 11 seed, but he was pretty emphatic that the answer was no. His logic was also sound. Middle Tennessee may be 21–4, but its only top-50 win came on a neutral court against UNC-Wilmington, and it has three losses to teams ranked below 100 in the RPI—including a loss at No. 301 UTEP on Feb. 4. Any loss the Blue Raiders suffer in the conference tournament would be another bad loss. That will not stack up well against other at-large candidates.

The same is true for Wichita State, which is ranked 48th in the RPI and 16th on but also owns just one top-50 win, at home over Illinois State. And Illinois State’s only top-50 win was at home over Wichita State. All of this does not bode well for teams like Vermont, UNC-Wilmington, Valparaiso, Monmouth, Akron, Nevada, Belmont and New Mexico State. It’s too bad, because all of those teams are capable of winning a first-round game. But they can’t do that if they’re not in the tournament.
. . . whether Alec Peters is going to get to play in the NCAA tournament

I’ve really enjoyed watching the 6' 9" senior forward develop into an outstanding player during his four years at Valparaiso. Peters is now the school’s alltime leading scorer, and his 23.1 scoring average ranks fifth in the country. Peters had a chance to turn pro last year but came back for his senior season, even though his coach, Bryce Drew, whose school scoring record he broke, had left for Vanderbilt. Yes, Peters made a business decision to come back and improve his draft stock, but I’m hoping that his commitment to his school is rewarded with a chance to show what he can do on the game’s biggest stage.
Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: Things are getting WAC-ky--Mid-Major Madness
9 Valparaiso 21-5 15 119
Cameron Morse Named Horizon League Player of the
Horizon League Men's Basketball Players of the Week (Feb. 13)--The Horizon League

Horizon League Women's Basketball Players of the Week (Feb. 13)--The Horizon League