Friday, November 26, 2021

News On The Horizon 11/26/2021

The list of NCAA Division I women's basketball players from Wisconsin high schools--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The in-state players

Leading the charge in terms of volume of players is this season’s UW-Green Bay squad. Head coach Kevin Borseth has filled his roster with 12 in-state players. 

The key returner among the group is Sydney Levy (Appleton North), who began her career with UW-Milwaukee. Meghan Pingel (Lakeside Lutheran) leads the Phoenix in scoring early in the season.

Hailey Oskey (Seymour), Cassie Schiltz (Luxemburg-Casco), Caelan Givens (Chippewa Falls), Callie Genke (Freedom), Kendall Renard (Preble), Jasmine Kondrakiewicz (Pius XI), Bailey Butler (Black Hawk), Maddy Schreiber (Kimberly), Julia Hartwig (Janesville Parker) and Brooklyn Blackburn (Wauwatosa East) round out the dozen Phoenix from Wisconsin.

Sydney Staver (Mineral Point) is second on UW-Milwaukee in scoring to lead a group of seven in-state players. 

Grace Crowley (Homestead), Anna Lutz (Marshall), Emma Wittmershaus (Bangor), Macy McGlone (Hortonville), Jada Donaldson (Beaver Dam) and Angie Cera (Mukwonago) round out the group.

The rest of the list

Cleveland State: Julia Hintz, New Berlin Eisenhower

Illinois-Chicago: Bailey Lutes, Cuba City 

IUPUI: Anna Mortag, Brookfield Central; Morgan Allen, Hortonville; Natalie Andersen, Mukwonago

Northern Kentucky: Paige Hodgson, Beaver Dam

Youngstown State: Chelsea Olson, Westby; Lexi Wagner, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau; Jen Wendler, Owen-Withee

Cleveland State Men's Basketball Set To Host Penn State

Former Kaukauna basketball star Donovan Ivory has found a home at UW-Green Bay--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Prepares to Host

IUPUI tops D-III Spalding 61-41 for first win of the season--WTHR

2022 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Post-Thanksgiving look at early standouts including Jaden Ivey, Kendall Brown and more--The Athletic


Patrick Baldwin, Milwaukee


• The next guy worth noting is Milwaukee’s Patrick Baldwin Jr., who played in arguably the most important game of his season from a scouting perspective on Nov. 18 against Florida. It was reported that 39 NBA scouts were in attendance from 22 different teams. To say the game was a disaster would be an understatement, although most of that was not Baldwin’s fault. Florida is one of the best defensive teams in college basketball, filled with a group of elite pressure guards, a terrific, switchable forward defender in Anthony Duruji and a high-level rim protector in Colin Castleton. Milwaukee’s guards could almost barely cross half court to get into sets.

Baldwin is more of an off-ball scorer in that he’s a high-level shooter and cutter who creates best out of advantage situations when he has to put the ball on the floor. But when the guards can’t even come close to collapsing the defense and forcing help by beating the man in front of them, those advantages off potential heavy closeouts and miscommunications don’t exist. That led to Milwaukee running some early sets for Baldwin that led to poor contested shot opportunities off the catch. At around the 16:45 mark of the first half, he finally got a mismatch on the block against smaller guard Tyree Appleby and executed a little left shoulder spin into a right floater out of a post-up. Late in the first half, he had a nice midrange pull-up jumper out of a dribble-handoff that will be applicable to a set he’ll run in the NBA. Those positive moments on offense were few and far between, though. Duruji and others did a great job making his life tough any time he touched the ball. Defensively in the first half, Baldwin did have a few nice instinctive, reactive moments where he got deflections onto balls and had a couple of positive weakside rim rotations — something that will be critical for him as a floor-spacing four in the NBA. His best moment came at the end of the first half, where he made a strong read to get a steal and go coast-to-coast as time expired for an impressive behind-the-back gather into a lay-in.

That play brought the score back within 11 at halftime, but Florida turned on the intensity to start the second half and completely manhandled the Panthers. The Gators went on a 32-4 run to start the half, and it completely demoralized Milwaukee, including Baldwin, who seemed to check out mentally with about 16 minutes remaining. His effort level dropped. The defining play of his game, unfortunately, came with about 13 minutes left when he decided to pull up as opposed to trying to get back in transition defense following yet another live-ball turnover by one of Milwaukee’s guards.

Baldwin didn’t even have to bust his ass to try to break up this play. If he ran at normal speed, he’d have been in a position to contest. Hell, even if he just didn’t pull up, he would have been able to get in the way and at least make the shot slightly more difficult. With an arena full of NBA scouts watching your every move, it was a pure WTF moment. I’m not someone who loves to showcase just the lowlights of a guy’s game, but when you see people writing that evaluators question Baldwin’s competitiveness, this is the kind of play they’re talking about.

Panthers Carry Three-Game Winning Streak to

Under the Radar: Thanksgiving Edition--Hoops HD

After that we run through the other 21 UTR conferences and discuss the big start for Oakland

Purdue Fort Wayne WBB Heads to SIUE on

Three-Game Road Swing Opens at

Colina scores 23 to carry Hawaii over Illinois-Chicago 88-80--Associated Press
Hot-Shooting Flames Fall to
Flames Drop Vegas Finale to San Diego,

Penguins Finish November Unbeaten with 70-55 Victory over

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

News On The Horizon 11/24/2021

Feast Week-Plus Viewer’s Guide: Wednesday, November 24, 2021--Blogging The Bracket

Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans Fort Myers Tip-Off Finals

Beach Division (Host)

FS1 will televise both games.

Championship: Ohio State (Big Ten, 4-1, 20 KP) vs. Florida (SEC, 4-0, 13 KP), approx. 8:30 p.m.
Consolation: Seton Hall (Big East, 3-1, 32 KP) vs. California (Pac-12, 2-3, 126 KP), 6 p.m.

Palms Division (Visitor)

SW Fla. College will stream both games.

Championship: Southern Utah (Big Sky, 2-3, 136 KP) vs. Bowling Green (MAC, 2-3, 158 KP), approx. 1:30 p.m.
Consolation: Yale (Ivy, 3-3, 142 KP) vs. Milwaukee (Horizon, 1-3, 154 KP), 11 a.m.

Apparently, a streaming arrangement was made with Southwest Florida College, which hosts this event, for the Palms Division. So, while you likely missed yesterday’s semifinals, an 88-85 SUU OT win over Yale and Bowling Green’s 82-68 victory over Milwaukee, you can tune into today’s doubleheader starting at 11 Eastern.

Gulf Coast Showcase Finals

FloHoops ($) will stream all four games.

Championship: Oakland (Horizon, 4-2, 140 KP) vs. Delaware (CAA, 4-1, 149 KP), approx. 7:30 p.m.
3rd/4th Place: Rice (C-USA, 4-2, 147 KP) vs. Fordham (A 10, 3-3, 247 KP) , 5 p.m.
5th/6th Place: Vermont (AE, 4-2, 97 KP) vs. Appalachian State (Sun Belt, 233, 175 KP), approx. 1:30 p.m.
7th/8th Place: Evansville (MVC, 2-5, 211 KP) vs. Akron (MAC, 2-3, 166 KP), 11 a.m.

Tonight’s title game in Estero is a rematch of the first game the Golden Grizzlies and Fightin’ Blue Hens played in the 2019 Sunshine Slam, a 56-53 victory for Delaware, who went on to go 3-0 in the event.

Vikings have success in MTE--HoriZone Roundtable

Titans' Second Half Rally Comes Up Short at

Trio of close losses in Florida keep Green Bay winless so far this season--Phear The Phoenix

LaStrap scores 10 to lift IUPUI over Spalding 61-41--Associated Press

Plowden carries Bowling Green over Milwaukee 82-68--Associated Press
Swain scores 16 to lead Yale over Milwaukee 69-56--Associated Press
Bowling Green 82, UWM 68: Patrick Baldwin Jr. misses most of the second half with leg injury--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UW-Milwaukee's losing streak extends to four as Panthers fall to Yale without Patrick Baldwin Jr.--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Falcons Use Second-Half Scoring Run To Claim
Yale Tops Milwaukee In Fort Myers Tip-Off Consolation

Oakland hangs on for 76-73 win over Rice--Associated Press
News, Notes, and Highlighted Games: Tuesday, Nov 23--Hoops HD


-In the Gulf Coast Showcase, Oakland knocked off a Vermont team 63-61 that’s under the radar, but who will also probably win a lot of games this year.  Oakland has a long way to go to land inside the bubble, and has lost a game or two that they needed to win, but they also have a win at Oklahoma State, so we are definitely watching them.

Men’s basketball speeds past Toledo, 80-59 the final--Oakland Post

Women’s basketball falls to Youngstown State in conference opener--Oakland Post
Women’s basketball snags first conference win against Robert Morris--Oakland Post

Three Games Set For This Weekend in
Men's Basketball to Play in 2022 Cancun

Sylare Starks Scores Career-High 23 in Setback to

Ferron Flavors leaves men’s basketball program after just four games--Colonial Sports Network

Robert Morris rolls past Morehead State in Thanksgiving Eve tilt--Colonial Sports Network
Colonials Roll To Win Over Morehead

@UIC_MBB Heads to Las Vegas

Flames Hold Off Valpo,

Amadi lifts James Madison past Wright State 78-76--Associated Press
Hampton carries Long Beach St. over Wright St. 85-76--Associated Press
Wright State loses third straight in Florida tourney, falls to 1-5--Dayton Daily News
Four in double figures but Raiders fall in Naples

Jackson and Roberson tally double digits to pace Raiders on

Penguins Welcome LIU to Beeghly on Black

#HLMBB Weekly Notebook – November 24--The Horizon League

#HLWBB Weekly Notebook – November 24--The Horizon League

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

News On The Horizon 11/23/2021

Feast Week-Plus Viewer’s Guide: Tuesday, November 23, 2021--Blogging The Bracket

Gulf Coast Showcase Semifinals

FloHoops ($) will stream all four games.


Rice (C-USA, 4-1, 142 KP) vs. Oakland (Horizon, 3-2, 149 KP), 5 p.m.
Fordham (A 10, 3-2, 242 KP) vs. Delaware (CAA, 3-1, 152 KP), approx. 7:30 p.m.


Evansville (MVC, 2-4, 204 KP) vs. Vermont (AE, 3-2, 99 KP), 11 a.m.
Akron (MAC, 2-2, 153 KP) vs. Appalachian State (Sun Belt, 2-3, 183 KP) , approx. 1:30 p.m.

Monday’s quarterfinals in Estero set up an unexpected semifinal doubleheader. Sure, Rice was expected to defeat Evansville, but Oakland got a boost when Vermont suspended several players for team rules violations. Still, the Catamounts almost got the win over a Golden Grizzlies squad that’s already won at Oklahoma State. Akron, a one-point loser at Ohio State, saw its offense go AWOL against Fordham. In the nightcap, Sun Belt Tournament champ App State dropped a seven-point decision to a Delaware team that should be a factor in a competitive CAA.

Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans Fort Myers Tip-Off Semifinals

Palms Division (Visitor)

Southern Utah (Big Sky, 1-3, 140 KP) vs. Yale (Ivy, 3-2, 145 KP), 12 p.m.
Bowling Green (MAC, 1-3, 173 KP) vs. Milwaukee (Horizon, 1-2, 133 KP), approx. 2:30 p.m.

While the four host teams take today off before Wednesday’s finals, which will see Seton Hall and Cal play for third before Florida and Ohio State meet for the championship, the four visitors take the floor for their semifinals in Fort Myers. However, neither today’s visitors’ doubleheader nor tomorrow’s will have video coverage. So, unless you’re a fan or an NBA scout in the arena to watch Milwaukee’s Patrick Baldwin Jr., you’ll have to listen to one of the teams’ radio feeds.

Patton scores 21 to lead Cleveland St. over CSU 65-62--Associated Press
Cleveland State rallies for 65-62 win in final seconds against Coppin State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Patton Double-Double Helps Vikings To 65-62 Victory Over Coppin

Game 5: Detroit Mercy Resumes Non-Conference Play at

Panthers Host Badgers to Wrap Up

Flores' putback beats buzzer as W. Illinois tops N. Kentucky--Associated Press
22 Turnovers, Blown Halftime Lead Doom Norse Against Western Illinois--River City News
Norse lose in final second to Western Illinois--The Northerner
@NKUNorseMBB falls short in final seconds against Western Illinois,

Miami (Ohio) up next for

Moore hits late 3, lifts Oakland past Vermont 63-61--Associated Press
News, Notes, and Highlighted Games: Monday, Nov 22--Hoops HD


-VERMONT VS OAKLAND (Gulf Coast Showcase).  These are two really good UTR teams with an outside shot at landing inside the bubble.  Oakland already has a nice win against Oklahoma State and while Vermont doesn’t have the big win on their resume yet, they do have what will probably turn out to be a decent win at Northern Iowa, and their only loss was at Maryland.

Oakland Basketball: Golden Grizzlies defeat Vermont in Gulf Coast Showcase--Busting The Bracket
11/23/2021 MATCHUP NEWS AND NOTES--Staring At The Floorboards

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  1. Rice, despite having a high post maestro in Fiedler, was surprisingly not great in zone offense last year. Perhaps it was some relatively small sample size variance, but even if they’re efficient against the Oakland zone, I’m not sure who can stay with Cain...


Hillmon carries No. 13 Michigan women past Oakland 69-58--Associated Press

Unbeaten Mastodons Welcome Evansville on

RMU Set For Non-Conference

Bishop leads George Washington past Wright State 74-63--Associated Press
Raiders can’t hold on to lead, fall to James Madison--Dayton Daily News
Second half push not enough for Raiders in Florida on
Three in double figures not enough for Raiders on Tuesday

Nike #HLMBB Players of the Week (November 22)--The Horizon League

Nike #HLWBB Players of the Week (November 22)--The Horizon League