Home » Conference Notes » Currently Reading:

Horizon Second Round Preview

March 5, 2004 Conference Notes No Comments




Horizon League Second Round Preview

Preview by Nick Dettmann

No. 8 Loyola vs. No. 4 Detroit
The Ramblers advanced to the second round courtesy of their upset win over Wright State in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday night. The Ramblers had previously lost six of their last seven games at Wright State with its last five losses being decided by less than seven points and two were in overtime. It was their fourth win in their last six postseason games. Loyola has shot better than 42 percent from the field in 11 straight games going into play on Friday night. Also in those last 11 games, senior Paul McMillan has scored in double figures averaging 16.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game over the course of the season. Demetrius Williams is a another threat for Larry Farmer as the senior forward/center is averaging 11.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest. The key for Loyola will be to put some points on the board. They are the No. 2 offense in the Horizon League only behind UW-Milwaukee. While the Titans are seventh, but are the No. 2 defense in the league. Put points on the board and Loyola will be bound for yet another upset.

The Titans won their ninth straight game after a 62-36 blowout over the lowly Cleveland State Vikings. Elijah Warren is the team leader with 11.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. But the catalyst to the late season turnaround was Jimmy Twyman. Twyman was inserted into the starting line-up on Feb. 5 against Youngstown State. The Titans have not lost a game since that move. Twyman scored 13 points on Tuesday night. Perry Watson’s line-up, which is one of the best defensive crews in the league, has one of the top defensive players in the league, James Thues. Defense is going to be the key for Detroit. A key match-up is going to be Warren guarding McMillan.

Prediction: Detroit 64, Loyola 58

No. 6 Butler vs. No. 3 UW-Green Bay
Thanks to an 11-5 league record and a third place finish in the standings, the Phoenix earned a very important first round bye. The Phoenix made one of the biggest turnarounds in the league. Last season, they went 4-12 in the league and lost in the first round at home to Youngstown State in the opening round. This season, the Phoenix went 11-5 and 11-3 at home. UW-Green Bay has the most balanced offense in the entire league as they have six players averaging at least 7.5 points per game. Leading the way is All-Newcomer team selection Brandon Morris who averages 11.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Senior Mike King is second on the team as he averages 10.9 pints and 4.0 rebounds per game off the bench. The key for Green Bay is take the home crowd out of the game. UWGB defeated Butler at the Hinkle Fieldhouse earlier this season by shooting over 50 percent from the field. They will need to do that again as Butler is one of the worst defensive units in the conference, but have picked it up in recent games. Defense will also be a key as Butler is 10-1 when they scored at least 65 points.

The Bulldogs assured themselves hosting privileges by beating Youngstown State in easy fashion on Tuesday night. Butler comes in playing its best basketball of the season by winning 11 of their last 15 games. Butler leads the league in the fewest turnovers per game at 10.6. If Butler struggles to control the ball, they will be in trouble. But if this one gets close, Butler will have the advantage. Not only due to the fact that they are on their home floor, but they are 4-2 in overtime games this season. Mike Monserez, Avery Sheets, Duane Lightfoot and Bruce Horan will all have to play a factor in some shape way or form. If one struggles, the others better pick him up because Green Bay is deeper on the bench, however, one game already this week might be advantage as Green Bay has not played in five days.

Prediction: UW-Green Bay 73, Butler 70

Comment on this Article:







Advertisement

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Your Phil of Hoops

Young UNLV team grows in Brooklyn

November 23, 2014 by

unlv

Teams often grow from early season tournaments, and that appears to be what UNLV did in Brooklyn. The young Runnin’ Rebels need the experience.

Simply put, Syracuse needs to improve offensively

November 22, 2014 by

syracuse

Jim Boeheim didn’t have many things to say about his team’s offense, but that said it all. It’s at that end of the floor that Syracuse’s fate this season will be determined.

Growing pains are here for talented Brown team

November 20, 2014 by

brown

Brown has good talent and should be a factor in the Ivy League, but with three sophomores starting on the perimeter, growing pains are in the foreseeable future

Hoopville Archives

Reader Poll

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 17/11/2014 12:00:00
end_date 22/11/2014 00:00:00
Poll Results:
Which conference will be the best one in 2014-15?

2014 Prep School Tour

Missed a recap of an open gym workout? We have them all right here for you.

Sept. 9: Putnam Science Academy
Sept 10: Commonwealth Academy
Sept. 11: St. Andrew's
Sept. 12: Northfield Mount Hermon
Sept. 16: Brewster Academy and Phillips Exeter
Sept. 17: Brooks School
Sept. 21: Holderness School
Sept. 23: St. Thomas More and Marianapolis Prep
Sept. 24: South Kent School and Kent School
Sept. 25: Williston Northampton
Sept. 28: Wilbraham and Monson Academy and Suffield Academy
Sept. 30: New Hampton
Oct. 5: Worcester Academy
Oct. 7: Brimmer and May
Oct. 8: Cushing Academy
Oct. 9: Tilton
Oct. 12: Tabor Academy and Rivers School
Oct. 14: The Master's School
Oct. 16: Vermont Academy

You can also find them all right here.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

New England Prep Schools 2014-15: looking back and looking ahead

November 3, 2014 by

nepsac

With a series of prep school open gym visits in the book and the season not far away, here’s a look back at open gyms and a look forward to the season in the New England prep school ranks.

Marianapolis Prep will battle in Class AA

October 20, 2014 by

marianapolis

Marianapolis Prep is far from loaded with talent, but they have enough perimeter talent to be dangerous. As is usually the case, they will battle and be a tough out in Class AA.

New Vermont Academy coach has put together a contender

October 17, 2014 by

vermontacademy

Vermont Academy has a new coach for the second year in a row, but they shouldn’t skip a beat. They have enough talent to win a lot of games and make a deep run in NEPSAC Class AA.

The Master’s School has good students and talent

October 15, 2014 by

mastersschool

The Master’s School has a number of good students, and they will continue to head to college later. This time around, they also have some talent on the hardwood and should win a few more games.

Rivers will try to build on a breakthrough season

October 13, 2014 by

riversschool

The Rivers School had a breakthrough season last year, winning the Independent School League. They will try to build on that with a team that loses a lot but also returns a lot from last season’s team.