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A collection of Horizon League releases and blog entries.

Men's Basketball Preview - Part 5: Wright State

Release  Horizon League · November 4, 2006

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Nov. 4, 2006

When new coach Brad Brownell took over the reigns of the Wright State University men's basketball program last March, he saw potential--potential not only to win, but potential to win continuously and do it the right way. The Indiana native saw the support staff and facilities were in place; he saw a University and a great community that was hungry for a winner.

The Raiders will have their top four scorers and top four rebounders return from last year's team which includes Horizon League first teamer DaShaun Wood and fifth-year senior Drew Burleson.

Wood, a 5-11 guard, averaged nearly 18 points a game and led the League in steals while being the first Raider to ever be named to the Horizon's All-Defensive Team. The Detroit native currently sits as the 16th all-time scorer and seventh in assists. Burleson, a 6-5 forward, ranked second on the squad in points and rebounds at 12.5 and 5.1 respectively.

Also returning will be 6-8, junior center Jordan Pleiman. Pleiman, a crowd favorite, led the Green and Gold in rebounding last year at 6.7 per game but also broke the double-digit barrier in points at 10.5 per contest. The Ohio native can point to several positive games last year, including 18 points at Bowling Green and a couple 11-rebounds efforts.

Women's Basketball Preview - Part 5: Wright State

Release  Horizon League · November 4, 2006

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Nov. 4, 2006

The Wright State women's basketball program has made a great deal of progress the past two seasons.

After posting their second-best record all-time and advancing to the Horizon League Tournament finals for the first time in 2004-05, the Raiders faced a more difficult schedule last season, including playing each of the first seven games away from home.

Despite that, WSU still posted double-digit wins for the second consecutive season, the first time that's been done in nearly a decade, and finished 8-8 in the League, which matched the 2002-03 squad for the second-most conference wins in program history.

This season, Wright State will have one of the smallest rosters in the League in terms of both numbers with 10 players on the roster and size as no player is taller than 6-2, but head coach Bridgett Williams looks for the Raiders to build upon their recent success and add onto it.

Men's Basketball Preview - Part 4: Butler

Release  Horizon League · November 2, 2006

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Nov. 2, 2006

Bulldogs Seek Continued Success In 2006-07

If Butler's Todd Lickliter were the type of coach who worried about things that he didn't have, he'd have plenty of reason to fret in 2006-07.

Gone from last year's 20-13 team, which advanced to the second round of the NIT, are Horizon League Player of the Year Brandon Polk, three-year starting point guard Avery Sheets and Butler's all-time leader in three-point field goals, Bruce Horan.

But the Butler coach prefers to focus on what his team does have.

Women's Basketball Preview - Part 4: Loyola

Release  Horizon League · November 2, 2006

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Nov. 2, 2006

Heading into its second year under the guidance of head coach Shannon Reidy, the Loyola women's basketball program seems primed for a breakout season. With four contributing seniors among a group of six returning letterwinners leading the way and a highly-touted and balanced recruiting class of six freshmen, optimism is abounding in the weeks leading up to the start of the 2006-07 season.

"One of our major goals is to reconnect with the winning tradition of Loyola women's basketball and replicate that success," said Reidy. "Our class of four seniors has taken on such a large leadership role and our underclassmen see that and it makes them want to work just as hard to send them out on a good note."

After injuries limited the Ramblers to eight scholarship players for the majority of their games - they dressed just six due to injuries for one late-season game - a group of six talented and hungry freshmen arrive with high expectations.

"We need to have patience this season with such a large group of newcomers," continued Reidy. "However, we will have a much higher level of competition, especially in practice, which can also make us better."

Women's Basketball Preview - Part 3: Youngstown State

Release  Horizon League · November 1, 2006

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Nov. 1, 2006

No seniors.

It is a rare occurrence in college athletics, but nonetheless, it is the situation the Youngstown State women's basketball program finds itself facing in 2006-07.

Although this scenario may send up some red flags, the Penguins are not without quality veteran leadership, including four juniors and seven returners with at least 17 games played under their belts.

Still, Youngstown State Head Coach Tisha Hill comprehends the circumstances her program faces this season, but always plays the hand she is dealt with the same passion and vigor as when the Penguins were loaded with five seniors in 2004-05.

Horizon League Announces Men's, Women's Basketball TV Schedules

Release  Horizon League · November 1, 2006

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Nov. 1, 2006


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More than 65 Horizon League basketball games -- including 20 women's and nearly 50 men's -- will be broadcast on local, regional and national television during the 2006-07 season, the League office announced Wednesday (Nov. 1).


The Butler University men's team will tip-off the League's television slate Nov. 13 on ESPNU when the Bulldogs face the University of Notre Dame in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. That will be the first of at least nine games involving Horizon League teams on ESPN networks this season.

Men's Basketball Preview - Part 3: UW-Milwaukee

Release  Horizon League · November 1, 2006

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Nov. 1, 2006

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team will have a new look in the 2006-07 season.

In fact, that's a huge understatement. UWM's roster includes 15 players in their first or second years in Milwaukee, with a number of newcomers on the brink of cracking into the starting lineup. Plus, with all five starters from last season having graduated, the Panthers are assured of having an entirely new starting five this year.

All of those facts lead to the conventional wisdom the Panthers are poised for a step back in the Horizon League. But, a closer look at the group assembled in Milwaukee points toward a great opportunity to exceed those expectations. And, don't for a moment think the Panthers aren't setting their own expectations high and doing everything they can to defend their three-straight Horizon League regular season titles.

UWM believes it has assembled an extremely talented group of players, combining four returnees with a high-level collection of newcomers. The returnees include two seniors and two juniors, with Avery Smith and Allan Hanson appearing in every game last season. The impact newcomers are highlighted by Northern Illinois transfer Paige Paulsen, 2005 Milwaukee City Conference Player of the Year Ricky Franklin and junior-college transfer Marcus Skinner.

Horizon League Announces Men's, Women's Basketball Television Schedules

Release  Horizon League · November 1, 2006

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Nov. 1, 2006

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More than 65 Horizon League basketball games -- including 20 women's and nearly 50 men's -- will be broadcast on local, regional and national television during the 2006-07 season, the League office announced Wednesday (Nov. 1).


The Butler University men's team will tip-off the League's television slate Nov. 13 on ESPNU when the Bulldogs face the University of Notre Dame in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. That will be the first of at least nine games involving Horizon League teams on ESPN networks this season.

Women's Basketball Preview - Part 2: Detroit

Release  Horizon League · October 31, 2006

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Oct. 31, 2006

The Detroit Titan Women's basketball team looks to rebuild a team that lost its top six scorers from a year ago. Head Coach Mickey Barrett will count on the improvement of young players, as well the arrival of a number of very talented freshmen and transfers. This year's team does not enter the season with high expectations from others, but hopes that a tough early schedule, combined with the experience gained in the first half of the season, will allow them to be contenders for the Horizon League crown at the end of the season.

Guards

After losing key perimeter players from last year's team, the Titans will count on a group of players, led by Kandace Evans, Zemora Davis, Stephanie Carvin, and Marcella Cavitt. Evans, a 5-7 junior, is the team's leading returning scorer and rebounder from last year with an average of 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Barrett believes that her improvement on the defensive end, along with her ability to push the ball up the floor, is one of the keys to the season.

Sophomores Carvin and Cavitt also figure to be give key contributions on the perimeter. Carvin is a very skilled passer whom Barrett believes will be a very big factor as her shooting and other perimeter skills improve. Cavitt is a very hard worker that can play inside and outside whose toughness will be a big lift. "When it comes to toughness," Barrett said, "there is nobody in the league that will be as tough as she is, with the big heart."

Men's Basketball Preview - Part 2: Youngstown State

Release  Horizon League · October 31, 2006

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Oct. 31, 2006

Quin Humphrey.

One of the most talented players since the YSU program joined the Division I ranks 25 years ago is again the center piece of the team. Though in 2006-07 Humphrey will have help from a group of talented players eager to step forward and be successful.

Humphrey, who scored in double figures in 27 of 28 games last year, was the Penguins' most reliable performer throughout last season en route to leading the Horizon League in scoring and rebounding.

Now, with a coaching staff entering its second year, Youngstown State seems to be a team on the rise.

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