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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:53 am

Friday, December 30:

Horizon:
Valparaiso 70, UIC 59. Valpo (11-3) opens the Horizon season with a road win, behind 23 points from Tevonn Walker and 18 points and 11 rebounds from superstar Alec Peters. Freshmen Tarkus Ferguson and Godwin Boahen led UIC with 16 and 13, respectively.

Non-Conference Opponents:
Bowling Green 86, Norfolk State 77. Bowling Green wraps up its non-conference season with a 6-7 mark. Norfolk is 3-11.

Toledo 98, Ohio Christian 58. Ohio Christian's nickname is the Trailblazers. The Rockets close out their non-conference season at 7-6.

Adrian 79, Medaille 76 (OT). Adrian (6-5) wins the Baldwin-Wallace invitational. "Medaille College is a private liberal arts college located in the historic Olmsted Crescent of Buffalo, New York." - Wikipedia.

Other Games:
Michigan State 61, Northwestern 52. MSU (10-5) is not dead yet, sweeping on the opening weekend of Big 10 play. And Northwestern (12-3) still has never played in the NCAA tournament.

Central Michigan 90, Chicago State 82. The Chips head into MAC play with a 10-3 mark.

#2 UCLA 76, Oregon State 63.
#3 Kansas 86, TCU 80. TCU was 11-1 in non-conference play, but look for them to again be shown up as a pretender built on weak scheduling in Big 12 play.
#4 Baylor 76, Oklahoma 50. Oklahoma (6-6) is another perennial power that just doesn't have it this year.
#11 West Virginia 92, Oklahoma State 75. My former employer opens the Big 12 season with a good road win against OSU (10-3).
#18 Arizona 67, California 62.
#22 Oregon 84, #21 USC 61. Oregon (13-2) closed on the first half on a 9-2 run to open up a bit of room in what had been a 2 point game, then opened the second with a 21-3 run. With Wednesday's win over UCLA, the Ducks have beaten two undefeated teams in a span of just over 48 hours. It was a USC's loss leaves four unbeaten teams: Villanova, Baylor, Gonzaga, and Creighton.

Dayton 66, La Salle 55. We were rivals, once.
Kansas State 65, Texas 62. KState is 12-1. Texas slips below .500 to 6-7.
Memphis 70, South Carolina 54. Another seemingly meaningless non-conference game that may matter a lot come Selection Sunday.

Mid-Major Win of the Day: St. Bonaventure 89, Massachusetts 77. The Bonnies open the A10 season with a difficult road win over another of the conference's better teams.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:20 pm

New Year's Eve is quiet out at the lake, but there was a lot of ball today:

Horizon:
Oakland, Green Bay and Valpo come from through the first week of Horizon play unbeaten. Things won't get any easier for the Titans, who now play three on the road, including the league's two best teams, Valpo and OU.

Wright State 85, Detroit 72. I don't want to carp, but game after game the Titans get destroyed by the opposition's three point shooter. Neither Northern Kentucky's Cole Murray nor Wright State's Mike LaTulip are great players, but it's no secret that you can't leave them open behind the arc. Both are very good three point shooters and everyone in the Horizon knows or should know that. So it's frustrating to watch the Titans seem so oblivious to where the oppositions three point shooters are on the court. And 17 turnovers! On the plus side, Jaleel Hogan and Corey Allen are pretty good players. By the way, Hogan has now made 7 consecutive free throws, and 12 of 15 in the last 5 games, after a 4 game stretch in which he was 8 for 30.

Oakland 76, Northern Kentucky 65. Martez Walker scored 22 as Oakland (12-3, 2-0) held serve this weekend in the McRena. Drew McDonald had a double-double for NKU (10-5, 1-1).

Green Bay 90, Youngstown State 77. Charles Cooper had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Green Bay (8-6, 2-0) romped past YSU (7-8, 1-1). Cameron Morse had 24 for Youngstown. Defeating YSU and Cleveland State does not a league champion make--still, any time you win both games on a road weekend, you gotta feel pretty good.

Cleveland State 62, Milwaukee 53. Cleveland State held Milwaukee to 16 points in the first half. Damonte Flannigan led CSU with 18 points and 9 rebounds. The Panthers actually closed to within 4 points in the final minute but CSU held on and handed Milwaukee (4-11, 0-2) a 6th straight defeat. Admit it, who isn't looking forward to Milwaukee at Detroit on January 27?

Non-Conference Opponents:
#20 Florida State 60, #12 Virginia 58. Florida State (14-1) got a huge road win, coming from 8 down in the second half, which isn't easy against Virginia's defense. Dwayne Bacon, who finished with 29 points, hit a three with 2 seconds left for the win.

Fort Wayne 102, Oral Roberts 91. Fort Wayne (11-4) hit a school record 20 three pointers in an easy win over ORU (4-12).

East Tennessee State 102, VMI 75. The Buccaneers (11-3) are off to their best start since 1991, when they briefly cracked the AP Top 10.

Western Kentucky 69, Florida Atlantic 54. Western (7-7) outrebounded FAU (4-8) 50-29.

Murray State 92, Tennessee State 83. Jonathan Stark had 26 and DeMarcus Croaker 25 for Murray State ((7-8), which trailed by 8 at halftime.

Dartmouth 63, New Hampshire 62. Dartmouth won its third in a row after starting the season 0-9. Dartmouth's Brendan Berry hit a 3 with 3 seconds left for the win. A long-distance three by Jaleen Smith that would have given New Hampshire (9-4) the win was, after the usual and terrible review of the monitor, waived off as having left Smith's hand just after the buzzer.

Other Games:

#1 Villanova 80, #10 Creighton 70. Two of the final 4 unbeatens meet. Now there are three. Jalen Brunson had 27 points for 'Nova (14-0).
Virginia Tech 89, #5 Duke 75. BUzz Willians is gettin' it going at Tech (12-1), which led by 16 at the half.

#6 Louisville, 77, #16 Indiana 62.
#7 Gonzaga 81, Pacific 61. Gonzaga (14-0) stays unbeaten.
Georgia Tech 75, #9 North Carolina 63. Big upset in Atlanta, where Tech trailed at the half.
#17 Xavier 81, Georgetown 76.
#19 St. Mary's 72, San Diego 60.
#24 Notre Dame 78, Pittsburgh 76 (OT). Steve Vasturias tied it with two free throws to send the game into OT, then hit the winner with 2 seconds left in OT. Pitt (11-3) got 25 each from Michael Young and Jamel Artis.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Notsosmart » Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:12 am

Commish, I was intrigued by your comments on knowing where the 3 point shooters are so I checked out the Oakland Box score tonight to see what Murray did against them. He made 1 three. Thing is, he only took 3. So I checked out La Tulip at Oakland 2 nights ago. He made 0. BUT he only took 2. So maybe their players read the scouting report better then ours but it seems to make what you said very true.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby MooseGuy1 » Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:07 pm

It's not a big mystery. We consistently allow wide open looks from beyond the arc. You can watch it developing time and again and yet we don't seem to adjust. Decent shooters make shots when they are not defended. It's killing us. Even when we get a lead, a streak of 3s erases it pretty quick. It's incredible to watch...and not in a good way.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby udballer » Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:46 pm

It appears to be the one holdover in defensive philosophy that BA must have borrowed from Coach Ray. The Titans haven't defended the three point line for a decade now
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:27 am

It's a whole new year of optimism!

Games for January 1:

Non-Conference Opponents:
Illinois 75, Ohio State 70. Illinois (11-4) coughed up a double digit half-time lead, but rallied to retake the lead for good 3:30 to play. Malcolm Hill had 20 points.

Other Games:
Iowa 86, Michigan 83 (OT). A tough loss for the Maize & Blue (10-4), who couldn't hold a late 5 point lead in regulation. Losing on the road to Iowa (9-6) isn't a disaster, but teams likely to battle for inclusion in the NCAAs need to win games like this. The Wolverines wasted a fine performance by DJ Wilson, who had 28 points, 6 assists, and 14 rebounds on 11-18 shooting.

#13 Butler 78, Providence 61.
Minnesota 91, #15 Purdue 82 (OT). With a road win at Purdue (12-3), Minnesota (13-2) indicates it may be for real.
#18 Arizona 91, Stanford 52.
#23 Cincinnati 92, Tulane 56.

Wichita State 100, Bradley 66. I don't expect to see Bradley back in a final four any time soon.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:16 am

Monday, January 2:

Non-Conference Opponents:
Western Kentucky 69, Florida International 66. The Hilltoppers (8-7) have won four in a row since losing in Detroit.

Marist 90, Manhattan 88 (OT). The Jaspers (5-9) had a tiny two-game win streak snapped.

New Hampshire 95, Wheelock College 50. The Wheelock Wildcats are a D-III team located in Boston, near Fenway Park.

Other Games:
Arkansas Pine Bluff 105, Mississippi Valley State 101. The game between 0-13 MVSU and 1-13 Arkansas-Pine Bluff was delayed at the start. Which raises the old adage, if game is delayed and nobody notices, was it really delayed? Anyway, MVSU, one of 2 winless D-I teaam, missed one of their better chances to break into the win column.

Some announced attendance numbers around the country:
942 Columbia @ Maine
921 Samford @ Western Carolina
900 Manhattan @ Marist. Sounds like an estimate.
899 Northeastern @ Drexel
849 Quinnipiac @ Niagara
766 American @ Colgate
765 Mississippi Valley State @ Arkansas Pine Bluff
747 Hartford @ Yale
721 Valley Forge @ Maryland-Eastern Shore
652 Ave Maria @ Stetson. Ave Maria's teams are nicknamed the Gyrenes.
635 Lamar @ Central Arkansas
609 Antelope Valley State @ Utah Valley State. Would it be cool or weird to graduate from Antelope Valley? Should we change our name?
552 Incarnate Word @ SE Louisiana. SE La won its 14th straight at home, 74-63.
531 Stephen F. Austin @ McNeese State. I think they had more men at the Alamo.
525 Monmouth @ St. Peter's. The Peacocks scored the upset.
524 Wheelock @ New Hampshire
484 Lehigh @ Boston U.
483 Kennesaw State @ Tennessee State
463 Prairie View @ Southern
418 Lafayette @ Loyola (Md.)
404 Texas A&M-CC @ Nichols State
293 Grambling @ Alabama State
221 Texas Southern @ Alcorn State

Once you get outside of the power 5 and Big East, there's a lot of NCAA D-I that is not healthy. Attendance has been falling for years.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Motor City Sam » Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:11 pm

Commissioner wrote:Monday, January 2: Non-Conference Opponents:
Western Kentucky 69, Florida International 66. The Hilltoppers (8-7) have won four in a row since losing in Detroit.


On paper, it seems like the Hilltoppers have better talent than their record would suggest. I've been very surprised by some of the games they lost, especially the game at Calihan.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:56 am

Tuesday, January 3:

Non-Conference Opponents:
Eastern Michigan 85, Central Michigan 63. Eastern has been up and down all season, but they were up tonight. The Hurons-Eagles held the nation's leading scorer, Marcus Keene, to 22 points on 6-20 shooting. Bay Steele and James Thompson each had 18 points and 10 rebounds for EMU (9-5). CMU is 10-4.

Toledo 86, Buffalo 54. Jonathan Williams had 26 to lead Toledo (8-6).

Akron 89, Bowling Green 84. MAC favorite Akron (11-3) won its league opener and made Keith Dambrot the winningest coach in school history. BGSU fell to 6-8 even though all 5 starters scored in double figures.

Other Games:
Ohio U. 89, Western Michigan 58. Ohio (9-3) never trailed against WMU (4-9).

#3 Kansas 90, Kansas State 88. Kansas (13-1) beat its cross-state rival when Svi Mykhailiuk dribbled the length of the court and made a layup that just beat the buzzer. Visiting K State (12-2) had a seven-game win streak snapped. The Wildcats other loss was by one point to Maryland.

#6 Kentucky 100, Texas A&M 58. Impressive.
Texas Tech 77, #7 West Virginia 76. Every time you begin to believe that WVU (12-2) is a legit Final 4 contender, they get whacked. Big win for first year Tech Coach Chris Beard, who never needs a "rebuilding" year. Tech is 12-2.
#13 Wisconsin 75, #25 Indiana 68. Is Wisconsin (13-2) the best in the B10?
#14 North Carolina 89, Clemson 86 (OT). After falling at Georgia Tech, the Heels barely get past Clemson. Joel Berry had 31 for the Heels (13-3).
#24 Florida 70, Mississippi 63.

Dayton 90, St. Bonaventure 74. We were rivals, once.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:57 am

Wednesday, January 4:

Non-Conference Opponents:
Fort Wayne 80, Omaha 78. Jon Konchar hit a bucket with 1 second left, giving him 33 points and Fort Wayne (12-4) the win in Omaha (7-9). Konchar had 11 rebound and was 13-15 from the floor. Brent Calhoun added 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 blocks.

Olivet 61, Adrian 59. We would so win the MIAA.

Other Games:
Michigan State 93, Rutgers 65. Miles Bridges returned to action for MSU after a month away with injuries. While his stat line was a quiet 6 points, 6 rebounds, his impact and game was not. Inserted into the game about 5 minutes into the first half, his first touch resulted in a thundering dunk that tied the game and sent MSU off on a 19-6 run that broke the game open. Both teams are 11-5 overall, but State is 3-0 in the Big 10, Rutgers 0-3.

Michigan 72, Penn State 69. UM (11-4) rallied from a 14 point deficit against the Lions (9-7).

#18 Butler 66, #1 Villanova 58. Tonight's big upset. Butler (13-2) snaps Villanova's winning streak at 20, the longest in the nation and the longest in Villanova history. Butler used a little 9-2 run starting with just under 4 minutes to play to open a 6 point lead, then went 6-6 at the foul line in the final minute to clinch the win. The Bulldogs limited Josh Hart to 13 points on 3-11 shooting. The Wildcats loss left Baylor and Gonzaga as the only undefeated teams.

#2 Baylor 65, Iowa State 63. Baylor's win, coupled with Villanova's loss, set up a possible #1 ranking for Baylor for the first time ever if the Bears (14-0) can beat Oklahoma State on Saturday. Tonight, Baylor held on when Manu Lecomte hit a jumper with 8 seconds left. Iowa State is 9-4.

#8 Duke 110, Georgia Tech 57. The Dookies (13-2) looked a little better against Tech (9-5) than North Carolina did the other day.
#23 Notre Dame 77, #9 Louisville 70. Notre Dame (13-2) beat L'ville (12-3) in South Bend behind 24 points from Steve Vasturia and an 18 point, 14 rebound night from Bonzie Colson.

#10 Creighton 85, St. John's 72.
Pittsburgh 88, #11 Virginia 76 (OT). Virginia's vaunted defense let them down, giving up 70 points in regulation and 18 in the 5 minute OT. The 88 points were the most Virginia has given up since losing to Washington 106-63 on November 23, 2010. Hell, our Titans can give that up every night. The 70 points Pitt scored in regulation is the most Virginia has allowed in a regular season game since beating Davidson on December 30, 2014 (they gave up 71 to Iowa State in last year's NCAA tournament).

#15 Oregon 83, Washington 71.
North Carolina State 104, #21 Virginia Tech 78. An 8-game winning streak capped off by a 14 point win over Duke got Tech (12-2) its first national ranking under Buzz Williams. The Hokies then were promptly clobbered by the Wolfpack (12-3). The Pack led by 25 at halftime.

Canisius 83, Quinnipiac 77. Our old friends in Buffalo won their 7th straight.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby TitanTarHeel » Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:40 am

Look at those big games, and highly ranked teams, from Creighton and Butler. Wow.

This tweet from Andy Katz last night has Titan fans from the late 90's (following back to back NCAA round of 32 appearances, less than 20 years ago!) shed a little tear. Just maybe it could've been us...

"Can't say it enough: Big East hit a home run with additions of Butler, Xavier and Creighton. Winners. Atmosphere." Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:46 am

Thursday, January 5:

Horizon:
Wright State 55, Cleveland State 51. Wright State overcame 19 turnovers and 35% shooting to take out Cleveland State at the Nutter Center in Dayton. A 35-22 rebounding edge helped, plus a 9 point advantage at the foul line. After 9 ties and 11 lead changes in the first half, Wright State led the entire second half, but never by more than 7. Steve Davis had 15 points and Mark Alstork had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Raiders (11-5, 2-1). Demonte Flannigan led CSU (5-10, 1-2) with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Northern Kentucky 83, Youngstown State 70. NKU ended the first half with a 17-2 run and coasted to victory in HIghland Heights. The Norse held Cameron Morse to 14 points and YSU's vaunted three-point shooters hit just 2 of 15 from behind the arc. Freshman Mason Faulkner, who started tonight averaging 3.8 ppg, led NKU (11-5, 2-1) with 24 points. Drew McDonald added 15 points and 15 rebounds. YSU is 7-9 overalll, 1-2 in conference.

Non-Conference Opponents:
Western Kentucky 82, Charlotte 80. Well, we can get a small measure of respect from knowing that the Hilltoppers (9-7, 3-0 in CUSA) haven't lost in 5 games since their visit to Calihan. Pancake Thomas hit to free throws with 5 seconds left for the win. Charlotte is 7-7. It's the 40th anniversary of Charlotte's one Final Four appearance.

East Tennessee State 115, Citadel 71. The Citadel averages 100 points per game, but is only 8-9 on the year. It's frightening to think how many points might be scored if we played 'em. ETSU is 12-3, 2-0 in the Southern Conference.

Murray State 76, Jacksonville State 63. Terrell Miller had 28 points and 10 rebounds for Murray State (8-8, 2-0 OVC).

Fairfield 97, Manhattan 79. Manhattan (5-10, 0-4) stayed winless in the MAAC, getting dumped on at home. Sophomore guard Curtis Cobb (a pretty good name) scored 46 for Fairfield, hitting 9 of 12 three pointers.

Stony Brook 59, New Hampshire 56. Stony Brook (6-8) won the America East opener for both teams, rallying from a 7 point halftime deficit on the road. Tanner Leissner had 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead New Hampshire (9-6).

Other Games:

#4 UCLA 81, California 71.
#5 Gonzaga 95, San Francisco 80. Zags to 15-0.
#17 Arizona 66, Utah 56.
#19 St. Mary's 81, BYU 68. We've been talking attendance. St. Mary's is ranked #19, and was hosting BYU, after Gonzaga the best draw in their conference. They drew 3500.

#20 Purdue 76, Ohio State 75. Always good to win on the road. Caleb Swanigan hit just 1 of 2 foul shots with 5 seconds left, but it was enough when Ohio State's final shot came up short.

#25 USC 72, Stanford 56.

Minnesota 70, Northwestern 66. The Gophers (14-2) keep winning. Big blow to 12-4 Northwestern's NCAA hopes.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:14 am

Friday, January 6:

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Horizon League
UIC 78, Detroit 64. My mother told me "if you can't say anything nice... " Nice? I can barely say anything that's not profane.

Oakland 78, Valparaiso 66. The Grizzlies hop into the Horizon driver's seat by beating Valpo in Valparaiso. Oakland never trailed, and after OU started the second half with an 8-0 burst Valpo never got closer than 5 points. Oakland showed a lot of poise down the stretch and played some excellent defense, denying the ball to Valpo star Alec Peters. Martez Walker had 25 and Stevie Clark added 16 for Oakland (13-3, 3-0). Peters had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Valpo (11-4, 1-1). Prediction for next weekend: Oakland 105, Detroit 73. It's going to get worse.

Green Bay 80, Milwaukee 69. Green Bay held visiting Milwaukee scoreless for over 7 minutes in the second half, going on a 19-0 run to turn around a three point deficit. Redshirt sophomore Brock Stull had 23 points and 7 rebounds for Milwaukee (4-12, 0-3), and is turning into a centerpiece of the rebuilding after two quiet years in Milwaukee. For Green Bay, Karem Kanter continues to play well--it's like he did one of those body switch movies with Caleb Swanigan or Miles Bridges about a month ago. Tonight he had 15 points and 10 rebounds, his third double-double in 4 games. The Phoenix (9-6, 3-0) are tied with Oakland for first in the Horizon.

Other Games:
Akron 66, Western Michigan 59. Playing on the road, Western (4-10) led for much of the second half but finally ran out of gas against the heavily favored Zips (12-3).

Dayton 67, Rhode Island 64. A hard fought game for the early lead in the A10. Dayton stays unbeaten at 3-0 in conference, 12-3 overall. Rhody falls to 10-5, 2-1.

Monmouth 92, Iona 74. Two of the MAAC favorites have struggled in conference play. Monmouth is 11-5, 3-2; Iona falls to 9-7, 2-3.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby MooseGuy1 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:38 pm

You know, Commissioner, if you are out that way for a few days, it's a short ride to the O'Rena in Oakland. Might want to check their schedule. Happy trails!
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:55 am

Games for Saturday, January 7:

Horizon:
Northern Kentucky 83, Cleveland State 75. Drew McDonald busted out for 37 points as NKU (12-5, 3-1) swept its home weekend games. McDonald added 10 rebounds for a double double. Rob Edwards had 19 for the Vikings (5-11, 1-3).

Youngstown State 80, Wright State 75. YSU (8-9, 2-2) scrambled the Horizon race a bit by knocking off the Raiders (11-6, 2-2) in Dayton. Francisco Santiago led the Penguins with 20 points. Wright State got double-doubles from Justin Miller and Grant Benzinger, and all 5 Raider starters hit double digits. But that all underscores a weak bench, which contributed just 4 points to the effort.

Non-Conference Opponents:
#12 Florida State 93, #21 Virginia Tech 78. Tech (12-3) drops its second straight since entering the Top 25. The Seminoles (15-1) were in control of this one by halftime.

#25 Indiana 96, Illinois 80. Indiana pummeled Illinois to end a 3 game losing streak. The Hoosiers led by 19 at the break.

Buffalo 77, Eastern Michigan 68. After an impressive win over Central Michigan, inconsistent EMU (9-6) gets drubbed by Buffalo (7-8) at home. Milan sophomore Nick Perkins, whom the Titans recruited, had 12 points and 8 rebounds for Buffalo.

Bowling Green 76, Ball State 71. The Falcons (7-8) snapped a 6 game road losing streak.

Toledo 91, Miami 76. Detroiter Jonathan Williams had 25 for Toledo (9-6).

Fort Wayne 87, Denver 83. Bryson Scott, Mo Evans, and Brent Calhoun combined for 67 points for Fort Wayne (13-4, 3-1).

East Tennessee State 67, Mercer 58. TJ Cromer had 23 as ETSU (13-3) stayed unbeaten in the Southern Conference.

Old Dominion 79, Western Kentucky 67. ODU (10-6) snaps the Hilltoppers' 5 game winning streak. Both teams are 3-1 in CUSA.

Quinnipiac 81, Manhattan 72. Manhattan (5-11) drops to 0-5 in the MAAC.

Tennessee Tech 71, Murray State 67. Tech (7-11, 3-0) wins a battle for the early lead in the OVC. Murray State is 8-9. 2-1.

Alma 79, Adrian 76.

Other Games:
Northern Illinois 87, Central Michigan 83. CMU (10-5) has dropped its first two in the MAC.

Penn State 72, Michigan State 63. Not your usual PSU/MSU result. A single road loss is not a big deal, but State (11-6, 3-1) has been playing the Big 10 dregs. It gets harder from here. Nebraska (9-6, 3-0) is the league's surprise early leader.

Maryland 77, Michigan 70. Michigan (11-5) doesn't have many good wins yet, and today's loss was at home. Could both State and UM miss the dance? That last happened in 1997.

#1 Villanova 93, Marquette 81.
#2 Baylor 61, Oklahoma State 57. The Bears (15-0) will likely be ranked #1 for the first time in their history when the next AP poll comes out.
#3 Kansas 85, Texas Tech 68.
#5 Gonzaga @ Portland, postponed.
#6 Kentucky 97, Arkansas 71.
#7 West Virginia 82, TCU 70.
#8 Duke 93, Boston College 82.
#9 Louisville 65, Georgia Tech 50.
#10 Creighton 78, Providence 64.
North Carolina State @ #14 North Carolina State, postponed.
#15 Oregon 85, Washington State 66.
#16 Xavier 97, St. John's 82.
#17 Arizona 82, Colorado 73.
#18 Butler 85, Georgetown 76 (OT).
#19 St. Mary's 63, San Francisco 52. St. Mary's (14-1) won behind 21 points and 11 rebounds from Jock Landale, one of the best names in college hoops.
#22 Cincinnati 67, Houston 58.
#23 Notre Dame 75, Clemson 70.
#24 Florida 83, Tennessee 70.

It was a very good day for the Top 25.

Northeastern 64, James Madison 54. Northeastern (11-5) won its 7th straight.
South Carolina Upstate 75, NJIT 65. My guy Damon Lynn was 1-10 from three points. He's really going to have to step it up a notch to have any chance of catching Travis Bader's career mark.

Alabama A&M 79, Mississippi Valley State 76. The nation's last two winless D-I squads squared off in Itta Bena, Mississippi (honest to God, MVSU is located in Itta Bena) before an assuredly raucus crowd of precisely 2008, with Alabama State (1-13) winning a barn burner. Marcus Merriweather hit 5 of 6 three point attempts for A&M, including the game-winner with 30 seconds to play. MVSU (0-15) missed a last second three to tie. Big rematch, Feb. 4, if you can make it down to Normal, Alabama.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:39 am

Sunday, January 8:

Horizon
Valparaiso 81, Detroit 74. The Titans played much better tonight but just didn't have the horses. After playing pretty well on Friday, Blackshear played just 8 ineffective minutes, and I assume he was hurting. Allen played a lot of minutes but didn't have one of his stronger games, and at one point the trainer was working on him on the Titan bench. Eichler had a little coming out party late in the first half, scoring 9 points in about 8 minutes, but Bacari didn't use him at all after that. I would have used him until Valpo figured out how to stop his 3. Anyway, that left Dre Black to play 30 minutes, but he had probably his best game as a Titan. Jenkins played well with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The press worked. But Valpo outscored us 33-4 from the foul line, taking 42 foul shots to our 9. Yeah, we foul a lot, but that's pretty ridiculous. Late in the game, with the Titans trying to rally, the refs called a foul on a clean steal by Jenkins. Another I noticed was a play about midway through the game, I think early second half, where Hammink put his shoulder into Hogan and just kind of bounced off the big guy, who didn't move an inch. So Hammink tried it again, lowering the shoulder into Hogan, bouncing off, and they called the foul on Jaleel. Very bad call. But you gotta win, not blame the refs.

Oakland 58, UIC 57. Oakland moved into sole possession of first in the Horizon by nipping UIC. The Grizzlies blocked a Horizon League record 18 shots, with the biggest coming when Jalen Hayes stuffed a Tai Odiase put-back attempt at the buzzer. Hayes finished with 20 for Oakland, while Tarkas Ferguson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for UIC. Odiase also had a double-double with 10 and 13, and 5 blocks of his own. But Oakland got the big play in the clutch.

Other Games:
#4 UCLA 89, Stanford 75
#11 Virginia 79, Wake Forest 62.
#20 Purdue 66, #11 Wisconsin 55. Caleb Swanigan had 18 points and 13 rebounds as Purdue (14-3) broke Wisconsin's 9 game winning streak.
#14 North Carolina 107, North Carolina State 56. This was the second worse loss in NC State history--and their second worst in this series. They lost to UNC 62-10 in 1921. UNC (14-3) led 33-7 ten minutes after the buzzer. NC State is 12-4.
California 74, #25 USC 73. Ivan Rabb hit two free throws with 5 seconds left for the California win. Rabb led the Bears with 17.

Stony Brook 72, Albany 70. Albany (9-8) led by 21 with 7 minutes to play, and by 19 with 5:37 to play. What's Stony Brook (7-8) to do? How about a 21-0 run to end the game, culminating with a winning layup by Tyrell Sturdivant at the buzzer. Lucas Woodhouse paced the rally, scoring 10 straight points at one point to finish with 21. Man, fans who left the Island UFC Arena early must be kicking themselves.

Northwestern 74, Nebraska 66. Nebraska (9-7, 3-1) was the last unbeaten team in Big 10 play.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby TitanTarHeel » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:08 am

There were some doubts about OU on their great record vs a generally weak and not typical OU nonconf schedule. Winning on the road at Valpo and UIC is a heckuva statement out of the gate of the Horizon and they have clear pole position (admittedly its early).
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby MooseGuy1 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:41 pm

It is, TTH. Oakland looks to just be a very solid team and Valpo appears to have been a bit overrated by pundits this year. The gap between the two is bigger than most thought.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:53 am

Monday, January 9, a quiet night in college hoops.

Non-Conference Opponents:
Fort Wayne 115, Olivet 60. It was "Pad the Stats" night in Fort Wayne, where the Mastadons (14-4) made 21 three-pointers in 40 attempts and outrebounded tiny Olivet 46-23.

Other Games:
Georgetown 83, St. John's 55. Both teams are having sub-par seasons, with G'town at 9-8 after tonight's win, and St. John's at 8-10.

Mississippi Valley State 73, Alabama State 70. MVSU becomes the last D-I team to pick up a win this year. Alabama State is 3-13.

Troy 80, Georgia State 77. As good a night as any to check in on Coach Ray. The Panthers are 8-7, 1-2 in the Sunbelt. Devin Mitchell's three rimmed out at the buzzer as the Panthers lost at home tonight. State was predicted for third in the conference, so they've been a bit below expectations so far. They did sign a couple of solid recruits in the early signing period this fall.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:36 am

Tuesday, January 10:

Horizon:
Green Bay 80, Northern Kentucky 71. This was a big game to see which of these two might be most likely to challenge Oakland and Valpo for the top spot in conference. Early on it looked like the young NKU squad was the real contender, as the Norse led by 10 at halftime and opened the lead to 15 two minutes into the second half. Then they kind of fell apart, as host Green Bay went on a 19-3 run over the next 5 minutes, including 15 straight to take a 1 point lead with 13 minutes to play. During that stretch the Norse made one of five shots from the floor and committed 5 turnovers, while Green Bay hit 8 of 10 from the floor and 2 of 2 at the charity stripe. The Norse briefly retook the lead on a Mason Faulkner trey but Green Bay tied it on the next possession, took the lead on the next, and soon led by 11. The win moves Green Bay (10-6, 4-0) into a tie for first with Oakland. The Phoenix got a balanced attack, with 5 players scoring in double figures, and won the turnover war 7-19. Drew McDonald had 23 points and 12 rebounds, but also 5 turnovers in defeat for NKU (12-6, 3-2).

Non-Conference Opponents:
Eastern Michigan 81, Bowling Green 53. Eastern (10-6) held Bowling Green (7-9) scoreless for the first 5 minutes of the second half and rolled to victory down at the Stroh Center (does it seem weird to you that the Stroh Center is in Ohio? It does to me).

Western Michigan 90, Toledo 74. Western (5-10) shot a cool 70% from the floor and 81% from the foul line to beat Toledo (9-7). Amazingly against that kind of shooting, the Rockets were within 4 points 30 minutes into the game, but a 27-11 Bronco run finally finished them off.

#9 Florida State 88, #7 Duke 72. That Titan loss to FSU just keeps looking better! Xavier Rathan Mayes led FSU with 21 points. He was the player tripped in a game last year by Duke's Grayson Allen, who finished with just 9 points. The Seminoles (16-1) have won 12 straight.

Manhattan 78, Niagara 69. The loss to Manhattan (6-11) still looks bad, though the Jaspers reversed a 4 point halftime deficit to drub the Purple Eagles (5-12) in Gotham tonight.

Other Games:
Akron 89, Central Michigan 85. After a 10-3 mark non-conference, the CHiPs start MAC play 0-3. Central's Marcus Keene had 33 points and 7 assists, but Akron's senior center Isaiah Johnson matched him point for point and added 9 rebounds for the win. The Zips have zipped out to a 3-0 mark in the MAC.

#10 West Virginia 89, #1 Baylor 68. When I looked at the schedule, with Baylor playing in Morgantown, I suspected the Bears' first ever stay at the top of the polls would be short-lived. Boy was it- about 24 hours. West Virginia's press forced 29 turnovers. The Baylor defeat leaves Gonzaga as the only unbeaten team in D-I.

#2 Kansas 81, Oklahoma 70. Oklahomas (6-9) is not its usual self this year.
#3 Villanova 79, #15 Xavier 54. The Cats dismantled Xavier tonight. I dislike the modern (as in 40 year old) habit of the pollsters dropping teams every time they lose a game. Villanova was dropped from #1 in the polls after losing a tight game to a very good Butler team on the road. Did anybody really think that Baylor was better than Villanova?

#6 Kentucky 87, Vanderbilt 81. Bad night for the Drew boys.
#23 Florida 80, Alabama 67.
Texas Tech 66, #25 Kansas State 65. K State has lost to Maryland by 1, at Kansas by 2, and now at Tech by 1. Of course, it's obvious now, and probably was obvious then, that the Titans would never have lured Chris Beard to Detroit. But as Tech (13-3) prepares to enter the Top 25, its remarkable that some people didn't want to hire Beard even if we could. Best young coach in the game? Certainly close.

Maryland 75, Indiana 72. Indiana (11-6) is coming apart, losing for the 4th time in 5 games. The Terps are 15-2.
DePaul 64, Providence 63. Good win for DePaul (8-9).

George Mason 75, St. Joe's 67. GMU has 3 Michigan kids on the roster. Freshman guard Kamari Newman, whom the Titans offered, had 10 points in 14 minutes in tonight's win. I'll still take Corey Allen. Sophomore guard Jaire Grayer, from Flint, was also offered by Detroit. He had 11 points and 6 rebounds tonight, a bit above his season averages. 6-10 sophomore center Danny Dixon, out of Grosse Pointe, didn't play, and rarely does. Melancholy memories: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=100&hilit=grosse+pointe&start=690#p24177.
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