Category Archives: Horizon League

UIC’s Dikembe Dixson to Undergo Season-Ending ACL Surgery

Photo courtesy of UIC Flames.

CHICAGO, Ill. — On Wednesday night, the UIC Flames upset heralded Chicago-based basketball program DePaul.

Less than 24 hours later, the Flames discovered their win came at a cost.

Per a press release, Dikembe Dixson, the team’s leading scorer and 2015-16 Horizon League Freshman of the Year, has a torn ACL and will undergo season-ending surgery. He suffered the injury in the first half versus the Blue Demons.

“We’re all disappointed that Dikembe’s season has come to an end,” said UIC head coach Steve McClain. “He was having another great year as one of the top scorers in the NCAA and [is] a fantastic leader in our program.” Continue reading UIC’s Dikembe Dixson to Undergo Season-Ending ACL Surgery

RECAP: Cornell Johnston, Eastern Illinois Panthers Roll Past UIC Flames, 90-76

Cornell Johnston scored a game-high 21 points and dished out a career-high 9 assists in Eastern Illinois' 90-76 win over the UIC Flames. (Header Photo: OVC Ball)
Cornell Johnston scored a game-high 21 points and dished out a career-high 9 assists in Eastern Illinois’ 90-76 win over the UIC Flames. (Header Photo: OVC Ball)

Sunday’s college basketball slate was quieter than the past couple of days, with only 27 games on tap for the day. However, there were still some big games that could provide teams with a much-needed momentum boost as the season ticks along.

One of those games took place in Chicago, where the Eastern Illinois Panthers took on the UIC Flames.

Both teams came into Sunday with identical 4-3 records on the year, and were looking to push their records further above the .500 mark. The Panthers were coming off a loss to the Bradley Braves, and were looking to get back on the right track, while the Flames were looking to extend their winning streak to a modest two games.

It was back-and-forth early on, and the Flames jumped out to an early 5-2 lead. From there, it was a seesaw game, as both squads traded leads on several occasions.

With 6:42 to play in the opening half, Casey Teson hit a three pointer to give the Panthers a 21-18 lead.

They wouldn’t relinquish the lead the rest of the way.

Eastern Illinois took an 11-point lead into halftime, and the Flames would never get within single digits in the second half. The Panthers rolled to the 90-76 win over UIC on Sunday afternoon. Continue reading RECAP: Cornell Johnston, Eastern Illinois Panthers Roll Past UIC Flames, 90-76

Impact of Canadian Talent Being Felt All Across the NCAA Early in 2016-17

Over the first four games of the 2016-17 season, freshman forward Justin Jackson has put up two double-digit point performances, while helping Maryland to a 4-0 record. (Source: Tommy Gilligan - USA Today Sports)
Over the first four games of the 2016-17 season, freshman forward Justin Jackson has put up two double-digit point performances, while helping Maryland to a 4-0 record. (Source: Tommy Gilligan – USA Today Sports)

The talent level of basketball players coming out of Canada over the past few years has been impressive, and there are no signs of that slowing down any time soon.

Several of the top recruits in the Class of 2017 are from the Great White North. Guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (#29 in ESPN’s Top 100) has committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies, guard Lindell Wigginton (#49) has committed to the Iowa State Cyclones, and forward Christian David (#83) has committed to the Butler Bulldogs.

While the future is bright, the present is also just as bright for the game of basketball in Canada.

The 2016-17 season isn’t even two weeks old yet, but there are several Canadians who have looked impressive in the NCAA. Some are in their first years in Division I, while others are experienced leaders on championship contenders.

Here are just a few of the many Canadians who are budding stars in the NCAA. Continue reading Impact of Canadian Talent Being Felt All Across the NCAA Early in 2016-17

College Court Report Three Stars: November 16th, 2016

Lamar forward Colton Weisbrod recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds to help lead the Cardinals past the Oregon State Beavers on Wednesday night, 63-60. (Source: Beaumont Enterprise)
Lamar forward Colton Weisbrod recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds to help lead the Cardinals past the Oregon State Beavers on Wednesday night, 63-60. (Source: Beaumont Enterprise)

Another night of college basketball is in the books, and what a night it was across the country.

We saw unexpected blowout wins, like the Miami (FL) Hurricanes knockong off the North Florida Ospreys by 38, on the road no less.

Later on, we saw another upset on the West Coast. The Lamar Cardinals, who had a 5% chance of winning on Wednesday night according to Ken Pomeroy, knocked off the Oregon State Beavers, 63-60.

Several star players put together some fine individual performances, with several players topping the 30-point plateau on the evening.

In summary, it was extremely tough to pick the College Court  Report Three Stars for November 16th, but we did our best.
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College Court Report Three Stars: November 15th, 2016

Mark Alstork flirted with a triple-double on Tuesday night, recording 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists in Wright State's 89-87 in over Miami (OH). (Source: The Guardian)
Mark Alstork flirted with a triple-double on Tuesday night, recording 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists in Wright State’s 89-87 in over Miami (OH). (Source: The Guardian)

We are almost a week into the 2016-17 regular season, and there have been a slew of memorable games and individual performances. If this keeps up, the rest of the season will be rather exciting.

Tuesday night saw several marquee match-ups gain the headlines before, and after, the teams took to the court. From the Kentucky Wildcats and Michigan State Spartans to the Duke Blue Devils and Kansas Jayhawks, to the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon and everything in between, several players stood out above the rest all across the nation.

Here are the College Court Report Three Stars for Tuesday, November 15th. Continue reading College Court Report Three Stars: November 15th, 2016

College Court Report Three Stars: November 12th, 2016

Alec Peters recorded 36 points and 15 rebounds to help Valparaiso fight back from a first-half deficit to top Trinity (IL) in their second game in as many days to open the 2016-17 season..
Alec Peters recorded 36 points and 15 rebounds to help Valparaiso fight back from a first-half deficit to top Trinity (IL) in their second game in as many days to open the 2016-17 season..

What a way to kick off the 2016-17 regular season!

On Saturday, fans everywhere were still in a bit of shock in terms of what they saw on Friday. Some teams were still celebrating program-defining wins, including the Wagner SeahawksAlbany Great Danes, and Nicholls State Colonels.

Some power conference teams were left looking for answers as to what went wrong on opening day, trying to correct any mistakes before their next game.

Saturday was a much quieter day in terms of games as opposed to Friday, but there were still some memorable moments out there, which included some big-time individual performances across the country.

All three of the Three Stars for November 12th put together some impressive shooting performances, as all three finished their respective games with a shooting percentage of 48% or better.

Below are the College Court Report Three Stars for Saturday, November 12th, 2016.
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