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Horizon League moving Basketball Tournaments back to Indianapolis at former home of the ABA’s Indiana Pacers

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Dan Gliot & COURTESY OF THE HORIZON LEAGUE & WRIGHT STATE ATHLETICS

 

 

Indiana Farmers Coliseum - Indianapolis 2015 photo By Mberkery1 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

INDIANAPOLIS - The Horizon League Council selected Indianapolis to host the 2020-22 Horizon League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, announced the League office on Friday. The Indiana Farmers Coliseum will play host to the semifinal and championship games. The dates and bracket for the entire 2020 Horizon League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship will be released at a later date.

The announcement wrapped up a six-month process that included site visits to each of the finalist cities and in-person presentations.

“This is an exciting time for the Horizon League as we have the opportunity to bring our championships to a new community that align with our mission, vision and core values,” said Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone. “Indianapolis is a destination city located in the middle of our footprint and has a proven track record of success. We look forward to working with Indianapolis to produce a first-class and memorable experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans.”

Indianapolis, the largest city in Indiana, is the home of the Horizon League and NCAA offices and has been a hub for some of the largest sporting events in the nation. It will host its eighth NCAA men’s Final Four in 2021 and has already been selected to stage its ninth in 2026, while also holding three NCAA women’s Final Fours with the most recent being in 2016.

“The cities that presented to our committee were very impressive and brought a lot of energy to the process” said Horizon League Council Ad-Hoc Committee Chair and UIC Director of Athletics Garrett Klassy. “We are excited to bring our semifinals and championship to Indianapolis because of their vision and commitment to our student-athletes, coaches and fans. Indianapolis is an easily accessible, destination city that will offer a Horizon League championship atmosphere.”

The Indiana Farmers Coliseum, located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, is a 6,800-seat arena that hosts over 150 events and over 250,000 guests annually. The average drive for Horizon League fans is 3 hours, 45 minutes while eight of ten schools are within five hours of Indianapolis. Among the planned tournament enhancements, student-athletes will be welcomed with signage around the city, hotels and arena along with a pep rally at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. On game day, student-athletes will receive a police escort to the arena and will play in a one-of-a-kind tournament atmosphere that includes a neutral tournament branded court. Additionally fans will have the opportunity to stay downtown at a special, discounted rate at participating hotels and will have the opportunity to visit school-designated restaurants.

“The city of Indianapolis and Indiana Farmers Coliseum have a proud tradition of hosting NCAA and various basketball events and the Horizon League Basketball Championship will bring tremendous excitement to our community,” said Cindy Hoye, Executive Director at the Indiana State Fair Commission.

The 2019 Horizon League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will begin March 5-6 with quarterfinal games on campus and will culminate with the semifinal and championship games on March 11-12 at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena. Tickets for the semifinals and championship at Little Caesars Arena will go on sale on February 1 at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT.

“We have enjoyed a great partnership with Olympia Entertainment and 313 Presents and look forward to an incredible event in a world class arena in March,” said LeCrone.

FUTURE HORIZON LEAGUE BASKETBALL SEMIFINALS & CHAMPIONSHIPS DATES

  • March 11-12, 2019: Little Caesars Arena- Detroit
  • March 9-10, 2020: Indiana Farmers Coliseum – Indianapolis
  • March 8-9, 2021: Indiana Farmers Coliseum – Indianapolis
  • March 7-8, 2022: Indiana Farmers Coliseum – Indianapolis

ABOUT THE HORIZON LEAGUE
The Horizon League is an NCAA Division I athletics conference comprised of 10 member institutions located throughout the Midwest’s major metropolitan cities. Headquartered in Indianapolis, the League and its members strive to be highly competitive athletically while committing to the total development of its student-athletes and creating a lasting impact on campus and in the community. For more information, visit HorizonLeague.com.

ABOUT INDIANA STATE FAIRGROUNDS & EVENT CENTER
The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is a modern public event facility that annually hosts more than 400 meetings, shows, sports and agricultural events, including the Indiana State Fair. The year-round management of the Fairgrounds is overseen by the Indiana State Fair Commission which is a quasi-governmental agency that was established in 1992, with the mission to preserve and enhance the Indiana State Fairgrounds and the annual Indiana State Fair for the benefit of all citizens of Indiana. Additional information is available at www.indianastatefair.com.

 

 

 

Wright State 2019 Hall of Fame Class includes long-time public address announcer Gordie Wise

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WRIGHT STATE ATHLETICS

 

The Wright State Department of Athletics has announced its 2019 Mary and Al Schwarz Hall of Fame Class that includes a wide-range inductees that have represented the University and the Raiders on many different stages with skill and dedication.

Director of Athletics Bob Grant is thrilled to welcome track athlete Cassandra Lloyd, men’s basketball player Vaughn Duggins, long-time diving coach Harold Miller and retired WSU professor and veteran supporter Gordie Wise.

“This Hall of Fame class truly exemplifies the best of Wright State Athletics,” Grant said.  “Gordie was our “Thomas Jefferson” in that he wrote the original athletic constitution and supported the department in so many ways through the years.  Harold was a pioneer in our swimming & diving program and impacted countless student-athletes in a wonderful way.  Vaughn helped change and elevate our men’s basketball program from the minute he showed up on our campus.  And Cassandra may have been the most dominant student-athlete in a particular sport in our history.”

The induction ceremony and banquet will be Friday, February 22 at the Nutter Center’s Berry Room with a reception, dinner and induction ceremony starting at 4:30 PM.  The class of 2019 will also be introduced during the men’s basketball game on February 23.  A small amount of tickets for the induction can be purchased by the general public by clicking here.

Cassandra Lloyd, Track (2008-12)
28094Cassandra Lloyd finished her career at Wright State as perhaps the most accomplished student-athlete in school history.  She was named the Wright State Female Athlete of the Year as well as the Horizon League Track Athlete of the Year each of her four years.  The Springfield native became the first WSU student-athlete in any sport to advance to the semifinals of an NCAA event when she did so at the Track and Field Championships in 2011 and 2012 in the 100 meter hurdles. Cassandra was the Horizon League Champion in the 60 meter hurdles and 100 meter hurdles each year. She also holds the school indoor record for the 55 and 60 meter dash and was part of the 4X200 meter relay team and is the outdoor record holder for the 100 meter dash, 100 meter hurdles, 4X100 and 4X200 meter relay teams. She holds the Horizon League Championships indoor record for the 60 meter hurdles, and outdoor for the 100 meter hurdles. Lloyd was also the League Newcomer of the Year in 2009.  In 2012 she was the Horizon League’s NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. She currently resides in Springfield, OH.

Vaughn Duggins, Basketball (2007-11)
28093Vaughn Duggins played for the Raider basketball team from 2007-11.  A freshman on the 2007 Horizon League team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, he was a three-time most valuable player, twice League first-team and once second team as well as a member of the Newcomer Team in 2007 and All-Defensive Team in 2010.   Duggins is currently the third all-time leading scorer with 1777 points, 8th field goals made (611), fourth in threes made (187), fourth in free throws made (368), seventh assists (330), first in minutes played (4428).  Following his WSU career, he played 7 years professionally in both Germany and France. He currently lives with his wife, Maria, who is also former WSU Raider/ Northern Kentucky women’s basketball player, and two children, Gianni (3) and Penelope (1), in Indianapolis.

Harold Miller, Diving Coach (1973-2018)
28092Harold Miller was diving coach for the successful swimming and diving team, instrumental in its early development in 1973, until his recent passing.  He acted as head coach or assistant coach of the diving program at various times through the years, making himself available to help any way that was needed.  Miller also worked with young divers in the area, starting the Dayton Raiders diving club in 1973 that created a pipeline for WSU’s program.  He coached 11 All-Americans, two YMCA National Champions and one National Junior Olympic Champion.  In 2003, Miller was the recipient of the athletic department’s Angelo “Tony” Tononi Award, which is presented to someone who has contributed above and beyond through the years.  His son, Rick, was a standout diver for the Raiders and is a current member of the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Gordie Wise, Supporter (1967-2018)
28096Gordie Wise played an integral role in the creation of Wright State Athletics as early as 1967 and continued to have a major presences over the course of the school’s first half-century.  He was a member of the original committee which studied the feasibility of starting an athletic program at WSU.  He wrote the original constitution for the Athletic Council created to ensure faculty control of athletics.  He was the first Chair of the Athletic Council and served on that Council for 21 years. As WSU became a member of the NCAA, he was appointed Faculty Athletics Representative, a post he held for 19 years.  When men’s basketball began, he was the original public address announcer, a position he held for 49 years until his retirement this season.  He is best known for coining the phrase, “Welcome to the campus of Wright State University, and another exciting night of ‘Raider Roundball’.  He lives in Piqua, Ohio, with his wife, Susie.

This class of four now brings the total in the Hall of Fame to 70.

First place Raiders host Cleveland State Thursday night

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WRIGHT STATE ATHLETICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wright State men’s basketball team, after defeating league leading Northern Kentucky last Friday night and currently tied for first with NKU, will welcome Cleveland State to the WSU Nutter Center Thursday at 7:00 PM.  Fans can listen to Chris Collins on the Big 106.5 FM/iHeart App or watch on ESPN+.

Pink Night
In honor of Wright State Provost Sue Edwards, the WSU men’s basketball team will wear pink warmup shirts tonight.

Wright State
The Raiders, 16-11 and 10-4, are currently riding a four-game winning streak, including an 81-77 decision over Northern Kentucky that thrust WSU into a Horizon League first-place tie with the Norse.  Bill Wampler, the reigning conference Player of the Week, had his career-high 29 points with four three pointers.  Sophomore Loudon Love collected his 11th double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Raiders shot 55% from the field.

On the season, Love leads the Raiders at 15.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, and Wampler is close behind at 15.0 points.  Cole Gentry sits with an average 12.5 points while dishing 90 assists in 27 games.  In the league, Love is 10th in scoring and third in rebounds while Wampler sits 12th in points, and Gentry is ninth in assists but first in free throw percentage and third nationally at 91.4%.

The Raider splits between conference and non-conference games have been rather steady overall as Love has averaged 16.1 points in league play and 14.0 points in early-season non-league matchups showing the most disparity.  Wampler’s numbers have been quite similar at 15.0 in November and December and 14.9 in league contests, but his shooting percentage has increased from 37.9% to 44.7% overall.  Since coming off the bench over the last 13 games, Wampler has increased his average from 14.5 points per game to 15.5 while the Raiders were 6-8 with him as a starter to 10-3 as the “sixth man.”

The freshman duo of Malachi Smith and Skyelar Potter have played a big role in recent success as well.  They have combined for more than 40 minutes of action during Horizon League tilts as opposed to under 30 minutes early in the campaign.  In home contests, Potter has been seven points better than on the road at 9.9 and 2.9 points per game.  Smith has nearly doubled his output in league games versus non-league games at 6.2 compared to 3.3.

A major difference recently has been the Wright State defense.  During the Raiders’ 8-1 current stretch, WSU has widened its point differential, giving up 67.7 points while scoring almost 10 points better at 76.0 as compared to 69.2-72.8 earlier in the season.  Also, during the recent nine games, Love has averaged 17.4 points versus 13.9 earlier as Wampler’s points have grown 1.5 per game.

WSU will be looking for its first five-game winning streak of the season Thursday night.  The Raiders defeated CSU 89-66 on Jan. 19 in Cleveland.  Wampler had 21 points, 11 from the free throw line, and Love collected his season-high 23 points.  The Raiders have met the Vikings more than any other team in WSU history as Wright State leads 38-34 overall after winning the last three tilts, including the Horizon League Championship last March in Detroit 74-57.

Cleveland State
The Vikings, 8-20 and 3-12 under second-year head coach Dennis Felton.  CSU has won two of its last three games, including Milwaukee 78-68 and IUPUI 89-86.  Against the Jaguars last Saturday, sophomore Tyree Appleby posted a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds.  Appleby, who scored 13 points in the first half, helped the Vikings overcome a 16-point deficit midway through the first period.  Junior Jaalam Hill and freshman Rashad Williams each tallied 18 points for Cleveland State, while freshman Seth Millner had 17 points and eight rebounds.

Appleby holds an average of 17.2 points, good for fifth in the HL scoring race but was held to just eight points in the first meeting between the teams. In that game, Dabaji Walker led the Vikes with 18 points off the bench.  Appleby does lead the League with 5.5 assists per game.  CSU is averaging 73.8 points per gamer, just ahead of WSU’s 73.6 but the Raiders allow only 68.7 while the CSU defense allows 78.3.

Tickets
For ticket information, click here or call 937-775-4934.

Next Up
The Raiders stay home to host Youngstown State Saturday at 3:00 PM.  Senior Day festivities will take place after the game.

Follow the Raiders
Fans can listen to Chris Collins and Jim Brown make the call of each game on Big 106.5 FM and the iHeart App.  The iHeart app is easy to download and use.  Just go to the App Store for Android or iPhones and select the iHeart App for free.  Once it’s downloaded, you can search and bookmark Big 106.5 for the games and WONE 980 AM for the shows.  It’s that simple, and you won’t miss a minute of the action.  Visit www.wsuraiders.com for the latest news and information on the men’s basketball program. Fans also can follow the program on its social media outlets by searching ‘@WSU_MBB’ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Coaches Shows at Flyboys
The Wright State men’s and women’s Coaches Shows will return March 4 at Flyboys Deli in the Fairfield Mall.  Men’s head coach Scott Nagy will be on at 6 pm.  Women’s coach Katrina Merriweather will be on at 5:30 pm.  Fans can come by for delicious food or tune in WONE, 980 AM or use the iHeart App.  It will also be streamed live through wsuraiders.com.

Horizon League Standings as of 2/21/19

School Name Conf Overall Streak
Northern Kentucky 10-4 20-7 L1
Wright State 10-4 16-11 W4
Green Bay 8-6 14-13 W2
UIC 8-6 14-13 L1
Oakland 8-7 12-16 W1
Youngstown State 8-7 12-16 W6
Detroit Mercy 7-8 10-17 L1
IUPUI 6-8 14-13 L4
Milwaukee 4-10 9-18 L7
Cleveland State 3-12 8-20 W1

Schedule
Thursday: Cleveland State at Wright State, Youngstown State at Northern Kentucky
Friday:IUPUI at Milwaukee, UIC at Green Bay
Saturday: Youngstown State at Wright State, Cleveland State at Northern Kentucky, Detroit Mercy at Oakland
Sunday: UIC at Milwaukee, IUPUI at Milwaukee

Wright State’s Bill Wampler named Horizon League Player of the Week

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WRIGHT STATE ATHLETICS

 

 

 

Bill Wampler is a key reserve for the Raiders

Bill Wampler, a 6-6 junior forward for the Wright State men’s basketball team, has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, conference officials announced this week.

Wampler, a native of Eau Claire, WI, collected his career-high 29 points against Northern Kentucky at home last Friday night.  He shot 71% (10-14) from the field, connecting in four three pointers and adding five free throws, a block and a steal in 29 minutes off the bench.  Wampler is averaging 15.0 points in 27 games in his first season with the Raiders.

Wright State is currently tied for first place with NKU at 16-11, 10-4.  WSU will host Cleveland State Thursday at 7:00 PM and Youngstown State at 3:00 PM to close out the home portion of the regular season.  For ticket information, go towsuraiders.com.

Buckeyes 2nd half spurt too much for Northwestern

POSTGAME NOTES WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 22 points, 7 rebounds and stayed out of foul trouble for the second straight game

Freshman Duane Washington Jr. was valuable off the bench with 8 points, 5 rebounds in 27:37 of playing time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTGAME NOTES

Ohio State 63 (17-9, 7-8 B1G), Northwestern 49 (12-14, 3-12 B1G)

Feb. 20, 2019 Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio

 

GAME/SERIES

 Ohio State is 119-46 in the all-time series against Northwestern and 69-15 in Columbus.

 The Buckeyes improve to 113-38 in Value City Arena.

 

TEAM

 Ohio State held the Wildcats to just 20 points in the first half. The last time the Buckeyes held a Big Ten opponent to 20 or fewer points in the first half was against Minnesota (1/20/18), holding the Gophers to just 18.

 The Buckeyes outscored the Wildcats in the paint, 40-22.

 The Ohio State bench outscored the Northwestern bench, 27-19.

 When the Buckeyes lead at the half, the team is 13-3 on the season.

 

CHRIS HOLTMANN

 Chris Holtmann improves to 4-0 when coaching against the Wildcats.

 Holtmann’s record against conference opponents improves to 22-11 at the helm of the Buckeyes.

 

KALEB WESSON

 Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

 The game marked Wesson’s 20th of the season scoring in double figures and fifth scoring 20-plus points.  Wesson’s 22 points in the contest put him at 721 for his career.

 Wesson finished 5-for-5 from the free throw line, reaching 200 made foul shots for his career (204-281).

 

KYLE YOUNG

 Kyle Young went 4-for-5 from the field, scoring eight points for Ohio State. He has made 26 of his last 33 field goal attempts (.788) in the last nine games in which he has played.

 Young grabbed four rebounds and dished two helpers for the Buckeyes.

 

DUANE WASHINGTON JR.

 Duane Washington Jr. scored eight points off the bench for the Buckeyes.

 Washington Jr. grabbed five rebounds, dished two assists and recorded a steal for Ohio State.