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Horizon League Basketball Notes for January 22

INDIANAPOLIS – Week 5 of the #HLMBB season has a marquee matchup as the top two teams in the standings face off on national television as Wright State and Northern Kentucky renew their rivalry Friday night on ESPNU.

• Wright State moves up to No. 10 in the Mid-Major Top-25 poll with Northern Kentucky receiving votes.
• The Raiders are 7-1 to start #HLMBB play and have been dominant so far this season. In HL play they rank tops in scoring, rebounding, 3-point field goal percentage and blocks. Nationally, WSU is 17th in the country in scoring offense with 80.9 points per game and 11th in rebounds per game at 41.4.
• The Norse are riding a five-game winning streak and boast the best scoring defense in the HL at 64.3 points per game as they rank third in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing teams to shoot just 26.7 percent from deep.
• The HL had three players tabbed on the Lou Henson Award Midseason Watch List as Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis, Loudon Love of Wright State and Northern Kentucky’s Dantez Walton were tabbed on the list. The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I mid-major player.
• Preseason Player of the Year Antoine Davis of Detroit Mercy continues to lead the HL in scoring and ranks third in the NCAA as he is averaging 23.6 points per game. In addition, he is top-15 in the country in free throw percentage (92.9) and 3-pointers per game (3.32).
• Youngstown State continues to hit the offensive glass as the Penguins are 12th in the NCAA in offensive rebounds per game with 13.7 and 43rd in total rebounds per game at 39.6. Naz Bohannon is leading the charge on the glass grabbing 3.9 offensive boards per game, 12th in the NCAA. They return home this week where they are 8-0 at the Beeghly Center for the first time in its Division I era.
• Amari Davis of Green Bay is a six-time winner of the #HLMBB Freshman of the Week honor, tied for the fifth-most in program history, and ranks third in the HL and top-10 nationally among freshmen at 16.7 points per game and is second in the HL shooting 53.3 percent from the floor.
• The Phoenix continue to be one of the best offensive teams in the country as they are 12th in the NCAA in scoring offense at 81.5 points per game, while also ranking eighth in assists per game at 17.5, 11th in assist-to-turnover ratio and shooting 37.6 percent from behind the arc to rank 28th in the NCAA.
• Milwaukee’s Te’Jon Lucas is fourth during HL play with 18.4 points per game and is also the League leader in steals, third in assists and top-10 in field goal percentage.
• Tarkus Ferguson continues to do a little bit of everything for UIC leading the team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. He leads the HL with 5.0 assists per game. The Flames are riding a two-game winning streak heading into their road trip to Michigan this week.
• IUPUI’s Marcus Burk and Jaylen Minnett are two of the top three scorers during #HLMBB play as Burk is averaging 19.6 points per game and Minnett is scoring 18.7. In addition, Elyjah Goss is the top rebounder with 14.6 boards per HL contest.
• Oakland has one of the best rebounding front courts in the HL as they are the only team to have three players ranked in the top-12 in rebounding. Xavier Hill-Mais is fourth with 7.4, followed by Brad Brechting with 6.1 and Daniel Oladapo with 5.8.


Thursday, Jan. 16 Wright State 75, Cleveland State 62 Box Score
Northern Kentucky 88, Youngstown State 63 Box Score
Detroit Mercy 90, Milwaukee 84 Box Score
Green Bay 73, Oakland 69 Box Score
Saturday, Jan. 18 UIC 75, IUPUI 66 Box Score
Green Bay 83, Detroit Mercy 80 Box Score
Milwaukee 73, Oakland 68 Box Score
Northern Kentucky 75, Cleveland State 49 Box Score
Wright State 79, Youngstown State 72 Box Score


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