NKU To Horizon League

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    NKU To Horizon League

    Richard Skinner and Joe Danneman reporting that NKU will hold a special board meeting and press conference Monday to announce a move to the Horizon in all sports...
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    Good league that plays some good basketball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gametime View Post
    Richard Skinner and Joe Danneman reporting that NKU will hold a special board meeting and press conference Monday to announce a move to the Horizon in all sports...
    Finally.

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    Awesome news. That's where they should be. Should help recruiting and attendance. I know I for one will be attending more games than before if this is true.

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    From Wikipedia...

    The Horizon League is best known for its men's basketball teams and is one of the top performing NCAA Division I conferences in that sport according to the NCAA Men's Basketball Rating Percentage Index (RPI).

    Only seven conferences have won at least one game in seven of the last eight NCAA Tournaments: the six BCS conferences and the Horizon League (Butler four times, Milwaukee twice, and Cleveland State once).

    The Horizon League has been a multi-bid conference nine times, including twice in the last six years, and had a conference-record three teams in 1998.

    The Horizon League has had a team win at least one game in the NCAA Tournament 11 of the last 15 years, which also betters every non-BCS conference.

    Horizon League teams have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen (or further) five of the last ten years (Butler four times, Milwaukee once), which exceeds all but one non-BCS conference.

    Multiple Horizon League members have made Sweet 16, Elite Eight and Final Four appearances.

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    They better hit the recruiting trail hard.

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    Atlantic Sun is on life support now

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    Well, who has been tooting that horn for a little while now?! Remember where ya heard it months ago lol

    P.S. Enjoying a Brewery Tour

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    So this move is for the upcoming season correct? Also saw that they will be eligible for NCAA's in 2016, so this moves them up a year early?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nkufan23 View Post
    Awesome news. That's where they should be. Should help recruiting and attendance. I know I for one will be attending more games than before if this is true.
    Ditto. That other conference was just plain bad.

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    I'm in "Anything But The Atlantic Sun" mode, so am happy for the move to the Horizon League. Would have preferred the OVC, but I guess that is just not going to happen near-term.

    This is a huge jump up in class for the Norse, but one that might at least generate some local interest and put bodies in the stands - even if they are coming to see the visiting team for awhile.

    Coach Brannen has been provided with a major stage on which to perform and make a name for himself/NKU - if they can pull it off.

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    For those who don't know, the current Horizon League teams are:

    Cleveland State, Detroit, Green Bay, Illinois-Chicago, Milwaukee, Oakland, Valparaiso, Wright State, and Youngstown State.

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    From a recruiting angle the A-Sun was not a bad sell because who wouldn't want to go to Florida, Georgia, and S.Car in the Winter and Spring? From a travel cost angle the A-Sun was brutal on the budget and the Horizon will be much less so. From a competition and interest angle it is an upgrade big-time.

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    Can they compete in this league?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plantmanky View Post
    Can they compete in this league?
    They will be fine over time.....remember hard to recruit when you are not eligible for NCAA tourneys. And there are more sports than basketball. I think they will be fine in Volleyball. Baseball and Softball, Golf, and Tennis it might be easier to compete against schools that are also hindered by the weather. Soccer I have no clue about.

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