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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Brannen sure better be being considered for the conference COY.
    If he isn't coach of the year, it's rigged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Brannen sure better be being considered for the conference COY.
    Be considered? Hell it should be unanimous

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    Is the voting done after the conference tournament? I'm sure it will come down to Brannen and OU's coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEERFAN View Post
    Is the voting done after the conference tournament? I'm sure it will come down to Brannen and OU's coach.
    Oakland was supposed to be good. This is monumental turnaround stuff.

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    HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team defeated Horizon League-leading Valparaiso 82-78 on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Arena. In the process, the Norse guaranteed at least a share of third-place in the league standings.

    The victory moves NKU to 21-10 on the year, including a 12-6 mark in league play. Valpo slips to 24-7 and 14-4 in the Horizon. Seniors Cole Murray, Matt Rosenwinkel and Dean Danos were honored in a pregame ceremony.

    STATS LEADERS •Drew McDonald converted 8-of-13 field goal attempts and made all six free throws en route to a team-high 23 points. He added a game-high six rebounds.
    •Lavone Holland II was just shy of an unconventional double-double, finishing with 17 points and nine assists. The nine assists tie his career-mark.
    •Carson Williams was the beneficiary of multiple Holland assists. He was 5-of-7 from the floor and 7-of-7 at the charity stripe in his 17-point effort.

    TURNING POINT •Valparaiso took its first and only lead of the game with 12:39 left in the second half. Holland answered with a three for the Norse.
    •Derrik Smitz knotted the game at 58-all on the game's next possession, but Murray responded with his third three of the game to put NKU ahead for good.
    •NKU's last field goal of the game was a turnaround jumper from McDonald with just over a minute remaining. That bucket put the Norse ahead five and NKU went 6-for-6 down the stretch at the line to seal the win.

    FIRST-HALF SUMMARY •Jordan Garnett started the game with an emphatic dunk on NKU's second possession and the Norse never trailed in the opening half.
    •Jeff Garrett scored four-straight points to put the Norse ahead, 16-6, which was the largest lead of the game for either team.
    •Northern Kentucky led 40-37 at intermission thanks to blistering shooting on offensive. NKU shot 64 percent (14-of-22) from the floor, despite just shooting 14.3 percent (1-of-7) from three. Valpo converted just 44 percent (12-of-27) in the first half.
    •Williams had 13 in the stanza and McDonald added 12.

    SECOND-HALF SUMMARY •The Norse continued their torrid shooting in the second half, making 52 percent (12-of-23) from the floor and 58 percent (7-of-12) from three.
    •There were four ties and just two lead changes in the second half, but NKU responded after the final lead change. The first bucket was Murray's three.
    •NKU's lead reached as much as eight points, 69-61, with six minutes remaining and the Norse led the rest of the way.

    GAME NOTES •The Norse are guaranteed at least a tie for third-place in the Horizon League. A loss from Green Bay in its game Sunday afternoon gives NKU sole possession of third.
    •Northern Kentucky shot 58 percent (26-of-45) for the game, marking the best shooting performance any team has put up against Valpo's defense this year.
    •NKU won the rebounding battle (28-27) for the 24th time, improving to 19-5 in such games.
    •NKU moved to 17-3 on the season when a player reaches at least 20 points in the win column. McDonald's 23-point effort was the 25th time a Norse put up at least 20 points.
    •Northern Kentucky is also 13-0 when scoring 80 or more points and 18-4 when posting at least 70.

    NEXT UP •The Norse await their seeding for Motor City Madness, the Horizon League's postseason tournament. NKU has already solidified either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed and will play on Sunday, March 5 in Detroit.

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    NKU game will be 7:30 Sunday March 5th against #5 seed Wright State. If they win then Monday, March 6th at 7 PM will be the next game.

    Little Caesars Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship Seeds
    1. Oakland
    2. Valparaiso
    3. Green Bay
    4. Northern Kentucky
    5. Wright State
    6. UIC
    7. Detroit Mercy
    8. Cleveland State
    9. Youngstown State
    10 Milwaukee

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    How did they determine who got the 3 and 4 seed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKMustangFan View Post
    How did they determine who got the 3 and 4 seed?
    I think I read where if the two teams are tied, it goes to Head to Head. If they split then it goes to your record against the teams above you.

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    I saw highlights of this game on Sportscenter tonight. That is the first time I have seen NKU highlights on Sportscenter...very cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankdracman23 View Post
    NKU game will be 7:30 Sunday March 5th against #5 seed Wright State. If they win then Monday, March 6th at 7 PM will be the next game.

    Little Caesars Horizon League Menís Basketball Championship Seeds
    1. Oakland
    2. Valparaiso
    3. Green Bay
    4. Northern Kentucky
    5. Wright State
    6. UIC
    7. Detroit Mercy
    8. Cleveland State
    9. Youngstown State
    10 Milwaukee

    Here is what I see posted online. It shows NKU with the 3 seed playing UIC at 5:00. Which is correct?

    2017 Horizon League men's basketball tournament

    Friday-March 7

    At Joe Louis Arena

    First round: Friday

    Game 1, 5:30 p.m.: No. 7 Detroit (8-22) vs. No. 10 Milwaukee (8-23), ESPN3.

    Game 2, 8:00: No. 8 Youngstown (11-20) vs. No. 9 Cleveland State (9-21), ESPN3.

    Second round: Saturday

    Game 3, 5:30: No. 1 Oakland (24-7) vs. Game 2 winner, ESPN3.

    Game 4, 8:00: No. 2 Valparaiso (24-7) vs. Game 1 winner, ESPN3.

    Third round: March 5

    Game 5, 5:00: No. 3 Northern Kentucky (21-10) vs. No. 6 Illinois-Chicago (14-17), ESPN3.

    Game 6, 7:30: No. 4 Green Bay (18-12) vs. No. 5 Wright State (20-11), ESPN3.

    Semifinals: March 6

    Game 7, 7:00: Game 3 winner vs. Game 6 winner, ESPNU.

    Game 8, 9:30: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, ESPNU.

    Finals: 7 p.m. March 7, ESPN.

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    Horizon League website has NKU playing Wright State. Men's bracket is on the left. NKU women are playing UIC.

    Oakland Earns Top Seed, Shares Regular Season Title with Valpo; #HLMBB Update Feb. 26 | Horizon League

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
    Horizon League website has NKU playing Wright State. Men's bracket is on the left. NKU women are playing UIC.

    Oakland Earns Top Seed, Shares Regular Season Title with Valpo; #HLMBB Update Feb. 26 | Horizon League
    Thanks. Looks like the Detroit Free Press has it listed wrong.

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    I wish the Detroit Free Press version was gospel. A UIC/Valpo(without Peters) path would have been preferable to Wright St/Oakland.

    Need to eliminate the careless turnovers to snip the nets in Motor City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Brannen sure better be being considered for the conference COY.
    Definitely deserved.

    Not to get way out over my skis, but a COY award, 20+ win season, possible postseason tournament, all speed up the inevitable "where coach goes next" talk. I would really love to see him stay through the duration of this freshmen class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justsayin View Post
    Definitely deserved.

    Not to get way out over my skis, but a COY award, 20+ win season, possible postseason tournament, all speed up the inevitable "where coach goes next" talk. I would really love to see him stay through the duration of this freshmen class.
    You're definitely right there. Unfortunately the sooner NKU makes the big dance, the sooner Brannen is on his way to a bigger/better job, if not before. However, it's going to be awesome if he can get us there.

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