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Horizon League Media Day

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 | 0 comments

 

 

On Tuesday I had the privilege of attending the Horizon League’s annual media day. It is a preseason event hosted by the college basketball conference every October as a way to promote the upcoming basketball season.

For the 2012-2013 season the Horizon League will have nine teams: Illinois-Chicago {UIC}, Loyola, Valparaiso, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Detroit, Youngstown State, Wright State, and Cleveland State.

The notable absence is Butler University who has now moved onto the Atlantic 10 Conference. But despite the loss, the conference is still going strong.

Horizon League Commissioner John LaCrone, and Director of Communications Bill Potter hosted today’s event. Among the many topics that came up at the event were the state of the conference, the legitimacy of the conference, the strength of the conference, conference expansion, competing with the bigger conferences, and recruiting players in the Big Ten’s back yard.

While all of the teams were present, I did attend the press conferences involving UIC, Loyola, and Valparaiso. After all, Q101 is a Chicago station.

I also attended the introductory press conference by Commissioner LaCrone, and here is what the commissioner had to say:

 

As for the local teams:

The UIC Flames were the second worst team in the Horizon League last year. They finished with a dismal record of 8-22 (3-15). Out of those 22 losses, eight of those games were lost by five points or less.

In those particular losses, the Flames defense collapsed in the second half. Head coach Howard Moore is looking to improve on the defensive side of the court.

He returns four starters this year, and also boasts two young seven footers looking to make an impact. Coach Moore was joined by his star point guard Gary Talton at the media day festivities:

 

Onto the team who finished last the Horizon League last year, UIC’s arch-rival the Loyola Ramblers. Head coach Porter Moser brings back six upperclassmen, including forward Ben Averkamp. Here is what they had to say in regards to their program:

 

And finally we have last season’s regular season conference champions, the Valparaiso Crusaders. Bryce Drew’s group is looking to repeat as regular season champs, and to get their vengence against Detroit for last seasons conference tournament championship loss.

Here is what Coach Drew and forward Ryan Broekhoff had to say:

The Horizon League will have 39 of it’s game on national television this year. It will be fun and interesting to watch.

 

 

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