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Northern Kentucky was correct invite after all!
Northern Kentucky wins the 2017 Horizon League Tournament, proving that Commissioner Jon LeCrone and Executive Board made a great invite! After winning just 9 games in their inaugural season in the HL, NKU comes back and wins 24 games! There were some fans who thought it was a bad move and that the HL should've waited, but the Norse turned out to be for real. As an athletic program, their University is pretty good. Their Women's Soccer team made the NCAA tourney in their first season of eligibility as well.

The basketball team will only get better as they lose only one player of any consequence- Cole Murray, but they've got a 3-Star, 7-footer coming in next season! Couple that with UIC returning everybody of consequence plus getting Dikembe Dixson back and a 3-star 6'8" Windex Man and The the Horizon League, with Oakland and Valparaiso, should be much improved.
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(03-08-2017 08:32 PM)Chuck_A Wrote:  Northern Kentucky wins the 2017 Horizon League Tournament, proving that Commissioner Jon LeCrone and Executive Board made a great invite! After winning just 9 games in their inaugural season in the HL, NKU comes back and wins 24 games! There were some fans who thought it was a bad move and that the HL should've waited, but the Norse turned out to be for real. As an athletic program, their University is pretty good. Their Women's Soccer team made the NCAA tourney in their first season of eligibility as well.

The basketball team will only get better as they lose only one player of any consequence- Cole Murray, but they've got a 3-Star, 7-footer coming in next season! Couple that with UIC returning everybody of consequence plus getting Dikembe Dixson back and a 3-star 6'8" Windex Man and The the Horizon League, with Oakland and Valparaiso, should be much improved.

Northern Kentucky is in the big dance? Good for them! This is where Cincy plays next year...

Cheers!
03-08-2017 08:40 PM
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I think that most of the NKU critics were saying that it was a right move, but that there were other moves to be made as well, like getting Belmont+one of the Kentucky schools in the OVC, or the proposed Youngstown State for Robert Morris trade with the NEC. That being said, I'm glad that NKU is proving to be an excellent addition to the Horizon League.
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That region of the country has always been underrated for producing some good basketball teams. UC, Xavier, and Dayton always, but at one time Miami was the class of the MAC as well. Not to mention others like IU and UK not unbelievably too far down the road, but they're not exactly under-the-radar programs.
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Wtf happened to Detroit.
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I'm so glad to hear someone else who is a fan of a program in the league say this. I'm an NKU alum and couldn't possibly be more excited that my Norse are getting a chance to dance. This is the league that NKU had wanted at the time they first moved up to D1 and it's amazing that they got the invite. I think everyone will see that they were the right choice in an improving league.

I'm excited to see their name called on Sunday, but also see the future of the program and the league.
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(03-08-2017 10:39 PM)Love and Honor Wrote:  That region of the country has always been underrated for producing some good basketball teams. UC, Xavier, and Dayton always, but at one time Miami was the class of the MAC as well. Not to mention others like IU and UK not unbelievably too far down the road, but they're not exactly under-the-radar programs.

UC, XU, Dayton, UK, Louisville, Ohio State, Butler, NKU, Wright State, Miami (all within 100 miles within Greater Cincinnati).

IU, Purdue and Akron just a little further out. We don't get the love that other regions in the country get, but we have some fine basketball region. I've always wanted an early season tournament, but egos have always prevailed and it hasn't happened.
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(03-09-2017 07:30 AM)insomniaisevil Wrote:  I'm so glad to hear someone else who is a fan of a program in the league say this. I'm an NKU alum and couldn't possibly be more excited that my Norse are getting a chance to dance. This is the league that NKU had wanted at the time they first moved up to D1 and it's amazing that they got the invite. I think everyone will see that they were the right choice in an improving league.

I'm excited to see their name called on Sunday, but also see the future of the program and the league.

NKU was on my radar after the HL brought in Oakland (another good choice). Eventhough the Norse only won 9 games last year, Coach Brannen stayed the course and the players bought in. A stellar recruiting class later and...voila! And I hear you guys have a 6'10"/7'0" 3-star player coming in! With the Norse losing only Murray of any consequence, Oakland and Valpo still being at the top and UIC being healthy next year with Dikembe Dixson back and a 3-star 6'9" recruit of our own, things are definitely looking up for the Horizon!
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(03-09-2017 11:53 AM)Chuck_A Wrote:  
(03-09-2017 07:30 AM)insomniaisevil Wrote:  I'm so glad to hear someone else who is a fan of a program in the league say this. I'm an NKU alum and couldn't possibly be more excited that my Norse are getting a chance to dance. This is the league that NKU had wanted at the time they first moved up to D1 and it's amazing that they got the invite. I think everyone will see that they were the right choice in an improving league.

I'm excited to see their name called on Sunday, but also see the future of the program and the league.

NKU was on my radar after the HL brought in Oakland (another good choice). Eventhough the Norse only won 9 games last year, Coach Brannen stayed the course and the players bought in. A stellar recruiting class later and...voila! And I hear you guys have a 6'10"/7'0" 3-star player coming in! With the Norse losing only Murray of any consequence, Oakland and Valpo still being at the top and UIC being healthy next year with Dikembe Dixson back and a 3-star 6'9" recruit of our own, things are definitely looking up for the Horizon!

Things at NKU are looking up big time. Losing Cole Murray is a huge loss for the team, but they have a ton of talent coming back, especially with more experience. The 7'0" coming in looks like a shot blocking machine. Seems like potentially a big get for the program.

The hiring of Brannen was the biggest game changer, as the previous coach just wasn't getting the job done. Exciting times.

Getting into the Horizon was clearly the other game changer. This is the league NKU wanted from the beginning. It's all been sort of a dream.

Best of luck to UIC (at least whenever they aren't playing NKU)! The time in the Horizon has seemed great so far. I'm hoping all the teams in the league make a step up. Milwaukee seems to have talent returning. I know YSU brings back a lot, as does Wright State. Valpo seems to be the only team really losing a lot.

I'd love to see this league get to the point being a multiple bid league. I think it's more possible than it seems.

Hopefully the Norse represent the league well in the dance. I'll be following anyone from the rest of the league who makes any of the smaller tourneys as well. I'd assume at least a few members of the league haven't fully finished their seasons yet.
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(03-09-2017 11:53 AM)Chuck_A Wrote:  
(03-09-2017 07:30 AM)insomniaisevil Wrote:  I'm so glad to hear someone else who is a fan of a program in the league say this. I'm an NKU alum and couldn't possibly be more excited that my Norse are getting a chance to dance. This is the league that NKU had wanted at the time they first moved up to D1 and it's amazing that they got the invite. I think everyone will see that they were the right choice in an improving league.

I'm excited to see their name called on Sunday, but also see the future of the program and the league.

NKU was on my radar after the HL brought in Oakland (another good choice). Eventhough the Norse only won 9 games last year, Coach Brannen stayed the course and the players bought in. A stellar recruiting class later and...voila! And I hear you guys have a 6'10"/7'0" 3-star player coming in! With the Norse losing only Murray of any consequence, Oakland and Valpo still being at the top and UIC being healthy next year with Dikembe Dixson back and a 3-star 6'9" recruit of our own, things are definitely looking up for the Horizon!

(03-09-2017 02:08 PM)insomniaisevil Wrote:  
(03-09-2017 11:53 AM)Chuck_A Wrote:  
(03-09-2017 07:30 AM)insomniaisevil Wrote:  I'm so glad to hear someone else who is a fan of a program in the league say this. I'm an NKU alum and couldn't possibly be more excited that my Norse are getting a chance to dance. This is the league that NKU had wanted at the time they first moved up to D1 and it's amazing that they got the invite. I think everyone will see that they were the right choice in an improving league.

I'm excited to see their name called on Sunday, but also see the future of the program and the league.

NKU was on my radar after the HL brought in Oakland (another good choice). Eventhough the Norse only won 9 games last year, Coach Brannen stayed the course and the players bought in. A stellar recruiting class later and...voila! And I hear you guys have a 6'10"/7'0" 3-star player coming in! With the Norse losing only Murray of any consequence, Oakland and Valpo still being at the top and UIC being healthy next year with Dikembe Dixson back and a 3-star 6'9" recruit of our own, things are definitely looking up for the Horizon!

Things at NKU are looking up big time. Losing Cole Murray is a huge loss for the team, but they have a ton of talent coming back, especially with more experience. The 7'0" coming in looks like a shot blocking machine. Seems like potentially a big get for the program.

The hiring of Brannen was the biggest game changer, as the previous coach just wasn't getting the job done. Exciting times.

Getting into the Horizon was clearly the other game changer. This is the league NKU wanted from the beginning. It's all been sort of a dream.

Best of luck to UIC (at least whenever they aren't playing NKU)! The time in the Horizon has seemed great so far. I'm hoping all the teams in the league make a step up. Milwaukee seems to have talent returning. I know YSU brings back a lot, as does Wright State. Valpo seems to be the only team really losing a lot.

I'd love to see this league get to the point being a multiple bid league. I think it's more possible than it seems.

Hopefully the Norse represent the league well in the dance. I'll be following anyone from the rest of the league who makes any of the smaller tourneys as well. I'd assume at least a few members of the league haven't fully finished their seasons yet.

Highlights of Chris Vogt (the incoming NKU big man in question):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhzaNUBmlRE

He's going to need to put on weight, but having watched the Norse be drastically undersized for 5 years, just the idea of someone like this being on the roster is pretty amazing.
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