COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Smith, Vikings start Horizon tourney

Mar. 7—For some college basketball teams, the postseason has already begun with seasons on the line.

Danville native Tevin Smith and the Cleveland State men's basketball team has already made an impact in the Horizon League Tournament, beating IUPUI 85-66 in Tuesday's first round.

Smith had eight points with two rebounds and an assist and a block for the Vikings, which was coming off a 75-66 win over IUPUI in the regular season finale on Saturday. Smith had 12 points in that game.

With the win, the No. 7-seeded Vikings (19-12) will travel to play No. 2 Youngstown State today at 6 p.m. If Cleveland State wins, it will go on to the semifinals on Monday at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis.

Danville native Sean Houpt and the William & Mary men's basketball team will start play in the Colonial Athletic Association on Friday against North Carolina A&T.

The Tribe enter the tournament off a 85-73 win over Hampton on Sunday. Houpt had 16 points in the victory. Houpt had nine points against Elon in an 76-71 loss on Thursday.

Schlarman graduate Anaya Peoples and the DePaul women's basketball team will start play in the Big East Tournament on Friday on a six-game losing streak.

The Blue Demons' final week of the regular season started with a 73-70 loss to Butler on Feb. 28 with Peoples scoring 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

DePaul then lost another close game in a 68-66 loss to Villanova. Peoples had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the game.

The Blue Demons are 12-19 and will start play in the tournament against Seton Hall.

Oakwood native Katelyn Young and the Murray State women's basketball team started the last week of Missouri Valley Conference play with 85-59 win over Evansville on Friday. Young had 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win.

The Racers then beat Indiana State 87-70 on Sunday with Young getting 27 points and five assists.

Murray State is 18-9 and 11-4 in the MVC and will finish the regular season with games today at Illinois State and a game against Bradley on Saturday.

Schlarman grad Capria Brown and the Central Michigan women's basketball team lost to Buffalo 77-68 on Wednesday. Brown had four points and three rebounds.

The Chippewas were coming off a 77-63 loss to Ohio on Saturday with Brown getting 10 points and seven rebounds.

Central Michigan is 6-20 and 4-12 in the MAC and will face Akron on Saturday to finish the regular season.

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin grad Emily Meidel and the Eastern Illinois girls basketball team will start the postseason today against Tennessee State in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

The Panthers are coming in off a 64-54 loss to Western Illinois last Thursday in which Meidel had three points and two rebounds.

The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team, coached by Danville native Stan Gouard, started the postseason on Wednesday against Tennessee State in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

The Screaming Eagles were coming in with a three-game losing streak that included a 67-63 loss to Lindenwood on Feb. 29 and a 70-66 loss to Southeast Missouri State on Saturday.