Wednesday, December 19, 2007

News On The Horizon 12/20/2007

No. 16 Butler Beats Bradley
No. 16 Butler Beats Bradley--The Chicago Tribune
A visit to Indy's other brickyard--The Chicago Tribune
No. 16 BUTLER 83, BRADLEY 64--Detroit Free Press

A.J. Graves scored 21 points, and freshman Mike Green had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead host Butler.

Butler does it to Bradley--The Southtown Star

No. 16 Butler 83, Bradley 64

INDIANAPOLIS - With its usually proficient 3-point shooters struggling, the Bulldogs resorted to Plan B: strong post play, backdoor cuts and an array of layups to get the offense in sync.

Eventually, the long-range shooters finally caught up to their teammates.

A.J. Graves scored 21 points and fellow guard Mike Green added 17 points and nine rebounds for the new-look Bulldogs, who used a late 3-point flurry to finally put away Bradley.

Most expected the game to be a shooting exhibition between two of the nation's premier teams from beyond the arc. Bradley (7-4) and Butler (10-1) were both averaging about 10 3s per game.

But with both teams intent on defending the 3-point line like it was Fort Knox, it became a plodding, deliberate chess match.

So the Bulldogs did what they had to. They got the ball inside to Matt Howard, their freshman forward who almost single-handedly kept them close early, and then relied on the athleticism of backup swingman Willie Veasley (12 points) to open things up on the baseline.

Daniel Ruffin, who was in foul trouble for the final 23 minutes, and backup Tyrone Cole-Scott both had 11 points for Bradley.

Howard had 14 points and six rebounds.

Butler still doing it--The Post-Tribune

Butler moved up to No. 16 in the AP poll and No. 18 in the coaches' poll after its 79-68 victory over Florida State in the Wooden Tradition. The Bulldogs have gone 62 straight games without back-to-back losses.

A.J. Graves became the 39th player in league history to reach the 1,500-point plateau, as his 25 against the Seminoles put him at 1,508.

Bulldogs able to hold off Braves' charge--The Indy Star
Bradley 'not ready' for Butler--The Peoria Journal Star
Promising start goes by wayside--The Peoria Journal Star
Collecting more pieces--Indy Star Butler Insider
#16 Butler Surges Past Bradley,
No. 16 Butler Cruises Past Bradley,

Spotlight and Ohio State Pressure Wither Away Vikings--The Fan Home of the Cleveland State Vikings
Vikings Topped By Buckeyes,

No. 14 Texas A&M Beats
No. 14 TEXAS A&M 79, DETROIT MERCY 39--Detroit Free Press

Freshman DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Aggies (10-1) over visiting Detroit (4-7).

Texas A&M 79, Detroit
No. 14/11 Texas A&M Too Much For

Mayo's 2nd half ignites Flames--The Chicago Tribune

Team win for UIC--Daily Herald College Sports
Men's basketball: Region players still key for UIC--The Post-Tribune
Rockets falter, as halftime lead fizzles--The Toledo Blade
Flames turned up in 2nd half--Whoosh!Net
Rockets Falter in Second Half in 66-56 Setback at
Second-Half Attack Sends Men's Basketball To 66-56 Win Over

Lady Eagles cruise to victory--The Hattiesburg American
Southern Miss Bounces Back In A Big Way, Cruises To 79-55 Win Over
Women's Basketball Falls Short Against Southern Miss In Caribbean

Cerasoli bright spot in defeat--The Chicago Tribune
SAINT LOUIS 60, LOYOLA 43: Billikens topple Ramblers--The Chicago Sun-Times
St. Louis 'D' too much for Loyola--The Southtown Star
Eberhardt helps propel Bills--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
SLIDE SHOW: Billikens 60, Ramblers 43--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Not as much rambling--The Post-Tribune

Loyola led the league in scoring last season at 69.9 points per game, but the Ramblers were averaging only 63.1 this season, last in the league. They had scored 70 or more points in each of their four victories, and were averaging 54.8 in their five losses.

Billikens Top Loyola
Cold Shooting Does In Loyola In 60-43 Loss At Saint
Loyola Closes Out Road Trip At UMKC

Loyola Returns From Finals Break To Battle

Women's Basketball Hosts Arizona, North Dakota State to End

Panthers fight off Chippewas--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports-Colleges
Losses mount for Milwaukee--The Post-Tribune

Milwaukee saw its losing streak reach six games with a 61-39 setback against Wisconsin, as the Panthers fell to 3-7.

They also lost their top scorer. Coach Rob Jeter on Saturday suspended Torre Johnson after an off-court incident. Johnson was leading the league in rebounding at 8.0 per game, and was fourth in scoring at 17.8 points.

Milwaukee was last in the league in field-goal percentage at 41.1. Johnson was shooting 50.4 percent, and the rest of the Panthers were shooting 38.5. Opponents are shooting 51.3 percent during Milwaukee's six-game skid.

Milwaukee Edges CMU,
Paulsen Sparks Panthers Past

Women's basketball: Patience and hard work paying off for VU's Litka--The Post-Tribune

Men's basketball: Crusaders face pair of tough road tests--The Post-Tribune

Buckeyes bounce Penguins--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle Sports
No. 18 OHIO STATE 84, YOUNGSTOWN ST. 50--Detroit Free Press

Center Jantel Lavender had 16 points for the host Buckeyes.

Guard unnerves Penguins backcourt--Columbus Dispatch
Around the rim--The Post-Tribune

With its loss to Cleveland State on Dec. 8, Youngstown State fell to 0-7 in league openers since joining in 2001. ... Entering the week, the league had gone 47-29 (.618) against nonconference opponents.

No. 18 Ohio State Blows By Youngstown State
Women's Basketball Falls to No. 18 Ohio State,

Men's Basketball Round-up - December 19--The Horizon League

Women's Basketball Roundup - December 19--The Horizon League

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