Saturday, December 27, 2008

News On The Horizon 12/27/2008

Horizon League Notebook--Hoopville
Butler, Gonzaga resume role as mid-major

The favorites

Butler (Horizon League): Graduating four-fifths of the starting lineup from a round of 32 team won't inspire many to expect a repeat performance. But the Bulldogs are back.

Despite a tough nonconference schedule, Matt Howard and Butler are off to a strong start.

Returnee forward Matt Howard, now a sophomore, anchors a group of youngsters who have achieved a 10-1 record despite playing one of the nation's toughest schedules. Remember names like Shelvin Mack and Gordon Hayward. They're freshmen, but they're learning how to win very early in their careers -- and Butler's giant nine-point win over Xavier on Tuesday shows that it is already ready for big W's.
What you might not have realized

The Horizon League is really good. Retooled Butler is just a three-point loss to Ohio State from perfection. Illinois-Chicago beat Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech on the road. Cleveland State's stock rose when the Vikings shocked Syracuse, but it went up even higher after Syracuse turned around and beat Memphis five days later. If the cards fall right in conference play, two tourney bids aren't out of the question.

Young Butler Team Upsets No. 14 Xavier 74-65--Dawgnet News

Bulldogs Close Non-League Slate Against Christian Brothers

Vikings Host NDC To Close Non-Conference

Vikings Return to Action on Monday at Home Against

Women's Hoops Looks to Extend Win Streak at

Panthers Return From Holiday Break With Tuesday Contest At

Bench play sparks 'Rabbits--Brookings Register
Drew lifts Jones' suspension--The Post-Tribune
A curious Christmas morning--Off The Mark
Logan Jones reinstated by Valpo--Off The Mark

Valparaiso University basketball players Jake Diebler and Launa Hochstetler each earned the Horizon League's U.S. Army Scholar Athlete of the Week awards.

Diebler leads the men's team with 17 steals this season. He has a 3.57 grade-point average as a marketing major with communications and a theology minor.

Hochstetler had a career-high 24 points against No. 22-ranked South Dakota State. Hochstetler has a 3.75 GPA with a double major in accounting and finance.

Suspension lifted for Crusaders guard Logan Jones--The NWI Times
Valparaiso at #10/15 Purdue Men's Basketball Game
Crusaders Sweep League Scholar-Athlete of the Week
Valpo Women Set for Christmas City

They’re back--Mark Katz's Blog

Valpo's Jake Diebler, Launa Hochstetler Honored as U.S. Army Scholar-Athletes of the Week--The Horizon League

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