2. Butler (Horizon League), 116.770, 5-0 (0-0)
The Horizon League champion Bulldogs, for the time being, is the boat-buoying rising tide. The number one team in both RPI and SOS, retooled Butler has beat all five comers, including Drake on the road and Big Ten team Northwestern in a (mild) Red Line Upset. Their true test comes tonight, in a G!O!T!N! runnerup match with HL favorite Cleveland State.
10. Wisconsin-Green Bay (Horizon League), 102.444, 3-2 (0-0)
The computer is blind to that wide loss to Rollins, and Phoenix fans who were there probably wish they were too. But in the Division I portion of the schedule, UWGB has picked up nice wins over 2008 NIT teams Morgan State and Massachusetts. A home game against a struggling Wright State squad during Horizon preview week awaits tonight.
Butler faces early Horizon showdown--The Indy Star
Poor shooting, defense scuttle UE win streak--Evansville Courier & Press
Bulldogs Snap UE's Home-Court Winning Streak--GoPurpleAces.com
Long-Range Barrage Helps Bulldogs Sink Evansville, 70-52--ButlerSports.com
Vikings Win Horizon League Opener--The Fan Home of the Cleveland State Vikings
Women's Basketball Falls to Cleveland State, 70-54--GoZips.com
Strong Second Half Propels Vikings Over Akron, 70-54--csuvikings.com
Illinois-Chicago 74, at Vanderbilt 55--The Mid-Majority
But we've saved the best for last.
Illinois-Chicago 74, at Vanderbilt 55 -- The Flames have a bonafide star in Josh Mayo, a rotation of bruising bigs (many with long names), a strong defense and a head coach in Jimmy Collins that is three parts wizened sage and one part Dolemite. So why aren't they taken seriously in the Horizon League this year? Probably their propensity to run themselves into dumb possessions. Last night in Nashville, Mayo got his 30, freshman Robert Kreps stepped forward for a career high 23, and UIC showed laser-sharp focus, dumping the SEC Commodores with a combination of muscle, ball control and skill. With a lost season in progress at Wright State and disappointments at Valpo, it may be time to put the Flames into that NCAA contender conversation with Cleveland State and Butler.
UIC blasts Vanderbilt men--Nashville City Paper
Vandy stumbles home with a 19-point defeat--The Tennessean
Mayo's big night from long range sends Illinois-Chicago to 74-55 win against Vanderbilt--The Chicago Tribune
UIC, Mayo rip Vanderbilt--The Chicago Sun-Times
UIC beats Vanderbilt 74-55--Daily Herald
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Vanderbilt gets rude homecoming from UIC--Inside Vandy
Mayo leads hostile takeover of Vanderbilt--Whoosh!Net
MBB slides at home to UIC, 74-55--VUCommodores.com
Men's Basketball Beats Vanderbilt, 74-55--uicflames.com
Owls Women's Basketball Falls to UIC 53-40--FAUSports.com
Women's Basketball Downs Florida Atlantic, 53-40--uicflames.com
Women's Basketball Inks Four Players--uicflames.com
Women's basketball splits Thanksgiving tournament--Loyola Phoenix
Beware of the Greek--Loyola Phoenix
Ramblers prevent second Glorious Revolution--Loyola Ramblers
Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down--Loyola Phoenix
Up to women's
Despite dropping the tourney opener to New Mexico State last Friday, the Ramblers managed to regroup and put up 103 points against Western New Mexico the following day. Get this though: The tourney was held in Las Cruces, New Mexico! Yes, the same Las Cruces where Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito filmed Twins!
Down to Queens, N.Y.
The men's basketball team had a rough outing in Queens, N.Y., for the NIT Season Tip-Off Consolation Round last week, losing first to Cornell, 78-53, and then to St. John's, 73-54. You can't really blame the guys though, for losing in such a hostile environment. I mean, after all, as L.L. Cool J once poetically emphasized, Killa Queens, killa killa Queens, Queens be the best, yo.
And this week's Shout Out
goes to Elyse VanBogaert.
The junior scored 21 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds in the Ramblers' 103-71 win over Western New Mexico in the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic. More importantly, she did it in Las Cruces (see left)! I mean, come on, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito playing as twins! Hilarious!
Annual Misericordia Day At Loyola Set For December 13--LoyolaRamblers.com
VanBogaert Named U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athlete Of The Week--LoyolaRamblers.com
UWGB 66 UND 41--Dakota Student
Men's basketball: UWGB's Evans finds shooting touch--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball dominates second half, beats UMass--UWGB Fourth Estate
While the students are away, athletes will play--UWGB Fourth Estate
Women's basketball story, photos: UWGB's balanced offense torches Bears--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball wins rematch against Drake--UWGB Fourth Estate
One season ends, another begins for sophomore Lyons--UWGB Fourth Estate
Lady Bears drop 80-56 game at Wisconsin-Green Bay--Springfield News-Leader
Green Bay Sends Lady Bears to Third Straight Defeat--MissouriStateBears.com
Women's Basketball Rolls Past Missouri State, 80-56--uwgbathletics.com
Milwaukee vs. Detroit Preview--UWM Post Sports Blog
Live Blog: MBB vs. Detroit--Panther Blog Zone
McCallum, Boga Set To Join Panther Program In 2009-10--uwmpanthers.com
VU goes from top to bottom in HL--The Post-Tribune
No sense in scheduling HL games so early--The Post-Tribune
You can't hold the (Josh) Mayo--Off The Mark
Crusaders Look to Get Back on Winning Track at Youngstown State--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Women Cloes Road Trip at North Texas--valpoathletics.com
Preview: Wright state (0-4) at wisconsin-Green Bay (3-2)--Dayton Daily News
Two screws inserted in Duggins' ring finger--Dayton Daily News
Butler, perfect again, visits team-to-beat Cleveland State as Horizon League play begins--Dayton Daily News
Penguins collapse for biting OT defeat--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins head west to ground Falcons--The Jambar
Red Flash Down Penguins 61-54 in Overtime for First Win--GoRedFlash.com
Penguins Can't Hold Late Lead, Fall in Overtime to Saint Francis (Pa.)--ysusports.com
Penguins host Valparaiso and Butler, face Crusaders in first home league contest--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Scoreboard -- Dec. 3--The Horizon League
In-Game Blog: Butler at Cleveland State--The HoriZone
How Dare You...?--Horizon League Network
2008 HL Championship Re-Match...TONIGHT!--Horizon League Network
Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Dec. 3--The Horizon League
CSU's Grove, Loyola VanBogaert Honored as U.S. Army Scholar-Athletes of the Week--The Horizon League