Early-season games that will have an impact on March Madness--MICentralSports.com
Clemson 70, Butler 69
A last-seconds loss capped a meh weekend in SoCal for the Bulldogs, and really is a microcosm for a season in which Butler hasn't yet hit all cylinders for any significant stretch of time. The Bulldogs are still formidable, but this may indeed be the "year before the year" for the still youthful Horizon kings.
Georgetown 72, Butler 65
The Hoyas hadn't really played anyone since edging Temple in a low-scoring grinder almost a month earlier, so this was a solid win at MSG. It also provided the contrast between a team that's thriving in because its big man is playing very well (Greg Monroe) and one that hasn't reached expected heights because its big man has struggled and been foul-prone (Matt Howard). Now if G'town would just stop playing ODU at McDonough...
Butler 69, Xavier 68
One of the 'xanier' endings of the season, featuring a 35-second final possession in which Xavier almost forced a turnover three or four times and a clock stoppage that led to Butler's winning layup with under two seconds left being declared the final play of the game. Xavier routed LSU Tuesday night and has another chance to make a nonleague statement Saturday at Wake Forest.
UAB 69, Butler 59
... along with the Blazers, who have beaten Cincinnati, Florida-slayer South Alabama and the Bulldogs by double digits in their last three outings. UAB sits at 11-1, with a loss "@ Kent." Even though that's Kent State, not Kentucky, expect the Blazers to be a strong at-large contender if they don't get the auto bid.
Butler challenged to improve defense--The Indy Star
Bowen, Bulldogs Shoot Past Ball State, 82-67--ButlerSports.com
Wednesday's Shootaround--Ballin' is a Habit
Other notable games:
* Kansas State 85, Cleveland State 56: Jacob Pullen scored 18 points and Curtis Kelly added 17 as the Wildcats pulled away with a big run midway through the first half, opening up a 40-19 halftime lead.
Four Titans Score in Double Figures in Dominating 67-44 Win Over Colgate--detroittitans.com
Detroit (9-4, 2-0) at UIC (4-8, 0-2)--Daily Herald
Men's Basketball Hosts New Year's Eve Matinee Against Detroit--uicflames.com
UWGB men's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB men's basketball: Butler holds keys to Horizon--Green Bay Press Gazette
Panthers set to take their act on the road--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Fundamental flaw--The Post-Tribune
McPherson still battling--The Post-Tribune
No clear lessons from Horizon preseason slate--The Post-Tribune
Road worriers--Off The Mark
Valparaiso men set to host Milwaukee--The NWI Times
Valpo Kicks Off HL Home Slate With New Year's Eve Contest--valpoathletics.com
Wake Forest thumps Valpo--The Post-Tribune
VU women lose eighth straight--The NWI Times
Valpo Falls to Wake Forest in Non-Conference Finale--valpoathletics.com
Can WSU deny Horizon surprise Loyola's reason to party?--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State (9-4) at Loyola of Chicago (10-2)--Dayton Daily News
Tough Defense Not Enough, Women Fall to UC--RaiderRoundball.com
Rally Comes Up Short as Guins Fall 72-67 to Robert Morris--ysusports.com
Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Dec. 30--The Horizon League
The Thrilling Conclusion--Horizon League Network
Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Dec. 30--The Horizon League