Tuesday, January 20, 2009

News On The Horizon 1/20/2009

Good Morning Hoops Nation: January 20--The Mid-Majority

U'useless Stat of the Day

You may have heard from coaches that the most (u')useless stat in basketball is the block. If you're the home team, you get a big ovation out of a swat, but when it comes down to it, the ball usually goes out of bounds and the other team gets to reset with an inbound play or a quick hitter under the basket.

So far in Division I-only contests, there have been 108 examples of teams having double-digit blocks in a game. Just 41 of those were by teams beneath the Red Line. In the top 10 blocking performances by mids, five of those teams lost. Furthermore, the top three single-game leading teams fell short. On Dec. 19, High Point compiled 17 blocks but lost by three to Youngstown State (Cruz Daniels had eight). North Texas overcame Louisiana-Lafayette's 15 swats the day before, despite just one of its own; the Mean Green still won that sun Belt tilt by 14. Fairleigh Dickinson blocked 15 shots in an NEC game but fell by eight. Blocks: who needs 'em?

UIC coach praises Bulldogs--Indy Star Butler Insider
Bulldogs overcome weak first half to beat UIC--Dawgnet News

Third Roundball Luncheon Set For Thursday--detroittitans.com

Loyola Tries For Second Straight Road Win When It Visits Wright State Thursday--LoyolaRamblers.com

Portage standout only freshman starter for Ramblers--The Post-Tribune

Men's basketball story, photos: Phoenix rolls Houston Baptist; No. 16 Butler looms--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Blows Past Houston Baptist, 91-53--uwgbathletics.com

Chicago Road Trip Up Next for Women's Basketball--uwgbathletics.com

Earys honored; Cooper drafted--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Eayrs Earns Horizon League Player Of The Week Honors--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers Head To Indiana For Pair Of League Contests--uwmpanthers.com

Panthers Take On UIC Thursday In Chicago--uwmpanthers.com

From really bad to even worse--Off The Mark
Orders Now Being Accepted for Horizon League Tournament Tickets--valpoathletics.com
Milwaukee at Valparaiso Men's Basketball Game Notes--valpoathletics.com

Crusaders get lift from Hochstetler--Inside VU Sports
Hochstetler Named Horizon League’s Player of the Week--valpoathletics.com

If Raiders can’t be real good, then--Mark Katz's Blog

Milwaukee's James Eayrs named Men's Basketball Player of the Week--The Horizon League
Men's Basketball Scoreboard -- Jan. 19--The Horizon League
Men's Basketball Weekly Release #10--The Horizon League
Bracketology: Never Too Early Edition V--Rush The Court

Milwaukee at Butler, 1/23- Milwaukee and Green Bay are right on Butler’s tail in the Horizon. Butler is likely in regardless, but the two Wisconsin schools could make it a two-bid league.

Launa Hochstetler named Women's Basketball Player of the Week--The Horizon League

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