Thursday, January 22, 2009

News On The Horizon 1/22/2009

Good Morning Hoops Nation: January 21--The Mid-Majority

Conference Calls

Horizon League: Can we talk basketball now? Finally? Of course! A long time ago, back over the long holiday weekend, our State No. 1 team Butler won by seven at UIC to keep its Horizon record perfect at 7-0. But the biggest turning point was Wisconsin-Milwaukee's 77-75 holdoff against Cleveland State at home on Saturday evening, to send the Vikings to 4-4 and place the league in a position where somebody has to beat Butler in the league tourney in order to force two bids.

I watched the game at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Columbus, on a tiny screen in amongst a bank of sets that were showing Michigan play Ohio State. The bar was full of scarlet-clad fans on a football-free Saturday, all making the difficult mental transition from the gridiron to the hardcourt and working things out as a group. As the relentless cries of "that's a walk!" and "he fouled him!" and discussions of the intentional-foul rule rang out during a clumsily-played game, I watched alone as CSU mounted a 19-point comeback on a 15-inch screen. Nobody made a sound when Trevon Harmon's attempt at a game-tier bounced off the rim in the final seconds and UWM escaped to claim a 7-1 record. Just another reminder that what we do here will always be private and secret.

Green Bay's experience makes it a contender--The Indy Star
Is Butler over-rated? Maybe yes, maybe no--Indy Star Butler Insider

Vikings Close First Half Of League Slate At Youngstown

Women's Basketball Plays At Detroit on

Titans Set For Battle With

Women's Hoops to Host Cleveland State in First Game of

College basketball matchup: UIC at Detroit--The Chicago Tribune
Scouting: UIC @ Detroit--Daily Herald
Men's Basketball Begins Four-Game Road Trip At

Women's Basketball Back In Action On Thursday Night Against

College basketball matchup: Loyola at Wright State--The Chicago Tribune
Scouting: Loyola @ Wright State--Daily Herald
Butler hands Loyola its worst home loss in nine years--Loyola Phoenix
Cerasoli's career-high 28 points outduels Valparaiso Saturday afternoon--Loyola Phoenix

If I ever lose my faith in you--Loyola Phoenix
Loyola Returns Home, Welcomes Green Bay On Thursday

Women's basketball: UWGB at Loyola preview--Green Bay Press Gazette

Men's basketball: UWGB veterans face defining test at Butler--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Travels to No. 16 Butler for Big Thursday

Frame of mind: Eayrs provides big spark--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Review
Panthers Head To Indiana For Pair Of League

Diebler tries to enjoy final season--The Post-Tribune
Stop planning next season's victory parade--The Post-Tribune
VU men's player Diebler keeps it in perspective--The NWI Times
Valparaiso injury updates--Inside VU Sports

VU heads to Butler for showdown--The Post-Tribune
Fumey to have surgery, more injury updates--Off The Mark
Valpo Embarks on Road Trip Beginning at Butler on

Preview: Loyola-Chicago (11-8, 3-4) at Wright State (10-8, 4-3)--Dayton Daily News
Duggins' finger sidelines him for season--Dayton Daily News
Duggins decision helps WSU--Mark Katz's Blog

Women's Basketball Goes Back on the Road to Face Wright

Men's Basketball Hosts Cleveland State in Nationally-Televised Game on

ATB: Wake Us When You’re Ready For Prime Time--Rush The Court

On Tap Thursday (all times EST). 54 games of goodness, but are any of them worth watching?
* Butler v. Wisc-Green Bay - 7pm. Good luck finding it, but this game is for the top spot in the Horizon.

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