Thursday, February 19, 2009

News On The Horizon 2/19/2009

Wisconsin-Milwaukee tops No. 21

Butler Selection Sheet--The Mid-Majority
Good Morning Hoops Nation: February 19--The Mid-Majority

Conference Calls

Southern: Davidson fans were hoping they'd never ever have to find out what life without Stephen Curry is like. If last night is any indication, it's a pretty bleak picture. The Wildcats (15-2) played without their injured star, still recovering from a sprained ankle sustained on Saturday against Furman -- the rest of the team managed just 27 percent shooting in a 64-46 blowout loss at home, and lost to the surging Citadel (13-4) for the first time since 2001. Now Davidson has two red stains on the right side of their team sheet... and any talk of injuries in the War Room will have to include the fact that West Virginia wasn't at full strength when Davidson earned its lone top 50 win. Dreams of a first-ever two-bid SoCon (which would have to include The Citadel's first-ever bid after over a half-century of futility) are on hold for now.

Horizon League: Davidson's BracketBuster opponent, Butler, will also be limping into the weekend. The Bulldogs (13-3) lost their second straight game and completed a reverse sweep in Wisconsin with a 63-60 squeaker at Milwaukee. Butler was behind throughout, and as has been the case over the past few weeks, the team had trouble with turnovers. On four occasions in February, the normally sure-handed team has turned the ball over more than 20 percent of the time, including 14 last night. Matt Howard (20 points) is being relied on to do too much.

BracketBusters Marathon Chat--The Mid-Majority
ATB: Bubblicious--Rush The Court

Wisconsin-Milwaukee 63, Butler 60. Butler has now lost two in row, leaving UWGB only one game behind in the Horizon race. There was some funny business going on with the game clock in this one - ah, such is the life of mid-major world.

Your Bubble Has Burst: 02.19.09--Rush The Court

Comfortably in: Dayton should feel very good at 23-3 (9-2) with wins over Xavier and Marquette. Their seed has climbed steadily, reaching the 7-10 range as of late. Winning at Xavier would put them into firm lock status. Butler has now lost three games in the Horizon League, their latest setback occurring last night in Milwaukee. They’ll be an interesting case should the Bulldogs lose at Hinkle during the conference tournament. I doubt that happens and the #22 RPI is still very good.

Barring a collapse, Butler likely gets bid--The Indy Star
Bulldogs hit the skids, put NCAAs into question--The Indy Star
Butler no sure thing for NCAA tourney--Indy Star Butler Insider
Loyola outplays Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse--Dawgnet News
No. 21 Butler Falls to
Bulldogs Visit Davidson For BracketBuster

Bowen, Couture have record night--Dawgnet News
Butler tops UIC in the face of team tragedy--Dawgnet News
Lester nabs second League Player of the Week award--Dawgnet News

Cleveland State's Norris Cole named Horizon League men's basketball player of the week--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Wobbly at the finish, Cleveland State claims season's 20th win, 58-54, over Youngstown State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Knock Off Youngstown State, 58-54, to Win
Vikings Play Wichita State In ESPNU

Men’s Basketball Tripped Up At

Women's Hoops Looks for Season Sweep Against Youngstown State on

Flames get hot from line--The Chicago Tribune
UIC 77, WRIGHT STATE 66: Flames roll after Mayo's 3--The Chicago Sun-Times
UIC beats Wright State 77-66 in OT--Daily Herald
Men's Basketball Overwhelms Wright State In Overtime,

Defense keys Loyola's rout--The Chicago Tribune
Local teams look for momentum from BracketBusters games--The Chicago Tribune
LOYOLA 67, DETROIT 41: Hicks gets Ramblers going in romp--The Chicago Sun-Times
Loyola of Chicago beats Detroit 67-41--Daily Herald
This one's for you, Bob Barker...--Loyola Phoenix
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down--Loyola Phoenix
Defense Leads Loyola To 67-41 Victory Over
Ramblers Shoot For Third Straight Win, Host Bradley Saturday

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right--Loyola Phoenix

Women's basketball preview: UWGB vs. Illinois-Chicago--Green Bay Press Gazette

Men's basketball story, photos: Phoenix back in the Horizon title hunt--Green Bay Press Gazette
Walls one of few UWGB two-sport athletes--UWGB Fourth Estate
UW-Green Bay away games interesting, fun--UWGB Fourth Estate
Phoenix Picks Up 20th Win in 76-61 Decision Over

A moment to savor--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM shows good things could still be on Horizon--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A Perfect Storm--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Live Blog: MBB vs. Butler--Panther Blog Zone
Panther Cage
Balanced Effort Leads Panthers Past #21

Green Bay hands VU loss No. 20--The Post-Tribune
Rating the Horizon League as tourney nears--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso athletic department schedules 'major announcement'--Off The Mark
Valparaiso adds men's golf, women's golf, women's bowling--Off The Mark
Horizon League Tournament seeding scenarios--Off The Mark
Good news that certainly has its place--The NWI Times
VU Major Announcement: My Take--Inside VU Sports
VU announces Golf and Bowling--Inside VU Sports
Despite Good Look, Valpo Falls To UIC--Valpo BasketBlog at
Turnovers Doom Crusaders in Loss at Green

Stephanie (Greer) McCalment Among Class of 2009 to be Inducted into Valpo’s Hall of Fame on February

WSU drops overtime heartbreaker--Dayton Daily News
Raiders have their problems on defense--Dayton Daily News
Commentator for WSU game example of persistence--Dayton Daily News
It looked like a win, but wasn’t--Mark Katz's Blog
End result may be average--Mark Katz's Blog
Men Fall at UIC in

Bad start dooms YSU in Cleveland--Youngstown Vindicator
Cleveland St holds on to beat Youngstown St, 58-54--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
CSU cools off Penguins--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Final farewell for seniors Liles and Niemi--The Jambar
4 Steps Forward, One Step
Well, Last Night
Men's Basketball: Penguins' Rally Falls Short to Cleveland State,

Penguins Return Home to Face Detroit on

Men's Basketball Scoreboard -- Feb. 18--The Horizon League

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