Saturday, February 28, 2009

News On The Horizon 2/28/2009

Good Morning Hoops Nation: February 27--The Mid-Majority

U'useless Stat of the Day

With a Horizon League doubleheader on Saturday -- Cleveland State at Butler in the afternoon followed by Green Bay at Wright State in the evening -- we well close the 2008-09 regular season with 83 games attended. The 100 figure, which made us sorta famous once, has lost its luster over the years and has become more a been-there-done-that thing. But we'll reach it for the fourth time in five years at the Southland quarterfinals in Katy, Tex. two weeks from now (it'll be the third game of the four) -- and as a few aspirants have found out, it's not as easy as it looks.

There will be a special five-segment feature here on the site next week we call Mid-Majority D.I.Y., which will guide you through the steps of rolling your very own Mid-Majority website. It'll cover each of the five crucial elements in doing something like this -- scheduling, travel planning, packing, food, and of course, truck stops -- complete with all the lessons and mistakes of the past five years. It's going to be great fun.

In the meantime, here are the regular-season totals for each of the site's five seasons, and the eventual final tally.
Season Reg.S Total
Season 1 (2004-05) 70 100
Season 2 (2005-06) 54 93
Season 3 (2006-07) 87 116
Season 4 (2007-08) 83 117
Season 5 (2008-09) 83 ???

Mid-Majority Chat #5--The Mid-Majority

[Comment From Dan]
When you wrote about Loyola's upset of Butler, you described the Ramblers as "a year away," do you think they could actually be competitive next season? What can a program like Loyola do to consistently compete with Butler in the Horizon?
I'll stand by that. I think they have some good young guys in Gibler and Hicks, and some good role players who are juniors right now. Butler looks poised to run the league for the forseeable future, but there will be room below them in the dangerous-spoiler category that Green Bay and Milwaukee are in right now. This is a consistent two-bid league waiting to happen, as long as the noncon wins keep coming and the standings can maintain better order.

The State of the Other 22, Week 13--The Mid-Majority
Checking in on the… Horizon League--Rush The Court

Butcher knows role: Help Butler win--The Indy Star
Butler clinches share of Horizon League title--Dawgnet News
Bulldogs Close Regular Season Against Cleveland

Butler Hosts League-Leading Green Bay On Senior Day

Bullock and Tandy Too Tough For Valpo--The Fan Home of the Cleveland State Vikings
Vikings Take On Butler In Regular Season

Red-Hot Vikings Travel to Loyola For Final Regular Season Road

Senior Day Has Titans Hosting

Women's Hoops Set for Horizon League Clash with Wright State on

Women's Basketball Hosts Youngstown State For 'Senior Day' On
Loyola rally falls short against UIC, Flames win 62-58--The Chicago Tribune
UIC 62, LOYOLA 58: Flames frustrate Ramblers for fifth consecutive time--The Chicago Sun-Times
Loyola gets serious but can't overtake UIC--Daily Herald
Men's Basketball Withstands Late Loyola Rally,
Loyola Drops 62-58 Thriller To UIC In Regular-Season
Loyola Preps For Senior Day Battle With Cleveland

Update: Elbow injury to UWGB's Evans may not be serious as thought--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UWGB's Evans to miss tonight's finale, but may return quickly--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball ends two game slide with win over Valpo--UWGB Fourth Estate
Phoenix men get first AP vote in more than a decade--UWGB Fourth Estate
Saturday's Men's Game at Wright State Has Potential Title

Women's basketball: UWGB-Butler preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Free throws, defense lead Phoenix over Loyola--UWGB Fourth Estate

Panthers Wrap Up Regular Season At

Panthers Near Regular Season's End At Valpo

VU seeks win on Senior Night--The Post-Tribune
Buggs seems to have hit the wall--Off The Mark
Valpo men's hoops team set for Senior Night--The NWI Times
Valpo Set For Conference Foes--Valpo BasketBlog at
Youngstown State at Valparaiso Men's Basketball Game

Valpo aims to hold on to 4th place--The Post-Tribune
VU women's team hosts Milwaukee--The NWI Times
Valpo Women Host Milwaukee Saturday on Senior Day at the

Wright State's Graham cherishes teammates--Dayton Daily News
Preview: UW-Green Bay (22-8, 13-4) at WSU (17-12, 11-6)--Dayton Daily News
WSU’s opponent more in focus--Mark Katz's Blog

YSU BASKETBALL \ Today’s games--Youngstown Vindicator
Horizon tournament--Youngstown Vindicator
Another “White-Out”
Athletics Department Announces Tournament Ticket Prices, Ticket Office
Penguins Close Out Regular Season Against Old Mid-Con Nemesis

Penguins Wrap Up Chicago Trip at UIC on

Men's Basketball Scoreboard -- Feb. 27--The Horizon League

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