Monday, October 19, 2009

News On The Horizon 10/19/2009

MyINDY-TV broadcasting 13 Butler basketball
RTC 2009-10 Top 65 Games: November/December--Rush The Court

December 8- Georgetown vs. Butler in NYC (#49 overall)- The Hoyas are looking to reclaim their mojo back after last year’s collapse. Their stiffest test in non-conference play should come from Butler, a squad that returns their entire roster from a 26-win season. Matt Howard banging down low with Greg Monroe is definitely one to watch on this grand stage.
December 12- Ohio State at Butler (#41 overall)- Looking for a great one-on-one battle to watch in non-conference play? How about possible Big Ten POY Evan Turner matching up with Butler’s Gordon Hayward? Both of these multi-dimensional wings can score, rebound, dish and lead their respective teams. Hinkle Fieldhouse should be rocking for a visit from the Buckeyes.

Attention hoopheads: 20 pressing questions as madness tips off

Butler: Is Butler the new Gonzaga?

It's not uncommon for mid-major teams to creep to the top of the rankings, but most of the time they are unable to sustain that kind of success over time. Gonzaga has been the lone exception over the last 15 years, but now Butler is getting ready to match, and possibly surpass, what Gonzaga has done.

Last year at this time, Butler was beginning practice after losing four starters from a team that had won 30 games and took Tennessee to the wire in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Yet, the Bulldogs still went 26-6 and earned their eighth NCAA bid in 13 years. Now, the Bulldogs return four starters, only one of whom is a senior.

How good is Butler? Matt Howard, a 6-8 junior forward, was last year's Horizon League Player of the Year, and he might only be the second-best player on this team. That's because 6-8 sophomore Gordon Hayward returns after excelling for Team USA at the 19-and-under championships last summer. Hayward is a prodigious scorer who last season sank seven threes in a game on two occasions (including against Ohio State). The other players who started last season as freshmen, Shelvin Mack and Ronald Nored, will also benefit from having a year under their belts.

A tough preseason schedule that includes the 76 Classic should help determine if they're that good.

"All Kids Get In Free" Marketing Campaign Launched By UDM Athletic

Preseason Profiles: Andy Polka--Chicago College Basketball

Women's basketball story, photos: UWGB's Heather Golden is thrilled to be starter, healthy--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: UWGB-UWM game moved back to Feb. 13 for TV--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's ESPNU Basketball Game

Drew an inspiration--The Post-Tribune

Manuel Leads Service Project at Local Middle

Milwaukee at Green Bay women's basketball game on ESPNU moved to Feb. 13--The Horizon League

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