Saturday, November 14, 2009

News On The Horizon 11/14/2009

Saturday's Shootaround--Ballin' is a Habit

Washington 74, Wright State 69: This game wasn't as close as the final score indicated, as the outcome was not in doubt for the last 30 minutes of the game. A big reason for that is the performace of Isaiah Thomas, who scored 30 points last night. Of note - freshman Abdul Gaddy came off the bench for the Huskies, scoring 5 points with just 1 assists and 2 turnovers. Venoy Overton started in his stead.
Xavier 83, Youngstown State 57: Jordan Crawford led five players in double figures with 14 points as the Musketeers jumped out to a 24-8 lead. Is Xavier's balance back?

Set Your Tivo: 11.14.09--Rush The Court

Davidson at #10 Butler at 2 PM on WHMB-40: Yeah. Local television again, but once again we have come through for you with yet another RTC Live from historic Hinkle Fieldhouse (the site of Milan’s famous 1954 win over Muncie and where they filmed Hoosiers–anybo are dy got the odds that Bill Simmons has ever travelled there since he references the movie so often?). Of course, we have a funny feeling that if Stephen Curry were still in a Wildcat uniform ESPN might have found a way to get them on one of their networks. Instead this game will give us a look at Butler, everyone’s top mid-major team and one of the highest ranked mid-majors that I can remember in recent years. Butler coach Brad Stevens managed to lead the Bulldogs to 26-6 record last year despite starting three freshmen in every game, a remarkable feat for the 2nd year coach who has more wins (56) in his first two years than any coach in D1 history other than Bill Guthridge (58). This year, Stevens will have significantly higher expectations for his Bulldogs who are led by sophomore Gordon Hayward (13.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, and 1.5 SPG) and junior Matt Howard (14.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.7 SPG). On the other side of the ball, Davidson coach Bob McKillop will have his hands full trying to manage an inexperienced and Curry-less group in a hostile environment. In addition to losing Curry and his nation-leading 28.6 PPG, the Wildcats also lost Andrew Lovedale (a solid inside presence who provided both points and rebounds) and Max Paulhus-Gosselin (an excellent defender who to the best of my knowledge is not related to Jon, Kate, or any of the 8). This year, McKillop will be relying on Will Archambault (8.3 PPG and 4.3 RPG), Bryant Barr (7.1 PPG and 2.0 RPG), and Stephen Rossiter (6.1 PPG and 5.9 RPG). Unfortunately, the Wildcats strength is on the inside where Hayward and Howard will be dominating. The Bulldogs relative weakness is on the outside where Curry could have done some major damage, but he’s hanging out with Nellie now so expect the Bulldogs to be out to send a message to the rest of the nation that they deserving of this extremely high ranking.

RTC Live: Davidson @ Butler--Rush the Court
Saturday's Pregame Beat--Ballin' is a Habit

2 pm: Davidson @ Butler: This game would be a lot more intriguing if Steph Curry hadn't gone to the NBA. Despite Bob McKillop's coaching prowess, it is difficult to imagine the Wildcats hanging with Shelvin Mack, Gordon Hayward, Matt Howard, and the rest of the Bulldogs. But with guys like Ben Allison, Will Archambault, and Bryant Barr returning, Davidson may surprise some people this season.

Butler basketball opener: Stevens knows Davidson remains dangerous after Curry's departure to NBA--The Indy Star

Cleveland State falls to St. Bonaventure in opener, 72-62--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Viking Can’t Overcome Slow Start And Fall to St. Bonaventure by 10--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Drop Opener At St. Bonaventure,

Women Basketball Squad Start With 22 Point Win Over Ohio U--Let's Go Vikes
Winton and Strong Defensive Effort Lead Vikings to 56-34 Win Over
Vikings Travel to Toledo for Sunday

Detroit Mercy signs shooter, 'versatile' player--The Detroit Free Press
Men's Basketball Readies For Home

OU’s Watterworth impresses in college debut--The Oakland Press
Strong Second Half Shooting Propels Detroit to 74-65 Win at
Women's Basketball Opens Home Slate on Sunday Against #10 Michigan

College basketball highlights--The Chicago Sun-Times
Men's Basketball Opens 2009-10 Season Against

Women's Basketball Loses Season Opener To Eastern Michigan,

The games have begun!
Kelly leads Kansas State past Loyola Chicago 92-54--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola Drops Season Opener At Kansas
Jim Whitesell To Appear on WGN Radio Sports Central Nov.

Loyola Ready For 2009-10 Opener Against St.

Women's basketball: Hoewisch shines as Phoenix defeats North Dakota--Green Bay Press Gazette
Poise Carries Green Bay in Regular Season

Men's basketball: Fletcher's foul trouble, UAB do in UWGB--green Bay Press Gazette
Game #1: UAB 68, UWGB 56--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay Falls To UAB, 68-56, in Season Opener--UWGB Basketball

Panthers Pull Away For 89-73 Victory In Season

Panthers Open Season With 77-68 Win At
Milwaukee Looks For 2-0 Start At

Milepost 0--The Mid-Majority
Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 601--The Mid-Majority
Crusaders open with road loss--The Post-Tribune
VU men's basketball team set to open season against Ball State--The NWI Times
VU's Wood and Johnson combine for 46 points in 88-78 loss to Ball State--The NWI Times
Wrapping up Ball State (MBB)--The VU Beat
Wood and Johnson among memorable VU debuts--The VU Beat
Valpo Drops Season Opener at Ball
Valpo Ready to Take On Defending National Champs

Indiana Tech vs. Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune

Thomas' 30 points leads No. 14 UW in
Opening Night Notes--Hoopville

Wright State gave a valiant effort, but Washington made the key stops down the stretch to hold off the Raiders in Seattle in the Athletes in Action Basketball Classic.

After the Buzzer: Threedonkulous…--Rush the Court

#13 Washington 74, Wright State 69. Abdul Gaddy didn’t get the start tonight, and in fact only earned fifteen minutes, during which he put up 5 pts on 1-4 shooting. Isaiah Thomas was pretty much a one-man show for the Huskies, scoring 30 pts on a variety of moves. But UW got virtually nothing from its inside players, and we fear this is going to be a major problem for them all season.

No cupcakes here, Washington coach says about Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Wright State's rally falls short against Washington--Dayton Daily News
Wright State close, but not quite enough--Mark Katz's Blog
No excuses; Raiders just got beat--Mark Katz's Blog
Wright State Pushes #14
Raiders Push #14

YSU opens with a thud--Youngstown Vindicator
Hot-Shooting Xavier Topples Men's Basketball,
Men's Basketball Opens Home Slate Against Hiram

Elon’s hot shooting too much for YSU--Youngstown Vindicator
Dimitrov Scores 21 as Elon Pulls Away on Shorthanded
Guins Face High Point Saturday in Quick

Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Nov. 13--The Horizon League

Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Nov. 14--The Horizon League

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