Sunday, November 15, 2009

News On The Horizon 11/15/2009

No. 11 Butler holds off Davidson's challenge
After the Buzzer: Man Oh Manny!--Rush The Court

#10 Butler 73, Davidson 62. For about three-quarters of today’s game at Hinkle Fieldhouse, you might have suspected that Stephen Curry was still running the show at Davidson. The reason: despite losing more than half of its scoring output from last year, the visiting Wildcats led the highest-ranked Butler team in the preseason (#10) well into the second half before finally succumbing to the superior talent of Gordon Hayward, Matt Howard and Willie Veasley. At the 9:39 mark in the second half, Davidson’s Brendan McKillop hit a three to give the Cats a 58-56 lead. At that point, and for the first time all day, it seemed as if the Butler defense finally started getting to the Davidson players, and as a result, the Bulldogs went on a 12-0 run over the next seven minutes (classic Butler “run”) to put the game away. Hayward came on strong in the second half to end with 17/8, while Willie Veasley added 15/3. Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack had quiet games, going for 10/4 rebs and 7/4 assts, respectively, but the entire Butler team looked out of sync for most of the first half of this game. On the other side and typical of most Bob McKillop teams, Davidson played hard, generally shot the ball well (47% for the game), and rarely seemed to get rattled in the difficult environs of Butler’s home arena. Well worth the price of admission for the packed house today, the fans were treated to a couple of hours of intense basketball from two teams who aren’t very familiar with the meaning of the word half-assed. Once Butler gets situated to the new season, the Bulldogs will certainly be a force to be reckoned with on the national level, and for those in the SoCon who are assuming that Davidson will simply fade away now that Curry is playing for the Warriors, they should definitely think again — the Wildcats will once again be in the thick of the SoCon race.

Sunday's Shootaround--Ballin' is a Habit

Butler 73, Davidson 62: For a little more than 30 minutes in this game, Butler looked out of sync. Davidson was getting open shots, and hitting them, while the Bulldogs struggled offensively and defensively. With 9:39 left in the game, a Brendan McKillop three put Davidson ahead 58-56, but from that point on Butler really took control. They went on a 12-0 run over the next seven minutes, and outscored the Wildcats 15-4 to end the game. Gordon Hayward played well down the stretch, finishing with 17 points and 8 boards, while Willie Veasley had an impressive game as well, going for 15. Matt Howard (10 points, 4 boards, and just 2-4 from the field) and Shelvin Mack (7 points, 4 assists, 2-8 from the field) both were off yesterday, and as a whole Butler just didn't look like Butler.

Until the last 9:39 of the game. That's when their defense really picked up, they started hitting shots, and looked like a team deserving of a top 10 ranking. While Davidson proved to be a gutty team and may have outplayed the Bulldogs last night, at some point talent is going to win out.

Vanzant makes most of 1st start--The Indy Star
Bulldogs struggle in win--The Indy Star
Dawgs pass tough first test--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler Slips Past Davidson In

Bulldogs Drop Season Opener At

Kailey Klein’s 19 Not Enough As Vikings Fall to Toledo 72-62--Let's Go Vikes!

Mulroy Scores Career-High Against #10 Michigan

UIC gets the better of
UIC 72, ILLINOIS-SPRINGFIELD 59: Robbins rebounds as Flames bounce back with win--The Chicago Sun-Times
Men's Basketball Opens Season With 72-59 Win Over

Women's basketball: UWGB vs. South Dakota preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Backcourt Leads Green Bay Past Samford,

Men's basketball: Cotton finds touch in UWGB win--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game #2: UWGB vs. Samford; Phoenix wins 70-68--UWGB Basketball

Concordia-St. Paul Kept Well at Bay, Bring on the NIT Season Kickoff!!--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Panthers Head South For NIT Season

Panthers Win Decisively At SIU Edwardsville,

Sunday's Pregame Beat--Ballin' is a Habit

4 pm: Valpo @ UNC: The Heels looked unimpressive in their win over FIU, but looked dominant in beating NCCU. Which Heels team shows up? A lot of people are doubting the Tar Heels right now, but a relatively light early season schedule will help the freshman get comfortable playing at this level. Hopefully, these guys will develop sooner rather than later.

Valparaiso at North Carolina, Nov. 15, Live Blog--Off The Mark
Men's basketball: scouting Valparaiso University vs. North Carolina--The NWI Times
VU men's basketball team prepares for another meeting with North Carolina--The NWI Times

A quadruple double--The Post-Tribune
Adams deep-sixes Indiana Tech--The NWI Times
Crusader Women Cruise to Season-Opening

Fort Loramie grad helps down Raider women--Dayton Daily News
Women's Basketball Drops Season Opener at IPFW,

WSU rebounds to puncture Portland--Dayton Daily News
Raiders even record at 1-1--Mark Katz's Blog
Maturity makes a difference--Mark Katz's Blog
UD-WSU together again on the court…sort of.--Through the Arch
Raiders (1-1) over Portland
WSU Basketball Predictions...--The Guardian
Raiders Pick Up First Win Against Portland

YSU preview Men’s basketball--Youngstown Vindicator

Low point: Penguin women fall, 73-50--Youngstown Vindicator
Quick Start for High Point Leads Panthers Past

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

Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Nov. 15--The Horizon League

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