2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer (Regionals: November 9-11, NYC: November 19-20)
The Field: The powers-that-be decided to avoid any clunker matchups at MSG in mid-November, so they’ve given the four hosts — North Carolina, California, Ohio State and Syracuse – an automatic pass to the semifinals in NYC, so don’t expect any Gardner-Webb Cinderella stories invading the Big Apple. The tournament kicks off Monday and Wednesday at all four sites with Syracuse battling Albany and Robert Morris, California taking on Murray State and Detroit, North Carolina facing Florida International and North Carolina Central and Ohio State matched up against Alcorn State and James Madison. The semifinal games are set for November 19 with Syracuse vs. California as the under-card and North Carolina vs. Ohio State in the nightcap.
76 Classic (November 26-27, 29)
The Field: Does West Virginia have the goods to win the Big East? We’ll get our first look at the Mountaineers when they take on Big West favorite Long Beach State. The second game pits Texas A&M against Clemson in what could be a crucial bubble contest we look back on in February and March with great importance. The best first-round matchup is Butler vs. Minnesota. The top-ten Bulldogs could receive a stiff test from Minnesota and their deep, talented squad. UCLA faces Portland in what is a very dangerous game for the Bruins.
The Pick: West Virginia could take on Butler in what would be the best tournament final of any featured this November. This would be a matchup of two rugged, fundamentally sound teams that crash the boards and work hard on every possession. West Virginia can edge Butler athletically, though, with the slower Gordon Hayward attempting to contain Devin Ebanks and Da’Sean Butler raining threes outside. If the Mountaineers can get Joe Mazzulla playing like he did two years ago in March, they could take the Big East crown and should have enough ammunition to win this tournament.
RTC Live: Week 1--Rush the Court
RTC Live is privileged to announce the following schedule of games for the upcoming week of November 9-15. We encourage you to join us in an interactive format to read about the sights and sounds of the games we’re covering, contribute your analysis and put forth questions that we will vet and then take into the media interview room with us afterwards. It’s always a great time, and we look forward to having you along for the ride this season. We have six solid games scheduled this week all over the country, and this is only the beginning.
Wednesday November 11
* Detroit @ California – 11pm ET (also on ESPNU) – part of the 2kSports Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament; we’ll welcome back Eli Holmam/Xavier Keeling from transfer purgatory.
Saturday November 14
* Davidson @ Butler – 3pm ET – the most recent middie media darling vs. the next one at Hinkle; it’s always a fun time there.
Top Ten Most Intriguing College Basketball Games in Chicago--ChicagoNow.com
Horizon League Outlook--The Sports Network
College Basketball Preview - Horizon League--WCPO.com
RTC Conference Primers: #1 – Big Ten--Rush The Court
Top 10 RPI Boosters.
Everyone vs. Butler. The Bulldogs figure to be a top 20 team this year, and they play three Big Ten teams in the non-conference. Should be an excellent litmus test.
* Nov. 18, 2009 – Butler @ Northwestern
* Nov. 26, 2009 - Minnesota vs. Butler (in Anaheim)
* Dec. 12, 2009 – Ohio St. @ Butler
That’s Debatable: What Excites Us About the 2009-10 Season--Rush the Court
While college basketball has a tournament that college football fans can only dream about that gives the little guy a chance it seems like the talk of the rise of the mid-major has been premature. In the past five years only one mid-major (outside of Memphis) that was feared coming into March has advanced to the Elite 8 (#3 seed Xavier in 2008). While Gonzaga (all hype in March since Casey Cavalry’s sophomore season) and George Mason (one fluky run) are nice I am looking for something more substantial. Right now the top candidates are Butler, Dayton and Siena. I’ll be watching to see if someone steps up.
Tweeting the Preview: #18 – #1--Rush the Court
RTC Top 25: Preseason Edition--Rush the Court
Which teams will play for the NCAA basketball title?--The Chicago Tribune
Texas, Butler can go deep
David Teel, Newport News Daily Press
Since picking chalk is about as much fun as tasting chalk, let's forgo a Kansas-Michigan State final and delve deeper into the pool of contenders for Texas and Butler.
The Longhorns have earned 11 consecutive NCAA tournament invites under Rick Barnes, among the best active coaches without a national title, and return wing Damion James to complement point guard Jai Lucas, a transfer from Florida.
Headlined by guard Shelvin Mack and forward Matt Howard, the Bulldogs have everyone back from the team that extended LSU to the limit in last year's first round.
A Final Four run would take Butler back home again to Indianapolis.
Not pretty, but Bulldogs execute plan--The Indy Star
Blog (and Bulldogs) show glitches--Indy Star Butler Insider
First 11 Butler games on TV--Indy Star Butler Insider
Davidson regroups without Curry--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler Finishes Exhibition Stretch With Win Over Taylor--ButlerSports.com
Bulldogs Host Exhibition Against DePauw Monday--ButlerSports.com
Bulldogs Win Exhibition, 78-47--ButlerSports.com
Top 10 moments from 2008-2009 - No. 6--Ballin' is a Habit
Sophomore quartet shine as Cleveland State tops John Carroll in exhibition, 92-75--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Horizon League preview: Butler a deserving favorite, but don't overlook Cleveland State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
First-Class Facilities for a First-Class Team--The Cauldron
Viking Report for the Week of November 8-14--Let's Go Vikes
3 Basketball Games Land on WTAM 1100 This Season--Let's Go Vikes
Vikings Play Exhibition vs. John Carroll--csuvikings.com
Harmon Leads CSU to 92-75 Win Over John Carroll--csuvikings.com
Gary Waters Show Returns To WTAM For A Third Season--csuvikings.com
Women Vikings Defeat Wayne State in Final Exhibition--Let's Go Vikes
Vikings Host Wayne State In Final Exhibition Game on Tuesday--csuvikings.com
Vikings Top Wayne State, 69-36, in Exhibition--csuvikings.com
Eli Holman's career back on track -- at UDM--The Detroit News
Coach McCallum's 'Titan 2-Minute Drill' Returns To The Airwaves--detroittitans.com
Titans To Open Season At #12 California On ESPNU--detroittitans.com
Women's Basketball to Feature Weekly 'Q&As' on DetroitTitans.com--detroittitans.com
WBB Q&A: Senior Brigid Mulroy--detroittitans.com
Three Keys: Lewis vs. UIC (exhibition)--ChicagoNow.com
Flames need more 'character' after exhibition loss to Lewis--ChicagoNow.com
Kreps time for Flames--The Chicago Sun-Times
Flames tabbed ninth in preseason poll--Whoosh!Net
Men's Basketball Falls To Lewis In Exhibition Contest--uicflames.com
Basketball Exhibition Twinbill At The Pavilion This Tuesday--uicflames.com
Women's Basketball Knocks Off St. Xavier, 82-75--uicflames.com
Loyola basketball's Andy Polka: Ready to start the season --The Chicago Tribune
Loyola's Chapman named men's basketball assistant--Daily Herald
Loyola Announces Men's Basketball Staff Changes--LoyolaRamblers.com
Loyola Opens 2009-10 Season At Kansas State Friday Night--LoyolaRamblers.com
Loyola Cruises Past Robert Morris In Exhibition Action, 66-53--LoyolaRamblers.com
Women's basketball: Phoenix defense leads exhibition rout over UW-Parkside--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Wraps up Exhibition Play with a win over UW-Parkside--uwgbathletics.com
Men's basketball: UWGB pulls away from St. Norbert--Green Bay Press Gazette
Exhibition game #2: UWGB vs. St. Norbert College--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay Defeats St. Norbert 71-54 in Exhibition Finale--uwgbathletics.com
Panthers get good news on Franklin--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Letter from Rob Jeter--UWM Post
Tough test mighty early--UWM Post
Eayrs: Big man on campus--UWM Post
Panthers Claim Exhibition Win Over Parkside--uwmpanthers.com
Panther Basketball Broadcasts Return To Clear Channel Radio--uwmpanthers.com
Seventeen TV Dates Set For Panther Men, Women--uwmpanthers.com
Letter from Sandy Botham--UWM Post
Taking the lead--UWM Post
Panthers finish exhibition tune-up on a positive note--UWM Post
Life as a manager--UWM Post
Panthers Improve All Around with Franklin's Return, Drop Parkside 63-50--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Panthers Open Regular Season On The Road--uwmpanthers.com
Crusaders' 3-pointers lead to win--The Post-Tribune
No Gray area here--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders get verbal commitment from Hamilton Heights junior Jessica Carr--The NWI Times
Live from the ARC: Valparaiso vs. Indiana Wesleyan (WBB)--The VU Beat
Wrapping up Indiana Wesleyan (WBB)--The VU Beat
Valpo Rolls to Exhibition Win over Indiana Wesleyan--valpoathletics.com
Drew hopes early practices lead to improvement for Crusaders--The NWI Times
Scouting the Horizon League men's basketball teams--The NWI Times
VU's Brandon McPherson is back on the court 18 months after microfracture knee surgery--The NWI Times
Tight lips on Chicago State--The VU Beat
Early signings, exhibitions keeping Raiders busy--Dayton Daily News
Area college basketball recruits--Dayton Daily News
Raiders land point guard from Tennessee--Dayton Daily News
Another recruit for the Raiders--Mark Katz's Blog
Schedule missing just one ingredient--Mark Katz's Blog
Wright State coaches do the happy dance--Dayton Daily News
Raider Pre-season Basketball Luncheon--RaiderRoundball.com
Men's Basketball looks to improve on 11-win season--The Jambar
Women's Basketball team looking forward to upcoming season--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Nov. 7--The Horizon League
Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Nov. 9--The Horizon League
Fun Times in Cleveland Toda...Tonight!!--Horizon League Network