Thursday, December 31, 2009

News On The Horizon 12/31/2009

Early-season games that will have an impact on March

Nov. 29

Clemson 70, Butler 69

A last-seconds loss capped a meh weekend in SoCal for the Bulldogs, and really is a microcosm for a season in which Butler hasn't yet hit all cylinders for any significant stretch of time. The Bulldogs are still formidable, but this may indeed be the "year before the year" for the still youthful Horizon kings.
Dec. 8

Georgetown 72, Butler 65

The Hoyas hadn't really played anyone since edging Temple in a low-scoring grinder almost a month earlier, so this was a solid win at MSG. It also provided the contrast between a team that's thriving in because its big man is playing very well (Greg Monroe) and one that hasn't reached expected heights because its big man has struggled and been foul-prone (Matt Howard). Now if G'town would just stop playing ODU at McDonough...
Dec. 19

Butler 69, Xavier 68

One of the 'xanier' endings of the season, featuring a 35-second final possession in which Xavier almost forced a turnover three or four times and a clock stoppage that led to Butler's winning layup with under two seconds left being declared the final play of the game. Xavier routed LSU Tuesday night and has another chance to make a nonleague statement Saturday at Wake Forest.
Dec. 22

UAB 69, Butler 59

... along with the Blazers, who have beaten Cincinnati, Florida-slayer South Alabama and the Bulldogs by double digits in their last three outings. UAB sits at 11-1, with a loss "@ Kent." Even though that's Kent State, not Kentucky, expect the Blazers to be a strong at-large contender if they don't get the auto bid.

Butler challenged to improve defense--The Indy Star

Bowen, Bulldogs Shoot Past Ball State,

Wednesday's Shootaround--Ballin' is a Habit

Other notable games:
* Kansas State 85, Cleveland State 56: Jacob Pullen scored 18 points and Curtis Kelly added 17 as the Wildcats pulled away with a big run midway through the first half, opening up a 40-19 halftime lead.

Four Titans Score in Double Figures in Dominating 67-44 Win Over

Detroit (9-4, 2-0) at UIC (4-8, 0-2)--Daily Herald
Men's Basketball Hosts New Year's Eve Matinee Against

UWGB men's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB men's basketball: Butler holds keys to Horizon--Green Bay Press Gazette

Panthers set to take their act on the road--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Fundamental flaw--The Post-Tribune
McPherson still battling--The Post-Tribune
No clear lessons from Horizon preseason slate--The Post-Tribune
Road worriers--Off The Mark
Valparaiso men set to host Milwaukee--The NWI Times
Valpo Kicks Off HL Home Slate With New Year's Eve

Wake Forest thumps Valpo--The Post-Tribune
VU women lose eighth straight--The NWI Times
Valpo Falls to Wake Forest in Non-Conference

Can WSU deny Horizon surprise Loyola's reason to party?--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State (9-4) at Loyola of Chicago (10-2)--Dayton Daily News

Tough Defense Not Enough, Women Fall to

Rally Comes Up Short as Guins Fall 72-67 to Robert

Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Dec. 30--The Horizon League
The Thrilling Conclusion--Horizon League Network

Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Dec. 30--The Horizon League

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

News On The Horizon 12/30/2009

The Beautiful Season, Part 2--The Mid-Majority

Timing issue, Top 25 and other things--Indy Star Butler Insider
Bulldogs Close 2009 Against League-Leading Green

Butler Closes 2009 Against Ball

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

8:00 pm: Cleveland State @ Kansas State: The Vikings are not quite the same team they were last season, but led by Norris Cole, they cam every close to knocking off West Virginia. Can they do the same against a K-State team with much better guard play?

No. 12 Kansas State swamps Cleveland
Horizon League basketball: the computer sez!!!--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State can't handle Kansas State's first-half blitz in 85-56 loss--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Fall At No. 12 Kansas State,

Local Basketball Roundup: CSU women go cold in loss to EMU--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Fall at Eastern Michigan,

Titans Will Host Colgate on

Detroit To Meet UIC In New Year’s Eve

UIC grounds Toledo with 20 by Kreps--The Chicago Sun-Times
Kreps guides Illinois-Chicago past Toledo 66-52--Daily Herald
Neely flips switch, Flames burn Rockets--Whoosh!Net
Men's Basketball Topples Toledo,

Women's Basketball Finishes Non-Conference Schedule at Northern Illinois
Women's Basketball Drops Final Non-Conference Tilt To Northern Illinois,

Ramblers Jump Back Into Horizon League Play, Host Crucial Weekend

UWGB men's basketball: Rahmon Fletcher reinjures knee, will miss Butler matchup--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB's Fletcher hurt again, won't play vs. Butler--UWGB Basketball
Phoenix Men Close Calendar Year at Preseason Favorite

Panthers Wrap Up 2009 With New Year's Eve Contest At

Panthers' Late Rallies Fall Short In Loss To

Valparaiso (3-7) vs. Wake Forest (8-4)--The Post-Tribune
Valpo Closes 2009 Facing Wake Forest at Surf 'n

A ‘Prowler’ hanging around Raider athletes--Dayton Daily News
A quiet New Year’s Eve--Mark Katz's Blog

Women's Basketball Drops Tough Contest at Cincinnati,

Penguins hoping to snap streak to Colonials--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU MEN’S BASKETBALL--Youngstown Vindicator
Youngstown State Continues Homestand Against Robert Morris

Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Dec. 29--The Horizon League

Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Dec. 29--The Horizon League
Women's Basketball Weekly Release #7--The Horizon League

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

News On The Horizon 12/29/2009

Butler leaves poll; Purdue stays No. 4--The Indy Star

Struggling Cleveland State faces a stiff challenge in 12th-ranked Kansas State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Travel To No. 12 Kansas

Vikings Conclude Nonconference Slate at Eastern

UDM, Oakland win at home--The Detroit Free Press
Eatmon Returns To Action As Titans Maul

WBB Q&A: Graduate Assistant Katie

Tuesday's matchup: Toledo at UIC--The Chicago Tribune
Scouting: Toledo @ UIC--Daily Herald
Men's Basketball Begins Three-Game Homestand Against

Three games on tap after the
Loyola beats St. Francis, Ill., 63-46--The Chicago Tribune
Revved-up Ramblers rolling on all cylinders--The Chicago Sun-Times
Loyola defeats St. Francis 63-46, moves to 10-2--Daily Herald
Loyola Defeats St. Francis (Ill.), 63-46 For Sixth Straight
Post-Game Quotes Loyola vs. St. Francis (Ill.)

Brittany Boeke's Career-High 22 Points Power Loyola Past Colgate,

UW-Green Bay stays at No. 22 in AP women's basketball poll--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: UWGB has off night, but remains perfect--Green Bay Press Gazette
Tetschlag Has Career Game to Wrap up Green Bay's Non-conference Season

Panthers Close Out 2009 vs.

Crusaders fall short of huge upset in women's basketball--The NWI Times
Wrapping up Auburn (WBB)--Region Sports Extra
Valpo’s Varner Named Horizon League Player of the
Valpo Comes Up One Point Short Against

Brownell says Raiders victory 'best performance of the year'--Dayton Daily News
WSU's Gardner solid in his first game since February--Dayton Daily News
Everything goes well for Raiders--Mark Katz's Blog
Close to a perfect game--Mark Katz's Blog
Raiders set three records in crushing Sam Houston State--Fairborn Daily Herald
Raiders Play Texas Hold Em in Dealing Sam Houston State an 88-48
Raiders Set Threes Record in Crushing Sam Houston

Martin named Player of Week--Youngstown Vindicator
Sirlester Martin Tabbed Horizon League Player of the

Youngstown State's Martin named Men's Basketball Player of the Week--The Horizon League
Men's Basketball Weekly Release #7--The Horizon League
Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Dec. 28--The Horizon League
Sleep Is Optional--Horizon League Network

Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Dec. 28--The Horizon League
Varner named Women's Basketball Player of the Week--The Horizon League

Monday, December 28, 2009

News On The Horizon 12/28/2009

Holiday Bonus For Titan Fans As UDM Takes On Shawnee State On

Monday's Shootaround--Ballin' is a Habit

Other notable games:
* Wisconsin 79, Illinois-Chicago 43: Jon Leuer and Jason Bohannon combined to scored 15 points in a 21-9 run to close the first half which opened up a 35-19 halftime lead.

Leuer helps Wisconsin overpower UIC--The Chicago Sun-Times
Leuer leads Wisconsin in rout of UIC 79-43--Daily Herald
Coal in Flames’ stockings--Whoosh!Net
Men's Basketball Defeated By

Loyola and UIC are very different heading into Horizon League
Scouting: St. Francis at Loyola--Daily Herald

Loyola Closes Out Non-Conference Action Against

Women's basketball: Today's UWGB vs. Southern Illinois preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Phoenix has chance at perfect regular season--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay to Wrap up Non-Conference Play Hosting Southern Illinois--UWGB Basketball

Weekly Panthers report--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

VU gets three days in California--The Post-Tribune
Scouting today's Valparaiso University women's basketball game--The NWI Times

Crusaders struggles continue at Akron--The Post-Tribune
VU men's hoops team zapped at Akron--The NWI Times
Valpo Drops 77-57 Decision at Akron Sunday

Raiders hope for a better game vs. SHS--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State (8-4) vs. Sam Houston State (8-3)--Dayton Daily News
Ready to play again--Mark Katz's Blog

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

Friday, December 25, 2009

News On The Horizon 12/25/2009

Ramblers Seek Tenth Win Of Season, Host St. Francis (Ill.) Dec.

Boyle aching to get back in--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

All I want for Christmas, NWI style--The Post-Tribune

* All I want for Christmas ... is for the Valparaiso University men's and women's basketball teams to finish in the upper half of the Horizon League.

Is that possible? At times over the last month, it has looked possible. Then at other times VU fans can only shake their heads and fondly wish for the good old days of 1998 (for the men) and 2003 (for the women), when reaching the NCAA Tournament was something to cheer, not fantasize about.

Wright State recruit, Brookville standout not just a scorer--Dayton Daily News