Thursday, December 10, 2009

News On The Horizon 12/10/2009

Thursday's Shootaround: Rough night for the big schools--Ballin' is a Habit


UW-Green Bay 88, Wisconsin 84 OT: After climbing into the rankings with a win over Duke, Wisconsin came out flat on the road in a classic trap game (they play rival Marquette next). Bryquis Perine scored a career high 22 points and Randy Berry added 13 points and 12 boards, his third double-double, to lead the Pheonix to their first ever win over the Badgers. Trevon Hughes had 27 points, a career-high, but fouled out in overtime as UW-GB students stormed the floor after the win.
Other notable games:
* Purdue 86, Valpo 62: JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore both scored 19 points as Purdue hit 10-22 three's and assisted on 20 of their 29 field goals.

Around the Top 25: Some big-conference boys get beat up--College Hoops Journal

—UPSET—Green Bay 88, No. 20 Wisconsin 84 (OT). Curse of Gary Parrish? Maybe. The power of the Phoenix? You bet! Wisconsin had the cajones to schedule this road game, and it should be commended for doing so. The Badgers were forced into 18 turnovers. That’s the kind of treatment they usually dole out at the Kohl Center.
No. 5 Purdue 86, Valparaiso 62. Homer Drew thanked the media for sticking around after his team got handled in West Lafayette. I love Homer Drew.

New York blog 4: Offense poor? Yes, but so is defense--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler To Run Parking Shuttle At Ohio State

Butler Defeats Indiana State,

Hooten's Dozen Leads Titans Against Bowling

UIC plus-minus

The best and worst of advanced statistics in
Loyola's Jim Whitesell To Be Guest On WSCR Thursday
Loyola Head Coach Jim Whitesell To Appear On FOX Chicago's Final

Green Bay knocks off No. 20 Wisconsin 88-84 in
Men's basketball: Phoenix upsets UW in OT thriller--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game #10: UWGB 88, Wisconsin 84 FINAL--UWGB Basketball
UWGB's Fletcher could miss time UPDATED 1:15 p.m.--UWGB Basketball
UWGB's Fletcher has sprained MCL, may only miss one game--UWGB Basketball
Winks Thinks: The Never-Ending Cycle

If you thought the Packers two game stretch of losing to Tampa Bay and then beating Dallas was confusing, then what do we make of the Badgers beating Duke only to then lose to UW-Green Bay? I understand that the Phoenix aren't a bad squad, but Wisconsin should never be losing to Green Bay, ever. I'm not sure how many of you outside of the Green Bay television market got to see the game, but it was brutal. Not the style of play during the game, but rather the video quality. Honestly, I made a highlight video of my swim team in high school that was shot in better quality than that game. Choppy video, crazy zooms, terrible graphics. It honestly looked like one of those high school games you see on your local television a week after the game was played. Obviously, I'm just trying to deflect my anger that a terrible Badgers loss will bring.

Phoenix Upset Badgers in Green
Phoenix Drops Badgers, 88-84, in Overtime

UWGB vs. Ball State women's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Hits the Road to Take on Ball

Land Warriors: 2009-2010 Best of the Biggest--Ballin' is a Habit

James "Big Lumber" Eayrs - UW-Milwaukee - 6'7, 310lbs

Let us be the first to introduce you (pending you aren't already familiar, thank you Sports Illustrated) to the quintessential land warrior.

His name? James Eayrs. His Occupation? "Big Lumber". We must give SI's Seth Davis credit for opening our eyes to this monstrous wrecking-ball with long range firepower.

Here is what Davis had to say about the man who moves like a nimble iguana:

Body of a sumo wrestler, hands of a surgeon, feet of a ballet dancer.

Luke Winn also had nice things to say about the over-sized riot shield with a buttery touch:

How can you not love Big Lumber? He's the Big Baby of the Northwoods, standing 6-7 and weighing 310 pounds, lighting up the Horizon League with surprising touch for his size. Not only does Eayrs provide constant entertainment -- his look and body type are completely unique in college hoops -- he gives hope to husky children everywhere, that one day, they, too, can play college hoops.

Take a look at this true land warrior and then imagine him with an extra 80lbs of "armor". Entering his freshman year, Eayrs tipped the scales at a svelte 390lbs. At 6'7 and 390lbs he would be hands-down the largest player in the NFL. But at a sleek 310lbs this land warrior has extra mobility and has acquired long-range precision (he is 14-37 from behind the arch).

Jame Eayrs was not always known as "Big Lumber". He heard "The Dancing Polar Bear", "Big James", and "Big Country". It was not until a January 9th, 2009, when Eayrs sank a game-tying 3-point buzzer-beater, that the legend of "Big Lumber" was born. The rotund rocket-launcher has become something of a pop icon in Milwaukee. During the siberian-esque winters in the great Midwest, people ditch the ice fishing in favor of bearing witness to the quintessential land warrior. The fans love him, the commentators are wooed by him, and the opposing players and coaches are absolutely puzzled by him. He is "Big Lumber" .

Big James The Blogger--Panther Blog Zone
Panthers Head To Fargo For Matchup With North Dakota

Road Report: Snatches and Dispatches--The Mid-Majority

Game No. 026 - Valparaiso at Butler
Saturday, December 5, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- There will be plenty of time to dissect the reasons why Butler is not living up to its potential, why 10-minute efforts and poor perimeter defense are absolutely killing their chances at an at-large bid. The Bulldogs did everything they needed to do (and not an iota more) to extract Valparaiso from the premises in an 84-67 Saturday spank. With that taken care of, we can discuss what happened at halftime.

Nothing in this world is better than mascots playing basketball, and nothing brings people more joy. You can look it up, it's been scientifically proven. Even when it's two on two, mascot hoops is better than a million Zolofts. At Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, four mascots entered the arena, two left utterly broken and humiliated, and hundreds of kids' lives were changed for the better.

The action was overseen by an inflatable referee from a ten-dollar haircut store. The game itself pitted Hink the Butler Bulldog and Big-E-Foot the Indiana Ice mascot against two cows. Now, I've seen my share of guarantee games and I've watched teams from the SoCon destroy NAIA squads by upwards of 100 points. I've never seen basketball destruction like this, sports fans. During the five-minute game, Hink and Big-E-Foot had possession of the ball for at least 4:40. Whenever the other team had it, Bulldog and Thing just take it from them. The cows, shills for a chicken restaurant and a convenience store, couldn't hold the ball in their hooves, and had trouble keeping their costumes together. You can't dribble or shoot when you're using one limb to keep your head on.

This was as close to murder on the basketball court as I've ever seen. I wanted to call the cops from the press row phone.

When this website is gone -- and it might be, soon -- I want you to remember something, and keep it in your heart always. Push aside anything that I may have presented as wisdom, forget all the 3,000-word essays, replace it all with these four simple words: cows suck at basketball.

Johnson, Moore lead No. 5 Purdue past Valpo
Boilers on target in this one--The Indy Star
Boilers shooters heat up--The Post-Tribune
Valpo changes lineup, tries to shore up 'D'--The Post-Tribune
Greetings from Purdue-Valparaiso at Mackey--The Wisdom of Oz
E.C.'s Moore helps Purdue obliterate VU in men's hoops--The NWI Times
NCAA discusses expanding tournament--The NWI Times
Wrapping up Purdue (MBB)--The VU Beat
Valpo Falls at #5/5

Wright State women knock off Miami--Dayton Daily News
Women's Basketball Shots Their Way to 75-68 Victory at

Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Dec. 9--The Horizon League
Green Bay Faction--Horizon League Network

Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Dec. 8--The Horizon League
Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Dec. 9--The Horizon League

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