Going Above (the Red Line) and Beyond: ...Also, lotsa love to both McNeese State and UIC who both pulled RLU's last night over Tulane and Oregon State, respectively. PJ Alawoya had a career night and led the Cowboys to their 61-57 victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Meanwhile, Robo Kreps had the go-ahead layup in their game's waning moments to lift the Flames to a 63-61 over Oregon State. Kreps led all scorers with 19...the 2nd time this season he's ended a game with that point total.
How'd We Do?: Good. Real good. It looked as if Bradley had another Carver Arena win all but wrapped up, leading by five points with 90 seconds to play...but Loyola (Chicago) had other plans. The Ramblers reeled off five straight points to tie the game at 65. Then this happened. Onions, Courtney Stanley. ONIONS! Wanna know something strange? That shot from Mr. Stanley came exactly 365 days after this happened last season. I guess there's just something about Horizon League teams, and December 16th. The remaining details of this game are quite insignificant, but Loyola's Terrance Hill led all scorers with 20 points. I'm starting to believe in the Ramblers...just a little bit.
Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 606--The Mid-Majority
[Comment From GSGS: ]
The reports of the Butler Bulldog's demise have been great exaggerated. How do you see the Bulldogs stacking up come March now that we're a couple months into the season?
LOVE the...demise / exaggerated...reference. Butler will be just fine. It's funny how people sometimes forget that this is still a pretty young team. Only one senior plays consistent minutes, and the rest are juniors and sophomores. As soon as Gordon Hayward realizes how agressive he needs to be, it will create more opportunities for the rest of the squad. They should be sitting atop the Horizon League by the time March rolls around, and if they get the double-championship, they'll be rewarded with a nice seed in the NCAAs.
[Comment From TravisTravis: ]
How 'Bout UIC taking down Oregon State? Nice win for the Horizon and the long-suffering Flames!
UIC was going to get one eventually...I just didn't think it'd be a RLU to get the ball rolling. Granted, Oregon State hasn't exactly been stellare this year, but Jimmy Collins & Co. will take anything they can get this year. The return of Spencer Stewart should bode well for the Flames going forward...
Checking in on… the Horizon League--Rush The Court
Thursday's Shootaround--Ballin' is a Habit
Other notables games:
* Mississippi State 80, Wright State 69: The Bulldogs shot 63% from the floor and hit 12 threes while Jarvis Varnado added 17 points, 8 boards, and 6 blocks.
* Illinois-Chicago 63, Oregon State 61: Robo Kreps scored on a layup with 5.6 seconds left as UIC knocked off the Beavers.
* DeAndre Mays scored 27 points and added 6 boards as Youngstown State beat St. Francis PA 74-65.
The State of the Other 24: Week 1--The Mid-Majority
10. Butler (Horizon League), 98.439, 7-3 (1-0)
Along with Dayton, this is the other team on the list expected to be perched at the top of these ratings. Again, there's nothing wrong with being No. 10...and I'm not referring to their preseason national ranking. An incredibly tough schedule, not that little number, took its toll on the Bulldogs early...losing games against Minnesota, Clemson, and Georgetown. Oddly, each of those teams all have/had a little number next to their name as well. Butler impressed last Saturday, beating Ohio State with a more familiar effort...low turnovers, positive rebounding numbers, and 75% shooting (18-of-24) at the free throw line. The challenges keep coming, with Xavier visiting Indianapolis Saturday afternoon, and the Bulldogs' traveling to UAB next week.
The Weekend Weave--College Hoops Journal
Thirdly, let us include a terrific, terrific-looking matchup in Xavier-Butler. These two clubs close out the mid-major troika and toughness. Which program do you think is the better one in the past five years? A possible post for Sunday. Xavier just beat Cincinnati; Butler just beat Ohio State. Winner of this one gets to enter conference season feeling as good as a 7-year-old with a new batch of toys on Dec. 25.
Xavier/UAB is double trouble--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler Ends Layoff At Home Against Xavier--ButlerSports.com
LIVE BLOG: Men's Basketball vs. Xavier--ButlerSports.com
Bulldogs Take Win Streak To Dayton Monday--ButlerSports.com
Cleveland State, facing No. 6 West Virgina, needs bench production: Men's College Basketball--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Vikings' rough start in need of tough D: Terry Pluto--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Detroit To Host Michigan On Saturday At Calihan Hall--detroittitans.com
UDM Men's Basketball Practice Report – Dec. 17--detroittitans.com
Men’s Basketball Set To Tangle With Bowling Green--detroittitans.com
Photos from UIC vs. Oregon State--ChicagoNow.com
An almost perfect night for Chicago college basketball--ChicagoNow.com
Five games on tap for the weekend--ChicagoNow.com
Men's Basketball Hosts Northern Illinois This Saturday--uicflames.com
Women's Basketball Returns Home Tonight Looking For Second Straight Win--uicflames.com
Loyola Shoots For Fourth Consecutive Win, Travels To SIU Edwardsville Sunday--LoyolaRamblers.com
Late Basket Forces Overtime But Loyola Dumped By Northern Illinois, 75-65 (OT)--LoyolaRamblers.com
Women's basketball: Phoenix takes poll rankings in stride--Green Bay Press Gazette
Glover Signs Professional Contract Overseas--uwgbathletics.com
Green Bay Set to Host In-State Rival Marquette Saturday--uwgbathletics.com
Green Bay Set to Host League For Youngstown State Saturday--uwgbathletics.com
YSU women can’t slow Saint Francis shooters--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU Women lose at Saint Francis--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Ten First-Half Treys Lead Saint Francis (Pa.) Past YSU--ysusports.com
Youngstown State Visits Green Bay for Third League Tilt in December--ysusports.com
Nothing But Hoops!--Horizon League Network
Weekend Rundown--Horizon League Network