Sunday, December 20, 2009

News On The Horizon 12/20/2009

Sunday's Shootaround--Ballin' is a Habit

West Virginia 80, Cleveland State 78: Every Big East coach should get their hands on this game tape, as the Vikings exposed the Mountaineers weakness - zone's. WVU jumped out to a 55-38 lead early in the second half, but struggled down the stretch as Cleveland State forced 11 second half turnovers using a 2-3 zone and a zone pressure. Cleveland State tied this game at 78 with 13 seconds remaining, setting up this exciting finish:

Kevin Jones had 23 to lead WVU, while Da'Sean Butler added 18 points and 9 boards. Norris Cole led CSU with 29.

Butler 69, Xavier 68: As we already discussed, this game had a crazy, controversial finish. Gordon Hayward played great this afternoon, finishing with 22 points, 14 boards, and countless big plays. Matt Howard, the Horizon's reigning player of the year, struggled once again. It has to be a confidence issue at this point, because Howard is a good basketball player, but there may not be another good player in the country playing as badly as Howard is right now. He's shooting just 41% from the floor, averaging an absurd 4.1 fouls per game, and looks unsure of himself when he has the ball in the post. One play in paticular stands out in my mind. During the second half, Howard rolled of a screen and Mack found him with a nice pass. Howard had an open lane to the rim from about 12 feet out, but instead of attacking the basket he tried to throw a cross court pass to Hayward in the corner. The pass was picked off.

It was an ugly-looking Saturday. Let’s peel off a few layers here--College Hoops Journal

No. 6 West Virginia 80, Cleveland State 78. The Mountaineers got a last-second layup from De’Sean Butler to escape on the road against a 4-8 team. What was it about yesterday’s games? A lot of teams seemed to be mired in a snow-affected funk.
No. 21 Butler 69, Xavier 68. Xavier owned the Bulldogs in the first half. They looked like the better team. The tougher team. The taller team. The hungrier team. Then, as Butler does all the time, it came back. Xavier will get its chance to get a few more wins in a multi-bid A10. From a mid-major perspective, the right team won this game.

Deconstructing the Butler vs. Xavier Finish…--Rush The Court
Saturday's Pregame Beat--Ballin' is a Habit

2:00 pm: Xavier @ Butler: Xavier and Butler are two of the best mid-major programs in the country, but both got of to slow starts this season. Xavier is coming off of a huge home against Cincinnati, a game in which Terrell Holloway and Jason Love took over, but Butler just had a nice win of their own, knocking off Ohio State at home. The biggest issue for Butler this season has been keeping Matt Howard on the floor, and Xavier's bigs of Kenny Frease and Jason Love have been good this season. That said, I'm not sure Xavier has anyone that can match-up with Gordon Hayward.

Controversial finish to the Butler-Xavier game--Ballin' is a Habit
If you missed the bizarre ending of the Xavier-Butler game, watch it here--College Hoops Journal
Xavier Got Shafted by a Clock Malfunction--The Big Lead
Hayward's layup off scramble beats clock--The Indy Star
Ugly finish, but officials got it right--The Indy Star
Crawford gets his shots--The Indy Star
Xavier deserved a shot, and this sport is nuts (but fun)--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler Edges Xavier,

Pivotal snafu can't spoil the positive impact of Vikings' defense: Cleveland State Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State's comeback falls just short of upset as West Virginia survives, 80-78--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Video Highlights: Mountaineers Escape Vikings 80-78--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Drop Close Game To No. 6 West Virginia,

Vikings Rally Late To Force Overtime, Then Top Indiana,

Wolverines top Titans--The Detroit Free Press
Titans Fall to Michigan,

Detroit holds off Bowling Green--The Detroit News
Team Effort Leads UDM Over Bowling
Join the Titans for ‘Holidays at the Hall’

25 for Kreps as UIC routs NIU--The Chicago Sun-Times
Kreps, UIC rout Northern Illinois with 69-49 win--Daily Herald
Defense, Kreps' Big Game Helps Men's Basketball Knock Off Northern

Sunday: Loyola at SIU-Edwardsville--The Chicago Tribune

Loyola Looks To Return To Winning Ways With Sunday Matinee At Western

Golden scores 20 to lift Wis-Green Bay to
Women's basketball: Phoenix tips Marquette, hits historic 10-0--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay off to Best Start in Program History with Win over

Men's basketball: Fletcher's return gives Phoenix needed boost--Green Bay Press Gazette
Fletcher Returns as Green Bay Drops Youngstown State,

Panthers are able to pass final test of the week--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Impressive Over Miami (OH)
Milwaukee Uses Big Surges To Take Down

D-III Falcons no match for Crusaders--The Post-Tribune
Four score in double figures as Valpo rolls past Concordia--The NWI Times
Valpo Players Help Each Other Out in Win Over

Valpo Heads to Cincinnati to Battle the Bearcats

Raiders win the ‘right way’ — with defense--Dayton Daily News
Raiders enjoy a rare laugher against Maryland-Eastern Shore--Dayton Daily News
Raiders make easy work of Maryland-Eastern Shore--Mark Katz's Blog
Raiders (7-4) dominate UMES
Raiders Roll to 87-46 Win Over Maryland Eastern

Green Bay pulls away from YSU in 2nd half--Youngstown Vindicator
Phoenix Catch Fire in Second Half to Knock Off Scrappy Penguins,

Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Dec. 19--The Horizon League
Official Referee Explanation of the Butler-Xavier Game--Horizon League Network

Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Dec. 19--The Horizon League
Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Dec. 20--The Horizon League

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