Wednesday, December 23, 2009

News On The Horizon 12/23/2009

ATB--Rush The Court

Are These Really Upsets?

* UAB 67, #18 Butler 57. The surprising UAB Blazers knocked off their second ranked foe in six days by defeating Butler at Bartow Arena behind Jamarr Sanders’ 18 points and 11/7 from Elijah Millsap. UAB did succumb to a ferocious Butler rally midway through the second half, allowing the Bulldogs to cut a 16-point deficit down to two in an eight-minute span before picking up the defense and preventing Butler from scoring on their next six possessions. Under Mike Davis, the Blazers are now 23-0 against non-conference opponents in their home gym and can boast two victories against likely NCAA teams when March rolls around. As for Butler, the only outstanding thing in their resume is a Turner-less win over Ohio State at home and a controversial victory over Xavier. With nothing to gain in Horizon play, their seed could take a hit with the lack of quality wins in November and December. Horizon League POY Matt Howard managed just six points and zero free throw attempts while fouling out yet again in a game where Butler was out-shot, out-rebounded and simply outworked by a fiery UAB squad to be reckoned with in Conference USA.
Other Games of National Interest.
* #17 Ohio State 72, Cleveland State 59. No Evan Turner? No problem. At least against Cleveland State that is. Led by David Lighty’s career-high 30 points, the Buckeyes never trailed against the Vikings who were unable to keep it as close as they had in their previous game–an 80-78 loss to West Virginia. The Buckeyes will likely find life a bit more challenging without Turner with their next two games in Madison and Ann Arbor.

Around the Top 25--College Hoops Journal

—UPSET—UAB 67, No. 20 Butler 57. A hornet’s nest was what the Bulldogs walked into when they entered Bartow Arena last night. Gotta call it like it is: Butler isn’t that good and is proving to be weak in a lot of areas it normally hasn’t been in the past few years.
No. 17 Ohio State 72, Cleveland State 59. David Lighty with 30 points. And we can officially nudge him into talk of Big Ten player of the year. Just slightly, OK?

Sanders leads UAB over No. 20 Butler,
Random Tuesday: It’s Like Christmas in, um, December…--Rush The Court

8 pm – #16 Butler @ UAB. UAB has won nine in a row including a convincing victory a week ago against visiting Cincinnati at home. Butler will need every nudge it can get from the scoreboard and clock operator tonight to ensure a win in Birmingham.

Ten Tuesday Scribbles…--Rush The Court

8. Last year’s version of the UAB Blazers were supposed to contend for the top 25 and challenge Memphis in Conference USA. They flopped early in the campaign and stood at 10-7 (1-2) after a 13-point loss to Memphis on January 17 before making a late run and reaching the NIT. This year’s Blazers are off to a much better start sitting at 10-1 after a midweek trouncing of Cincinnati and a convincing road win at South Alabama. Coach Mike Davis has found a star in 6’6 swingman Elijah Millsap (related to Utah’s Paul Millsap). The junior put up 22/15 against Yancy Gates and is averaging a double-double on the young season. The Blazers welcome Butler to their house Tuesday in an interesting matchup.

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

8:00 pm: Butler @ UAB: Butler looks like they have started to figure things out as Gordon Hayward is beginning to play like the all-american everyone thought he would be, but Matt Howard is still struggling. UAB just beat Cincinnati at home, can they pick up another win?

A missing stopwatch was reason for long delay--Andy Katz's Daily Word
Nored gets his own cheering section--The Indy Star
Butler suffers another blemish on its record--The Indy Star
Birmingham blog 1: More on Xavier and UAB--Indy Star Butler Insider
Birmingham blog 2: Hard to identify what's missing--Indy Star Butler Insider
Bulldogs Fall At UAB,

Vikings, Buckeyes dealing with non-conference scheduling issues: CSU Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
David Lighty puts on a show as Ohio State holds off Cleveland State, 72-59--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Fall at 17th-Ranked Ohio State, 72-59, Despite 25 Points From

Vikings Host Lake Erie on Wednesday

Detroit Mercy beats Central Michigan--The Detroit Free Press
First-half burst paces UDM over Central Michigan--The Detroit News
Titans Pounce On Chippewas,

Titans Fall at #9 Georgia,
Titans Give Back to the

McKnight scores 16, Conyers grabs 19 rebounds as Akron pulls away from Illinois-Chicago 77-65--The Chicago Tribune
Zips dominate boards, extinguish Flames--Whoosh!Net
Men's Basketball Downed At Akron,

Women's Basketball Takes Time To Inspire

Loyola continues winning ways against
Photos from Loyola vs.
Averkamp, Ramblers stay on rise--The Chicago Sun-Times
Loyola Picks Up Fifth Straight Win, Tops Albany
Post-Game Quotes Loyola vs.

Men's basketball story, photos: Bulls outmuscle Phoenix--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Comes Up Short Against

Live Blog - Milwaukee at Wisconsin--Panther Blog Zone

Valpo collapses in final minutes--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso at IPFW, Dec. 22, Live Blog--Off The Mark
Valparaiso blows seven-point lead in final 2:26 to fall 75-72 to IPFW--The NWI Times
Wrapping up IPFW (MBB)--Region Sports Extra
Valpo Falls to Late Comeback from

Raiders’ defense shuts down UALR--Dayton Daily News
No excuses needed for fast-starting Raiders--Dayton Daily News
WSU junior Tabler elevating his play--Dayton Daily News
Raiders beat a good team--Mark Katz's Blog
At Wright State — An Emergence Like No Other--Through the Arch
Raiders defeat Arkansas-Little Rock--Fairborn Daily Herald
Raider 'D' smothers
Raiders Defeat Arkansas-Little Rock

Dimitrov and Brown emerging as leaders--Youngstown Vindicator

Penguins impressive in 82-69 win over High Point--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins Catch Fire in Second Half to Beat High Point,

Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Dec. 22--The Horizon League

Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Dec. 22--The Horizon League
Women's Basketball Weekly Release #6--The Horizon League

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