There were quite a few upsets last night:
* UAB 67, Butler 57: The Blazers built up a 16 point lead midway through the second half, but a furious rally by the Bulldogs cut the lead to two late in the second half. But UAB got three straight layups, the last with 44 seconds left, to hold on. Gordon Hayward had 12 points and 15 boards to lead Butler, but Matt Howard again struggled, finishing with 6 points on 3-8 shooting before fouling out. The Blazers were led by 18 points from Jamarr Sanders and held Butler to 34% shooting. It was the second straight big win for UAB, who was coming off of a win over Cincinnati.
Other notable scores:
* Ohio State 72, Cleveland State 59: David Lighty led the Buckeyes with 30 points as they pulled away in the second half from the Vikings.
The State of the Other 24: Week 2--The Mid-Majority
8. Butler (Horizon League), 97.411, 8-4 (1-0)
Hmmm. Win a game, lose a game, and move up in our TS-24 ratings? Interesting. Either way, just when everyone thought Gordon Hayward was truly proving to be one of the best sophomores in the country, he went down to UAB with his Butler teammates and turned in a 12-point effort in a 67-57 defeat. The bigger issue? He was still the Bulldogs' leading scorer for the 7th consecutive game. Butler opens Horizon League play next week with visits from Green Bay and Milwaukee.
That’s Debatable: Revisiting the Butler-Xavier Fiasco--Rush The Court
A Rush The Court Christmas List--Rush The Court
nvr1983, RTC editor/contributor:
5. Fire the guy running the clock at Hinkle. Somebody has to get some coal this Christmas…
Birmingham blog 3: Stay in Top 25 to end--Indy Star Butler Insider
The Importance of Scheduling--CollegeChalkTalk.com
Vikings Get Back to .500 With 74-63 Win Over Lake Erie--csuvikings.com
Titans' Christmas Wish List--detroittitans.com
Thursday's Shootaround--Ballin' is a Habit
Wisconsin 68, Milwaukee 58: Jon Leuer scored 25 points, and the Badgers used a 19-8 run to close the first half before holding on down the stretch.
Stature matters little when it comes to expectations--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A snowball effect--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Leuer leads Badgers past Panthers--SportsBubbler.com
Late First-Half Run Makes Difference For Badgers In 68-58 Win Over Panthers--uwmpanthers.com
Gut-check time for Crusaders--The Post-Tribune
Road Report: Leaving Dayton--The Mid-Majority
New life for Brookville standout, Wright State recruit--Dayton Daily News
Commentary: NCAA should nix idea of adding teams to tourney--Dayton Daily News
UD, WSU basketball players talk about favorite Christmas presents--Dayton Daily News
Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Dec. 23--The Horizon League
Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Dec. 23--The Horizon League