Friday, December 31, 2010

News On The Horizon 12/31/2010

Friday's Pregame Beat: Previewing your college hoops weekend--Ballin' is a Habit

* 2:00 pm: Valpo @ Butler; UIC @ Cleveland State: Butler looks like they are back on track this season with a win in the Diamond Head Classic, but Norris Cole and Cleveland State appear to be legit this season. Can CSU unseat Butler atop the Horizon?

Utah Jazz will be shorthanded tonight against Portland--Deseret News

Coach Jerry Sloan hasn't announced his starting lineup for tonight's game, but it's likely he will again go with Gordon Hayward in the small forward spot. The rookie scored a season-high 17 points with six rebounds and three assists in 44 minutes in the 103-95 comeback win over the Clippers.

Rookie Hayward sparks Jazz win over L.A. Clippers--Salt Lake Tribune
Hayward scores pro high of 17--Indy Star Butler Insider
Word on Smeathers: Patience, please--Indy Star Butler Insider

One-Man Shows--Basketball Prospectus

Norris Cole, Cleveland State — The Vikings have been one of the best mid-major stories of the season’s first two months, and they’ve gone 13-1 (lone loss: at West Virginia) by way of a killer defense that yields only .91 points per possession. Until 2010 national runner-up Butler barreled through high-major competition on the way to the Diamond Head Classic championship in Hawaii last week, Cleveland State was not only arguably the best team in the Horizon League, they were the best team in the Horizon League.

Gary Waters’ team scores a phenomenal 1.05 points per trip, but that’s all the more remarkable due to the offense’s distinct lack of dimension. It’s a team ruled by guards, and 6-foot-2 senior Cole is king of kings. He scores 29 percent of the team’s points, is already over 300 for the year, and has put up 210 shots — 60 more than his closest teammate. He’s used on 32 percent of the team’s possessions, 24th in Division I. And he has notable March experience, too. On Friday, March 20, 2009, as a sophomore, Cole led his team with 22 points on 8-for-18 shooting as No. 13 Cleveland State took down No. 4 Wake Forest 84-69 for the team’s first NCAA win since 1986. Get past Butler again, and the Vikings will be back for another attempt. If you’re looking for the next Show, Cole could very well provide it.

Cleveland State men's basketball team cruises past Loyola--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Video: Gary Waters Talks About Upcoming Horizon League Games This Weekend--Let's Go Vikes!
Plain Dealer Does Lengthy Video Story On CSU Basketball--Let's Go Vikes!
Cheer For CSU Basketball on the Road - 4 Viking Voyages Set for 2011--Let's Go Vikes!
CSU BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: Vikes look to hold serve this week against Loyola and UIC--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State 73, Loyola-Chicago 55--Let's Go Vikes!
Big Man Pogue Gives Big Effort In 73-55 Win Over
Vikings Host UIC On New Year's

The NC-Double-Eh Schedule - Dec. 30--Raptors HQ

7:00pm Green Bay @ Detroit – Jason Calliste has seen his scoring drop significantly but that may have more to do with the emergence of teammate Ray McCallum as a scorer. After starting off the season fairly hot, he’s only managed to score more than 8 points once in the last four games after a 20 points explosion Dec. 4. Calliste plays a lot of minutes and can fill it up in a hurry so this would be a good game to see if he does so tonight.

Detroit Mercy cruises by Wisconsin-Green Bay--The Detroit Free Press
Titans Cruise to 79-56 Win Over Green

Detroit Opens Conference Play At No. 21 Green Bay On New Year's

Losing night for Chicago in
Youngstown State edges UIC 71-69--Daily Herald
Follow the Flames LIVE from Youngstown State!
Men's Basketball Comes Up Short at Youngstown State,

Women's Basketball Prepared To Lift Lid On Horizon League

Pogue tough on Ramblers--The Chicago Sun-Times
Cleveland State routs Loyola 73-55--Daily Herald
Loyola Falls At Cleveland State,
Ramblers Ring In New Year At Youngstown State Saturday

Loyola Opens Horizon League Play With New Year's Eve Clash With Youngstown

Women's basketball: As Usual, UWGB favored in Horizon League--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women vs. South Dakota--UWGB Basketball
No. 21 Green Bay Opens Horizon League Play

Men's basketball: Detroit outmuscles Phoenix--Green Bay Press Gazette
Re-picking the Horizon League--UWGB Basketball
Game #14: Detroit 79, UWGB 56 FINAL--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay Drops Road Tilt at

UW-Milwaukee has little go right in loss to Wright State--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Like a Hurricane: Panthers Battered and Beaten Down by Wright State, Lose 68-44--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Live Men's Basketball Blog - Milwaukee @ Wright State--Panther Blog Zone
Postgame Extra – Milwaukee at Wright State--Panther Blog Zone
Raiders Ride Hot Shooting To League Win Over
Panthers Set To Open New Year With Matinee In

Live Blog: Women's Basketball vs. Wright State--Panther Blog Zone

Crusaders Wear Down Cardinals--Confessions of a Sports Junkie
Valpo vs. Ball State Photo Gallery--Confessions of a Sports Junkie
Valparaiso-Butler news and notes--Off The Mark
Valpo Resumes Horizon League Play at

VU women's basketball team snaps four-game losing streak--The NWI Times
Crusader Women Close 2010 with Win at Eastern

WSU rebounds from tough loss, defeats Milwaukee--Dayton Daily News
WSU's Duggins playing with stress fracture in back--Dayton Daily News
Raiders’ big man Cooper Land excels--Dayton Daily News
Land’s career-best scoring night drives WSU to 24-point victory vs. Milwaukee--Wright State University Sports
Duggins playing with stress fracture in his back, WSU learns--Wright State University Sports
At Nutter Center, basket looks large for Wright State--Wright State University Sports
I’ve changed my tune on N’Gai Evans--Through the Arch
Raiders pull away in second half for league win--Fairborn Daily Herald
Land and Evans Shine in 68-44 Drubbing of
Men Roll Over Milwaukee

Penguins close out 2010 with Horizon, home win--Youngstown Vindicator
Battle tested--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Ashen Ward Scores 26 Points As Guins Hold Off UIC,

Women's Hoops Opens League Play, Closes 2010 at

Horizon League women's basketball tips-off conference season on Friday--Horizon League Network

Home Teams Hold Serve on Thursday Night--Horizon League Network

Thursday, December 30, 2010

News On The Horizon 12/30/2010

College hoops predictions for 2011--Sports Illustrated

7. Some name program will give Brad Stevens a tough decision to make. Yes, Stevens signed a 12-year extension at Butler after last season's run to the national title game, but that was before he knew Gordon Hayward was leaving two years early and went through this season's early struggles with a less experienced and banged-up roster. Butler is an excellent job with strong institutional support and a legacy of producing terrific coaches and solid teams. Stevens also is a unique personality who, like Gonzaga's Mark Few, very well could be happy enough to stay where he is. But with junior Shelvin Mack an early-entry possibility to depart along with senior Matt Howard, next season could be a down one (relatively), and the miss on local stud recruit Cody Zeller underscores where Butler still stands in that landscape. Wouldn't Stevens at least have to listen if a really big name came calling?

In Utah, the Jazz are like 'M*A*S*H' times 'Cheers' plus 'Seinfeld'--Ball Don't Lie
Utah Jazz: Andrei Kirilenko, C.J. Miles will miss tonight's game--Deseret News
Utah Jazz notebook: Gordon Hayward, Eric Gordon renew acquaintances in L.A.--Deseret News
Utah Jazz: Game at a glance--Deseret News
Utah Jazz: Al Jefferson propels Jazz past Clippers--Deseret News
Rookie Hayward sparks Jazz win over L.A. Clippers--Salt Lake Tribune
Jazz reserves lose their rhythm--Salt Lake Tribune
Jazz’s Sloan favors rookie Hayward during fourth quarter--Salt Lake Tribune
Howard by the numbers--Indy Star Butler Insider’s 2011 predictions: Hello, Mr. Stevens--Victory Firelight
Butler Rings In New Year Against

Falcons Hold Off Bulldogs,

Introducing the 13-1 Cleveland State men's basketball team (video)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Horizon League play begins this weekend for Cleveland State: Preview--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State men's basketball team is practicing its winning ways--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Vikings Open Horizon League Play at

It's time for Loyola and UIC to prove themselves in Horizon
Matchup: UIC at Youngstown State--The Chicago Tribune

Matchup: Loyola at Cleveland State--The Chicago Tribune

Men's basketball: Today's UWGB-Detroit preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: Butler remains favorite in Horizon League--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix Notebook: Horizon League Among the Nation's

Women's Basketball Completes Another Successful Non-Conference

Hill will retrun to UWM starting lineup--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Panthers Open Up League Play With Wright

Nixon, Palombizio take different positive paths at Eastern Illinois--The NWI Times
Valpo Athletics, Opportunity Enterprises Partner For Ticket

Conference schedule has Raiders back in comfort zone--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee--Dayton Daily News
Late in games, WSU shows mixed performances--Wright State University Sports

Women's Hoops Opens League Play, Closes 2010 at

Nine Games in Two Days Means League Season Returns--Horizon League Network
League Links: December 30, 2010--Horizon League Network

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

News On The Horizon 12/29/2010

RTC Top 25: NPOY Edition--Rush The Court

23. Matt Howard, Butler- When Howard stays on the floor, the physical 6’8 forward and former Horizon League POY produces. Howard averages 18.1 PPG, 8.2 RPG and just brought back to the mainland the MVP of the Diamond Head Classic. Howard, along with Butler as a whole, appears to be hitting their stride. He’s a persistent rebounder that plays with an extremely high motor.

The Week That Was: December 18-27--Rush The Court

After a less-than-stellar start to its season, in which Butler got smoked by Louisville and lost in overtime to Evansville en route to a 4-4 record through its first eight games, it now looks like Brad Stevens’ squad has righted the ship. The Bulldogs have won five in a row and just beat Washington State on Christmas Day to win the Diamond Head Classic. Key to the Bulldogs recent surge has been their improved play on the defensive end. Butler has not allowed more than 68 points since Mississippi Valley St. put up 71 on Dec. 11, and in their last four wins, the Bulldogs have allowed their opponents to shoot the following percentages: Stanford, 31.4%; Utah, 39.6%; Florida State, 38%; and Washington State, 40.7%. The Bulldogs’ defensive numbers still aren’t great, they rank 48th in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency rankings and they’re #272 in turnover %, but they’re on their way back to being a squad that can win games on the defensive end. As the schedule shifts to Horizon League play, the Bulldogs again are a safe bet to claim another conference championship.

Utah Jazz notebook: Gordon Hayward continues to get crunch-time minutes--Deseret News
Jazz reserves lose their rhythm--Salt Lake Tribune

While everyone from Mehmet Okur and Earl Watson to C.J. Miles and Gordon Hayward made significant contributions for Utah on Monday night during a 96-91 home defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers, several key reserves acknowledged Tuesday that the team’s bench has recently lacked the smoothness and sharpness that characterized its play during the first 26 games of the season.

Matthews gets win in return--Salt Lake Tribune

Back again

Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko left the game with 4:57 left during the third quarter and did not return. He is day to day with a lower back strain.

Utah coach Jerry Sloan said that he possibly would have used Kirilenko late in the game, but instead relied upon rookie Gordon Hayward for all 12 minutes of the fourth quarter for the second consecutive contest.

Hayward scored four points via free throws and was 0 of 4 from the field.

Jazz’s Sloan favors rookie Hayward during fourth quarter--Salt Lake Tribune
Butler's Howard shares Player of Week award--The Indy Star
Butler on RPI watch (again)--Indy Star Butler Insider
The new era of Butler hoops--Victory Firelight

Butler Closes 2010 At Home vs. Bowling

Video Highlights: CSU Women's Team Cruises Over Lake Erie--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Return to Action Against Lake Erie on
Garland's Career High 26 Lead Vikings Past Lake Erie,

Video: Gary Waters Talks About Upcoming Horizon League Games This Weekend--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Host Loyola To Resume League
VIDEO: 12-29 Gary Waters Media

Q&A with Tom Mieskoski about Cleveland
Men's Hoops Resumes League Play at Youngstown State

Flames Capture Spirit Of The Season By Giving

Possession maximizing
Loyola's Second Half Rally Falls Short in 70-59 Loss at Northern

Women's basketball: UW-Green Bay defeats South Dakota 70-53--Green Bay Press Gazette
No. 21 Green Bay Wraps up Non-Conference Play with 70-53

Green Bay Closes Out 2010 at Detroit

UWM women continue slide--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Live Blog: Milwaukee @ Illinois State--Panther Blog Zone
Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee @ Illinois State--Panther Blog Zone

Rick Costello Named New Director of Milwaukee Athletics--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Panthers Drop Sixth-Straight, Fall At Illinois State,

Previous Evening MAC Review: Road Bumps--Hustle Belt

Valparaiso 69, Ball State 52 — This isn't the way to get noticed in Indiana basketball. The Cardinals, after hanging tough for the first-half-of-the-first-half, saw the Crusaders bolt to a 12-point halftime lead, and no rallying cry stuck with BSU. Jarrod Jones was the only double-digit scorer for Ball State with 18 points and seven rebounds. Basically the defense struggled to get in Valpo's fat face, as they shot 52 percent from the field. Get in their face. That's how basketball works, right? Ball State's next game: Friday, 12/31 vs. North Carolina A&T

Non-Conference Opponents' Update (a.k.a.: more proof we're playing better without Robbie Hummel)--Hammer and Rails

Valparaiso (10-4, 2-0 Horizon League) RPI: 70 - So far our win over the Crusaders has been a very pleasant gift. It is another top 100 road victory, which when coupled with our remaining game at West Virginia, could give us three true road victories in non-conference play against the top 100. Since Valpo is 2-0 in the Horizon League and has at least four games left against Butler (RPI: 11) and Cleveland State (RPI: 16) this win can get even better and they could be a fringe at large team if they somehow pull a Butler and sweep through the Horizon League, but lose in the conference title game to either Cleveland State or Butler. An overtime loss to a bad Toledo team sucks, but Valpo beat Oakland last week 103-102 and already has a win over Illinois-Chicago (who beat Illinois). They play at Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon to restart Horizon League play. Strangely, Toledo can screw us in basketball too because they are only 3-9, but chose to break an 0-9 start by beating Valpo in overtime. Damn you, Rockets!

Crusaders finish off Cards--The Post-Tribune
Ball State at Valparaiso, Dec. 28, Live Blog--Off The Mark
Balanced effort leads to fourth consecutive win for VU--The NWI Times
Crusaders Extend Winning Streak to Four With Victory Over Ball

Valparaiso (2-9) at Eastern Illinois (6-6)--The Post-Tribune
Crusader Women Close Non-Conference Action

No. 6: YSU women go winless--Youngstown Vindicator

Men's Basketball Starts Main Horizon League Slate Hosting UIC

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

News On The Horizon 12/28/2010

The Other 26: Week Six--Rush The Court
College Basketball: State Teams Transition To Conference Play--SB Nation Indiana

Can the state get as many as five NCAA Tournament bids?

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Dec 27, 2010 -

With December winding down it is time for the state's college basketball teams to turn to conference play. Notre Dame, Louisville, and possibly Butler have built solid at large profiles for NCAA tournament berths. Everyone else will have to succeed in conference play if they wish to reach the postseason. Valparaiso and IPFW remain as the best bets to have successful conference seasons, but they still must win their respective conference tournaments if they hope to dance. Here is a look at the opening week of conference play around the state:
Ball State vs. Valparaiso - The Crusaders and Cardinals will meet in a final non-conference gameTuesday night before Valpo has a crucial Conference game at Butler on Saturday. Brandon Wood has been on fire of late for the Crusaders, scoring 35 in a 103-102 win over Oakland. If Valpo pulls the upset at Butler on Saturday they will take early control of the Horizon League race.

Meanwhile, Ball State has had an up and down non-conference season. They have beaten DePaul from the Big East, but lost to Division II Alaska Anchorage by 18. The Cardinals also host North Carolina A&T on Friday.

12/27 - College Hoops Week in Review: I hope you all enjoyed your holidays--Ballin' is a Habit

Team of the Week: Butler Bulldogs

Butler may have given life to their chances of earning an at-large bid this season with a win in the Diamond Head Classic out in Hawaii. With wins over Florida State and Washington State, as well as Utah, Butler landed themselves two quality victories against teams that will likely be in the tournament come March. Without much in the way of a resume booster from here on out, the Bulldogs are going to want to win the Horizon Tournament to be safe, but the resume is not what was important coming out of this week.

What's important is that Butler looked like the Butler we expected to see all season long. Matt Howard has really grown as a player in his four season with the Bulldogs. He's now knocking down threes, he's putting the ball on the floor and hitting mid-range shots and fadeaways. He's still a terrific rebounder. He averaged 18.7 ppg and 8.7 rpg this week, upping his averages to 18.1 ppg and 8.2 rpg on the season. Shelvin Mack broke out of his slump this week, scoring 17 points on FSU and 20 on WSU. Andrew Smith looks like he is going to be a force on the block in the Horizon this year. Chase Stigall and Zack Hahn are both knocking down jumpers now. Ronald Nored and Shawn Vanzant are just as pesky and athletic as they were last season. I'm not usually a big believer in the eye test, but this team passed with flying colors this week.

Matthews gets win in return--Salt Lake Tribune

Back again

Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko left the game with 4:57 left during the third quarter and did not return. He is day to day with a lower back strain.

Utah coach Jerry Sloan said that he possibly would have used Kirilenko late in the game, but instead relied upon rookie Gordon Hayward for all 12 minutes of the fourth quarter for the second consecutive contest.

Hayward scored four points via free throws and was 0 of 4 from the field.

Butler's Matt Howard shares Horizon honor--The Indy Star
Cutting down the ‘net: The love is back--Victory Firelight
Matt Howard Named Horizon League Co-Player of the

3-Pointers: Viking quest--Sporting News

Cleveland State has played 14 games. The Vikings won 13 of them. And yet that seems not to have impressed the folks who vote for the Associated Press top 25, who presented CSU with a single poll point for the current week.

Which means one person voted the Vikings No. 25. This reminds again how really crappy the polls are at identifying genuine achievement. There are 45 teams ranked by the AP ahead of Cleveland State. Maybe there will be 45 teams better by the end of the year, but a team winning at a 93 percent clip—even when many of those games are on the road—usually has something special about it.

In Sporting News magazine last month, we pointed out teams winning more than 80 percent of their games entering the NCAA Tournament dominate the event. Among the club members in last year’s event: Saint Mary’s, Northern Iowa, Butler.

If the Vikings keep this up, dismiss them at your own peril.

Vikings Still Have a Fan in AP Poll--Let's Go Vikes!
Official Tip-Off Time Set for CSU's Battle With Butler--Let's Go Vikes!
The Year That Cleveland State Had to Play Pretend--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Remain Top Ranked Mid-Major, Butler Picking Up Steam--Let's Go Vikes!

Vikings Host Lake Erie Tuesday Night--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Return to Action Against Lake Erie on

Jan. 14 Butler Clash Set for 9 P.M. Tip on
Titans Return to League Play

Titans Roll Past

All-Horizon League Non-Conference
Beavers gain measure of revenge--Whoosh!Net

Shameia Green Earns Second Horizon League Player Of The Week

Ramblers Head To Cleveland State To Face League-Leading Vikings Thursday

Loyola Wraps Up Non-Conference Slate With Wednesday Trip to Northern

Women's basketball: UWGB's Quilling shines on the bench--Green Bay Press Gazette
January 2 Women's Basketball Game Time

UWM names Costello new athletic director--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Horizon League Power Rankings (December 21 – 27)--PantherU
Basketball Features - Evan Richard and Joe Allen--Panther Blog Zone
Panthers Return To Action With League Game At Wright

Panthers Close Out Non-League Play At Illinois,vuball-1228.article--The Post-Tribune,sports-briefs-1228.article--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders back in action--The NWI Times
Wood Named Horizon League Co-Player of the

Crusader Women Close Non-Conference Action

WSU builds confidence from tough schedule--Dayton Daily News
Raiders fare well against top-ranked early season opponents--Dayton Daily News
WSU recruit named MVP of high school holiday tournament--Wright State University Sports
Bring on the Horizon--The Guardian
Raiders Head Back to Horizon League
Raider Feature: Chris
Raider Feature: Billy

WSU women's basketball game moved--Dayton Daily News
Lady Raiders on fire heading into league play--The Guardian
Women's Basketball Game Time at Green Bay Changed--The Guardian

Horizon season heats up for Penguins--Youngstown Vindicator

Rutgers' Costello Named Milwaukee Director of Athletics--Horizon League Network
Butler's Howard, Valpo's Wood Share Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Week Honors--Horizon League Network

UIC's Green garners second women's basketball Player of the Week award--Horizon League Network

Monday, December 27, 2010

News On The Horizon 12/27/2010

Morning Five: 12.27.10 Edition--Rush The Court

While most of the college basketball world relaxed and spent time with their friends and family there was also quality basketball being played in Hawaii, the big winner was Butler, who ran off three straight wins knocking off Utah, FSU, and Washington State in succession to win the Diamond Head Classic. After a rough start to the early season, the Bulldogs appear to be rounding into shape and should be a team to be reckoned with despite what Joe Lunardi might have thought (Insider access: Basically an absurd column questioning if Butler and Gonzaga would make the NCAA Tournament).

Utah Jazz Extra: 5 notable trends from the pre-Christmas road trip

3. The Christmas wish list

It wasn't a basketball-related question, but I had fun asking every Jazz player what he'd really like to get for Christmas. The responses were as wide-ranging and interesting, everything from peace, to a guaranteed contract, to a James Bond sportscar, to family time, to socks and briefs or boxers (I didn't ask that overly personal follow up). Hopefully readers enjoyed the Christmas morning feature as players, even if short responses, gave a glimpse into their interesting personalities. (P.S. Fesenko appreciated all Happy Birthday wishes that were relayed by fans. Though he didn't get asked-for birthday texts from teammates, rookies Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans serenated him with the B-day song at practice Friday. Fes was grateful for that, even if it was the worst singing he said he's ever heard. C.J. Miles contends that Gordan Giricek was a worse singer.)

4. Hayward doesn't go wayward

Speaking of the rookies, it's not unusual to see them play in the fourth quarter. It is, however, very rare to see them playing crunch-time minutes. But that indeed was Gordon Hayward out there playing like a seasoned veteran as the Jazz won with a fourth-quarter rally last Wednesday in Minnesota to wrap up their 3-1 trip. The rookie stayed in for all 12 minutes in the fourth, which Al Jefferson claimed was a trust-earning moment for Hayward as far as their coach is concerned. The 20-year-old certainly passed that test after coming up short on some other exams in recent weeks — especially his three invisible starts — so it was a positive step forward for Hayward. Who knows when the No. 9 pick will be given the opportunity again. But the Butler standout said he'll be ready when it happens. Now if we could only hear how he sings duets with Evans.

RPI WATCH: 12/26/2010--Bring On The Cats

For one half, Butler and Washington State appeared to be evenly matched foes. The score was tied at 38 just before halftime, but the Bulldogs were able to sink the final shot for a narrow 40-38 halftime lead.

Well, that score proved to be an illusion — Butler opened the second half by outscoring the Cougars 21-4 and eventually pulled away to a 84-68 victory that wasn't close at all.

Full credit to Butler coach Brad Stevens, who continues to be one of the greatest strategists in the game with the way he puts his players in the best position to win, while also minimizing an opponent's advantages and maximizing their weaknesses. Butler overwhelms you with unselfish team play and execution, not athleticism.

Butler hits 11 3s in winning Diamond Head Classic final--The Indy Star
Title a boost to Bulldogs--The Indy Star

Titans Return Home To Face

City teams seek consistency as conference play heats up--The Chicago Tribune

Milwaukee Panthers Mid-Term Grade Report--Milwaukee Panther Tracks

Crusaders Return to Action Tuesday at ARC against Ball

Donlon’s reasons for discussing mother telling for WSU coach--Wright State University Sports

Sunday, December 26, 2010

News On The Horizon 12/26/2010

Big Picture: Butler 84 - Washington State 68--College Basketball Blog
Utah Jazz rookie Gordon Hayward is working hard to prove he can play in NBA--Deseret News
Hawaii blog 5: Bulldogs on top of Diamond Head--Indy Star Butler Insider
Hawaii blog 6: Belief (in Hahn) defines Dawgs--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler takes Diamond Head title--Victory Firelight
Butler grabs Diamond Head title on Christmas--Butler Collegian
Bulldogs Win Diamond Head

Cleveland State Basketball Players Loved the Wolstein Center Crowd Against USF--Let's Go Vikes!

Green Bay Wraps up Non-Conference Play

Best wishes for cranky fans in 2011--The Post-Tribune

* Quest for victory: At Valparaiso, my fondest wish is for the Crusaders to beat Butler in basketball, something they haven't managed since Dec. 4, 1993. They're 0-6 against the Bulldogs since joining the Horizon League
* Hawkey talk: More than a few fans have noticed assistant VU women's basketball coach Greg Kirby bears a striking resemblance to Joel Quenneville of the Blackhawks.

But he's not even a hockey fan. Maybe the coaches should flip a coin to decide who shaves off his distinctive moustache so we can tell them apart.

the horizon line: How YSU stacks up--Youngstown Vindicator
Horizon history How YSU has fared--Youngstown Vindicator

Butler Takes Diamond Head Classic Title--Horizon League Network