Sunday, January 31, 2010

News On The Horizon 1/31/2010

Butler's a power not just at home--The Indy Star
Veasley: Ultimate complementary player--Indy Star Butler Insider
Bulldogs Close Road Stretch At

Freeman's Jumper Lifts BU To 71-70

Cleveland State women's basketball team loses--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Fall at Detroit,

Cleveland State wins a game, but not much satisfaction, in triumph over Youngstown State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Lead From Wire-To-Wite, Upend YSU,

UDM prevails--The Detroit Free Press
Eli Holman preserves Detroit Mercy's victory over Illinois-Chicago--The Detroit News
Detroit Holds Off UIC,

Titans Top Vikings For 62-54

Detroit beats UIC 76-73--The Chicago Tribune
Detroit, Simon nudge UIC--The Chicago Sun-Times
Detroit knocks down Illinois-Chicago 76-73--Daily Herald
Men's Basketball Unable To Rally Past Detroit In 76-73

Women's Basketball Outlasts Loyola,

Loyola falls to 3-8 in Horizon League--The Chicago Tribune
Wright St beats Loyola 66-48--Daily Herald
Late Surge Sends Wright State Past Loyola,

Loyola Drops Tight 70-66 Decision To

Men's basketball preview: UWGB vs. Valparaiso--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: Memory of older brother lives on in UWGB's Barkley--Green Bay Press Gazette
Quick Turnaround Sees Green Bay Host Valpo Sunday

Women's basketball: Phoenix unleashes dangerous defense--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB vs. Valparaiso (Final)--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay Tied for First in League Play with Win over

Pieces missing for UWM's big contest vs. Butler--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Square Off With League-Leading Butler

Panthers Fall To Butler On Last-Second Shot,

VU on the rebound--The Post-Tribune
Valpo Men Look to Rebound Sunday at Green

Green Bay runs past VU women--The Post-Tribune
Mistakes prove costly for VU women's basketball team--The NWI Times
Second Half Run Pushes #24/22 Green Bay Past

WSU in thick of race for 2nd seed in Horizon League--Dayton Daily News
Cooperwood leads WSU out of rut to victory--Dayton Daily News
Cooperwood, Duggins lead Raiders--Mark Katz's Blog
Game Ending 17-Point Run Lifts Wright State Past Loyola
Raiders get big victory--The Guardian
Raiders Pull Away From Loyola

Women Blow Out Youngstown State
Women slip on road--The Guardian
Women's Basketball Uses Big Second Half to Rout Youngstown State,

Mays' 27 Not Enough in Comeback Attempt at Cleveland
Penguins suffer two Horizon setbacks--Youngstown Vindicator
Turnovers Outweigh Solid Start as Penguins Fall at Wright

Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Jan. 30--The Horizon League

Saturday, January 30, 2010

News On The Horizon 1/30/2010

Bulldogs' 9th win in row takes extra push--The Indy Star
Becoming a more complete team--Indy Star Butler Insider
Hot Second Half Lifts Bulldogs At Green

Cleveland State vs. Youngstown State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State, Akron, Kent State men's basketball team have pressing needs: College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Women's basketball: Today's UWGB vs. Valparaiso preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
(6-2) Green Bay Looks to Extend Win Streak Against (3-5)

Men's basketball: UWGB wastes prime opportunity--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game #23: Butler 75, UWGB 57 FINAL--UWGB Basketball
Butler Downs Green Bay, 75-57, on ESPNU--UWGB Basketball

Calling long distance--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Franklin Delivers For
Franklin's Three Sends Panthers Past

UWM returns favor with wild victory--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso at Milwaukee, Jan. 29, Live Blog--Off The Mark
A heartbreaking men's hoops loss for VU--The NWI Times
Storming the court--Region Sports Extra
Valpo Falls on Late 3-Pointer at

Valpo hoping to heat up in Green Bay--The Post-Tribune
Scouting today's VU women's basketball game--The NWI Times

Raiders know Loyola's record is deceiving--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State vs. Loyola--Dayton Daily News

Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Jan. 28--The Horizon League
Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Jan. 29--The Horizon League

Horizon League, ESPN announce multi-year deal through 2013--The Horizon League

Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Jan. 30--The Horizon League

Friday, January 29, 2010

News On The Horizon 1/29/2010

Wojta leads Wisconsin-Green Bay to win over
Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 611--The Mid-Majority

[Comment From Mike M.Mike M.: ]
Two gunslingers walk into the Resch Center tonight. Any chance the Phoenix can take (at least a little) control of its life now, or does Butler win and officially make a mockery of the rest of the Horizon League with a 4 game lead.

I've seen both these teams a few times this year, and I don't think there's any question that Butler is the better team. However, Green Bay may be the biggest roller-coaster team in the Horizon League. Beat Wisconsin, lose to Buffalo. Lose by 20 to Milwaukee, beat Detroit and Wright State. They're just hard to get a beat on. But, they're also very tough to play at the Resch Center... and Butler knows that well after losing up there last season. That said, Butler is quietly starting to put together 40-minute efforts, and dominating their competition. I tend to side with the "mockery" side of your question...

The 2010 debut of Dancing on the Bubble--College Hoops Journal

(16-4, 30, 56) Butler’s a team we always assume is safe in the at-large picture. But it almost lost to Xavier; maybe should have lost to Xavier had the officials not screwed up. It has the two good wins that watermark its schedule in the Musketeers and Ohio State. If it doesn’t hit a skid in the Horizon, it’s going to get in. I don’t trust this team like I used to, though. Losses to Minnesota, Clemson, Georgetown and UAB.

Butler, 9-0 in Horizon, isn't thinking about going unbeaten in conference play--The Indy Star

BU Falls To 24/22 Green Bay,
Butler Finishes Wisconsin Trip At

Cleveland State Hosting YSU on National TV--Let's Go Vikes!

Vikings Fall To Wright State at the Buzzer,
Vikings Travel to First Place Detroit on

Detroit Mercy rolls after break--The Detroit News
Men’s Basketball Crushes Loyola, 83-63--The Detroit News
Titan Coaches On Board With ‘Suits And Sneakers’--The Detroit News
UDM Looks To Exact Revenge Against UIC--The Detroit News

Over 160 UDM Student-Athletes Earn AD Honor Roll Accolades--The Detroit News

Titans Drown Penguins,
Women's Hoops Looks for Sixth Straight Home Win on

Saturday's matchup: UIC at Detroit--The Chicago Tribune
Wright State 79, UIC 43--The Chicago Sun-Times

Twenty-percent shooting (10-for-50) from the field doomed the Flames (5-15, 1-9 Horizon League) as they were routed by the Raiders (13-8, 6-4) in Dayton, Ohio.

Vaughn Duggins and Troy Tabler each scored 14 points to lead five players in double figures for Wright State, which shot 51 percent (26-for-51). Robo Kreps scored 16 to top UIC, which dropped its seventh game in a row.

Wright State sinks Illinois-Chicago 79-43--Daily Herald
Deep funk continues--Whoosh!Net
Men's Basketball Defeated At Wright
Motown Welcomes Men's Basketball As Flames Face

Horizon League, ESPN announce multi-year deal through

Women's Basketball To Host Pink Zone Game On February 13 Against
Women's Basketball Travels Across Town To Face Loyola On

Horizon League struggles continue for Chicago
Saturday's matchup: Loyola at Wright State--The Chicago Tribune
Detroit 83, Loyola 63--The Chicago Sun-Times

Chase Simon's 30 points powered the Titans (13-8, 6-4 Horizon) past the visiting Ramblers (12-8, 3-7).

Simon shot 10-for-20 from the field and made all seven of his free-throw attempts; Eli Holman contributed 16 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots for Detroit.

Terrance Hill (20 points) and Andy Polka (12 points, nine rebounds) led Loyola, which led 37-35 at halftime and trailed just 51-50 midway through the second half.

Detroit uses late push to dominate Loyola 83-63--Daily Herald
Tale Of Two Halves Results In 83-63 Loss At
Ramblers Wrap Up Month At Wright State

Horizon League, ESPN announce multi-year deal through

Crosstown Battle Wraps Up First Half Of Horizon League Season For

Men's basketball: UWGB's Rahmon Fletcher, Cordero Barkley healthy for Butler rematch--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix men looking to find its stride--UWGB Fourth Estate

Women's basketball: UWGB regains winning touch, beats Butler 73-62--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB vs. Butler--UWGB Basketball
National spotlight shinning bright on the Phoenix women--UWGB Fourth Estate
Green Bay Gets Back on Winning

More On Big Lumber--Panther Blog Zone
Panthers Start Weekend Homestand With Friday Contest Against

Panthers' Defense Stifles Valpo,
Panthers Looking For Fourth-Straight

Panthers top cold-shooting Valpo women--The Post-Tribune
Cold shooting night leads to a loss for the VU women--The NWI Times
Valpo Women Drop Road Game at
Valpo Women Reach Halfway Mark of League Play

Crusaders forced to adjust--The Post-Tribune
Scouting Today's VU Men's Basketball Game--The NWI Times

Finally, Raiders get a breather in rout of UIC--Dayton Daily News
Fans bow heads, give applause for Liddy--Dayton Daily News
Raiders win second straight--Mark Katz's Blog
Maybe UNCW will call Donlon--Mark Katz's Blog
Wright State sinks Illinois-Chicago, 79-43--Fairborn Daily Herald
Blowout win over
Raiders Roll to 79-43 Win Over

WSU women upset Cleveland State on buzzer-beater--Dayton Daily News
Women Hang on for a 60-58
Thomas Drains Game Winner as Time Expires, Women's Basketball Wins 60-58 Over Cleveland

Men's Basketball Clashes With CSU on ESPNU

Penguins Can't Overcome Slow Start in 80-44 Loss at
Penguins Wrap Up First Half of League Slate at Wright

Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Jan. 27--The Horizon League
The Race for Second Place--Horizon League Network
Horizon League's New ESPN Deal--Horizon League Network

Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Jan. 28--The Horizon League
Our Chance(s) To Give Back--Horizon League Network

Thursday, January 28, 2010

News On The Horizon 1/28/2010

Scouting report on Khyle Marshall--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler Begins Challenging Wisconsin Trip At Green

UDM: Cardio for a cause--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Looks For Sweep Against Jesuit Rival Loyola On
McCallum Gets 'Cardio for a Cause'

Women's Basketball Returns to Calihan on

Up next: UIC at Wright State--The Chicago Tribune

Up next: Loyola at Detroit--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola (12-7, 3-6) at Detroit (12-8, 5-4)--Daily Herald
Losses show different side to Ramblers--Loyola Phoenix

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down--Loyola Phoenix

Ramblers edge Phoenix--Loyola Phoenix

Tonight's UWGB-Butler women's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Greets Butler, ESPNU Friday

UWGB hopes for BracketBusters TV game, other news and notes--UWGB Basketball
(5-2) Green Bay Hosts (5-2) Butler Thursday

Panthers Look To Extend Streak vs.

Surging VU only halfway home--The Post-Tribune
VU healthier and deeper this season--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders brace for some hard cheese--Off The Mark
Valpo Men Continue Road Trip at Milwaukee

ECC grad's work on boards powers VU--The Post-Tribune
Scouting today's VU women's basketball game--The NWI Times

Raiders to host dangerous Illinois-Chicago--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State vs. Illinois-Chicago--Dayton Daily News
No complaints from Gardner despite bad deal--Mark Katz's Blog

PENGUIN POWER--Youngstown Vindicator
Youngstown State beats NC Central 70-57--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Four Score in Double Figures to Lift Penguins Past Eagles,

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #11--The Horizon League

Winning Helps, but Doesn't Cure All--Horizon League Network

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

News On The Horizon 1/26/2010

Red Line Lounge, Week 11--The Mid-Majority

KW: Greetings, Hoops Nation. Before we get started in the Red Line Lounge this week, we all just want to send out our best wishes to our friend, Samford head coach Jimmy Tillette. Coach Tillette had a seizure on the bench at UNC Greensboro on Saturday, and is stabilizing in an area hospital. He is the only "outsider" to have ever been given the official keys to the Princeton system; not only is he a true student of the game, he's a student of the filmography of Keanu Reeves as well. Get well soon, Coach! OK, where am I? New Jersey! I can't see Damon through all the hot heat of this torrid basketball action... Damon... Damon... you there, buddy?

DL: You sure it's heat from the basketball action... or is your rental car overheating? Either way, YES, I'm here! I'm back in our capital city after fine weekend of hoops in Chi-city. I could feel the heat in UIC's Pavilion from the moment the flame was traditionally lit on the court Saturday afternoon. The heat transferred as well, but not to the home-standing Flames. Butler, specifically Gordon Hayward, was hott all game long, and the Bulldogs won their 8th straight game. Now they're 9-0 in the Horizon League... three games up on the field. Let's just say it... it's ooooovah.

KW: I'll spot Butler a loss or two later on, but you're right. See you in March!
DL: There's another team up there in that quadrant of Hoops Nation, who's actually beaten Northeastern, boasting an impressive win streak. That'd be Siena. I remarked earlier this year that Siena had been underwhelming due to their inability to beat any of the big names on their schedule (Georgia Tech, Northern Iowa, Temple, St. John's) during the non-conference season. However, that win against Northeastern looks pretty good these days. Anyway, the Saints have won 11 in a row, and are 10-0 in the MAAC after getting past Loyola (Md.) and Manhattan this week. The only problem Siena could run into is a team with great guards that don't cough the ball up, as the Saints tend to force a lot of turnovers. If any team can take care of the ball against Siena, and force them to play half-court defense, they could give the Saints a run. It could actually end up being a team like Niagara or Rider (both still host Siena) that hand the Saints their first MAAC loss this year.

KW: Agreed on all counts. We'll be talking more about BracketBusters in future weeks, but Butler could very well end up being that guard-heavy team you speak of.

Butler continues climb in polls--Indy Star Butler Insider

College basketball: Catching up with Lincoln Park's Jeremy Montgomery at Cleveland State--The Chicago Tribune
Viking is player of the week: Local College Newswatch--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Former CSU Star Makes It To NBA: Cedric Jackson to Sign with Cavs--The Cauldron
Current Horizon League Standings--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State’s Cole Named Men’s Basketball Player of the Week--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State's Cole named Men's Basketball Player of the
Vikings Host Youngstown
Men's Basketball Locker Room Project Nearly

CSU Basketball: Men Beat Green Bay, Women Get Past YSU, Vikings Take Doubleheader--The Cauldron

Vikings Head Back on The Road For Contest at Wright

Jasmine Bailey Named Horizon League Player Of The

Loyola needs to play to its

UWGB notebook: Women's basketball drops to No. 24 in poll--Green Bay Press Gazette

Green Bay, Butler and Bellin Health Partner for Jan. 29 Coaches vs. Cancer

Franklin Can't Do it Alone in Attempted Ohio Road Sweep--Milwaukee Panther Tracks

TMM A.M. - January 25, 2010--The Mid-Majority

Looking to the Midwest: Although the Missouri Valley and Horizon League both have crystal clear front-runners, they each have a single team which is coming on strong and making a push to put themselves in contention for a top-half finish. In the Valley, that team is Drake. After starting 0-4 in the MVC, the Bulldogs won five straight games thanks in large part to a player we've not mentioned much at all this season. Josh Young is one of the Valley's best, but has been suffering through a bit of a down year, averaging just 13.2 points per game compared to 15.9 and 15.2 his sophomore and junior seasons. In his last three games, however, he's putting up 18.7 points per game. This past week the Bulldogs avenged an earlier loss to Wichita State, and have a real test this Wednesday when they face Northern Iowa. Drake's turnaround can be attributed to a sharp increase defensively since November. MVC opponents are shooting less than 28% from the 3-point line, and committing 14 turnovers per game against them. Both of those numbers are tops in Valley in conference games.

In the Horizon League, Valparaiso is in a very similar situation. They've won four in-a-row and are now 5-4 in the League. Once opponents began getting familiar with the fact that Brandon Wood is a fantastic player (leading the HL in scoring at 18.6 points per game), his teammates have stepped up and taken some of the pressure to score off his shoulders. 5th-year senior, Brandon McPherson, and 1st-year Iowa State transfer, Cory Johnson have solidified the Crusaders as one of the best offensive teams in the League. Despite just being one game above .500, Valpo has a legit shot at moving all the way up to the 2-spot if they can figure out how to win on the road this season. This week they're at Milwaukee and Green Bay, which will prove to be a very difficult challenge

This could be a good week for Raiders--Dayton Daily News

Cleveland State's Cole named Men's Basketball Player of the Week--The Horizon League
Men's Basketball Weekly Release #11--The Horizon League
UIC Student Section – Good Efforts in Bad Conditions--Horizon League Network

Bailey named Women's Basketball Player of the Week--The Horizon League