What's Up™?: Loyola (Chicago) -- If anyone in Hoops Nation is wishing the calendar would flip back to 2009, it's Jim Whitesell at Loyola. His Ramblers haven't won in 2010, three straight losses to be exact. It began with a 17-point drubbing at home against Detroit, and continued this weekend when they lost a pair of road games in eastern Ohio at Cleveland State and at Youngstown State. The things that were leading to wins early in the season are now leading to losses. Their 3-point shooting is less consistent, their Assist-to-Basket Percentage is dropping, and their turnover numbers are inching higher. It's time for the Ramblers to take a deep breath and prepare for a bragging-rights showdown this week. On Friday, they'll be looking for Horizon League win #3 when they head to Chicago's south side to take on the UIC Flames.
* Both Wright State and Florida Gulf Coast welcomed new additions to their roster (beginning one year from now).
Weekend Recap--Ballin' is a Habit
Butler 64, Detroit 62 OT: Shelvin Mack scored with a minute left in overtime to give Butler a 64-62 win on the road against a valiant Detroit team. Gordon Hayward had 17 points and 7 boards, but he missed a free throw at the end of regulation that would have won the game for the Bulldogs. Matt Howard had just 10 points and 4 boards, but more importantly he played a season high 43 minutes while committing just two fouls.
Polls show opinions differ on Butler--Indy Star Butler Insider
Klein Picks Up Horizon League Player of the Week Honors; Now Eligible For HLN's--csuvikings.com
Red Line Lounge, Week 09--The Mid-Majority
DL: They've really been disappointing. Goes to show you how big a role coaching plays on our level. When you don't have access to all the talent, you gotta have something...or you've got nothing. Wow, that was enlightening. Let's quickly move past that to avoid any further embarrassment. What about another "League" like, say, the Horizon League. Butler up by two games after surviving in Detroit Sunday afternoon. Still impressed (not shocked) by the turnaround going on in Calihan Hall. The Titans are T-O-U-G-H...something a lot of teams in the Horizon League aren't.
KW: Got to catch the Friday night tilt at Valpo, and the Titans really brought the hammer in the second half. But the second-"hottest" team in the league behind the Bulldogs has to be Cleveland State, winners of three straight after a horrible nonconference season. I'll be there at the big title game rematch this Thursday at Hinkle, to see if the depleted Vikings are a legitimate spoiler or just another .500 team.
Jackson and Phillips among 10 to be inducted into Detroit Titans Sports Hall of Fame--The Detroit Free Press
Three inducted into Detroit Mercy hall of fame--The Detroit News
Detroit Titans To Induct 10 Into Sports Hall Of Fame--detroittitans.com
Titans to Make Their Workout Count for More During "Cardio for a Cause"--detroittitans.com
WBB Q&A: Junior Tayler Langham--detroittitans.com
Jimmy Collins knew the UIC offense didn't work--ChicagoNow.com
Join Us For The UIC Women's Basketball Fundraiser On Saturday, Jan. 23--uicflames.com
Ramblers and Flames Ready To Renew Rivalry Friday Night--LoyolaRamblers.com
Nordgaard, Kind Urben picked for UWGB hall--Green Bay Press Gazette
Panthers Continue Homestand With Thursday Game Against Detroit--uwmpanthers.com
Past is prologue for Valparaiso--Off The Mark
Random thoughts from Detroit game (MBB)--Region Sports Extra
Wrapping up Detroit (MBB)--Region Sports Extra
Live from the ARC: Valparaiso vs. Loyola (WBB)--Region Sports Extra
Valpo Women Head to Ohio to Face Youngstown State--valpoathletics.com
Former Buckeye Offutt transfers to Wright State--CBSSports.com
Two trips to Chicago next season for Raiders--Mark Katz's Blog
OSU’ Walter Offutt transfers to?Wright St.--Through the Arch
Bulldogs bite Raiders at home--The Guardian
Women’s basketball gets road win over HL rivals Milwaukee--The Guardian
YSU’s Mays named player of week--Youngstown Vindicator
Renovations to Beeghly and Stambaugh help facilties stand out--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Weekly Release #9--The Horizon League
Women's Basketball Weekly Release #9--The Horizon League