[Comment From AlexAlex: ]
Taking a break from shoveling to chat it up! What should I be on the lookout for in the Butler-Wright State game tonight?
We actually have very little snow on the ground here in Philadelphia, which is a relief after slogging through two feet of it last weekend in Vermont. But the key for Butler tonight is a 40-minute effort, which I haven't seen yet. Wright State forces a lot of turnovers, and any Bulldog lapses are guaranteed to be paid for in easy transition buckets the other way.
[Comment From Bob FBob F: ]
Is the Horizon potentially multibid this year? I've seen Loyola, UIC (twice) & Wright State (twice) and have to say I've not been that impressed. Wright St. seemed to be the best of the bunch but not a great team. Will Butler have to win the conf tourney to get in?
It's a tough sell. The league only won about ahlf its nonconference games, and there are only three standout teams: Butler, Wright and Green Bay. Of course, Loyola could get back the momentum they showed and start winning league games, but there's your race. My feeling is that it would take the Butler-losing-in-the-final scenario, which of course has been one of the main reasons why the HL has earned its recent reputation as a perennial two-bidder.
[Comment From RoryRory: ]
Watched "Big Lumber" play a week ago. More of an inside game this year. Thought he was much improved. Who bestowed that gem of a nickname on him?
A TV announcer. It's one of the best nicknames out there, because the best greatest ones say everything and nothing at the same time.
[Comment From Matt (Myrtle Beach)Matt (Myrtle Beach): ]
Any reason you leave Detroit out of the possible contenders in the Horizon? I see a possible trap game for Butler after the Wright St game.... Also who'd make a better PG Jack or Sawyer?
I think they turn it over too much, but we'll see. Jack's too much of an egoist to play the point, he's a two-guard. But did you know this? Tony Ingle, whom I helped with his book last summer, coached Josh Holloway in high school down in Georgia. Said that "Sawyer" was a great shooter.
[Comment From AaronAaron: ]
Kyle, last year I believe you said MIlwaukee was a year away from contending in the Horizon, do you think their mediocrity thus far can be contributed to Tone Boyle being out?
Yeah, that's the thing about predictions that far out... people get injured and stuff. A Franklin-Boyle tandem would have been pretty effective this year.
Friday's Pregame Beat--Ballin' is a Habit
7:00 pm: Butler @ Wright State: Matt Howard, the preseason player of the year in the Horizon, is averaging 10.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, and 3.9 fouls.
Bulldogs turn the tide on Raiders--The Indy Star
Dawgs dominating league (so far)--Indy Star Butler Insider
BUTLER 77, WRIGHT STATE 65--THE unOFFICIAL BUTLER BULLDOGS MEN'S BASKETBALL PAGE
Butler Holds Off Wright State, 77-65--ButlerSports.com
Butler Hosts Valparaiso Saturday--ButlerSports.com
Vikings Host UIC On Saturday--csuvikings.com
Vikings Conclude Trip to Chicago With Game at UIC--csuvikings.com
Second-half rally sends Titans past Valparaiso--The Detroit Free Press
Titans' late rally sets up showdown--The Detroit News
Detroit Rallies Past Valparaiso, 77-67--detroittitans.com
Titans Look to Extend Winning Streak on Saturday at #18 Green Bay--detroittitans.com
Saturday's matchup: UIC at Cleveland State--The Chicago Tribune
Scouting: UIC @ Cleveland St.--Daily Herald
Saturday's matchup: Loyola at Youngstown State--The Chicago Tribune
Scouting: Loyola @ Youngstown St.--Daily Herald
Loyola Wraps Up Weekend Homestand Against Youngstown State--LoyolaRamblers.com
Women's preview: UWGB vs. Detroit--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: Randy Berry is blood & guts for Phoenix--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game #16: UWGB at UWM--UWGB Basketball
Panthers leaning hard on Franklin--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Live Blog - Green Bay at Milwaukee--Panther Blog Zone
Detroit heats up in second half--The Post-Tribune
Detroit 77, Valparaiso 67 -- wrapup--Off The Mark
Crusaders suffer collapse in Detroit--The NWI Times
Crusaders Fall at Detroit Despite 31 From Johnson--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Returns to the Hardwood Sunday at Wright State--valpoathletics.com
Valparaiso (4-9, 1-1) at Butler (8-5, 1-1)--The Post-Tribune
Scouting today's VU women's basketball game--The NWI Times
UD legend says it’s time Flyers play WSU--Dayton Daily News
Big crowd sees WSU grounded by ranked foe Butler--Dayton Daily News
‘We were humbled,’ says WSU coach Brownell of loss to Butler--Dayton Daily News
Butler does it again to Raiders--Mark Katz's Blog
Raiders still have a chance--Mark Katz's Blog
Butler Pops Wright State's Balloon 77-65--RaiderRoundball.com
Raiders Fall to Butler 77-65--wsuraiders.com
Guins Travel to Chicago's North Side to Battle Loyola--ysusports.com
Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Jan. 8--The Horizon League
Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Jan. 9--The Horizon League