ATB--Rush The Court
RTC Live. We were at six important games this weekend; here are the recaps for all but the Harvard vs. Cornell game, which can be found separately here.
* #13 Butler 70, Siena 53. Shelvin Mack and the Butler Bulldogs don’t like losing at home. They haven’t lost in Hinkle Fieldhouse since getting upset by Cleveland State in last year’s Horizon league Tournament final, so when they were down 31-28 at halftime against visiting Siena they naturally weren’t happy. Things were much different in the second half as the host Bulldogs ran the Saints off the floor in a 70-53 win on senior day for Willie Veasley, Avery Jukes, and Nick Rodgers. Rodgers, Jukes, and Veasley set a school record with 110 wins over their four year careers, and they are looking for more as Butler prepares for the Horizon League Tournament. “That’s a heck of a basketball team. I wanted to tell all you Siena people that made the trip here,” said Butler coach Brad Stevens about Siena. “We’ve seen some great teams come in here over the past few years and this team is right up there.” It was a sophomore, Mack, that hit big shot after big shot for Butler. With starting center Matt Howard saddled with foul trouble again, Mack had 23 points, 16 of which came in the second half as Butler took full control. Gordon Hayward, another promising sophomore for Butler finished with 15. Siena, meanwhile was stymied early when Butler came out hitting the 3-pointer. Clarence Jackson finished with 24 as Siena used a late first half run to pull ahead, but they could not maintain that momentum after the break. “In the second half we obviously struggled. We had some clean looks and it kind of snowballed for us. We had taken the crowd of the game a bit but when we couldn’t score it was very difficult for us from there,” said Siena coach Fran McCaffery. Siena had a dismal second half shooting the basketball, hitting just 7 of 30 shots after halftime. The Saints also missed all eight three point attempts in the second half. After this loss, Siena will in all likelihood need to win the MAAC Tournament to ensure its third straight NCAA bid this season.
College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
On the Horizon: A huge week looms ahead for Cleveland State (14-15, 9-7), but the schedule favors the fifth-place Vikings' effort to at least get a share of second. CSU plays its final two home games on Thursday and Saturday, against seventh-place Detroit (16-13, 7-9) and second-place Wright State (18-10, 10-5).
WSU, Detroit, third-place Wisconsin-Green Bay (19-10, 10-6) all play their final league games on the road, meaning the Vikings could easily move up the ladder. A plus for head coach Gary Waters is his four-guard attack picked up some needed ammo this past week with the return of point guard Lance James from a broken foot.
In CSU's Saturday romp over Toledo, James saw his first action since the seventh game of the season. In 11 minutes he scored seven points and had one assist.
Kreps, Stewart guide Flames to road win--Whoosh!Net
Scraping off the rust--The Post-Tribune
Tom Pelissero column: Phoenix exceeds expectations for many--Green Bay Press Gazette
The Drill: UWM's All-Decade basketball teams--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Weekly Panthers report--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Freshmen Boga, McCallum lead UWM over Vikings--UWM Post
UWM falls short in BracketBuster at home--UWM Post
Stat of the Week 2-22-2010--UWM Post
Home away from home?--UWM Post
Raiders only need one more win for No. 2 seed--Dayton Daily News
Men’s basketball team moves up to second place in league standings--The Guardian
HLN Student Section Challenge Rolls Through Detroit--Horizon League Network