Tuesday, March 16, 2010

News On The Horizon 3/16/2010

Mid-Majority Tournament Chat Block No. 1--The Mid-Majority


Am I the only one who thinks Butler got boned with their matchup against UTEP?

I'm sure there are some. UTEP has a couple of immense forces inside, and a balanced offense... but it really drops off after their big four. Butler is a superior all-around team. I'd be worried about Butler if the Bulldogs hadn't shown their new killer instinct over the past couple weeks. They were bored all season, but they're ready now. The Wright State and Siena games showed that.

Kyle, who do you think as the best chance of making it the farthest? X? They've been there before, but Butler has the talent, (not saying X doesn't) and there are tons of other great teams. Thoughts?

I think it's between Temple, Xavier and Butler, but there are a lot of possible bad matchups for each on the way to that Elite Eight (or beyond). Temple's comes real early, of course. Xavier would get Pitt in the second round, and that would be a grind... X hasn't responded well to the grind this season. My main worry about Butler is that UTEP is going to wear them out. If they can retain enough energy for the second round, a possible Murray game would present the exact same challenge: stopping five different guys.

2010 NCAA Tournament Bracket Breakdown: West Region--Ballin' is a Habit

Seeded too high: Butler Bulldogs

Don't get me wrong, Butler is a quality basketball team. You don't go undefeated in your conference, regardless of the conference, if you are not a quality basketball team. But their only wins of note are against Ohio State (without Evan Turner) and Xavier (at home and at the buzzer). Look, I love what Brad Stevens has done with this program. I think the world of Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack as basketball players. Matt Howard is a bulldog in the paint. But Butler simply cannot handle the length and athleticism of the best teams in the country. Matt Howard is a land warrior that is ineffective against bigger players. Their power forward is 6'3" Ronald Nored, who is a scrapper and a defender but doesn't have a jump shot. I also think it deserves mention that Florida, who many believe was the last team in, got a 10 seed. But that low in the bracket, seeding quirks lead me to believe it had more to do with bracketing rules than with merit.

NCAA Tournament: West (The Bracket Where We’ll See the Most Double-Digit Seeds Advance?)--College Hoops Journal

5 Future Pros: Wesley Johnson (Syracuse), Andrew Ogilvy (Vanderbilt), Gordon Hayward (Butler), Elias Harris (Gonzaga), Solomon Alabi (Florida State).

State players Wooden finalists--The Indy Star
http://www.indystar.com/article/20100316/SPORTS0605/3160319/1068/SPORTS06--The Indy Star
NCAA blog 2: The RPI scandal and 2002 vs. 2010--Indy Star Butler Insider

Butler To Play Illinois State In WNIT--ButlerSports.com

A.M. NCAA Tourney Links: All the same; Obama praises OSU's Turner; Luck of the draw; CSU women--Cleveland Plain Dealer

CSU women: Cleveland State's women will visit Notre Dame in the first-round of the tournament. South Bend Tribune reporter Curt Rallo writes grabbing a No. 2 seed and staying on the opposite side of the bracket from unbeaten and No. 1 Connecticut (a team that the Irish have faced three times this season) made sure Monday’s occasion didn’t turn into an Irish wake.

“I would have put us in a bracket with all 15 and 16 seeds,” McGraw joked if she were making the selections. “But it doesn’t matter who you’re playing. You know you’re going to play a good team.”

Cleveland State finished fourth in the Horizon League with an 11-7 record, but won the league tournament.

Their confidence rising, CSU women can't wait for their NCAA date with Notre Dame--Cleveland Plain Dealer
15th Seeded Vikings Traveling to South Bend to Take on Fighting Irish--Let's Go Vikes!
Viking Voyage Set for NCAA Tournament Game Against Notre Dame--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings to Play at Notre Dame in NCAA First Round--csuvikings.com

Mulroy Selected to Compete in the 22nd Annual State Farm Slam Dunk and Three Point Championships--detroittitans.com

Men's basketball: CBI bid motivates Phoenix--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Opens CBI Play Wednesday at Akron--uwgbathletics.com

Women's basketball: UWGB gets NCAA bid, makes history--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Women Nab NCAA Tournament Berth--uwgbathletics.com

Wood Earns NABC All-District Honor--valpoathletics.com

New direction for WSU women’s hoops--Dayton Daily News

Commentary: WSU wise to turn down postseason tourneys--Dayton Daily News
NCAA bids seem to follow ex-WSU aide--Dayton Daily News
Duggins and Land Honored--wsuraiders.com

Martin faced no-win situation--Youngstown Vindicator
Martin resigns on heels of 0-30--Youngstown Vindicator
Martin resigns as YSU women's coach--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Fouling Out--The Jambar

Men's Basketball National Postseason Release--The Horizon League

Butler headed to Postseason WNIT for second straight year--The Horizon League
Cleveland State and Green Bay earn spots in NCAA Women's Basketball Championship--The Horizon League
Uncharted Territory--Horizon League Network

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