Monday, March 22, 2010

News On The Horizon 3/22/2010

Mid-major uprising hardly biggest NCAA
RTC Region by Region Tidbits: 03.21.10--Rush The Court

West Region Notes (Andrew Murawa)

* Butler has advanced to their third Sweet 16 in eight years, and while they will be a big underdog to Syracuse on Thursday, they’ve shed the Cinderella label.

Redemption Weekend--Ballin' is a Habit

Butler, like Michigan State, was a sexy preseason pick that failed to live up to lifty expectations.

Or so people thought.

Butler, who is fast becoming the Gonzaga of the Midwest, loaded their non-conference schedule, and proceeded to lose to just about everyone. Yes, they beat Ohio State, but that win came without Evan Turner. Yes, they beat Xavier, but that win was marred by a decision by the officials to end the game due to a timing issue.

Prior to the start of the tournament, not many people believed that Butler had what it took to make it to the Sweet 16, let alone get out of the first round.

Yet, here the Bulldogs are. The knock on Brad Stevens' crew coming in was that they were unable to handle the athleticism of a power program. Well, they seemed to have answered those doubts by running -- or more accurately shooting -- an long and athletic UTEP team out of the gym in the second half of their first round game. Against Murray State, it was prototypical Butler, playing their stout defense and executing just well enough offensively to win a game.

The Bulldogs will have their work cut out for them in the Sweet 16, as they get a Syracuse team that seems to have rediscovered their stride. But even with a loss to the Orange, Butler has proven themselves to a lot of their detractors.

Stevens says Orange are as good as anyone--The Indy Star

Barlow shuts off Vikings' scoring machine--The Indy Star
Horizon star no match for Irish--The Post-Tribune
Cleveland State bounced from NCAA women's tourney by Notre Dame, 86-58--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Fall In NCAA First Round, 86-58 At Notre

Green Bay upsets Virginia in first round--The Detroit News

Men's basketball: UWGB needs to slow Reed in CBI--Green Bay Press Gazette
Mike Vandermause column: Phoenix's Cotton is easy to root for--Green Bay Press Gazette

Women's NCAA notebook: UWGB's Ritchie shines in the spotlight--Green Bay Press Gazette
NCAA women's basketball tournament: UWGB proves it belongs, beats Virginia--Green Bay Press Gazette
NCAA Tournament -- UWGB vs. Virginia (Final)--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay Moves On With 69-67 Upset of

Men's Basketball National Postseason Update--The Horizon League Hoewisch heads up 'Green Bay Way'--The Horizon League

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