Tuesday, November 30, 2010

News On The Horizon 11/30/2010

Checking in on… the Horizon League--Rush The Court

Morning Five: 11.30.10 Edition--Rush The Court

Butler’s Ronald Nored will miss at least one game as a result of the concussion he suffered last weekend at Siena. The Bulldogs’ next game is Wednesday in their Horizon League opener on the road against 7-0 Loyola (Chicago). He’s questionable for Saturday’s game against top-ranked Duke as well. With Butler not playing very well as it is, these next two games are fairly important, so it’s not a good time for Nored to be on the shelf.

Cleveland State builds big lead, then holds on for 58-53 win over Robert Morris--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Clings Onto Victory After Blowing 22 Point Lead--Let's Go Vikes
Vikings Hold Off Robert Morris 58-53 After 22 Point Lead Nearly Slips--csuvikings.com

Unbeaten Ramblers Open Horizon League Play Versus Butler Wednesday Night--LoyolaRamblers.com

Green Bay Basketball Hosts "In the War Zone with the Wardles--uwgbathletics.com

Horizon League Power Rankings (Week 2)--PantherU

UD takes out frustration on Wright State in win--Dayton Daily News
Raider women topped by UD--Fairborn Daily Herald
Women Fall to Dayton--wsuraiders.com

Brown named Horizon’s best--Youngstown Vindicator
Brown garners Horizon POW honors--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Brogdon departs YSU men’s team--Youngstown Vindicator
Brogdon leaves YSU, may play elsewhere--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Monday, November 29, 2010

News On The Horizon 11/28/2010

Butler G Ronald Nored Out For Horizon League Opener Due To Concussion Symptoms--SB Nation
Butler point guard Ronald Nored will miss Horizon League opener due to concussion symptoms--The Indy Star
Nored out for Loyola game--Indy Star Butler Insider

No. 18 Notre Dame Runs Past Butler--ButlerSports.com
Hamilton Named All-Tourney At WBCA Classic--ButlerSports.com

Stardate 22-20101129: Line and Formula--The Mid-Majority

Game! Of! The! Night!

Robert Morris at Cleveland State
H. J. Goodman Arena - Cleveland, OH
6:00 EST

The big news out of the Horizon League is that Butler lost to Evansville. At home. No really, this happened. Obviously, anything that the Bulldogs (now 3-2) do will be more important than anything else that happens in the ex-MCC this season, but it's worth pointing out that there are a pair of teams that are undefeated but probably wouldn't be expected to be. Loyola, who we'll be seeing this weekend, is 7-0. So is Cleveland State. Halfway ironically, Cleveland State looks like the kind of ball control/defense team that Butler was last season, and it would be fully completely ironic if this team wins the Horizon autobid. (No really, get accustomed to the idea.) The Vikings have beaten both Kent State and Akron of the MAC, two proud programs with a lot of recent championships, as well as an Iona team that might end up winning the MAAC.

Gary Waters' team goes for its eighth tonight against NEC champions Robert Morris. Mike Rice, who led the Colonials to two straight titles, took his services to Rutgers, where he's already felt the warm glow of the RLU. There are some familiar names on the roster, like Karon Abraham, the 6-0 sophomore who went nuts in the first round game against Villanova last year with his fearless freshman #superhoops. Like Cleveland State, this team has been putting up strong defensive numbers, but under new coach Andrew Toole, the offense has sputtered and suffered. RMU lost to that same Kent State team, and owns a pair of wins against Duquesne and Saint Peter's. So, 2-2. And against a schedule so far that's only included one higher power (Pitt), the team's shot 34 percent. That's in the bottom 10 of the entire country, but facts are useless in emergencies.

CSU women travel to Indiana on Sunday--Let's Go Vikes!
Undefeated Cleveland State host Robert Morris on Monday--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Move Up to 5th in Mid-Major Top 25; Earn a Vote in AP Top 25--Let's Go Vikes!
7-0 Vikings Host Robert Morris--csuvikings.com

Blue Scores Career High 20 Points, But Vikings Fall at Indiana, 66-56--csuvikings.com

High-flying dunk helps pace Detroit Mercy past Niagara, 96-77--The Detroit News
Detroit Blows Past Niagara, 96-77--detroittitans.com
Holman Named Horizon League Player of the Week--detroittitans.com

Previous Evening MAC Review: Didn't Buzz In Time--Hustle Belt
Illinois-Chicago defeats Toledo 63-62--The Chicago Tribune
COLLEGE BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS: Kreps' late three-pointer rescues UIC--The Chicago Sun-Times
Flames brought the fire to Toledo--UIC Chicago Flame
Backcourt duo saves Flames--Whoosh!Net
Neely, Flames Rally for 63-62 win over Toledo--uicflames.com

Women's Basketball Returns Home To Host Northern Illinois--uicflames.com

Games 7-009/010/011: CBE Classic Subregional at Miami (Oh.)--The Mid-Majority

Caribbean Challenge All-Tournament Team Announced--uwgbathletics.com

Tough turkey--UWM Post
Klotsche Krazies--UWM Post
No Cigar.... Milwaukee Battles Tough, Falls to Marquette, 75-72--Milwaukee Panther Tracks

Panthers Sign Five To NLIs For Women's Basketball--uwmpanthers.com

VU rally falls short--The Post-Tribune
Bearcats speed too much for Valpo to handle--The NWI Times
Crusaders End Homestand Falling to Cincinnati on Sunday--valpoathletics.com

Valpo Finishes 5th in Las Vegas Invitational--Dave's Thoughts and Rants

Better late than never for Sandifer--Dayton Daily News
Womens Hoops Preview: UD (2-3) at WSU (2-1)--The Guardian

After 6 games, defense leading Raiders--Dayton Daily News
WSU observations after 6 games: Fast and stingy but small and off-target--Wright State University Sports
Late-game bursts hurt WSU in three losses--Wright State University Sports
Raiders show success, fall short in windy city--The Guardian

Brandi Brown Named Horizon League Player of the Week--ysusports.com

Detroit Coasts to Win while UIC Takes in Thriller on Sunday--Horizon League Network
Holman Captures Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Week Honors--Horizon League Network

Youngstown State's Brown garners women's basketball player of the week honors--Horizon League Network

Sunday, November 28, 2010

News On The Horizon 11/28/2010

The Other 26: Week Two--Hoopville

Butler @ Loyola-Chicago (Dec. 1) — Conference games are rare for this time of the year, but this conference clash is between two of the Horizon League’s two top teams. Loyola has sprinted out to a torrid 6-0 start, and will look to gain the early upper hand in the conference table on Butler with a win.

Butler’s missed FT attempt--The Mikan Drill
Underdog Evansville Aces stun Butler Bulldogs--The Indy Star
Time to re-evaluate these Dawgs--Indy Star Butler Insider
Bulldogs Lose In Overtime To Evansville, 71-68--ButlerSports.com

Bulldogs Pull Away From IUPUI, 63-51--ButlerSports.com

Defense, Norris Cole help lead Cleveland State to 7-0 start--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU Basketball notebook: Vikes are winning with defense--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Dominate In Second Half, Pull Away For 69-51 Win--csuvikings.com

Previous Evening MAC Review: Seward's Revenge--Hustle Belt

Detroit 71, Bowling Green 62 — Unfortunately, BGSU kept chasing the Titans' dust in this one throughout the entire game. UDM gets the coveted wire-to-wire victory in the three-day tournament that they're hosting. But what a sloppy affair on both sides: each team had 20+ turnovers. Everyone made way for Dee Brown, who helped the Falcons with 22 points. Is there any hope for this team? I'm curious to see if dunk specialist Torian Oglesby can be a factor: he had only eight points and seven boards, but he had three dunks. (He also missed a dunk.) If nothing else, it's a modicum of excitement that'll be helpful. And what did Oglesby have to say on Twitter after the game? ... Okay then. Bowling Green's next game: Today vs. Albany in Detroit

The NC-Double-Eh Schedule - Nov. 28--Raptors HQ

5:30pm Niagara @ Detroit – Toronto’s Jason Calliste is playing amazing though the Titans’ first five games which included a 20 point outburst against Mississippi State. But in the game against Bowling Green yesterday, Calliste was a DNP and there was nothing I could find that indicated as to why. Detroit is a fun team to watch (I’ve seen a half of action and they were running and trapping) and whether Calliste plays or not, it will be entertaining. On top of that, you may have a sighting of Hope, BC native Eric Williams for Niagara.

Titans Take Down Falcons 71-62--detroittitans.com

Up next: Toledo at Illinois-Chicago--The Chicago Tribune
Toledo (0-6) at UIC (3-3)--Daily Herald
Men's Basketball Hosts Toledo at UIC Pavilion Sunday--uicflames.com

Women's Basketball Beats Dayton At Buzzer, 66-65--uicflames.com

COLLEGE BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS: Ramblers rally to stay perfect at 7-0--The Chicago Sun-Times
Loyola of Chicago rallies for 63-62 victory--Daily Herald
Loyola Rallies To Win Thriller At San Francisco, 63-62--LoyolaRamblers.com

Loyola Battles Colorado For Omni Hotels Classic title--LoyolaRamblers.com
Cold-Shooting Loyola Drops Omni Hotels Classic Final to Colorado, 65-34--LoyolaRamblers.com

Women's basketball: UW-Green Bay beats Utah 60-40--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Faces Utah in Final Contest of Caribbean Challenge--uwgbathletics.com
Green Bay Finishes Caribbean Challenge 3-0--uwgbathletics.com

Men's basketball: UW-Green Bay beats North Dakota State--Green Bay Press Gazette
Perine's Jumper Leads Green Bay Past NDSU, 71-69--uwgbathletics.com
Green Bay-North Dakota State Postgame Notes--uwgbathletics.com

RTC Live: Marquette @ Milwaukee--Rush The Court
Golden Eagles find a way--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
And the streak goes on--UWM Post
Series Renewed: Game 7 vs. Marquette--PantherU
I’m thankful for…--PantherU
Live Blog: Milwaukee vs. Marquette--Panther Blog Zone
Postgame Extra – Marquette at Milwaukee--Panther Blog Zone
Panther Comeback Falls Just Short In Battle With Marquette--uwmpanthers.com

UWM women come out strong, then hold on--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Live Blog: Milwaukee vs. Western Illinois--Panther Blog Zone
Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee vs. Western Illinois--Panther Blog Zone
Panthers Overpower Western Illinois At Home, 70-55--uwmpanthers.com

Women's basketball: Cincinnati at Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
Scouting Valparaiso University women's basketball--The NWI Times
Live from Vegas: Valparaiso vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi--Region Sports Extra
MBB: Wrapping up Las Vegas--Region Sports Extra
Crusaders Beat Texas A&M-CC To Conclude Las Vegas Invitational--valpoathletics.com

Crusaders take two in Las Vegas Invitational--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders win Upper Division bracket of Las Vegas Invitational--The NWI Times

Focus hurts WSU close to the basket--Dayton Daily News
Shooting sinks Raiders despite late chances--Dayton Daily News
Wright State starts slow, can’t rally against Southern Illinois in 56-50 loss--Wright State University Sports
Not a misprint: WSU 3-of-23 in first half on dreary shooting night--Wright State University Sports
Raiders Fall to Southern Illinois in Consolation of Chicago Invitational Challenge--wsuraiders.com

YSU women earn 2nd win against Ohio U--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women win second straight--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Women's Basketball Starts New Streak, Rallies from 18 Down to Beat Ohio, 60-52--ysusports.com

Sulskis nets 1,000th point in YSU win--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins just Flashy--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Sulskis Gets 1,000th Point in Guins' Big Win over Red Flash--ysusports.com

League Adds Six Wins to Ledger on Saturday--Horizon League Network

Saturday, November 27, 2010

News On The Horizon 11/27/2010

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 703--The Mid-Majority


[Comment From Mike M. Mike M. : ]
Anybody out there surprising you so far, positively or negatively? Loyola Chicago's 6-0 start raised a few eyebrows with me.
Friday November 26, 2010 4:27 Mike M.

Seriously, good for Loyola. We're headed out there to check them out next week. But look at who the Ramblers have played: SWAC, Great West, low Valley, etc. The SOS is not very high at all, but the fact that this hasn't been a factor team in the Horizon makes it impressive. Same situation with Cleveland State, but that's a more impressive start as far as I'm concerned. Vikings are 6-0 too, but have beaten both ends of the Kent-Akron MAC axis and a very good Iona team that could win the MAAC. All of this adds up to one thing: Butler isn't going undefeated in the league this year.

[Comment From Greg Greg : ]
Any impressions on the Michigan Mid Major Coaches' Sons Uber Recruits? Or MMMCSUB for short?
Friday November 26, 2010 5:11 Greg

First of all, Trey Ziegler is the truth. The way that CMU team is, he's going to get a lot of touches, and he's been doing a lot with them so far. As for Ray McCallum Jr., he had a great game against Mississippi State that I caught a tiny bit of. He wasn't instant impact for Detroit, but that game showed that he could really be a factor. After all, the first thing he said when he signed was "I want to beat Butler."

Gaudin's past, present meet today--The Indy Star
‘Underdawgs’ book launch Saturday--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler Hosts Long-Time Foe Evansville--ButlerSports.com

Bulldogs Fall To Wake Forest In Overtime--ButlerSports.com

The NC-Double-Eh Schedule - Nov. 27--Raptors HQ

6:00pm St. Bonaventure @ Cleveland State – Andrew Nicholson and Matthew Wright may have their hands full when they take the floor against Cleveland State. The CSU Vikings are 6-0 right now and may be the best of the Horizon League right now. The Bonnies’ Nicholson has been on a tear through the first four games and he will need to come up big on both ends in this one to fend off the Vikings.

Vikes host St. Bonaventure on Saturday--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Host St. Bonaventure--csuvikings.com

Cleveland State women's basketball team off to best start in 36 years--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Blue Leads With 17, Winton Doubles As CSU Shake Rattlers 67-49--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Trip to Bloomington Up Next for Vikings--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Holman Lifts Titans In Double Overtime Victory 84-82--detroittitans.com

Women's Basketball Continues Non-Conference Slate At Dayton--uicflames.com

Albano, Ayoub Lead Loyola Past Eastern Washington, 74-67--LoyolaRamblers.com

Women's basketball: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 79, Penn State 74--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Beats Penn State 79-74--uwgbathletics.com

Men's basketball: Defense still the focus for Phoenix--Green Bay Press Gazette
Home at Last, Green Bay Hosts North Dakota State Saturday--uwgbathletics.com

UW-Milwaukee hopes for a first time--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Defense, hot second-half shooting lift VU--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders shoot lights out in second half over Northern Colorado--The NWI Times
Live from Vegas: Valparaiso vs. Northern Colorado--Region Sports Extra
Second-Half Shooting Propels Valpo to Comeback Victory--valpoathletics.com

Crusader Women to host Cincinnati Sunday Afternoon--valpoathletics.com

Healthy Evans back on attack--Dayton Daily News
Raiders fall late against Richmond--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State vs. S. Illinois--Dayton Daily News
Richmond rallies to beat foul-troubled Wright State, 71-61--Wright State University Sports
The return of N’Gai Evans, and its promise for WSU’s future--Wright State University Sports
Raiders in Chicago to take on Richmond tonight--RaiderRoundball.com
Raiders Lose Narrow One to Richmond--wsuraiders.com

Men's Basketball Seeks Fourth Straight Home Win Against Saint Francis (Pa.)--ysusports.com

Women's Hoops Hopes Momentum Carries Over Saturday vs. Ohio--ysusports.com

Valpo, Detroit Pick Up Tournament Wins on Friday--Horizon League Network

Friday, November 26, 2010

News On The Horizon 11/26/2010

bionic Bulldog--The Indy Star
$10 tickets at 5 a.m. Friday--Indy Star Butler Insider

Akron Head Coach Dambrot Talks About Loss to CSU--Let's Go Vikes!
Norris Cole: The New King of Hoops in Cleveland--Let's Go Vikes!
Cole Springs To Life In Second Half As Vikes Roll 64-51--csuvikings.com

The NC-Double-Eh Schedule - Nov. 26--Raptors HQ

7:30pm Albany @ Detroit – Forget the Titans’ record may be dismal but Toronto’s Jason Calliste is having a great start. With the introduction of stud freshman Ray McCallum I would never have expected Calliste to have the year he’s having so far. He’s currently is second on the team in scoring at 13.3 pts as well as averaging 4.3 rebs and 2 stls in a team high 34 minutes per game. This will could a big game in the making.

Detroit Mercy hosts tournament this weekend--The Detroit Free Press

Women's basketball: UWGB rides 'D' to victory at Caribbean Challenge--Green Bay Press Gazette
Caribbean Challenge Tips Off with 78-44 Green Bay Win--uwgbathletics.com
Phoenix Faces Penn State in Second Round of Caribbean Challenge--uwgbathletics.com

Panthers Back At Cell Saturday, Host Crosstown-Rival Marquette--uwmpanthers.com

VU men's basketball team faces N. Colorado looking for first D-I win of season--The NWI Times

College Basketball Viewer's Guide For November 26--Blogging The Bracket

Chicago Invitational Challenge Semifinals

Richmond vs. Wright State, 6 p.m. ET (no TV): The Raiders' defense has been porous so far this season (allowing their opponents' eFG% to hit 55%). The Spiders eFG%: 62.4. Making matters worse, Wright State is particularly poor on the perimeter, where UR excels.

Preview: Wright State vs. Richmond--Dayton Daily News
Raiders want to stay steady, not perfect, at free throw line--Dayton Daily News
Big Ten foe Purdue drew Raiders to play in invitational--Dayton Daily News
UD, Wright State count on point guards to keep things running smoothly--Dayton Daily News
Point guard hot topic for UD, WSU hoops--Dayton Daily News

Penguins thankful for fans--Youngstown Vindicator

Thursday, November 25, 2010

News On The Horizon 11/25/2010

Previous Evening MAC Review: Horizon Wireless--Hustle Belt

Behind the Numbers: Do Blowouts Predict Champions?--Rush The Court
Morning Five: Thanksgiving Day Edition--Rush The Court

Mike DeCourcy answers some reader (?) questions, and the lead query asks which coach among the heavy-lifters (K, Izzo, Calipari, Donovan) would he choose to win a one-game scenario. His answer won’t surprise you (K), but it reminded us of a solid question we received last week in a similar vein. If we had to choose one coach and player to currently build a program with — who would it be? We assumed a four-year window, but our choice was Butler’s Brad Stevens and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger. Who would you guys start with?

Wednesday's Shootaround: Duke rolls, UConn pulls an upset--Ballin' is a Habit

Other Notable Games

No. 23 Butler 70, Siena 57: Ryan Rossiter was the best player on the floor, finishing with 26 points and 15 rebounds. But no one else on the Saints could get it going, as Matt Howard went for 17 points and 12 boards and the Bulldog bench came through to the tune of 38 points in the win. Of note: Ronald Nored had an ugly collision early in the game and left looking dazed and bloodied. Haven't yet seen an update on his condition.

B.I.A.H. Quotables: Featuring the best tweets at Isaiah Thomas--Ballin' is a Habit

Butler and Siena put on a great Mid-Major battle on Tuesday night, in which Butler pulled away with a 70-57 victory. Despite the 13-point win, the Bulldogs had nothing but glowing reviews of Siena's star player Ryan Rossiter:

Butler Head Coach Brad Stevens “I told Rossiter, I’m blown away by how much he’s improved. I didn’t think last year he could score like that with a guy between him and the hoop and his back to the basket.”

Butler senior Matt Howard “Rossiter, he’s going right over us, right through us, and I didn’t feel like I was playing terrible defense. I don’t think there’s any hype with that guy.”

Rossiter finished with 26 points and 15 rebounds. He had 14 and 9 before the intermission. In case you forget, Rossiter was named MAAC preseason player of the year.

Jazz Notes: Miles wants to stay in Utah

Full house

Rookie Jazz guard Gordon Hayward will be hosting five people today for Thanksgiving — in a two-bedroom apartment.

Hayward will be joined by his father, mother, sister and girlfriend during the holiday.

“It’ll be hectic,” Hayward said smiling.

LIVE BLOG: Men's Basketball vs. Evansville--ButlerSports.com

Butler Opens WBCA Classic With Wake Forest--ButlerSports.com

Cleveland State beats Akron Zips in 64-51 basketball road victory--Cleveland Plain Dealer
VIDEO: Gary Waters Media Gathering--csuvikings.com
LIVE BLOG: Men's Basketball At The JAR...--csuvikings.com
Cole Springs To Life In Second Half As Vikes Roll 64-51--csuvikings.com

Vikings Host Florida A&M on Friday to Conclude Homestand--csuvikings.com

Jones Nets Season-High 16 Points As Titans Falter At Bowling Green--detroittitans.com

Detroit Set to Host Legends Classic--detroittitans.com

Howard Moore Podcast: Episode #3--uicflames.com
Men's Basketball Drops 62-52 Decision versus Central Michigan--uicflames.com

Ramblers Visit Golden State In Search Of Seventh Consecutive Win--LoyolaRamblers.com

UWGB women's basketball Caribbean Classic preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Women's Basketball Introduced to Mayan Culture--uwgbathletics.com

The worst loss wasn’t on the court…--PantherU
The U.S. Cellular Arena and the On-Campus Arena--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Caught Sleeping? Panthers' Listless Retro Night Performance Leads to 67-55 Loss to Western Michigan--Milwaukee Panther Tracks

Panthers Return Home To Host Western Illinois--uwmpanthers.com

Poor shooting dooms VU women against Ball State--The Post-Tribune
Learning curve continues for VU women's basketball team--The NWI Times
Ball State Spoils Valpo’s Home Opener--valpoathletics.com

MBB: Continuing Education (Getting ready for Vegas)--Region Sports Extra
Valpo In Vegas For Pair of Games--valpoathletics.com

Raiders get big non-conference win against Oakland with perfect free-throw shooting--The Guardian

Sulskis nets 20 in YSU men’s victory--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU men top winless Toledo--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Sulskis, Eargle Lift Men's Hoops to 73-67 Victory Over Toledo--ysusports.com

YSU snaps 34-game skid--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women snap 34-game skid--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Brown's Double-Double Keys Women's Basketball's 71-57 Victory over Bucknell--ysusports.com

Horizon League women's basketball starts Thanksgiving week on Wednesday--Horizon League Network

Cleveland State, Youngstown State Notch Wins Wednesday--Horizon League Network
Thanksgiving Brings Bounty of Horizon League Men's Basketball--Horizon League Network