Wednesday, November 10, 2010

News On The Horizon 11/10/2010

68 things to watch this season--Fox Sports

If Gordon Hayward had returned to Butler, the Bulldogs would have been everyone’s No. 2 team in the land. Now that Hayward is in Utah with the Jazz, Brad Stevens’ team isn’t getting much respect. However, Butler will still roll through the Horizon League and Shelvin Mack will become a star.

The 2010-2011 BIAH Preseason All-American Teams--Ballin' is a Habit

4th Team:

* G: Corey Fisher, Villanova, Sr.
* G: Shelvin Mack, Butler, Jr.
* G: E'Twaun Moore, Purdue, Sr.
* F: Chandler Parson, Florida, Sr.
* F: Kevin Jones, West Virginia, Jr.

Expounding on a legacy and some lists--ESPN

Now, what if …

… Gordon Hayward's shot (10) had gone in?

You know which shot: the halfcourt heave at the buzzer in Lucas Oil Stadium that came tantalizingly close to going in and propelling Butler past Duke. Backboard, rim … off.

You can still picture it, right? So can the coach of the Bulldogs. "I think about it every day," said Brad Stevens (11). "Every time I see a ball bounce around the rim or go in off the backboard, I think, 'Why can't the Lucas Oil backboards be a little softer?'"

Stevens said he doesn't think life would be markedly different if that shot had fallen. The Minutes respectfully disagrees, and can imagine some of it:

Start with the mural on the side of Hinkle Fieldhouse (12): Hayward's Heave, they'd call it. Finally, Bobby Plump's shot would be trumped as the most fabled basket in Indiana history. And Hayward would have an armload of ESPYs.

Butler post man Matt Howard (13) would be idolized by fundamental-friendly Indiana high school coaches for setting the most famous screen in college hoops history, the one that leveled Singler and gave Hayward an open shot.

Then there would be the book: "Underage Winning: The Brad Stevens Story."

There would be the screenplay. Angelo Pizzo, who wrote "Hoosiers," gets first crack at this one.

There would be the enrollment explosion at Butler. And the merchandise explosion. And the pilgrimage-to-Hinkle explosion.

There would be the new ragingly popular night spot near the Butler campus. Bar name: 62-61. Favorite student drink: the Halfcourt Shot, made with Gordon's gin.

Bowing to massive homestate pressure, the Pacers would have traded up to draft Hayward ahead of Utah in the first round. And Peyton Manning would be just another guy in Indy.

Schoolchildren everywhere would be able to find Brownsburg, Ind., on the map. Hayward's hometown.

BracketBuster Saturday would be renamed Butler Day. We'd all be scouring the mid-major levels for the Next Butler. (A couple of candidates for that this season: Wichita State (14) and Murray State (15). Good teams, but Butler still will be closer than either of them to being the Next Butler.)

Brian Zoubek (16) and the Duke coaching staff would still be trying to get over the intentionally missed free throw that left Duke with a two-point lead and gave Butler the chance to win.

And there would be the stories questioning whether Krzyzewski can ever win another title.

Mid-majors poised for title breakthrough--Rivals
Eric Lacy's college basketball Top 25--The Detroit News

13. Butler

Coach: Brad Stevens (89-15, 4th season)

Strengths: Experience. The Bulldogs return 11 players — including three starters — from last season's national title runner-up team.

Weaknesses: Gordon Hayward . Losing the al-everything Hayward (15.5 ppg.) to the NBA hurts.

Player to watch: Shelvin Mack (14.1 ppg, 3.0 apg)

Key game: vs. Duke, Dec. 4 (East Rutherford, N.J.)

Men’s basketball breezes through second exhibition game--Butler Collegian
Butler Adds Four Men’s Basketball

Women’s basketball wins regular season warm-up--Butler Collegian
Allums, GW set positive example for nation--Butler Collegian
BU Women's Basketball Signs Four Local

Buckeyes load up with three men's basketball recruits: Ohio College Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer

CSU women's signings: Cleveland State's women's basketball pulled a recruit out of Akron and two from Pennsylvania: guard Imani Gordon (22.5 ppg) from Akron Firestone; guard Kiersten Green (16.0 ppg) from Lancaster, Pa.; and guard Tess Zufall (18.0 ppg) from Slicksville, Pa.

CSU women open 2010-11 season at Cornell on Saturday--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Get Double Vision in Win Over Ohio Valley,
Vikings Open 2010-11 Season at Cornell on
VIDEO: 11-10 Player Feature: Takima
Vikings Sign Three to National Letters of

CSU announces three-year agreement with Salem Communications to broadcast radio games--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State notebook: Harmon, Wells sidelined with injuries--Let's Go Vikes!
Gary Waters Show Returns To WTAM, 1100 AM--Let's Go Vikes!
Gary Waters Show Returns to WTAM, 1100

Preview other women's basketball teams from around the state--The Detroit Free Press

Detroit Mercy men's basketball signs Indianapolis point guard--The Detroit News
Men's Hoops Inks Boutte in Early
Monthly Show Devoted to Titan Hoops on FOX Sports

Wednesday's Pregame Beat--Ballin' is a Habit

7:00 pm: Illinois-Chicago @ Pitt ( Pitt had their hands full with Rhode Island in their first game of the season, although the combination of Rhody's hot hands and Pitt's inability to finish around the rim kept that game closer than it should have been. UIC went through a coaching change in the middle of the summer, bring in Howard Moore to lead a team that went just 8-22 last season. The Flames do return their two top scorers, including a young man by the name of Robo Kreps (that's just fantastic), but Pitt should simply be too much. At the very least, you should watch to support Paul Carter. If you remember, Carter played for Minnesota before transferring to UIC for his senior season to be closer to his 14 year old sister who was diagnosed with cancer. The good news? She's now cancer free!

Preview for UIC vs.
Loyola season preview--The Chicago Sun-Times
College Basketball Viewer's Guide For November 10th--Blogging The Bracket

Illinois-Chicago at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3): The Panthers will hope that the Flames won't put up as much of a fight as Rhode Island did Monday night. This game marks the debut for new UIC coach Howard Moore. The former Wisconsin assistant was the final head coaching hire of the offseason, as he replaced the retired Jimmy Collins in late August.

The Howard Moore Podcast: Episode

Loyola basketball’s unlikely leader--Loyola Phoenix
Loyola Women's Basketball Signs Two On First Day of Early Signing

Ramblers are regular season ready--Loyola Phoenix
Thumbs up Thumbs down--Loyola Phoenix

Up to men's basketball

The men's basketball team played their final game ever in Alumni Gym last Saturday and said goodbye with a win, 88-71, over Robert Morris in an exhibition game (see page 25). After racing out to a 43-13 lead, the Ramblers were able to enjoy the atmosphere at Alumni. Never again will a Ramblers basketball team take the court there. It's the end of an era.

Loyola Men's Basketball Signs Two Players For 2011-12

Two recruits sign with UWGB men--UWGB Basketball
Wardle, Richert, Barone Sr. hold coaching clinic for high school coaches--UWGB Fourth Estate
Greg Mays, Keifer Sykes Sign NLIs to Play at Green

Second half seals victory for Phoenix women--UWGB Fourth Estate
Bollant Announces Class of 2011

One giant leap for TV--PantherU
Panthers Track West, Look to Make Early Season Statement--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
UWM, Sports32 Set Extensive Basketball Television
Panthers Open Regular Season At Athletes In Action

VU's keys to the season--The Post-Tribune
Horizon League breakdown--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders' top goal: Get stops--The Post-Tribune
Broekhoff looking to be more vocal for Crusaders--The Post-Tribune

Hard-working Richards sets example for Valparaiso--The NWI Times
Crusaders add three for 2011-12 season--The NWI Times
Scouting Valparaiso University's women's basketball team--The NWI Times
Transition process continues for Crusaders--Region Sports Extra

Local girls basketball stars stay close to home--Dayton Daily News
First-year Raiders coach inherits steady scorer--Dayton Daily News
Five Questions: Harry

Ex-Raider stars in two Latvian leagues--Dayton Daily News
Seniors get to be on-court coaches with young Raiders--Dayton Daily News
2010-11 WSU men's basketball roster--Dayton Daily News
Previewing WSU players: Armond Battle--Wright State University Sports
Donlon Makes Debut Sunday on

ALSO THIS WEEK: Friday | Women’s basketball at Pitt, 11 a.m. | Friday | Men’s basketball--Youngstown Vindicator
Men's Basketball Signs Wisconsin Standout Cale Zuiker During Early Signing
Men's Basketball Opens 81st Season Hosting Samford Friday

Women's Basketball Opens Season Friday at
Three Guards Sign NLI's to Play Women's Basketball at

UIC to Tip Off Men's Basketball Regular Season on League Network

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