Sunday, November 21, 2010

News On The Horizon 11/21/2010

Saturday MAC Basketball Review: Loosiers--Hustle Belt

Butler 88, Ball State 55 — A 33-point win? Ferseriously? The Cardinals could only make this a game for the first six minutes before multiple 10-0 runs vaulted the national champion runners-up into a rout before halftime. Weak shooting and minimal 3-point attempts didn't help the cause either, although Malik Perry finished with a nifty 13 points. So that's something to build on. Ball State's next game: Thursday 11/25, 1:45 a.m., vs. St. John's in the Great Alaska Shootout

Akron 91, Youngstown State 84 (OT) — Probably your funnest game of the day, if you're into frenetic scores and baskets aplenty. The game was tied 18 times ... eighteen freaking times. On the 16th tie, however, Brett McClanahan drained a buzzer-beating three to force overtime, at which point Akron took over and went off for 14 more points. Sadness engulfed the nearby Penguins. McClanahan and Zeke Marshall both finished with 22 points, but Nikola Cvetinovic was the high man with 27. Put that three-headed cerberus together, and you have 78 percent of their scoring. There's balanced, and there's getting the job done. Akron's next game: Wednesday 11/24 vs. Cleveland State (SportsTime Ohio)

Loyola-Chicago 82, Western Michigan 64 — Talk about a big home letdown. LUC finished the first half on a 15-0 run to quiet the WMU offense in a way that Kent State football could not (sport crossover!) and the Broncos just couldn't claw back at all. Either it was a turnover or a missed threeball (2-for-16) ... nothing really worked. Flenard Whitfield had a salvageable day with 17 ponits and eight rebounds. Everyone else probably feels bad though. WMU's next game: Tuesday, 11/12 at Wisconsin-Milwaukee

No. 16 Butler takes easy route past Ball
Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 702--The Mid-Majority

[Comment From Corey Corey : ]
Hello Kyle! A friend and I are taking our first visit to Hinkle this Saturday to watch Butler take on Ball State. Any areas in particular of Hinkle we should check out/walk by/look at for historical or coolness value? Also is there anything around the fieldhouse we should check out to make our voyage complete?
Friday November 19, 2010 5:06 Corey

Go 90 minutes early, and just walk around the concourses. I could read you the map, but it's better to discover all the corners. And you will.

Wanted: A successful college basketball program--Denver Post

All I know is that if Butler, Gonzaga and the like can create madness in March, surely one Colorado school can do the same. Is that too much to ask?

NCAA Informally Exploring Idea of a Season Tipoff Event--Rush The Court
The Other 26: Week One--Rush The Court

Important Upcoming Games
* Butler @ Siena (Nov. 23)—Ah yes, two of the most notable Cinderella teams of recent memory (although Butler has probably officially played their way out of being considered a Cinderella again). Siena had a great three-year run where they made the Dance in all three years and won first round games against Vanderbilt and Ohio State. As for Butler, well, you already know about their magical run last year. On paper, Butler appears to be the better team, but Siena returns two All-Conference players in Ryan Rossiter and Clarence Jackson, and is playing at the ever-tough Times Union Center. The Saints can ill afford to drop to 0-3 on the young season, while Butler is out to prove that their struggles against Louisville were just early season hiccups.

RTC Live: Ball State @ Butler--Rush The Court
Settle, Butler bashers, Louisville loss no season-breaker--Sports Illustrated
Settle, Butler bashers, Louisville loss no season-breaker--CBS Sports
The Tip-Off Marathon Awards--Beyond The Arc

The Award for Most Important Win goes to: Louisville

The Cardinals welcomed the reigning runners-up to the unveiling of their new arena, the KFC Yum! Center. They weren’t all that gracious as hosts, however, as they spent 40 minutes wiping the floor with the Bulldogs. Butler was simply not ready for the press that Louisville threw at them, turning the ball over 17 times and shooting a dismal 35% from the floor. The final score — 88-73 — doesn’t do justice to the whipping Butler took, as they were down by as much as 24 in the second and were able to maintain a level of respectability by fouling for the last 2:13.

Top 10 CBB Storylines: #7: How Will The Butler Bulldogs Do In 2010-11?--Lost Letterman
Butler Eventually Will Play as Butler Again--Fanhouse
Will Butler need Mack replacement after this season?--The Indy Star
Ball State knows that talented Butler will show Cardinals just far how they have come--The Indy Star
Butler handles Ball State--The Indy Star
Siena game to be on TV--Indy Star Butler Insider
Lineup remains unsettled--Indy Star Butler Insider
Bulldogs bounce back--Indy Star Butler Insider
Bulldogs Face Unbeaten Ball
LIVE BLOG: Men's Basketball vs. Ball
Butler Rolls To Big Win Over Ball

Bulldogs Host Ohio Dominican Saturday
Bulldogs Sprint Past ODU,

Cleveland State women's basketball team defeats Niagara: College Basketball Roundup--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Host Niagara in Home
VIDEO: 11-18 Player Feature: Shawnita
Vikings Raise Banner, Then Beat Niagara

Cleveland State men's basketball team wins, off to best start in school history--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Unbeaten CSU Heads to UL-Lafayette--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State notebook: Vikes are off to best start in school history--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State’s Victory Last Night Historic In More Ways Than One--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Coach Waters Talks About Road Win Over Louisiana-Lafayette--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Norris Cole Talks to Horizon League Network Following People Choice Award Win--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Notes From The WVC At The Wolstein
Vikings Survive Cajun Comeback To Win,

Turnaround in Detroit Behind a Coach and Son--New York Times
Detroit Mercy defeats Indiana Tech--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy cruises to victory in home opener--The Detroit News
Detroit Mercy Titans win big in home opener vs. Indiana Tech, 93-62--The Oakland Press
Home Opener on tap Friday for Men's Hoops--The Oakland Press
Titans Win Big In Home Opener
Titans Head to Mississippi State

Titan Doubleheader Starts With Detroit Hosting Western Michigan On
Titans Move To 3-0 With 66-53 Victory Over Western
Titans Travel To Spartan Territory On

Games 7-007/008: Coaches vs. Cancer Subregional--The Mid-Majority
Tonight's MACness: Summon Paladins and Flames--Hustle Belt
Illinois-Chicago 57, Toledo 51, Or Day One Of The Re-Rebuilding Phase--Hustle Belt
UIC upsets Rhode
Matchup: Illinois-Chicago vs. Toledo--The Chicago Tribune
Illinois-Chicago beats Toledo 57-51 in Classic--The Chicago Tribune
Flames keep cool in end--Whoosh!Net
Hole just too deep for Flames--Whoosh!Net
UIC Athletics to Honor Payton Family at December 2 Basketball
Men's Basketball Resumes Action in 2K Sports Classic this
Men's Basketball Grinds Out Road Win at Toledo,
Watch UIC vs. College of Charleston LIVE and FREE OF CHARGE!
Men's Basketball's Comeback Falls Short versus College of
Flames Record Signature Win over Rhode Island,

Live coverage of Loyola vs. Eastern
Loyola holds off Eastern
Around Chicago college
Hicks scores 21 points in 82-64 win for Loyola--The Chicago Tribune
LOYOLA 73, EASTERN ILLINOIS 62: Fast start helps Ramblers remain unbeaten--The Chicago Sun-Times
COLLEGE BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS: Ramblers keep on rolling--The Chicago Sun-Times
Loyola Starts Fast, Hangs On For 73-62 Victory Over Eastern
Ramblers Take Show On The Road For First Time In 2010-11, Visit Western Michigan
Hicks Scores 21 Points, Helps Loyola Stay
Loyola Men's Basketball Shoots For Sixth Straight Victory, Welcomes Alabama State To Town Monday

Loyola Battles St. Xavier in Search of Second Straight
Ayoub Leads Way As Loyola Races Past St. Xavier,

4 studs and plenty of other contributors as Duke game nears--Cracked Sidewalks
Men's basketball: Marquette outruns UW-Green Bay from start--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UWGB weekend preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UW-Green Bay loses to San Diego State--Green Bay Press Gazette
DJO's dunk vs. UWGB makes SportsCenter's top play--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay-Marquette Postgame
Aaron Armstead Becomes Green Bay's Third Class of 2011
Green Bay Takes on No. 25 San Diego State
Green Bay Edged by #25 San Diego
Phoenix Looking to Bounce Back Against Host

Women's basketball: Phoenix makes statement with rout of Badgers--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB-Wisconsin WBB Live Blog--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay Dominates

Stardate 10-20101117: Robocalypse Now--The Mid-Majority

Game! Of! The! Night!

Milwaukee at Niagara
Gallagher Center - Niagara University, NY
7:00 EST

Here's a unplucked gem of a game. It's a pair of programs which have experienced great peaks in the past decade, and have settled back into roles as solid-but-unspectacular members of their conference communities. Milwaukee has been "stuck behind Butler" in the Horizon for the last few years. Since Rob Jeter's ascension to the head coaching job in 2005, the Panthers have not achieved the NCAA heights reached by his currently orange-clad predecessor, but the win total has edged up in each of the last four years, from nine to 14 to 17 to 20. Is that fast enough, though? The senior class, which includes top-scoring guard Tone Boyle and 6-7 Anthony Hill, likely holds the key to Jeter's continued employment there. The team is coming off a 1-2 defense-challenged weekend at the BTI Tip-Off Classic in Portland, so the beginning could have been better.

It's been a long time since Niagara's 2005 and 2007 NCAA breakthroughs after a quarter-century away from the Dance (at least I hope it is, for personal age-related reasons). And the 2009 team was superior to both, the 26-9 squad that came three possessions away from a return -- the Purple Eagles lost by seven in that season's MAAC title game up in Albany. ("Stuck behind Siena," indeed.) Five Niagara players who averaged 9.6 ppg or better have left due to eligibility cessation, and this is our first look at the new version of the Purps. Should be interesting in upstate.

UWM's Boyle regaining form--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Boyle's late shot lifts UWM over Northern Iowa--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Home sweet home--UWM Post Sports Blog
Panther Party: Game 5 vs. UNI--PantherU
Ant and Tone Do Work in 64-62 Victory Over Northern Iowa--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Postgame Extra – Northern Iowa @ Milwaukee--Panther Blog Zone
Boga, Panoske Sign National Letters Of Intent To Join
Panthers Open Home Schedule With Sweet 16 Qualifier Northern
Boyle's Jumper Sends Panthers Past Northern

So far so good--UWM Post Sports Blog

Cold shooting dooms UWM women--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Live Blog: Milwaukee @ Minnesota--Panther Blog Zone
Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee @ Minnesota--Panther Blog Zone
Live Blog: Milwaukee vs. South Dakota--Panther Blog Zone
Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee vs. South Dakota--Panther Blog Zone
Panthers Head To Twin Cities For Subway
Cold Shooting Dooms Panthers At Minnesota,
UWM Takes On South Dakota In Subway Classic

Brandon Wood still in high gear at Valpo--Kokomo Perspective
Purdue North Central (0-5) at Valparaiso (1-1)--The Post-Tribune
Hot-shooting VU rolls; Kurth out for season--The Post-Tribune
Purdue North Central at Valparaiso, Nov. 18, 2010: Live Blog--Off The Mark
Crusaders crush PNC in men's hoops--The NWI Times
Valpo Places Seven in Double Figures In Win Over

VU women's basketball capsule--The Post-Tribune
Scouting Valparaiso University women's basketball--The NWI Times
Adams leads VU women's Preseason WNIT win over Austin Peay--The NWI Times
VU women fall to Lamar at WNIT Preseason Consolation--The NWI Times
Valpo Defeats Austin Peay 72-57 in WNIT
Crusader Women Look for Second Straight Win Saturday at
Valpo Falls 74-58 to Lamar Saturday

Tabler keeps shooting, leads WSU to first win--Dayton Daily News
Raiders freshman Vest excels in second start--Dayton Daily News
Raiders' basketball ticket ploy falls short of goal--Dayton Daily News
WSU wants bigger role for inside game--Dayton Daily News
Southern at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Tabler leads strong shooting night as Wright State tops Northwood 75-55--Wright State University Sports
WSU coach on senior: ‘He’s an assassin’--Wright State University Sports
In ally-oops or calming teammates, Vest early force to WSU--Wright State University Sports
Increasing WSU focus: Toss it to MUH-pond-oh--Wright State University Sports
Another WSU point guard out tonight vs. Southern--Wright State University Sports
Here’s why Wright State played Northwood--Through the Arch
Raiders get first win, beat Northwood 75-55--Fairborn Daily Herald
Raiders (1-1) defeat Timberwolves of Northwood
Men's Basketball Defeats Northwood for First
Raider Feature: Cooper
Raiders Host Southern and Oakland This Week Before Heading to Chicago as Part of the

Respected recruiter Bradbury signs first WSU class--Dayton Daily News
With first recruiting class, WSU women’s coach thinks he found steady point guard--Wright State University Sports
Volleyball-turned-basketball player starts strong in WSU debut--Wright State University Sports
Raider Feature: Maria

YSU women fall to Bowling Green--Youngstown Vindicator
Better effort, but YSU can’t get elusive victory--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women rally, but fall short--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Men's Basketball Takes First Road Test at MAC Member Akron Saturday
Men's Basketball Falls to Akron in Overtime,

Penguins need balance versus Akron--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Akron men edge YSU in overtime--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Bowling Green Beats Women’s Basketball on Wednesday
Home Opener for Women's Basketball Set for
Women's Basketball Erases 16-Point Deficit But Falls to IPFW,

First-Half Observations--Horizon League Network
Valpo, Loyola Cruise to Victories Thursday Night--Horizon League Network
Tournaments Abound Over Weekend in Men's Basketball--Horizon League Network
League Teams Go Undefeated on Friday Night--Horizon League Network
Butler, Loyola, Milwaukee Tally Victories on Saturday--Horizon League Network

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