Wednesday, November 24, 2010

News On The Horizon 11/24/2010

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

Other Notable Games

8:00 pm: No. 3 Ohio State vs. Morehead State: If you still haven't seen Morehead State's Kenneth Faried play, its worth the watch. He will be in the NBA next season. And for what its worth, the Eagles only lost to Florida by six.

7:00 pm: No. 23 Butler @ Siena: This is an intriguing test for Butler. The Saints went into Minnesota and gave the Gophers a fight. A lot of people are calling the Bulldogs overrated right now. A convincing win here could help to silence the doubters.

7:00 pm: Oakland @ Wright State: If you like good mid-major basketball, then be sure to pay attention to this one.

Previous Evening MAC Review: Quatro Cinch--Hustle Belt

OHIO 78, Valparaiso 75 — A manic depressive first half saw the Bobcats relent a 15-point lead to a one-point halftime deficit. But, remember, Ohio University Is Proof You Are Stupid™. The fun manifested itself as a hardwood crapshoot that ended up in the Bobcats' favor, and when the fairy god-dust settled, six Bobcats were in double-figure points. Per usual, DeVaughn Washington had the most with 14, and D.J. Cooper hit the double-double mark with 13 points and 10 assisted baskets. The next team looks hard. OHIO's next game: Friday 11/26 vs. Kansas in Las Vegas
Western Michigan 67, Milwaukee 55 — Another slight surprise aided by a strong Flenard Whitfield second half. Flenard is not, NOT David Kool ... but he's putting the team on his back, it seems, when they need him. After sitting out for many minutes in the first due to foul trouble, Whitfield had three easy buckets (one dunk) early in the second half and finished with 19 in the game. And welcome to the double-digit party, Juwan Howard Jr. Thirteen points is a solid, if unlucky, contribution to your team's first win of the season. Problem is, the next team's not going to be so gentle. Western Michigan's next game: Saturday, 11/27 vs. Illinois (

Butler: David Woods – Indianapolis Star--Siena Saints Blog
Set Your Tivo: 11.23.10--Rush The Court

Two other games of interest:

#22 Butler @ Siena – 7 pm on Time Warner Cable Sports NY/WNDY 23 Indianapolis (***)

The Bulldogs looked bad against Louisville last week but rebounded with a home romp over Ball State. Siena lost its first two but picked up their first win at Northeastern on Saturday behind Ryan Rossiter’s 28/15. Rossiter against Matt Howard and Clarence Jackson versus Shelvin Mack will key matchups to watch in this game.

RTC Live: Butler @ Siena--Rush The Court
After the Buzzer: On 800 Wins, Internet Humility, and Fantastic Freshmen--Rush The Court

#22 Butler 70, Siena 57. In the end, this battle between midmajors Butler and Siena went to the more experienced squad. The Butler Bulldogs prevailed over the Siena Saints 70-57 on Tuesday night in front of an enthused crowd of 8,444 at Albany’s Times Union Center. Senior forward Matt Howard led Butler with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while teammate Shawn Vanzant had 12 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Siena benefited from a monster game from big man Ryan Rossiter, who poured in 26 points and pulled 15 caroms. Unfortunately for the Saints, no other Siena player scored in double digits, and Butler’s depth and solid play in the backcourt allowed it to cultivate a double-digit win. In a rematch from last year’s BracketBuster contest, the end result was remarkably similar; last year, Butler won by a margin of 70-53. The Bulldogs lost the services of guard Ronald Nored in the first minute of game play when he collided with Siena’s Rakeem Brookins and opened up a cut on Nored’s head. Nored went down hard, clutching his face. He remained on the floor for several seconds, was attended to by a team trainer, then left the game, not to return.

My Sportsman: Butler Bulldogs--Sports Illustrated
Around the Top 25: No one’s looked better than Kemba Walker--College Hoops Journal


Butler 70, Siena 57. This is going to be a good year for Siena senior Ryan Rossiter (26 points, 15 rebounds!), but he’s not going to get the help around him to make Siena the team it’s been the past four years. As for Butler, it got a strong performance out of its bench, according to those who were there. And Ronald Nored went down early with a cut/shot to his head. Status should be updated later today, but he didn’t return to the game after he left in the first half.

Butler beats Siena 70-57--The Indy Star
Bulldogs find new contributors--The Indy Star
Nored knocked down, but Dawgs stay up--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler Ticket Office Hours - Friday, Nov.
Bench Lifts Butler To 70-57 Win At

Cleveland State women now 4-0 after 58-50 victory over Toledo--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Mid-Major Top 25: Nov. 22--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State travels to Akron on Wednesday--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Put Unbeaten Mark On the Line Against

Viking Notes: A Night With The Zips

Vikings Ground Rockets,

Titans Hit The Road To Face Bowling

Cureton to be Honored at Legends

Chicago's unique college basketball
Central Michigan at Illinois-Chicago--The Chicago Tribune
Men's Basketball Set to Host Central Michigan in Pre-Thanksgiving

Women's Basketball Downed By DePaul,

Loyola and the
Loyola Heads West, Takes on Eastern Washington in Opening Game of Omni Hotels

Women's basketball: UWGB's Bollant enjoys challenge of tournament competition--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Cracks USA Today/ESPN Top 25

Flying with the Phoenix: Wardle's First

Hoisting some cold ones --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Not so friendly confines--UWM Post
Retro Night: Game 6 vs. Western Michigan--PantherU
Live Men's Basketball Blog - Milwaukee vs. Western Michigan--Panther Blog Zone
Postgame Extra – Western Michigan at Milwaukee--Panther Blog Zone
Ticket Updates For Marquette, Western
Cold Shooting Puts Panthers On Short End Of Retro Night

VU erases deficit, but comes up short--The Post-Tribune
Valpo falls at Ohio in Las Vegas Invitational matchup--The NWI Times
Crusaders Fall in Duel at

VU women's basketball capsule--The Post-Tribune
Women's Hoops Entertains Ball State Wednesday in Home

Stardate 16-20101123: Continuity Error--The Mid-Majority

Game! Of! The! Night!

Oakland at Wright State
Ervin J. Nutter Center - Dayton, OH
7:00 EST

Another rule as a reminder: the G!O!T!N! is never the game we're at. Even though we passed through Dayton very early in the morning today on our way to Virginia, we're going to miss out on this fantastic Golden Grizzlies-Raiders matchup. Shame, too! We were very impressed with Oakland's performance at Ohio last week, but that 78-66 season-opener still stands as the team's only win of the young season. Sure, the other two opponents were Purdue and West Virginia, and money changed hands, and the games weren't close, but they're still the Badlands frontrunners as far as we're concerned. Four G'Griz average in double figures, and one is hyper-efficient scout magnet Keith Benson (16.0 ppg). He's the 11th-leading rebounder in America with 11 boards per game, and has seven #omgblox as well. The Ohio game showed that this is a team that can function well when he's in foul trouble, so watch out.

Wright State, one of the teams in the Horizon League which is Not Butler, is off to a 2-1 start; the Raiders were blown out at Indiana ($$$) and took out a non-D1 and Southern from the SWAC. It's still sort of a new world there, with Brad Brownell off in the ACC and Billy Donlon installed, but the team looks pretty good so far, fitting the profile of a ball control/slowdown squad. Vaughn Duggins, the 6-3 senior guard who's in his fifth year with the program, is the timeless offensive focus, averaging 14.7 ppg. Taking a lot of shots, though. The team's success will likely hinge on how well backcourt-mate and fellow 6-3 senior Troy Tabler gets involved in the offense, and there's a promising young midsize specimen in Matt Vest. Vest has hit two-thirds of his shots so far.

MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Oakland University can't get it Wright, lose to Raiders--The Oakland Press
Raiders face tough Oakland team--Dayton Daily News
Star power didn't equal success for '81 Raiders--Dayton Daily News
Raiders battle for ‘mid-major top 25’ win--Dayton Daily News
Return of Evans boosts Raiders in victory--Dayton Daily News
As family watches, WSU forward Land puts on a show--Dayton Daily News
WSU top rebounder was almost in other uniform for tonight’s game--Wright State University Sports
Evans set to start for first time this season; Hall in street clothes--Wright State University Sports
WSU gets 23 from Duggins and 21-of-21 free throws, beats Oakland 82-79--Wright State University Sports
20-4 WSU run shows leadership, quickness in significant Oakland win--Wright State University Sports
Land ‘exposed,’ and other light-hearted moments with WSU’s 6-8 forward--Wright State University Sports
Wright State Hoops — A night of history…and honeys--Through the Arch
College roundup: Wright State holds on for 82-79 win over Oakland--Fairborn Daily Herald
Passion overcomes size and speed in WSU
Preview: Oakland (1-2) vs Wright State (2-1).--The Guardian
Men Hold on for 82-79 Win Over

YSU's Brandi Brown enjoys new system--Youngstown Vindicator

BACK 2 BACK--The Jambar

Changes in attitude: YSU's Maymon focuses on scoring--Youngstown Vindicator

#23 Butler, Wright State Record Wins on Entertaining Tuesday Night--Horizon League Network

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