Expectations for college basketball season in Indiana--The Indy Star
Hutchens: Let me ask a Butler question: In the national landscape, where do you think Butler belongs in the Top 25? I have an AP vote, and I ranked them 16th. I saw a lot of people ranking them between 16 and 20. I think that makes sense, but is that too high at this point?
Rabjohns: Are you talking about this Butler team compared to all other 2010-11 teams or are you talking about the big picture, giving consideration to what they've done the past few years, where the program is? Because if you look at this team and it was coming off a second-round NCAA Tournament exit, I don't know if it's a Top 25 team. But it's coming off a Final Four and one possession from being the 2010 NCAA champion.
Hutchens: I'm talking how you rank this team. Take all that into consideration.
Rabjohns: With what they did last year, they're a top-20 team. Sure Gordon Hayward (Jazz) is gone, but Matt Howard is a very productive player. Shelvin Mack is one of college basketball's best guards. Ronald Nored is very good. They have front-line depth with Garrett Butcher and Andrew Smith. Their freshmen are good. Kyle Marshall may be the best -- and a possible starter -- but Erik Fromm can play. Crishawn Hopkins is a crazy athlete.
Hutchens: I guess I understand why they wanted to play Duke again right away, but I'm not sure how much Butler benefits from that game.
Rabjohns: What? I'm totally on the other side of the street on this one. I think it's a win-win for Butler. It gets the Bulldogs national attention because it's a rematch of the title game. It gets you on national TV right off the bat. You can go to recruits and say, "Look, these are the kinds of games we play. These are the kind of opponents we play. This is the kind of exposure you get when you come to Butler." I know Brad Stevens cares what the final score is, but I don't now how much it really matters in the big picture.
Hutchens: I don't think it matters if it's not crazy. But if it's 102-66, I don't think that's a good thing for Butler basketball. Then in the national eye, people may not look at them as a Top 25 team even if when it all settles out they turn out to be.
Cleveland State to host Baldwin-Wallace on Monday--Let's Go Vikes!
Viking Basketball To Host Baldwin-Wallace For Only Exhibition Game--csuvikings.com
VIDEO: 11-6 Countdown to Tipoff: Get to Know Your Vikings--csuvikings.com
VIDEO: 11-7 Countdown to Tipoff: Jeremy Montgomery--csuvikings.com
Titans Rout Lakers in Final Exhibition--detroittitans.com
Women's Basketball Host Saginaw Valley In Exhibition Action On Monday--detroittitans.com
Loyola vs. Robert Morris - Photo-Gallery--ChicagoNow.com
Three Thoughts - Loyola vs. Robert Morris--ChicagoNow.com
Fast Start Sends Loyola Past Robert Morris, 88-71--LoyolaRamblers.com
Women's basketball: Second-half surge boosts Phoenix to exhibition rout--Green Bay Press Gazette
Strong Second Half Carries Phoenix in Final Exhibition Game--uwgbathletics.com
Green Bay to Host Edgewood in Exhibition Monday at 7 p.m.--uwgbathletics.com
Junior transfer seems on point for UWM--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Second Half Surge Sends Panthers Rolling Past Carroll--uwmpanthers.com
Live Blog - Basketball Exhibition Doubleheader--Panther Blog Zone
Laur Leads Panthers To Exhibition Win Over La Crosse--uwmpanthers.com
Wood, Kenney lead VU's offense in final tuneup--The Post-Tribune
Wood lifts Crusaders over Aurora--The NWI Times
Shoring up the defense will be key to success this season for VU men's basketball team--The NWI Times
Scouting Valparaiso University's men's basketball team--The NWI Times
Efficient Offense Helps Crusaders to Exhibition Win--valpoathletics.com
Crusaders overcome slow start in exhibition victory--The Post-Tribune
VU sharpens game in exhibition --The NWI Times
Valpo Women Close Exhibition Play with 20-Point Win over Lewis--valpoathletics.com
Young coaches use age to their advantage--Dayton Daily News
Previewing WSU players: N’Gai Evans--Wright State University Sports