Tuesday, December 14, 2010

News On The Horizon 12/14/2010

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

Stardate 36-20101213: All Hail the Guaco--The Mid-Majority
Hayward’s bumpy beginning--Indy Star Butler Insider
Take Two: Butler vs. Xavier, MVSU--Victory Firelight
ESPNU All-Access--ButlerSports.com

Cleveland State off to perfect start--Yahoo Sports
Cleveland State remains a top Mid-Major Poll for second consecutive week--Let's Go Vikes!

UDM's Ray McCallum earns Horizon League honor--The Detroit Free Press
McCallum Grabs Horizon League's Player of the Week--detroittitans.com

Illinois-Chicago at Northern Illinois--The Chicago Tribune
Men's Basketball Travels to Northern Illinois Tuesday--uicflames.com

Shameia Green Named Horizon League Player Of The Week--uicflames.com

Second Half Mini Ticket Plan Available For Loyola Basketball--LoyolaRamblers.com
Loyola Checks In At No. 25 In This Week's collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll--LoyolaRamblers.com

Set Your Tivo: 12.13.10--Rush The Court

Green Bay @ Wisconsin – 8 pm on Big Ten Network (*)

The Badgers may have some revenge on their mind tonight as they welcome the Green Bay Phoenix to the Kohl Center. Green Bay won last year’s game at home in overtime behind Bryquis Perine’s 22 points, their first win over Wisconsin in 16 attempts. The Phoenix are just 3-6 against D1 competition this year under first year coach Brian Wardle but shouldn’t be intimidated in this game having already faced Marquette and San Diego State this season. Wisconsin knocked off rival Marquette in Milwaukee on Saturday led by Jordan Taylor. The Badger point guard scored 21 points as Wisconsin picked up a key road victory. Green Bay is going to be severely undersized in this game with just one key player taller than 6’6. Freshman Alec Brown is seven feet tall but just 215 pounds, making him vulnerable to the stronger and more experienced Keaton Nankivil and Jon Leuer. Senior Rahmon Fletcher is Green Bay’s best player, averaging 17 PPG on 49% shooting. The 5’10 Fletcher actually scored 18 points against top-15 San Diego State so we’re sure Bo Ryan knows he can play. Wisconsin will stick to their deliberate system and try to grind this game out against the weak Phoenix defense, ranked just #277 in defensive efficiency. Taylor and Leuer almost certainly will take advantage of that for the home squad. Green Bay may keep this close early but Wisconsin’s superior talent, rebounding and defense will eventually wear down the Phoenix giving the Badgers another comfortable home win in the friendly confines of the Kohl Center.

Men's basketball: UW-Green Bay loses to Wisconsin 70-56--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB takes redshirt off Cerroni UPDATED--UWGB Basketball
UWGB at Wisconsin--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay Falls in Loss at Wisconsin--uwgbathletics.com
Green Bay-Wisconsin Postgame Notes--uwgbathletics.com

College Basketball Viewer's Guide For December 14--Blogging the Bracket

Milwaukee at DePaul, Big East Network/TWC 32/MASN/SNY/ESPN3/Full Court (9 p.m. ET): Anthony Hill and the Panthers will try to make the Blue Demons a Red Line Upset victim for the fifth time this year (@Indiana State, Cal State Northridge in Anaheim, Western Carolina and Ball State at home).

Three finalists for UWM athletic director job--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Home away from home: Game 12 at DePaul--PantherU
Horizon League Power Rankings (Dec. 6 – Dec. 13)--PantherU

2010 National Sports Year In Review--The Guardian

NCAA Basketball

The NCAA Basketball season had perhaps one of it’s most memorable years when a mid-major school made the NCAA Championship game.

Butler, who plays in the Horizon League with Wright State, fell just two points short of beating Duke for the NCAA Title, although the Bulldogs lost, it made a strong case for the Horizon in years to come.

Penguins pull away--Youngstown Vindicator
Big Second Half Propels Men's Basketball Past Malone, 78-62--ysusports.com

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