Saturday, December 25, 2010

News On The Horizon 12/25/2010

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 707--The Mid-Majority


[Comment From Alex Alex : ]
Seems like Butler has turned the corner a bit since you saw them play Xavier. Would a December tournament championship keep the possibility alive of a two-bid Horizon?
Friday December 24, 2010 4:30 Alex

Most definitely. To put it nicely, they were a mess that night. But people are settling into roles, and Matt Howard is emerging as the go-to 20 ppg superstar... that night may have been the night he turned the corner and became the Horizon's best player (again). The defense isn't all the way there yet, though, there are a lot of young guys flapping their arms. They'll likely still need to win out, but if this team is firing on all cylinders, nobody in the Other 25 is as dangerous in a one-and-done situation.

[Comment From Santa Claus Santa Claus : ]
I'm giving everyone a Butler>WSU package tomorrow
Friday December 24, 2010 5:08 Santa Claus

Can't wait to open that, Santa! Thanks!

Set Your Tivo: Christmas Weekend Edition--Rush The Court

Washington State vs. Butler (in Honolulu, HI) – 10 pm Saturday on ESPN2 (***)

This is an intriguing matchup between a team that’s really solid on both ends (Washington State) and one that struggles to shoot but can defend well at times and really disrupt a team’s offensive flow (Butler). Washington State is in the top ten in both offensive and defensive effective field goal percentage while Butler is #219 in the same category on the offensive side of the ball. Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden give Washington State two strong threats from deep with Thompson hitting the dagger three to put Baylor away on Thursday. On Saturday they’ll go up against Butler’s top-rated three point defense, allowing just 26% shooting. However, the Bulldogs are vulnerable in the paint and that could the difference in this game. With DeAngelo Casto and Brock Motum inside, Ken Bone has two offensive threats in the paint that Butler cannot match. The Bulldogs have Matt Howard but nobody else has emerged as the second inside threat. On the perimeter, Butler has struggled shooting the trey. They did well against Florida State behind Shelvin Mack but Brad Stevens can’t count on that every night from his team. The rebounding battle is something to watch and should determine who controls the pace of the game. Washington State isn’t a fast-paced team but they run an efficient offense with good screens and cuts. Butler will look to limit second opportunities and slow the game down, falling back into an aggressive man-to-man defense on the perimeter. Stevens may mix in a zone or two to confuse the Cougars but they can’t allow Wazzu to shoot over them and expect to win. Butler fouls a lot but Washington State doesn’t get many points from the line, nor do they shoot it very well. If the Cougars are to win, it’ll be through strong defense leading to scores on the other end. If Wazzu takes good care of the ball, it’s hard to see them losing this game. For the Bulldogs, they absolutely must rebound well in order to have a chance. Butler will scrap and defend hard but they’re a bit too limited offensively to keep up with Washington State’s dynamic scorers, specifically Thompson. He’ll be the difference in this game in what should be a Cougar title in Hawaii.

Butler expects tough early tests to benefit it later in season--The Indy Star
Butler snips Seminoles in semifinals--Butler Collegian
Butler Meets Washington State In DHC Title

Donlon admired mom’s sacrifice for family--Dayton Daily News
Donlon’s mom was driving force in a basketball family--Dayton Daily News
WSU tough to score against, but Raiders’ offense too cold--Wright State University Sports

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