[Comment From Ty Ty : ]
Are the two early losses for Butler the best thing that could happen to them? Instead of being watched closely by press and those who jumped on last March, they can figure out their rotations and develop their players in relative tranquility.
Friday December 3, 2010 4:13 Ty
Well, I don't think they're going to have any tranquility, even the relative kind. There will be the wave of "What's Wrong With Butler" articles and TV spots, which has already kind of started happening. Statistically, there's not much of a difference from where they were last year at this time. They control the ball, the defense is a tiny bit down, they don't shoot so good as always, but they're really rebounding well (thanks to Howard and an increased presence by #1BS favorite Andrew Smith). They'll be fine.
[Comment From Mike Mike : ]
How good is Cleveland State and will they give Butler any problems this year in the Horizon?
Friday December 3, 2010 4:28 Mike
I can vouch for the reality of Cleveland State. Vikings may be a better team than Butler right now, especially on defense. Those two games are going to be great, seeing if Butler's size advantage can trump the Vikings' deep array of guards. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a shock Cleveland State sweep, though... but the only game that matters will be played in March.
Around the Top 25--College Hoops Journal
Cleveland State 83, Green Bay 75. Vikings are now 9-0. Telling you, the Horizon’s going to be fun to follow.
Set Your Tivo: 12.04-12.05--Rush The Court
#1 Duke vs. Butler (IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ) – 3:15 pm Saturday on ESPN (***)
The rematch of last year’s epic title game doesn’t have nearly the same feel. Duke is better than last year while Butler has had a rough start to the season with point guard Ronald Nored suffering a concussion against Siena. He’s day-to-day according to Brad Stevens and may miss this game. Butler’s do-everything star from last year’s team, Gordon Hayward, is gone too, averaging just two points a game in less than ten minutes for the Utah Jazz. The Bulldogs were shredded by Louisville and upset by Evansville at home last week, two disappointing losses for a team that came in with high expectations again this year. Look for Duke’s shooters to dominate this game as Butler really struggles on offense and is mediocre defensively inside the three-point line. Butler ranks #171 in two point defense and is one of the worst teams at blocking shots, #312. Duke’s opponents get most of their points inside the arc but Butler is just #246 in two point percentage. Leading scorer and rebounder Matt Howard is making 55% of his shots but as a whole the team is just at 43.5%. Shelvin Mack is back too and has done a nice job distributing the ball, especially with Nored out. Howard’s foul problems are still there but he has yet to foul out of a game this season. Going up against the athletic Mason Plumlee and company inside, it would be naïve to think Howard won’t have foul problems in this game given his history. Duke is the top ranked team in offensive efficiency and should be able to pile up the points against Butler. Kyrie Irving, coming off his spectacular 31-point performance against Michigan State, makes his return to his home state of New Jersey and will surely be ready to play well in front of the home folks. Duke simply has too much for Butler this time around. While it’s sure to be nostalgic for most college basketball fans, don’t expect this game to be close especially if Nored is still out.
Friday's Pregame Beat: Previewing your College Hoops Weekend--Ballin' is a Habit
* 3:15 pm: Butler vs. No. 1 Duke in New Jersey: The title game rematch got a bit less interesting with Butler's struggles and Ronald Nored's injury.
The return of the Weekend Weave--College Hoops Journal
What’s Kyrie Irving going to do?
Oh, boy. After how he’s played so far, expect a bit of a come-down in near future. Duke’s playing Butler, and the Bulldogs should have Ronald Nored back. Nored was out for two weeks, recovering from a concussion. He’s a great defender, but going against the blur that is Irving, I’m not so sure him playing Saturday is doctor-prescribed. I think Irving’s terrific play as of late is halted, somewhat, against a Butler team that’ll be desperate defensively. Doesn’t mean Duke can’t win easy, though.
Butler fans still talking about bone-rattling screen--The Indy Star
Butler looks inward heading into NCAA rematch with Duke--The Indy Star
Butler point guard Nored cleared to play today--The Indy Star
A year later, a new Butler--The Indy Star
Duke blog 1: Notes and thoughts--Indy Star Butler Insider
Duke blog 2: Nored OK’d to play--Indy Star Butler Insider
Cutting Down the ‘Net: Maximizing the East Coast trip--Victory Firelight
Game Preview: Butler vs. Duke--Victory Firelight
Bulldogs Face No. 1 Duke In Carquest Auto Parts Classic--ButlerSports.com
Bulldogs Host Indiana State Saturday--ButlerSports.com
Cleveland State finds its shooting eye, stays undefeated with 83-75 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State center Joe Latas helps on court, sees future in classroom--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State 83, Green Bay 75--Let's Go Vikes!
Gary Waters: “The Streak Continues”--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State Puts Undefeated Record On The Line At Milwaukee--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Open League Play With 83-75 Win At Green Bay--csuvikings.com
Cleveland State Puts Undefeated Record On The Line At Milwaukee--csuvikings.com
Cleveland State women's basketball team defeats Western Michigan--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Host Western Michigan on Friday--csuvikings.com
Vikings Improve to 6-1 With 66-55 Win Over Western Michigan--csuvikings.com
League Opener Saturday for Men's Hoops--detroittitans.com
Titans In New Orleans For Big Easy Classic--detroittitans.com
DePaul and UIC on different ends of close ones--ChicagoNow.com
Matchup: Akron at UIC--The Chicago Tribune
Valparaiso tips Illinois-Chicago 68-66 in OT--Daily Herald
Valpo Hands Flames Heartbreaking Loss in Overtime, 68-66--uicflames.com
Men's Basketball Wraps up Homestand against Akron on Saturday--uicflames.com
Women's Basketball Faces Another In-State Rival Saturday--uicflames.com
Matchup: Valparaiso at Loyola--The Chicago Tribune
Ramblers Look For First League Win When They Host Valparaiso Saturday Afternoon--LoyolaRamblers.com
Loyola Stunned By Second Half Rally, Falls to Colgate, 57-55--LoyolaRamblers.com
Men's basketball: Cleveland State defeats UW-Green Bay--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: Today's UWGB vs. Youngstown State preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game #7: Cleveland State 83, UWGB 75 FINAL--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay Downed in Horizon League Opener, 83-75--uwgbathletics.com
Green Bay Looks to Bounce Back Saturday Afternoon--uwgbathletics.com
Panthers' Hill paints his masterpiece--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Hill of a game--UWM Post
Out for Revenge: Game 9 vs. Cleveland State--PantherU
Panthers Subdue Penguins 76-67, Begin Horizon League Play 1-0--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Live Men's Basketball Blog - Milwaukee vs. Youngstown State--Panther Blog Zone
Postgame Extra - Youngstown State at Milwaukee--Panther Blog Zone
Hill's Big Night, Second Half Defense Sends Panthers Past Penguins--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers Host 9-0 Cleveland State Saturday In Key League Tilt--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers Close Out Homestand With Northern Iowa--uwmpanthers.com
Valparaiso (1-4) at Evansville (3-2)--The Post-Tribune
VU women fall in the closing seconds at Evansville--The NWI Times
Evansville Nips Valpo Women in Final Seconds--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Women Look to Bounce Back Saturday--valpoathletics.com
Another late rally lifts Valpo to HL road win--The Post-Tribune
Buggs gives VU a lift on defense--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso sophomore plays season-high 30 minutes against UIC while locking down Kreps--The NWI Times
Valparaiso at UIC, Dec. 2, Live Blog--Off The Mark
Live from Chicago: Valparaiso at UIC--Region Sports Extra
MBB: Wrapping up UIC--Region Sports Extra
Comeback Gives Valpo Win In Horizon League Opener--valpoathletics.com
Valpo-Purdue Game at the ARC Dec. 7 Officially Sold Out--valpoathletics.com
Crusaders Look For Chicago Road Sweep--valpoathletics.com
Bearcats Thump Raiders.--Down Drive
Scouting the Horizon League--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State vs. Detroit--Dayton Daily News
WSU seeking more from its bench--Dayton Daily News
Stunning WSU free-throw performance still best nationally--Wright State University Sports
http://www.daytondailynews.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/dayton/wrightstatesports/entries/2010/12/04/live_at_wright_state_vs_detroi.html--Wright State University Sports
WSU senior named All-Midwest Region volleyball player--Wright State University Sports
From volleyball to basketball, Sandifer leaving her mark at WSU--The Guardian
Penguins falter in Horizon League opener--Youngstown Vindicator
Men's Basketball's Comeback Falls Short in 76-67 Loss at Milwaukee--ysusports.com
Men's Basketball Continues Road Trip at Green Bay Saturday--ysusports.com
First Trip to American on Tap Saturday for Women's Basketball--ysusports.com
Horizon League women's basketball brings full weekend with 12 contests--Horizon League Network