RPI WATCH: 12/05/2010--Bring On The Cats
Saturday results worth noting:
* Duke pulled away from Butler only after Ronald Nored had foul trouble and Shelvin Mack left with cramps. If they had stayed available, I think the Bulldogs could have kept it close, especially considering how much Kyle Singler was struggling, but as usual, Kyrie Irving flipped the switch to "amazing mode" and put the game away. Not sure what it means, other than that Butler's defensive style seems to match up pretty well with the Blue Devils.
* Our next game against an opponent with a pulse, Loyola Chicago, looks to be manageable on a home court where the Ramblers have lost two straight, to conference opponents Butler and Valparaiso.
Smith, Irving lead No. 1 Duke over Butler--MICentralSports.com
RTC Instant Analysis: Mid-Afternoon Games--Rush The Court
RTC Instant Analysis: Evening Games--Rush The Court
Who is in charge of scheduling?: Who is in charge of planning these big in-season match-ups? I understand that it is hard to do too much because every school has a lot of committments and there are a ton of sports, but why would you schedule Duke-Butler, a rematch of the national title game against the SEC title game? I’m not going to blame the people who “run” college basketball for scheduling against Oregon-Oregon State because nobody expected that to be for a BCS title game bid, but the SEC title game has essentially been a game that is a direct bid for the BCS title game. Even if it was scheduled on this date was scheduled well ahead of time ESPN should have been able to adjust the time to give the game the attention it deserves.
Utah Jazz notebook--Deseret News
BIG FAN: He's in the NBA now.
But Jazz rookie Gordon Hayward intended to be glued to the TV for Saturday's college basketball game between his Butler Bulldogs and the defending NCAA-champion Duke Blue Devils.
That was the plan, even if it was difficult for Hayward to be reminded of how Duke beat him and underdog Butler in last season's national title game.
"I'm rooting for them all the time," Hayward said of his ex-teammates at Butler. "They're my best friends."
Duke beat Butler 82-70 on Saturday.
Butler's Mack KO'd by leg cramps--The Indy Star
Butler shows mettle in rematch loss to Duke--The Indy Star
Duke blog 3: Cramps put crimp in Dawgs--Indy Star Butler Insider
Cutting Down the ‘Net: Butler’s short circuit--Victory Firelight
Butler fights, fades and falls to No. 1 Duke--Victory Firelight
DUKE 82, BUTLER 70--THE unOFFICIAL BUTLER BULLDOGS MEN'S BASKETBALL PAGE
Butler Falls To Top-Ranked Duke, 82-70--ButlerSports.com
Bowen Scores 30 As Dawgs Run Past Indiana State--ButlerSports.com
Cleveland State now a perfect 10 as Vikings rout Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 82-59--Cleveland Plain Dealer
WHK 1420 AM to broadcast Saturday’s game at Milwaukee--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State 82, Milwaukee 59--Let's Go Vikes!
Video: Gary Waters Remarks Following Big Win Over Milwaukee--Let's Go Vikes!
I’ll be there Cleveland - Will you?--Let's Go Vikes!
CSU Dismantles Milwaukee, 82-59, To Improve To 10-0--csuvikings.com
CSU Women Improve to 6-1 With Win Over Western Michigan--Let's Go Vikes!
Detroit Mercy wins Horizon League opener over Wright State, 78-69--The Detroit News
Gritty Performance Gives Titans Win in League Opener--detroittitans.com
Titans Drop Overtime Affair To Saint Joseph's--detroittitans.com
Previous Evening MAC Review: A Night To Forget--Hustle Belt
Akron 54, Illinois-Chicago 52 — A memorable day for Roo overall. Their soccer team defeated California in penalty kicks to return to the College Cup, although I think "Footy Four" is catchier. And then there was this road comeback. The Zips were down 12 at halftime to UIC, who's playing their fourth of five MAC nonconference games (seems excessive). UA tamed the Robo Kreps Sensation by letting him score his 14 points, but down seven with less than five to play, the Akronians kept their poise and finished the game on a 10-1 run. Nikola Cvetinovic came through big with 13 second-half points (19 total) and four steals.
Tempo-free Horizon League--ChicagoNow.com
Akron takes 54-52 win over Illinois-Chicago--The Chicago Tribune
COLLEGE BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS: Late Akron layup finishes off Flames--The Chicago Sun-Times
Crusaders extinguish Flames--Whoosh!Net
Familiar refrain for Flames--Whoosh!Net
Late Rally Helps Akron Edge Men's Basketball, 54-52--uicflames.com
Howard Moore Presented Ricky Byrdsong Award--uicflames.com
Women's Basketball Falls In Overtime At Illinois State, 94-86--uicflames.com
Three close home losses for Chicago--ChicagoNow.com
After beating UIC, Valparaiso tops Loyola 66-56--The Chicago Tribune
VALPARAISO 66, LOYOLA 56: Ramblers come up flat vs. Crusaders--The Chicago Sun-Times
Scoring Drought Looms Large In Loyola's 66-56 Loss To Valparaiso--LoyolaRamblers.com
Albano's 30 Points Push Hot-Shooting Ramblers Past Niagara, 85-70--LoyolaRamblers.com
Phoenix report: UW-Green Bay 74, Youngstown State 59--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UW-Green Bay defeats Youngstown State--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game #8: UWGB 74, Youngstown State 59 FINAL--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay-Youngstown State Postgame Notes--uwgbathletics.com
Second-Half Rally Sparks Green Bay Victory--uwgbathletics.com
Phoenix Heads to Eastern Michigan for Non-Conference Battle--uwgbathletics.com
Inconsistency leads to Panthers' 4th loss--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Live Blog: Milwaukee vs. Northern Iowa--Panther Blog Zone
Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee vs. Northern Iowa--Panther Blog Zone
Laur Scores 1,000th Point In UWM's Loss To Northern Iowa--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers no match for unbeaten Cleveland State--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Bobbled chances--UWM Post
Notes from Saturday’s game--PantherU
Live Men's Basketball Blog - Milwaukee vs. Cleveland State--Panther Blog Zone
Postgame Extra: Cleveland State at Milwaukee--Panther Blog Zone
Fast Start, Hot Shooting Sends Unbeaten Cleveland State Past Milwaukee--uwmpanthers.com
Low Tide--Hammer and Rails
We need to keep growing, and our second true road game in a week, this time at Valparaiso, is another chance to grow. We're going to be heavily favored as a ranked major conference team should be against a mid-major. It can be a dangerous game, however, because it is their biggest home game of the season. The Crusaders are off to a nice 6-2 start and could threaten for the Horizon League's auto-bid since they already have two road conference wins under their belts. They have four players averaging in double figures, so we need to be ready.
Fortunately, there were a lot of good things out of today. We got other people involved in the offense and shots will start falling again. I am concerned that we settle for the three too much, but at least other people were trying to do something today. They need to keep doing that. Everything else will come in time.
No comeback necessary--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso at Loyola, Dec. 4, Live Blog--Off The Mark
Valparaiso men's hoops improves to 2-0 in conference for first time since '07--The NWI Times
Live from the Gentile Center: Valparaiso vs. Loyola--Region Sports Extra
Crusaders Move to 2-0 In League With Win At Loyola--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Set to Welcome Purdue to Packed ARC Tuesday--valpoathletics.com
VU's Freeman gets 400th win--The Post-Tribune
VU women's basketball coach Freeman picks up 400th career victory--The NWI Times
Overtime Triumph Gives Freeman 400th Career Victory--valpoathletics.com
Raiders freshmen gaining health, confidence in post--Dayton Daily News
Raiders’ skid extended as Titans take control early--Dayton Daily News
WSU ranks 287th, 277th nationally in key defensive categories--Wright State University Sports
Men Drop 78-69 Decision to Detroit--wsuraiders.com
Women Win at Akron--wsuraiders.com
YSU men, women fall on road--Youngstown Vindicator
Offense Can't Get Going as Women's Basketball Falls 57-41 at American--ysusports.com
Men's Basketball Falls to Green Bay, 74-59--ysusports.com
Cleveland State, Valparaiso Maintain Undefeated League Marks--Horizon League Network