Thursday, December 9, 2010

News On The Horizon 12/9/2010

Halfway Through Wednesday Night--SB Nation Indiana

NCAA Basketball Week 5: Indiana Week Night Previews

The non-conference schedule is now in full swing, and several teams have games against rivals from other conferences:

* Purdue at Valparaiso - Tuesday, 9 p.m. (ESPNU): After winning in Blacksburg in Overtime, and crushing Alabama, the Boilermakers travel up I-65 to take on Homer Drew's Valparaiso Crusaders. Purdue won last year's matchup by 26 in West Lafayette. E'twan Moore and JuJuan Johnson lead the Boilermakers in Points, Rebounds, and Assists per game, and have been a two-man wrecking crew so far this season. SB Nation Indiana Pick: Purdue
* Butler at Xavier - Thursday, 9:00 p.m. (ESPN2): Butler looks to rebound off their third loss of the season on Saturday, an 82-70 loss to Duke, a rematch from the National Championship game from April. The loss put the Bulldogs at 4-3 on the season, very uncharacteristic for them. They travel to Cincinnati to take on the Xavier Musketeers, who are having their own struggles this season. XU is 5-2 on the season, but that includes a home OT win against Wofford and a loss at Miami, OH. While this game doesn't have the same sizzle as in years past, they are arguably the two best "mid-major" programs in the country. SBNation Indiana Pick: Butler.

Butler-Xavier game has late-season implications--The Indy Star
Butler awaits hostile Xavier crowd--Indy Star Butler Insider
Game Preview: Butler vs. Xavier--Victory Firelight
Basketball fails to avenge championship loss--Butler Collegian

Women’s basketball burns Indiana State Sycamores--Butler Collegian
Women’s basketball unable to clinch win at Evansville--Butler Collegian

The NC-Double-Eh Schedule - Dec. 8--Raptors HQ

7:00pm Detroit @ Western Michigan– Jason Calliste has been playing well in his last four games. He’s averaging 15 points, 4.25 rebounds and a steal in about 31 minutes a game. He’s only failed to score less than 10 points twice this season and once was after coming off a 20 point game. Guess how many points he had in his last game?

Previous Evening MAC Review: Illin'--Hustle Belt

Last night in MACsketball:
Western Michigan 71, Detroit 69 — Pulled. The heck. Off. The Broncos held off despite numerous dry spells in the second half wherein UDM kept tractoring back into the game. Here's your textbook "team effort" game: five of the nine Broncos who played netted at least 10 points, led by Nate Hutcheson with 14. And nice job shooting better at frees (9-of-18) than threes (8-of-18), but just barely. Next game: Saturday, 12/11 at Georgia State

UDM Insider: Family motivates Holman--Fox Sports Detroit
Western Michigan holds off rally from shorthanded Detroit Mercy--The Detroit News
Titans Drop Tight One at Western Michigan,
Detroit Looks to Continue Dominance Over EMU

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Titans Rally To Clip Eagles--The Oakland Press
Titans Rally To Clip Eagles,

Flames, Redbirds to Face Off on Comcast SportsNet Saturday

Women's Basketball Continues Road Trip Saturday At Eastern

Photos from Loyola vs. SIU
Loyola begins
Homecoming of sorts Saturday at Loyola for Pullen--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola of Chicago defeats SIU-Edwardsville 78-50--Daily Herald
Kindred Sparks Loyola To 78-50 Victory Over SIU
Loyola Set For Saturday Showdown With Fifth-Ranked Kansas

Harry's 20 points lead No. 24 DePaul over Loyola--Daily Herald
Loyola Faces Early-Season Test, Hosts No. 24
No. 24 DePaul Knocks Off Loyola,

Men's basketball: Duquesne hits UWGB with long-range bombing--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game #9: Duquesne 81, UWGB 71 FINAL--UWGB Basketball
Phoenix men drown Penguins with second half run--UWGB Fourth Estate
Perine’s last second heroics give Phoenix men win--UWGB Fourth Estate
Green Bay Unable to Overcome Duquesne's Hot

Phoenix win big over Fighting Sioux--UWGB Fourth Estate
Hoewisch becomes 27th to reach 1,000 point milestone in collegiate career--UWGB Fourth Estate
No. 23/17 Green Bay Women's Basketball Hosts Southeast Missouri

Michigan State finishes strong to beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee--The Detroit News
Clamping down--Bucky's 5th Quarter
UWM women's basketball team falls--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Live Blog: Milwaukee @ #15 Michigan State--Panther Blog Zone
Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee @ #15 Michigan State--Panther Blog Zone
Panthers Drop Tough Defensive Battle At No. 15 Michigan State,

College Basketball Viewer's Guide For December 8--Blogging the Bracket

Milwaukee at Wisconsin, Big Ten Network (9 p.m. ET): The Panthers head to Madison looking to end a 17-game losing streak against the Badgers. Wisconsin won by 10 at the Kohl Center last season, and a similar result looks to be in the cards tonight.

UWM coach Jeter takes a good look at his bench--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Seeing red--UWM Post
I Believe: Game 10 vs. Wisconsin--PantherU
What they’re saying--PantherU
Pounce needs a ‘Locker Room’--PantherU
Milwaukee Goes to Madison and Gets Effectively Badger'd, 61-40--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Live Men's Basketball Blog - Milwaukee @ Wisconsin--Panther Blog Zone
Postgame Extra – Milwaukee at Wisconsin--Panther Blog Zone
Stellar Defense Helps Badgers Beat Panthers In

Stardate 31-20101208: Hold On Hope--The Mid-Majority
Game 7-020: Valparaiso at Loyola (Ill.)--The Mid-Majority
Game 7-021: Purdue at Valparaiso--The Mid-Majority
Non-Conference Opponents Update--Hammer and Rails

The NCAA Tournament is all about RPI. The higher the better as long as you have a good record. The Big Ten, as long as we finish in the top three, will give us a nice RPI boost, but we need one from our non-conference schedule as well. Last season we got a great boost that was wiped out because of the Hummel injury. This year we probably won't get as big of a push, but I'll try to keep track of it as the season goes along. Here is an update on what our non-conference opponents are doing. For the record, our current RPI is 51.
Valparaiso - 6-3, RPI: 35 - I know the Crusaders won't stay this high, but I was stunned that we now technically have a top 50 road victory. Two of their three losses have come against top 20 teams, and the third (Ohio) was an NCAA Tournament team a year ago. They are already 2-0 in the Horizon League, which will be a tough league this year that features more than Butler. I doubt this will stay a top 50 win, but there is the potential for it to be a second top 100 true road win. If it stays there, that means our three true road games will all be of the top 100 variety, fighting the myth that we played a weak non-conference schedule. I doubt any other major conference team has three top 100 true road non-conference games.

Valpo still trying to win over region--The Post-Tribune
MBB: Wrapping up Purdue--Region Sports Extra
Valpo to Travel to Toledo For Saturday

Comeback falls short for Valparaiso women--The NWI Times
Valpo’s Late Rally Comes Up Just
Valpo Women Look to “Pack the ARC” for Notre Dame on Dec.

Air Force grounded by Duggins, fellow seniors--Dayton Daily News
WSU defense has multiple personalities--Dayton Daily News
A big night at Nutter as WSU faces Air Force--Dayton Daily News
WSU-Air Force 'more than a game'--Dayton Daily News
Three WSU senior guards, defensive pressure overwhelm Air Force in 76-61 win--Wright State University Sports
With voice rising, WSU coach talks of ‘most not-talked-about, really good player’--Wright State University Sports
Patriotic moments dominate the night--Fairborn Daily Herald
Men Roll to a 76-61 Win Over Air
Raider Preview: Air Force (5-1) vs. WSU (3-5)--The Guardian
Duggins, Raiders ground Air Force--The Guardian
Men Roll to 76-61 Win Over Air

WSU women's high-scoring Boyd focusing on defense--Dayton Daily News
Women Win at

Wright State, Loyola Record Wins Wednesday Night--Horizon League Network

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