Below The Red Line
Butler Bulldogs* (11-5; 4-1 Horizon; RPI: 24: SOS: 13)
The Bulldogs biggest challenge may be an ultra-competitive Horizon League that currently features four teams tied at the top of the standings at 4-1, and that quartet doesn't even include Cleveland State. Butler has already lost (blown out, really) at Milwaukee, a team who's not quite of that quality. The loss to the Panthers (RPI 137) and an earlier one to Evansville (155) aren't great, but wins over Florida State and Washington State, along with a close call against Duke in New Jersey, show what this team is capable of. Another league loss (or two) could torpedo their at-large chances, however. This week: at Detroit (Fri.), at Wright State (Sun.)
Cleveland St. Vikings (13-3; 4-2 Horizon; RPI: 33: SOS: 115)
The Vikings were sitting pretty until their 0-2 trip to Indiana last week. Now, the holes in their resume have been magnified. With the loss to Butler Friday, Cleveland State's record against the top 50 stands at 0-2, as they also lost at West Virginia. They're 4-3 against the top 100, but victories over Akron, Kent State, Robert Morris, and Sam Houston State may not qualify for much longer (particularly the last two as the NEC and Southland aren't known for hosting high RPI performers). A bright spot is that the Vikings have only played five teams who currently sit in the bottom half of Division I, winning all of those games. They can't afford to lose anymore, but with the improved Horizon, that's a tough ask. This week: at Youngstown State (Sat.), Detroit (Thu.)
Utah Jazz notebook--Deseret News
DEEP THREAT?: Jefferson was on cloud nine as he approached reporters for his post-shootaround interview Friday morning. The reason? The 6-foot-10 big man said he'd just beaten an unnamed rookie in a 3-point-shooting contest.
The ex-Butler star claimed it wasn't him.
So, Jeremy Evans?
The Western Kentucky kid didn't deny the outcome, but jokingly questioned some of Big Al's score-counting tactics.
"He cheated," Evans said, chuckling.
Poised Butler slams down Detroit, wins 87-64--The Indy Star
Butler offense becoming potent--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler gives Detroit first-class whoopin’--Victory Firelight
BUTLER 87, DETROIT 64--THE unOFFICIAL BUTLER BULLDOGS MEN'S BASKETBALL PAGE
Butler Rolls Over Detroit, 87-64--ButlerSports.com
Butler takes advantage of shorthanded Detroit Mercy--The Detroit Free Press
Butler dominates Detroit Mercy in Horizon League showdown--The Detroit News
Bulldogs Hand Titans 87-64 Defeat--detroittitans.com
A pair of rare Ramblers--The Chicago Sun-Times
Loyola Closes Out Weekend With Saturday Tilt at Milwaukee--LoyolaRamblers.com
Men's basketball: Today's UWGB vs. Illinois-Chicago preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Injury to Ritchie changes roles off Phoenix's bench--Green Bay Press Gazette
Wood sparks Valpo rally in big road win--The Post-Tribune
A foul stench from foul line--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso 71, Wright State 60, postgame--Off The Mark
VU men's basketball team rallies to beat Wright State--The NWI Times
Crusaders Stay Atop HL Standings With Win at Wright State--valpoathletics.com
Cleveland State (9-7, 2-3) at Valparaiso (3-13, 0-4)--The Post-Tribune
Scouting Valparaiso University women's basketball--The NWI Times
Second-half collapse costs WSU first place--Dayton Daily News
Carrying disappointment, WSU has quick turnaround for Butler--Dayton Daily News
Wood, Valparaiso blitz Wright State in 71-60 Raiders loss--Wright State University Sports
WSU loses 14-point lead for second time in six games--Wright State University Sports
Sagarin schedule rankings: Miami No. 1, WSU 113 and UD 175--Through the Arch
Crusaders Turn Out the Lights on Wright State on Black Out Night--RaiderRoundball.com
Men Fall to Valparaiso--wsuraiders.com
YSU men hoping for 2009 repeat--Youngstown Vindicator
Butler, Valparaiso Lay Claim to League Lead with Road Wins--Horizon League Network