Tuesday, January 18, 2011

News On The Horizon 1/18/2011

Stardate 72-20110118: What If/What Now--The Mid-Majority
Weekly Bracketology: 01.17.11--Rush The Court
1/10 - College Hoops Week in Review--Ballin' is a Habit

Deserving of a shoutout:
Valpo: After a weekend that featured four games between the top four teams in the Horizon, Valpo came out 2-0 and in sole possession of first place in the conference after winning on the road at Wright State and Detroit. The Crusaders also own a win over Cleveland State this season. For the first time is seemingly forever, it looks like the Horizon has more contenders than just Butler.

College Basketball: Indiana State Headlines Important Week--SB Nation Indiana

Friday, Jan. 21

Wisconsin-Green Bay (10-9, 4-3) at Butler (13-6, 5-2)

Butler's 69-64 loss at Wright State leaves the Bulldogs on thin ice when it comes to their NCAA resume. The Horizon League continues to be one of the highest rated mid-major conferences and the Bulldogs played a tough non-conference schedule, but the bad losses are starting to pile up. Butler must take care of business at home this week against the Wisconsin schools, especially with Wisconsin-Milwaukee visiting on Sunday. The Panthers trounced Butler in Milwaukee, but first Butler must get past the Phoenix.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee (9-10, 4-4) at Valparaiso (14-5, 6-1)

Last week was a very good week for the Crusaders. They now own sole possession of first place in the Horizon League, they moved into the top 50 RPI-wise, thus placing them in the discussion of at large NCAA teams, they won a pair of tough road games at Detroit and Wright State, and Brandon Wood was named Horizon League Player of the Week. They now host the Wisconsin schools this weekend before a huge home game against Butler next week.

Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward to miss matinee matchup--Deseret News
Utah Jazz notebook: Al Jefferson's fall a pain in the, um, backside--Deseret News

ANOTHER ILLNESS: Rookie Gordon Hayward did not dress for Monday's game because of a sinus infection that he said really packed a wallop on Sunday night.

It was the first game missed by the No. 9 overall pick because of illness or injury.

Hayward said he wasn't sure if he'll practice today.

With Hayward out, fellow first-year forward Jeremy Evans got to dress for the first time in three games. He had been the odd-man out since Mehmet Okur returned Wednesday from his back injury.

Even though he's been playing, Hayward has been relatively quiet since his big three-game spurt from Dec. 29-Jan. 1 when he hit double digits in consecutive games. The 20-year-old has only scored a combined 15 points in six games he's played in since then, including three scoreless appearances.

Jazz notes: Hayward has a rough early-morning wake up--Salt Lake Tribune
Jazz Notes: Jefferson’s bruised backside brings pain, humor--Salt Lake Tribune
College Basketball Rankings Week 11>--SB Nation Indiana

Here are the full AP top 25 college basketball rankings:

1. Ohio St. (49) 18-0 1,606

2. Kansas (6) 17-0 1,526

3. Syracuse (8) 18-0 1,523

4. Duke (1) 16-1 1,393

5. Pittsburgh (1) 17-1 1,382

6. San Diego St. 19-0 1,294

7. Villanova 16-1 1,265

8. Connecticut 14-2 1,148

9. BYU 17-1 1,057

10. Texas 14-3 1,015

11. Texas A&M 16-1 996

12. Kentucky 14-3 975

13. Missouri 15-3 758

14. Purdue 15-3 672

15. Minnesota 14-4 513

16. Notre Dame 14-4 495

17. Michigan St. 12-5 467

18. Wisconsin 13-4 448

19. Louisville 14-3 438

20. Washington 13-4 409

21. West Virginia 12-4 266

22. Saint Mary's, Calif. 16-2 195

23. Georgetown 13-5 146

23. Illinois 13-5 146

25. Cincinnati 16-2 125

Others receiving votes: Temple 99, Georgia 89, Kansas St. 86, Gonzaga 84, Colorado 78, UNLV 76, Arizona 70, Florida St. 64, Vanderbilt 46, Florida 42, St. John's 27, Missouri St. 25, Utah St. 22, Baylor 18, UCF 10, Southern Miss. 8, Marquette 7, Wichita St. 6, James Madison 4, Butler 2, North Carolina 2, Coastal Carolina 1, Penn St. 1.

Cutting Down the ‘Net: Tourney, RPI talk--Victory Firelight
Take Two: Butler vs. Detroit, Wright State--Victory Firelight

Men's Basketball Falls to Butler, Valpo--The Cauldron
Cleveland State recruit Nwamu wins Hoophall dunk contest--Let's Go Vikes!

Pair Of Titans In The Top 100 In Two NCAA Statistics--detroittitans.com

Hop on the Fan Bus to Cleveland Thursday!--detroittitans.com
Titans Look to Get Back on Track in Ohio--detroittitans.com

Men's basketball: Phoenix, Badgers move up Sunday's games--Green Bay Press Gazette

UWGB women ranked No. 21 in AP poll--UWGB Basketball
Golden's Tough Decision to End Playing Career--uwgbathletics.com

Horizon League Power Rankings (January 11-17)--PantherU

Class of 2011 Peoria Notre Dame Star Max Bielfeldt Adds A Horizon League Offer From Valparaiso To His Collection--Chicago Hoops
Tuesday Morning Dump--Ballin' is a Habit

- No team has played better defense throughout conference play than Valaparaiso. The Crusaders finished last season ranked 304th in team defense, but is allowing less than a point-per-possession in Horizon League play

Evans carries Raiders past Bulldogs--Dayton Daily News
Valparaiso grabs control of Horizon League race--Dayton Daily News
Lineup psychology serves WSU well--Dayton Daily News
Have you watched a Wright State game on the Horizon League Network?--Wright State University Sports
The N’Gai Evans resume: One of the Horizon League’s best--Wright State University Sports
Raiders find identity, beat Butler--The Guardian

Family first for new WSU recruit Woods--The Guardian
Raiders out ‘fox’ Detroit--The Guardian

Penguins explore importance of MLK--Youngstown Vindicator
Men's Basketball Hosts Second-Place Wright State Thursday Night--ysusports.com

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