Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 709--The Mid-Majority
Helloooo Hoops Nation. Welcome to the first Chat Block of calendar year 2011, and appropriately enough we're in the capital city of Indianapolis. We're here for the big Cleveland State-Butler throwdown-showdown-slowdown-hoedown tonight at Hinkle, and we're getting pumped! I'll bet there's something you're excited about too. Let's chat about it!
[Comment From Dan Dan : ]
Hey Kyle, what's wrong with the Ramblers? For the second year in a row, they've started hot in non-conference play but can't seem to win important HL games. You've seen them in person a couple times now, can you shed some light on their conference struggles?
Friday January 7, 2011 4:57 Dan
It's a good ball-control team that can shoot the #superhoop well. For one thing, they scheduled down to build confidence, and now they're in a league that gets better every year and has a lot of interesting, multi-dimensional teams. (I was really struck at how long, athletic and mean Detroit is.) After seeing them twice in person and a few times on #pixelvision, they go down like a stack of logs if you hit them with a few strong runs. They'll fight back the first few times, then go "oh, what's the use." The body language sucked at the end and during the postgame last night.
That's it for another thrilling week of small-conference basketball, sports fans, and the beginning of the weekend. Thanks for all your great questions -- we really got a bump in participation today after the break -- and if I didn't get to you, come back next Friday at 4 pm ET and we'll do it all over again. Remember, Cleveland State-Butler tonight!
The Other 26: Week 8--Rush The Court
Set Your Tivo: 01.07-01.09--Rush The Court
Friday's Pregame Beat: Previewing your college hoops weekend--Ballin' is a Habit
* 7:00 pm: Cleveland State @ Butler: The best two teams in the Horizon League. And the favorite in the league may not be Butler.
The B.I.A.H Not-Top-10 Rankings--Ballin' is a Habit
Evidence: 24-point loss to UW-Milwaukee
The loss to UW-Milwaukee was their first in five games, but there is no reason the back-to-back Horizon League champs should be losing to a middle-of-the-pack team by 24. What's worse is the marquee match-up this weekend between first-place Cleveland State and the Bulldogs has lost some of it's luster. This game was going to be a possible preview of the conference championship, but now it looks like Cleveland State is in a league of it's own, despite not even playing Butler yet. If Butler wants to make it back to the NCAA tournament, they will probably have to do it by getting an at-large bid, and I don't see that happening.
Evidence: One quality win and a bunch of ugly, smelly losses
The Rockets didn't get a win til damn-near Christmas, and they still needed an extra session to defeat Valparasio. Their other wins are against Florida Gulf Coast and some school called Indiana Northwest. But what's worse is that they have scored under 50-points five times this season, including a 41-point output against a sub-par Alabama squad. In that game, Toledo went scoreless for seven minutes to start the second half and wound up losing by more than their total output, 83-41.
Cleveland St. vs. Butler is game of the night--College Basketball Blog
College Basketball: Butler Hammers Conference Rival Cleveland St. 79-56--SB Nation Indiana
Butler among transfer options for Carlino--The Indy Star
College Basketball On TV For January 7, 2011--Blogging the Bracket
Teammates: Smith's big game no surprise--The Indy Star
Horizon showdown is no contest as Stevens gets his 100th victory--The Indy Star
Horizon has a real race--Indy Star Butler Insider
Game Preview: Butler vs. Cleveland State--Victory Firelight
Butler asserts itself, pounds Cleveland State--Victory Firelight
BUTLER 79, CLEVELAND STATE 56--THE unOFFICIAL BUTLER BULLDOGS MEN'S BASKETBALL PAGE
Butler Rolls Over Cleveland State, 79-56--ButlerSports.com
Bulldogs Battle Detroit For Second Place--ButlerSports.com
Vikings can't control the ball while on the road: Cleveland State Men's Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Butler men's basketball team routs Cleveland State, shows there's no change on the Horizon--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cole Hits Double-Double, But Vikes Fall To Butler, 79-56--csuvikings.com
Women's basketball: Today's UWGB vs. Cleveland State preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: With Williams back, UWGB can only wonder what if--Green Bay Press Gazette
Live Men's Basketball Blog - Milwaukee @ Green Bay--Panther Blog Zone
Women's basketball: VU (3-11, 0-2) at Wright St. (8-6, 1-2)--The Post-Tribune
Scouting Valparaiso University women's basketball--The NWI Times
Johnson, Wood spark high-flying 2nd half--The Post-Tribune
Youngstown State at Valparaiso, Jan. 7, Live Blog--Off The Mark
Crusaders outrebound Youngstown State 47-24 in 24-point blowout--The NWI Times
Live from the ARC: Valparaiso vs. Youngstown St. (MBB)--Region Sports Extra
Valpo Handles Penguins Easily Friday Night--valpoathletics.com
Preview: Wright State at Loyola--Dayton Daily News
WSU has plenty of 3-point options--Dayton Daily News
No ‘O’: Valpo shuts down YSU--Youngstown Vindicator
Blake Allen Scores Career-High 17 Points in Loss to Valparaiso--ysusports.com
Home Teams Pick Up Victories Friday Night--Horizon League Network