[Comment From AaronAaron: ]
So I have give up trying to understand the Horizon league this year, with that being said do you see whoever gets homecourt for the tournament winning the automatic bid?
Friday February 11, 2011 4:05 Aaron
Well, if it's Cleveland State, and it most likely will be, we know that Butler is in their heads and can beat the Vikings anywhere. That would be a really cruel/sweet twist if Butler ends up back in the Dance by beating what has been the best team in the league in March. I have difficulty imagining how Wright could get through the gauntlet, but Valpo is the other serious contender.
[Comment From Rex M.Rex M.: ]
Appears Dick Vitale will be working Missouri State-Valpo BBuster game...thoughts?
Friday February 11, 2011 4:08 Rex M.
We'll be working it too. He'll have a better seat.
[Comment From Stephen (Evansville, IN)Stephen (Evansville, IN): ]
Is it good for a league on a national scale when a teams like Indiana State and Evansville greatly exceed preseason expectations? ISU has fallen back a bit but the Purple Aces have been very hot as of late. The national media likes to point out that UE is a bad loss for Butler, Missouri State, and Northern Iowa, effectively killing any at large chances. I know I'm a bit biased but just maybe UE is a solid squad who plays really well together and is tough to beat at home. When Penn State has been fiesty from nowhere in the Big Ten it's because it shows the overall depth of the league or something along those lines but when a team from our game defies preseason expectations it seems it's chalked up to a down year or even worse, a school like Evansville being a punchline for that writer's attempt at humor.
Friday February 11, 2011 4:32 Stephen (Evansville, IN)
I guess I tend to ignore questions of "national scale." I've been to a good number of Evansville games, and I never see any of these national people there. Basically, I wouldn't trust any analysis by people who can't bother to pay attention to a team unless they're playing a famous entity. Evansville is a team on the way up, Colt Ryan is the truth, and Marty Simmons is a sexy man. That is all.
Set Your Tivo: 02.11-02.13--Rush The Court
Wright State @ Valparaiso – 8 pm Saturday, no television (***)
This game isn’t on television but a video stream is available at the Horizon League website (http://www.horizonleague.org). After losing at Butler on Thursday, Wright State is two games behind Valparaiso in the loss column with only three conference games to go, and Cleveland State also in the mix. The Raiders must win this game plus their final two conference games to get to 13-5 and then hope for some major help if they are to win the league. Valpo won the first meeting on the road by 11 points and interior play is a huge concern for Wright State in this game. The Crusaders, behind Cory Johnson inside, rank #20 in two point percentage while Wright State checks in at #327 defensively inside the arc. The Raiders’ best players are guards, including Vaughn Duggins, and it’s hard to see them winning on the road with such a disadvantage on the interior.
The Other 26: Week 13--Rush The Court
Friday's Pregame Beat: Previewing your college hoops weekend--Ballin' is a Habit
* 8:00 pm: Detroit @ Butler: Ignoring the implications in the Horizon League standings, the matchup between Ray McCallum and Shelvin Mack should be a fun one to watch.
* 8:05 pm: Wright State @ Valpo: We can talk about the Horizon League implications in this game -- first place is on the line.
NCAA Tournament 2011 Bubble Watch: Butler Goes For 4 In A Row, Valparaiso Looking For Third Straight Win--SB Nation Indiana
Utah Jazz still frustrated, lose to Suns in Corbin's first game--Deseret News
Fill-in starter C.J. Miles added 19 points, Paul Millsap chipped in 14 and Gordon Hayward contributed 14 off the bench, but the Jazz were hurt by the lack of offensive production by Al Jefferson. The center only had four points to go with his 12 boards.
Jazz: With Sloan gone, result the same against Suns--Salt Lake Tribune
Deron Williams played and looked like Deron Williams, shrugging off more than a few boos. C.J. Miles turned a starting spot into a spotlight. And rookie Gordon Hayward traded increased court time for improved production.
Graves has head coaching interest, still likes Butler--The Indy Star
Game Preview: Butler vs. Detroit--Victory Firelight
Updated: Butler (17-9) Takes On Detroit (14-13)--BUTLER BLUE FEVER
Butler Closes Homestand Against Detroit--ButlerSports.com
Bulldogs Shoot For Season Sweep Of Cleveland State--ButlerSports.com
Cleveland State men's basketball player D'Aundray Brown looks to next year as hand heals--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: Vikes learning how to win in tight games--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State (21-5) Battles Youngstown State (8-16)--VIKINGS BALL
Updated: Detroit (14-13) Faces Butler (17-9)--detroittitans.com
Men's basketball: Today's UWGB vs. Loyola preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Bollant signed through 2015--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Aims for Sweep at Loyola on Saturday--uwgbathletics.com
Attacking mentality--The Post-Tribune
Wright State provides yet another big test for first-place Valparaiso--The NWI Times
Vitale to call Valparaiso/Missouri State--Region Sports Extra
Scouting Valparaiso University women's basketball--The NWI Times
Slocum, Penguins focused on future--Youngstown Vindicator