Checking in on… the Horizon League--Rush The Court
Friday's Pregame Beat: Previewing your college hoops weekend--Ballin' is a Habit
* 12:00 pm: Butler @ Cleveland State: This game would be a lot more intriguing if Butler wasn't, you know, bad this year.
Bettin' is a Habit - 2/5--Ballin' is a Habit
You are probably going to be spending your gambling funds on the "Big Game" tomorrow, but if you want some side-change, you might want to take a look at some of these plays.
Butler (14-9, 6-5) at Cleveland State (21-3, 10-2)
The last time these teams met, roughly a month ago, Butler handed the Vikings their worst loss of the season. I think CSU returns the favor in a big way. They have won six-in-a-row and just defeated second-place Valaparaiso by 11. On the flip-side, Butler has lost four of their last five, the most recent being to 2-10 Youngstown State.
Pick: Cleveland State -3.5
Three-Man Weekend Weave: Down weekend, overall--CBS Sports
Butler at Cleveland State (Saturday, noon, ESPN2). This game is on television, and was probably scheduled so that audiences could watch Butler zipping through another easy run to the Horizon League title. Instead, this is a sterling opportunity to see if the torch is really being passed to the new sheriff in town. Cleveland State is 10-2 in the league, but one of those two losses was in Hinkle to the Bulldogs, so there's still some life in Butler, at least in a spoiler role.
College Basketball On TV For February 5, 2011--Blogging the Bracket
Early Afternoon (ET)
Alt. Ch.: Butler Bulldogs at Cleveland St. Vikings, ESPN2/ESPN3 (12 p.m. ET)
The Vikings can drop the Bulldogs to .500 in the Horizon with a win, and in the process further solidify their control of the conference race.
KenPom.com prediction: Vikings 71-65, 65 poss.
Today's College Basketball Picks--Searching for Billy Edelin
Butler @ Cleveland State(-3.5): Take Butler - The Bulldogs have lost three straight, the Vikings have won their last 16 home games. Seems strange we're going with Brad Stevens here, no? Well with an at large bid completely out of the picture, Butler will welcome today's adversity (Ronald Nored may be out, it's "Butler Blackout Day" at the Wolstein Center) and eek out a win here - or just not lose by more than four points.
D-Will sparks Jazz victory--Deseret News
The Jazz also started strong, despite quickly losing starters Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward to foul trouble.
Butler no longer class of Horizon League--The Indy Star
Game Preview: Butler vs. Cleveland State--Victory Firelight
Bulldogs Face League-Leading Cleveland State--ButlerSports.com
Bulldogs Host WBCA Pink Zone Game--ButlerSports.com
Cleveland State men's basketball team follows Montgomery's charge, tops Valparaiso--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Women's basketball: Today's UWGB vs. Youngstown State preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UWGB's Perine takes on a more vocal role in his senior season--Green Bay Press Gazette
Panthers claw way up the standings--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Gut check time: Game 24 vs. Green Bay--PantherU
Live Blog - Green Bay @ Milwaukee--Panther Blog Zone
American Cancer Society And UWM Men Team Up In Fight Against Cancer--uwmpanthers.com
Motivation not an issue for Crusaders--The Post-Tribune
VU coach points to wins after losses heading into Ohio--The NWI Times
Scouting Valparaiso University women's basketball--The NWI Times
Guins to Face #21/#17 Green Bay on Saturday--ysusports.com