Tuesday, March 1, 2011

News On The Horizon 3/1/2011

Tourney Central 3/1/2011 (Day 1)--The Mid-Majority
No exclusivity in this tourney field--Sports Illustrated

The Others
Butler (20-9, 13-5; RPI: 45, SOS: 79)
The Bulldogs finished in a three-way tie for the Horizon crown and landed the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, which gives them a double-bye. The bad news is they very well could have to beat Cleveland State for a third time in the semis and the tournament is being hosted by UW-Milwaukee, the top seed. Unless the Panthers lose a semifinal at home, Butler will need to win a road game against a team that swept the Bulldogs to get the auto bid. This is the best setup for a possible at-large, though.
GW: Florida State (N), Washington State (N), Cleveland State (2x)?
BL: Evansville (without Nored), UW Milwaukee (2x)?, at Wright State, at Youngstown State.
Others in consideration: Wichita State, UAB, Cleveland State, VCU, Memphis, Harvard, Belmont.

Bubble Banter--Bracketville

Locks: NONE | Should Be In: George Mason | Bubble: Butler, Cleveland State, Missouri State, Old Dominion, Memphis, Southern Mississippi, UAB, Gonzaga, St. Mary’s, Utah State

* Butler (20-9 | 13-5) | RPI: 45 | SOS: 79 | – Butler finished its regular season with 7 straight wins to earn the 2-seed and double bye in the Horizon League Tournament. A win over Florida State in Hawaii could still help, but the victory over Washington State isn’t what it once was – although the Cougars could rally. It’s the five league losses – including a sweep by Milwaukee – that’s holding Butler back. Getting to the Horizon League final would put BU right on the cutline.
* Cleveland State (22-7 | 13-5) | RPI: 39 | SOS: 107 | – Vikings have to reach the Horizon League Tournament final to stay on the bubble.

Hoops Housekeeping--Ballin' is a Habit

Brad Stevens: The Butler head coach had a scary incident on the sidelines during Butler's game against Loyola on Saturday. I'll let him explain:

"Right now, I can't see and my eye feels like it has a thousand scratches," Stevens said from home. "My vision got progressively worse as we were getting ready to start the game, and by the final media timeout of the first half, I could not see the other end of the court and everything in front of me was blurry."

He was diagnosed with a corneal edema and was back coaching on Monday.

Center Okur seeks medical green light--Salt Lake Tribune

Still available

Corbin said that rookie Gordon Hayward is still in the Jazz’s immediate plans.

Hayward did not play Saturday during a road loss to Detroit. But Corbin said the forward’s lack of action was attributed to the Pistons going small, and wasn’t related to Hayward’s rotational position now that Favors has been added to the team.

Utah has 14 players on its roster after dealing with 13 most of the season. Hayward and fellow rookie Jeremy Evans have seen their time cut since the Jazz dealt Williams.

"Gordon will play," Corbin said. "He’s made some strides thus far in the season, and I think he’ll continue to make those strides."

Jazz hang tight with Celtics, but lose 107-102--Salt Lake Tribune

Utah is building, too. Jefferson carried the Jazz throughout the second half of February, and is finally taking the dominant form the organization hoped for when he was acquired last summer to replace Carlos Boozer. Rookies Favors and Gordon Hayward showed a confident spark, while Harris, Millsap and Kirilenko performed like playoff-capable starters.

Butler's Matt Howard named All-Horizon for 3rd time--The Indy Star

TeamRankings.com College Basketball Daily Feast: Feb 28, 2011--Team Rankings

The Horizon League regular season ended in a three-way tie for first between UW Milwaukee, Butler, and Cleveland State. Due to tiebreakers, their seeds in the conference tournament, which begins tomorrow, will be in the same order I just listed them. The top two seeds receive double byes to the semifinals, and the #1 seed gets home court advantage from that point on, meaning Cleveland State is at a huge structural disadvantage. Of course, that means we may get to see two extra games from Norris Cole, who may be the best player in the Horizon League.

Cleveland State's Norris Cole dominates Horizon League's 2011 awards--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Detroit Mercy enters March on upswing--The Detroit News

UIC at Cleveland State--The Chicago Tribune
UIC hoops scouting report--Daily Herald
Carter nets Horizon League honors--Whoosh!Net

Loyola's McCammon Horizon League's 6th man of the year--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola hoops scouting report--Daily Herald
Suburban star wins Sixth Man honors for Loyola--Daily Herald

Women's basketball: UWGB climbs to No. 15 in AP poll--Green Bay Press Gazette

Men's basketball: UWGB's Fletcher gets fourth all-conference honor--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UWGB can't afford another late meltdown against Wright State--Green Bay Press Gazette

Milwaukee headlines dangerous group of potential bid stealers--Sports Illustrated
Jeter named Horizon League coach of the year--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Your Milwaukee Panthers: 2011 Horizon League Regular Season Champions--Milwaukee Panther Tracks

Lazerus: VU needs to be mentally tough for tourney--The Post-Tribune
Wood named to Horizon League First Team--The NWI Times
Crusaders open Horizon tourney against Youngstown State--The NWI Times

Raiders confident as HL tourney begins--Dayton Daily News
WSU guards continue Wright State All-Horizon League presence--Wright State University Sports

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