Tuesday, March 15, 2011

News On The Horizon 3/15/2011

Breaking down the NCAA bracket--Observations from Above the Rim

2. Butler (Southeast regional, No. 8): Don't pick a team a year late. Just don't do it. The Bulldogs have a great young coach and return a handful of key players, but they had to win the Horizon League tournament to get in and drew a tough opening opponent in Old Dominion.

From 1-68, handicapping your NCAA tournament field--CBS Sports

43. Butler: Another team that was left for dead but is back in the Dance, the Bulldogs have veterans who want to relive NCAA glory.

March Madness moments in Lego form (video)--Beyond the Arc
Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap out for tonight's tilt, Raja Bell will play--Deseret News
Utah Jazz take overtime to defeat 76ers--Deseret News

The win came with five guys unable to play.

Millsap sat out again due to his left patellar tendinitis, and rookie Gordon Hayward was a scratch because of a sprained left forefoot. And the Jazz were also without Francisco Elson (knee/ankle), Ronnie Price (toe) and Mehmet Okur (back).

Utah Jazz: Struggling team adds a little drama moving Raja Bell to bench--Deseret News

Millsap (knee), Devin Harris (hamstring), Gordon Hayward (foot) and Ronnie Price were going to attempt to practice and will be game-time decisions against the Timberwolves.

Jazz notes: Injuries have Corbin ‘juggling’ to find right rotation--Salt Lake Tribune

The Jazz’s injury problems continued against Philadelphia on Monday night, when five players were sidelined.

Paul Millsap (knee), Francisco Elson (ankle, knee), Gordon Hayward (foot), Ronnie Price (toe) and Memo Okur (back) did not play.

Hayward pleads the fifth (seed) on NCAA Tournament--Salt Lake Tribune
Mid-Major Morning Mashups: NCAA Tournament Field Of 68 Edition--Mid-Major Madness

John Feinstein of the Washington Post: "Putting ODU and Butler up against each other on the 8-9 line is pretty close to criminal. ODU is the best rebounding team in the country and won the most underrated conference in the country. Forget that Butler was two inches from being the defending champion in this event; the Bulldogs have won nine straight, and their conference was the toughest it has ever been. Both teams deserved higher seeds, and they certainly didn't deserve to have to play one another in the first round. The Butler-ODU winner will be a tough out for Pittsburgh, especially ODU because they are one of the few teams in the country that can mix it up inside with the Panthers."

Breaking Down The NCAA Bracket: Southeast Regional--Rock Chalk Talk

#8 Seed Butler Bulldogs

Butler_mediumBid: Automatic, Horizon League Tournament Champion

Location: Indianapolis, In.


KenPom Adj. Offensive Efficiency: 39

KenPom Adj. Defensive Efficiency: 77

Key Offensive Stat: TO% (17)

Key Defensive Stat: Opp. Off Reb% (11)

Player to Know: Matt Howard

Butler returns to the tournament after their Cinderella-esque run to the Championship game last season, they lost their best player but still have the ability to cause some problems. They've won their last nine games in a row, though not against stellar competition. Leaders are Shelvin Mack and Matt Howard, both players used about 27% of the possessions while they're on the floor. As a team, Butler's going to slow the game down and limit the opponents chances by taking care of the ball and cleaning up on the defensive glass. Pittsburgh can't be excited about a possible second round match-up with the Bulldogs.

Blue II banned from tourney site--The Indy Star
'Blitz': How far will Indiana's schools go in NCAA Tournament?--The Indy Star
Butler is the smart choice in one tournament bracket--The Indy Star
Blue ban has Butler fans all a Twitter--The Indy Star
Butler recruit’s 70-point day--Indy Star Butler Insider
MARCH MADNESS: Butler faces different road in this year’s tourney--The Oakland Press
Reactions to Butler’s NCAA Tournament draw--Victory Firelight
Free Blue II--Victory Firelight
Butler vs. ODU: Numbers to consider--Victory Firelight
VF Podcast 008: CAA blogger Michael Litos breaks it down--Victory Firelight
Bulldogs Meet Familiar Foe In NCAA Tournament--ButlerSports.com

Bulldogs To Face Wisconsin In WNIT--ButlerSports.com

PRESS RELEASE: CSU Women Open Play in WBI at IPFW--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Open Play in WBI at IPFW--csuvikings.com
Vikings Play at IPFW to Open Women's Basketball Invitational--csuvikings.com

Loyola coaching candidates--ChicagoNow.com
The man behind the building--Loyola Phoenix
Loyola loses big in first round of HL tournament--Loyola Phoenix
Thumbs Up Thumbs Down--Loyola Phoenix

And this week's shout-out goes to Geoff McCammon

The senior guard for the men's basketball team set a school-record for three-pointers made during a season and shot his way to winning the Horizon League's Sixth Man of the Year award. It marked the second straight year that a Rambler has bagged that award after junior forward Walt Gibler won it last year. Seems like that's the only thing the Ramblers can win in the Horizon League, but congrats to Geoff who was a well-deserving recepient.

Loyola says goodbye to seniors--Loyola Phoenix
Women's basketball drops final game in Alumni Gym--Loyola Phoenix

NCAA Capsules-Dallas Regional--MICentralSports.com

Wisconsin-Green Bay

Green Bay, 32-1.

Nickname: Phoenix. Coach: Matt Bollant.

Conference: Horizon. Bid: Horizon champion.

Region: Dallas. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament Record: 3-11, 12 years. Last appearance: 2010.

Scoring: Team (74.8); Julie Wojta 13.7; Celeste Hoewisch 13.7; Kayla Tetschlag 13.6.

Rebounds: Team (36.5); Julie Wojta 7.7; Kayla Tetschlag 7.3.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (20.3/15.8); Julie Wojta 3.7/2.3; Hannah Quilling 3.6/1.8.

3-pointers: Team (.351); Celeste Hoewisch 51; Adrian Ritchie 38.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: The only loss of the season came at Marquette when the Phoenix lost by three on Dec. 12. Wisconsin-Green Bay plays stellar defense and is very unselfish on offense.

Arkansas-Little Rock

Little Rock, 23-7.

Nickname: Trojans. Coach: Joe Foley.

Conference: Sun Belt. Bid: Sun Belt Conference champion.

Region: Dallas. Seed: No. 12.

Tournament Record: 0-1, 1 year. Last appearance: 2010.

Scoring: Team (58.5); Chastity Reed 19.2; Marian Kursh 8.8.

Rebounds: Team (33.8); Chastity Reed 6.3; Marian Kursh 6.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.8/14.3); Shanika Butler 5.0/2.3; Asriel Rolfe 4.7/2.1.

3-pointers: Team (.312); Janette Merriex 51; Asriel Rolfe 44.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: The Trojans have lost twice since Dec. 11 and that was by a combined five points. Chastity Reed remains one of the nation's best players that nobody outside of Arkansas has heard of.

NCAA women's basketball: UW-Green Bay gets No. 5 seed, will face Arkansas-Little Rock on neutral court--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay to Play Arkansas-Little Rock, Head to Wichita for NCAA Tournament--uwgbathletics.com
reen Bay Women's Basketball Path to Success--uwgbathletics.com
CAA Tournament Travel and Ticket Information for Phoenix Fans--uwgbathletics.com
Defense Wins Championships, but the Unselfish Offense is Really Good--uwgbathletics.com

5 Questions with Jimmy of PantherU--ChicagoNow.com
It's simple for NU: Score 70 and win--The Chicago Tribune
Capocci, Northwestern hope to make a run in NIT--Daily Herald
Panthers trying to make most of NIT--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tony Meier Injury Report--PantherU
Panthers Look Toward Wednesday NIT Opener Against Wildcats--uwmpanthers.com

Video: I am a bracket--ESPN
Former Duluth basketball star finds home at Valparaiso--Duluth News Tribune
Crusaders get a fresh start--The Post-Tribune
Valpo Set to Host Iona In First Round of CIT--The NWI Times

Wright State women earn first ever NCAA Division I tourney berth--Fairborn Daily Herald
Women’s basketball receives first postseason tourney bid in program history--The Guardian

Boldon, Brown Brought Optimism to Women's Basketball Program in 2010-11--ysusports.com

Tournament Tracker: March 15--Horizon League Network

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