Monday, March 21, 2011

News On The Horizon 3/21/2011

Redrawing the Red Line--The Mid-Majority

We always look for trends in these numbers from year to year. One interesting tidbit is that the average Horizon League athletic budget dropped from $9.7 million to $8.5 million. On the other hand, men's basketball spending increased by an average of $200,000 per school, from $1.6 million to $1.8 million. Who's spending more? Look at Detroit: $2.0m up to $2.6m, and to a smaller extent, Youngstown State ($.9m to $1.03m). But really look at Butler, who increased spending by $11 million in their Final Four fiscal year ($1.7m to $2.8m, 23 percent of a $12.4m overall budget). That, not NCAA Tournament wins, is what makes for future possible Basketball School exceptions.

Despite Butler, Horizon wasn't a two-bid

Butler coach keeps adding to impressive
Bracket busters, top seeds all part of round of

In the other Southeast game, it will be No. 8 Butler vs. No. 4 Wisconsin. The Bulldogs beat the biggest Big East bust, top-seeded Pittsburgh, and are still in line to reprise their magical run to the national final last year.

Butler coach Brad Stevens said he spoke with point guard Ronald Nored, a key component in last year's success.

He "came up to me and said, 'Coach, I've played in 10 NCAA games and nobody has ever picked us to win,'" Stevens said.

Such is life in America's biggest office pool.

WASHINGTON - MARCH 19--The Mid-Majority
Weekend NCAA Diary From Washington--Rush The Court
Circle of March XIII--Rush The Court
It’s a Love/Hate Relationship: Volune XVI--Rush The Court

Five Things I Loved This Week

And You Doubted This Man?
I LOVED…..Brad Stevens doing it again. After last year’s Cinderella run, it would have been so easy to see the Bulldogs backslide with the loss of Gordon Hayward. This run to the Sweet Sixteen cements his squad as a consistent contender, and in my mind it makes recruiting that much easier. Now you can tell prospects, “Hey, not only did we make the final against Duke, but we came back and knocked off another No. 1 seed the next year.” I still think it’s hard to see Stevens not leaving in the near future, but it’s good for the college game if he stays and keeps Butler at this level.
Five Things I Hated This Week

I HATED…..end-of-the-game fouls. Of course I’m referring to Butler/Pitt, where the Bulldogs went from high to low to high in all of two seconds. The rules might say to call the game like it’s the first minute, but we all know that’s a load of BS. Unless there’s blood, let the players decide the game. The ref shouldn’t have called that first bump, and by doing so, he made it so he absolutely had to call the second foul on Pitt (which was far worse, and utterly bizarre). Luckily, in the end we got the correct and what felt like the just result with a Butler win.

Ranking the Sweet 16: Most likely to win the title--Ballin' is a Habit

12. Butler Bulldogs: Butler has an easy path and they have title game experience.

Exciting tournament marred by mistakes--Ballin' is a Habit

That was the case this year, as we got more than our fair share of exciting finishes and entertaining ending. The problem? Far too many of them were besmirched with the stain of referee error:

* It started before the NCAA Tournament even began. In the second round of the Big East tournament, a crew headed up by Jim Burr ignored an ending to the St. John's-Rutgers game in which Justin Brownlee traveled, ran out of bounds, and threw the ball into the stands, all while there was still time ticking off of the clock.

* The most notorious ending of the first weekend came between Pitt and Butler. After Andrew Smith scored the go-ahead bucket, Butler's Shelvin Mack fouled Gilbert Brown at half court with just 1.4 seconds left. Brown hit one of two free throws, but after he missed the second, Nasir Robinson fouled Matt Howard with 0.8 seconds left. Howard hit the game-winning free throw.

Southeast Regional Preview--Eye On College Basketball
Matt Howard Is Butler's March Madness Siren (And Other Bulldog Thoughts)--Mid-Major Madness
NCAA Basketball Tournament: Cinderella Came To Dance In 2011--House Of Sparky
NCAA First Weekend Roundup and Regional Semifinals / Finals Preview--Crimson And Cream Machine
Butler ousts Pitt in finish for the
Unusual finish leads to usual result: a Pitt fall--CBS Sports
Passionate fans greet their Butler heroes in homecoming--The Indy Star
Butler's run leaves TV analysts in awe--The Indy Star
Big Picture: Similar result, new appreciation--Victory Firelight
Listen To Brad Stevens On Dan Patrick

Women's Basketball Ends Season with Tough Loss--The Cauldron

Loyola coaching search

Inside matchup key in Michigan St-Green Bay
NCAA women's basketball: UW-Green Bay, Arkansas-Little Rock make mid-major statement--Green Bay Press Gazette
NCAA women's basketball: UW-Green Bay defeats Arkansas-Little Rock--Green Bay Press Gazette
Video: UWGB mom's whistle ignites fans, players--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB parents dedicate time, frequent flier miles to see women's basketball team play--Green Bay Press Gazette
NCAA Notebook: UWGB women's basketball team not short on confidence facing tall Michigan State team--Green Bay Press Gazette
Miss March Powers Green Bay to 59-55 NCAA Tournament
Postseason Props: Tetschlag Carries Phoenix to Second Round of NCAA
ournament Talk is Back Monday Evening in
reen Bay in the Big Dance: A Look at the
No. 13/11 Green Bay One Game Away from Sweet

It always ends in a loss--PantherU
The Pitfalls of Dual Allegiance--PantherU
The Interview: J.J. Panoske--PantherU
Coach Jeter a candidate at Bradley--PantherU

Jakolis newest roster add for VU--The Post-Tribune
LaLumiere's Jakolis commits to Valparaiso--Off The Mark
LaLumiere's Jakolis becomes latest foreign addition for VU--The NWI Times
VU gains verbal from Jakolis--Region Sports Extra

Win slips away from Raiders in WBI--Dayton Daily News
Women’s basketball loses heartbreaker to Manhattan in WBI quarterfinals--The Guardian
Women's Basketball Drops 75-73 Heartbreaker to Manhattan in WBI

13/11 Green Bay to face Michigan State in NCAA tournament--Horizon League Network

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