Monday, March 28, 2011

News On The Horizon 3/28/2011

Unthinkable foursome heading to
Final Four Look Ahead: Could it get any crazier?--CBS Sports
Game 7-102: NCAA Southeast Region Final--The Mid-Majority
Don't Know Mind--The Mid-Majority
Final 4 Preview: Butler-VCU Ticket and TV Info, Tip Time, Analysis, Spread, and Prediction--Midwest Sports Fans
Butler Gets A Bigger Piece Of Winning Pie--Sports Biz
Connection between Final Four-bound Butler and the Michigan basketball program is
Circle of March XV--Rush The Court
RTC Final Four Snapshots: Butler Bulldogs--Rush The Court
NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 03.28.11--Rush The Court


* With two Final Four appearances already under his belt at the age of 34, Butler head coach Brad Stevens is moving up the coaching pantheon at a rapid pace. Considering the success of the past two seasons, we can assume that Stevens is just getting started.
* Butler forward Matt Howard takes a workmanlike approach to the game of basketball. This approach embodies Butler basketball, and he’s not through yet.
* The Bulldogs have experienced two close calls with injuries in their last two games. The anxiety that fills Butler fans’ hearts when someone comes up limp have been as heart-stopping as the Butler’s unexpected heroics.
* An interesting piece about whether Miami (FL) should go after Brad Stevens or Shaka Smart to be the Hurricanes’ head coach. This is interesting due to the fact that Frank Haith is still gainfully employed by the Hurricanes and was thought by many to have one year left to translate the Durand Scott/Malcolm Grant/Reggie Johnson trio into some postseason success.

Celebrate Good Times, Final Four Style--Rush The Court
Butler’s Blue II Cleared For Final Four--Lost Letterman
Are Websites More Important for Mid Majors?--Digital Hoops Blast
Brad Stevens Photo Makes Web Rounds--Lost Letterman
Second Weekend Recap--Ballin' is a Habit
Four teams, four cinderella stories--Ballin' is a Habit
Southeast wrap-up: The best and worst of 15 games--Eye On College Basketball
The 10 best games of the 2011 tourney -- so far--Eye On College Basketball
Mid-Major Morning Mashups: VCU And Butler Reach Historic Final Four Edition--Mid-Major Madness
Utah Jazz extra: Playoffs? Who needs the playoffs?--Deseret News

Five reasons why Jazz fans can enjoy the end of this season:

Young gun fun

Coach Tyrone Corbin says he won't throw in the towel on this year, so don't expect Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Evans and Derrick Favors to average 40 minutes anytime soon.

But their playing time has increased recently due to injuries, and the season's last 2-1/2 weeks could be prime time to allow them to develop even more when/if the Jazz are mathematically eliminated from postseason participation.

Favors gives fans exciting glimpses of potential greatness, but Hayward has especially played well in stretches lately. Of course the Butler product has. It is March.

Wizards work their magic in overtime against Utah Jazz--Deseret News

Utah's trio of rookies — Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans — combined for 17 fourth-quarter points to get the Jazz back in the game after they trailed by 10 in the fourth quarter.

But Hayward and Evans both made key turnovers in overtime for the Jazz.

Jefferson benched as Jazz fall to lowly Wizards 100-95--Salt Lake Tribune
NCAA Tournament Final Four: By Default, Syracuse Fans Rooting For VCU--Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Butler prepares for a familiar national role--The Detroit News
Cinderella officially departs the NCAA tourney--The Oakland Press
Attitude adjustment sets Butler on another magical Final Four ride--The Chicago Tribune
Final Four breakdown: Butler vs. VCU; Kentucky vs. UConn--The Chicago Tribune
It's a why-not-us Final Four--The Chicago Tribune
With all the upsets and emotions, March Madness keeps getting better--The Chicago Sun-Times
A Final Four gone conclusion--The Indy Star
Final Four tickets still available--The Indy Star
Butler players stepped up for 13-game winning streak--The Indy Star
NCAA Tournament Final Four preview live chat--The Indy Star
Ranking most amazing Final 4 runs--Indy Star Butler Insider
Cutting down the ‘Net: Who’s the bald guy?--Victory Firelight
Hopkins provided spark for late comeback--Butler Collegian
New Information For Student Final 4

Cleveland State's Norris Cole and Kent State's Justin Greene named All-American honorable mention--Cleveland Plain Dealer
PRESS RELEASE: Cole Earns Honorable Mention All-America Honors--Let's Go Vikes!
Cole Earns Honorable Mention All-America

Griner scores 40 as Baylor beats Green Bay
NCAA women's basketball: Baylor tops UWGB, 86-76--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women's basketball coach Bollant on UW job: 'Right now my focus is our team'--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: UWGB welcomed home after losing to Baylor in Sweet 16--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Record, national exposure expected to be boon for UWGB recruiting--Green Bay Press Gazette
Historic Green Bay Season Ends in Sweet
Postseason Props: Green Bay Senior Class Does Green Bay
Phoenix Greeted by Enthusiastic Fans as it Returns to Green

AL HAMNIK: Homer 'Drew' up this Butler Final Four scenario long ago--The NWI Times

Two guards leaving WSU--Dayton Daily News
Two players to leave Wright State men’s basketball team--Wright State University Sports

Fan Blog: Slocum Must Make the Most of Butler's Run to the Final Four--Let's Go Guins!

Green Bay's historic season ends in Sweet 16--Horizon League Network

Cole Earns Honorable Mention All-America Honors--Horizon League Network

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