Wednesday, March 30, 2011

News On The Horizon 3/30/2011

VCU-Butler makes for a great story -- but not during the Final Four--Sports Illustrated
Butler still getting big bounce from 2010 NCAA run--Indianapolis Business Journal
How Butler gets it done in recruiting--ESPN
Butler finds help from 2 surprising
The Low Point--The Mid-Majority
NCAA Regional Diary From New Orleans--Rush The Court
NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 03.29.11--Rush The Court
The Week That Was: From Sixteen To Four--Rush The Court
So just how unlikely is this Final Four?--ESPN
Ten things to know about this Final Four--ESPN
Mid-major is a term that doesn't apply to Butler or basketball at all--Sporting News
Why reseeding before the Final Four would be a terrible idea--The Dagger
Butler lifts expectations in the Horizon--ESPN
Part II: Top 10 Unlikeliest Final Fours Since 1979--Lost Letterman
Matt Howard's value goes beyond the box score--Ballin' is a Habit
Final Four teams by the numbers--Eye On College Basketball
2011 Final Four Coverage: Butler Slowing Things Down--Mid-Major Madness
Utah Jazz notebook: Energized rookies likely to see more playing time--Deseret News

And there could be more bonuses ahead for Utah youngsters Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Jeremy Evans in the final week-and-a-half of the 2010-11 season.
Corbin didn't fully commit to a full-out youth movement, but he appreciated how Hayward, Favors and Evans – with C.J. Miles and Ronnie Price – helped the Jazz claw back into Monday's embarrassing defeat.
Asked if he envisions himself, Favors and Evans having larger roles in the future of the franchise, Hayward said he can only work on what he can control in the present.

"For me, I'm thinking about now, trying to win games. I'm not really thinking too off into the future," he said. "I'm thinking about tomorrow going into practice and getting better. That's all I can do right now."

Jazz rookies run with starters’ minutes--Salt Lake Tribune Lake Tribune

But after Utah scored an abysmal 30 points during the second half of a home loss Saturday to Dallas, the Jazz initially came out just as flat against Washington. Down 51-43 at halftime to the third-worst team in the NBA, Corbin suddenly decided to make the move that he had long resisted, hitting the rebuild button and putting rookies Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Evans and Derrick Favors on the court.

Bob's Blitz: It's a boring Final Four -- not!--The Indy Star
Marshall finds his way--The Indy Star
Butler's Stevens, VCU's Smart were small-town Division III players--The Indy Star
Dawgs and life lessons--Indy Star Butler Insider
Audio: Talking Butler on XL 950--Victory Firelight
Bulldogs silence doubters, advance to Final Four--Butler Collegian
Robot Rodeo: Ron 5 travels to Houston--Butler Collegian
Stevens sees glasses as secret weapon--Butler Collegian
Pep rally, fair and viewing party planned on campus--Butler Collegian

Waters Says He Has Not Talked to UD--Let's Go Vikes!

UIC Athletics Launches Flames Final Four Ticket

A thought on Loyola's coaching
Thumbs up, thumbs down--Loyola Phoenix

And this week's shout-out goes to Butler

Way to rep the Horizon League, guys. Brad Stevens and co. have once again shown it's possible for a Horizon League school to experience success at the national level, improbably reaching the Final Four for a second straight year. But they have me to thank. For the second straight year, I picked Butler to lose in the first round. Before you call me an idiot (which I might very well be), I will defend myself by saying it helped them in a reverse psychology sort of way.

2011 Final Four Preview--Loyola Phoenix

VU’s Wood to test NBA waters--The Post-Tribune
VU standout Wood to enter NBA Draft; still could return to Crusaders--The NWI Times

Tournament Tracker: March 30--Horizon League Network

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