1. Norris Cole (Cleveland State)
His team will decide its fate in the Horizon League Tournament and has advanced to the second round in large (okay, all) part to Norris Cole, a 6′1″ senior guard. Not only does he have an awesome name, he’s got serious NBA game. While he hasn’t been on TV much, he’s considered one of the top guard prospects in this year’s NBA draft and put up the most impressive stat lines of this college hoops season, with a 41 point, 20 rebound, 9 assist game against Youngstown State on February 12. We’re rooting for Norris to make it to the tourney, because if he does, his high-top fade and penchant for taking over games make him one Cinderella where the shoe could certainly fit. Projected as early second round (32nd) pick in this year’s draft, this is one player that certainly deserves one more chance to dance.
NIT Bracketology - A human takes a shot--ChicagoNow.com
Four lessons to take from the first Saturday in March--Sports Illustrated
3. These three teams had the best days on the bubble:
• Butler. The Bulldogs aren't a lock to make the field after Saturday's win over Cleveland State in the Horizon League semifinals, but they do now have four wins over top-50 RPI teams (Florida State and Cleveland State three times), and have closed the season on an eight-game win streak. I think they're in as a 12 seed, potentially in one of the Dayton "First Four" games. And if it does come down to Butler vs., say, Georgia for one of the last spots, you wonder if the fact that the Indy kids were in last year's title game and were darlings of last year's tournament will matter. The committee will certainly say it doesn't matter at all ... but you still wonder.
Utah Jazz: Getting to know new point guard Devin Harris--Deseret News
20 — This was Harris' number in high school — one that was retired by the Red Raiders in 2007. And Gordon Hayward's number was the one he thought of wearing after finding out Miles had his preferred digits. "Coming here, the first thing I was, 'Dang. C.J.'s got 34. G-Man's got 20. I don't know what I'm going to wear.'"
Jazz look to the future as well as the playoffs--Salt Lake Tribune
Thus, Utah continues on two fronts. One places the organization in the hands of talented veterans such as Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Devin Harris, who have yet to hit their prime and are playing under relatively affordable contracts. The other hints at instant rebuilding — 2010 lottery picks Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward have played key minutes for the Jazz in the past two weeks — while refusing to accept that the reset button has been fully pressed.
Butler faces tough atmosphere in Milwaukee--The Indy Star
Butler defeats Cleveland State, rides eight-game win streak to finals--Butler Collegian
Bulldogs Face Milwaukee For Horizon League Title--ButlerSports.com
There's not much room on the NCAA bubble for Cleveland State: National College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Josh McCoy Wins the StatSheet Horizon Sixth Man of the Week - March 7th, 2011--Vikings Ball
Women's Basketball to Begin HL Tournament--The Cauldron
PRESS RELEASE: Garland Tabbed First Team All-League and Co-Defensive Player of the Year--Let's Go Vikes!
Ray McCallum Wins the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - March 7th, 2011--Titans Update
K.C Robbins is Runner-Up for the StatSheet Horizon Sixth Man of the Week - March 7th, 2011--Flame Fanatic
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women's basketball team wins 3 major Horizon League postseason awards--Green Bay Press Gazette
Steve Baker Receives Honorable Mention for the StatSheet Horizon Sixth Man of the Week - March 7th, 2011--UWGB Basketball
Rahmon Fletcher's Career by the Numbers--uwgbathletics.com
Weekly Panthers Report--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers advance to title game--UWM Post
Anthony Hill Wins the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - March 7th, 2011--UWM Update
The Giant of Milwaukee--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Hour-Long Rob Jeter On Basketball Show Continues Countdown To Title Game--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers Square Off With Butler In League Title Game Tuesday--uwmpanthers.com
Women fall at Wright State--UWM Post
Ray hopes to give Crusaders first Horizon tournament win--The NWI Times
Horizon League fighting for 2 NCAA tournament teams--Dayton Daily News
Women Beat Milwaukee to Finish Regular Season--RaiderRoundball.com
Kendrick Perry is Runner-Up for the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - March 7th, 2011--Guin Report
Brown Earns League-Best Third Player-of-the-Week Nod--ysusports.com
Guins Hope to Ride Momentum for Tournament Run--ysusports.com
Brown earns third Horizon League player of the week accolade on the season--Horizon League Network
2011 Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship Begins--Horizon League Network
Horizon League's NCAA Automatic Bid to be Settled Tuesday on ESPN--Horizon League Network