Sunday, April 3, 2011

News On The Horizon 4/3/2011

Mack leads Butler back to national title
It's small school vs. big, bad Big East for
Mack gets Butler another shot at
There's a Basketball Game Today at 6:09 PM ET--The Mid-Majority
Game 7-104: NCAA National Semifinal--The Mid-Majority
Rebirth Of The Cool--The Mid-Majority
Bracket Breakdown: History Beckons for Butler, VCU--Hoopville
For Once, College Basketball is Wide Open--Hoopville
Final Four Daily Diaries: Friday--Rush The Court

The most interesting point that Brad Stevens made (and he always makes several) is that the two mid-major schools are one year removed themselves from losing a player to the NBA Draft early — Gordon Hayward at Butler; Larry Sanders at VCU. Folks are somewhat quick to mention Hayward’s absence, but hardly anyone has discussed the loss of the 6’10 Sanders for Shaka Smart’s team. Jamie Skeen has picked up the slack admirably, but his point is a salient one. For all the talk about NBA early entrants, the discussion has been mostly limited to schools like Kentucky and UConn rather than some of the higher mids such as those playing in Houston this weekend.

NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 04.02.11--Rush The Court
The Other 26: Examining Butler & VCU’s Runs to the Final Four--Rush The Court
RTC Live: National Semifinals--Rush The Court
Some Final Four Rally Posters For Your Amusement--Rush The Court
Final Four Daily Diaries: Saturday--Rush The Court
NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 04.03.11--Rush The Court
The case for (and against) each Final Four team in Houston--Sports Illustrated
Butler Coaches Have a Child Entourage--New York Times
NCAA Tourney: Stock

Shelvin Mack 6-2 190 PG/SG Butler Jr.

With 2 more strong performances guiding 8 seed Butler back to the Final Four for the second year in a row, Shelvin Mack has gone from a borderline first round pick to a likely late first rounder.

Mack has drawn comparisons to former UConn star Ben Gordon for his outside shooting ability and professional mind set.

Brad Stevens is a brilliant young coach, one of the best coaching minds in the game. But you can;t get there without some talent. Reaching the Final Four once, impressive. Reaching it a second time, no fluke. It's time to give Mack his due as a bigtime winner.

A big performance in the Final Four could further enhance his draft stock.

Portsmouth Invitational
Shelvin Mack, Zach Hahn spark Butler's victory--Ballin' is a Habit
Butler's unsung heroes have been the difference makers--Ballin' is a Habit
Shelvin Mack will be UConn's first priority on Monday--Ballin' is a Habit
Keys to victory: Butler vs. VCU--Eye On College Basketball
Virginia Commonwealth and Butler are not Equal to Northern Illinois and Air Force--The Big Lead
Final Four: VCU vs. Butler--The Big Lead
Connecticut vs. Butler for the National Title--The Big Lead
Mid-Major Morning Mashups: Butler Advances To Second Straight National Championship Edition--Mid-Major Madness
Final Four Coverage: Butler Frustrates VCU Perimeter Game, An X's and O's Look--Mid-Major Madness
Utah Jazz notebook: Injury bug has bitten hard--Deseret News

NO REGRETS: For Gordon Hayward, it has been a trying rookie season with inconsistent playing time and more losing than he's used to.

Still, he reiterated what he's said all season about his decision to turn pro after his sophomore season at Butler, even in light of his former team's run to the Final Four.

"I'm excited for those guys and proud of where I come from, but I'm blessed to be here and a hundred percent happy with my decision," he said Saturday before leaving for Sacramento.

He was disappointed that he couldn't watch Butler's eventual semifinal win over VCU on Saturday night because his team's flight to Sacramento was during that time. He hoped to get to California in time to see the end of the game.

Hayward said he texts his former teammates on a regular basis, but doesn't know if he would have made any difference for the team this year.

"If I'd gone back, it may have never happened," he said. "Some of those guys wouldn't have had room to develop. You never know."

Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward to start vs. Kings--Deseret News
Utah Jazz notes: Tyrone Corbin mulls using smaller lineup again--Salt Lake Tribune

Fesenko might return to the bench in favor of rookie Gordon Hayward.

“We still have [injured] guys out,” Corbin said, “so have to keep trying to match up with different opponents. …

“We’ll probably still have to move things around to see which lineup gives us the best chance of success.”

Butler dominates offensive glass to reach title game--Searching for Billy Edelin
Butler Downs VCU, 70-62, Advances To Second Straight National Title Game--SB Nation New York
NCAA Championship Game 2011: UConn Favored As Butler Gets A Second Chance--SB Nation
Dance ticker: Butler's Blue 2 still the top dog at the Final Four--The Detroit Free Press
'Hoosiers' icon is big fan of Butler's--The Detroit Free Press
MARCH MADNESS: Butler wary but not obsessed with UConn’s Walker--The Oakland Press
Mack, Walker set to reunite in championship--The Chicago Tribune
Butler and VCU survive departures of stars to NBA--The Chicago Tribune
Butler, UConn play for men’s basketball title--The Chicago Sun-Times
Two Cinderellas--Basketball Prospectus
Alum battling ALS cheers on his Bulldogs--The Indy Star
Zach Hahn's flashy move arouses crowd--The Indy Star
Khyle Marshall continues to grow up quickly--The Indy Star
Matt Howard unorthodox but effective--The Indy Star
Bob Kravitz: Butler's epic joyride continues--The Indy Star
Butler handles VCU's pressure, returns to national championship game--The Indy Star
Dawgs’ ascension goes even higher--Indy Star Butler Insider
Shot at redemption: Butler is going back to the national title game--Victory Firelight
Butler covers all the bases at final pregame press conference--Victory Firelight
Pat Forde, Jeff Goodman talk Butler with VF--Victory Firelight
FOLLOW THE GAME LIVE: Bulldogs vs. Rams--Butler Collegian
PHOTO GALLERY | Moment by moment of Butler vs. VCU--Butler Collegian
Butler outplays VCU 70-62 in Final Four game, faces UConn Monday--Butler Collegian
VIDEO | After Final Four win, Butler looks ahead to title game--Butler Collegian
On the eve of the National Championship, Butler prepares for tough UConn offensive rebounders--Butler Collegian
Final Four Coverage -

Loyola's betting on Moser
Lisle's Porter Moser to be next coach at Loyola--The Chicago Tribune

Butler Returns to National Title Game With 70-62 Victory Over VCU--Horizon League Network
Tournament Tracker: April 3--Horizon League Network
Bulldogs After First National Title Monday Night--Horizon League Network

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