Tuesday, April 5, 2011

News On The Horizon 4/5/2011

Woeful shooting costs Butler its second chance--MICentralSports.com
This Is Tomorrow--The Mid-Majority

Epilogue, The Seventh: The Complete Circle
-The Mid-Majority
NCAA Championship Game Analysis--Rush The Court
Circle of March XVI--Rush The Court
RTC Live: National Championship Game--Rush The Court
NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 04.04.11--Rush The Court
RTC Travelogue: New Orleans, Part II--Rush The Court

I’ve written often on this site about something everyone already knows, and that’s the glory of Gus Johnson. I won’t get into that again here, except to say how cool it was to sit behind the CBS broadcast team, because even though Gus was sitting in front of me I could still hear most of what he was saying, meaning I got to watch the game while hearing Gus’ LIVE call. As I watched that amazing Butler vs Florida game, I continuously examined Brad Stevens. The guys from Sports Science should put a Holter monitor on that guy. I bet his heart rate never gets above 100. I was compelled, though, by watching him interact with his players. During huddles or individual teaching moments in games, and remembering every interview I’ve ever seen of him, I noticed how Stevens genuinely seems to like his players. At the same time, the players obviously acknowledge him as an authority figure. Stevens is only 33, so he should have no problem relating to his guys in either manner. During a game, you watch and you see him as an authority. Then he does a flying chest bump with his players and you think, “Oh, he really is more of a friend to them than a coach.” Is it possible to do both? History has shown that both methods can lead to success, though the all-time wins list is filled with names that fit the authoritarian mold more than the best-friend one. But I wonder what kinds of relationships legends like Knight and Krzyzewski and Smith and Rupp had with their players when they were only, say, 11 years older than the kids they were coaching? More important and more interesting to me, though, is the issue of liking your players. I think every coach recruits kids they think they’ll like as people, but those relationships sometimes deteriorate, which is no surprise. Listen to Stevens talk about his players, though, and the man speaks in such glowing terms about all of his kids. Either he’s a great actor, or he really feels that way, and I’m going with the latter. When I interviewed Stevens last summer, I asked him to define The Butler Way. He gave a fair answer, and admitted he was unable to define it entirely, though he was still confident that he knew what it was and it guided him as a coach and a person, almost as if it were an instinct. In terms of basketball, part of it is that they recruit kids who have had success at the high school level, kids who “know how to win,” since winning itself is a skill. If I ever speak with him again, I’ll have to ask him – or any coach – if it’s easier or harder to coach kids who you genuinely like as people, and if it entails a greater chance of success. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Stevens admit that it’s part of his very coaching/recruiting philosophy, because he talks about his players like he’s talking about his own sons.

Final Four Daily Diaries: Championship Monday--Rush The Court
National Title game preview: No. 3 UConn vs. No. 8 Butler--Ballin' is a Habit
National title game x-factors--Ballin' is a Habit
Adams: Butler will win and here's why--College Basketball Nation Blog
Butler joins elite group of repeat national title game teams--Rivals.com
Close Is No Longer Good Enough for Butler--New York Times
Butler has new faces contributing to more March magic--Sporting News
Walker, Mack to Put Friendship Aside in NCAA Final--Zags Blog
Why Butler will win the national title--Fox Sports
Why UConn will win the national title--Fox Sports
Butler guard Ronald Nored faced with major challenge of slowing UConn's Kemba Walker--NJ.com
Butler prepares for Kemba, UConn--Sports Illustrated
UConn's length was the difference tonight--Ballin' is a Habit
The loss hurts, but Butler still accomplished the incredible--Ballin' is a Habit
Butler makes wrong kind of history with awful shooting night--Rivals.com
How teams fared in consecutive championship games--Beyond The Arc
UConn-Butler brickfest a surreal sight on title night--Beyond The Arc
Once the disappointment wears off, Butler will be proud of what they accomplished--Beyond The Arc
2011-12 Pre-Season Top 25: North Carolina, Texas Lead Road To New Orleans--Yard Barker

24 Butler 28-9 Our guess is Shelvin Mack is headed to the NBA but there’s still Andrew Smith, Khyle Marshall and Ronald Nored. And if Mack returns? Watch out.

Domes = Poor Shooting?--Eye On College Basketball
Here's how many Butler fans in Indy will watch--Eye On College Basketball
Championship Game Preview: Connecticut vs. Butler--Eye On College Basketball
Video: Butler arrives for the title game--Eye On College Basketball
Butler's contingent dwarfs UConn's section--Eye On College Basketball
Final Four locales lead to poor shooting games--Eye On College Basketball
Numbers Don't Lie: Offensive ineptitude--Eye On College Basketball
2011 Final Four Ratings: Not Bad, Actually--The Big Lead
Butler-Connecticut National Championship Game: Everybody Loves Brad Stevens Edition--The Big Lead
National Championship Game: Connecticut vs. Butler--The Big Lead
Connecticut Huskies 53, Butler Bulldogs 41 in the Ugliest National Championship Game, Ever--The Big Lead
National Championship Preview: How Butler And Connecticut Score--Mid-Major Madness
Mid-Major Morning Mashups: Butler Falls In National Championship Edition--Mid-Major Madness
Butler goes down its way--Rivals.com
Stevens will never say it, but he's in a class all his own--CBS Sports
Butler Bulldogs Final Four Tribute- Long Live--YouTube
UConn a near-unanimous No. 1--ESPN

Butler, which reached its second straight NCAA final, was ranked No. 2 and led six teams that vaulted from unranked status into the final Top 25. Fellow mid-major Final Four participant Virginia Commonwealth, also unranked when the tournament began, finished No. 6.

Utah Jazz: Gameday glance--Deseret News
Utah Jazz: Teammates, opponents see improving Gordon Hayward as 'special'--Deseret News
UConn Secures Third National Championship By Beating Butler In Ugly Title Game, 53-41--SB Nation
UConn Drops Butler, 53-41, To Win 2011 NCAA Tournament--SB Nation Seattle
2011 NCAA National Championship: UConn Takes Down Butler, Wins National Championship--SB Nation Cleveland
Drew Sharp: Butler stays scandal-free and succeeds--The Detroit Free Press
--The Chicago Tribune
NCAA tournament better than ever — for participants--The Chicago Tribune
UConn steps up in second half to collar Butler in howling-bad final--The Chicago Sun-Times
New video: Kravitz and Woods discuss tonight's Bulldogs-Huskies title game--The Indy Star
Daniels, Conn. governor go double-or-nothing on game--The Indy Star
Kohl's halts sales of Butler national champs T-shirts--The Indy Star
Blue II aids charities through namesake drink--The Indy Star
Butler fans go from raucous to quiet--The Indy Star
Shelvin Mack to weigh options in regard to the NBA--The Indy Star
Matt Howard's top 10 moments at Butler--The Indy Star
Matt Howard ends career on sour note--The Indy Star
Kravitz: Despite loss, Butler has a lot to be proud of--The Indy Star
Butler falls short of national title hopes--Victory Firelight
FOLLOW THE GAME LIVE: Butler vs. Connecticut--Butler Collegian
PHOTO GALLERY | Moment by moment of Butler vs. UConn--Butler Collegian
Bulldogs lose championship title to UConn Huskies--Butler Collegian
VIDEO | Bulldogs lose dog fight to Huskies--Butler Collegian
Bulldogs Finish As National Runner-up--ButlerSports.com

Interim no longer, John Parry remains the right choice to lead Cleveland State athletics: Terry Pluto--Cleveland Plain Dealer
PRESS RELEASE: John Parry Named Cleveland State Athletic Director--Let's Go Vikes!

The NC-Double-Eh Stat Leaders - Final Tally--Raptors HQ

3-PT Field Goal % (minimum three attempts per game)

Nemanja Mitrovic, Portland – 46.3

Bryson Johnson, Bucknell – 45.6

Jamie Vanderbeken, Iowa State 42.5

Tyler Murray, Wagner – 41.5

Cory Joseph, Texas – 41.3

Laurent Rivard, Harvard – 39.6

Jason Calliste, Detroit – 39.3

Loyola Names Porter Moser Head Men's Basketball Coach--LoyolaRamblers.com

UWGB women's basketball: Hoewisch receives national honor--Green Bay Press Gazette--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: UWGB's Bollant hasn't gotten UW job offer

Men's basketball: Butler's run worth $7M to Horizon League--Green Bay Press Gazette

Costello On The Dennis Krause Show--Panther Blog Zone

Crusaders to Hold Summer Camps--valpoathletics.com

Reports: Loyola picks Saint Louis assistant as new men’s basketball coach--Wright State University Sports

Butler’s success has positive impact on YSU--Youngstown Vindicator
Slocum, YSU getting notoriety over win--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Fan Blog: Akron SVSM's Johnson is a Must for YSU--Let's Go Guins!

Butler Falls Short in National Championship, 53-41--Horizon League Network
Loyola Tabs Porter Moser Head Men's Basketball Coach--Horizon League Network

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