Friday, October 14, 2011

News On The Horizon 10/14/2011

68 Must-See Games of 2011-12: #68-52--Rush The Court

67. February 4: Detroit at Butler (12:00, ESPN2)- If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Detroit aims to claim their first Horizon League title since 1999 behind the guard play of Wooden Award watch list honoree Ray McCallum and all-conference second teamer Chase Simon. The Titans hope forward Eli Holman, a double-double threat who is currently on a leave of absence from the team to address personal matters, returns in time to bang bodies with a strong Butler frontcourt bolstered by the skilled Andrew Smith and athletic Khyle Marshall.

Small conferences wait to see what future
DePaul, Loyola, UIC hoop it up--The Chicago Sun-Times

Horizon Women's Basketball Preseason All Conference Teams--Mid-Major Madness

Top Ten Players You Don’t Know Yet (But Soon Will)--Rush The Court

Andrew Smith, Butler- Sustainability is rare for a mid-major program, but back-to-back title game appearances tend to have a spiral effect. More success equals more exposure which results in more interest and more talented players. For Butler, another Final Four run is way too much to expect, but another conference title, top-25 ranking and NCAA Tournament appearance is attainable, mostly because players as talented as Andrew Smith are replacing program legends like Matt Howard. Smith played second fiddle to Howard in Butler’s frontcourt last year, but now he’s the featured act. Smith has the height (6’11″) and skill level to dominate and showed enough glimpses as a sophomore to convince me he’s an all-conference player in 2011-12.

What would college hoops be like if everyone listened to the lockout warnings--Ballin' is a Habit

Would Butler be planning a third straight title game trip?: Its possible, because they would be getting their lead guard and all-american Shelvin Mack back. The idea of Mack playing with the sophomore version of Khyle Marshall is appetizing for me, but terrifying for the Horizon League

As practice begins, what could've been …--Andy Katz's Blog

Shelvin Mack, Butler: Would Mack have gone to three straight national championship games? The odds would have been exceedingly low. Losing Matt Howard was a crushing blow to the Bulldogs. I didn't blame Mack for leaving last April because of the sting of losing two straight national championship games. Mack had come back without teammate Gordon Hayward and now he was expected to do it again without Howard? Still, the lockout is on, and Mack isn't in Washington playing for the Wizards. Put Mack on the Bulldogs next to Ronald Nored and newcomer Roosevelt Jones with Andrew Smith and Khyle Marshall inside, and the Bulldogs are once again an intriguing threat to go deep. If the lockout lasts well into the winter, Mack may watch Butler games and find himself at Hinkle Fieldhouse longing for his final season of eligibility. It would be a shame if the lockout lasts for months and Mack sits idle. He had one more run in him.

Ranking every NBA player: 201-250--ESPN


Gordon Hayward
Utah Jazz | SF | Age: 21 | Stats | @gordonhayward

@TheAkronHammer: If Gordon Hayward's halfcourt heave against Duke had gone in, he'd probably be 100 spots higher in #NBARank, even though it was in college.


NCAA College Basketball: 10 Mid-Majors to Look out for in the 2011-12 Season--bleacher report
Marshall plans to step up for
Midnight Madness just isn't what it used to

Mack speaks in the purest terms of the phrase, as Xavier does hold an event to inaugurate its season, but it's more of a pure practice that Musketeers fans can sit in and watch. There are no video displays, pep band beats or half-court-shot contests. Just a real practice and scrimmage that allows fans to see the early signs of what Xavier basketball can and will be in the upcoming season. Butler and VCU, Final Four participants from last year, will also not open their doors for fans this Friday. And they haven't participated in the trend in the past, either.

Young Aussie ready for challenges at Butler--Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
Butler gets to work after two runner-up finishes--Fox Sports
C-a-C: Gordon Hayward’s creepin’ into your mainframes, y’all--Ball Don't Lie
Create-a-Caption: Don’t sweat Gregg Popovich’s lockout technique--Ball Don't Lie

In our last adventure: Gordon Hayward(notes), too, knows why the caged bird pwns n00bs.

NOTE: This image spawned probably the nerdiest collection of responses in C-a-C history, and I couldn't be happier about that. Tute on, dorks. Tute on!

Winner, Baileyc: "Can't lock out a solid zerg rush."

Runner-up, Eric: 10 Print "This lockout is never-ending!!"
20 GOTO 10


Second runner-up, Warrior: Even the virtual porn in Utah is boring.

NBA: Labor impasse proving very costly--Deseret News

Utah's Gordon Hayward retweeted a post made by his dad, Scott Hayward, which read: "Owners claim $300M loss last yr. Players offered $120M cutting BRI from 57% to 53%. It's lockout, not strike. LET THEM PLAY! #StandUnited."

Something to cheer about as college basketball begins--The Indy Star
Big East? Probably not--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler Begins 2011-12 Men’s Basketball
NCAA Day In The Life #1: Ronald
Men's Basketball Media Availability: First

Lester takes talents to Turkey--Butler Collegian
Former Dawg Susan Lester To Play Pro In
Bulldog Basketball Opens 2011-12
Breast Cancer Awareness: Beth Couture &

Cleveland Sports' "Rodney Dangerfield" Can Fill Local Basketball Void--Cleveland Leader
Some fresh faces bringing new excitement as Cleveland State prepares to open practice--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Set to Begin 2011-12

Trio Earns Preseason Honors From College Sports

College basketball player arrested with stun gun outside Ann Arbor
Pistons' Lawrence Frank discusses finer points of pick-and-roll at Detroit Mercy--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy basketball player P.J. Boutte arrested--The Detroit Free Press
Boutte arrested with stun gun, says news site--Varsity News
A tough decision needs to be made about the future of Eli Holman at UDM--Varsity News

"Tip It with the Titans" Set for Oct. 14--Varsity News

Shayok Earns Preseason First Team Honors From College Sports

Darrin Williams Collects First Preseason

The Regina Miller Podcast: Episode
UIC Women's Hoops Participates in Chicago College Basketball Media

Joe Gentile, gave $3.5M to help Loyola build campus arena, dies--The Chicago Sun-Times
Gentile Center namesake passes away--Loyola Phoenix

Former UW-Green Bay star Celeste Hoewisch adjusts to professional basketball in Poland--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women’s basketball looking to repeat--UWGB Fourth Estate
Ken Bothof Named to NCAA Women's Basketball Issues
Women's Basketball Media Day
Bollant Finishes as First Runner Up in Mr. Habitat

UWGB hoops odds and ends on the week practice begins--UWGB Basketball
UWGB's Basketball Mania details announced -- UPDATED WITH LIVE STREAM INFO--UWGB Basketball
reen Bay Hosts Basketball Media at the Kress
Green Bay to Host Basketball Mania Friday Night at 9

Men's basketball: UW-Green Bay center Alec Brown improves--Green Bay Press Gazette
UW-Green Bay basketball coaches Brian Wardle, Dick Bennett interviewed--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's Basketball Media Day
IDEO: Dick Bennett and Brian Wardle Talk Green Bay
Wardle to Host Coaches Clinic on Oct.

Are you ready?--PantherU
Make this MS Paint picture powerful--PantherU
This is way better--PantherU
Season Ticket Video--PantherU
Yellow shoes should be permanent--PantherU
Panthers Open Practice For 2011-12 Campaign Looking To Defend League

Women's Basketball Prepares For Start Of 2011-12

Morning Five: 10.12.11 Edition--Rush The Court

Homer Drew was the designer of one of March Madness’ greatest upset moments. Actually, it’s just as accurate to eliminate the word “upset” in the previous sentence. The tip-pass play executed by Drew’s Valparaiso squad that resulted in Homer’s son Bryce drilling that jumper to beat Mississippi in the 1998 NCAA Tournament’s first round has become a lasting reminder of hope for all small-conference teams who find themselves in the Dance. Hope…is exactly what Drew and his wife now need, more than ever. The school revealed yesterday that both Drew AND his wife were recently diagnosed with cancer. No further details. Awful, awful, awful news. Our best wishes and prayers go out to both of them and the entire Drew family.

Homer Drew and wife both diagnosed with cancer--Eye On College Basketball
Homer Drew, Wife Diagnosed With Cancer--Lost Letterman
Homer and Janet Drew diagnosed with cancer--The Post-Tribune
Homer, Janet Drew diagnosed with cancer--Off The Mark
About Homer and Janet Drew--Off The Mark
Homer, Janet Drew both diagnosed with cancer--The NWI Times
Homer Drew's Notre Dame 'connection' sends its prayers--The NWI Times
Bethel's Lightfoot reacts to news about Homer and Janet Drew's cancer battle--WNDU
Homer's newest opponent--SectionEE

Butler basketball team highly debated in preseason ballot--Dayton Daily News
WSU basketball freshman determined to succeed--Dayton Daily News
Previewing WSU opponents: Charlotte--Wright State University Sports
Previewing WSU opponents: Cleveland State--Wright State University Sports
Raider Connection Q&A: Brad Stevens, Butler basketball coach (and Kenny Chesney song performer)--Wright State University Sports
Previewing WSU opponents: Youngstown State--Wright State University Sports
My Horizon League preseason poll has Butler as favorite, Wright State seventh--Wright State University Sports
Previewing WSU opponents: Air Force--Wright State University Sports
Raider Connection Q&A: Bryce Drew, Valparaiso basketball coach (and NCAA tournament hero)--Wright State University Sports
Wright State sophomore forward to miss first practices with injury--Wright State University Sports
Previewing WSU opponents: Miami University--Wright State University Sports

YSU Men’s Basketball Team Is ‘All-In’, Can Win The Horizon League This Season--Paneech
YSU men’s hoops have high hopes--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU men looking to increase tempo--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
The sky’s the limit--The Jambar
Eargle Named Preseason All-Horizon League Third-Team by
Men's Basketball Program Holds Annual Media Day--Youngstown Vindicator

Better offense is goal of YSU women’s
Higher Expectations a Common Theme at Women's Basketball Media
Brown Earns Preseason First-Team Nod from College Sports

Watch Green Bay Basketball Media Day Live at 4 p.m. ET--Horizon League Network
Dick Bennett Sits Down with Brian Wardle--Horizon League Network
Watch Green Bay Basketball Mania Live at 10 p.m. ET--Horizon League Network

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