Tuesday, November 15, 2011

News On The Horizon 11/15/2011

Butler And Vanderbilt Go Down While Cleveland State Gains Confidence--Basketball Predictions

Butler to reveal another Final Four banner--The Indy Star
Results emphasize schedule difficulty--Indy Star Butler Insider
Tapping back in…VF is alive!--Victory Firelight
Butler (0-1) Takes On Chattanooga (0-1)--Butler Blue Fever
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Banner Bulldogs: Butler to drop second final four banner, before home opener against Chattanooga tonight
--Bark of Hinkle
Butler Opens Home Slate Against Chattanooga--ButlerSports.com
Butler To Offer Parking Shuttle At Men’s Basketball Games--ButlerSports.com

Beth Couture Show - Episode 3--ButlerSports.com

No Norris Cole? No problem. Cleveland State Vikings shock Vanderbilt Commodores--Hoopville
Cleveland State Vikings Pull Away In The Second Half To Defeat Rio Grande Red Storm 86-57--Hoopville
Will success spoil Cleveland State?--Basketball Prospectus
Cleveland State, Akron and Kent State basketball teams getting off to fast starts--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings on brink of magical season--The Cauldron
Video Reaction: Cleveland State Upset of #7 Vanderbilt--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Jump to 4th in MidMajor Top 25--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State Basketball Revolution Hardly Being Televised & Local Media Keeps Missing It--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State receives votes in both major polls--Cleveland State Hoops
Vikings Host Rio Grande on Tuesday--csuvikings.com

Women's basketball tops Tigers 74-56--The Cauldron

Vikings Travel To Fordham For First Road Contest Of 2011-12

Set Your TiVo: 11.14.11--Rush The Court

Detroit @ Notre Dame – 9:00 PM EST on ESPNU (***) (cross-posted on RTC Live)

Point guard Eric Atkins carried the Fighting Irish to victory in their first game this season, one of four (including tonight) without senior forward Tim Abromaitis, currently sitting out due to a suspension. The sophomore Atkins poured in 27 points on 6-7 FG (along with six assists) in a win over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday. Against star Detroit point guard Ray McCallum, Atkins will have to protect the ball and run the offense effectively against a hungry Titans squad looking to upset a Big East squad on its home floor. As a result, Atkins’ scoring opportunities may be reduced. Without Abromaitis, Notre Dame is very thin and must turn to Scott Martin for a big offensive output. If Martin or Atkins is held in check, the Irish could be looking at their first loss in only their second game of the season.
Detroit’s offense is loaded with scoring threats from McCallum to Chase Simon and Nick Minnerath, among others. While McCallum deservedly gets most of the press, Minnerath and his front court teammate, LaMarcus Lowe, could be the difference in this game. Notre Dame has a collection of 6’5” and 6’6” type guys on its roster with only Jack Cooley and Mike Broghammer providing any kind of bulk in the paint. The Titans have a chance to really take advantage of the mismatch in the lane and offset any advantages Notre Dame may have elsewhere. Detroit and Notre Dame play at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of pace. Expect the Titans to push the pace all night, attacking Atkins defensively in search of turnovers and easy basket opportunities in the open floor. With McCallum’s play-making ability and Atkins coming off a four turnover game, this matchup sets up well for Detroit.
Will Mike Brey counter with the burn offense? It’s possible but Brey trusted Ben Hansbrough to run that for all 40 minutes last season. He’s no longer around so we doubt Brey will use it all game with a sophomore point guard. You may see it at times, especially if Detroit picks up a lot of easy buckets early, but the Irish just need to execute their normal half court offense and avoid turnovers. Pace, rebounding and defense will be what to watch for in this game. Cooley had ten rebounds last time out and a repeat performance may be needed for the Irish to avoid a loss. Neither team has a reputation for defending well so this could be a high scoring game. With Abromaitis out, Detroit may actually have more weapons to turn to offensively. The Titans have a terrific chance to win this game on the road.

RTC Live: Detroit @ Notre Dame--Rush The Court
Bettin' is a Habit - Monday 11/14--Ballin' is a Habit

9:05PM - Detroit (1-0) at Notre Dame (1-0)
Detroit has been touted as a "Sleeper team" in 2011-2012, but I'm just not sold. Ray McCallum is really good, but the loss of Eli Holman is huge. Notre Dame will be without their star Tim Abromaitis, but I don't think it's going to matter. Notre Dame will win by double-digits.

Pick: Notre Dame -7

11/14 Monday's Pregame Beat: Who's ready for a College Hoops Marathon?--Ballin' is a Habit

Who's getting upset?: Notre Dame

The Irish will be hosting Detroit at 9:00 tonight short-handed. Tim Abromaitis, the star of this Notre Dame team, is suspended for the first four games of the season as the result of two exhibition games that he played in as a redshirt sophomore. Eric Atkins had 27 points, six assists and four rebounds as the Irish rolled over Mississippi Valley State, but he won't be the best point guard on the floor. Detroit's sophomore point guard Ray McCallum is one of the most talented players at his position in the country -- he's with Detroit because his father is the head coach. Detroit will be short-handed as well, as Eli Holman is still out as the result of an arrest in September.

Tuesday's Shootaround: Who doesn't love a college hoops all-nighter?--Ballin' is a Habit

Notre Dame 59, Detroit 53: Ray McCallum started off the game playing like a guy that deserved to be mentioned amongst the top 15 point guards in the country. He hit four threes in the first seven minutes off the game, adding a pair of assists during that stretch as the Titans controlled the game early. A McCallum layup with 14 minutes left in the game gave Detroit a 41-33 lead, but that would end up being the last point that the Titans scored for nearly eight minutes. By the time that Detroit was able to get another bucket, Notre Dame had gone on a 14-0 run and opened up a 47-41 lead. Detroit never got closer than four the rest of the way.

This was an impressive win for Notre Dame. The Titans are a good team even with Eli Holman suspended, they have some talented pieces on their roster. The Irish, who are a team usually known for their offensive prowess, dug deep defensively and managed to get some stops. This took Detroit out of their rhythm and allowed the Irish to make that big run. An even better sign? Notre Dame won a tough game despite not having Tim Abromaitis in the lineup. Pat Cannaughton and Jerian Grant both made some big shots down the stretch.

Notre Dame Trails 31-28 At Half After Detroit's Hot Three Point Shooting--SB Nation Indiana
Notre Dame Defense Keys Second Half Run, Holds Off Detroit 59-53--SB Nation Indiana
Ray McCallum scores game-high 20, but Notre Dame edges Detroit--The Detroit News
Detroit vs Notre Dame: Recap Notes--Titans Update
Detroit Flops In 59-53 Loss to Notre Dame--Titans Update
Basketball team home just once until December--The Varsity News
Titans' biggest enemy may be....the Titans--The Varsity News
Gearing up for Dickie V--The Varsity News
Titans Fall 59-53 at Notre Dame--detroittitans.com

Brown Takes Home Weekly Honor From College Sports Madness--detroittitans.com

Flames Entertain Roosevelt University in Home Opener Wednesday--uicflames.com

UIC Welcomes Southeast Missouri on Tuesday

Loyola (Chicago) vs Kansas State: Recap Notes--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola (Chicago) Sinking After 74-61 Loss To Kansas State--LU Wolf Ball
UPDATED: Jordan Hicks is questionable for Wednesday's game against Eastern Illinois.--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola (Chicago) (0-2) Squares Off With Eastern Illinois (0-1)--LU Wolf Ball
Men's Basketball Blog Entry #4: Jordan Hicks--LoyolaRamblers.com
Gritty Effort Comes Up Just Short In 74-61 Loss At Kansas State--LoyolaRamblers.com
Loyola Seeks First Win Of Season, Visits Eastern Illinois Wednesday Night--LoyolaRamblers.com
Loyola Offers Pepsi Four Pack Ticket Special For Men's Basketball--LoyolaRamblers.com

Women's Basketball Blog Entry #3: Simone Law--LoyolaRamblers.com
Ramblers Travel To Carbondale In Search of 3-0 Start--LoyolaRamblers.com

College basketball | Class of 2011 come out strong in college debuts--The Inside Scoop

Crete-Monee graduate Greg Mays also put up a double-double in his debut. Mays had 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench in a 94-55 win for Wisconsin-Green Bay over the University of Mary. Keifer Sykes (Marshall) had six points and Aaron Armstead (Hales) added seven in the win.

Phoenix fly past Mauraders in home-opener--The Fourth Estate
On this day 2 years ago - Nov 15, 2009--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay (1-1) Faces North Dakota State (3-0)--Phoenix Fever

Women’s basketball face tough season schedule--The Fourth Estate
Lady Phoenix roll past Cedarville Yellow Jackets--The Fourth Estate
Phoenix Hosts Toledo in Home Opener Wednesday--uwgbathletics.com
Green Bay to Play at NDSU Wednesday Night on FS Wisconsin--uwgbathletics.com

MAC Basketball Review: Holy Heck NIU Almost Won--Hustle Belt
Panthers hold off Huskies--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Preview opponents--PantherU
Black and Gold escape with victory--PantherU
Eye on the numbers--PantherU
What the Panthers lack without #21--PantherU
Stopping Alex Young--PantherU
Milwaukee vs Northern Illinois: Recap Notes--UWM Update
Milwaukee Holds Off Northern Illinois, 59-57--UWM Update
Two Up, Two Down (albeit in ugly fashion)--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Haarsma Double-Double, Key Kelm Baskets Help Panthers Hang On UWM moves to 2-0--Panther Blog Zone
Group Of Four Sign National Letters Of Intent At Milwaukee--uwmpanthers.com

Early Impressions--Rush The Court

Michigan State: I got the sense throughout the preseason that Tom Izzo really liked his squad. I got the same sense after the opener against Carolina that he was more pleased than disappointed. The reason: the Spartans got back to their bread and butter of rebounding and toughness, two traits mysteriously absent last season. They not only out-muscled the Heels frontline for a +11 rebound margin but held an explosive offensive attack to 67 points. When Brandon Wood isn’t being constantly shadowed by ace perimeter defender Dexter Strickland, Draymond Green isn’t greeted by John Henson’s ridiculous wingspan during every touch and State makes more than 2 of 20 from deep, things will get improve as long as the rebounding and defense is sustained. Green is a matchup nightmare as a versatile point forward. I also know from his Valpo days that Wood can catch fire in an instant. Where the Spartans are unknown is in the post with Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne. It wouldn’t shock me if freshman Travis Trice eventually starts at the point with Keith Appling focusing on scoring at the 2 and Wood moving to the bench to provide an infusion of offense.

Indiana State, Valparaiso Earn Second Victories Of The Season--SB Nation Indiana
Valparaiso rolls in home opener--The Post-Tribune
Holy Cross at Valparaiso, Nov. 14, Live Blog--Off The Mark
Valparaiso men's basketball post-game interview--The NWI Times
Edwards helps Valpo to 50-point win over NAIA opponent--The NWI Times
Valparaiso Gets Huge Win Over Holy Cross (IN), 88-38--Valpo Daily
Game Wrap Up: Half a game--SectionEE
Valpo Downs Holy Cross [Ind.] Monday Night--valpoathletics.com

Raiders’ Battle healthy, motivated--Dayton Daily News
Wright State’s Week: Two basketball games in quiet Raiders week--Wright State University Sports
Raider Connection Q&A: Joe Thomasson, Thurgood Marshall senior and Wright State recruit--Wright State University Sports
On this day 14 years ago - Nov 15, 1997--Rowdy Review
Wright State (1-1) Takes On Jackson State (0-2)--Rowdy Review

Wright State freshman earns team’s first Horizon League POW since 2005--Wright State University Sports
Demmings Named HL Player of the Week--wsuraiders.com

WGH grad Eargle off to good start for Youngstown State--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
‘We’re only as good as our next game’--The Jambar
Men's Basketball Hosts Notre Dame College in 2011-12 Home Opener Tuesday--ysusports.com

Penguins To Go For Back-to-Back Road Wins Wednesday at Bucknell--ysusports.com

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