Saturday, November 5, 2011

News On The Horizon 11/5/2011

Turnover aside, don't be surprised to see Butler in March--CBS Sports
Recruiting: Fishers' Brown could have breakout junior season--The Indy Star
Morning Five: 11.03.11 Edition--Rush The Court

It’s a precipitous drop down the face of a monolith like El Capitan to go from the national championship game to losing to a D-II school at home, but Butler found itself in just that situation Wednesday night. The Northern State (SD) Wolves entered one of the most historic and difficult arenas in the nation in which to play — Hinkle Fieldhouse — and walked out with a 53-50 exhibition win after NSU’s Alex Thomas nailed a three at the buzzer to cap off a late 12-0 run. An image of the final shot can be found here (h/t @ryan_hilgemann), but nobody on the north side of Indy should go apoplectic just yet. After having lost three star players in the previous two seasons, the easy storyline is that Butler is going through a transition year, but the truth is that last season was a transition year too — all the way up until around March 15 when the Brad Stevens magic kicked back in. Butler is definitely going to have some growing pains as they figure out some things, but write off the Bulldogs at your own peril.

Where 2011-12 Happens: Reason #4 We Love College Basketball--Rush The Court
For mid-majors, 3-pointer no minor feature--College Basketball Nation Blog
Bulldogs have 'got a lot to learn'--The Indy Star
Butler's Butcher is trying to stay healthy--The Indy Star
All Butler weaknesses exposed--Indy Star Butler Insider
Playing to level of competition--Indy Star Butler Insider
2011-2012 Season Preview: Butler--Butler Blue Fever
Butler Falls On
Exhibition vs. Northern
Season in the Life - Ronald Nored (Episode 2)--YouTube
Butler Faces Franklin In Final Exhibition

2011-2012 Season Preview: Cleveland State--Vikings Ball
CSU Hoops Luncheon Series To Debut Nov.

St. John's non-conference preview, with help from a Magic 8-ball--Rumble In The Garden

Many might pick the Detroit Titans, with experience and the point guard from this summer's U19 Team USA squad, to beat St. John's on the night when they dedicate the court to Dick Vitale.

There's merit to that argument. Ray McCallum is a seriously talented point guard and the Horizon League's preseason player of the year as a sophomore. He also turned down a scholarship to UCLA to play for his dad. But looming in the background are personnel issues. Indiana transfer Eli Holman - known for knocking over a potted plant (or throwing it) in agitation when announcing his transfer to Indiana coach Tom Crean, is on an indefinite leave of absence from the team due to a violent incident at a fraternity.

Still, the Titans have effective height in LaMarcus Lowe (6'10) and Nick Minnerath (6'9) to challenge shots. Interestingly, their 2-point defense wasn't actually that good, possibly due to their pace (71 possessions per game) and their propensity towards turning over the ball. But they can rebound the offensive misses well and can score steadily.

Shooter alert (not just because of Detroit's reputation): Jason Calliste lingers on the perimeter (121 attempts outside of the arc, 73 inside the arc) and hits his shots at a 39.7% clip.

Chance for a St. J's win: I think Detroit's hype is a little suspect, and Magic 8-ball says OUTLOOK GOOD.

Metro & state: Reggie Hamilton, Ray McCallum receive preseason honor--The Detroit Free Press
2011-2012 Season Preview: Detroit--Titans Update
Boutte waives preliminary exam--Varsity News
Titans Close Exhibition Slate with

2011-2012 Season Preview: UIC--Flame Fanatic
XFinity Howard Moore Podcast: Episode

2011-2012 Season Preview: Loyola (Chicago)--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola To Host Basketball Letter of Intent Day Party On November

Women's basketball: Today's UWGB vs. Cedarville preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix Hosts Cedarville Saturday, Wraps up Exhibition

Men's basketball: Young Phoenix pushes tempo in preseason tuneup--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB 87, Lawrence 56 FINAL--UWGB Basketball

Assessing UWGB's point guards and other exhibition odds and ends
--UWGB Basketball
2011-2012 Season Preview: Green Bay--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Men's Basketball to Host Lawrence Friday at the
Balanced Green Bay Runs Past Lawrence,

This year's UW-Milwaukee women's basketball team will be the Runnin' Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
2011-2012 Season Preview: Milwaukee--UWM Update
Panthers Set To Build On 2011 Horizon League Title
Panthers Host Parkside In Saturday Exhibition At Klotsche

Milwaukee Welcomes Lewis For Exhibition Contest At
Milwaukee Women Run To 62-40 Victory Over

Top 3-point shots in NCAA history--ESPN

2. Bryce Drew becomes one with the NCAA tournament. Few things in life fail to decline with overuse. Drew's 1998 buzzer-beater over Ole Miss is one of them.

It's impossible to watch an NCAA tournament game and not see it in some form. But no matter how many times you see it, it never loses its charm, its excitement, its sheer unbelievability.

There are 2.5 seconds on the clock when Valparaiso takes the ball out in its own corner baseline. Valpo's 5-foot-11 guard, Jamie Sykes, was tasked with making a long baseball toss. Ole Miss, like so many programs, took its lesson from Christian Laettner's classic shot -- you always guard the inbounder. So Sykes pumps once to get 6-foot-4 Ole Miss guard Keith Carter up in the air. Then he launches the throw. Bill Jenkins wins the jump ball cleanly, taps it to a streaking Drew, and in the blink of an eye Drew lands, catches, launches and … swoosh.

You know what happens next. Drew leaps Superman-style onto the hardwood, his teammates flailing and piling on. Even after all those views, even when you know what's going to happen, even if you click play on YouTube 10 times in a row, Drew's shot never loses a thing.

College Basketball Preview - Horizon League--Beyond The ARC
Top 25 transfers: Rosario gives UF instant boost on offense--CBS Sports

13. *Brandon Wood, 6-2, G, Sr., Michigan State: The Spartans are thin on the perimeter, so don't be surprised if the Valparaiso star -- who is eligible to play this season -- gets extensive time for Tom Izzo. Wood averaged 16.7 points last season.

Previewing Monday, November 7th Through Thursday, November 10th--Basketball Predictions

#16 Arizona vs Valparaiso (9PM, ESPNU): All sorts of questions surround this Arizona team. Kevin Parrom is recovering from a gun shot wound and will not play, and they're coming off an exhibition loss to Seattle-Pacific. I warned people not to concern themselves with the result of an exhibition, since they don't matter (Syracuse lost to Le Moyne two years ago and went on to earn a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament), but that hasn't kept the media from jumping on (here, here, and here are a few examples). The fact is that the only way the exhibition loss affects the team is if they let it affect them. Arizona is still my pick to win the Pac-12, but I've never thought that they were heavy favorites. I think there are seven different teams coming into the season truly believing they can win the conference.

So which Arizona players should we focus on? I think the biggest question mark is outside shooting with the loss of sharpshooters Derrick Williams and Jamelle Horne, and with Kevin Parrom not playing for the time being. Can Kyle Fogg take the next step? Is Solomon Hill going to be more than the poor man's Derrick Williams? I'm particularly interested in Jordin Mayes, a point guard who was really efficient in limited minutes last year. I know that the team is high on Josiah Turner, a true freshman point guard. I'm curious to see which of the two gets the start, and who looks better.

Valparaiso, remember, was actually a borderline Top 100 team last year. But not only did they lose two starters to graduation but they had the brutal transfer of Brandon Wood to Michigan State. Corey Johnson and Ryan Broekhoff both are quality scorers, so they'll put up some points, but it's hard to see them putting up too much of a fight.

Men’s basketball: Drew pleased with Valpo’s progress despite some sloppy play--The Post-Tribune
Role of Valpo’s ‘go-to shooter’ falls to Broekhoff--The Post-Tribune
Augustana at Valparaiso, Nov. 3, Live Blog--Off The Mark
2011-2012 Season Preview: Valparaiso--Valpo Daily
Game Wrap Up: Showing Improvement--SectionEE
SectionEE Making A Difference--SectionEE
Game Preview: Heading to Arizona--SectionEE
Crusaders Win Final Exhibition Over

WSU basketball ready for OSU, tough schedule--Dayton Daily News
Young WSU team to face CSU in exhibition contest--Dayton Daily News
Previewing WSU players: Stephen Gossard, freshman forward--Wright State University Sports
Former Wright State standout signs with Austrian team--Wright State University Sports
Butler drops exhibition game against Division II opponent--Wright State University Sports
Raider Connection Q&A: Rob Jeter, Milwaukee basketball coach--Wright State University Sports
Central State hopes to test Wright State’s inside defense--Wright State University Sports
Previewing WSU players: Ulysses Thomas, freshman guard--Wright State University Sports
Previewing WSU players: Kendall Griffin, freshman guard--Wright State University Sports
College roundup: Former Greeneview star Taylor Richardson doing well at collegiate level--Fairborn Daily Herald
2011-2012 Season Preview: Wright State--Rowdy Review
Raider Roundball Roadtrip Set for
Underhill Moment of Silence

2011-2012 Season Preview: Youngstown State--Guin Report

Hungry Women’s Basketball Squad Determined to Grow in Boldon’s Second
Brown Thrived In First Season With

Nored Named Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate--Horizon League Network

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