Butler 71, Stanford 66: If Stanford was really a contender for the Pac-12 title, they would win games at home against a rebuilding Butler team that can't score.
The rest of the top 25:
No. 10 Marquette 64, Milwaukee 50: Junior Cadougan was the offensive catalyst for the Golden Eagles, scoring 15 points and grabbing seven boards as Marquette knocked off their crosstown rivals.
B.I.A.H. Presents: Road Trippin' is a Habit--Ballin' is a Habit
This is a call to arms.
We urge you all to interact with us on Twitter (@Ballinisahabit and @BIAHTroyMachir) and we will be using FourSquare to let you all know exactly where we are. You will also be able to follow us using the #BIAHroadtrip hash-tag on twitter.
Have a look at our trip itinerary, and if we're in your town, or if you know of some good people who live there, let them know were coming.
- Friday 1/13 - Butler vs. Cleveland State - Indianapolis, IN
Horizon Men's Basketball Conference Tournament Bracket--College Sports Madness (Ed.: I have no idea why this page showed up, it appears to be incorrect unless the HL has changed its Men's tournament format)
MAC Basketball Review: You'll Put Your Eye Out!--Hustle Belt
Wright State 60, CMU 42 — It looks like they're getting tired, but CMU should've been a bit more in this game. It was one of those slow-burn games where the Chips kept drifting further and further from WSU's pace with every passing four minutes. Trey Zeigler was well-guarded and only got off six shots and five points. Derek Jackson led CMU with 13 points.
Detroit 73, WMU 64 — The Titans of the Horizon League basically iced this game with a 15-0 run to finish the first half, doubling up the Broncos 40-20 at intermission. From then on it was a game of catch-up that they just couldn't win. Michelle O'Brien led WMU with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Pac-12 Morning Five: Oh-My-God, I-Better-Start-My-Christmas-Shopping Edition--Rush The Court
The team with the best record in the conference proved that they’ve still got a long way to go as well, as Stanford got outworked and maybe outlucked a bit by two-time defending national runner-up Butler. Last week we talked about how this Cardinal team still needed to learn how to be a winner, and that got reinforced on Thursday night as the Bulldogs, led by a senior point guard in Ronald Nored (who has seen it all in his time in Indianapolis) took advantage of every opportunity and made the smart plays necessary to squeak out a win on the road. Sure, there was the shot-clock-beating desperation three-pointer by Nored that went in, or the putback by Andrew Smith of another late-possession brick that were certain indications of good fortune shining on Butler, but the fact is that the Bulldogs took advantage of those kinds of opportunities while the Cardinal did not. Yet again, we’ve got another Pac-12 team who just wrapped up non-conference play as a complete mystery. They may well be a legitimate contender for the conference title; or they may be just another pretender.
The Other 26: Week Five--Rush The Court
Indiana’s mid-major teams had some major results over the past week.
Butler 67, Purdue 65 / Butler 71, Stanford 66 — It had been a rough start to the season for Butler coming into the past week. The Bulldogs were on a 3-game losing streak, were already 0-1 in league play, and were 4-6 with their best win coming against Gardner Webb. But they registered two big victories this past past week, first in a dramatic finish against Purdue and then at Stanford last night. Unfortunatlely, those wins were sandwiched around a 16-point loss at Gonzaga, but they should give Butler fans some hope that, like last year, the Bulldogs can rally from early season woes to get back to the Tournament.
Tall Utah Jazz players stoop to befriend Primary Children's patients--Deseret News
Patrick Cronin was trying to walk his way out of a morphine fog when he saw the Jazz players standing in the hallway of Primary Children's Medical Center.
The 13-year-old rushed back to his room and waited to see if the man whose name he'd spent four and a half weeks learning would be the one to visit him. When he was not, Cronin and his family went looking for Gordon Hayward.
"This is the best day," said Kim Cronin as her son beamed at Hayward. "Aren't you glad the morphine wore off?"
Hayward was handing out autographed basketballs and posing for pictures with the rest of his teammates and the Jazz coaching staff. The team visits Primary Children Medical Center and Shriner's Hospital every year at Christmas time.
College basketball: Stanford stunned by struggling Butler--San Jose Mercury News
Nored's offensive burst works in Butler win over Stanford--The Indy Star
Signature win for Butler, Nored--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler vs Stanford: Recap Notes--Butler Blue Fever
Butler Upsets Stanford, 71-66--Butler Blue Fever
Post-Game: Stanford--Bark of Hinkle
BUTLER 71, STANFORD 66--THE unOFFICIAL BUTLER BULLDOGS MEN'S BASKETBALL PAGE
Butler Hands Stanford First Home Loss--ButlerSports.com
Cleveland State Vikings Mess With Texas, Defeat Sam Houston State Bearkats 65-43--Hoopville
Miami Heat players capsules--Miami Herald
NORRIS COLE 23 years old/Rookie Point guard 6-2/175 pounds Of note: Cole was drafted in the first round (28th overall) by the Minnesota Timberwolves before the Heat acquired his draft rights in exchange for Bojan Bogdanovic (31st overall selection). Cole played four years for Cleveland State, earning Horizon League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year his senior season. Expected to receive playing time this season as a change-of-pace alternative to Chalmers.
Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem is the force that keeps the stars aligned--Miami Herald
There are plenty of reasons the Heat should be better in Year 2 of this new era, why the betting odds call Miami a favorite to win the NBA championship.One is that the Big 3 should be better, more in tune and cohesive with one another after a year’s experience playing together, not to mention James expanding his game with more of a low-post presence.Another reason looks to be two key additions to fill bench roles in defense-minded veteran Shane Battier and promising drafted rookie point guard Norris Cole.The biggest difference and greatest improvement, though, figures to be the full return from injury of Haslem, the blue-collar heartbeat of this team.
Pieces are falling into place for the Vikings: Cleveland State Men's Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State men's basketball team has little trouble with Sam Houston State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Christmas Gift to Fans Is Return to the Win Column--Let's Go Vikes!
They're Back!!! CSU Superfan Discussion Forum Christmas Edition--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings by the Numbers--Let's Go Vikes!
Video Highlights: Norris Cole In the NBA--Let's Go Vikes!
Toledo Rockets At A Glance--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State 63, Sam Houston State 45--Cleveland State Hoops
Sam Houston State vs Cleveland State: Recap Notes--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State Beats Sam Houston State, 63-45--Vikings Ball
Vikings Roll by Sam Houston State, 63-45--csuvikings.com
You Might Be At A Between-Semesters College Basketball Game!--The Mid-Majority
College hoops roundup: Detroit Mercy wins; Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan lose--The Detroit Free Press
Alabama State vs Detroit: Recap Notes--Titans Update
Detroit Wins Big With Blowout of Alabama State, 80-56--Titans Update
Game-Closing Run Propels Detroit Past Alabama State--detroittitans.com
Women's college basketball roundup: UDM tops Western Michigan; U-M wins--The Detroit Free Press
Flames hit Beaver Dam--Whoosh!Net
Winding road befuddles Flames--Whoosh!Net
Talton snatches victory from defeat--Whoosh!Net
UIC (4-7) vs. Dayton (8-4)--Flame Fanatic
Flames Travel to Dayton Friday in Pre-Christmas Tilt--uicflames.com
Flames Down Panthers, 66-50; Green Reaches 1,000 Career Points--uicflames.com
DePaul transfer Hill leaves Loyola program--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola (Chicago) vs Canisius: Recap Notes--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola (Chicago) Gets 59-45 Win Over Canisius--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola Rallies To Post Fourth Win In A Row, Stops Canisius, 59-45--LoyolaRamblers.com
Devin Hill Leaves Loyola Men's Basketball Program--LoyolaRamblers.com
Loyola Tumbles At Drake, 65-50--LoyolaRamblers.com
Women's Basketball Games of the Weekend 12/23 - 12/25--College Sports Madness
No. 19 GREEN BAY at WISCONSIN (8:30 p.m. Friday at Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin)
The Phoenix have risen to a strong showing in the early stages of the women’s basketball season. Green Bay (9-0) proved 11 days off wouldn’t make the team rusty, as the Phoenix bombed Ball State 80-39 on Dec. 20 behind Julie Wojta’s 19 points and 12 rebounds. This would be just the second time Green Bay has finished unbeaten in non-conference play should they win this game, and the Phoenix have a 28-game win streak riding on this. Wisconsin (4-7) has struggled in its last five games, dropping three to Colorado, Kansas and Drake. In the 65-54 loss to Drake, Jade Davis and Taylor Wurtz each scored 12 points.
The NC-Double-Eh Schedule - Dec. 23--Raptors HQ
And here is where the women are playing today ...
8:30pm Green Bay @ Wisconsin - Megan Lukan has been a heavy minute player for Green Bay thus far this season and could be in for a breakout game.
Women's basketball: Bollant not seeking revenge against UW--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Looks to Wrap up Nonconference Play Undefeated--uwgbathletics.com
Men's basketball: UWGB's Cougill shreds Idaho for 19 points, 19 rebounds--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game #12: UWGB vs. Idaho (live updates)--UWGB Basketball
Idaho vs Green Bay: Recap Notes--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Escapes Idaho, 63-61--Phoenix Fever
Cougill Dominates Early and Late in 63-61 Win--uwgbathletics.com
Cougill's Effort Overshadows Triples, Team Effort--uwgbathletics.com
Wis-Milwaukee loses 64-50 to No. 10 Marquette--MICentralSports.com
RTC Live: Milwaukee @ Marquette--Rush The Court
Thursday's Pregame Beat: Braggin' Rights game highlights a packed schedule--Ballin' is a Habit
The rest of the top 25:
9:00 pm: Milwaukee @ No. 10 Marquette: Marquette is coming off of a loss to LSU, and Milwaukee is one of the better teams in the Horizon. This rivalry is also better than you would think it is.
State Champs! #10/#10 Marquette 64, Milwaukee 50--Anonymous Eagle
Marquette vs Milwaukee: Does This Need To Continue?--Anonymous Eagle
Golden Eagles beat UWM, earn bragging rights again--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM's big men fall short--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee vs Marquette: Recap Notes--UWM Update
#10 Ranked Marquette Drops Milwaukee, 64-50--UWM Update
Missed Shots Lead to Big Missed Opportunity--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Postgame Report - Milwaukee at Marquette--Panther Blog Zone
Inside Some Of The Numbers--Panther Blog Zone
Cold Shooting Dooms Panthers In Loss At 10th-Ranked Marquette--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers Open Horizon League Play Against Loyola--uwmpanthers.com
Boggs forgoes redshirt to help Valparaiso now--The Post-Tribune
VU men to meet IUPUI on the hardwood for first time in nearly five years--The NWI Times
Valparaiso (8-4) Faces IUPUI (5-8)--Valpo Daily
On Collective Emotion And Uncertain Outcomes--The Mid-Majority
WSU sophomore Hall continues to impress--Dayton Daily News
WSU earns second straight victory this week--Dayton Daily News
Wright State dominates Central Michigan in second half in 60-42 win--Wright State University Sports
Sophomore guard showing toughness for Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Raiders Ride a Solid Forty Minutes to a 60-42 Victory over Central Michigan--RaiderRoundball.com
Central Michigan vs Wright State: Recap Notes--Rowdy Review
Wright State Gets 60-42 Win Over Central Michigan--Rowdy Review
Men Roll to 60-42 Win Over Central Michigan--wsuraiders.com
Fox comes back strong for WSU women--Dayton Daily News
Last second shot downs Penguins--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU falls to Robert Morris on buzzer-beater--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Robert Morris vs Youngstown State: Recap Notes--Guin Report
Youngstown State Slips With Close Loss To Robert Morris, 59-56--Guin Report
Penguins Lose 59-56 at the Buzzer to Robert Morris--ysusports.com
Detroit and UIC Victorious on Thursday Night--Horizon League Network