Sunday, December 4, 2011

News On The Horizon 12/4/2011

Cleveland State Vikings Defeat Detroit Titans 66-61--Hoopville
Butler Continues To Struggle--Basketball Predictions

BGTD: Afternoon Commentary — Marquette, Big East/SEC, and a Healthy Dose of Tu…--Rush The Court

Butler Not Butler. Nobody expected Butler to immediately recover from its personnel losses after last season’s run to the national championship game, but Brad Stevens’ team is really struggling after an overtime home loss to Valparaiso today. Through eight games, the Bulldogs’ best win came against Savannah State, and a murderer’s row awaits in the next few weeks — Purdue, Xavier, Gonzaga, Stanford. We have learned our lesson about writing off Stevens teams, but right now it wouldn’t surprise us in the least if BU enters the meat of the Horizon League schedule with an overall losing record. The Bulldogs are having trouble shooting the ball from both the line ( 61% on the season, 17-29 today) and behind the arc (29% on the season, 6-20 today), two key components of their attack — until Stevens shores up those areas, Butler will be just another mid-major team.

Utah Jazz: C.J. Miles has big plans for season, future--Deseret News

Other possible Jazz starters in the 2 and 3 spots include Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward, maybe a new free agent or incoming rookie Alec Burks.

Trainers set to take wraps off the season--Salt Lake Tribune

Still, McKown acknowledged that not everyone will be ready to run suicide drills Friday morning. Speaking as a proud veteran of 1998-99, McKown broke his expectations for players returning from an unpredictable five-month vacation into three categories: athletically fit, so-so and disgusting.

Gym rats such as Gordon Hayward aren’t a concern, and former problem child Kyrylo Fesenko is no longer on Utah’s roster. Still, the Jazz’s training trio must first get fresh eyes on the entire 11-man crew before they can tailor specific workout regimens for each athlete.

Failure to finish at rim dooms the Bulldogs--The Indy Star
Could get worse before it gets better--Indy Star Butler Insider
On this day 5 years ago - Dec 02, 2006--Butler Blue Fever
Valparaiso vs Butler: Recap Notes--Butler Blue Fever
Valparaiso Too Much for Butler In Overtime, 77-71--Butler Blue Fever
Valparaiso Bumps Bulldogs In

Bulldogs Lose At Bowling Green

Vikings pleased with early road success in Horizon League: Cleveland State Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Help off the bench powers Cleveland State to road win at Detroit, 66-61--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State vs Detroit: Recap Notes--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State Wins 66-61 Over Detroit--Vikings Ball
Vikings Move to 8-1 With 66-61 Win At

The NC-Double-Eh Schedule - Dec. 3--Raptors HQ

2:00pm Cleveland State @ Detroit – I’ve always liked Detroit’s Jason Calliste’s game and not just because I’ve played against him when he was in my high school gym a few years ago. He carried the scoring load early last season before Ray McCallum and Eli Holman settled in and he can score in bunches. With a tough team like Cleveland State, I would expect he should get some looks that lead to buckets here.

Sir'Dominic Pointer looks forward to Monday homecoming--Rumble In The Garden
Detroit Titans come up short against Cleveland State, 66-61--The Detroit Free Press
Hyper drive: How ESPN star Dick Vitale put Detroit Mercy on the map--The Detroit Free Press
Cleveland State vs Detroit: Recap Notes--Titans Update
Cleveland State Wins 66-61 Over Detroit--Titans Update
Vikings Hang On for 66-61 Win Over

Flames’ rallies not enough in loss to Milwaukee --The Chicago Sun-Times
Flames suffer agonizing defeat--Whoosh!Net
UIC vs Milwaukee: Recap Notes--Flame Fanatic
UIC Drops One To Milwaukee in Overtime, 73-71--Flame Fanatic
Flames Come up Short at Milwaukee, 73-71 in

Green Bay holds off Loyola 57-47--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola (Chicago) vs Green Bay: Recap Notes--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola (Chicago) Loses To Green Bay, 57-47--LU Wolf Ball
Furious Second-Half Rally Comes Up Short In 57-47 Loss At Green

Martin lifts No. 22 DePaul past Loyola,
No. 22/21 DePaul Edges King, Hambric, Loyola,

Men's basketball: Post play propels UWGB past Loyola--Green Bay Press Gazette
On this day 2 years ago - Dec 03, 2009--Phoenix Fever
Loyola (Chicago) vs Green Bay: Recap Notes--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Gets Win Over Loyola (Chicago), 57-47--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Moves to 2-0 in Horizon League

The NC-Double-Eh Schedule - Dec. 4--Raptors HQ

And here is where the ladies are playing today …
1:00pm Northern Iowa @ Green Bay – Megan Lukan has been a spark coming off the bench for the ranked Green Bay Phoenix.

Phoenix Hosts UNI in Tough Mid- Major Battle

UW-Milwaukee overcomes some missed free throws, beats Illinois-Chicago--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Opposite directions--PantherU
UIC vs Milwaukee: Recap Notes--UWM Update
UPDATED: Lonnie Boga missed Saturday's game against Illinois-Chicago--UWM Update
Milwaukee Tops UIC in Overtime, 73-71--UWM Update
Postgame Report - UIC at Milwaukee--Panther Blog Zone
Kelm Helps Panthers Survive For Home Win Over

Broncos duo lead way past Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Comes Up Just Short At Western

Freshman forward Ladd leaves Valpo program--The Post-Tribune
VU women fall to Lehigh, their 6th loss in 7 games--The Post-Tribune
Ladd leaves Valparaiso women’s basketball team--The NWI Times
Valpo women struggle after losing player--The NWI Times
Lehigh Prevails over Valpo

Xavier comeback highlights 'other' games--ESPN

Other noteworthy results from the afternoon: ... In other news, the Horizon League began conference play -- yes, conference play -- on Saturday, with the two biggest results a 77-71 overtime win by Valpo at Butler and Cleveland State's 66-61 win at preseason Horizon favorite Detroit. We know to never count out Butler (or Detroit if Eli Holman ever returns), but it's becoming apparent that the Crusaders and Vikings are the teams to beat in the Horizon.

Edwards’ role upgraded in big VU victory--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders win thriller over Butler in Indy--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso at Butler, Dec. 3, Live Blog--Off The Mark
Crusaders beat Butler at Hinkle for the first time since 1988--The NWI Times
Valparaiso closer to establishing rivalry with Bulldogs--The NWI Times
Live from Hinkle Fieldhouse: Valparaiso vs. Butler (MBB)--Inside VU Sports
Valparaiso vs Butler: Recap Notes--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso Survives Butler in Overtime, 77-71--Valpo Daily
Valpo vs blog!--SectionEE
Game Wrap Up: Victory at Hinkle--SectionEE
Crusaders Open HL Play With Thrilling Win at

WSU's Battle helps team earn comeback victory--Dayton Daily News
WSU's Mays back on track in win over YSU--Dayton Daily News
Game 8 Preview: Youngstown State (5-1, 1-0) at Wright State (2-5, 0-2)--Wright State University Sports
Battle’s free throw with 1.4 seconds left gives Wright State win over Youngstown State--Wright State University Sports
Second straight game decided at the buzzer: Raiders win this one
Youngstown State vs Wright State: Recap Notes--Rowdy Review
Wright State Gets By Youngstown State, 63-62--Rowdy Review
Men Slip Past Youngstown State

Women Fall at Morehead

Last-second free throw topples Penguins--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins squander opportunity--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State vs Wright State: Recap Notes--Guin Report
Wright State Gets By Youngstown State, 63-62--Guin Report
Last-Second Free Throw Lifts Wright State Past Men's Basketball,

Nail-Biters Define Saturday in Men's Basketball--Horizon League Network

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