Sunday, January 15, 2012

News On The Horizon 1/15/2012

Duke escapes Virginia--Basketball Predictions

Cleveland State 76, Butler 69
Butler actually hit 10 of their 21 three-point attempts in this game, and they got a gift from the refs in the form of a 12 foul difference (28 to 16), a stat that would have been even worse if Butler hadn't been forced to commit five fouls in the final 80 seconds in a desperate attempt to overcome a late deficit. How did Cleveland State manage to overcome those two facts to win this game? They dominated the paint. They won the rebounding battle (a 33.3 OR% compared to a 21.4 OR% for Butler) and held the Bulldogs to only a 33.3 2P%. This is actually atypical from a Cleveland State team that was outrebounded in their previous five games and is 25th in the nation in 3P% against but only 197th in 2P% against.

Coming off a home loss to Detroit, Butler is now 3-3 in Horizon League play, a full two games back of Cleveland State having already lost their home match-up. Certainly Cleveland State is now the clear favorite to win the Horizon League regular season title. But does that make them the Horizon League tournament favorites? I'm hesitant to go there. Butler proved last season that they can struggle in December and January but turn things on when we hit tournament season. And I'm seeing improvement from this team. Brad Stevens is starting to take the ball out of the hands of Crishawn Hopkins, who's had a horrific season (he takes 29.9% of Butler's shots when he's on the floor, to the tune of a 39.2 eFG% - the worst on the team among regulars). They're starting to shoot better, and Khyle Marshall and Roosevelt Jones have the potential to be a dominant rebounding duo. I'm still not ready to give up on Butler.

Cleveland State will try to avoid a letdown game tomorrow at Valparaiso. Next weekend they'll come home to play the two Wisconsin teams. Butler will try to bounce back tomorrow against a feisty Youngstown State team. Next week they'll head on the road to play Loyola-Chicago and Illinois-Chicago.

Men's Basketball Bracket Buster Projections--College Sports Madness
UIC's guards difference in beating Loyola--The Chicago Tribune

Women's Basketball Games of the Weekend 1/14 - 1/15--College Sports Madness

No. 18 GREEN BAY at DETROIT (2 p.m. Saturday at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Michigan)

The Phoenix have not only risen, they have flown sky high. Despite the team’s red-hot start, it still has plenty of competition in a strong Horizon League. Green Bay (14-0, 4-0) beat Illinois-Chicago, Loyola (Illinois) and Milwaukee before knocking Wright State out of a share of first place with a 68-50 victory. Julie Wojta’s 22 points and 17 rebounds propelled the Phoenix to their 34th straight regular-season win. Detroit (8-9, 4-1) is tied with Wright State for second place in the league and has won seven of eight following a dismal 1-8 start to the year. The Titans recently lost to Illinois-Chicago but have wins against Loyola and Milwaukee in the last week.

Utah Jazz-New Jersey Nets: Instant analysis--Deseret News

Last, Gordon Hayward held to seven points the past two games and chipped in 10 points, along with some pinpoint passes. His two 3-pointers were a welcome sight.

Utah Jazz-New Jersey Nets: Report card--Deseret News

FORWARDS: Paul Millsap was outstanding with his scoring (18 points), rebounding (12 points), energy and hustle. Gordon Hayward had a quiet 10 points, and improved on his shooting from recent games. MarShon Brooks had 11 points, three fewer than his average, for the Nets. Kris Humphries was about the only Net who had a decent game, as he had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Another positive for Humphries was that a teammate — Williams — was booed more than he was in a road game.

Wizards vs. 76ers: Washington’s struggles written on John Wall’s face in second straight loss to Philadelphia--Washington Post

With the Wizards trailing 42-33, Wall threw a pass directly to 76ers forward Andre Iguodala (23 points, five steals), who raced down the court for an uncontested dunk. Saunders called a timeout and Wall again made a lazy pass that Iguodala intercepted. Saunders yanked Wall and replaced him with Shelvin Mack for the final 3 minutes 22 seconds of the half. The Wizards didn’t gain or lose any ground, but they also didn’t commit any turnovers while Wall sat.

Youngstown State Vs. Butler: Bulldogs Look For Winning Formula Against Penguins--SB Nation Indiana
Youngstown St. at Butler preview--The Indy Star
On this day 14 years ago - Jan 15, 1998--Butler Blue Fever
Butler Faces Hot-Shooting Youngstown

Valpo Edges Butler

Cleveland State lost Norris Cole but they haven't lost a step this year--Ballin' is a Habit
Vikings look to pull away from pack in Horizon League: Cleveland State Men's Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State hoping to maintain fast-starting trend vs. Valpo on Sunday--Cleveland Plain Dealer
UIC Game Flow Chart--Let's Go Vikes!
CSU v Loyola Flow Chart--Let's Go Vikes!
Butler Game Flowchart--Let's Go Vikes!
CSU Vikings Looking For Sweep In Indiana as They Face Valpo in Sunday Matinee--Let's Go Vikes!
Free Tickets and Food for Alumni Being Featured for CSU's Clash Against Green Bay Friday Night--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State 76, Butler 69--Cleveland State Hoops
Trip to Valparaiso Next Up For

Vikings Fall Short Against Loyola,

Detroit Mercy rally falls short vs. No. 14 Wisconsin-Green Bay--The Detroit Free Press
Saturday's state roundup: Milwaukee's outside shooting downs Detroit Mercy--The Detroit News
On this day 2 years ago - Jan 14, 2010--Titans Update
Detroit vs Milwaukee: Recap Notes--Titans Update
Milwaukee Gets 84-74 Win Over Detroit--Titans Update
Hot Perimeter Shooting Pushes Milwaukee Past

Not enough--Varsity Press
Titans' Late Rally Comes Up

Loyola (Chicago) vs UIC: Recap Notes--Flame Fanatic
UIC Gets Win Over Loyola (Chicago), 58-51--Flame Fanatic
On this day 3 years ago - Jan 15, 2009--Flame Fanatic
Flames Defeat Rival Loyola,

Flames Capture Overtime Win at YSU,

Loyola (Chicago) vs UIC: Recap Notes--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola (Chicago) Slips With Loss To UIC, 58-51--LU Wolf Ball
On this day 11 years ago - Jan 14, 2001--LU Wolf Ball
Late Surge Sends UIC Past Loyola,

Loyola Takes Charge Early, Runs Past Cleveland State,

Women's basketball: Ritchie leads Phoenix to record 35th straight regular-season win--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix Sets Program Record with 35th Consecutive Regular Season

Men's basketball: 'Relentless' UWGB comes back from 17-point deficit to top Wright State--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game #17: Wright State at UWGB (live updates)--UWGB Basketball
Wright State vs Green Bay: Recap Notes--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Gets Close Win Over Wright State, 57-56--Phoenix Fever
Sykes Caps Huge Second Half Phoenix

Panthers fall in OT--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Comes Up Just Short Against Wright State In

Panthers hang on despite missed FTs--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Out of nowhere, Gulley emerges--PantherU
Owning the Cell versus Building on campus--PantherU
On this day 11 years ago - Jan 14, 2001--UWM Update
Detroit vs Milwaukee: Recap Notes--UWM Update
Milwaukee Wins 84-74 Over Detroit--UWM Update
Postgame Report - Detroit at Milwaukee--Panther Blog Zone
Gulley Leads Three-Point Barrage As Panthers Knock Off

Richards leads VU past Butler--The Post-Tribune

Everyone chipping in for Crusaders--The Post-Tribune
More than just another game for Valparaiso--The NWI Times
Izzo takes pains that Spartans learn from theirs--The Detroit News

"I wanted to tell them to remember why we didn't win this game," Izzo said. "I wanted it to be fresh in their minds when they were still on the court. The freshmen, I wanted them to know this was not acceptable. I wanted Brandon Wood to understand — he came here to try and get in the Tournament and maybe part of the reason was he didn't help Valpo — that we've got to man up in big game.
Maybe Trice and Dawson and Wood won't be able to shake the feeling of walking off the court knowing they let a game slip away, leaving an empty feeling inside.

For those inexperienced Spartans, it was the feeling that was burned into their memories as the clock sat, reading 2.5.

Loss to Northwestern might be blessing in disguise for Michigan State--The Detroit News

And Izzo understood that his rather inexperienced team would likely have a hard time slowing down Northwestern's complex offense.

"I worried about my three-and-a-half freshmen on the back-door (cuts)," Izzo said, referring to senior transfer Brandon Wood as the half-freshman. "It's tough trying to simulate the speed of that (offense) and I thought that hurt us."

Valpo Looks For Weekend Sweep

Crusaders Down Butler for First Horizon League

WSU's Mays still limited by injured ankle--Dayton Daily News
Raiders squander 17-point lead in loss--Dayton Daily News
Wright State loses 17-point second-half lead, drops road game to Green Bay 57-56--Wright State University Sports
On this day 8 years ago - Jan 14, 2004--Rowdy Review
Wright State vs Green Bay: Recap Notes--Rowdy Review
Green Bay a Little Too Much for Wright State, 57-56--Rowdy Review
Men Drop 57-56 Heartbreaker at Green

Freshman helps WSU women to victory--Dayton Daily News
Wright State women’s basketball guard scores 38 points in overtime victory--Wright State University Sports
Women Defeat Milwaukee in

YSU women's rally flames out--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women lose in overtime vs. UIC--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Penguins flamed out in OT--The Jambar
YSU's Frantic Comeback Forces Overtime Before Falling to

Men's Basketball Looks to Rebound at Butler Sunday

Records, Rivalries & Three-Pointers On Display Saturday--Horizon League Network

Overtime Contests Highlight Saturday Afternoon in Women's Basketball--Horizon League Network

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