Friday, January 6, 2012

News On The Horizon 1/6/2012

What a Wonderful World This Would Be--The Mid-Majority
Lead Pipe Lock Second Half Predictions--Rush The Court

Butler will participate in the NIT- Butler must win the Horizon League tournament to punch their ticket. Victories over possible NCAA teams Purdue (neutral) and Stanford (road) are solid, but with bad losses to Evansville and Ball State, their non-league portfolio is not sufficient for an at-large berth. Just like last season, I expect Butler to travel to Milwaukee for the league title game. This time, the Panthers come out on top and deny the Bulldogs a chance to make another late March run. As anyone that watched Butler edge Milwaukee 54-50 at Hinkle last weekend can attest, the Panthers defend at just as high a level as the Bulldogs and, along with Cleveland State, are more than capable of toppling the Horizon League superpower. This is as flawed a Butler team as Stevens has assembled with freshmen lining his rotation and not a single double-digit scorer on the roster. Butler ranks near the bottom of the country in both three-point and free throw shooting percentage.

Men's Basketball Games of the Weekend 1/6 - 1/8--College Sports Madness

GREEN BAY at MILWAUKEE (8 p.m. Saturday at US Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Another Horizon League game with implications toward the conference, this in-state matchup has Green Bay (6-8, 2-2) and its low-scoring offense going up against Milwaukee. The Phoenix picked up 21 points and 11 rebounds from Alec Brown in a 90-87 loss to Valparaiso, the team’s fourth loss in the last six games. Milwaukee (10-6, 3-1) got off to an 8-1 start before dropping five of its last seven games, including back-to-back losses against Butler and Western Michigan. Seven teams are bunched at the top within one game of each other, and a Milwaukee win would thin the ranks at the top a bit. If Green Bay wins, the standings become muddier.

The NC-Double-Eh Schedule - Jan. 6--Raptors HQ

8:00pm Valparaiso @ Detroit - Detroit is a team that looks really good on paper but just hasn't been able to put it together on the floor for more wins. Jason Calliste had been a starter since day one and has been steady playing in the shadows of guards Chase Simon and Ray McCallum. Calliste is capable of scoring outburst so watch out for him tonight.

Al Jefferson helps Utah Jazz defeat Memphis Grizzlies, 94-85--Salt Lake Tribune

The fourth: Jazz 94, Grizzlies 85

The Jazz own a one-point lead when Paul Millsap sparks a 9-0 run. It’s 78-68 with six minutes remaining and Gordon Hayward’s drive-and-dunk stops the Grizzlies’ best attempt to rally.

Men's college basketball preview: Butler at Wright State--The Indy Star
Butler: Marshall stays ready as minutes decline--The Indy Star
A quick look: Butler faces Wright State--Victory Firelight
On this day 11 years ago - Jan 06, 2001--Butler Blue Fever

Bulldogs Shoot Past Youngstown State
Bulldogs Host Cleveland State Saturday

Miami Heat’s supporting cast steps up in win over Atlanta Hawks--Miami Herald

Little-used Dexter Pittman even scored five points and had three rebounds in his 12 minutes. And Norris Cole chipped in nine points of his own.

In all, the numbers weren’t much different, with nine players getting at least 12 minutes.

But those minutes were spread out among a group of role players that played their role well. The Heat got 37 points and 28 rebounds from its four main bench players — Harris, Haslem, Cole and Pittman.

Miami Heat guard Chalmers’ growth hard to miss--Miami Herald

So effective was Chalmers that he played every minute of each overtime period. That’s no small thing considering the rise of rookie point guard Norris Cole. Cole has been useful in the Heat’s transition offense, but Thursday’s game was the kind of grind-it-out affair that only Chalmers was prepared to handle.

Freshman trades redshirt for a green and white jersey: CSU Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State starts fast, breezes past Illinois-Chicago, 73-56--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Trey Harmon to Miss One or Two Games--Cleveland State Hoops
Sebastian Douglas Out For the Year With Torn MCL--Cleveland State Hoops
Viking Notes: STO to Televise Saturday's Cleveland State-Loyola Game--Cleveland State Hoops
UIC vs Cleveland State: Recap Notes--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State Tops UIC, 73-56--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State (13-3) vs. Loyola (Chicago) (5-10)--Vikings Ball
Vikings Make 11 Three's in 73-56 Win Over
Vikings Conclude Homestand Against

Coleman And Winton Lead CSU Over Valparaiso,
Vikings Close Out Road Swing At

Titans Fall At UIC In Physical
Detroit Set For Jesuit Showdown With

Cleveland ST. rolls over UIC--The Chicago Tribune
Saturday's matchup: UIC at Youngstown State--The Chicago Tribune
Flames smothered in Cleveland--Whoosh!Net
UIC vs Cleveland State: Recap Notes--Flame Fanatic
UIC Beaten By Cleveland State, 73-56--Flame Fanatic
UIC (5-10) Takes On Youngstown State (8-6)--Flame Fanatic
Cleveland State Defeats Men's Basketball,
Flames Wrap Up Road Swing at Youngstown State

Flames Capture League Win Over Detroit,
Flames Welcome League-Leading Wright State to UIC Pavilion on

Loyola loses 68-64 to Youngstown State--The Chicago Tribune
Saturday's matchup: Loyola at Cleveland State--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola (Chicago) vs Youngstown State: Recap Notes--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola (Chicago) Beaten By Youngstown State in Overtime, 68-64--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola (Chicago) (5-10) Squares Off With Cleveland State (13-3)--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola Drops Heartbreaker In Overtime, 68-64, At Youngstown
Loyola Visits Cleveland State For Saturday

Wright State's Late Rally Stuns Loyola,
Loyola Aims To Bounce Back Against

Men's basketball: UWGB adds shooter for 2012-13--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB lands intriguing transfer--UWGB Basketball
Matt Hill's condition improving--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay (6-8) and Milwaukee (10-6) Square Off--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Looks to Nab Road Win Saturday at

Women's basketball: Snub doesn't faze UWGB's Julie Wojta--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix Tips off Horizon League Road Play at

Panthers attempt to balance their act--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee (10-6) and Green Bay (6-8) Face Off--UWM Update
Video: Panthers Look Toward Saturday Night Matchup With Green

Video: Pair Of Freshmen Sit Down For Q&A

Valpo women fall short against Cleveland State--The Post-Tribune
Poor offense costs Valparaiso against Vikings--The NWI Times
What's up with Ieva Jansone and the Crusaders--Inside VU Sports
Cleveland State Defeats Valpo Thursday at the
Crusaders and Penguins to Meet Saturday at the

Valparaiso plays 6 of next 8 away from ARC--The Post-Tribune

WSU women's basketball undefeated in league--Dayton Daily News
Wright State women overcome 15-point deficit in taking over 1st place--Wright State University Sports
Women Rally for 64-62 Win at

ESPN voice thinks Horizon League should be 2-bid league--Dayton Daily News
WSU enters key stretch with 4 straight wins--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State vs. Butler--Dayton Daily News
After finding stability, Wright State will have to adjust--Dayton Daily News
Game 17 Preview: Butler (8-7, 2-1) at Wright State (8-8, 3-1)--Wright State University Sports

Butler’s strong finish defeats YSU women--Youngstown Vindicator
Butler Ends Strong to Beat Women's Basketball,
Women's Basketball Hopes to Bounce Back at Valpo on

YSU tops Loyola in OT for 1,000th men’s basketball win--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU’s milestone victory--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Loyola (Chicago) vs Youngstown State: Recap Notes--Guin Report
Youngstown State Beats Loyola (Chicago) in Overtime, 68-64--Guin Report
Youngstown State (8-6) Takes On UIC (5-10)--Guin Report
Penguins Need Overtime, But Outlast Loyola 68-64 in
Men's Basketball Seeks Best Start Since 2000-01; Host UIC

Cleveland State, Youngstown State Crowd Top of League Ladder with Wins--Horizon League Network
Loyola-CSU Game of the Week, ESPN Games Highlight Weekend--Horizon League Network
McCallum Among 20 Finalists for Cousy Award--Horizon League Network

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