Sunday, February 19, 2012

News On The Horizon 2/19/2012

Recapping your college hoops Saturday--Beyond the Arc

Butler: You simply can never count out the Bulldogs. Ever. After trudging their way through the first three months of the season, Butler had the country writing them off. Then they went into Youngstown State and won. A win at Cleveland State followed. After beating Loyola (IL), Butler blasted Indiana State 75-54 in their BracketBusters matchup. They are currently tied for this in the Horizon League standings. Is anyone going to bet against this team in March? Anyone?

Jazz’s Miles struggles to regain early season form--Salt Lake Tribune

Miles’ situation is compounded by the fact that coach Tyrone Corbin’s regular rotation includes four other wing players.

The group includes starters Raja Bell and Gordon Hayward, along with Josh Howard, rookie Alec Burks and Miles.

Indiana State Vs. Butler Score Update: Bulldogs Lead 37-27 At Half--SB Nation Indiana
Indiana State Vs. Butler Final Score: Bulldogs Top Sycamores 75-54--SB Nation Indiana
Butler starts strong, wins 4th game in row as tournament time nears--The Indy Star
Hinkle sellout sees Butler win 4th straight--Victory Firelight
Butler Takes Down Indiana State, 75-54--Butler Blue Fever
StatSheet Projects Butler as CIT Team: 02/19/2012--Butler Blue Fever
Bulldogs Shine In BrackBuster

Bulldogs Get Tough, Beat

Cleveland State Loses To Drexel Dragons 69-49 In ESPN BracketBusters Matchup--Hoopville
BracketBusters takes center stage once again--Hoopville

Drexel blew out Cleveland State 69-49 in a game that may have lost some luster due to recent losses by the Spartans. It’s a big win for Drexel to come into their arena and win with a very early start (11 a.m. Tip), but the RPI boost the Dragons get is likely to be negligible since Cleveland State’s RPI was 80 entering the week and Drexel’s was 82.

New Mexico Thumps UNLV--Basketball Predictions

Drexel 69, Cleveland State 49
It's truly perplexing what has happened to Cleveland State the past two weeks. Two weeks ago they were looking like a potential at-large team, but now they've fallen apart with four straight losses. And it's not like there's been a single cause of this slump. Against Valparaiso they couldn't hit a shot (a 26.9 eFG%). Against Butler they couldn't take care of the ball (16 turnovers in only 61 possessions). Against Wisconsin-Milwaukee they actually shot the lights out (a 69.6 eFG%), but were beaten badly on the boards (10 offensive rebounds for UW-Milwaukee vs 5 for Cleveland St) and gave up 1.32 PPP. And here? Once again they couldn't hit a shot (32.5 eFG%). Trevon Harmon was a brutal 9-for-26 from the field.

To be fair, there's been a little bit of bad luck here. They Butler and Wisconsin-Milwaukee games both came down to the final possession, so Cleveland State deserved to win one of those games. But even just losing three of four is disappointing, particularly with this type of thumping by Drexel. Cleveland State's Pomeroy rating has dropped from the mid-40s to the mid-70s in about two weeks. And they've gone from a bubble team to a team with basically no realistic chance of getting back to the bubble. Their next game will be Tuesday at Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Drexel isn't getting any at-large hype, but you can make a good argument that they should. They've won 21 of their last 22 games, including a victory over VCU and this destruction of Cleveland State. The problem is, that's it for their quality wins, and they have bad losses to Norfolk State, Delaware and Georgia State. They've been undone by a weak schedule that has left them only 9-5 against the RPI Top 200 (0-2 against the RPI Top 50). Their Sagarin ELO_CHESS is still going to be around 65th, even after this win. So despite the fact that Drexel is playing great basketball, the reality is that their schedule undoes any realistic at-large chances. They'll need the CAA tournament title. The Dragons will play James Madison on Wednesday, and then will close the regular season next Saturday at Old Dominion.

Sagging Cleveland State routed at home by Drexel, 69-49--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Drexel 69, Cleveland State 49--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Destroyed By Drexel, 69-49--Vikings Ball
StatSheet Projects Cleveland State as CBI Team: 02/19/2012--Vikings Ball
Vikings Fall to Drexel in BracketBusters,

Vikings Come From Behind To Defeat Milwaukee,

State hoops: Detroit Mercy wins; Eastern Michigan, Oakland, Central Michigan, Western Michigan lose--The Detroit Free Press
Saturday's state basketball: Detroit Mercy men win fifth straight--The Detroit News
Detroit Beats James Madison, 82-70--Titans Update
Titans Oust James Madison 82-70 in BracketBusters

UIC posts 1st road win of season, tops Eastern Illinois 67-63--The Chicago Tribune
UIC Wins 67-63 Over Eastern Illinois--Flame Fanatic
Listen to UIC's BracketBusters Contest at EIU LIVE on!
Flames Outlast Eastern Illinois for First Road Win,

Flames Edged by Bulldogs,

Averkamp's 19 points lead Loyola past Bradley, 56-44--The Chicago Tribune
On this day 6 years ago - Feb 18, 2006--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola (Chicago) Drops Bradley, 56-44--LU Wolf Ball
Defense Keys Loyola's 56-44 Victory At

Valparaiso Rides Hot Start Past Loyola,

MAC BracketBusters Review: The Afternoon Games--Hustle Belt

Final - 2.18.2012 1 2 Total
Eastern Michigan Eagles 20 29 49
Wis.-Green Bay Phoenix 24 30 54

You can always tell the final score of an EMU game. And even though UWGB had 18 turnovers, rebounding and shooting ultimately did in Rob Murphy's team in a narrow loss. Derek Thompson went 4-for-5 on threes to finish with 12 points, but that clearly wasn't enough. Darrell Lampley netted 13 points but with all that size, the Phoenix just rebounded a bit better.

Men's basketball: UWGB fends off Eastern Michigan--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game #26: UWGB vs. Eastern Michigan (live updates)--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay Gets 54-49 Win Over Eastern Michigan--Phoenix Fever
On this day 14 years ago - Feb 19, 1998--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Grinds Out BracketBuster Win,

Women's basketball: Ritchie rallies No. 11 UWGB to overtime win--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix Rises in 77-72 Overtime

Gulley, Panthers fend off Fairfield--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Drops Fairfield, 67-63--UWM Update
Cleveland State/Fairfield Postgame Report--Panther Blog Zone
Panthers Overcome Flu, Fairfield To Capture BracketBusters

UWM squanders lead in second half--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Vikings Come All The Way Back To Steal Victory From

VU women bounce back against Loyola--The Post-Tribune
Fast start propels Valpo women past Loyola--The NWI Times
Hot Shooting Lifts Valpo Past

Mays leads Raiders in BracketBuster win--Dayton Daily News
Wright State wins BracketBusters game against UMKC, 76-62--Wright State University Sports
On this day 6 years ago - Feb 18, 2006--Rowdy Review
Wright State Beats Missouri-Kansas City, 76-62--Rowdy Review
Men Roll to 76-62 Win at

Austin Peay defeats YSU; Loyola wins--Youngstown Vindicator
Austin Peay rallies to beat Youngstown State--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Austin Peay Holds Off Youngstown State, 71-68--Guin Report
Men's Basketball Drops 71-68 Decision at Austin Peay in BracketBuster

Green Bay Phoenix rise, rally to beat YSU women in overtime--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins take Green Bay to the wire--The Jambar
YSU Nearly Knocks Off No. 11/12 Green Bay Falling in

Horizon League Notches 7-3 Record in Sears BracketBusters X--Horizon League Network

Three of Four Games go Down to the Wire on Saturday--Horizon League Network

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