Wednesday, February 22, 2012

News On The Horizon 2/22/2012

Much Is At Stake In The Final Week Of Horizon League Play--Hoopville
Valparaiso 66, Loyola of Chicago 62--Associated Press
Night Court: Many close games makes us happy--Eye On College Basketball

I do find myself intrigued and unable to pull away from following Butler, which got to 11-6 in the Horizon tonight. This pairs with Cleveland State losing its fifth straight game and relinquishing the Horizon League lead. Truth be told the Bulldogs aren’t a threat for the second weekend this year, but if they do win the league, man would I love to be sent to the region they play in.
With Cleveland State out, Valpo earns at minimum a share of the title thanks to beating Loyola (Ill) to get to 13-4. Bryce Drew doing a great job in his first year as head coach.

Tuesday Truths--Basketball Prospectus

Horizon: Why nine other teams might want Valpo to win the regular season

W-L Pace PPP Opp. PPP EM
1. Cleveland St. 10-5 62.5 1.07 0.94 +0.13
2. Detroit 10-6 64.9 1.06 1.00 +0.06
3. Valparaiso 12-4 63.3 1.05 1.00 +0.05
4. Youngstown St. 9-7 63.1 1.04 1.01 +0.03
5. Butler 10-6 64.2 0.95 0.93 +0.02
6. Milwaukee 9-7 64.6 0.97 0.96 +0.01
7. Wright St. 7-9 61.1 0.94 0.94 0.00
8. Green Bay 7-8 65.6 1.02 1.03 -0.01
9. UIC 3-12 62.0 0.97 1.08 -0.11
10. Loyola 1-14 59.0 0.89 1.08 -0.19

AVG. 63.0 0.99

Behold, this is what it looks like when the standings break free of per-possession performance. As Cleveland State falls back to the pack (rapidly), we find Valparaiso a game up in the loss column on the rest of the conference, even though the Crusaders have merely the league's third-best offense and its No. 5 defense. Valpo's perch atop the standings could end up being good news for the rest of the league. In the Horizon tournament, the regular-season Nos. 1 and 2 get waved through all the way to the semis, with No. 1 hosting all games starting with the quarters. If the Crusaders are the host they might be an unusually vulnerable opponent for visiting teams fighting for the Horizon's single NCAA bid. Keep an eye on this.

Butler’s making a late-season surge … again--Beyond the Arc
Jazz report card--Deseret News

GUARDS: Devin Harris had a pretty solid night offensively. He shot the ball well, and did a decent job of distributing. Gordon Hayward started at shooting guard in place of the injured Raja Bell and didn't make much of an impact. Tony Parker played like an All-Star for the Spurs.

Grade: B-

Utah Jazz: Favors to join Hayward in Rising Stars game--Deseret News
NBA: Timberwolves suddenly shining brighter than Utah Jazz--Salt Lake Tribune

The Jazz need a pass-first, aggressive young point guard to complement key building pieces Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, Kanter and Favors. Minnesota already has one in uniform. As a 21-year-old rookie, Rubio has crossed continents to exceed expectations, averaging 11.5 points and team-highs in assists (8.4) and steals (2.4).

Tuesday Night Is For Watching! Purdue’s Best Wins Take The Floor--Hammer and Rails

Illinois-Chicago at Butler, 7pm

Rooting Interest: Butler

We can't do anything to reverse the Butler result, but the Bulldogs can do us a favor by staying hot and climbing into the top 100, erasing the "bad loss" stigma of that game at Conseco. Beating Illinois-Chicago (8-18, 3-12 Horizon League) gets the Bulldogs to 18-12 overall and closer to the 100 line. They can also get some league help.

Cleveland State at Green Bay, 8pm

Rooting Interest: Green Bay

You may wonder what a random Horizon League game has to do with us, but a Cleveland State loss puts Butler in position for a second place finish in the Horizon League. That gains them a bye to the semifinals in the Horizon League tourney, which will be played at Valparaiso if the Crusaders beat last place Loyola (IL) tonight. Butler two games from an NCAA bid is a very good thing for our profile, especially since anything other than a Butler-Valpo final would be played at Hinkle Fieldhouse in that regard.

Kyle Neddenriep--The Ride with JMV
Matthew Graves--The Ride with JMV
Former Butler coach finds home with RedHawks--Dayton Daily News
Butler bolsters streak with 69-44 win over UIC--The Indy Star
Butler's Stevens: 'We're not done yet'--The Indy Star
No title, but Butler can climb to No. 2--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler all business in Senior Night win--Victory Firelight
Butler Gets Big Win Over UIC, 69-44--Butler Blue Fever
StatSheet Projects Butler as CIT Team: 02/22/2012--Butler Blue Fever
OVERTIME: Basketball does not define Butler--Butler Collegian
NCAA Season In The Life #4: Ronald
Butler Cruises Past UIC On Senior

Bulldogs Take Win Streak To

Is Drexel In Line For At Large Bid To The NCAA Tourney?--SB Nation Philly
Miami Heat avoids a trap, rallies in win over Sacramento Kings--Miami Herald

Late run

The Heat (26-7) led 93-88 entering the fourth quarter but used a 9-0 run to pull ahead. Mike Miller started the spurt with a three-pointer, and Norris Cole’s layup gave the Heat a 104-92 advantage. Cole led all Heat reserves with 12 points off the bench.

Heat push past Kings 120-108; Knicks and Jeremy Lin up next--South Florida Sun Sentinel

So with Mario Chalmers loading up from beyond the 3-point line, Dwyane Wade doing his typical early damage and Norris Cole providing needed energy off the bench, the Heat pushed past the Sacramento Kings 120-108 Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Factor in 18 points and eight assists from LeBron James, and 12 points from Cole, who made his first five shots, and the Heat finally were able to pull away, after the Kings went into the fourth quarter within 93-88.

Cole's energy was essential.

"That's my job, to bring spark off the bench," he said. "Tonight we needed a little more."

Green Bay extends Cleveland State's losing skid, 71-67--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Slips With Loss To Green Bay, 71-67--Vikings Ball
StatSheet Projects Cleveland State as CBI Team: 02/22/2012--Vikings Ball
CSU Falls at Green Bay, 71-67, Despite 23 Points From

Vikings Travel To Detroit For Thursday

Dave and Julie Adams Named 2012 Fr. Norbert Huetter Award

Brown Still Top 10 In The

Butler cruises past UIC 69-44--The Chicago Tribune
Butler trounces Illinois-Chicago 69-44--Daily Herald
On this day 3 years ago - Feb 21, 2009--Flame Fanatic
UIC Stomped By Butler, 69-44--Flame Fanatic
UIC Gears Up For "Military Night"
Flames Fall at Butler,

Loyola falls to Valpo in OT--The Chicago Tribune
BREAKING: Loyola falls to Valpo 66-62 in overtime--Loyola Phoenix
With Gibler out, Ramblers seal the deal against Bradley in ESPN Bracketbusters--Loyola Phoenix
Porter Moser: ‘Loyola derserves a program’--Loyola Phoenix
Valparaiso Gets Overtime Win Over Loyola (Chicago), 66-62--LU Wolf Ball
Averkamp Named to National Jesuit Honor
Valiant Effort Comes Up Short In 66-62 Overtime Loss At

Men's basketball: UWGB keeps knocking 'em down, tops Cleveland State--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game #27: UWGB vs. Cleveland State (live updates)--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay Wins 71-67 Over Cleveland State--Phoenix Fever
Cerroni, Johnson Spark Another Green Bay Home

The New is up!--PantherU
Valpo wins title; Milwaukee's Bracketology--PantherU

Panthers Open Final Homestand Thursday Against

Valparaiso needs overtime to beat Loyola, clinch first Horizon League title--The Post-Tribune
VU men's basketball team wins first Horizon League title in program history--The NWI Times
Crusaders capture top seed in Horizon tourney--The NWI Times
VIDEO: Valparaiso men's basketball coach post-game interview--The NWI Times
Live from the ARC: Valparaiso vs. Loyola (MBB)--Inside VU Sports
Michigan State must be patient to get past Minnesota--The Detroit Free Press

Notebook: Brandon Wood no longer is wearing a brace for the left shoulder he strained in practice last week. Tom Izzo said he expects Wood to be healthier for tonight's game. He isn't so sure about freshman Travis Trice, who suffered a sprained ankle against Ohio State on Feb. 11 and hasn't played the past two games. Izzo said Trice was doubtful for tonight

On this day 3 years ago - Feb 21, 2009--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso Survives Loyola (Chicago) in Overtime, 66-62--Valpo Daily
Game Wrap Up: Feels good to be #1--Section EE
Valpo Men’s Basketball Wins Horizon League Regular Season

Crusader Women Head to #12 Green Bay

Men's Basketball Hosts Wright State in Crucial Horizon League Game

Final Week Begins with Three Tests on Tuesday--Horizon League Network
Valpo Clinches No. 1 seed, Butler; Green Bay Fete Seniors with Wins--Horizon League Network

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