Most Intriguing Defensive Matchup — Drexel at Cleveland State (2/18, 11am, ESPNU) — These two teams thrive off of their defense, but have markedly different styles. Cleveland State applies a good deal of perimeter pressure, forcing lots of turnovers (ranked second in the country) and choking off the three-point line. The flip side of that is their vulnerability underneath and on the boards, and their tendency to foul too much. Drexel, meanwhile, grinds it out in the half court. They don’t allow much from the three point line either, but they invert Cleveland State’s strong turnover percentage and weak rebounding; the Dragons are the best defensive rebounding team in the country and force few turnovers.
Wait Till Next Year — Valparaiso at Loyola Marymount (2/17, 9pm, ESPNU) / Buffalo at South Dakota State (2/18, 1pm, ESPNU) — Tune into these games for a sneak preview of two teams that could make some noise next year: Valpo and SDSU. Valparaiso, which currently sits at second in the Horizon League, doesn’t feature a single senior in its rotation. South Dakota State, meanwhile, has taken hold of second place in the Summit League behind junior sensation Nate Wolters and a supporting cast that includes just one senior. With their respective conference leaders (Cleveland State and Oral Roberts) featuring at least three senior in their starting lineups, don’t be surprised if both of these teams are preseason conference favorites in 2013.
Utah Jazz glad poor free-throw shooting wasn't costly--Deseret News
Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward finds his shot in the second half--Deseret News
On this day 5 years ago - Jan 31, 2007--Butler Blue Fever
Men’s basketball: Wisconsin trip leads to conference losses--Butler Collegian
Men’s basketball: Sun setting on the Horizon?--Butler Collegian
OVERTIME: Stevens reminds of legend--Butler Collegian
Bulldogs Open Brief Homestand Against Wright State--ButlerSports.com
Tribute, plaque to honor Hinkle creators--Butler Collegian
Athletics department hosts Hinkle tours--Butler Collegian
Women’s basketball: Hamm leads team to split--Butler Collegian
Women’s basketball: Stratman, McClung make jump to Butler--Butler Collegian
Butler Looks To Climb HL Standings At Cleveland State--ButlerSports.com
BracketBusters Breakdown--Run The Floor
Drexel at Cleveland State
In stark contrast to a couple of these other matchups, this game will be a defensive struggle throughout. Drexel currently ranks 21st in adjusted defensive efficiency, while the Vikings are just outside of the Top 50.
The Drexel offense ranks outside the Top 100 in all four factors, although their FTR has improved in conference play. That’s good news since they shoot 72.8% from the line and also because the Cleveland State defense ranks 345th in opponents’ FTR. The Vikings do rank third in TO% and 11th in three-point shooting defense, which will be important against a Drexel team hitting 36.5% from beyond the arc.
Cleveland State’s offense will have its hands full with a stingy Drexel defense. The Dragons rank first in DReb% and three-point defense and sixth in defensive eFG% Interestingly enough, those match up well with Cleveland State’s offensive strengths. The Vikings are have a 35.4 OReb% and rank 55th in three-point shooting at 37.5%. They are next to last in FTR and don’t take particularly good care of the basketball.
CSU has some nice pieces on offense with Trevon Harmon, D’Aundray Brown, and Jeremy Montgomery, but I’m just not sure they can score enough to win this one. Drexel is playing better offensively as well, thanks in part to the addition of freshman Damion Lee. Give me the Dragons…and the under.
Miami Heat (16-5) at Milwaukee Bucks (9-11), 8 p.m. (ET)--Miami Herald
Mike Miller finished with 14 points of 6-of-8 shooting, while rookie Norris Cole and Chris Bosh had 12 points each for the Heat, who have won eight of their last nine overall and lead the Southeast Division by one-half game over Atlanta.
Cleveland State Draws Drexel--Cleveland State Hoops
On this day 10 years ago - Jan 31, 2002--Vikings Ball
Vikings Head to Loyola for Friday Contest on ESPNU--csuvikings.com
Vikings Host Butler At 5:00 p.m. Thursday--csuvikings.com
On this day 14 years ago - Jan 31, 1998--Titans Update
Moving up--Varsity Press
Roundball "Evening Edition" with Coach McCallum--detroittitans.com
UDM Athletics Turns Dedication into Dollars for Cancer Research--detroittitans.com
Second-place Valparaiso Tasked with Slowing Hot Titans Thursday--detroittitans.com
Jesuit Battle Has Loyola At Detroit On Thursday--detroittitans.com
Profile: Freshman Walk-On Sutter Relishes His Opportunity--uicflames.com
Levinson Accepts Position with Houston Rockets, Juday to Finish Broadcast Schedule--uicflames.com
Ramblers held off by UIC, fall to 9-11 overall--Loyola Phoenix
Sports Brief: Concerned fan or religous advocate?--Loyola Phoenix
Ramblers Open Key Road Swing In Motor City--LoyolaRamblers.com
Back Home, Loyola Takes On League Leader Cleveland State Friday Night--LoyolaRamblers.com
On this day 3 years ago - Jan 31, 2009--Phoenix Fever
Watch: Inside Phoenix Basketball: Jan. 30--uwgbathletics.com
VIDEO: On the Road with Ritchie--uwgbathletics.com
Panthers' downward spiral continues--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Butler fans vote Sheets v. MKE as best three-ball and it’s not even close--PantherU
On this day 3 years ago - Jan 31, 2009--UWM Update
Milwaukee Slips With Loss To Youngstown State, 73-65--UWM Update
Penguins Hold Off Panther Rally In Claiming Road Win--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers' BracketBuster Contest With Fairfield Set For 3 PM--uwmpanthers.com
UWM Hosts Seattle To Open February Schedule--uwmpanthers.com
Michigan State suffers bruises in loss at Illinois--The Detroit News
But Green wasn't the only one hurting coming into the game. He already was suffering from the flu, as was guard Brandon Wood. Also, guard Travis Trice played for the first time in two games because of a groin injury, and Branden Dawson aggravated a left knee injury during the game, but still played 28 minutes.
"We were just like a MASH unit," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.
On this day 2 years ago - Jan 31, 2010--Valpo Daily
Weekend Preview: Welcome Home--Section EE
Tom Smith Among Hall of Fame Class of 2012--valpoathletics.com
Crusaders Return Home to Take On Detroit--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Opens Second Half of League Play at Youngstown State--valpoathletics.com
Former Wright State player signs with team in Melbourne, Australia--Wright State University Sports
YSU men rebound, sweep Milwaukee--Youngstown Vindicator
Youngstown State Wins 73-65 Over Milwaukee--Guin Report
Kendrick Perry's Career-High 30 Points Leads Guins Past Milwaukee, 73-65--ysusports.com
Guins Hope to Open Second Half on High Note Thursday vs. Valpo--ysusports.com
Perry's Career Night Pushes YSU to Season Sweep of Milwaukee--Horizon League Network
Perspectives: The NCAA Convention--Horizon League Network
CSU's Brandee Kelly To Receive 2011 Cleveland Clinic Courage Award Release--Horizon League Network