Saturday, March 3, 2012

News On The Horizon 3/3/2012

Clash of the Dangerous on a Neutral Court--The Mid-Majority
ATB: Friday Night Lights With Jack Cooley, Harvard, and Plenty of Conference Tourney Action…--Rush The Court

Survive & Advance. Twenty-two more teams were eliminated from eight conference tournaments tonight as we continue to whittle our way down from over 300 teams to currently 258 still vying for the national championship.
Horizon League. Uh-oh. #5 Butler crushed #4 Milwaukee on Friday night, setting up a showdown with #1 Valparaiso on the Crusaders’ home floor Saturday, and making everyone wonder if Brad Stevens is working his magic again. On the other side of the bracket, #3 Detroit easily dispatched #6 Youngstown State to move into the semifinals as well.

Today's Specials: Tourneys take center stage--Eye On College Basketball

Another one to watch: Butler vs. Milwaukee (8:30 p.m., ESPN3). The Horizon League has a wide-open conference tournament this season, and these two teams have the pieces to make a run and get the automatic bid. The two teams split the regular-season meetings 1-1, with each team winning on its homecourt. Both teams play very good defense, with Milwaukee defending the arc closely and Butler preferring to control the glass and interior.

Detroit pounds Youngstown State--The Post-Tribune
HL Tournament, second round, YSU vs. Detroit, Live Blog--Off The Mark
Horizon League Quarterfinal #1: No. 3 Detroit vs. No. 6 Youngstown State--Inside VU Sports

A Butler loss means a new Cinderella must emerge--Beyond the Arc
Does anyone want to hold out hope for some Butler magic?--Beyond the Arc
Utah Jazz: Millsap, Harris good to go tonight vs. Heat--Deseret News

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said Gordon Hayward will begin against Wade and Josh Howard will start on James, but Utah (16-18) needs a team effort to have a chance against Miami (28-7).
Hayward said the Jazz need to be "aggressive defensively." When it comes to guarding the freakishly athletic 6-foot-8, 250-pound James, which Hayward will likely do at times, the 6-8, 210-pound Hayward said Jazz players need to "get in his way, make him do things that he doesn't want to do and get him a little frustrated."

Hayward also emphasized the importance of limiting turnovers and not taking poor shots, which lead to fast breaks for the Heat.

Andray Blatche eager to get back and ‘do something I love to do’--Washington Post

Andray Blatche had waited so long to be back on the court, back with his teammates, that he couldn’t leave the floor on Thursday immediately after the Washington Wizards concluded practice. He stayed around to play two-on-two basketball with rookies Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack, eagerly trying to make up for more than an entire month of lost time.

Horizon League Tournament Bracket Update: Butler Advances, Semifinals All Set For Saturday--SB Nation Indiana
Tonight's Viewing Guide: Championship Week Continues--Casual Hoya

Horizon Conference Quarter Finals:

3 Seed Detroit vs. 6 seed Youngstown State 6pm ESPN3

4 seed Milwaukee vs. 5 see Butler 8:30pm ESPN3

Can Butler make a 3rd straight miracle NCAA run? Not unless they win the Horizon Tournament. The Bulldogs are getting hot at the right time again though winning 6 of their last 7.

Butler advances to Horizon League semifinals against Valparaiso tonight--The Indy Star
March is Stevens’ month--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler pounds UWM, Valpo awaits--Victory Firelight
BASKETBALL | Butler tops UW-Milwaukee, advances in Horizon League Tournament--Butler Collegian
Bulldogs Beat Milwaukee, Advance To Horizon League
Butler Meets Top-Seed

WBB Senior Day: Butler vs. Wright

Miami Heat’s win streak ends at nine--Miami Herald

Heat guards Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole combined to score five points on 2-of-14 shooting from the field. Chalmers didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter. Instead, James played point guard and ran the offense. James was visibly frustrated with Chalmers in the first half and also scolded Dexter Pittman for a silly foul.

Cleveland State to face Detroit in Horizon League men's basketball tournament after Titans rout Youngstown State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State men's basketball team's young players know the time is now--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings to Play Detroit in Horizon League

Preview capsules for today's women's college basketball games--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cleveland State vs. Youngstown State

Tipoff: 2 p.m. Wolstein Center.

Notable: Cleveland State (10-18, 5-12 Horizon League) ends the regular season looking to snap a two-game losing streak against neighboring Youngstown State (10-18, 4-13), which has lost seven straight.

Next for CSU: Monday TBD, Horizon League Tournament.

College hoops roundup: Detroit Mercy advances in Horizon tourney--The Detroit Free Press
Friday's state basketball: Detroit Mercy makes Horizon semifinals--The Detroit News
On this day 10 years ago - Mar 02, 2002--Titans Update
Coach McCallum Shows Them How It's Done--Detroit Titans Blog
Strong First Half Leads Titans to Semifinals
Titans to Face Cleveland State Saturday in HL

Detroit Closes Out Regular Season At

Senior Day Saturday Against #11/11 Green

On this day 5 years ago - Mar 02, 2007--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola Closes Out Regular Season With Matinee Against

Men's basketball notebook: Postseason still possible for Phoenix--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: Young Phoenix 'fired up' for more
Perhaps UWGB's season isn't over--UWGB Basketball
Phoenix men earn road win at Chicago--UWGB Fourth Estate

Today's UWGB-UIC women's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay clinches 14th Horizon League Championship--UWGB Fourth Estate
Bauer, Phoenix cruise past Crusaders--UWGB Fourth Estate
No. 11/11 Green Bay Closes Regular Season Play at UIC

UWM brushed aside by Butler in the paint--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Butler shuts down Panthers, 71-49--PantherU
Butler's Inside Efforts Knock Panthers From Horizon League

UWM Closes Season At Loyola, Looks To Secure Home Postseason

Butler dominates Milwaukee, sets up rematch with Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
Second round HL tourney, Milwaukee vs. Detroit, Live Blog--Off The Mark
Butler manhandles Milwaukee, sets up Round 3 with Valparaiso--Off The Mark
Valparaiso vs. Butler III: This One Counts--Inside VU Sports
A final Breslin bow for Draymond Green--The Detroit News

Ohio State at Michigan State

Tip-off: 4 p.m. Sunday, Breslin Center, East Lansing
TV/radio: CBS/WJR
Records: No. 10 Ohio State 24-6 (12-5 Big Ten), No. 5 Michigan State 24-6 (13-4)
Outlook: Michigan State looks to capture the Big Ten title outright and sweep Ohio State. The Buckeyes can grab a share of the title with a victory, though the Spartans have locked up the No. 1 seed for the Big Ten tournament. … It’s the final home game for seniors Draymond Green , Austin Thornton , Brandon Wood and Anthony Ianni.

Valpo to Host Butler in HL Semifinal

Women’s basketball: Key game awaits Valparaiso tonight--The Post-Tribune
Women's Hoops Hosts Detroit on Senior Day

Slow start dooms YSU in tourney--Youngstown Vindicator
Damian Eargle Scores 25 As Penguins Fall to Detroit

2nd Round Features Offensive, Defensive Showdowns--Horizon League Network
Detroit, Butler Advance to Men's Basketball Semifinals--Horizon League Network
Packed ARC to Play Host to Semifinal Matchups--Horizon League Network

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