Sunday, March 4, 2012

News On The Horizon 3/4/2012

March of the Penguins? Not this Year.--The Mid-Majority
Beauty in the Eyes of Some Beholders--The Mid-Majority
Whose House Is This Anyway?--The Mid-Majority
The Other 26: Week 14--Rush The Court

Championship Week: What to Watch For
The Known Unknowns – T026 conference tournaments fall into a few categories. There are the ones where strong teams who don’t win out can fall back on an at-large bid (MVC, WCC). And there are the ones where clear favorites try to fulfill their destiny with an auto bid (MAAC, SoCon, Sun Belt, Summit). But perhaps the most exciting conference tournaments are those with no clear favorite and where a championship is the difference between a Tournament bid and the NIT at best. This combination of high stakes and unpredictability distinguishes a few of this year’s early tournaments, the most prominent of which is the CAA. Drexel won the regular season title, but did so on the strength of an unbalanced schedule, playing VCU and George Mason once each, with both games coming at home. No one would be surprised if any of those teams — or even ODU — were dancing at center court in Richmond on Monday night. And at the moment, it doesn’t look like anyone who’s not dancing will be able to snag an auto-bid. The other big entry in this category is the Horizon League, where Valpo won the regular season title, but hardly in dominating fashion. No one would be surprised if any of the other remaining semifinalists — Cleveland State, Butler, Detroit — emerged victorious, and the ones who don’t surely won’t be Tournament-bound. Finally, there’s the Big Sky, where Montana and Weber State are clear co-favorites; but you’d be hard-pressed to give either clear odds should they meet a third time for all the marbles.

Championship Week: Day 6′s best game, top player--Beyond the Arc

Player of the Night: Ryan Broekoff, Valparaiso
The Horizon League Player of the Year scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the Crusaders 65-46 victory over Butler in the Horizon League semifinals. The last time these two teams met, a week ago Friday, Broekoff scored just six points and shot 22 percent (2-of-9) from the field and was 0-of-4 from the foul line. But on Saturday, he shot 67 percent (6-of-9) from the field and 83 percent (5-of-6) from the foul line. The Butler Bulldogs will not be making a third consecutive trip to the National Championship game, and Broekoff is one of the reasons why.

W-1 BP68--Basketball Predictions

There is only one change to the 68 team bracket since my last projection: Valparaiso is in for Butler as my projected Horizon champ. Valpo beat Butler head-to-head on Saturday, ending Butler's chances of a third straight long NCAA Tournament run.

Horizon League Tournament 2012: Butler Vs. Valparaiso Preview--SB Nation Indiana
Horizon League Tournament 2012: Valparaiso Ends The Madness For Butler In March--SB Nation Indiana
Horizon League semis: Cleveland State vs. Detroit, Live Blog--Off The Mark
So much for the double bye: Titans upset No. 2 Cleveland State--The NWI Times

2012 Horizon Women's Basketball All-Conference Teams--College Sports Madness

Butler finally lost in March, but don’t get used to it--Beyond the Arc
A note on Butler and the unrepeated future--Eye On College Basketball
Utah Jazz notebook: Jazz ready to hit the road--Deseret News

"I think we need the road trip," Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward said. "It'll just be us against the world out there. Sometimes that's a good thing, so it should be fun."

Fun is one word.

Exhausting and daunting might be others that could be used to describe the next eight days.

Utah Jazz: Raja Bell to return, but he may not be a starter--Deseret News

Corbin wants to wait until everybody is healthy to decide if a change is in order. But he recently said Gordon Hayward is a possible candidate to be moved into a reserve role. The second-year swingman has started all 36 games, but his versatility and potential firepower could add the "spice" to the second unit that Corbin wants it to have on a consistent basis.

"I haven't spoken to him," Bell said of Corbin. "Those aren't my calls."

Valparaiso ends Butler's March reign, NCAA hopes--The Indy Star
Crossroads for young Dawgs--Indy Star Butler Insider
Valpo ends Butler’s bid for NCAA’s--Victory Firelight
BASKETBALL | Loss to Valparaiso dashes NCAA tournament hopes--Butler Collegian
Bulldogs Fall In Horizon League

Douglas Goes For 31 To Lead BU Past Wright

Frustrated Cleveland State left with a basketball season that fizzled away: Terry Pluto--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Valparaiso routs Butler to reach league finals: Horizon Tournament Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State bows out of Horizon tourney with 63-58 loss to Detroit--Cleveland Plain Dealer
StatSheet Projects Cleveland State as CBI Team: 03/04/2012--Vikings Ball
CSU Falls to Detroit,

Vikings Hold Off Penguins For 79-69 Victory On Senior
Vikings Set To Host Youngstown State In Horizon League First Round

Detroit Mercy Titans 63, Cleveland St. 58: Titans head to Horizon League finals--The Detroit Free Press
Saturday's state basketball: Ray McCallum Jr. leads Detroit Mercy into Horizon League final--The Detroit News
Titans Headed to Horizon League Finals
Follow the Titans in the HL Championship!

Brown Paces Titans in Win Over
Horizon League Championship Women's Basketball Bracket

UIC Hangs Tough in Losing Battle with # 11/11 Green Bay,

Albano's Big Day Helps Loyola Past Milwaukee,
Loyola Draws Wright State In Horizon League

Women's basketball: No.11 Phoenix beat Illinois-Chicago 77-64--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Wraps up Regular Season Play on Winning

Men's basketball: Phoenix adds recruit Love for class of '12--Green Bay Press Gazette
On this day 6 years ago - Mar 03, 2006--Phoenix Fever

Panthers' climb never gets over the top--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Ramblers Fend Off Panthers Down Stretch To Claim
Women's Basketball Set For Horizon League

VU feeds off energetic atmosphere at ARC--The Post-Tribune
Broekhoff leads Valparaiso past Butler (again) and into Horizon title game--The Post-Tribune
Horizon League semis: Butler at Valparaiso, Live Blog--Off The Mark
Valparaiso 65, Butler 46, game recap--Off The Mark
Valparaiso gives Butler a taste of own medicine in blowout victory--The NWI Times
Broekhoff leads Valpo rout of Butler to reach Horizon championship game--The NWI Times
Horizon men's basketball title game tickets on sale--The NWI Times
Live from the ARC: No. 1 Valparaiso vs. No. 5 Butler (MBB)--Inside VU Sports
After erratic season, Michigan State's Brandon Wood wants grand finale--The Detroit Free Press
Draymond Green, Michigan State look to celebrate unlikely run to Big Ten title--The Detroit Free Press

Today, the Spartans have a chance to do what only five MSU teams have done: win the Big Ten conference outright. Seniors Austin Thornton and Green -- who will be honored in a postgame ceremony for senior day along with Brandon Wood and Anthony Ianni -- have a chance to be the first players in school history to win two outright titles.

StatSheet Projects Valparaiso as NCAA Tournament Bubble Team 15 Seed: 03/04/2012--Valpo Daily
Game Wrap Up: Any more doubters out there?--Section EE
Crusaders Down Butler, Advance to HL Title
Ticket Information for Tuesday's HL Title

Women’s basketball: Valpo’s chance for upset falls short in finale--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders fall short in upset bid over Detroit women--The NWI Times
Valpo Falls to Detroit in Regular Season

WSU's early tourney exit caps season of losses--Dayton Daily News
Raiders hoping to have a productive offseason--Dayton Daily News

Women Drop Regular-Season Finale at

Loss sets up rematch for YSU--Youngstown Vindicator
CSU holds off YSU women’s comeback--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Cleveland State Ends Strong to Beat YSU, 79-69; Rematch Set for

Detroit and Valparaiso to Meet for Men's Basketball Championship--Horizon League Network
Tickets Available for Tuesday's Men's Basketball Championship--Horizon League Network

Field Set for 2012 Women's Basketball Championship--Horizon League Network

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