Tag: Butler

The correlation between scoring margins and player offensive efficiency

Way back on December 1, 2010 Loyola was 7-0 and Butler was coming to play the Ramblers at the Gentile Center. There was a lot of hope in Rogers Park that Loyola would shake off its status as a lower division member of the Horizon League and start challenging the big boys. Well, for 40... Read more »

Wins and losses all that matter in NCAA Tournament

After the game is played there are no odds. There’s a stark binary result of a Win and a Loss. 66 times that harsh reality has been played out during the NCAA Tournament and just two teams remain tonight. Before the NCAA Tournament log5 predictions gave Butler a 0.02% chance of making the finals. That’s... Read more »

Despite Butler, Horizon wasn't a two-bid league

The success of the Butler Bulldogs has some Horizon League fans claiming that the league should’ve gotten two teams into the NCAA Tournament this season, but when you take a deeper look that really isn’t the case. There was only one team in the Horizon that deserved an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament and... Read more »

Friday at the NCAA Tournament

I’m going to be writing from the United Center over at Rush the Court this weekend, so be sure to stop over there. If Friday is anything like Thursday you’ll definitely want to be around the television.  To that end, if you want to get away downtown the Geek Squad is hosting an event from... Read more »

Some thoughts for tonights Horizon League semifinals

Two quick capsule boxes for the Horizon League Semifinals from U.S. Cellular Arena. Cleveland State vs. Butler: When: 5 p.m. CT TV: ESPNU (tape delayed), ESPN3.com What’s at stake: With a win Butler might be able to make a claim for an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament even if they were to fall to... Read more »

Horizon League Semifinals - Live blog!

The Horizon League Semifinals are the ideal situation. Two great games between the four best teams in the conference all season. Game 1 is Butler vs. Cleveland State III as the Vikings try to finally get past the Bulldogs. This time on a somewhat neutral court. (Expect a huge Butler turnout.) Game 2 is Valparaiso... Read more »

NIT Bracketology - Bracket Predictor for the weekend

The NIT Bracket Predictor is here again. For some reason UCF has snuck into the NCAA Tournament in these metrics. I have no idea how this is happening. It’s quite ridiculous and I know it is, but they still sneak in. Thankfully the rest are very reasonable. The NCAA Bracket will go up in its... Read more »

Butler quiets Kreps, but UIC record books forever changed

In his 123rd game as a Flame, and his last in a white jersey (as pointed out by Kyle Whelliston), departing senior Robo Kreps had few words after a 27 point Butler blowout in front of the biggest crowd the Pavilion has seen this season.  “This one’s going to stick with me for a while.... Read more »

Horizon League's Percent Chance of Making Sweet 16

The Mock Selection process completed today and the bracket is available. Apparently on Twitter there is some debate between Butler fans if actually playing in the First Four game is a good thing because it means avoiding a #1 seed before making the Sweet 16. Well I decided to run some calculations – using current... Read more »

NIT Bracketology - S-Curve for the Tournament

This weekend helped clarify a lot of things in terms of the NCAA Tournament and NIT brackets. Oh sure, a lot of going to change in the coming weeks, but it’s fun to see what things would look like if the season ended today. And that’s exactly how this S-Curve was developed for the NIT.... Read more »