Tag: Horizon League

There should be a Horizon League/MAC Challenge

I think we can all agree that the “challenge” format is an up-and-coming trend in non-conference college basketball scheduling. Why shouldn’t it be? Challenges bring in viewers who wouldn’t normally watch, say, a Northwestern game in November. If you’re a fan of ANY ACC team, you’re interested in the Big Ten/ACC challenge, and so you’re... Read more »

Moser joins Moore and Dildy in class of youthful Chicago coaches

Bob Knight was just 24 years old when he led the Army Black Knights to an 18-win season and an appearance in the NIT semifinals in 1966 as head coach. Almost a half century later 34-year-old Brad Stevens and 33-year-old Shaka Smart revived the legend of the young gun head coach, leading their teams to the NCAA Final Four with only... 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 »

Where do we go from here?

Well, the college basketball season in Chicago has officially come to a close with Northwestern’s loss last night at Washington State. It’s been a heck of a season as three schools broke in new head coaches, the Wildcats made their third straight postseason – and finally won a game, and Loyola changed head coaches. The... 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 »

Northwestern to play Milwaukee in the NIT

Congratulations to Northwestern. The Wildcats got the best possible scenario on Sunday night when they found out that not only were they in the NIT, but hosting a game against Horizon League regular season champion Milwaukee as well. The Panthers earned the number one seed in the Horizon League thanks to nine straight conference wins... Read more »

Very Early Horizon League 2011-12 Predictions

As Butler took down Milwaukee on tonight for the Horizon League Championship the league part of the season officially concluded. That means it’s time to start looking forward to next season. What follows is a team by team breakdown of the 10 programs in the conference with some projections for next season and some things... Read more »

NIT Bracketology - A human takes a shot

Updated 8:50 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 6 after Florida Atlantic stole another automatic bid after losing in Sun Belt quarterfinals, which pushes UCF out. Since I’m tweaking the Bracket Predictor over the weekend and it isn’t quite ready for prime time again I decided to sit down and do an NIT Bracket by hand.... 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 »