As hot a coaching commodity as Brad Stevens is, his stock will decrease just a tiny bit in value this year. It's official now, the Butler Bulldogs, who made it all the way to the national title game both last year, and in 2010, will not be in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Valparaiso Crusaders (20-11) eliminated Butler (20-14) tonight in the Horizon League tournament, the … [Read more...] about Butler, back to back National runners-up, not headed to NCAA Tournament
Last summer Jimmy Collins stepped down as college basketball coach at UIC. Collins spent 14 seasons as the Flames’ head coach and guided UIC to the first three NCAA tournament berths in school history. He is the all-time winningest coach in school history with 218 victories from 1996-2010. Current Athletic Director Jim Schmidt, who’s been with the university for 25 years, … [Read more...] about Rough First Year at UIC for Howard Moore as Flames Continue Rebuilding
For a solid blueprint to success, the team playing at the campus colloquially known as "Circle" can look to their "Circle City" conference brethren. "Butler has a program that we're aspiring to be, not that we're trying to be Butler," said UIC first year Head Coach Howard Moore, who previously worked as an assistant under Bo Ryan at Wisconsin. "We're aspiring for that … [Read more...] about Butler Bulldogs a Good Role Model for UIC Flames
The Big East conference has too many college basketball teams. In an ideal situation, each team in a conference plays each other twice, home and away. They can’t: too many teams! If they did this, each school would have to play 30 conference games! Ok, then let’s try this: split the Big East into two divisions of eight and play the other seven schools in your division … [Read more...] about Plan to Form a New Great Midwest College Basketball Conference
In the modern era of college basketball, only one school in the state of Illinois boasts a national title. Guess which one. The Illinois Fighting Illini? Sadly no, but they probably are the strongest program in the nation never to have cut down the nets. DePaul was great in the '80s, how about the Blue Demons? Nope, it's actually the Loyola Ramblers, vintage 1963. The … [Read more...] about Loyola Ramblers Always Seem to Give Butler Bulldogs FITS!