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  Friday, October 28, 2005

BX Conf. Prev. #19: Horizon League
By Drew Barnette

#19 href=/profile//> HORIZON href=/profile//> LEAGUE

This href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Sweet href=/profile//> Sixteen href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> often href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> competitive href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> bottom. href=/profile//> Wisconsin href=/profile//> Milwaukee href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> everyoneís href=/profile//> favorite href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> win, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> wonít href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> blow href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> is. href=/profile//>




-1. href=/profile//> WISCONSIN href=/profile//> MILWAUKEE. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> panthers href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> tremendous href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> overall href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> title, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> title, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> upset href=/profile//> wins href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> advanced href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> ever href=/profile//> Sweet href=/profile//> Sixteen. href=/profile//> Although href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> fantastic href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> long, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Bruce href=/profile//> Pearl href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Tennessee href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Ed href=/profile//> McCants, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> Joah href=/profile//> Tucker href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> force href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> boards href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> scorer. href=/profile//> Rob href=/profile//> Jeter href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> coach, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> assistant href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Panthers href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> previous href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> years, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> transition href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> smooth href=/profile//> one. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> impact href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Memphis, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> spot href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Preseason href=/profile//> NIT.

-2. href=/profile//> DETROIT. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> titans href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> terrible href=/profile//> start href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> large href=/profile//> part href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> Brandon href=/profile//> Cotton. href=/profile//> Once href=/profile//> Cotton href=/profile//> returned href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Wisconsin href=/profile//> Milwaukee href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> championship href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> Cotton href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> leader href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> didnít href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> ton href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> success href=/profile//> underneath href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> experienced href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> improve href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> that. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> can, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> magical href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Detroit. href=/profile//>

-3. href=/profile//> BUTLER. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> coached href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> record href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> largely href=/profile//> due href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> plagued href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> injuries. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> underwent href=/profile//> surgery href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offseason. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> everyone href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> healthy href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> stay href=/profile//> healthy href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> dangerous href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> style href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> runs href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> door href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> anyone href=/profile//> youíll href=/profile//> see. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Brandon href=/profile//> Polk href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> contributor href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> believe href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> keeping href=/profile//> everyone href=/profile//> healthy href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> factor href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> whether href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bulldogs href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> successful href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//>

-4. href=/profile//> LOYOLA, href=/profile//> IL. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> terrible href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> 2/3rds href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> it, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> row href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Wisconsin href=/profile//> Milwaukee href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> semifinals. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> lose href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> DeJuan href=/profile//> Gouard, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> Blake href=/profile//> Schilb href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 18ppg href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> amazing href=/profile//> 50.3% href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> Majak href=/profile//> Kou href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> gave href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> numbers href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> starter href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> rely href=/profile//> heavily href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> guards, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> struggle href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> struggle href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> boards href=/profile//> somewhat. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> produce href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> wins href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> href=/profile//>

-5. href=/profile//> WRIGHT href=/profile//> STATE. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> raiders href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> working href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> build href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> program, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> plagued href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> inconsistency. href=/profile//> Zady href=/profile//> Boyd, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> players, href=/profile//> left href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> summer href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> Depth href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> struggle href=/profile//> with. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> DeShaun href=/profile//> Wood href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> Drew href=/profile//> Burleson href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> order href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> raiders href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> success href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> href=/profile//>

-6. href=/profile//> ILLINOIS href=/profile//> CHICAGO. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> flames href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> scorers href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> Cedric href=/profile//> Banks href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 19ppg. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Jovan href=/profile//> Stefanov href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Rocky href=/profile//> Collum href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> produce href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> compete href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> Other href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> that, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> inexperienced href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> compete href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> title. href=/profile//> href=/profile//>

-7. href=/profile//> WISCONSIN href=/profile//> GREEN href=/profile//> BAY. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> phoenix href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> youngest href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> seven href=/profile//> freshman href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> roster. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> highly href=/profile//> rated href=/profile//> recruiting href=/profile//> class href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> future, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> building href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> them. href=/profile//> href=/profile//>

-8. href=/profile//> CLEVELAND href=/profile//> STATE. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> teamís href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> strength href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> outside href=/profile//> shooting. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Raheem href=/profile//> Moss href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> contributor href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> basic href=/profile//> problem href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> live href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> die href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> three, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> often href=/profile//> die href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> live. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> nine href=/profile//> wins href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> scorer href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> rebounder href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> straight href=/profile//> losses. href=/profile//> Things href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> brighter href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//>

-9. href=/profile//> YOUNGSTOWN href=/profile//> STATE. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> worst href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> division href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> junior href=/profile//> Quinn href=/profile//> Humphrey, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> terrible href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> boards href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> particular. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> exciting href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> division href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Siena href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> quadruple href=/profile//> overtime, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> lowlights href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> highlights. href=/profile//>



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