#8 Wright State (13-18, 7-11) at #5 Butler (18-13, 11-7)
College basketball is a game of history, exemplified by the stars of yesterday who set the bar for today's student athletes. Jon Teitel looks back at some of the forgotten (and not so forgotten) college basketball legends who made our game what it is today. Some of these names might bring back great memories, while others will mean nothing to you, but each of the player's below made an important mark on college basketball history.
Butler's run to the national title game early this month wasn't the first time that a member of the (now) Horizon League made a run on the game's biggest stage. The 1963 Loyola (Chicago) Ramblers were trendsetters long before we dealt with terms such as "BCS" and "mid-major". George Ireland's team was the first with a predominantly African-American starting lineup to win a national title, ending Cincinnati's reign in 1963. One of the stars for Loyola was Les "Big Game" Hunter, who CHN writer Jon Teitel interviewed a short time back.
Butler, with legitimate Elite Eight aspirations, should be the dominant force in the Horizon. An infusion of Juco talent and returning injured players should help the quality of play throughout the league.
2009 Speedway Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship
Tuesday, March 3 / First Round / at campus sites
Game 1 - #10 Detroit at #3 Cleveland State, 7 p.m. ET (HLN)
Game 2 - #7 UIC at #6 Youngstown State, 7 p.m. ET (HLN)
Game 3 - #9 Valparaiso at #4 Wright State, 7 p.m. ET (HLN)
Game 4 - #8 Loyola at #5 Milwaukee, 8 p.m. ET (HLN)
DAYTON - Another day another defensive gem for the Wright State Raiders as they held Loyola to 29.4 percent shooting for the game and 15.4 percent in the second half to get a home court win 68-47.
The final score was not a true indication of how tight the game was until the end.