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Men's Basketball Preview - Part 7: Detroit

Release  Horizon League · November 7, 2006

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Nov. 7, 2006

Pardon Detroit Titans coach Perry Watson if he pauses now and then to knock on wood. Or cross a street if he sees a black cat coming. Or dodge quickly if a ladder is in his direct path.

That's all part of the plan for 2007. The bad luck which haunted his team in 2006, he hopes, is long gone, leaving a better future ahead.

Last year's Titan team was riddled with injuries. The kind that are season-ending, the kind that are debilitating, the kind that are nagging. Detroit had 'em all. And now, with most of the wounded back ready for action, so is coach Watson.

The Titans lost 46% of their scoring and 58% of their rebounding through graduation, but Watson can still build around one of the Horizon League's best guard tandems, juniors Brandon Cotton - a two-time second-team all-conference selection - and Jon Goode. They stood 1-2 in scoring among the Titans, Cotton at 17.5, which placed him fifth in the league after finishing second the year before, and Goode at 10.9. And, yes, both played hurt last season.

Women's Basketball Preview - Part 7: Butler

Release  Horizon League · November 7, 2006

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Nov. 7, 2006

The 2005-06 Butler women's basketball season came to an end at the Horizon League Championship, as the Bulldogs fell to eventual champion UW-Milwaukee in the final seconds of a semifinal game on March 5. The eight Butler players who appeared in that contest had been the driving force behind the team's success that season, responsible for nearly all of the offense on the 15-14 team.

Over eight months after that season-ending game, the Bulldogs will take the floor at Illinois on Nov. 12 to open up the 2006-07 season, and all eight of those crucial players will once again be hitting the hardwood.

Including 2006 Horizon League Preseason First Team members senior Jackie Closser and sophomore Lade Akande, the returning octet accounted for nearly 95 percent of 2005-06 team's scoring, 84 percent of its rebounding, 84 percent of its assists and every one of its three-pointers made. This seasoned corps of players, coupled with four talented newcomers and an energetic coaching staff, has the Bulldogs thinking about ending this year's Horizon League Championship by cutting down the nets on the final day.

Head coach Beth Couture, now in her fifth season as the Bulldogs' mentor, sees great potential and confidence in this season's squad.

Men's Basketball Team Previews

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Women's Soccer NCAA Tournament Release - First Round

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Nov. 7, 2006

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NCAA Tournament - First Round

Friday, November 10
Michigan vs. UW-Milwaukee - 5:00 p.m.
at Alumni Field in South Bend, Ind. (hosted by Notre Dame)

No. 3 Florida vs. Loyola - 6:00 p.m.
at Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wis. (hosted by Marquette)

Swimming and Diving Weekly Release #4

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Nov. 7, 2006

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Male Swimmer of the Week

 

Rafael Candido

Men's Soccer Weekly Release #12 - NCAA Tournament Preview

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NCAA Tournament -- First-Round Capsules

Western Illinois (15-7-0, Mid-Continent Conference Champion)
at UIC (12-2-5, Horizon League regular-season champion)
(Friday, 7 p.m. CT, UIC's Flames Field - Chicago, Ill.)

UIC makes its first NCAA appearance since 2000, touting a 12-2-5 overall record and the Horizon League's regular-season title based on a 5-1-1 loop ledger. The Flames were eliminated on penalty kicks in the semifinals of the League Championship, but get a second chance in Friday's first-round match-up.

Women's Basketball Team Previews

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Loyola's Zyga, UW-Green Bay's Rauen named Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Loyola University Chicago junior Markian Zyga (men's soccer) and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay senior Sarah Rauen (volleyball) have been named the Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week, League commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Tuesday (Nov. 7).

Zyga scored the decisive marker in penalty kicks as Loyola ousted top-seeded University of Illinois at Chicago from the League Championship in the semifinals last Friday (Nov. 3). That paved the way for Loyola to win its first-ever League title as the Ramblers defeated UW-Green Bay 1-0 in the championship match on Sunday (Nov. 5) to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

In the classroom, Zyga has maintained a 3.85 grade-point average as a business major. He was a member of the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll in each semester last year, and also earned a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V squad this fall. In addition, he helped LU earn the Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Women's Basketball Media Guide

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Women's Volleyball Weekly Release #12

Release  Horizon League · November 6, 2006

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Nov. 6, 2006

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Offensive Player of the Week

 

Beth Greulich

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