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A collection of Horizon League releases and blog entries.

Butler's Todd Lickliter wins Hugh Durham Award

Release  Horizon League · January 9, 2007

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Jan. 9, 2007

Indianapolis, Ind. - Less then a week after receiving the Jim Phelan mid-season coaching honors, Butler University's Todd Lickliter has received the Hugh Durham Award, which recognizes the outstanding coach at the mid-major level. Lickliter outdistanced Army head coach Jim Crews by 37 points (68-31), while receiving 11 first-place votes.

"Their success this season has been well documented, but this is nothing new to those close to Butler basketball," says CollegeInsider.com's Angela Lento. "Coach Lickliter truly represents all that is good about college basketball so it's nice to see him honored with this award."

Now in his sixth season as the head coach at Butler, Todd Lickliter has taken the program to new heights, which include the school's highest national ranking in more then half a century. What makes the great start even more impressive is where the Bulldogs, currently 13-1, ere picked to finish, before the start of the season.

Surprisingly Butler was picked to finish sixth in the Horizon League's preseason vote back in October. The League's coaches, sports information directors and media members may have to rethink that vote, as two months later the Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Major Top 25 and No. 13 in both the Associated Press (AP) and the ESPN/USA Today polls released on New Year's Day.

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #10

Release  Horizon League · January 8, 2007

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Jan. 8, 2007

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Player of the Week

Jenna Real, Loyola
Senior * Forward * Elgin, Ill.
Real averaged 23.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 72 percent (18-of-25) from the floor as the Ramblers split a pair of home games last week. Real pumped in a season-best 25 points to go with eight rebounds to help Loyola put away Youngstown State on Thursday night and followed that up with 21 points against Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon.

Other Top Performances from the Week Ending Jan. 7

Detroit women's basketball comes away with win and cultural experience at Cancun Carribean Classic

Release  Horizon League · January 8, 2007

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Jan. 8, 2007

The Detroit women's basketball team went 1-1 on the court in Cancun, Mexico, but the team did much more than play basketball on its recent trip.

 

Taking part in the Cancun Caribbean Classic, the Titans played East Carolina and SMU on the hardwood in addition to getting a chance to visit another country and learn about its history and culture. 

 

Men's Basketball Weekly Release #10

Release  Horizon League · January 8, 2007

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Jan. 8, 2007

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Horizon League Player of the Week

J.R. Blount, Loyola
Sophomore * Guard * Milwaukee, Wis. (Dominican)
Blount scored 17 points and matched a career high with six rebounds in a 66-55 victory over Cleveland State on Thursday. He then tallied a game-high 20 points, hitting 7 of 11 shots from the field Saturday, and added three boards, in an 87-74 win versus UW-Milwaukee as Loyola snapped an 11-game losing skid to the Panthers. Blount has scored in double digits in seven straight outings and has hit a three-pointer in a career-best nine consecutive contests.

Other Top Performances for the Week Ending January 7

Butler's Lickliter tabbed for Mid-Season Coach Of The Year Recognition

Release  Horizon League · January 4, 2007

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Jan. 4, 2007

Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler head coach Todd Lickliter has been tabbed for mid-season honors in the balloting for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award, presented by CollegeInsider.com. Lickliter more than doubled the point total of runner-up Ben Howland of UCLA in the mid-season vote.

Lickliter, who has guided Butler to a 13-1 record and a No. 13 national ranking in both the A.P. and ESPN/USA Today polls, received 75 total points, including nine first place votes, from the 20-person committee charged with selecting the Jim Phelan Award. Howland picked up two first place votes and 37 total points, while Sean Sutton of Oklahoma State received one first place vote and 31 points. A total of 23 coaches, including Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, Bob Knight of Texas Tech and Thad Matta of Ohio State, received votes in the mid-season balloting.

Last year, Billy Donovan of Florida received mid-season honors from CollegeInsider.com, while Howland was presented with the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award at the Final Four in Indianapolis.

The CollegeInsider.com Coach of the Year award was renamed in honor of Jim Phelan, who retired as head coach of Mount St. Mary's at the end of the 2002-03 season. The Jim Phelan Award is presented annually to the National Coach of the Year at the end of the season. Previous winners include Howland (2006), Tubby Smith of Kentucky (2005), Phil Martelli of St. Joseph's (2004) and Mark Slonaker of Mercer (2003).

Horizon League celebrates many accomplishments from 2006 fall season

Release  Horizon League · January 4, 2007

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Jan. 4, 2007

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Indianapolis, Ind. -- For the Horizon League, the fall 2006 athletics season was an unquestioned success as the League gained recognition both on the field of play and in the classroom. A total of 48 student-athletes and 12 teams represented the League in the national spotlight, either in athletic competition or through academic achievements.

Men's Soccer
The University of Illinois at Chicago earned national acclaim throughout the fall, climbing as high as No. 7 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings and remaining among the top 25 for nearly the entire season. The Flames' 13-3-5 overall record included a victory over eventual national champion University of California-Santa Barbara plus a 5-1-1 loop ledger which led to UIC's first regular-season League crown since 2000. That wasn't enough, however, to thwart a resurgent Loyola University Chicago squad in the League Championship.

Loyola, which had won only one League tournament game in its history prior to 2006, ousted the Flames in penalty kicks in the semifinal round and edged the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 1-0, in the final to reach the NCAA Championship for the first time ever. The Ramblers' ride ended with a 1-0, overtime loss at Northern Illinois University to cap an 11-8-2 campaign.

UIC basketball coach Jimmy Collins in good condition

Release  Horizon League · January 4, 2007

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Jan. 4, 2007

Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago head men's basketball coach Jimmy Collins is in good condition at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago following a minimally invasive procedure to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Surgeons repaired Collins' damaged aortic artery by inserting endovascular stent grafts via a catheter through two small incisions. He is expected to remain in the hospital for 24-48 hours.

Collins was admitted to the Medical Center on Tuesday after tests performed last week revealed an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or ballooning of the artery that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs.

As a result, Collins stated that he will not return to the sidelines to coach the Flames until he has fully recovered.

Collins is in his 11th season on the UIC sidelines, with 169 career victories to his credit. Associate head coach Mark Coomes has taken the reins in Collins' absence.

Men's Basketball Weekly Release #9

Release  Horizon League · January 2, 2007

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Jan. 2, 2007

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Horizon League Player of the Week

Keston Roberts, Youngstown State - Watch
Senior * Guard * Brooklyn, N.Y. (Erasmus Hall / (Connors [Okla.] State J.C.)
Roberts capped a stellar month with a career-high 30 points in the Penguins' 76-71 victory over preseason League favorite Loyola on Saturday. The senior was 9-of-18 from the field and 10-of-13 at the free-throw line with three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes of action. He made three free throws in the last 21 seconds to preserve the victory, and reached the 20-point plateau for the sixth time in seven December games.

Previous Players of the Week: DaShaun Wood, WSU (Nov. 13); A.J. Graves, BU (Nov. 20); A.J. Graves, BU (Nov. 27); Othyus Jeffers, UIC (Dec. 4); Keston Roberts, YSU (Dec. 11); Mike Schachtner, UWGB (Dec. 18); DaShaun Wood, WSU (Dec. 26).

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #9

Release  Horizon League · January 2, 2007

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Jan. 2, 2007

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Player of the Week

Traci Edwards, UW-Milwaukee - Watch
Sophomore * Center * Menasha, Wis.
Edwards averaged 23 points and 15 rebounds in leading the Panthers to their first 2-0 League start since 2003-04. She had double-doubles in both games and went 16-of-21 from the free throw line on the week. Against UIC on Saturday, she scored 28 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. It was her second career 20/20 game and the fourth in UWM's Division I history. She posted 18 points and 10 boards against Loyola on Thursday, adding two blocks and a six-of-six performance from the charity stripe.

Other Top Performances from the Week Ending Dec. 31

Butler's Graves, Loyola's Real net Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week awards

Release  Horizon League · December 27, 2006

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Dec. 27, 2006

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler University junior A.J. Graves (men's basketball) and Loyola University Chicago senior Jenna Real (women's basketball) have been named the Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week, League commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Wednesday (Dec. 27).

Graves scored 22 points to lead the Bulldogs past instate rival University of Evansville, 76-65, last Friday (Dec. 22), extending Butler's early-season run to 12 victories in 13 games. Graves, who leads the League in scoring at 18.2 points per game, made five of ten shots from the field including three three-pointers, along with a perfect nine-for-nine outing at the free throw line. He leads the nation with a .986 free-throw percentage, making 69 of 70 attempts this season including 41 in a row.

In the classroom, Graves owns a 3.37 grade-point average as an actuarial science major. The junior guard was an Academic All-League selection last winter and earned spots on the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll in each semester in addition to receiving the Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle Scholarship for outstanding acaedmic and athletic achievement.

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