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Pub’s Horizon League Awards & Recap


Final Standings

1.   Butler (15-3) 26-5
2.   Green Bay (13-5) 22-10
3.   Cleveland St. (12-6) 25-10
3.   Wright St. (12-6) 20-13
5.   Milwaukee (11-7) 17-14
6.   Illinois-Chicago (7-11) 16-15
6.   Youngstown St. (7-11) 11-19
8.   Loyola (IL) (6-12) 14-18
9.   Valparaiso (5-13) 9-22
10. Detroit (2-16) 7-23

Who’s Dancing: Cleveland St.: Cedrick Jackson led the Vikings to a big upset over Butler in the Conf. Championship. The Vikings victory gave power conference bubble teams another reason to be nervous on Selection Sunday.

Butler: The Bulldogs may have been upset but they are still NCAA worthy. There should be absolutely no question about whether or not they’re in.

MVP: Matt Howard, So., F, Butler: 14.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5bpg, 0.8spg: Howard was among the conference leaders in Points, Rebounds & Blocks. Howard’s presence inside really opens things up for Butler’s strong outside shooting.

Most Outstanding Defender: Cedrick Jackson, Sr., G, Cleveland St.: 10.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.0spg, 5.4apg: Jackson is a guard that does it all. He lead the conference in steals and was among the conference leaders in rebounds as well

Most Outstanding Freshman: Gordon Hayward, Fr., G/F, Butler: 13.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5spg, 1.9apg, 0.9bpg

Pub All-Horizon Team

  • G: Josh Mayo, Sr., Illinois-Chicago: 17.0ppg, 3.4apg, 2.7rpg, 1.1spg
  • G: Ryan Tillema, Sr., Green Bay: 17.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5agp, 0.8spg
  • F: Gordon Hayward, Fr., Butler: 13.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5spg, 1.9apg, 0.9bpg
  • F:  Matt Howard, So., Butler: 14.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5bpg, 0.8spg
  • F:  J’Nathan Bullock, Sr., Cleveland St.: 15.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0spg

Top Coach

Brad Stevens, Butler: Coaches may change but Butler just keeps winning. Todd Lickliter turned his alma mater into a Horizon League power before leaving for Iowa after the 2006-07 season.  The remnants of his team were enough for Butler to continue their domination in 07-08. But this year was supposed to be the year that Butler’s reign ended. In the preseason polls Butler was picked to finish 5th. Apparently Brad Stevens is no slouch. His has continued what Lickliter started by restocking the talent pool and Butler won the Horizon League regular season once again.

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