Utah Jazz notebook--Deseret News
Bell's status for tonight's game at Dallas is up in the air. Rookie Gordon Hayward replaced him in the starting lineup against Orlando, playing 17 minutes before leaving for good with foul problems early in the third quarter of Utah's 117-105 rout.
STARTING AGAIN: Friday's game marked the second start in the young career of the 20-year-old Hayward, who was picked ninth overall by the Jazz in the 2010 NBA Draft in June.
The former Butler star admitted he's more comfortable than in his first on Nov. 15 — in a home loss to Oklahoma City — when Bell was absent with his first groin injury.
It was the rookie's first action in three games after not getting in the past two games. Hayward didn't score and had two rebounds and four fouls.
"He's got the tools," Jazz point guard Deron Williams said. "He knows he can play. He's just got to have that confidence to go out there and do it."
Williams and Jazz coach Jerry Sloan credited Hayward and fellow rookie Jeremy Evans for putting in extra time to improve.
"They need opportunities to play," Sloan said of his rookies. "I've got to try to get them both in the ball game. ... They've done a terrific job. You couldn't ask them to work harder."
Entering Friday's game, Hayward had averages of 2.1 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0..2 assists and 8.0 minutes in 18 appearances. The shooting guard had four points, two rebounds and 22 minutes in his first NBA start last month.
"It's just a tough situation for him," Williams said. "It's not like he's a lottery pick that came on a bad team. He came onto a playoff team, so it's been an adjustment for him and he's worked hard and hopefully he can make the most of this opportunity."
Jazz notes: Hayward’s second start is another learning experience--Salt Lake Tribune
Butler's younger players get more playing time--The Indy Star
Game Preview: Butler vs. Mississippi Valley St.--Victory Firelight
Cleveland State 94, West Virginia Tech 62--Let's Go Vikes!
CSU Men Put Win Streak On The Line At Sam Houston State--Let's Go Vikes!
CSU Women Return to Action at Akron on Saturday--Let's Go Vikes!
Eight Big 12 Teams in Action on Saturday--Big XII Hooops
(5) Kansas State @ Loyola (IL) (3 P.M. Fox Sports Kansas City) - The Wildcats travel to Chicago to play Loyola, a game scheduled to allow senior Jacob Pullen an opportunity to play back in his hometown. Even though Kansas State should win this game by double digits keep an eye on this one as Loyola should be pumped with a Top 5 opponent entering their gym for only the 2nd time in their history.
Hoewisch leads Green Bay past SE Missouri 74-40--MICentralSports.com
Women's basketball: Golden moment stands out in easy win--Green Bay Press Gazette
#23/17 Green Bay Improves to 9-0 with 74-40 Win over SEMO--uwgbathletics.com
Men's basketball: Today's UWGB vs. Buffalo preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Valparaiso (6-3) at Toledo (0-9)--The Post-Tribune
Valpo High grad Hayden Humes back on the court for Toledo--The NWI Times
Pittsburgh (4-4) at Valparaiso (2-6)--The Post-Tribune
Preview: Wright State vs. Tusculum--Dayton Daily News