Sunday, December 12, 2010

News On The Horizon 12/12/2010

Previous Evening MAC Review: And It Was Good--Hustle Belt

Toledo 75, Valparaiso 72 (OT) — For the first 25 minutes, this one felt like just another embarrassing blowout at home at the hands of a seasoned Horizon team that had nothing but quality losses. And then the script changed ... UT was hustling, making smart plays, and whittling the 13-point lead away to a point where they were up by five with less than a minute left. Sure enough, Valpo tied the game before the clock struck zero, and the 10th loss felt imminent, but a funny thing happened: Reese Holliday kept playing. He finished with 16 points — all either free throws or layups — 10 rebounds, and really made his mark in this game. Hayden Humes also had 10 points and 14 boards, and three others finished with double-digit points.

I knew they'd eventually pick up a win somewhere, despite the setback at IPFW ... but to beat a team with a winning record? A little surprising. Pomeroy's computer prediction gave them a 9 percent change of winning. I don't know how many more this young team can scrape out, but it'll sure be a strong confidence booster. Toledo's next game: Saturday, 12/18 vs. Florida Gulf Goast
Buffalo 78, Green Bay 64 — They just keep winning. The Phoenix get hounded by Byron Mulkey and Zach Filzen offensively (21 points each), while Javon McCrea hoisted up a double-double (13/12) to go with five blocks as the Bulls just kept building on their lead. Steadily they keep making noise and convincing doubter after doubter that maybe they're not the worst team in the MAC East. And now they rest for a crazy long time as their nonconference final exam is almost three weeks away. Buffalo's next game: Thursday, 12/30 vs. BYU
Detroit 68, Eastern Michigan 65 (OT) — I almost, almost went to this afternoon game before heading down to Toledo for the 7 p.m. tip-off. It'd have been very doable, but since each went to overtime, maybe 50 mintues of hoops is a little too much in one day. So this was for the best, but it was a good'un in Ypsilanti. Derek Thompson tied the game up before regulation ended with a 3-pointer as eight seconds remained in the game, and Brandon Bowdry had a scintillating 31 points and 19 rebounds, but foul trouble ate into their bench and the Titans had just enough to squeak out with another win. EMU's still looking for that elusive Division I victory. Eastern Michigan's next game: Monday, 12/20 vs. Valparaiso in Rochester, Michigan (Lou Henson Award Tournament)

Utah Jazz: Rookie Gordon Hayward starts again as team looks to win at Dallas--Deseret News
Price wants to stay in Utah--Salt Lake Tribune

Rookie watch

Jazz forward Gordon Hayward made his second consecutive start Saturday, filling in for injured guard Raja Bell.

Hayward also failed to score for the second consecutive game. He was 0 of 2 from the field with two rebounds in 11 minutes, 23 seconds of action.

Howard scores 26 in 91-71 Butler win over Miss. Valley St.--The Indy Star
Putting Mack in charge--Indy Star Butler Insider
Bulldogs deliver a beatdown, 91-71--Victory Firelight
Carlino all the chatter after leaving UCLA--Victory Firelight
Bulldogs Roll Past Mississippi Valley

Sharp-shooting Cleveland State tops Sam Houston State, improves to 12-0--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State, Ohio State, Akron, Kent State and local college basketball links--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State 74, Sam Houston State 62: Vikes are 12-0--Let's Go Vikes!
CSU Basketball Notebook: CSU prepares to face Big East foes--Let's Go Vikes!

Shawnita Garland reaches 1,000-point mark in Cleveland State women's basketball team's loss to Akron: Local College Roundup--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU Women Fall at Akron, 73-64--Let's Go Vikes!

Shorthanded Titans Tripped Up At

McCallum's Career Night, Lowe's Defense Lift Titans Over

Illinois State defeats Illinois-Chicago 53-43--The Chicago Tribune
Redbirds top Flames--The Chicago Sun-Times
Follow the Flames Live from Redbird Arena!
Illinois State Tops Visiting UIC,

Women's Basketball Drops Heartbreaker At Eastern Illinois,

Wildcats defeat Ramblers in Pullen's homecoming--Bring On The Cats
Kansas State unimpressive in 68-60 road win over Loyola Chicago--Big XII Hoops
Making Kansas State sweat not sweet enough for Loyola--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola hangs in but falls to No. 5 Kansas State--The Chicago Sun-Times
Loyola Throws Scare Into No. 5 Kansas State But Falls,

Albano Leads Four In Double Figures As Loyola Drops Chicago State,

Basketball Weekly Wrap up: Kneel Niagara, Kneel Before Zod!--Bull Run
Men's basketball: Buffalo's 2nd-half spurt sinks Phoenix--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Stumbles in Road Loss at
Green Bay-Wisconsin to be Televised on Big Ten
Quick Turnaround Brings Green Bay to Kohl Center

UWGB women's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
No. 23/17 Green Bay Faces Tough Challenge at Marquette
Heather Golden Returns to the Playing

Panthers finally find their touch, beat South Dakota State--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Weekly Panthers report--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wanted: consistency for bball team--PantherU
Law of Averages Comes to the Rescue--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Live Men's Basketball Blog - Milwaukee @ South Dakota State--Panther Blog Zone
Postgame Extra – Milwaukee at South Dakota State--Panther Blog Zone
Hot Shooting Sends Panthers Rolling Past

Crusaders beaten by winless Toledo--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders fall in OT to winless Toledo men's basketball team--The NWI Times
Crusaders Fall at Toledo Saturday

Panthers extend Valpo's Big East losing skid to 51--The Post-Tribune
Pitt hands VU women worst home loss in 29 years--The NWI Times
Valpo Downed at Home by Pitt Saturday--The NWI Times

Commentary: WSU-Air Force game should be annual staple--Dayton Daily News
Tabler leads Raiders to win, even record--Dayton Daily News
Vest brothers add extra excitement to WSU's matchup with Tusculum--Dayton Daily News
WSU forward out for today’s game against Tusculum--Wright State University Sports
Tabler shakes off stitches, leads WSU to 60-47 victory against Tusculum--Wright State University Sports
Tabler’s quiet toughness continues to drive WSU senior leader--Wright State University Sports
Raiders Survive Tusculum
Tabler’s toughness prevails in Raider win--The Guardian
Complete Team Effort Leads Wright State Past Tusculum

WSU women's basketball rallies but can't pull away--Dayton Daily News
Women Fall at

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