Saturday, December 18, 2010

News On The Horizon 12/18/2010

The Other 26: Week Five--Rush the Court
Friday's Pregame Beat: Previewing your college hoops weekend--Ballin' is a Habit


Sat. 2:00 pm: Cleveland State @ West Virginia: If every college basketball team in Division I was to be ranked strictly according to record, Cleveland State would be the No. 1 team in the country. The Vikings are currently the only team in the country sitting at 12-0. Granted, that 12-0 hasn't come against high-major programs -- hell, if we discounted non D-I wins, CSU would be a measly 10-0 -- but they have beaten some pretty good teams, like Iona and Robert Morris.

West Virginia hasn't really been themselves this season. Bob Huggins has had issues getting the guys on his team to play his way. Casey Mitchell, who was so good early in the season, has seen the bench more than he has the court the last two games has he continues to work through issues doing what Huggins' asks. Truck Bryant was benched for a game. Kevin Jones hasn't really improved as much as people had hoped. Deniz Kilicli is a quality post presence, but he hasn't quite figured out how to play in Huggins system. The result has been some lackluster performances the past week.

Cleveland State is led by the high-scoring Norris Cole, who comes into this one averaging 21.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.4 apg and 2.3 spg. If WVU lets him get going and continues their struggles, the Vikings may get their first big win of the season. And if the game is anything like last year's, it will be a classic:
* 2:00 pm: No. 14 Illinois vs. Illinois-Chicago: Former Minnesota Golden Gopher Paul Carter plays for UIC, transferring for his senior season to be closer to his sister, who has cancer.

College Basketball Viewer's Guide For December 18--Blogging the Bracket

In regularly scheduled games on Saturday...
Stanford at Butler, CBS Regional (2 p.m. ET): A win over the Cardinal won't really help the Bulldogs' computer numbers that much, but the fact the game is on semi-national TV should help them from a prestige standpoint.

Cleveland State at West Virginia, Big East Network/CST/MASN/SNY/ESPN3/Full Court (2 p.m. ET): Last year's Viking team wasn't anywhere near as good as this season's undefeated version. In fact, they were 4-7 when they welcomed the Mountaineers to the Wolstein Center. CSU only lost that one by two. They have a chance to pull off a huge upset in Morgantown Saturday afternoon.

Loyola-Chicago at DePaul, Big East Network/ESPN3/Full Court (2 p.m. ET): The Blue Demons pulled away from Milwaukee in the second half on Tuesday, but the 8-3 Ramblers should provide a tougher challenge in this Windy City grudge match.
Detroit at Central Michigan, ESPNU (7 p.m. ET): This one matches up two talented youngsters who elected to play under their fathers, the Titans' Ray McCallum, Jr., and the Chips' Trey Zeigler.

Previous Evening MAC Review: This Is How You Freely Throw--Hustle Belt

Jazz notes: No change to Okur’s cautious schedule--Deseret News

Jazz rookie forward Gordon Hayward made his third consecutive start while filling in for an injured Raja Bell. Hayward finished with one point in 10:52. He has recorded one point on 0-of-4 shooting while committing nine fouls in 29 minutes during the starts.

“I’m just thinking way too much and not just doing what I can do,” Hayward said. “And that’s got to change.”

Game 7-024: Mississippi Valley State at Butler--The Mid-Majority
Utah Jazz Extra: Random ramblings about rookie Gordon Hayward--Deseret News
Jazz Extra: Coming attractions and hot or not--Deseret News

Who's not: Gordon Hayward

Rookie went scoreless on 0-for-3 shooting in his two starts.

Utah Jazz: Raja Bell 'probable' for tonight's game with Warriors--Deseret News
Utah Jazz: Bell will miss tonight's game, but Fesenko will play--Deseret News
Utah Jazz: Rookie Jeremy Evans brings energy to team and the crowd--Deseret News

"He did great," said Gordon Hayward, Evans' fellow Jazz rookie. "Every time you see his back-door cut for a lob, I mean, it's the same play, how does he keep getting open? But he jumps pretty high and sells it pretty well. He did great tonight."

Sloan has been impressed with Evans' work ethic and ability to be ready when called upon.

"That's tough for those young guys," Sloan said of players such as Evans and Hayward, who practice just as hard as the rest of the team but don't get to play as much in games. "You get a few minutes and that's what you like to see — put everything you have into it, even though you may play for a short period of time. If things don't go well, you have to fight back. If they go well, don't get your head up too high in the air. Someone will knock it off your shoulder."

Utah Jazz notebook--Deseret News

BELL STILL OUT: Starting shooting guard Raja Bell didn't play Monday, marking the third straight game he's missed due to a strained right adductor muscle.

With Bell unable to go, rookie Gordon Hayward made his third consecutive start.

Hayward was scoreless while opening in Bell's place Friday against Orlando and Saturday at Dallas.

But Sloan stuck with him anyway Monday, saying that starting again would allow the first-round draft pick from Butler University "a chance to see where he is, and how he's gonna react, and try to improve."

Hayward had one point, on a free throw, while logging 11 minutes against the Warriors.

Sloan suggested it's important to remember Hayward and second-round pick Jeremy Evans, who scored nine points off the bench Monday, still are rookies.

"That's why they need some experience," he said, "to get a chance to kind of understand. But they're trying to do the right things."

Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward, just go out and play--Deseret News
Hornets throttle lifeless Utah Jazz--Deseret News

NOTES: All 12 dressed players saw action for the Jazz, while rookie Jeremy Evans became the first healthy Utah athlete to be put on the inactive list. … Rookie Gordon Hayward scored more points (seven) in this one off the bench than he did in three previous starts combined (one point). … Utah's point total and rebounds were season-lows for a Hornets opponent.


Utah's rookies, Evans and Gordon Hayward, had a special request from Raja Bell for their required gameday culinary delivery to the team. Instead of the standard bagels or doughnuts, the NBA newbies had to bring their more experienced teammates a batch of beignets, the French pastries that are a popular item in the Big Easy.

Jazz notes--Deseret News

Raja out, Fes back

Jazz rookie forward Gordon Hayward made his third consecutive start while filling in for an injured Raja Bell. Hayward finished with one point in 10:52. He has recorded one point on 0-of-4 shooting while committing nine fouls in 29 minutes during the starts.

“I’m just thinking way too much and not just doing what I can do,” Hayward said. “And that’s got to change.”

The Top 10 Everything of 2010--Time Magazine
Butler among transfer options for Carlino--The Indy Star
Smith quickly grows into a big role with Bulldogs--The Indy Star
CBS' Butler telecast from Hinkle is a 1st--The Indy Star
The Howard/Smith duo--Indy Star Butler Insider
Stanford coach brings Duke legacy--Indy Star Butler Insider
Have a glance around the Horizon League--Victory Firelight
Ron Nored studies elementary education… and Dr. Phil--Victory Firelight
Big man Andrew Smith talks shop--Victory Firelight
Cutting down the ‘net: Grading the preseason polls--Victory Firelight
Game Preview: Butler vs. Stanford>--Victory Firelight
Bulldogs Host First-Time Visitor

Bulldogs To Play Coastal Carolina At Myrtle

Today's College Basketball Picks--Searching for Billy Edelin

Cleveland State @ West Virginia(-11): Take CSU- To me this will be one of the more intriguing games of the day. I'd bet anything that when Bob Huggins scheduled this game, he wasn't planning on hosting one of the nation's top mid-majors in Cleveland State. The Vikings are led by 6'2'' guard Norris Cole. The senior from Dayton, OH is shooting 41% from deep and also averages close to five assists and rebounds a game. CSU is hard-nosed on the defensive end, allowing only one team to score seventy points to this point. As usual, Huggins has his Mountaineers in building for another NCAA run. After averaging just 3.7 PPG last year, senior guard Casey Mitchell is the team's leading scorer at 17.8 PPG. Someone needed to step up after Ebanks and Butler left, and the 6'4'' wing has answered the call. West Virginia will hold court at home, but won't cover this large spread. The thing you have to ask when looking at this game is: When is Joe Mazzulla ever going to leave Morgantown?

Cleveland State's undefeated record not built on a schedule of holiday cupcakes--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Undefeated Cleveland State enjoying their 'Big Mo' -- junior guard Jeremy Montgomery--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Fox Sports Ohio to Televise Cleveland State’s Game Against West Virginia on Saturday--Let's Go Vikes!
VIDEO: 12-15 Gary Waters Media
Men's Basketball Notes: West Virginia

CSU women drop a spot in Women’s Mid-Major Top 25--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Continue Three Game Road Trip at
VIDEO: 12-15 Kate Peterson Abiad Media
Women's Basketball Notes:

Brigid Mulroy Returns To The Titan Program As An Assistant
Save The Date, Girls & Women in Sport Day Scheduled For February
Women's Basketball Game Time Against Marygrove On Dec. 27 Changed To 5
Detroit Set For Showdown At

National Audience Ready for Father-Son

Wednesday's Shootaround: So much for guaranteed games...--Ballin' is a Habit

Northern Illinois 80, Illinois-Chicago 78: Here's a name you may not have heard before -- Xaiver Silas. Northern Illinois' star guard went for 40 points last night in the Huskie's win over UIC. He's averaging 28.3 ppg on the season. He matched that in the second half last night, which also happened to be the fourth time (in seven games) this season Silas has scored at least 34 points.

It's a brother battle at the United
Matchup: Illinois vs. Illinois-Chicago--The Chicago Tribune
Silas’ 40 just enough as NIU tops UIC--The Chicago Sun-Times
Men's Basketball Comes up Short at Northern Illinois,
The Howard Moore Podcast: Episode
Men's Basketball Hosts No. 12/14 Illinois at the United Center

Women's Basketball Set for United Center

Turnovers set to decide city match
Ramblers, Blue Demons renew fight for bragging rights-The Chicago Sun-Times
Loyola Renews Rivalry With DePaul Saturday
Loyola Game At DePaul To Be Picked Up On ESPN Full Court And

Tuesday's Shootaround: Another day, another SEC West team struggles--Ballin' is a Habit

Wisconsin 70, Green Bay 56: After going for 22 and 8 last night, Jon Leuer is averaging 19.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.0 bpg, and shooting 51% from the floor and 48% from three. According to Kenpom's offensive ratings, the only two players that have been better this season are Kemba Walker and Derrick Williams.

Women's basketball: UW-Green Bay's Heather Golden ends career because of knee injuries--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Tetschlag's play heats up--Green Bay Press Gazette
Heather Golden calls it a career--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay Begins Four-Game Homestand Saturday at 2

Green Bay Begins Four-Game Homestand Saturday at 2
Flying with the Phoenix: Meet Brian
Flying with the Phoenix: Academic

DePaul's defense does it the right
Blue Demons put bad week behind--The Chicago Sun-Times
Panthers make several errors in losing to DePaul--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Paul Plinske’s Presentation--PantherU
Grace Calhoun’s Presentation--PantherU
Rick Costello’s Presentation--PantherU
Looking for answers: Game 13 vs. Bowling Green--PantherU
Everyone Get's a Mulligan, right?--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Live Men's Basketball Blog - Milwaukee @ DePaul--Panther Blog Zone
Postgame Extra – Milwaukee at DePaul--Panther Blog Zone
Live Men's Basketball Blog - Milwaukee vs. Bowling Green--Panther Blog Zone
DePaul Defense Takes Its Toll As Blue Demons Down
Panthers Back Home To Host Bowling Green

Panthers Return To Action At Toledo

IPFW ready for road tests--Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Crusaders senior leads team in scoring, bruises and scars--The NWI Times
Valparaiso to Hold First of Four Family Nights Saturday
Valpo Returns Home Saturday; Hosts

IPFW (7-2) at Valparaiso (6-4)--The Post-Tribune

Scouting Valparaiso University women's basketball--The NWI Times
Valpo Returns from Finals to Host Chicago

Ailing Duggins keys road win for Raiders--Dayton Daily News
Many players boost Raiders against Central Michigan--Dayton Daily News
Former Raiders get taste of broadcasting--Dayton Daily News
WSU big man Pacher making big gains--Dayton Daily News
WSU, Miami series has history of tight games--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Miami at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Duggins defense, free throws help WSU hold off Central Michigan, 53-49--Wright State University Sports
Despite ‘terrible’ back, Duggins continues battling for Wright State--Wright State University Sports
Vest improving, day to day after hard fall vs. Central Michigan--Wright State University Sports
WSU schedule has proven as difficult as expected--Wright State University Sports
WSU freshman says fall was ‘just scary,’ called probable for Saturday--Wright State University Sports
WSU pulls out 53-49 win at Central Michigan--Fairborn Daily Herald
Men’s Hoops Preview: Wright State (5-5) at Central Michigan (2-6)--The Guardian
Raiders win on road at Central Michigan--The Guardian
WSU’s Vest wins ‘battle of the Vests’--The Guardian
Men Pull Out 53-49 Win at Central
Five Questions: Scott
Five Questions: Clayton

Women’s Hoops Preview: WSU (4-4) at Southern Illinois (1-7)--The Guardian
Lady Raiders dominate Southern Illinois in win--The Guardian
Women Pull Away in Second Half for 75-53 Win at Southern

Friday's Shootaround: Memphis survives--Ballin' is a Habit

NC State 67, Youngstown State 50: The good news for the Wolfpack is that they outscored the Penguins 46-16 late. The bad news is that they needed that kind of performance after finding themselves down 31-13 with just under four minutes left in the first half. CJ Leslie had 14 points and 19 boards in the win.

Previewing Youngstown State--Backing the Pack
NC State 67, Youngstown State 50--Backing the Pack
Penguins scare Wolfpack, then fall--Youngstown Vindicator
Men's Basketball Visits ACC-Member NC State for First All-Time
Men's Basketball Battles NC State But Falls,

YSU’s first month had highs & lows--Youngstown Vindicator
Akron stops Penguins at home--Youngstown Vindicator
Guins to Face Akron in Lone December Home
Akron Pulls Away Late to Beat Women's Basketball,

Saturday brings six non-conference women's basketball games--Horizon League Network

All 8 Men's Basketball Games Available Live, Free on Saturday--Horizon League Network

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