Tonight’s Quick Hits…
* Whelliston’s Red Line Upset Record. The Mid-Majority’s record of what he calls “red line upsets” was equaled tonight with ten teams from mid-major leagues defeating major-conference teams. The Las Vegas Classic was particularly inspiring for the little guys, as New Mexico dropped Colorado and Northern Iowa got past Indiana. The others: North Texas over LSU, Siena over Georgia Tech, Dayton over Seton Hall, Cleveland State over South Florida, Seattle over Virginia, Furman over South Carolina, Green Bay over Wyoming, Butler over Utah, and Northern Arizona over Air Force (note: Whelliston considers the Mountain West a major conference). And nice representation among the power leagues, with the MWC dropping three games and the ACC, Big East and SEC grabbing two a piece. Shockingly, the Pac-10 had none tonight (and yes, Oregon State played — see below).
College Basketball Viewer's Guide For December 22--Blogging the Bracket
Oakland hasn't defeated a Division I opponent since upsetting Tennessee on December 14. On Saturday, the Golden Grizzlies fell at Michigan. Yesterday, they lost a thriller at home to Valparaiso, 103-102, in the final of the Lou Henson Award tournament, which Oakland hosted in honor of last year's recipient Keith Benson, who only scored 5 and grabbed one rebound. Valpo's Brandon Rose and Cory Johnson were the night's stars, scoring 35 and 33 respectively. The Grizzlies are at .500 overall now, but only 6-7 against Division I opponents, since they beat non-D1 Rochester in Monday's semifinal.
Diamond Head Classic Quarterfinals at Honolulu
Utah vs. Butler, ESPNU and ESPN3 (11 p.m. ET): Memo to Matt Howard: The Utes are really good at getting opportunities at the foul line, so you'll need to play smart defense. If the Bulldogs play as well as they did against Stanford on Saturday or Duke a couple of weeks back, they'll romp. If they play down to the Utes' level, they're going to have serious issues staying in the winners' bracket.
Utah Jazz: Game at a glance--Deseret News
The Jazz outscore the T-Wolves 41-24 in the fourth, thanks in part to reserves Gordon Hayward and Earl Watson
Utah Jazz: Strong 4th quarter lifts Jazz--Deseret News
Gordon Hayward — yes, the rarely used rookie — clinched the Jazz's latest rallying effort with a slam dunk and a free throw with 13 seconds to go.
But the play of Earl Watson (four points, two assists) and Hayward (five points, three assists, three rebounds) in that fourth quarter really gave Utah a big boost.
Hayward played so well that Sloan kept him on the court the entire fourth quarter.
"It was fun," the 20-year-old top-10 pick said. "I just tried to get out there and bring some energy."
Jazz rally against T-wolves as Sloan passes Riley--Salt Lake Tribune
Then he proceeded to make the right calls at the right time, including playing rookie Gordon Hayward — who had recorded just two minutes in his previous two games — all 12 minutes during the fourth quarter Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Then Sloan got creative. Inserting Hayward and veteran reserve point guard Earl Watson as Utah’s Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson struggled with fouls, the Jazz sharpened their focus and slowly chipped away at Minnesota’s advantage. Watson was then substituted for Deron Williams (team-high 25 points), and Utah’s comeback was on.
“That’s ridiculous. That’s quite an accomplishment,” said Hayward, referring to Sloan’s win total. “Congrats to coach on that, and I think it was a good come-from-behind win for him for that.”
Butler tops Utah 74-62 in Hawaii tourney opener--The Indy Star
Carlino to BYU; Hawaii tourney opens--Indy Star Butler Insider
Hawaii blog 1: Butler beats Utah--Indy Star Butler Insider
Hawaii blog 2: Getting Mack on track--Indy Star Butler Insider
Howard, Nored carry Bulldogs past Utes--Victory Firelight
BUTLER 74, UTAH 62--THE unOFFICIAL BUTLER BULLDOGS MEN'S BASKETBALL PAGE
Bulldogs Hold On Against Utah, 74-62--ButlerSports.com
The Airing of USF Basketball Grievances--Voodoo Five
Freshman Ludavic Ndave delivers for Cleveland State: Vikings Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Second-half blitz fuels Cleveland State men's basketball victory over South Florida--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikes host South Florida tonight--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State 69, South Florida 62--Let's Go Vikes!
Strong Second Half By Cole Fuels CSU over USF, 69-62--csuvikings.com
Titans Fall at Bradley in Hard-Fought Affair, 73-65--detroittitans.com
UIC setting unintentional comedy records--ChicagoNow.com
Oregon State routs UIC 74-54--The Chicago Tribune
Oregon State defeats Illinois-Chicago 74-54--Daily Herald
Follow the Flames LIVE from Oregon State!--uicflames.com
Men's Hoops Falls on the Road at Oregon State, 74-54--uicflames.com
Loyola and UIC split as Horizon League continues solid non-conference--ChicagoNow.com
Loyola knocks off Texas-Pan American--The Chicago Tribune
Strong Second Half Sends Loyola Past UT-Pan American, 84-76--LoyolaRamblers.com
Loyola Shakes Off Slow Start, Eases Past Western Illinois, 64-59--LoyolaRamblers.com
Cowboys look to extend win streak--Cowboy Altitude
Men's basketball: Phoenix rallies to defeat Wyoming--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game 13: UWGB 68, Wyoming 62 FINAL--UWGB Basketball
UWGB scores "Red Line Upset"--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay Heads West to Play Wyoming Wednesday--uwgbathletics.com
Green Bay Storms Past Wyoming for Road Win--uwgbathletics.com
Stifling Defense Helps Comeback Kids Win Again--uwgbathletics.com
VU moving in the right direction--The Post-Tribune
Thursday's Shootaround: Another great game involving Missouri--Ballin' is a Habit
Charlotte 57, Wright State 53: After beating Tennessee on Friday, Charlotte bounced back and rallied late to beat the Shockers. The 49ers got a huge three late in the game from Derrio Green that was the difference maker. Maybe getting rid of Shamari Spears really was addition by subtraction.
Raiders let big lead slip away, fall to Charlotte--Dayton Daily News
Raiders stifled from Charlotte switching defenses--Dayton Daily News
WSU lets 14-point second-half lead slip away in 57-53 loss at Charlotte--Wright State University Sports
The anatony of a breakdown: How WSU could lose a 14-point lead--Wright State University Sports
Wright State men fall at Charlotte--Fairborn Daily Herald
Men Fall at Charlotte--wsuraiders.com
Raiders to Host Blackout Game on January 14--wsuraiders.com
WSU women's basketball pull away for win--Dayton Daily News
Women Pull Out 73-65 Win Over UCF--wsuraiders.com
Three "Red-Line Upsets" Highlight Four-Win Night--Horizon League Network