Friday, December 24, 2010

News On The Horizon 12/24/2010

Stardate 46-20101223: Winter Break--The Mid-Majority

Set Your Tivo: 12.23.10--Rush The Court

Butler vs. Florida State (in Honolulu, HI) – 10 pm on ESPN2 (***)

Butler took care of Utah while Florida State beat the home team, Hawaii, in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic. Expect this to be a low scoring game between one of the best defensive clubs in the nation (FSU) and a slower-paced team (Butler). Chris Singleton has cooled off a bit since his hot start to the season but remains the Seminoles’ top scorer, rebounder and defender. Singleton going up against Butler’s Matt Howard will be fun to watch.

Quick rundown of your Festivus night schedule--College Basketball Blog

Florida State vs. Butler (10 ET, ESPNU). Florida State is old and the single-toughest team to score against in Division I. Fortunately, Butler knows how to grind a game out, and nobody defends the 3-point shot in all of D-I as well as the Bulldogs. Let's set the over/under for this one at 104.5.

Utah Jazz: Jerry Sloan continues to climb wins list--Deseret News

"That's ridiculous. That's quite an accomplishment," Jazz guard Gordon Hayward said. "Congrats to Coach on that."

To help put Sloan's ridiculous achievement in perspective, consider this: Almost 200 of his coaching victories, including those from his Chicago stint from 1979-82, came before Hayward was even born on March 23, 1990.

Utah Jazz notebook: Gordon Hayward provided fourth-quarter boost--Deseret News
Jazz’s second unit now must find way to integrate Okur--Salt Lake Tribune

Despite the brief appearance, Jazz coaches and reserves believe that working Okur mid-season into the second rotation will not be a major obstacle. Time and patience will be required. Minutes for reserves such as Kyrylo Fesenko, Jeremy Evans, Gordon Hayward, Ronnie Price, Earl Watson and Francisco Elson — all of whom have made major contributions during the Jazz’s surprising 21-9 start — could rise and fall nightly. But everything from Okur’s knowledge of Utah’s offensive and defensive systems to his willingness to come off the bench for the first time since 2004-05 should make the transition smoother than normal.

Butler holds off Florida State to reach Diamond Head title game--The Indy Star
Hawaii blog 3: Bulldogs reach final--Indy Star Butler Insider
Hawaii blog 4: Resilience + 3s = win--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler out-uglies FSU in semifinal win--Victory Firelight
Butler back on track against Stanford, Utah--Butler Collegian
Bulldogs Edge Florida State,

Cleveland State 69, South Florida 62--Let's Go Vikes!
Gary Waters Radio Show Once Again Will be Held at Playmakers--Let's Go Vikes!
Luda Ndaye - A Future Star of CSU Hoops--Let's Go Vikes!

All-Chicago Non-Conference

Women's Basketball Falls In Non-Conference Finale At Eastern

Happy Holidays from Women's
Women's Basketball Team Gives Back During the

Happy Holidays from Men's

Valparaiso finds its touch -- just in time--Off The Mark

WSU women have won 3 straight--Dayton Daily News

YSU’s Sulskis, Dimitrov compare Christmas in America, home countries--Youngstown Vindicator

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