Friday, December 31, 2010

News On The Horizon 12/31/2010

Friday's Pregame Beat: Previewing your college hoops weekend--Ballin' is a Habit

* 2:00 pm: Valpo @ Butler; UIC @ Cleveland State: Butler looks like they are back on track this season with a win in the Diamond Head Classic, but Norris Cole and Cleveland State appear to be legit this season. Can CSU unseat Butler atop the Horizon?

Utah Jazz will be shorthanded tonight against Portland--Deseret News

Coach Jerry Sloan hasn't announced his starting lineup for tonight's game, but it's likely he will again go with Gordon Hayward in the small forward spot. The rookie scored a season-high 17 points with six rebounds and three assists in 44 minutes in the 103-95 comeback win over the Clippers.

Rookie Hayward sparks Jazz win over L.A. Clippers--Salt Lake Tribune
Hayward scores pro high of 17--Indy Star Butler Insider
Word on Smeathers: Patience, please--Indy Star Butler Insider

One-Man Shows--Basketball Prospectus

Norris Cole, Cleveland State — The Vikings have been one of the best mid-major stories of the season’s first two months, and they’ve gone 13-1 (lone loss: at West Virginia) by way of a killer defense that yields only .91 points per possession. Until 2010 national runner-up Butler barreled through high-major competition on the way to the Diamond Head Classic championship in Hawaii last week, Cleveland State was not only arguably the best team in the Horizon League, they were the best team in the Horizon League.

Gary Waters’ team scores a phenomenal 1.05 points per trip, but that’s all the more remarkable due to the offense’s distinct lack of dimension. It’s a team ruled by guards, and 6-foot-2 senior Cole is king of kings. He scores 29 percent of the team’s points, is already over 300 for the year, and has put up 210 shots — 60 more than his closest teammate. He’s used on 32 percent of the team’s possessions, 24th in Division I. And he has notable March experience, too. On Friday, March 20, 2009, as a sophomore, Cole led his team with 22 points on 8-for-18 shooting as No. 13 Cleveland State took down No. 4 Wake Forest 84-69 for the team’s first NCAA win since 1986. Get past Butler again, and the Vikings will be back for another attempt. If you’re looking for the next Show, Cole could very well provide it.

Cleveland State men's basketball team cruises past Loyola--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Video: Gary Waters Talks About Upcoming Horizon League Games This Weekend--Let's Go Vikes!
Plain Dealer Does Lengthy Video Story On CSU Basketball--Let's Go Vikes!
Cheer For CSU Basketball on the Road - 4 Viking Voyages Set for 2011--Let's Go Vikes!
CSU BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: Vikes look to hold serve this week against Loyola and UIC--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State 73, Loyola-Chicago 55--Let's Go Vikes!
Big Man Pogue Gives Big Effort In 73-55 Win Over
Vikings Host UIC On New Year's

The NC-Double-Eh Schedule - Dec. 30--Raptors HQ

7:00pm Green Bay @ Detroit – Jason Calliste has seen his scoring drop significantly but that may have more to do with the emergence of teammate Ray McCallum as a scorer. After starting off the season fairly hot, he’s only managed to score more than 8 points once in the last four games after a 20 points explosion Dec. 4. Calliste plays a lot of minutes and can fill it up in a hurry so this would be a good game to see if he does so tonight.

Detroit Mercy cruises by Wisconsin-Green Bay--The Detroit Free Press
Titans Cruise to 79-56 Win Over Green

Detroit Opens Conference Play At No. 21 Green Bay On New Year's

Losing night for Chicago in
Youngstown State edges UIC 71-69--Daily Herald
Follow the Flames LIVE from Youngstown State!
Men's Basketball Comes Up Short at Youngstown State,

Women's Basketball Prepared To Lift Lid On Horizon League

Pogue tough on Ramblers--The Chicago Sun-Times
Cleveland State routs Loyola 73-55--Daily Herald
Loyola Falls At Cleveland State,
Ramblers Ring In New Year At Youngstown State Saturday

Loyola Opens Horizon League Play With New Year's Eve Clash With Youngstown

Women's basketball: As Usual, UWGB favored in Horizon League--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women vs. South Dakota--UWGB Basketball
No. 21 Green Bay Opens Horizon League Play

Men's basketball: Detroit outmuscles Phoenix--Green Bay Press Gazette
Re-picking the Horizon League--UWGB Basketball
Game #14: Detroit 79, UWGB 56 FINAL--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay Drops Road Tilt at

UW-Milwaukee has little go right in loss to Wright State--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Like a Hurricane: Panthers Battered and Beaten Down by Wright State, Lose 68-44--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Live Men's Basketball Blog - Milwaukee @ Wright State--Panther Blog Zone
Postgame Extra – Milwaukee at Wright State--Panther Blog Zone
Raiders Ride Hot Shooting To League Win Over
Panthers Set To Open New Year With Matinee In

Live Blog: Women's Basketball vs. Wright State--Panther Blog Zone

Crusaders Wear Down Cardinals--Confessions of a Sports Junkie
Valpo vs. Ball State Photo Gallery--Confessions of a Sports Junkie
Valparaiso-Butler news and notes--Off The Mark
Valpo Resumes Horizon League Play at

VU women's basketball team snaps four-game losing streak--The NWI Times
Crusader Women Close 2010 with Win at Eastern

WSU rebounds from tough loss, defeats Milwaukee--Dayton Daily News
WSU's Duggins playing with stress fracture in back--Dayton Daily News
Raiders’ big man Cooper Land excels--Dayton Daily News
Land’s career-best scoring night drives WSU to 24-point victory vs. Milwaukee--Wright State University Sports
Duggins playing with stress fracture in his back, WSU learns--Wright State University Sports
At Nutter Center, basket looks large for Wright State--Wright State University Sports
I’ve changed my tune on N’Gai Evans--Through the Arch
Raiders pull away in second half for league win--Fairborn Daily Herald
Land and Evans Shine in 68-44 Drubbing of
Men Roll Over Milwaukee

Penguins close out 2010 with Horizon, home win--Youngstown Vindicator
Battle tested--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Ashen Ward Scores 26 Points As Guins Hold Off UIC,

Women's Hoops Opens League Play, Closes 2010 at

Horizon League women's basketball tips-off conference season on Friday--Horizon League Network

Home Teams Hold Serve on Thursday Night--Horizon League Network

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