Wednesday, December 8, 2010

News On The Horizon 12/8/2010

Stardate 30-20101207: It's All About The State--The Mid-Majority

Utah Jazz: Paul Millsap gets attention with trip to the 'Jungle'--Deseret News

ON HIS OWN: Twenty-year-old rookie Gordon Hayward is no longer living under adult supervision — other than his own, that is. The Jazz rookie's dad lived in Utah with the NBA newbie since training camp, but the elder Hayward returned to Indiana with their family last week.

"I'm, like, officially on my own. It's exciting," Hayward said. "It's a little sad, but I'm ready to leave the nest."

Pizza and ramen noodles, anyone?

VF Podcast 003: May cause abnormal cramping--Victory Firelight
Howard, Vanzant offer up thoughts on season so far (bonus audio)--Victory Firelight
Big Picture: Bulldogs continue to evolve--Victory Firelight
Butler Visits Atlantic 10 Power

Bulldogs Lose In Final Seconds At

Forget the Cavaliers, root for the Buckeyes and Vikings - Comment of the Day--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings enjoying the attention of win streak: Cleveland State Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
At 11-0, Cleveland State offers a major surprise at the start of the college hoops season--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State rolls to 11th straight win in blowout of NAIA's West Virginia Tech--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cole Leads With 24 As CSU Beats West Virginia Tech

CSU women are moving up in Mid-Major Top 25--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Move Up To 17th in Mid-Major Top

Detroit Titans, Western Michigan Broncos renew rivalry wednesday--The Oakland Press

A first look at tempo-free Ken Pom
UIC, coach Howard Moore getting to know one another--The Chicago Tribune

The Mid-Major Top
Loyola Ranked No. 21 In Latest Mid-Major Top 25

Men's basketball: For now, UWGB playing small ball--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Back to Non-Conference Play Wednesday at

No. 23/21 Green Bay Beats Eastern Michigan

Panthers hope to regain consistency--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Head To Madison For Annual Battle With

Panthers Hit The Road To Close Out Non-League Season Milwaukee heads to Michigan State for first of four-straight road

Moore leads No. 19 Purdue past
Wednesday's Shootaround: The Jimmy V Classic, Georgia with another close win, Purdue finds some scoring--Ballin' is a Habit

No. 18 Purdue 76, Valpo 58: Perhaps the best news for Purdue coming out of this game? They won despite JaJuan Johnson struggling. Their center had just 13 points and six turnovers, but E'Twaun Moore went for 23, Lewis Jackson and Kelsey Barlow both reached double figures, and the Boilermakers scored 46 second half points. For a team struggling offensively, signs of life are a good thing.

The Homecoming That Wasn't: Purdue Visits Valparaiso--Hammer and Rails
College Basketball Viewer's Guide For December 7--Blogging the Bracket

Here are three others to keep an eye on for Tuesday night...
* Purdue at Valparaiso, ESPNU (9 p.m. ET): This was supposed to be a homecoming game for Valparaiso High School grad Robbie Hummel, who redshirted this year after tearing his ACL during the Boilermakers' first practice. Purdue can't take the Crusaders, who currently share the Horizon lead with Cleveland State, lightly (especially with the news John Hart will be out for a month with a stress fracture in his right foot), but a good defensive performance should see them leave with a win.

Big Ten Tonight Has Not Forgotten About Wheaton--Sippin' On Purple

Purdue Boilermakers at Valparaiso Crusaders (+7), 8 PM central, ESPNU

This one has "trap game" written all over it for Purdue. Coming off two straight wins, the Boilers hit the road and give in-state little brother Valpo a shot at the big boys. This has to be the biggest game on Valpo's schedule, and they come in on a 4 game winning streak including back to back road wins to open Horizon League play. Meanwhile, Purdue will be without guard John Hart, who was emerging as a much-needed third scorer behind E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson. While it's tempting to take Valpo, they haven't beaten anyone good yet this year and are unlikely to have an answer for Moore or Johnson, so it will be tough to pull the upset, but the 7 point spread certainly indicates they have a chance.

Moore, Boilers squash VU upset bid--The Post-Tribune
Boilers' Byrd effective despite shoulder injury--The Post-Tribune
VU's Wood starts fast, struggles after halftime--The Post-Tribune
Moore keys Purdue in victory over Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
Purdue at Valparaiso, Dec. 7, Live Blog--Off The Mark
JIM PETERS: Hummel homecoming not what was scripted--The NWI Times
VU's Brandon Wood shines then struggles against Purdue--The Post-Tribune
Purdue uses big second half to beat Crusaders--The Post-Tribune
Live from the ARC: Valparaiso vs. No. 19 Purdue--Region Sports Extra
Purdue Pulls Away From Valpo Late--Confessions of a Sports Junkie
Crusaders Lead in Second Half, Eventually Fall to #19/18

Valparaiso at IPFW--The Post-Tribune
Scouting Valparaiso University women's basketball--The NWI Times
Valpo Women Return to the Hardwood Wednesday at

Raiders excited to host Falcons--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State vs. AirForce--Dayton Daily News
Final WSU game time set--Wright State University Sports
Despite mass injuries, Air Force improving after difficult seasons--Wright State University Sports
Men's Basketball Sets Game Time with Green

Bradbury's first recruiting class ranked No. 1 in Horizon--The Guardian

Green Bay Women's Basketball Crack AP Top 25 Poll--Horizon League Network

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