Friday, April 8, 2011

News On The Horizon 4/8/2011

NKU coaches watch and wait--Kentucky Enquirer

Behind the Numbers: VCU & Butler Prove the Limits of Analytics--Rush The Court
Season in Review: By the (Jersey) Numbers--Rush The Court

54 – Matt Howard, Sr, Butler – Here’s a good lesson in Matt Howard. In his previous three season, he was asked by head coach Brad Stevens to be a tough, grinding interior player, relegated to scrapping for rebounds and defending the opponent’s biggest player. And he was good at it, albeit foul-prone. This year, with 6’11 sophomore Andrew Smith emerging, Stevens asked Howard to play a different role. And so, the kid from Connersville, who had attempted a grand total of 20 three-point shots coming into this season (making five), knocked down 53 threes this year while still grabbing more rebounds on either end of the court than he had done in any previous year. In the end, 16.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and legendary status in Indiana. This guy is everything that is great about college basketball.

NBA draft decisions still ahead--ESPN

• Butler coach Brad Stevens said Shelvin Mack will take some time over the next week to decide if he'll declare for the NBA draft. This one will be interesting to watch. Mack is a first-round pick. He's a first-round pick in 2012, too. One would assume he would leave, but he's not a lottery pick like Gordon Hayward. And Mack might feel some pull to finish up with Ronald Nored. Nothing would surprise me with Mack's decision.

Utah Jazz: Kyrylo Fesenko out for season, wants to return to Utah--Deseret News

STRIVING FOR CONSISTENCY: Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin doesn't expect Gordon Hayward to score a career high in points every game — as he did in Utah's previous two road contests against the Lakers and Kings. But he does want to see some consistency out of his rookie, who scored 22 points in L.A. and 18 in Sacramento.

"Last game he had some great success," Corbin said. "We'll see where it goes from here. One of the things with him is that if he has some success, how consistent can he be. I think he's worked extremely hard to try and be more consistent."

In falling to Blazers, Jazz guaranteed losing season--Salt Lake Tribune

But Miles wasn’t alone. Al Jefferson was at times invisible on the offensive end, hitting only 2 of his first 8 shots and producing the most during garbage time. Meanwhile, rookie Gordon Hayward only scored four points through three quarters after breaking out with 41 points during back-to-back contests heading into Thursday’s game.

Butler wins benefit Horizon League coffers--Dayton Daily News

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