Sunday, November 27, 2011

News On The Horizon 11/27/2011

Lots of questions for O'Connor, Jazz as the end of lockout nears--Deseret News

While tweeting and sweating up a late-night storm after learning about the NBA's labor resolution, C.J. Miles reminded everybody of an important fact.

"No I am not a free agent," Miles wrote on Twitter. "I play for the UTAH JAZZ."

He will again soon, at least.

Nine guys who ended the 2010-11 season in April with the Jazz can also claim that — in uppercase letters if they so choose — because they remain under contract for the condensed campaign of 2011-12.

Coach Tyrone Corbin's incoming group includes point guard Devin Harris, shooting guard Raja Bell, swingmen Gordon Hayward and Miles, small forward Jeremy Evans, power forwards Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors, along with centers Al Jefferson and Mehmet Okur.
Will Hayward take over Kirilenko's role while promising Burks splits time with Bell, or will they bring the latter off the bench after his disappointing return to the NBA last year? Can Miles find the consistency he's lacked? Will the Jazz find a role for the wildly athletic Evans?

Jazz excited for compressed NBA season to start--Salt Lake Tribune

If the CBA is approved, Corbin will rely upon returning starters Harris and Jefferson to lead the team, while everyone from Gordon Hayward and Paul Millsap to Kanter and Burks should receive significant playing time.

Hoosiers face in-state test--The Post-Tribune
Zeller's college call has affected 2 teams--The Indy Star
Restarting the Butler-IU battle--Victory Firelight
Butler (3-2) Goes Up Against Indiana (5-0)--Butler Blue Fever

Iowa State Beats

Hofstra Beats Cleveland State at Its Own Game--The Mid-Majority
UConn Gets Past Florida State In Overtime--Basketball Predictions

Hofstra 63, Cleveland State 53
Cleveland State struggled with the aggressive play of Hofstra all night. Hofstra dominated the boards (a 47.8 OR% compared to a 15.4 OR% for Cleveland State). Hofstra shot 12-for-21 from the field in the second half, which sounds on paper like they got hot shooting the ball, when in fact ten of the 12 made baskets were layups or dunks. Hofstra just wanted this game more than Cleveland State did, and earned a huge win because of that.

Hofstra came into this game without a quality win, and with losses to Florida Atlantic, Oregon State and Rhode Island. Hofstra will next play Boston University, later today. Their toughest game before beginning conference play will be Iona on December 29th.

This is a disappointing loss for Cleveland State, particularly if they want to make a run at an at-large bid. This will likely be an RPI 100+ loss, and they don't have a lot of opportunities for good wins. They do have wins over Vanderbilt and Kent State, but they don't have much left on their schedule. They will play Rhode Island later today. Their next game after that will be a true road game at Wright State on Thursday.

Game on? NBA owners, players shake on deal--Miami Herald

The Heat has work to do. Point guard Mario Chalmers is a restricted free agent, and draft pick Norris Cole, the point guard from Cleveland State, must be signed. The Heat will also likely shop for a point guard or center with its midlevel exception.

“I know right now everything is tentative, but it’s great news to get back to work and play basketball,” Cole said. “I’ve been trying to be patient and work out, and I’ve spent a lot of time at home with my family. I wasn’t used to living with my family because I was at college for four years.”

Cole will make his move to Miami this week and, upon signing his rookie contract, will be united with his new teammates who agree with his sentiments.

Hofstra hands Cleveland State first loss of season, 63-53--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings Head Coach Gary Waters Talks About Loss to Hofstra--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State vs Hofstra: Recap Notes--Vikings Ball
Hofstra Too Much for Cleveland State, 63-53--Vikings Ball
Vikings Dealt First Loss of Season, 63-53, To
CSU Concludes Play in Ticket City Legends Classic At Rhode

A Study of Point Guards--The Mid-Majority
MAC Basketball Review: A Mid-American Tail: Fievel Goes West--Hustle Belt

Akron 81, Detroit 63 — No football coach? No sweat. The Zips continuously pulled away from their Horizon League foes, led by four individuals in double figures. Nikola Cvetinovic had the most for UA with 16 points (on just eight shots). And a 61 eFG% will help every time.

Detroit vs Akron: Recap Notes--Titans Update
Detroit Falls To Akron, 81-63--Titans Update
Stone to Receive AD Distinguished Alumni
Simon's 27 Not Enough in Defeat at Akron,

Titans Edged By UTSA In Finale Of Thanksgiving

Toledo (4-1) Matches Win Total From Last Year (4-28)--Hustle Belt
UIC vs Toledo: Recap Notes--Flame Fanatic
Toledo Too Much for UIC, 82-67--Flame Fanatic
Men's Basketball Comes up Short at Toledo,
Thursday's Horizon League Opener Kicks Off Eight-Game TV Slate for Men's

Women's Basketball Travels to Illinois State on Monday

Loyola opens Gentile Arena with 64-50 triumph--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola snaps four-game skid--The Chicago Sun-Times
Fordham vs Loyola (Chicago): Recap Notes--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola (Chicago) Drops Fordham, 64-50--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola Opens Gentile Arena With 64-50 Victory Over

Hambric Free Throw Pushes Loyola Past San Francisco,

Women's basketball: Phoenix bests Georgia Tech in OT--Green Bay Press Gazette
Ritchie's Three Lifts No. 18 Green Bay to Thrilling Overtime

Panthers record first victory--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers dispatch UALR; eyes on the Horizon--PantherU
Black and Gold StatBreak--PantherU
Milwaukee vs Arkansas-Little Rock: Recap Notes--UWM Update
Milwaukee Drops Arkansas-Little Rock, 59-54--UWM Update
Postgame Report - Milwaukee at Arkansas-Little Rock--Panther Blog Zone
Panthers Use Late Surge To Claim Win In Little

Panthers uses threes in downing Arkansas-Little Rock--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
WBB: Milwaukee at Western Illinois--Panther Blog Zone
Panthers Shine In Convincing Victory Over Western

VU women's basketball team falls without Richards--The NWI Times
Shorthanded Crusaders Fall to Montana

WSU rallies, fall short against Charlotte--Dayton Daily News
WSU unable to keep up with Charlotte's depth--Dayton Daily News
Wright State battles after slow start but loses to Charlotte, 70-66--Wright State University Sports
High-scoring Wright State basketball alums face off in Austria--Wright State University Sports
Wright State-Charlotte draws smallest crowd for D-I opponent in 53 games--Wright State University Sports
Charlotte 49ers Outlast the Raiders
Charlotte vs Wright State: Recap Notes--Rowdy Review
Wright State Struggles in 70-66 Loss To Charlotte--Rowdy Review
Men Drop 70-66 Decision to

Women Fall at

Hot-shooting No. Iowa knocks off YSU women--Youngstown Vindicator
UNI Hits 11 3-Pointers as YSU Falls in Title Game--Youngstown Vindicator

Brooks blocks shot to help YSU to win--Youngstown Vindicator
Youngstown State vs St. Francis (PA): Recap Notes--Guin Report
Youngstown State Steals Close One from St. Francis (PA), 60-59--Guin Report
DuShawn Brooks Block at the Buzzer Seals 60-59 Win at Saint Francis (Pa.)

Youngstown State, Loyola, Milwaukee Capture Saturday Wins--Horizon League Network

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