Saturday, December 10, 2011

News On The Horizon 12/10/2011

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

Five more teams on upset alert
Sun. 6:00 pm: Detroit @ No. 15 Alabama: Detroit looks like they are finally hitting their stride offensively. Coming off of a nice win over St. John's at home, the Crimson Tide went ahead and lost to Dayton on the road. Detroit's sophomore Ray McCallum is probably the most talented back court player that the Crimson Tide will take on this season, but the Titans also have Eli Holman back. He has 21 points and seven boards in his first action of the season.
Six more mid-major matchups to watch
Sat. 2:00 pm: Akron @ Cleveland State: The win that the Zips have over Mississippi State continues to look better while Cleveland State's performance against Vanderbilt gets less impressive with each lackluster Commodore performance. But while the Vikings have continued to play well since their win over an SEC opponent, Akron has struggled. They've lost four games on the year and have yet to put together another performance quite as impressive as the game they played in Starkville.

Sat. 2:00 pm: Milwaukee @ Northern Iowa: Northern Iowa has been very impressive early on this season. Anthony James is blossoming into a star as the Panthers have rolled through their competition, including a 20 point win over Iowa their last time out. Milwaukee, however, is 8-1 on the season and just blew out DePaul at DePaul.
The rest of the top 25

- 9:00 pm: Green Bay @ No. 11 Marquette: Like Missouri, Marquette has been as impressive as any team in the country early in the season and is coming off of their two biggest wins back-to-back. Will they avoid a let down game?

Men's Basketball Games of the Weekend 12/9 - 12/11--College Sports Madness

BUTLER AT BALL STATE (2 p.m. Saturday at John E. Worthen Arena in Muncie, Indiana)

It looks like Butler is finally suffering the aftereffects after two solid seasons and appearances in the NCAA championship game, but this rivalry game could re-ignite Butler’s offensive spirits. The Bulldogs (4-5) dropped below .500 and have a two-game losing streak following a 77-71 overtime loss to Valparaiso and a 73-61 defeat against Xavier. Roosevelt Jones provided a rare spark in the contest with 10 points and 11 rebounds. While Butler is struggling both in the Horizon League and overall, Ball State (5-2) shows signs of being a strong opponent in the Mid-American Conference. After starting its season 0-2, Ball State has a five-win streak that includes victories against Tennessee-Martin and SIU-Edwardsville. It hasn’t scored below 64 points during the five-win streak, and if Jarrod Jones can replicate his 22 points and 13 rebounds (against SIUE) at any point this season, Ball State could have a field day against opponents.

Utah Jazz: Rookies Enes Kanter and Alec Burks ready to begin pro careers--Deseret News

"I feel like I'm ready for training camp. I've just been working out," he said. "I spent like 31/2 months out in Indiana with Gordon (Hayward) working out. We were getting better together. And then I went to Colorado back to my school and worked out. I've just been trying to stay in shape."

Jazz can't afford to stay kids for long--Deseret News

Third in line for the wading pool is second-year player Gordon Hayward, 21, who still thinks "Norelco" is an appliance warehouse. At times he has been called a poor man's Larry Bird.

Actually, he probably remembers more about Big Bird.

Enes Kanter enters new world as Utah Jazz open camp--Salt Lake Tribune

Second-year small forward Gordon Hayward appeared as confident as he did toward the end of 2010-11, when he averaged 16.4 points during an impressive seven-game run in April, and ended the year with a season-high 34-point outburst against Denver at EnergySolutions Arena.

Hayward’s ballhandling has improved; he added about 15 pounds of muscle weight while working out in Indianapolis; and he’s open to either playing the 2 or 3 this season.

He’s still a fresh-faced 21-year-old. But the No. 9 overall pick from 2010 is now more associated with the Jazz than Butler, and he said one year of NBA experience goes a very long way.

“You just take the good from last year and build on it and take the bad and learn from it. Hopefully be a lot more consistent,” said Hayward, who acknowledged he’d like to start but understands it’s Corbin’s decision to make.

Kragthorpe: Raja Bell not giving way to Utah Jazz’s youth movement yet--Salt Lake Tribune

Fun? That label hardly applied to Bell’s 2010-11 season, and neither did words such as productive or successful. So if there’s considerable curiosity in training camp about how Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks and other young players will perform, questions surround the old guy as well.
Coach Tyrone Corbin wants leadership from Bell. Of course, that will be tricky if he’s not even playing. That could happen because Hayward is developing steadily and C.J. Miles is finally fulfilling his promise — or because Bell is not playing any better than he did as a starter last season, when he was asked to replace some combination of three recently departed players: Ronnie Brewer, Wesley Matthews and Kyle Korver.

While these guards were thriving elsewhere in the NBA, Bell was a major disappointment as a free-agent acquisition, shooting barely 40 percent from the field and averaging only 8.0 points in 68 games. By the season’s end, when Hayward was scoring 34 points against Denver’s disinterested team in the finale and Bell was sidelined by an injury, everybody was in love with the rookie. Bell? An afterthought, at that point.
Corbin maintains that playing time will be determined strictly by merit, not by age — either in the sense of looking to the future or relying on veterans to win as much as possible this season. Yet it is clear that for the Jazz to create any sense of hope around here, they need Hayward to show growth. So Bell is at that awkward age, being asked to help the young guys while “he’s competing for time on the floor himself,” said Corbin, who once went through the same thing in his career.

Washington Wizards sign Roger Mason, 3 rookies, before 1st training camp practice--Washington Post

Before having their first practice of training camp Friday, the Wizards also signed their three draft picks: Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack.

Wizards open training camp despite incomplete roster--Washington Post

The Wizards welcomed rookies Jan Vesely, Shelvin Mack and Chris Singleton and welcomed back veteran Roger Mason Jr., who returned for his second stint with the team after spending recent seasons with the Spurs and Knicks. They all signed shortly before the team hit the court, delaying the practice by an hour.

At a Glance: Butler (4-5) at Ball State (5-2)--The Indy Star
Freshman forwards a source of optimism--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler visits Muncie after Xavier loss--Victory Firelight
Bulldogs Visit Streaking Ball

Bulldogs Run Past Ball State

Miami Heat back in action as training camp opens--Miami Herald

Absent from practice were free agents James Jones, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Juwan Howard and draft pick Norris Cole. Those players were forced to sit out while the Heat irons out the details of their contracts and how they fit into the new collective bargaining agreement.

Cleveland State (9-1) and Akron (3-4) Square Off--Vikings Ball
Vikings Return Home to Host

'Zero' chance Oakland pairs with Detroit in ESPN's Bracketbusters--The Oakland Press
On Campus blog: Are the Detroit Titans burning bridges?--The Oakland Press
Holman returns to team--The Varsity News
Commemorative Dick Vitale Items Still
Titans Battle #16/15 Alabama on ESPNU

UIC (2-5) Takes On Northern Illinois (0-7)--Flame Fanatic
Flames Set to Entertain NIU on Comcast SportsNet

Women's Basketball Games of the Weekend 12/9 - 12/11--College Sports Madness

NORTHWESTERN AT LOYOLA (ILL.) (3 p.m. Saturday at Joseph Gentile Arena in Chicago, Illinois)

It isn’t a matchup of ranked teams, but it is nevertheless a rivalry game between two of Chicago’s universities and that should get the fans motivated. Northwestern (6-1) suffered its lone loss against DePaul in the fifth game of the season but has beaten North Carolina State and Missouri since then. In the 74-70 win over the Tigers Kendall Hackney had 20 points and seven rebounds. Loyola (4-4), out of the Horizon League, has dropped its last two games by an average of four points a contest. The Ramblers lost 70-65 to DePaul and then fell to LaSalle 48-45.

The NC-Double-Eh Schedule - Dec. 10--Raptors HQ

And here is where the ladies are playing …
3:00pm Northwestern @ Loyola (IL) – Northwestern’s Karly Roser is looking like Steve Nash early in her rookie season. She’s averaging 7.1 assists which is tied for the lead in the Big Ten and is third in the NCAA. She’s been the catalyst for the Wildcat offense and should help them get this win against Loyola (IL) in this battle of cross-town rivals.

Ramblers Prepare For Saturday Battle With

A Letter From Porter Moser To Rambler Students And
Injuries Continue To Plague Depleted Loyola

A Brief, By the Numbers Look at the Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix--Anonymous Eagle
What The Hell Is Going On Out Here?--Anonymous Eagle
Men's basketball: Work ethic drives Cerroni--Green Bay Press Gazette
On this day 2 years ago - Dec 09, 2009--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay (4-5) Faces 11th Ranked Marquette (8-0)--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Plays at No. 11/11 Marquette

Women's basketball: Shackelford picks UWGB over Minnesota--Green Bay Press Gazette

Psychological Trauma Continues To Spread--Anonymous Eagle
Cat Fight!--PantherU
PantherU Live Chat--PantherU

Milwaukee WBB Takes Cowboys Stadium Tour--Panther Blog Zone

VU women’s basketball preview capsule--The Post-Tribune

VU men’s basketball preview capsule--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders look to bounce back from IPFW men's basketball loss--The NWI Times
Valparaiso (6-3) vs. Bowling Green (5-3)--Valpo Daily

WSU's Mays, Miami's Mavunga to face off again--Dayton Daily News
Preview: Wright State vs. Miami--Dayton Daily News
Raider Connection Q&A: Bill Edwards Jr., Miami sophomore and son of WSU great--Wright State University Sports
Game 10 Preview: Wright State (3-6) at Miami (2-4)--Wright State University Sports
Wright State (3-6) and Miami (OH) (2-4) Square Off--Rowdy Review

Big run powers YSU over Ohio--Youngstown Vindicator
Youngstown State (6-2) and Buffalo (5-2) Face Off--Guin Report
Hot Start to Second Half Leads Penguins Past Ohio,

Men's Basketball Visits Buffalo Saturday

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