Tuesday, December 13, 2011

News On The Horizon 12/13/2011

Men's Basketball Games of the Week 12/12 - 12/15--College Sports Madness

No. 14 WISCONSIN AT MILWAUKEE (8 p.m. Tuesday at US Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

These two schools are separated by an hour’s distance and Interstate 94, and they represent different conferences with Wisconsin in the Big 10 and Milwaukee in the Horizon League. Both schools are 8-2 through their first 10 games. Wisconsin’s best attribute is its unselfishness (14.5 assists per game, 84th among Division I schools), and that has helped the school to wins over Green Bay and UNLV in the last two games. Its two losses were to North Carolina and Marquette, both ranked schools, and both were by single digits. Look out for Ben Brust off the bench, as he scored 25 points in a 62-51 win over the Runnin Rebels. Milwaukee isn’t even in the top 100 in any of the major categories. The Panthers’ losses have come against Michigan State and Northern Iowa. Kaylon Williams leads Milwaukee at 12.8 points per game and had 16 against Northern Iowa.

CINCINNATI AT WRIGHT STATE (7 p.m. Wednesday at Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio)

When the Bearcats take the court in Dayton, four players will not be in uniform for this game. Yancy Gates, Octavius Ellis and Cheikh Mbodj are out for the next six games and Ge’Lawn Guyn will miss this game following their roles in an on-court brawl following the team’s loss to Xavier on Saturday. Gates is the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.5 points and he also has 9.5 rebounds a game to his credit, and that is out of the lineup until Jan. 4, when Gates, Ellis and Mbodj all are eligible to return. Cincinnati has also lost to Presbyterian and Marshall. Wright State is off to a 4-6 start and is pretty much near the bottom in every statistical category, but the losses to Charleston and Cleveland State were by a combined six points. The Raiders beat Miami of Ohio 51-49 in their last game, keyed by 13 points from Cole Darling.

Gordon Hayward: Second-year Utah Jazz swingman shows plenty of promise--Deseret News
Utah Jazz's Mehmet Okur gets compliments on condition--Deseret News

WINGING IT: The small forward duel between C.J. Miles and Gordon Hayward has been another fun position fight, Corbin said.

Miles came in leaner. Hayward came in stronger. And they're both better.

"Those two guys right now are really in a battle against each other to see who will come out on top," Corbin said. "It's a good competition."

Utah Jazz notes: Keith McLeod back for another shot with Jazz--Salt Lake Tribune

Miles, Hayward battle

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin isn’t close to naming a starting lineup, but he said Monday C.J. Miles and Gordon Hayward are “in a battle with each other to see who comes out on top.”

Miles and Hayward are wing players who can swing between shooting guard and small forward.

Both have gotten off to a good start in training camp.

Miles “has done a tremendous job with the time off getting his body in better shape,” Corbin said. “His athletic ability continues to grow as a result of it, [and] he’s more confident because he knows who he is.”

Asked about Hayward, who comes off an eye-opening finish to his rookie season, Corbin said, “He has gotten stronger, so he’s better.”

Jazz begin NBA education of Enes Kanter--Salt Lake Tribune

O’Connor was an open book, and only two questions made the longtime GM pause before answering.

No. 1: Revisiting the Deron Williams trade.

No. 2: Enes Kanter.

The sudden development of Favors and Gordon Hayward could take Utah to the next level. The return of Mehmet Okur and continued improvement from Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson could be the keys to the Jazz’s 2011-12 season. But what will ultimately define Utah’s impending campaign is how much progress the No. 3 overall pick of the 2011 draft makes — if any.

Report on Dunham: Alford shoot-alike--Indy Star Butler Insider
Roosevelt Jones Wins the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - December 12th, 2011--Butler Blue Fever

Non-BCS Power Pyramid, Week 4--Eye On College Basketball

15. Cleveland State (10-1). A Sentence: Have no prob putting CSU in here, but be warned that last season this team started 12-0 and finished its regular season 12-7. A Statistic: Cleveland State has the best turnover defense in the country, forcing a folly 29.8 percent of the time. The Schedule: No games scheduled in the next seven days.

Ball Don’t Lie’s 2011-12 Season Previews: Miami Heat--Ball Don't Lie

Mario Chalmers enters the season as the favorite to start at the point, potentially giving rookie Norris Cole an opening to provide the kind of second-unit energy and defensive intensity at the one-spot that the Heat didn't get from veteran options Mike Bibby and Carlos Arroyo last season.

CSU's Tre Harmon is Player of the Week: College Newswatch--Cleveland Plain Dealer
3 pointer separates Vikings from Zips, 69-66--The Cauldron
Harmon Named Horizon League Player of the Week--csuvikings.com

Student athlete spotlight: Destinee Blue--The Cauldron

12.12.2011 | Men's Basketball
New Year's Fan Bus SOLD OUT, Reserve Your Spot for Butler Today!
Titan Five-Packs Now on Sale--detroittitans.com
Take the "Titan Express Lane" for Parking at Calihan--detroittitans.com

Updated: UIC (3-5) and Oregon State (6-2) Square Off--Flame Fanatic
Flames Travel to Oregon State Tuesday Night--uicflames.com

Men's Basketball Blog Entry #7: Jordan Hicks--LoyolaRamblers.com

Men's basketball: Hard start to season could prove educational for UWGB--Green Bay Press Gazette
ome Sweet Home, Green Bay Hosts Michigan Tech Tuesday--uwgbathletics.com

Personalities Shine off the Court--uwgbathletics.com

Taylor seeks higher percentage in Milwaukee--YardBarker
College Basketball Vegas Odds and Picks: December 12th--Searching for Billy Edelin

8:00pm ESPN3: No. 15 Wisconsin (-10) @ Milwaukee

Is it conference season yet? I'm getting sick of these pre-season laughers. Tonight, a ten-point spread is my closest (actual) spread of the night and, unfortunately for the Panthers, it should probably be higher. Both teams are 8-2 but Milwaukee's schedule has been S-O-R-R-Y up to this point. Meanwhile, Wisconsin has won their eight victories by an average of 30.3 points. Badgers don't care.

UWM off to hot start despite missing starters every game--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The downtown showdown--UWM Post
Badgers game brings rare heavyweight bout #BeatUW--PantherU
Panther Sports Bar a needed boost for Black and Gold--PantherU
Horizon League Power Rankings (12.12.11)--PantherU
@UWMSA comes through for the @MKEPanthers--PantherU
They don’t respect you #BeatUW--PantherU
Milwaukee (8-2) Squares Off With 14th Ranked Wisconsin (8-2)--UWM Update
Panthers Welcome 14th-Ranked Badgers To Cell Tuesday--uwmpanthers.com
Gameday At The U.S. Cellular Arena: Panthers And Badgers Square Off--uwmpanthers.com

New Year’s resolutions for Wisconsin sports--UWM Post

PPS Preview: Oakland vs. Valpo--SectionEE

Big East Big Five: Week 5--Anonymous Eagle

Wednesday, December 14: Cincinnati at Wright State (6pm Central, ESPN2) - The Bearcats head to Wright State with 4 players suspended following the brawl at the end of their game against Xavier. KenPom only had them at a 74% chance to win at full strength, so go ahead and fire up the UPSET ALERT siren.

Wright State to face short-handed Cincinnati--Dayton Daily News
Week 5 Horizon League Power Rankings: Holman’s return gives Detroit life at No. 4--Wright State University Sports
Wright State freshman guard again Horizon League player of the week--Wright State University Sports

Demmings Named HL Player of the Week--wsuraiders.com

YSU faces tough road--Youngstown Vindicator

Brown, Schlegel Recognized By National Media--ysusports.com

Wright State's Kim Demmings Named Women's Basketball Player of the Week--Horizon League Network

Cleveland State's Harmon Collects Men's Basketball Player of the Week Accolades--Horizon League Network

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