Wednesday, December 14, 2011

News On The Horizon 12/14/2011

Hoops hierarchy turns upside down--The Indy Star

Ball Don’t Lie’s 2011-12 Season Previews: Utah Jazz--Ball Don't Lie
Utah Jazz: Summer workouts with Gordon Hayward have rookie Alec Burks in "great shape"--Deseret News
Utah Jazz notes: Josh Howard meets with Jazz--Salt Lake Tribune

Gordon Hayward and C.J. Miles appear locked into battle to become Utah’s starting small forward.

Soon, the two could have added competition.

Having fun with fantasy--Victory Firelight

Men's Basketball Game at Toledo Moved to 8:00 p.m. Start--Cleveland Plain Dealer

The NC-Double-Eh Stat Leaders - Week 5--Raptors HQ

Free Throw % (minimum two made free throws per game)

Nik Cochran, Davidson - .941
Ty Nurse, Texas Tech - .879
Justin Edwards, Maine - .864
Christian Kabongo, New Mexico State - .845
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga - .800
Robert Sacre, Gonzaga – .791
Kurt Alexander, Drake - .773
Jason Calliste, Detroit - .767
Kris Joseph, Syracuse - .758
Devoe Joseph, Oregon - .750


Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure – 32.5
Tyler Murray, Wagner – 32.5
Ty Nurse, Texas Tech – 31.8
Harouna Mutombo, Western Carolina – 30.9
Hernst Laroche, New Mexico State – 30.7
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga – 30.4
Justin Edwards, Maine – 30.0
Christian Kabongo, New Mexico State – 29.6
Jason Calliste, Detroit – 29.3
Rob Sacre, Gonzaga – 29.1

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Oregon St. 95, Ill.-Chicago 53--Associated Press
Flames Fall in Non-Conference Affair at Oregon State,

Flames Battle In-State Rival Northern Illnois on

UWGB hoops blog: Wrapup of tonight's men's game vs. Michigan Tech--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UW-Green Bay defeats Michigan Tech 69-61--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game #11: UWGB vs. Michigan Tech (live updates)--UWGB Basketball
Phoenix men fall to Marquette Golden Eagles--UWGB Fourth Estate
Michigan Tech vs Green Bay: Recap Notes--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Gets 69-61 Win Over Michigan Tech--Phoenix Fever
Watch: Inside Phoenix Basketball: Dec.
Brown, Sykes Help Phoenix Stay Perfect at

Women Phoenix face tough winter schedule--UWGB Fourth Estate
Watch: Inside Phoenix Basketball: Dec.

No. 14 Wisconsin holds off UW-Milwaukee
UW-Milwaukee falls to No. 14 Wisconsin
Set Your TiVo: 12.13.11--Rush The Court
Wednesday's Shootaround: Belmont's loss, Jordan Taylor's big shot--Ballin' is a Habit

No. 15 Wiscosin 60, Milwaukee 54: Jordan Taylor still isn't right offensively, but the all-american came through in the clutch again. He finished just 5-14 from the field for 14 points, but with the Badgers up by three with under a minute left and the Panthers surging back into the game, Taylor buried a deep three from the top of the key to all-but lock up the win. Ben Brust -- who was 7-7 from three against Wisconsin -- finished just 1-9 from the floor, but Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans went for 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Oregon State 95, UIC 53: UIC was in trouble from the get-go. Roberto Nelson scored 21 points and Jared Cunningham bounced back from an 0-9 performance in a loss to Idaho with 16 points and five steals as the Beavers rolled.

Murray State Beats Memphis. Can They Go Undefeated?--Basketball Predictions

#15 Wisconsin 60, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 54
Wisconsin-Milwaukee played very well in the second half of this game, even going on a 16-1 run at one point to overcome a 17 point deficit to briefly tie the game before Wisconsin pulled away in the final couple of minutes. What was interesting was that UW-Milwaukee didn't go on their run by hitting threes, but by dominating the paint. Wisconsin's strength this year is their backcourt - their front court is thin in depth and has struggled against teams that have multiple physical bigs, like Milwaukee does. James Haarsma in particular (5-for-6 from the field) seemed unstoppable every time he got the ball in the paint.

Despite their struggles in this game, I don't think it's a sign of worry for Wisconsin. UW-Milwaukee is a very good team that was playing at home and which was highly motivated to take down their big brother in the state. The Badgers, now 8-2, just have a couple of cupcakes left before beginning Big Ten play on December 27th at Nebraska. They have a key stretch that begins about two weeks later (vs Michigan State, at Michigan, at Purdue) that will tell a lot about whether Wisconsin is really a contender to win the Big Ten.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee has played well this year, but just hasn't been able to collect that big scalp. They lost this game, as well as road games at Michigan State and Northern Iowa. None are bad losses, but Milwaukee's best win was over DePaul. Their final chance for a quality non-conference scalp will come at Marquette on December 22nd. After that they head back into Horizon League play, where they'll try to replicate their shocking Horizon League regular season title from last season (it was a three way tie at the top with Butler and Cleveland State, but Milwaukee had the tiebreaker and, as such, earned the automatic bid into the NIT). They're off to a quick 2-0 start in league play, but haven't played anybody of note yet. That will change at the end of this month when they'll play back-to-back road games at Valparaiso and Butler.

Badgers find a way to persevere vs. Panthers--Fox Sports Wisconsin
Badgers Survive Scare In Milwaukee--Bucky's 5th Quarter
Free throws kill Milwaukee’s chances--PantherU
Loss by design--PantherU
Kyle Kelm could play Saturday--PantherU
UPDATED: Lonnie Boga is expected to miss the remainder of the season--UWM Update
Wisconsin vs Milwaukee: Recap Notes--UWM Update
#14 Ranked Wisconsin Gets 60-54 Win Over Milwaukee--UWM Update
Postgame Report - Wisconsin at Milwaukee--Panther Blog Zone
Shorthanded Panthers Come Up Just Short Against 14th-Ranked

Panthers Back At Home To Take On Chicago

Homer Drew part of 2012 VU Hall of Fame class--The NWI Times
On this day 10 years ago - Dec 13, 2001--Valpo Daily
Valpo Set to Host

Preview: Cincinnati (5-3) at Wright State (4-6)--Dayton Daily News
ESPN2 to broadcast WSU game vs. UC--Dayton Daily News
Wright State defense improving as offense continues to develop--Wright State University Sports
Game 11 Preview: Cincinnati (5-3) at Wright State (4-6)--Wright State University Sports
Wright State (4-6) vs. Cincinnati (5-3)--Rowdy Review

Women Drop 70-63 Decision at

Give the Gift of Penguins Athletics This Holiday

Green Bay Lone Men's Basketball Winner on Tuesday--Horizon League Network

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