Five more teams on upset watch
Sat. 12:00 pm: No. 16 Mississippi State @ Detroit: Mississippi State has a shot to be one of the better teams in the SEC this season, but Detroit actually matches up with them fairly well. Ray McCallum is a talented lead guard, and while he isn't the same player as Dee Bost, there is a reason that so many high-major programs were disappointed when he opted for the Titans. Eli Holman is a good enough big man that he should be able to hand with rnett Moultrie on the block. Throw is leading scorer Chase Simon and the location of this game -- Dickie V Court -- and the Bulldogs better show up ready to play.
Five more mid-major matchups to watch
Sat. 8:00 pm: Oakland @ Valpo: Oakland's Reggie Hamilton is one of the single-most entertaining players in the country to watch, and this season his Grizzly team has managed to regroup despite losing Keith Benson to graduation. But Valpo looks like they will be a contender in the Horizon this season, coming into this game with a 7-3 record.
Horizon League wide open for Cleveland State--The Sports Xchange
Men's Basketball Games of the Weekend 12/16 - 12/18--College Sports Madness
BUTLER VS. PURDUE (2 p.m. Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana)
The first of two games in the 2011 Crossroads Classic pits Butler against a strong Boilermaker squad that could be among the favorites in the Big Ten when all is said and done. Much has already been written about Butler (4-6) and how the program finally appears to be heading down after two strong years, and a 38.4 percent shooting mark that ranks toward the bottom of the Division I pack is solid evidence. Butler has lost three straight games to Valparaiso, Xavier and Ball State, and that could very well reach four games on Saturday. Gonzaga and Stanford follow so it doesn’t get any easier. Khyle Marshall’s 10.5 points a game leads the Bulldogs. As for Purdue (9-2), its losses have been against Alabama and Xavier and both were by single digits. Purdue’s current two-game winning streak is against Western Carolina and Eastern Michigan, but things will get a little testier for the Boilermakers once Big Ten play begins.
Utah Jazz believe reward worth risk of giving Josh Howard a second chance--Deseret News
It might take a while before he's challenging Gordon Hayward and C.J. Miles, the Jazz's two main small forward options, for playing time.
"He's going to have to earn minutes on the floor like everybody else," Corbin said. "He's missed camp, so he's going to have to catch up. From what I understand, he's not in great NBA shape just yet, and he understands he has work to do there. It's going to be a process for him."
Hayward and Miles said they welcome the addition of Howard, who is known for being a prolific scorer (once scored 47 against the Jazz) and a good rebounder. It's possible Howard will be a bust, that he's past his prime and his knee won't respond. Then again, he could also add needed firepower and more athleticism.
"Any time you can compete for spots like that and compete for minutes, it just increases your depth and makes you get better as a team overall," second-year swingman Hayward said. "I don't think I'm worried. ... I can (only) control how I play and how I do, and just let it fall from there."
Corbin: Howard is healthy, ready to play--Salt Lake Tribune
The Jazz believe Howard will bring valuable experience to a roster that includes young wing players like Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks.
Crossroads Classic: Purdue Vs. Butler Could Inspire Jealousy--SB Nation Indiana
The Butler Bulldogs: The Program Purdue Should Emulate In The Postseason--Hammer and Rails
Highlights from the original Hoosier Classic--The Indy Star
Crossroads Classic revives 1940s-'50s Hoosier Classic--The Indy Star
Chance for Butler to impress national audience--Indy Star Butler Insider
Saturday's Crossroads Classic matchups--The Chicago Tribune
Purdue has healthy respect for Butler--The Post-Tribune
Mike Miller survives amnesty; Riley bullish on Eddy Curry--Miami Herald
To the point
While Cole was impressive during Thursday's scrimmage, Riley said additional steps are needed from the rookie point guard.
"We're just going to let him grow and play every day," Riley said. "He's had his good moments in practice and he's going to have to learn to play against length."
Cole's early-season play could dictate whether the Heat reach out for a veteran point guard.
"I'm waiting for another month or two into the season to see where he is," Riley said of the first-round pick out of Cleveland State. "But we will continue to try to tweak the team. But unless you make a major trade, you're not going to get what you want. So we have to find good opportunities that sort of fall through the cracks."
Cent. Michigan 70, Ill.-Chicago 67--Associated Press
Listen to Tonight's UIC at CMU Game LIVE on UICFlames.com!--uicflames.com
Flames Edged by Host Central Michigan, 70-67--uicflames.com
On this day 2 years ago - Dec 16, 2009--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola (Chicago) (2-7) vs. Chicago State (0-10)--LU Wolf Ball
Ramblers Wrap Up Homestand Against Nebraska Omaha--LoyolaRamblers.com
Donate some buckets at the charity stripe--PantherU
Buggs, VU expect another battle--The Post-Tribune
Kampe brings his Grizzlies back to the ARC--The NWI Times
Valparaiso (7-3) Squares Off With Oakland (7-4)--Valpo Daily
Preview: Wright State vs. Ohio--Dayton Daily News
WSU not benefiting from frequent slow starts--Dayton Daily News
Wright State (4-7) and Ohio (8-1) Face Off--Rowdy Review
The Best of Times, the Worst of Times--The Guardian
Women earn hard fought victory over Southern Illinois--The Guardian
Youngstown State (6-3) vs. Toledo (6-3)--Guin Report