Thursday, December 22, 2011

News On The Horizon 12/22/2011

Around The Horizon League: Week 6--Hoopville

Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward to start against Blazers--Deseret News
Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward and his poofy hair on cover of the pocket schedule--Deseret News
Utah Jazz: Instant analysis vs. Portland Trail Blazers--Deseret News

On the flipside, hampered by the foul troubles, sophomores Hayward and Favors both struggled after being inserted into the starting lineup. Hayward had just three points before exiting with his sixth foul. After a stellar 25-point performance Monday, Favors finished with a more pedestrian seven on Wednesday.

Foul situation: With three starters (Raja Bell, Hayward and Favors) tagged with three fouls apiece, the Jazz finished the first quarter with 12 fouls (including several on the offensive end). Combined with the nine fouls accrued by Portland, it made for a very whistle-heavy, flow-stopping start to the game. At one point, with 3:55 left in the opening quarter, Utah had 15 points and 11 fouls. When the dust settled, basketball fans witnessed 66 combined fouls.

Utah Jazz: With adjusted rotation, second go-around against Blazers is much better--Deseret News

FORWARDS: Second-year player Derrick Favors responded from a 25-point, 12-rebound monster performance on Monday with a softer seven-point, six-rebound game in 18 minutes Wednesday. Mehmet Okur, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Favors, has yet to hit from long distance this year, but scored seven points off the bench. It remains to be seen if Okur can regain a bit of the ‘money’ moniker that has followed him. Portland forwards LaMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace went just 8-of-27 from the field. Much of their woes can be attributed to the energetic efforts of Favors, Gordon Hayward, who fouled out with three points and three rebounds, and Jeremy Evans, who played more than 19 minutes. Paul Millsap remained sidelined. Grade: B
COACHING: Tyrone Corbin seemed to make a good move in placing Favors in the lineup in place of Okur. It will be quite intriguing to see how the Favors-Millsap battle for minutes at the position develops, unless Corbin decides simply to place his best players on the floor by shifting Millsap to the ‘3’ alongside Favors and Jefferson. It’s not out of the equation, considering reports that said that Millsap spent much of the offseason improving his outside game. Corbin also made an interesting move in placing Hayward in the starting lineup in place of Miles, though fans did not see a full comparison of the two since Hayward fouled out. Corbin may have made the move just to breed competition at a spot that may become more congested if Millsap slides there. Corbin also made a smart move in giving Tinsley, who was a great spark, 13 minutes of action. Tinsely did not play on Monday. Grade: A-

Utah Jazz: A 23-point turnaround lifts Utah past Portland--Deseret News

And foul problems plagued three of the Jazz's starters, with Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors all being whistled three times in the first quarter.

"We came out (and) we were aggressive," Hayward said. "We hit them first, played a lot better down the stretch. We definitely still have to improve."
With Paul Millsap still out with right quadriceps tendinitis, Favors got the starting nod at power forward over Mehmet Okur. And Hayward replaced Miles as a starter, with Harris, Al Jefferson and Bell rounding out the first five.

That opening unit didn't exactly click, even falling behind 28-19.
"The stuff he can do is amazing," Hayward said of Evans. "Each time he does it, it seems like it's a shocker, but at the same time it's like, well, that's Jeremy."
"It was a good atmosphere," Hayward added. "We were playing hard out there and it was good that we got the win. We've got to get better defensively =85 and offensively we've got to get sharper with our cuts and our plays, but it was an improvement from the other night."

Kragthorpe: Ready or not, Jazz’s preseason already over--Salt Lake Tribune

In a concession to preseason basketball, Corbin allowed starters Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Bell to stay on the floor until each had recorded three fouls — which took barely eight minutes.

Utah Jazz conquer Portland, but not their own uncertainties--Salt Lake Tribune

One game after sitting his uninspired starters and turning to four players 21 or younger, Corbin took a completely different approach Wednesday. All 13 active Utah players clocked more than 11 minutes, with reserves such as Earl Watson, Jamaal Tinsley and Jeremy Evans receiving larger roles than starters Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward.
The lack of direction appeared to affect everyone from Hayward (three points in 14 minutes, 49 seconds) and Bell (one point on three shots in 20:34) to Harris, who scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting but only dished out one assist.

Men's college basketball preview: Butler at Stanford--The Indy Star
Stanford awaits as Butler regroups--Victory Firelight
Bulldogs Close West Coast Trip At

Bulldogs Grind Out 58-50 Win Over

Miami Heat fall to Orlando Magic in final pre-season game--Miami Herald

The Heat led by as many as 23 points in the first half but lost the lead in the third quarter. A brief run sparked by rookie Norris Cole put the Heat back ahead 79-73 to begin the fourth quarter but the Magic pulled away in front of an energized home crowd. LeBron Jams led the Heat with 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Dwayne Wade scored 21, shooting 50 percent from the field. Cole had 11 points off the bench.

Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland State Vikings, Kent State Golden Flashes and Akron Zips basketball links--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State men's basketball team isn't defensive about winning ugly--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Vikings Fall to Ole Miss 74-63 at Magnolia

Green Signs with Atlanta

Detroit Knocks Off Western

Men's basketball: UWGB working on shot selection--Green Bay Press Gazette

Men's & Women's Basketball Players Share Holiday

Milwaukee defense faces toughest test yet – #mubb #BeatMU #UWM--PantherU
Wes Matthews weighs in--PantherU
The Game--Milwaukee Panther Tracks

Versatile Harris a valuable contributor at Valparaiso--beacon-News
Valparaiso (8-4) Faces IUPUI (5-8)--Valpo Daily
Valpo Returns to Indianapolis to Face

Preview: Wright State vs. Central Michigan--Dayton Daily News
WSU earns national attention from big win--Dayton Daily News
Two Wright State guards make for promising pair in overtime win--Wright State University Sports
Game 14 Preview: Central Michigan (5-7) at Wright State (5-8)--Wright State University Sports
Four Women's Basketball Teams Pick Up Victories on Tuesday Night--Horizon League Network

Wright State, Valpo Collect Wins on Tuesday--Horizon League Network

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