Monday, December 26, 2011

News On The Horizon 12/26/2011

Missouri Survives Illinois, Butler Knocks Off Stanford--Basketball Predictions

Who will be the Utah Jazz's starting 5?--Deseret News

He won't reveal starters until today or possibly Tuesday.

For what it's worth, the five players who began Wednesday's preseason game against Portland were on the floor together when the Jazz began practice Saturday with a zone defense refresher.

That group included point guard Devin Harris, shooting guard Raja Bell, small forward Gordon Hayward, power forward Derrick Favors and center Al Jefferson.

Utah Jazz: Top 10 games of 66-game season--Deseret News

4. The Lake Show

Tuesday, Dec. 27: Jazz at Lakers

It is an away game, so Jazz fans have to wait until Jan. 11 to thank ex-Utah fan-fav-turned-villain-for-some Derek Fisher for his labor-strife role. Utah can also thank the NBA because its Game No. 1 will be the last night of a back-to-back-to-back for L.A. You won't hear a smarmy word from Phil Jackson. He's retired. This will be the Jazz's first match-up with the Mike Brown-coached Lakers. Fun reminder: Gordon Hayward scored 22 and the Jazz beat the Lakers when they visited in April.
Also worth watching:
Feb. 7 — Jazz at Pacers: Who goes more berserk: Indiana fans for beloved Butler star Gordon Hayward or ex-Ute coach Jim Boylen on the bench?

Merry Christmas--Bark of Hinkle

David Stern: Miami Heat not a lock for title--Miami Herald

Cole’s debut Norris Cole: get used to the name.The Heat’s backup point guard wasted little time introducing himself to NBA fans Sunday, playing nearly 24 minutes in his regular-season debut. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra praised the fearlessness of his rookie, who scored seven points on 3-of-8 shooting to go along with two rebounds, three assists and four turnovers. By comparison, Heat starting point guard Mario Chalmers played 42 more seconds and scored three points with four assists, four steals and two turnovers.“We have good veteran leadership here, so they made me feel comfortable on the court,” Cole said. “I didn’t really get nervous.”

And So This Is Christmas--The Mid-Majority
'tis the season for statistics--SectionEE

In Horizon League, 14 four-year players prepare for return to conference play--Wright State University Sports
Comparing Wright State’s 6-8 start with other 14-game beginnings--Wright State University Sports

Women's Basketball to Close Non-Conference Play at Stony

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