Four more mid-major matchups to watch
Sat. 2:00 pm: Milwaukee @ Butler: Milwaukee looks like they may end up being the class of the Horizon League this season. But until Butler loses their grip -- completely, as in they are knocked out of the Horizon League tournament -- I won't believe that anyone else is going to win a game in that conference.
Conference Reset: Cleveland State, not Butler, should be tops in Horizon--Eye On College Basketball
Jazz-Nuggets: Instant analysis--Deseret News
Odds and ends: Some other observations from Wednesday's game:
Gordon Hayward had a career-high seven assists.
Nuggets-Jazz: Report card--Deseret News
FORWARDS: Starting power forward Derrick Favors grabbed 10 rebounds, but scored just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in less than 17 minutes of play. It was a performance that doesn't necessarily scream to Utah head coach Tyrone Corbin that he deserves to start over Paul Millsap, who scored 13 points on an effective 6-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds in nearly 22 minutes.
Gordon Hayward had a nice line with 10 points and seven assists, but backup Josh Howard didn't quite maintain his play against the Nuggets in shooting just 2-of-9 from the field. Jeremy Evans was essentially a non-factor in 13 minutes. It hardly seemed like anyone could put a body on Nene, who scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Grade: C
Utah Jazz: Defense sputters in Mile High air--Deseret News
Center Al Jefferson scored 10 of his team-best 19 points in the first quarter after missing 14 of 16 shots against the Lakers. But Utah's starting five of Devin Harris, Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Big Al still didn't completely click, falling behind 28-23 after the first 12 minutes.
C.J. Miles also had 13 points, while Hayward and Harris added 10 points apiece.
But Utah had 22 turnovers — "sign of a careless team," Corbin said — and got outrebounded 45-39 by a squad that obviously wanted this one more.
"It's early and we do need to find out who we are," Hayward said. "I think it will be good to go home and have a day to watch some film, find out who we are as a team and hopefully come back and play with a vengeance."
No place like home to get the Utah Jazz season on the right track--Deseret News
"We'll see what type of team we are the next couple of games," second-year Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward said.
Utah Jazz notebook: 'Round Mound' Charles Barkley thinks Jazz should go young--Deseret News
That means Utah fans hoping to see more playing time allotted to Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and Enes Kanter might be in the weird position of agreeing with and laughing at something Barkley had to say.
Utah Jazz: Millsap gets starting nod tonight--Deseret News
The other four starters will remain the same, with Devin Harris (point guard), Raja Bell (shooting guard), Gordon Hayward (small forward) and Al Jefferson (center).
Utah Jazz notes: Alec Burks enjoying crazy dream of life in NBA--Salt Lake Tribune
Despite hinting after the loss to the Lakers he might tweak Utah’s starting lineup, Corbin decided to stick with an initial rotation of Devin Harris, Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward, Favors and Al Jefferson against the Nuggets.
Late 3-pointer seals Butler's win over Green Bay--The Indy Star
Butler's youth demonstrate poise against Green Bay--The Indy Star
For Butler, it takes a village--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler prevails at the end, beats Green Bay--Victory Firelight
Green Bay vs Butler: Recap Notes--Butler Blue Fever
Butler Picks Up Win Over Green Bay, 53-49--Butler Blue Fever
Butler (7-7) and Milwaukee (10-4) Face Off--Butler Blue Fever
Know The Opponent: Green Bay--Bark of Hinkle
Post Game: Butler defends home court against Green Bay--Bark of Hinkle
BUTLER 53, GREEN BAY 49--THE unOFFICIAL BUTLER BULLDOGS MEN'S BASKETBALL PAGE
Bulldogs Edge Green Bay, 53-49--ButlerSports.com
Detroit Beats Butler 72-60--ButlerSports.com
New Year's Eve Party: Butler At Wright State--ButlerSports.com
12-2 Cleveland State Set to Begin Horizon League Play--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State (12-2) Goes Up Against Youngstown State (6-6)--Vikings Ball
Vikings Return to League Play Against Youngstown State--csuvikings.com
Vikings Open Horizon League Play At Youngstown State--csuvikings.com
College basketball roundup: Detroit Mercy falls short vs. Illinois-Chicago--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit vs UIC: Recap Notes--Titans Update
UIC Gets Win Over Detroit, 63-59--Titans Update
Detroit (6-9) Faces Loyola (Chicago) (5-8)--Titans Update
Host Flames Hang-On for 63-59 Win Thursday--detroittitans.com
Titans Cage Bulldogs, 72-60--detroittitans.com
FREE ADMISSION As Titans Host Crusaders On Saturday--detroittitans.com
Talton's career-high 21 leads UIC to victory--The Chicago Tribune
Illinois-Chicago holds on to beat Detroit 63-59--Daily Herald
UIC keeps cool under pressure--Whoosh!Net
Detroit vs UIC: Recap Notes--Flame Fanatic
UIC Tops Detroit, 63-59--Flame Fanatic
UIC (5-8) Goes Up Against Wright State (7-8)--Flame Fanatic
Flames Collect First Horizon League Win, 63-59 over Detroit--uicflames.com
Flames Drop Horizon League Opener to #14 Green Bay, 80-63--uicflames.com
Loyola falls to Wright State, drops to 0-3 in Horizon--The Chicago Tribune
Mays lifts Wright State past Loyola, 64-48--Daily Herald
Wright State vs Loyola (Chicago): Recap Notes--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola (Chicago) Falls To Wright State, 64-48--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola (Chicago) (5-8) vs. Detroit (6-9)--LU Wolf Ball
Turnovers Plague Loyola In 64-48 Loss To Wright State--LoyolaRamblers.com
Ramblers Close Out 2011 By Hosting Detroit Saturday Afternoon--LoyolaRamblers.com
Loyola Defeats Milwaukee, 81-73, in Horizon League Opener--LoyolaRamblers.com
Ramblers Search For Weekend Sweep With New Year's Eve Matinee in Titletown--LoyolaRamblers.com
No. 18 Green Bay women top UIC 80-63--MICentralSports.com
Women's basketball: UWGB beats Illinois-Chicago 80-63 despite off night--Green Bay Press Gazette
Eichler Pours in Career-High 19 in Horizon League Opener--uwgbathletics.com
Men's basketball: Butler hands Phoenix first Horizon League loss--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay vs Butler: Recap Notes--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Flops In 53-49 Loss to Butler--Phoenix Fever
Late Butler Three Sinks Green Bay on the Road, 53-49--uwgbathletics.com
Williams, Panthers get good bounce to beat Valparaiso--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Making it count--PantherU
Milwaukee vs Valparaiso: Recap Notes--UWM Update
Milwaukee Gets Close Win Over Valparaiso, 57-55--UWM Update
Milwaukee (10-4) Battles Butler (7-7)--UWM Update
Postgame Report - Milwaukee at Valparaiso--Panther Blog Zone
Late Three By Williams Sends Panthers Past Valparaiso--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers Wrap Up 2011 With Saturday Contest At Butler--uwmpanthers.com
Panthers come up just short--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Late Rally Not Enough As Panthers Fall In League Opener--uwmpanthers.com
Milwaukee Looks To Bounce Back Against Flames--uwmpanthers.com
Cold Crusaders fall at home--The Post-Tribune
Milwaukee at Valparaiso, Dec. 29, Live Blog--Off The Mark
Crusaders fire blanks in loss to Milwaukee men's basketball team--The NWI Times
Live from the ARC: Valparaiso vs. Milwaukee (MBB)--Inside VU Sports
Milwaukee vs Valparaiso: Recap Notes--Valpo Daily
Milwaukee Wins Close One, 57-55 Over Valparaiso--Valpo Daily
Game Wrap Up: What went wrong?
Conference PPS--Section EE
Crusaders Drop Tight Horizon League Home Opener--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Men Hosting New Year's Eve Matinee--valpoathletics.com
Crusaders Head to Detroit for New Year's Eve Day Clash with the Titans--valpoathletics.com
WSU's Vest still fighting foot, ankle injuries--Dayton Daily News
WSU dominates Loyola to win third straight--Dayton Daily News
Mays driving Wright State winning surge--Dayton Daily News
Game 15 Preview: Wright State (6-8, 1-1) at Loyola (5-7, 0-2)--Wright State University Sports
Wright State dominates Loyola to win third straight, 64-48--Wright State University Sports
Wright State vs Loyola (Chicago): Recap Notes--Rowdy Review
Wright State Beats Loyola (Chicago), 64-48--Rowdy Review
Wright State (7-8) vs. UIC (5-8)--Rowdy Review
Men Win Third Straight at Loyola--wsuraiders.com
On this day 12 years ago - Dec 29, 1999--Guin Report
Youngstown State (6-6) Takes On Cleveland State (12-2)--Guin Report
Men's Basketball Closes Out 2011 With Saturday Matinee at Cleveland State--ysusports.com
Nail-biters Continue to Define Horizon League Play--Horizon League Network
Championship Rematch Highlights Game of the Week, Saturday Slate--Horizon League Network