Wednesday, December 7, 2011

News On The Horizon 12/8/2011

Butler's woes continue in loss to No. 8
ATB: Florida’s Decison to Foul, Dezmine Wells’ Hops, & the Putridity of Utah Basketball…--Rush The Court

… and Misses.
Butlerized. For fear of stating the obvious, Butler is really far from ready for prime time. We were interested to see how they’d handle a nationally-televised game against one of the biggest mid-major competitors, and except for a brief second half run to cut Xavier’s lead from 18 to four, they were generally non-competitive. Even with the Bulldog defense holding Tu Holloway to only seven shots (he made one), Brad Stevens’ team couldn’t get anything going on the other end. Butler bricked its way to a 2-21 evening from behind the arc, and only one of ten players who saw action made at least 50% of his shots (Roosevelt Jones was 4-8). Last year at this time, the Bulldogs were 4-4 with losses to Xavier, Duke, Louisville and Evansville, but this year’s team even at a similar 4-5 appears to have so much further to go.

Wednesday's Pregame Beat: No Josiah Turner again?--Ballin' is a Habit

Who's getting upset?: No. 8 Xavier

The Musketeers head into Hinkle Fieldhouse tonight at 9:00 pm to take on the Butler Bulldogs. Butler has struggled quite a bit this season, as they are a young group that is still looking to find the consistency and late-game execution that made them such a good team the past couple of seasons. And while Xavier has won their last two games in impressive, come-from-behind fashion, they haven't exactly done it while playing great basketball. Butler's due, Ronald Nored locks up Tu Holloway who finally misses a shot in the clutch and Butler gets the win. For what its worth, every time these two programs get together, its an entertaining game. Remember this?

Butler’s tourney hopes may already be on
Holloway helps No. 8 Xavier hold off Butler 73-61--YardBarker
Jazz like team core, including Millsap, Jefferson--Deseret News

"You make a mistake in doing that," O'Connor said, "just like I think anybody would make a mistake judging (guard) Gordon Hayward the first 20 games."
The Jazz also have Kanter and Favors, and two other lottery picks from this year (guard Alec Burks) and last (guard Hayward).

Utah Jazz: Players appear to be in shape, so far--Deseret News

Some, including second-year pros Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Evans and Derrick Favors, have bulked up.

Kragthorpe: Jazz marketing selves as ‘improving,’ but will they live up to it?--Salt Lake Tribune

Those were bleak days, certainly. Deron Williams was traded, Jerry Sloan walked away, Tyrone Corbin took over the team under tough circumstances that became even more unfair to him and former All-Star Mehmet Okur shut down his season because of injuries, after appearing in 13 games. The only hope came via the improvement of rookies Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors, followed by the draft that delivered Enes Kanter and Alec Burks, via the combination of the Williams trade and the Jazz’s own badness.
O’Connor has a long-term plan. The vision involves Favors, Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks — four of the top 21 NBA draft picks since 2011 — and is currently centered around a veteran core of Harris, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson.

Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin says everything is up for grabs--Salt Lake Tribune

Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson in the same first-rotation frontcourt? Maybe. C.J. Miles and Gordon Hayward holding down the starting shooting guard and small forward spots? We’ll see. Derrick Favors cracking the lineup? Possibly.
That means the questions will only build for a Utah team lacking everything from a captain to a true No. 1 go-to player during crunch time. What, if any, role will veterans Raja Bell and Mehmet Okur have? How will Favors, Millsap and Jefferson coexist? Will the Jazz shoot by committee from long range or give either Miles or Hayward free reign? Is it possible for high-jumper Jeremy Evans to even squeeze his way into the picture?

Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin says everything is up for grabs--Salt Lake Tribune
Shelvin Mack, Chris Singleton staying positive--Washington Post
Xavier Vs. Butler: Bulldogs Fall 73-61 To Musketeers--SB Nation Indiana
Xavier v. Butler: Boxscore Breakdown--Banners On The Parkway
Dawgs run out of time against No. 8 Xavier--The Indy Star
Bulldogs wait on Smith, Hopkins--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler fights back, but Xavier holds on--Victory Firelight
Xavier vs Butler: Recap Notes--Butler Blue Fever
Butler Slips With Loss To #8 Ranked Xavier, 73-61--Butler Blue Fever
No. 8 Xavier Holds Off

Fast start surpasses sluggish stats for Cleveland State's Tre Harmon--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State (8-1) Battles Robert Morris (7-2)--Vikings Ball
Vikings Conclude Seven Game Road Swing at Robert

Lady Vikings fall to Akron 84-74--The Cauldron

Detroit (4-6) Goes Up Against Western Michigan (1-6)--Titans Update
Titans Host In-state Rival WMU

Titans Ready To Battle

DePaul opens big lead in 69-58 victory over Loyola--The Chicago Tribune
DePaul pushes winning streak against Loyola to 11--The Chicago Sun-Times
DePaul starts fast, holds off Loyola--Daily Herald
Poor first half costs Loyola game against DePaul--Loyola Phoenix
On this day 15 years ago - Dec 07, 1996--LU Wolf Ball
DePaul vs Loyola (Chicago): Recap Notes--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola (Chicago) Struggles in 69-58 Loss To DePaul--LU Wolf Ball
Gibler's Career-High 29 Points Not Enough In 69-58 Loss To

Women's Basketball Opens Gentile Arena Against La
Loyola, Northwestern Team Up For Danny Did

Taylor helps No. 14 Wisconsin beat Green Bay
No. 14 Wisconsin 70, Green Bay 42--YardBarker
Wisconsin unleashes frustration on Green Bay--YardBarker
Green Bay coughs up 70-42 loss to No. 14 Wisconsin--YardBarker
Badgers Back On Track, Beat Green Bay 70-42--Bucky's 5th Quarter
Badgers defense holds UWGB to lowest points total of season--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game #9: UWGB at Wisconsin (live updates)--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay vs Wisconsin: Recap Notes--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Loses To #14 Ranked Wisconsin, 70-42--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Handed a 70-42 Loss at No. 16/14

Women's basketball: Lukan to start in place of Quilling for Phoenix--Green Bay Press Gazette
No. 21/16 Green Bay Faces Toledo for Second Time This

Missouri Plays Very Efficiently Against Villanova--Basketball Predictions

UW-Milwaukee 87, DePaul 76
This game was a romp. Milwaukee took a 20 point lead midway through the first half, and never led by less than 8 the rest of the way. Milwaukee had a 73.4 eFG%, their first time over 55% all season. I wanted to talk about this game simply because I hadn't talked about Milwaukee yet this season. They haven't had any big wins yet, but they're 8-1 now, as well as 2-0 in Horizon League play. They don't have any big wins yet, but honestly a double digit win at DePaul is a nice win. DePaul is better than they were last season - they're not a bad team.

The question now is, can UW-Milwaukee keep winning as their schedule strength improves. They head to Northern Iowa on Saturday, and then have a home game against Wisconsin on Tuesday. A win in either game would be a huge statement.

As I said, DePaul is improved this season. I could see them winning 3-5 games this year in Big East play. So far this season they have wins over Arizona State and Texas Tech, without any particularly bad loss (this is their worst loss of the season thus far). Their toughest game left before Big East play will be against Cal Poly on December 21st. They'll open Big East play against Syracuse on New Year's Day.

Separation from the pack--PantherU

Buggs bothered by foul trouble in Valparaiso’s loss--The Post-Tribune
Coming off win at Butler, Valparaiso falls to hot-shooting IPFW team--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso at IPFW, Dec. 7, Live Blog--Off The Mark
Hot-shooting Mastodons hold off Valparaiso comeback--The NWI Times
Live from Fort Wayne: Valparaiso vs. IPFW (MBB)--Inside VU Sports
Freshman Travis Trice leads Michigan State past Central Connecticut State--The Detroit News

The Blue Devils opened up a 26-15 lead on the Spartans, who were coming in and out of the game as Izzo grew increasingly frustrated with the play of several players, including Brandon Wood, Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson.

Valparaiso vs IPFW: Recap Notes--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso Falls to IPFW, 85-76--Valpo Daily
IPFW wrapup--SectionEE
A PPS Preview of Saturday--SectionEE
Valpo Drops Road Game at

Air Force routs Wright State 55-34--YardBarker
Preview: Wright State (3-5) at Air Force (3-2)--Dayton Daily News
WSU-Miami game to hold special meaning to MU's Edwards Jr.--Dayton Daily News
WSU offense sets record low against Air Force--Dayton Daily News
Wright State sets program record for fewest points in loss to Air Force--Wright State University Sports
Horizon League off target on 0-5 night as teams shoot 18.6 percent from long range--Wright State University Sports
Air Force routs Wright State 55-34--Fairborn Daily Herald
On this day 11 years ago - Dec 07, 2000--Rowdy Review
Wright State vs Air Force: Recap Notes--Rowdy Review
Wright State Stomped By Air Force, 55-34--Rowdy Review
Men Fall at Air

UD women outlast Wright State in crosstown matchup--Dayton Daily News
Wright State women fall to UD--Fairborn Daily Herald

Men's Basketball Teams Take 0-fer on Wednesday--Horizon League Network

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