Sunday, January 1, 2012

News On The Horizon 1/1/2012

March of the Penguins--The Mid-Majority
Iowa Shocks Wisconsin--Basketball Predictions

Youngstown State 73, Cleveland State 67
This game got lost in all the action today, but it's a really shocking upset as well. Youngstown State is a perennial bottom-feeder in the Horizon, and Cleveland State had been arguably the best team in the league up to this point in the season. Both Pomeroy and the Vegas casinos projected a 13 point victory for Cleveland State. Cleveland State was held back here by the fact that they don't have an explosive scorer this season. They don't have a Norris Cole-type player that can get them a few baskets when they need them. When they fell behind in this game, they had grind their way back in, and just couldn't do it. The star for Youngstown State was Damian Eargle (20 points on 8-for-11 shooting, along with 10 rebounds).

Cleveland State was always a long shot for an at-large bid, but this just about ends whatever hopes they had. They now have three bad losses (Hofstra, South Florida and Youngstown State) and only one real quality win (Vanderbilt). But even with their at-large hopes effectively gone, they're still a prime contender to win the Horizon League. This loss sets them back, but they still have home games against Butler, Milwaukee and Detroit to go. Their next game will be Thursday against Illinois-Chicago.

This win will probably be the highlight of Youngstown State's season, though it is worth noting that they're 2-1 in conference play and will likely see their Pomeroy rating move up to around 200th in the nation (they haven't finished higher than 210th since the 2006-07 season). They only have two seniors in their regular rotation as well, so things are getting better for a program that, as I said, has been a perennial bottom-feeder. Their next game will be Thursday, against Loyola-Chicago.

Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs: Instant analysis--Deseret News

Getting better production from the guards and wings: Gordon Hayward, Devin Harris, Raja Bell, and Earl Watson combined to shoot just 5-of-29, one night after their play pushed the Jazz past the Philadelphia 76ers. Their consistency is important going forward.

Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs: Report card--Deseret News

FORWARDS: Paul Millsap scored eight points on 4-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds, but he really needs more shot attempts. Derrick Favors gave a mediocre performance in 23 minutes in his first effort off the bench this season, while Gordon Hayward probably gave his worst performance of the young season, going just 1-of-9 for four points. He tallied four assists and three rebounds. Former all-star Josh Howard scored 18 points, but it came on 6-of-16 shooting. Future Spurs hall-of-famer Tim Duncan was limited to a 4-of-13 effort. GRADE: C-

Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward on dealing with losing, learning to improve--Salt Lake Tribune
Butler comes from behind to beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee--The Indy Star
Butler beats Milwaukee behind Hopkins, Stigall--The Indy Star
Dawgs soar higher with Hop--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler downs Milwaukee in a thriller--Victory Firelight
Milwaukee vs Butler: Recap Notes--Butler Blue Fever
Butler Wins 54-50 Over Milwaukee--Butler Blue Fever
Post Game: Butler holds off Milwaukee at home--Bark of Hinkle
Butler Rallies Past League-Leading

Dawgs Edged In Final Seconds At Wright

Without a star leading the way, Cleveland State learns a harsh lesson in loss to Penguins: Terry Pluto--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State absorbs a painful blow with 73-67 upset loss to Youngstown State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Youngstown State vs Cleveland State: Recap Notes--Vikings Ball
Cleveland State Tripped Up By Youngstown State, 73-67--Vikings Ball
Postgame Notes: YSU 73, CSU
Postgame Quotes after YSU beat CSU
Vikings Fall to Youngstown State,

Vikings Fall At Youngstown State In League

State hoops: Detroit Titans win first league game, handle Loyola, 65-54--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit vs Loyola (Chicago): Recap Notes--Titans Update
Detroit Gets Win Over Loyola (Chicago), 65-54--Titans Update
Titans Close Calendar Year with Win at

Detroit Throttles Valparaiso,

Wright State beats UIC 74-70 in OT--The Chicago Tribune
Wright State vs UIC: Recap Notes--Flame Fanatic
UIC Flops In 74-70 Overtime Loss to Wright State--Flame Fanatic
Flames Close Out 2011 by Hosting Wright State
Wright State Outlasts Men's Basketball in Overtime,

Flames Visit Milwaukee for New Year's Eve
Flames Down Milwaukee, 67-41; Largest Win in Nearly Four

Detroit turns back Loyola 65-54--The Chicago Tribune
Detroit vs Loyola (Chicago): Recap Notes--LU Wolf Ball
Loyola (Chicago) Struggles in 65-54 Loss To Detroit--LU Wolf Ball
Big Games From Averkamp And Gibler Not Enough For Loyola In 65-54 Loss To

No. 18/14 Green Bay Tops Loyola,

Women's basketball: UWGB goes 12-0 with dominating win over Loyola--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix Defense Closes 2011 with 76-49 Win over

Men's basketball: Phoenix gets hot shooting, not-so-hot defense in loss to
Green Bay vs Valparaiso: Recap Notes--Phoenix Fever
Valparaiso Holds Off Green Bay, 90-87--Phoenix Fever
Phoenix Rally Falls Short at Valpo,

Panthers have lead in grasp, but it slips away--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Live Chat for Butler--PantherU
Milwaukee vs Butler: Recap Notes--UWM Update
Milwaukee Falls to Butler, 54-50--UWM Update
Milwaukee Splits a Pair of Games in Indiana, Looks to Western Michigan--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Postgame Report - Milwaukee at Butler--Panther Blog Zone
Late Three Sinks Panthers In 54-50 Loss At

Cold-shooting Panthers fall--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Strong Three-Point Shooting Sends Flames Past

Women’s basketball: Detroit rolls past Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders can't overcome slow start, fall to Detroit in women's basketball--The NWI Times
Green Bay vs Valparaiso: Recap Notes--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso Steals One from Green Bay, 90-87--Valpo Daily
HL PPS (and various other stat) Leaders--Section EE
Crusaders Send Out 2011 With Wild Win Over Green

Valparaiso holds on to beat Green Bay--The Post-Tribune
VU men's basketball team hangs on to win a wild one over Green Bay--The NWI Times
Titans Top Valpo Saturday in

The Human Triumph--The Mid-Majority
Raiders again work OT for win--Dayton Daily News
Mpondo sets career high 
to lead Raiders--Dayton Daily News
Wright State earns second overtime victory in 4 games, beats Illinois-Chicago 74-70--Wright State University Sports
Horizon League seeing close margins in wild league start--Wright State University Sports
Wright State vs UIC: Recap Notes--Rowdy Review
Wright State Gets Overtime Win Over UIC, 74-70--Rowdy Review
Men Win Fourth in a Row, Defeat UIC in

Women Slip Past Butler

Penguins rock CSU--Youngstown Vindicator
Brown records fifth double-double as YSU women defeat Vikings--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Women's Hoops Closes 2011 on High Note With 70-48 Win Over Cleveland

Penguins shoot down CSU--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State vs Cleveland State: Recap Notes--Guin Report
Youngstown State Upsets Cleveland State, 73-67--Guin Report
Men’s Basketball Shoots 58.1 Percent in 73-67 Win Over Cleveland

Three More Men's Basketball Games Come Down to Wire on Saturday--Horizon League Network

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