Monday, January 30, 2012

News On The Horizon 1/30/2012

NBA: Utah Jazz’s C.J. Miles is attacking instead of worrying--Salt Lake Tribune

But Miles embraced them late Saturday inside Utah’s locker room, following a 96-93 home win against Sacramento. He jumped off the bench to score 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, attacking the basket while refusing to settle for long-range jump shots. A slasher instead of a perimeter bystander, Miles scored his first 18 points in just 18 minutes, teaming with fellow wing Gordon Hayward to propel the Jazz to a 13-point fourth-quarter lead.
No conscience

Miles and Hayward aren’t the only Jazz wingmen who play better when they think less.

Rookie guard Alec Burks drilled two 3s against the Kings, showing off a quick release and smooth stroke that should silence any remaining critics who questioned whether the No. 12 overall pick in 2011 could shoot well enough to make a living in the NBA.

Burks has recently put in extra work with Utah assistant coach Jeff Hornacek, who’s also teamed with Hayward and knocked down 828 3s during his 14-year playing career.

Non-Conference Opponents Update: January 30--SB Nation Indiana

Butler Bulldogs - 12-11, 6-5 Horizon, RPI: 124 - Butler went to Wisconsin and got swept in both Horzion League games by double digits, thus severely damaging their conference title hopes. They now trail Cleveland State by three games in the loss column and have already lost to them at Hinkle Fieldhouse. It is officially conference tournament or bust for Butler if they want to return to the NCAAs, but I still applaud them for their last two years. This loss and the Penn State loss are anchors tied to Purdue's ankles, and I fear we're going to regret them.


Miami Heat skate by in close victory against Chicago Bulls--Miami Herald

Rose swished one of those patented, 10-foot running floaters with 7:35 left to cut the Heat’s lead to 84-82 and the Heat answered with a badly missed three-point attempt by rookie Norris Cole. A driving layup by Rose tied the score on the next possession.

Seminoles make big inroads after Tobacco Road victories: College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer

On the move: Both Cleveland State (18-4/RPI 53) and Akron (14-7/RPI 59) are creeping toward the fringe of the NCAA Tournament bubble discussion, which makes Tuesday’s BrackBuster pairings huge for both teams. Traveling Akron looks to draw either Iona (16-5/RPI 49), Oral Roberts (20-4/RPI 51) or Davidson (15-5/RPI 67), all currently leaders in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Summit and Southern conferences, respectively.

All three teams can score as ORU (74.5 ppg) relies on its wing players, Iona (83.0 ppg) relies on its guards and Davidson (78.9 ppg) on its inside/high post scoring with 6-10 Jake Cohen. A win over any of these teams would boost Akron’s at-large chances considerably.

CSU, however, could get stuck with a tough/bad draw at home. The possibilities look to be Long Beach State (16-6/RPI 33), Northern Iowa (14-9/RPI 56) and Nevada (18-3/RPI 61). If the Vikings are lucky, they will get either Long Beach or Nevada, leaders in the Big West and the Western Athletic Conference, respectively. Long Beach is clearly in the at-large picture, but quite likely could draw a closer pairing with Oral Roberts. Nevada is much like CSU, but could also wind up with a dance partner west of the Mississippi.

That would leave Northern Iowa, which has a good RPI, but struggles playing teams on the road and in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Vikings would have nothing really to gain by playing and beating Northern Iowa, and a ton to lose, as a setback to the seventh-place MVC Panthers, along with losses already to three teams outside the RPI Top 100 (Hofstra, Youngstown State, Valparaiso) would not look good on an at-large résumé.

On the Horizon: Don’t look now, but the second half of the Horizon League season begins with the preseason favorites, the Detroit Titans (12-11, 6-5) getting their act together. After suffering from the early-season loss of 6-10 Eli Holman for personal reasons, followed by the season-ending injury to 6-9 power forward Nick Minnerath, the Titans have finally regrouped. Holman is back in the fold, coming off the bench, and sophomore guard Ray McCallum Jr. is on a roll.

The Titans have won five of their last six games. In that run, McCallum, averaging 15.6 ppg on the season, has averaged 17.1 ppg, including two games of 23 points. In the past five games, Holman has delivered two double doubles with one game of nine rebounds and another with eight. The Titans are likely out of the title race, but if they keep this up, nobody will want to play them in the Horizon League Tournament.

On this day 5 years ago - Jan 29, 2007--LU Wolf Ball

Green Bay Featured in The New York

Honoring the honorable--UWM Post
Needing a little of “Michael’s secret stuff”--UWM Post

Over and back--UWM Post

Dissecting Saturday's Technical Fouls--The NWI Times

Wright State By the Numbers: League defensive performances strong--Wright State University Sports
Wright State home game vs. Green Bay to be broadcast on ESPNU--Wright State University Sports
Raiders to Play February 10 at 9 pm on

Green Bay's Julie Wojta Named Women's Basketball Player of the Week--Horizon League Network
Green Bay Women's Basketball Team Featured in New York Times--Horizon League Network

Detroit's McCallum Earns Player of the Week Recognition--Horizon League Network

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