Saturday, January 7, 2012

News On The Horizon 1/7/2012

Jazz showing glimpses of a promising season and future--Deseret News

Second-year forward Gordon Hayward pointed at Utah's improved defense as the biggest factor in helping the team turn things around. But he also cautioned that, although the Jazz seem to have shaken off their slow start to the season, it's still much too soon to make too much of their recent resurgence.

"Defensively, we definitely have picked that up for sure," Hayward said. "We still have a long ways to go and a lot of work to do, but it's improved for sure.

"Winning puts a smile on everybody's face for sure, but I think we know, though, that it's a long season and we can't get too high on the highs or too low on the lows."
Veteran swingman Josh Howard cited three reasons for Utah's improved marksmanship.

"Getting closer to the paint, getting closer to the basket and executing the offense a whole lot better — those three things have really gotten better," Howard said. "... Guys are still learning the offensive plays and offensive rotations, so as long as we keep working on it, it'll keep getting better each game."

And Hayward said he thinks Utah's improved performance on the defensive end is paying off on offense as well.

"If you play good defense, it kind of gets you in a rhythm offensively," he said. "You're able to run a little bit more and get some easy buckets.

Sometimes whenever you get a couple of layups or free throws to get you going offensively, you're able to knock down more shots."
ROTATION MOTIVATION: Corbin has admittedly juggled his substitution pattern depending on his "feel" for how the game is going, how his players are performing on a given night and what matchups he likes or dislikes on the court.

It's far from an exact science, and though the Jazz coach says he'll likely get into more of a set rotation with players' minutes as the season progresses, Hayward said Corbin's current way of doing things helps keep everybody on their toes.

"You've just got to be ready whenever he calls your name," Hayward said.

"You've got to be ready to go in there and make plays and do whatever you can to help the team win. I don't think you can worry about that (rotation)."

Utah Jazz: Report card against Memphis Grizzlies--Deseret News

FORWARDS: Paul Millsap suddenly can't miss. He went 7-for-9 from the field and has made 13 of 16 attempts in Utah's last two games. Gordon Hayward started slowly, but his dunk past Marc Gasol in the fourth quarter put the Jazz up 80-73 and deflated the Grizzlies. Grade: A-

Utah Jazz: Burks fine with 'rockin' a new pink backpack--Deseret News

The two happiest guys in the locker room during this scene might've been Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans, second-year players who no longer have to sport their old pink backpacks.

As Hayward left the locker room, he made a point to tell Burks: "See ya, Rook."

Utah Jazz: 'Bench Brigade' helps propel win over Grizzlies--Deseret News

"I came back here because of the young guys," said Watson, who at the ripe old age of 32 is one of this young team's elder statesman. "I'm real excited about the young guys — (Derrick) Favors, Gordon (Hayward) and Jeremy (Evans) — and the team and the chemistry, all the players on this team, even the young guys who think they're old, they're still younger than me.

Youth brigade brings fresh legs--Salt Lake Tribune
College Basketball: Butler Hangs On For Tough Road Win Over Wright State--SB Nation Indiana
Butler takes Wright State 63-62 in nailbiter--The Indy Star
Butler's Smith makes difference in win over Wright State--The Indy Star
In good hands with the old hands--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler vs Wright State: Recap Notes--Butler Blue Fever
Butler Slips By Wright State, 63-62--Butler Blue Fever
Butler continues win streak in win over Wright State--Bark of Hinkle
Bulldogs Make Clutch Plays To Beat Wright

Preview capsules for today's men's and women's college basketball games--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cleveland State vs. Loyola

Tipoff: 2 p.m. at the Wolstein Center.

Radio: WHK AM/1220.

Notable: For CSU (13-3, 3-1 Horizon League), an infusion of youth into the lineup has offset the temporary loss of guard Trevon Harmon (concussion) and the season-long loss of guard Sebastian Douglas (knee). Freshman point guard Charlie Lee played well in his first start, and freshman swingman Marlin Mason was solid in his first action of the season. Now it must continue. Loyola (5-10, 0-5) is the only team winless in HL play. The Vikings end this three-game homestand with surging league power Butler and Valparaiso next up, both on the road.

Next for CSU: Friday, at Butler, 7 p.m.

Cleveland State at Butler

Tipoff: 2 p.m. at Hinkle Field House, Indianapolis.

Notable: CSU (6-7, 1-1 HL) plays its third straight on the road, taking on the Bulldogs (5-9, 1-2).

Next for CSU: Thursday, vs. Illinois-Chicago, 7 p.m.

College hoops roundup: Valparaiso beats Detroit Mercy at buzzer--The Detroit Free Press
UDM falls to Valparaiso as time expires--The Detroit News
Valparaiso vs Detroit: Recap Notes--Titans Update
Valparaiso Gets By Detroit, 73-71--Titans Update
Detroit (7-10) Squares Off With Butler (9-7)--Titans Update
Crusaders escape with win--Varsity Press
Buzzer-Beating Layup Downs Titans,

Women's basketball: UWGB vs. UW-Milwaukee preview--Green Bay Press Gazette

Men's basketball: UWGB striving to knock down the 3--Green Bay Press Gazette

Valparaiso 73, Detroit 71--Off The Mark
Buggs goes coast-to-coast for VU men's win--The NWI Times
Valparaiso vs Detroit: Recap Notes--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso Escapes Detroit, 73-71--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso (10-6) Takes On Wright State (8-9)--Valpo Daily
Buggs’ Buzzer-Beater Lifts Valpo Over

Live from the ARC: Valparaiso vs. Cleveland State (WBB)--Region Sports Extra

WSU falls to Butler after back and forth game--Dayton Daily News
WSU's Mpondo continues 
to find success inside--Dayton Daily News
WSU's Mays making name for himself--Dayton Daily News
Two 3-pointers from Butler center sink Wright State in 63-62 loss--Wright State University Sports
Wright State facing heart-thumping league finishes in final seconds--Wright State University Sports
WSU’s Julius Mays: “He’s good … He’s real good.”--Through the Arch
College roundup: Wright State men lose heartbreaker to Butler--Fairborn Daily Herald
Butler vs Wright State: Recap Notes--Rowdy Review
Butler Wins Close One, 63-62 Over Wright State--Rowdy Review
Wright State (8-9) Goes Up Against Valparaiso (10-6)--Rowdy Review
Men Drop 63-62 Heartbreaker to

Penguins look to stay hot against Flames--Youngstown Vindicator

Butler, Valpo Emerge in Friday Night Thrillers--Horizon League Network

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