Monday, January 9, 2012

News On The Horizon 1/9/2012

Clash WITH The Titans--The Mid-Majority
Khyle Marshall is Runner-Up for the StatSheet Horizon Sixth Man of the Week - January 9th, 2012--Butler Blue Fever

Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward, Raja Bell begin to break out of funk--Deseret News
Utah Jazz players aren't frustrated with unpredictable minutes--Deseret News

Some might prefer to see Corbin go with a youth movement, build for the future, throw in the Junior Jazz guys and let them grow on the court, lose or win. That fan faction might not even mind calling it a rebuilding season so long as the bulk of the minutes go to the lottery picks. Just let it roll with Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors , Enes Kanter and Burks.
The addition of explosive scorer Josh Howard is one factor, and young wings Hayward and Burks are earning their keep.

Jazz notes: After speaking out, Utah’s Raja Bell produces--Salt Lake Tribune

Unleashing his best performance of the season during the Jazz’s 88-87 road victory against the Golden State Warriors, Utah’s veteran shooting guard said everything from an increased offensive tempo to consistent touches helped bring him and Gordon Hayward to life.

Bell recorded a season-high nine points on 3-of-6 shooting, while Hayward poured in a season- and team-high 18 points while going 6 of 11 from the field. The duo combined for three made 3-pointers, and their 27 points represented nearly half of the scoring production from the Jazz’s starting five (57 points).

Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward moves closer to next step--Salt Lake Tribune
Butler Vs. Detroit Final Score: Bulldogs Can't Catch Titans On The Road, Lose 76-65--SB Nation Indiana
The Morning After Recap: Monday, January 9--Searching for Billy Edelin

Who Lost it Worst

Butler - Okay, this is starting to get painful. The Bulldogs dropped their second Horizon League game in five chances on Sunday, moving to a frustrating 9-8 on the year. Once a perfect blend of offensive and defensive efficiency, Brad Stevens' team is now one of the worst three-point and free throw shooting units in college basketball. Has the bottom already fallen out, or could things *gasp* get worse?

Non-Conference Opponents’ Update: January 9--Hammer and Rails

Of course, there were some bad things that happened as well:
Butler lost at Detroit - Butler is in danger of slipping under the 100 barrier, but they can take a huge step forward this weekend.
Butler Bulldogs - 9-8, 3-2 Horizon League, RPI: 98 - If Butler is going to win the Horizon League regular season title they need a home sweep this weekend. Cleveland State and Youngstown State, both of whom are 4-1 in conference play, come to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Right now, Cleveland State is the best hope for making this a multi-bid league at 14-3 overall. They are a legitimately tough team, but Butler can still have a say by winning the conference. If they do, they would host the tourney at Hinkle and only need two wins to reach the NCAAs. Their loss to Detroit on Sunday hurts, as it broke a four game winning streak.

Detroit rolls over Butler 76-65--The Indy Star
Bulldogs rocked at start, can't recover--The Indy Star
Never too early for a crisis, right?--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler vs Detroit: Recap Notes--Butler Blue Fever
Butler Falls To Detroit, 76-65--Butler Blue Fever
Hot-Shooting Detroit Defeats Butler,
2012 Community Day - Feb. 4 vs.

Devin Brierly Interview: 1070 The

Miami Heat now in a zone against zone defense--South Florida Sun Sentinel

Cole's miscues

With Chalmers ailing and in foul trouble Saturday, it opened the door for rookie Norris Cole to play 31 minutes. It was an uneven showing, with the first-round pick 4 of 13 from the field, with six assists, two turnovers and five fouls. After committing 11 turnovers in the first six games, he now has 12 in the last three. "I don't want to confuse him too much," Spoelstra said. "I don't want his mind heavy. I want him to change the pace when he's in there. He will catch up on a lot of the details.

"He's spending a lot of time watching film and studying up with our system and where his looks are. But during the game, I want him playing with a free mind."

Marlin Mason a wild-card boost for Cleveland State: NE Ohio College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Press release: Vikings to Host Green Bay at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU on Jan. 20--Cleveland State Hoops
Vikings to Host Green Bay at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU on Jan.

Detroit Mercy 76, Butler 65: Titans end 10-game losing streak against Bulldogs--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy finds its stride in win--The Detroit News
On this day 12 years ago - Jan 08, 2000--Titans Update
Butler vs Detroit: Recap Notes--Titans Update
Detroit Gets Win Over Butler, 76-65--Titans Update
Titans Rout Two-time NCAA Finalist Butler,

Brown Earns HL Co-Player Of The

On this day 15 years ago - Jan 08, 1997--LU Wolf Ball

A final thought on UWM's game-winner--UWGB Basketball

Record Performance Earns Wojta Co-Player of the Week
Green Bay Makes Biggest Jump in AP Top 25

Where do we stand?--PantherU
Salute!!! --Milwaukee Panther Tracks
MBB Notebook: Panther Sports Report Debuts

Lindsay Laur Signs In Australia, Adds Sports 32 TV

Crusaders go cold in loss to Raiders--The Post-Tribune
Mutka: Reflecting on the year that was--The Post-Tribune

Got those post-Christmas blahs? Me, too.

Dodging crazed people wildly driving in and out of mall lots with vacant looks in their eyes helps me understand why bears go into hibernation when the weather turns chilly.

It’s like Black Friday extended for two weeks. Scary stuff, boys and girls. Now you know why some folks prefer Christmas spirits to spirit.

Now that I’ve got that out of my system, lets move on to a more cheerful topic — like my favorite sports memories of 2011.

In no particular order ...
When veteran Greg Kampe brought Oakland to the ARC recently, he became the first coach to match wits with all three members of Valparaiso’s Drew family.

After Reggie Hamilton helped him celebrate with 41 points, including a game-winning, buzzer-beating basket, he yearned for the good old days when the schools were Mid-Continent Conference rivals.

My memory might be a little rusty, but Hamilton’s heroics were the most spectacular I’ve witnessed since the ARC replaced Hilltop Gym as VU’s venue of choice.
Bryce Drew became the third member of the family to coach at Valparaiso when the Crusaders opened with exhibition victories over Hillsdale and Augustana. He was preceded by his brother, Scott, who cleansed and revived a corrupted Baylor program, and his father, Homer, keeping VU in the basketball family since 1988.
Butler’s Bulldogs were considered one-year wonders, but stunned the NCAA by reaching the final game for the second straight season. In the same year, not the same season, Valparaiso has defeated the Horizon League powerhouse twice.

Butler is currently laboring with a 6-7 record, but I’m not going to make the mistake of writing them off again. Their rugged non-conference schedule, which includes victories over Purdue and Stanford, should make the Horizon League schedule a picnic.
Injuries and the unexpected departure of star Mallory Ladd have reduced Valparaiso University’s women to a near-empty bench. Ashley Varner, one of only four Crusaders who played in every game, is rising to the occasion.

She prevailed with double-doubles in successive victories over Ball State and Eastern Illinois. The Crusaders were down to six players in one game. Varner contributed 37 points and 23 rebounds to the victories.

Sluggish Crusaders can't close against Wright State--The NWI Times
Valparaiso vs Wright State: Recap Notes--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso Beaten By Wright State, 73-55--Valpo Daily
Horizon League PPS and other Stat Leaders--Section EE
Valpo Men Fall at Wright

Battle inspires key WSU win--Dayton Daily News
Mays uses scoring burst to help WSU--Dayton Daily News
WSU's Mays again honored by HL--Dayton Daily News
Wright State cools Valparaiso, league’s highest-scoring team, to win 73-55--Wright State University Sports
Wright State junior named Horizon League co-player of the week for second time--Wright State University Sports
Wright State Focus: Just how good can Julius Mays be?--Wright State University Sports
Just call me “Svenjolly”--Through the Arch
Battle and Mays Lead WSU Past Valpo
Valparaiso vs Wright State: Recap Notes--Rowdy Review
Wright State Gets the Win Over Valparaiso, 73-55--Rowdy Review
Men Pull Away for 73-55 Win Over
Mays Named HL Co-Player of the
Mays Nominated For GEICO Play Of The

Wright State women alone in first place in the Horizon League after Saturday win--Wright State University Sports
Sandifer National High-Major Player of the Week--Wright State University Sports

Ward named player of the week--Youngstown Vindicator
Senior Ashen Ward Named Horizon League Co-Player of the

Detroit, Wright State Close Weekend with Dominant Wins--Horizon League Network
Mays' Buzzer-Beater Versus Idaho Nominated as GEICO Play of the Year--Horizon League Network
WSU's Mays, YSU's Ward Share Men's Basketball Player of the Week Accolades--Horizon League Network

Green Bay's Julie Wojta and Detroit's Shareta Brown Named Women's Co-Basketball Players of the Week--Horizon League Network

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