Thursday, February 16, 2012

News On The Horizon 2/16/2012

Are My Thoughts Really That Important? (ALLCAPSGAME)--The Mid-Majority

Ronald Nored apparently doesn’t feel pain--Beyond The Arc
Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder: Instant analysis--Deseret News

Take away Raja Bell’s 3-6 performance, the Jazz wings of Gordon Hayward, Josh Howard, and C.J. Miles combined to go just 4-20 from the floor. Only one player besides Bell shot more than 50 percent (Derrick Favors, 4-7).
Two games removed from one of his finest efforts of the year, Hayward recorded his first scoreless game of the season.

Howard, Campbell on new pro teams--Indy Star Butler Insider
Midweek musings: Horizon reset & links--Victory Firelight

Butler Hosts Loyola In Key League

Miami Heat bench finds groove in blowouts--Miami Herald

“The year [Gary Payton], Shannon Anderson, James Posey, those guys were coming off the bench [in the Heat’s championship season of 2006] — that was a great bench as well. But this is one of those kind of benches right here,” Wade said. “With Norris [Cole], Shane [Battier], Mike [Miller] and [Udonis Haslem], and we have more, [James Jones], [Dexter Pittman] we have a very deep bench.

“It’s something that enables us as starters, allows us to go out and play a certain way because we know we have those guys who are going to come in and relieve us.”
Cole, meanwhile, has scored in double digits in three consecutive games.

“[He’s] a nice luxury we have, and we don’t take it for granted,” coach Erik Spoelstra said of Cole.

“[Our bench play] is a residual [effect] of a couple things. Those guys have proven themselves as competent NBA players and contributors on winning teams. ... The second part of it is the purity of the way the ball is moving. Those guys are recipients. They need the ball to move. They need execution to be able to line up open shots and shoot them with confidence. The ball movement has been much better, and it has benefited them and naturally it’s benefitted us as well."

• Point guard Mario Chalmers said he aggravated the injury to his left hand Tuesday night when Darren Collison reached in and tried to slap the ball away from him. But Chalmers said the pain wore off and he feels pretty good about playing Friday in Cleveland.

LeBron, Cole relishing Heat's extra time in Cleveland--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Vikings Host Drexel in BracketBusters

Detroit Wins 71-55 Over Wright State--Titans Update
Titans Dominate Raiders in Second Half for Fourth Straight

Pivotal HL Match-Up Has Detroit Visiting Wright

Flames Eye 16th Win of the Season at Valpo on

Women's Basketball Blog Entry #10: Gabby
Loyola Battles Butler In Key Horizon League

Scott Venci column: Phoenix's Wojta doesn't dwell on the past; talks about future plans--Green Bay Press Gazette
Wojta brings Green Bay back from loss--UWGB Fourth Estate
Phoenix drop first game of the season--UWGB Fourth Estate
No. 11/12 Green Bay Travels to Cleveland State

Notebook: Sykes' Double-Double Another Impressive

@MKEPanthers poor practice situation, from a rival’s perspective--PantherU
Auction Of Military Jerseys Produces Donation To Black Cultural
BracketBusters Contest Brings Fairfield To Milwaukee

Video: Catching Up With Former Panther Lindsay

Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew joined Mark Packer on College Sports Today to talk about his Crusaders on top of the Horizon League--SiriusXM Sports
Lazerus: Valparaiso ready, willing and able--The Post-Tribune
Chartered flights vs. bus trips in the Horizon League--Off The Mark
Trash talk? Michigan State's Draymond Green tries to be as good as his word--The Detroit Free Press

As Green said: "We are not the only people in the Big Ten who like to talk. Sometimes (other) teams talk to us. Maybe they expect us to talk. And they feel the need to talk."

Green said it's usually the best players that talk the most, like Sullinger.

Not everyone on MSU's roster talks.

Brandon Wood doesn't say a word. Branden Dawson does. Keith Appling enjoys a chat once in a while, too. Sometimes he is content with just listening. Like when MSU played at Gonzaga, and David Stockton -- son of Hall of Famer John Stockton -- kept hitting threes and taunting Appling: "You are a McDonald's All-America ..."

Michigan State assistant Dane Fife beats the drum for defense--The Detroit Free Press

Fife wanted MSU's guards to commit to digging on Sullinger because he knew Keith Appling, Travis Trice and Brandon Wood could swipe and get back. Fife said once he devised the scouting plan, fellow assistants Stephens and Garland looked over and made tweaks, and then everyone sat with Izzo to finalize the strategy.
Credit tweaks to ball-screen defense and Izzo's off-season mission to lock down the perimeter. And credit, too, the maturation of the defenders on the team. As Izzo pointed out this week, the team's stellar defensive numbers also are the result of the improvement of Wood, Branden Dawson and Austin Thornton, and of the consistency of Appling.

Revitalized Wisconsin a threat to Michigan State--The Detroit News

Injury update

Guards Brandon Wood (shoulder) and Travis Trice (ankle) are questionable.

"Just a little banged up," Wood said. "I just got it kind of pulled back and strained it. It's just sore. I should be all right."

Valparaiso (19-9) Takes On Loyola Marymount (17-10)--Valpo Daily
Game Wrap Up: One more to go--Section EE
Game Preview: Bracket Buster--Section EE
Valpo Heads West For BracketBusters Game At Loyola

Crusaders Return Home Looking to Extend Winning

WSU's Mays faces big challenges from opponents--Dayton Daily News
Raiders fall to physical Detroit team--Dayton Daily News
Detroit surges to end first half and pulls away to beat Wright State, 71-55--Wright State University Sports
Raiders beat by Titans in final regular season home
On this day 9 years ago - Feb 15, 2003--Rowdy Review
Wright State Beaten By Detroit, 71-55--Rowdy Review
Men Drop 71-55 Decision to

Guins Start Final Home Week Thursday vs.

Detroit Keeps Pace with Win at Wright State--Horizon League Network

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