Monday, February 20, 2012

News On The Horizon 2/20/2012

Your Ticket to Hinkle Fieldhouse--The Mid-Majority
Utah Jazz extra: Shooting 3s, little LOL moments, 'Leave it to Beaver'--Deseret News

3. Feeling the love

Earl Watson and Josh Howard might be in contention for "Father of the Year" after sending flowers to their children on Valentine's Day. Watson sent a dozen roses and a little teddy bear to his 2-year-old daughter in preschool. Howard had flowers delivered to his son and daughter along with his mom and grandma while the Jazz were in Oklahoma.

"They were very, very appreciative," he said. "I did it because I knew they weren't expecting it."

Evans picked out and bought his girlfriend a dress — something he was teased about by teammates. Gordon Hayward sent flowers and the latest "Twilight" movie to his girlfriend.

"I think," he said, smiling, "she's on Team Edward."
5. Little LOL moments
The world's worst heckler resides in New Orleans. Among the many lame taunts he sent the Jazz's direction was one in which he told Gordon Hayward he must be the token BYU guy on the team.
Thursday-Monday at Sunny Locations, No TV

Jazz players will enjoy the All-Star break in non-All-Star locations — the exception being Rising Star participant Gordon Hayward.

Utah Jazz: Blemishes exposed as Utah gets blasted by Rockets' red-hot Lowry--Deseret News

The bench only contributed 16 points, Devin Harris had just nine points and four assists and Gordon Hayward added four points and four assists.

Utah Jazz: Raja Bell riding hot streak of 3-pointers--Salt Lake Tribune

With many NBA teams dealing with the loss of star players, the Jazz have largely remained in the clear. That’s allowed Utah coach Tyrone Corbin to start Devin Harris, Bell, Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson 23 times as his first unit. And the Jazz’s combination of good luck and better training has provided Corbin with a spotlight to shine on the team’s respected staff.

VIDEO | Blue III--Butler Collegian
Men's Basketball Coaches Support Samaritan's

Ranked powerhouses facing stiff conference challenges: National College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer

So much for that: BracketBusters weekend did a lot of damage to several teams with NCAA hopes. That was certainly true for Cleveland State (a home loser to Drexel) and Akron (beaten at Oral Roberts).
On the Horizon: After a slow start, preseason favorite Detroit (17-12, 10-6) is threatening sagging CSU (20-8, 10-5) for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming league tournament. Detroit only has two games remaining, both on the road -- Thursday at CSU, Saturday at Youngstown State (14-13, 9-7). The Vikings have three games -- Tuesday at Green Bay, then Detroit followed Saturday by Wright State.

Road Trip Ends With Stop At Valparaiso Tuesday

Mike Vandermause column: Wardle pushing himself, team toward ultimate goal - ending NCAA tourney drought--Green Bay Press Gazette

Michigan State's Branden Dawson dunks, dazzles in return to home state--The Detroit Free Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Branden Dawson got the ball on the break a couple of steps before the rim. No one was in front of him. A Purdue defender was closing quickly behind him.

As he collected the pass, he already knew what he was going to do. Teammate Brandon Wood had urged him before the game to do something "nasty to upset the crowd" if he had the chance in the open court. So he jumped and windmilled the ball through the hoop.

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