Wednesday, February 8, 2012

News On The Horizon 2/9/2012

Battle for the top: Breaking down Valparaiso at Cleveland State--Horizon League Hoops

Utah Jazz-Indiana Pacers: Instant Analysis--Deseret News

Odds n’ends:
He did not receive the same welcome he did last year (nor did it rival the one Sacramento guard Jimmer Fredette received in Utah), but Gordon Hayward had a nice homecoming to the Hoosier State. With 11 points, three assists, and three boards, he was solid throughout.

Utah Jazz-Indiana Pacers: Report card--Deseret News

FORWARDS: Gordon Hayward, the hometown hero, gave a solid performance in his return home, scoring 11 points while tallying three assists and three rebounds. Indiana's Danny Granger matched the effort with 16 points and five rebounds. Paul Millsap outplayed David West, notching a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds while going perfect (8-8) from the charity stripe. Grade: B+

Utah Jazz notebook: Jamaal Tinsley misses game but makes final cut--Deseret News

HAPPY HOMECOMING: Gordon Hayward didn't make SportsCenter's top play like last year, but he still gave his hometown crowd plenty to cheer about in his second pro outing in Indiana.

The former Brownsburg High and Butler star scored 11 points, totaled three rebounds and assists, and made a highlight-reel-worthy block and mid-air catch on Indiana's Danny Granger.

The Pacers' fans sporting No. 20 Jazz jerseys in his honor got the best of both worlds — a solid showing from Mr. Local Boy Did Good and a 104-99 Indiana win.

"It was great coming home and it was a lot of fun playing in front of my friends and especially my family," Hayward said. "It was great hearing some of the response from the fans that were supporting me. And even with the loss, this was a good experience."

A short one, though.

The Jazz arrived in Indianapolis from New York at about 3 a.m. and then had an 11 a.m. breakfast meeting. That only allowed a brief while for Hayward to visit family and take his girlfriend out to lunch.

Utah Jazz: Corbin hopes team learned lessons after back-to-back losses--Deseret News

The Jazz defense received a boost when they began pressuring Indiana for 94 feet and Utah's bigs helped attack the pick-and-roll up high, Corbin explained. Small forward Gordon Hayward and Harris said the Jazz need to be more aggressive in dictating what direction opponents go on offense.

Once that happened in Haywardland, the comeback kicked in.
"It's a tough road trip for us," Hayward added after Utah fell to 2-7 away from EnergySolutions Arena. "But we've got to go home and get back on track."

A win over the Thunder would do that. But then Utah will be in Memphis, New Orleans and Oklahoma City for games Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Still, even though they lost, the Jazz hope Tuesday's second-half effort was a turning point.

Added Corbin: "That's what you build on."

Utah Jazz: Hayward selected to play in NBA Rising Stars Challenge game--Salt Lake Tribune
Jazz Notes: Gordon Hayward going to All-Star weekend--Salt Lake Tribune
Indiana Hoosiers' Non-Conference Schedule: Surprise Teams Build IU's Resume--The Crimson Quarry

Butler 13-12 (7-6) – Oh Butler. Butler, Butler, Butler, what are we going to do with you? I’ve been saying since September that you aren’t rebuilding you’re retooling but several players have taken some steps back this season. They’ve popped off some good wins this season, but they aren’t the team that they should be. Even in their off year they should be competing for the conference championship but instead are toiling in the middle. They currently have no shot at the regular season crown and they’ll need a near miraculous tourney run to make the big one in March. Prognosis: Wait ‘til next year. Butler flames out in the conference tourney. No NCAA.

Men's college basketball preview: Butler at Youngstown State--The Indy Star
VF, Hayward, H.L. chaos all return--Victory Firelight
Butler (13-12) and Youngstown State (13-10) Square Off--Butler Blue Fever
Former Dawg Hayward Returns Home To Play The

Miami Heat’s Norris Cole snubbed for Rising Stars Challenge--Miami Herald
Miami Heat struggles in loss to Orlando Magic--Miami Herald

Meanwhile the Heat was out of sorts from beginning to end. . Mario Chalmers was placed on the inactive list less than an hour before the game, and the Heat struggled with only one true point guard, rookie Norris Cole. Surprisingly, the normally fearless rookie approached the opportunity a bit timidly. He only attempted eight shots and finished with nine points.

“I would have liked to have won — that’s the main thing” Cole said. “But I made some good plays out there but still have a long way to go to learn in this league.”

Shots from LeBron critics and Magic too much for Heat--South Florida Sun Sentinel

The Heat opened with rookie Norris Cole at point guard, with starter Mario Chalmers sidelined by a sprained left hand sustained at the close of the third period of Tuesday's home victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

ASK IRA: Does Chalmers' injury show need for another point?--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Cleveland State's Tim Kamczyc enjoys being a flexible part of Vikings' success--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Men's basketball to fight for first-place in HL--The Cauldron
CSU & Crusaders Lose Key Cogs But Keep Rolling--Let's Go Vikes!
Brown is Questionable This Week with Groin Injury--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Host Valparaiso with first place on the line--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State (20-4) vs. Valparaiso (17-8)--Vikings Ball
On this day 15 years ago - Feb 08, 1997--Vikings Ball

Crusaders slay Lady Vikings, 66-48--The Cauldron
CSU student athlete awarded for Courage--The Cauldron

Registration Now Open For 2012 Loyola Basketball

Women's basketball: UWGB on high alert for tonight's game against Detroit--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women Phoenix blow past Panthers--UWGB Fourth Estate

Milwaukee 3-pointers extinguish Phoenix--UWGB Fourth Estate

Indiana College Basketball: Purdue Faces Must-Win Weekend--SB Nation Indiana

Valparaiso at Cleveland State 7pm Thursday

With a win over Cleveland State the Crusaders can take a huge step towards a regular season Horizon league title. Valparaiso beat Cleveland State at Valparaiso 75-66 on January 15th and the Vikings have not lost since. Cleveland State leads the league at 10-2, but Valparaiso is only a half game back at 10-3. Kevin Van Wijk and Ryan Broekhoff each average 15 points per game, and if Valpo can win both games this weekend at Cleveland State and Youngstown State the Horizon League will be theirs to lose.

Valpo finishes with only Illinois Chicago (3-10 in league play), Loyola (IL) (0-13), and Butler all at home. A regular season title means the Horizon League tournament will be played at Valparaiso with the hosts receiving a bye to the semifinals.

Valparaiso, CSU square off with first place on the line--The Post-Tribune
Big test awaits VU men's basketball team in Cleveland--The NWI Times
No. 11 Spartans 77, Nittany Lions 57: Notes, quotes from Wednesday's win--The Detroit Free Press

CHANGING LINEUP: For the second straight game, Austin Thornton started in place of Brandon Wood. Thornton, a senior shooting guard, scored six points on two three-point shots, grabbed five rebounds and had a steal. Wood also scored six points on two three-pointers.

Valparaiso (17-8) vs. Cleveland State (20-4)--Valpo Daily

Home stretch key for Raiders in tight league--Dayton Daily News

YSU looks for series split with Butler--Youngstown Vindicator
Youngstown State (13-10) Takes On Butler (13-12)--Guin Report
Perry rounds out HL POTW honors--The Jambar

Women head for Windy City--The Jambar
Guins Start Chicago Trip at UIC on Thursday

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