Saturday, March 10, 2012

News On The Horizon 3/10/2012

Jazz-Sixers: Report card--Deseret News

Forwards: Josh Howard went 0-6 with a turnover while being largely responsible for letting Andre Iguodala notch 10 points on perfect 5-5 shooting with 10 assists and seven rebounds. Howard's lackluster performance ended an eight-game stretch where he scored in double figures. Paul Millsap and Gordon Hayward assuaged part of Howard's awful game by combining for 28 points on 9-16 shooting. Millsap also had nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. GRADE: B-

Utah Jazz notes: Jeremy Evans’ second half hasn’t been a slam dunk--Salt Lake Tribune

Evans won the 2012 All-Star dunk contest Feb. 24, linking up with teammate Gordon Hayward to leap through the air and grab the title via a fan vote.
Little change

Jazz guard Raja Bell acknowledged there’s been little overall change to the Jazz’s first unit, despite the insertion of Josh Howard and Hayward’s move to the bench.

Philadelphia 76ers pack paint, down Utah Jazz 104-91--Salt Lake Tribune

If anything, the Jazz stayed within sight via gutsy play from reserves Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward, while relying on putback tip-ins to remain at arm’s length.

Miami Heat proving they can play a physical style--South Florida Sun Sentinel

Spoelstra said the criticism of their toughness was unwarranted last season. He felt the team has never feared playing physical.

He listed James, Joel Anthony, Udonis Haslem, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers as some of the Heat players who have no problem when basketball becomes a contact sport. Rookie point guard Norris Cole has also drawn praise for his tough play.

"Again, that's somebody else's truth," Spoelstra said.

Jermaine Jackson Selected to Israeli Basketball League All-Star

Titans Advance To Horizon League Championship, Down Wright State
#2 Titans Ready To Battle #1 Green Bay For Horizon League Championship On

Women's basketball: UWGB rolls past UIC to advance to Horizon title game--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix Fans Invited to Monday's Selection Show
Balanced Green Bay Beats UIC, Moves to Sunday's
Postseason Props: Eichler and Ritchie Combine for 41

Michigan State 92, Iowa 75: Draymond Green's double-double lifts Spartans into Big Ten semis--The Detroit Free Press

When forward Branden Dawson went down with a torn ACL on Sunday, Izzo said getting Trice back would be crucial to the team's postseason plans. Izzo envisioned playing not just Trice and Appling together but having guard Brandon Wood join them, too.
Now that job falls to Wood. The fifth-year senior has played inconsistent defense all season, which is why at the walk-through Thursday night, Izzo and assistant coach Dane Fife challenged him to stay with the Hawkeyes' leading scorer, Matt Gatens, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard.

Said Izzo: “We told him if you don't play (defense), he is gonna kick your (butt)! You know what? He played pretty good.”

Wood spent the night studying film of Gatens, who had averaged 23.6 points in his last five games.

“I came out with the attitude that he wasn't going to do that against me,” Wood said.

Gatens finished with 10 points but shot 1-of-6 and didn't make a basket until midway through the second half. Izzo said Wood played the best defense of his life.

It was the kind of effort that MSU will need in order to keep playing, both from Wood and from Trice, a couple of perimeter players trying to fill the void of an injured, athletically gifted small forward.

Spartans 92, Hawkeyes 75: Notes, quotes from Friday night's win--The Detroit Free Press

SPARTAN STANDOUTS: Brandon Wood led the defensive charge by holding Iowa's leading scorer, Matt Gatens, to 1-for-6 shooting. Draymond Green led the way on offense with 20 points and five assists.

Injured Travis Trice gives Michigan State a big lift--The Detroit News

Wood steps up

With Dawson out, MSU lost one of its best perimeter defenders, a player who stymied many of the Big Ten's top players.

If there were any concern as to which player might fill that role moving forward, senior Brandon Wood might have answered any worries.

Wood was the primary defender against Iowa's Matt Gatens , the senior who came in averaging nearly 16 points. On Friday, Gatens was held to 10 points on 1-for-6 shooting.

"I knew coming in I had to watch more film and take more pride in playing as good a defense as I can," Wood said of checking Gatens. "That's what I tried to do and it worked out."

Wood also provided an offensive spark, scoring 10 points.

"I don't think Gatens was quite as fresh as he was (Thursday)," Izzo said. "But it's nice to see Wood step up. He made some shots, he got a couple rebounds and he definitely defended better than he's defended probably in his life."

WSU women's tourney road ends in semifinals--Dayton Daily News
WSU women fall to Detroit in HL semifinals--Fairborn Daily Herald
Women Fall to Detroit in HL

Detroit and Green Bay to Meet in Championship Game--Horizon League Network

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