Sunday, March 11, 2012

News On The Horizon 3/11/2012

Utah Jazz-Philadelphia Sixers: Instant analysis--Deseret News

Struggling Starters: First, the good news: the Jazz bench was solid, combining for 48 points. Sophomores Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward had 14 and 13 respectively. They were efficient from the floor and played with good energy.

Chicago 'Jazz' blow out Utah Jazz, 111-97--Deseret News

Meanwhile, the Jazz's modge-podge lineup — Earl Watson and Gordon Hayward replaced Harris and Bell — struggled to get much of anything going while wrapping up their five-game road trip with a second blowout loss in a row.

Utah Jazz-Chicago Bulls: Instant Analysis--Deseret News

Gordon Hayward (26 minutes) and Alec Burks (19) got some solid playing time, but big men Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter combined for 20 minutes.

Utah Jazz-Chicago Bulls: Report card--Deseret News

Guards: Considering that the Utah backcourt has let the likes of second-year player Jrue Holiday burn them, it should come as no surprise that Bulls guard Derrick Rose scored 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting with seven rebounds and six assists.

Rose was often let free to push the ball without many consequences. Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley combined for nine points (Tinsley shot 3-of-11) and 17 assists in Devin Harris' absence, while Gordon Hayward scored 10 points with Raja Bell also sidelined. GRADE: C-

Utah Jazz: Chicago Jazz are just too much for their Utah counterparts--Deseret News
Utah Jazz: Ex-Jazzmen lead Bulls to 111-97 win over Utah--Salt Lake Tribune

"We’ve got to find some way to be able to have an outside [offensive] threat," Utah forward Gordon Hayward said. "If we don’t, they’re just going to continue to just pack it in on us, and it just makes everything difficult. We’ve got to find some way to get 3s up, though. You can’t make 3s if you don’t shoot ’em."

Jazz starters Raja Bell (internal matter) and Devin Harris (flu) were inactive. Earl Watson and Hayward replaced them. … Chicago starters Luol Deng and Joakim Noah were also inactive.

NCAA Tournament Preview: Detroit Titans--Searching for Billy Edelin

Detroit Mercy women's coach preaches cool as Titans face Phoenix--The Detroit Free Press
Titans ready for championship game--Varsity Press

Women's basketball: UWGB pumped for Detroit rematch, coach says--Green Bay Press Gazette
No. 10/10 Green Bay Hosts Detroit in Championship Game

Panthers play the waiting game--PantherU

Spartans roll into Big Ten final--Fox Sports Detroit

The production came mostly from three role players, including Thornton. Reserve center Derrick Nix and guard Brandon Wood, who is starting in Dawson’s place, each scored nine points in the half. Neither even averages nine points.

Big Ten Basketball Tournament 2012: Kokomo's Brandon Wood Leads Michigan State To 35-25 Halftime Lead--SB Nation Indiana
Crusaders expected to earn NIT road game--The NWI Times
Michigan State 65, Wisconsin 52: Spartans reach Big Ten title game--The Detroit Free Press

Wisconsin jumped out to a 9-0 lead. MSU trailed, 20-9, before Thornton hit back-to-back three-pointers with about 9 minutes to go in the first half. Later, Thornton canned a third triple at the 7:30 mark to cut the lead to two. From there, a Badgers turnover turned into a Brandon Wood fastbreak layup, and a missed three-pointer became a Derrick Nix basket, giving the Spartans the lead.

A three-pointer from Wood and an Appling basket capped an 18-2 run, putting the Spartans up by five. Near the end of the first half, Wood converted on a jump shot and, after another Wisconsin miss, Appling scored on a fastbreak to take a 10-point lead.

MSU led, 35-27, at the half. The Spartans shot 57% in the first 20 minutes and held the Badgers to just 35% from the field. Thornton, Nix, Wood and Evans all had nine points each.

Wright State Women's Basketball 2012 NIT Capsule--College Sports Madness

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