Thursday, March 15, 2012

News On The Horizon 3/15/2012

Utah Jazz-Phoenix Suns: Instant analysis--Deseret News

Gordon Hayward had an unassumingly effective game, with 13 points (5 of 8 FGs). He did not make his usual all-around comparisons, having just one assist and one rebound. C.J. Miles, the subject of many floating trade rumors, had nine points.

Butler tops Delaware 75-58 in College Basketball Invitational--The Indy Star
Win sends Butler to Philly--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler starts CBI amid A-10 rumors--Victory Firelight
Butler Gets Win Over Delaware, 75-58--Butler Blue Fever
Bulldogs Down Delaware In CBI

Miami Heat falls to Chicago Bulls despite Derrick Rose’s absence--Miami Herald

Ronnie Brewer’s three-pointer with 4:06 left in the third quarter put the Bulls ahead 72-57 and Watson followed with a 15-footer to complete a 10-2 run. The Heat lumbered through the rest of third quarter before James provided a spark with a few what-the-heck three-point attempts. James made two three-pointers and Norris Cole added a three of his own to cut the Bulls’ lead to 79-70.

RTC Tourney Podblasts: Midwest & West Regions--Rush The Court
NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 03.14.12 Edition--Rush The Court

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson responded to some early smack talk from Detroit‘s Eli Holman prior to the team’s departure for Omaha. Holman was probably doing his best to keep confidence high, but likely generated some bulletin board material in doing so.

NCAA Tournament 2012: Five First Round Upsets To Look Out For--Busting Brackets\

(2) Kansas vs. (15) Detroit – Midwest Region, Omaha, NE, Fri. 9:57 PM ET

It’s rare to see a 2/15 match-up singled out as a possible upset game, but it’s also rare to see a 15 seed the caliber of Detroit.

You can attribute Detroit’s high seed to a very poor start to their season, much of it played at less than full strength. However, the Titans finished the season on a 13-2 roll and won the Horizon in the process. They were led by the coach’s son, sophomore guard Ray McCallum (15.6ppg).

It does seem unfair for Kansas to have to face the Horizon league champion as a 2 seed, but fortunately for the Jayhawks, they are coached by Bill Self. He should have them ready to play at a high level, which is just what it will take for them to advance.

The NC-Double-Eh Stat Leaders - Week 17--Raptors HQ


Devoe Joseph, Oregon - 35.0

Hernst Laroche, New Mexico State - 33.5

Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga - 31.7

Kris Joseph, Syracuse - 31.6

Justin Edwards, Maine - 31.2

Tyler Murray, Wagner - 30.7

Jason Calliste, Detroit - 30.7

Myck Kabongo, Texas - 30.4

Ty Nurse, Texas Tech - 30.2

Two tied with 30.1 minutes.

2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket: Breaking Down The Midwest--Rock Chalk Talk

Interesting Facts:
Detroit is the second worst three point shooting team in the entire tournament (326th overall), shooting 29.5% from beyond the arc, better only than....
Alabama, who is ranked 331st overall, shooting 28.5% from three.
#15 Seed Detroit Titans


Bid: Automatic, Horizon

Location: Detroit

Record: 22-13 (11-7)

KenPom Adj. Offensive Efficiency: 74

KenPom Adj. Defensive Efficiency: 178

Key Offensive Stat: 29.5% 3pt% (326th)

Key Defensive Stat: 22.4% TO forced (63rd)

Player to Know: Eli Holman

McCallum is their McDonalds All-American, but it is Holman who perhaps has the biggest chance to hurt the Jayhawks. He has played only half the year, but has a 120.2 Ortg, a 61.3% eFG, and rebounding rates of 14.5% and 21.4%. He'll go up against one of the best shot blockers in the country and the best defensive rebounder in the country, and you know Kansas will try to get him into foul trouble. If they succeed in doing so early they should have a much easier victory. As for the three point shooting, I think you can look at it in two ways: first, the fact that they don't shoot it well obviously bodes well for us but it also means that they were still able to score well despite not shooting well from three, so if they have a lucky game from behind the arc it could be trouble. The big key on the perimeter will be to keep McCallum out of the lane: he shoots 55.6% from two and draws a lot of fouls, but is shooting just 25% from three. I could see Detroit winning, but I think it will be a game where Kansas is up by 3-5 points at halftime and then goes on a run in the second half to put them away.


Detroit can score well

Will fans copy hockey fans

And throw octopi?

NCAA Tourney - Last minute upset picks--

Upset Picks
Detroit over Kansas. Kansas is probably too much for the Horizon League's Titans. But with Ray McCallum - a sophomore who chose to play for his father at Detroit instead of starting at UCLA - and a pair of 6'10 post players, including former Indiana player Eli Holman, they could spring an upset. chances I'm wrong - really high, 89.4%.

Reading into tourney teams' fortunes--ESPN

Detroit (15)

Write 'em in: Thanks to Ray McCallum, the Titans will be a hot upset pick, and it is certainly not a crazy choice. The sophomore leads his team in points per game, assists and steals and could have gone to a lot of bigger-name schools. He opted for Detroit so he could play for his dad.

Write 'em out: This is not a rock-solid defensive team, and you have to wonder whether Detroit has the horses to get in a scoring contest with some of the major programs. If they can't turn teams over, they might not be able to win.

Write it down: The university named its court after former coach, Dick Vitale. With apologies to our dear colleague, if McCallum & Son beat Kansas, they may have to change that.

Did Tyshawn Taylor really say THAT?--Eye On College Basketball
Detroit Mercy to 'play with heart, pride' vs. Kansas--The Detroit Free Press
Chase Simon embraces role as UDM defensive stopper--The Detroit News
Titans head for tourney--The Detroit News
NCAA bid helps Ray McCallum Jr. silence all the UDM critics--The Detroit News
Titans practice just for show--The Detroit News
MARCH MADNESS: Matchups key as No. 2 Kansas opens vs. Detroit--The Oakland Press
March Madness 2012: Why Ray McCallum Jr. Can Lead the Titans Past Kansas--Bleacher Report
The Titans Are In Omaha--Detroit Titans Blog
McCallum Picks Up National
Detroit Readies for Jayhawks in Friday's NCAA

Deadline To Rsvp For Men's & Women's Basketball Banquets Draws

Titans Make Trip To Historic Lambeau Field--Detroit Titans Blog
Titans Open WNIT At Toledo On

Howard Moore to Appear on CTL, SportsNet Central

Sign Up Now For The Annual Backcourt Club Banquet On April

Green Bay Way makes mid-major one of country's top women's programs--The Chicago Tribune
Women's basketball: UWGB forward Lydia Bauer looks to shake shooting slump--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay in the Big Dance: Scouting Iowa
Defense Dictates Green Bay's
Wojta Named All-Region Nominee for All-America

Green Bay's Alec Brown Named to NABC All-District

Report: Nebraska contacts UWM's Jeter about head coach job--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Nebraska shows interest in UWM's Jeter--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Rob Jeter being courted by Nebraska--UWM Update

NIT 2012, Miami Vs. Valparaiso: Game Time, TV Schedule And More--SB Nation Indiana
Shorthanded Crusaders keep it close, but Miami pulls away late--The Post-Tribune
Season comes to a close for short-handed Crusaders--The NWI Times
This isn't how it was supposed to go--Inside VU Sports
Replay: Chat with Michigan State hoops beat writer Shawn Windsor--The Detroit Free Press

Shawn, do you think Izzo will use Green more as an outside threat in the tournament due to their lack of shooters and the importance of the 3 pointer ?
by Rick 2:42 PM

Lack of shooters? Thornton is a 50 percent three-point guy since Big Ten started. Wood can shoot. Trice, now that he is back, is a very good shooter. Appling is slowly coming out of his shooting slump.
by Shawn Windsor 2:43 PM
Shawn, do you think Thorton and Wood can keep up the good shooting during the tourney while playing in different venues?
by Rick 2:53 PM

I don't see why not.
by Shawn Windsor 2:53 PM

Valparaiso Struggles in 66-50 Loss To Miami (FL)--Valpo Daily
Short-Handed Crusaders Fall in First Round of

Valparaiso’s Freeman steps down as coach--The Post-Tribune
Freeman resigns as Valpo women's basketball coach--The NWI Times
Keith Freeman Resigns as Valpo Women’s Basketball

Commentary: Horizon League needs a schedule upgrade--Dayton Daily News

Kendrick Perry Named Second-Team All-District By

Horizon League Puts Five on All-NABC District 12 Teams--Horizon League Network
Butler Collects CBI Win; Shorthanded Valpo Falls in NIT--Horizon League Network
Titans Relish Challenge of Kansas in Tournament Opener--Horizon League Network

Green Bay Wins the Horizon League 'Pack the House' Challenge--Horizon League Network

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