Friday, March 16, 2012

News On The Horizon 3/16/2012

Utah Jazz-Phoenix Suns: Report card--Deseret News

Forwards: Paul Millsap had 18 points and 10 rebounds but allowed Channing Frye to nearly have his way in the paint, as the University of Arizona alum scored 26 points. Grant Hill scored 12 points opposite Josh Howard's six on 3-of-12 shooting. Gordon Hayward picked up some of Howard's slack, scoring 13 points while playing more than the first-year Jazzman. GRADE: C

Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward, Jazz bench key in win--Deseret News
Utah Jazz notebook: GM Kevin O'Connor didn't find any deals to 'improve team'--Deseret News

O'Connor gave a "no comment" when asked if most trade offers include demands for the Jazz's young core of Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Alec Burks.

But with those four lottery picks on the squad who are 21 or younger, the Jazz are in long-term thinking mode. O'Connor pointed that out earlier in the week.

Sure, they want to win now — "Our goal is to make the playoffs," O'Connor insisted — but the Jazz weren't willing to mortgage their future success or cornerstone pieces for a quick fix.

Utah Jazz-Minnesota Timberwolves: Report card--Deseret News

Bench: The Jazz's reserves dominated. Gordon Hayward had a season-high 26 points, and rookie Alec Burks played all of the fourth quarter and overtime. He finished with 15 points. Utah's bench outscored Minnesota's reserves 53-23. Derrick Favors had a whopping 16 rebounds in 22 minutes. Only J.J. Barea did much for the Timberwolves off the bench, as he had 11 points.

Grade: A+

Day 4 Open Thread + Picking The Lines--Basketball Predictions

Detroit (+14.5) over Kansas: This is another game where it's really not inconceivable that the 15 seed could win outright. It wasn't until mid-to-late January that Eli Holman got into game shape so that he and Ray McCallum could take this team to their potential. They've looked great over the past few weeks, and could really give trouble to a Kansas team that can get turned over and that isn't a great outside shooting team. Kansas should win, but 14.5 points are a lot to cover.

Detroit Mercy's Doug Anderson throws down 360 windmill--It's Always Sunny in Detroit
Live blog tonight: Detroit Mercy vs. Kansas!--The Detroit Free Press
Scouting report for tonight's Detroit Mercy-Kansas game--The Detroit Free Press
Jayhawks on Titans' dunk specialist Doug Anderson: 'He's a freak'--The Detroit Free Press
McCallums, UDM ready to use Horizon League success against Kansas--The Detroit Free Press
UDM dances out of wallflower status--The Detroit News
Preview: No 2. Kansas vs. No. 15 Detroit Mercy--The Detroit News
UDM, Kansas guards takes center stage--The Detroit News
Detroit Mercy's Eli Holman provides sizeable threat for Kansas--The Detroit News
Former UDM stars recall Tournament glories--The Detroit News
Madness starts Friday for Michigan State, Michigan, Detroit Mercy--The Detroit News
MARCH MADNESS: Matchups key as No. 2 Kansas opens vs. Detroit--The Oakland Press
The Titans in Omaha - Day Two--Detroit Titans Blog

Titans Open WNIT At Toledo On

Women's basketball: Freshmen trigger UWGB, Iowa State offenses--Green Bay Press Gazette
Live From Ames: Follow the Phoenix in

Wright State women win WBI opener at SIU Edwardsville--Fairborn Daily Herald

Women Win WBI Opener at SIU

No comments: