Saturday, March 17, 2012

News On The Horizon 3/17/2012

Dogs in Heat--The Mid-Majority
Trade deadline quiet as Utah Jazz are stuck as is--Deseret News

Other years the Jazz acquired Jeff Hornacek or future draft picks that included players such as Ronnie Brewer and Gordon Hayward. But it's iffy business. In 1998, they thought they had landed center Rony Seikaly in exchange for Chris Morris and Greg Foster, but Seikaly didn't report, so the deal fizzled. Gordan Giricek for DeShawn Stevenson wasn't a great move, but Stevenson had what seemed unresolvable issues with Jerry Sloan.

You win some and lose some, but this year the Jazz didn't do either. So they remain the 10th or 12th-best team in the Western Conference. They still have too many defensive lapses and not enough perimeter shooters. Al Jefferson still misses the kick-out when three guys collapse, Hayward still acts unsure and C.J. Miles still tantalizes but disappoints.

Utah Jazz need overtime to beat 'pesky' Timberwolves, 111-105--Deseret News

In the overtime period, Millsap hounded the T-Wolves for three of his game-high eight steals, including one that led to a go-ahead slam dunk by leading-scorer Gordon Hayward (26 points) with 56.9 seconds remaining.
Fortunately for the Jazz, they had a bunch of players who also proved to be tough competitors on this night as they bounced back from a rough loss in Phoenix on Wednesday.

Hayward led the way, again playing very well off the bench with his game-high 26 points on 9-for-17 shooting.

Utah Jazz-Minnesota Timberwolves: Instant analysis--Deseret News

The young shall lead: Once again, Utah Jazz fans caught a glimpse into the future, and perhaps by indications tonight, the present. Promising youngsters Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, and Alec Burks were able to contribute mightily to the game’s outcome.

Hayward continued to show increased confidence off the bench, shooting shots in rhythm. Doing much of his damage from the perimeter, the second-year man paced the Jazz with 26 points, three assists, and three rebounds. He played with great poise as he capitalized on many aggressive plays on the offensive end.

Kragthorpe: Jazz’s Gordon Hayward responding to new job description--Salt Lake Tribune
Win would earn Butler home semifinal--Indy Star Butler Insider

Detroit falls to No. 2 seed Kansas,
Rushed Reaction: #2 Kansas 65, #15 Detroit 50--Rush The Court
Previewing Day 2′s evening session of the NCAA tourney--CollegeBasketballTalk

Upsets on the horizon?
9:57 pm ET, TruTV, No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 Detroit, Omaha: Detroit is arguably the most talented No. 15 seed of all time. They have a McDonald’s all-american at the point in Ray McCallum and a pair of talented and athletic big men. They press and they forced turnovers, and we all know how Tyshawn Taylor has had turnovers issues this season.

Kansas avoids pitfalls of other 2 seeds, handles Detroit--CollegeBasketballTalk
Detroit's Doug Anderson goes reverse dunk vs Kansas--Run The Floor
NCAA Tournament 2012: Michigan State vs. LIU, Notre Dame vs. Xavier, Temple vs. South Florida, and Kansas vs. Detroit--The Big Lead

#2 Kansas vs. #15 Detroit, 9:57 in Omaha (TruTV). The Jayhawks simply cannot lose this game. It won’t happen. Too overpowering, too dominant, too deep, and they never lose to an inferior opponent in March. It’s not happening.

The Line: Kansas by 14. The Pick: Kansas -14. I’d take Kansas if it was -34.

The Preview You Must View: (2) Kansas vs (15) Detroit--Big 12 Hoops
Kansas Vs. Detroit Final Score: Jayhawks Easily Handle The Titans--Rock Chalk Talk
Kansas Basketball: A (semi) Statistical Recap of Detroit--Rock Chalk Talk
Jayhawks 65, Titans 50: Notes, quotes from Friday night's loss--The Detroit Free Press
Kansas 65, Detroit Mercy 50: Doug Anderson's dunks keep Titans close for a bit--The Detroit Free Press
Former UDM stars recall Tournament glories--The Detroit News
Detroit Mercy has the pieces to build on success--The Detroit News
Detroit Mercy's offense dries up in loss to Kansas--The Detroit News
Updated: Detroit (22-13) vs. 6th Ranked Kansas (27-6)--Titans Update
Titans Fall to Kansas in NCAA

Great Titan Season Comes To An End In

Women's basketball notebook: Ritchie's star shines brightest in big games--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Phoenix poised to take next step--Green Bay Press Gazette
No. 7 Seed Green Bay Battles No. 10 Seed Iowa State

Drew already has eye on next season--The NWI Times
Spartans 89, Blackbirds 67: Notes, quotes from Friday night's win--The Detroit Free Press

IRATE IZZO: At least three times, the MSU coach stomped his feet and growled at his players as intensely as he has all season. Brandon Wood took a poor shot on a busted play that led to a transition three. You could hear the undressing from the other side of the court.

Michigan State's victory proves margin of success is small--The Detroit News

Tough tests coming

Izzo was annoyed at guards Brandon Wood and Travis Trice, and reminded his team at halftime of the Tournament's tumult. You figured once Missouri lost, all the high seeds would get the point. But as someone more clever than me pointed out, Missouri loves company.

Greg Kirby steps away after 40 years of coaching--The NWI Times

WSU women to face Seattle in WBI--Dayton Daily News
Women Head to Seattle for WBI

Seven-year NCAA Streak Comes to End with Detroit's 65-50 Loss to Kansas--Horizon League Network

Wright State Advances in the WBI--Horizon League Network
Green Bay Ready for First Round Matchup with Iowa State--Horizon League Network

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