Sunday, March 18, 2012

News On The Horizon 3/18/2012

Utah Jazz: Tyrone Corbin finding ways to get everyone on the floor--Deseret News

The general manager was referring to Utah's 21-year-and-under club of Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Alec Burks.
The versatile Hayward, who turns 22 next week, has flourished at times since coming off the bench and plays more minutes (27:32) than everybody but Millsap (31:24) and Jefferson (32:58).
Hayward (26 points) and Burks (15 points) provided a nice offensive punch off the bench Thursday to help lift the Jazz over Minnesota in overtime.

Utah Jazz notebook: Al Jefferson has advice for shorthanded Jazz--Deseret News

"I'm glad that we don't have to play Monta (Ellis) again. He's kind of killed us in both games. But they're a tough group; they've got some talented scorers, and they're right there in the (playoff) race with us," Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward said. "We need these games, we need them for sure, so we need to come out with another focused effort."

Miles, Favors in starting lineup tonight for Utah Jazz vs. Golden State Warriors--Deseret News

The move is a bit surprising considering Gordon Hayward started for the first 36 games and then returned recently to the first five when Bell was unable to go due to an injury.

"We kind of like what we get with that second group with (Hayward)," Corbin said. "We can put the ball in his hands a little bit and let C.J. take up the slack with the starting group."

Hayward is coming off of a season-high scoring performance in which he poured in 26 points off the bench in the Jazz's 111-105 overtime win Thursday against Minnesota.

Jazz Notebook: Favors, Miles get start for banged-up Jazz--Deseret News

FOR STARTERS: Favors has replaced Jefferson in the previous games the usual starting center has missed, so that was no surprise to see the second-year big open the game. Jefferson made the most of his start with career-highs of 23 points and 17 rebounds, too.

However, some eyebrows might've been raised to see Miles inserted into the starting lineup instead of Gordon Hayward to replace Bell.

Corbin wanted to add some veteran experience and keep the second unit mostly intact, so he gave Miles his first start of the season. Miles missed Thursday's game because of allergies.

Bench stepping up when called upon--Deseret News

And while C.J. Miles didn't do much (4 points, 3 steals and an assist in 17-plus minutes) filling in for injured starting shooting guard Raja Bell, who's been plagued by a strained left adductor muscle, Gordon Hayward continued his sparkplug role off the bench.

Hayward, a second-year swingman who was Utah's lottery pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, wound up with 12 points and six rebounds. He slammed down a coast-to-coast dunk that tied the game at 82 — and brought a roaring crowd to its feet — late in regulation, and he hit a huge jumper that gave Utah a 91-87 lead early in overtime.

Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors comes of age in OT win--Deseret News

Paul Millsap had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Harris and Gordon Hayward each chipped in with 12 points. Jamaal Tinsley came off the bench to provide a nice offensive punch with 13 points, while rookie Enes Kanter grabbed a baker's dozen worth of boards as Utah outrebounded Golden State 65-40.
Hayward made the back-to-back plays of the game from a highlight standpoint when he blocked a shot on one end and then hammered down a two-handed slam on the other end to tie it at 82-82.
"He had a great game," Hayward said. "I don't want to blow it up because I think it could be an every day thing for him. He's that good. We need another one of those tomorrow."

Derrick Favors powers Utah victory against Golden State in overtime--Salt Lake Tribune

Once again, Corbin called on his young core of players Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, Enes Kanter and Favors.

Once again, they produced.

Hayward, Burks, Kanter and Favors combined for 48 points and 41 rebounds in 110 minutes.

NBA: Derrick Favors’ career night sparks Utah Jazz’s OT win--Salt Lake Tribune

By the fourth period, Favors as well as Utah’s other young players, Gordon Hayward, Alec Bucks, Jeremy Evans and Enes Kanter, provided solid minutes.

The group combined for 53 points and 46 rebounds. Overall, Utah owned the glass, outrebounding Golden State (18-24) by 25, including 20 offensive rebounds.

Butler considers change in athletic conferences--Butler Collegian
Bulldogs Face Penn At The

NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 03.17.12 Edition--Rush The Court

Midwest Region
The most telling stretch of Kansas’ win over Detroit was a 34-7 run that drug over almost 16 minutes.

Bright future on the horizon for Detroit Mercy--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy successful on court and in classroom--The Detroit News

Women's basketball notebook: UWGB's Bauer snaps slump at the perfect time--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: UWGB dominates Iowa State on its home court in NCAA opener--Green Bay Press Gazette
On this day 2 years ago - Mar 17, 2010--Phoenix Fever
Still Dancing! Green Bay Wins at Iowa State,
Postseason Props: Bauer out of Shooting Slump, Sparks Phoenix
Defensive Battle Awaits Phoenix in Second

Without Butler, few options on the Horizon--PantherU

Future of Carmody and NU basketball up in air--The Chicago Tribune

Potential targets could include Ohio's John Groce, Bucknell's Dave Paulsen, Northern Iowa's Ben Jacobson and Valparaiso's Bryce Drew. Craig Robinson is a former NU assistant who has done decently at Oregon State. He's also Michele Obama's brother.

Green Bay Rides Big First Half to Opening Round Win over Iowa State--Horizon League Network

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