Saturday, March 24, 2012

News On The Horizon 3/24/2012

Pittsburgh rallies late to beat Butler 68-62 in OT--Associated Press
The Parting Glass--The Mid-Majority
Book Proposal: The Palestra Hot Box Diet--The Mid-Majority
2012 NCAA Tournament: Not being in Big Dance is ‘killing’ Butler’s Brad Stevens, who has Bulldogs in CBI--New York Daily News
Brad Stevens says ‘absolutely no truth to’ to Illinois rumors--CollegeBasketballTalk
Utah Jazz- Sacramento Kings: Report card--Deseret News

Guards: Devin Harris and Gordon Hayward combined for 32 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds from the starting backcourt. Hayward has scored in double figures in five of his last six games, something Utah desperately needs in the wake of Josh Howard's season-ending surgery and as Raja Bell struggles to routinely stay on the floor. Harris was smooth in delivering six assists and just one turnover. Utah didn't quite keep down all the guards defensively: Sacramento's Marcus Thornton shot 7-of-18, but Tyreke Evans scored 25 on 11-of-17 shooting off the bench. GRADE: B

Utah Jazz-Sacramento Kings: Instant Analysis--Deseret News

Including the game-winner, Jefferson had a smooth scoring game, abusing the Sacramento front court with 26 big points on 13 of 19 shooting. Gordon Hayward had another all-around performance with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Harris chipped in 14 points and six assists.

Utah Jazz bury Denver Nuggets 121-102 in late-night rout--Deseret News

The Jazz had seven players in double figures, led by Al Jefferson with 23 points. Fellow starters Gordon Hayward (15), Paul Millsap (14), Devin Harris (13) and C.J. Miles (12) also scored in double digits, as did reserves Alec Burks (15) and Derrick Favors (12). Jefferson also grabbed eight rebounds, Favors had seven, Millsap grabbed six more and Hayward — shades of Andrei Kirilenko — had seven boards, seven assists and three blocked shots. Harris also had nine assists.
Arron Afflalo added 14 before being ejected for a flagrant foul when he threw an elbow in Hayward's face midway through the third quarter. Wilson Chandler chipped in with 13 points and JaVale McGee was also in double figures for the Nuggets with 11 points and six rebounds.

Utah Jazz-Denver Nuggets: Instant Analysis--Deseret News

Seven players scored between 12 and 23 points: Al Jefferson (23), Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks (15 apiece), Paul Millsap (14), Devin Harris (13), and Derrick Favors and C.J. Miles (12 each). It should be noted that six Nuggets players also reached double-digit points.
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The past two games have highlighted Hayward’s all-around abilities, as evidenced by his averages of 16.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 1.5 steals in those outings.

Utah Jazz-Denver Nuggets: Report Card--Deseret News

GUARDS: The first two matchups of the season between point guards Devin Harris and Ty Lawson were fairly even. Not this time. Harris greatly outplayed him, and was more productive and efficient. Gordon Hayward had a well-rounded game with 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. He played so well, he frustrated Arron Afflalo into committing a flagrant two against him, earning Afflalo an ejection.

Grade: A

Last-second floater gives Jazz 103-102 win over Kings--Salt Lake Tribune

Utah is stacking up playoff-worthy wins by blending veteran poise with thrilling youth. Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Burks are carrying the same weight as trusted pros such as Paul Millsap and Jamaal Tinsley. And Jefferson believes the Jazz are building something that’s only just begun.

Jazz’s offense erupts against Nuggets by embracing full potential--Salt Lake Tribune

By the early fourth quarter, all five Utah starters — Devin Harris, Gordon Hayward, C.J. Miles, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson — had hit double figures in scoring.
Harris continued his resurgence, Hayward was at his aggressive best, Jefferson and Millsap worked their normal wonders, and Miles found a touch that had eluded him since moving into the starting lineup.

Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz’s rout brings playoffs into focus--Salt Lake Tribune

Undoubtedly, the Jazz have come a long way since Feb. 7, when they fell out of the West’s top eight with a loss at Indiana in a homecoming game for forward Gordon Hayward. With his parents in town to observe his 22nd birthday Friday, Hayward posted 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists — and he was far from the only star in a Jazz uniform.
The Jazz hardly eased off against Denver. The sixth victory of the streak came routinely, compared with the others. "That’s the best part about tonight: We didn’t let ’em stick around," Hayward said.

Utah Jazz beat Nuggets 121-102, improve playoff outlook--Salt Lake Tribune

Gordon Hayward scored nine of his 15 points in the decisive third quarter, while Paul Millsap and Jefferson each added eight.
In all, the Jazz had seven players score at least 12 points.

Rookie Alec Burks joined Hayward with 15 while Millsap ended up with 14 despite early foul trouble.
Before the game, Denver coach George Karl addressed Utah’s improvement since the All-Star break.

Specifically, he mentioned the play of Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Burks and Hayward.

"I like how their team is coming together," Karl said. "Their bench has gotten strong. The big kids are playing great. The Burks kid is developing. …

"I love their wings. Their wings are playing at a high level. The Hayward kid is [getting] better every week."

Wizards prepare for dreaded first set of three games in three nights--Washington Post

Rookie point guard Shelvin Mack said adjusting to the grind of the NBA schedule has been a challenge, but he is actually excited about the upcoming stretch. “I think everyone would rather play games than have practice, but to go out there and compete, you’re going to enjoy it,” Mack said. “It’s kind of like AAU tournaments, when you used to play seven or eight games in two days. So you kind of know how to go through it, but it’s a different level with better athletes.”

Butler Bulldogs' season ends in 68-62 OT loss to Pittsburgh at Hinkle--The Indy Star
Nored leaves leadership void--Indy Star Butler Insider
Stevens and the rumor mill--Indy Star Butler Insider
Bulldogs' Season Ends With OT Loss To

2011-12 Butler Women's Basketball: Season In

Report: Gee Interviews for Canisius head coaching job--Cleveland State Hoops

Awards, Laughter & Tears Highlight Women's Basketball

Moore to Sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame at Wrigley on April

Women's basketball: Indiana, Illinois may be eyeing UWGB's Matt Bollant--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Only offer from major would tempt UWGB's Bollant--Green Bay Press Gazette
Season in Review: 2011-12 Among Program's
Wojta One of 12 Wade Trophy

Sykes has Rookie Season Among Program's

Louisville reaches Elite Eight with ugly win vs. Michigan St.--CollegeBasketballTalk

Think about it like this: it wasn’t until the six minute mark of the second half — when Brandon Wood scored on back-to-back possessions to cut a 13 point lead to eight — that a Spartan other than Green hit a second field goal. It wasn’t until the final seconds — when Derrick Nix threw down a breakaway dunk — that the Spartans had a third player make a second field goal.

Hawaii guard transfers to VU--The Post-Tribune
Brandon Wood had to adapt to Spartans' defensive mind-set--The Detroit Free Press
Michigan State underclassmen take time to thank seniors--The Detroit News

Junior Derrick Nix wanted them all to know — Green, Austin Thornton, Brandon Wood and Anthony Ianni — how much they were appreciated.

"I hate losing bad enough, but when you've got to send your seniors out like that it hurts even worse."

"It's hard because of how much they've given to the program," Trice said. "Austin for five years, Day-Day for four years and Brandon Wood only came in for a year but he gave it his all. It just hurts to see guys end their careers like that.

Added Nix, "We appreciated what they did for us. They changed this program back around and I'm pretty sure they all be successful, all four of them. It's just a learning experience for next year that we gotta match the same leadership they brought this year in order for us to get as far as did this year."

The result wasn't what they wanted and the individual play was not what they hoped for, either.

Green had 13 points and 16 rebounds but was 5-for-16 shooting and turned the ball over six times. Wood was just 4-for-11 form the field and Thornton made just one shot.

Butler's Season Comes to Close with Overtime Loss in CBI Semifinals--Horizon League Network
Detroit's McCallum Named to Lou Henson All-America Team--Horizon League Network

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