Make It Count--The Mid-Majority
Championship Week: Day 9 Preview--Beyond the Arc
Game of the Night: Detroit vs. Valparaiso
Detroit will be looking for it’s first Horizon League tournament championship since 1999 and Valparaiso will be searching for it’s first Horizon League title in school history. The Crusaders won both regular season match-ups, but only by a combined seven points. The key to victory for Detroit will be controlling the glass and providing a balanced scoring attack. For Valparaiso, they will look to ride the efforts of forwards Ryan Broekoff and Kevin Van Wijk.
Valparaiso Vs. Detroit: Crusaders Can Clinch First Tourney Appearance Since 2004--SB Nation Indiana
Madness 2012 Women's Basketball All-High Major Teams--College Sports Madness
Butler’s NCAA Tournament Dream Ended Saturday Night. Playing the Part of Butler This March Will Be …--The Big Lead
Corbin will send out a new starting lineup tonight vs. Cleveland--Deseret News
Hayward leading Jazz against Cavaliers--Deseret News
Big Al, Big Hayward lead Jazz to rare road win--Deseret News
Jazz-Cavs: Report card--Deseret News
Forwards: Paul Millsap's 13-point, nine-rebound effort, along with Josh Howard's 14-point, five-board outing in his new role as a starter, would have made for a solid evening for the Utah forwards. But Gordon Hayward's stellar display as the team's new sixth man made for an excellent evening for this group, as the second-year pro responded to his redefined role with 23 points on 8-11 shooting. On the other hand, Cleveland's Antawn Jamison and Alonzo Gee combined for 37 points. Grade: B+.
Utah Jazz-Cleveland Cavaliers: Instant Analysis--Deseret News
Embracing new roles: If his move from the starting line-up to a bench role had any effect on Gordon Hayward, it did not show. In fact, it was the quite the opposite. Playing with great aggressiveness, inhibition, and poise, the second-year man had probably his best game of the season and one of the most well-rounded of his career.
Hayward entered the game with three minutes left in the first quarter and his impact was immediate. He scored 11 points in the first half and bested that in the second with 12 more, finishing with a season-high 23 points. His efficiency was a huge spark, as he shot 8 of 11 from the field, 2 for 3 on three-pointers, and made all five of his free throw attempts. On top of that, he added five assists and four rebounds while not having a single turnover in 27 minutes.
Hayward’s marksmanship spearheaded a solid team shooting night, as Utah shot 50 percent from the floor, 56 percent from downtown, and 83 percent from the charity stripe.
Utah Jazz: Team cures road woes against the Cavaliers--Deseret News
CLEVELAND — Maybe it was the change to the starting lineup and bench that injected the Utah Jazz with renewed vigor and focus.
Maybe they've really turned the corner on the road.
Maybe the Cleveland Cavaliers just aren't all that good.
Heck, maybe Gordon Hayward will prove to be sixth man of the year material.
Or maybe, all of the above.
Jazz notes: Gordon Hayward answers benching with aggressive play--Salt Lake Tribune
Utah Jazz finish what they start by downing Cavaliers 109-100--Salt Lake Tribune
Cleveland • Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin shook things up for the start. Then he mostly got the finish he wanted.
With Josh Howard cemented in the starting lineup Monday and Gordon Hayward spending the opening tip on the bench, Utah fired out of the gate, opening a 17-point lead before putting away the Cavaliers 109-100 at Quicken Loans Arena.
With Utah, the Jazz are sometimes at their best when Jefferson picks his spots, then sets up everyone from Hayward and Watson to Devin Harris and Josh Howard.
"In an offense like this, a big man like me should average no [fewer] than three, four assists a game. … Now I’ve got guys around me, and it’s common sense. A double team: pass it out." Jefferson said. "Sometimes I get in that moment, and I feel like I can still score on a double team. But the best way to do it is just pass the ball out and my teammates will get me open."
Hayward got himself open. Making his first reserve appearance of the season, the second-year forward took the court with 3:28 left in the first quarter and never looked back.
It was G-Man at his best — aggressive, relentless and efficient. Everything from 3-pointers and midrange jump shots to fast-break layups followed, and the Jazz stormed the path blazed by him and Harris.
"We were just out there playing. Earl does a great job of running that unit, and he’s the one that’s kind of orchestrating the whole thing," said Hayward, who tied his season high with 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting. "He was able to get me a couple more touches; we were able to run some pick-and-rolls. … Running in transition: Anytime we run like that it’s good for us, because we get a couple easy buckets and the offense just flows a bit more; we get some momentum."
Non-Conference Opponents’ Update Final--Hammer and Rails
Butler Bulldogs - 20-14, 11-7 Horizon, RPI: 114 - The Bulldogs had to take the long way through the Horizon Tourney after the regular season finale loss to Valparaiso, but they beat Wright State and Milwaukee before losing to Valpo again in the semis. This team is likely going to get snatched up by the NIT on name-recognition alone, and it is setting itself up for an NCAA return next year. As always, Butler is going to be dangerous. They'll be playing in the postseason somewhere.
StatSheet Projects Butler as CIT Team: 03/06/2012--Butler Blue Fever
VIDEO | Women’s basketball--Butler Collegian
Hamm, Cobb Earn All-Horizon League Honors--ButlerSports.com
Tourney Time: #5 Butler At #4 UIC--ButlerSports.com
Anton Grady Wins the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - March 5th, 2012--Vikings Ball
Winton Named To All-Horizon League First Team & All-Defensive Team--csuvikings.com
Vikings Advance To Quarterfinals With 59-56 Victory Over Youngstown State--csuvikings.com
Vikings Face Detroit In Quarterfinal Contest--csuvikings.com
Detroit Mercy will try to solve Valparaiso, make NCAA tournament tonight--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy sets sights on Horizon crown, NCAA bid--The Detroit News
Ray McCallum Wins the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - March 5th, 2012--Titans Update
Detroit (21-13) vs. Valparaiso (22-10)--Titans Update
More Honors Roll Out For Titan Women--detroittitans.com
Paris Carter Receives Honorable Mention for the StatSheet Horizon Sixth Man of the Week - March 5th, 2012--Flame Fanatic
Senior Duo Earns All-Horizon League Honors--uicflames.com
Patrice King, Simone Law Named To Horizon League All-Newcomer Team--LoyolaRamblers.com
Loyola Takes On Wright State In Horizon League Quarterfinals--LoyolaRamblers.com
Men's basketball: Recruit Love to add depth at point guard for UWGB--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Valparaiso beats UWM, advances to play Phoenix--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: UWGB moves up to No. 10 in nation--Green Bay Press Gazette
Wojta Earns Player of the Year Honors, Ritchie Second Team--uwgbathletics.com
Panthers season comes to an end--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Green Selected For Horizon League All-Newcomer Team--uwmpanthers.com
Valparaiso Claims Victory Over UWM In Defensive Battle--uwmpanthers.com
What Does Branden Dawson’s Injury Mean For Michigan State?--Rush The Court
Without Dawson, Michigan State will have lean more heavily on Brandon Wood (a senior who has struggled through some inconsistency this season, but started 22 of the Spartans’ 31 games) and Brandan Kearney (a freshman who has grown through the conference season, earning additional minutes). It was an adjustment the Spartans couldn’t make on Sunday, but few teams are better on a quick turnaround than Tom Izzo‘s Spartans (see the 2010 Final Four run without Kalin Lucas as an example, and that was as a #5 seed). Wood averages 8.2 points per game, just a hair below Dawson, but his double-digit scoring output Sunday was his first since February 22 at Minnesota. Kearney has progressed nicely, but averages just 1.1 points per game and hasn’t scored in a game since February 5 against Michigan. In all likelihood, the scoring pressure will fall on Wood and point guard Keith Appling.
Deja Drew? Valpo Hero Hopes for Big March--Lost Letterman
Parents' cancer battles give Valpo coach heavy dose of perspective--The Chicago Tribune
Valparaiso faces Detroit for NCAA tournament berth--The Post-Tribune
Horizon League Championship analysis--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso faces Detroit for NCAA tournament berth--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso, Detroit poised for physical, uptempo game--Off The Mark
Valparaiso hosts Detroit for the right to go to the NCAA tournament--The NWI Times
Win and VU is in--The NWI Times
MSU's Brandan Kearney might fill void left by Branden Dawson injury--The Detroit News
Izzo also said it will help getting guard Travis Trice closer to 100 percent and having Brandon Wood play like he did Sunday. He also didn't rule out using his big men more, including adding Alex Gauna to the rotation of Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne.
Ryan Broekhoff is Runner-Up for the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - March 5th, 2012--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso (22-10) vs. Detroit (21-13)Valparaiso (22-10) vs. Detroit (21-13)
Women’s basketball: Seniors give Valparaiso tourney-opening win--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders capture first Horizon League tournament victory in women's program history--The NWI Times
Richards Named to Horizon League All-Defensive Team--valpoathletics.com
Crusaders Score Defensive Victory to Open Horizon League Tournament--valpoathletics.com
Valpo Heads to #10 Green Bay for Horizon League Quarters--valpoathletics.com
Kendall Griffin is Runner-Up for the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - March 5th, 2012--Rowdy Review
Wright State women lose finale at Butler--Fairborn Daily Herald
Demmings, Fox Receive All-Horizon League Honors--wsuraiders.com
Damian Eargle Receives Honorable Mention for the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - March 5th, 2012--Guin Report
Brown named to HL’s second team--Youngstown Vindicator
Rally comes up short for YSU--Youngstown Vindicator
Misses in Final Seconds The Difference in 59-56 Loss at CSU--ysusports.com
Detroit, Valpo Looking to Fill Dance Card on Tuesday Night--Horizon League Network
Horizon League Announces Women's Basketball Award Winners--Horizon League Network
Cleveland State and Valparaiso Advance to Quarterfinals of Women's Basketball Tournament--Horizon League Network
Detroit's Shareta Brown Named Women's Basketball Player of the Week--Horizon League Network