Thursday, March 8, 2012

News On The Horizon 3/8/2012

Green Bay women top Valpo to reach Horizon
2012 All Mid-Major

Utah Jazz-Charlotte Bobcats: Report card--Deseret News

Forwards: Josh Howard and Paul Millsap combined for 28 points and five steals, while Gordon Hayward filled the box score with eight points, six rebounds and four assists, though he shot 3-of-9 and committed a few turnovers. Jazz forwards did have a difficult time slowing Corey Maggette, who scored 25 points and earned 14 trips to the free-throw line. Then again, neither Orlando or New Jersey slowed him much either: the swingman has scored 78 points in the last three contests. GRADE: B+

Utah Jazz notebook: Gordon Hayward sad, Earl Watson hopeful about Peyton Manning situation--Deseret News
Jazz notes: Favors plays big in post for Utah--Salt Lake Tribune

Gordon Hayward scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in his second game off the bench.

Utah Jazz: Right now, Hayward at best with ball in his hands--Salt Lake Tribune
Wizards vs. Lakers: Washington rallies from 21 points down to stun Los Angeles--Washington Post

Yes, that was Nick Young leading a fast break, flipping a pass ahead to Trevor Booker for a layup rather than pulling up for a jumper. Yes, that was Roger Mason Jr. camped out in the corner, whirling around screens, burying three-pointer after three-pointer and confidently strutting down the floor. Yes, that was Kevin Seraphin soaring high above the rim to catch a missed layup by Shelvin Mack to dunk with two hands and swing on the rim.
But the Wizards really started rolling when John Wall sat in favor of Mack. Mack stole the ball from Lakers reserve Andrew Goudelock and Mason buried a three-pointer to bring the Wizards within 83-75. Booker later had a steal, batted the ball out ahead to Young, who gave it right back. Booker made the layup and got fouled on the play, hopping up and down to an approving audience.

Butler awaits postseason date--Indy Star Butler Insider

Butler Loses In Tournament At

Vikings Fall At Detroit In Horizon League

Bracket Prep: St. Mary’s, Western Kentucky, Detroit, and South Dakota State--Rush The Court

Detroit Titans

The McCallums Got It Done in the Horizon League (AP)

Horizon League Champion (22-13, 14-7)
RPI/Pomeroy/Sagarin = #128/#115/#119
Adjusted Scoring Margin = +2.1
Likely NCAA Seed: #14-#15

Three Bruce Pearls of Wisdom.

Detroit was picked to finish second in the Horizon League this year, selected narrowly behind two-time defending national runner-up Butler. With three players on the preseason All-Horizon First Team, the Titans had the talent to do big things this year. Head coach Ray McCallum’s son, Ray Jr., is a former McDonald’s All-American. Things didn’t go as planned for Detroit for much of this season, but the past eight weeks have proven how talented this team is. The Titans finished 13-2, including a dominant run through the Horizon League Tournament capped off by a 20-point victory over #1 seed Valparaiso on its home floor.
Ray McCallum is a top guard at the mid-major level. The sophomore averages 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.5 steals per game as an explosive athlete with plus-skills on both ends. He’s not an experienced scorer or leader, but this team has other pieces to fill those roles. Chase Simon is a bigger guard and the senior leader averages 13.5 points per game, while senior Eli Holman, a former Indiana transfer, is a solid big off the bench (10.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG). Detroit proved it was the most talented team in the conference, and it’s no fluke.
Detroit plays an aggressive style on both ends of the floor. The Titans’ 108.0 season-long offensive efficiency was the tops in their conference and in the top-55 nationally. They had a top-30 free throw rate and played at an above average pace speed. Their steal percentage (11.2%) and block percentage (8.7%) both ranked in the top 70 in the country, again proving the attacking mentality of the game plan. However, this team does not shoot well from deep (30.2% from three) and is just average in terms of defensive efficiency. The Titans were more athletic than their conference foes but obviously won’t have that luxury against a top NCAA Tournament seed. They will have to play smarter and hit more outside shots in order to have a chance at pulling a #14-#3 kind of upset.

Morning Five: 03.08.12 Edition--Rush The Court

One of the big storylines of the opening week of the NCAA Tournament will be that of Detroit, which features the father-son combination of Ray McCallum Jr and Sr. Most college basketball fans are very familiar with their story, but if you need a refresher before next week’s onslaught, this column is a pretty good place to start. Between the father-son combo and the school’s former coach (some guy named Vitale) the school will be getting plenty of publicity as long as they stay alive.

Detroit Men's Basketball 2012 NCAA Tournament Capsule--College Sports Madness
Drew Sharp: McCallums' titanic goals produce title for Detroit Mercy--The Detroit Free Press
NCAA berth for Detroit Mercy a hard birthday present to top--The Detroit News
Former UDM coach Dick Vitale believes Titans could be dangerous No. 14 seed--The Detroit News
Butler has thrived in NCAA Tournament, so UDM asks: Why not us?--The Detroit News
MSU-Detroit Mercy basketball series needs to get cranked up again--The Detroit News
Detroit is Horizon League's next hope--The Oakland Press
NCAA Bracket Release Party Sunday at

Detroit domination--Varsity Press
Dominating Titan Defense Vaults Detroit To Horizon League
#2 Detroit To Face #3 Wright State In Horizon League Semifinals On

Flames Advance To Horizon League Semifinals; Defeat Butler
Flames Set For Semifinal Showdown with No. 1 seed Green

Red-Hot Wright State Drops Loyola In Horizon League Quarterfinals,

Women's basketball: Phoenix fights past pesky Crusaders in Horizon quarterfinals--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: UWGB senior Quilling praised for toughness, team spirit--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix women finish season with road wins--UWGB Fourth Estate
Ritchie flies with the Phoenix--UWGB Fourth Estate
Quick Runs Spark Phoenix to 77-53 Win in Tourney
Postseason Props: Quilling's Gutsy Performance Inspires
Top-seeded Green Bay Hosts No. 4 Seed UIC in Semifinal Friday at 7:30

UWGB's Williams won't return--UWGB Basketball
Penguins push past Phoenix in tournament--UWGB Fourth Estate

Sources close say CBI "almost a done deal"--PantherU

Valparaiso Men's Basketball 2012 NIT Capsule--College Sports Madness
Lazerus: Plenty of room for optimism at Valpo--The Post-Tribune
Lazerus: Crusaders enjoy the view from the top--The Post-Tribune
Plan B: Michigan State to replace Branden Dawson with 2 players--The Detroit Free Press
On this day 8 years ago - Mar 08, 2004--Valpo Daily

VU women’s HL tourney run ends--The Post-Tribune
VU women close out season with loss to No. 10 Green Bay--The NWI Times
Valpo Season Comes to a Close at 10th-Ranked Green Bay in

WSU women rout Loyola; advances to semifinals--Dayton Daily News
WSU women roll past Loyola in HL quarterfinals--Fairborn Daily Herald
Women Roll Past Loyola in HL

Top Seeds Move on to Semifinals--Horizon League Network

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