Saturday, April 21, 2012

News On The Horizon 4/21/2012

A-10 could have George Mason, VCU added by May 1 (maybe)--CollegeBasketballTalk
Devin Harris, Gordon Hayward lead Utah Jazz to a big win against Portland Trail Blazers--Deseret News
Utah Jazz-Portland Trail Blazers: Report card--Deseret News

Guards: Devin Harris truly played one of his best games of the season, scoring 27 points on 8-of-15 shooting, with four rebounds. Harris' outing marked his second-best point output of the season, exceeded only by a 28-point effort on April 6 against Golden State. Harris, an 11 points-per-game scorer this season, has now scored 18 or more points in six of the past eight games. With 23 points, four rebounds and three 3-pointers, Gordon Hayward also was excellent. Nolan Smith and Matthews did damage for the Blazers, scoring 37 combined points.


Utah Jazz-Portland Trail Blazers: Instant Analysis--Deseret News

Big-time backcourt: Utah’s starting backcourt of Devin Harris and Gordon Hayward picked up right where they left off Monday against the Dallas Mavericks. Against a mix-and-match Portland guard line, Harris started out on absolute fire, scoring 14 points in the first quarter and finishing with 25 in the first half. While he only added two more points in the second half, he put the game out of reach early on. He added four assists and four rebounds.

Hayward continues his stellar play, scoring easily on a variety of smooth jumpers and sly moves to the basket. He hit 8-11 from the field en route to 23 points and four boards.
Much-needed rest: After the draining Utah-Dallas marathon, the blowout allowed Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin to sit his headliners more than usual as they continue their postseason push. Hayward played 34 minutes, but Harris (30), Al Jefferson (29) and Paul Millsap (25) watched the fourth quarter from the bench.

Treys and trifectas: After hitting 12 3-pointers their last outing, Utah continued their torrid perimeter marksmanship, connecting on 10-17 (58.8 percent) on Wednesday. Harris hit all six of his triples in the first half and Hayward hit 3-4 from downtown. Alec Burks made the final trifecta.

Jazz in playoff driver’s seat with win over Blazers--Salt Lake Tribune

Minutes after downing the Blazers (28-35), Utah’s locker room was as proud and strong as it’s been all year. Al Jefferson sang. Paul Millsap laughed and teased. Gordon Hayward smiled and slapped a low-five. All the while, Harris quietly but confidently talked about his game.

Jazz forwards Derrick Favors and DeMarre Carroll bumped heads during the second half. They were cleared by doctors after the game. … Burks tied a season-high with 17 points, while Hayward added 23 on 8-of-11 shooting and hit 3 of 4 3-pointers. … Utah won’t practice Thursday and doesn’t play again until Saturday against the Magic, who’ll be without All-Star center Dwight Howard. … Ex-Utah guard Wesley Matthews scored a team-high 21 points for the Blazers.

Who needs a Big Three? Utah Jazz have Big Four--Salt Lake Tribune

Devin Harris’ midseason turnaround was crucial. Gordon Hayward’s evolution has been key. Coach Tyrone Corbin, a deep bench, young athletes blending with proven veterans and the ability to weather a lockout-shortened season better than most have all played parts.

Butler Could Join Atlantic 10 On May 1, According To Report--SB Nation Indiana
Hayward's hot hand helping Jazz during stretch run--The Indy Star
Butler to A-10 May Day for Horizon?--The Indy Star
More A-10 speculation about Butler--Indy Star Butler Insider

Heat, Bulls game looks anything but meaningless--Miami Herald

Spoelstra continued to tinker with different combinations. There was the Mario Chalmers-Dwyane Wade-James-Udonis Haslem-Dexter Pittman lineup. Or Norris Cole-Shane Battier-James-Mike Miller-Joel Anthony. Or Cole-James-Miller-Haslem-Pittman. Spoelstra kept mixing and matching, like he was in his closet figuring out the best look for a party. A very important party. If the Heat doesn’t get it right and win an NBA championship in the second season of the Big3, Spoelstra’s job will be in jeopardy.

Still unresolved: Where does Miller, still brittle and inconsistent, fit in? Who is the starting center — Joel Anthony or the hamstring-hobbled Ronny Turiaf? Can Cole be trusted? Will the Heat bench, outscored 47-7 in Chicago and outscored again Thursday, be more productive during the stretch run?

Question were raised Thursday, but so was anticipation.

McCallum Named to National All-Jesuit

Brown Named To The National All-Jesuit Basketball

Loyola Women's Basketball Signees Turn In Terrific Senior

Men's basketball: Phoenix adds 7-2 walk-on Bross--Green Bay Press Gazette
By the Numbers: A Look at Alec Brown's First Two

Phoenix Fans Invited to Support Wojta in WNBA Debut May

Alec Brown Already Becoming One of Green Bay's Elite--Horizon League Network

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