Friday, May 4, 2012

News On The Horizon 5/2/2012

REPORT: Oakland as interested as its fans in joining Horizon League--Grizzlies Den
Why The Atlantic 10 and Butler Both Benefit From Bulldogs’ Addition--Rush The Court
Source: Butler to join Atlantic 10--ESPNReport: Butler to the Atlantic 10 is official--CollegeBasketballTalk
Report: Butler joining the A10 in 2013--Eye On College Basketball
Will the 'Butler Way' work in the A10?--Eye On College Basketball
History shows Butler doesn't need to change to thrive in Atlantic 10--Sports Illustrated
Coach Brad Stevens 5/2/12--Dan Dakich Show
Don't worry: Butler will still be Butler--College Basketball Nation Blog
Butler may leave Horizon for Atlantic 10--The Oakland Press
Jazz-Spurs: Report card--Deseret News

Forwards: Paul Millsap and Gordon Hayward combined for 37 points and 12 rebounds, offsetting the mix of the ever-productive Tim Duncan (17 points, 11 rebounds), Stephen Jackson (14 points, four rebounds) and Kawhi Leonard. While Millsap was effective from the field (8 of 14), Hayward should be applauded for gaining 12 attempts from the charity stripe on the road, converting all of them. GRADE: B+

Spurs notebook: Manu Ginobili impressed with Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward--Deseret News
Utah Jazz hope returning home between games proves beneficial--Deseret News

"I think any time you get to sleep in your own bed and see your family and stuff like that, it probably is beneficial to you," said guard Gordon Hayward.
DEFENDING THE ALAMO: The Jazz made just 32-of-76 shots (42 percent) from the field on Sunday.

"They try to overplay the wing. So we definitely need to back cut some, so they have to honor our offense," Hayward said. "They play good defense. I think that's something that gets overlooked because they're such a good offensive team. But they're pretty sound defensively. They're physical and active."

Spurs' Parker ready for whatever Jazz may throw at him--Deseret News

The crafty 6-foot-2 playmaker guesses they might try to trap him, even throw 6-8 Gordon Hayward or bigger guys at him, anything aside from abduction, to keep him from going off and scoring 28 points and dishing out eight assists like he did in Sunday's 106-91 Game 1 win.

Utah Jazz: Tyrone Corbin wants better effort, intensity in Game 2--Deseret News

"It's a big game for us," Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward said. "(We need to) come in tonight and just play hard and compete and try to learn from what we did wrong in that first game and make the adjustment."

Hayward admitted he's excited to get on the court again after the Jazz fell to the Spurs, 106-91, Sunday afternoon in his NBA playoff debut.

"Yeah, it's fun. It's what you play for — games like this," Hayward said. "Tonight should be a good night for us. Hopefully, we can come out and play better and take it to them."

From Coach Tyrone Corbin to Al Jefferson to Hayward, the Jazz are convinced the result can be different this time around at the AT&T Center as long as Utah plays its game better.

NBA: Utah Jazz optimistic if offensive execution returns--Salt Lake Tribune

"They are a good defensive team — physical and active," said Gordon Hayward. "They get up into you and make things difficult. ... But we got that first game out of the way now and should be better."

According to Hayward, the Spurs pushed the Jazz players off their spots on offense. As a result, the smoothness of possession after possession was disrupted.

"We have to be as physical as they are so we can run our offense better," Hayward said. "... Just a few things like that will open things up a little bit."
Like Hayward, however, Paul Millsap believes the lack of execution contributed to Utah’s lack of ball movement and scoring in Game 1.

NBA: San Antonio’s Tiago Splitter doubtful for Game 2--Salt Lake Tribune

Lost in transition
The Jazz were 23 of 30 from the stripe overall, with Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks ­— a combined 16 of 17 — punishing the Spurs in transition.

Utah Jazz: Team’s first half was mostly empty--Salt Lake Tribune

They actually had a chance to cut further into the lead, but after Jamaal Tinsley’s steal, DeMarre Carroll was called for a charging foul. It all crumbled quickly after that. The Jazz missed 12 shots in a row, with Alec Burks, Al Jefferson and Josh Howard each going 0-for-3, while Millsap was 0-for-2 and Gordon Hayward missed his only attempt.

Butler Athletics Leaders Meet, But No Announcement Imminent For Atlantic 10 Move--SB Nation Indiana
Butler To Hold News Conference Regarding Move To Atlantic 10 On Wednesday--SB Nation Indiana
Butler Makes Move To Atlantic 10 Official In Press Release--SB Nation Indiana
Butler Welcomed To Atlantic 10 By Commissioner--SB Nation Indiana
Butler To The Atalntic-10: The Bulldogs Will be Fine--SB Nation Indiana
Butler Joins Duquesne In Atlantic 10--SB Nation Pittsburgh
The National, 5/2/12: Woe Idaho.--Bring On The Cats
Does Butler Replace Temple?--Banners On The Parkway
Bulldogs appear headed to A-10--The Indy Star
Butler: ESPN says Bulldogs joining Atlantic 10--The Indy Star
Butler's Brad Stevens ditches glasses, contacts for laser eye surgery--The Indy Star
Butler: Atlantic 10 things to know--The Indy Star
Butler packing up for move to Atlantic 10--The Indy Star
Atlantic 10: Reward and risk--Indy Star Butler Insider
Brad Stevens on A-10 impact on Butler recruiting--Recruiting Central
Jon LeCrone - 05/02/12--The Ride with JMV
Atlantic 10 Expansion: How Big East Affects Plans for VCU, George Mason, Butler--Bleacher Report
Butler to the Atlantic-10: What It Means for Bulldogs and New Conference--Bleacher Report
Report: Butler to join Atlantic 10 conference--Butler Collegian
Butler to move to Atlantic 10--Butler Collegian
Stevens talks locker room changes, facilities--Butler Collegian
Butler University To Join Atlantic 10

Bulldogs Add Transfer Taylor

Miami Heat’s LeBron James posting up in paint, relying less on jumpers--Miami Herald

Rotation changes

Even during these playoffs, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s rotations have retained some element of unpredictability.

Instead of tightening his bench, Spoelstra used 10 players in the first half of Game 2, including stints for Norris Cole and James Jones. Neither played in the third quarter.

Cole was removed from the rotation briefly during April after a long shooting slump. He shot 23 for 71 in March and 35 for 98 in April. He logged 2:46 in the first half of Game 2 but hit his only shot, a 17-foot jumper.

Miami Heat’s LeBron James declines to address Reggie Miller’s caustic remarks--Miami Herald

How did other Heat players do in that spot? Wade shot 42 percent (19 for 45); Bosh, 55 (22 for 40); Norris Cole, 43(3 for 7); Mario Chalmers, 36 (9 for 25); Shane Battier, 14 (1 for 7); Mike Miller, 25 (1 for 4). James Jones was 1 for 1.

Butler University leaving Horizon League for Atlantic-10--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State hoping to fill Horizon League void as Butler announces 2013-14 move to Atlantic 10
“It’s like a dream come true”--The Cauldron
CSU sports awards--The Cauldron

Detroit Mercy signs JUCO transfer Ugochukwu Njoku--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy basketball signs front court player Ugochukwu Njoku--The Detroit News
Butler to leave Horizon League, where Detroit Mercy is member--The Detroit News
Oakland 'definitely interested' in move to Horizon League--The Detroit News
Titans Ink 6-11 All-Defensive, All-Academic JC Transfer Ugochukwu

Women's Basketball Signs Tayelor McCalister To A National Letter Of

Butler departure both setback, opportunity for UWGB, Horizon League--Green Bay Press Gazette

Women's basketball: Former UWGB recruit commits to Nebraska--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Ex-UWGB duo learns culture overseas--Green Bay Press Gazette

Point guard Aaron commits to UWM--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Monster podcast awaits--PantherU
Horizon League loses Butler--PantherU
Final Four Raffle Sales Kick Off Thursday

Report: Former Michigan State guard Brandon Wood arrested on assault charge--CollegeBasketballTalk
Former MSU guard Brandon Wood arrested for alleged assault--YardBarker
Outgoing MSU guard Brandon Wood arrested for slapping 18-year-old female--Eye On College Basketball
Brandon Wood, Formerly of Michigan State, Got Arrested For Alleged Battery on an 18-year-old Girl--The Big Lead
Battery victim's cousin: Brandon Wood said, 'Don't you know who I am? I'm the best player at Michigan State!'
Horizon League looks to future as Butler bolts for A-10--The Post-Tribune
Cal’s Rossi becomes latest to transfer to VU--The Post-Tribune
Lazerus: Revolving door of transfers not fun for hoops fans--The Post-Tribune
Can Horizon fill the void (in terms of box office and intensity) left by Butler?--Off The Mark
Butler bolts Horizon League for Atlantic 10--The NWI Times
Broekhoff close to fulfilling Olympic dream--The NWI Times
Rossi becomes fourth transfer to pick Valparaiso--The NWI Times
Former Spartan Brandon Wood arrested, charged with 3 misdemeanors--The Detroit Free Press
Ex-Spartan Brandon Wood charged with battery, assault--The Detroit News
Crusaders to Hold Summer
Rossi to Join Valparaiso Men’s Basketball

Valpo Women Announce Summer Camp

Purdue Basketball Recruiting: Julius Mays--Hammer and Rails
WSU still wants to play against departing Butler--Dayton Daily News
WSU's top scorer Mays leaving team--Dayton Daily News
Mays leaving Wright State basketball team--Wright State University Sports
Tough day for Wright State basketball--Through the Arch

Ronnye Beamon Would Improve Youngstown State University Recruiting Class--Bleacher Report
Steve Hall Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Youngstown

Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone Press Conference--Horizon League Network
Statement from Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone Concerning Butler University

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