Saturday, August 11, 2012

News On The Horizon 8/11/2012

Dwight deal puts heat on Heat--South Florida Sun Sentinel

BENCH MARKS: If the Heat's 2012 championship was, as Spoelstra contends, a referendum on "position-less" basketball, it also was a statement about succeeding with limited depth. To a degree, the Lakers, despite emerging as West favorites, will enter 2012-13 with as many questions about their bench as the Heat did while counting on the likes of Norris Cole, Joel Anthony, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem and James Jones. When rating Heat bench vs. Lakers bench, it's somewhat a study in desperation, with the Lakers' bench highlighted by Antawn Jamison, Jodie Meeks, Steve Blake, Jordan Hill, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark. Has the NBA reached the depth-is-overrated era?

Aaron Pogue to play professionally in Romania--Cleveland State Hoops
Kamczyc and Mason Taking Part in Basketball Tour in Belgium and

Green Traded to Los Angeles Clippers
Men's Basketball Reads to Local

Scarlatelli Named UIC Director of Women's Basketball

Morning Mashups: Midday Cheater Edition--Mid-Major Madness

Loyola is off to Italy to prepare for the season. They will play four games over two weeks as they tour the boot.

It sounds like the extra practice time allowed by the NCAA rule change has been a huge boost for the Ramblers as they have to integrate a lot of new faces into the mix this year.

Loyola's Gibler to play in Germany--The Chicago Tribune
Walt Gibler Signs Professional Contract To Play In
Young Ramblers Take Act Overseas, Head To

Rollin' with Ritchie Captures the Amazing
SummerTimeOut Featuring Taylor

Panthers Pitch In To Help With 12 Hour Hoopla

Huskers to Host Joe Cipriano Nebraska
Nebraska Announces Games We Already Knew About--Nebraska Announces Games We Already Knew About--Corn Nation

Valparaiso: The Crusaders won the Horizon League last year. That's the conference that features Butler of 2010 and 2011 Final Four fame. Valpo defeated Butler three times last year but fell to Detroit (who you may have seen in the NCAA tournament face Kansas in Omaha) in the 2nd round of the Horizon League tournament. That loss cost Valpo an NCAA berth and had to settle for an NIT bid in which they fell to Miami. The Crusaders lose 15 points from last years team. That's 15 points total, not per game, just two seniors who only got mop up duty left the roster. They return every significant contributor from last year. Don't be surprised if you see this team on CBS in March. This will be a very stiff challenge for the Huskers.

Wright State signs 6-7 wing Steven Davis--Wright State University Sports

No summer vacation for Slocum, Penguins--Youngstown Vindicator

Gibler Signs Contract to Play in German League--Horizon League Network
Young Ramblers Take Act Overseas, Head To Italy--Horizon League Network

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