Thursday, December 13, 2012

News On The Horizon 12/12/2012

ATB: Illinois Enjoys Big Win at Gonzaga, Kansas Obliterates Colorado, and the Worst Free Throw Attempt You’ll Ever See…--Rush The Court
Other Outcomes of Note.
New Mexico 65, Valparaiso 52 – Winning at The Pit is a mountain climb in itself; it’s downright unfeasible when you commit 23 turnovers.
Illinois-Chicago 64, Colorado State 55 – With wins over Northwestern and the Rams in tow, UIC (8-1) looks like a viable force in the watered-down Horizon League.
75th Anniversary Part I: NCAA names 35 Greatest March Madness Moments--CollegeBasketballTalk
We begin with the list itself, as laid out by the NCAA:

1963– Loyola (Ill.) vs. Mississippi State
1998– The Bryce Drew shot — Valpo upsets Ole Miss
So what about a Top 10? Here is CBT’s list:
7) Loyola (Ill.) vs. Mississippi State
5) Bryce Drew’s shot lifts Valpo
NCAA unveils its top teams, players, moments in tourney history--Eye On College Basketball
Top Moments
1963 Loyola (Ill.) vs. Mississippi State The “Game of Change” only occurred because Mississippi State defied a governor that did not want the team playing against a Loyola team that included four African-American starters.
1998 The Bryce Drew shot — Valpo upsets Ole Miss Jamie Sykes floated a pass to Bill Jenkins, who caught it and passed to Bryce Drew in one motion. Drew, then hit the game-winning 3.

With big night from James, Heat top Hawks, 101-92--Miami Herald
James (10 for 16) and Wade (11 for 13, the best single-game shooting percentage of his career) made 21 of 29 shots for Miami, which shot 58 percent as a team. Chris Bosh had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Norris Cole made all four of his shots to score 10 for the Heat, who handed the Hawks just their second loss in 11 games.
A big third-quarter run put the Heat in control, and one of James' best dunks this season helped seal it in the fourth. Cole took a pass from Ray Allen, dribbled once and nonchalantly flipped the ball toward the rim.

James, who also had seven rebounds and six assists, did the rest.

James leaped - the top of his fingers stretched easily more than a foot above the basket - for a slam with 9:51 left, and the Heat weren't threatened in the final minutes.

"Cole made me go get it, for sure," James said. "He actually took that literally when I told him, 'Just throw it anywhere.'"

Said Wade: "That's his bionic leg."
James, Wade lead Heat in win over Hawks--Miami Herald
The Heat seemed to enjoy the fourth quarter - or at least the final moments of it - as Wade and Josh Smith traded words after Wade hit a long jumper.

Not long afterward, Norris Cole found Wade alone under the basket for an easy dunk to give Miami a 14-point lead.
Golden State Warriors trip up Miami Heat--Miami Herald
Allen had 14 points off the bench. Chalmers had eight points and once again was held out of the game in the fourth quarter. Norris Cole had three points.
Heat's Joel Anthony provides defensive spark--South Florida Sun Sentinel
"He protects the rim," guard Norris Cole said. "That's what he does. He's a shot blocker. If the defense does break down, you know there's a line of defense back there. You don't want to make a habit of it, but you can be confident knowing that if it does break down, you got someone back there."

Spoelstra added, "Even some mistakes that may happen, he can erase them."
James, Wade lead Heat to quality win over Hawks 101-92--South Florida Sun Sentinel
It was that kind of night, when it was all good, even with Norris Cole tossing a death-defying alley-oop pass to James.

"I told him to throw it anywhere," James said, "and I think he took me literally."
Flu sidelines Miller as Haslem returns from bout--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Second unit

Among the reasons Haslem is expected to start is Spoelstra's continued fascination with a defensive-oriented second unit the features former starting power forward Shane Battier alongside center Joel Anthony and point guard Norris Cole.

"They bring the great, consistent disposition, but it's beyond that," Spoelstra said. "They also bring a great deal of speed and activity. Now Shane has the experience to be able to blend with all that, but Norris and Joel bring a lot of quick-twitch to that group."

Spoelstra said it doesn't mean that Battier couldn't yet return to the starting lineup, a role he held at the end of last season's championship run.

"I mean," Spoelstra said, "I'm not looking ahead, like months ahead. I want to see how this looks."

Spoelstra said the defensive upgrade with Battier, Anthony and Cole has been tangible.

"It's been pretty consistent," he said. "That's part of the reason why we wanted to keep Shane coming off the bench, so we can keep that second unit the same right now. Whether or not I continue do that, I'm not sure."
Cleveland State sneak past Toledo, 78-73--The Cauldron
Report: Cleveland State's Grady has knee surgery--Cleveland State Hoops
On this day 13 years ago - Dec 11, 1999--Vikings Ball
Trip to St. Bonaventure Up Next for

Vikings enjoy winning streak, climb to 4-4--The Cauldron
Winton Named Horizon League Player Of The

Pregame Shootaround 12.10.12: Finals Week makes for a quiet night--CollegeBasketballTalk
- Detroit is just 2-4 on the season against Division I teams, and while Alabama State is about as low as it gets in Division I, this is still a chance for the Titans to try and work out some of the kinks of their slow start. Detroit was expected to compete with Valparaiso for the Horizon League title this season.
Doug Anderson throws down half-court alley oop lob (VIDEO)--It's Always Sunny In Detroit
Detroit Mercy 81, Alabama State 68: Titans cruise at home--The Detroit Free Press
Monday's state college basketball: Nick Minnerath powers UDM in victory--The Detroit News
Evan Bruinsma Receives Honorable Mention for the StatSheet Horizon Sixth Man of the Week - December 10th, 2012--Titans Update
Detroit Drops Alabama State, 81-68--Titans Update
On this day 13 years ago - Dec 11, 1999--Titans Update
Detroit Titans Basketball: Something Special Is Brewing at Calihan Hall--Bleacher Report
Howard Named HL Newcomer of the
Titans Sting Hornets, 81-68, at Calihan
Titans Conclude Homestand Against Akron Saturday on

Brown Sets School Record With 43 Points As Titans Take A Bite Out Of Gray Wolves,

Mid-Major Power Pyramid: Week Two--Eye On College Basketball
13. Illinois-Chicago (8-1).
Why it's here: The Flames! I went with UIC over about four other schools because, right now, it has only one loss and the best resume otherwise. The Flames' only L came to New Mexico -- a Pyramid team of high esteem -- and it's got a W at Northwestern and just beat Colorado State over the weekend. Hey, good on a Horizon team other than that former Horizon team in getting its all-time Pyramid debut.

Something you should know: The Flames are solid because they don't give it away. Howard Moore's team is getting the ball stolen from it 5.6 percent of the time, the third-lowest (so third-best) percentage in the country.

Up next: Saturday vs. Eastern Michigan.
Afternoon Links: Two sides of Will Sheehey--College Basketball Nation Blog
You may not have noticed, but Illinois-Chicago — an utterly dreadful program in recent seasons — has wins over Northwestern and Colorado State this season, and an out-of-nowhere 8-1 record. Jeff Eisenberg profiles coach Howard Moore, who left a career in sales to become a coach, and is leading the Flames' impressive turnaround.
Marc Brown Wins the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - December 10th, 2012--Flame Fanatic
Flames Climb to No. 16 in Latest College Insider Mid-Major
Yahoo! Sports Highlights Head Coach Howard
Talton Selected as Student-Athlete of the

Pregame Dinner at the

Morning Briefing: A spotlight on the ‘Game of Change’--Clarion-Ledger
Ben Averkamp is Runner-Up for the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - December 10th, 2012--LU Wolf Ball
Men's Basketball Blog #8: Joe
Game Of Change Named One Of All-Time March Madness

What’s wrong with Milwaukee?--Horizon League Hoops
Shooting woes continue for Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UIC is new #1--PantherU
Milwaukee (3-7) Takes On Fairfield (5-5)--UWM Update
Milwaukee Sinking After 62-46 Loss To Fairfield--UWM Update
Panthers Head East For BracketBusters Rematch With
Panthers' Offensive Struggles Lead To Loss At

Rodriguez's 30 points not enough for Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Postgame Report: Milwaukee at DePaul--Milwaukee Panthers Blogzone
Panthers Stay On Road; Face Quick Turnaround Tuesday
Video: Ashley Green Goes Inside The Play Versus
Decisive Scoring Run Secures DePaul Victory Over

RIP ESPN BracketBuster--The NWI Times
Ryan Broekhoff Wins the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - December 10th, 2012--Valpo Daily
VU vs. Milwaukee Fan Bus--Section EE
PPS Preview of Missouri State--Section EE
Broekhoff Picks Up Second Weekly Honor of
Bryce Drew's Shot Named One of the Top 35 All-Time Madness

Richardson named Horizon League Newcomer of the

Donlon’s 95-year-old grandma to attend game at Hofstra--Dayton Daily News
Horizon League off to strong start--Wright State University Sports
On this day 12 years ago - Dec 11, 2000--Rowdy Review

Women Pull Away for 78-61 Win Over

YSU players get to go home for the holidays--Youngstown Vindicator

Valpo's Broekhoff, Detroit's Howard, Jr. Earn Men's Basketball Weekly Honors--Horizon League Network
Men's Basketball Notebook (Dec. 10)--Horizon League Network
Detroit Shoots Past Alabama State in 2nd Half, 81-68--Horizon League Network
Horizon League Ties Throughout NCAA 75th Anniversary Celebration--Horizon League Network
Jerry Harkness Interview--Horizon League Network

Shalonda Winton Named Player of the Week, Charae Richardson Earns Newcomer Nod--Horizon League Network
Titans Cruise Behind Shareta Brown's School Record 43 Points--Horizon League Network

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