Week 6 Horizon League power poll released--Horizon League Hoops
Week 6 efficiency rankings + national rankings--Horizon League Hoops
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade propel Miami Heat past Timberwolves--Miami Herald
Minnesota cut the Heat’s lead to eight points with 1:50 to play but Norris Cole ended any semblance of suspense when he stripped Wolves point guard J.J. Berea, drove the length of the court on a fast break and then converted a three-point play.Heat seeking consistency from both point guards--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Cole finished with eight points. Starting point guard Mario Chalmers had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range. Battier was 3 of 7 from three-point range for nine points.
So Chalmers is nowhere near worried about becoming the Heat's second choice at point guard in the fourth quarter of late. Coach Erik Spoelstra has gone more with second-year guard Norris Cole in the closing moments because of Chalmers' struggles.Heat's bursts overcome Minnesota's brawn in 103-92 win--South Florida Sun Sentinel
To Chalmers, it's just part of the long NBA regular season.
"To me, as long as we're winning, that's all that matters," Chalmers said. "Of course, I'd love to be out there in the fourth quarter. But if I'm not out there, I'm still cheering on my teammates. It always changes. I guess coach goes with whoever is playing the best at that time."
Cole has clearly been more valuable to the Heat in the fourth quarters because of defense. It was one of the reasons they made the draft day trade to acquire him from the Chicago Bulls. Cole started strong his rookie season before hitting a wall late.
"Norris has been playing well," guard Dwyane Wade said. "I think coach always goes with which point guard is playing well and what we need. Defensively, is what we need. Norris is playing well defensively and he's not doing anything to hurt us on the offensive end with the opportunity he gets. .. But we still need Rio to be successful. He hit a couple 3s last game (against Atlanta) which was good. He's in a slump but once he gets his confidence back, it's going to be big for us."
The fact Chalmers is struggling comes as no surprise. He has battled inconsistent play during his five-year career. The latest bout began when he tore a tendon in left ring finger against the Washington Wizards Dec. 4. He said the injury has set him back because of the pain.
"I'm very close," Chalmers said. "I'm still getting healthy. For me, I'm still trying to get back into my groove. For (Cole), he's still trying to find his game. He's been doing a greatjoblately and we just have to go from there."
Ideally, the Heat want to see Chalmers and Cole simultaneously play at a high level. Spoelstra said that is when the team is at its best. That has yet to happen in their two years together because Chalmers has always dealt with inconsistent play while Cole is still adjusting to playing at the next level.
"We need both of them to play well at the same time for us to win," forward LeBron James said. "Ultimately, we can't have one struggling and one playing well. We need both to play well at the same time. When they complement each other, it's better for our team."
Chalmers said, "When we're both playing well, it makes us a lot better. Sometimes, it makes us unbeatable when he and I are playing great. We have to get back to that."
Chalmers began the season by recording a couple of 11-assists games, but has since seen his play decline. He is shooting just 40 percent from the field and averaging 2.4 assists in the last five games. Spoelstra said he will continue to ride with the hotter of the two players.
"We'd love to have 48 minutes of very good point-guard basketball," Spoelstra said. "It may change from game to game. I know the focus right now is on Norris because he's making some improvement. But Rio has had some good days that's he's putting together. I think he's going to come back and contribute the way he's capable of. When we get to that point where both of the guys are playing good in the same game, that'll change the complexion of our team."
For the Heat, save for the struggles of power forward Udonis Haslem, who dealt with foul trouble and a technical foul, this was a well-rounded effort, with Bosh coming around for 15 points, point guard Mario Chalmers 4 of 6 on 3-pointers, backup point guard Norris Cole providing the type of energy against J.J. Barea the Heat lacked in the 2006 NBA Finals, and Joel Anthony, Mike Miller, Ray Allen and Battier also providing their hustle moments.Aaron Scales Receives Honorable Mention for the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - December 17th, 2012--Vikings Ball
Vikings Return Home to Host Notre Dame College--csuvikings.com
Vikings Open Homestand Against Ole Miss Tuesday Evening--csuvikings.com
Coleman Leads CSU To 67-55 Victory Over Ole Miss--csuvikings.com
Detroit comes up short against No. 3 Orange--MICentralSports.com
Syracuse, mastering the art of gamesmenship--CollegeBasketballTalk
Pregame Shootaround 12.17.12: Boeheim’s 900th, Birch/Brown back--CollegeBasketballTalk
The Morning Mix--CollegeBasketballTalk
Dunks(s) of the Day:Syracuse 72, Detroit Mercy 68: Jim Boeheim notches 900th career victory--The Detroit Free Press
Doug Anderson finished with 18 points in Detroit’s 62-60 loss to Syracuse last night. 12 of his 18 points came on dunks. Enjoy.
Detroit's Doug Anderson serves up six huge dunks against Syracuse
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim gets 900th win at Detroit Mercy's expense--The Detroit News
Ray McCallum Wins the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - December 17th, 2012--Titans Update
Detroit Loses to No. 3 Syracuse 72-68--Titans Update
Detroit (6-5) Takes On Alcorn State (2-8)--Titans Update
Amazing Comeback Falls Short at No. 3/3 Syracuse--detroittitans.com
Titans Continue Chevrolet Gotham Classic at Alcorn St.--detroittitans.com
College basketball roundup: UDM women chew up Mastodons--The Detroit Free Press
Titans Hunt Down Mastodons, 88-58--detroittitans.com
College Hoops Player of the Week: Trey Burke, Michigan--CollegeBasketballTalk
The All-They-Were-Good-Too Team:Mid-Major Power Pyramid: Week Three--Eye On College Basketball
G: Daniel Barnes, Illinois-Chicago: Barnes is a backcourt player for the Flames, and despite playing more than 30 minutes per game, Barnes has just six assists in ten games this season. That should tell you something: that Barnes is out there to score, and he did just that against Eastern Michigan on Saturday. The 6-foot-2 senior finished with 30 points on 10-18 while hitting six threes and, yes, handing out one assists as UIC moved to 9-1 on the season with a win over Eastern Michigan. It’s worth noting that Barnes transferred to UIC after spending a year at EMU.
Base BlocksATB: The ACC’s Second Best Team, Conference USA Doldrums and Providence’s Roster Reinforcements…--Rush The Court
12. Illinois-Chicago (9-1).
Why it's here: You've probably seen the tweets or posts about the undefeated teams left, but what about the one-scratch squads? As of Sunday afternoon, there were 29 of them. Illinois-Chicago just one of the bunch, but that bunch is mostly major-conference powers or teams higher in the Pyramid than UIC. Flames belong because they're winning convincingly. Only three of their victories are single-digits, and none are one-possession.
Something you should know: Let's send along this link. Learn a bit more about Mr. Moore and his road to getting UIC to this point.
Up next: Tuesday at Western Illinois; Saturday at Miami (Ohio).
…and Misses.Race at Top Closer in Computer, Road Up Rocky For Most--Mid-Major Madness
Shades Of Last Season’s UIC. Of all the pleasantly surprising early storylines in college hoops, perhaps none was more impressive than Illinois-Chicago, who after posting eight total wins last season (and just three in Horizon League play) had bolted out to a 9-1 start and picked up several quality wins, including a couple over Northwestern and Colorado State. Tuesday night’s loss at Western Illinois (7-3) is a setback, but it does little to discredit UIC’s vastly improved outfit. Winning college basketball games on the road, no matter the opponent, is hard. UIC is mortal. Upcoming games at Miami (OH) and Toledo will prove whether the Flames’ blip is a minor trough in an otherwise booming early start to the season, or a sign of regression towards last year’s harsh mean.
The biggest gains in the Top 50 from the mid-majors belonged to Bucknell, who continues to be a shining star, if just in that next tier of teams, and Illinois-Chicago.UIC at Western Illinois--The Chicago Tribune
The Flames are now 8-1 against Division 1 teams, and have played the most difficult schedule in the Horizon League to this point. It might still be too early to say it, but it really appears that the Horizon could be up for grabs by more than just Valparaiso and Detroit this season. The Flames right now have the best shot at doing something special (and Loyola at home will be a tough out). They hold the best computer ranking in the conference, and despite a deficiency on the boards (like Duke), they have been stellar at taking the ball away from their opponents. Howard Moore, you have a winner on your hands.
Western Illinois ends UIC's win streak--The Chicago Tribune
Barnes named Horizon Player of the Week--Whoosh!Net
Gary Talton Receives Honorable Mention for the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - December 17th, 2012--Flame Fanatic
Updated: UIC (9-1) Battles Western Illinois (7-3)--Flame Fanatic
On this day 2 years ago - Dec 18, 2010--Flame Fanatic
UIC Pummeled by Western Illinois 70-54--Flame Fanatic
Men's Hoops Begins Road Swing at Western Illinois Tuesday--uicflames.com
Daniel Barnes Named Horizon League Player of the Week--uicflames.com
Listen to UIC-Western Illinois LIVE on UICFlames.com!--uicflames.com
Flames Drop 70-54 Decision at Western Illinois--uicflames.com
Flames Travel to Bradley for a Tuesday Night Contest--uicflames.com
Women's Basketball Falls at Bradley, 66-52--uicflames.com
Video: Loyola coach Porter Moser on his team's improvement--The Chicago Tribune
Devon Turk Wins the StatSheet Horizon Freshman of the Week - December 17th, 2012--LU Wolf Ball
Turk Named Horizon League Co-Newcomer Of The Week--LoyolaRamblers.com
Video: Game Of Change Interviews With HLN--LoyolaRamblers.com
Porter Moser Will Be Guest On 670 The Score Tonight--LoyolaRamblers.com
Done With Exams, Loyola Hosts DePaul--LoyolaRamblers.com
Second Half Push Carries DePaul Past Loyola, 87-69--LoyolaRamblers.com
Men's basketball preview: Marquette at UWGB--College Sports Madness
Men's basketball: Depleted Phoenix will 'lay it on the line' against Marquette--College Sports Madness
Updated: Green Bay (3-7) Goes Up against Marquette (7-2)--Phoenix Fever
Marquette's First Visit to Green Bay Set for Wednesday--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Women's basketball: Phoenix dominates paint, Bison--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay to Host NDSU After 10-Day Break--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Productive Offense Leads Phoenix in Win Over NDSU--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Milwaukee hits new low--PantherU
On this day 2 years ago - Dec 18, 2010--UWM Update
Ticket Packages, Special Events Set For Upcoming Games--uwmpanthers.com
Oakland catches Valparaiso with big late-game run--The Detroit News
O'rena crowd serves as sixth man in win over Valparaiso--Grizzlies Den
Valparaiso rallies, then lets lead slip away against Oakland--The Post-Tribune
On campus: Valparaiso’s Hayden Humes leading the way for flaming hot UIC team--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders suffer another collapse against Oakland--The NWI Times
LaVonte Dority is Runner-Up for the StatSheet Horizon Sixth Man of the Week - December 17th, 2012--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso Narrowly Defeated by Oakland 70-68--Valpo Daily
11 Game Wrap Up--Section EE
Dority Earns Horizon League Weekly Honor--valpoathletics.com
Late Run Drops Crusaders at Oakland--valpoathletics.com
VU women visit Western Michigan--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders hit the road for back-to-back games--valpoathletics.com
Darling’s return good news for Raiders--Dayton Daily News
Raiders try to keep building momentum--Dayton Daily News
MIAMI (3-5) AT WRIGHT STATE (7-3)--Dayton Daily News
Cole Darling is Runner-Up for the StatSheet Horizon Player of the Week - December 17th, 2012--Rowdy Review
On this day 8 years ago - Dec 18, 2004--Rowdy Review
Updated: Wright State (7-3) Faces Miami (OH) (3-5)--Rowdy Review
WSU women take 3-game win streak into Wright State Invitational--Wright State University Sports
Demmings, Stanton Earn Horizon League Honors--wsuraiders.com
Women's Game Against Morehead State Changed--wsuraiders.com
Pregame Shootaround 12.18.12: Stanford looks to get win over Top 25 team on the road--CollegeBasketballTalk
Who’s Getting Upset?: South Florida vs. Youngstown StateYSU men lose on road at S. Florida--Youngstown Vindicator
The Penguins have already upset Georgia early this season and are in the nation’s Top 75 in scoring and rebounding. South Florida, by contrast, does not shoot well from the field, does not score a lot of points, and does not rebound particularly well. This game will depend on which style of play prevails. If Youngstown State can speed Florida up and contain PG Anthony Collins, they have a chance to pull the upset. If the game settles to USF’s pace, Stan Heath and the Bulls know what to do from there.
Youngstown State (6-4) and South Florida (5-3) Square Off--Guin Report
Youngstown State Loses Big against South Florida 72-54--Guin Report
Men's Basketball Falls to USF, 72-54--ysusports.com
YSU Entertains Northeast Ohio Rival Akron on Thursday--ysusports.com
UIC's Barnes, Loyola's Turk and Valpo's Dority Pick Up Weekly Awards--Horizon League Network
Men's Basketball Notebook (Dec. 17)--Horizon League Network
UIC's Hot Start--Horizon League Network
Detroit Nearly Spoils Party, Valpo Loses Late on Monday--Horizon League Network
Scoring Droughts Sink YSU, UIC--Horizon League Network
Kim Demmings Named Player of the Week, Tayler Stanton Earns Newcomer Nod--Horizon League Network
Cleveland State, Detroit and Green Bay Win on Tuesday--Horizon League Network