Wednesday, October 30, 2013

News On The Horizon 10/30/2013

Norris Cole Welcomed Derrick Rose Back with This Shake--The Big Lead
Miami Heat opener against Chicago Bulls has a familiar ring--Miami Herald

The two-time defending champion Heat enters with arguably its deepest team ever. The question is how much of that depth Spoelstra will use, beyond his starters and top four reserves: Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Chris Andersen and Norris Cole.
Heat get rings, then hold off Bulls 107-95--Miami Herald
Chris Bosh scored 16 points, Battier finished with 14 and Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers each had 13 for Miami, which had seven players score in double figures. Ray Allen and Norris Cole each scored 11 for Miami.
Rose's surgically repaired knee might be fine, but in the basketball vernacular, Cole broke the ankles of the 2011 NBA MVP — starting a run that turned what was a tight game into a romp. Cole faked out Rose on the dribble, causing the Bulls' star to tumble over, and the Heat reserve connected on an 18-foot jumper that sent the Miami bench leaping from its seats.

"There was a lot of emotions going on," Cole said.
In opener against Bulls, Heat finds energy from reserves--Miami Herald
Linda Robertson: Miami Heat looks sharp in start of bid for history--Miami Herald
Tuesday’s October preview, which featured a 25-point Heat lead on Norris Cole’s acrobatic breakaway jam, was probably more deceiving than revealing. That’s why Wade didn’t want his teammates to get too comfortable wearing their special gold-trimmed uniforms.
Miami Heat has ringing start to season with defeat of Chicago Bulls--Miami Herald
Led by reserve and three-point specialist Shane Battier, the Heat outscored the Bulls 37-18 in the second quarter. A free throw by Rose with 8:31 left in the period cut the Heat’s lead to four points before the Heat took control. An 18-foot jump shot by reserve point guard Norris Cole started a 21-4 run for the Heat, which ended on a three-pointer by Ray Allen.
The Heat went with the same nine-player rotation that linked together 27 consecutive victories last season. Battier, Cole, Allen and Chris Andersen were the only reserves to play and they outscored the Bulls’ bench 42-26.

Battier led the reserves with 14 points, going 5 of 6 from the field and 4 of 4 from three-point range. Allen and Cole each scored 11 points and Andersen finished with six points, including two dunks off beautiful passes from James. Cole had seven rebounds and three assists while going 5 of 7 from the field for 11 points. In the second quarter, Cole’s crossover against Rose sent the former MVP to the ground.

“I made a good move,” Cole said. “It happens to everyone in basketball. … When you’re playing hard defense against guards who are quick and shifty, things like that can happen. It happens to everyone.”
Winderman's view: Heat 107, Bulls 95--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Birdman with his rebounds, Battier with his 3-pointers, Cole with his quickness and Allen with his assists were the perfect sparks off the bench.
Picking up where they left off: Heat take down Bulls 107-95--South Florida Sun Sentinel
They celebrated 2012-13 before the opening tip.

Then they made new memories.

Norris Cole crossing over Derrick Rose. Ray Allen with dual pumps fakes and then assisting on a Chris Bosh 3-pointer. Allen then following up with a 3-pointer of his own, from THAT corner. LeBron James feeding Chris Andersen for an alley-oop dunk. Shane Battier scoring off the dribble. A 31-5 surge.
Mario Chalmers and Cole more than held their own against Rose, who finally returned from his devastating 2012 playoff injury. Chalmers' five steals in the first half were a Heat opening-night record.

"We have to lift each other up, and we did that tonight," Cole said.

Chalmers finished with 13 points and four assists, Cole with 11 points and seven rebounds.

"When we weren't throwing it to them, we were making the right plays," Spoelstra said, lamenting the Heat's 20 turnovers that led to 30 Bulls points.

Detroit Welcomes City-Rival Marygrove In Exhibition Action On

The 68 reasons we’re looking forward to the 2013-2014 season--CollegeBasketballTalk
23. Travis Bader chasing J.J. Redick’s three-point record. (SP)

Flames basketball takes the court for new season--UIC News

HBCU Tip-Off Tournament Cancelled--Mid-Major Madness
Men's basketball: UWGB's season-opening tournament in Atlanta canceled--Green Bay Press Gazette
Cancelled Tournament Leads to Nov. 9 Home Game at the

Women's basketball: New-look UWGB in same old No. 1 spot--Green Bay Press Gazette

UWM guard Thierno Niang gets back into the action--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, Milwaukee Athletics Set 15-Game Basketball

Men’s basketball: Donlon concerned with effects of television coverage - See more at: Guardian

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Cleveland State Media Day Press Conference--Horizon League Network
10 Questions with Valparaiso's Bryce Drew--Horizon League Network
10 Questions with Valparaiso's LaVonte Dority--Horizon League Network
Dority, Drew on HLN--Horizon League Network
Lopresti: After Championship Season, Valpo Reintroduces Itself--Horizon League Network
Oakland Rolls in Exhibition Opener, 76-52--Horizon League Network

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