2018 recruit to sign with Dayton on Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 1:26 PM

Dwayne Cohill. Photo courtesy of Holy Name High School
Staff Writer
Dwayne Cohill. Photo courtesy of Holy Name High School(Staff Writer)

Dwayne Cohill plans to sign a national letter of intent with the Dayton Flyers on Wednesday, he told the Dayton Daily News on Tuesday, but he won’t hold a public signing until Nov. 14.

Cohill, a 6-foot-3 senior guard Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, verbally committed to Dayton on Sept. 11. Wednesday is National Signing Day and the earliest day he can officially sign with UD.

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Cohill ranks 93rd in the class of 2018, according to Rivals.com. He’s a consensus four-star recruit. He was Dayton’s top priority in recruiting throughout the summer.

“A lot of schools preach to you that you’re their top priority, but they don’t 100 percent show it,” Cohill said in September. “They preached it and backed it up. They didn’t just talk a good game. They showed me I was 100 percent their top priority. That was something that really stood out to me.”

Cohill’s first game of his senior season is Dec. 2.

Wisconsin-Baylor basketball score: Stats from 70-65 Badgers loss

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 8:40 PM

Wisconsin basketball fell to Baylor 70-65 on Monday. Find the score, live updates and stats for the game below.

The two teams were playing in the Hall of Fame Classic. Wisconsin will play UCLA on Tuesday in the Classic.

Wisconsin-Baylor basketball score: Live updates, stats

Final: Baylor 70, Wisconsin 65: Box Score

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Wisconsin-Baylor basketball: Time, game information

Wisconsin and Baylor play at 8:30 p.m. CT on Monday, Nov. 20.

Time: 8:30 p.m. CT

Date: Monday, Nov. 20

Location: Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

How can I watch the Wisconsin-Baylor basketball game on TV?

Wisconsin and Baylor will play on ESPN2. The game is available online via the WatchESPN app.

How can I listen to the Wisconsin-Baylor basketball game on the radio?

The Wisconsin-Baylor game is available online at WIBA/iHeart radio.

Wisconsin-Baylor basketball preview

Wisconsin performed well on a national stage against No. 15 Xavier on Thursday night, but the Badgers didn’t have the experience or execution down the stretch to win. Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett came up huge during the Musketeers’ 80-70 victory at the Kohl Center.

He buried a 3-pointer near the top of the key off a screen to give Xavier a 69-66 lead with 1:45 remaining. On the ensuing possession, he swished a 3 from the left wing to help put the game away and hand Wisconsin its first loss of the early season.

Badgers forward Ethan Happ has been as good as advertised in his junior campaign. He leads Wisconsin in scoring (17.7 points), rebounding (8.7) and assists (3.7). He recorded 21 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds against Xavier. Other players averaging double figures in scoring are point guard D’Mitrik Trice (12.0), shooting guard Brevin Pritzl (12.0) and forward Andy Van Vliet (10.7).

Van Vliet had a tough game against Xavier, scoring just 1 point in 11 minutes. Freshman guard Kobe King didn’t score in 12 minutes played. But the Badgers have demonstrated they have plenty of scoring balance.

Freshman guard Brad Davison and junior forward Khalil Iverson are averaging 8.3 points per game. Iverson scored a career-high 17 points against Yale this season. Davison had 12 points against Xavier and 4 steals in the first half.

Baylor has five players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Manu Lecomte’s 20.7 points per game. Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. is averaging 12.0 points and 10.3 rebounds, while Terry Mason is at 10.3 points and 9.7 rebounds. Other players averaging double figures in scoring are Tristan Clark (10.3) and King McClure (10.0).

Baylor has defeated Central Arkansas 107-66, Texas A&M-Corpus Chisti 70-46 and Alcorn State 78-61.

Wisconsin has finished in the top four of the Big Ten regular season each of the past 16 seasons. But many pundits believe that streak could end this season. In a preseason vote of 28 media members who cover the conference, the Badgers were picked to finish seventh.

Wisconsin’s team dynamic will change in 2017-18 now that Bronson Koenig, Nigel Hayes, Zak Showalter and Vitto Brown are gone. Those four stalwarts combined to play an astounding 547 college games with 349 starts. They accounted for 55.9 percent of the minutes played last season, 59.7 percent of the points, 41.5 percent of the rebounds and 54.6 percent of the assists. Hayes finished third in school history in scoring (1,857 points), and Koenig set the program’s career 3-point record (270).

Wisconsin’s only returning starter is Happ, who averaged 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds last season and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. Happ flourished as a redshirt sophomore, but he also had enough talent around him to take pressure off him needing to be the best player on the floor every game. This season, Wisconsin has shown it has the offensive weapons necessary to help Happ, who faces double-teams when he touches the ball deep in the post.

Mike McCoy releases statement after being fired by Broncos on Monday

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 12:19 AM

On Monday morning the Denver Broncos swiftly reminded everyone that the NFL is, first and foremost, a business by firing offensive coordinator Mike McCoy after 10 games.

McCoy was in the first year of his second stint as the Broncos offensive coordinator (his first came under John Fox from 2009-2012) after spending the previous four seasons (2013-2016) as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.

The announcement that McCoy had been fired sent shockwaves through the NFL. But when it comes down to it, Denver’s offense has been among the worst in the league in 2017.

After the team formally announced their decision, McCoy released the following statement through the Broncos media relations department.

“I’m disappointed that things didn’t work out because this is a special organization and a great place to be. I want to thank Vance for the opportunity he gave me and the entire organization from Mr. B [Pat Bowlen] all the way on down. I appreciate the hard work of our players and was proud to work with them along with the rest of our coaching staff. My family and I loved it here, and I’m very thankful for my time with the Denver Broncos.”

As expected McCoy kept statement brief and classy.

In a separate statement, Denver head coach Vance Joseph cited his desire for the Broncos to be more efficient offensively as his primary reason for firing McCoy.

“I have a responsibility to do what’s best for our football team,” Joseph said. “Although this wasn’t an easy decision, we needed to make this change. We have to play a more efficient brand of football offensively as we begin the final stretch of our season.

“Mike is an outstanding coach and a great person. He had a lot of opportunities this offseason, and he chose us. I have the utmost respect for Mike and wish him all the best in the future.”

Michigan-LSU basketball score: Live updates, stats, how to watch

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 10:45 PM

Michigan basketball plays LSU on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in the Maui Invitational Tournament. Game time is 11:30 p.m. at Lahaina Civic Center in Hawai’i.

Find the score, live updates, stats and watch online information below.

Michigan-LSU basketball score: Live updates, stats

Check here for live updates throughout the game between the Wolverines and the Tigers.

Michigan-LSU game time, details

Michigan and LSU play at 11:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 20.

  • Time: 11:30 p.m. ET tipoff
  • Date: Monday, Nov. 20
  • Location: Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Hawai’i.
  • Records: Michigan (3-0), LSU (2-0)

What TV channel will broadcast Michigan-LSU?

The Michigan-LSU game will be shown on ESPNU.

How can I watch  Michigan-LSU online ?

The Michigan-LSU game will can be watched online at WatchESPN.

How can I listen to  Michigan-Southern Mississippi  on the radio?

The Michigan Sports Marketing Network, headed by flagship station WWJ (950 AM) in Detroit, will have the call. Lane Grindle provides the play-by-play with analyst Terry Mills.

Michigan-LSU preview

Michigan’s first three games of the season weren’t against big-name opponents but the Wolverines got tougher tests than expected from North Florida, Central Michigan and Southern Mississippi. Given that head coach John Beilein had just four players returning with game experience in his system, that might not be such a shock. It might not also be a bad thing as the tight contests have allowed Beilein to better evaluate players as he attempts to work out a rotation.

The Wolverines have used runs in the second half of 18-1 against North Florida, 18-8 against Central Michigan, and 18-1 against Southern Mississippi to take control of those games.

Starters Duncan Robinson (14.3 points per game), Moe Wagner (13.3), Charles Matthews (13.0) and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (12.0) are all averaging double-figures for the Wolverines through the first week of the season. Sophomore center Jon Teske has given the Wolverines a boost off the bench so far, averaging 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game. That kind of production takes some of the pressure off Wagner, who is averaging 9.7 rebounds per game.

Sophomore Zavier Simpson has started the first three games at point guard and is averaging 4.3 assists per game. Grad transfer Jaaron Simmons played 19 minutes and had 5 assists in a 61-47 win against Southern Mississippi last Thursday.

LSU is coming off a 10-21 season and has been picked to finish 14th in the SEC but first-year head coach Will Wade brings the program optimism for a quicker-than-expected turnaround. He coached the previous two seasons at VCU after replacing Shaka Smart and led the Rams to consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Senior forward Duop Reath is LSU’s top returning scorer from last season when he averaged 12 points. Freshman point guard Tremont Waters has averaged 16.0 points and 7.0 assists in the first two games.

This is the Wolverines’ first trip to the Maui Invitational since 2011 when it finished third.

Kentucky basketball: What John Calipari said after the Wildcats’ 70-62 win against Troy

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 11:51 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Things looked far from smooth, but Kentucky came away with a 70-62 win against Troy on Monday night at Rupp Arena. Here’s everything coach John Calipari said after the game.

Q. Cal, do you have to do an ice bath after these games? It looks you’re moving around, stomping around.
JOHN CALIPARI: I had to battle them too much in the second half and I got to teach them how to win. And if that game were closer we lose the game. You got to figure out who has got the courage to make free throws late in the game. When you’re getting fouled and you got to go up there and make free throws.

Defensively, you just don’t have let downs when you’re up 21 and you’re ready to bury somebody and you just start acting like it doesn’t matter anymore. That’s that old AAU high school stuff. And this thing you get on a run going the wrong way all of a sudden you look forward you can’t make a basket, you can’t — I’ve been in this 30 years. So I’ve got to get through to them. We had — I love the fact that Kevin started driving the ball. I thought Shai had a couple threes that he should have taken, that were open. I thought we passed out of the double team way better. I thought the first half for 20 minutes, man, I thought we were good. We had 20 minutes, we were really good. And what I’ve said is, we probably can play about 25 minutes right now. At some point we’re going to have to get to play 40 minutes of basketball. But we just have breakdown after breakdown as soon as we get a little fatigued and the game gets going a little bit and the other team starts grinding. But it’s expected when you’re coaching young guys.

But give Troy credit, they didn’t stop. They have been in a bunch of close games already. I mean, they played Hawaii on the road and it went to overtime and they were down and came back in the end and had a chance to beat them on the road. So they’re not afraid to make shots. They missed a bunch of shots early and then they started making them late.

Q. You guys didn’t shoot many threes. Was the plan to go inside, use your size?
JOHN CALIPARI: No. I thought we passed up some threes, but I need Kevin Knox to drive the ball. I need him to get to the rim and not settle for threes. If the ball’s driven in and out, shoot a three. If the ball’s posted and it’s kicked out, shoot a three. But we want to get — be aggressive. And we had some others that we could have shot, but we’re trying to figure it out.

Q. How big a concern is it at this time, it seemed like just game after game you keep hitting long periods that you go without scoring. 0-7, 1-10, 1-8. It seemed like you have —
JOHN CALIPARI: And if you look at it I’ll tell you what happens, too. So the ball swings out and my center has the ball and our best three-point shooter is standing right there and is yelling to him “one more” and my center shoots it. We go into a pick and roll and my point guard, instead of throwing back to the guy that’s wide open, tries to throw a pass because he wants to be the passer for the assist. And then all of a sudden it starts running downhill. Then you miss a shot or two and all of a sudden you’re right, your 1-7. But if you go over those stretches, you’re saying 1 out of 7, but there’s turnovers in there for no reason. Lack of execution. This is a freshman team. It’s the kind of stuff they do. And I told them I’m going to have to teach them how to win and they have to listen, when we’re in situations, every possession still matters. They don’t, they don’t see that yet. But they will.

Q. You guys had 15 offensive rebounds and out-rebounded Troy 53-30. What did you think of the rebound effort overall?
JOHN CALIPARI: I thought our rebounding, especially in the first half, was outstanding. We have been working on it. There are two things that have been an issue for us, rebounding the ball and turnovers. And again, we — you’re talking about two guys having seven — really Shai, and you have three guys having 10 turnovers on our team. The other guys aren’t turning it over that much. The guys that are, we just got to tell them, you got to make stronger plays. If there are people in the lane you got to stop. You got to make an easier pass. Is that the easiest pass you could have made? How about we just throw to this guy? I think we got better with our spacing. But, yeah, we rebounded the ball and held them. I mean the first half, I’m telling you for 20 minutes, I told them, you played a great half. We’re just not ready to play 40 minutes because they will revert. They let go. They go back to their old ways. And that’s the fight. Whether it’s going to take a loss to a team that we should beat, and then they all get together and say, we got to stop. I don’t know. You’re saying that we’re looking at it like when there’s a dry spell, someone has to step up and either make a basket, you ready for this, or get fouled, you can’t throw your body in there and act like they’re going to bail you out. Or it’s got to be a shot we can rebound. Someone took a shot, it might have been Shai, that Nick ended up grabbing and sticking back. That’s a good shot. Yeah, you didn’t make it, but we rebounded it because you drew the defense, and I can’t remember really who shot it, might have been Quade, may have been Shai, may have been Hami. But we — you can’t now like avoid — shoot a fade away, or you got to be strong with the ball. You got to make sure you stop the bleeding. We don’t know how to do that right now. And again, the problem is, like tomorrow, like we can have a real practice tomorrow. We play Wednesday. I mean, so we got to get by this spell of games and get some time on the floor where we can work on stuff, because right now we’re trying to do it on the fly. It’s hard.

Q. Was Wenyen, tonight, a little closer to what you hope?
JOHN CALIPARI: Better. But there were two or three plays that he reverted again. Like his energy, his rebounding, and making an open three. But then there was a time where he could have just thrown it to this guy and he walked. Like what were you — it was kicked out to you, you swing it that way, why did you do that? And that’s the old, I’m going to make a play myself. We had a bunch of those today. Again, guys trying to get theirs instead of just play the game and let it happen. And if it’s one of those games where you’re not on, okay, we’ll just count on somebody else. You’re not going to shoot as many. But they’re not ready to be that yet and it’s understandable. They’re a bunch of freshmen.

Q. You were talking about Quade Green looking for the assist and sometime in the first half he shot two baskets in a row on two straight possessions and you pulled him and you were telling him something on the bench. What were you coaching him up on, and what was the point of emphasis you were making?
JOHN CALIPARI: No, he made three baskets and they were all terrific. It was weak side, it was on a kickback to him, and he made it. And then he shot another ball, somebody got him a three. And then he came down and he could have passed it and he tried to shoot a fourth ball and he missed it. It didn’t go in. I didn’t take him out on the make. And I just said, are you trying to shoot every ball? These guys are getting you shots, now get them shots. It’s the whole process of trying to get these guys to be a basketball team on defense and offense, how you can play to make the game easy for each other. When we go 1-10, how hard does it look for them? Well, you — make it easy for us and you know what you do on defense? They’re not going to drive it from 18 feet and shoot a layup. You make it hard for them. And when we made it hard for them, they struggled to score. When we made it easy, they shot layups or threes. But it’s, folks, this is going to be a process, it’s going to be a step at a time. I wish I had four or five practice days to say, okay, now we’re going to zero in on this, we don’t. Tomorrow’s probably going to be more of a walk through, get ready for Wednesday.

Q. (No microphone.)
JOHN CALIPARI: No, we did in the first half. But, again, I told them, part of this is trying to, I’m — my job is to get them to do the impossible, do things they never thought they can do, play in a way they never thought they could play. That’s what my job is. Today I was harder on them in the second half than I want to be, but I told them, I said, I had to fight you in the second half so we could win the game. You guys were giving up on the game and you just can’t do it. You got to be man enough to know if you’re breaking down or someone’s got to fight to go get a ball. We got a good group of kids, it’s just a lot of growing, a lot of learning. But we’re long and when we decide to defend with five guys — again, just so you understand, on offense, if one guy’s a ball stopper, like he gets the ball and he’s trying to score, if one guy on defense or two are not really in sync, they’re not engaged, you can’t be a good defensive team. And they have to understand they owe it to their teammates to be engaged on defense and make it easy for each other on offense by spacing, by hard cutting, by sprinting the floor, creating good shots, setting good screens, get a guy a shot. Hard to set a screen when you’re looking at the ball. You’re not worried about the screen, you’re hoping you get the ball. I mean that’s high school stuff. But it’s what we’re fighting and like I said, it’s a good win and any time you win it’s good, the first half how we played was really good, give Troy credit, they didn’t — I watched their tapes, they don’t give up on any game, that’s how they play, and we move on to Wednesday.

Q. You played Tai and Brad in the first half. Was there any particular reason that they got those minutes or earned those minutes?
JOHN CALIPARI: Well we had foul trouble for Tai and I just said, you know what, Brad’s playing so well in practice, you know, I thought he had a couple plays he could have taken a shot and I’m like, look, we need your shooting. So, can we put him in games, can he defend, stay on people? He was on Person. He wasn’t supposed to be, but he was, and did fine, Person didn’t score on him. So, I may start shoving him in in the first half and give him an opportunity and see what he does, especially if teams are, we’re struggling to make baskets.

Watch: UK beat writer Kyle Tucker answers question after the game

WATCH: UK beat writer Kyle Tucker answers questions after Kentucky's 70-62 win against Troy.

Posted by Kentucky Wildcats – SEC Country on Monday, November 20, 2017

Watch: John Calipari after Kentucky’s win against Troy

WATCH: John Calipari's press conference after Kentucky's 70-62 win against Troy

Posted by Kentucky Wildcats – SEC Country on Monday, November 20, 2017

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