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Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 10:53 AM
DAYTON — Who: St. Bonaventure (11-2, 1-0) at Dayton (6-7, 0-1)
When: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: UD Arena
TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO
RECRUITING: Dayton offers scholarship to 2018 forward
Probable Dayton starters
Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.3
Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.2
Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 7.6
Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.2
John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 6.0
Probable St. Bonaventure starters
LaDarien Griffin, 6-6, Jr., F, 9.2
Josh Ayeni, 6-8, So., F, 7.5
Idris Taqqee, 6-4, Sr., G, 5.2
Matt Mobley, 6-3, Sr., G, 18.3
Jaylen Adams, 6-2, Sr., G, 20.1
Series history: Dayton leads 23-10. The Flyers swept the season series last year, winning 90-74 in Olean, N.Y., and 76-72 in Dayton. The Bonnies won their previous game at Dayton, 79-72 on Feb. 20, 2016.
Coaches: Anthony Grant is 6-7 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 199-117. Mark Schmidt is 177-146 in his 11th season at St. Bonaventure.
Last games: On Saturday, Dayton lost 70-62 at Duquesne, and St. Bonaventure beat Massachusetts 98-78 at home.
About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 38 percent chance of winning and predicts a 70-67 score. … Cunningham ranks 10th in the country in 2-point field-goal percentage (74.7). … Darrell Davis and Jordan Davis are the only Flyers who have attempted 20 or more 3-pointers and are shooting better than 30 percent. Darrell has made 37 of 91 (40.7). Jordan has made 27 of 61 (44.3). Jalen Crutcher is shooting 23.4 percent (11 of 47). Xeyrius Williams is shooting 21.4 percent (9 of 42). Matej Svoboda is shooting 18.5 percent (5 of 27).
About St. Bonaventure: The Bonnies have won eight straight games. It’s their longest winning streak since 1970-71 when they opened the season with an 8-0 record. … Adams scored 32, and Mobley had 28 in their A-10 opener. … The Bonnies rank 31st in the country in 3-point shooting percentage (39.8) and 11th in 3-point defense (29.3). They are among the best teams in the nation at getting to the free-throw line, ranking seventh in free-throw rate (46.0). … Junior guard Courtney Stockard is the top scorer off the bench, averaging 10.5 points per game. … St. Bonaventure’s only losses are to Niagara (75-72 in the season opener) and to Texas Christian (89-79 on Nov. 25).
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 10:47 PM
DAYTON — Kevin Kuwik hugged Dayton Flyers forward Josh Cunningham and other players with a big smile on his face after the game Tuesday. That said a lot about Kuwik considering his new team, Davidson, had just suffered a 65-64 loss at UD Arena.
Kuwik spent six years on the Dayton bench as an assistant coach on Archie Miller’s staff. He helped Anthony Grant in the weeks after his hiring last spring but was not offered a job on Grant’s staff. Davidson hired Kuwik as the director of basketball operations in August. That’s how he found himself on the visiting bench for the first time Tuesday.
Kuwik’s wife Kathryn, who he met at UD Arena’s Flight Deck, sat behind the Davidson bench with their infant daughter, Natalie, as Kuwik coached against his former team.
“You want nothing but the best for those guys,” said Kuwik, conducting an interview with his daughter in his arms after the game. “I’m proud of all of them. Look at what Darrell (Davis) and Josh (Cunningham) have been through and what they’re doing and some of the younger guys. You want to see everything you talked about in recruiting come through for them.”
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Kuwik said it was weird returning to UD Arena but he and his wife had an amazing experience at Dayton.
“It definitely makes you reflect on all that,” Kuwik said. “We’re Wildcats now, and we love that, too. Coach (Bob) McKillop and the Wildcat family have just been amazing to my family, so it’s been great.”
Diminishing role: Freshman forward Matej Svoboda didn’t play against Davidson. He received two minutes of action in the previous game, an 88-74 loss to Rhode Island.
Major minutes: Both teams played their reserves little. Davidson's Peyton Aldridge and Kellan Grady played all 40 minutes. Dayton's Darrell Davis and Jalen Crutcher played 39 minutes.
Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo and John Crosby didn't play in the second half after combining for 11 minutes in the first half. Xeyrius Williams was the only Dayton player to come off the bench in the second half when he played four of his 14 minutes.
Next game: Dayton plays Saint Louis at 4 p.m. Saturday at Chaifetz Arena. CBS Sports Network will televise the game. The Flyers have seven straight wins in the series.
The Billikens (10-11, 3-5) lost 75-74 in overtime Tuesday at home to Virginia Commonwealth (13-8, 5-3). Saint Louis blew a 13-point lead in the second half. De'Riante Jenkins hit a 3-pointer with four seconds to play to send the game to overtime.
Around the A-10: With the loss by Davidson (10-7, 5-2), Rhode Island (15-3, 7-0) leads the Atlantic 10 by two games.
Dayton (10-10, 4-4) moved from a four-way tie for seventh place into sixth place all by itself, just ahead of St. Joseph's (3-3) and Massachusetts (3-4). Dayton is 3-2 against the teams above it in the standings.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 7:13 PM
According to a report from Mary Cay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Baker Mayfield is one of two quarterbacks that could be taken No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns.
Cabot says that Browns GM John Dorsey will meet with Mayfield and Wyoming’s Josh Allen at the Senior Bowl, and both of them will be heavily considered.
The Browns need no introduction to any football fan. The NFL’s most recently inept franchise has won a mere four games in the past three years, and finished the 2017 season without a single check mark in the win column. 10 of their 16 losses were multiple possession losses.
The Browns haven’t won 10 games in a season since 2007. Their 10 win season in 2007 was the organization’s first 10 win season since 1994. The Browns haven’t won their division since the 1989 season. They haven’t been to the playoffs since 2002.
Needless to say, Mayfield’s charisma might make him exactly what the Browns want. They need a winner in Cleveland, desperately. However, Cleveland has a history of breaking solid players. The Browns have had nine starting quarterbacks in the past four seasons. If you’re looking to succeed in the NFL, you likely want to avoid the Browns entirely.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL Draft 2018 mock drafts project quarterbacks to go early. You can see a few 2018 NFL mock drafts below.
Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10.
Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the internet, plus Land of 10’s own projection.
Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Denver Broncos
6. New York Jets
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Cincinnati Bengals
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
21. Buffalo Bills
22. Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs)
23. Los Angeles Rams
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Minnesota Vikings
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Two 15-year-olds were killed and 18 more people were injured in a shooting Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky. It’s the site of the annual Marshall County Hoopfest that several of John Calipari’s Kentucky players attend each fall.
Calipari sat on the baseline of the Marshall County High School gym to watch prospects two months ago, and he shared his thoughts on the shooting following Kentucky’s win against Mississippi State on Tuesday at Rupp Arena.
“I was literally nauseous, because I had my TV on in my office and it came across the ticker,” Calipari said. “The sound wasn’t on but I looked and I turned it on. If you have children, my first thought was, when they said some people got killed and people were injured, was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ And then they made this statement, that parents were racing there to get their children. Could you imagine that drive to that school not knowing if your child had been killed or not? I just welled up like ‘Oh my gosh,’ and I’ve got children.”
Everyone in Rupp Arena paused for a moment of silence before the game Tuesday in honor of the victims and their families.
Calipari was asked what his message to those in Marshall County is.
“I don’t know, probably there’s nothing I can say other than I’ll be praying for all of them tomorrow at Mass,” he said. “I’ll be taking communion for them, light a candle for them.
“But, what is going on? We’ve got to come together as a country,” Calipari said. “We’ve got to figure out this opioid issue. We’ve got to figure out this gun issue. Is it a gun issue, or is it a mental health issue? What the heck is it? It is something. And we’ve all gotta come together, man. Finally got the government up and running, thank goodness. But it’s an issue now. It’s happening over and over. Come on.
“We’ve got issues we’ve gotta deal with. We’re not going to do them fighting each other, and the I win you lose. Win, win,” Calipari shouted. How bout that one? Win, win. Not I win, you lose. For all of us.”
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