UD opens A-10 tourney tonight

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 2:37 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 2:37 PM

The No. 6 seed University of Dayton Flyers host the No. 11 seed George Washington Colonials in the first round of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship. The game will not be televised, but be carried through WHIO Radio and be available over the Internet with live video, stats and streaming audio via DaytonFlyers.com.
Dayton, 19-11 overall and 9-7 in the Atlantic 10, finished the regular season winning five of its last seven. The Flyers are 13-4 at UD Arena this season and averaging 72.8 points per game. Chris Johnson has been incredibly strong the last seven games, averaging 19.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, shooting .434 from three-point range and .852 from the free throw line. Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Devin Oliver is averaging 8.3 points and 8.0 rebounds, which would lead the team. Kevin Dillard continues to perform at a high level on both ends of the floor, leading the team in assists (5.9 apg) and steals (40).
George Washington, 10-20 overall and 5-11 in the A-10, has lost four of its last five. The Colonials are averaging 62.4 points per game, second-lowest in the conference. Tony Taylor leads the GW attack averaging 13.3 points and 4.4 assists per game. David Pellom continues to lead the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage at .697. GW is 2-11 in true road games this season, where it averages 60.0 points.
George Washington leads the all-time series 15-13, but the Flyers won on Saturday 75-59. Dayton has won the last four meetings at home against GW, including a home A-10 First Round victory two years ago.
This is UD’s 17th season in the Atlantic 10 and in each of those years earned a berth to the A-10 Championship. Last season, the Flyers advanced to the tournament final, but lost to Richmond. The Flyers have an overall record of 19-15 in the tournament. Dayton has won the championship once (2003), placed second twice (2004 and 2011), and tied for third three times (2000, 2002 and 2009).
Kevin Dillard was named to the Second Team All-Atlantic 10, Chris Johnson was an Honorable Mention selection and Luke Fabrizius was named to the All-Academic Team. This is the fourth consecutive season Johnson has earned a conference award. Johnson was an Honorable Mention selection last year, the Chris Daniels Most Improved Player as a sophomore and All-Rookie in freshman year. For Dillard, it’s the third season he received all-conference honors - the first two years in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Chris Johnson and Kevin Dillard were named the White Allen Co-Most Valuable Players at the 2012 University of Dayton Men’s Basketball banquet. The other award winners include:
Chris Johnson - “Shorty Sharpenter” rebounding trophy & Alex Schoen Memorial FT award
Matt Kavanaugh - Chris Daniels most improved player award
Josh Parker and Luke Fabrizius - Dr. George Rau spirit award
Paul Williams -  best defender
Devin Oliver - Uhl Family scholarship award
Alex Gavrilovic - Thomas Luppe Award (best freshman)
Brian Vonderhaar - John L. Macbeth scholar-athlete
The winner between UD and GW will advance to the A-10 quarterfinals to face third-seeded Xavier Friday night in Atlantic City. Game time is 9 p.m.

New Miami coach sees positives despite 0-2 start

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

OXFORD – Cleve Wright is off to an 0-2 start as head coach of Miami University’s women’s basketball team, but he sees some positives that the RedHawks can build on.

Miami fell at home to Eastern Kentucky, 59-55, Nov. 8, then went on the road Tuesday and dropped a 90-63 decision to Wright State University at the Ervin J. Nutter Center.

“I saw a lot of things we need to continue to work on and continue to teach and preach and coach,” Wright said after the EKU loss. “I told the team, win or lose, it would be a learning experience. If not, it’s a wasted day.”

Despite the opening night loss, Wright was encouraged by his team’s persistence.

“I’m certainly very happy with the situation,” the former Gannon coach said. “We have players who want to learn – who want to get better. I was excited.”

Wright pointed to Miami being outrebounded, 36-32, as a key in the loss to EKU. The ‘Hawks turned that around against Wright State, winning the battle of the boards, 40-32. The rebounding edge, though, wasn’t enough to offset Miami’s 29 turnovers against the Raiders (2-0).

After scoring 13 points against Eastern Kentucky, freshman forward Nicole Anderson continued her strong start by posting her first career double-double at WSU. She led the RedHawks with 17 points and 16 rebounds in 31 minutes of action.

Jillian Spurlock, a freshman from Hamilton High School, added 13 points against the Raiders, while Haley Robertson had 10. Miami shot 19-for-47 (40 percent) from the field, while the Raiders shot 25-for-61 (41 percent). WSU finished 13-for-36 (36.1 percent) from behind the arc.

Junior guards Kindsay Brandt and Courtney Larson led the ‘Hawks with three assists apiece.

Miami returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Chicago State at 2 p.m.

Transfer eligible to play for Miami this season

Published: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

OXFORD — Cincinnati native Willie Moore, a sophomore who transferred from the University of Oregon, has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and is eligible to play for the Miami University men’s basketball team during the upcoming season.

“We’re extremely excited for Willie and his family. In many ways it shows the process really does work,” said Miami University head coach John Cooper. “Without getting into particulars, it was a situation that we thought warranted him being able to get back home and also be eligible to play right away, and we are extremely thankful to the NCAA and happy with their findings.

“I think this is a big burden off of Willie’s shoulders now and will allow him to become more focused because he knows he will have the opportunity to play this year. He makes us a better team. There’s a long way to go before the season starts, but we’re thrilled with this news.”

As a freshman at Oregon, Moore played in 26 of the Ducks’ 37 games and made two starts. His two starts were in the first two games of his collegiate career. Moore, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard, scored seven points and had three steals in 20 minutes of action in his first collegiate game against Northern Arizona. He finished the season averaging 2.0 points per game. While at Aiken High School in Cincinnati, Moore was named a Division II-IV first team selection by the Cincinnati Enquirer as a senior, averaging 16.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. As a junior, Moore averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.9 steals for Aiken.

After an exhibition game against Northwood on Oct. 30, Miami opens the 2013-14 campaign at Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 8. The RedHawks host Wilmington College in their home opener on Saturday, Nov. 23.

NCAA noncommittal on First Four future in Dayton

Published: Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 10:22 AM
Updated: Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 10:22 AM

            North Carolina A&T took on Liberty during the NCAA tournament First Four basketball games at University of Dayton Arena on March 19, 2013. Barbara J. Perenic/Staff
            Barbara J. Perenic
North Carolina A&T took on Liberty during the NCAA tournament First Four basketball games at University of Dayton Arena on March 19, 2013. Barbara J. Perenic/Staff(Barbara J. Perenic)

Dayton was turned down in its bid to host the NCAA First Four beyond 2015 — for now, at least.

The NCAA lauded the school for what it’s done with the event since its inception in 2011, selling out both doubleheaders last year. UD also hosted the NCAA tournament opening-round game with great success beginning in 2001.

But Ron Wellman, the chairman of the NCAA men’s basketball committee, said the NCAA decided against awarding a long-term contract because of the upheaval in Division I athletics and what that might do to the tournament.

UD still is considered the front-runner to host the First Four from 2016-18 when bids are considered in May 2014.

“I know first-hand what a great basketball town Dayton is, and while we know we can always count on Dayton’s support of the men’s basketball championship, the changing landscape in collegiate athletics makes it difficult to be certain what the future will bring,” Wellman said.

“Because of this, our committee felt that the best course of action would was not to enter into any long-term commitments for any portion of the tournament until the future becomes more defined.”

Could Kentucky start the NCAA tourney in Dayton?

Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 8:31 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 8:31 PM

Could the defending national champions really start the NCAA tournament here in Dayton?  One bracket expert doesn’t think it’s out of the question.    

“Kentucky is a two game losing streak from being projected in Dayton and maybe being projected out of the bracket,” Jerry Palm says.  “You know, the problem is the SEC just isn’t that good.”

Palm currently has Baylor, Wichita state, Iowa state, and Indiana state as his last four at-large teams in the field. 

He’s also forecasting Bryant university, Southern University, Niagra, and UNC-Asheville as the other four teams coming to Dayton for the First Four next month. 

Palm says the other end of the bracket is just as difficult this season.  “There’s no dominant team and that makes it hard this year,” he said.  “I think it’s going to make it a very interesting tournament because we have a wide open top of the bracket this year.”

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