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Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 8:24 AM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:31 AM
Who: Maryland (3-1, 1-0) at No. 10 Ohio State (4-1, 2-0)
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio.
Series history: Ohio State leads 3-0. The Buckeyes won 62-3 last season in College Park, Md. They won the only previous meeting at Ohio Stadium 49-28 in 2015.
Last game: Ohio State beat Rutgers 56-0; Maryland won 31-24 at Minnesota.
Coaches: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is 65-7 in his sixth season. Maryland’s D.J. Durkin is 9-8 in his second season.
Ohio State notes: J.T. Barrett passed Art Schlichter to become Ohio State’s career leader in passing yards leader last week. The senior has 7,622 yards. … Barrett ranks in the top 20 nationally in touchdown passes (sixth, 13), passing efficiency (13th, 165.6), total offense (22nd, 300.8) and yards per pass (22nd, 8.74). He currently owns or shares 27 Ohio State or Big Ten records…. The Buckeyes are coming off back-to-back 600-yard efforts on offense and preparing to face a Maryland team allowing 379.8 yards per game (67th nationally)… Backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, starting right tackle Isaiah Prince, reserve linebacker Keandre Jones and reserve defensive end Chase Young are Maryland natives… Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa had the same position at Maryland in 2014 and ’15… Ohio State leads the Big Ten in passing yards (323.8 per game), rushing yards (241.0) and scoring (42.6 ppg.)
Maryland notes: Max Bortenschlager is the Terrapins’ third starting quarterback this season. Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill were lost to season-ending injuries in the first month of the season… The 6-foot-3, 211-pound Bortenschlager is a sophomore from Indianapolis Cathedral, the same high school that produced Ohio State’s Terry McLaurin and Pete Werner… No Terrapins are from Ohio… Maryland receiver D.J. Moore leads the Big Ten in receiving touchdowns (5), receiving yards (403), receiving yards per game (100.8) and receptions per game (7.5)… Running back Ty Johnson is also a threat, having rushed for 738 yards in his last six games dating back to the end of last season.
Quoted: Meyer on Durkin, who worked for him at Bowling Green and Florida: “He was an impact coach. I think of all the guys I’ve had he’s one of the top two or three I’ve ever had on our staff… I just got done watching special teams, and it’s a typical, extremely well-coached team, where the guys go as hard as they possibly can. So I’m not surprised, but he’s one of my favorite coaches we’ve ever had and one of the best coaches.”
Next game: Ohio State plays at Nebraska at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in Lincoln. Maryland plays at Northwestern at 3:30 p.m.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL mock drafts for 2018 are out. Read predictions, players and the first-round draft order below.
Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at the quarterback position. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.
Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.
The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.
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 Kansas City 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
31. New England Patriots
32. Philadelphia Eagles
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 1:45 AM
Olympics Hockey 2018 continues Friday, Feb. 23. The men’s tournament has the semifinals next.
In the women’s tournament, USA beat Canada to win the gold medal.
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Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Hours after suffering a huge loss, one that may kill any chance of making a deep NCAA tournament run, Arizona pulled out one of its most improbable victories of the season in winning 75-65 at Oregon State.
The Wildcats announced Thursday afternoon that junior guard Allonzo Trier, their second-leading scorer, had been declared ineligible by the NCAA after testing positive for a banned substance. Per the school, which has appealed the decision, it was a re-occurrence of the substance that caused him to miss the first 19 games of last season.
Not having Trier creating offense with his perimeter shooting and penchant for getting to the line forced No. 14 Arizona (22-6, 12-3 Pac-12) to look elsewhere for production. The result was one of its most sluggish offensive outputs of the season—at least until overtime, when the Wildcats outscored Oregon State 14-4.
Here’s what we learned about Arizona, which for the foreseeable future has to go without one of its biggest playmakers.
Deandre Ayton is still the best offensive option
As explosive as Allonzo Trier can be, he has had the tendency to run cold when his shot doesn’t fall and he’s not getting the foul calls. There’s far less inconsistency when Arizona feeds its freshman big man, even when opponents collapse their entire defense on him.
Deandre Ayton finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds, going 7 of 12 from the field. He was only 2 of 6 in the field half but then started taking full advantage of his 7-foot-1 frame with 7 points in a 1:57 span midway through the second half. Several of his baskets were the result of him being in perfect position to take a missed shot from a teammate and jam it home.
Ayton, the hands-down frontrunner for Pac-12 Player of the Year, had 4 offensive rebounds as part of his 18 th double-double in 28 games.
Rawle Alkins doesn’t quit
With Allonzo Trier out, there are plenty of extra shots to go around. Sophomore wing Rawle Alkins stepped up to grab some of those available attempts, taking 11 shots.
He only made 4, and was just 2 of 9 in regulation. But a pair of huge three-pointers in overtime gave the Wildcats a much-needed cushion and they wouldn’t have gotten to the extra period had he not drained a pair of free throws—with Oregon State calling timeout before each one—with 14.2 seconds left to tie the game at 61.
Alkins’ 16 points and 8 rebounds didn’t come easy, but they also didn’t come as the result of a lack of trying.
Arizona must get more from its bench
With sophomore Dylan Smith starting in place of Allonzo Trier, Arizona had to look elsewhere for reliable bench production. It got that in the first half, as four reserves combined for 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting as the Wildcats built an 8-point halftime lead.
Arizona has more bench points in the first half tonight (14) than in 11 of its first 14 conference games.
Randolph 4 points
— Dominic Baciocco (@DominicBaciocco) February 23, 2018
That quartet was scoreless in the second half, taking only three shots, with Keanu Pinder missing a pair of free throws in a 1-point game with 5:05 left. And Smith had just 3 points on 1-of-4 shooting, all from 3-point range.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 6:55 PM
The Utah Utes scored a massive bubble win on Thursday night, beating the UCLA Bruins 84-78 for their fifth-straight victory.
UCLA dropped to 19-9 overall and 10-6 in Pac-12 play with the loss, while Utah improved to 18-9 and 10-6 respectively — the two teams are now in a tie for third place in the conference.
Here’s a look at the game’s final stats from ESPN:
UCLA may be on the outside of the bubble looking in: ESPN’s Bracketology listed UCLA as among its First Four Out group along with Texas, Washington and Penn State. With the loss, UCLA is still in pursuit of its 20th win late in the year and may be relegated to the Next Four Out group before the weekend.
Bracket Matrix listed UCLA as a No. 11 seed just before tipoff.
Utah’s NCAA Tournament chances are skyrocketing: After a Feb. 2 loss to Colorado, Utah seemed dead in the water when it came to its chances to go dancing.
Well, Thursday night’s win was Utah’s fifth in a row — a steak that includes wins over Washington and Stanford as well as the Bruins.
ESPN listed Utah among its Next Four Out group while Bracket Matrix has the Utes receiving votes. With Utah hosting USC and Colorado to finish off the regular season, the Utes could vault themselves into a berth with a strong finish.
The Bruins’ defense continues to struggle: UCLA hasn’t held a team to under 40 percent shooting from the field since a Jan. 25 victory over Cal. That’s also the last time the Bruins held a team under 60 points.
Utah shot nearly 53 percent from the field despite hoisting up 29 3-pointers. While UCLA has the offensive firepower to hang with anybody, its defense has to shore up.
Aaron Holiday, asked what it will take for UCLA to defend for 40 minutes: "I don’t know. We’ve just got to do it, pretty much. It’s that simple. We’ve just got to do it."
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) February 23, 2018
Steve Alford, asked about defense still being an issue: "Well, that’s what’s keeping us from going over the top. What are we, 19-9 and 10-6? We’ve had a very solid year, it’s been very, very good, but to take that next step we’ve got to be able to defend for 40 minutes."
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) February 23, 2018
Krystkowiak: I told our guys that I’m proud as heck to be a part of this program. It’s a big sense of pride.
— Josh Furlong (@JFurKSL) February 23, 2018
Krystkowiak: We’re in a position to control our own destiny. I heard on the radio that we’re playing for our lives. I don’t know how it will shake out. The whole concept is controlling what we can control and that was this game.
— Josh Furlong (@JFurKSL) February 23, 2018
— Utah Athletics (@utahathletics) February 23, 2018
UCLA is at Colorado on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. PT and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
As for Utah, it hosts USC on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. PT and the game will be on the Pac-12 Network.
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