Dayton Flyers arrive in Indianapolis for NCAA Tournament

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 8:42 PM

Dayton’s Scoochie Smith leaves the bus after the team arrived in Indianapolis on March 15, 2017. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton’s Scoochie Smith leaves the bus after the team arrived in Indianapolis on March 15, 2017. David Jablonski/Staff

Ben Sander would know better than anyone in the Dayton Flyers program the last time the team took a bus to a road game. The second-year graduate assistant manager from Cincinnati handles all the travel plans. He knows when the team has to leave. He knows when it will return. He plans meals and practice times, you name it.

“I make sure if something goes wrong,” Sander said earlier this season, “I have a plan in place. I want to put our guys in a good situation to have a smooth trip so they can just focus on the game.”

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Sander got straight to work in the lobby of the Omni Severin Hotel at 7 p.m. Wednesday after Dayton arrived in Indianapolis in advance of a 7:10 p.m. Friday game against Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. First he had to answer one question.

“When was the last time you bused to a game?” a reporter asked.

“The Duquesne game last season,” Sander said.

That was Jan. 2, 2016. The Flyer didn’t play well that day, making 3 of 25 3-pointers, though they won 66-58.

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Coach Archie Miller decided this season to fly to Pittsburgh for the Duquesne game because they had such a short turnaround from the previous game three days earlier at Massachusetts. The Flyers did play well at Duquesne this time, winning 76-57 on Jan. 14. That’s one reason they flew to Pittsburgh last week for the Atlantic 10 tournament.

There was no reason to fly to Indianapolis. It’s as close as UD has played to home since it played at Miami on Dec. 3, 2014. That doesn’t count a secret scrimmage against Marquette in October of this season when the Flyers got a look at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Little did they know they would be back for the biggest game of the season.

WATCH: Dayton makes final preparations for NCAA Tournament on Friday vs. Wichita State.

Dayton is 5-6 all time in Indianapolis. It last played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which used to be called Conseco Fieldhouse, in 2001. The Flyers beat Purdue 83-72. Dayton played one game at the Pacers’ previous home, Market Square Arena, losing 69-66 to Evansville in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference tournament in 1993.

Miller called Indianapolis a great city and was glad the team had an easy trip to the big dance.

“We had a couple good workouts leading into it,” he said after arriving. “We’ll get settled in tonight and really start to dive into some film with the team. Tomorrow will be a jam-packed day with media and all that. But this is the fun part for the team.”

UD TOURNAMENT LEGENDS: Negele Knight in 1990; Roosevelt Chapman in 1984; Mike Sylvester in 1974; Don May in 1967; Hank Finkel in 1966.

The Flyers (24-7) are a No. 7 seed in the South Region. Their preparation for No. 10 seed Wichita State (30-4) began Sunday as soon as the selection show ended.

Work will continue with a 4:25 p.m. practice Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the home of the Indiana Pacers. Former Flyer Brian Roberts played there Wednesday night with the Charlotte Hornets.

Dayton’s practice is open to the public. Fans can attend for free. They won’t see Dayton giving away its game plan. That kind of work takes place away from the court.

“You have to prepare your team to do what you’ve done all year the best you possibly can,” Miller said. “Like we told them the other day, at this time of the year, playing good isn’t good enough. You have to play great.”

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You can't buy the gloves Tom Brady is wearing

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 3:58 AM

Tom Brady's glove is produced specially for NFL players.
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Tom Brady's glove is produced specially for NFL players.(Boston25News.com)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady deflected questions about why he wore gloves to an indoor media conference Friday, but Under Armour answered a simple question about them.

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An attempt to locate the gloves on the Under Armour website proved fruitless, and a query to the athletic apparel company revealed why.

The brand Brady wears is not available to the general public. 

“Thank you for reaching out,” Under Armour said in an email. “The exact glove that Tom is wearing in the picture is a glove that is only offered to Under Armour's NFL players.”

>> Patriots’ Tom Brady ‘not talking about’ possible hand injury

The company explained a similar glove available for purchase contains “HeatGear back of hand for moisture management and a compression like feel.” 

A spokesman for Under Armour added, “we are hopeful the additional exposure of the gloves will lead to an uptick in sales.”

Patriots’ Tom Brady ‘not talking about’ possible hand injury

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:26 AM

Tom Brady met with the media Friday but was tight-lipped about his hand injury.
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Tom Brady met with the media Friday but was tight-lipped about his hand injury.(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke to the media Friday amid wild speculation about his status after a hand injury was listed earlier in the week. 

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“We'll see,” he said when asked about his status for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Brady was spotted at practice Friday wearing red gloves on both of his hands, but it wasn't clear if he worked out with the team. 

The issues began Wednesday when Brady was included on the Patriots injury report. He met with medical staff while his teammates and coach Bill Belichick spoke with the media. 

When asked why he was wearing gloves, he responded, “I've worn them before.” 

He declined to discuss his injury or anything about practice. 

“Why are you wearing gloves inside?” one reporter asked. 

“She (reporter) already asked that,” Brady said.

Brady’s teammates, including center David Andrews and backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, avoided the issue. 

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reported Brady jammed his hand during practice and X-rays showed no structural damage.

Brady was listed on the Patriots’ injury report as non-participant at practice Thursday and canceled a second media availability later that day.

Brady has missed practices this season due to various minor injuries, but has not missed any games due to injury since 2008. 

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/19/2018)

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 mock drafts are showing up in as NFL Playoffs play conference title games this Sunday. Find 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.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Connor Williams Texas OT
3 Indianapolis Colts Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
4 Cleveland Browns Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame G
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Josh Rosen UCLA QB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DL
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Derwin James Florida State DB
10 Oakland Raiders Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
11 Miami Dolphins Roquan Smith Georgia LB
12 Cincinnati Bengals Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
13 Washington Redskins Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
14 Green Bay Packers Joshua Jackson Iowa DB
15 Arizona Cardinals Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Denzel Ward Ohio State DB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Orlando Brown Oklahoma OL
18 Seattle Seahawks James Washington Oklahoma State WR
19 Dallas Cowboys Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
20 Detroit Lions Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
21 Buffalo Bills Josh Allen Wyoming QB
22 Buffalo Bills Arden Key LSU DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
24 Carolina Panthers Maurice Hurst Michigan DL
25 Tennessee Titans Sam Hubbard Ohio State DL
26 Atlanta Falcons Vita Vea Washington DL
27 New Orleans Saints Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Harold Landry Boston College LB
30 Philadelphia Eagles Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
31 Minnesota Vikings Billy Price Ohio State OL
32 New England Patriots Derrius Guice LSU RB

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Mel Kiper

1 Cleveland Browns Josh Allen Wyoming QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Bradley Chubb NC State DE
4 Cleveland Browns Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Sam Darnold USC QB
6 New York Jets Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
8 Chicago Bears Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
12 Cincinnati Bengals Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech LB
13 Washington Redskins Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
14 Green Bay Packers Marcus Davenport USA DE
15 Arizona Cardinals Josh Jackson Iowa CB
16 Baltimore Ravens Brian O’Neill Pittsburgh OT
17 Los Angeles Chargers Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Derwin James Florida State S
19 Dallas Cowboys Vita Vea Washington DT
20 Detroit Lions Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE
21 Buffalo Bills Mike Hughes UCF CB
22 Buffalo Bills Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
23 Los Angeles Rams Carlton Davis Auburn CB
24 Carolina Panthers Billy Price Ohio State C/G
25 Tennessee Titans Harold Landry Boston College OLB
26 Atlanta Falcons Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
27 New Orleans Saints Courtland Suttin SMU WR DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Rashaan Evans Alabama ILB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Kolton Miller UCLA OT
31 Minnesota Vikings Connor Williams Texas OT
32 New England Patriots Rasheem Green USC DE

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
4 Cleveland Browns (from Texans) Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Connor Williams Texas OT
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DE
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Derwin James Florida State S
12 Cincinnati Bengals Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
13 Washington Redskins Josh Allen Wyoming QB
14 Green Bay Packers Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
15 Arizona Cardinals Lamar Jackson Louisville QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Derrius Guice LSU RB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Vita Vea Washington DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
19 Dallas Cowboys James Washington Oklahoma State WR
20 Detroit Lions Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
21 Buffalo Bills Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
22 Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs) Harrison Phillips Stanford DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Joshua Jackson Iowa CB
24 Carolina Panthers Anthony Miller Memphis WR
25 Tennessee Titans Taven Bryan Florida DT
26 Atlanta Falcons Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
27 New Orleans Saints Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
31 New England Patriots Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
32 Minnesota Vikings Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections for 2018 NFL Draft

Sports Illustrated’s NFL executive-vetted projection

1 Sam Darnold USC QB
2 Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
3 Josh Rosen UCLA QB
4 Bradley Chubb NC State DE
5 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
6 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
7 Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
8 Connor Williams Texas OT
9 Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Josh Allen Wyoming QB
11 Derwin James Florida State S
12 Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
13 Courtland Sutton SMU WR
14 Harold Landry Boston College DE
15 Roquan Smith Georgia LB
16 Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
17 Christian Wilkins Clemson DT
18 Tarvarus McFadden Florida State CB
19 Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
20 Clelin Ferrell Clemson DE/LB
21 Austin Bryant Clemson DE/LB
22 Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
23 Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE/LB
24 Arden Key LSU DE
25 Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT
26 Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State DT
27 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
28 Derrius Guice LSU RB
29 Isaiah Oliver Colorado CB
30 Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
31 Damien Harris Alabama RB
32 James Washington Oklahoma State WR

2018 NFL Draft: First round order

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

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Oklahoma State among teams with significant threat of regression in 2018

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:09 PM

Oklahoma State boasted one of the most prolific offenses in 2017, riding the unit’s success to a third straight 10-win season.

Of course, all good things must come to an end. With the departure of quarterback Mason Rudolph and two of his top targets — wide receivers Marcell Ateman and James Washington — this offseason, it’s the end of an era in Stillwater.

And while the Cowboys will bring in four-star dual threat quarterback Spencer Sanders from Denton, Texas, Oklahoma State could still be facing significant growing pains in 2018.

Bleacher Report had the Cowboys on a list that no team wants to be a part of: the teams that could regress the most in 2018.

It’s not unfathomable either, given the loss of talent that Mike Gundy is facing this offseason.

The offense isn’t alone in enduring significant departures. The Cowboys will also lose defensive tackle and 2017 team sack-leader DeQuinton Osborne.

It’s not to say that Oklahoma State will be void of talent. Yahoo Sports had the Cowboys all the way up at No. 13 in the absurdly early preseason top-25 for 2018 — higher than their No. 14 finish in the AP Top 25 poll this past season.

But if the Cowboys intend to win a conference title and perhaps even more, 2018 likely won’t be the year that fans in Stillwater see their dream come true.

Then again, we do play the games for a reason. And who knows what tricks the man with the mullet might have up his sleeve.