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Dayton Flyers Digest: What we learned from the latest round of interviews

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 5:09 PM

Dayton Flyers freshman Jordan Davis talked to the media Thursday.
Dayton Flyers freshman Jordan Davis talked to the media Thursday.

The Dayton Flyers returned from a few days off practice to begin getting ready for a visit from Georgia State on Saturday night. 

Here is a rundown of what they had to say during interviews with the local media: 


  • After losing three of their last four games, the Flyers are concentrating on themselves and what they need to do to improve. Energy and effort and accountability on defense were lacking against Penn in a loss last Saturday. That has been addressed. 
  • His players need to understand how hard they need to play consistently and to work on defense both collectively and individually. 
  • “I think we have to mature as a basketball team with the choices and decisions we make on the floor, in the locker room, in practice. All those areas. As a young basketball team,w e just have to learn. It’s a growth process.” 
  • He remembers battles with Georgia State coach Ron Hunter when he was playing at Miami (Ohio) and Grant was a Flyer in the mid-80s. (Hunter is a Dayton native who played at Chaminade Julienne.) 

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  • He has a lot of respect for Hunter as a coach. He’s been successful at his previous stops and built a good program at Georgia State. 
  • Grant called GSU’s sophomore point guard a guy on the NBA radar. (He didn’t use his name, but he probably meant D’Marcus Simonds.)
  • Defensively, the Panthers will mix things up, including calling on a matchup zone, and they have some offensive players who are dangerous. 
  • As far as positives, Grant likes his team’s leadership. Praised Darrell Davis and Josh Cunningham. He’s looking for more consistency from other players young and old. Those two impress him with the way they practice and prepare. 
  • He knew Jordan Davis could score from seeing him in the summer. “He’s a guy to me as he gets more comfortable and understands the game more he can be more aggressive and more assertive in terms of scoring the basketball and providing our team with that gift, that weapon.” 
  • Xeyrius Williams has returned to practice after missing time with a back injury. They hope he’ll be available this weeknd if he doesn’t have any setbacks. He’s a veteran and it’s been good to have him back. 
  • Regarding Hunter, he remembered Hunter liked to gloat when his Redskins won but was hard to find when they lost to the Flyers. Now each of them only tend to remember the games they won. 
  • Grant also pointed out Hunter got to play with “some guy named Ron Harper. He was a pretty good player.” After laughing, Grant said Hunter is a great guy. “I’m happy for him and the success he’s enjoying.” 
  • He’s coached against Hunter’s teams in the past. This game was scheduled after Grant was hired because it’s good for strength of schedule. Thinks they will contend for their conference championship and have a high RPI, which is good for the Flyers. 
  • Grant sounded happy the schedule has turned out to be pretty tough. That was the plan. It helps them have more opportunities at the end of the season if they win. Right now they need to work on themselves and improve. 


  • He is just trying to get better every day and to learn from his mistakes. 
  • He has been adjusting to being a role player instead of a star like he was in high school, but that hasn’t been too hard.  
  • The Flyers have to keep playing through ups and downs. Good things happen when they play hard. 
  • Davis is glad to be able to just focus on basketball now during winter break. 
  • Everybody is skilled, fast and strong at this level, so he has to take advantage of small things, scouting reports, etc. 
  • Not that hard getting to know each other’s games because they’ve been plaing together since the summer. 
  • He feels more comfortable with every passing day. 
  • Everything was pretty foreign at first but now he’s more comfortable with the team and the concepts they play. 
  • He might have had a little homesickness but he is really comfortable here. 
  • He will miss seeing his family for Christmas but that’s OK. 
  • He agreed having time to focus more on basketball during break could be good for them. 

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/15/2018)

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 is close, especially with the NFL Playoffs set with its conference championship games next. Find a 2018 NFL mock draft 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 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
8 Chicago Bears Bradley Chubb NC State DL
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 Orlando Brown Oklahoma OL
13 Washington Redskins Courtland Sutton SMU 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 Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
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 Jacksonville Jaguars Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
27 Atlanta Falcons Vita Vea Washington DL
28 New Orleans Saints Harold Landry Boston College LB
29 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas 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: 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





What Bill Self said after Kansas’ comeback win over West Virginia

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 6:41 PM

No. 10 Kansas secured one of its most valuable wins of the season to date on Monday night, beating No. 6 West Virginia on the road 71-66.

The Jayhawks were paced in scoring by Svi Mykailiuk’s 17 points, while Devonte Graham added 16 and Udoka Azubuike dropped 10 despite playing in foul trouble for most of the night.

Here’s what Kansas head coach Bill Self had to say after the 16-point comeback win:

From Jayhawk IMG Radio Network Postgame Show

On winning at West Virginia

“It’s one of the toughest wins we’ve ever had since we’ve been here. We didn’t play well early, we were on our heels.”

On the play of Kansas’ offense

“I thought we got some great looks in the second half. We’ll have to make some shots to be good offensively. We didn’t shoot a lot of free throws early, but we got there in the second half.”

On Devonte Graham’s steal, layup late in the second half

“That was a huge play. If I’m not mistaken, that was Jevon Carter’s fourth foul. He’s terrific. For him not to be in the game was huge for us. For him having to go to bench for 3 or 4 minutes, we went up 3 or 4.”

On Sagaba Konate’s blocks in the first half

“We didn’t look smart taking it at Konate early in the game. But over the course of time, our mindset is what won us the game.”

On Silvio De Sousa’s play in the first half

“Silvio gave us some good minutes in the first half. He’s just not ready to have that poise late.”

Postgame Press Conference

On wearing a pullover during the game

On the value of beating West Virginia


Nebraska basketball tops Illinois on last-second 3-pointer

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 6:39 PM

James Palmer Jr.-Nebraska basketball-Illinois-Big Ten

Nebraska hoops got a 64-63 win in a wild one with Illinois on Monday night thanks to a last-second 3-pointer from James Palmer Jr.

Trailing 63-61 after a four-point play on a three and a free throw from the Fighting Illini’s Michael Finke, Palmer took a pass from Glynn Watson Jr. and lofted up a contested three that fell with .03 seconds left in the game.

Watch it and some reactions here:

Here’s the radio call for it:

And some fan/media videos:

And here are final stats between the two teams. Palmer Jr. Finished with a team and game-high 24, but none were as important as the last bucket.


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Jayhawks complete wild comeback for win at West Virginia; 3 things we learned

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 6:21 PM

A furious effort from Devonte Graham and Co. pushed No. 10 Kansas back from a 16-point deficit to beat No. 6 West Virginia 71-66 on Big Monday.

The win moves the Jayhawks to 15-3 overall and 5-1 in Big 12 play, while West Virginia fell to 15-3 and 4-2 respectively.

Svi Mykhailiuk led the Jayhawks with 17 points, 9 coming from behind the arc. Graham added 16 pints on an efficient 5-of-9 shooting, while Udoka Azubuike dropped in 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Here’s 3 things we learned from the Jayhawks’ biggest win of the year, as well as their first win in Morgantown in their last 5 tries:

1. Graham is the Big 12’s most valuable leader

Kansas had looked shaky against Iowa State and Kansas State at home last week, leading many to believe the Jayhawks were due for a loss in Morgantown. Through the game’s first 30 minutes, that looked to be true.

It was a steal, followed by an old-school 3-point play from Graham in the second half with 8:02 to play that cut a 10-point deficit down to 7. That was the spark Kansas needed, and it was only going to come from their leader.

Graham is one of the nation’s best point guards. His ability to overcome a hostile environment and deliver a signature moment was the biggest reason Kansas earned its most significant win of the year.

2. Azubuike needs to stay out of foul trouble

For the second-straight game, Udoka Azubuike was an unsung hero for the Jayhawks. He finished the game a perfect 5-of-5 form the field while seemingly being the only player capable of handling Sagaba Konate in the paint.

Over the last 2 games, Azubuike is 13-of-14 from the field for 28 points. That efficiency alone hedges the struggles Kansas’ halfcourt offense experiences at times.

The big man fouled out of the game late, but played a long stretch of Jayhawks’ comeback with 4 fouls. Kansas needs him to stay on the floor without having his hands tied in big games.

3. The Jayhawks are starting to show why history matters

On paper, West Virginia is more talented than Kansas. So is Texas Tech, and so is Oklahoma.

But none of those teams has 13 consecutive Big 12 titles to its name.

Kansas has won each of its last 3 games by a combined 10 points while remaining atop the conference standings. No matter how well Trae Young plays, or how complete a roster Texas Tech has, or how furious the Mountaineers’ defense is, the road to a Big 12 title still runs through Lawrence.