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Dayton Flyers freshman making big strides in practice

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo, center, watches a game against Vanderbilt on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at UD Arena.
Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo, center, watches a game against Vanderbilt on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at UD Arena.

One member of the Dayton Flyers was not with the team Thursday in Indianapolis as it prepared for a 7:10 p.m. Friday game against Wichita State in the NCAA tournament. Freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo can’t travel with the team because of NCAA rules regarding partial qualifiers.

The 6-foot-10 Antetokounmpo started practicing at the start of the second semester. Coaches and players have had time to get a good look at him and are excited by what they’ve seen. He’ll make his debut on the court next season.

“One thing is Kostas has done a great job in the weight room since the break when he got fully incorporated into our team,” assistant coach Tom Ostrom said. “He’s gained close to 15 pounds of muscle. He’s lifting in a different program than anyone else on the team since he’s not playing. He’s lifting five days a week with Pat (O’Neal). He’s done a really good job getting bigger and stronger in practice.”

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It took Antetokounmpo a little bit of time to get used to the pace of practice, Ostrom said, but he’s adapted well.

“He’s really picked up the offense,” Ostrom said. “He has great instincts on defense. He can really move his feet. He has a knack for blocking shots. Guys will go up for layups and have their man beat, and Kostas will come out of the blue from the weak side to block the shot into the wall. All the coaches look at each other: ‘Where did he come from?’ He’s working really hard on his jump shot. He’s got to get his base strong, his legs stronger for the physicality of the game.”

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Antetokounmpo is the brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks star who started in the NBA All-Star Game in February. Kostas attended the game with his other two brothers, Thanasis and Alex. All the brothers were born in Greece and moved to Milwaukee after Giannis was drafted by the Bucks.

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Sophomore point guard John Crosby said Kostas and Giannis look identical on the floor. Trey Landers, the only other freshman on the team, said Kostas wants to write his own legacy at Dayton, even though comparisons to his brother are inevitable.

“Obviously, his brother is in the league and he has a lot of popularity because of his brother, but he wants popularity of his own,” Landers said. “I just think next year when he’s able to unleash what he’s got built in right now, it’s going to be crazy.”

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Landers described Antetokounmpo as a different breed.

“He’s a 6-10, 6-11 guard,” Landers said. “It’s hard to find those. He’ll have a lot of fire with him next year, and you guys are going to see a great player.”

“He’s going to be great for our team,” Crosby said. “He’s got a lot of length. He’s somebody who can protect the rim. He can do a lot of different things. He can do probably whatever coach asks him. He’s going to be physically able to do it.”

Florida commit says he will do ‘cartwheels’ if Gators hire Chip Kelly

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 9:11 PM

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dameon Pierce was one of three Florida commits in attendance Saturday for the Gators’ 37-6 win over UAB.

The 4-star running back from Bainbridge, Ga., is still planning to sign with UF on Dec. 20 and enroll early the following month. However, that commitment is contingent on Florida hiring a big-name coach and retaining Gators assistant Ja’Juan Seider — Pierce’s primary recruiter.

Pierce wasn’t shy about his support for Chip Kelly’s candidacy.

“Man look, if Chip Kelly comes here, I’m gonna hit cartwheels,” Pierce said. “I grew up an Oregon fan, I grew up a Chip Kelly fan. If Chip Kelly comes here, that’s icing on the ice cake.”

Pierce added that Kelly would be his No. 1 choice for the job.

“Of course,” he said when asked. “Unless we get Nick Saban, which ain’t happening.”

Florida commit Jaleel McRae, a 2019 safety from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., is also on the Kelly bandwagon after doing some research last week on the former Oregon coach

“Hopefully they bring in Chip,” McRae said. “If they bring in Chip, the offense is going to be rolling. Florida is going to always have defense. It doesn’t matter who the DC is going to be.

“I looked up on YouTube just about Chip Kelly and I loved the way he carried himself. He’s the man. If he comes here, he’ll be the man for the Florida Gators.”

Rain, storms knock out lights at Neyland, create wild scene for Tennessee-LSU game

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 9:11 PM

Things are getting pretty wild at Neyland Stadium, as a huge rain storm has turned Neyland Stadium into a water park.

A rain storm knocked out some of the lights on the field, as it is literally raining sideways.

Sportswriters covering the game produced some pretty wild pictures from the stadium.

Things got so bad that Tennessee had huge problems fielding the opening kickoff of the second half.

But if there’s one person who loves playing in this game, it’s Ed Orgeron, who gave a passionate speech with an ESPN reporter before the start of the second half.

LSU leads 17-10. But the conditions mean that almost anything can happen.

Fan Sound Off: Bring on Clemson? South Carolina fans confident after beating Wofford

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 9:11 PM

South Carolina football

Jake Bentley was the story as South Carolina dealt Wofford a 31-10 loss during Week 12 action in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday.

Bentley threw for 194 yards and a touchdown and found the end zone with a pair of 1-yard rushing scores.

Bryan Edwards hauled in 90 receiving yards, including a 23-yard touchdown catch. A.J. Turner led the Gamecocks with 69 yards on the ground and a 2-yard touchdown run.

Coach Will Muschamp’s squad raised its overall mark to 8-3 (5-3 SEC) and now prepares to take on No. 2 Clemson in the season finale next week.

After the win against the Terriers, Gamecocks fans were feeling somewhat confident when it comes to facing the Tigers.

Check out what South Carolina fans are saying about the performance and join the conversation here.

Note: Comments are taken verbatim from South Carolina Gamecocks — SEC Country and only edited for spelling.

Scott Sinisi: Wonder what excuse people will find to hate on (offensive coordinator Kurt) Roper? Man called a great game, we easily could’ve scored 50+ if we were trying to.

Brad Cain Jr.: No way we were going to score 50 after watching that horribly called 1st quarter. I just hope to god roper doesnt try to gunsling it early against clemsux.

Erwin Ross: Great game, improvements each and every game!

Dallas P Williams: Defense showed up at least most of the time…pitiful against the run.

Dorothy E Bryant: Wayyyy to go gamecocksßs NATION STAND UPPPP 😁

Willie Bryant: Great win. Go Cocks! Beat Clemson😀

Kurt Kauffeld: Bring on Clemson. We’ll give them a run for the money!!

Allen Pace: Good job. Now grab them tigers by the tail.

Roddy Fleming: Well I guess we will see who the real team in South Carolina will be next week.

Les Schafer: This has been a great season with improvement in each and every game. Defense has really come on and the offense has overcome a rash of season ending injuries. Hats off to Coach his staff and the team. Beat Clemson may not be a dream after all. GO COCKS.

Mackenizie Bolo Driggers: Good game. I was there, but they can’t play like they did against Clemson and hope to win. But good game keep getting better.

Cindy Smith Cravens: Lets go and Beat Clemson!

Jeffrey Ashley: That’s a little better Roper. Great Win!

Paul Arena: Time for a top 25 rating GO COCKS

Marty Harris: They were too relaxed, but that triple option cured that.

William Wagner: One more left, wooohooo…

Frank Singleton: Next week Clemson.

Libby Hudson: What a great win. Way to go Gamecocks!!!🏈🏈

Valerie Mathis Remsen: SPURS UP!!!!

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Kansas’ Hasan Defense: Late hit on Mayfield ‘something I shouldn’t have done’

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 9:11 PM

Kansas cornerback Hasan Defense apologized for his late hit on Baker Mayfield after the game on Saturday.

The play drew a roughing the passer penalty, but many thought Defense should’ve been ejected. 

In the postgame press conference, Defense said he regretted hitting Mayfield, and stressed that it wasn’t intentional.

“I was just trying to make a play. I was just in the heat of the moment,” Defense said. “It was a boneheaded play by me, something I shouldn’t have done. At that point in time I didn’t realize how much longer after the ball was gone that I hit him. It was just a bad mistake by me.”

Defense also talked about the jawing between Kansas players and Baker Mayfield, which escalated several times throughout the game.

“We know the type of quarterback he is, the type of person he is. So we just, you know, you gotta step up.”

Watch all of Defense’s comments below: