Dayton Flyers one of 18 teams to have played in last four tournaments

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 1:17 PM

The Dayton Flyers are headed to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year. DAVID JABLONSKI/STAFF
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The Dayton Flyers are headed to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year. DAVID JABLONSKI/STAFF(Staff Writer)

The Dayton Flyers will head west to Indianapolis on Wednesday afternoon. It’s their first bus trip to a game this season, unless you count their secret scrimmage against Marquette in October. That game, like their 7:10 p.m. Friday game against Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA tournament, took place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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This is the first time Dayton has played in four straight NCAA tournaments. It is one of 18 teams to have played in each of the last four tournaments, according to UD. Here’s a glance at those teams and their current streaks of tournament appearances.

Kansas (28 straight appearances): This is the longest streak in tournament history. The Jayhawks broke North Carolina’s record of 27 straight appearances, set from 1975-2001.

Duke (22): This is the fourth longest streak in tournament history.

Michigan State (20): Tom Izzo took the Spartans to the NIT in his first two seasons and has made the big dance every season since.

Wisconsin, Gonzaga (19): The Badgers have had four different coaches during their streak: Dick Bennett, Brad Soderberg, the interim coach in 2000-01; Bo Ryan; and Greg Gard.

North Carolina, Cincinnati and Virginia Commonwealth (7): VCU started its streak with a Final Four appearance in 2011.

Arizona, Iowa State, Wichita State (6): Prior to this streak, the Shockers made the tournament once in the previous 23 seasons.

Oregon, Villanova (5): Villanova’s streak would be at 13 if it hadn’t missed in 2011-12.

Dayton, Baylor, Providence, Xavier, Kentucky (4): Kentucky made the tournament 17 straight years (1992-2008). Xavier’s Chris Mack has guided his team to the big dance seven times in eight seasons.

ESPN writer says Bedlam rematch in Big 12 title game could put Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in playoff

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

The Big 12 has only had one team earn an invite to the College Football Playoff since its implementation in 2014, but one writer thinks the conference could send two teams this year if the conditions are just right.

ESPN senior writer Ryan McGee said on ESPN’s “Weekday Walkthrough” on Wednesday that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State could both be selected to play in the College Football Playoff if the Big 12 Championship Game features a rematch of the “Bedlam” game between the two teams.

“If we have Bedlam one and Bedlam two – in the middle of the season and at the end of the season – there’s a chance. There’s always a chance, and if the numbers are what they are and you have two quarterbacks who coluld both be in New York for the Heisman finalist ceremony – to me, there’s absolutely a chance.” – Ryan McGee on ESPN.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State enter Big 12 play ranked No. 3 and No. 6 in the AP Top 25 poll, respectively. The teams are set to go head-to-head in Stillwater, Okla. on Nov. 4. As two of the conference heavyweights, however, many expect the Sooners and Cowboys to meet for a second time this season on Dec. 2 in the Big 12 Championship Game.

As McGee also mentioned, the Heisman Trophy hype is alive and well among both teams’ quarterbacks. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is the current favorite to win the award, at 5/2 odds. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph sits right behind Mayfield in second, with 3/1 odds of taking home college football’s most prestigious player award.

Oklahoma won the most recent Big 12 Championship Game in 2010 before it was discontinued. Oklahoma State, though the Big 12 Champion in 2011, never appeared in the conference title game during its original 14-year run. That will likely have to change this season if both the Sooners and Cowboys are to be a part of college football’s final four.

Ohio State football podcast: Offensive evolution and another hoops commit

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Get your Ohio State football fix on Inside the Shoe, brought to you by Land of 10. On the latest edition, Kyle Lamb recaps the commitment of 2018 basketball prospect Jaedon LeDee to Ohio State on Tuesday while previewing another big commitment expected Wednesday for the Buckeyes.

Kyle also shares audio from Tuesday’s football interviews, focusing on the Ohio State run-pass option and the overall pass game.

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Other topics discussed on the show Wednesday include:

  • The commitment Ohio State basketball got from 6-foot-8 forward Jaedon LeDee on Tuesday and his impact on the program.
  • A second commitment the Buckeyes are expected to receive Wednesday for 2018 and the connection he has to a former NBA standout.
  • An upcoming official visit this weekend from 6-foot-5 guard Justin Ahrens. What are Ohio State’s chances of landing a commitment?
  • The other prospects Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann is hoping to land over the next few weeks.
  • How many players in the 2018 class will the Buckeyes take?
  • A new emphasis on the run-pass option for the Buckeye offense and Ohio State’s confidence in J.T. Barrett running it.
  • How and why the short passing game is helping OSU’s overall pass game.
  • Which wide receiver Barrett spoke highly about on Tuesday and what comparison he made that turned heads with the media.

On Inside the Shoe for Thursday, Kyle will be joined by Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn to talk more Buckeye football. Also joining the show to preview the matchup Saturday against UNLV is the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Mark Anderson. There will also be further analysis of OSU’s likely commitment on Wednesday.

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Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh on red zone woes: Touchdowns ‘will come’

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Jim Harbaugh addressed No. 8 Michigan’s scoring woes on the radio Wednesday morning on 97.1 The Ticket’s Jamie and Stoney Show, saying his Wolverines are focusing on getting the ball in the end zone.

“Your job is to move the ball and score touchdowns,” he said on the air. “And put points on the board. But yeah, scoring touchdowns at a high rate, that’s something that we’re focused on and we think will come.”

Harbaugh, who’s team is last in the Big Ten in red zone touchdowns with one, said the team’s play-calling is done by committee.

To no surprise, offensive coordinator Tim Drevno and passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton have do the biggest share of calling plays.

“I’m probably third in line,” Harbaugh said.

Of course, the Wolverines have put up over 29 points in each of their three opening games, wins against Florida (33-17), Cincinnati (36-14) and Air Force (29-13), but the team is still trying to up that production as it begins its conference slate.

“We stick to our preparation and understanding where we can exploit a defense,” Harbaugh said. “The best way to do that is everybody does their job. I mean, yeah, we have confidence that we’ll be able to get those balls in the end zone.”

Tight end Ian Bunting also weighed in on the red zone problems on Tuesday, echoing Harbaugh in the need to focus and do their jobs.

The 3-0 Wolverines will have a chance to make good on their issues this weekend, but it may not be easy against a tough 2-1 Purdue squad fresh off a 35-3 drubbing of Missouri.

Harbaugh praised the Boilermakers earlier this week, saying coach Jeff Brohm and his staff should be favored for coach of the year.

The game will be broadcast on FOX at 4 p.m. on Saturday from West Lafayette. It’ll be the first meeting in five years between the two teams.


Kirk Herbstreit: Clemson is ‘arm in arm with Alabama’

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

College football analyst Kirk Herbstreit was on ESPN’s Mike & Mike show on Wednesday morning and he spoke for several minutes about the reigning national champion Clemson Tigers.

After host Mike Greenberg said Clemson has the best defense he’s seen in college football this year, based on the Tigers’ back-to-back wins against Auburn and Louisville the past two weeks, he asked his guest what he thinks of Dabo Swinney’s squad.

“The first thing I want to say, Greeny, is I just want to offer up some respect and hopefully people see what the job that Dabo Swinney is doing at Clemson,” Herbstreit said. “It’s one thing to sit here and break down X’s and O’s but as you know and it’s human nature anytime you climb the mountain and you haven’t done it in years and you get to the top it’s easy to kind of let the complacency set in. Clemson has arrived to a point, as a program, where they are arm in arm with Alabama. They are recruiting at a level that is in a different place, a different galaxy.”

Herbstreit went on to say the Clemson’s focus on character during the recruiting process has helped the Tigers’ culture.

“They are doing an incredible job of recognizing talent and, more importantly, as we’ve been talking a lot about 5-star recruits lately and their entitlement, they do a really good job of recruiting character and kids that fit their culture,” Herbstreit said. “They’ll chase guys away after a recruiting weekend because Dabo will talk to his current players and say, ‘Hey, ‘does he fit us?’ And if his players tell him, no, he doesn’t, and he’s a 5-star who runs a 4.3, Dabo will not continue to recruit him.

“So what they do is they have found a formula that works for them, not only for how fast he is and how strong he is but does he fit our kind of guy. And if the answer is no, they will not recruit him. That’s just background information to know why this paw, this orange and while and purple team just continues to play the way they have. It’s by design.”

As for the undefeated Tigers on the field, after three wins, Herbstreit said there is a lot to like, from new quarterback Kelly Bryant’s performance so far to the talented defense led by defensive coordinator Brent Venables to the attitude the Clemson squad returned with this season after winning the national championship a year ago.

“This team is going to execute in a different way,” Herbstreit said. “They are going to run the football more effectively than when they had Deshaun Watson. Will they continue to be able to throw will be the one mystery as they get into some of the tougher games but I think the answer is gonna be yes.

“They are clearly, in my opinion, the team to beat in the ACC. They look like they are headed back to the playoff. Their defense is frightening. That defensive line, the linebackers, the safeties, the corners. Brent Venables is maybe one of the best defensive minds in the last three years. So everything is there. Most importantly, even though they won a championship last year, somehow they found a way to play with a chip on their shoulder. They are mad at everybody and that’s always a good thing when you play football.”