Dayton Flyers Top 10: Fun facts you might not know about 2017-18 team

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 3:40 PM

Second-half highlights: Dayton vs. Ohio Dominican

The Dayton Flyers walked down the tunnel to Tom Blackburn Court at UD Arena on Saturday before an exhibition game against Ohio Dominican the same way they have done the past three seasons.

The players draped their arms around each other’s shoulders and sang the whole way. If they ever stop this tradition, the echoes will remain. That’s how loud they are — or #LOWD, if you’re in that new tradition.

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Fans don’t get to see the Flyers sing and dance very often, unless it’s via video. Here are 10 other fun facts fans might not know about Dayton basketball heading into the 2017-18 season, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday against Ball State at UD Arena:

1. Youth movement: According to the NCAA, only seven teams return fewer than 2,000 minutes played from the 2016-17 season. Dayton, with 2,020 minutes returning from last season, almost falls into a group that includes: Pittsburgh (648); Kentucky (890); Austin Peay (1,392); Robert Morris (1,612); Iowa State (1,728); James Madison (1,881); and Chattanooga (1,909).

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Graduated senior Scoochie Smith led the Flyers with 1,000 minutes last season (31.3 per game). Of Dayton’s returning players, Xeyrius Williams played the most minutes (728). He’s followed by Darrell Davis (644), John Crosby (424), Josh Cunningham (162), Trey Landers (52), Joey Gruden (7) and Jack Westerfield (3).

WHIO’s Larry Hansgen, left, and Bucky Bockhorn broadcast the Flyers’ victory over Fordham in the second round of the A-10 tournament on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

2. Bucky’s back: Dayton basketball legend Bucky Bockhorn begins 46th year calling Flyer games on the radio. That’s the longest tenure of any team analyst in the country, according to UD.

Bockhorn ranks ahead of Wyoming’s Kevin McKinney (38 years) and Wichita State’s Dave Dahl (37). Both of those analysts only work home games.

3. Legendary pair: Bockhorn and play-by-play man Larry Hansgen are working together on WHIO Radio for the 35th straight year. That’s the third-longest streak in the country behind Pittsburgh’s Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat (39 years) and Wichita State’s Mike Kennedy and Dahl (37).

Dayton against Ohio Dominican on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at UD Arena.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

4. Foreign flavor: Dayton has two European players on the roster at the same time for the first time in school history: redshirt freshman forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, of Greece, and freshman forward Matej Svoboda, of the Czech Republic. Both played in front of fans at UD Arena for the first time Saturday in a 79-61 victory.

5. And counting: This is the 110th season of Dayton basketball. The program’s all-time mark stands at 1,610-1,086 (.597).

Dayton ranks 41st in NCAA history in victories. It moved into the top 50 in winning percentage (.597) this season. It’s tied for 50th.

Dayton against Saint Louis on Feb. 14, 2017, at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.

6. Record hunt: Dayton won 102 games in the last four seasons, setting a school record for victories in a four-year span. To break that record — and give the senior class of Darrell Davis and Joey Gruden the distinction of being the winningest class in school history — Dayton will have to win 27 games this season.

The NCAA record for victories in a four-year span belongs to Duke (133-15, 1997-01).

7. Streak chase: Dayton split the Atlantic 10 Conference title with Virginia Commonwealth and St. Bonaventure in 2016 and won the title outright last season. The last A-10 team to win or share at least three regular-season titles in a row was Xavier, which won or shared five in a row from 2006-10.

8. March goals: Dayton has played in the NCAA tournament four straight years. That’s a school record. Dayton had never played in the big dance more than two straight years until this streak. Nineteen schools have played in the last four NCAA tournaments.

9. Last man: Only one person who sits on the Dayton bench has been there for each of the past four seasons: athletic trainer Mike Mulcahey. This is his fifth season with the program..

Anthony Grant: Postgame press conference after exhibition game

10. New coach: Anthony Grant is Dayton’s 20th head coach. A 20-win season would move him into 10th place in career wins.

Three of the last five Dayton head coaches went to the NCAA tournament in their first seasons. Don Donoher’s team was 22-7 and reached the Sweet 16 in 1965. Jim O’Brien was 22-10 and reached the second round in 1990. Brian Gregory was 24-9 in 2004 and lost in the first round.

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Michigan officially hires former Florida coach Jim McElwain

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:09 AM

Jim McElwain’s move to Michigan is official.

On Tuesday, the Wolverines announced that the former Florida coach had joined their staff as a wide receivers coach. McElwain had been out of work since parting ways with the Gators in October. He finished with a 22-12 record at the school, highlighted by two bowl appearances and a pair of SEC East titles.

“I am excited to work with this offensive staff and Coach Harbaugh,” McElwain said in a release. “There are a lot of great offensive minds in that coaching room and I look forward to learning from them.”

McElwain’s addition to coach Jim Harbaugh’s staff had been rumored for a while. On Saturday, ESPN’s Chris Low reported that McElwain had signed a deal to join the Michigan staff.

Despite his struggles in Gainesville, McElwain is known as a strong offensive mind. He served as an offensive coordinator at Fresno State (2007) and Alabama (2008-11) before becoming Colorado State’s coach from 2012-14. He arrived at Florida before the 2015 season, and his best year there came that season, when the Gators posted a 10-4 record.

Michigan is in need of an offensive boost. The Wolverines have averaged 50th or worse in scoring offense in two of Harbaugh’s three seasons in Ann Arbor.

McElwain parted ways with the Gators last fall after failing to provide proof that he and his family received  death threats. He was believed to have accepted a  partial settlement of his $12.9 million buyout.

Michigan finished 8-5 last season.

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Louisville basketball team stripped of 2013 NCAA title

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:02 PM

The Louisville Cardinals won the 2013 NCAA basketball title in Indianapolis.
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The Louisville Cardinals won the 2013 NCAA basketball title in Indianapolis.(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The NCAA stripped the University of Louisville of its 2013 national basketball title and mandated that the school must vacate 123 wins between 2011 and 2015, the organization said on its website Tuesday. The decision by an NCAA panel denied the Cardinals' appeals in a sex scandal case.

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The NCAA’s appeals committee also upheld the Division I Committee’s decision in June 2017 to require the university to return money it received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in NCAA basketball tournaments during 2012 and 2013, when the Cardinals appeared in the Final Four; and tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015.

It is the first time in modern Division I men's basketball history that a championship was vacated. The Louisville-Courier Journal reported.

The decision ended a two-year process that began after a book published by Katina Powell sparked an NCAA probe in October 2015. In “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” Powell alleged that former Louisville basketball staff member Andre McGee paid women thousands of dollars and gave them game tickets to dance for and have sex with players and recruits, the Courier-Journal reported.

Louisville officials imposed a postseason ban for the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments, and then added recruiting sanctions after confirming Powell’s allegations, the Courier Journal reported. Former coach Rick Pitino was suspended for five conference games and appealed the ruling. Pitino dropped the appeal after he was fired in October 2017 after an FBI investigation into college basketball recruiting practices included allegations against the school, the Courier-Journal reported.

In its appeal, Louisville argued that the penalties were “excessive,” the NCAA said. 

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Ohio State football: Picking early leaders for breakout candidates in 2018

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

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During the week, Land of 10 reporters following the Buckeyes address pressing questions on the minds of the Ohio State fan base with our daily feature. To ask Austin Ward a question, follow along on Twitter and suggest a topic right here. Check back Monday through Friday as we dive into the Ohio State Question of the Day. Go here to see all of our previous answers.

On a team with so much returning talent, predicting some true off-the-radar breakout performers for Ohio State this season is a little tricky. Particularly on offense, the vast majority of the production seems likely to come from players who have prior experience with the football in their hands ― and the safest pick defensively is somebody who also has flashed his enormous potential when given a chance to come off the bench. But even with that caveat, the leading contenders at this point heading into spring ball for me are Parris Campbell and Chase Young.

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Parris Campbell could have moved on to the NFL, but instead he’s preparing for what should be a huge year at Ohio State. (Land of 10/file photo)

Campbell is intriguing because at times last season, he did emerge into the kind of game-changing factor the Buckeyes envisioned last year. In other instances, he didn’t quite have the impact needed in that critical H-back role in coach Urban Meyer’s power-spread offense. A big part of the issue, of course, was Campbell dealing with a concussion  in the middle of the season and the time he missed. It’s also a tribute to him that the Ohio State offense didn’t look the same without him on the field. Maybe if Campbell had stayed completely healthy, he’d already be heading to the NFL instead of coming back looking for the kind of consistent star turn that everybody in the program believes he’s capable of delivering. After 50 combined catches and rushing attempts with 4 touchdowns, Campbell isn’t exactly a mystery. But he’s now poised to become a household name with his potential and the position he plays.

Defensively, there was a temptation to not go with such an obvious choice. Malik Harrison is going to be a major factor at linebacker and Jeffrey Okudah could really take off in the secondary this season, but Young’s incredible upside is just too much to ignore. On top of that, Ohio State will be putting him in prime spots to succeed on the opposite side of the defensive line from Nick Bosa, which should give the freakish pass-rusher no shortage of one-on-one opportunities to get to the quarterback. Based on the disruptive ability he showed in limited playing time off the bench with 3.5 sacks as a freshman, Young could do some truly scary things for the Buckeyes as a sophomore.

Both those players are going to need some company in the spotlight, of course. And with Ohio State loaded up with more than enough talent to defend the Big Ten title and get back to the College Football Playoff, it’s a safe bet that more breakout Buckeyes will join them.

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Auburn basketball bracketology: Where Tigers are projected for NCAA Tournament after South Carolina loss

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

AUBURN, Ala. — Last week, it looked like Auburn basketball was about to play its way into the No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament.

But after several top teams fell, the Tigers took their own tough loss with a 9-point defeat at struggling South Carolina. Even worse, Auburn lost starting center Anfernee McLemore for the season with a serious injury to his left leg.

After beating Kentucky and then losing to South Carolina, where is Auburn projected now for its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 15 years?

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Here’s a look at a composite bracket score and a deeper dive into a dozen of the bigger brackets online. Spoiler: Auburn fans can still feel confident about seeing the Tigers in the Music City next month, and there is a growing chance it could be in Atlanta if it makes it past the first weekend.

Bracket Matrix

Bracket Matrix is a composite of 107 brackets.

Bracket seed: 2

Overall seed: 6

Highest projection: 1 (1 bracket)

Lowest projection: 3 (20 brackets)

Diehards (Eric Yates)

Bracket seed: 2

Regional: West/Los Angeles (No. 1 seed Duke)

First round matchup: Florida Gulf Coast

First/second round host: Nashville

ESPN (Joe Lunardi)

Bracket seed: 2

Regional: South/Atlanta (No. 1 seed Virginia)

First round matchup: UC Santa Barbara

First/second round host: Nashville

CBS Sports (Jerry Palm)

Bracket seed: 2

Regional: Midwest/Omaha (No. 1 seed Xavier)

First round matchup: UC Santa Barbara

First/second round host: Nashville

Fox Sports (Howie Schwab)

Bracket seed: 2

Regional: West/Los Angeles (No. 1 seed Xavier)

First round matchup: South Dakota State

First/second round host: N/A

Sports Illustrated (Michael Beller)

Bracket seed: 2

Regional: West/Los Angeles (No. 1 seed Kansas)

First round matchup: Rider

First/second round host: N/A

The Athletic (Stewart Mandel)

Bracket seed: 2

Regional: South/Atlanta (No. 1 seed Virginia)

First round matchup: Florida Gulf Coast

First/second round host: Nashville

USA Today (Shelby Mast)

Bracket seed: 2

Regional: South/Atlanta (No. 1 seed Virginia)

First round matchup: Montana

First/second round host: Nashville

Bleacher Report (Kerry Miller)

Bracket seed: 2

Regional: Midwest/Omaha (No. 1 seed Xavier)

First round matchup: Northern Kentucky

First/second round host: Nashville

Bracket Forecast (Rusty Tutton)

Bracket seed: 2

Regional: South/Atlanta (No. 1 seed Virginia)

First round matchup: Wright State

First/second round host: Nashville

The Comeback (Jesse Kramer)

Bracket seed: 2

Regional: South/Atlanta (No. 1 seed Virginia)

First round matchup: Northern Kentucky

First/second round host: Nashville

RealTimeRPI

Bracket seed: 2

Regional: East/Boston (No. 1 seed Virginia)

First round matchup: UC Santa Barbara

First/second round host: Brooklyn

Rotowire (Adam Zdroik)

Bracket seed: 3

Regional: East/Boston (No. 1 seed Villanova)

First round matchup: South Dakota State

First/second round host: Dallas

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