Dayton Flyers Top 10: Memorable openers of past 30 years

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 9:00 PM

The Flyers celebreate after a 3-pointer by Jordan Sibert with 1 second left beat IPFW 81-80 on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at UD Arena.
David Jablonski
The Flyers celebreate after a 3-pointer by Jordan Sibert with 1 second left beat IPFW 81-80 on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at UD Arena.(David Jablonski)

To kick off coverage of the 2017-18 Dayton men’s basketball season, David Jablonski will publish 17 top 10 lists on various topics between now and the season opener on Nov. 10.

The last three season openers the Dayton Flyers have played won’t take up much space in the memory banks of their fans. UD has routed Alabama A&M, Southeast Missouri State and Austin Peay by a combined margin of 83 points.

It’s unlikely the Flyers will have such an easy time at 7 p.m. Friday when they play Ball State in the 2017-18 season opener at UD Arena. The Cardinals are coming off back-to-back 21-win seasons.

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This game comes four years and one day after one of the most memorable openers in UD history. Here’s a look back at that game and nine other season openers to remember from the past 30 years through the game stories from the Dayton Daily News:

Devin Oliver picks up Jordan Sibert after Sibert's game-winning 3-pointer with 1 second left against IPFW on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at UD Arena. Guard Kyle Davis is at left.(David Jablonski)

1. Nov. 9, 2013: Dayton 81, IPFW 80

What we wrote: Jordan Sibert had never hit a shot like this. Not when he was 5. Not when he was a senior at Cincinnati Princeton High School. Not when he was a freshman with the Buckeyes.

Even in his dreams — and he had a lot of time to think, sitting on the bench last season after transferring from Ohio State — Sibert didn’t imagine his Dayton career starting like this. His 3-pointer with one second left gave the Flyers an 81-80 victory over IPFW on Saturday at UD Arena in the season opener for both teams.

Fans with their arms crossed across their chests seconds before, silently contemplating a devastating start to the season, found themselves on their feet marveling at November Madness as Sibert’s shot dropped through the net.

“I did want to move the crowd,” Sibert said. “That’s what we apparently were able to do. I give the credit to my teammates for that play. My shot was good, but the effort my teammates gave was great.”

Former UD basketball player Keith Waleskowski acknowledges the crowd as he’s inducted into the Dayton Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

2. Nov. 20, 2000: Dayton 80, Connecticut 66

What we wrote: After looking at videotape of Connecticut's season-opening victory over Quinnipiac, the University of Dayton Flyers believed they could beat the 13th-ranked Huskies.

On Monday, in front of 2,500 spectators in sauna-like heat at the Lahaina Civic Center, the Flyers proved their point by thoroughly outplaying UConn en route to an 80-66 triumph in the 17th Maui Invitational.

In doing so, Dayton earned a date with No. 1-ranked Arizona tonight at 9:30 (EST). The game will be televised by ESPN.

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The Flyers are convinced that they can compete with the Wildcats, but there is a sobering statistic in the UD media guide. This will be only the 13th time UD has played a team ranked No. 1 in the country by The Associated Press, and the Flyers were able to win on only two of the first 12 occasions. Dayton is winless in nine games against No. 1s during the last 40 years.

That doesn't take anything away from Monday's stunning upset of the Huskies.

The biggest question mark about this year's UD team was how well its undersized post players would fare against taller, stronger opponents. Yuanta Holland, Nate Green and Keith Waleskowski answered that question with solid performances against UConn.

The 6-foot-7 Holland, playing a sensational game, scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed six rebounds.

"Yuanta stepped up big time," guard David Morris said. "He's a prime-time player."

SPECIAL FOR THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS--New University of Dayton President Daniel J. Curran, left, talks with Dayton head basketball coach Oliver Purnell, right, before the start of their game agaisnt St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002.(AP Photo/Chris Gardner)(CHRIS GARDNER)

3. Nov. 19, 1999: Dayton 70, New Mexico 57

What we wrote: The University of Dayton Flyers got their season off to a rousing start Friday night with a 70-57 upset victory over host New Mexico in the CoSIDA Classic.

Capitalizing on some kick-out passes from Mark Ashman, sophomore point guard David Morris had a career-high 17 points, and the Flyers ended New Mexico's 41-game winning streak against nonconference foes at The Pit.

The Flyers (1-0) and Samford (1-0), who were expected to collide in the consolation game tonight, will instead meet for the championship at 10:35 p.m. Dayton has never met the Birmingham, Ala., school in basketball.

Samford spoiled the expected St. John's-New Mexico matchup by upsetting the 15th-ranked Red Storm, 68-60, in Friday's first game. Now New Mexico will play St. John's in the preliminary.

"We felt very comfortable about coming in here and winning," UD coach Oliver Purnell said. "The most important thing was our players felt that way."

Dayton's Brian Roberts floats a shot over Mike Smith of East Tennessee State University on Nov. 10, 2007. PHOTO ERIK SCHELKUN(Stringer/Erik Schelkun/Elsestar Images)

4. Nov. 10, 2007: Dayton 78, East Tennessee State 74

What we wrote: Brian Roberts and his Dayton teammates knew facing East Tennessee State would be about as much fun as a migraine, and they got exactly what they expected: a worthy foe capable of scoring in bunches, applying relentless pressure and keeping the outcome in doubt until the final minute.

But the one thing the defending Atlantic Sun Conference champions couldn't do was get the Flyers rattled.

"We have some guys with a lot of experience on this team," Roberts said. "We've been through a lot. ... We know if we keep fighting and scrapping, everything will be all right in the end."

Roberts scored 19 of his 31 points in the second half, and Chris Wright racked up 22 points and 13 rebounds in his collegiate debut to lead the Flyers to a taut 78-74 victory before 12,115 nervous fans Saturday afternoon.

5. Nov. 28, 1987: Dayton 63, Wittenberg 61

Highlights: Negele Knight scored 24 points, hitting the winning jump shot with 3 seconds to play. The Flyers overcame a 34-24 halftime deficit.

This was the last time Dayton played Wittenberg in a regular-season games. The teams met 43 times between 1905 and 1987 with all but five of those meetings coming before 1950.

6. Nov. 25, 1992: Illinois 86, Dayton 78

What we wrote: It happened without warning

The University of Dayton Flyers appeared to be on the way to an upset victory over the University of Illinois Wednesday night in the Great Alaska Shootout.
They were playing confidently. They had a 68-60 lead with 2:20 remaining. And then they came apart like a chunk of ice separating from the front end of a glacier and crashing thunderously into the water. It was a classic collapse.

As soon as the Fighting Illini discovered a crack in Dayton's exterior, they went after the Flyers aggressively and turned them into a few harmless chunks of floating ice.

Andy Kaufmann, an 82 percent career free throw shooter for the Illini, sank a pair with 11 seconds remaining to tie the game at 70 and send it into overtime.

Illinois outscored the Dayton 16-8 in the five-minute overtime to hand the Flyers a heartbreaking 86-78 loss.

Dayton's Chip Hare in the early 1990s. Archive photo(David Jablonski)

7. Nov. 23, 1991: Dayton 101, Austin Peay 94

What we wrote: The University of Dayton Flyers pulled away from a stubborn Austin Peay team in the last seven minutes Monday night and defeated the Governors, 101-94, for their 41st consecutive victory in a home opener.

A crowd of 11,525 watched the Flyers struggle through much of the game against the smaller but aggressive visitors, but they got down to business when the game was on the line.

Chip Jones scored 31 points and Makor Shayok added 20 to lead Dayton in scoring, but the game will be remembered for the successful debut of 6-foot-10 freshman Chip Hare, who contributed 13 points and several rebounds.

Dayton’s Kurt Huelsman pulls down a rebound and picks up a foul against Wofford College at UD Arena on Nov. 16, 2008.(Jim Witmer)

8. Nov. 16, 2008: Dayton 52, Wofford 49

What we wrote: University of Dayton coach Brian Gregory was happy to see he could count on his defense being there when it was needed, but his team probably can't expect too many more happy endings to games unless it masters the other facets of the game.

The Flyers were bludgeoned on the boards and looked like a two-man operation too often on offense, but they produced enough clutch plays to pull out a 52-49 squeaker against Wofford on Sunday night, Nov. 16.

Marcus Johnson, who had 17 points, had a steal and dunk to break a 44-all tie with 3:03 to go, and Chris Wright, who also had 17, then made a steal and was fouled on a breakaway, and he sank one of two free throws for a three-point edge.

But the Terriers, a middle-of-the-pack team from the Southern Conference (where Davidson reigns), wouldn't go away. They cut the deficit to two with 1:20 to go, but junior college transfer Rob Lowery, who missed his first five shots in his debut with the Flyers, drilled a 15-foot jumper with 48 seconds to go to push the lead back to four and swished two free throws with 15 ticks left to seal the decision.

"You've got to have a short memory," Lowery said. "Nobody remembers the first five or six shots, they just remember the last one.

Dayton's Marcus Johnson (32) and Chris Johnson (4) team up to block a shot by Creighton's Darryl Ashford.The Flyers won their season opener 90-80 against Creighton on Saturday, November 14, 2009.(Erik Schelkun)

9. Nov. 14, 2009: Dayton 90, Creighton 80

What we wrote: After studying Creighton like scientists going over a dinosaur fossil, University of Dayton coach Brian Gregory and his staff were convinced they'd see nothing but man-to-man defense in their team's season-opener Saturday.

But Bluejays coach Dana Altman, who didn't have his top rebounder and two frontcourt subs because of illness and injuries, threw the Flyers a twist with a soft fullcourt press and 2-3 zone, and it befuddled the nation's 21st-ranked outfit for a half.

"I'm just happy in the last two days we did some zone work," Gregory said. "We watched every game film from last year, and I think they played zone one game or two games. They played man on every one of their possessions in the exhibition games. We got more comfortable with it in the second half, no doubt about it."

The Flyers overcame a 10-point first-half deficit by hitting 18-of-32 shots (56 percent) after the break to pull away for a 90-80 victory before a sellout crowd of 13,435 at UD Arena.

10. Nov. 24, 1995: Hawaii 78, Dayton 72

What we wrote: It is a matchup that is sure to bring back fond memories for even the relatively young University of Dayton basketball fans: Dayton vs. LSU.They'll meet for only the second time tonight in the United Air Lines Tip-Off Tournament.
The first time they played was 12 years ago. Dayton won 74-66 in the first round of the 1984 NCAA Tournament. It was the year Roosevelt Chapman would lead the Flyers to upset victories over Oklahoma and Washington before they lost to Georgetown (with Patrick Ewing) in the West Regional final.

Those were the good times; these are the bad times.

Dayton doesn't figure to be in the NCAA Tournament this year. The Flyers, who lost their season opener 78-72 to the University of Hawaii on Friday, bring an 11-game losing streak into this game against Louisiana State, which dropped a 79-70 verdict to St. Louis on Friday night.

It was Dayton's 30th consecutive loss on the road and the Flyers botched an excellent opportunity to pull themselves out of the rut. They played a crippled and mediocre Hawaii team that had access to only two players from last year's roster because two other key returners were under suspension.

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Dru Brown could make run at Heisman; Mike Gundy appears on SportsCenter

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

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Welcome to the Friday edition of our Oklahoma State DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through the biggest headlines around Oklahoma State athletics.

Dru Brown could make run at Heisman

Incoming graduate transfer Dru Brown hasn’t even won the starting job at Oklahoma State. Yet DieHards’ Oliver Connolly lists the former Hawaii quarterback as a potential Heisman candidate in his first Heisman Hype team of the 2018 offseason.

From Connolly:

There’s a chance Brown will be more effective than [Mason] Rudolph. He’s a true dual-threat; Rudolph was a statue. Brown’s legs will help open up the passing game, not only on designed runs, but shifting in the pocket to create whatever throwing angle is necessary.

Connolly believes Brown can thrive in the Oklahoma State offense, because of his mobility. He’ll have to beat out blue-chip freshman Spencer Sanders and 2017 backup Taylor Cornelius for the Cowboys’ starting gig.

Mike Gundy appears on SportsCenter

If there are two things Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy is known for, it’s his team’s potent offenses and his signature mullet. During a SportsCenter interview with Barry Melrose, which you can watch here, Gundy said he might be switching up his hairstyle soon.

Gundy and Melrose discussed hair, parenting and play-by-play crew curses during the segment. In other words, Gundy seems to be taking well to the offseason as spring football approaches.

Other headlines from the athletic department:

  • Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Chris Beard gave major props to Oklahoma State students for showing up to the Cowboys-Red Raiders game on Wednesday.
  • Baseball hosts Marist at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, 3 p.m ET on Saturday and 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.
  • Men’s basketball players Trey Reeves and Mitchell Solomon earned Academic All-Big 12 honors, the conference announced on Thursday.
  • Softball split its doubleheader at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Thursday. The Cowgirls beat Wisconsin 3-2 before losing 4-2 to Oregon State. Oklahoma State faces Oregon (1 p.m. ET) and Mississippi State (6 p.m. ET) on Friday and UC Davis (12:30 p.m. ET) on Sunday.
  • Women’s basketball plays its final road game of the regular season at West Virginia at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday.
  • Men’s basketball is at Texas for a 2 p.m. ET tipoff on Saturday. The game will be televised on the Longhorn Network.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Oklahoma State booster T. Boone Pickens

Incoming wide receiver CJ Moore

Oklahoma State baseball

Miss a recent edition of the morning roundup? Check out our previous editions.

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Ohio State recruiting: Latest news on Buckeyes’ 2019 class

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

Ohio State is just getting started with the 2019 recruiting class, but the Buckeyes are hot on the trail of many of the nation’s top prospects. The Buckeyes have only one commitment in the class to date, but plenty of top prospects have been visiting and staying in communication with Ohio State’s coaches. Here’s what to know about Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting:

Latest news for Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class

Ohio State football’s 2019 class

Ohio State has just one commitment in the 2019 recruiting class, coming from longtime pledge  Doug Nester from Huntington (W.Va.) Spring Valley. Nester has been committed to Ohio State since Aug. 5, 2017.

  • Doug Nester, 4 stars, Huntington (W.Va.) Spring Valley

Where Ohio State’s 2019 class ranks

Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class ranks No. 39 in the  247Sports composite team rankings. Of course, with just one commitment in the class, the Buckeyes are hard-pressed to rank very high in the team rankings at the moment. The good news is that they have the top-ranked class in the country among teams that have only commit. Nester is ranked as the No. 52 player overall and the No. 8 tackle in 2019.

Position breakdown of the Buckeyes’ 2018 class

QB: 0/1-2

RB: 0/1-2

TE: 0/1

WR: 0/3-5

OL: 1/5-6

DL: 0/3-4

LB: 0/1-3

DB: 0/3-4

Ohio State’s target number for recruits remains extremely flexible with nearly a year until National Signing Day in 2019. The Buckeyes also don’t have a clear idea yet of their projected scholarship numbers for the 2019 class without knowing which players could leave the program between the start of spring football and the start of the 2018 season. There’s plenty of time for these projected numbers to change and adapt.

Geographic breakdown of the class

West Virginia: 1 (Nester)

Top uncommitted Ohio State targets

Ohio State’s target board is just beginning to sort out, and there’s plenty of time for things to change. Here are some early looks at what you could expect out of the list of top prospects moving forward:

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Ohio State-Indiana basketball: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (February 23, 2018)

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

Ohio State and Indiana close out their respective regular seasons on Friday, Feb. 23 at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. No. 16 Ohio State is looking to keep its Big Ten title chances alive with a victory in the team’s second meeting of the season with the Hoosiers.

Find the game time, TV and streaming information and more below.

Ohio State-Indiana basketball: Game time, details

Time: 8 p.m. ET

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018

Place: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.

What channel is Ohio State-Indiana on?

Ohio State-Indiana will be airing on Fox Sports 1.

How can I watch Ohio State-Indiana online?

Indiana-Ohio State will be streaming on the Fox Sports Go app.

What’s at stake for Ohio State and Indiana?

Ohio State’s Big Ten title chances aren’t great after the team lost back-to-back games to Penn State and Michigan. But the Buckeyes can still claim a co-regular season title in Chris Holtmann’s first season. Ohio State needs to beat Indiana on Friday and have Michigan State lose at Wisconsin on Sunday to share the 2018 conference crown. Ohio State would finish 15-3 and be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament (due to a head-to-head win over Michigan State) in this scenario.

Indiana, meanwhile, is looking to finish with a 9-9 mark in the Big Ten in Archie Miller’s initial campaign with the Hoosiers. Indiana is a likely candidate for the NIT, and a win against the Buckeyes would help the team’s postseason seeding.

Ohio State-Indiana basketball preview

Ohio State’s last two trips away from Columbus have not been kind to the Buckeyes. The program’s conference title hopes took a huge hit as the team suffered a Feb. 15 loss at Penn State and then a loss at Michigan just three days later. If Ohio State wants any part of the Big Ten title, it’ll have to leave Bloomington with a victory. The Buckeyes got back on the winning side of things Tuesday night, running away from Rutgers in the second half for a 79-52 win.

“They are good. They have a lot of weapons and they all seem to be playing their roles. Jae’Sean Tate is a monster. He gets to the rim and makes big plays for them,” Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said after the game. “They have Bates-Diop who can do a lot of things. Then they have some guys around them that really enjoy playing the roles that they hav, and they have good shooters on the perimeter. They are a very difficult team to get ready for and they are very good defensively, so they don’t have any weaknesses there. They’re a good basketball team.”

Ohio State beat Indiana handily, 71-56, on Jan. 30. The Hoosiers have been playing some better basketball since that game, however. Indiana won four straight games before falling at Nebraska on Tuesday night. At 16-13, Indiana is two wins away from matching its total from last season.

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Arkansas baseball vs. Cal Poly: Preview, TV, how to watch (February 23, 2018)

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

Just because you may not have heard of Cal Poly doesn’t mean the Mustangs aren’t a worthy adversary for the Arkansas baseball team.

California Polytechnic State, for those official. Cal Poly to most. The Mustangs play in the Big West Conference, a league known for its baseball more than anything. Cal State-Fullerton and Long Beach State are usual powers. Cal Poly, however, actually finished second in the conference last season. Second in a league that had two schools inside the top 15 in the country.

It isn’t going to be easy for Arkansas, even as the Diamond Hogs are ranked in the top 5 in the country. Cal Poly was picked third behind those two powers in the preseason poll.

Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn will attempt to tame the Mustangs with preseason All-America Blaine Knight. The junior right-hander had five innings of no-hit ball with four strikeouts and two walks in the season opener against Bucknell.

The Arkansas bats have been hottest, though. The Razorbacks are first in the nation in runs per game (12.5), third in slugging (.613) second in on-base percentage (.497) and tops in home runs per game (2.5).

Don’t expect Arkansas to quite keep up with those paces this weekend. Cal Poly isn’t Bucknell. But do expect the Razorbacks to leave California with a winning record.

Arkansas baseball vs. Cal Poly series information

Arkansas and Cal Poly play just once, the opener for both in the Tony Gwynn Classic.

  • Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 — 4 p.m. ET from San Diego, Calif.

How can I watch?

The game is available on Cox Sports Television.

Who is calling the Arkansas game?

Brett Dolan has the TV play-by-play with Troy Eklund as analyst. Scott Inman has the call on radio.

Next up

The Tony Gwynn Classic continues Saturday and Sunday. Arkansas plays San Diego after Cal Poly and San Diego State in the finale before returning to Fayetteville.

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