Dayton Flyers Top 10: Opponents and arenas

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 6:39 PM

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

The Dayton Flyers will play one of the winningest programs in NCAA Division I history this season — and you probably won’t guess the team.

It’s the Penn Quakers, who rank 20th in victories (1,747) and 37th in winning percentage (.615). They visit UD Arena for the first time on Dec. 9.

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Dayton and Penn played once before with the Flyers winning 71-60 in 1997 in the San Juan Shootout.

Dig deep enough into the Dayton men’s basketball media guide, and you can find many interesting facts about Dayton’s history with various opponents and at various arenas. Here are 10:

Don May, a University of Dayton junior, in a 1967 NCAA tournament national semifinal game against North Carolina. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE

1. Top 10: Dayton is 60-104 against the 10 winningest teams of all time: Kentucky (2-3); Kansas (1-1); North Carolina (2-1); Duke (1-5); Temple (7-17); Syracuse (2-1); UCLA (0-4); Notre Dame (13-28); St. John’s (5-5); and Louisville (27-39).

2. Archie’s team: The winningest program Dayton has never played is Indiana, now coached by former UD coach Archie Miller. The Hoosiers rank 11th with 1,801 victories.

3. Shaka’s team: Another coach UD fans are familiar with coaches the 17th-winningest program in NCAA history. Dayton has never played Texas, which has 1,750 victories. Former Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart, who was Dayton’s director of basketball operations from 2001-03, coaches the Longhorns.

4. MAC’s best: The Flyers open the season Friday against a team from the Mid-American Conference, Ball State. The winningest program in MAC history is Akron, which ranks 50th in NCAA history with 1,577 victories. Akron plays at Dayton on Nov. 29. Dayton leads the all-time series 11-2.

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5. Ohio history: Dayton could play the Ohio Bobcats in the second game of the Charleston Classic next week. The programs haven’t played since 1965.

That’s not the longest gap between meetings for Dayton and another Division I program from Ohio. Dayton hasn’t played Youngstown State since 1948.

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Here are the other Ohio D-I programs and the year of their last meeting with Dayton: Miami (2015); Xavier (2015); Bowling Green (2014); Ohio State (2014); Akron (2010); Cincinnati (2010); Toledo (2009); Cleveland State (2008); Kent (1998); and Wright State (1997).

6. Ten left: Dayton has played in 40 states since the 1949-50 season. It has not played in these states: Connecticut; Delaware; Kansas; Maine; Montana; New Hampshire; North Dakota; Oregon; South Dakota; and Vermont.

Dayton coach Brian Gregory holds the championship trophy after Dayton defeated North Carolina 79-68 in the NIT college basketball event Thursday, April 1, 2010, in New York.(File photo)

7. Garden greats: Outside of UD Arena and the old UD Fieldhouse, Dayton has had the most success at Madison Square Garden. It is 40-24 in that areana, most recently winning two games in the 2010 NIT.

8. Bad memories: In what arena has Dayton had the worst luck? UD fans might guess it’s Xavier’s Cintas Center. The Flyers are 0-13 there.

However, Dayton is 0-17 at Notre Dame’s Joyce Center.

9. Early tourneys: Dayton will play in an in-season tournament in November for the 10th straight season. The last five years, it has finished 2-1.

10. Bronx home: Dayton has double-digit victories at one opposing Atlantic 10 arena. It is 10-3 at Fordham’s Rose Hill Gym.


Prep football: ‘Heartbreaking’ loss for Madison in D-V state semifinal

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:11 PM
Updated: Saturday, November 25, 2017 @ 4:44 AM

Evan Crim (34), Max Evans (middle) and Levi McMonigle make life difficult for Wheelersburg quarterback Trent Salyers during Friday night’s Division V state semifinal at Herrnstein Field in Chillicothe. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Evan Crim (34), Max Evans (middle) and Levi McMonigle make life difficult for Wheelersburg quarterback Trent Salyers during Friday night’s Division V state semifinal at Herrnstein Field in Chillicothe. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

The finality was brutal for a Madison High School football team that made history this season.

The Mohawks couldn’t close the deal on a trip to the Division V state championship game, completing their first-ever playoff appearance by squandering a 10-0 lead in the last 14 minutes and falling to Wheelersburg 15-10 in a state semifinal Friday night at Chillicothe’s Herrnstein Field.

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“It’s just heartbreaking,” said junior nose guard Max Evans, part of a Madison defense that limited the potent Pirates to 182 total yards. “We made it this far. I didn’t like when people called it a Cinderella story. We knew what we were doing the whole time.

“All good things come to an end, and we played a great team. I don’t think we regret anything. All the guys left everything on the field, and I think we’re all really proud of what we’ve done.”

The Mohawks (11-3) were limited to 122 yards on the ground — they entered the contest averaging 364.5 — as their 10-game winning streak came to an end.

Madison’s Max Evans (38) signals touchdown as quarterback Mason Whiteman fights through the pile for a score during Friday night’s Division V state semifinal against Wheelersburg at Herrnstein Field in Chillicothe. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Wheelersburg (14-0) will go after its second state championship next Friday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, facing Pemberville Eastwood (14-0) at 3 p.m.

“We came up short. I don’t have a snazzy cliche for you … I wish I did,” Madison coach Steve Poff said. “My kids fought hard, and you have to face the fact that we played a really, really good team. That was the best team that we had played all year. I feel like we played them better than anybody else has all year. They’re a class act, from the coach to each one of their players and staff members and fans.

“You’re upset about what happened tonight, but so many good feelings and so many positives came out of this. We came a long way from 1-2. I’m just proud of my kids and the way they respond to things and the effort they put in. There’s worse tragedies in the world than losing a high school football game. We’re going to take our 30 days and get back in the weight room and get better.”

Madison’s Tyler Baumgartner carries the ball as Caleb Bolen blocks for him against Wheelersburg’s Nic Parsley (63) during Friday night’s Division V state semifinal at Herrnstein Field in Chillicothe. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Cameron Svarda ran 17 times for 53 yards and Tyler Baumgartner added 32 yards on 10 carries for the Mohawks. Quarterback Mason Whiteman had a 1-yard touchdown run with 0.4 seconds left in the first half to give his team a 7-0 lead at the break.

That TD was set up by a Whiteman interception, and teammate Evan Crim also picked off Pirates quarterback Trent Salyers on the third play of the third quarter. Madison gained possession at the WHS 6, but had to settle for a 28-yard field goal by Graham Reich.

The Mohawks’ Levi McMonigle recovered his third fumble in the last three games on Wheelersburg’s next possession, but the Pirates kept it a 10-point game when Evan Dahm intercepted a Whiteman pass.

Wheelersburg turned a Madison fumble into a 22-yard field goal by Jalen Miller with 1:50 left in the third stanza, and the Pirates got a 17-yard touchdown pass from Trent Salyers to Justin Salyers just over three minutes later.

Whiteman had boomed a 62-yard punt from deep in his own territory, but a penalty forced Madison to replay the down, and Whiteman couldn’t handle the punt snap and got stopped short on a run for the first down. The Pirates missed the extra point and still trailed 10-9, but they went ahead for good on Xander Carmichael’s 2-yard TD run with 7:09 left.

The Mohawks’ last three possessions ended with a fake punt that failed to produce a first down and two interceptions. Reid Davis threw those picks after Whiteman moved to wide receiver — Whiteman came off the field holding his arm early in the fourth period, and Poff conceded that he was hurt.

“He was, but he’s also dynamic out there catching the ball, so it was a combination of things,” Poff said of inserting Davis at QB. “Mason’s a tough kid. I don’t have the words to tell you what he means to our team.”

Tanner Holden picked off Davis with 1:33 remaining, and Cole Lowery’s interception with 7.5 seconds left sealed the win for Wheelersburg.

Madison players hold their helmets up after their 15-10 loss to Wheelersburg in a Division V state semifinal Friday night at Herrnstein Field in Chillicothe. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

“What a way to go out and earn a victory tonight,” Pirates coach Rob Woodward said. “Hats off to Madison. They did an outstanding job of taking away some things we wanted to do.

“We didn’t help ourselves. We dropped some balls, which is uncharacteristic of us. That’s why you have two sides of the ball and you have four quarters to play. Our kids stayed after it and kept fighting.”

Trent Salyers was 11 of 21 for 128 yards for the Pirates. Wheelersburg managed just 54 rushing yards, led by Dominic Reyes (nine carries, 21 yards).

Carmichael, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker and tight end, ran seven times for 20 yards in the second half. The numbers weren’t huge, but they were important to the Pirates’ comeback.

Madison coach Steve Poff speaks to his team after its 15-10 loss to Wheelersburg in a Division V state semifinal Friday night at Herrnstein Field in Chillicothe. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

“That’s just a great defensive game right there,” Carmichael said. “We didn’t need to change our defense at halftime because we were doing just fine. It was just bad field position in the first half, and in the second half we finally got the field position we wanted.

“We knew they were a tough, hard-nosed team, so we prepared all week by just grinding and grinding. All we had to do was stop the run.”

And what about his touchdown?

“I’m going straight over people. That’s how I’ve got to get yards,” Carmichael said. “It was an amazing feeling, but there’s other people that contributed to that. It was just the best team thing I’ve had all year.”

Penalties stung the Mohawks all night long. They were flagged 11 times for illegal procedure, and Poff said it had nothing to do with the raucous fans that packed the house.

“That was their defense mimicking our snap count,” Poff said. “Great job by them. If the referees don’t call it, it’s legal. I’m not trying to take one thing away from Wheelersburg. They earned it.”

Madison’s Cameron Svarda tries to get past Wheelersburg’s Evan Dahm during their Division V state semifinal Friday night at Herrnstein Field in Chillicothe. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Poff thought he hurt his team with some of the calls he made, especially in the second half. Evans felt Madison relaxed a bit after taking the 10-0 lead.

“We almost thought we had it in the bag or something,” Evans said. “Momentum is a crazy thing, and the penalties really didn’t help us. Things just swung their way in the final two quarters.”

Evans and Cole Pelgen had sacks for the Mohawks. Offensively, Davis was 1 of 4 through the air for 4 yards (on a completion to Whiteman) and Whiteman was 0 of 3.

Poff said he wasn’t surprised by Madison’s postseason run.

Wheelersburg’s Bryson Keeney (10) and Trey Carter (3) are among the defenders trying to bring down Madison’s Cole Pelgen on a run during Friday night’s Division V state semifinal at Herrnstein Field in Chillicothe. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Nick Graham)

“I knew the sky was the limit,” he said. “I thought that we would dictate how we went with our play and our physicality and our attitude and our effort. Really, the kids probably played good enough to win tonight. The responsibility falls on me to lead guys through that, and I came up short. I feel terrible about it. I’m going to work on that and try to get better.”

Wheelersburg has been to the playoffs 29 times, but the Pirates are headed to the state finals for just the second time. They won the Division IV title in 1989.

“I am so psyched,” Woodward said. “It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I got into coaching, and our players have been working towards it. When you believe in something and you work hard for it, good things happen. That’s what I told our kids tonight before we took the field, and they continued to work hard and good things happened.”

Madison 0-7-3-0—10

Wheelersburg 0-0-3-12—15

M: Mason Whiteman 1 run (Graham Reich kick)

M: Reich 28 field goal

W: Jalen Miller 22 field goal

W: Justin Salyers 17 pass from Trent Salyers (Kick failed)

W: Xander Carmichael 2 run (Run failed)

What interim coach Jedd Fisch said after UCLA beat Cal 30-27

Published: Saturday, November 25, 2017 @ 2:50 AM

If Jedd Fisch was looking for an exciting debut to his career as a college coach, he got it. In UCLA’s first game post-Jim Mora, the Bruins used a game-winning kick from J.J. Molson to seal up a 30-27 win over Cal and attain bowl eligibility.

The game, however, did not come without its setbacks. Quarterback Josh Rosen took a hard hit at the end of the first half and was ruled out for the second half. This left Fisch to turn to Devon Modster, a red shirt freshman who had only started one game in his college career, three weeks prior at Utah.

No matter. Fisch and a hurt offense made it work, giving the interim coach his first win at the helm of the program.


No. 7 Florida Gators basketball rallies to top No. 17 Gonzaga

Published: Saturday, November 25, 2017 @ 2:33 AM

The Florida men’s basketball team entered its biggest test of the young 2017-18 season against Gonzaga on Friday fresh off another hot shooting performance and a lethal showing from three-point range.

While the Gators’ sharpshooting nature didn’t show up early, Florida found just enough firepower to set up a dramatic finish that felt reminiscent of an NCAA tournament game.

Behind a second-half outburst from Jalen Hudson and a second-straight double-double from Chris Chiozza (25 points, 10 assists), the No. 7 Gators defeated No. 17 Gonzaga 111-105 in double overtime in Portland, Ore., to advance to the finals of their bracket in the Phil Knight Invitational.

In a game that featured 11 ties and 17 lead changes, the Gators (5-0) turned to sharpshooting guard Hudson and veteran point guard Chiozza to lead their second-half and overtime rally against Gonzaga (4-1).

Hudson scored 22 of his 35 points in the second half and at one point scored 14 of Florida’s 16 points over a span that lasted just more than six minutes. Chiozza scored 14 of his career-high 26 points during the overtime periods. Hudson added 9 points in overtime.

Hudson’s second-half performance against Gonzaga was eerily similar to his performance last week against New Hampshire. In that game — a 70-63 Florida win — Hudson also scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half and scored 17 of the Gators’ final 22 points to close out the game.

This time, though, he did it against a Gonzaga team that returned three key contributors from its team last season that finished as the national runners-up in the NCAA Tournament.

Gonzaga went into the locker room up 36-29 at halftime after outscoring the Gators 17-6 in the final 7:31 of the frame. Egor Koulechov missed all 7 of his shots in the half and Florida made only 37.9 percent of its shots from the field (11-for 29). Florida missed 12 of its final 14 shots heading into intermission.

The Gators quickly took a one-point lead out of the half by making five of their first seven shots before the game spiraled into a bevy of momentum changes and mini runs on both sides.

After Gonzaga took a 78-76 lead, KeVaughn Allen — who scored 23 points in the win — drove to the basket and made an acrobatic layup between two Gonzaga defenders to tie the game with 23 seconds left. A Bulldogs miss with 2 seconds left sent the game to overtime.

Florida took the lead twice in overtime on big three-point baskets — first by Hudson and later by Chiozza — before Gonzaga came back to tie the game at 91 with 48 seconds left.

A Chiozza three-point play gave Florida a two-point lead with 8 seconds left before Silas Melson tied the game with a second to go. A missed free throw on the and-one attempt from Melson pushed the game to a second OT.

Florida finally closed it out in the second overtime period, with Chiozza and Hudson combining for 12 of the Gators’ 16 points in the final five-minute period to clinch the win.

The Gators’ interior defense struggled throughout the game against Gonzaga’s front court of Jonathan Williams and Killian Tillie, who combined for 56 of Gonzaga’s points and were two of five Bulldogs with double-figure scoring. Tillie fouled out early in the first overtime period.

The Gators close out their time in the PK80 Invite by facing top-ranked Duke on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET.

Michigan State-UConn: Recap, score, analysis for PK80 Invitational game (November 24, 2017)

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 11:20 PM

No. 4 Michigan State (4-1) sprinted past UConn (4-1) in the second half Saturday for a 77-57 win in the PK80 Invitational Victory Bracket semifinals in Portland, Ore.

Point guard Cassius Winston led the way with a career-high 28 points on 12 of 15 shooting, with 23 coming in the second half. Jaren Jackson Jr. had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Nick Ward added 11 and 9. Miles Bridges posted 6 points and 8 rebounds in his return from a sprained ankle.

Michigan State will take on North Carolina next in the Victory Bracket championship game at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Michigan State-UConn recap

Michigan State 67, UConn 53 (H2, 4:10): Some sort of switch flipped, and Cassius Winston took over. He hit Tillman on the pick-and-roll, and other than that, he did it all himself. He scored 12 points in just over four minutes, capping off a ridiculous run with a wild over-the-head layup.

Michigan State 47, UConn 40 (H2, 11:46): The Huskies wouldn’t go away. Michigan State did not allow many easy shots in the half-court, but UConn took the chances it got and made them count. As Jalen Adams cooled, Terry Larrier began to heat up.

Michigan State 43, UConn 33 (H2, 15:50): Michigan State started the half on a tear offensively. Nick Ward sprinted down the court for a layup on one possession, then banked in a hook shot with the foul on the next. Cassius Winston continued to look for his jumper in transition, and Jaren Jackson Jr. pulled down an offensive rebound before going right back up for a ferocious dunk. If not for a defensive lapse, the Spartans could have been leading by 13.

Michigan State 28, UConn 27 (H1, 0:00): At the end of the half, Michigan State held a one-point lead but saw arguably its three best players (Cassius Winston, Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson Jr.) all saddled with a pair of fouls. The Spartans shot just 32.4 percent from the field, but they also held UConn to 29.6 percent. Josh Langford had 7 points to lead the way.

Michigan State 26, UConn 21 (H1, 4:07): Michigan State showed that if it could score consistently, it would win this game. Against UConn’s freewheeling offensive style predicated on a lot of one-on-one action, the Huskies had a tough time finding open shots.

Michigan State 20, UConn 19 (H1, 7:35): Shooting is contagious, and Michigan State finally caught the bug. Josh Langford hit from outside, then Cassius Winston found his jumper in transition, then Jaren Jackson Jr. banked in a long ball.

UConn 10, Michigan State 9 (H1, 11:52): Michigan State couldn’t connection in transition, in the half-court, from the 3-point line or from in the paint. Nothing was falling. The Spartans started 4 of 17 from the field. Fortunately for them, their defense forced UConn into a 4 for 14 start.

Michigan State 6, UConn 5 (H1, 16:00): The story of the first four minutes wasn’t Jaren Jackson Jr.’s put-back dunk or a bunch of missed layups. It was Miles Bridges entering the game, for one, and then immediately being slapped with a foul on a poor call as he reeled in an offensive rebound.

Michigan State 0, UConn 0 (H1, 20:00): On his pregame show, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said he expected Miles Bridges to play. The sophomore wouldn’t start, though. The starters for Michigan State: Cassius Winston, Josh Langford, Matt McQuaid, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Nick Ward.

Michigan State-UConn basketball: Game time, information

Michigan State and UConn play at 9 p.m. PT/12 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 24/Saturday, Nov. 25.

Time: 9 p.m. PT/12 a.m. ET

Date: Friday, Nov. 24/Saturday, Nov. 25

Location: Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Ore.

How can I watch the Michigan State-UConn basketball game online?

Michigan State and UConn will be broadcast on ESPN.  WatchESPN will have the live stream. You can also stream the game from your  Android or  iOS device.

Kevin Brown and Sean Farnham will be on the call.

How can I listen to the Michigan State-UConn basketball game on the radio?

Michigan State and UConn can be heard over the 38-affiliate  Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit.

Will Tieman and Matt Steigenga will have the call.

Michigan State-UConn basketball preview

Michigan State won without sophomore star Miles Bridges on Thursday night. He warmed up and looked mobile after suffering a sprained ankle last Sunday, but coach Tom Izzo took no chances. Will he play against UConn? It remains to be seen.

Having him, obviously, would provide a big boost. UConn’s leading scorer, Terry Larrier, is a 6-foot-8 wing who shoots 43.8 percent from beyond the arc. Bridges would match up nicely against him.

Behind Larrier, the Huskies have four other double-digit scorers. All four are guards standing 6-3 or shorter. Cassius Winston, Josh Langford and the Michigan State backcourt will have their hands full.

The Spartans have a clear size advantage and will likely try to use it. They got 13 points from 6-11 freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. and 8 from sophomore big man Nick Ward on Thursday. Look for them to get the ball inside more often against UConn, especially if the Huskies don’t zone up.

UConn hits the glass hard, so the Spartans, who have tended to try to outjump teams instead of getting physical, need to put a body on someone with every shot.

And once the ball is reeled in, Michigan State should push. The Spartans have traditionally been at their best, and were again on Thursday, when they get out on the break and try to score before the defense is set. On such a short layoff, it will be interesting to see if they have the energy to run like they did against DePaul.