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Dayton Flyers vs. Wichita State Shockers: What you need to know about tonight’s game

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 6:38 PM


Who: No. 7 seed Dayton (24-7) vs. No. 10 Wichita State (30-4)

What: First round of NCAA tournament

When: 7:10 p.m. Friday

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

TV/Radio: WHIO Ch. 7; 95.7 FM, AM 1290 WHIO

Probable Dayton starters

Scoochie Smith, 6-2, Sr., G, 13.5

Kyle Davis, 6-0, Sr., G, 8.1

Xeyrius Williams, 6-8, So., F, 8.4

Kendall Pollard, 6-6, Sr., F, 14.1

Charles Cooke, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.1

Probable Wichita State starters

Conner Frankamp, 6-1, Jr., G, 9.2

Markis McDuffie, 6-8, So., F, 11.8

Landry Shamet, 6-4, Fr., G, 11.1

Shaquille Morris, 6-8, Jr., C, 9.5

Zach Brown, 6-6, Jr., F, 7.2

Coaches: Dayton’s Archie Miller is 139-62 in his sixth season. Wichita’s Gregg Marshall is 260-89 in 10 seasons.

Series history: Dayton leads 2-0. Dayton won 42-19 in the 1941-42 season and 79-71 on March 15, 1962, in the first round of the NIT at Madison Square Garden.

About Dayton: Dayton has lost two games in a row after a nine-game winning streak. … The Flyers have a 25 percent chance of winning this game, according to The website predicts a 77-70 score. … After a seven-game streak in which it shot at least 24 free throws, Dayton made 5 of 10 on March 10 in a 73-67 loss to Davidson in the A-10 tournament. Dayton shot better than 70 percent nine times in a 12-game stretch. In its last two games, it made 22 of 41 (53.7). … Dayton is one of 18 schools to have played in the last four NCAA tournaments. … Smith has played in 137 straight games. He’s tied for the school record for consecutive games played and is one game away from tying the record for most games played in his career (138).

About Wichita State: Darral Willis Jr., a 6-9 junior forward, is the top scorer off the bench (9.5 points per game). … Frankamp played in 27 games as a freshman at Kansas in 2013-14. He sat out the following season when he transferred to Wichita State. … Ten players average double-figure minutes. None average more than 27 minutes. … Frankamp (70 of 157, 44.6) and Shamet (69 of 152, 45.4) are the team’s top 3-point shooters. … Morris is a fourth-year junior. He redshirted as a freshman. … Morris and Brown started last season in the NCAA tournament.

Looking ahead: The winner of this game plays No. 2 seed Kentucky or No. 15 seed Northern Kentucky in the second round on Sunday at a time to be announced. Kentucky and NKU play after Dayton and Wichita State on Friday.

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: