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Dayton falls to UMass in double overtime

Published: Saturday, February 03, 2018 @ 3:05 PM

Dayton and Massachusetts eye a loose ball in the first half on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Dayton and Massachusetts eye a loose ball in the first half on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

Luwane Pipkins hit a desperation bank shot 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 55 seconds left to give Massachusetts an 84-81 lead over Dayton, and that shot helped the Minutemen prevail 86-82 in overtime Saturday at the Mullins Center.

Officials reviewed the shot for several minutes before ruling Pipkins got the shot off in time.

Josh Cunningham hit 1 of 2 free throws after the shot to cut the UMass lead to 84-82, but Unique McLean hit a jump shot with 12 seconds left to seal the victory for the Minutemen, who beat Dayton for the second time this season.

Josh Cunningham led the Flyers with 27 points. He played 47 minutes. Darrell Davis also played 47 minutes. Jordan Davis played 49 of the 50 minutes. Trey Landers scored 22 points, fouling out in overtime.

Jalen Clutcher had a shot to win the game at the end of regulation but just missed a short jumper.

Dayton lost its second straight game and falls to 10-12 and 4-6 in the Atlantic 10. UMass (11-13, 4-7) ended a five-game winning streak.


The Dayton Flyers trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half and faced a 35-28 halftime deficit Saturday against Massachusetts at the Mullins Center.

Dayton’s star: Josh Cunningham made 6 of 9 shots and scored 13 points.

UMass star: Luwane Pipkins scored eight points in the first five minutes and finished the half with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting.

» RELATED: Defense a problem for Dayton 

Key stat: UMass made 7 of 16 3-pointers. Dayton made 1 of 6.

Foul trouble: Dayton’s Jalen Crutcher picked up three fouls in the first half.

Big run: Dayton trailed 16-15 when UMass went on a 13-4 run to take control.

» FIRST UMASS GAME: Getting Cunningham ball has been a problemEnergy, focus lackingArchdeacon on loss

Big picture: UMass brought a five-game losing streak into the game, while Dayton had lost three of its last four games. The Flyers were trying to win at the Mullins Center in the regular season for the first time since 2004. They did win an A-10 tournament game at the arena in 2011.

First matchup: The Flyers lost 62-60 at home to UMass on Jan. 6. That was the start of a three-game winning streak for UMass. Luwane Pipkins scored 25 in that game. Jalen Crutcher led the Flyers with 14 points.

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Looking ahead: Dayton plays Duquesne at 7 p.m. Wednesday at UD Arena. The Flyers lost 70-62 at Duquesne on Dec. 30 in their A-10 opener.

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Alabama baseball: Brad Bohannon era begins with sweep against Valparaiso

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

Alabama football drives the conversation here at  the Rammer Jammer , SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap, but we’ll cover news for every facet of the Crimson Tide. Every morning, we’ll be here for the latest on Alabama football, basketball and every other sport on campus.

Crimson Tide linebacker has big day on diamond

Alabama baseball played its first games of the season under first-year coach Brad Bohannon. The team beat Valparaiso in all three games, including a 12-6 win on Sunday afternoon. During the weekend series, Alabama totaled 41 total hits and 34 runs. Alabama also came back from a 1-run deficit in the ninth inning to win on Saturday. On Sunday, outfielder Keith Holcombe, who plays linebacker for the Crimson Tide football team, went 4 for4 with a home run and 3 RBI.

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In other headlines …

Basketball loses on road to Kentucky

Alabama basketball fell in Rupp Arena against Kentucky on Saturday, 81-71. The Wildcats outrebounded Alabama 44-27, including 20-9 on offensive boards. Forward Donta Hall had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Hall pulled off an impressive alley-oop that was the highlight of the loss. Alabama hasn’t won in Rupp Arena since 2006.

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Alabama running back Najee Harris exploded in the National Championship Game by gaining 64 yards in the win over Georgia. His former trainer, Marcus Malu, said Harris FaceTimed him after the game. Harris also surprised Malu with his game-worn jersey. Our own Chris Kirschner dove in to the relationship between Harris and Malu.

Built by Bama

Former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron recently became a free agent after winning a grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals. Here are the five teams that are most likely to pursue McCarron.

Around the Capstone

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Auburn football: Weekend recap of all things Tigers sports

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

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Auburn football is the No. 1 topic in the War Eagle Wakeup every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across the Tigers’ sports world. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Auburn football, recruiting, basketball and more. 

Kerryon Johnson staying modest 

Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson won’t be on The Plains next season, but he’s probably not going to disappear (definitely not from Twitter, anyway).

The former Tiger is thought by many to be a steal for an NFL team this spring, and Bleacher Report’s Marcus Mosher is one who offers very high praise for the Alabama native:

And Johnson, who’s more than familiar with compliments and honors, maybe won’t be wearing a blue or orange jersey in 2018, but he’s still offering that Auburn Tigers vibe.

In other Auburn news:

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Basketball falls to South Carolina 

Auburn basketball tried its hardest to make a major comeback at South Carolina on Saturday but fell just a little short in Columbia.

Eventually, Bruce Pearl’s team lost 84-75, bringing its record for the season to 23-4 and 11-3 in conference play.

Sophomore guard Mustapha Heron scored 16 points and was one of four Tigers to reach double figures. Point guard Jared Harper added 13 and Bryce Brown dropped in 11 points, while freshman Chuma Okeke ended the night with 10 points after a 2-point first half.

Despite the loss, it was an effort where Auburn showed fight and heart in the face of great adversity. Pearl’s message to his team after the loss was short and simple:

Some of the best news for Auburn basketball is that even after suffering a Saturday defeat, the Tigers are still in first place in the SEC. It’s just more proof that the SEC is a weird, confusing league.

Season-opening sweep 

Opening weekend unfolded smoothly at Plainsman Park and now baseball season is in full swing.

Butch Thompson’s team defeated Longwood in three straight games to kick off the 2018 season, winning on Friday (6-0), Saturday (25-1) and Sunday (3-0). It was the first sweep for Auburn on opening weekend since topping Maine in 2013.

It also was a stellar performance for Auburn’s pitching staff, starting with ace Casey Mize. Mize pitched 6 shutout innings and struck out 7, earning his first win of the season against the Lancers.

Other top performers included freshman pitcher Tanner Burns (pitched 5.o scoreless inning and earned a win in his Auburn debut), Calvin Coker (he made 2 appearances on the mound and didn’t allow a single run) and Will Holland (the shortstop totaled 7 hits on the weekend, including a home run and 2 RBI in the series-clinching victory on Saturday).

Auburn is back in action for home games against Georgia State, Troy and Bryant this week. Keep up this week with War Eagle Wakeup for recaps.

Big finish to softball’s winning weekend

Plainsman Park wasn’t the only place Tigers were winning this weekend.

Mickey Dean’s ball club also enjoyed more wins at Jane B. Moore Field this weekend while hosting the Tiger Invitational. No. 13 Auburn is now 13-0.

During the weekend, the Tigers beat Delaware (15-0), Saint Francis (Pa.) (4-3), Maryland (12-1), St. Francis again (5-0), Maryland again (8-0) and Georgia State (5-0).

Sunday was a memorable day for junior right-handed pitcher Makayla Martin as she threw the first no-hitter of her career. It was the 25th no-hitter in program history and the first since Kaylee Carlson tossed a perfect game on March 18, 2017. Another notable achievement is from Victoria Draper, who’s stolen 13 bases on the season — a new career high.

This week, Auburn will travel to the West Coast for a game against Cal State Northridge before playing Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Oregon State, San Jose State and Long Beach State in the Mary Nutter Classic Feb. 22-24 in Cathedral City, Calif.

Gymnastics takes down Rutgers 

Auburn gymnastics earned its sixth win Friday night against Rutgers in Auburn Arena, posting a score of 196.575.

Junior Abby Milliet won a trio of event titles (bars, beam and floor), while newcomer Drew Watson claimed her first all-around title with a score of 39.225.

The Tigers are back in action on Friday in Auburn Arena, where Jeff Graba’s team will host Alabama. The meet, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. CT, will be televised on SEC Network and will also be the team’s senior night.

Auburn tops Aggies 

Auburn equestrian has become rather used to winning lately, defeating three straight top 5 teams. This weekend it was No. 3 Texas A&M at the Auburn University Equestrian Center. The victory lifted the Tigers to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in SEC competition.

Senior Alexa Rivard, the most outstanding performer for the event, earned her 35th career win and took over the top spot in the Auburn record book for career reining wins. Catch Rivard’s ride below:

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South Carolina recruiting: Offered Georgia LB visits with 18 teammates

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:48 AM

Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations in South Carolina recruiting.  For previous editions of SpursUp Surveillance, check out the link.

Eighteen deep

Tra Wilkins and 18 of his teammates from Stephenson High School (Stone Mountain, Ga.) visited South Carolina on Saturday.

Wilkins, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound 2019 linebacker, was offered by South Carolina in December, between offers from Alabama and Louisville. At the time, he was still a student at Lithonia (Ga.) High School.

Now, he’s enrolled at the same school that sent D.J. Wonnum to South Carolina.

“Me and my teammates enjoyed it,” Wilkins said of the visit Saturday. “I got to meet all the coaches personally and everything, got to know them better. I got to talk to Coach Muschamp.”

Plenty stood out.

“How they help you. The whole coaching staff and the players really care about it,” Wilkins said.

It was also his first time meeting the Gamecocks head coach.

“He’s real straight-up. He doesn’t sugar-coat anything. I like that a lot,” Wilkins said.

South Carolina’s coaches had a pretty simple, but direct message.

“How much they really would like me to be a part of their program,” Wilkins said.

This year, he’s also visited Alabama, Clemson and Georgia. Up next are trips to Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

According to 247Sports, Wilkins is rated as a 3-star and ranked as the No. 70 athlete in the Class of 2019.

Offered by South Carolina

At least three of the guests on campus Saturday reeled in an offer from the Gamecocks.

  • 2020 defensive end Desmond Evans (Sanford, N.C.)
  • 2020 offensive lineman Seth McLaughlin (Buford, Ga.)
  • 2020 defensive back Jalen Huff (Buford, Ga.)

Evans (6-6, 210) is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 38 overall prospect in the Class of 2020. Kentucky, North Carolina and North Carolina State are among his other early offers.

South Carolina was first to offer McLaughlin (6-4, 265).

Huff, who’s cousins with Gamecock defensive back Jamyest Williams, is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound prospect with offers from Kentucky, Louisville and Syracuse.

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, NFL draft order (02/19/2018)

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL mock drafts for 2018 have projections. You can find some predictions, key players and a first-round draft order below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at the quarterback position. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DL, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Derwin James, DB, Florida State
  8. Chicago Bears — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  11. Miami Dolphins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  13. Washington Redskins — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  14. Green Bay Packers — Joshua Jackson, DB, Iowa
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Mike McGlinchey, G, Notre Dame
  18. Seattle Seahawks — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  20. Detroit Lions — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. Buffalo Bills –Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  22. Buffalo Bills — Arden Key, DL, LSU
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  24. Carolina Panthers — Marcus Davenport, DL, UTSA
  25. Tennessee Titans — Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Vita Vea, DL, Washington
  27. New Orleans Saints — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Harold Landry, LB, Boston College
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
  31. New England Patriots — Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Ogbonnia Okoronwko, LB, Oklahoma

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Todd McShay

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
  8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Tremaine Edmunds, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech
  11. Miami Dolphins — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Connor Williams, T, Texas
  13. Washington Redskins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  14. Green Bay Packers — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  20. Detroit Lions — Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
  21. Buffalo Bills — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  22. Buffalo Bills — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Billy Price, G/C, Ohio State
  24. Carolina Panthers — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  25. Tennessee Titans — Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  26. Atlanta Falcons — James Daniels, G/C, Iowa
  27. New Orleans Saints — Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
  31. New England Patriots — M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

  1. Cleveland Browns — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  2. New York Giants — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  6. New York Jets — Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  10. Oakland Raiders — Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  11. Miami Dolphins — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  13. Washington Redskins — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  14. Green Bay Packers — Arden Key, DE, LSU
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  20. Detroit Lions — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  21. Buffalo Bills — Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  22. Buffalo Bills — Billy Price, C, Ohio State
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
  24. Carolina Panthers — Jamarco Jones, T, Ohio State
  25. Tennessee Titans — James Daniels, G/C, Iowa
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
  27. New Orleans Saints — Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Connor Williams, T, Texas
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
  31. Philadelphia Eagles — Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
  32. New England Patriots — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

2018 NFL Draft: First-round order

The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

30. Minnesota Vikings

31. New England Patriots

32. Philadelphia Eagles

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