Dayton at UMass: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

Anthony Grant talks about rematch with Minutemen.

Who: Dayton (10-11, 4-5) at Massachusetts (10-13, 3-7)

When: 2 p.m., Saturday

Where: Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.

TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO

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Probable Dayton starters

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.5

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.1

Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 9.0

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 8.2

Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 7.9

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Probable UMass starters

Malik Hines, 6-10, Jr., F, 8.0

Luwane Pipkins, 5-11, So., G, 20.2

Unique McLean, 6-2, R-Fr., G, 5.7

Carl Pierre, 6-4, Fr., G, 11.8

C.J. Anderson, 6-6, Sr., G, 8.2

Series history: UMass leads 13-12. The Minutemen beat Dayton 62-60 at UD Arena on Jan. 6. Pipkins scored 25 points on 9-of-22 shooting. Darrell Davis missed what would have been the game-tying shot at the buzzer. Dayton has lost six straight games in Amherst or at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield. Dayton hasn’t won a regular-season game at either arena since 2004.

Darrell Davis thinks Flyers still can “make a run.”

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 10-11 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 203-121. Matt McCall is 10-13 in his first season at UMass. He was 48-18 in two seasons at Chattanooga.

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Last games: On Tuesday, UMass lost 85-83 at home to Rhode Island. On Jan. 27, Dayton lost 75-65 at Saint Louis.

About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 51 percent chance of winning and predicts a 72-71 score. … Dayton ranks 100th in the RPI. UMass ranks 204th. Dayton ranks 145th in the Pomeroy ratings. UMass is 196th. … Cunningham ranks fifth in the nation in 2-point field-goal percentage (74.1). He ranks third in the A-10 in 8.7 rebounds per game. … The Flyers are 4-1 in A-10 play when Landers scores in double figures. … Dayton’s bench has been outscored by the opponents’ bench nine times in the last 10 games.

About UMass: The Minutemen have lost five games in a row. They are 2-3 at home in A-10 play with wins over La Salle and St. Joseph’s and losses to George Mason, Saint Louis and Rhode Island. … Pipkins scored 27 against Rhode Island. UMass rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final four minutes to make it close. … Rashaan Holloway, a 6-11 junior center, was declared academically ineligible Jan. 22. He did not play in the first game against Dayton because he was suspended. Anderson also missed that game because of a suspension.

Next game: Dayton plays Duquesne at 7 p.m. Wednesday at UD Arena. Spectrum Sports will televise the game.
Anthony Grant talks about his team coming off a frustrating loss to UMass

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LSU shortstop Josh Smith to miss at least a month with injury

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 11:18 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. — A season-opening series loss to Notre Dame is the least of LSU baseball’s worries right now. Star shortstop Josh Smith will miss at least the next month with an injury, Tigers coach Paul Mainieri revealed Tuesday.

Mainieri described the injury as a “stress reaction” in Smith’s vertebrae. Smith cannot participate in any baseball activity, period, for the next four weeks.

In the interim, his place in the lineup will be taken by freshman Hal Hughes.

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Olympics Hockey: Schedule, scores, bracket, results for Tuesday (02/20/2018)

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

Olympics Hockey 2018 continues on Tuesday, February 20. Get the complete schedule, scores, bracket and results below.

Action includes four men’s hockey games and one women’s hockey game. USA men’s hockey plays the Czech Republic Tuesday ET in a quarterfinal.

Olympics Hockey: Schedule, scores for Tuesday

Tuesday, February 20

LIVE SCORES

  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Norway 2, Slovenia 1 (OT)
  • Women’s hockey (Finals for No. 5-6): Switzerland 1, Japan 0
  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Finland 5, South Korea 2
  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Germany 2, Switzerland 1
  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Czech Republic vs. USA, 10:10 p.m.

Olympics Hockey: Bracket

Men’s Hockey

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Playoff qualification (winners to quarterfinals)

Note: All times ET

  • Germany 2, Switzerland 1
  • Finland 5, South Korea 2
  • USA 5, Slovakia 1
  • Norway 2, Slovenia 1 (OT)

Quarterfinals

  • Sweden vs. Germany, 7:10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21 ET
  • Canada vs. Finland, 7:10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21
  • Czech Republic vs. USA, 10:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Olympic Athletes from Russia vs. Norway, 2:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21

Semifinals

  • Sweden-Switzerland-Germany winner plays Canada-Finland-South Korea winner
  • Czech Republic-USA winner plays Olympic Athletes from Russia-Norway winner
  • Games at 2:40 a.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 23 and 7:10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23

Bronze Medal

  • 7:10 a.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 24

Gold Medal

  • 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 24

Olympic Men’s Hockey: Standings

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Group A

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts. Qualification
1 Czech Republic 2 1 0 0 9 4 +5 8 Quarterfinals
2 Canada 2 0 1 0 11 4 +7 7 Possible quarterfinals
3 Switzerland 1 0 0 2 10 9 +1 3 Qualification playoffs
4 South Korea 0 0 0 3 1 14 -13 0 Qualification playoffs

Group B

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts. Qualification
1 Olympic Athletes from Russia 2 0 0 1 14 5 +9 6  Quarterfinals
2 Slovenia 0 2 0 1 8 12 -4 4 Possible quarterfinals
3 USA 1 0 1 1 4 8 -4 4 Qualification playoffs
4 Slovakia 1 0 1 1 6 7 -1 4 Qualification playoffs

Group C

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts. Qualification
1 Sweden 3 0 0 0 8 1 +7 9  Quarterfinals
2 Finland 2 0 0 1 11 6 +5 6 Possible quarterfinals
3 Germany 0 1 0 2 4 7 -3 2 Qualification playoffs
4 Norway 0 0 1 2 2 11 -9 1 Qualification playoffs

Olympic Women’s Hockey: Standings

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Group A

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts. Qualification
1 Canada 3 0 0 0 11 2 +9 9 Semifinals
2 USA 2 0 0 1 9 3 +6 6 Semifinals
3 Finland 1 0 0 2 7 8 -1 3 Quarterfinals
4 Olympic Athletes from Russia 0 0 0 3 1 15 -14 0 Quarterfinals

Group B

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts. Qualification
1 Switzerland 3 0 0 0 13 2 +11 9 Quarterfinals
2 Sweden 2 0 0 1 11 3 +8 6 Quarterfinals
3 Japan 1 0 0 2 6 6 0 3 Classification
4 Korea 0 0 0 3 1 20 -19 0 Classification

Olympics Hockey: Scores, results

Saturday, February 10

  • Women’s hockey: Sweden 2, Japan 1
  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 8, Korea 0

Saturday, February 11

  • Women’s hockey: USA 3, Finland 1
  • Women’s hockey: Canada 5, Olympic Athletes from Russia 0

Monday, February 12

  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 3, Japan 1
  • Women’s hockey: Sweden 8, Korea 0

Tuesday, February 13

  • Women’s hockey: Canada 4, Finland 1
  • Women’s hockey: USA 5, Olympic Athletes from Russia 0
  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 2, Sweden 1

Wednesday, February 14

  • Women’s hockey: Japan 4, Korea 1
  • Men’s hockey: Slovakia 3, Olympic Athletes from Russia 2
  • Men’s hockey: Slovenia 3, USA 2 (OT)
  • Men’s hockey: Finland 5, Germany 2
  • Women’s hockey: Canada 2, USA 1

Thursday, February 15

  • Men’s hockey: Sweden 4, Norway 0
  • Women’s hockey: Finland 5, Olympics Athletes from Russia 1
  • Men’s hockey: Czech Republic 2, South Korea 1
  • Men’s hockey: Canada 5, Switzerland 1
  • Men’s hockey: USA 2, Slovakia 1

Friday, February 16

  • Men’s hockey: Olympic Athletes from Russia 8, Slovenia 2
  • Men’s hockey: Finland 5, Norway 1
  • Men’s hockey: Sweden 1, Germany 0
  • Men’s hockey: Czech Republic 3, Canada 2 (shootout)
  • Women’s hockey quarterfinal: Olympic Athletes from Russia 6, Switzerland 2

Saturday, February 17

  • Men’s hockey: Switzerland 8, South Korea 0
  • Women’s hockey quarterfinal: Finland 7, Sweden 2
  • Men’s hockey: Olympic Athletes from Russia 4, USA 0
  • Men’s hockey: Slovenia 3, Slovakia 2 (shootout)
  • Men’s hockey: Germany 2, Norway 1 (shootout)
  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 2, Korea 0

Sunday, February 18

  • Men’s hockey (Group A): Czech Republic 4, Switzerland 1
  • Women’s hockey (Classification for Nos. 5-8): Japan 2, Sweden 1 (OT)
  • Men’s hockey (Group A): Canada 4, South Korea 0
  • Men’s hockey (Group C): Sweden 3, Finland 1
  • Women’s hockey (Semifinals): USA 5, Finland 0

Monday, February 19

  • Women’s hockey (Semifinals): Canada 5, Olympic Athletes from Russia 0
  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): USA 5, Slovakia 1
  • Women’s hockey (Finals for No. 7-8): Sweden 6, Korea 1

Tuesday, February 20

  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Norway 2, Slovenia 1 (OT)
  • Women’s hockey (Finals for No. 5-6): Switzerland 1, Japan 0
  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Finland vs. South Korea 7:10 a.m. ET
  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Switzerland vs. Germany, 7:10 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Czech Republic vs. USA, 10:10 p.m.

Wednesday, February 21

  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Olympic Athletes from Russia vs. Norway, 2:40 a.m.
  • Women’s hockey (Bronze Medal): Finland vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia, 2:40 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Canada vs. TBD, 7:10 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Sweden vs. TBD, 7:10 a.m.
  • Women’s hockey (Gold Medal): USA vs. Canada, 11:10 p.m.

Friday, February 23

  • Men’s hockey: Semifinal, 2:40 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey: Semifinal, 7:10 a.m.

Saturday, February 24

  • Men’s hockey: Bronze medal, 7:10 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey: Gold medal, 11:10 p.m.

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Oregon’s Ruthy Hebard sets NCAA record for consecutive field goals made

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 11:12 AM

Ruthy Hebard is only in her second season of college basketball, but she’s forever in the NCAA record books.

The sophomore forward broke the NCAA record for consecutive field goals made early in Oregon’s overtime win over UCLA. Hebard entered with a streak of 30 straight, tying the men’s record set by Yale’s Brandon Sherrod in 2016, broke that mark and set the new high for both men and women with 33 before she missed in the second quarter.

Hebard made her final six shots in a win over Washington on Feb. 9, then went 12-12 in each of Oregon’s wins over Washington State (Feb. 11) and USC (Feb. 16), and converted her first three attempts against UCLA. The 6-foot-4 forward led the Ducks in scoring last season with an average of 14.9 points per game, and her 18 points per game this season are second only to Sabrina Ionescu’s 19.4 per game.

An All-Pac-12 selection as a freshman, Hebard finished Monday night’s win over UCLA with 14 points and 11 rebounds on 7 of 11 shooting. She was one of seven Pac-12 players to make the midseason Naismith Award list earlier this month.

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ESPN NBA mock draft has Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. going to Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 4

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

Jaren Jackson Jr.’s freshman season has been filled with one highlight reel block after another, and NBA teams are likely taking notice of the Michigan State freshman. The 2018 NBA Draft isn’t until June 21, but some analysts have already mapped out mock drafts.

ESPN’s latest mock draft has Jackson going No. 4 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jackson is averaging 11.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 blocks (third-best in the nation) for a Spartans team that maintains first place in the Big Ten with the league tournament set to kick off Feb. 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The bright lights will provide an opportunity for Jackson to showcase his skillset in front of a big audience.

Perhaps Jackson’s most impressive college performance came Jan. 22, when Michigan State beat Illinois, 87-74. Jackson scored 21 points on 5-for-6 shooting and hauled in 11 rebounds in addition to blocking six shots. He blocked a career-high eight shots against Rutgers on Dec. 5, 2017.

He’s been impressive of late, too, scoring 27 points in Michigan State’s 87-57 win over Minnesota on Feb. 13. The Spartans return to action Tuesday night against Illinois at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

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