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Dayton vs. Wagner: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

            Dayton’s John Crosby leads the team onto the court against Saint Mary’s on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton’s John Crosby leads the team onto the court against Saint Mary’s on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: Wagner (7-3) at Dayton (5-6)

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: UD Arena

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

» SAINT MARY’S GAME: Five reasons Dayton lost | Photos | Notes

Probable Dayton starters

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

Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.1

Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 7.0

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

John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 5.7

Probable Wagner starters

JoJo Cooper, 6-0, Sr., G, 13.4

Nigel Jackson, 6-7, Fr., F, 8.1

Blake Francis, 6-0, So., G, 18.9

AJ Sumbry, 6-8, R-Jr., F, 6.5

Devin Liggeons, 6-3, Jr., G, 7.1

Series history: Dayton leads 1-0. The Flyers beat Wagner 67-65 on Dec. 6, 2003. Dayton is 21-2 against the Northeast Conference

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 5-6 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 198-116. Bashir Mason is 94-72 in his sixth season at Wagner. Mason coached two seasons at Wagner under Dan Hurley before Hurley was named Rhode Island head coach in 2012.

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Last games: Dayton lost 69-54 at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday. Wagner lost 89-68 at Seton Hall on Wednesday.

About Dayton: gives Dayton an 80 percent chance of winning and predicts a 71-62 score. … The Flyers have averaged 13,113 fans in six home games. That would be a UD Arena record if it stands. UD set the record of 13,018 last season. The previous record of 12,982 had stood since the arena’s first season in 1969-70. … Xeyrius Williams scored a season-high 16 points against Saint Mary’s in his second game back after missing five games with a back injury. He made 3 of 6 3-pointers. … Through Wednesday, only four of the 14 teams in the Atlantic 10 had winning records: St. Bonaventure (9-2); Rhode Island (6-3); Virginia Commonwealth (7-5) and Duquesne (8-3).

About Wagner: The Seahawks, who play in Staten Island, N.Y., finished 16-14 last season. They posted winning records in four of Mason’s first five seasons. They were picked to finish third behind Saint Francis (Pa.) and Farleigh Dickinson in the Northeast Conference preseason poll. … Cooper is Wagner’s only returning starter from last season. … Wagner ranks 350th out of 351 teams in the country in opponents’ free-throw rate, which measures how often a team gets to the line. Wagner shoots 41.7 percent from 3-point range (335th in the country) and 37.9 percent from 3-point range (83rd). … Francis is the team’s top 3-point shooter (26 of 59, 44.1).

Next game: Dayton opens Atlantic 10 play at Duquesne at 4 p.m. Dec. 30.

South Carolina basketball: What Frank Martin said after the Kentucky win

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:53 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin met with reporters after the 76-68 win over No. 16 Kentucky on Tuesday night in Colonial Life Arena.

Here’s what the Gamecocks head coach had to say:

Opening statement

“Obviously, anytime you’re down in the second half and figure out a way to come back, it’s good. The thing I’m proudest [of] – we’ve had moments like this in previous games, pretty much not here, [but] away from home, at Alabama, Temple up at the Garden, at Clemson – we did not have, when I tell you we’re looking for leadership – when things are not going your way, somebody to give everybody the courage. And first time I’ve seen it all year, three guys, Chris Silva, Wes Myers and Frank Booker. Those three guys – we were trying to let it go, we were trying to hang our head again, but those three guys [said], not uh, not tonight. Credit to them for doing that.”

On the crowd

“We’ve got incredible fans at this school. They make an unbelievable difference for our basketball team when they show up. The students are back. Our level of energy in this building, when we were struggling there in the second half, going through that moment, we made a shot, then we got a stop and the crowd started going nuts and it gave our guys life. … And it rattled Kentucky and that gave us an opportunity to get back in the game.”

Message at the final media timeout

“I told the guys, coming out of the timeout, I said, you guys battled your tails off to get back in this game. Now, let’s be disciplined and let’s win the game. That’s kind of what we did. Coming down to the last four minutes, defensively, our attention to detail was on-point. Offensively, even though we missed some stuff, we scored enough to win. We took good shots, didn’t turn [the ball] over.”

The first half shooting slump

“That’s why we work on rebounding and defense. We spend a lot of time on those things. That’s what keeps you in games. We’re not a bad shooting team. We’ve got some young guys that are really, really frustrated, because the ball won’t go into the basket for them, so they get discouraged. After coaching us for whatever number of games, we’re not a very good instinctive passing team, therefore it’s limiting us to be able to make more shots.  Our passes are not as quickly and as crisp as they need to be. We are late on passes. They’re not on point. We’ve got to work on that.”

Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski found dead in apparent suicide, per police

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:34 PM

Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment by Pullman Police Department officers on Tuesday afternoon. According to the police, it is a suicide investigation.

As reported by Stefanie Loh of the Seattle Times, officers went to Hilinski’s apartment to check on him after he didn’t show up to practice earlier on Tuesday.

Washington QB Tyler Hilinski found dead

Hilinski played in eight games for the Cougars this past season. He passed for 1,176 yards with 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions for the 9-4 Cougars. He led Washington State to a 3-overtime win against Boise State early in the season and then passed for 509 yards against Arizona. With starter Luke Falk injured for the Holiday Bowl against Michigan State, Hilinski was 39 for 50 for 272 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Hilinski was seen as a possible starter for next season.

Washington State coach Mike Leach shared a statement expressing his thoughts and prayers to Hilinski’s family.

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing,” Leach said in the statement. “He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Arizona State lands 5-star small forward Taeshon Cherry

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:44 PM


Arizona State’s last 3 months have been some of the program’s best ever.

Add landing a 5-star recruit and former USC commitment to the list of great things to happen for Bobby Hurley’s squad.

Taeshon Cherry, from Foothills Christian High School (El Cajon, Calif.), committed to Arizona State on Tuesday night, announcing his decision via Twitter.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward is the No. 2 player in California, No. 6 small forward and No. 27 recruit in the Class of 2018, and carries a composite rating of .9902, per 247Sports.

Cherry was originally committed to USC, which is just a couple hours north of El Cajon, but the forward decommitted from the Trojans in late December. Just days later, the Los Angeles Times reported Cherry was the recruit identified as Player-8 in the federal criminal complaint against USC associate head coach Tony Bland, who was placed on administrative leave after he was charged in the college basketball bribery case.

Cherry’s mother vehemently denied any connection to the case, telling the Times “It’s not true. My son is not Player-8.”

As for the Sun Devils, Cherry’s commitment adds to what might end up being the school’s best recruiting class ever. Head coach Bobby Hurley and his staff are taking advantage of a white-hot start to the 2017-18 season by securing 3 of the nation’s top 75 players in the 2018 class, with the 2 others being signees Luguentz Dort and Elias Valtonen. They’re joining some pretty good company in that category.

Arizona State’s basketball account celebrated the commitment subtly:

Cherry was also nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Game, but didn’t make the final rosters unveiled Tuesday.

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/16/2018)

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 is closing in with the NFL Playoffs heading to the conference championships this weekend. Find 2018 NFL mock drafts below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the internet, plus Land of 10’s own projection.

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

Land of 10 predictions

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

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

CBS Sports projection

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
4 Cleveland Browns (from Texans) Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Connor Williams Texas OT
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DE
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Derwin James Florida State S
12 Cincinnati Bengals Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
13 Washington Redskins Josh Allen Wyoming QB
14 Green Bay Packers Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
15 Arizona Cardinals Lamar Jackson Louisville QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Derrius Guice LSU RB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Vita Vea Washington DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
19 Dallas Cowboys James Washington Oklahoma State WR
20 Detroit Lions Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
21 Buffalo Bills Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
22 Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs) Harrison Phillips Stanford DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Joshua Jackson Iowa CB
24 Carolina Panthers Anthony Miller Memphis WR
25 Tennessee Titans Taven Bryan Florida DT
26 Atlanta Falcons Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
27 New Orleans Saints Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
31 New England Patriots Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
32 Minnesota Vikings Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections for 2018 NFL Draft

Sports Illustrated’s NFL executive-vetted projection

1 Sam Darnold USC QB
2 Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
3 Josh Rosen UCLA QB
4 Bradley Chubb NC State DE
5 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
6 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
7 Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
8 Connor Williams Texas OT
9 Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Josh Allen Wyoming QB
11 Derwin James Florida State S
12 Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
13 Courtland Sutton SMU WR
14 Harold Landry Boston College DE
15 Roquan Smith Georgia LB
16 Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
17 Christian Wilkins Clemson DT
18 Tarvarus McFadden Florida State CB
19 Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
20 Clelin Ferrell Clemson DE/LB
21 Austin Bryant Clemson DE/LB
22 Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
23 Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE/LB
24 Arden Key LSU DE
25 Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT
26 Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State DT
27 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
28 Derrius Guice LSU RB
29 Isaiah Oliver Colorado CB
30 Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
31 Damien Harris Alabama RB
32 James Washington Oklahoma State WR

2018 NFL Draft: First round order

Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.

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 Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers