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Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 7:00 AM
DAYTON — 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
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.
Last games: Dayton lost 69-54 at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday. Wagner lost 89-68 at Seton Hall on Wednesday.
About Dayton: KenPom.com 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).
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:
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
Pullman PD has confirmed Tyler Hilinski's demise. pic.twitter.com/c83GNV74ZY
— Stefanie Loh (@StefanieLoh) January 17, 2018
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.”
“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing. 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” – Coach Leach regarding Tyler Hilinski
— WSU Cougar Football (@wsucougfb) January 17, 2018
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.
— Tae Cherry (@tcherry002) January 17, 2018
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.”
— Shotgun Spratling (@ShotgunSpr) January 17, 2018
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.
There are six college programs with three Top-75 commits/signees in the 2018 class by @247Sports. They are:
— Chris Karpman (@ChrisKarpman) January 17, 2018
Arizona State’s basketball account celebrated the commitment subtly:
— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) January 17, 2018
Cherry was also nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Game, but didn’t make the final rosters unveiled Tuesday.
The post Arizona State lands 5-star small forward Taeshon Cherry appeared first on Diehards.
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.
|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|
|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|
|2||Saquon Barkley||Penn State||RB|
|4||Bradley Chubb||NC State||DE|
|6||Quenton Nelson||Notre Dame||G|
|7||Mike McGlinchey||Notre Dame||OT|
|9||Denzel Ward||Ohio State||CB|
|11||Derwin James||Florida State||S|
|14||Harold Landry||Boston College||DE|
|18||Tarvarus McFadden||Florida State||CB|
|22||Christian Kirk||Texas A&M||WR|
|23||Sam Hubbard||Ohio State||DE/LB|
|25||Chukwuma Okorafor||Western Michigan||OT|
|26||Dre’Mont Jones||Ohio State||DT|
|32||James Washington||Oklahoma State||WR|
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