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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: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:58 PM
COLUMBUS — Central Michigan looked far from an 11 seed Monday night.
The Chippewas crushed third-seeded Ohio State 95-78 at St. John Arena to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
That brought an end to the brilliant career of Ohio State point guard Kelsey Mitchell.
She scored 28 points to finish with 3,402 for her career.
That is No. 1 at Ohio State and in Big Ten annals while trailing only Washington’s Kelsey Plum on the NCAA’s all-time list (3,527). Mitchell passed Jackie Stiles of Missouri State to move into second place with a breakaway layup in the fourth quarter.
The three-time Big Ten Player of the Year also holds the NCAA record for 3-pointers with 497.
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Ohio State led by as many as 10 in the first quarter, but the Chippewas scored the last four points of the stanza to close within 15-9.
CMU hung around despite missing 13 of 16 shots in the first quarter.
Ohio State was 6 for 16 but committed four turnovers, but that was spectacular compared to a disastrous second quarter for the Buckeyes.
The Big Ten champions missed 11 of 13 shots from the field and committed six turnovers against an aggressive CMU defense and while being outscored 25-6.
“First of all, give Central Michigan credit,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. “They played a great game and they deserved to win. They were outstanding today and they’ve got a great basketball team.
“They were well-prepared and their kids really executed at a high level tonight, but I don’t think we handled the adversity of them making shots or them going on a run. We kind of got out of the things that make us a good basketball team. And when that happened, they really made us pay.”
The Chippewas used a 20-1 run that started late in the first quarter to open up a 25-16.
Mitchell halted that by rattling home a jumper from the elbow with 3:12 on the clock.
She had a chance to make it a three-point game with 2:18 left but missed a free throw.
Then the Buckeyes gave up three consecutive 3-pointers, two wide-open looks for Cassie Breen and one a fadeaway by Presley Hudson off the dribble.
That plunged the Buckeyes into a 34-21 hole from which they never recovered.
Ohio State shot 27.6 percent in the first half and committed 10 turnovers.
Central Michigan made 30.6 percent of its shots, had only five turnovers and enjoyed a 28-20 rebounding advantage.
The Chippewas extended their lead in the third quarter with an out-of-this-world shooting performance.
They made 11 of 16 field goals, including 7 of 8 from 3-point range to extend their lead to 67-46.
The Buckeyes found some offense in the third, but not nearly enough.
Ohio State was still outscored 33-25 in the stanza and never got closer than 13 in the fourth quarter.
“I guess it just felt like everything was going in,” Hudson said of the second half. “We got a lot of open shots and even if we weren’t open we felt like we could make ‘em.”
Hudson led Central Michigan with 28 points while Breen had 22.
Stephanie Mavunga scored 16 points for Ohio State while fellow senior Linnae Harper added 14.
“They did a good job of capitalizing on everything we did wrong,” Mavunga said. “They never let up.”
The Buckeyes had a seven-game winning streak in NCAA tournament games at St. John Arena snapped.
Central Michigan ended up making 14 of 27 from 3-point range and won the battle of the boards 46-35.
Ohio State was knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the second round for the first time since 2015.
The Buckeyes advanced to the Sweet 16 the past two seasons but haven’t been to the Elite Eight since 1993, when they made their only Final Four and lost in the national championship game to Texas Tech.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 6:28 PM
Russell Bodine will not return to the Cincinnati Bengals after signing with the Buffalo Bills on Monday.
Bodine started all 64 games at center after the Bengals traded up to draft him in the fourth round in 2015. The unrestricted free agent signed a two-year contract with the Bills.
The only center on the Bengals roster is T.J. Johnson, a seventh-round pick in 2013 who has appeared in 45 games with five starts, all at guard.
The Bengals could look to add depth at the position by signing one of the veteran free agents available, but the 2018 starter could be a player they select in the 2018 draft next month.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 5:18 PM
DAYTON — Dayton Flyers freshman Matej Svoboda will leave the program after one season to return home to the Czech Republic, according to a source.
Svoboda’s departure means Dayton has two scholarships open for the 2018-19 season. Xeyrius Williams announced he was transferring earlier this month.
Svoboda, a 6-foot-7 forward, will play professional basketball in his home country. He appeared in 28 games this past season for the Flyers, averaging 2.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game. He shot 20 percent from 3-point range (9 of 45).
Svoboda was recruited by Archie Miller’s staff and committed to Dayton in February of 2017. He signed with Dayton in May despite not having met new coach Anthony Grant in person.
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Svoboda was one of five members of the 2017 freshman class and one of six Flyers to make their college debuts last season.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 4:42 PM
DAYTON — Tickets are now on sale for the Battle 4 Atlantis, the November tournament in the Bahamas that will include the Dayton Flyers. On paper, it looks like one of the best in-season tournaments ever to have Dayton in the field.
Even if the Flyers are much improved from a 14-17 season, they might be the big underdog. The tournament features four teams from the 2018 NCAA tournament. It also includes three programs Dayton played in the NCAA tournament in 2014 and 2015. The top six conferences are represented: ACC, Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, Pac 12 and Big East.
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The tournament takes place Nov. 21-23 on Paradise Island, Bahamas. Here’s a glance at the eight teams with 2018 RPI in parentheses:
1. Virginia (1): The Cavaliers ranked No. 1 in the RPI and received the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament. Of course, by now, everyone knows what happened next.
2. Middle Tennessee State (33): The Blue Raiders were snubbed by the NCAA tournament selection committee despite a 25-8 record. They also lost their coach, Kermit Davis, after 16 seasons. He’s now the head coach at Mississippi.
» FIRST FOUR: How teams fared in rest of tournament
3. Butler (41): The Bulldogs finished 21-14, losing 76-73 to Purdue in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
4. Florida (46): The Gators beat St. Bonaventure 77-62 in the first round before losing 69-66 to Texas Tech on Saturday. Florida beat Dayton 62-52 in the Elite Eight in 2014.
5. Oklahoma (49): The Sooners finished 18-14. They lost 83-78 to Rhode Island in the first round. Oklahoma knocked Dayton out of the tournament in 2015, winning 72-66 in the second round in Columbus.
6. Stanford (86): The Cardinal finished 19-15. They missed the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight season. They played Dayton in their last NCAA tournament game, losing 82-72 in the Sweet 16 in 2014.
7. Wisconsin (113): The Badgers saw their streak of 19 straight NCAA tournament appearances end this year. They finished 15-18. It was their first losing season since 1997-98 (12-19).
8. Dayton (147): Dayton’s streak of four NCAA appearances ended this March. The Flyers lose one starter, Darrell Davis, and return leading scorer Josh Cunningham (15.4 points per game).
Ticket packages now on sale for the 2018 Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis!— Dayton Basketball (@DaytonMBB) March 19, 2018
Order 🎟️: https://t.co/KBu0iTwghY
NOTE: Tickets may only be purchased as part of an all-inclusive travel package through the Atlantis Resort.
Held over the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 21-23). pic.twitter.com/jGPuo6OJlb