Grant proud of consistent effort by Flyers

Published: Saturday, November 04, 2017 @ 10:24 PM

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Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s family — his wife Chris and three of his children — sat a couple rows behind the bench on Saturday at UD Arena. Chris applauded until the last player had left the court after a 79-61 victory against Ohio Dominican in an exhibition game.

This was Grant’s first game as UD coach. It won’t count on his record, but it meant a lot to him.

“Let me open up by saying it’s awesome to be back in the arena,” Grant said in his postgame press conference. “Thirty years ago as a player and to see it come full circle and have a chance to walk out of the tunnel as a head coach, I want to thank our administration, Neil Sullivan and Dr. (Eric) Spina, for the opportunity.”

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Grant then praised the renovated UD Arena, which fans saw for the first time. Phase one of the three-year, $72 million project ended just in time for the season to start.

“The arena’s awesome,” Grant said. “It’s beautiful. I want to thank (UD Arena Director) Scott DeBolt and his staff for the great job they did getting the place ready for us to be able to showcase it today for our fans and loyal supporters. It’s awesome to be able to come out and play in front of our fans in a great arena.”

Anthony Grant: Postgame press conference after exhibition game

The Flyers led 37-28 at halftime and opened the second half on a 9-2 run. Josh Cunningham led Dayton with 22 points. Xeyrius Williams had 15 rebounds. Darrell Davis scored 14. Matej Svoboda scored 13.

The Flyers shot 47.8 percent from the field and held Ohio Dominican, a Division II team, to 33.3 percent.

“I was really proud of the effort our guys gave,” Grant said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys out there. It was there first chance of getting out there in front of a crowd. It was the first opportunity to play a game. Tonight, for the most part, we had really consistent effort. The thing I told them before the game is what we wanted to see was continued improvement. Continue to get better in the things we worked on from an offensive and defensive standpoint. For the most part, we were able to do that. We were able to play through some adversity with foul trouble and maybe a few turnovers that were untimely. I thought we played through some positive runs that can cause distraction for a young team when you think you’ve built a little bit of a lead and you think it’s easy.”

Big 12 to review Baylor-TCU brawl ahead of conference title game

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 8:20 PM

TCU and Baylor football could be facing disciplinary actions following a second-half scuffle between the two teams on Friday in Fort Worth.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Mac Engel, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the Big 12 Conference will conduct a review of the incident that resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for everybody on both sidelines.

While Baylor’s season has come to an end, any punishments issued by the league could have major implications for TCU — who is set to face Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington on Dec. 2.

TCU defensive tackles Chris Bradley and Ross Blacklock and safety Nick Orr were among several Horned Frogs engulfed in the middle of the incident that delayed the game for several minutes. TCU head coach Gary Patterson said on Friday that he apologized to Baylor head coach Matt Rhule for his players’ actions after the game.

TCU defeated Baylor 45-22 for its third straight win over the Bears. The Horned Frogs now lead the Big 12 series between the two schools, 4-2.

Report: Arkansas offers explanation for timing of Bret Bielema firing

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 8:12 PM

The Arkansas Razorbacks fired Bret Bielema following their 45-42 loss to Missouri on Friday night, but despite it being an expected move, the administration is getting significant pushback for how it let Bielema know he had been dismissed.

Bielema said in his postgame press conference that he was informed of his fate as head coach while he was walking off the field.

According to Arkansas radio host Bo Mattingly, a source within the athletic program explained the thinking behind the timing of firing Bielema so soon after the game’s conclusion.

Except that doesn’t explain why Bielema was not allowed to, at the very least, first address his team in the locker room following the close loss to Missouri. Firing him as he left the field is just brutal, as fans as well as Arkansas players on Twitter and an athletic director at another program have claimed.

Bielema, however, has handled the situation incredibly well, displaying and speaking with class and class only during his postgame and post-firing press conference.

What Barry Odom said after Missouri’s thrilling win over Arkansas

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 8:12 PM

At 1-5, many thought that Barry Odom would be on the hot seat. Since then the Tigers have won 6 straight games including a thrilling 48-45 win over Arkansas on Friday.

The Tigers and Razorbacks engaged in a back and forth affair, but the Tigers went on a 14-play, 75 yard drive that soaked up all but the final 5 seconds of the game. Kicker Tucker McCann booted a chip shot field goal to give the Tigers the winning score.

Missouri will now head to a bowl game in Odom’s second season. The Tigers also became the first time in SEC history to go from 0-4 in SEC play to finish 4-4. Quarterback Drew Lock also set the SEC passing touchdown record in the game.

Below is what Odom had to say following the win.

What Barry Odom said after Missouri’s big win

Missouri will now wait to find out the status of its bowl game. Odom’s counterpart, Bret Bielema, was fired from Arkansas after the game.

Wisconsin basketball takes redshirt off freshman center Nate Reuvers

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 8:09 PM

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Wisconsin men’s basketball has finished in the top-four of the Big Ten standings for an extremely long time.

For the 2017-18 season, though, thanks to a number of key departures from last year’s team — some think the Badgers may indeed finish outside the top-four. Big Ten play hasn’t begun yet in the early stages of this college basketball season, but five non-conference games have been played.

Wisconsin is 2-3 in those five games.

It should be noted, that while the Badgers are below .500, its last three games — that have resulted in losses — have come against No. 15 Xavier, No. 22 Baylor and No. 23 UCLA. The Badgers defeated South Carolina State and Yale to begin this season.

With the sub-par start to the season, an addition has been made to the front-court.

Nate Reuvers, a 6-foot-9 big who was ranked as a 4-star prospect coming out of high school, is making his Badgers debut Friday night against UW-Milwaukee. With the decision made, it is now official that Reuvers is no longer eligible to redshirt this season.

Outside of sophomore Ethan Happ, who has averaged 19 points and 9.6 rebounds per game so far this season, no other Badger averages over 11 points per game or 6 rebounds per game. Happ also leads the team in assists (4.0) and blocks (1.2) per contest as well.

With the addition of Reuvers to the rotation, the Badgers are clearly looking for help on its front line. That much is for sure.

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