March Forecast VII: Where Dayton Flyers stand in NCAA tourney picture

Published: Friday, March 03, 2017 @ 8:31 AM

Dayton’s Joey Gruden, Trey Landers, John Crosby and Sam Miller react to a basket in the final minutes against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at UD Arena.
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Dayton’s Joey Gruden, Trey Landers, John Crosby and Sam Miller react to a basket in the final minutes against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at UD Arena.(David Jablonski)

Nine days remain until Selection Sunday. The Dayton Flyers, in all probability, stamped their tickets for a fourth straight trip to the NCAA tournament — something UD has never accomplished — with a 79-72 victory Wednesday on Senior Night at UD Arena.

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Here’s a summary of where Dayton stands in the NCAA tournament picture:

Dayton (24-5, 15-2) takes a nine-game winning streak into the regular-season finale at 8 p.m. Saturday at George Washington. The Flyers rank 21st (up three spots from last week) in the RPI, 33rd (up one spot) in the Pomeroy ratings, 32nd (up two spots) in the Sagarin ratings, 24th (up four spots) in the KPI Sports ratings and 32nd (up three spots) in ESPN’s Basketball Power Index.

Dayton has four top-50 wins: one against No. 22 VCU and No. 49 Vanderbilt and two against No. 44 Rhode Island. Dayton is 11-4 against teams in the top 100, and its strength of schedule ranks 72nd.

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Here’s what the experts say about Dayton:

Joe Lunardi, ESPN: No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 10 Arkansas in Tulsa.

Jerry Palm, CBS: No. 8 Dayton vs. No. 9 Seton Hall in Tulsa.

Michael Beller, Sports Illustrated: No. 8 Dayton vs. No. 9 Marquette.

Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports: No. 8 Dayton vs. No. 9 Northwestern in Buffalo. Note: This is a regular-season rematch the NCAA would likely try to avoid.

131Sports: No. 8 Dayton vs. No.9 Arkansas in Tulsa.

Bracketologist: No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 10 Southern California in Indianapolis.

USA Today: No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 10 Illinois in Indianapolis.

Bracket Matrix: Dayton’s average seed is 7.50. The Flyers are listed on all 123 brackets and range as high as a No. 5 seed and as low as a No. 9.

North Florida Dance Card: Dayton ranks 21st with a 100 percent chance of making the field.

The Flyers were only part of the story Wednesday night as Dayton beat VCU to win the Atlantic 10 championship. The crowd was also in it from start to finish.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/19/2018)

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 mock drafts are showing up in as NFL Playoffs play conference title games this Sunday. 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 Bradley Chubb NC State DL
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
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 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
13 Washington Redskins Calvin Ridley Alabama 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 Orlando Brown Oklahoma OL
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 Atlanta Falcons Vita Vea Washington DL
27 New Orleans Saints Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Harold Landry Boston College 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: ESPN projections by Mel Kiper

1 Cleveland Browns Josh Allen Wyoming QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Bradley Chubb NC State DE
4 Cleveland Browns Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Sam Darnold USC QB
6 New York Jets Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
8 Chicago Bears Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
12 Cincinnati Bengals Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech LB
13 Washington Redskins Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
14 Green Bay Packers Marcus Davenport USA DE
15 Arizona Cardinals Josh Jackson Iowa CB
16 Baltimore Ravens Brian O’Neill Pittsburgh OT
17 Los Angeles Chargers Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Derwin James Florida State S
19 Dallas Cowboys Vita Vea Washington DT
20 Detroit Lions Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE
21 Buffalo Bills Mike Hughes UCF CB
22 Buffalo Bills Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
23 Los Angeles Rams Carlton Davis Auburn CB
24 Carolina Panthers Billy Price Ohio State C/G
25 Tennessee Titans Harold Landry Boston College OLB
26 Atlanta Falcons Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
27 New Orleans Saints Courtland Suttin SMU WR DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Rashaan Evans Alabama ILB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Kolton Miller UCLA OT
31 Minnesota Vikings Connor Williams Texas OT
32 New England Patriots Rasheem Green USC DE

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

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32.

Oklahoma State among teams with significant threat of regression in 2018

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:09 PM

Oklahoma State boasted one of the most prolific offenses in 2017, riding the unit’s success to a third straight 10-win season.

Of course, all good things must come to an end. With the departure of quarterback Mason Rudolph and two of his top targets — wide receivers Marcell Ateman and James Washington — this offseason, it’s the end of an era in Stillwater.

And while the Cowboys will bring in four-star dual threat quarterback Spencer Sanders from Denton, Texas, Oklahoma State could still be facing significant growing pains in 2018.

Bleacher Report had the Cowboys on a list that no team wants to be a part of: the teams that could regress the most in 2018.

It’s not unfathomable either, given the loss of talent that Mike Gundy is facing this offseason.

The offense isn’t alone in enduring significant departures. The Cowboys will also lose defensive tackle and 2017 team sack-leader DeQuinton Osborne.

It’s not to say that Oklahoma State will be void of talent. Yahoo Sports had the Cowboys all the way up at No. 13 in the absurdly early preseason top-25 for 2018 — higher than their No. 14 finish in the AP Top 25 poll this past season.

But if the Cowboys intend to win a conference title and perhaps even more, 2018 likely won’t be the year that fans in Stillwater see their dream come true.

Then again, we do play the games for a reason. And who knows what tricks the man with the mullet might have up his sleeve.

Images from vigil for Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:05 PM

On Tuesday afternoon, Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment, and by Thursday it had been ruled a suicide, as a rifle and a note had been found beside him, police have reported. It has since rocked not just the Pullman community, but the entire football community at large.

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing,” Washington State coach Mike Leach said in a statement Tuesday. “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.”

Messages of condolence have been pouring in on social media from athletes and fans alike. On Friday night, the university held a vigil for the 21-year-old, and the images and messages posted from the evening were both heartwarming and tear jerking.

 

Photo gallery: Springfield at Fairmont boys basketball

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:49 PM

Springfield boys basketball coach Isaiah Carson addresses an 81-65 win at Fairmont that pushes the Wildcats to 11-0 on Fri., Jan. 19, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Leonard Taylor scored 17 points, RaHeim Moss 14 and Michael Wallace added 13 in his most productive effort since returning in midseason from a knee injury as unbeaten Springfield defeated host Fairmont 81-65 in a boys high school basketball game at Trent Arena on Friday night.

Springfield improves to 11-0 and keeps pace with unbeaten and top-ranked Wayne (12-0) as co-leaders of the GWOC National East, both at 6-0. Fairmont (9-5, 4-3) was led by Cade Morgan’s 15 points. Jack Hendricks and Ryan Hall added 13 apiece and Kellan Bochenek 12.

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Sringfield’s Leonard Taylor. Springfield defeated host Fairmont 81-65 in a boys high school basketball game at Trent Arena on Fri., Jan. 19, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF