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Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 3:20 PM
— Scratch one thing off Samari Curtis’ to-do list.
With his college choice made — the Xenia junior announced Monday night he is going to Xavier — Curtis can further concentrate on his stated goal of elevating Buccaneers basketball to another level.
With four games left in the regular season, Curtis leads the Greater Western Ohio Conference in scoring at 30.4 points per game. He’s scored 30 points or more in 10 of 17 games played this season, including a 50-point performance in a loss at Tippecanoe on Jan. 5.
The combo guard also averages 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounder per game for the 10-8 Buccaneers, who are in second place behind Trotwood-Madison in the GWOC American South division.
“So proud of how much work Samari has put into his skillset and his strength training,” Xenia coach Kent Anderson said. “It has most certainly paid huge dividends. Xavier is one of the top programs in the country.”
Xavier is No. 5 in the most recent Associated Press poll, and coach Chris Mack has turned up his recruiting a notch since the Musketeers joined the new Big East.
The 2017 class ranked No. 1 in the conference and 10th in the country. It was Mack’s third top 30 class in four years.
Curtis is Xavier’s first commit for 2019.
He said in early January he also had offers from Akron, Toledo, Kent State and Cincinnati.
Curtis is the No. 4 prospect in Ohio according to 247Sports, just ahead of Trotwood-Madison guard Amari Davis and Sidney guard Andre Gordon.
Anderson said the last Division I basketball signee from Xenia was Lenny Bazelak, who played at Dartmouth from 1984-88.
Prior to that, 1979 graduate Eric Salter went to Iowa State.
The program also boasts one NBA player — Barry Clemens, who spent 11 seasons in the league after playing his college ball at Ohio Wesleyan.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 1:00 AM
Olympics Hockey 2018 continues Saturday, Feb. 17. Get the full schedule, scores, standings and results for Saturday below.
USA men’s hockey lost to the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Saturday morning.
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Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL mock drafts for 2018 preview the upcoming April draft. Find some predictions, top players and the first-round draft order below.
Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at the quarterback position. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.
Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.
The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.
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 Kansas City Chiefs)
23. Los Angeles Rams
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Minnesota Vikings
31. New England Patriots
32. Philadelphia Eagles
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 8:35 PM
It didn’t have nearly the drama of Thursday’s win, the last-second victory over Oregon in which Jordan McLaughlin and Chimezie Metu connected on a game-winning lob. But Saturday’s 72-59 home victory against Oregon State was just as important, if not more so.
The Trojans (19-9, 10-5 Pac-12) were playing without junior forward Bennie Boatwright, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the previous game, and thus were down to an eight-man rotation. And with BracketMatrix.com projecting USC as the absolute last team into the NCAA tournament field, the last thing it could afford was a home loss to one of the conference’s worst teams.
It didn’t look great in the first half but McLaughlin, Metu and Elijah Stewart each stepped up in their own way to ensure victory. Here’s what we learned about the Trojans from the win over OSU:
Bennie’s Buckets Can Still Be Made
Bennie Boatwright was USC’s second-leading scorer, at 13.6 points per game, and his 46 made three-pointers were second-best on the team. His production will be sorely missed but the Trojans had already gotten a little taste of what it’s like not to have him, as Boatwright had twice sat out back-to-back games this season because of injury.
USC shot 50 percent from the field against Oregon State, its second straight game making at least half its shots and seventh time all season. Three of those have been without Boatwright or when he wasn’t able to finish the game, as the Trojans are 4-1 when he isn’t available.
Elijah Stewart can still score in bunches
A more prolific point-producer last season, this year Elijah Stewart had recorded almost as many games with single-digits in points as ones with 10 or more. But with Bennie Boatwright out the senior guard took it upon himself to be more involved in the scoring.
Stewart finished with a season-high 28 points, his most since going for 29 against Arizona State in January 2017. He was 9 of 10 from the field and made all five of his three-pointers, the first time in his career he’s been perfect from deep while taking at least three shots.
Active Pac-12 assist leader keeps dishing out dimes
Senior guard Jordan McLaughlin had 13 points and 11 assists, his second straight game with 10 or more assists and sixth this season. He helped USC assist on 64 percent of its made field goals, a few ticks above its 57.8 percent assist rate that ranks 61 st in the country.
McLaughlin also only had 2 turnovers, giving him just 34 in more than 500 minutes in Pac-12 play. His season assist-to-turnover ratio is 3.22-to-1.
With 674 assists for his career, McLaughlin moved past Arizona’s Mustafa Shakur for fifth in conference history. He’s 105 behind USC all-time leader Brandon Granville.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 7:55 PM
It was Senior Night for UCLA, the last time starters Thomas Welsh and GG Goloman will play at Pauley Pavilion. It may have also been the last time junior Aaron Holiday wears the Bruins uniform at home, depending on if he enters the NBA draft.
And if it was, he went out with a bang.
Holiday’s 29 points included a key three-point play in overtime to help UCLA outlast Oregon 86-78 on Saturday night in a game both teams desperately needed on their NCAA tournament resume. The victory keeps the Bruins (19-8, 10-5 Pac-12) in good position to make the 68-team field, while also stay alive for the conference regular-season title.
UCLA wins a wild one in overtime, 86-78. That was one Bruins absolutely had to have for NCAA tournament purposes.
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) February 18, 2018
The same can’t be said for Oregon (17-10, 7-7) after getting swept at the Los Angeles schools. A Final Four team a year ago, the Ducks will likely need to win the Pac-12 tourney to get a bid on Selection Sunday in three weeks.
Ducks go 0-2 on LA trip. 17-10 with 4 games left. Only route to the Big Dance at this point is winning Pac-12 tourney
— Gus Morris (@JustGusMorris) February 18, 2018
UCLA looked like it was running away with things, up 59-48 with 12:22 left. But then Holiday picked up his fourth foul not long after, sending him to the bench, and Oregon responded with an 18-3 run to lead 66-62.
The Ducks had two shots to win it in the final seconds but neither fell, part of an overall poor shooting performance down the stretch. They shot 40.5 percent overall but missed 18 of their last 25 from the field including all five shots in the last minute of OT.
In addition to Holiday, who was 9 of 13 from the field and 5 of 9 on three-pointers, freshman Kris Wilkes had 19 points and was also 5 of 9 from deep while Welsh had 14 points and 14 rebounds two nights after pulling down a career-high 17 boards in a win over Oregon State.
Sophomore Payton Pritchard had 23 and seniors Elijah Brown and MiKyle McIntosh added 19 each for Oregon, which is 2-5 on the road in Pac-12 play.