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Oberst, member of Dayton’s first NIT team, dies at 87

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 2:27 PM

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University of Dayton Arena.. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

Clete Oberst, a member of the first Dayton Flyers team to play in the NIT, died at 87 Sunday in Centerville.

A native of Owensboro, Ky., Oberst attended St. Joseph’s High School and upon graduation, according to his obituary, “he took his ‘A’ game, with his visionary jump shot, and hitchhiked to Dayton. He enrolled at the University of Dayton to fulfill his desire for a college degree and to continue his love for basketball.”

HISTORY LESSON: What you should know about the Flyers

Oberst played for Tom Blackburn’s 1949-50 team that finished 24-8. He played for Dayton’s NIT runner-up team in 1951.

Long after his playing career ended, Oberst returned to the University of Dayton as the director of development and planned giving from 1975-92. His obituary described him as one of the biggest fans of the university and the basketball program.

Oberst is survived by his wife of 25 years, Dee. A visitation and viewing will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Tobias Funeral Home at 5471 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH 45429. The funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at UD’s Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

REPORT: Nebraska close to hiring UCF coach Scott Frost

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:08 PM

The Huskers could be closing in on a massive deal to hire Central Florida head coach Scott Frost, according to one report.

Nebraska is “close” to a 7-year, $35 million agreement to bring Frost back to Lincoln, per Lars Anderson of Bleacher Report. No other reports have confirmed this, nor has the school.

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Dayton rebounds with victory over Ohio

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:54 PM

Dayton reacts to a 3-pointer against Ohio on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Dayton reacts to a 3-pointer against Ohio on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

The Dayton Flyers responded to their first loss with their most dominant performance of the young season, beating Ohio 79-65 on Friday in the consolation round of the Charleston Classic at TD Arena.

Star of the game: Darrell Davis scored 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He made all eight of his free-throw attempts.

Double-double: Josh Cunningham had 19 points and 18 rebounds for the Flyers.

Summary: The Flyers led almost the entire way and throughout the second half. The Bobcats got no closer than eight points after halftime.

Freshman star: Jordan Davis scored a career-high 10 points in his home state.

Looking ahead: Dayton will play Old Dominion in the fifth-place game at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.


Trying to bounce back from a 72-69 loss to Hofstra in the first round of the Charleston Classic, the Dayton Flyers got off to a much better start Friday against Ohio.

Dayton built a 41-32 halftime lead in the consolation-round matchup at TD Arena, ending the half on a 13-5 run.

Star of the half: Darrell Davis scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting. He made 2 of 4 3-pointers.

Key stat: Dayton has a 25-12 rebounding edge over the Bobcats.

Turning point: The Flyers led 26-17. Then the Bobcats went on a 10-2 run to get back into the game. UD responded with its own run, starting with a 3-pointer by Josh Cunningham. Cunningham scored 11 points.

Career first: Dayton freshman Matej Svoboda hit his first 3-pointer of the season.

Injury news: Trey Landers left the game early, limping to the bench with what appeared to be an ankle injury. He got it wrapped on the bench but then walked to the locker room with the trainers.

Virginia Tech’s Josh Jackson looking for strong finish to 2017

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:03 PM

Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson was able to get out to a quick start in the first portion of the season. However, the redshirt freshman has seen his stats dwindle over the last few games as the Hokies have dropped back to back games after a 7-1 start.

Regardless, that shouldn’t take away from what has been a fine debut season for the Michigan native. With plenty to build on for 2018, he should continue to develop into one of the better quarterbacks in the ACC.

According to the Daily Press’ Norm Wood, coach Justin Fuente has been pleased with what he has seen from Jackson.

I think he’s given us a chance to win games, and played admirably, been tough and taken care of the football and earned respect of his teammates. Has he always been perfect? No, but he continues to improve and he’s trying to do the things that we’re asking him to do on a weekly basis.

For Jackson, he believes part of the struggle has been the loss of left tackle Yosuah Nimjah.

[T]hat’s obviously a big problem…With the offense, it’s not like they’ve been putting in a bunch of random stuff or anything like that. …I wouldn’t say things have gotten harder. We’ve obviously played better opponents and things haven’t gone as well as we wanted them, too, though.

Jackson and the Hokies do have a chance to get back in the win column on Saturday against a shaky Pitt team. Regardless of how the remainder of 2017 goes, he stands as a key piece for the team to build around in the next couple of years.

FINAL: No. 7 Kentucky 78, East Tennessee State 61: recap, box score (November 17, 2017)

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 5:43 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky and East Tennessee State basketball tip off at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 17, at Rupp Arena. Stay here for live updates, including the latest box score at each media timeout, and analysis.

Kentucky-East Tennessee State live updates, box score

FINAL: No. 7 Kentucky 78, ETSU 61

Kentucky 70, ETSU 54, 3:29 2H: Putback jam for Killeya-Jones and he’s up to 4 points, 8 rebounds (6 offensive), 2 blocks, a steal and assist in 25 minutes off the bench. Lotta nights this shots will fall — I’m high on his offensive talent — and he’ll be chasing down double-doubles. Gotta keep giving him opportunities.

Kentucky 66, ETSU 47, 6:19 2H: After a blistering game against Kansas, Knox came out ice cold against ETSU, making just 1 of 6 shots in the first half. He has since recovered. Knox is now 5 of 6 in the second half — 3 of 3 from deep. The freshman forward has 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.

Kentucky 61, ETSU 46, 7:55 2H: Quade Green is having himself quite a night. The freshman point guard made his first five shots and just sank his third 3-pointer in four tries. He’s up to 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting. That’ll do. (Oddly, though, he had zero assists until the last play: a lob to Knox, who had a crazy tip-in finish as he was decked and upended, drawing an intentional foul on ETSU. Knox is up to 13 points and 9 rebounds.)

Kentucky 52, ETSU 39, 11:42 2H: Better but still not beautiful for the Wildcats. The Bucs are helping plenty by shooting 3 of 17 from the field in this half. Kentucky is barely outrebounding this team and has yet to make a free throw. And a dozen turnovers with a dozen minutes still to go. Full updated box score:

Woof, free throws: Kentucky has missed all eight of its attempts at the line tonight. Ugly. but Killeya-Jones corralled the last miss — his fourth offensive board of the night — and Washington cleaned it up.

Kentucky 45, ETSU 30, 16:06 2H: The Buccaneers still  haven’t scored this half. The Wildcats have scored nine unanswered and opened up a comfortable lead. It only took Calipari 29 seconds of Nick Richards in the second half to swap out Killeya-Jones for him — and SKJ went block, offensive rebound, strong take inside, defensive rebound in rapid succession. Kevin Knox is off his skid, too, having hit a tough shot in the lane and a corner three already this half. SKJ is up to 2 points, 5 rebounds (3 offensive), 1 block, 1 steal and 1 assist. He continues to be (easily) Kentucky’s best big man. He should be starting.

HALFTIME: Kentucky 36, ETSU 30

Calipari looks like he might blow his top in this game. He’s screaming at any and everyone on the sideline — players, assistants, managers (we assume).

Remember when Kevin Knox looked like a star in the making just three days ago against Kansas? When he was swishing shots from all over the floor of the United Center and dropping 20 points on the Jayhawks? His start against ETSU: 3 points, 4 turnovers, 1 for 6 from the field and 0 for 2 from the free-throw line. (We did have a monster putback dunk by PJ Washington just before intermission, and he’s been a little better tonight than in Chicago.)

Here’s your full halftime box score — first both teams and then an extended UK box.

Kentucky 32, ETSU 30, 3:07 1H: The Wildcats surged ahead for their first lead with five minutes to go in the half on two Wenyen Gabriel buckets — one in the paint, one 3-pointer — and two Hamidou Diallo finishes at the rim. They led 29-25. But the Bucs heaved in  another 3-pointer to quickly take it back. Knox answered with a banked-in three of his own. Coming off his big game against Kansas, Knox has mostly struggled early in this one. And ETSU has now attempted  seventeen 3-pointers in this half, making six. Full box score so far:

ETUS 23, Kentucky 20, 8:14 1H: Kentucky made its first real move: Green corner three, Killeya-Jones long baseline jumper, SKJ steal, Green baseline J, Green three from the top of the key in rapid succession. That was a 10-3 run. And Green kept it going, swishing a pull-up jumper from the elbow to make it four consecutive made shots and 10 points in just 2:24 of game clock. That’ll do. Green is 5 of 5 shooting with a dozen points for the game.

ETSU 18, Kentucky 8, 11:57 1H: No, that’s not a typo. The Bucs have attempted 10 3-pointers in 8 minutes and just sank their fourth. With the way the Wildcats are playing offensively — 30.8 percent shooting, Kevin Knox 0 for 4, and 5 turnovers — that’s a real problem for Kentucky.

ETSU 15,  Kentucky 8, 12:54 1H: Well then. The Bucs chucked in another three — they’re now 3 of 8 from deep — and threw down a nasty dunk off a lob in transition and John Calipari wants to talk it over. This is ragged stuff from the Cats, who are now 4 of 13 from the field.

ETSU 8, Kentucky 6, 15:47 1H: The Buccaneers opened with a 3-pointer and just kept firing. They’ve uncorked six in the first four minutes, making a pair, and show no signs of stopping. PJ Washington, who struggled against Kansas, is an early bright spot for Kentucky: he already has an offensive rebound and power slam and a nice attack and finish in traffic. The first subs for the Cats were Gilgeous-Alexander for Green, Gabriel for Washington and Killeya-Jones for Richards. Full box so far:

Eye on the future: Kentucky hosts Virginia Tech on Dec. 16, so it’s worth noting that the Hokies have made 14 of 20 3-pointers and lead Washington 100-76 late in the game tonight.

Starting Five: Kentucky is going with Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington and Nick Richards for the third straight game. Sacha Killeya-Jones and Wenyen Gabriel, two sophomores who’ve been playing well, will have to wait for a shot at starting. Five freshmen again for the Cats.

Kentucky-ETSU game time, information

Time: 7 p.m. ET

Date: Friday, November 17, 2017

Location: Rupp Arena (23,000), Lexington, Ky.

Vegas line: Kentucky by 19 1/2

Kentucky-ETSU preview

  • Might 6-10 sophomore forward Sacha Killeya-Jones be worthy of starting for Kentucky after he delivered 8 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 assists against Kansas? “I’ve just got to keep watching, because he was really good,” Calipari said. “He broke [defensively] some and did some stuff, but every one of them did some stuff. What I liked was his energy. He tried. He was in the gym after we got back [at 3 a.m.]. I got in and opened the window and he was in there shooting free throws. So he is more committed than he has ever been in his life.”
  • The evil, out-to-get Kentucky media wasn’t alone in thinking the Wildcats might take a blowout loss Tuesday night. “I kind of thought we were going to get smashed up there,” Calipari said. “And at the beginning of the game, a lot of people thought we were going to get smashed up there. And these kids fought. We still don’t know what we’re doing [but] I don’t want to give them too much, because I’m more concerned about their fight and their aggressiveness and their attacking mode.”
  • Calipari is not a fan of games away from home tipping off at 10 p.m. ET. He was impressed that all of his players attended class the next day — “I wouldn’t have,” the coach said — but he wondered aloud: “Why are we playing games this late?”
  • ETSU (1-1) will be at a significant size disadvantage. The Buccaneers start players who are 5-foot-11, 6-3, 6-4, 6-6 and 6-10. Against Kansas, Kentucky started guys who are 6 feet, 6-5, 6-7, 6-9 and 7 feet.
  •  The visitors’ leading scorer is Devontavius Payne, a 6-2 senior guard who averaged 16.5 points against Northern Kentucky and Savannah State. Desonta Bradford, a 6-4 senior guard, leads the team in rebounding (8.5) and assists (4.0) per game.