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Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 11:24 AM
DAYTON — Who: Ball State at Dayton
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: UD Arena
TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO
ARCHDEACON: Diamond in the rough hopes to sparkle for Flyers
Probable Dayton starters
Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 5.5 points per game
John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 2.8
Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 6.3
Xeyrius Williams, 6-8, Jr., F, 8.2
Trey Landers, 6-4, So., G, 3.0
Probable Ball State starters
Tayler Persons, 6-3, R-Jr., G, 15.5
Francis Kiapway, 6-3, Sr., G, 8.1
Sean Sellers, 6-6, Sr., F, 8.6
Kyle Mallers, 6-7, So., F, 2.2
Tahjai Teague, 6-8, R-So., F, 7.3
* Points per game are averages from last season
RECRUITING: Cohill signs with Dayton
Series history: Dayton leads the series 5-1. The Flyers won the last game 59-35 on Jan. 5, 2010 at UD Arena. This is the third meeting since 1958.
Coaches: This is the first game as Dayton coach for Anthony Grant. His career record in three seasons at Virginia Commonwealth and six at Alabama is 119-110. Ball State’s James Whitford enters his fifth season with a record of 54-75.
About Dayton: The Flyers have won 12 straight season openers and 15 of their last 16. Dayton is 44-4 in home openers at UD Arena. It won 23 straight home openers from 1969-91. … Davis has started 18 games in his career. Williams has started eight games. Cunningham has two starts with the Flyers. This will be the first start for Landers and Crosby. … Dayton’s director of player development, Devin Davis, was a player at Miami University when Whitford was an assistant coach.
About Ball State: The Cardinals received one vote in the Associated Press top 25 preseason poll, as did the Flyers. … Ball State finished 21-13 last season. It beat an Atlantic 10 team in its opener a year ago, routing Saint Louis 85-64 on the road. … Ball State has recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1991-92 and 1992-93. … Ball State assistant coach Jason Grunkemeyer played for Miami University’s Sweet 16 team in 1999. Whitford was an assistant coach during his three seasons with the RedHawks. … Kiapway ranks fourth in school history with 184 3-pointers. … Persons played his freshman season at Northern Kentucky before transferring. … Freshman guard Ishmael El-Amin is the son of Khalid El-Amin, a point guard who led Connecticut to the national title in 1999.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:00 AM
Alabama football drives the conversation here at the Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap, but we’ll cover news for every facet of the Crimson Tide. Every morning, we’ll be here for the latest on Alabama football, basketball and every other sport on campus.
Alabama announced its new coaching staff on Wednesday. The big news came from running backs coach Burton Burns. He will transition to an off-field role as associate athletic director in football. He spent 11 years as the running backs coach, and helped develop Heisman Trophy winners Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry. Seven running backs reached 1,000 yards under the coaching of Burns. Joe Pannunzio will take his place as running backs coach. Jeff Banks will take over Pannunzio’s role as special teams coach.
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The Crimson Tide rounded out its coaching staff. Along with Burns, the Crimson Tide promoted Mike Locksley to offensive coordinator and Tosh Lupoi to defensive coordinator. Josh Gattis will be the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Pete Golding will coach inside linebackers and be co-defensive coordinator.
Alabama also announced Dan Enos and Craig Kuligowski as associate head coaches. Enos will also serve as quarterbacks coach, while Kuligowski will be defensive line coach.
Alabama’s 2018 pro day will be held on March 7 at noon CT and will be televised on the SEC Network. Pete Burns, Marcus Spears and Greg McElroy will cover the event. McElroy will be live in Tuscaloosa. Alabama will announce the players participating at a later date. It comes just three days after the NFL scouting combine.
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Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:00 AM
Auburn football is the No. 1 topic in the War Eagle Wakeup every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across the Tigers’ sports world. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Auburn football, recruiting, basketball and more.
Auburn football enjoyed celebrating its win against Alabama one more time on Wednesday night just about as much as Auburn basketball did (OK, maybe not that much).
After Bruce Pearl’s basketball team pulled off a double-digit win against the Crimson Tide — without Mustapha Heron (flu) — football coach Gus Malzahn had more praise for the Tigers basketball team.
The entire football program stepped on the hardwood at halftime to accept the Iron Bowl trophy, but unfortunately there was no dancing this time.
Wow! What a game! What an atmosphere!
— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) February 22, 2018
In other Auburn news:
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Auburn basketball is heading into the weekend like …
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) February 22, 2018
OK, actually, the Tigers are headed to Florida to take on the Gators in Gainesville. Road wins haven’t come easily in the SEC this season (ask Avery Johnson about that) and that will again be the case on Saturday.
Florida’s last two games haven’t been memorable. First, the Gators lost to Vanderbilt and then fell to Tennessee in Knoxville. Before that, Florida lost to Georgia, too. Pearl’s team doesn’t have a lot of manpower, but the show will go on again on Saturday.
The Auburn baseball team will be back in action this weekend against a winless Bryant University team.
The Tigers are off to their best start in years, winning their first five games, and will have ace Casey Mize back on the mound on Friday evening with the hopes of earning another victory.
The Friday game is set for 5 p.m. CT and will be streamed on the SEC Network alternative channel.
Comin’ at ya a combined 3️⃣-0️⃣ with 1️⃣ BB and 1️⃣6️⃣ K’s.
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) February 23, 2018
Mickey Dean’s team is enjoying its trip to California, but split its doubleheader on Thursday.
First, the Tigers defeated Notre Dame (6-2) and then lost to Wisconsin (3-2). The victory over the Irish also tied the program record for wins to start a season (15).
Next, Auburn will take on San Jose State and then will face Oregon State and Long Beach State on Saturday. Here are some of the highlights from the its win Thursday over Notre Dame.
Couldn't watch Auburn's 6-2 win over Notre Dame? Check out the highlights ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/XdJpAVaGiH
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) February 23, 2018
No 12 Auburn will host No. 6 Alabama on Friday night in Auburn Arena. The gymnastics meet will begin around 7:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on SEC Network.
A rivalry meet with the Tide means that Auburn Arena will be very orange once again this weekend. The last home meet of the regular season also means it’s senior night. Kennedy Finister, Cara Stricklin and three student managers will be honored before the meet.
.@AuburnGym takes on Alabama tomorrow night at 7:30 pm!
Let's fill Auburn Arena with ORANGE!
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) February 22, 2018
Side note: Some of these reactions may not be appropriate to write about.
What does Bruce Pearl think when Jared Harper pulls up from deep 3-point range? Basically what the rest of us think. https://t.co/qBpQdjU4wM
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) February 22, 2018
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Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL mock drafts 2018 have been released. Find predictions, key 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: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
Only 19 times since 1949 has Auburn started the season by winning five straight games. Butch Thompson’s ball club looks to continue those efforts this weekend when it hosts Bryant University at Plainsman Park.
In five victories so far, Auburn’s pitching staff has combined for a 0.80 ERA (No. 4 in the country) and has landed No. 5 nationally in runs scored (43). The Tigers have been keeping things interesting this week, too, with the last two wins coming in one-run games.
The Bulldogs have not been as successful through their first three games. Bryant has fallen to Arizona in Tucson.
Game 1: Friday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m. ET
Game 2: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m. ET
Game 3: Sunday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m. ET
Location: Plainsman Park, Auburn, Ala.
The Friday and Saturday games will be broadcast on SEC Network+ and the Sunday afternoon game will not be streamed. Andy Burcham will have the play-by-play on Friday and Saturday and will be joined by Mark Fuller on Friday and Chris Morrison on Saturday.
You can follow the game on the Auburn Radio Network.