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Sports Today: Big questions for Bengals, Buckeyes after latest flops

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 05:  Jaydon Mickens #85 of the Jacksonville Jaguars scores a touchdown on a 63-yard punt return in the second half of their game against the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Field on November 5, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images)
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JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 05: Jaydon Mickens #85 of the Jacksonville Jaguars scores a touchdown on a 63-yard punt return in the second half of their game against the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Field on November 5, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images)(Logan Bowles/Getty Images)

Well, we just finished a long and terrible weekend for football in Ohio — and the Browns didn’t even play! 

I figured the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t have much chance to win in Jacksonville, but their 23-7 loss was still disappointing

On the bright side, I don’t see that being possible again this season because all expectations for success are officially gone. 

This is a lost season for a flawed team that seems to have no direction. I doubt they are going to win as many games as the raw ability on the roster says they should. 

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There seems to be little doubt sometime between now and January, Marvin Lewis will cease being the Bengals’ coach, although it’s also fair to wonder if anyone was coaching them Sunday anyway. 

Jay Morrison pointed out Cincinnati has been badly outplayed after halftime this season, and frankly I’m surprised the point disparity isn’t worse. 

What a coaching change will mean for Andy Dalton is certainly intriguing, too. 

The Bengals ran the fewest plays in a game in franchise history, and Pro Football Weekly pointed out the record broken was set by an offense being run by replacement players. 

Does that mean Dalton is worse than three nobodies? 

He might as well be at this point. 

Of course he’s in a terrible situation with the offensive line, but Dalton’s toothless response continues to leave a lot to be desired considering his status on the team. 

He is doing nothing at this point to resemble a franchise quarterback. 

At least A.J. Green cares. 

Somebody needs to tell the Bengals’ best player not to punch someone wearing a helmet, but that was a pretty impressive takedown move he pulled on Jalen Ramsey. 

Of course, a veteran guy like that needs to keep his cool. There’s no excuse for fighting, and he deserved to be ejected. So did Ramsey, who I’m sure knows as well as anybody a punch is one of the likely responses to pushing someone like that. 

He started it. Green finished it. Now we’ll see what the league thinks about whether or not either of them should play next week. 

The Bengals would certainly miss Green if they had a competent offense. Fortunately, wins and losses don’t matter from here on out anyway… 

If you are still in disbelief Iowa whipped Ohio State so badly Saturday, you’re not alone. 

As much as there is to question about the Buckeyes’ performance, the Hawkeyes played an outstanding game in all three phases. 

I feel comfortable saying Iowa won’t play that well again for about another 50 years. The Hawkeyes might have beaten anybody in the country the way all cylinders were firing from the start. 

RELATED: Iowa shocks Ohio State in Iowa

Ohio State gave them some big boosts, though, beginning with the decision to drop J.T. Barrett back to pass on first down. 

No matter how well he played a week earlier, Barrett is not a drop-back passer. 

Ohio State is supposed to be a run-oriented team. Urban Meyer’s insistence on changing that despite his personnel has practically crippled the program

That is not hyperbole. The misguided offensive approach for the last 2 3/4 seasons has set up the whole team for failure now multiple times since the Buckeyes used a dominant running game and defense to steamroll to the 2014 national championship. 

And, yes, I realize the defense stunk on Saturday, too. 

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That side of the ball hasn’t been the same for the majority of the Meyer era, either. 

Remember how it was bad for like half of 2012, all of 2013 and even the first part of ’14? 

I know, it’s easy to forget. 

That unit is young and rebuilding for the second year in a row. Some bumps in the road are understandable, although you’d like to think they would be in the past by now. 

Iowa was not the team anybody would have picked to tear them apart the way they did Saturday, but in today’s college football what the Hawkeyes do is unique and not something Ohio State had seen much of. 

Iowa exploited those advantages to the Nth degree, something Meyer teams used to be known for rather than simply out-talenting people, which is generally all they do now. 

What’s the answer in Columbus? 

Lots has changed over the past few years, but the same problems persist. 

The guy in charge obviously still knows how to set up a program. He’s not forgotten his ability to put a good culture in place — even if the Buckeyes weren’t ready mentally on Saturday, the fact is sometimes that just happens with human beings, especially teenagers — but he’s not getting the production he needs from some of those people who work for him. 

Some of that is probably his fault. All of it falls back on him. 

Can he get it fixed?… 

Our local big schools took some lumps in the high school football playoffs, too. 

In Division I, Wayne, Fairmont and Northmont all lost to suburban Columbus schools while top seed Centerville cruised into round two. 

In Division II, Sidney took out Belmont in a high-scoring affair and gets three-time defending state champ La Salle while Trotwood-Madison and Dunbar will square off in Division III… 

Hey, at least basketball provided some positive vibes.

Dayton sold out an exhibition game for the second year in a row, and the Flyers beat Ohio Dominican 79-61 in fans’ first chance to see Anthony Grant’s team against a live opponent. 

That fan turnout is obviously pretty impressive. 

So, too, is Kostas Antetokounmpo’s athletic ability, but that’s not a big surprise. 

It’s hard to draw too much from one game — especially an exhibition against a lower-division opponent — but we know the Flyers are big and athletic. 

They had a positive assist/turnover ratio but shot only 27 percent from three-point range. 

I suspect those will be key stats to watch this season. 

Ohio State took care of business easily, too, with an exhibition win over Wooster in Chris Holtmann’s first game of any sort leading the Buckeyes. 

Four Buckeyes scored in double figures, including Keita Bates-Diop, who had 17 to lead the way. 

A breakout campaign from Diop, a former five-star recruit who has never put it together in Columbus and was hurt last year, could change the profile of this season significantly for Ohio State much like getting four-star recruit Antetokounmpo on the floor after he had to sit out last season might mean big things for the Flyers. 

Maybe winter a surprisingly fun winter can make up for this disappointing fall. 

East-West Shrine Game 2018: Rosters, time, TV channel

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:15 AM

East-West Shrine Game 2018 is set for Saturday, Jan. 20. Find the rosters, game time and TV channel information below.

The game features college football stars competing in an all-star game. Players and coaches also visit local Shriners Hospitals during the game week.

East-West Shrine Game 2018: Rosters for East

East Roster: Offense

1 QB Riley Ferguson Memphis
5 WR DaeSean Hamilton Penn State
7 RB Ralph Webb Vanderbilt
9 QB Quinton Flowers South Florida
10 WR Daurice Fountain Northern Iowa
16 QB J.T. Barrett Ohio State
22 RB Chase Edmonds Fordham
23 RB D’Ernest Johnson South Florida
25 WR Justin Watson Penn
27 K Drew Brown Nebraska
50 OG Tony Adams NC State
51 OG Cory Helms South Carolina
57 C Austin Kuhnert North Dakota State
62 OT KC McDermott Miami
64 C Brian Allen Michigan State
65 OG Kyle Bosch West Virginia
70 OG Connor Hilland William & Mary
71 C Brad Lundblade Oklahoma State
73 OT Austin Golson Auburn
75 OG Jaryd Jones-Smith Pitt
77 OT Jamar McGlsoter Syracuse
81 WR Jester Weah Pitt
82 TE Ethan Wolf Tennessee
83 WR Regis Cibasu Montreal
84 TE Cam Serigne Wake Forest
86 TE Damon Gibson Minnesota State
INJ OT Aaron Evans UCF
INJ WR Cam Phillips Virginia Tech
INJ WR Javon Wims Georgia
INJ OG Nico Falah USC

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett is the recipient of the East-West Shrine Game’s Pat Tillman Award, which celebrates a player’s achievements and conduct on and off the field.

East Roster: Defense

2 S Jordan Martin Syracuse
3 CB Deatrick Nichols South Florida
4 CB DeVonta Delaney Miami
6 LB Matthew Thomas Florida State
11 S Tracy Walker Louisiana-Lafayette
14 CB Avonte Maddox Pitt
15 CB Grant Haley Penn State
17 S Damon Webb Ohio State
20 S Trey Marshall Florida State
21 S Jamar Summers Connecticut
24 CB Greg Stroman Virginia Tech
30 LB Parris Bennett Syracuse
31 CB Brandon Facyson Virginia Tech
32 S Tre Flowers Oklahoma State
33 DE Marcus Martin Slippery Rock
34 LB Jacob Pugh Florida State
40 LB Jason Cabinda Penn State
44 LB D.J. Palmore Navy
45 LB Chris Worley Ohio State
49 P Joseph Davidson Bowling Green
53 LS Hunter Bradley Mississippi State
90 DT Parker Cothren Penn State
92 DE Curtis Cothran Penn State
93 DT Folorunso Fatukasi Connecticut
95 DT Jamiyus Pittman UCF
96 DE Kentavius Street NC State
97 DE Dalton Keene Illinois State
98 DT Deadrin Senat South Florida
99 DE Chad Thomas Miami

East-West Shrine Game 2018: Rosters for West

West Roster: Offense

2 WR Jeff Badet Oklahoma
4 WR Bryce Bobo Colorado
6 QB Jeremiah Briscoe Sam Houston State
7 QB Nick Stevens Colorado State
10 TE Blake Mack Arkansas State
15 K Matthew McCrane Kansas State
16 QB Nick Shimonek Texas Tech
19 WR Jake Wieneke South Dakota State
21 RB Justin Jackson Northwestern
23 RB Phillip Lindsay Colorado
38 RB Jordan Chunn Troy
50 OG Dejon Allen Hawaii
62 C Jacob Ohnesorge South Dakota State
65 OT Mark Korte Alberta
68 OT Zachary Crabtree Oklahoma State
72 OT Greg Senat Wagner
74 OG Salesi Uhatafe Utah
75 OG Jacob Alsadek Arizona
76 OG Cody O’Connell Washington State
77 C Jake Bennett Colorado State
78 OT Brett Toth Army
79 C Coleman Shelton Washington
82 WR Jordan Thomas Mississippi State
83 WR Devonte Boyd UNLV
85 WR Steven Dunbar Houston
87 TE Andrew Vollert Weber State
88 TE David Wells San Diego State

West Roster: Defense

2 LB/QB Joel Lanning Iowa State
3 S Secdrick Cooper Louisiana Tech
8 S Cole Reyes North Dakota
9 CB Dane Cruikshank Arizona
11 LB Ja’Von Rolland-Jones Arkansas State
12 S Natrell Jamerson Wisconsin
17 S Godwin Igwebuike Northwestern
18 P Shane Tripucka Texas A&M
20 CB Linden Stephens Cincinnati
22 S Chucky Williams Louisville
24 CB Heath Harding Miami (Ohio)
25 CB Davontae Harris Illinois State
31 CB Malik Reaves Villanova
32 S Afolabi Laguda Colorado
42 LB Leon Jacobs Wisconsin
43 LB Kenny Young UCLA
44 LS Drew Scott Kansas State
45 DE Joe Ostman Central Michigan
46 CB Josh Kalu Nebraska
48 LB Tegray Scales Indiana
57 DE Alec James Wisconsin
90 DT James Looney California
92 DT P.J. Hall Sam Houston State
93 DT Bilal Nichols Delaware
95 DT Poona Ford Texas
96 DE Marcell Frazier Missouri
99 DE Justin Lawler SMU
INJ DE Conor Sheehy Wisconsin
INJ LB James Hearns Louisville

East-West Shrine Game 2018: Time

The annual all-star game will be played at 3 p.m. ET. The game is in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Time: 3 p.m. ET

Date: Saturday, Jan. 20

Location: St. Petersburg, Fla.

East-West Shrine Game 2018: TV channel

The Shrine Game can be watched on NFL Network.

Tennessee basketball vs. South Carolina: Time, TV channel, how to watch online (January 20, 2018)

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

Tennessee is coming off a loss against Missouri on Wednesday and will try to bounce back Saturday.

The Vols travel to South Carolina in an attempt to get back on the right foot. Tennessee has struggled on the road this season and the 12-6 Gamecocks will present a challenge.

The Vols needs better guard play moving forward. Jordan Bone and Jordan Bowden combined for 3 points against Missouri. The Vols won’t win many games without the guards providing more of an offensive spark the remainder of the season.

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Tennessee-South Carolina basketball: Game info, details

  • Time: Tip-off is at 6 p.m. ET, Jan. 20, 2018
  • Location: Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.
  • Records: Tennessee 12-5 overall, 3-3 SEC; South Carolina 12-6, 3-3 SEC

How can I watch the game?

The game can be watched on ESPN 2.

How can I live stream the game?

The game can be seen on the WatchESPN app. (Cable or satellite subscription required.)

How can I listen to the game?

The game will air on the  Vol Sports Network. Check local listings.

Projected Vols starting lineup

  • Point guard: Sophomore Jordan Bone
  • Shooting guard: Sophomore Jordan Bowden
  • Small forward: Junior Admiral Schofield
  • Power forward: Sophomore Grant Williams
  • Power forward: Junior Kyle Alexander

What’s next for Tennessee?

The Vols face Vanderbilt on Tuesday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Notre Dame-Clemson basketball: Game time, TV channel, watch online (1/20/2018)

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

Notre Dame will travel to South Carolina to face No. 20 Clemson in a clash of two teams looking to bounce back from mid-week losses on Saturday, Jan. 20. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online below.

Notre Dame-Clemson basketball game time, information

Time: 4 p.m. ET

Date: Saturday, Jan. 20

Location: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina

What TV channel is Notre Dame-Clemson basketball on?

The Notre Dame-Clemson basketball game will air on ESPN.

How can I watch Notre Dame-Clemson basketball online?

The Notre Dame-Clemson basketball game will be streaming on WatchESPN.

Notre Dame-Clemson basketball preview

Both Notre Dame and Clemson will look to snap losing streaks — but streaks of different kinds — when the two teams meet in an ACC clash Saturday.

The Irish, who started the season 7-1 and climbed as high as No. 5 in the AP poll at one point this season, will seek to bounce back from three consecutive losses, the most recent (and painful) of which came in double overtime at home against Louisville. All three of Notre Dame’s recent losses have come without forward Bonzie Colson, who leads the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks this season, in the lineup. Colson has missed the last five games after breaking a bone in his left foot during a practice.

Clemson, meanwhile, will look to get back to its winning ways after a loss at North Carolina on Tuesday. Perhaps more significantly, however, the Tigers will be seeking their first win in program history over the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame has won all five previous matchups between the two teams.

Notre Dame will be missing not only Colson, but one of Colson’s replacements in the lineup: freshman forward DJ Harvey. Harvey suffered a bone bruise in his left knee against Louisville and is expected to miss roughly four weeks of action.

In the absence of Harvey, forward Martinas Geben will likely be looked to to pick up the slack. Against Louisville, Geben scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Eleven of those 17 boards came on the offensive glass, which set a Notre Dame record. In addition, point guard Matt Farrell, who missed three games himself with an ankle injury, will likely be counted on heavily to run the Irish offense. Farrell leads the team with 5.3 assists per game and scored 23 points in his return to the floor against Louisville.

Clemson, meanwhile, is off to its best start since the 2009-2010 season, though the Tigers have dropped two of their past three. Clemson features an extremely balanced offense and a stingy defense. Five Tiger players average more than 10 points per game, led by junior guard Marquise Reed, who is averaging 16.2 per game. On the defensive end, Clemson ranks 15th nationally in defensive efficiency, according to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings.

Home-court advantage should provide Clemson an edge. The Tigers have lost just one out of the 15 games they have played at home this season. The 14 wins include victories over ranked opponents Miami and Florida. Playing at home and against a shorthanded Irish team, if there was ever a prime opportunity for Clemson to pick up its first win against Notre Dame, this appears to be it.

Iowa-Purdue basketball: Time, TV channel, how to watch online

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa Hawkeyes (10-10, 1-6 Big Ten) play host to the No. 3-ranked Purdue Boilermakers (18-2, 7-0 Big Ten) in a Big Ten game pitting teams from opposite ends of the standings.

Purdue holds an 88-76 lead in the series, which dates to 1908. Iowa has won five of the past seven games, including the past four in Iowa City. The teams split last season’s games.

Iowa will celebrate former player Chris Street, who died 25 years ago in a car accident. Many of Street’s former teammates and coaches will be in attendance, and there will be a halftime presentation.

Iowa-Purdue basketball game time, details

  • Time: 11 a.m. CT/Noon ET
  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 20
  • Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

What TV channel is showing Iowa-Purdue?

ESPN will air the Iowa-Purdue game. Dave Flemming will call the action while Dan Dakich provides analysis.

How can I watch Iowa-Purdue online? and the WatchESPN app will stream the game. Click here for more information.

How can I listen to Iowa-Purdue on the radio?

You can listen on Sirius 135/XM channel 195. In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes’ flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates. 

For Purdue, Larry Clisby, Rob Blackman and Ralph Taylor call the action. In Indiana, 96.5 FM (WAZY-Lafayette) is the flagship affiliate, while Boilermaker basketball airs in Indianapolis on WNDE (97.5 FM/1260 AM). Click here for other Purdue radio affiliates.

The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.

How can I buy Iowa-Purdue tickets?

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Iowa-Purdue preview

On paper, this is the biggest mismatch in the Big Ten this season. In league play, Purdue averages 77 points a game to rank second. Iowa scores 75.3 points a game, ranking fifth. But when it comes to defense, Purdue is the league’s best in holding opponents to 60.4 points per game. Iowa is by far the league’s worst at 84.1 points per game.

The point differential translates to different courses for these long-time Big Ten foes. Purdue (18-2, 7-0 Big Ten) is ranked third nationally. Iowa (10-10, 1-6) is one spot above last in the league. Despite the Hawkeyes winning the past four home games against the Boilermakers, the numbers alone show the recipe for a potential blowout.

“We have to execute, and we have to put two halves together, which, quite honestly, we haven’t really done against good teams,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “We’ve played terrific sometimes one half versus another. And even in some of our better victories, we get down 20 to Illinois, but we won. Colorado, we blew two leads and won. You’ve got to play both halves against that team.”

Iowa might have an emotional edge with a sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a “White Out.” The program will celebrate former player Chris Street throughout the game and honor his legacy in a halftime ceremony. Street was killed in a car accident on Jan. 19, 1993 but remains one of the most popular athletes in school history.

“The fact that we’re going to honor his memory the way we are [Saturday] is special,” McCaffery said. “It speaks to who we are as a program, as an institution. And I always use the words we’re a family, and that’s what you do. You remember, and you honor. It will be good for everybody involved.”

“We all know that it’s a special day, a special game,” Iowa forward Tyler Cook said. “I think hearing the kind of guy that he was and the kind of player that he was and what he brought to this team kind of does inspire us. So I’m looking forward to it.”

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