Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

Published: Monday, March 06, 2017 @ 11:34 AM

Welcome back from a weekend jam-packed with sports. Here is what you’ll want to know about a busy weekend of basketball also full of NFL news and, of course, those pesky Cincinnati Reds. 

While the NFL Scouting Combine provided all kinds of nuggets, we have to defer to basketball season around here. 

It was a great weekend for Dayton, so-so for Wright State and pretty bad for Ohio State. 

Archie Miller’s Flyer men lost their regular season finale at George Washington. The game had no impact on UD’s status as Atlantic 10 champs, but it could hurt their seed in the NCAA tournament. 

Our David Jablonski rated it the third-worst performance of the season by the Flyers

Far more consequential: The Dayton women’s basketball team won the Atlantic 10 tournament, removing any doubt they will be part of the field of 64 when it is announced a week from tonight. 

Back from a knee injury that sidelined her late in the regular season, point guard Jenna Burdette was named tournament MVP. 

As for WSU, the regular season champion Raider women play Detroit (in Detroit) this afternoon in the Horizon League tournament semifinals. They’ll get regular season co-champion Green Bay or Milwaukee in the final if they win. 

The men are done after losing to Northern Kentucky yesterday in the quarterfinals. The 82-77 defeat is particularly stinging because the bracket had opened wide with the first five games of the tourney ending in upsets before the Raiders took the floor… 

The Ohio State women’s basketball team had a shorter-than-anticipated stay in Indianapolis over the weekend. Kevin McGuff’s top-seeded Buckeyes had a bad shooting afternoon and were knocked out of the Big Ten tournament in the semifinals by Purdue, robbing them of the chance to beat Maryland again and pad their NCAA tournament resume. 

It’s easy to forget Ohio State still has a men’s basketball team, too, but they managed to make history while losing their regular season finale to Indiana Saturday. The Hoosiers, who have actually had an even more disappointing season than the Buckeyes, won 96-92, setting a record for points at the poor excuse for a basketball arena the Buckeyes currently call home… 

The NFL Scouting Combine continues today in Indianapolis with defensive backs working out. 

Malik Hooker isn’t able to work out as he continues his recovery from a postseason surgery, but the All-American safety reportedly impressed teams already during the interview process over the weekend. 

Others who have already strutted their stuff include Curtis Samuel, Raekwon McMillan. 

Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore are working out today…  

As for the Bengals, Yahoo Sports confirmed something they probably expected: Retaining guard Kevin Zeitler won’t be cheap. 

Marvin Lewis told reporters Friday the team is optimistic it will be able to re-sign veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth, but Zeitler still seems like a crucial piece of the puzzle as well considering the offensive line was already shaky last year. 

Lewis also had good news about Gio Bernard’s recovery from a torn ACL while the team’s coordinators talked about adding speed on offense and an impact player somewhere on defense


While former Buckeyes continue the biggest job interview of their lives, the players still in Columbus are set to get back to work tomorrow

There will be time to jump deep into that later, but needless to say this should be another interesting spring for the Buckeyes, who haven’t scored a point since November but have a new offensive braintrust and lost their long-time defensive coordinator, too…


Leave it to the Reds to wait until all that stuff was going on to start doing good things this spring, right? 

After losing their first six spring training games, the Reds have won four in a row. 

Again, wins and losses don’t matter at all at this point, but outscoring opponents 34-16 over four days is nice. 

Rotation candidates Robert Stephenson and Tim Adleman both had strong appearances Friday after Amir Garrett tossed three shutout innings Thursday to get the first win of the spring for Cincinnati. Cody Reed gave up two runs on four hits but struck out four in 2 1/3 innings Sunday. 

Jumbo Diaz, who has been rocked in all three of his appearances so far this season, is among four Reds playing in the World Baseball Classic, which starts today. He will pitch for the Dominican Republic while RHP Scott Feldman is on Isreal’s team, Shawn Zarraga is catching for Spain and outfielder Sebastian Elizalde is on Team Mexico… 

And in case you missed it, Ohio State won the Big Ten wrestling championship over the weekend. 

Graham High School’s Bo Jordan was among four Buckeyes to win an individual title. 

UMass looking for a new coach again after Kelsey changes mind

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 5:16 PM

UMass looking for a new coach again after Kelsey changes mind

One Atlantic 10 Conference program finds itself looking for a new coach for the second time this week.

Massachusetts announced Tuesday it was hiring Cincinnati native and Xavier grad Pat Kelsey, the head coach at Winthrop. He arrived in Amherst on Wednesday, posed for photos and was all set to be introduced at a press conference Thursday.

At the last minute, Kelsey changed his mind, telling reporters, “It wasn’t the place for him.” According to reports, he will return to Winthrop.

Kelsey expressed his excitement about the UMass job Tuesday on Twitter, writing, “So excited to be a part of the rich tradition of @UMassBasketball. I may fall over when I meet Dr. J. Can't wait to get to Amherst!”

UMass fired coach Derek Kellogg after the season. The hiring of Kelsey, who guided Winthrop to the NCAA tournament this season, was seen as a smart move. Now UMass is back to square one.

Boys basketball state final four pairings, results

Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 12:12 PM

Boys basketball state final four pairings, results

Thu., March 23

State semifinals

At OSU Schottenstein Center, Columbus

Division II

Wauseon 42, Col. Eastmoor Academy 35

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 62, Trotwood-Madison 60

Division IV

Delphos St. John’s (21-4) vs. Cle. Heights Lutheran East (18-9), 5:15 p.m.

Col. Wellington (21-7) vs. Lima Perry (24-3), 8:30 p.m.

D-IV ALL-OHIO: Fairlawn’s Nathan Lessing first team

Fri., March 24

State semifinals

At OSU Schottenstein Center, Columbus

Division III

Cle. Villa Angela-St. Joseph (21-6) vs. Proctorville Fairland (25-1), 10:45 a.m.

Cin. Roger Bacon (24-4) vs. Archbold (22-5), 2 p.m.

Division I

Pickerington Central (26-2) vs. Cin. Moeller (27-0), 5:15 p.m.

Lakewood St. Edward (23-5) vs. Massillon Jackson (26-2), 8:30 p.m.

Sat., March 25

State finals

At OSU Schottenstein Center, Columbus

D-II: Wauseon (27-1) vs. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (24-5), 10:45 a.m.

D-IV: 2 p.m.

D-III: 5:15 p.m.

D-I: 8:30 p.m.

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Cincinnati Bengals re-sign special teams ace to one-year contract

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 4:14 PM

            Cincinnati Bengals re-sign special teams ace to one-year contract

The Bengals today re-signed running back and special teams ace Cedric Peerman to a one-year contract.

Peerman had become an unrestricted free agent with the start of the new NFL business year.

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A seven-year NFL veteran, Peerman was limited to six games in 2016 due to a fractured forearm suffered during the preseason.

In 2015 he notched 17 special teams tackle to earn a Pro Bowl selection. The 5-foot-10, 212-pounder has led the Bengals to a top 10 ranking in special teams effectiveness in three of last five seasons.

“It’s big for us to get Cedric back,” special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons said. “He’s demonstrated over time what an effective player he is. He’s a leader of our unit, a core part of what we do.”

Peerman, 30, has played 90 of his 92 career NFL games with the Bengals. He has 72 career special teams tackles and has averaged 5.0 yards on 70 career carries.

Boys Basketball: Trotwood-Madison stunned in state semifinals

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 2:33 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 3:39 PM

            Boys Basketball: Trotwood-Madison stunned in state semifinals

Jayvon Graves hit the winning shot with .7 seconds left as Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary defeated Trotwood-Madison 62-60 in a boys high school basketball Division II state semifinal at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center on Thursday afternoon.

It was a stunning loss for Trotwood, which defeated Akron SVSM 100-61 in mid-January.

The Irish advance to Saturday’s 10:45 a.m. state championship against Wauseon (27-1), which defeated Columbus Eastmoor Academy 42-35 in Thursday’s D-II semi opener.