5 things to know about Ohio State’s potential NFL draft picks

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 12:25 PM

Ohio State’s Malik Hooker celebrates an interception against Bowling Green on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
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Ohio State’s Malik Hooker celebrates an interception against Bowling Green on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Ohio State football doesn’t figure to match last year’s showing at the NFL draft, but it is shaping up to be another year for Urban Meyer and his coaching staff to crow about. 

Here is what you want to know ahead of the 2017 draft in Philadelphia: 

1. Pro Football Focus has seven Buckeyes in its top 300 prospects: Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker, Gareon Conley, Curtis Samuel, Raekwon McMillan, Pat Elflein and Noah Brown 

Lattimore and Hooker are considered first-round likes while Conley was thought to be a potential first-rounder as well before potential legal troubles came to light this week. 

RELATED: Gareon Conley subject of sexual assault investigationConley denies accuser’s claims 

Last year, 12 Buckeyes were drafted, including five in the first round. 

2. When it came to sending cornerbacks to the NFL, Ohio State was tough to beat in the 1990s and early part of this century. 

The Buckeyes enjoyed a stretch where nine of 10 starting corners were drafted (from Marlon Kerner and Shawn Springs in 1994 through Chris Gamble and Dustin Fox in 2003). 

After a bit of a lull, Meyer and Kerry Coombs have restored that tradition as Lattimore and Conley could make it five in a row and eight of the last 10 if they are both picked over the next three days. 

Ohio State assistant coach Kerry Coombs says he will do whatever it takes to see Malik Hooker and Marshon Lattimore get drafted

3. Assuming Elflein is drafted, he will be the second offensive lineman selected in as many years, joining Butler High School graduate Taylor Decker, who was a first-round pick of the Detroit Lions last year. 

Elflein would be only the second interior lineman from Ohio State drafted since Doug Datish went to the Falcons in the sixth round in 2007. 

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The last Ohio State interior lineman drafted higher than the fifth round was Nick Mangold, who was a first-round pick of the New York Jets in 2006. 

4. If the Bengals take a player from Ohio State, it will be for the first time since drafting Reid Fragel in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. 

If they take a Buckeye earlier than the sixth round, it will be for the first time since Middletown graduate Jeff Cothran in 1994.

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They tapped Cothran in the third round — the same year they chose fellow Buckeye Dan “Big Daddy” Wilkinson of Dunbar with the No. 1 overall pick. 

(They chose Dan Herron in the sixth round in 2012.) 

5. The Browns have not chosen an Ohio State player since since wide receiver Brian Robiskie in the second round in 2009. 

The only other Buckeye drafted by the Browns this century is tight end Darnell Sanders (fourth round, 2002). 

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The Browns have drafted 32 Buckeyes since 1952 while the Bengals have taken 17 players from Ohio State since the franchise was founded in 1968. 

The Steelers, who were founded before both Ohio teams, have drafted 22 Buckeyes, including six since 2010. 

SPORTS TODAY: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes plus ESPN followup 

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Kentucky-Alabama basketball: Live updates, stats, score

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 8:19 AM

Kentucky basketball plays Alabama at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 17, 2018. Follow along below for the score, live updates and stats from the game.

Kentucky-Alabama score, live updates, stats

Alabama 7, Kentucky 6, 16:11 1H: Gilgeous-Alexander delivered a pair of terrific dishes to Nick Richards for dunks to open the scoring for Kentucky, then a nifty driving bank shot by Wenyen Gabriel. But then a  brutal pair of fouls on Kevin Knox at the 16:17 mark, likely meaning his first half is done before it even really started. The Tide is just 2 of 7 shooting but has a pair of key offensive rebounds.

WATCH: Rupp Arena crowd sings the national anthem, and it is awesome.

STARTING FIVE: Wenyen Gabriel is starting over PJ Washington for the second straight game. Along with SGA, Diallo, Knox and Richards.

Kentucky-Alabama game time, details

  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Location: Rupp Arena (23,000), Lexington, Ky.
  • Records: Kentucky 17-9, 6-7 SEC; Alabama 17-9, 8-5 SEC
  • Favorite: Kentucky by 4 1/2

What TV channel is Kentucky-Alabama on? 

You can watch Kentucky vs. Alabama on CBS. Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas will be on the call.

How can I watch Kentucky-Alabama  online?

Stream Kentucky vs. Alabama online (if you are an eligible subscriber) via the  CBS Sports Network site.

How can I listen to Kentucky-Alabama  on the radio? 

Kentucky and Alabama will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and  can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 190 and Sirius channel 137.

Kentucky-Alabama preview

  • In addition to sophomore Dazon Ingram (10.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg) and junior Donta Hall (11.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.3 bpg), the Tide have a pair or prized freshmen. Former UK recruit John Petty (10.8 ppg) averages nearly four made 3-pointers per game and hit  eight in a win over SEC-leading Auburn. McDonald’s All-American Collin Sexton (18.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg) has dropped 40 on Minnesota, 30 on Arizona and 20-plus 10 times this season. “He gets to the rim. He’s good in pick-and-rolls. He’ll run downhill but he could be a pass-first point guard,” Calipari said. “He’s good.”
  • Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt has played nine games since making his delayed debut because of a foot injury. “I don’t think people realize how tough it is” jumping into the mix 17 games into the season, Vanderbilt said, “but I’ve embraced it. I made the decision to come back, so I’m all-in, whatever happens this season.” After snagging 10 rebounds in 21 minutes at Auburn on Wednesday, he’s averaging 11.5 points, 18.2 boards, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per 40 minutes. He’s played 20-plus minutes each of the last two games and says his conditioning is steadily improving so that he can carve out a larger role.
  • Calipari said he failed these Cats after the Auburn loss. The players disagreed Friday and took responsibility  for not listening to and trusting their coach. Freshman guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander offered a strong pitch for why his teammates  should do as Calipari says down the stretch.
  • Despite less-than-ideal timing, the new weekly all-access UK basketball documentary on Facebook debuts Saturday.  Calipari and his players say they’re ignoring the cameras, but can they? Especially as they’ve imploded in under the watchful eye of a film crew?

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Iowa-Indiana basketball score: Live updates, how to live stream online (February 17, 2018)

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa men’s basketball team hostsIndiana on Saturday, Feb. 17, for a Big Ten basketball game at 1:05 p.m. CT at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes (12-16, 3-12 Big Ten) are trying to turn things around before the Big Ten Tournament starts at the end of February. The Hawkeyes have have lost four straight games and are tied for 11th in the league standings.

The Hoosiers (15-12, 8-7) have won three in a row, including a 78-68 victory over Illinois on Wednesday.

Iowa-Indiana Game Updates

13:17 (1H) — Bohannon just missed a 3-point shot. It’s the first miss of the day for the Hawkeyes. They hit their first 10 field goals.

13:39 (1H) — Iowa really rolling, controlling action on both ends of the court. It’s 23-10 after a dunk by Cook and a bucket by Moss. Indiana just called timeout. Also, there is this stat.

15:11 (1H) — The Hawkeyes are perfect, yes, perfect, from the field. Iowa has hit all seven of its field goals and leads 17-10 at the first media timeout. The Hawkeyes have good ball movement and are doing whatever they want offensively right now.

17:12 (1H) — We have a delay in the game as the PA system is having a very bad first few minutes of the game. It took a minute to get audio for the player introductions and twice the horn has randomly gone of during play.

17:20 (1H) — Quick start for Iowa on the offensive end. Hawkeyes lead 10-3 and already have hit a pair of 3-point shots.

Iowa-Indiana PreGame Updates

12:50 p.m. — The Iowa starters are Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Jack Nunge, Tyler Cook and Luka Garza.

12:42 p.m. — The officials for the game are Larry Scirotto, Paul Szelc and Bill Ek.

12:08 p.m. — Don’t be surprised if it’s a late arriving crowd. The area is getting hit with a snowstorm right now and reports are that the roads are bad and the highways are backed up.

12:00 p.m. CT — Welcome to the Land of 10 Iowa live blog for the Indiana game. The Hawkeyes are looking to even up the season series with the Hoosiers this afternoon. The game starts in an hour.

Iowa-Indiana basketball game time, details

  • Time: 1:05 p.m. CT tipoff
  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 17
  • Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

What TV channel is showing Iowa-Indiana?

WatchESPN will air the Iowa-Indiana game. Jason Benetti will call the action while Dan Dakich provides analysis.

How can I watch Iowa-Indiana online?

ESPN will stream the game. Click here for more information.

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

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. 

The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.

Iowa-Indiana preview

When the teams met in December, Indiana picked up an easy 77-64 win. The Hoosiers led by as many as 22 points.

The good news for Iowa is this isn’t on the road, where the Hawkeyes have yet to win a Big Ten game. Turnovers and an inability to generate defensive stops were major issues in the first contest. Iowa committed 17 turnovers and allowed an easy path to the basket, allowing 36 points in the paint.

Guard Jordan Bohannon and forward Tyler Cook combined for only 16 points. It’s hard for Iowa to win when its top two scorers combine to shoot 37.5 percent.

Indiana is a sneaky defensive team. The Hoosiers are ranked No. 10 in the Big Ten in points allowed (69.4), but are ranked No. 51 nationally in the KenPom.com adjusted defensive metric (98.4). They aren’t the best defensive team in the league and Iowa has the chance to score on them, but they’re not as bad as their traditional stats may indicate.

The Hoosiers beat the Hawkeyes in December by spreading around the scoring. Four players scored in double figures. Only two, forward Juwan Morgan and guard Robert Johnson, average double figures in points. Morgan is the team’s best player, averaging 16.8 points and 7.4 rebounds.

This one could be entertaining to watch. Indiana isn’t afraid to get up and down the floor. Iowa thrives in that kind of game. The question is if the Hawkeyes can do enough to reverse the outcome.

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Texas sweeps Oklahoma in basketball behind stellar defense

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

With Saturday’s punctuating 77-66 victory in Norman, the Texas Longhorns completed a sweep of their arch-nemesis, the Oklahoma Sooners.

It took Oklahoma’s freshman phenom Trae Young a while to heat up, and while he still scored 26 points, he was unable to make enough of a dent in the Longhorns’ lead. Instead, it was Texas forward Dylan Osetkowski who won the day, leading the Longhorns with 21 points and providing a spark in key moments.

Texas is clinging to a projected slot in the NCAA Tournament, and snagging a win over a ranked opponent certainly helps their chances of making the field of 64. The victory snaps a three-game losing streak for Texas as well.

The Longhorns still have games against Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Kansas, and West Virginia remaining, so the road will not get any easier if the Longhorns wish to hold on to their spot. For now, though, the Longhorns can celebrate their victory in one of college sports’ oldest rivalries.

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Florida football players tweet about offseason workouts: ‘Never worked that hard in my life’

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In Dan Mullen’s first news conference as Florida’s new head football coach back in late November, he pledged that the Gators’ offseason strength and conditioning program would be something the players “have never even experienced in their life before.”

Mullen’s former Mississippi State players later offered more perspective on what was to come for the Gators.

“If I was going to talk to the University of Florida team, I would apologize in advance for how hard these next three months are going to be,” former Bulldogs quarterback Tyson Lee said in December.

Former MSU wide receiver Chad Bumphis, meanwhile, recalled that the team’s “Valentine’s Day Massacre” workout “was the worst one we ever did.”

Well, Valentine’s Day was earlier this week, and right on cue the Florida players took to Twitter to react to the experience.

Junior running back Lamical Perine tweeted that new Gators strength coach Nick Savage, who followed Mullen from Mississippi State, “pushed me to limits I never thought I could reach.”

Redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Allen commented, “Never worked that hard in my life.”

And an earlier tweet from last month:

Nick does an awesome job,” wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales said earlier this week of Savage. “The relationships, there’s so much more that goes into it as a strength coach because they’re going to spend more time with the players than we do. Just building those relationships to make sure that they’re learning how to eat right, to take care of their body the right way, learning how to be a leader, learning how to work, learning how not to give in. I think those are the things, the backbone of winning games, you can’t win games if you’re not going to compete. You can’t win games if you’re going to give in. You can’t win games if you’re going to quit. …

“We always use a term with the Navy SEALs and kind of what they do, Coach Mullen talks about that as well, when they go through ‘Hell Week’ it’s to try to separate but try to break the barriers where you’ve been before, push your body beyond those extremes and being able to take you to a new height. And I think that’s kind of what our strength program is going to be.”

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin, who worked with Mullen at Mississippi State, said back in December that he believes the offseason strength and conditioning program was the foundation for the transformation that program underwent during Mullen’s nine seasons in Starkville, Miss.

Savage, who is still just 28 years old, became Mullen’s strength coach in December of 2015, carrying on the standard set by his predecessors in Mullen’s vision.

“I think that when you look at the success we had at Mississippi State last year, it was a huge relationship to what he had done in that program,” said new Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who spent last season at MSU. “I think that you can say right now, it’s probably the most critical phase, right now we’re in our strength phase. And I think being in that strength phase, conditioning phase, for this upcoming season, is a critical component of us being successful.”

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