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6 things to watch this week in area college, high school basketball

Published: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 10:31 AM


            Dayton’s Josh Cunningham loses the ball as he’s guarded by Massachusetts’ Malik Hines on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton’s Josh Cunningham loses the ball as he’s guarded by Massachusetts’ Malik Hines on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

It’s a busy week of basketball for teams around the Miami Valley so we thought you might need a little help keeping up with the action.

Here are six things you might want to keep an eye on involving local high school and college teams.

Dayton at Richmond

The Flyers still haven’t won back-to-back games this season. Now they need to avoid losing two in a row for the second time on Tuesday at Richmond (7 p.m.).

»RELATED: UMass rallies to beat Dayton

Richmond (3-12, 1-2) might be just what the doctor ordered, but didn’t we think the same thing about UMass? You can watch the game on Facebook Live via the Atlantic 10’s page.

Wright State at Northern Kentucky

It’s a first-place showdown in the Horizon League on Thursday night at 7 as the Raiders and the Norse are the only two 4-0 teams through the first two weeks of the conference season.

Wright State is coming off an 86-81 overtime win at Oakland on Sunday .

The Raiders haven’t won three straight road games since 2013. Northern Kentucky swept all three games in the series a year ago, including bouncing Scott Nagy’s team in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League tournament.

Owens Tech at Sinclair (women)

The Lady Tartans (13-2) have had to wait a while to add to a 12-game winning streak, and it won’t come easy against Owens Tech (13-3) on Wednesday night (5:30).

Sinclair is averaging 85 points a game. Carroll grad Amanda Schroeder’s 27 points a game is second best in the country in the Division II JUCO ranks.

Flyin’ to the Hoop

Four days, 20 games, and 38 teams…welcome to the 16th year of one of the top showcases of high school basketball in the country.

»RELATED: Flyin to the Hoop set for MLK holiday weekend

There’s plenty of talent on display and who cares if they can’t dunk in warmups this year, they can when it counts. If you are a basketball fan this is a must-see event.

Wayne’s wild weekend

The Warriors (10-0) will close out Flyin’ to the Hoop on Monday night against Dane Goodwin and Upper Arlington, but that won’t be the only test for Wayne’s unbeaten record.

»RELATED: Boys basketball power rankings

The weekend starts with a GWOC showdown against Springfield (9-0) Friday night in Huber Heights.

Milestone night in Beavercreek

Ed Zink has seen a lot of basketball in 40-plus years as head coach of the Beavercreek girls team. He will be on the bench for the 1,000th game of his career when the Beavers host Northmont on Wednesday night.

Zink is the all-time winningest girls coach in Ohio high school history with 743 wins and three state titles.

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, NFL draft order (02/19/2018)

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

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NFL mock drafts for 2018 are here with predictions. You can see projections, top players and a 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.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DL, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Derwin James, DB, Florida State
  8. Chicago Bears — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  11. Miami Dolphins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  13. Washington Redskins — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  14. Green Bay Packers — Joshua Jackson, DB, Iowa
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Mike McGlinchey, G, Notre Dame
  18. Seattle Seahawks — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  20. Detroit Lions — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. Buffalo Bills –Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  22. Buffalo Bills — Arden Key, DL, LSU
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  24. Carolina Panthers — Marcus Davenport, DL, UTSA
  25. Tennessee Titans — Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Vita Vea, DL, Washington
  27. New Orleans Saints — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Harold Landry, LB, Boston College
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
  31. New England Patriots — Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Ogbonnia Okoronwko, LB, Oklahoma

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Todd McShay

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
  8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Tremaine Edmunds, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech
  11. Miami Dolphins — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Connor Williams, T, Texas
  13. Washington Redskins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  14. Green Bay Packers — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  20. Detroit Lions — Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
  21. Buffalo Bills — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  22. Buffalo Bills — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Billy Price, G/C, Ohio State
  24. Carolina Panthers — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  25. Tennessee Titans — Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  26. Atlanta Falcons — James Daniels, G/C, Iowa
  27. New Orleans Saints — Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
  31. New England Patriots — M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

  1. Cleveland Browns — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  2. New York Giants — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  6. New York Jets — Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  10. Oakland Raiders — Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  11. Miami Dolphins — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  13. Washington Redskins — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  14. Green Bay Packers — Arden Key, DE, LSU
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  20. Detroit Lions — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  21. Buffalo Bills — Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  22. Buffalo Bills — Billy Price, C, Ohio State
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
  24. Carolina Panthers — Jamarco Jones, T, Ohio State
  25. Tennessee Titans — James Daniels, G/C, Iowa
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
  27. New Orleans Saints — Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Connor Williams, T, Texas
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
  31. Philadelphia Eagles — Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
  32. New England Patriots — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

2018 NFL Draft: First-round order

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

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How graphics give Ohio State stronger recruiting pitch; Buckeyes drop to No. 16 in AP poll

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

Ohio State football is the No. 1 topic in  Wake Up  every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

How graphics play a role in Buckeyes’ recruiting

If you pay much attention to Ohio State’s recruiting efforts, you’ve seen the work of the Buckeyes’ graphic design department. Ohio State has a team that makes recruiting graphics and strengthens the program’s pitch to high school prospects. Land of 10’s Austin Ward broke down some of the ways graphics make Ohio State stand out just a little more to recruits.

Here’s an example of a graphic Ohio State used with defensive line recruit Tyler Friday:

Ohio State falls to No. 16 in AP poll

Ohio State’s tough week led to the Buckeyes falling from No. 8 to out of the top 15. Ohio State was ranked 16th in the latest Associated Press Top 25, which was released Monday afternoon. The fall comes after Ohio State lost two games in four days. Chris Holtmann’s squad fell at Penn State on Thursday night and then came up short against Michigan on Sunday.

Tied with Purdue for second place in the Big Ten, Ohio State hosts Rutgers Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network. It will be senior night at the Schottenstein Center and Keita Bates-Diop ― a fourth-year junior with another season of eligibility ―  will be one of four players honored.

While the Buckeyes dropped in the AP poll, they held steady as a No. 4 seed in Joe Lunardi’s updated NCAA Tournament projection.

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Top-rated 2019 T praises Ohio State

Ohio State is in a good position with the top-ranked tackle in the 2019 class. Devontae Dobbs praised the Buckeyes in an  interview with Land of 10’s Ryan Donnelly.

“I feel like [Ohio State] just separates themselves in every category — academics, football team, training staff, facilities, just everything, really,” Dobbs said.

Michigan State and a handful of other programs are in hot pursuit of Dobbs, from Belleville, Mich. Dobbs is the No. 9 overall prospect in 247Sports’ composite rankings.

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Who is Aja Evans? 5 things to know about the former Illinois track and field athlete turned USA bobsledder

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

Aja Evans is a USA bobsledder competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The bobsledding event in the Olympics is set to take place from Feb. 18 and Feb. 25.

Before becoming a phenomenal bobsledder and representing the country in the Olympics, Evans competed in track and field for the University of Illinois.

Who is Aja Evans? 5 things to know

1. Evans is a 5-time All-American track and field athlete from her time at Illinois

Before her time as an Olympian, Evans competed in track and field for the Fighting Illini and became well-decorated. She took seventh at the USA Championships in the shot put in the 2010 outdoor season. In the 2010 indoor season — which was her senior season — she placed 10th overall and eighth of all Americans.

By placing in the top-eight, an athlete earns All-American honors. She also set an Illinois record in the shot put and competed as a sprinter as well.

2. Evans is a part of an extremely athletic family 

Evans isn’t the only insanely accomplished athlete in her family. Her brother, Fred, had an eight-year career in the NFL as a defensive tackle. Her father — also named Fred — became the first black swimmer to ever win a national collegiate championship. He did so in 1975.

Lastly, her uncle Gary, played 16 years in the MLB as an outfielder. Gary finished fifth in the MVP voting in 1984.

3. She won a bronze medal in the 2014 Olympics

This isn’t Evans’ first rodeo when it comes to competing in the Olympics. In the 2014 Sochi Games, she earned a bronze medal in the women’s bobsled. In this year’s competition, Evans is with her same duo partner Jamie Greubel Poser.

4. Evans earned the USABS’ Team of the Year Award in 2017

Evans has accomplished many things in her athletic career and in 2017, she won the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation Team of the Year Award. She won the award with her partner, Poser. During their 2016-17 campaign, the duo won a bronze at the World Championships.

5. She started bobsledding in 2012

One would imagine that in order to become an Olympian, you would have to train essentially your entire life to be good enough at a sport or event. For Evans, that wasn’t the case.

Following her track and field career at Illinois, she then picked up bobsledding in 2012 before winning a bronze medal in 2014. She has said in the past, “I was able to use my power and bursts and strength within my legs to transition into shot put, and then used that to transition into bobsled.”

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Nebraska AD Bill Moos’ role in recruiting; QB Adrian Martinez set to have impact

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

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Nebraska football is the No. 1 topic in Big Red Rising every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across Huskers sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Huskers football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Making an effort

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos is playing a big role in the Huskers’ recruiting, and that’s unique for most programs.

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A big impact?

Could Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez have a big impact for Nebraska in 2018? Athlon Sports thinks so. He was named as one of the top 15 true freshman to have an impact next season.

Attendance apathy

Are Nebraska fans apathetic? Maybe not now that coach Scott Frost has been hired, but attendance over the last few years showed a startling trend.

Some recruiting thoughts

Lloyd Summerall has a slew of offers, and the Florida defensive end is keeping his options open. However, Summerall likes what he’s heard about Nebraska so far and is open to checking it out for himself.

Bigger than sports

The annual HuskerThon dance marathon took place last weekend, and Nebraska students helped raise nearly $203,000 for Children’s Miracle Network. The funds raised will go to Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha.

Soon

It feels like April will never arrive, but it will be here before we know it. Get ready, Huskers fans.

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