A-10 tournament: Dayton to play VCU on Thursday

Published: Sunday, March 04, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Dayton's Anthony Grant reacts to victory over GW

The Dayton Flyers earned the No. 9 seed in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament and will play No. 8 seed Virginia Commonwealth in the second round at noon Thursday at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

The winner of Dayton-VCU will play No. 1 seed Rhode Island in the quarterfinals at noon Friday. NBC Sports Network will televise all the games on Thursday and Friday.

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The Flyers beat VCU 106-79 on Jan. 12 at UD Arena and lost 88-84 in overtime in Richmond on Feb. 10. Dayton and VCU played in the A-10 championship game in 2015 with the Rams winning in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dayton (14-16, 8-10) ended the regular-season with an 88-78 victory over George Washington on Saturday.

VCU (17-14, 9-9) beat Fordham 83-58. The Rams tied for fifth with Saint Louis, Richmond and George Mason.

The last time Dayton had the No. 9 seed in 2011, it advanced to the championship game before losing to Richmond. The No. 9 seed has defeated the No. 8 seed five years in a row.

Dayton had the No. 1 seed the last two years and lost in the quarterfinals in 2017 and the semifinals in 2016. Dayton has never won the A-10 tournament outside UD Arena. Its only championship came at home in 2003.

Senior Day highlights for Dayton's Darrell Davis(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

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Twitter Reacts: Dayton fans comment on loss of five players

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

Dayton sophomores Ryan Mikesell, Xeyrius Williams, John Crosby and Sam Miller pose for a photo after a victory against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton sophomores Ryan Mikesell, Xeyrius Williams, John Crosby and Sam Miller pose for a photo after a victory against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff(columnist)

Dayton Flyers fans reacted with surprise, disappointment, confusion, glee and every other range of emotion on Thursday when Dayton announced three more players were leaving the program, meaning the team has lost five players since the end of the season.

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Xeyrius Williams, Matej Svoboda, Kostas Antetokounmpo, John Crosby and Jordan Pierce will continue their careers elsewhere. Here’s what the fans and others had to say on Twitter.

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Former Buckeyes try to enjoy themselves during pressures of Pro Day

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:56 PM

Ohio State Pro Day: J.T. Barrett interview

The stars came out Thursday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center — the stars that wore scarlet and gray last fall and the ones who stalk NFL sidelines on Sundays.

Five NFL head coaches plus four defensive coordinators and two general managers — and 140 NFL representatives in all — attended Ohio State's annual Pro Day. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watched 17 players work out, as did Mike Tomlin, of the Steelers, Matt Patricia, of the Lions, and Mike Zimmer, of the Vikings.

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The players seemed to enjoy the attention despite the stress that came with it. All hope to hear their names called during the NFL Draft April 26-28. Some are locks. Some have to prove themselves in these workouts.

"It's been amazing," said linebacker Jerome Baker, who left Ohio State with one year of eligibility remaining. "I live by the motto, 'I'm living my best life.' That's exactly what I'm doing. Everyone makes it seem like this process is so stressful and so non-fun. You're about to go to the next level. You might as well as have fun. You got to this point because you're good at what you do."

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NFL.com predicts Baker will be picked in the second or third round. His former teammate, quarterback J.T. Barrett, may not hear his name called until the seventh round if he gets drafted at all, but he showed his arm in front of scouts at Pro Day.

"I was just trying to enjoy it," Barrett said. "That's the main thing. It comes and goes pretty fast. You don't want to get too wrapped up in and not enjoy it. It was a good day. Solid. I wish I had a couple of throws back, but that's part of it, even in a game."

Ohio State Pro Day: Billy Price interview(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

One Ohio State prospect with a strong chance of being selected in the first or second round didn't work out. Center Billy Price remains sidelined by a incomplete pectoral tear, which he suffered at the NFL Combine on March 1. Price watched his teammates run sprints and perform drills Thursday and said his injury isn't a serious concern.

"It's not going to be an issue," Price said. "I should be good by June. I'll be bench pressing and be at full strength again."

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Another Buckeye expected to go in the early rounds is defensive end Sam Hubbard, who had 2½ sacks in his final college game in December, the Cotton Bowl victory against Southern California. He said he wanted to reinforce what the coaches have seen of him on tape in his workout.

"I was happy to go out there and do that," Hubbard said. "It's a lot of motivation to go as hard as you possibly can, especially when you've got guys like Matt Patricia and Bill Belichick coaching you up. It was an incredible experience."

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Antetokounmpo thanks Dayton after deciding to ‘start a new chapter’

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:10 PM

Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo dunks against George Washington's Yuta Watanabe on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at UD Arena.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo dunks against George Washington's Yuta Watanabe on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at UD Arena.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

Kostas Antetokounmpo announced his departure from the University of Dayton on Twitter on Thursday night, hours after an official press release by the university.

Antetokounmpo, a 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman forward, plans to explore his options in the NBA, Dayton coach Anthony Grant said Thursday. He left school with six weeks left in the semester.

Antetokounmpo spent two years at UD. He committed to Dayton in June 2016 three days after visiting the campus. He ranked 89th in the class of 2016, according to Rivals.com.

In October 2016, the NCAA ruled Antetokounmpo a partial qualifier, and he wasn’t able to play in his freshman season. He started practicing with the team in January 2017. He missed most of the summer workouts and preseason practices because of an injury he suffered in Greece but was healthy by the start of the season and appeared in 29 games, averaging 5.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

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Photo gallery: Marion Local D-IV boys state semifinal win

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

Marion Local senior Tyler Mescher addresses a 56-54 defeat of Pandora-Gilboa in a boys high school basketball D-IV state semifinal at OSU on Thursday, March 22, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Marion Local defeated Pandora-Gilboa 56-54 in a boys high school basketball Division IV state semifinal at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center on Thursday, March 22.

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Marion Local (24-4) will play Willoughby Cornerstone Christian (21-7) in the D-IV state championship at 10:45 a.m. Saturday also at the Schott.

Marion Local players celebrate. Marion Local defeated Pandora-Gilboa 56-54 in a D-IV boys high school basketball state semifinal at OSU’s Schottenstein Center on Thursday, March 22, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

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