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March Forecast VI: Where Dayton Flyers stand in NCAA tournament picture

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:50 PM

Dayton huddles before a game against George Mason on Feb. 21, 2017, at UD Arena.
Dayton huddles before a game against George Mason on Feb. 21, 2017, at UD Arena.

Believe it or not, the national college basketball holiday known as Selection Sunday is only 17 days away. On March 12, the Dayton Flyers will learn their fate. They can calm their nerves and the nerves of their entire fan base with a strong finish in the last three regular-season games and the Atlantic 10 tournament, moving away from bubble talk to lock status.

EARLIER COVERAGE: March Forecast V

Here’s a summary of where Dayton stands in the NCAA tournament picture:

Dayton (22-5, 13-2) takes a seven-game winning streak into a 9 p.m. Friday game at Davidson. The Flyers rank 24th (up five spots from last week) in the RPI, 34th (down one spot) in the Pomeroy ratings, 34th (up one spot) in the Sagarin ratings, 28th (up three spots) in the KPI Sports ratings and 35th (down two spots) in ESPN’s Basketball Power Index.

Dayton has three more top-50 RPI wins than last week because No. 47 Vanderbilt and No. 49 Rhode Island, who the Flyers beat twice, climbed back into the top 50, thought obviously they could go the other way just as fast.

While Dayton lacks marquee victories, it makes up for it in a number of quality victories against top-100 teams. It has wins over No. 70 East Tennessee State, No. 73 Alabama, No. 74 Winthrop, No. 85 New Mexico, No. 89 St. Bonaventure (two wins) and No. 96 Richmond. The Flyers also get a second chance to record their biggest victory yet when they host VCU on Wednesday. The Rams, who beat the Flyers in Richmond, rank 26th.

Here’s what the experts say about Dayton in their latest predictions:

Joe Lunardi, ESPN: No. 8 Dayton vs. No. 9 Michigan in Salt Lake City.

Jerry Palm, CBS: No. 9 Dayton vs. No. 8 South Carolina in Tulsa.

Michael Beller, Sports Illustrated: No. 8 Dayton vs. No. 9 Virginia Tech.

In his bubble watch, Beller writes: “Dayton (21–5, 12–2) and VCU (22–5, 12–2) continued their twin paths to the Big Dance, both getting a pair of wins last week. The Flyers knocked off Saint Louis and St. Bonaventure, while the Rams took care of Saint Joseph’s and Richmond. Neither team has the profile to earn better than a No. 6 or No. 7 seed, but both should be safe come Selection Sunday. Like the American, the A-10 has the look of a two-bid league, unless a team that isn’t Dayton or VCU can make a run to the conference tournament title.”

Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports: No. 8 Dayton vs. No. 9 Michigan in Greenville, S.C.

131Sports: No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 10 Wichita State in Sacramento, Calif.

Bracketologist: No. 9 Dayton vs. No. 8 South Carolina in Greenville.

USA Today: No. 8 Dayton vs. No. 9 Southern California in Salt Lake City.

Bracket Matrix: Dayton’s average seed is 8.09. The Flyers are listed on 114 of 115 brackets and range as high as a No. 6 seed and as low as a No. 11. TheSportsDaily.com bracket is the only one to not include UD.

North Florida Dance Card: Dayton ranks 30th with a 100 percent chance of making the field.

In his third Bubble Watch of the season, ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan writes, “Dayton trailed by as many as 15 in the first half against St. Bonaventure on Saturday; they eventually rallied, took the lead, and held on for a 76-72 win. As unhelpful as it would have been, the Flyers' position remains strong enough to sustain a loss to a decent team like the Bonnies. But they can't afford more than one or two of those types of losses in the final four outings -- George Mason, at Davidson, VCU, at George Washington — if they want to feel snug in the bracket by the time the A-10 tourney tips off.”

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WATCH: 5-year-old dancer steals the show at Cavs-Warriors’ game

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:46 PM

From the Facebook page of the NBA.
From the Facebook page of the NBA.

The halftime show of Monday night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors featured a dancing 5-year-old whose moves amazed thousands of NBA fans around the world. 

With the Cavaliers’ Scream Team in the background, young Tavaris Jones danced to the song “Rolex” by Ayo and Teo, according to media reports. 

The video has gone viral as nearly 50,000 people have watched in on YouTube alone. 

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Ex-Buckeye, Heisman winner Troy Smith cited for driving under influence

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:48 PM

Former Ohio State quarteback Troy Smith competes in a quarterback competition against Cardale Joens, back center, and J.T. Barrett, right, during halftime of the spring game on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
Former Ohio State quarteback Troy Smith competes in a quarterback competition against Cardale Joens, back center, and J.T. Barrett, right, during halftime of the spring game on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

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Greenville advances to regional final for third straight season

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 4:11 PM

Greenville softball three wins from first state title since 2007

The third-ranked Greenville Lady Wave will play for a spot in the state final four for the third straight season, advancing with a 14-4, six-inning victory in a Division II regional semifinal against No. 6 Clinton-Massie on Wednesday at Mason High School.

Greenville last reached the state final four in 2012. Last season, the Lady Wave lost 4-0 to Hamilton Ross in the regional final. In 2015, they lost 7-1 to Granville.

Greenville won the state title in 2007, made the final four in 2010 and lost in the state final in 2012.

Of the many big hits Wednesday, the biggest was a three-run home run by Alli Hill in the sixth inning. Greenville has scored 10 or more runs in 22 games.

Greenville (28-3) will play No. 8 Shawnee or No. 9 Jonathan Alder at noon Saturday at Mason.

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10 things you missed from Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s interview on WHIO Radio

Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 10:59 AM

Anthony Grant talks on WHIO Radio on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Dayton. Jeremy Ratliff/Staf
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Anthony Grant talks on WHIO Radio on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Dayton. Jeremy Ratliff/Staf(David Jablonski)

Six weeks into his tenure as head coach of the Dayton Flyers, Anthony Grant stopped by WHIO Radio to talk to the voice of the Flyers, Larry Hansgen, on the Miami Valley Morning News. 

Here are some highlights from the interview Wednesday morning:

• On putting the coaching staff together: “It has been hectic, but it’s been good. I’m really happy with the staff we’ve put together. We’re moving in the right direction in terms of finishing things out.”

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•  On associate head coach Anthony Solomon: “He’s a former head coach, a guy who’s been a lot of different places and has a lot of relationships. He’s very good on the floor.”

• On assistant coach James Kane: “He’s a guy I knew when I was at the University of Florida. He was a student there. Long story. We used to play a 3-on-3 challenge against the students. We were undefeated for a long time, and James’ team actually beat us. It’s the only time anyone beat us in my time there.

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• On assistant coach Ricardo Greer: He played 14 years overseas, and actually in a week and a half, he’s going into the hall of fame in France for his playing career.”

• On special assistant Darren Hertz: “Darren has an important role for us in terms of analytics, breaking down our team and helping me to analyze what we’re doing offensively and defensively.”

• On new recruit Jalen Crutcher: “Once he saw this place and saw the resources we have here and the commitment on and off the court, academically, athletically, socially, I think he saw this will be a great fit for him.”

• On John Crosby returning to the team: “John, obviously, is a guy who has had kind of a rocky road a little bit, I think it would be fair to say, in terms of his production on the court. He’s a guy who really has a lot of pride in terms of wanting to do well and wanting to showcase what he’s capable of doing. I think he just wanted some reassurance that he would have an opportunity to compete and earn playing time and help the team. When you talk to his teammates, they all said great things about him in terms of who he is as a person. Once we worked all that out, in terms of his understanding the direction we were taking the program and his role in it, I think he felt very comfortable moving forward. He did a great job finishing out academically. We’re excited to have him back on the team.”

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• On getting to know his new players: “My first order of business for them was to take care of the classroom, to make sure they finished strong academically. We really didn’t do much on the court. I was able the last couple of weeks, before they had preparation for finals, to get them on the court and just see where they’re at. This will be a big summer. Some of the guys will be here first summer session. Then we’ll have pretty much everybody here for the second summer session.”

• On two of the biggest influences on him, Don Donoher and Billy Donovan: “The common thread between those two guys is their understanding of what it takes to win, not only on the court but in life.

• On what his time as a player at UD meant to him: “I talked to the guys who just finished their careers here and about their passion for their place. This is a special place and will always be a special place for those who played here.”

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