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Dayton Flyers Top 10: Fun facts you might not know about 2017-18 team

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 3:40 PM

Second-half highlights: Dayton vs. Ohio Dominican

The Dayton Flyers walked down the tunnel to Tom Blackburn Court at UD Arena on Saturday before an exhibition game against Ohio Dominican the same way they have done the past three seasons.

The players draped their arms around each other’s shoulders and sang the whole way. If they ever stop this tradition, the echoes will remain. That’s how loud they are — or #LOWD, if you’re in that new tradition.

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Fans don’t get to see the Flyers sing and dance very often, unless it’s via video. Here are 10 other fun facts fans might not know about Dayton basketball heading into the 2017-18 season, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday against Ball State at UD Arena:

1. Youth movement: According to the NCAA, only seven teams return fewer than 2,000 minutes played from the 2016-17 season. Dayton, with 2,020 minutes returning from last season, almost falls into a group that includes: Pittsburgh (648); Kentucky (890); Austin Peay (1,392); Robert Morris (1,612); Iowa State (1,728); James Madison (1,881); and Chattanooga (1,909).

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Graduated senior Scoochie Smith led the Flyers with 1,000 minutes last season (31.3 per game). Of Dayton’s returning players, Xeyrius Williams played the most minutes (728). He’s followed by Darrell Davis (644), John Crosby (424), Josh Cunningham (162), Trey Landers (52), Joey Gruden (7) and Jack Westerfield (3).

WHIO’s Larry Hansgen, left, and Bucky Bockhorn broadcast the Flyers’ victory over Fordham in the second round of the A-10 tournament on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

2. Bucky’s back: Dayton basketball legend Bucky Bockhorn begins 46th year calling Flyer games on the radio. That’s the longest tenure of any team analyst in the country, according to UD.

Bockhorn ranks ahead of Wyoming’s Kevin McKinney (38 years) and Wichita State’s Dave Dahl (37). Both of those analysts only work home games.

3. Legendary pair: Bockhorn and play-by-play man Larry Hansgen are working together on WHIO Radio for the 35th straight year. That’s the third-longest streak in the country behind Pittsburgh’s Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat (39 years) and Wichita State’s Mike Kennedy and Dahl (37).

Dayton against Ohio Dominican on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at UD Arena.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

4. Foreign flavor: Dayton has two European players on the roster at the same time for the first time in school history: redshirt freshman forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, of Greece, and freshman forward Matej Svoboda, of the Czech Republic. Both played in front of fans at UD Arena for the first time Saturday in a 79-61 victory.

5. And counting: This is the 110th season of Dayton basketball. The program’s all-time mark stands at 1,610-1,086 (.597).

Dayton ranks 41st in NCAA history in victories. It moved into the top 50 in winning percentage (.597) this season. It’s tied for 50th.

Dayton against Saint Louis on Feb. 14, 2017, at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.

6. Record hunt: Dayton won 102 games in the last four seasons, setting a school record for victories in a four-year span. To break that record — and give the senior class of Darrell Davis and Joey Gruden the distinction of being the winningest class in school history — Dayton will have to win 27 games this season.

The NCAA record for victories in a four-year span belongs to Duke (133-15, 1997-01).

7. Streak chase: Dayton split the Atlantic 10 Conference title with Virginia Commonwealth and St. Bonaventure in 2016 and won the title outright last season. The last A-10 team to win or share at least three regular-season titles in a row was Xavier, which won or shared five in a row from 2006-10.

8. March goals: Dayton has played in the NCAA tournament four straight years. That’s a school record. Dayton had never played in the big dance more than two straight years until this streak. Nineteen schools have played in the last four NCAA tournaments.

9. Last man: Only one person who sits on the Dayton bench has been there for each of the past four seasons: athletic trainer Mike Mulcahey. This is his fifth season with the program..

Anthony Grant: Postgame press conference after exhibition game

10. New coach: Anthony Grant is Dayton’s 20th head coach. A 20-win season would move him into 10th place in career wins.

Three of the last five Dayton head coaches went to the NCAA tournament in their first seasons. Don Donoher’s team was 22-7 and reached the Sweet 16 in 1965. Jim O’Brien was 22-10 and reached the second round in 1990. Brian Gregory was 24-9 in 2004 and lost in the first round.

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NASCAR pit reporter Wendy Venturini hit by car while jogging

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

NASCAR pit reporter Wendy Venturini, right, is recovering from injuries after she was hit by a car while jogging Saturday in California.
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NASCAR pit reporter Wendy Venturini, right, is recovering from injuries after she was hit by a car while jogging Saturday in California.(Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

NASCAR pit reporter Wendy Venturini suffered a skull fracture and concussion Saturday after she was hit by a car while jogging in Novato, California, according to a news release from Venturini Racing.

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Venturini, 39, was in California to cover Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup race in Sonoma. She will remain in the hospital for several days, the news release said.

“She’s completely coherent and conversational, and I have talked to her on two occasions today," said Doug Rice, president and general manager of Performance Racing Network. "They told her she would have a really good headache for a couple of days.”

Venturini's father, Bill, is a two-time Auto Racing Club of America champion who founded Venturini Motorsports in 1982, The Sporting News reported.

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Three newest members of Dayton women’s basketball team arrive on campus

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 12:09 PM

Dayton coach Shauna Green watches the team practice before the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton coach Shauna Green watches the team practice before the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

The three newest members of the Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team — Ella Skeens, Amari Davidson and Kyla Whitehead — arrived on campus this weekend. The University of Dayton’s second summer session begins Monday and ends with exams Aug. 3-4.

“Very excited to finally have these three on campus!!” Dayton coach Shauna Green wrote on Twitter. “Can not wait to see what the future holds for them.”

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“Excited to have Ella, Amari and Kyla on campus!” assistant coach Calamity McEntire wrote on Twitter. “They have a sign hanging in their apartment that says, ‘Don’t wish for it, work for it.’ I loved it!!”

Here’s a quick glance at the three Dayton freshmen:

• Skeens, 5-foot-11 wing: She finished her career with 2,283 points. She’s the all-time leading scorer in the history of Chillicothe Southeastern High School, Ross Country and the Scioto Valley Conference. Skeens committed to Dayton on June 4, 2017.

• Davidson, 6-2 forward: The Avon High School graduate committed to Dayton on Aug. 17, 2017. She’ll be the third member of her family to play college basketball. Sierra Davison, a 6-0 forward, played in six games last season as a junior at Cleveland State. Shay Davidson, a 5-11 forward, played in 18 games last season as a freshman at Notre Dame College.

•  Whitehead, 6-2 forward: She helped lead Pickerington Central to the Division I state championship in March. She had nine points and five rebounds in a 49-45 victory against Solon in the title game. Whitehead committed to Dayton on Sept. 26, 2017.

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Reds top prospect will miss rest of season

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

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Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel will miss the rest of the season after tearing a tendon in his right index finger Friday, the Reds announced Saturday.

Senzel, who will undergo surgery Tuesday, addressed the injury in a message posted to Twitter and Instagram.

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“I would like to start by thanking my family, friends and teammates and fans for the support over the last 24 hours,” Senzel wrote. “It had been a challenging season from the start, but it has made me grow. The news this morning was very unfortunate, but I was prepared mentally on how to handle it whether good or bad. I had a goal this season, and it was to make it to the big leagues and help the Cincinnati Reds win ballgames. Although I did not fulfill this goal, it will not stop my drive to continue to fulfill my dream. The support that has been shown is what makes me blessed and thankful for everything in my life, inside and outside of baseball. It’s what makes me keep going, and make no mistake, I will be back stronger than ever. Love u all Reds nation.”

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The No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Senzel was hitting .310 with six home runs and 25 RBIs with Triple-A Louisville.

Senzel’s 2017 season was also cut short as he battled vertigo late last season while playing for Double-A Pensacola. The same condition cost him time this spring.

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Dayton draft drought ends as Antetokounmpo chosen with last pick

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:04 AM

Who is Kostas Antetokounmpo? Facts about the former Dayton forward

A 28-year drought ended for the Dayton Flyers on Thursday as the Dallas Mavericks selected Kostas Antetokounmpo, a 6-foot-10 forward, with the 30th and last pick of the second round in the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was the 60th player chosen overall.

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Antetokounmpo, 20, is the first Dayton player drafted since Negele Knight in 1990. The Phoenix Suns drafted Knight in the second round.

Dayton had 38 players drafted between 1952 and 1990. Twenty Flyers have played in the NBA, including four undrafted players (Chris Wright, Chris Johnson, Brian Roberts and Charles Cooke) since Knight was drafted.

Antetokounmpo seeks to become the third member of his family to play in the NBA. His brother Giannis Antetokounmpo, 23, was the 15th pick of the first round in 2013 and now is one of the top players in the league. He averaged 26.9 points per game last season for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo, 25, played in two games in 2016 for the New York Knicks. He was a second-round pick in 2014.

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The 6-foot-10 Antetokounmpo committed to Dayton in June 2016 but sat out his freshman season as a NCAA partial qualifier.

Antetokounmpo debuted in the 2017-18 season and averaged 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game. He led the team with 31 blocks. He appeared in 29 of 32 games and started six games.

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In late March, weeks after the end of a 14-17 season, Antetokounmpo left the program and the university.

“His mindset was he wants to test the waters to see what his prospects are for being in the NBA,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. “And he felt it was in his best interest to leave school to do it. I’m not trying to judge his decision in terms of basketball, but the timing of his leaving did surprise me with just six weeks of school left.”

     

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