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Wright State has Horizon League title in sight

Wright State has a rare morning tip-off Friday with its game against IUPUI scheduled for 11 as part of the host school’s “Readers are Leaders” program that will fill approximately 3,000 of the seats at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with third graders. But while it may be a little different to have fans and an opponent around, hitting the gym in the morning is something that has been commonplace...
Wright State vs. IUPUI: Everything you need to know about Friday’s game

Wright State vs. IUPUI: Everything you need to know about Friday’s game

Who: Wright State (21-8, 13-3) vs. IUPUI (10-17, 7-9) When: 11 a.m. Friday Where: Indiana Farmers Coliseum TV/Radio: ESPN3/106.5 ›› Looking at Wright State’s possible path to a championship Probable Wright State starters Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.5 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 5.1 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 10.1 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.6 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G...
5 things to know about Wright State’s win against Cleveland State

5 things to know about Wright State’s win against Cleveland State

For the fifth time this season Wright State rallied from at least eight points down to win, beating Cleveland State 72-63 Monday night to remain tied with Northern Kentucky for first place in the Horizon League. The win sets up a three-team weekend showdown between the Raiders, NKU and UIC to determine the regular-season champion and No. 1 seed for the conference tournament. WSU finished...
Sports Today: Joey Votto says what everyone is thinking

Sports Today: Joey Votto says what everyone is thinking

Joey Votto proved again he is the greatest by not only saying a bunch of cool stuff but waiting until Monday to do it so it wouldn’t get lost over a three-day weekend.  The Cincinnati Reds first baseman sounded like one part fan, one part player, one part owner and all wise man in his first comments of this season.  Joey Votto on current state of Reds: “Something has to...
Looking at Wright State’s possible paths to a championship

Looking at Wright State’s possible paths to a championship

Wright State set up a final-weekend showdown in the Horizon League by rallying from an eight-point deficit in the second half Monday night to beat Cleveland State 72-63. The Raiders remain tied for first place with Northern Kentucky, which beat Youngstown State, with two games remaining, while UIC, which beat Detroit Mercy, is just a game back. And the Flames, the hottest team in the league having...
Raiders hold off CSU behind Benzinger’s big Senior Night

Raiders hold off CSU behind Benzinger’s big Senior Night

Wright State said goodbye to seniors Grant Benzinger and Trey Stacey on Monday night. The Raiders can only hope the game marked a final farewell in 2018 to Cleveland State, a struggling group that looked for most of the night as though it was going to pull off a second consecutive upset against the Horizon League’s top team. Despite playing without freshman point guard and second leading scorer...
Merriweather disappointed in effort as Vikings whip lethargic Raiders

Merriweather disappointed in effort as Vikings whip lethargic Raiders

Wright State women’s basketball coach Katrina Merriweather said she was stunned by what she saw Monday night, and she wasn’t looking at the scoreboard, although she wasn’t pleased by what she saw there either. Cleveland State came to the Nutter Center on Monday and jumped the lethargic Raiders from the outset, leading by as many as 19 before registering a 70-63 victory. “It&rsquo...
Wright State’s Love wins another HL Freshman of the Week honor

Wright State’s Love wins another HL Freshman of the Week honor

The Loudon Love award train keeps on rolling with Monday’s announcement the Wright State center is the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the seventh time this season. Love led the Raiders to a 69-67 victory against Northern Kentucky on Friday to move WSU back into a first-place tie with the Norse. ›› Benzinger to hit the Nutter Center floor one more time Monday night His...
Wright State’s Benzinger to hit Nutter Center floor one last time

Wright State’s Benzinger to hit Nutter Center floor one last time

The courtside seating at the Nutter Center is about to get a lot safer, but first Grant Benzinger has one more game to play there when the Raiders take on Cleveland State for Senior Night on Monday. Known for his hustle and blatant disregard for his body as much as his sharp shooting, Benzinger has dropped more than just sweat on the home hardwood during his four years at Wright State. A lot of skin...
Wright State vs. Cleveland State: What you need to know about Monday’s game

Wright State vs. Cleveland State: What you need to know about Monday’s game

Who: Cleveland State (8-21, 5-11) vs Wright State (20-8, 12-3) When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: ESPN3/106.5 Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.3 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 5.0 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.9 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.5 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.6 Kenny Carpenter, 6-5, Sr., G, 12.6 Tyree Appleby, 6-1, Fr., G, 10.9 Bobby Word, 6-4, Sr., G, 10.6...
Archdeacon: WSU’s Custer, La Tulip share unbreakable bond

Archdeacon: WSU’s Custer, La Tulip share unbreakable bond

ESPN missed the boat. During Friday night’s broadcast of Wright State’s gripping 69-67 victory over Northern Kentucky at the Nutter Center, ESPN twice sent a crew over to Ryan Custer, who was in a green sweatshirt, black shorts and a wheelchair at the end of the Raiders’ bench. They fitted the WSU sophomore with a headset and a microphone, set a camera up in front of him and had...
Archdeacon: Welch, Smith honored — pillars of Wright State’s women’s team

Archdeacon: Welch, Smith honored — pillars of Wright State’s women’s team

The Wright State women played Northern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon at the Nutter Center and Chelsea Welch cried. It wasn’t because of something NKU did. The Raiders’ 5-foot-9 senior guard scored 21 points — a half-point below the average that has her tied for No. 11 in all of NCAA Division I scoring this season – and she added eight assists and three steals to lead WSU to...
5 things to know about Wright State’s win vs. NKU

5 things to know about Wright State’s win vs. NKU

As the leading rebounder in the Horizon League, Wright State freshman Loudon Love knows a little something about grabbing control. Such as, if you loosen your grip for a second, that control can disappear. That will be the message for the Raiders after they regained control of the top spot in the HL with a 69-67 triumph of Northern Kentuckyon Friday night. “High-emotion game, huge crowd...
Ernsthausen shows (and covers) heart in win vs. NKU

Ernsthausen shows (and covers) heart in win vs. NKU

Wright State coach Scott Nagy spent the week preaching a one-word theme ahead of his team’s showdown against Northern Kentucky: Courage. And junior forward Parker Ernsthausen literally took the message to heart. Playing with a protective chest pad after suffering a sternum contusion in last Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ernsthausen turned in one of the most physical and productive...
Don’t look now: Wright State is for real

Don’t look now: Wright State is for real

Did the Wright State pep band know something the rest of us didn’t before the Raiders took on Northern Kentucky on Friday night?  Dropped nicely into their pregame repertoire was a Michael Jackson classic that could have doubled as theme song for the game 7,205 fans were about to see.  Yes, the Raiders 69-67 win over the Norse, which left the teams tied for first place in the Horizon...
Wright State back in 1st place in Horizon after 69-67 win over NKU

Wright State back in 1st place in Horizon after 69-67 win over NKU

Wright State beat Northern Kentucky 69-67 on Friday night at the Nutter Center to move back into a first-place tie atop the Horizon League. Loudon Love scored 15 points to lead the Raiders (20-8, 12-3) while Tyler Sharpe had 16 for the Norse (19-8, 12-3). »PHOTOS: Wright State vs. Northern Kentucky The Raiders led by as many as 11 in the second half, but the Norse got within a point on Jordan...
Sports Today: Buckeyes blasted while big opportunity comes for Wright State

Sports Today: Buckeyes blasted while big opportunity comes for Wright State

For the second time this season, Penn State basketball made Ohio State basketball look bad.  This is a strange sentence anytime but particularly so this season of resurgence for the Buckeyes.  That’s not to say Penn State is not a quality team. The Nittany Lions should make the NCAA tournament if they can win just another game or two between now and Selection Sunday.  Ohio...
Wright State vs. NKU: What you need to know about Friday’s game

Wright State vs. NKU: What you need to know about Friday’s game

Who: Northern Kentucky (19-7, 12-2) vs Wright State (19-8, 11-3) When: 9 p.m. Friday Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: ESPNU/106.5 Probable Wright State starters Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.5 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.8 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 10.0 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.4 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.7 ›› WSU vs. NKU: They all count the same, except this one Probable...
Wright State vs. NKU: They all count the same, except this one

Wright State vs. NKU: They all count the same, except this one

The message Wright State coach Scott Nagy and his staff have been trying to get across to the players all week is that Friday night’s showdown against Northern Kentucky is just another game and they all count the same. And factually, that is true. But technically, tonight’s nationally televised game against the defending champion Norse could be worth 1.5 wins. That’s because Wright...
WSU baseball team loaded with talent, confidence

WSU baseball team loaded with talent, confidence

Many coaches tend to downplay preseason polls, but not Jeff Mercer. Beginning his second season at the helm of the Wright State baseball program, Mercer said his Raiders not only are excited about being the unanimous choice to win the Horizon League, they are deserving of it. “It’s obviously a testament to the teams that were here before, but we’re very good,” Mercer said...
What should the NCAA do about its transfer rules?

What should the NCAA do about its transfer rules?

NCAA transfer rules are going to change.  Exactly how and how much is still being determined.  That was announced this week by the Division I Transfer Working Group, which met Monday and Tuesday in Indianapolis and now is seeking feedback on the types of changes that could be implemented.  Two things are certain: The graduate-transfer rule is not going away, and some restrictions will...
Freshman Hall emerging as a force for Wright State

Freshman Hall emerging as a force for Wright State

As disappointing as it was for Wright State to fall out of first place for the first time with a 74-73 loss to Wisconsin-Milwaukee, things could have been worse last week. Two days prior the Raiders had to rally from 11 down against Wisconsin-Green Bay, and they needed a huge play from freshman Jaylon Hall in the final seconds to close out a 68-64 win. The Phoenix were down by two points...
College basketball in Ohio is better than your state this year

College basketball in Ohio is better than your state this year

Apparently this is a pretty good year to be a college basketball team in Ohio.  Dayton Flyers fans might disagree, but the overall results can’t be argued up to this point in the season.  Ohio State leads the Big Ten at 13-1.  Xavier is on top in the Big East, half a game ahead of Villanova at 11-2.  Cincinnati (13-0) leads the American Athletic Conference by a whopping three...
Love wins another HL Freshman of the Week award

Love wins another HL Freshman of the Week award

For the sixth time this season, Wright State center Loudon Love is the recipient of the Horizon League Freshman of the Week award. Love turned in one of his best games of the season in Saturday’s 74-73 loss to Milwaukee , tallying 20 points and career-high 19 rebounds. ›› RELATED: Chelsea Welch named HL Player of the Week It was the 11th double-double...
Welch wins HL Player of the Week award

Welch wins HL Player of the Week award

Wright State senior guard Chelsea Welch has named the Horizon League Player of the Week. Welch, a Fairmont High School graduate, led the HL with 23.5 points per game last week to go along with 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals in a pair of home wins against Detroit Mercy and Oakland. She had 30 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in Saturday’s 80-75 triumph of the Grizzlies...
Sports Today: Flyers fall in all-too-familiar fashion

Sports Today: Flyers fall in all-too-familiar fashion

Sometimes weird stuff happens during a basketball season.  Like Wright State being swept by Milwaukee.  Or Dayton blowing out VCU only to look like it would be blown out by VCU then nearly beating the Rams in overtime but losing anyway.  (Or Ohio State contending for the Big Ten championship, but we’ll get to that later.)  Of course, Wright State has established a winning...
5 things to know about WSU’s loss to Milwaukee

5 things to know about WSU’s loss to Milwaukee

Wright State not only trailed Wisconsin-Milwaukee for most of the game Saturday night, but the deficit continued to rise throughout the second half, climbing as high 17 points with 5:33 remaining. The Raiders still trailed by 16 with 3:47 to go, but the Panthers would only score one point the rest of the way, giving WSU a chance to pull off a remarkable comeback. But Grant Benzinger’s 3-pointer...
Milwaukee knocks Wright State out of first place

Milwaukee knocks Wright State out of first place

For the first time since Horizon League play began, Wright State is not in first place. Milwaukee, which came into the Nutter Center with the worst 3-point percentage in the league, hit 10 of its first 14 treys on the way to a 74-73 victory Saturday night. And while WSU was slipping to 19-8 overall and 11-3 in the HL, Northern Kentucky was beating visiting Green Bay 86-80 to take over sole possession...
Welch overcomes slow start to lead WSU women to win

Welch overcomes slow start to lead WSU women to win

Chelsea Welch missed all 11 shots she took in the first half Saturday, and she still finished with 30 points to help Wright State hold off Oakland at the Nutter Center. The Grizzlies sliced a 22-point second-half deficit to one, but a Welch three-point play stopped the skid and the Raiders went on to post an 80-75 victory. “You gotta keep shooting,” the senior guard said of her halftime...
Wright State vs. Milwaukee: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Wright State vs. Milwaukee: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Milwaukee (13-14, 6-8) vs Wright State (19-7, 11-2) When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: ESPN3/106.5 Probable Wright State starters Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.2 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.9 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.5 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.2 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 10.2 ›› Latest Bracketology has WSU facing a local foe Probable Milwaukee...
Archdeacon: Wright State’s Hughes puts on a show for injured teammate

Archdeacon: Wright State’s Hughes puts on a show for injured teammate

Mark Hughes was different. Moments before Thursday’s game with Green Bay, each player on the Wright State team made his way to the end of the bench where Ryan Custer — their 6-foot-7 teammate hurt in a freak accident in the offseason that fractured his C-5 vertebrae and left him with no feeling below his chest — sat in his wheelchair. One after another the players gave Custer a quick...
Sports Today: How patient are Dayton Flyers fans right now?

Sports Today: How patient are Dayton Flyers fans right now?

Let’s see how much ground we can cover today after a busy week for sports in the Miami Valley.  Going by the Facebook comments on my Dayton Flyers basketball column yesterday, fans are far from panicking about the struggles of Anthony Grant’s first season as coach at his alma mater.  One pointed out the loss of four starters from last season and the continuing effect of the sad...
College Basketball: Wright State survives Green Bay

College Basketball: Wright State survives Green Bay

Grant Benzinger waited more than 27 minutes to score his first points Thursday night, then he caught fire to rally Wright State from an 11-point deficit for a 68-64 victory against Green Bay the Nutter Center. After missing his first five shots, Benzinger hit his next five, including three 3-pointers, to put the Raiders (19-7 overall, 11-2 Horizon League) in front. Then with the game tied 58-58 with...
WSU women whip Detroit Mercy with balanced effort

WSU women whip Detroit Mercy with balanced effort

The frustration from a rough five-game stretch disappeared in a five-minute span Thursday night for the Wright State women. Losers of four of their last five games, the Raiders went on a 26-2 run in the first five minutes of the second half to separate from Detroit Mercy on the way to an 85-55 rout at the Nutter Center. “This feels much better, that’s for sure,” WSU coach Katrina...
NCAA Tournament Bracketology: Wright State facing Southwest Ohio foe?

NCAA Tournament Bracketology: Wright State facing Southwest Ohio foe?

ESPN Bracketologist Joel Lunardi has released a new bracket Thursday after three top-10 teams lost Wednesday night, and he has Wright State sliding into the Nashville region to take on a local foe. Lunardi has the Raiders seeded 15th and paired against No. 2 Cincinnati in the first round. ›› WSU goes for season sweep of Phoenix on Thursday If that were to...
WSU unanimous pick to win HL baseball title

WSU unanimous pick to win HL baseball title

The Wright State baseball team is the unanimous choice to win the Horizon League title this season, garnering all six first-place votes in the preseason coaches poll, which was released Wednesday. WSU returns four all-league players from last year’s team, which fell one game short of winning a third consecutive regular-season title. Follow Jay Morrison on Twitter Among the top returners for...
Wright State seeks season sweep of struggling Phoenix

Wright State seeks season sweep of struggling Phoenix

The margin of victory may not have been the largest, but Wright State turned in one of its most thorough performances three weeks ago in an 80-67 victory at Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Raiders raced out to a 12-2 lead to eventually lead by 23, which at the time was their largest lead in Horizon League play. And that game remains one of only two this season in which Wright State never trailed, with the...
Wright State vs. Green Bay: What you need to know about Thursday’s game

Wright State vs. Green Bay: What you need to know about Thursday’s game

Who: Green Bay (10-16, 5-8) vs Wright State (18-7, 10-2) When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports Channel, ESPN3/106.5 Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.2 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.9 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.5 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.2 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 10.2 Khalil Small, 6-2, Sr., G, 17.8 Sandy Cohen, 6-6, Jr., G, 13.7 PJ Pipes, 6-2, Fr...
See where the bracket experts have Wright State slotted

See where the bracket experts have Wright State slotted

While Wright State lost sole possession of first place in the Horizon League with Thursday night’s loss at Cleveland State, the Raiders are still the team holding the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament in the eyes of the bracket experts. That’s because WSU (18-7 overall, 10-2 HL) owns a head-to-head victory against Northern Kentucky, the team with which it is tied atop...
5 things to know about Wright’s State’s weekend in NE Ohio

5 things to know about Wright’s State’s weekend in NE Ohio

Wright State lost sole possession of first place in the Horizon League with a 77-74 loss at Cleveland State on Thursday, but the Raiders still control their own destiny for a regular-season title after walloping Youngstown State 83-57 on Saturday. WSU (18-7, 10-2 HL) is tied with Northern Kentucky, but the Raiders already own one victory against the Norse and can complete the season sweep...
Wright State defense dominates Penguins in rout

Wright State defense dominates Penguins in rout

It wasn’t immediate, but it was eventually emphatic. Needing an answer for Thursday’s letdown at last-place Cleveland State, Wright State played a sloppy first four minutes before surging past host Youngstown State for a 83-57 victory Saturday night at the Beeghly Center. ›› Wright State falls at last-place Cleveland State The win kept the Raiders (18-9 overall, 10-2 Horizon...
Wright State to face Penguins without Winchester

Wright State to face Penguins without Winchester

Wright State will try to avoid a repeat of Thursday’s letdown when the team plays at Youngstown State on Saturday, but at least one thing is certain to be the same: Freshman forward Everett Winchester will not play due to a head injury suffered a week ago against Detroit. “We’ve already been told we won’t have him,” WSU coach Scott Nagy said following ...
Wright State vs. YSU: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Wright State vs. YSU: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Wright State (17-7, 9-2) at Youngstown State (6-18, 4-7) When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Beeghly Center TV/Radio: ESPN3/106.5 Probable Wright State starters Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.3 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.8 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.2 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 11.8 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.5 ›› ARCHDEACON: Love celebrates mom’s birthday in style Probable...
Sports Today: Super Bowl edition

Sports Today: Super Bowl edition

So, who’s gonna win the Super Bowl?  I am going with the Eagles over the Patriots.  Is that to go against the grain?  Maybe a little bit, but this feels like it is leading up to a classic upset in the making.  Obviously, New England has the best coach in NFL history and the ultimate trump card in Tom Brady.  They proved again last season they can overcome almost anything...
WSU falls at last-place Cleveland State

WSU falls at last-place Cleveland State

Wright State has company atop the Horizon League standings after an uprising from struggling Cleveland State. The last-place Vikings tied a school record with 14 3-pointers, including Kenny Carpenter’s buzzer-beating 60-footer at the end of the first half, to stun the Raiders 77-74 Thursday night at the Wolstein Center. Northern Kentucky beat Youngstown State 95-85 to move into a first-place...
Sports Today: Raiders begin two-game swing in NE Ohio

Sports Today: Raiders begin two-game swing in NE Ohio

Looks like winning is a habit the Dayton women’s basketball team just can’t break.  The Flyers passed their toughest test yet Wednesday night, downing Duquesne 79-70 at the arena to take sole possession of first place.  Dayton is 10-0 in league play while the Dukes fell to 8-1.  UD has won 10 games in a row while pursuing a second straight Atlantic 10 title.  If the...
WSU dialing up defense to maintain lead in HL

WSU dialing up defense to maintain lead in HL

After giving up 81 points in back-to-back road wins a few weeks ago, Wright State has dialed up the defense to secure its hold on first place in the Horizon League. The Raiders (17-6, 9-1 HL) head to last-place Cleveland State (5-18, 2-8) on Thursday having held opponents to 67 or fewer points in five consecutive games. The last time that happened was 2015. “We’ve had some inexperienced...
College Basketball: Raiders moving forward without Justin Mitchell

College Basketball: Raiders moving forward without Justin Mitchell

Wright State has not made a definitive declaration, but it certainly appears as if senior guard Justin Mitchell’s days on the basketball team are finished. “That would be my guess,” coach Scott Nagy said. “We’ve not had any contact. I don’t even spend a lot of time thinking about it anymore. It’s unfortunate. It certainly wasn’t my decision that it go...
Archdeacon: By any name, Wright State has a force in Love

Archdeacon: By any name, Wright State has a force in Love

Double Love. Double digits. Whether it’s his name or his game, 6-foot-9, 265-pound Loudon Love has become a double double. Just before he got to Wright State from Geneva, Illinois, he changed his last name from Vollbrecht to Love. That’s the maiden name of Laura, his mom. It’s also the name of his grandpa, who became a father figure and supporter of Loudon when his parents split...
Injured Wright State basketball player thanks supporters

Injured Wright State basketball player thanks supporters

For the first time since returning home Wednesday night from rehab in Colorado, we’re hearing from Wright State basketball player Ryan Custer. He spoke to a crowd during a prayer service Sunday afternoon at Elder High School, his alma mater in Cincinnati, to thank them for their support. Custer continues to recover from a traumatic spinal injury he suffered in April. He broke his C-5 vertebra...
Tom Archdeacon: Ex-swimmer dives in to save WSU program

Tom Archdeacon: Ex-swimmer dives in to save WSU program

According to a former Wright State University swimmer who is now an international business director for a company that manufactures medical equipment, a “large donor” has emerged and could help raise the funds needed to save the targeted WSU swimming and diving program for the coming season. “Our goal was to raise $85,000 by June 30 to keep the program running and yesterday we had...
Mark Alstork narrows choices to six schools

Mark Alstork narrows choices to six schools

Wright State grad transfer Mark Alstork is no longer considering the Dayton Flyers. Alstork announced a final list of six schools on Wednesday via Twitter: Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Illinois, South Carolina, LSU and Louisville. Alstork, a Thurgood Marshall graduate who started his career at Ball State, visited UD last month.
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

As I wrote yesterday, I believe the Dayton Flyers’ hiring of Anthony Grant as head coach is a good move.  I’m a sucker for the homecoming angle, admittedly, but it’s not hard to see him as having a good mix of experiences that should make him a good fit.  He’s been around the block, but he’s still young enough to be here for a long time.  There&rsquo...
Sports Today: Bracket busted yet? NFL bonuses paid, coaching moves and more

Sports Today: Bracket busted yet? NFL bonuses paid, coaching moves and more

How’s your bracket?  I had a solid first day that would have been great if Providence hadn’t thrown its game against Northwestern and the kid from Princeton had made his potential game-winner.  All of my Sweet 16 teams are still alive, and that’s the most important thing at this point.  This must have been a fairly predictable day as I am still only in the 31st percentile...
March Madness: 6 simple rules for picking the NCAA tournament this year

March Madness: 6 simple rules for picking the NCAA tournament this year

OK, the NCAA tournament bracket is out and you’re ready to dive in.  Here are some general tips to follow for putting together a winning bracket.  Many people make the mistake of automatically writing in the team that's already written on the bracket (instead of the blank awaiting the First Four winner), but that can come back to haunt you.  Follow Lionel Cartwright’s advice...
Hartsock: Countdown to Selection Sunday

Hartsock: Countdown to Selection Sunday

The Dayton Flyers lost their last two games of the season - the regular-season ender against George  Washington and their stunning loss to Davidson in the A-10 tournament,  despite Dayton being the tournament’s top seed. As Flyer fans anxiously await their team’s tourney face, Mike Hartsock counts down to Sunday’s selections. 
Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

While the NFL Scouting Combine provided all kinds of nuggets, we have to defer to basketball season around here.  It was a great weekend for Dayton, so-so for Wright State and pretty bad for Ohio State.  Archie Miller’s Flyer men lost their regular season finale at George Washington. The game had no impact on UD’s status as Atlantic 10 champs, but it could hurt their...
Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Reds win! Reds win! Reds win!  OK, normally this is not headline news in March, but in this case one has indeed belonged to the Reds for the first time.  (We may be heading into a season in which positives are few and far between, so just roll with it…)  The Cincinnati 9 beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 yesterday to improve to 1-6 on the spring.  Far more significant: Amir Garrett...
Sports Today: Local ties to coaching carousel, Reds lose again, Wayne DE picks Kentucky & other local gems 

Sports Today: Local ties to coaching carousel, Reds lose again, Wayne DE picks Kentucky & other local gems 

Slow morning in the sports world, but that’s fine because it gives us a chance to round up some things we missed from a busy weekend.  Sports Illustrated had an interesting look around the college basketball world, identifying several local connections to what Pete Thamel expects to be a chaotic coaching carousel.  No surprise: Archie Miller’s name appears multiple times. ...
Sports Today: Reds start spring training (poorly); Marvin Lewis states obvious; weekend of champions; Bama comin’ for our players

Sports Today: Reds start spring training (poorly); Marvin Lewis states obvious; weekend of champions; Bama comin’ for our players

Welcome back from a weekend jam-packed with news from sports world local and beyond.  We start off with the Cincinnati Reds, who have lost their first three games of spring training.  Of course wins and losses don’t matter at this point, but how certain players perform does.  To that end, Amir Garrett, Robert Stephenson and Tim Adleman all allowed runs in their spring debuts...
Sports Today: CBK buzzer beaters, NBA trade deadline, Flyers become champs and more on Ohio State’s struggles

Sports Today: CBK buzzer beaters, NBA trade deadline, Flyers become champs and more on Ohio State’s struggles

If you’re like me and itching for the arrival of March Madness, last night was a pretty good appetizer in college basketball.  Franklin grad Luke Kennard scored 23 points, but Duke lost at Syracuse on a buzzer-beating three-pointer.   No. 6 Oregon fell behind bit at California but rallied to win – also on a buzzer beater – and No. 22 Butler went to No. 2 Villanova and beat...
Sports Today: Bob Huggins, Tebow Bills, surging Buckeyes and wacky grand slams

Sports Today: Bob Huggins, Tebow Bills, surging Buckeyes and wacky grand slams

Glad that Bob Huggins is apparently doing OK after suffering a heart-related health episode last night during West Virginia’s win over Texas.  He's got to be one of the more interesting characters in the sports world around here in the past 20 years.  From high-scoring schoolboy legend to accomplished MAC coach to Cincinnati superstar/super villain depending on your allegiances, he's...
Sports today: NBA trades, Reds bullpen, OSU offers Dunbar star and the biggest game in college basketball

Sports today: NBA trades, Reds bullpen, OSU offers Dunbar star and the biggest game in college basketball

The NBA All-Star Game was last night, but it was overshadowed by the reported trade of DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, where he can team with fellow Kentucky alum Anthony Davis as the Pelicans miss the playoffs or earn the right to get knocked out by the Warriors in the first round.  In all seriousness, this could be a fascinating pairing as Cousins is that rarest of birds in the NBA these days...
Wright State baseball upsets No. 10 Clemson in season opener

Wright State baseball upsets No. 10 Clemson in season opener

New coach, five players selected in the 2016 MLB draft and gone, the high of a NCAA postseason appearance gone and back to earth - don’t tell the  Wright State Raiders. The Raiders scored three in the seventh inning and added another in the ninth to upset the No. 10 Clemson Tigers 6-4 to open the 2017 college baseball season. The Raiders used five pitchers with starter Trevor Swaney pitching...
Friday Finds: Harbaugh vs. Paul Feinbaum, Saban’s recruiting pitch, Reds rebuild

Friday Finds: Harbaugh vs. Paul Feinbaum, Saban’s recruiting pitch, Reds rebuild

College football offseason is officially underway now that we have a Jim Harbaugh tweet to talk about.  As a change of pace, the Michigan coach actually seems to be on the right track with this one – other than calling his most recent victim by the wrong name, of course.  If you’re confused, here’s the background (hat tip: College Football Talk): ESPN’s Paul Finebaum...
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