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Wright State’s Love earns another Horizon League award

Wright State’s Loudon Love has been voted the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the fourth time this year and second in the last three weeks. The 6-foot-9, 275-pound Love scored in double figures in all three WSU games last week as the Raiders went 2-1 to stay atop the HL standings. ›› Smith to return to WSU to speak at First Pitch Banquet He had 16 points and seven rebounds...
Astros’ Smith to make return engagement at Wright State’s First Pitch Banquet

Astros’ Smith to make return engagement at Wright State’s First Pitch Banquet

Even though Joe Smith had previously served as keynote speaker for the Wright State baseball program’s First Pitch Banquet, bringing him back for another appearance made perfect sense to coach Jeff Mercer. Not only is Smith one of the most successful players to come out of the program, but appearances are something he specializes in, as he leads all Major League Baseball players in games pitched...
Sports Today: Super Bowl set on super disappointing basketball weekend

Sports Today: Super Bowl set on super disappointing basketball weekend

The Super Bowl matchup is set.  Blake Bortles nearly granted us a big game with no one to root against, but Tom Brady and Bill Belickick would not be denied.  Then the Philadelphia Eagles crushed Minnesota in the nightcap, saving us from two weeks of stories about how it may or may not be fair the Vikings were getting to play a home game.  The Eagles are an impressive team to say...
Wright State women fall to IUPUI

Wright State women fall to IUPUI

Wright State University women’s basketball coach Katrina Merriweather saw it coming. The Raiders had been able to pull out wins despite not playing their best. That caught up with them Sunday afternoon. “We didn’t play well two games ago and I knew this was going to happen if we didn’t become more efficient,” Merriweather said. “When you play a better team you have...
Slow start sends Wright State to first Horizon League loss

Slow start sends Wright State to first Horizon League loss

Basketball games generally are won down the stretch, but Wright State’s Raiders believe they lost a close game in the first half Saturday night. A flat opening 20 minutes left the Raiders trailing, and even though they fought back to briefly take the lead in the second half, they couldn’t make the plays down the stretch in a 66-61 loss to Milwaukee. »ARCHDEACON: WSU’s &lsquo...
Archdeacon: Wright State’s ‘G.O.A.T.’ soars to the top again

Archdeacon: Wright State’s ‘G.O.A.T.’ soars to the top again

Because her high school career was such a roller-coaster ride, with some trumpeted success that twice gave way to seasons of suspension, once for a whole year, Kim Demmings had to keep turning her uniform back in. With no dibs on a number, she wore 31 for a while at Richmond High in Indiana and also 23. When she got to Wright State University — much to the surprise of some disbelievers in the...
MLS SuperDraft: Wright State’s AJ Paterson selected in second round

MLS SuperDraft: Wright State’s AJ Paterson selected in second round

Wright State senior AJ Paterson became the school’s third soccer player in two years to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft when the New York City Football Club picked the midfielder in the second round. A Key Largo, Fla., native, Paterson was the 2017 Horizon League Player of the Year as well as a first-team Great Lakes Region and first-team All-Ohio selection. He was one of 60 players from across...
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: Wright State (15-5, 7-0) at Wisconsin-Milwaukee (9-12, 2-6) When: 8 p.m. Thursday Where: UWM Panther Arena TV/Radio: ESPN3; 106.5 ›› 5 things to know about Wright State’s win at Green Bay Probable Wright State starters Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 15.1 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.4 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 10.0 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 11.2 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So....
What if UD and Wright State played this year in a Gem City Jam?

What if UD and Wright State played this year in a Gem City Jam?

With the NFL playoffs winding down and the NBA playoffs likely to be a waste of time, now looks like a good time for college basketball to shine.  That’s especially true in southwest Ohio, where three teams are looking like they could make some noise in March.  But that’s par for the course anymore.  As has become the norm, Xavier and Cincinnati are having strong seasons...
5 things to know about Wright State’s 8th straight win

5 things to know about Wright State’s 8th straight win

Wright State ran its winning streak to eight Thursday night and stayed in first place in the Horizon League with an 80-67 victory against Green Bay at the Resch Center. The Raiders (15-5, 7-0 HL) led by as many as 23 points in the second half on the way to their 11th win in the last 12 games. WSU will look to keep things going Saturday night at Milwaukee. Here are five things to know about Thursday...
Gentry’s big game lifts Wright State to eighth straight win

Gentry’s big game lifts Wright State to eighth straight win

Cole Gentry scored a career-high 23 points Thursday night as Wright State jumped on Green Bay early and never trailed on the way to an eighth consecutive victory. Gentry was 5 of 5 from 3-point range and 9 of 11 overall to lead five Raiders in double figures as they coasted to an 80-67 victory at the Resch Center. The win keeps Wright State (15-5) in first place in the Horizon League at 7-0, extending...
Wright State hires new volleyball coach

Wright State hires new volleyball coach

Saying she was “ecstatic and so very, very excited” to be named the Wright State volleyball coach, Allie Matters couldn’t wait to share the news and get started. But she knew she had to. The former Seton Hall assistant coach took the job last Thursday but asked WSU not to announce it until Wednesday. “My student-athletes at Seton Hall didn’t come from Christmas break...
Wright State puts win streak on the line at Green Bay

Wright State puts win streak on the line at Green Bay

Even though Wright State makes a trip to Green Bay every year, there will be an unfamiliar feel Thursday night when the Raiders step into the Resch Center. “We’ve been hunting for so long and all of a sudden we’ve become the hunted,” said WSU coach Scott Nagy, whose Raiders (14-5) are riding a seven-game winning streak that has them standing alone atop the Horizon League at...
Wright State vs. Green Bay: All you need to know about Thursday’s game

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

Who: Wright State (14-5, 6-0) at Wisconsin-Green Bay (8-13, 3-5) When: 8 p.m. Thursday Where: Resch Center TV/Radio: ESPN3; 106.5 Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 15.4 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.6 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.8 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 11.1 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 8.3 Khlil Small, 6-2, Sr., G, 17.3 Sandy Cohen, 6-6, Jr., G, 16.8 PJ Pipes, 6-2, Fr., G, 7.8 Mannny Patterson...
Archdeacon: Wright State’s Cole Gentry — ‘I decided to bet on myself’

Archdeacon: Wright State’s Cole Gentry — ‘I decided to bet on myself’

Most D-I college suitors treated him like a wallflower at a junior high dance and he knows why. “Sometimes guys don’t pass the eye test,” said Wright State point guard Cole Gentry.” I’m not 6-foot-3. I don’t have long arms. I don’t jump as high as some other guys.” His dad, Alan, agreed: “A lot of schools looked at him and saw a 5-foot-10 point...
Sports Today: Does Jags postseason success mean Bengals have a fighting chance?

Sports Today: Does Jags postseason success mean Bengals have a fighting chance?

After a three-day weekend there’s one obvious question to ask this morning: Was the NFL divisional round good or bad for the Cincinnati Bengals?  Well, it probably won’t affect the team.  They are going to be the same either way. That’s kind of their thing.  Even when there are changes, I have succumbed to the feeling the Bengals are the Bengals. They’re not...
Youngstown native Hughes sparks WSU past Penguins

Youngstown native Hughes sparks WSU past Penguins

There’s no face like home for Wright State junior guard Mark Hughes. Playing against Youngstown State tends to bring out the best in Hughes, a Youngstown native, and that was the case again Monday as he scored 13 points and made several key plays late as the Raiders pulled away from the Penguins for a 77-67 victory at the Nutter Center. “I think it means a little more to me, just being...
Welch hits milestone while leading WSU women to win

Welch hits milestone while leading WSU women to win

Chelsea Welch scored 23 points, including the 1,000th of her Wright State career, to help the Raiders beat Youngstown State for their fifth consecutive win Monday afternoon at the Nutter Center. Welch came into the game needing one point for the milestone, and she got it on a free throw in the first quarter of a 73-50 triumph of Youngstown State. “I didn’t even know until someone mentioned...
Wright State vs. YSU: What you need to know about Monday’s game

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

Who: Youngstown State (5-13, 3-2), at Wright State (13-5, 5-0) When: 4 p.m. Monday Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: ESPN3; 106.5 ›› Raiders aim to solve Morse code Probable Wright State starters Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.6 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.8 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.6 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 10.5 Justin Mitchell, 6-4, Sr., G, 11.1 ›› 5 things...
First-place Raiders aim to solve Morse code

First-place Raiders aim to solve Morse code

After beating defending Horizon League champion Northern Kentucky on Thursday to improve to 5-0 in conference play for the first time in school history, Wright State will have its eyes set on another first Monday afternoon at the Nutter Center: Slowing Cameron Morse. The Youngstown State guard has averaged 24.5 points in his four games against the Raiders, ...
Second Thoughts: Time to pack Nutter Center for these Raiders

Second Thoughts: Time to pack Nutter Center for these Raiders

Have I mentioned how great it is to have teenagers who know how to shovel snow? And they just love working outside in the cold, dreaming of hot chocolate and marshmallows. Really, our home is just one giant Norman Rockwell painting this weekend. It’s time to get on the Wright State bandwagon. The Raiders have won six straight to raise their record to 13-5 overall, 5-0 in the Horizon League....
Sports Today: Wright State and Ohio State remain unbeaten with big conference wins

Sports Today: Wright State and Ohio State remain unbeaten with big conference wins

Yesterday we said Ohio State and Wright State faced interesting challenges.  Today we say both passed with flying colors.  The Buckeyes blasted Maryland 91-69 to remain in a first-place tie in the Big Ten standings with Purdue.  The Buckeyes shot the ball well, which is always nice, but perhaps more importantly they held a good Maryland offense below 40-percent shooting. And that...
5 things to know about Wright State’s win at NKU

5 things to know about Wright State’s win at NKU

Wright State is hoping for more of the same Monday, both in terms of the result and atmosphere the Raiders enjoyed Thursday night. Playing at a packed BB&T Arena in front a rowdy, season-high crowd of 4,987, the Raiders scored their biggest win of the Scott Nagy era with an 84-81 triumphof defending Horizon League champion Northern Kentucky. Senior guard Grant Benzinger scored a season-high 31...
WSU beats NKU, moves into sole possession of first place

WSU beats NKU, moves into sole possession of first place

Senior guard Grant Benzinger carried Wright State into sole possession of first place in the Horizon League with a season-high 31 points Thursday night in a 84-81 victory at Northern Kentucky. Benzinger, who finished one point shy of his career high, scored 10 points in a key three-minute stretch late in the second half that saw WSU go from six points down to seven ahead against the defending league...
Sports Today: Ohio State, Wright State look to keep rolling

Sports Today: Ohio State, Wright State look to keep rolling

Two questions of local interest will be answered in college basketball tonight: How does Ohio State follow its win over No. 1 Michigan State, and can Wright State keep it going?  The Buckeyes took down the Spartans on Sunday afternoon then got three days to go back to the lab and continue perfecting their game under new coach Chris Holtmann.  Ohio State will look to keep pace with Purdue...
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...
Wright State vs. NKU: What you need to know about Thursday’s game

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

Who: Wright State (12-5, 4-0) at Northern Kentucky (11-5, 4-0) When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: BB&T Arena TV/Radio: ESPN3; 106.5 »RELATED: Gentry, Raiders take alternate path to beat Oakland Probable Wright State starters Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.6 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.8 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.6 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 10.5 Justin Mitchell, 6-4, Sr., G, 11.1 Probable...
Gentry, Raiders take alternate path to huge win

Gentry, Raiders take alternate path to huge win

One of the things Grant Benzinger has learned in his time at Wright State is that nothing comes easy at Oakland. Cole Gentry found that out Sunday. Then he took a step back and hit a game-tying 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining in a game the Raiders would go on to win 86-81 in overtime stay unbeaten and tied for first place in the Horizon League. Oakland had erased a 12-point deficit and...
6 things to watch this week in area college, high school basketball

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

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...
Sports Today: Is Ohio State basketball back?

Sports Today: Is Ohio State basketball back?

Chris Holtmann might have an idea what he’s doing in Columbus.  The Buckeyes crushed Michigan State from start to finish Sunday, an 80-64 game that was not a coronation but at least a hint of things to come — especially if Holtmann can sign more players like Keita Bates-Diop in the future.  KBD’s absence due to injury last season definitely did Thad Matta no favors...
Bowling: Wright State women win elite tournament

Bowling: Wright State women win elite tournament

It was a milestone more than a decade in the making. The Wright State women’s bowling team won its first Tier 1 tournament at the Lehigh Valley Classic in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Dec. 28. Tier 1 tournaments are elite events, generally attracting many of the top-ranked teams in the country. “The competition is super intense because it’s such a strong group of teams,” Raiders...
Wright State tops Oakland in OT for fifth straight win

Wright State tops Oakland in OT for fifth straight win

Loudon Love and Grant Benzinger posted double-doubles and Everett Winchester scored seven of his eight points in overtime to spark Wright State to an 86-81 victory over Oakland on Sunday. Love totaled 25 points and 17 rebounds and Benzinger added 14 points and 10 boards for the Raiders, who won their fifth straight game and improved to 12-5 overall and 4-0 in the Horizon League. »RELATED: Benzinger...
Wright State vs. Oakland: What you need to know about Sunday’s game

Wright State vs. Oakland: What you need to know about Sunday’s game

Who: Wright State (11-5, 3-0) at Oakland (9-7, 1-2) When: 3 p.m. Sunday Where: Athletics Center O’Rena TV/Radio: ESPN3; 106.5 »RELATED: Benzinger, Love lead Raiders past Detroit Mercy Probable Wright State starters Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.1 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.5 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.5 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 9.3 Justin Mitchell, 6-4, Sr., G, 11.6 Probable...
Benzinger scores 23 to lift Wright State past Detroit Mercy

Benzinger scores 23 to lift Wright State past Detroit Mercy

Grant Benzinger made a career-high-tying six 3-pointers and scored 23 points and Wright State held off Detroit Mercy for an 80-73 victory on Friday night. Benzinger was 6 of 12 from the arc, leading a 9-of-20 3-point showing for the Raiders (11-5, 3-0 Horizon League). Cole Gentry added a career-high 14 points and freshman Loudon Love 13 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for his fifth double-double...
Raiders hope recent success continues on the road

Raiders hope recent success continues on the road

Wright State has figured out the formula for winning at home, now the Raiders needs to find a way to win on the road if they hope to be a serious contender for the Horizon League title. Scott Nagy’s team will get that chance in the next couple of weeks. Five of the next six games are on the road, beginning with a three-game trip that starts with a pair of games in Michigan this weekend. »...
Wright State vs. Detroit: What you need to know about Friday’s game

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

Who: Wright State (10-5, 2-0) at Detroit Mercy (4-11, 0-2) When: 9 p.m. Friday Where: Calihan Hall TV/Radio: ESPNU; 106.5 FM »ARCHDEACON: Wright State coach’s dad an ardent supporter »RELATED: Benzinger leads Raiders past IUPUI Probable Wright State starters Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.1 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.5 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.5 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr....
Sports Today: The Bengals did what now?

Sports Today: The Bengals did what now?

I logged back in 12 hours or so early to weigh in on the stunning announcement Marvin Lewis and the Bengals will be staying together for at least another year or two.  This is inexplicable from both sides.  I’m usually not one who favors change for the sake of change, but I’m willing to make an exception in this case.  I might be more surprised Lewis wanted to keep...
Archdeacon: Wright State coach to refs about animated fan -- ‘Dad’s here. Just ignore him back there’

Archdeacon: Wright State coach to refs about animated fan -- ‘Dad’s here. Just ignore him back there’

Wright State was playing an ugly game – taking ill-advised shots, making dumb fouls, turning the ball over 20 times – and Coach Nagy was beside himself: He sat there with his head in his hands. After an errant Raider pass flew out of bounds, he rose out of his seat in disgust, pirouetted and then plopped right back down again. With seven minutes left in the first half, he yelled at the...
College Basketball: Benzinger leads Raiders past IUPUI

College Basketball: Benzinger leads Raiders past IUPUI

The hustling Grant Benzinger needed five stitches in his hip after the UIC win Thursday — the third time in his career he’s had to be stitched up — but that didn’t curtail the way he played against IUPUI less than 48 hours later. He hit the deck four times to battle for loose balls and had to have his knee taped by trainer Jason Franklin in the first half. But he finished with...
Archdeacon: WSU senior to coach: ‘I gotta hole in my hip!’

Archdeacon: WSU senior to coach: ‘I gotta hole in my hip!’

Dr. Matt Lawless pulled the plunger back on the syringe, leaned down toward Grant Benzinger, who was lying flat on his back on a padded table in the Wright State training room at the Nutter Center, and went to work. “I’m gonna work my way all around this,” the team doctor said as he eased the hypodermic needle into Benzinger’s skin next to a gaping hole the size of a big, fat...
Wright State women fall to 19th-ranked Green Bay

Wright State women fall to 19th-ranked Green Bay

The Wright State women’s basketball team had its way against No. 19 Green Bay for much of their Horizon League opener, grabbing leads of six points in the third quarter and four early in the final period. But the Raiders couldn’t come up with clutch baskets or key stops down the stretch while falling, 58-51. And that’s become a pattern against quality opposition this season. &ldquo...
College Basketball: Wright State tops UIC in Horizon League opener

College Basketball: Wright State tops UIC in Horizon League opener

Wright State coach Scott Nagy isn’t accustomed to having a team that rarely gets easy baskets and struggles so much to score. The Raiders burned Georgia Tech from long range in an upset last week, but that was an anomaly. They’re proving they can win, though, even without dazzling offense. “In terms of just shooting, it’s one of the weaker teams we’ve had in a while....
Raiders begin quest for NCAA Tournament with start of league play

Raiders begin quest for NCAA Tournament with start of league play

The Horizon League managed to put two teams in the NCAA tournament in 2007 when Wright State won the conference tourney and Butler earned an at-large berth. The league hasn’t sent multiple teams to the event since then, but second-year Raiders coach Scott Nagy doesn’t see why it can’t happen again. »RELATED: What you need to konw about Thursday’s league opener »...
UIC at Wright State: What you need to know about Thursday’s game

UIC at Wright State: What you need to know about Thursday’s game

Who: UIC (5-8) at Wright State (8-5) When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: ESPN3/106.5-FM »RELATED: Raiders begin quest for NCAA Tournament with start of league play »WSU INSIDER: Welch continues to be clutch for Raiders Series: Wright State leads, 29-27 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 28-17 in his second season at Wright State and 438-257 in 23 years overall. Steve McClain is 27-52...
Wright State Insider: Welch at her best in biggest games for Raiders

Wright State Insider: Welch at her best in biggest games for Raiders

Chelsea Welch has a multitude of skills, but the Wright State point guard’s most impressive attribute may be that she plays her best in the biggest games. That was the case last week when she had 29 points in a 91-81 win at Belmont, the preseason favorite in the Ohio Valley Conference, and followed that with a 25-point, 10-assist effort in an 87-71 loss at Georgia. She was efficient both nights...
Battle-tested Wright State opens Horizon play vs. No. 19 Green Bay

Battle-tested Wright State opens Horizon play vs. No. 19 Green Bay

The Wright State women’s basketball team had an impressive non-league season, finishing 9-3 while facing a rugged schedule. The Raiders’ three losses were to Missouri, Providence and Georgia — all away from home against teams with a combined 28-7 record. But while they notched their best win of the season last week in beating two-time defending Ohio Valley Conference champ Belmont...
Wright State tops Georgia Tech for 2nd win ever vs. power-five school

Wright State tops Georgia Tech for 2nd win ever vs. power-five school

The Wright State Raiders won’t have any problem generating some Christmas cheer this season. Going on the road to face Georgia Tech on Friday, they put together their best performance in two years under coach Scott Nagy and registered one of the biggest wins in their 30-year Division I history, pulling off an 85-81 upset. They did it with torrid shooting and clutch baskets down the stretch....
WSU Insider: Love honored by league after wrecking Toledo

WSU Insider: Love honored by league after wrecking Toledo

Wright State’s Louden Love was named the Horizon League freshman of the week for his performance at Toledo on Saturday, and he probably could have won the award if he only played one half against the Rockets. The 6-foot-9, 275-pound center had 11 points and 12 rebounds in the 77-69 win, and 10 points and eight boards came after halftime. “He wasn’t very good the first half, but he...
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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