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Wright State bowling second at National Collegiate Club championships

The Wright State Raiders proved something to themselves and the rest of the field at the 2018 National Collegiate Club Bowling Championships. The men’s team posted their best-ever finish at the national event, placing second to William Paterson University – a team that clinched back-to-back titles – on April 8 in Smyrna, Tennessee. “This was a huge step forward for our program...
WSU freshman Everett Winchester announces he’s transferring

WSU freshman Everett Winchester announces he’s transferring

Everett Winchester’s first season playing for Wright State also was his last as the redshirt freshman has requested, and been granted, a release from his scholarship and intends to transfer. “It was a hard decision because I love the team, I love the coaching staff, I love everything about Wright State and we’ve been through some good things together, going to the NCAA tournament...
Wright State Insider: Golf team goes south to get their swings in

Wright State Insider: Golf team goes south to get their swings in

Local golfers haven’t been able to tee it up much while contending with a frigid spring, including multiple days of snow in April, but Wright State players have had no trouble getting their swings in over the last couple of months. That’s because they’ve played in tournaments in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. And while those states also have had brisk temperatures at times...
Sports Today: Recruiting Ohio continues to be tricky for Urban Meyer at Ohio State

Sports Today: Recruiting Ohio continues to be tricky for Urban Meyer at Ohio State

Another area high school football made his verbal commitment earlier this week when Gabe Newburg announced he will be going to Michigan.  The Northmont defensive end is a three-star prospect with a dozen college offers.  LandOf10.com recruiting analyst Ryan Donnelly reports he visited Ohio State last week but wasn’t willing to wait any longer to see if Urban Meyer was going to offer...
Wright State sophomore earns Horizon League weekly honor

Wright State sophomore earns Horizon League weekly honor

Wright State sophomore Alex Alders has been named the Horizon League Batter of the Week, conference officials announced Monday. The sophomore from Sagamore Hills hit .526 during four games last week, leading the Raiders to a pair of league wins at Northern Kentucky. ›› WSU softball senior named HL Pitcher of the Week Alders went 10 for 19 with a double and a triple while driving in four...
WSU pitcher honored by Horizon League

WSU pitcher honored by Horizon League

Wright State senior Ashley Sharp has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week, conference officials announced Monday. The Lakota West High School graduate threw back-to-back shutouts against IUPUI on Friday and Saturday. Sharp blanked the Panthers on five hits in a 1-0 victory Friday at the WSU Softball Field, then threw a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory in Saturday’s rubber match...
Sports Today: Delay shouldn’t dampen enthusiasm for Cincinnati Reds return

Sports Today: Delay shouldn’t dampen enthusiasm for Cincinnati Reds return

Welcome back baseball!  Well, everywhere but Cincinnati (and Washington, but that city gets enough attention as is).  As I sit here on Thursday, I have to say the Reds proactively bumping everything back a day was probably the right call.  Nothing is better than spending 2-3 hours at the ballpark, especially after a long, cold winter, but is there much worse than spending 5-6 hours...
Wright State’s incoming class loaded with talent, success

Wright State’s incoming class loaded with talent, success

While the returning members of the Wright State basketball team will try to build on one of the most successful seasons in 31 years at the Division I level, the incoming freshmen will be riding impressive accomplishments of their own. Two of the four recently led their high school teams to state championships, while another engineered a run to the final four in a state where all schools compete for...
Wright State’s Benzinger: ‘No-brainer’ to play in Final Four event

Wright State’s Benzinger: ‘No-brainer’ to play in Final Four event

Wright State may not have made it to the Final Four, but Grant Benzinger did. The senior guard accepted an invitation to take part in the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, a three-on-three tournament for seniors from each of the NCAA’s Division I conferences. Benzinger, who will team with Oakland’s Jalen Hayes and Kendrick Nunn and Northern Kentucky’s Lavone Holland...
Wright State’s Benzinger to represent Horizon League at Final Four

Wright State’s Benzinger to represent Horizon League at Final Four

It turns out Grant Benzinger’s Wright State career isn’t over just yet. A selection committee of basketball experts from national media outlets picked Benzinger as one of four Horizon League representatives in the inaugural 3-on-3 National Championship this weekend during the Final Four in San Antonio. Benzinger will team with Oakland’s Jalen Hayes and Kendrick Nunn and Northern...
Sports Today: Who is going to make the Reds rotation?

Sports Today: Who is going to make the Reds rotation?

With college basketball season in Ohio over, it’s time to gear up for baseball!  So naturally the story of yesterday was an injury to a Cincinnati Reds pitcher.  Before we get too far down the, “Here we go again” road, though, it sounds like Michael Lorenzen’s strained shoulder muscle isn’t too serious from a long-term perspective.  This being the Reds&rsquo...
March Madness: Another First Four team marches well beyond Dayton

March Madness: Another First Four team marches well beyond Dayton

Syracuse kept up an impressive streak for First Four teams in the NCAA tournament by upsetting Michigan State on Sunday.  The 11th-seeded Orange became the eighth team in eight years to win at least one more game in the tourney after prevailing in their opener in Dayton.  That includes the Dayton Flyers, who topped Boise State at UD Arena in 2015 and made it to the round of 32.  Syracuse...
Sports Today: So much for Ohio’s high NCAA tournament hopes

Sports Today: So much for Ohio’s high NCAA tournament hopes

I’ve been putting off starting today’s column because I want to try to write the perfect summation of an amazingly imperfect NCAA tournament weekend.  Is that possible?  If you didn’t have any beloved teams in the field  that had to be the most fun four days ever to be a sports fan.  (Unless, of course, you take your bracket too seriously and actually thought...

Second Thoughts: Raiders will learn from NCAA tourney ‘beatdown’

I filled out one NCAA Tournament bracket and I’m sure I’ve been mathematically eliminated in our family pool. I foolishly fell for the Bonnies after they knocked out UCLA, among other terrible picks. Wright State looked scared against Tennessee, which meant the Raiders’ NCAA tourney experience was over by the time the kids got home from school Thursday. After the Raiders fell 73-47...
Archdeacon: Raiders a feel-good team about to get better

Archdeacon: Raiders a feel-good team about to get better

After a verbal miss, Grant Benzinger got his own rebound and was on the mark with his next attempt. In the dressing room in Dallas after Wright Sate was easily handled by Tennessee, 73-47, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday at the American Airlines Center, Benzinger was talking about the final minute and a half of the game when the end of the bench guys, including his pal, fellow senior...
Sports Today: The NCAA tournament still rules

Sports Today: The NCAA tournament still rules

I’d say that was a successful first day of March Madness.  Until the last couple of games ended without drama (thanks for nothing, again, Michigan), Thursday was about as much as a basketball fan can ask for.  The first game of the day went into overtime, we had a mid-afternoon buzzer-beater and a pair of big upsets.  If not for Wright State laying an egg, my bracket would have...
Archdeacon: Benzinger goes all out — as always — in final game for Raiders

Archdeacon: Benzinger goes all out — as always — in final game for Raiders

Grant Benzinger has been especially known for two things in his college career: • The Wright State senior guard can shoot the lights out from long range. • He dives on the floor for loose balls with absolutely no regard for his body or his well-being. One of the two happened Thursday as the Raiders were overwhelmed by Tennessee, 73-47, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the American...
Wright State notes: Winchester sparks otherwise dark day

Wright State notes: Winchester sparks otherwise dark day

If there was one bright spot Thursday afternoon in what was a 40-minute struggle that ended Wright State’s season, it was the play of Everett Winchester. The freshman forward attacked the Tennessee defense the instant he came off the bench 2 minutes and 21 seconds into the game and was the extent of the Raiders offense for the first 14 minutes of their 73-47 loss ...
Revitalized Raiders open WNIT play at Toledo

Revitalized Raiders open WNIT play at Toledo

The Wright State women’s basketball team was supposed to breeze through its Horizon League schedule, except when tangling with perennial titan Green Bay. The Raiders were co-champs last season and returned all five first-stringers. But they had a stretch of four losses in five games midway through the conference, twice blowing double-digit leads in defeat. And while outsiders may have been surprised...
NCAA Tournament: Tennessee ends Wright State’s season

NCAA Tournament: Tennessee ends Wright State’s season

A Wright State team built on defense was done in by a bigger, stronger and faster one Thursday as Tennessee overpowered the Raiders in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Volunteers held WSU to its lowest point total of the season and largest margin of defeat in a 73-47 triumph in a South Region game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. “You can’t play as poorly as we did...
LIVE: Wright State battles Tennessee in the NCAA tournament

LIVE: Wright State battles Tennessee in the NCAA tournament

Wright State is back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003. Follow along live here!   Tennessee just dribbled out a 73-47 victory over Wright State.  The Raiders narrowly avoided being the first team eliminated from the round of 64 as Rhode Island’s overtime win over Oklahoma ended just a few minutes earlier.  Wright State shot 31.7 percent from the field and...
Sports Today: Here are upset picks, the Final Four and your national champion

Sports Today: Here are upset picks, the Final Four and your national champion

I had the brilliant idea to do bracket picks immediately and lock those in then come back and do another set that would be my official picks then compare the two.  I ended up hardly making any changes.  This morning I put Seton Hall in the Elite Eight, and a larger part of the reason than I would like to admit is that I felt like I needed to make SOME change to justify the entire experiment...
Hall happy to be home in Texas for biggest game of career

Hall happy to be home in Texas for biggest game of career

When Wright State faces Tennessee in the NCAA tournament at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, no Raiders player will have a bigger cheering section than freshman Jaylon Hall, who grew up 230 miles away in Houston. “I’m definitely going to have a lot of family here,” he said. “I don’t know exactly how many, but it’s going to be a lot. I might have a mini student section just...
Archdeacon: Losing seasons made Wright State’s Nagy a better coach, better dancer

Archdeacon: Losing seasons made Wright State’s Nagy a better coach, better dancer

Long before he went dancin’, he went dancing. Before he led Wright State to The Big Dance — Thursday’s NCAA Tournament game against Tennessee in Dallas — Scott Nagy was struggling through a tough stretch in his coaching career at South Dakota State University, a stretch that eventually would have him doing everything from hip hop to 1960s dances like The Twist, The Pony and...
Wright State vs. Tennessee: Everything you need to know about Thursday’s game

Wright State vs. Tennessee: Everything you need to know about Thursday’s game

Who: Wright State (25-9) vs. Tennessee (25-9) When: 12:40 p.m. Thursday Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas TV/Radio: truTV/106.5 Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.5 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 5.3 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.9 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.9 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.2 Jordan Bowden, 6-5, S0., G, 9.3 Jordan Bone, 6-3, So., G, 7.3 Grant Williams, 6-7, So., F, 15...
Ryan Custer-inspired shirts fit Wright State Raiders to a T

Ryan Custer-inspired shirts fit Wright State Raiders to a T

Nike contacted every team in the NCAA Tournament to find out what their mantra was this season so they could make shirts for the players. For Wright State, it was an obvious choice: The Ryan Custer-inspired “B3li3ve” that incorporates the injured sophomore’s jersey number. “We were going to surprise the guys with them, but it leaked on Nike.com that they’re going to go...
Wright State’s offense has to carry the day vs. tough Tennessee D

Wright State’s offense has to carry the day vs. tough Tennessee D

Wright State’s return to the NCAA tournament has been building for 11 years. The Raiders’ best chance advancing is going to depend on something that’s been in the works for three weeks. Since scoring a season-low 56 points in a loss at IUPUI on Feb. 23 that cost Wright State a regular-season championship, the offense has put up some of its best numbers of the season. And the 14th-seeded...
Ernsthausen’s smarts propelling Wright State defense

Ernsthausen’s smarts propelling Wright State defense

Athleticism and instincts are certainly great qualities to look for in a good defensive player, but intelligence can be every bit as important. That’s what makes Wright State junior forward Parker Ernsthausen such a big reason why the Raiders rank 10th in country in defensive efficiency, and why they are in the NCAA tournament with a date against Tennessee at 12:40 p.m. Thursday. RELATED: Can...
NCAA Tournament: Voice of Volunteers - Wright State’s first-round foe - is Kettering native

NCAA Tournament: Voice of Volunteers - Wright State’s first-round foe - is Kettering native

Bob Kesling might bleed orange as the play-by-play voice of the Tennessee Volunteers, but the Kettering native and proud Fairmont West High School graduate admits he can still sing the Dragons fight song as well as he can rattle off the words to Rocky Top. Kesling is in his 19th season as the voice of Vols football and basketball, but he’s been in Knoxville ever since he left Kettering for Tennessee...
Sports Today: Bengals, Browns enter free agency with wildly different agendas

Sports Today: Bengals, Browns enter free agency with wildly different agendas

The NFL’s 2018 league year begins today.  The Cleveland Browns have already been busy, and the Cincinnati Bengals made a big move Monday to address their biggest need.  What’s next?  Well, the world seems to be Cleveland’s oyster, as it usually is in the offseason before games come back around to get in the way.  The Bengals are probably back in conservative mode...
March Madness: 10 potential NCAA tournament upsets ranked by likelihood 

March Madness: 10 potential NCAA tournament upsets ranked by likelihood 

Upsets define the NCAA tournament.  Without them, it the next two weekends would probably be cool but not nearly as memorable.  Picking the right upsets — and avoiding the wrong ones — is a key to winning bracket pools, too.  That’s a shame because those are the hardest things to do.  Well, I can’t tell you which upsets to pick, but here are 10 matchups...
Archdeacon: Wright State’s Hughes shows the kind of man he is

Archdeacon: Wright State’s Hughes shows the kind of man he is

The question caught Mark Hughes by surprise. The Wright State guard didn’t expect it, especially not on Sunday during the Selection Show celebration on campus where all attention was turned to the NCAA Tournament and the Raiders matchup with Tennessee on Thursday in Dallas. But the topic was especially germane to WSU’s good fortune. If it hadn’t worked out as it did, there&rsquo...
Sports Today: Bengals start critical week with strong move

Sports Today: Bengals start critical week with strong move

The Cincinnati Bengals started the legal tampering period of NFL free agency by potentially filling a big hole on their roster with a trade.  Cordy Glenn was a second-round pick out of Georgia six years ago and had a strong career for the Buffalo Bills until last year, when injuries reduced the left tackle’s effectiveness and eventually landed him on Injured Reserve.  Does that make...
WSU coaches rooting for more than one team in NCAA tournament

WSU coaches rooting for more than one team in NCAA tournament

The NCAA tournament rooting interests for the Wright State coaching staff will extend far beyond the walls of the Raiders locker room Thursday afternoon. The South Dakota State program that WSU coach Scott Nagy guided for 21 years while transitioning from Division II to a perennial participant in March Madness is back in the field of 68 again this season, and the Jackrabbits have some hearty fans...
Wright State women to face another Ohio squad in WNIT

Wright State women to face another Ohio squad in WNIT

The Wright State women have accepted a bid to the WNIT for the fourth year in a row and will play at Toledo at 7 p.m. Friday. The Raiders (23-10) finished runner-up to Green Bay in the Horizon League tournament, while the Rockets (17-14) suffered a first-round overtime loss to Kent State in the Mid-American Conference tournament but were one of three teams from that league to earn at-large bids. This...
WSU’s Benzinger knows Tennessee well due to friendship with Schofield

WSU’s Benzinger knows Tennessee well due to friendship with Schofield

No one was more excited to see Tennessee as Wright State’s first-round opponent in the NCAA tournament than Grant Benzinger. That’s because the WSU senior has been friends with Volunteers junior forward Admiral Schofield for a couple of years, ever since the two attended the Athletes In Action Captains Academy in 2016. “Grant told me the other day that he and Admiral had been in...
Archdeacon: Raiders aiming to make history in NCAA Tournament

Archdeacon: Raiders aiming to make history in NCAA Tournament

They were walking from history to history, though they probably didn’t know it. When the Wright State basketball players walked into the school’s Student Union late Sunday afternoon and came down the staircase into The Atrium for the NCAA Tournament’s televised Selection Show, they were met by a cheering crowd of some 750 people, a blaring pep band, cheerleaders, the school mascot...
March Madness: Let’s pick NCAA tournament winners by mascot

March Madness: Let’s pick NCAA tournament winners by mascot

As mentioned in today’s column, I came up with a pretty chalky result in my first take on this year’s NCAA tournament.  I am going to look into a few enticing matchups and might revise my picks before submitting final answers, but here’s one that couldn’t wait.  My annual mascot bracket!  I figured we might as well have some fun before seeing my real picks start...
Seven things to know about this year’s First Four field

Seven things to know about this year’s First Four field

Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley won Selection Sunday when video surfaced of his reaction to seeing his older brother Bobby, the head coach at Arizona State, make the NCAA tournament field. Dan screamed with joy, pumped his fist and then bent over and put his head in his hands. He cried tears of joy as his players patted him on the back. Earlier in the day, Rhode Island lost 58-57 to Davidson in the...
March Madness: 7 things to know about Wright State foe Tennessee

March Madness: 7 things to know about Wright State foe Tennessee

For the first time in 50 years of basketball, Wright State will play Tennessee on Thursday when the two teams meet at 12:40 p.m. in Dallas in the first round of the NCAA tournament. While the Raiders players breaking down film and studying the Volunteers, here are seven things for fans to know about WSU’s opponent: Big D in Big D Despite ranking ninth in the SEC in rebounds and blocks and sixth...
Wright State Raiders: 14 seeds have history of NCAA Tournament upsets

Wright State Raiders: 14 seeds have history of NCAA Tournament upsets

The Wright State players had more to cheer about than just seeing their name pop up on the selection show Sunday night. The Raiders should be happy about both the seed and site listed next to their name. WSU earned a No. 14 seed and will play No. 3 Tennessee in a South Regional game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas at 12:40 p.m. Thursday. While playing in Dallas may make it tougher for...
Knee-jerk reactions to the NCAA tournament field

Knee-jerk reactions to the NCAA tournament field

We can’t overanalyze the NCAA tournament until we start analyzing it, so here are a few random thoughts on the field upon its initial unveiling:  That is not to say the Buckeyes were treated unfairly. A five seed is fine.  But they ended up with one of the tougher mid-majors in South Dakota State, a team that  (unlike Ohio State) is already used to the NCAA tournament experience...
NCAA announces start time for Wright State-Tennessee

NCAA announces start time for Wright State-Tennessee

Wright State will play Tennessee at 12:40 p.m. Thursday at the America Airlines Center in Dallas, making it one of the first games of the NCAA tournament. Rhode Island and Duke will tip-off off the tournament at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in Pittsburgh, while WSU and Tennessee will be the second of the 16 games on the opening day. The truTV network will air Wright State-Tennessee, with Spero Dedes handling...
UCLA, Syracuse, St. Bonaventure among teams headed to First Four

UCLA, Syracuse, St. Bonaventure among teams headed to First Four

The eight teams playing in the First Four this week in Dayton include two of the winningest programs in NCAA history and one current and one former coach from Atlantic 10 Conference who know their way around UD Arena. Here’s a quick glance at the four games, which were announced Sunday with the rest of the NCAA tournament field. 6:40 p.m. Tuesday: No. 16 seed Long Island-Brooklyn (18-16) vs...
Wright State to face Tennessee in NCAA Tournament first round

Wright State to face Tennessee in NCAA Tournament first round

Wright State will be a No. 14 seed in the South Region and face third-seeded Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday in Dallas. The game will tip at 12:40 p.m. on truTV. A crowd of 750 packed the Student Union on the WSU campus for a watch party with the team as the Raiders (25-9) found out where they will be going and who they will be playing in their first NCAA tournament since...
Archdeacon: Pair of Wright State legends weigh in on this year’s team

Archdeacon: Pair of Wright State legends weigh in on this year’s team

They are two of the most fabled players in Wright State basketball history. They are the program’s two all-time leading scorers and the two guys who led their respective Raiders teams to the only other bids to the NCAA Tournament WSU has had since becoming a Division I program 31 years ago. And even though both Bill Edwards and DaShaun Wood went on to long pro careers, both still feel a special...
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...
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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