Month: September 2019

College Football Playoff Update Three Teams Are Fighting For The Last Spot

College Football Playoff Update Three Teams Are Fighting For The Last Spot

So far, college football’s selection weekend has been anticlimactic. Alabama’s wire-to-wire win against Missouri in the SEC Championship will assure it a place in the college football playoff. It will be joined by Oregon, which thrashed Arizona on Friday, and very likely by TCU, which won earlier on Saturday.The Crimson Tide will presumably also retain their No. 1 ranking and enter as the top seed. Oregon’s win was impressive also — and came against a slightly better opponent. But the committee would have to make some awfully fine distinctions to promote the Ducks ahead of an Alabama team that also won persuasively. The FiveThirtyEight college football playoff model gives Alabama a 98 percent chance of keeping the top position. Here are the latest odds:Unless TCU’s position is more vulnerable than the model assumes, that means there are effectively three teams — Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor — competing for just one open slot.Florida State, which is undefeated but entered the weekend ranked No. 4 by the committee, is probably in with a win in the ACC Championship against Georgia Tech. True, the committee has twice demoted the Seminoles after they won by less-than-impressive margins, but those came against worse opponents than Georgia Tech.The scorelines in the Ohio State and Baylor games could matter. If both teams win while Florida State loses, the one that does so more emphatically could get the last slot. And they’ll need to win big in any scenario where they overtake TCU or Florida State in the rankings, at least according to the model.On the flip side: what if Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor all lose? It’s not impossible; all three are relatively narrow favorites. Florida State would still have just one loss and would probably make the playoff. But Georgia Tech — and Baylor’s opponent, Kansas State — could enter the conversation also. Ohio State’s opponent, Wisconsin, is less likely to do so because it entered the weekend ranked just No. 13.Alabama and Oregon are now effectively co-favorites to win the national title. The FiveThirtyEight model gives Oregon a 35 percent chance and Alabama a 33 percent chance. read more

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Whos The Best At Coaching In The NCAA Mens Tournament

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390Dennis Wolff14.0—020.3-0.3 502Charles Moir8.0—020.9-0.9 523Bruiser Flint9.0—021.3-1.3 260Jimmy Patsos15.0Siena010.1-0.1 63John Giannini13.0La Salle210.7+1.3 411Mitch Henderson12.0Princeton010.3-0.3 24Steve Lavin5.8—1188.4+2.6 434Bobby Dye14.0—030.4-0.4 528Travis Ford8.8Saint Louis162.4-1.4 332Jim Boyle6.0—111.1-0.1 387Ritchie McKay12.0Liberty010.2-0.2 138Avery Johnson9.0Alabama110.5+0.5 321Cy Alexander15.5—060.1-0.1 299Ernie Nestor15.0—010.1-0.1 543Bob Knight5.3—241826.1-2.1 12Brad Stevens7.0—1257.6+4.4 547Steve Lappas4.5—244.3-2.3 70Jim Harrick6.8—171315.8+1.2 8Rick Pitino3.6—541848.5+5.5 227Patrick Chambers16.0Penn St.010.0+0.0 495Brad Soderberg6.0—010.8-0.8 18Nolan Richardson5.5—261322.3+3.7 467Jim Boylen5.0—010.6-0.6 21Dale Brown8.1—995.8+3.2 426Tony Barbee12.0—010.4-0.4 98Jay Wright5.6Villanova231322.2+0.8 45Paul Westhead11.0—432.2+1.8 55Ron Abegglen14.0—220.5+1.5 25Sonny Smith9.4—754.4+2.6 37Quin Snyder9.0—543.0+2.0 451Will Brown14.8Albany (NY)050.5-0.5 322Rick Samuels15.0—020.1-0.1 136Melvin Watkins7.5—221.5+0.5 30Todd Lickliter8.5—421.7+2.3 20Gary Williams5.4—281524.8+3.2 32Tubby Smith5.8Memphis301727.8+2.2 80Dick Hunsaker13.5—220.9+1.1 333Robert Lee13.0—010.1-0.1 269Bill Bibb15.0—010.1-0.1 189Saul Phillips13.0Ohio120.9+0.1 486Rich Herrin11.7—030.7-0.7 509Bobby Lutz7.8—253.0-1.0 ▲▼Coach▲▼Avg. Seed▲▼Current Team▲▼W▲▼L▲▼Exp. Wins▲▼Wins Over Expected▲▼ 185Chris Lowery7.3—332.9+0.1 22Bill Frieder4.4—14611.2+2.8 42Lou Campanelli7.5—321.1+1.9 439Terry Holland5.5—444.5-0.5 393Hank Egan9.0—010.3-0.3 412Ted Fiore13.5—020.3-0.3 374Ken Bone14.5—020.2-0.2 408Earl Grant13.0College of Charleston010.3-0.3 48Ben Howland5.5Mississippi St.191017.3+1.7 309John Dunne14.0Saint Peter’s010.1-0.1 50Dick Tarrant13.3—341.4+1.6 11Billy Donovan4.1—351230.6+4.4 498Ray McCallum12.7—030.8-0.8 428Les Robinson11.7—131.4-0.4 61Paul Hewitt8.2—765.7+1.3 218Steve Welch16.0—010.0+0.0 84Fran McCaffery11.6Iowa473.0+1.0 468Dan Dakich8.0—010.6-0.6 302Buzz Peterson14.0—010.1-0.1 372Rodney Terry14.0Fresno St.010.2-0.2 147Chris Collins8.0Northwestern110.5+0.5 190Gale Catlett9.0—352.9+0.1 114John Phillips12.5—221.3+0.7 27Jerry Tarkanian4.1—22819.6+2.4 356Scott Edgar14.5—020.2-0.2 65Archie Miller9.0Indiana442.8+1.2 66Johnny Dawkins10.0Central Florida210.8+1.2 67Mark Gottfried8.9—9117.8+1.2 13Denny Crum5.6—211116.7+4.3 201Dana Kirk2.5—525.0+0.0 267Matt Brady16.0—010.1-0.1 281John Shulman15.5—020.1-0.1 381Pat Kennedy7.3—676.2-0.2 247Davey Whitney15.0—010.0+0.0 53Larry Finch6.8—664.5+1.5 430Bill Bayno11.0—020.4-0.4 300Rob Chavez14.0—010.1-0.1 459Brad Brownell10.2Clemson242.5-0.5 126Donnie Tyndall14.5—120.4+0.6 79Kevin Mackey14.0—210.9+1.1 213Ron Bradley16.0—010.0+0.0 143Kermit Davis13.3Middle Tennessee241.5+0.5 370Milton Barnes13.0—010.2-0.2 286Chris Mooney9.5Richmond222.1-0.1 161Royce Waltman12.5—120.7+0.3 102Eldon Miller9.0—221.2+0.8 313Danny Kaspar14.0Texas St.010.1-0.1 23P.J. Carlesimo5.0—1269.3+2.7 44Richard Williams5.0—634.1+1.9 494Scott Nagy13.3Wright St.040.8-0.8 135Rob Jeter13.0—120.5+0.5 202Fred Hoiberg6.0—444.0+0.0 554Danny Nee8.7—063.2-3.2 107Buzz Williams6.6Virginia Tech877.3+0.7 379Brad Holland13.0—010.2-0.2 538Greg McDermott8.4Creighton384.6-1.6 556Norm Stewart5.9—71010.6-3.6 232John Brady5.5—646.0+0.0 550Tony Bennett3.4Virginia10812.6-2.6 144Ken McDonald14.0—120.5+0.5 505Kevin Keatts11.3North Carolina St.030.9-0.9 413Bobby Hurley12.0Arizona St.010.3-0.3 64Ben Braun8.8—785.8+1.2 103David Hobbs7.0—221.2+0.8 507Mark Fox8.2Georgia253.0-1.0 105Matt Painter6.0Purdue121011.3+0.7 191James Jones12.0Yale110.9+0.1 472Keith Dambrot13.3Duquesne030.6-0.6 93Joe B. Hall12.0—211.1+0.9 279Ray Harper15.5Jacksonville St.020.1-0.1 122Craig Esherick10.0—211.4+0.6 423Chris Jans12.0New Mexico St.010.4-0.4 391Derek Kellogg6.0Long Island University010.3-0.3 493Gerald Myers9.5—020.8-0.8 184Brad Underwood12.0Illinois241.9+0.1 460Paul Webb12.0—010.5-0.5 544John Thompson III5.8—91011.1-2.1 220Jeff Meyer16.0—010.0+0.0 475Jim Anderson5.0—010.6-0.6 457Stan Albeck9.0—010.5-0.5 9John Beilein7.4Michigan201115.0+5.0 228Scott Cross16.0Texas-Arlington010.0+0.0 91Homer Drew14.0—271.1+0.9 343Joe Mihalich15.0Hofstra020.1-0.1 151Charlie Coles12.5—241.6+0.4 125Mike McConathy14.7Northwestern St.130.4+0.6 78Mack McCarthy14.0—250.9+1.1 511Marvin Menzies13.2Nevada-Las Vegas051.0-1.0 537Tim Welsh9.0—031.6-1.6 445Karl Hobbs10.3—131.5-0.5 196Alan LeForce12.0—121.0+0.0 131Bruce Pearl6.8Auburn11910.5+0.5 85Greg Gard8.0Wisconsin211.0+1.0 295Bob McKillop12.7Davidson393.1-0.1 221Rob Lanier16.0—010.0+0.0 237Sidney Green15.0—010.0+0.0 376Larry Shyatt12.0—010.2-0.2 552Eddie Fogler6.7—264.9-2.9 38Andy Enfield11.3Southern California331.0+2.0 469Steve Wojciechowski10.0Marquette010.6-0.6 327Tom Green15.8—040.1-0.1 193Dick Versace7.0—110.9+0.1 142Steve Alford6.1UCLA111010.5+0.5 450Rod Tueller10.0—010.5-0.5 256Edward Joyner16.0Hampton030.0+0.0 419Joe Scott11.0—010.4-0.4 36Clem Haskins6.7—1179.0+2.0 153Bob Thomason12.2—251.6+0.4 461Jerry Peirson11.0—020.5-0.5 465Tad Boyle9.3Colorado141.6-0.6 466Don DeVoe14.3—040.6-0.6 31Sean Miller5.1Arizona191116.7+2.3 152Jay Smith11.0—110.6+0.4 250Jack Bruen16.0—020.0+0.0 424Bob Huggins5.0West Virginia332333.4-0.4 145Wayne Morgan9.0—110.5+0.5 156Jeff Jones8.9Old Dominion675.6+0.4 500Tim Jankovich6.0Southern Methodist010.9-0.9 539Billy Tubbs2.9—14815.6-1.6 490Jim Christian10.5Boston College020.8-0.8 425Greg Kampe14.3Oakland030.4-0.4 386Steve Steinwedel13.0—020.2-0.2 162Ben Jacobson9.3Northern Iowa443.7+0.3 555Lou Henson5.8—91012.5-3.5 463Bill Carmody11.0Holy Cross131.6-0.6 437Mike Heideman8.0—010.5-0.5 166Jerry Dunn6.0—221.7+0.3 341Linc Darner14.0Green Bay010.1-0.1 127Jeff Capel7.0—433.4+0.6 113Thad Matta4.7—241323.3+0.7 458Gene Iba8.0—010.5-0.5 504Mike Deane10.3—242.9-0.9 236Craig Littlepage15.0—010.0+0.0 230Ralph Underhill16.0—010.0+0.0 512Bryce Drew12.0Vanderbilt031.0-1.0 175Ricardo Patton9.5—120.8+0.2 514Cuonzo Martin7.7Missouri233.0-1.0 177James Dickey7.5—221.8+0.2 10Rick Majerus6.2—191214.0+5.0 488Keno Davis5.0Central Michigan010.7-0.7 82Gregg Marshall10.2Wichita St.10139.0+1.0 188Bill Self2.7Kansas451844.9+0.1 361Robert Moreland14.7—030.2-0.2 449Paul Westphal10.0—010.5-0.5 285Frankie Allen14.5—020.1-0.1 323Eddie Biedenbach16.0—030.1-0.1 307Mitch Buonaguro14.5—020.1-0.1 274Gary Garner13.0—010.1-0.1 16Kevin Ollie8.0Connecticut713.2+3.8 549Skip Prosser7.2—698.5-2.5 15Frank Martin6.6South Carolina1056.2+3.8 418George Felton12.0—010.4-0.4 69Trent Johnson8.0—553.8+1.2 149Jerry Wainwright13.0—130.6+0.4 206James Green16.0—010.0+0.0 129Dan Monson10.0Long Beach St.332.4+0.6 214Brooks Thompson16.0—010.0+0.0 244Tim Carter16.0—020.0+0.0 192Steve Prohm5.0Iowa St.433.9+0.1 71Wimp Sanderson5.1—1179.8+1.2 473Rick Huckabay14.0—020.6-0.6 529Frank Haith6.0Tulsa132.4-1.4 441Benny Dees7.0—121.5-0.5 438Moe Iba9.0—010.5-0.5 501Wayne Tinkle11.8Oregon St.040.9-0.9 205Elwood Plummer16.0—010.0+0.0 130Ben Jobe14.5—140.5+0.5 207Roy Thomas16.0—010.0+0.0 524Pat Foster10.0—031.3-1.3 455Pete Herrmann8.0—010.5-0.5 210Butch Beard16.0—010.0+0.0 479Brian Ellerbe3.0—111.7-0.7 141Norm Sloan6.3—332.5+0.5 34Jim Larranaga8.7Miami (FL)996.8+2.2 88Shaka Smart8.0Texas675.0+1.0 163Bill C. Foster9.0—110.7+0.3 342Fran O’Hanlon15.3Lafayette030.1-0.1 59Jim Rosborough2.0—513.6+1.4 541George Raveling7.8—142.7-1.7 294Pete Carril12.2—151.1-0.1 378Smokey Gaines13.0—010.2-0.2 199Mike Jarvis9.7—797.0+0.0 497Rob Evans7.3—131.8-0.8 46Tom Davis5.6—13911.2+1.8 253Bobby Hussey16.0—010.0+0.0 304Matt McCall12.0Massachusetts010.1-0.1 173Matt Kilcullen8.0—110.8+0.2 433John Kresse11.5—141.4-0.4 496Kevin Willard7.7Seton Hall131.8-0.8 43Dean Smith2.6—371235.1+1.9 139Brett Reed15.5Lehigh120.5+0.5 362Gene Smithson11.0—010.2-0.2 97Ryan Odom16.0Maryland-Baltimore County110.2+0.8 259Tom Conrad15.0—010.0+0.0 234Joe Callero16.0Cal Poly010.0+0.0 128Michael White5.0Florida423.4+0.6 521Blaine Taylor12.3—162.2-1.2 123Tom Crean5.4—11910.4+0.6 254Brian Jones15.0North Dakota010.0+0.0 312Jim Ferry15.5—020.1-0.1 35Jim O’Brien5.9—1178.9+2.1 39Mike Anderson8.1Arkansas997.0+2.0 546Dave Rose8.3Brigham Young375.2-2.2 417Jerry Loyd12.0—010.4-0.4 453T.J. Otzelberger14.0South Dakota St.020.5-0.5 245Rob Spivery16.0—030.0+0.0 198Lorenzo Romar6.4—878.0+0.0 33Mike Davis9.9Texas Southern774.8+2.2 248Bob Reinhart16.0—010.0+0.0 481Digger Phelps7.3—464.7-0.7 235Neil McCarthy8.8—353.0+0.0 186Bill Herrion12.7New Hampshire130.9+0.1 209Mike Gillespie16.0—010.0+0.0 4John Calipari3.0Kentucky531746.1+6.9 375George Blaney13.0—010.2-0.2 255Russ Bergman15.5—020.0+0.0 Boeheim wins the games he shouldn’tWins above expected in the NCAA tournament (based on pregame Elo probabilities) for NCAA men’s basketball coaches, 1985-2018 480Steve Hawkins12.5Western Michigan020.7-0.7 72Chris Beard7.5Texas Tech311.9+1.1 432Mike Brey6.7Notre Dame131413.4-0.4 392Joe Cravens12.0—010.3-0.3 482Tim Miles11.0Nebraska020.7-0.7 262John Brannen15.0Northern Kentucky010.1-0.1 73Dick Davey12.3—230.9+1.1 51Cliff Ellis8.5Coastal Carolina886.4+1.6 287Steve Pikiell13.0Rutgers010.1-0.1 435Tim Cluess14.3Iona040.4-0.4 355Bob Williams14.7—030.2-0.2 95Perry Clark8.8—342.1+0.9 240Kevin Broadus15.0—010.0+0.0 222Greg Jackson16.0—010.0+0.0 329Philip Mathews14.0—010.1-0.1 246Phil Hopkins16.0—010.0+0.0 273Rob Senderoff14.0Kent St.010.1-0.1 216Mike Cingiser15.0—010.0+0.0 380Matt McMahon12.0Murray St.010.2-0.2 398Tic Price12.5Lamar020.3-0.3 118Bill Grier13.0—110.3+0.7 328Don Maestri14.0—010.1-0.1 291Lafayette Stribling15.7—030.1-0.1 314Sydney Johnson13.0Fairfield010.1-0.1 40Tommy Amaker12.2Harvard452.0+2.0 557Jamie Dixon5.2Texas Christian121216.1-4.1 263B.J. Hill15.0—010.1-0.1 81Dick Bennett9.7—563.9+1.1 527Jerry Green6.0—354.3-1.3 513Ralph Miller9.3—031.0-1.0 62Pat Flannery11.5—220.7+1.3 170Phil Martelli7.1Saint Joseph’s776.7+0.3 551Kelvin Sampson6.3Houston131415.8-2.8 416Seth Greenberg9.7—131.4-0.4 530Jud Heathcote5.1—778.4-1.4 60Eddie Sutton5.1—281726.6+1.4 100Steve Fisher6.5—201419.2+0.8 219Roman Banks16.0—010.0+0.0 478Josh Pastner8.5Georgia Tech242.7-0.7 296Wayne Szoke13.0—010.1-0.1 239Jim Boutin16.0—010.0+0.0 120Bob Bender10.7—231.3+0.7 2Tom Izzo4.9Michigan St.482038.8+9.2 211Eddie Payne16.0—010.0+0.0 249Randy Dunton16.0—010.0+0.0 344Steve Forbes13.0East Tennessee St.010.1-0.1 499Gene Bartow8.2—252.9-0.9 337Dickey Nutt15.0—010.1-0.1 305Kirk Speraw15.3—040.1-0.1 200Tony Barone12.5—121.0+0.0 397Nathan Davis13.5Bucknell020.3-0.3 517Todd Bozeman11.8Morgan St.041.1-1.1 229Brad Greenberg16.0—010.0+0.0 310Wes Miller13.0North Carolina-Greensboro010.1-0.1 311Will Wade10.0Louisiana St.121.1-0.1 1Jim Boeheim4.3Syracuse542544.3+9.7 339Kyle Keller14.0Stephen F. Austin010.1-0.1 241Nick McDevitt15.0North Carolina-Asheville010.0+0.0 315Paul Weir14.0New Mexico010.1-0.1 57Jim Brandenburg12.0—210.6+1.4 317Glen Miller14.0—010.1-0.1 542Rick Stansbury6.7Western Kentucky465.8-1.8 319Leonard Hamilton6.4Florida St.989.1-0.1 320Tim O’Shea13.0Bryant010.1-0.1 52Mark Few6.3Gonzaga281826.5+1.5 476Mark Schmidt12.5St. Bonaventure020.6-0.6 383Sonny Allen14.0—010.2-0.2 324Ray Haskins13.0—010.1-0.1 536Hugh Durham8.0—142.6-1.6 58Jim Valvano5.6—856.6+1.4 531Speedy Morris9.5—142.4-1.4 436Ed DeChellis12.5Navy020.4-0.4 373Dan Fitzgerald14.0—010.2-0.2 330LeVelle Moton14.0North Carolina Central010.1-0.1 195Ladell Andersen7.0—120.9+0.1 420Doc Sadler11.0Southern Mississippi010.4-0.4 471Jimmy Collins12.3—030.6-0.6 331Jeff Neubauer15.5Fordham020.1-0.1 83Henry Bibby7.0—332.0+1.0 298Jarrett Durham15.7—030.1-0.1 121Perry Watson11.0—221.4+0.6 74Steve Donahue14.0Pennsylvania240.9+1.1 140Kevin O’Neill9.3—231.5+0.5 19Larry Brown4.2—1349.7+3.3 106Dan D’Antoni13.0Marshall110.3+0.7 326Robert Hopkins16.0—010.1-0.1 400Dave Loos14.5—040.3-0.3 243Dereck Whittenburg15.0—010.0+0.0 422Scott Sutton14.3—030.4-0.4 92Chris Holtmann6.0Ohio St.544.1+0.9 338Bobby Braswell14.0—020.1-0.1 167Bobby Gonzalez13.0—120.7+0.3 278Greg Graham14.0—010.1-0.1 350Shelby Metcalf12.0—010.2-0.2 265Bill Evans14.0Idaho St.010.1-0.1 352Brian Hammel14.0—010.2-0.2 174C.M. Newton7.5—221.8+0.2 354Randy Bennett9.2Saint Mary’s (CA)363.2-0.2 503John Thompson4.9—221222.9-0.9 522Dave Rice5.5—021.2-1.2 440Stan Heath10.5—444.5-0.5 358Reggie Theus13.0Cal St. Northridge010.2-0.2 359Lynn Archibald14.0—010.2-0.2 178Jim Killingsworth4.0—110.8+0.2 526Rick Byrd14.0Belmont071.3-1.3 349Jimmy Tillette13.5—020.2-0.2 363Randy Peele14.0—020.2-0.2 6Rollie Massimino9.0—1144.7+6.3 318Monte Ross13.0—010.1-0.1 553Oliver Purnell8.2—062.9-2.9 183Andy Russo8.5—221.8+0.2 414Larry Hunter12.0Western Carolina010.3-0.3 369Ernie Kent7.2Washington St.666.2-0.2 484Mike Young13.5Wofford040.7-0.7 115Fang Mitchell15.0—130.3+0.7 533Jeff Mullins9.0—031.5-1.5 77Eric Musselman9.5Nevada210.9+1.1 182Jan Van Breda Kolff10.5—120.8+0.2 335Kevin Stallings6.3Pittsburgh686.1-0.1 109Dan Hurley9.0Rhode Island221.3+0.7 366Don Corbett15.3—040.2-0.2 86Larry Krystkowiak9.0Utah443.0+1.0 384Roy Chipman12.0—010.2-0.2 275Ken Burmeister14.0Incarnate Word010.1-0.1 208Paul Cormier16.0—010.0+0.0 474Mike Lonergan12.5—020.6-0.6 108Dana Altman8.1Oregon131312.3+0.7 159Tommy Joe Eagles11.5—120.6+0.4 385Bob Weltlich14.0—020.2-0.2 409Kerry Rupp11.0—010.3-0.3 277Dino Gaudio6.5—121.1-0.1 407Joby Wright13.0—010.3-0.3 351Louis Orr9.0—121.2-0.2 56Jim Les14.5California-Davis220.6+1.4 112Steve Merfeld15.0—120.3+0.7 238Mike Jones16.0Radford010.0+0.0 348Charles Spoonhour10.9—383.2-0.2 394Karl Fogel15.0—020.3-0.3 252Don Holst15.0—010.0+0.0 171Jerry Pimm9.5—120.7+0.3 233Mike Dement16.0—010.0+0.0 3Roy Williams2.7North Carolina772568.1+8.9 268Stu Starner16.0—010.1-0.1 558Rick Barnes6.2Tennessee222326.1-4.1 353Joe Dooley15.0Florida Gulf Coast020.2-0.2 402Billy Gillispie9.8—343.3-0.3 154Jeff Capel14.7—130.6+0.4 404Tevester Anderson14.3—030.3-0.3 405Jeff Ruland13.7—030.3-0.3 406Jim Baron13.5—020.3-0.3 264Randy Monroe15.0—010.1-0.1 290Travis DeCuire14.0Montana010.1-0.1 276Bill Coen14.0Northeastern010.1-0.1 410Randy Ayers3.3—636.3-0.3 261Kevin Bannon15.5—020.1-0.1 75Russ Pennell12.0Central Arkansas210.9+1.1 124Steve McClain11.0Illinois-Chicago110.4+0.6 334Pat Kelsey13.0Winthrop010.1-0.1 336Randy Rahe15.3Weber St.030.1-0.1 382Brian Mahoney5.0—111.2-0.2 251Andrew Toole16.0Robert Morris010.0+0.0 518Steve Cleveland12.0—031.2-1.2 158Tom Young8.0—110.6+0.4 117Jerod Haase14.0Stanford110.3+0.7 308Dale Layer14.0—010.1-0.1 176Ralph Willard12.7—261.8+0.2 111Tom Brennan14.7—130.3+0.7 133Mike Newell14.3—130.5+0.5 272Bob Burton14.0—010.1-0.1 477Lynn Nance8.0—010.6-0.6 427Paul Evans6.9—777.4-0.4 14Thomas Penders9.6—12118.2+3.8 306Mike Adras15.0—010.1-0.1 444Steve Robinson9.3—232.5-0.5 431Walt Hazzard4.0—111.4-0.4 483Mike Vining14.3—060.7-0.7 288Jimmy Gales15.0—010.1-0.1 421M.K. Turk12.0—020.4-0.4 284Carroll Williams15.0—010.1-0.1 187Brian Gregory10.5South Florida120.9+0.1 5Jim Calhoun4.5—481741.3+6.7 203Mickey Clayton16.0—010.0+0.0 90Don Haskins9.1—574.1+0.9 516Bob Wenzel10.0—031.1-1.1 179Dave Bliss7.1—695.8+0.2 172Dave Leitao5.5DePaul221.7+0.3 443Andy Kennedy11.5Mississippi121.5-0.5 454Dave Paulsen12.5George Mason020.5-0.5 225Matt Furjanic15.0—010.0+0.0 132Stu Jackson9.0—110.5+0.5 87Bob Donewald10.0—221.0+1.0 49Bill Guthridge4.0—836.3+1.7 316Al Brown14.0—010.1-0.1 401Bill Musselman13.0—010.3-0.3 270Dave Calloway15.7—030.1-0.1 257Dedrique Taylor15.0Cal St. Fullerton010.0+0.0 371Mick Durham13.0—010.2-0.2 146Nate Oats13.5Buffalo120.5+0.5 101Bob Hoffman14.0Mercer110.2+0.8 223Milan Brown16.0—010.0+0.0 491Craig Neal7.0—010.8-0.8 204Billy Lee16.0—010.0+0.0 442Don Donoher9.0—010.5-0.5 164Murray Arnold10.0—110.7+0.3 148Ron Hunter15.0Georgia St.130.6+0.4 462Richard Pitino5.0Minnesota010.5-0.5 224Mike Miller16.0—010.0+0.0 508J.D. Barnett7.7—132.0-1.0 395Bob Marlin14.3Louisiana030.3-0.3 47Billy Kennedy9.5Texas A&M533.2+1.8 340Mike Rice15.0—020.1-0.1 399Brian Dutcher11.0San Diego St.010.3-0.3 99Lake Kelly14.0—110.2+0.8 470Matt Doherty2.0—111.6-0.6 258Terry Truax16.0—020.0+0.0 242Eddie Burke15.0—010.0+0.0 485Jim Molinari10.5—020.7-0.7 487Mike Montgomery5.8—181518.7-0.7 535Al Skinner6.6Kennesaw St.798.6-1.6 283Casey Alexander15.0Lipscomb010.1-0.1 448Jessie Evans13.5—020.5-0.5 456Marv Harshman5.0—010.5-0.5 54Lou Carnesecca5.1—1078.5+1.5 160Bruce Stewart13.3—130.7+0.3 377Bruce Weber7.6Kansas St.131113.2-0.2 28Chris Mack6.0Xavier1178.6+2.4 282Mike Brennan15.0American010.1-0.1 396John Becker14.5Vermont020.3-0.3 29Bo Ryan5.2—271524.6+2.4 548Gene Keady4.9—181520.3-2.3 292Steve Masiello13.0Manhattan010.1-0.1 157John Pelphrey11.5—120.6+0.4 489Roger Reid9.4—252.8-0.8 119Ray Giacoletti10.5—221.3+0.7 94Darrin Horn12.0—211.1+0.9 492Riley Wallace11.7—030.8-0.8 231Jim Phelan16.0—020.0+0.0 89Anthony Evans15.0Florida International110.1+0.9 168Bruce Parkhill13.0—110.7+0.3 197Bob Wade7.0—111.0+0.0 104Jim O’Brien12.0—110.3+0.7 215George Ivory16.0Arkansas-Pine Bluff010.0+0.0 303Frank Kerns15.0—020.1-0.1 26Pete Gillen10.4—895.5+2.5 447Johnny Jones13.0—030.5-0.5 76Tim Floyd7.6Texas-El Paso785.9+1.1 365Jeff Bzdelik13.0—010.2-0.2 180LaVall Jordan10.0Butler110.8+0.2 169Joey Meyer8.0—675.7+0.3 506Barry Collier13.0—031.0-1.0 415Anthony Grant10.3Dayton131.4-0.4 464Jim Crews8.8—363.6-0.6 226Andy Stoglin16.0—020.0+0.0 389Bobby Paschal13.0—020.3-0.3 217Tom Schneider16.0—020.0+0.0 519Ed Cooley9.0Providence142.2-1.2 271Phil Cunningham15.0Troy010.1-0.1 155Steve Newton14.3—130.6+0.4 515Dennis Felton12.5Cleveland St.041.1-1.1 357Howie Dickenman15.0—030.2-0.2 301Rickey Broussard14.5—020.1-0.1 212Jamion Christian16.0Mount St. Mary’s010.0+0.0 367Danny Manning13.0Wake Forest010.2-0.2 520Lute Olson4.2—342135.2-1.2 452Murry Bartow14.3—040.5-0.5 297Nick Macarchuk14.0—010.1-0.1 368Larry Eustachy6.8Colorado St.454.2-0.2 347Rod Barnes9.0Cal St. Bakersfield343.2-0.2 525Tom Asbury12.3—041.3-1.3 388Fran Fraschilla10.3—131.2-0.2 559Fran Dunphy10.6Temple3167.1-4.1 17John Chaney7.2—221618.3+3.7 345Greg Lansing14.0Indiana St.010.2-0.2 194Marty Fletcher12.0—120.9+0.1 545Dave Odom5.2—10912.2-2.2 532Stew Morrill12.9—192.5-1.5 293Jim Wooldridge15.0—010.1-0.1 534Bobby Cremins4.8—151016.5-1.5 346Larry Reynolds12.0—010.2-0.2 116Gene Sullivan4.0—211.3+0.7 41John Groce11.3Akron432.1+1.9 429Scott Drew4.9Baylor10710.4-0.4 68Porter Moser11.0Loyola (IL)200.8+1.2 540Mick Cronin7.8Cincinnati6107.6-1.6 7Mike Krzyzewski2.2Duke932787.2+5.8 364Jim Hayford13.0Seattle010.2-0.2 325Ronnie Arrow12.3—141.1-0.1 Who’s the best at coaching in the NCAA men’s tournament? When we’ve looked at the question in the past, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo always stood out from the pack. Even if you include recent seasons — which have tarnished Izzo’s reputation a little with early losses to Syracuse, Kansas and Middle Tennessee — the Spartans’ coach still gets longer tournament runs out of his teams than we’d expect based on their talent.But that’s just one way to define the tournament’s top coaching performances. Another approach is to simply look at how often you won the games at hand, regardless of the big-picture focus on how deep you made it each year. And by that standard, the NCAA tourney’s most impressive modern coach might be the guy who outdueled Izzo last Sunday — Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim.Boeheim is best known for his iconic zone defense and irascible demeanor (particularly with the media), plus the national championship he won with Carmelo Anthony in 2003 — the only title in his 40-plus-year head coaching career. But the numbers say that Boeheim should have more of an Izzo-like reputation for coaxing impressive performances out of the teams he’s had to work with.In short, he’s won a lot more games than the odds say he should have. To measure just how many of those each coach has racked up going back to 1985 (the start of the 64-team tournament era), we used our Elo ratings to generate pregame win probabilities for each tournament game.1Excluding play-in games (even though Boeheim won one of these this year). Also, to avoid punishing coaches once they’ve pulled a few upsets — which would improve the team’s rating — we froze each team’s Elo rating at the beginning of each tournament before running our probabilities. The coaches with the biggest differentials between their actual and expected tournament wins are the ones who have the strongest March Madness resumes — and sure enough, Boeheim shows up at No. 1: 446Stan Morrison12.0—020.5-0.5 165Herb Sendek8.4Santa Clara786.7+0.3 134Eran Ganot13.0Hawaii110.5+0.5 360Russ Turner13.0California-Irvine010.2-0.2 280Dave Magarity14.0—010.1-0.1 137Lon Kruger6.6Oklahoma201819.5+0.5 289Charles Woollum15.5—020.1-0.1 110Mark Turgeon6.5Maryland887.3+0.7 510Johnny Orr10.0—364.0-1.0 150Gary Waters12.3—231.6+0.4 266David Richman15.0North Dakota St.010.1-0.1 96Lefty Driesell8.8—443.2+0.8 181Tiny Grant10.0—120.8+0.2 403John Shumate10.0—010.3-0.3 ▲▼Coach▲▼Avg. Seed▲▼Current Team▲▼W▲▼L▲▼Exp. Wins▲▼Wins Over Expected▲▼ Source: Sports-Reference.com/cbb In fact, it was Syracuse’s victory over Michigan State this month that allowed Boeheim to pass Izzo. (Syracuse had only a 19 percent chance of winning, based on the two teams’ pre-tournament Elo ratings.) Going into the second week of this year’s tourney, Boeheim finds himself at the top of a heap that also includes fellow Sweet 16 entrants John Calipari (Kentucky), John Beilein (Michigan) and, of course, Coach K.And at the other end of the spectrum, some active coaches have added this month to their less-than-stellar tourney marks. Tennessee’s Rick Barnes ranks as the second-worst NCAA tournament coach since 1985 by this metric, and his Volunteers flamed out as a No. 3 seed against No. 11 Loyola-Chicago. (Barnes beats only current Temple coach Fran Dunphy.) TCU’s Jamie Dixon, who previously coached Pittsburgh for 14 seasons, ranks third-worst, and his squad was upset in the Round of 64 by none other than Boeheim’s Orange. Meanwhile, Houston’s Kelvin Sampson, Virginia’s Tony Bennett and Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin all rank in the bottom 20 since 1985, and all three were bounced from this year’s tournament in disappointing fashion.2Virginia and Cincinnati were upset by lower-seeded teams, while Houston led Michigan with seconds left before giving up a 28-foot buzzer-beating game-winner to freshman Jordan Poole. Bennett’s Cavaliers, in fact, became the first No. 1 seed to ever lose to a No. 16 seed, which cost him practically an entire win against expectation in a single result.Can Boeheim add to his leading tally when Syracuse faces Krzyzewski and Duke on Friday night? Our prediction model says it’s doubtful, giving the Blue Devils an 85 percent chance of victory. But perhaps that’s just setting Boeheim up for another unexpected win — and another big boost in our metric. Certainly, stranger things have happened against Syracuse and its unconventional defensive scheme over the years.Check out our latest March Madness predictions. read more

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Two Ohio State freshmen fencers prepare for Junior Olympics

A pair of freshmen Ohio State fencers have spent the last few weeks preparing for their first Junior Olympic competition, which could pave their way to the United States World Championship team.Oliver Shindler and Ally Micek will take part in the four-day competition set to be held Friday through Monday at the Cleveland Convention Center.Shindler said he and Micek have been competing this entire season to accumulate enough points to qualify for the Junior Olympics. The pair have been getting advice and encouragement from many of the older members of the team.Micek said three men and three women will be selected from the Junior Olympics to represent the United States, making this a huge opportunity to be recognized on the national and international level.This isn’t Shindler’s and Micek’s first time competing on such a grand stage, however. After meeting each other through fencing in high school, the two traveled internationally on the same team, competing and representing the U.S.“When I first started, I was just doing this for fun, but once I got into high school, I realized the opportunities,” Micek said. “Once you get into high school, it was like a dream for me to compete in college.”The pair are both epee fencers, meaning their event uses the largest and heaviest weapons of the three main events (the other two being foil and sabre). Points are scored by making contact with the point of the weapon on any spot of the opponent’s body.Shindler said many of the upperclassmen on the team have been in their position before when they were freshmen, so they are a great resource for the young guns to turn to when they have questions about preparing.“A lot of the top guys like (OSU sophomores) Marc-Antoine (Blais Belanger) and Lewis Weiss, they’ve just been helping me mentally prepare for all of the competitions this season, whether they be college or national,” Shindler said.The duo is getting help and advice from other teammates on the team in order to better prepare.“Same thing goes for the upperclassmen girls, we talk about it and they’ve all been in the same situation as we were, like, two years ago. They have really solid advice for us,” Micek said.Despite the grand implications, Shindler said he is looking to prepare for this weekend’s Junior Olympics event just like any other competition.“I prepare the same for every competition,” he said. read more

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Basketball duo ready to meet high expectations

After a trip to the Sweet 16 and their record-tying fifth consecutive Big Ten championship, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is preparing for another season. The Buckeyes have had success in the past, but are setting their sights on an even bigger goal in 2009. After losing to a dominant Stanford team in the Sweet 16, it was apparent the Buckeyes needed another off-season to fully develop a young roster. This season should be different, however, as the Buckeyes return four starters to a team that went 29-6, tying for third in the NCAA for most wins. Led by the duo of junior Jantel Lavender and sophomore Samantha Prahalis, the Buckeyes should be more experienced and better able to handle the pressures of Big Ten and NCAA tournament action. Fellow starters senior Shavelle Little and junior Brittany Johnson, along a deep bench and highly touted recruiting class should provide Ohio State with the necessary ingredients for another successful run this season.Lavender, Prahalis receive preseason attentionAfter a stellar 2009 season, expectations are running high for not only the dynamic duo of Lavender and Prahalis, but the Buckeyes as a whole. Some preseason publications have ranked Ohio State as high as #3 for the upcoming season behind UConn and Stanford. For the Buckeyes, it’s a sign of past efforts coming to fruition and that the time is now for the Scarlet and Gray. The season begins against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 13, but a bigger test lurks later on the schedule. The annual ACC/Big Ten challenge has matched the Buckeyes against the top-10 ranked Duke Blue Devils, with the winner asserting themselves as one of the nation’s top teams. Regardless of preseason hype, the Buckeyes know what they have to do.“This year people expect us to be one of the best teams in the country,” Prahalis said. “We just have to put that aside and go day by day, getting better as a whole. That’s the big thing, staying focused and getting better.”For Prahalis, that means capitalizing on one of the best freshman seasons in Ohio State history. She didn’t waste any time adjusting her game to the next level last season, starting all 35 games for the Buckeyes at point guard. Her stats spoke for themselves as she led Big Ten freshmen in scoring (10.2 ppg), assists (5.8) and steals (1.9) while earning herself freshman of the year in the conference. Her 203 assists also set an Ohio State freshman record. After setting the bar so high for herself after one year, Prahalis is trying to take her game to an even higher level.“I really want to get my jump shot better, along with my footwork,” Prahalis said. “But specifically, [my goal is] getting my jump shot to where I can depend on it game by game.”Prahalis’ efforts so far in her career are beginning to pay off. Recently, she was the only sophomore to be named to the Preseason Wooden Award watch list, given to the country’s best player. She finds the attention flattering, but knows she can’t get ahead of herself.“I really appreciate it and it’s humbling to me,” Prahalis said. “I have to make other people better. As a point guard I have to put myself in the back seat and try to put people in situations to do big things.”For Lavender, another season should mean more of the same. The two-time Big Ten player of the year is trying to become only the second three-time recipient of the prestigious honor. She led the Big Ten in points (20.0), rebounds (9.9) and shooting percentage (.549) and earned herself State Farm/WBCA Coaches and USBWA All-America honors last season. Accomplishing so much in her first two seasons hasn’t kept Lavender from wanting to improve and make herself better.“You can constantly work on weaknesses and things that you don’t do well. For me being a post player, it would be things that guards do like ball handing, dribbling [and] passing,” Lavender said. “There are things past me being a post player that I can work on like my three-point shot, and pushing the ball up the floor after a rebound. I just want to improve anything in my game that will make me an all-around player.”Lavender said she is aware of the expectations placed on this team, but she believes their expectations are just as high. Lavender said the team will have to stay together to successfully handle the pressure.“We can live up to being a really good team if we come out and work hard,” she said. “We have a chance to be a really good team as long as we stay tight and close knit. Last year I feel like we had a closer unit and the chemistry is what makes a team go far.” read more

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Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany calls OSU Michigan infractions embarrassing

While Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said he is excited about the opportunity for collaboration between the NCAA and its member institutions, especially regarding infractions and rules, he also blasted two Big Ten teams which have been involved in recent NCAA investigations. At Big Ten Media Days on Thursday, Delany specifically mentioned NCAA investigations involving Ohio State and Michigan, commenting on the problems such violations create for the conference as a whole. “University of Michigan had a problem with out-of-season practice. That was an embarrassment,” Delany said. “This year we have Ohio State getting ready to go in front of the infractions committee on Aug. 12th. That’s embarrassing. “Neither one of those institutions have a history of being in that situation. It not only has reflected poorly on them, it’s reflected poorly on us.” On Dec. 23, 2010, the NCAA suspended quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, offensive tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas for five games for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Linebacker Jordan Whiting also received a one-game ban. In the wake of these violations, Jim Tressel, who was facing a five-game suspension and $250,000 fine for failing to report NCAA violations committed by his players, resigned as OSU’s head coach on May 30, 2011. In 2009, Michigan came under investigation for exceeding NCAA limits on the amount of practice and training time the players may take part in. The 14-month investigation ended in November 2010 with the NCAA adding a year of probation to Michigan’s self-imposed sanctions, which included cutting 130 hours of practice time before the end of the 2011-12 academic year. Former head coach Rich Rodriguez was fired on Jan. 5, 2011. With new coaches joining each program this year, Delany said he made it clear to both Ohio State coach Luke Fickell and Michigan coach Brady Hoke that going forward, it was their responsibility to manage their teams. “I explained to each of these coaches that going forward we do not want two more such cases and that they are the CEOs of their program.” Delany said these mistakes are not limited to the Big Ten, but he is concerned about the violations that directly affect the conference. “I can’t remember a period of time where we’ve had more questions about various programs, whether it be on the agent side, the recruitment side or the academic side,” he said. “We’ve had two of them in this conference and that’s two too many as far as I’m concerned.” And while, in Delany’s opinion, certain systems and rules must be evaluated, it is up to individual institutions within the NCAA to work with the NCAA to fix problems with the infractions process, Delany said. “They (the NCAA) have an infractions process, they have a regulatory system basically where they are enforcing our rules,” he said. “They aren’t their rules, they’re rules that come out of NCAA membership. To the extent they’re inexplicable or irrational, it’s not the NCAA’s problem, it’s our problem and we need to fix it if we need to fix it.” Delany did say that mistakes will be made, but the Big Ten and other NCAA conferences, along with the NCAA, must address them and move forward. “It’s not the NCAA alone that needs to change. It’s the conferences and the institutions, to really look at their processes so we can trust each other that when information comes up and needs to be addressed, it’s addressed in the proper way,” he said. “…I’m excited to address these things going forward.” Delany used Thursday as an opportunity to call a meeting with all Big Ten coaches to discuss the state of the conference as it pertains to the NCAA investigations. “I wanted to call them together today and speak to them candidly and from the heart,” he said, “explain to them that in many ways, the game is as healthy as it’s ever been. “But also in my view, we as a conference have been hurt by the two institutions that have been involved in NCAA allegations and findings, and that I wanted to let them know that I expected them to lead their programs in a way that wouldn’t put us in that circumstance again.” Fickell addressed concerns involving OSU’s program and stated his desire to move the program forward. “I think from day one, the biggest thing that I’ve tried to do is focus on our leadership as well as trying to pound home the culture that we believe is important in moving our program forward,” Fickell said. Hoke said he does not view the Michigan program as needing to be rebuilt, despite on- and off-the-field troubles. “I don’t think we’re rebuilding, period. I mean, we’re Michigan. We’ve got kids who understand that they’re Michigan,” Hoke said of the state of his program. Delany said that while the Big Ten has never added to the penalties handed down by the NCAA in cases of investigations, the conference has high expectations of their member institutions and that Jim Tressel did not live up to those expectations. “I view us as having fairly high expectations about report and then reveal … I think Jim’s activity was in contravention of that,” he said. While the Big Ten will not change its expectations regarding self-reporting of possible NCAA infractions, Delany said he feels confident that going forward, coaches will live up to his expectations. read more

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Football Fourstar defensive tackle Tommy Togiai commits to Ohio State

One hour, two commitments.Ohio State picked up its second pledge in less than 60 minutes when 2018 four-star defensive tackle Tommy Togiai followed four-star wideout Kamryn Babb by committing to play for the Buckeyes Tuesday evening.The second-ranked player in Idaho, Togiai joins five-star Taron Vincent and four-star junior college prospect Antwuan Jackson Jr. as the third defensive tackle in Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class.Togiai is the 126th-best overall prospect and the ninth-ranked defensive tackle in the country. He becomes the 14th-highest ranked played in the Buckeyes’ 21-player class.Committed Go Buckeyes!!! pic.twitter.com/L5X1YllypA— Tommy Togiai (@Big_Tom72) December 13, 2017

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Mens Basketball Keita BatesDiop selected No 48 overall in 2018 NBA Draft

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes the ball down the court in the second half of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Ohio State won 79-52. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter being named as the Big Ten Player of the Year in his final season at Ohio State, Keita Bates-Diop is off to the NBA. The former Ohio State forward was selected with the No. 48 pick in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bates-Diop was projected by many to be an early second round pick in the draft. Bates-Diop spent four seasons with the Buckeyes, starting every game in his sophomore season and his redshirt junior season. He played only nine games during his junior season after battling through injuries such as a stress fracture in his left leg, forcing him to take a medical redshirt for the campaign. In his collegiate career, he averaged 11.7 points per game with 5.7 rebounds per game. In his final season at Ohio State, Bates-Diop was named as a first-team All-Big Ten and was a 2018 Wooden Award first-team All America honoree.In 34 games during the 2017-18 season, the forward led Ohio State in scoring, averaging 19.8 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field. He also led the team in rebounding, averaging 8.7 per game, and blocks with 56.Updated at 9:01 a.m. to correct Bates-Diop’s collegiate career stats read more

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Womens Volleyball Ohio State faces road test in Towson Invitational

Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston instructs members of the women’s volleyball team during a timeout in a match against No. 3 Penn State on Oct. 6. The Buckeyes lost 3-2. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterAfter a long weekend on the road, winning two of three games in Oxford, Mississippi, as a part of the Rebel Invitational, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is gearing up for its next trip to Towson, Maryland, Friday to face Princeton, Missouri and Towson. Since returning from its first away series, Ohio State has focused on the fundamental plays revealed in the games that needed improvement.“We’ve been doing a lot of serving and passing,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. “We haven’t worked a ton on our offense in general so we’ve spent time working on our tempos, transitional offense and side-out work in the past few days.”The Buckeyes (5-1) are especially looking out for Princeton, as the Tigers are undefeated, including a 3-0 win against Northwestern.“They play redundantly very smart,” Carlston said. “It’s a good matchup for our team because they are going to force us to be disciplined.”In its battle with Missouri (5-1), Ohio State will face Kylie Deberg, who has more attacks than any player on the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior libero Anna Holehouse leads Towson (3-3) in digs with 112, a number that also surpasses any individual Buckeye.The Buckeyes had a lengthy trip back to Columbus after a delayed flight on Saturday, which postponed their arrival until late Saturday night. Ohio State will continue to be on the road for the next few weeks before its next home game. “Being on the road so much can be difficult,” senior setter Olivia Dailey said. “As an athlete you just have to be organized from the first day of school. You have to utilize the time you do have to stay ahead of your deadlines.”Carlson applauds the attitude of the team as a whole, as they had a good time sitting on the floor all night and made the most of being stuck in the airport instead of moping around.“We’re good with saying that ‘it is what it is so let’s make the most of it,’” Carlston said. “It’s fun to see that the group is buying into the gratitude and how there are things that are out of our control. We learned and grew a lot this weekend in ways that will be helpful as we face the Big Ten.”The Buckeyes will face Princeton at 4 p.m. Friday, and Missouri at 11 a.m. and Towson at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Towson Invitational. read more

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Football Dwayne Haskins cements his place in Ohio State history

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) gets ready for the play during the second half of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorAs Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins took the field against Michigan on Saturday, he knew what to expect. He had faced the Wolverines before, leading the Buckeyes to 17 unanswered points and a 31-20 victory in Ann Arbor in 2017. That part of the story is well-documented, laying the groundwork for the beginning of the Haskins era at Ohio State. But head coach Urban Meyer saw something from the then-redshirt freshman a week prior. With a 38-0 lead against Illinois on Nov. 18, 2017, Haskins got the call to come into the game with about six minutes left in the first half. After handing the ball off to then-freshman running back J.K. Dobbins for 12 yards, Haskins dropped back and was sacked for 12 yards. His first drive in the second half was not much better, fumbling the ball and watching Illinois defensive back Ahmari Hayes return it 54 yards for the score.In the middle of the pouring rain, Haskins faced adversity for the first time, something that, in Meyer’s opinion, was vital to his success against Michigan the following week.“He was filling his toolbox,” Meyer said. “Because he certainly would not, in my opinion, would not have been able to do that in the rivalry game last year. And obviously the way he’s been playing, it’s just constant experience and filling the toolbox.” From that moment on, Meyer said Haskins has been “filling his toolbox” consistently, finding his place as starting quarterback at Ohio State.Saturday, in his second Michigan game and his first as the starting quarterback, Haskins showed that his toolbox could be full.Facing the No. 1 pass defense in the country, Haskins completed 20-of-31 pass attempts for 396 yards, tying his career high with six passing touchdowns. He also broke the single-season Big Ten records for touchdown passes (41) and passing yards (4,003). With these numbers brings a level of confidence that the starting quarterback showed after the 62-39 win on Saturday. “I’m not done yet, but I want to be one of the best to ever do it when I get done playing here at this university,” Haskins said. With each pass he throws, each touchdown he scores, Haskins has placed himself, statistically, as one of the best quarterbacks Ohio State has ever had. He holds the Ohio State single-season records for six different categories, including total offense (4,130). He is 142 yards away from breaking former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson’s Big Ten record set in 2010. One of three wide-receiver captains, redshirt senior Terry McLaurin is considered one of the main vocal leaders for the offense.However, over the course of the season, through what he considered as ups and downs against then-No. 15 TCU and a road win against then-No. 12 Penn State, McLaurin watched as a quarterback with tremendous throwing ability turned into the leader that the position needs.“He has always had the physical talent, never questioned that,” McLaurin said. “But to see him be more vocal and take charge of our offense and our team is what you want to see going down the stretch.”That is one area Haskins said he has most improved on over the course of the season: becoming a leader of the offense and taking the steps that every quarterback needs to in order to be successful, such as knowing protections and picking up blitzes. “I feel like I have gotten better with that every game and gotten all the tools I needed through coaching,” Haskins said. “All the trust I’ve gotten from the players keeps getting better and I think that has shown on the field.”Meyer, who calls the quarterback position one of the most unique in all of sport, said this level of leadership is an obligation. “What he’s asked to do — and coaches aren’t on the field, there’s 10 other guys looking at him every snap,” Meyer said. “You better give the right answer and they better trust and believe in him. And our guys certainly do.” Meyer always refers back to one play against Maryland that defines Haskins’ development. With less than four minutes left to go in the fourth quarter, Ohio State trailed Maryland 38-31. Haskins ended an 11-play, 75-yard drive by taking a snap and pushing himself across the offensive line for his second rushing touchdown of the day. “The Maryland game was one that he dropped his pads and dropped some other things probably, too,” Meyer said. “At the toughest time in the game against, once again, a defense, a very good defense, and got that yard.” But these accomplishments represent more to Haskins than just personal success. To him, it’s the work the offensive line and the receivers have done. It’s the team success, leading the No. 2 pass offense in the country. He knows the records that have been broken were significant and where they have placed him in terms of his place in Ohio State history. Haskins will reflect on that at one point, but not right now. “I can’t take too long on it because there’s another game to play,” Haskins said. “So I probably won’t think about the records or the stats I have broken until after the season.” Haskins still has something to do, something to add to his toolbox: a Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in the College Football Playoff. For Meyer, Haskins is not done proving himself. “Offensive football is a 10-yard war. Win each war,” Meyer said. “And however you get that first down, get the first down. And that’s how we approach it.” read more

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Thousands raised through crowdfunding as donations pour in for Grenfell Tower fire

first_imgA relief fund bucket set up by local residents Credit:PA We are working with page owners to make sure all the money raised for #GrenfellTower gets to those in need: https://t.co/L2L868XNwV pic.twitter.com/rAniYPaiTG— JustGiving (@JustGiving) June 14, 2017 “It is a really close-knit community and the trauma will be felt for years to come. I’d like to help in any way possible.”At least six people have been confirmed killed in the huge fire that ripped through the north Kensington tower block in west London, but police expect the death toll to rise.“Weʼre raising £1,000,000 to help the families of who have been devastated by a fire which has destroyed their homes and taken loved ones,” the JustGiving page explains.“Many families have lost everything they own, whilst others have lost their lives. Others no doubt will have lost family members, friends and colleagues. The appeal, on the JustGiving website, was set up by an account in the name of Haley Yearwood, with the note: “I am a teacher at a local school and know that many of our students and their families will be affected by this awful fire. “The money raised will be for those residents of Grenfell Tower affected and will hopefully, even in some small way, help them with whatever they may need in the aftermath.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Women donate clothes to a stall which has been set up to help people near the burning building Credit:Getty  Grenfell Tower, “As with all emergency situations, we will be holding funds while we work with page owners to ensure that all money makes it to those in need.”  A relief fund bucket set up by local residents  How you can donate: JustGiving has created a Grenfell Tower page for all the different fundraising campaigns currently on its site. A page set up to help families affected by the fire is currently one of the biggest on JustGiving.  An online fundraising campaign has raised thousands of pounds to help victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze in London.Several crowdfunding pages have been set up for those affected by the blaze, with one raising more than £40,000 within hours. Grenfell Tower london fire   A spokesperson for JustGiving said: “JustGiving has once again seen a swell in generosity following the dreadful fire at the Grenfell Tower in west London in the early hours of this morning. Volunteers bring food and water to local residentsCredit:EPAlast_img read more

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