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Wright State Men’s Basketball: Horizon League Schedule announced


The Horizon League released the 2019-2020 men’s basketball conference schedule on Tuesday afternoon, and the Wright State men’s basketball team will open its 18-game league slate with a pair of home games in late December.

The Raiders will close out the 2019 calendar year with conference home games on December 28 and 30, opening league play against Green Bay and Milwaukee inside the Nutter Center. Wright State will then hit the road for its next four games, ringing in the New Year at Oakland, Detroit Mercy, IUPUI and UIC.

Wright State head coach Scott Nagy has been very successful in his tenure at Wright State ( photo)

Wright State returns to the Nutter Center for a three-game homestand beginning January 16 against Cleveland State, followed by visits from Youngstown State on January 18 and Northern Kentucky on January 24. After a quick trip on the road to face Milwaukee (January 31) and Green Bay (February 2), the Raiders will play host to their next four matchups: Detroit Mercy (February 6), Oakland (February 8), UIC (February 14) and IUPUI (February 16). The regular season schedule ends with three road games for Wright State, as the Raiders travel to take on Youngstown State (February 20), Cleveland State (February 22) and Northern Kentucky (February 28).

The 2020 Horizon League Basketball Championships begin on March 3 with first round games at campus sites, followed by quarterfinal matchups on campuses March 5. The semifinals and championship will take place in Indianapolis at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center on March 9 and 10.

4569 Green Bay (Dec. 28, Nutter Center; Feb. 2, Green Bay) Green Bay finished the 2018-19 season with a 21-17 overall record, including a 10-8 mark in Horizon League play. The Raiders and the Phoenix split their regular season matchups with each winning at home, with Wright State defeating Green Bay in the Horizon League Tournament semifinals. A tight series throughout history, Green Bay has a slim, 32-31 overall series lead entering 2019-20.

4319 Milwaukee (Dec. 30, Nutter Center; Jan. 31, Milwaukee) Milwaukee finished 9-22 overall and 4-14 in the Horizon League last season, with the Raiders winning both matchups by a combined five points after a 56-54 win inside the Nutter Center and a 65-62 road victory. The Raiders hold a slight 31-30 lead over Milwaukee in the overall series.

4196Oakland (Jan. 3, Rochester, MI; Feb. 8, Nutter Center) Oakland finished one game under .500 in 2018-19, compiling a 16-17 overall record but finishing with an 11-7 mark in Horizon League play. Wright State won both matchups last season by double digits, first tallying an 89-73 road win before a 76-62 victory at home. The Raiders lead the overall series 13-7 against the Grizzlies.

4219 Detroit Mercy (Jan. 5, Detroit; Feb. 6, Nutter Center) Detroit Mercy finished 2018-19 with an 11-20 record and an 8-10 mark in conference play, splitting the season series with the Raiders. Each team won on its home court, as Wright State fell 79-58 on the road before an 83-60 victory inside the Nutter Center. The Raiders enter the 2019-20 season with a 32-27 overall series advantage.

4209 IUPUI (Jan. 10, Indianapolis; Feb. 16, Nutter Center) IUPUI played .500 basketball last season, finishing with a 17-17 overall record in 2018-19. The Jaguars were 8-10 in Horizon League play, with Wright State winning both regular season matchups and eliminating IUPUI from the Horizon League Tournament quarterfinals. The Raiders hold a 13-3 overall series advantage entering 2019-20.

23701 UIC (Jan. 12, Chicago; Feb. 14, Nutter Center) UIC recorded a 16-16 overall record last season with a 10-8 mark in Horizon League play. The Flames were the only team to hand Wright State two losses in regular season league play last season, as Wright State fell 75-72 in overtime to open the conference schedule before a 67-53 road loss. The Raiders hold a slight 31-29 lead over UIC in the overall series.

4223 Cleveland State (Jan. 16, Nutter Center; Feb. 22, Cleveland) Cleveland State finished the 2018-19 season with a 10-21 overall record and a 5-13 mark in Horizon League play. The Raiders tallied a pair of double-digit victories over the Vikings last season and enter the 2019-20 campaign with a 39-34 overall series lead.

4182 Youngstown State (Jan. 18, Nutter Center; Feb. 20, Youngstown) Youngstown State finished 12-20 overall and 8-10 in the Horizon League last season as the Raiders recorded wins in both meetings, including a 28-point home victory in late February. Wright State leads the overall series 47-12 entering the 2019-20 campaign.

4410 Northern Kentucky (Jan. 24, Nutter Center; Feb. 28, Highland Heights, KY) Northern Kentucky recorded a Horizon League-best 26 victories last season (26-10) and shared the league regular season title with Wright State at 13-5. The Norse won two of the team’s three meetings last season as each team won on its home court during the regular season before Northern Kentucky won the Horizon League Tournament final 77-66. Wright State leads the overall series 24-12 entering 2019-20.

The Raiders won 21 games last year, playing in the postseason for the second consecutive season as they made their first trip to the NIT. Head coach Scott Nagy claimed his second consecutive Coach of the Year honor, while Loudon Love was named to the All-Horizon League First Team and Bill Wampler was a second team selection.

Wright State will open the 2019-20 regular season with road matchups at Miami (OH) and Tennessee Tech before tipping off inside the Nutter Center on November 16 against Kent State.



Ohio State Women’s Basketball team to play in Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Wittenberg University











WBK:  Buckeyes Excited for Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Classic
Ohio State opens its season in Springfield, Ohio in the first Ohio Hall of Fame Classic


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2019-20 season-opener for the Ohio State women’s basketball team will offer a unique opportunity for not only the talented young Buckeyes who will be on the court for the first time, but for basketball fans across Ohio as well.

Ohio State will take on Valparaiso on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. in the inaugural Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Classic. The game will be hosted by Wittenberg University at the Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield, Ohio.

“We have a young and exciting team and we’re really looking forward to getting the season started at the Hall of Fame Classic,” said Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff. “Playing the game in Springfield will provide a unique experience for our players and will give us a chance to connect with our fans in a different environment. This is also a great opportunity to honor those individuals who have made a significant impact on basketball in Ohio.”

The Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, which was founding in 2005, aims to recognize and tell the stories of the amazing athletes and contributors to the game that have either come from or played in Ohio.

“The Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame is sharing the stories of our state’s greatest basketball legends – the extraordinary athletes, coaches, officials, and contributors who’ve made an impact on the game in Ohio. We’re working to preserve this fascinating history for future generations. The Hall of Fame Classic provides us with a platform to tell their stories to today’s athletes and fans,” said Sheila Fox, Executive Director.

Over 200 individuals have been inducted since the hall’s inception including 45 Ohio State graduates and two more will be enshrined next summer. There are currently 11 OSU women’s basketball players in the hall with June Brewer Daugherty and Caity Matter joining the group in 2020.

Wittenberg University is hosting the game on Nov. 10, and tickets can be purchased through Wittenberg. This will be just the second meeting all time between Ohio State and Valparaiso as the Buckeyes won 84-60 in the 2000 Great Alaska Shootout.

Complete list of Ohio State Alumni in the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame

Marcie Alberts

Gary Bradds

June Brewer Daugherty (2020)

Jay Burson

David Butcher

Vince Chickerella

Jim Cleamons

Lisa Cline

Jessica Davenport

Tippy Dye

Paul Ebert, MD

Robin Freeman

Tracey Hall Yarbrough

John Havlicek

Dennis Hopson

Allan Hornyak

Bill Hosket, Jr.

Bill Hosket, Sr.

Frank Howard

Jimmy Hull

Jimmy Jackson

Neil Johnston

John Joseph

Clark Kellogg

Ronald Knight (Official)

Bob Knight

Jantel Lavender

Jerry Lucas

Caity Matter (2020)

Gene Millard

John Miner

Cindy Noble Hauserman

Laurie Pirtle

Kelvin Ransey

Michael Redd

Toni Roesch

Jodi Roth Korbas

Dick Schnittker

Larry Siegfried

Katie Smith

Dave Sorenson

LW St. John

Marlene Stollings

Fred Taylor

Craig Taylor

Amy Tucker

Herb Williams




Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame 2019 Class Inducted

COLUMBUS – Eight former NCAA Division I men’s players and three who played at the women’s highest level are among those who will become members of the Ohio Basketball Fame next year.

All told there will be 20 inductees, including a pair of high school teams that won two championships in the 1950s – Middletown and Lockland Wayne.

Middletown High School won back-to-back state Class A championships under legendary coach Paul Walker in 1952 and 1953, and Lockland Wayne won Class B titles in 1952 and 1955 for Coach Joe Martin. Wayne is believed to be the first all-black team to win a state crown.

They will be joined by five coaches, a referee and an extraordinary female athlete who scored only one basket as a collegian.

The induction ceremony was held on May 18, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus.

Lauren Hill of Greendale, Ind., drew the admiration of people all over the United States in 2014 when she was a freshman at Mount St. Joseph’s University. Although she knew she didn’t have long to live, Hill made a courageous appearance in a basketball game that triggered a strong fund-raising campaign for victims of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare and fatal pediatric brain tumor that took her life five months later.

In the season-opener between Mt. St. Joseph and Hiram College that drew 10,250 spectators on Nov. 2, 2014 at Xavier University’s Cintas Center, Hill realized a dream by playing in a college basketball game and then scored two layups that were seen over and over on television throughout the nation. Hill played in three more games before declining health forced her to end her brief playing career. When she died on April 10, 2015, more than $1.5 million had been raised for research into the specific cancer that took her life. The Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame committee decided to honor her posthumously with a position among the state’s basketball greats.

The other 2019 honorees include the University of Dayton’s John Horan, a four-year starter for the Flyers from 1952-56, and Charlie Slack, who was an outstanding rebounder for Marshall University during the same period.

Ohio State University will be represented by three former players – Dave Sorenson, Scoonie Penn and Jodi Roth Korbas. Sorenson is remembered for scoring the winning basket in a 1968 Regional tournament victory over Kentucky that sent OSU to the Final Four. Penn led the Buckeyes to the Final Four in 1999 and Roth played four years on the OSU women’s team after leading Shelby High School to the state Class AAA crown.

Mike Pratt, a Dayton native, was also selected. He was a starter on the 1970 University of Kentucky squad that was rated No. 1 in the country.

Others include Larry Baker, who was named to the Little All-America squad while playing for Wittenberg; Roosevelt Chapman, the University of Dayton’s all-time leading scorer; and Kaayla Chones, who was Ohio’s Ms. Basketball while playing at Eastlake North High School in 1998 and 1999.

Beavercreek’s Alison Bales will be honored after winning two state championships and playing four years at Duke University, and former Clemson University star Larry Nance is being recognized for his six-year contribution to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The coaches in the 2019 class are: Steve Moore, whose Division III teams at The College of Wooster have won more than 700 games; Gary Walters, who coached at Newark High School and won 407 games from 1972-1999; Dr. James Houdeshell, who had 21 winning records in 30 seasons at Findlay College, now known as the University of Findlay; Reginald Lee, whose Brookhaven High School squads won 434 games; and Donna Newberry of Muskingum College, who is the fifth-winningest among active Division III women’s coaches.

The official in the 2019 class is Mike Sanzere of Cincinnati who received many tributes for his work over 35 years. He officiated in the Big Ten, Big 12, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Atlantic 10, Summit, Horizon and Sunbelt conferences.

The 6-foot-8 Sorenson, a product of Findlay High School, was a three-year starter for Ohio State from 1968 to 1970 and was the team’s most valuable player as a junior and senior. He scored 1,622 points, averaging 21.3 per game, which remains fifth in career scoring at OSU. He grabbed 761 rebounds for an average of 9.9 per game.

Penn, a point guard, also led Ohio State to the Final Four (in 1999) after transferring from Boston College where he made the All-Big East squad twice. At OSU he was All-Big Ten Conference twice and the league’s Player of the Year in 1998-99. In only two seasons he became the Buckeyes’ all-time leader in 3-point field goals.

Roth Korbas had a storybook basketball career. At Shelby High School she led the team to the 1983 Class AAA state championship and was voted most valuable player in the event. Then she played on four straight Big Ten championship teams at Ohio State as the Buckeyes won 99 and lost 22. After graduation, she was head coach at her high school alma mater for 11 years (2002-2012).

Baker, who grew up in St. Paris and attended Graham Local High School, was named to the Little All-America squad of United Press International in 1971 when he averaged 26.2 points per game for Wittenberg University. He scored 1,627 points, and his 48 points against West Liberty State is still a school record.

Pratt, a product of Meadowdale High School in Dayton, played four years (1967-70) for Coach Adolph Rupp at the University of Kentucky. The 6-foot-4 guard was a three-year starter on UK teams that had records of 26-2, 23-5 and 22-5 and made the NCAA Tournament all three years. He averaged 14.1, 16.9 and 19.3 points while scoring a total of 1,359.

Roosevelt Chapman, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., had a sensational career at the University of Dayton. He is the all-time leading scorer for the men’s team with 2,233 points. He averaged 18.9 points per game and led the Flyers to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament in 1984 when they upset LSU, Oklahoma and Washington before losing to eventual champion Georgetown.

Kaayla Chones was voted Ms. Basketball in Ohio when she played at East Lake North High School from 1995-1999. A three-time All-Ohio Division I selection, she scored more than 2,000 points and gathered 1,600 rebounds. She led her North Carolina State University team in scoring and rebounding three straight years before playing two years in the WNBA.

Alison Bales, a 6-foot-7 center, led Beavercreek High School to Division I championships in 2001 and 2003. She averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds as a senior when she shared the Ohio Player of the Year award. She was a three- time USA Today All-American. At Duke University she was one of the top shot blockers in the nation. Then she played for three WNBA teams.

Larry Nance scored 15,687 points in the National Basketball Association, but he may be best remembered as the winner of the NBA’s first slam-dunk contest in 1984 when he earned the nickname “The High-Ayatolla of Slamola.” A first round draft choice of the Phoenix Suns in 1981, the 6-foot-10 Nance was traded to Cleveland on  Feb. 25, 1988. He was with the Cavaliers through the 1994 season and had his number (22) retired by the Cavs.

Steve Moore was head coach at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., for six years before taking over the program at The College of Wooster where he has coached the Fighting Scots for 31 years, posting a 735-174 record. His teams have earned 26 NCAA Tournament berths and 17 North Coast Athletic Conference championships. He was named North Coast Athletic Association coach of the year eight times.

Gary Walters was head coach at Newark High School from 1972-1999, winning 407 games and losing 199. His teams won 12 league championships. 17 sectionals, seven districts and one regional. He was named Ohio coach of the year in 1991 and 1999.

A native of Rawson, Dr. Jim Houdeshell is a 1953 graduate of Findlay College who returned to the school and served in many administrative capacities including two stints as director of athletics. He was head basketball coach for 30 years, beginning in 1955. His teams had 21 winning seasons. He also coached track, cross-country, baseball and football.

Reginald Lee, a graduate of Columbus East High School and Central State University, was head girls basketball coach at Brookhaven High School from 1981 to 2011. His teams compiled a 515-157 record. They won 11 City League championships, seven district titles and two regionals. The highlight came in 1996 when they won the state Division I championship, finishing 28-0 with a 56-46 victory over Wooster in the title game.

Donna Newberry coached the Muskingum College women’s basketball team for 26 seasons, starting in 1974-75 and ending in 1999-2000. Her teams won 403 games and lost 219. She took six teams to the NCAA Tournament. In 1991, when Muskingum advanced to the championship game, she was named NCAA Coach of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. She was named Ohio coach of the year in 1991 and 1999.

Middletown High School won back-to-back Class A state championships in 1951 and 1952 after Coach Paul Walker switched from a deliberate style to a running, pressing, up tempo style. Both teams were short and scrappy. The 1951-52 Middies, featuring seniors Dick Vice (6-1) and Don Barnett (5-11) , had a 25-1 record and defeated previously unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Steubenville, 63-53 in the championship game.

Three starters from the 1952 champions – 6-4 Cliff Hafer, 6-2 Tom Dillman and 6-foot Owen Lawson – were joined in the 1952-53 lineup by 6-1 Eric Back and 5-10 Ed Payne and made another title run by averaging an amazing 79.8 points in the regular season while posting a 24-2 record.

The Middies crushed 21-4 Newark, 73-35, in the championship game at Cincinnati Gardens. As of 2018, the 38 points remains the largest victory margin in the big school championship game.

Lockland Wayne, coached by Joe Martin, made four appearances at the state Class B tournament between 1949 and 1955 and won championships in 1952 and 1955.

In 1952, the Panthers became the first team from Hamilton County and perhaps the first African-American team to win a state title when they defeated Nelsonville, 56-46, in the title game. Seniors Robert Ellison, Ray Tomlin, and Carl Bolds started along with juniors Roy Willliams and Fletcher Yates, older brother of former University of Cincinnati player and coach Tony Yates. Bolds scored a game-high 16 points in a 54-39 victory over Mariemont in Wayne’s sixth straight district championship.

Tomlin, recovering from a broken arm, scored 12 points to lead the Panthers to a 38-30 win over Marysville in the Dayton Region final and Yates scored 17 in a 56-43 state semifinal victory over Minster. Williams’ 19 points led Lockland Wayne to its victory over Nelsonville in the state final.

In 1955, Wayne won its second state crown by defeating previously unbeaten Willshire and its 6-foot-8 center Gary Kesler, 64-56 in the title game at Cincinnati Gardens. Both teams finished with 27-1 records.

Coach Martin said Virgil Thompson “is the best all-around players I’ve ever coached” after Thompson and top rebounder Dennie Ballew made the all-tournament first team. The other starters were Rollie Bolds, Earl Frederick and Alton Smith.

Prior to the tournament, Wayne played six Class A teams, defeating five and losing only to the powerful Hamilton Big Blue.

Mike Sanzere, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, began officiating in 1969 while in his junior year at Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati. He worked high school games for 10 years before moving into Division I collegiate basketball in 1979 when he was hired for Midwestern City Conference games.

Sanzere spent 35 years officiating Division I college games. He worked 25 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, 14 Regionals, three Final Fours and five NCAA Division III national championship games. He received the 2015 Naismith Official of the Year award.

Sanzere worked in industrial sales for eight years, ran a family wholesale apparel business for 24 years and retired.  Then he worked 10 years as manager of special events and catering for Graeters Ice Cream before joining the Collegiate Officiating Consortium, LLC. He is now responsible for scheduling, evaluating and training officials.

About the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame
Founded in 2006, the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of both male and female basketball players in high school, college and professional basketball; successful coaches on all levels; and those who have impacted the game along the way. The induction ceremony is a celebration of basketball, its rich history, and those who have contributed to the game in Ohio. Learn more at




Cincinnati Bearcats men’s basketball announces AAC schedule for 2019-20





18-Game AAC Schedule Tips on New Year’s Day
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team opens its 18-game league schedule on New Year’s Day at Fifth Third Arena against UConn, as the American Athletic Conference announced the 2019-20 composite schedule Friday.


All of Cincinnati’s 18 conference games will be televised by national or regional networks, including the Wednesday, Jan. 1 contest against the Huskies which will air on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET. It marks the third time in seven seasons in the league the Bearcats have started AAC play on New Year’s Day.


Cincinnati, who has won the most AAC games since league formation (2013-14) and has claimed each of the last two American Championship titles, battles 2018-19 AAC regular-season champion Houston twice in 2019-20. The Bearcats play host to the Cougars on Saturday, Feb. 1 (6 p.m. on ESPN2) and visit Houston on Sunday, March 1 (1 p.m. on ESPN).


The Bearcats also face longtime rival Memphis twice, taking on the Tigers in the Bluff City on Thursday, Jan. 16 (7 p.m. on ESPN) and in Cincinnati on Thursday, Feb. 13 (7 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2).

Wichita State and Cincinnati have played five exciting games since the Shockers joined the league prior to the 2017-18 campaign. The two teams meet twice during 2019-20, first in Wichita, Kan., on Thursday, Feb. 6 (7 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2) before a matchup in the Queen City on Sunday, Feb. 23 (1 p.m. ESPN).


New head coach John Brannen will lead the Bearcats into three battles against the other two new head coaches in the league. Cincinnati’s first league road game of the season takes place at Tulane on Saturday, Jan. 4 (tip time is TBA on CBS Sports Network) against the Green Wave’s new mentor, Ron Hunter. The Bearcats also face new Temple head coach Aaron McKie and his Owls in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Jan. 22 (7 p.m. on ESPNews) and on Senior Night at Fifth Third Arena on Saturday, March 7 (8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network).


Other conference home games include matchups with Tulsa on Wednesday, Jan. 8 (7 p.m. on ESPN2 or ESPNU), ECU on Sunday, Jan. 19 (6 p.m. on ESPNU), SMU on Tuesday, Jan. 28 (7 p.m. on ESPNews) and UCF on Wednesday, Feb. 19 (7 p.m. on ESPN2 or ESPNU).


Other conference road games for the Bearcats include visits to UCF on Saturday, Jan. 11 (noon on ESPN2), UConn in Storrs Conn., on Sunday, Feb. 9 (noon on CBS Sports Network), ECU on Sunday, Feb. 16 (noon on CBS Sports Network) and USF on Tuesday, March 3 (7 p.m. on ESPNU).


The 2020 American Championship is March 12-15 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. ESPN networks will provide live coverage of all four days of the championship.


All games airing on an ESPN network will also be available through the ESPN App, computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.


CBS Sports’ coverage will be available to stream live via the CBS All Access subscription service, with additional coverage on and CBS Sports HQ. CBS Sports Network is widely available through all major cable, satellite and telco distributors as well as via OTT streaming service providers YouTube TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV and Hulu. Additionally, a live CBS Sports Network stream is available through and the CBS Sports App by authenticating with select providers. For more information, including a full programming schedule, go to


Game times and television designation for a pair of Cincinnati nonconference home games were also announced Friday. The Bearcats will face 2019 American East Conference champion Vermont on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network and welcome Tennessee to Fifth Third Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. The Volunteers advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

Cincinnati’s lone exhibition game of the preseason will feature a matchup against nearby Thomas More on Thursday, Oct. 31 at Fifth Third Arena. The contest will tip at 7 p.m. and be streamed live on BEARCATS TV at Thomas More moved to the NAIA level on July 1, 2019.


Among the 2018-19 accomplishments achieved by Cincinnati’s upcoming opponents:

·         16 teams won 20 or more games

·         16 teams advanced to postseason play

·         15 teams finished in the Top 100 of the NET Rankings

·         Nine teams participated in the NCAA Tournament

·         Seven nonconference teams finished first or second in their league


John Brannen, who takes the reigns as head coach at Cincinnati in 2019-20, guided Northern Kentucky to two Horizon League regular-season championships and two tournament titles in the previous three seasons. The Bearcats welcome seven newcomers and return three starters, including AAC Player of the Year Jarron Cumberland, from a year ago when they posted a 28-7 overall mark, won the American Championship for the second year in a row and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive season.
After 15 years, University of Cincinnati Athletics, in collaboration with UC Student Government and Skyline Chili, will once again celebrate the start of basketball season with a “Bearcats Madness” event at Fifth Third Arena.

Festivities start at 11:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 4, following the football game against UCF.


Be sure to get your first look at the men’s and women’s basketball teams and hear from men’s coach John Brannen and women’s coach Michelle Clark-Heard.


Admission is free. Fifth Third Arena doors open at 10 p.m.


ARENA ENTRANCE NOTE: Fans coming to the event after attending the football game at Nippert Stadium should enter Fifth Third Arena on the west concourse. Fans attending the basketball event only should enter the arena on the east concourse. Gameday arena bag policies will be in effect.


Stay connected with Cincinnati men’s basketball on Facebook (GoBearcatsMBB), Twitter (@GoBearcatsMBB) and Instagram (GoBearcatsMBB).




Andy Winters names his Men’s Basketball Staff at Otterbein


Matt Winters

Nate Axelrod













AJ Dixon (courtesy Capital Athletics))

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Otterbein University men’s basketball head coach Andy Winters has officially compiled a full staff for his upcoming inaugural season at the helm in 2019-20, announced back in June by the first-year taskmaster.

Winters, emerging from a pool of more than 100 candidates to take the reins in late March, now welcomes new assistants Matt WintersNate Axelrod and AJ Dixon to secure his help on the bench.

“We are educators first and foremost,” Andy Winters said. “I hired these specific guys to be teachers that model great character and integrity, while establishing life-long relationships with our young men. That will be just as important as teaching the intricacies of the game.”

Winters stayed in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) for his lead assistant position by bringing Matt over from fellow Ohio league school Ohio Northern. Matt, 34, spent the past three seasons in the same role at ONU and holds a nice array of basketball experience.

He worked the 2015-16 season at Rhodes (Tenn.), served at Denison from 2012-15 and also three years as the varsity assistant at nearby Bishop Hartley High School, which advanced to the 2011 Division II State Tournament during his stretch. Matt’s playing career took place at Ohio Dominican, as his Panthers made a push toward the league title in 2008 before he graduated the following school year.

Former Ohio Wesleyan standout Nate Axelrod has also come aboard after a decorated playing career from 2014-18, where he was a four-year starting point guard, 3x All-American on the hardwood and 2x Academic All-American for the Battling Bishops. He played on OWU teams that won three conference titles and made two NCAA appearances.

Axelrod, who departed as one of just three players in NCAA Division III history to amass 2,000 points and 650 assists, capped his senior year in 2018 by receiving the highly coveted Jostens Trophy. The honor is presented annually to the nation’s Most Outstanding Player, taking into account performance on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Axelrod, a native of nearby Dublin, spent last year up north helping coach Oberlin.

Completing the staff will be Hilliard product and former Capital guard AJ Dixon, a four-year starter and 2x All-OAC selection for the Crusaders from 2012-16. He played in every game as a freshman when Capital posted a 19-7 record, quickly morphed into a double-digit scorer per game and was part of the league tournament each season. Dixon most recently served as an assistant coach for Gahanna Lincoln High School.

“I am excited for both myself and our players to operate with this group of coaches who are young, energetic and hardworking,” Andy Winters added. “They have a wealth of successful experience both playing and coaching within Division III basketball. More than that, our staff takes great pride in growing up, playing and living in the Columbus area.”

Otterbein, bringing back nearly the entire roster to pair with an incoming class of recruits, will open its season come Saturday, November 9 against Franklin (Ind.) inside the Rike Center.



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