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University of Arizona President & Athletic Director issues statement on head basketball coach Sean Miller


Sean Miller at University of Arizona Press Conference 2016 photo By Lance Linn.PNG, CC BY-SA 4.0, https

Arizona’s Athletic Director Dave Heeke & President Robert C. Robbins have released this joint statement:


“We have decided that Sean Miller will remain the University of Arizona’s men’s basketball coach.

“Media reports last Friday alleged that Coach Miller was caught on a wiretap discussing a payment with a representative of a sports agency regarding one of our student-athletes. Since those reports broke, we have sought to learn everything that we can from Coach Miller about the allegations. As Coach Miller’s employer, we acted to investigate these reports.

“Earlier this week, we met with Coach Miller at length and asked him direct and pointed questions. He was eager to speak with us and answered every question we asked. At this time we have no reason to believe that Coach Miller violated NCAA rules or any laws regarding the allegation reported in the media. Additionally, he has a record of compliance with NCAA rules, and he has been cooperative with this process.

“While some might be tempted to rush to judgment when there is intense public pressure, due process is the bedrock of fair treatment and acting with integrity. With that in mind, we will continue to pursue every avenue of inquiry available to us during an active federal investigation to fully understand the facts. We recognize that investigation is ongoing, and we will continue to be respectful and cooperative through its conclusion. Steptoe & Johnson continues its investigation into our athletics compliance, and we will carefully review and act on its conclusions. We anticipate this report will be thorough and based on facts.

“We want to thank our student-athletes for the strength they have exhibited during this challenging situation. We are confident that they will continue to respond with commitment, integrity and excellence. Deandre Ayton, who has been subjected to false, public reports that impugned his reputation, has our full support. We ask that the Wildcat Family rally behind these young men and our coaching staff tonight and throughout the rest of our season.





Cleveland State tough on Raiders again; Wright State with successful comeback on Senior Night, 72-63



WSU senior Grant Benzinger

WSU senior Trey Stacey












The Wright State men’s basketball team down by as much as eight in the second half came on strong to take down Cleveland State Monday night 72-63 at WSU’s Nutter Center.

Four Raiders scored in double figures as Grant Benzinger, on his senior night, led the way with 20 points, five threes, six rebounds and five assists.  Mark Hughes finished with 16 points, 14 in the second half, with six rebounds and Loudon Love ended with 15 points and six boards.  Parker Ernsthausen had 10 points.

The Raiders are now 21-8 and 13-3 as CSU drops to 8-22 and 5-12.  The Raiders have only won 13 league games twice, in 2007 and 2016.


First Half Highlights

  • The Vikings went to the locker room with a 36-33 lead.
  • Ernsthausen had all of his 10 points in the first half, going 5-5 from the line
  • Love had nine points while Benzinger added eight points.
  • WSU shot 52% and outrebounded CSU 14-12 but did not have any steals and seven turnovers.
  • There were eight lead changes in the first 20 minutes.

Second Half Highlights

  • CSU was up by six points with 16:00 to go.
  • At 8:56, Cleveland State was up 59-57 as the Raiders went on a 14-0 run.
  • Wright State shot 48% from the field in the second half, including five threes.
  • The Raiders shot 80% (12-15) from the line.


  • Wright State outscored the Vikes 28-16 in the paint but CSU’s bench outscored the Raiders 15-9.
  • There were nine ties and 11 lead changes.
  • Cleveland State’s largest lead was eight points while the Raiders led by 12 late in the game.


“The first half, their guards whipped our guards and beat us up.  Give them credit.  The second half we fought back and we need to play a full 40 minutes at that level.”
–WSU head coach Scott Nagy

“The whole game, I felt we would win.  I have great confidence in my teammates who can step up at big moments.”
Grant Benzinger

“Coach Nagy talked about making it a great senior night for Grant and Trey plus they beat us the first time so it was important since they mean a lot to us and we wanted to end their careers at the Nutter Center the right way.”
Mark Hughes


  • The Raiders will play at IUPUI Friday at 11 am and at UIC Sunday at 6 pm to end the regular season.




St. Louis invades Dayton Flyers for 9:00 pm game tonight

Dayton Hosts Saint Louis In A Tuesday Tussle

DAYTON — In a critical game for both teams in the Atlantic 10 standings, the University of Dayton Flyers host the Saint Louis Billikens on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPNU and is available with live streaming video, audio and stats at
•Dayton leads the all-time series 32-26 and has won seven of the last eight.
•Saint Louis won the earlier meeting this season, 75-65, on Jan. 27, 2018 at Chaifetz Arena.
•Since the 2012-13 season, Dayton has the most conference regular season wins with 73.
•VCU is next with 71, followed by St. Bonaventure (67), Richmond (61), Saint Louis (60), George Washington (59) and Saint Joseph’s (59).
•The Flyers have won the Atlantic 10 regular season title in back-to-back seasons.
•Dayton is 11-2 this year scoring 71 or more points in regulation, 1-10 scoring 70 or fewer.
•UD is allowing 73.8 points per game, the highest average by a Dayton team since the 1994-95 campaign when opponents scored 77.5 per contest.
•With an overall strength of schedule at 32, the Flyers have played the toughest schedule among Atlantic 10 schools.
•The Flyers have won three straight at home and four of the last five.
•Dayton’s offense ranks fourth in the country in 2-point field-goal percentage (.596).
•In conference play, Dayton leads the A-10 in field goal percentage (.505) and assists (17.2).
•An opponent’s bench has out-scored Dayton’s bench in 13 of the last 15 games.
•Dayton is averaging 82.0 points per game and 15.8 made free throws in its victories. In Flyer losses, UD averages 67.0 points and 10.0 free throws made per contest.
•Josh Cunningham, a two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, leads the Flyers with eight double-doubles this season. He is third in the A-10 with 8.4 rebounds per game.
•Cunningham leads the A-10 and ranks seventh in the NCAA in field goal percentage (.655).
•Cunningham has scored in double figures in 15 straight contests and 18 of the last 19 games.
•Darrell Davis has scored in double figures in 15 straight contests.
•Davis ranks third in the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage overall (.865) and second in conference play (.903).
•Trey Landers has scored in double figures in eight of his last 11 games.
•Jalen Crutcher has scored in double figures in nine of his last 13 games. He reached double figures in points twice in his first 13 contests.
•In road games, Crutcher averages 12.7 points per game, while at home he averages 8.5.
•Dayton begins a two-game road swing on Friday at 7 p.m. ET against the Rhode Island Rams.
•After playing at La Salle, UD returns home for Senior Day against George Washington on Saturday, March 3.  The game time Senior Day has changed to 3 p.m. ET.




Rutgers travels to Columbus tonight looking for an upset of #16 Buckeyes

PISCATAWAY – Rutgers (13-16, 3-13) plays its final conference road game of the regular season, when it travels to Columbus to meet No. 16/15 Ohio State (22-7, 13-3) in a 7 p.m. (ET) tip-off on Tuesday night at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes are one of five home-and-home match-ups for RU, along with No. 2/1 Michigan State, No. 9/9 Purdue, Nebraska and Illinois. The Buckeyes, Spartans, Boilermakers and Huskers have all achieved 20 victories, have a combined 92-24 (51-13 Big Ten) record, and currently occupy the top four positions in the league standings. The Scarlet Knights have the most difficult conference schedule in the Big Ten according to Ken Pom analysis.  RU has the opportunity to defeat a ranked team on the road for the first time since downing No. 13 Pittsburgh, 77-64, on Jan. 26, 2008.

Rutgers is 11th nationally in offensive rebounding (13.59), 12th in scoring defense (63.6), 19th in rebounding (39.55) and 28th in FG% defense (40.6). The Scarlet Knights are 17th nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency per Ken Pom.

The game will be televised live on BTN with Lisa Byington calling the action and Robbie Hummel providing the commentary.

Ohio State is No. 1 nationally for the most home wins since 2009-10 with a 149-24 (.861) record. Tuesday night will mark the final home, regular season game for seniors Andrew Dakich, Keita Bates-Diop, Kam Williams and Jae’Sean Tate. Tate had 20 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, while Bates-Diop went for 17 points and seven boards in a 74-62 loss at Michigan on Sunday. Bates-Diop was selected to the Naismith Trophy Late Season Watch as well as the John R. Wooden Midseason Watch List. He is one of 20 players who remain in the running for the Wooden Award and among the final 30 for the Naismith Trophy.

Rutgers and Ohio State have met seven times, with the Buckeyes holding a 5-2 series advantage. On Jan. 14, Geo Baker scored 14 points and Corey Sanders add 13, but RU could not overcome its 28.8 percent shooting in a 68-46 loss to OSU at the RAC. Despite the defeat, the Scarlet Knights committed just five turnovers, their fewest ever in a Big Ten game. Rutgers’ last victory in the series was a 66-57 Big Ten Tournament win in Washington, D.C. last season, RU’s first postseason league win. The Buckeyes are 2-0 at home versus the Scarlet Knights.

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Dangerous Fordham Rams visit Dayton Flyers for Atlantic 10 contest action

Dayton, Ohio  – The Fordham University men’s basketball Rams continue their 2017-2018 Atlantic 10 season, the 115th season of varsity basketball at Rose Hill, by traveling to Dayton, Ohio, to face the University of Dayton Flyers in the UD Arena on Saturday, February 17, at 7:00 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Ohio and streamed live on with Jeff Piecoro (p-b-p) and Derrick Dukes (color) announcing and broadcast on WFUV (90.7 FM) and with Matt Murphy (p-b-p) and Tom Scibelli (color) announcing.

Fordham enters the game with a 9-16 overall record, 4-9 in the Atlantic 10, after a 71-55 A-10 loss to Saint Joseph’s in the Rose Hill Gym on Wednesday night while Dayton is 11- 14 overall, 5-8 in the conference, after an 85-67 A-10 loss at George Mason on Wednesday.

Fordham in A-10 play have beaten Duquesne, UMass and Richmond. Dayton lost to both Duquesne and UMass.


• Senior guard Will Tavares, who leads the Rams in scoring (14.0 ppg), has scored in double figures in 19 of his 23 games this year with a double-double in each of his past two games (he missed the Saint Joseph’s game due to injury). He is currently 20th in the Atlantic 10 in scoring.

• Tavares does most of his damage in the second half of games where he is averaging 9.1 ppg (compared to 4.9 in the first half).

Saturday night’s contest will be the 35th meeting between Fordham and Dayton on the hardwood with the Flyers leading the all-time series, which started in 1952-53, 29-5. Dayton has won the past 13 match-ups, including last year’s meeting, 75-66, on January 31 in the Rose Hill Gym as Kendall Pollard netted 25 points and Charles Cooke added 14.

• Junior guard Joseph Chartouny leads the NCAA this year in steals/game with 3.35.

• Chartouny has 227 career steals, good for a third place tie on the Fordham all-time list.

• Chartouny has 406 career helpers, sixth-best in school history.

• Chartouny is one of three Atlantic 10 players to rank in the top 25 in assists, steals and rebounds, joining Davidson’s Jon Axel Gudmundsson and Saint Louis’ Jordan Goodwin.

• Fordham also leads the league, and is sixth in the nation, in steals with 235 (9.4/game).



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