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2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Elite Eight is set for Columbus, Ohio; nearby Ashland University Eagles in the mix



Ohio’s Ashland University (34-0) Ranked No. 1 Nationally to Compete for Title in Columbus

Tickets On-Sale Now for Elite Eight, Final Four and Championship Games at Ohio Dominican

COLUMBUS (March 14, 2017) – On Monday, the eight regional champions that will compete in the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Elite Eight 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship stamped their tickets for Columbus. The will be held at Alumni Hall in Columbus, Ohio, March 21, 22 and 24.


Ohio Dominican University and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission will serve as hosts. Tickets are on sale now for all three rounds at The eight regional champions advancing to the Women’s Elite Eight were re-seeded by the Women’s Basketball Committee after completion of the regionals.


The national quarterfinal games at Ohio Dominican will be:

  • #3 Columbus State (GA) (31-1) vs. #6 Virginia Union (26-4) | 12:00 p.m.
  • #2 Cal Baptist (34-2) vs. vs. #7 West Florida (28-6) | 2:30 p.m.
  • #1 Ashland (OH) (34-0) vs. #8 West Texas A&M (26-8) | 6:00 p.m.
  • #4 Harding (30-3) vs. #5 Queens (N.Y.) (27-4) | 8:30 p.m.


The semifinal contests will be at 6 and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 and broadcast on CBS Sports Network. The championship game will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24, and also air on CBS Sports Network.


Ohio’s Ashland University will look to win its second NCAA national championship in five years in Columbus after winning the Division II women’s basketball title in 2013. The Eagles were the national runner-up in 2012. The program won its third Midwest Regional title in the last six seasons this past Monday, 74-62, over Drury. Ashland’s all-time postseason winning percentage of .783 (18-5) is tied for the best in D-II history with North Dakota State (47-13) among programs with at least 20 games played.

Columbus was awarded this NCAA championship event for the first time in 2013. It will continue a historic stretch with the NCAA as until 2016, no city had hosted all three divisions (Division I, II and III) of the women’s basketball championship consecutively.  Capital University hosted the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball national semifinals at The Capital Center and The Ohio State University will host the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four at Nationwide Arena in 2018.


Ohio Dominican University’s Alumni Hall (courtesy ODU)


GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Bruce Wimbish | Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Laura Brown | Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Scott Miles | Ohio Dominican University; COURTESY NCAA, OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY & GREATER COLUMBUS SPORTS COMMISSION


Dayton Flyers open NCAA Tournament vs. #19 Wichita State on Friday night











The University of Dayton Flyers will face the No. 19 Wichita State Shockers in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 17 at 7:10 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on CBS, carried by WHIO Radio and is available with live video, stats and streaming audio at
•Dayton has won five NCAA Tournament games in the past three years, one of 18 schools to accomplish that feat.
•This is the first time the Flyers have made the NCAA Tournament in four straight seasons.
•Miller is one of five active coaches who had at least five NCAA wins in his first four seasons. The others are Mark Few, Thad Matta, Shaka Smart and Roy Williams.
•The Flyers advanced to the Regional Semifinal seven times, the Regional Final three times, and finished as the National Runner-Up in 1967.
• Dayton’s Archie Miller and his brother Sean at Arizona made college basketball history when they were the two brothers to be named coach of the year in their respective conferences.
•Dayton ranks in the NCAA Top 50 in scoring defense (49th), 3-point field goal percentage (37th), assist-to-turnover ratio (33rd), turnover margin (25th), turnovers forced (47th), field goal shooting (49th), field goal defense (48th) and steals per game (26th).
•Since the start of the 2013-14 season, UD is 34-15 in games decided by five points or less.
•Scoochie Smith is averaging a team-best 15.7 points and 5.0 assists in his last six games.
•In his last four games, Kendall Pollard is averaging 16.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and shooting .548 from the field.
•Charles Cooke has scored in double figures in all but two games he’s played this year.
•In the last seven games, Cooke is averaging 14.9 points and shooting 37 of 74 from the field.
•The Flyers have won 21 of their last 24 when Kyle Davis scores in double figures.
•Davis led the A-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.515) in conference play.
•When Ryan Mikesell shoots 50 percent or better from the floor, UD is 12-2 this season.
•The Flyers are 29-4 the last three years when Darrell Davis connects on two or more three pointers in a game. UD is 10-1 this year.
•Xeyrius Williams has scored in double figures in six of the last nine contests.
•Williams in his last five games is averaging 11.8 points and shooting 12 of 24 from 3-point range.
•UD is shooting .493 from the floor in victories this year and .395 in its losses this season.
•The Flyers are 42-1 when limiting opponents to 60 points or less in the last five seasons and 8-0 this year.
•UD has won 35 of its last 36 games when scoring 80-plus points.
•Dayton has won 43 of the last 50 games when three or more players score in double figures.
•The Flyers have forced 10 or more turnovers all but one game this year.
•Dayton is one of 18 schools to have made the last four NCAA Tournaments.
•Joining Dayton are Kansas (28 straight appearances), Duke (22), Michigan State (20), Wisconsin (19), Gonzaga (19), North Carolina (7), Cincinnati (7), VCU (7), Arizona (6), Iowa State (6), Wichita State (6), Oregon (5), Villanova (5), Dayton (4), Baylor (4), Providence (4), Xavier (4) and Kentucky (4).
•The Shockers, 30-4 overall, reached the 30-win mark for the fourth time in five years and enter postseason play on a 15-game winning streak.
•Three Shockers are scoring in double figures led by Markis McDuffie (11.8 ppg). Landry Shamet (11.1 ppg) and Darral Willis Jr. (10.2 ppg) add to the attack.
•Dayton leads the all-time series 2-0.
•The last meeting between the two programs came when the Flyers defeated Wichita State, 79-71, in the NIT First Round on March, 15, 1962.
•The winner of the UD-Wichita State game would play the winner of the Kentucky-Northern Kentucky contest on Sunday, March 19.

Cuonzo Martin on the move again! Resigns California job, rumors have him headed to Missouri

Cuonzo Martin coaching while at Missouri State By David Nichols, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Cuonzo Martin is a hot commodity as a college basketball coach. He does not stay at one particular school very long. But in the short while that he is there, the program gets turned around quickly.

The former Purdue Boilermakers star has been at Missouri State, Tennessee and California. He has been rumored to be taking the job at his home state school, the University of Missouri as we write this column.

At Missouri State, the team went from 11-20 his first season to CIT Champions the next year with a record of 24-12.

While at Tennessee, His team made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 in his third season.

At California-Berkeley, The Bears went from 18-15 his first year to 21-13 this year.

Martin achieved a 62-39 record in three years as head coach of California from 2014–2017.

Last season, Cal went a perfect 18-0 at home and tied for third in the Pac-12 with a 23-11 overall record and 12-6 record in conference. The Bears earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament – the highest seed in school history – before falling to Hawai’i in the first round. Two of his players from that squad, Jaylen Brown and Tyrone Wallace were selected to play in the NBA.

He is 186–121 as a head coach overall.

The Bears were upset at home by Cal State Bakersfield 73-66 in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday and rumors quickly spread after the game that he was leaving with Missouri’s head coach Kim Anderson resigning after the season ended with a record of 8-24, 2-16 in SEC play.

It has been rumored all day that Martin will take the Missouri job and has been offered a 7-year, $3 million dollar contract.

California athletic Director Mike Williams announced earlier this morning that Martin had stepped down in order to pursue other opportunities. Assistant coach Wyking Jones will serve as interim head coach.

Cuonzo Martin informed me this morning that he is resigning to accept a position at another school. We put forth our best effort to retain him, but he told me it wasn’t about Cal, rather a strong desire to move closer to home,” Williams said.  “We appreciate all that Cuonzo has done with our men’s basketball program over the past three seasons, creating excitement inside Haas Pavilion, guiding our team to a pair of postseason appearances and improving the academic performance of our student-athletes.”

A native of East Saint Louis, Illinois, which is on the Missouri border by St. Louis, the 6’6, 215-pound Martin played alongside LaPhonso Ellis as a sophomore and junior at at Lincoln High School in his native town. He played on state championship teams his sophomore and junior years of high school. Martin and Ellis were voted one of the ” 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament recognizing their superior performance in their appearances in the tournament.

He went on to play at Purdue under the legendary coach Gene Keady and one of his teammates was Glenn Robinson. The duo led the Boilermakers to back to back Big Ten titles in 1994 and 1995 and an Elite Eight appearance.

Cuonzo Martin Head Coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Missouri State Bears (Missouri Valley Conference) (2008–2011)
2008–09 Missouri State 11–20 3–15 10th
2009–10 Missouri State 24–12 8–10 7th CIT Champions
2010–11 Missouri State 26–9 15–3 1st NIT Second Round
Missouri State: 61–41 (.598) 26–28 (.481)
Tennessee Volunteers (Southeastern Conference) (2011–2014)
2011–12 Tennessee 19–15 10–6 T–2nd NIT Second Round
2012–13 Tennessee 20–13 11–7 T–5th NIT First Round
2013–14 Tennessee 24–13 11–7 4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Tennessee: 63–41 (.606) 32–20 (.615)
California Golden Bears (Pac-12 Conference) (2014–2017)
2014–15 California 18–15 7–11 T–8th
2015–16 California 23–11 12–6 T–3rd NCAA First Round
2016–17 California 21–13 10–8 5th NIT First Round
California: 62-39 (.614) 28–24 (.538)
Missouri Tigers (Southeastern Conference) (2017–present)
2017-18 Missouri
Total: 186-121 (.606)
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Conference regular season champion Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
Division regular season champion Division regular season and conference tournament champion
Conference tournament champion


Mike Williams quotes courtesy of California-Berkeley press release

Coaching record graphics courtesy of Wikipedia Commoms




2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Bracket is set! Dayton, Kent State, Xavier and Cincinnati representing Ohio




Dayton Flyers run into dangerous and pesky Davidson in A-10 tournament; loses 73-67

Scoochie Smith vs. Davidson in A-10 tournament


Davidson Logo
Davidson 17-14
Dayton Logo
Dayton 24-7
Score By Periods
Team 1 2 Total
Davidson 37 36 73
Dayton 25 42 67


Team Statistics
Game Stats DAV UD
FG% .455 .426
3FG% .367 .435
FT% .923 .500
RB 36 31
TO 11 6
STL 1 3


PITTSBURGH – Charles Cooke scored 14 points and Xeyrius Williams added 13 points and nine rebounds as the top seeded Dayton Flyers fell to the Davidson Wildcats, 73-69.

Scoochie Smith finished with 12 points and eight assists, while Kendall Pollard scored 12 as Dayton dropped to 24-7 overall.

FIRST HALF – Davidson 37, Dayton 25

  • Davidson shot 50 percent from the floor and out-rebounded UD 18-13.
  • Dayton was 9 of 28 from the field, but had four three-pointers.

SECOND HALF – Davidson 73, Dayton 67

  • Trailing by as many as  16 in the first half, Dayton came out of the locker room on a 10-2 run and cut the deficit to 39-35 in the opening four minutes.
  • The Flyers slowly crawled back into the game and tied it 60-60 with 3:22 to go after a Smith three-pointer.
  • UD regained the lead, 65-62, after Cooke sank a three in the corner with two minutes to go.
  • However, the Wildcats roared back and closed the game on an 11-2 run to pull away for the win.


  • Smith tied the Flyer record for most consecutive games played at 137. He shares the honor with Kurt Huelsman and London Warren.
  • Cooke has scored in double figures in all but two games this season.
  • Williams was a rebound away from his first career double-double. He has scored in double figures in six of the last nine contests.
  • UD shot 42 percent from the field, but only 5 of 10 at the free throw line.
  • Davidson’s Jack Gibbs scored 34 points, setting the PPG Paint s Arena record.


  • After participating in the 2017 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship, the Flyers await their postseason fate on Selection Sunday.




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