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Archive for November 15th, 2017

OHSAA announces Football State Semifinal Pairings for Week 13

News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association

Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D.

 

www.OHSAA.org |   www.twitter.com/OHSAASports |   www.Facebook.com/OHSAA

 

For Immediate Release – Nov. 15, 2017

 

OHSAA Announces Football State Semifinal Bracket Pairings

Regional champions will meet November 24 in state semifinals

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday how the football regional champions will be paired next week in the state semifinals in all divisions except Division III and VI. Geography is the biggest factor in determining how the regional champions will be paired in the state semifinals.

 

Brackets and Playoff Coverage: http://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2017/2017-OHSAA-Football-State-Playoffs-Coverage

Week 13 Notes Packet: http://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/Sports/Football/2017/2017FBRelease4.pdf

 

 

Division I State Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Home teams and sites to be announced Saturday, Nov. 18.

Region 1 vs. Region 2

Region 3 vs. Region 4

 

Division I Regional Finals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Pairings are shown with seeds and records.

Home teams listed first.

Region 1: 1 Cle. St. Ignatius (11-1) vs. 3 Mentor (11-1) at Bedford Bearcat Stadium

Region 2: 1 Tol. Whitmer (12-0) vs. 2 Powell Olentangy Liberty (10-2) at Findlay Donnell Stadium

Region 3: 5 Pickerington North (10-2) vs. 3 Pickerington Central (11-1) at Cols. St. Francis DeSales Alumni Stadium

Region 4: 1 Cin. St. Xavier (11-1) vs. 2 Cin. Colerain (10-2) at Mason Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium

 

Division II State Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Home teams and sites to be announced Saturday, Nov. 18.

Region 5 vs. Region 6

Region 7 vs. Region 8

 

Division II Regional Finals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Pairings are shown with seeds and records.

Home teams listed first.

Region 5: 1 Akr. Archbishop Hoban (11-1) vs. 2 Barberton (12-0) at Green Memorial Stadium

Region 6: 1 Avon (12-0) vs. 3 Olmsted Falls (11-1) at North Ridgeville Ranger Stadium

Region 7: 5 New Albany (8-4) vs. 2 Massillon Washington (9-3) at Mansfield Senior Arlin Field

Region 8: 1 Cin. La Salle (10-2) vs. 2 Cin. Winton Woods (11-1) at Cin. Withrow Angus King Stadium

 

Division III State Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Home teams and sites to be announced Saturday, Nov. 18.

State semifinal pairings cannot be determined until after regional finals.

 

Division III Regional Finals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Pairings are shown with seeds and records.

Home teams listed first.

Region 9: 1 Canfield (12-0) vs. 6 Akr. St. Vincent-St. Mary (9-3) at Salem Reilly Stadium

Region 10: 1 Tol. Central Catholic (10-2) vs. 2 Bay Village Bay (12-0) at Sandusky Strobel Field, Cedar Point Stadium

Region 11: 5 Dresden Tri-Valley (11-1) vs. 3 Cols. Bishop Hartley (11-1) at Newark Paul “Hoss” Starr Stadium at White Field

Region 12: 1 Trotwood-Madison (12-0) vs. 7 Day. Chaminade Julienne (9-3) at Riverside Stebbins Edmundson Stadium

 

Division IV State Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Home teams and sites to be announced Saturday, Nov. 18.

Region 13 vs. Region 14

Region 15 vs. Region 16

 

Division IV Regional Finals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Pairings are shown with seeds and records.

Home teams listed first.

Region 13: 1 Steubenville (12-0) vs. 2 Perry (12-0) at Niles McKinley Bo Rein Stadium

Region 14: 5 Bellevue (9-3) vs. 2 Shelby (12-0) at Ashland Community Stadium

Region 15: 5 New Concord John Glenn (10-2) vs. 7 Duncan Falls Philo (9-3) at Zanesville Sulsberger Stadium

Region 16: 4 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (11-1) vs. 2 Cin. Wyoming (12-0) at Lakota West Firebird Field

 

Division V State Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Home teams and sites to be announced Saturday, Nov. 18.

Region 17 vs. Region 18

Region 19 vs. Region 20

 

Division V Regional Finals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Pairings are shown with seeds and records.

Home teams listed first.

Region 17: 1 Canfield South Range (12-0) vs. 3 Sullivan Black River (11-1) at Canal Fulton Northwest Dr. Martin Smilek Stadium/Jim Schalmo Field

Region 18: 1 Pemberville Eastwood (12-0) vs. 2 Marion Pleasant (10-1) at Lima Senior Spartan Stadium

Region 19: 1 Wheelersburg (12-0) vs. 3 Johnstown-Monroe (10-2) at Chillicothe Herrnstein Stadium

Region 20: 5 West Jefferson (11-0) vs. 2 Middletown Madison (10-2) at Beavercreek Frank Zink Field at Miami Valley Hospital Stadium

 

Division VI State Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Home teams and sites to be announced Saturday, Nov. 18.

State semifinal pairings cannot be determined until after regional finals.

 

Division VI Regional Finals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Pairings are shown with seeds and records.

Region 21: 1 Rootstown (12-0) vs. 3 Kirtland (12-0) at Solon Stewart Field

Region 22: 1 Findlay Liberty-Benton (11-1) vs. 6 Jeromesville Hillsdale (9-3) at Tiffin Frost-Kalnow Stadium

Region 23: 1 Nelsonville-York (12-0) vs. 3 Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant (11-1) at Jackson Holzer Field at Alumni Stadium

Region 24: 4 Coldwater (9-3) vs. 2 Maria Stein Marion Local (12-0) at Sidney Memorial Stadium

 

Division VII State Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Home teams and sites to be announced Saturday, Nov. 18.

Region 25 vs. Region 27

Region 26 vs. Region 28

 

Division VII Regional Finals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Pairings are shown with seeds and records.

Home teams listed first.

Region 25: 1 Dalton (12-0) vs. 2 Cuyahoga Heights (10-1) at North Canton Hoover Memorial Stadium

Region 26: 1 Norwalk St. Paul (12-0) vs. 3 Pandora-Gilboa (10-2) at Clyde Robert J. Bishop Jr. Stadium

Region 27: 1 Danville (11-1) vs. 6 Hannibal River (8-4) at Zanesville Maysville Athletic Complex

Region 28: 4 Minster (8-4) vs. 3 Delphos St. John’s (8-4) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tim Stried; COURTESY OHSAA INFORMATION SERVICES

From meeting in New York City with MLS and Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Precourt Sports Ventures gives statement

Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt

STATEMENT FROM PRECOURT SPORTS VENTURES
November 15, 2017

“Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer met this afternoon in New York City with Mayor Ginther and Alex Fischer, at the request of the city, in anticipation of being presented an actionable plan and a legitimate offer that would advance efforts to improve Crew SC’s long-term ability to operate and compete in Columbus. Both PSV and the league entered the meeting with open minds, no demands and a complete willingness to listen and entertain concrete ideas or a meaningful proposal from the city’s representatives at the meeting.

 

We were extremely disappointed that no concrete offer or proposal was presented and that the City of Columbus then told us that it would not communicate with us past today.

 

Precourt Sports Ventures made a clear commitment to Columbus four years ago by purchasing 100 percent of Columbus Crew SC. In the meantime, despite successful efforts to reinvent the brand and improve the Club, market challenges for Crew SC in Columbus continue to mount.

 

Despite the city’s refusal to make a real offer and its decision to cease conversations, we remain open to a productive dialogue if the City of Columbus reconsiders. Columbus Crew SC remains focused on our quest to win MLS Cup.”

 

 

ABOUT PRECOURT SPORTS VENTURES, LLC
Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC (PSV) is a privately held investment and management firm focused on the sports-entertainment business, with a particular interest in the growing sport of soccer. As the Managing Partner, Anthony Precourt formed PSV in 2012. PSV currently owns and operates Columbus Crew SC of Major League Soccer and manages its home pitch, MAPFRE Stadium.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF PRECOURT SPORTS VENTURES, LLC and COLUMBUS CREW SC

 

MLS announces upcoming expansion draft details as Los Angeles Football Club readies for 2018 debut

 

NEW YORK (Tuesday, November 14, 2017) – As the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) continue to build a roster for their inaugural campaign in 2018, Major League Soccer today announced that the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft will take place on Tuesday, December 12 at 2 p.m. ET. In addition, MLS released the full offseason calendar, outlining the important events and dates for teams beginning to make roster preparations for the 2018 MLS season.

 

This marks the 11th MLS Expansion Draft in the league’s history and serves as the first significant league-wide event for LAFC to add additional players around Mexican star forward Carlos Vela.

 

While Generation adidas players and off-budget Homegrown Players are exempt from selection, current MLS clubs may protect 11 players prior to the Expansion Draft. LAFC may select five players from the eligible player pool. Importantly, only a single player can be drafted from any one club.

 

After all 22 current MLS clubs submit their protected player list, the complete list of players eligible for selection in the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft will be released on Dec. 10 by 5:30 p.m. ET.

 

The MLS Expansion Draft is just the starting point for offseason roster activity in preparation for 2018. The additional offseason drafts and important player acquisition dates are detailed below.

 

Nov. 27
1:00 PM ET

 

 

 

Option Exercise Deadline

Clubs no longer competing in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs must notify the League Office in writing of (1) players whose options they are exercising and/or (2) players who are receiving bona fide offers, announced by the teams.

 

All roster decisions will be publicized by the individual clubs.

Dec. 1
 

1:00 PM ET

 

 

Option Exercise Deadline for Non-MLS Cup Participants

Non-MLS Cup participants must notify the League Office in writing of (1) players whose options they are exercising and/or (2) players who are receiving bona fide offers, announced by the clubs.

 

All roster decisions will be publicized by the individual clubs.

Dec. 10
9:00 AM-1:00 PM ET

 

Half Day Trade Window

Following a three-month roster freeze, MLS clubs may begin making adjustments to their rosters. This is a four-hour window in which clubs may sign and trade players.

 

All roster moves will be publicized by the individual clubs.

12:00 PM ET

 

 

Option Exercise Deadline for MLS Cup Participants

 

Clubs that compete in MLS Cup must notify the League Office in writing of (1) players whose options they are exercising and/or (2) players who are receiving bona fide offers.

 

All roster decisions will be publicized by the individual clubs.

1:00 PM ET

 

Blackout Period begins

 

Blackout Period begins whereby clubs may no longer sign and/or trade their own draft-eligible players until conclusion of Expansion Draft.

Dec. 12
2:00 PM ET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 MLS Expansion Draft

 

While Generation adidas and off-budget Homegrown Players are automatically exempt, current MLS clubs may protect up to 11 players from selection in the Expansion Draft.

 

LAFC may select up to five players from the eligible MLS player pool. Only a single player can be drafted from any one club.

 

 

The list of players eligible for selection in Expansion Draft will be released by MLS Communications at 6 p.m. ET on Dec. 10.

3:00 PM ET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Agency Begins

 

Out of Contract and Option Decline players that were at least 28 years old during the 2017 season and have at least eight years of MLS service are eligible for Free Agency.

 

MLS Communications will make the complete list of Free Agents available on Dec. 10.

 

Dec. 13
3:30 PM ET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 MLS Waiver Draft

 

Consisting of players who have been waived by clubs and do not meet minimum years of service requirement for Re-Entry Draft or Free Agency; the draft is conducted in reverse order of 2017 season finish, taking into account postseason performance, with expansion LAFC picking 23rd.

 

The list of players eligible for selection in Waiver Draft will be released by MLS Communications at 6 p.m. ET on Dec. 12.

Dec. 15

3:00 PM ET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft – Stage 1

The Re-Entry Draft (both stages) is conducted in reverse order of 2017 season finish, taking into account postseason performance, with expansion club LAFC selecting last.

 

The list of players eligible for selection in the Re-Entry Draft – Stage 1 will be released by MLS Communications at 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 14.

 

Eligible players include:

Option Decline Players: Players not eligible for Free Agency who will be at least 23 years old in 2017 with a minimum

of three years of MLS experience

 

Out of Contract Players: Players not eligible for Free Agency

who have not received a Bona Fide Offer and who are at least 25 years old with a minimum of four years of MLS experience. or are at least 30 years old with a minimum of eight years of MLS experience

 

Dec. 21
2:00 PM ET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft – Stage 2

 

Stage 2 includes MLS players who were not selected in the Stage 1 draft, but not necessarily all Stage 1 players as they can re-sign with their previous club between stages; teams selecting in this stage have the right to negotiate with the player for a new contract; the format of the draft is conducted in the same manner as Stage 1.

 

 

The list of players eligible for selection in the Re-Entry Draft – Stage 2 will be released by MLS Communications at 7:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 20.

   

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

Columbus Crew SC participating Friday ceremony for Habitat For Humanity-Mid-Ohio dedication

 

Crew SC Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk, along with representatives from MAPFRE Insurance, set to present finished Habitat for Humanity home at dedication event

 

For Immediate Release: November 15, 2017

 

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk is set to present a finished Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio home at a dedication event (1640 Myrtle Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211) on Friday, November 17 at 9:00 a.m. ET. The event is part of Crew SC’s Give Forward initiative, presented by MAPFRE Insurance in partnership with Columbia Gas of Ohio.

 

The home was worked on by Crew SC midfielder Wil Trapp and defender Jonathan Mensah earlier this year. Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk, along with MAPFRE Insurance Assistant Vice President of Business Development Patrick Filipkowski, will be presenting the family with the keys to their new home. This is the fourth consecutive year that Crew SC has partnered with Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio on similar projects.

 

The event is slated to start at 9:00 a.m. ET. Members of the media who wish to cover the event should arrive by 8:50 a.m. and check in with Larry Shuman, the Marketing and Public Relations Director for Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio. Members of the media may park along the street as needed.

Habitat for Humanity partners with people in communities all over the world to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Ohio State men’s basketball hosts SWAC member Texas Southern Thursday night at Value City Arena

Nov. 15, 2017

 

Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) vs. Texas Southern Tigers (0-2)

 

Date: Nov. 16, 2017
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 7:01p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Kevin Kugler (Play-By-Play)
Robbie Hummel (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 157 / XM 380
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)


COLUMBUS, Ohio—Former Indiana head coach Mike Davis brings his Texas Southern Tigers to Value City Arena to battle the Buckeyes at 7 p.m. Thursday. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network. The game also serves as the military appreciation game for the Buckeyes. Service men and women with a military ID can get two free tickets and enjoy 10 percent off concessions at the game tomorrow.

Texas Southern, which is from the Houston, Texas area, plays in the SWAC, Southwestern Athletic Conference which includes Alcorn State, Southern University, Grambling State, Prairie View A&M, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State, Alabama State, Alabama A&M and Arkansas Pine-Bluff. The conference has predominately black colleges with strong historical backgrounds.

Ohio State and Texas Southern are meeting for the first time. Ohio State is 6-0 all-time vs. teams currently representing the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Texas Southern is in the West Division of the league along with Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Grambling (1-0), Prairie View A&M and Southern. Ohio State is 5-0 vs. the East Division of the conference: Alabama A&M, Alabama State (1-0), Alcorn State (1-0), Jackson State (2-0) and Mississippi Valley State (1-0). The Buckeyes last played a team representing the conference Nov. 17, 2015 when Grambling traveled to Columbus as part of the Hall of Fame Classic. The Ohio State won that game 82-55.

Texas Southern is ready for another strong run at the Southwestern Athletic Conference title. star player, Demontrae “Trea” Jefferson, a 5’7, 150-pound point guard who is quick. He will have to fill to take over the team and lead as Zach Lofton has transfered out. Lofton was the SWAC 2016-17 Player and Newcomer of the Year. There is also Kevin Scott and Trayvon Reed to help Jefferson, but some media experts think that Alcorn State has more scoring power to beat them out in the conference race.

Noting the Radford Game • This game marks the third time Ohio State and Radford have met. Th e Buckeyes have won all three matchups. • The Buckeyes are 15-0 against teams representing the Big South Conference. • Th e Buckeyes are now 8-0 when Keita BatesDiop has a double-double. • Chris Holtmann is now 2-0 as the head coach of the Buckeyes. • Holtmann-coached teams are now 4-2 record against Radford. • Jae’Sean Tate moves to No. 43 in all-time scoring at Ohio State with 13 points today for a total of 1,114 points. He passes Ron Sepic (1,107) and now trails Curtis Wilson (1,120). • Tate earned his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Th is is the 11th of his career. • Bates-Diop led the Buckeye scoring eff ort and recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Th is is his second double-double of the season and eighth of his career. • Bates-Diop went perfect from the free throw line (3-3). • C.J. Jackson was the second leading scorer for the Buckeyes, scoring a career-high 19 points. • Jackson tied his career high of six defensive rebounds for the third time (last at Michigan, 2/4/17). • Both Bates-Diop (22/10) and Tate (13/10) recorded double doubles in the game, the last time two Buckeyes did so was vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (12/3/16) when Trevor Th ompson (13/10) and Tate (12/12) recorded the feat in a 70-62 victory. • Ohio State is 624-271 all-time when at least one player records a double-double and 143-51 in games when two Buckeyes reach double figures.

 

OHIO STATE GAME NOTES:

*Senior Kam Williams reached 800 career points with nine vs. Radford the last time out. He averages 7.7 points a game over 104 appearances as a Buckeye…Williams needs five field goals to reach 300 in his career (295-694/.425)…C.J. Jackson reached 200 career points and 100 assists in the win vs. Radford. He tallied a career-high 19 points while handing out three assists vs. the Highlanders…with seven rebounds vs. Radford, sophomore Micah Potter reached 100 boards for this career (104).

*Head coach Chris Holtmann received National Letters of Intent Wednesday from a quartet of high school standouts from Ohio, California, Texas and New Jersey. Justin Ahrens, a 6-5 forward from Versailles, Ohio; Duane Washington, a 6-3 guard from Chatsworth, California; Jaedon LeDee, a 6-9 forward from Houston, Texas; and Luther Muhammad, a 6-3 guard from Jersey City, New Jersey, all signed on with Holtmann and the Buckeyes on national signing day.

*Two on Pace for 1,000 Career Points Jae’Sean Tate became the 54th player to accomplish the feat of scoring 1,000 career points at Ohio State with 20 points at Maryland Feb. 11. He has 1,114 points (11.5 ppg.) 97 career appearances. Th is year, fi fth-year senior Kam Williams (804 career points) and redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop (641) are within striking distance or reaching 1,000 points. Williams scored 300 points as a junior and 290 during his sophomore season. Bates-Diop tallied 388 points as a sophomore in 2015-16. He missed all but nine games a year ago with a leg injury.

*Buckeyes to Play in 2017 PK80 Event in Portland Ohio State has been selected to play in the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational Nov. 23-26, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. Th e event honors Nike founder Phil Knight, who will turn 80 years old this year. Sixteen Nike schools will travel to Portland to participate in the event. Th ose schools are: Arkansas, Butler, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Stanford and Texas. Two eight-team events — consisting of three games per team — will run simultaneously in the two buildings (the Rose Quarter’s Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum) with Dec. 23, 2017 in New Orleans. Th e event will be held in Chicago in 2018 and Las Vegas in 2019. Th e Buckeyes are 1-2 in the event to date with a win over Kentucky and losses to North Carolina and UCLA.

*Tate in Exclusive Club, Bates-Diop on Pace Ohio State senior Jae’Sean Tate entered both the 1,000 career-point and 500 career-rebound club last season with 458 points and 205 boards. He currently owns 1,114 points and 577 rebounds. Keita Bates-Diop could become the 28th Buckeye in history with both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds with a strong junior campaign. In 77 career games, Bates-Diop has 641 points and 346 boards. He scored 388 points as a true sophomore with 210 rebounds. He missed all but nine games last year with injury but added 87 points and 47 caroms to his career totals. OSU Career 1,000 pts., 500 Rebounds 1. Dennis Hopson (84-87) …………………. 2,096 …………………712 2. Herb Williams (78-81) ………………….. 2,011 ………………1,111 3. Jerry Lucas (60-62) ………………………. 1,990 ………………1,411 4. Michael Redd (98-00) …………………… 1,879 …………………593 5. William Buford (2009-12) ……………… 1,846 …………………605 6. Jim Jackson (90-92) …………………….. 1,785 …………………552 7 Deshaun Thomas (2011-13) …………… 1,630 …………………560 8. Dave Sorenson (68-70) …………………. 1,622 …………………761 9. Perry Carter (88-91) ……………………… 1,613 …………………989 10. Terence Dials (02-06) ……………………. 1,566 …………………876 11. Gary Bradds (62-64) ……………………… 1,530 …………………706 12. Tony Campbell (81-84) ………………….. 1,529 …………………628 13. Evan Turner (2008-10) …………………… 1,517 …………………683 14. Jerry Francis (86-89) …………………….. 1,486 …………………576 15. David Lighty (2007-11) ………………….. 1,458 …………………577 16. Bill Hosket (66-68) ……………………….. 1,441 …………………910 17. Marc Loving (2014-2017) ………………. 1,338 …………………511 18. Jim Cleamons (69-71) …………………… 1,335 …………………522 19. Clark Kellogg (80-82) ……………………. 1,285 …………………872 20. John Havlicek (60-62) …………………… 1,223 …………………720 21. Lawrence Funderburke (92-94) ………. 1,179 …………………529 22. Frank Howard (56-58) …………………… 1,147 …………………635 23. Brad Sellers (85-86) ……………………… 1,122 …………………680 24. Ron Sepic (65-67) ………………………… 1,107 …………………543 25. Jae’Sean Tate (2015-Present) …… 1,114 …………………577 26. Jared Sullinger (2011-12) ……………… 1,081 …………………717 27. Ken Johnson (98-01) …………………….. 1,055 …………………739

*Evan Turner, who was Ohio State’s 38th Hall of Fame inductee a season ago, was recognized Sept. 9 during Ohio State’s matchup with Oklahoma on the gridiron for his donation of $500,000 to the men’s basketball program. The donation will be used for graphics and to name the hallway outside the men’s basketball practice facility. Turner was the National Player of the Year in college basketball in 2010 and was the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft that year (Philadelphia).

*Mike Conley Jr. was elected into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017 and was officially recognized during Hall of Fame Weekend on the Ohio State campus the weekend of Oct. 7. Conley is the 39th men’s basketball student-athlete to be elected to the Athletics Hall of Fame. Conley, now in his 11th season with the Memphis Grizzlies, was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft after leading the Buckeyes to the NCAA National Championship game in 2007.

*New at home games this year, the Buckeyes will join the students in signing Carmen Ohio following each game. Players and coaches will line up in front of the student section (behind team benches).

TEXAS SOUTHERN GAME NOTES:

*TEXAS SOUTHERN Record: 0-2 (0-0 SWAC) Head Coach: Mike Davis 18th season, 6th at TSU (336-223)

*The TSU Tigers basketball team will take on Ohio State and Syracuse this week as they continue non-conference play on the road. Since becoming the head coach at Texas Southern Mike Davis has captured five championships and in 2014 he led the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament marking the programs first appearance in the Big Dance in over a decade. No stranger to championship success in 2002 Davis led Indiana to the NCAA Title game. This years team is headlined by SWAC Freshman of the Year Trae Jefferson. During the offseason Texas Southern also added several quality players to a roster that should be built for success in and out of conference play. Texas Southern will play its first 13 games of the season on the road.

*TSU faced Cal-Poly, Arizona, and North Carolina the last three times the team participated in the NCAA Tournament (2014, 2015, 2017)  TSU has claimed a league title in five straight seasons dating back to 2012-13  Texas Southern won the 2014, 2015 and 2017 SWAC Tournament Titles  TSU guard Trae Jefferson was named 2016-17 SWAC Freshman of the Year  Transfer guard Donte Clark will look to make in impact for TSU this season  Prior to 2015 the last time TSU made consecutive NCAA Tourney appearances was 1994 and 1995  TSU has had the SWAC Player of the Year for five consecutive seasons 2013-17  TSU head coach Mike Davis is one of only a handful of coaches to win league titles in three different Division I conferences  Mike Davis was named the 2014-15 SWAC Coach of the Year  TSU has won three consecutive SWAC Regular Season Titles  TSU currently boast the third longest home game winning streak in the nation  Texas Southern will play its first 13 games of the 2017-18 season on the road against some of the top team in the country

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Trae Jefferson

JEFFERSON NAMED SWAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has recognized Texas Southern guard Demontrae Jefferson as the SWAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his outstanding performance during week one of the regular season. Jefferson averaged 21 points per game to go along with 3.5 assists, and one steal as the Tigers fell to Gonzaga and Washington State on the road to open the season. He also shot a combined 7-of-14 from 3- point range in the two games. The sophomore guard scored 22 points with six assists with two steals at Washington State on Sunday.

 

 

 

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TIGERS TABBED TO WIN SWAC IN PRESEASON POLL Texas Southern has been picked to repeat as the Southwestern Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Champions in a Preseason Poll of the league’s Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors. The announcement was made by the SWAC during its annual media teleconference on Wednesday, October 11. The Tigers finished 2016-17 with an overall record of 23-12, a record with five more victories than the previous season, to go along with a 16-2 conference mark, a record they matched from the previous year. TSU wrapped up last season as the season’s conference tournament champions for the third time in the last four seasons after defeating Alcorn State 53-50. Texas Southern’s Demontrae Jefferson and Kevin Scott were each selected to the All-SWAC Preseason First Team at guard and forward respectively. Jefferson was sixth in the conference in scoring with 14.8 points per contest, fourth in assists (3.3 per game) and 13th in 3- pointers made (1.4 per game). Scott averaged 10.0 points per game (23rd) to go along with 4.9 rebounds per game (11th) and was 10th in field goal percentage (.442) and 10th in steals (1.3 per game). The second team includes TSU forward Lamont Walker who saw action for the Tigers last season in a reserve capacity.

 

MEN’S 2017-18 PRESEASON AWARD WINNERS (Selected by SWAC Head Basketball Coaches and SIDs)

PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR Reginal Johnson, Alcorn State

PRESEASON CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Treshawn Bolden, Jackson State Yalen Reed, Alcorn State

FIRST TEAM Guard – Demontrae Jefferson, Texas Southern Guard – Paris Collins, Jackson State Forward – Reginal Johnson, Alcorn State Forward – Kevin Scott, Texas Southern Center – Jared Sam, Southern

SECOND TEAM Guard – A.J. Mosby, Alcorn State Guard – Chris Thomas, Southern Forward – Rodney Simeon, Alabama State Forward – Lamont Walker, Texas Southern Center – Treshawn Bolden, Jackson State

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH Texas Southern (171) Southern (131) Jackson State (124) Alcorn State (117) Prairie View A&M (99) Alabama State (98) Grambling State (75) Arkansas-Pine Bluff (64) Mississippi Valley State (60) Alabama A&M (51)

*DID YOU KNOW……….. > NFL Great Michael Strahan is proud alumnus of Texas Southern University. > Other notable TSU Alums include Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Grammy Award Winning Gospel Artist Yolanda Adams, Jazz Saxophonist Kirk Whalum, and Congressman Mickey Leland. > Texas Southern University is home to one of four public law schools in the State of Texas. > The TSU College of Pharmacy and Health and Sciences is ranked #80 in the nation by the U.S. News World Report. > Texas Southern University is a historically black university located in Houston, Texas. The University was established in 1927 as the Houston Colored Junior College. On March 3, 1947 the state declared it to be the first state university in Houston. The institutions name was changed to Texas Southern University in 1951.

*TSU ENTERS 2017-18 CAMPAIGN WITH THIRD LONGEST HOME GAME WIN STREAK Entering the 2017-18 campaign the Texas Southern Tigers Men’s Basketball program currently has the third longest active NCAA home game winning streak in Division I. Streak: 23 games Last loss: Feb. 7, 2015 Opponent: Prairie View A&M, 58-55

Home of TSU Basketball (H&PE Arena) 2017 photo by Broadmoor' own work via wikipedia commons

*BASKETBALL RIVALVIES FOR TEXAS SOUTHERN

Prairie View A&M basketball rivalry

The Texas Southern-Prairie View A&M rivalry is the highest attended and most anticipated basketball series in the SWAC. In February 2015, the game at Texas Southern University had an attendance of 7,500+

Southern University basketball rivalry

Since 2008, Texas Southern and Southern have been top contenders for the SWAC Championship every year. As a result, matchups between the schools are heavily anticipated and competitive.

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NCAA Tournament results

The Tigers have appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments. As of 2017, the Tigers are 3rd in the conference for most NCAA appearances. Their combined record is 0–7.

Year Round Opponent Result
1990 First Round Georgetown L 52–70
1994 First Round Duke L 70–82
1995 First Round Arkansas L 78–79
2003 Opening Round UNC Asheville L 84–92OT
2014 First Four Cal Poly L 69–81
2015 Second Round Arizona L 72–93
2017 First Round North Carolina L 64–103

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NIT results

The Tigers have appeared in two National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2011 First Round Colorado L 74–88
2016 First Round Valparaiso L 73–84

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NAIA tournament results

The Tigers have appeared in the NAIA Tournament seven times. Their combined record is 18–6. They were NAIA National Champions in 1977.

Year Round Opponent Result
1955 First Round
Second Round
Adrian
Gustavus Adolphus
W 102–83
L 55–67
1956 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship Game
Hastings
Rockhust
Midwestern State
Wheaton
McNeese State
W 108–61
W 64–61
W 85–82
W 82–73
L 55–60
1957 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
New Haven State
Ball State
Pacific Lutheran
W 67–66
W 97–72
L 72–91
1958 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National 3rd Place Game
Oklahoma Baptist
Drury
Coe
Tennessee State
Georgetown (KY)
W 79–68
W 91–61
W 98–78
L 85–101
W 121–109
1971 First Round Fairmont State L 78–79
1976 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
West Florida
Fairmont State
Coppin State
W 81–59
W 82–75
L 77–88
1977 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship Game
Central State
Wisconsin Parkside
East Texas State
Grand Valley State
Campbell
W 89–65
W 82–80
W 87–68
W 69–62
W 71–44

*IMPRESSIVE ROAD WINS Since becoming head coach at Texas Southern Mike Davis has captured impressive road wins over some of the nations top basketball programs. TSU defeated Michigan State 71-64 in overtime (12/20/14). The year before that TSU knocked off Temple 90-89 (12/18/13). This season the Tigers have posted road wins over Rice, La Salle, and James Madison.

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