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WRIGHT STATE visits OHIO STATE: WSU’s Donlon ready to use own recruits in second season

 

Billy Donlon (courtesy of Wright State athletics)

The Wright State Raiders will try to upset the Ohio State Buckeyes when they travel to Columbus tonight for a Big Ten Network game at Value City Arena at 9 p.m.

The Raiders head coach Billy Donlon looks just as young as his players.

Only 34 years old, Donlon is a coach on the rise in just his second-year. He took over last season, when his mentor, Brad Brownell bolted for Clemson as soon as Oliver Purnell left to take the job at DePaul.

Donlon earned a 19-14 mark, 10-8 in the tough Horizon League, good for 5th-place.

This year, armed with many of his own recruits, he is looking to improve on those records of a year ago.

Some experts who cover the Horizon League feel that this is a rebuilding job for Donlon and his staff. The only returning starter is 6’8, 245-pound center Johann Mpondo, who takes up space in the middle, plays good defense and rebounds.

There are seven newcomers on the roster and one of those is North Carolina State transfer Julius Mays, who is a shooting guard with two years of eligibility left. He is much better than the 4.7 points per game he earned with the Wolfpack.

Junior college transfer John Balwigaire shot 44.o percent from three-point land last year.

The other two players who have experience under Donlon is Cole Darling and Matt Vest.

The Raiders usually are good for 15-20 wins a season. And with Donlon at the helm, he won’t settle for rebuilding.

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Archie Miller named new men’s basketball coach at Dayton

Archie Miller meets the media and players (courtesy of UD athletics)

The University of Dayton has selected one of the top young assistant coaches in college basketball today to its new basketball coach, naming Ryan “Archie” Miller.

The 32-year-old Miller comes to Dayton from the University of Arizona where as Associate Head Coach he helped the Wildcats to a 30-8 season that ended with an Elite Eight berth. Miller succeeds Brian Gregory, who was named head coach at Georgia Tech last week.

Miller has a recent connection to two teams that just missed the Final Four this season. Prior to the last two years at Arizona, he was at Ohio State for two seasons.

Miller is the 19th coach in Dayton history, and just the sixth Flyer coach in the last 64 years. The others include Tom Blackburn, Don Donoher, Jim O’Brien, Oliver Purnell and Brian Gregory.

Miller will be taking over a UD team which enjoyed its fourth straight 20-win season in 2010-11. Dayton will return three starters-Chris Johnson, Paul Williams and Josh Benson-from the team that was 22-14 and played in the NIT after reaching the championship game of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

NCAA FIRST FOUR, Dayton, Ohio; VCU shows CAA belongs by beating USC

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Jamie Skeen (courtesy of VCU athletics)

Virginia Commonwealth University is a member of the NCAA Mid-major conference, Colonial Athletic Association.

The CAA is often disrepected by the national media, but it is a solid conference with VCU, Old Dominion, Northeastern, George Mason, Delaware, Drexel, Georgia State, Hofstra, James Madison, North Carolina-Wilmington and William & Mary.

The 11th-seeded team Rams used a suffocating defense to corral the taller and stronger USC Trojans in winning 59-46. The Rams up their record to 24-11.

Jamie Skeen scored 16 points to lead VCU into a showdown against sixth-seeded Georgetown (21-10) on Friday in Chicago.

Jio Fontan scored 14 points and Nikola Vucevic 11 for USC (19-15), which managed only one field goal over the final 9 minutes of the game.

The Rams shut down Vucevic, a first-team All-Pac-10 performer, was double and triple-teammed and never got into a rhythm.

The halftime score was 22-22.

In the 2nd half, the Rams found their shooting shoes to go up 34-27. USC came backĀ  to 44-43 but VCU pulled away never to give up the lead ever again.

Shaka Smart, the VCU coach was making a return to UD Arena. He used to be on the staff of the Dayton Flyers under Oliver Purnell as the head of basketball operations in the last decade.

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY RAMS POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

46 553 Bradford Burgess VCU How hungry was the team going after loose balls, steals

46 555 Jamie Skeen VCU Getting an first NCAA win as a senior

46 556 Joey Rodriguez VCU On Colonial Athletic Association being disrrespected

46 557 Shaka Smart VCU coach Was he happy the game was 59-46

46 559 Shaka Smart VCU coach On game by Gahanna product Rob Brandenberg

46 562 Shaka Smart VCU coach Team handling NCAA exposure well, 1st win

46 565 Shaka Smart The First Four Games has been criticized his thoughts

46 566 Shaka Smart VCU coach He used to work for the Dayton Flyers, likes UD Arena atmosphere

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TROJANS POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

46 539 Kevin O’Neill USC coach On loss, making NCAA, His Seniors

46 540 Nikola Vucevic Could not run offense thru him like planned

46 541 Nikola Vucevic USC This style of VCU is tough trying to stop 3′s and in foul trouble

46 542 Jio Fontan USC Why they lost, frustrations and emotions

46 545 Kevin O’Neill USC Did VCU want it more, was it their experience in NCAA before

46 547 Kevin O’Neill USC Did the lack of depth catch up with you tonight

46 548 Kevin O’Neill Stressing Tempo all year but couldn’t against VCU


Cincinnati beats hapless DePaul

Sean Kilpatrick (photo by BH photography courtesy of Cincinnati athletics)

When Oliver Purnell bolted the Clemson Tigers as head coach during this past off-season, people said he was crazy for leaving the ACC for the Big East and the downtrodden DePaul program.

Purnell says he can rebuild the program into a powerhouse. Well, it won’t be happening this year.

The Blue Demons dropped to 6-18 overall and 0-11 after their latest loss to Big East opponent Cincinnati, 71-68 in Chicago.

Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points for the Bearcats who blew a 17-point lead but held on.

Cincinnati is 19-5, 6-5.

compiled from staff & Cincinnati athletics news

Cincinnati stays undefeated by dumping DePaul

Mick Cronin has team at 13-0 (photo by B&H photography courtesy of UC athletics)

The Cincinnati Bearcats are 13-0 and have extended their best start to a season since the 2003-2004 season under Bob Huggins, when they also won their first 13 games.

After a slow start to the game, the Bearcats took control with a 34-6 run. The Blue Demons, under new head coach Oliver Purnell, missed 18 of 21 shots from the field during that stretch.

Larry Davis scored 20 points, a season-high, in leading the ‘Cats to a Big East opening win of 76-60.

DePaul falls to 6-7 overall.

compiled from staff & Cincinnati athletics news

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