Posted on: April 2, 2011 11:14 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2011 11:16 pm

Source: Dayton hires Arizona assistant

Arizona assitant Archie Miller will be Dayton's next head coach, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com late Saturday.

An official announcement is expected Sunday.

Miller is the younger brother of Arizona coach Sean Miller. The N.C. State graduate has also worked under Herb Sendek at Arizona State and Thad Matta at Ohio State. He's 32 years old.

Miller is replacing Brian Gregory.

Gregory left Dayton to be the head coach at Georgia Tech.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 28, 2011 7:49 am
Edited on: March 28, 2011 8:11 am

Source: Gregory leaving Dayton for Georgia Tech

Dayton's Brian Gregory has reached an agreement in principle to become the next men's basketball coach at Georgia Tech, a source told CBSSports.com on Monday.

An official announcement is expected soon.

A source said Gregory informed his players at a meeting early Monday.

Gregory spent eight seasons at Dayton and took the Flyers to two NCAA tournaments. The former Michigan State assistant is replacing Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech. The ACC school fired Hewitt earlier this month after five NCAA tournaments in 11 seasons.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:49 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 9:53 pm

I see you Mick Cronin

I'm still not ready to completely buy in.

Not yet.

But let's disregard what I think I know for a moment and focus on facts.

Fact No. 1: Cincinnati is now 15-0 with a 34-point win over Dayton and 20-point win over Xavier.

Fact No. 2: Xavier has played a schedule featuring Florida, Gonzaga and Old Dominion.

Fact No. 3: Dayton has played a schedule featuring Ole Miss, New Mexico and Old Dominion.

Fact No. 4: None of those teams have beaten Xavier or Dayton like Cincinnati beat Xavier and Dayton.

Now it's possible all this means nothing and that Cincinnati is about to spiral in a way that only the 2006-07 Clemson Tigers that started 17-0 and ended in the NIT can truly appreciate. If I had to bet, I'd probably still bet that way because four of the Bearcats' next five games are at Villanova (Sunday), at Syracuse (Jan.15), at Notre Dame (Jan. 19) and at St. John's (Jan. 22). So I'll be surprised if they don't go from 15-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big East to 16-4 overall and 3-4 in the Big East. But I was surprised when the Bearcats pounded Dayton in late November, and surprised again when they handled Xavier so easily Thursday night, point being that this team has already surprised me twice.

In other words, I don't know what to think anymore.

Maybe Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin really does have a Top 25 team.

If I had to bet, I'd probably still bet against it.

But I'm not nearly as sure about that now as I was Thursday morning.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 2, 2010 12:51 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 12:55 pm

Duke teammates highlight 10-man USA Select Team

Duke teammates Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler headline a group of 10 college basketball players selected to train with the 2010 USA Men’s World Championship Team finalists next week in New York, USA basketball announced Monday.

The full college roster includes:
  • JaJuan Johnson (Purdue)
  • Jon Leuer (Wisconsin)
  • Shelvin Mack (Butler)
  • Kyle Singler (Duke)
  • Chris Singleton (Florida State)
  • Nolan Smith (Duke)
  • Trey Thompkins (Georgia)
  • Mike Tisdale (Illinois)
  • Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
  • Chris Wright (Dayton)
"One of the great developments of our Las Vegas camp was the USA Select Team which consisted of juniors and seniors out of the college ranks that we brought in to scrimmage against the USA National Team," said USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. "[Washington coach] Lorenzo Romar and [Villanova coach] Jay Wright did a terrific job of coaching the select players in Las Vegas. It worked so well we’ve decided to bring to New York a smaller group of players from that Select Team to do the same thing. They were very valuable to us and it’s a great experience for them."

The college players will arrive in New York Aug. 9 and train Aug. 10-13.
Posted on: December 14, 2009 6:42 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2009 6:52 pm

The Poll Attacks

Roger Clarkson is trying to be stubborn.

Fine with me.

I'll Poll Attack him again.

Let's do this!

AP poll: First, let's revisit what I wrote about Roger last week.

(And I quote ...)

"He has Pittsburgh ranked 18th even though Pitt has no relevant players from last season's team, no good wins and a 16-point loss to Texas. There is absolutely nothing -- not preseason expectations, not current body of work, not anything -- to suggest Pitt is one of the best 25 teams in America, much less No. 18. But that's where Roger has the Panthers ranked. And would you believe that's not even the dumbest thing on his ballot?"

From there, I went on to destroy Roger's ballot -- you can read last week's Poll Attacks here -- and I thought he'd take the hint, learn a lesson, and we'd all be better for it. Instead, this dude ranked Pitt again despite Pitt losing by double-digits to an Indiana team that might finish last in the Big Ten.


Is public humiliation not enough?

Is he just testing me?

And though you might think I'd hold myself to a higher standard and not pick on the same person's ballot every week, you'd be wrong to think that. I will do this every Monday until Pitt is removed from Roger's ballot. So stay tuned. And Roger's crazy if he assumed I'd be too focused on him having Pitt at No. 24 to notice that he also inexplicably has Washington at No. 16, because I noticed that, too. But I'll use the Coaches poll portion of the Poll Attacks to explain my issue with Washington.

Coaches poll:
Washington is 6-2 with both losses coming to ranked teams -- the first to No. 20 Texas Tech, the second to No. 11 Georgetown. But none of the Huskies' six wins are notable, meaning they are 6-2 with zero good wins. Meantime, Dayton is 7-2 with both losses also coming to ranked teams -- the first to No. 9 Villanova, the second to No. 22 Kansas State. But to help offset those losses, the Flyers have a win over No. 15 Georgia Tech in addition to wins over Creighton, George Mason and Old Dominion.

So to summarize, Dayton's losses are certainly no worse than Washington's, and Dayton absolutely has better wins than Washington. This cannot be debated. And yet Washington is ranked 21st with 146 points. And Dayton is ranked 41st with nine points.

Seriously, could anybody reasonably suggest Washington's body of work is better than Dayton's body of work?

If so, I can't see how.

(Worth noting: Roger has Washington at No. 16 and Dayton unranked. Also worth noting: Roger has Georgia Tech at No. 19. You know, the same Georgia Tech that Dayton beat on a neutral court.)

The dumb coaches (and Roger) also have Washington (6-2 record with no good wins) ahead of Kansas State (9-1 record, only loss to No. 25 Ole Miss with wins over Dayton, Washington State, Xavier and No. 23 UNLV), and that's twice as dumb as having Washington over Dayton. So I don't know why I even worry with this stuff, except for that it gives me something to do on Monday afternoons.
Posted on: November 25, 2009 12:06 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2009 12:12 pm

Dear Gary (on the A-10's start)

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Is it me or is the Atlantic 10 doing surprisingly well as a conference so far?

-- Neil

I think it's just you, Neil.

Hard to say a conference is doing well when the team picked first, Dayton, already has two losses, including one on a neutral court to the team picked fourth in the Big 12 (Kansas State). The team picked second in the A-10, Xavier, remains undefeated, but the Musketeers haven't played anybody. The team picked third in the A-10, Richmond, has a loss to William & Mary. And the team picked fourth in the A-10, La Salle, lost by double-digits on a neutral court to South Carolina. So the top four in the A-10 aren't off to great starts, although it's only fair to note that Temple -- with a one-point loss to Georgetown and victory over Siena -- appears to be better than anticipated.

Either way, as a league, the A-10 isn't doing surprisingly well.

I still believe in Dayton, I like Xavier, and I'm willing to give Temple the benefit of the doubt because the Owls have looked good. But when three of the supposed top four in a league already have losses (and the fourth hasn't beaten anybody), it's difficult to get too excited. So let's give it a few more weeks, take a closer look and reexamine it then.
Posted on: November 20, 2009 6:12 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2009 6:18 pm

Big East at 37-0 (and counting)

Villanova's win over Dayton pushed the Big East to 37-0 as a league.

But now it's about to get tough.

I'm assuming the conference will take its first loss Friday night.

But in what game?

Will it be Syracuse-North Carolina (7 p.m. ET)?

Or Seton Hall-Cornell (7 p.m. ET)?

Or South Carolina-USF (9:30 p.m. ET)?

Or some other matchup?

Six Big East teams still have games Friday, meaning the best-case scenario has the league entering Saturday at 43-0. My guess is 41-2 or 40-3 is more likely. But either way, it's been a nice start.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Dayton, Villanova
Posted on: November 14, 2009 8:51 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2009 8:53 pm

Flyers get scare/notch notable win

The best part about testing yourself early is that you have a notable win in your back pocket if all goes well.

In fairness, all did not go well for Dayton on Saturday.

The Flyers got a scare.

But enough went well to help the 21st-ranked Flyers overcome a double-digit deficit in the second half and beat Creighton. The final score was 90-80. All-American candidate Chris Wright got 25 points and eight rebounds. But the biggest storyline from the day is that the Flyers exited with a victory that should ultimately help them A) enhance their seed for the NCAA tournament, or B) earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament if they don't win the Atlantic 10's automatic bid considering it's a victory that came at the expense of the team picked second in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Bottom line, it was a good opening weekend for the Flyers.

They entered it 0-0.

They exited it battle-tested and still unblemished.

Category: NCAAB
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