The Lady Vols, of course, are one of the sport’s legendary programs, though their last national championship was nine years ago. They have not been to the Final Four since the 2008 season, either.
Last year they endured a program-record in losses but pulled it together in the tournament to make a surprising run to the Elite Eight. They knocked off Ohio State along the way in the Sweet 16.
This year’s Lady Vols are no juggernaut, either. At 19-11, they need to beat the Flyers to avoid their first season without at least 20 wins since they were 16-11 in 1975-76, the second season of the program and second under legendary coach Pat Summitt.
That was six years before the inception of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
Dayton enters the Big Dance as the Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament champions…
Big Ten regular season champion Ohio State appeared to be peaking at the right time until a poor shooting night sunk them against Purdue in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, but the Buckeyes appear to have landed in the most winnable of the four regions.
In the Sweet 16, Kevin McGuff’s team would likely have to go through Notre Dame, the only No. 1 seed in this year’s tournament the Buckeyes did not play (and lose to) in the regular season…
On the men's side, Wichita State has (as expected) taken offense to its surprisingly low seed in the tournament.
Per CollegeBasketballTalk.com, freshman point guard Landry Shamet had this to say:
“This whole year we’re supposed to have fallen off. The downfall of Wichita State. Armageddon, basically. Everybody here already has that chip. That’s the unique thing about these guys. Coach recruits those kinds of guys with that, and enhances that vibe when they get here.”
The seventh-seeded Flyers and No. 10 Shockers face off Friday night…
In regards to Cincinnati Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani's elbow, the worst fears were not realized from his MRI on Monday.
The right-hander has a sprained ligament in his elbow and is sidelined for a month, but at least he does not need season-ending surgery.
Meanwhile, Amir Garrett had another strong outing yesterday as the Reds beat the A’s 3-1. The big lefty’s spring ERA is 0.79.
At this point he looks like he will make the rotation along with Brandon Finnegan and free-agent signee Scott Feldman…
The Indianapolis Colts signed former Bengal Margus Hunt for some reason.
His disappointing tenure in Cincinnati is over, but that probably doesn’t affect the Bengals’ draft plans.
The pass rush needs to be upgraded regardless...
Could Geno Smith be the answer for the Cleveland Browns at quarterback?
Probably not, but Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network named them as a candidate for the former West Virginia star after a failed stint with the New York Jets.
He is also considering the Giants, where he would not be in contention to start.
So, Giants backup, Browns starter, or Canada-bound?
Sounds about right…
Former Dayton coach Brian Gregory has a new job, per Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com.
He has a knack for putting together teams that are just good enough to be disappointing…
Ever wonder what Ken Griffey Jr. would look like in a an IndyCar race suit?
You needn’t anymore.
The newly inducted Hall of Famer joined Mario Andretti in Florida over the weekend to celebrate the start of a new year of racing...
Local gems: The Wright State women's basketball team, co-champions of the Horizon League, got a bid to the WNIT… Would you rather live in Dayton or Wichita?… The New Orleans team shook hands with reporters yesterday when they met with the media prior to their First Four game tonight… Here is our NCAA Tournament Coverage Central… The story of Don May's hidden medal and Dayton's 1967 Final Four victory... Tom Herman tried to troll Ohio State about the weather.