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Orioles claim INF Paredes off waivers from Miami

Posted on 15 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The Orioles today announced that they have claimed INF/OF JIMMY PAREDES off of waivers from Miami.

Paredes, 25, spent 2013 in the Houston organization, batting .287/.345/.462 with 16 stolen bases in 86 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City and .192/.231/.248 in 135 plate appearances for the Astros.

In seven minor league seasons, Paredes is a career .289/.324/.428 hitter with 166 stolen bases in 219 attempts. He was originally signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent, July 2, 2006, and was claimed on waivers by Miami from Houston on November 4, 2013.

With this move, the Orioles 40-man roster is now full.

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Maryland tries to bounce back Wednesday against Miami

Posted on 28 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Miami (10-9, 2-5 ACC) at Maryland (11-9, 3-4 ACC)

Maryland looks to end a two-game skid Wednesday night at 9 p.m. in Comcast Center as it takes on the Miami Hurricanes for the final time in ACC regular season play as head coach Mark Turgeon coaches his 500th career game (303-196, .607).

Watch: ACC Network – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Eddie Fogler (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams (Sideline); Sirius/XM Channel 85

Storylines

• The Terps have defeated Miami in three consecutive games at home, and are 5-1 all-time at home (4-1 in Comcast Center) against the Hurricanes. Miami won the inaugural ACC meeting, 75-73, in an overtime thriller on Feb. 5, 2005 in Coral Gables, Fla.

• Junior Dez Wells had a strong performance in his debut against Miami last season, posting 18 points (12 in the second half) on 7-of-11 shooting in the Terps’ 54-47 loss at the Bank United Center.

• Sophomore Jake Layman continues to shoot well in Comcast Center after an 18-point (7-of-12) display Saturday against No. 20 Pitt. He currently leads the team at home with 14.9 points/g on 51 percent shooting (50-for-99).

• The Terps are getting more consistent play at the point guard position as sophomore Seth Allen continues his steady return from a fractured left foot. Allen posted a season-high six assists against No. 20 Pitt, and has dished 15 assists and committed only four turnovers (3.75 ratio) in his last three games.

• The Terrapins have won eight of their last 12 home ACC contests, outscoring opponents by an average margin of 11.8 points in the victories. Maryland handily defeated Georgia Tech by a 16-point margin on Jan. 4, 77-61, before overcoming a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Notre Dame, 74-66, on Jan. 15.

No. 20 Pitt Holds Off Surging Terps
The 20th-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers relied on their inside game and the prowess of guard Lamar Patterson to squeeze out an 83-79 victory over Maryland Saturday at Comcast Center.
Patterson scored 28 points, and the Panthers used a 37-28 rebounding advantage and 32 free throws to earn the victory.
Dez Wells scored 19, Jake Layman had 18 and Nick Faust added 13 for the Terrapins. Maryland closed to 79-74 with 1:19 to go but couldn’t complete the comeback.
A 3-pointer by Faust and a three-point play by Layman cut it to 62-55 with 10:17 to go, but Patterson scored the game’s next three points and got an assist on a basket by Robinson to give the Panthers a 12-point lead with 8:39 remaining.

Scouting Miami
Miami rolls into College Park on a two-game slide after a pair of home losses to Duke and Syracuse. Sitting at 2-5 in the ACC (10-9 overall), the Hurricanes’ lone victories in conference play have come on the road (North Carolina and Georgia Tech).
The Hurricanes rank 10th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 59.3 points per game. George Washington is the only team to score more than 70 points on Miami in regulation, defeating the Hurricanes, 71-63, in Anaheim, Calif.
Graduate forward Donnavan Kirk presents a menacing shot-blocking force inside, ranking third in the ACC (64th nationally) in blocked shots/g. Kirk is second on the team in both points (9.6/g) and rebounds (6.1/g).
Rion Brown leads the ‘Canes in both scoring (13.4/g) and rebounds (6.3/g).

Statistically Speaking
Sophomore Jake Layman is averaging a team-high 14.9 points on 51 percent shooting in home games.
Junior Dez Wells is a strong second half performer, averaging nearly four more points per game in the second half (8.9/g) than the first (5.7/g). He is shooting 48 percent from the field in the second half and 82 percent from the line.
The Terps are outrebounding opponents by an average of 7.3 boards in home games.
Maryland is 11-0 when leading with 5:00 to play and 8-1 when leading at halftime.
Maryland is 9-1 when holding opponents below 70 points.

What to Watch For
The Terps have taken much better care of the ball since sophomore Seth Allen reprised his role at point guard eight games ago. Allen posted a season-high six assists Saturday against No. 20 Pitt, and has dished 15 assists and committed only four turnovers in his last three games.
Maryland is looking to “rebound” from it’s worst rebounding performance of the season against Pitt Saturday (granted, both teams shot over 48 percent). Pitt out-rebounded the Terps by a nine-board margin, 37-28.
The Terrapins continue to develop their big men as they look for a consistent center in the post. Head coach Mark Turgeon has played his centers based on matchups, although sophomore Charles Mitchell ranks third in the ACC in offensive rebounds (3.0/g).

Terps in the Community
Despite their loss to Pitt Saturday, a number of Terrapin athletes were active in the local community the following Sunday.
Maryland big men Jon Graham, Charles Mitchell and Damonte Dodd attended the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship in Bowie, Md., as they cheered on and signed autographs for the youth.
Meanwhile, junior Jacob Suskkind attended Family Sports Night in Bethesda, Md., to share experiences and stories from the perspective of a Maryland student-athlete.

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DeCosta reportedly contacted by Dolphins for general manager opening

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DeCosta reportedly contacted by Dolphins for general manager opening

Posted on 10 January 2014 by Luke Jones

It appears to be that time of year again when NFL teams come calling for Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta about their general manager openings.

According to the Miami Herald, the Miami Dolphins have contacted DeCosta in regards to their opening following the dismissal of general manager Jeff Ireland. However, head coach Joe Philbin remains in place, which would certainly be a sticking point for any high-profile candidate having interest in the Dolphins job.

Multiple outlets were immediately shooting down the possibility of DeCosta having any interest Friday morning.

DeCosta has already been publicly named the heir apparent to Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome by owner Steve Bisciotti and is compensated as well as many general managers around the league, factors that have resulted in him declining interview requests in the past. The 42-year-old expressed his loyalty to the Ravens as recently as last offseason, and it’s difficult to imagine the Miami job being very attractive with the fallout of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga continuing to hang over the head of the organization and Philbin still remaining as head coach.

“I love being a part of the Ravens and plan to stay here and help them win championships,” DeCosta said in a statement issued by the Ravens at the end of the 2012 regular season.  “I have no intentions of leaving this team.”

Of course, one should never say never in terms of his future, but DeCosta has been with the Ravens since 1996 and is considered a critical part of the organization’s present and future. It’s difficult to view Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ inquiry as anything more than a pipe dream considering DeCosta has turned down far more attractive job inquiries before.

The 57-year-old Newsome reiterated last January that DeCosta was the man who will eventually take his place but wasn’t thinking about retirement anytime soon.

“I know he’s going to be [the successor],” Newsome said during the week of Super Bowl XLVII. “Steve has said that. I know the Ravens will be in good hands when that time comes. That’s a long time away though.”

 

 

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Loyola returns from holiday break Monday at Miami

Posted on 29 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Miami Hurricanes

Saturday, December 30, 2013  |  7:00 p.m.

Coral Gables, Fla. | Bank United Center


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola return to action for the first time after the Christmas holiday to play at the University of Miami at 7 o’clock on Monday, December 30.

The game is the final regular-season non-conference affair of the season before the Greyhounds embark in Patriot League play on the second day of the new year.

Loyola scored its most points in a half, 53, in the second 20 minutes against Saint Joseph’s, logging a point every 22.6 seconds as opposed to one every 50 seconds when it was outscored 60-24 in the first half of the game.

The Greyhounds lead the Patriot League in turnover margin, averaging 3.3 fewer than opponents in 10 games.

 

Last Time Out

Saint Joseph’s shot 64.5 percent, and held Loyola to 31.8 percent, in the first half, and the Hawks jumped out to a 60-24 halftime lead in Baltimore on December 21.

The Greyhounds flipped the script, however, and outscored Saint Joseph’s, 53-28, in the second half, but they lost, 88-77.

Saint Joseph’s made just 4-of-21 (19 percent) second-half shots, and Loyola forced 11 turnovers after the break.

Dylon Cormier scored 23 of his game-high 27 after the break, and he recorded his third career double-double (all this season) with 11 rebounds. Jarred Jones added 15 points for Loyola.

 

 

ESPN3 Broadcast

Monday’s game at Miami will be broadcast live, worldwide, on ESPN3.

Mike Levine will call the play-by-play, and Drew Nicholas, a member of the 2002 University of Maryland NCAA Championship team, will handle the color analysis.

 

Series History Versus Miami

Loyola and Miami will meet for the first time when the teams take the floor on Monday.

The Greyhounds are 11-35 all-time against current Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. Fifteen of their games, and all but three of the wins, have come against Maryland. The other wins came versus Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

None of Loyola’s 11 wins have come since the ACC was formed in 1953; the last was on December 16, 1949, when the Greyhounds beat Wake Forest, 66-51.

Loyola faced a Jim Larrañaga-coached team once, a 66-52 loss at George Mason on December 8, 2011.

 

Second Half Revivals

Loyola has outscored its last two opponents, Stony Brook and Saint Joseph’s, 90-61, in the second half.

In those final 20 minutes, the Greyhounds have shot 45.5 percent from the field, but their defense has been the difference. The Seawolves and Hawks have been limited to just 11-of-40 (27.5 percent) from the floor during the second halves.

Loyola’s opponents have made just one 3-pointer (1-of-12, 8.3 percent), and they have committed 20 turnovers to Loyola’s four after the breaks.

In their last game, December 21 against Saint Joseph’s, the Greyhounds forced 11 second-half turnovers, and the Hawks made only 4-of-21 (19 percent) shots; none of their nine 3-point attempts found the mark.

Offensively, Dylon Cormier has averaged 20.5 points in the second halves of the last two games for Loyola, including a 23-point performance against the Hawks.

Against Stony Brook, the Greyhounds erased a 17-point first-half deficit to tie the score twice in the second half. Versus Saint Joseph’s, Loyola trailed, 60-24, at the half, but it made the contest a three-possession game and lost by 11.

In all 10 games this year, Loyola is outscoring opponents, 38.7-37.0, after halftime.

 

Slow Starts

The Greyhounds’ furious second half rallies have been necessitated by slow starts that have dug first-half holes against Stony Brook and Saint Joseph’s.

In those games, Loyola has allowed its foes to shot 63.2 percent (36-of-57) from the field while shooting just 37 percent (17-of-46) itself. The Seawolves and Hawks made a combined 12-of-20 shots from behind the arc, as well.

Loyola has also lost the turnover differentials in the first halves of those games, coughing up the ball 21 times while forcing just 12 turnovers.

Loyola has led at the half just three times this year (Binghamton, Cornell and Fairfield), an all three of those games translated into victories.

Cumulatively, in the Greyhounds’ 10 games, Loyola has been outscored, 39.2-31.0, in the first half this season.

 

Non-Conference Comes To A Close

Monday’s game at Miami will be the Greyhounds’ final non-conference tile of the 2013-2014 regular-season.

They will start their inaugural year in the Patriot League with a pair of games later in the week against two service academies.

Loyola hosts the U.S. Naval Academy, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, before traveling to the U.S. Military Academy on Sunday, January 5, for a 2 o’clock tipoff.

 

Second Half Versus Saint Joseph’s

The aforementioned second half against Saint Joseph’s saw Loyola outscore the Hawks, 53-28. The 53 points were the most that the Greyhounds have scored in a half this season, besting the 48 second-half points they tallied versus Catholic University.

Loyola’s top three scorers in the game – Dylon Cormier (27), Jarred Jones (15) and Eric Laster (10) – combined for 41 of Loyola’s 53 points after the break.

Cormier was 9-of-13 from the field for 23 points, and Laster hit 4-of-6 shots for 10. Cormier’s 23 points were the most by a Loyola player in a half this season, as were his nine rebounds.

Loyola committed only two turnovers after the break, while its five steals contributed to 11 Saint Joseph’s miscues.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 24.1 points per game through 10. Through games of Thursday, December 26, Cormier is fifth in the nation in scoring, trailing only Niagara University’s Antoine Mason (28.3), Creighton University’s Doug McDermott (24.6), North Carolina Central’s Jeremy Ingram (24.6) and Texas Southern’s Aaric Murray (24.5).

Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well. Overall, he has eight 20+ point games in 10 contests.

On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.

Cormier was the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.

He was the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

1,400 For Cormier

In the second half at Mount St. Mary’s, Dylon Cormier became the 12th player in school history to score 1,400 or more points in a career. Entering Monday’s  game against Miami with 1,454, Cormier is four points from overtaking B.J. Pendleton (1991-95) for 10th place on the Greyhounds’ all-time scoring list.

He is the eighth player at Loyola to reach 1,400 points at the Division I level.

 

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 35 times on December 19 against Stony Brook, and Dylon Cormier took 21 of the attempts.

His 21 free throw attempts were the second-most in school single-game history, one shy of tying the January 14, 2009, mark set by Jamal Barney against NJIT.

Cormier made 16 free throws, a career-best, good for a tie for fourth in single-game history. Barney holds that record, as well, with 18.

Through 10 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 99 times (tied for 15th in Division I through games of December 26). His average of 9.9 free throws per game are tied for fifth nationally.

Loyola is guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season, plus at least one Patriot League Tournament), and with that average, Cormier would 299 free throws in 2013-14. The school single-season record for free throws attempted is 255 set in 1997-98 by Mike Powell.

In his career, Cormier is 402-of-570 from the free-throw line. Against Saint Joseph’s, he moved into fourth-place at Loyola in attempts, and he is now 11 away from fifth-place in makes.

 

Sticky Fingers

Loyola has logged 13 steals in two of its last three games (at Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook) , raising its Patriot League leading average to 8.5 per game this season. It is also tied for 27th in the nation in steals per game.

The Greyhounds have had 11 or more steals in four games – 12 at UMBC, 11 at Connecticut and 13 at Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook – through 10 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League, and it tied for 35th nationally, in steals per game (2.3), while Dylon Cormier is fourth (1.9). Cormier had a season-high four thefts against the Seawolves.

Cormier now has 158 in his career at Loyola, fifth-most in school history and two out of fourth place. With 83 in his career, Williams is 24th on the career chart.

 

Turnovers Trending Lower

Through 10 games this season, the Greyhounds have done a relatively good job of taking care of possessions, averaging 11.2 turnovers per game, second best amongst Patriot League teams.

Loyola is slightly ahead of last year’s average of 11.9 turnovers per game (12.1 in the first nine of the season).

Additionally, the Greyhounds lead the Patriot League in turnover margin, averaging 3.4 fewer than their opponents this season. Loyola has forced 14.6 turnovers per game this year, 8.8 per game by route of the steal, a stat that is also tops in the conference.

In all, the Greyhounds have committed 100 turnovers to their opponents 131.

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s five losses this season – at Connecticut, West Virginia, Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook and Saint Joseph’s – the Greyhounds are shooting a over eight percent worse from the floor than they are in their five victories.

Loyola has made 45.9 percent (134-of-292) shots in five wins versus 37.8 percent (111-of-294) in four losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 18  points less (81.4 versus 63.4) in the losses.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (47.1-42.4) in the games they’ve won.

 

Jones Returns To Scoring Form

Jarred Jones had his best scoring night since of the month of December against Saint Joseph’s, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-8 from the field. He hit two 3-pointers, his first two of the season, and also had two steals in the game. His 15 points were the second most of his career.

Jones is the team’s second leading scorer this season, averaging 10.7 points per game while shooting a team-best 55.9 percent from the field. He has also gone to the free-throw line 37 times, making 29 attempts for a 78.4 percentage.

The sophomore had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).

While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.

He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.

 

Getting To The Line

Hopefully, the ability Loyola showed in its last two games to get to the free-throw line (35 attempts against Stony Brook, 26 versus Saint Joseph’s) is a sign of things to come. When Loyola opened the season with a 4-0 record, it was going tot he free-throw line 32.5 times (129 total).

Since then, however, Loyola has gone to the line an average of just 21.6 times (127 total) in its last six games. Take out the last two games, and the Greyhounds were averaging just 16.5 free throws attempted over a four-game stretch.

 

Rassman Producing More

Franz Rassman has shown his best scoring form of the season in Loyola’s last four games, averaging 10.0 points in those contests.

After tallying a career-best 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting against Catholic University, Rassman finished with 12 points – 10 in the first half – at Mount St. Mary’s.

In Loyola’s first six games of the season, Rassman was making just 31.8 percent of shots (7-of-22), but he has hit 54.8 percent (17-of-31) in the last three contests.

 

Doing The Little Things

Eric Laster has done the stat-sheet filling things in the several games for the Greyhounds. The guard, who is in his first year as a starter, has pulled down at least four rebounds in each of the last six games.

On December 19 versus Stony Brook, he blocked a career-best three shots, and earlier this month, he posted a career-high five assists in a win over Catholic.

Laster has 17 assists this year against just six turnovers, and he is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game.

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, he has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first five games on the wing.

Laster has averaged 8.9 points in Loyola’s first 10 contests, and he is shooting 44.1 percent (15-of-34) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent overall from the field.

 

Williams To The Basket

R.J. Williams has been a true point guard throughout his career at Loyola, but he has taken more opportunities to score this season. He has scored 10 or more three times (the same number he had during his first two years), including tallying 11 versus Stony Brook to match his career-high.

Against the Seawolves, Williams showed his ability to get to the basket for layups or to draw fouls. He leads the team in free-throw percentage (82.9), making 29-of-35 from the charity stripe this season.

 

Outside Shooting Off The Bench

Tyler Hubbard’s role as an outside shooter off the bench has continued this year, with good success. The sophomore is hitting 40.0 percent (12-of-30) shots from behind the 3-point arc, while averaging 15.8 minutes per game.

He is also getting to the free-throw line at a good clip with the ability to draw contract when driving into traffic. He has taken the fourth most free throws on the team this season, making 13-of-17.

After averaging 2.8 points in 9.7 minutes per game last season, Hubbard has raised his scoring to 5.5 this year. He has played 24 minutes, season highs, in two of the Greyhounds’ last three games.

 

From Way Back

Loyola trailed UMBC by 17 points, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation on November 20, but the Greyhounds came all the way back to tie the score with 11 ticks left in regulation. They then went on to win, 89-83, in overtime.

An R.J. Williams layup with 8:37 left started a 10-0 run that would cut the deficit to seven on two Dylon Cormier free throws at 6:29, and Loyola would get within four on three occasions after that.

UMBC, however, pushed the lead back to double-digits, 73-63, on a Malik Garner free throw with 90 seconds remaining.

Eric Laster hit a pair of threes, wrapped around a 1-of-2 trip to the line for UMBC’s Joey Getz, and Loyola was down 74-69 with 1:14 left after Laster’s second triple. Quentin Jones hit a 20-foot jumper form the left corner with 58 seconds left, but Laster answered 11 ticks later to make it a four-point game.

Garner turned the ball over on a Cormier steal, and Later canned his fourth three in a span of 41 seconds to get the Greyhounds within a point, 76-75, with 42 seconds left. Loyola forced a missed layup by UMBC, and Cormier was fouled with 11 seconds left, and he hit 1-of-2 to tie the score. UMBC’s Rodney Elliott drew contact and a foul call with 3.1 seconds showing, but the freshman missed both foul shots, forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Loyola made 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to pull away for the victory.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

In addition to sporting a new coach, Loyola will also be a member of the Patriot League for the first time in 2013-2014. The school announced in August 2012 that it would make the move to the conference, and the move became official on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds will compete against American University, fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth in the Patriot League Preseason poll, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.

 

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.

Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.

Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.

 

Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

 

Scoring
11th 1,454 points
Next B.J. Pendleton, 1,457
Field Goals Made
17th 480 field goals made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 490
3-Pointers Made
T-15th 92 3-Pt. Made
Next Charlie Bell & J’hared Hall, 93
Free Throws Made
6th 402 free throws made
Next Maurice Hicks, 412
Assists
21st 186 assists
Next Milt Williams, 190
Steals
5th 158 steals
Next Kevin Green, 159

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.

 

Up Next

Loyola will open Patriot League action with its first conference contest as a member of the group on Thursday, January 2, at 7:30 p.m. The Greyhounds host the U.S. Naval Academy that night in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds then travel to West Point, N.Y., for a Sunday, January 5, contest at the U.S. Military Academy.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 23 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Terrapin Classic: Wofford @ Maryland (Saturday 12pm Comcast Center), Howard/College of Charleston @ Maryland (Sunday 1:30pm Comcast Center)

10. SOJA (Friday & Saturday Rams Head Live); Papadosio (Monday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Deadcember with Cris Jacobs Band (Thursday 9pm 8×10 Club), Colouring Lesson (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); O’Malley’s March (Thursday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Corey Smith (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Common (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Sunday & Monday 8pm 9:30 Club)

Strict “no marijuana” policy with the SOJA boys.

I’m not into Corey Smith as much as others, but once I post this video I’ll be that much closer to wrapping up T10BD!

I loved Common in Wild Aces.

Trombone Shorty is pleasing to my earhole.

9. Jeff Dunham (Monday 7:30pm Baltimore Arena); The Wolf of Wall Street“, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom“, “Grudge Match” and “47 Ronin” out in theaters (Friday); Insidious Chapter 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Glenn Clark’s Christmas plans (Wednesday, parts unknown)

As I reminder, Christmas dinner in the Glenn Clark household is stuffed shells. More recently, my fiancee’s absolutely SUBLIME Buffalo Shells.

Happy Holidays, gang.

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Ravens enter Monday night controlling own path to AFC North title

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Ravens enter Monday night controlling own path to AFC North title

Posted on 16 December 2013 by Luke Jones

Sunday’s NFL action brought good and bad news to the Ravens as they traveled to Detroit for a critical nationally-televised meeting with the Lions.

With Cincinnati falling hard to Pittsburgh in a 30-20 final at Heinz Field Sunday night, the Ravens now control their own path to a third consecutive AFC North title if they are able to win their final three games to conclude the regular season. Should Baltimore beat Detroit and New England next Sunday, a Week 17 meeting with the Bengals would decide the division as the Ravens would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Cincinnati with a victory in the season finale.

However, the bad news for the 7-6 Ravens Sunday was the Miami Dolphins earning an impressive win over New England to temporarily land in the No. 6 spot in the AFC with an 8-6 record. Baltimore owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Miami with a Week 5 win earlier in the season, but the Dolphins finish the season with a road game against Buffalo in Week 16 and a home game against the Jets in Week 17, leaving the Ravens with an even smaller margin for error than anticipated a couple weeks ago.

With Miami and 7-7 San Diego both scoring big wins in Week 15, the Ravens were reminded that there will be no such thing as backing into the playoffs like they did a year ago in losing four of their last five to finish 10-6 before making their remarkable run to Super Bowl XLVII. It’s becoming apparent that the AFC postseason is void of any juggernauts — like Seattle is shaping up to be in the NFC — and is setting up nicely for any one team to get hot at the perfect time, but the Ravens’ biggest obstacle is now to simply qualify for the tournament.

Perhaps the biggest message to take away from Sunday’s action is that the Ravens need to continue to win and build on the momentum created by a three-game winning streak to finish out their recent homestand. Otherwise, they’ll be depending on help from other teams to advance to the postseason for a sixth consecutive season, and that’s never a good feeling to be playing difficult games at the end of the season while needing to keep an eye on the scoreboard.

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Contender or pretender: Sizing up the AFC wild-card race

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Contender or pretender: Sizing up the AFC wild-card race

Posted on 03 December 2013 by Luke Jones

For the Ravens and a number of other AFC teams who’ve plodded along with a .500 record or slightly worse through the first three quarters of the 2013 season, the final sprint is here in determining who will grab the coveted second wild-card spot as Kansas City is all but guaranteed the No. 5 seed.

Of course, coach John Harbaugh and his team still hold hope that their Week 17 meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals will provide an opportunity to play for the AFC North title, but the Ravens will need their division counterpart to slip up to reduce the deficit to just one game entering that final contest at Paul Brown Stadium on Dec. 29. In the meantime, the Ravens simply must focus on winning games and securing their current grip on the No. 6 seed in the AFC as their 6-6 record equals the Dolphins — and an Oct. 6 victory over Miami gives them the tie-breaking nod.

Following this Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings that concludes the current three-game homestand, the Ravens have the most difficult path of any of the wild-card contenders over the final three weeks in playing three teams projected to land in the postseason. Baltimore figures to need to win three of its final four games in the final month for a good chance to maintain its grip on the No. 6 seed, meaning the Ravens will likely need to win two of three against Detroit, New England, and Cincinnati and only the Patriots game will be played at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 16.

The Ravens’ 6-4 conference record stacks up well with the rest of the field, but the outcome of their two remaining AFC games will loom large should they find themselves in a number of tie-breaking situations.

Here’s a look at the rest of the field as I determine who the contenders and the pretenders are:

MIAMI (6-6) – CONTENDER
Conference record: 5-3
Remaining schedule: at Pittsburgh, New England, at Buffalo, New York Jets
Skinny: It would have been unsurprising to see the Dolphins fold in November with the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin situation hanging over their heads, but Miami has rebounded from an embarrassing loss to Tampa Bay to win two of its last three. The Dolphins are in the best position to challenge the Ravens mathematically, but their next two games will make or break them as they go to Heinz Field before playing the Patriots at home. Just one win over the Steelers or New England would put incredible heat on the Ravens over the final two weeks against difficult opponents. Of course, the Dolphins’ Week 5 loss to Baltimore continues to doom them if those two teams finish tied for the No. 6 spot with no one else in the mix.

TENNESSEE (5-7) – PRETENDER
Conference record: 4-5
Remaining schedule: at Denver, Arizona, at Jacksonville, Houston
Skinny: Their current record and remaining schedule still suggest the Titans have a slim chance, but the season-ending injury to quarterback Jake Locker last month and two losses to a vulnerable Indianapolis team in their last three games have all but sealed their fate. Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick had been playing well before an awful performance this past Sunday, but the next two games figure to be the final nails in the coffin to the Titans’ playoff hopes. Tennessee started fast this season, but only two wins since the start of October clearly scream pretender in an already-mediocre field.

PITTSBURGH (5-7) – CONTENDER
Conference record: 4-5
Remaining schedule: Miami, Cincinnati, at Green Bay, Cleveland
Skinny: Many eulogized the Steelers’ season following the Thanksgiving night result, but Pittsburgh could still be the biggest threat in the wild-card race with three remaining home games. A normally-intimidating trip to Lambeau Field in Week 16 to take on the Packers could also be easier should Aaron Rodgers be shut down for the rest of the season as some are speculating. A Steelers win over the Bengals in Week 15 would help the Ravens in their quest for the division title, but Baltimore’s season split with Pittsburgh creates a more complicated tiebreaker that could come down to division record or even record in common games. Perhaps more than anything else, Ravens fans begrudgingly know it’s never a good idea to count out Ben Roethlisberger, meaning the Steelers still have a shot.

SAN DIEGO (5-7) – PRETENDER
Conference record: 3-6
Remaining schedule: New York Giants, at Denver, Oakland, Kansas City
Skinny: The Chargers’ home loss to Cincinnati on Sunday not only failed to do the Ravens any favors in the AFC North race but landed Mike McCoy’s team in the pretender category. San Diego has arguably looked better than any of the other wild-card contenders — the Ravens included — when playing at its best, but inconsistency has once again plagued the Chargers as it seems to annually. They have three remaining home games, but the Chargers have already lost three games at Qualcomm Stadium and are just as likely to lay an egg against the Giants or the Raiders than to pull off an upset over the Broncos or the Chiefs. Their abysmal conference record won’t do them any favors in a tie-breaking scenario, so San Diego’s only real hope is to run the table.

NEW YORK (5-7) – PRETENDER
Conference record: 2-7
Remaining schedule: Oakland, at Carolina, Cleveland, at Miami
Skinny: Only two weeks ago we were talking about the Jets holding the No. 6 spot in the conference, but they’ve crashed and burned since then with a road loss to the Ravens and an embarrassing home defeat to Miami by 20 points this past Sunday. Their quarterback situation is the worst of any of the teams still vying for a wild-card spot as Geno Smith hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since before Halloween. The Jets’ remaining schedule isn’t awful, but they appear far more likely to lose their four remaining games than to go on a run necessary to land the No. 6 seed. New York was still better than many expected this year, but a dysfunctional offense has finally sunk the Jets after some impressive wins earlier in the season.

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Despite crowded wild-card picture, Ravens’ task clear over final month

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Despite crowded wild-card picture, Ravens’ task clear over final month

Posted on 02 December 2013 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens entered the weekend with the rare chance to not only rest but take a long look at the rest of a crowded AFC playoff picture.

Moving into the No. 6 spot in the conference by way of their 22-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last Thursday night, the Ravens could give thanks at the end of the holiday weekend for still holding the final wild-card position due to their tie-breaking win over the 6-6 Miami Dolphins earlier in the season. But four teams linger with 5-7 records, and different factors are working for and against them in the chase to play football in January.

There’s plenty of watching and wondering what will happen over the season’s final four weeks.

“Everybody is playing everybody right now,” coach John Harbaugh said. “With so many teams involved, it’s going to be the way it’s going to be. One team wins, another teams loses. A lot of times, it helps us either way, and it hurts us both ways — it doesn’t really matter.”

The Dolphins have only one game remaining against teams that are .500 or better (New England).

Pittsburgh plays three of its final four games at Heinz Field and only one of those four contests comes against an opponent with a winning record (Cincinnati).

Despite a crippling quarterback situation, the New York Jets play only one team with a winning record and it’s an NFC opponent (Carolina).

After a disappointing home loss to the Bengals that did no favors to the Ravens’ AFC North title hopes, the Chargers still play three of the final four games at home.

And even 5-7 Tennessee has games remaining against Jacksonville and Houston, two of the worst teams in the NFL.

It’s a lot to process as we start tracking conference marks, records against common opponents, and strength of victory, but Harbaugh and the Ravens choose to focus only on what they can control with so many scenarios still alive with four games to go. The hope of a division title will depend on the Bengals slipping at least once or twice leading into the Week 17 meeting between the teams in Cincinnati, but advancing to the postseason for a sixth consecutive season is a clear path if the Ravens can avoid treacherous detours along the way.

“What matters is us; we just have to win,” Harbaugh said. “If we win games, things are going to work out for us. If we don’t, things are going to be tough. That’s what we have to take care of; we have to take care of ourselves.”

Though facing the best running back on the planet in Adrian Peterson doesn’t sound like a layup, the Ravens will face their last opponent with a record below .500 Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings come to town to conclude a three-game homestand. After that, the road becomes bumpier than at any other point this season with a Monday night road game at NFC North-leading Detroit, a Sunday night home finale against AFC East-leading New England, and a regular-season finale in Cincinnati.

The Ravens hold the one-game edge over all No. 6 seed contenders after Miami, but they’ll still need to win three of their final four to get to the 9-7 mark, a standard that would very likely put them in the postseason. An 8-8 record could still conceivably land the No. 6 seed in the AFC, but such a path will depend on tie-breakers and considerable help from other results.

The good news is Baltimore appears to be getting hot at the right time. After winning two straight for only the second time all season, the Ravens are back at .500 and are on the verge of getting tight end Dennis Pitta back to provide a boost to a below-average offense. Experience is certainly on their side as they can simply point to last year to remember it’s all about clicking when the stakes are at their highest.

However, these Ravens are also 1-5 on the road and figure to need to win at least one of their final two road games. Only one of Baltimore’s six wins — their Nov. 10 home win over the Bengals — has come against teams currently holding a winning record and only one other victory — an Oct. 6 win at Miami — came against a team at the .500 mark.

The Ravens believe they’re getting better and are peaking at the right time. They’ll have every opportunity to show that in the month of December.

Their playoff lives will depend on it.

“We are in position to control our own destiny,” Harbaugh said. “That is what you try to accomplish going into December, so we’ve accomplished that. Now it’s up to us to make the most of it and to go ahead and control our destiny, win the games we have to win, starting with this one – and this is the only one that matters right now – and take it from there.”

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Ravens emerge from Week 13 action holding No. 6 seed in AFC

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Ravens emerge from Week 13 action holding No. 6 seed in AFC

Posted on 01 December 2013 by Luke Jones

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Armed with the luxury of sitting back and watching the rest of the NFL’s Week 13 action play out Sunday after a 22-20 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night, the Ravens maintained control of the No. 6 seed in the AFC.

Miami was the only other of the six 5-6 teams entering Week 13 to emerge with a victory to improve to 6-6, but the Ravens hold the tiebreaker due to their Week 5 win over the Dolphins in early October.

The bad news on Sunday came in the form of the Cincinnati Bengals’ 17-10 win over San Diego that allowed them to keep a two-game lead over the Ravens with an 8-4 record in the AFC North. However, a Bengals loss to the Chargers would have forced a three-way tie for the sixth spot in the AFC, a scenario that would have resulted in Miami winning the current tiebreaker due to a superior conference record over the Ravens and San Diego.

The Ravens will welcome the Minnesota Vikings to town next Sunday while Miami travels to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh to take on the 5-7 Steelers.

Of course, the road to the playoffs will grow much more difficult for the Ravens after that as they play three projected playoff teams to conclude the regular season — two of them coming on the road.

Here are the Week 14 games impacting the AFC playoff picture next weekend:

Minnesota (3-8-1) at Baltimore (6-6)

Indianapolis (8-4) at Cincinnati (8-4)

Oakland (4-8) at New York Jets (5-7)

Miami (6-6) at Pittsburgh (5-7)

Tennessee (5-7) at Denver (10-2)

New York Giants (4-7) at San Diego (5-7)

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Deserving or not, Ravens remain firmly in AFC playoff hunt

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Deserving or not, Ravens remain firmly in AFC playoff hunt

Posted on 18 November 2013 by Luke Jones

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They don’t deserve to be in the postseason and certainly don’t look like a playoff team.

The eyeball test warrants a failing grade.

Too little consistency and too many bad losses will cost them at the end of the season.

They’re simply not good enough.

The following statements have been used over and over in describing the Ravens as they’ve lost four of their last five games to fall to 4-6 on the season and 2 1/2 games behind division-leading Cincinnati in the AFC North.

And those same descriptions can and have been used to describe the seven other teams currently jockeying for the final wild-card spot in the AFC playoff picture. In fact, “plodding” might be a better term to use in describing the race for the No. 6 seed in the conference.

Unless commissioner Roger Goodell elects to eliminate the final spot, a team with an underwhelming résumé through Week 11 will find itself playing in January as the final seed in the single-elimination tournament. The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins hold the slight edge at the moment over the rest of the pack at 5-5, but their flaws are as apparent as any of the six 4-6 teams chasing them.

“What it goes to show you is how close it is, and what a razor-thin margin it is in the National Football League,” coach John Harbaugh said in describing the current playoff picture. “That’s what makes the National Football League great. We would all rather be sitting here talking about being atop the division and chasing a home-field advantage or something like that. And that’s something that we were shooting for. We wanted to be in that position. We haven’t done the things we needed to do to be in that position.”

The frustration is understandable after a 4-6 start, but deeming the Ravens undeserving of the playoffs and writing them off are subjective statements that would be true in most seasons but are made in isolation from the rest of the field through Week 11. While I’m unwilling to say they’re definitively better than any of the other seven teams fighting for the final spot, you won’t convince me that any of those competitors are superior to the Ravens, either.

The truth is the AFC is mired in mediocrity once you look beyond Denver, New England, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Kansas City, making it difficult to predict which team — if any — will make a strong run over the final six weeks to sneak in. At this point, 10-6 would virtually guarantee the final playoff spot, but 9-7 has a good shot of being the season-ending target.

As mediocre as the entire field of 5-5 and 4-6 teams has looked, even an 8-8 record — or, gasp, 7-9? — with a favorable tie-breaker arsenal could conceivably be awarded with the No. 6 seed. Whether you elect to embrace that possibility with any level of enthusiasm is your choice.

With a head-to-head tie-breaking win over Miami and a meeting with the Jets this Sunday, the Ravens have an opportunity to gain the upper hand against the two teams they’re currently chasing in the wild-card race. That doesn’t mean they have the advantage over the rest of the field, but their chances appear no worse than any other team — even if you must hold your nose while saying that.

“We are right there. We can do it, and we’re good enough to do it,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve got every tool we need; all we have to do is go get it done. But that’s on us. We believe we have what it takes, but it’s up to us to prove it, and we’ve got to go prove it by winning these games.”

Whether the Ravens can do it remains to be seen, but three straight games at home starting Sunday provides a crucial opportunity to stack wins and ease the pain from their current 1-5 record on the road.

Here’s a look at the rest of the race for the AFC’s No. 6 seed in the current order in which teams stand based on tie-breaking procedures, which I’ll forgo including beyond conference records for now:

6. NEW YORK (5-5)
Conference record: 2-5
Remaining schedule: at Baltimore, Miami, Oakland, at Carolina, Cleveland, at Miami
Case for: Only one game remaining against a team with a winning record, league’s top-ranked run defense
Case against: Struggling rookie quarterback Geno Smith, minus-85 point differential (worst among the eight contenders for No. 6 seed)

7. MIAMI (5-5)
Conference record: 4-3
Remaining schedule: Carolina, at New York Jets, at Pittsburgh, New England, at Buffalo, New York Jets
Case for: One of the NFL’s better pass rushes, potential of young quarterback Ryan Tannehill
Case against: 31st in total offense, fallout from the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito saga

8. OAKLAND (4-6)
Conference record: 4-3
Remaining schedule: Tennessee, at Dallas, at New York Jets, Kansas City, at San Diego, Denver
Case for: Fourth-ranked run offense, sixth-ranked run defense
Case against: Unrest at quarterback position, 25th-ranked pass defense

9. TENNESSEE (4-6)
Conference record: 3-4
Remaining schedule: at Oakland, at Indianapolis, at Denver, Arizona, at Jacksonville, Houston
Case for: Seventh-ranked pass defense, fifth in conference in takeaways
Case against: Season-ending injury to quarterback Jake Locker, four remaining road games

10. PITTSBURGH (4-6)
Conference record: 3-4
Remaining schedule: at Cleveland, at Baltimore, Miami, Cincinnati, at Green Bay, Cleveland
Case for: One game remaining against teams currently above .500, veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
Case against: 30th-ranked rush offense, 26th in run defense

11. BALTIMORE (4-6)
Conference record: 4-4
Remaining schedule: New York Jets, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, at Detroit, New England, at Cincinnati
Case for: Expected return of Dennis Pitta, four remaining home games
Case against: 31st in yards per carry and 30th in total offense, three games remaining against teams currently above .500

12. CLEVELAND (4-6)
Conference record: 3-4
Remaining schedule: Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, at New England, Chicago, at New York Jets, at Pittsburgh
Case for: Fifth in total defense, play-making ability of wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron
Case against: 26th-ranked rush offense, 10th in AFC in takeaways

13. SAN DIEGO (4-6)
Conference record: 2-5
Remaining schedule: at Kansas City, Cincinnati, New York Giants, at Denver, Oakland, Kansas City
Case for: Fourth-ranked passing offense, plus-4 point differential (best among the eight No.6 seed contenders)
Case against: 27th in pass defense, four games remaining against teams currently above .500

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