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Loyola continues fight for first place Saturday at Siena

Posted on 15 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Siena Saints
Date Saturday, February 16, 2013
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Albany, N.Y. | Times Union Center
Series Record Siena leads, 36-20
Last Meeting Loyola 63, Siena 51 – February 8, 2013 in Baltimore

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland will take a quick trip to Central New York for its next game, a Saturday, February 16, contest against Siena College at the Times Union Center in Albany.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 o’clock.

 

Series History

Saturday’s game will be the 57th all-time meeting between Loyola and Siena with the Saints holding a 36-20 advantage in the all-time series.

The Greyhounds have won the last five in the series – including the final meeting in 2010-2011 and three in 2011-2012 – after defeating the Saints, 63-51, on February 8, in Baltimore. Erik Etherly scored a season-high 25 points, and Robert Olson logged his first career double-double in that game that was played in front of a sold-out Reitz Arena crowd.

Siena, which did not lead by more than two points throughout the game, took a 37-36 lead on a Rob Poole jumper with 11:14 to play, but Etherly found Julius Brooks on the right block, and Brooks spun on his defender, sinking a baby-hook to put Loyola in front for good. Brooks’ basket was the first of a 10-0 Loyola run that expanded to 16-5 on a pair of Dylon Cormier free throws with 5:24 remaining.

Olson led the Greyhounds with 10 rebounds, and he tied Cormier for game-high honors with four assists. Cormier also had four steals, as Loyola posted a season-best 12 steals. O.D. Anosike led the Saints with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

In Loyola’s last four games against Siena, Etherly is averaging 17.3 points per game.

 

Last Time Out

Robert Olson scored a game-high 18 points, and Julius Brooks made all eight of his shots – five field goals and three free throws – on Thursday night as Loyola topped Canisius, 68-64, in Baltimore.

Dylon Cormier added 17, 10 in the second half, and Anthony Winbush scored five of his seven in the closing minutes to help secure the win.

Loyola led by 10 with more than 11 minutes remaining in the game, but Canisius cut its deficit to four with 3:00 remaining. Winbush hit a three from the top left with 2:37 on the clock, but it was the last field goal Loyola would score in the game.

A Canisius putback by Chris Manhertz at 2:14, and a Billy Baron three with 48 ticks left made it a two-point Loyola lead, but after the Greyhounds layup went off the mark, Baron had another look at a three, but this one went long, and Winbush grabbed the defensive board. He was fouled and made both free throws with 4.8 seconds showing, securing the win.

 

Brooks Big In Starting Role

Julius Brooks made his first appearance in the Loyola starting lineup since November 28 on Thursday night against Canisius, and his play paid dividends for the Greyhounds. Brooks, who has now started seven games this season, scored 13 points and had a team-high six rebounds while blocking a shot.

The senior forward made all eight of his shots against the Golden Griffins, hitting five from the field and three from the free-throw line.

This season, Brooks is averaging 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 27 games played. In the Greyhounds’ 18 victories, his numbers go slightly higher to 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

Brooks has shot 62.2-percent from the field (56-of-90) this season, a career-best percentage.

 

Olson On Target

Robert Olson led all players with 18 points against Canisius, knocking down 7-of-14 from the field, 4-of-8 from 3-point range, against the Golden Griffins.

Two of his threes came during the last 10 minutes of action as answers to Canisius rallies when the Golden Griffins had trimmed the Loyola lead to three and four points on a couple of occasions.

His three field goals that were not from behind the arc all came from 18 feet or longer.

Olson’s defense was also key for Loyola in the win. He had a season-high five steals, one off his career-high.

 

Moving Up Career Charts

During the Canisius game, Robert Olson moved into 22nd all-time at Loyola with 1,159 career points. With 50 more, he will crack the Top-20 in program history.

It was also the 119th game played of Olson’s career, tying him with Marquis Sullivan for third-most in program history. With five more appearances, Olson will tie Brian Rudolph for most all-time.

Elsewhere on the Loyola career charts, Olson is now second in 3-pointers made (190) behind only Sullivan’s 281. He is also tied for 23rd in field-goals made (392), third in 3-pointers attempted (502), tied for 17th in assists (219) and eighth in steals (112).

 

Free Throws Back On Track For A Night

After a poor showing from the charity stripe on Sunday at Marist, the Greyhounds made 10-of-12 (83.3-percent) on Thursday versus Canisius. Against the Red Foxes, Loyola shot a season-low 46.2-percent (12-of-26) from the free-throw line.

 

Flipping The Script

When Loyola played at Canisius just two weeks prior (January 31), it was a different story line as the Golden griffins won, 91-79.

In that game, Canisius made 13-of-19 (68.4-percent) from 3-point range and 29-of-48 (60.4-percent) from the field. The Golden Griffins also had a 36-25 advantage in rebounds.

On Thursday, Loyola held Canisius to 6-of-21 (28.6-percent) from 3-point range and 21-of-48 (43.8-percent) from the field. The Golden Griffins managed a slim 28-27 lead on the boards.

Entering the game, Canisius was second in the NCAA in 3-pointers made per game with 9.5.

 

Cormier Back Scoring

Marist was just the second team this season to hold Dylon Cormier, Loyola’s leading scorer, to less than 10 point in a game. The junior guard finished with eight on Sunday in Poughkeepsie. Earlier this year, Rhode Island held Cormier to nine in the Greyhounds’ win on November 23.

He rebounded with a 17-point effort against Canisius, putting up three assists and three steals, as well.

In 26 games played this year, Cormier is averaging 16.7 points per game, a mark that is currently fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Additionally, Cormier has scored 15 or more points in 18 games.

Cormier went over the 1,000-point mark for his career on January 21 at Fairfield and enters the game versus Siena with 1,089 career points. This season, he has scored 434, already more than the 428 he tallied in 2011-2012.

He has consistently raised his game since his freshman season. Cormier averaged 8.1 as a freshman in 2010-2011, 13.4 last year and 16.7 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.5, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-1.9) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.5).

 

Back-To-Back In The 20s For Etherly

Erik Etherly scored 22 on Sunday afternoon at Marist, marking the second time this season he has crossed the 20-point threshold in consecutive games. He also had a season-best 25 in a win over Siena.

Earlier this year, the graduate student scored 20 or more in three-straight from January 4-11, recording 21 against Rider, 24 versus Saint Peter’s and 20 against Fairfield.

Etherly scored a season-high 25 points on Friday night against Siena and did so in an efficient fashion. He tied his career-high with nine field goals made in 14 attempts.

Etherly also made 7-of-11 from the free-throw line in the game, and he had three steals to contribute to the Greyhounds’ 12.

All nine of Etherly’s field goals came in the paint, six by layup or dunk.

 

Olson’s First Double-Double

Robert Olson has been a solid rebounder throughout the season, but he posted a career-high on the boards on February 8 against Siena with 10, notching his first career double-double with 11 points.

Olson has recorded five or more rebounds in 14 of Loyola’s 25 games this season and is averaging 4.6 per game.

The senior guard, who scored his 1,000th career point on January 6 against Saint Peter’s has scored 10 or more 59 times during his career, but Friday was his first career double-double. He has tallied 10 or more 20 times this year.

 

Sticky Fingers

Loyola had a season-high 12 steals in the first meeting with  Siena with six players having at least one. Dylon Cormier, who leads the Greyhounds with 1.9 per game this season, had a game-high four steals, while Erik Etherly had three and Robert Olson tallied one.

The Greyhounds’ previous best was 11 steals on November 17 against Norfolk State.

 

Overtime Under Patsos

In Jimmy Patsos’ eight-plus seasons at Loyola, the Greyhounds have played just 10 overtime games, but they have won nine of them. The only loss in nine overtime games came during 2009 against Coppin State.

This year’s squad is 3-0 in extra time this year, winning at Rhode Island and Niagara at home versus Fairfield.

 

When 45 Minutes Isn’t Enough

Last Saturday’s double overtime win at Niagara was the first Loyola game in over 11 years that lasted more than 45 minutes. The last time the Greyhounds played double overtime or more was a triple-overtime defeat on January 10, 2002, at Siena. That season, Loyola also played a double overtime game on November 19, 2001, losing at Coppin State.

 

Three Overtimes In A Season

The last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-1991, the program’s season year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. That year, the Greyhounds played extra time at Saint Peter’s and Niagara (four overtimes, the longest game in program history) and at home versus Iona and Saint Peter’s (three overtimes).

 

Six Over 10

Prior to the February 2 game at Niagara, Loyola had not placed five players in double figures all season. Against the Purple Eagles, six Greyhounds – Robert Olson (23), Dylon Cormier (15), Julius Brooks (14), Anthony Winbush (13), Erik Etherly and R.J. Williams (11 each) – scored 10 or more points.

The last time six Loyola players scored in double figures was on January 30, 2011, when the Greyhounds topped Iona, 88-85, in overtime at home.

 

Olson With 20+ Twice

Robert Olson enjoyed the cold, windy weather in Western New York during the Greyhounds’ recent road trip, averaging 25.0 points in Loyola’s games at Canisius and Niagara. The senior guard scored a career-high 27 at Canisius and had 23 versus the Purple Eagles, marking the first time in his collegiate career he has scored 20 or more in back-to-back games.

Olson, who now has nine 20-plus point efforts at Loyola, led the Greyhounds in rebounds (6), assists (5) and steals (4) at Canisius, and he then turned in five rebounds and two assists versus Niagara.

Against Niagara, he became the 28th player in school history to score 1,100 career points. With 1,120, he is the active career leader in point scored, and he needs 19 to move into 25th place all-time at Loyola.

 

Brooks’ Big Shot

Julius Brooks made the game-winning layup with time expiring on February 2 at Niagara, giving him a career-high 14 points. He made a career-best six field goals in just seven attempts, and he also finished with eight rebounds.

He has set or tied his career-high in scoring three times this season, first setting a new standard with 12 against Mount St. Mary’s on December 15 before tying that mark against Marist on January 17.

Brooks has logged four or more rebounds 14 times this season, and the Greyhounds are 12-2 in those contests.

 

Bracketbuster Opponent Announced

Loyola will participate in the Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster event again this year, and the Greyhounds will face an opponent they have previously played in the competition. Loyola will take on Tennessee State in Nashville on Saturday, February 23, at 7 p.m. (Central). The Greyhounds and Tigers also met in the 2007 version of Bracketbusters.

 

Iona Game Picked For ESPN2

Loyola’s game on March 1 at Iona has been picked as the MAAC Wild Card broadcast and will air live on ESPN2. Game time is still set for 7 p.m.

 

70 Not Enough

Scoring 70 points has been a bit of a magical number for the Greyhounds this season, as they entered the Iona game with a 5-0 record this year when scoring 70 or more points.

Versus the Gaels, Loyola tallied 71 points and suffered just its second loss in the last two years when scoring 70 or more points.

The same thing happened on Thursday night at Canisius where the Greyhound scored 79 points in a loss to the Golden Griffins. Loyola is now 17-3 since the start of the 2011-2012 season when hitting or exceeding that mark. The only other loss came in an 83-79 defeat to Rider on February 24, 2012.

 

High On Assists

The games against Iona and Canisius saw the Greyhounds record 18 assists twice, one off the season-high of 19 they set against Marist on January 17.

At Canisius, Robert Olson had five assists, and Anthony Winbush passed out four, while three other Greyhounds had two or more.

The losses mark the first time in more than three years that Loyola has lost a game when they finished with 18 or more. Loyola had 19 in a January 4, 2010, loss at home to Siena.

In the Niagara contest, Loyola finished with 15 assists, led by R.J. Williams’ five and Winbush’s four.

These numbers came after the Greyhounds had just 12 combined assists in their previous two games (four at Fairfield, eight at Manhattan).

 

Scoring Off Turnovers

Loyola scored a season-high 32 points off Canisius turnovers on Thursday night. The Greyhounds tallied points on 14 of the Golden Griffins’ turnovers in the game for a success rate of 87.5-percent.

During the 13-0 Loyola run that cut the Greyhounds’ deficit from 18 to five late in the second half, Loyola forced turnovers on four-straight Canisius possessions,  and scored each time thereafter.

Loyola then turned 15 Niagara turnovers in to 27 points, and it then forced 19 Siena turnovers, converting them into 24 points.

 

Record-Tying Defense

The 41 points Loyola yielded at Manhattan tied the Greyhounds’ Division I record for fewest points allowed in a game. Loyola, which joined Division I in 1981-1982, allowed 41 points on two other occasions, a 43-41 win over Marist College on February 23, 1984, and a 58-41 victory at Dartmouth on November 24, 2009.

The 14 field goals by Manhattan were the fewest yielded by a Jimmy Patsos-coached Loyola team.

 

Opponents Under 50

The Manhattan game was the third time this season Loyola has held an opponent to fewer than 50 points. The Greyhounds did so in the November 9 season-opener against Binghamton (45) and on November 17 against Norfolk State (49).

Loyola twice held opponents to sub-50 performances last season: February 3, 2012, against Rider (46) and March 5 versus Fairfield (44) in the MAAC Championship Game.

Over the nine years Jimmy Patsos has been head coach at Loyola, the Greyhounds have held opponents under 50 points nine times, all Greyhound wins. The nine games have all come in the last four seasons.

 

Cormier, Etherly Score 1,000th Points

On Monday night at Fairfield, Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the 33rd and 34th players in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points as Greyhounds, and they did so in the same game, a feat never before accomplished at Loyola.

Etherly scored his 1,000th on a layup just 15 seconds into the second half at Fairfield, and Cormier followed suit on a 3-pointer from the left corner 8:07 later.

 

1,000 Points In the Same Game

Prior to the Fairfield game, through unofficial research, the last time a school had two players reach 1,000 points in the same game was nearly five years ago when Fernandez Lockett and Todd Babington of Austin Peay hit the plateau on March 7, 2008

However, it took just 24 hours for it to happen again as North Carolina State’s Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown got to 1,000 in the Wolfpack’s 86-84 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

 

And Olson Makes It Three

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier were not the first Loyola players to score 1,000 in a career this season. Robert Olson reached the mark on January 6 against Saint Peter’s.

It is the first time in Loyola’s 103 seasons of men’s basketball that the program has had three players with 1,000 career points at the same time.

 

Three 1,000-Point Scorers In MAAC History

Since the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference was founded in 1980, this is just the sixth instance of a team touting three players with 1,000-plus points at the same time.

Iona (2000-2001, 2011-2012) and Siena (1999-2000, 2009-2010) have accomplished twice, while Loyola joins Niagara (2004-2005) with a one-time occurrence.

 

Holding Opponents Under 60

The Greyhounds limited Siena to 51 points, the 12th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all 12 of those games. Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 23 times, all victories.

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 26 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 182 free throws, an average of seven times per game. He has made 72-percent of those shots, a total of 131.

He has already surpassed his made free throw total from a year ago when he made 108-of-160. In his two-plus seasons at Loyola, Cormier has made 292-of-421 (69.4-percent) from the line.

 

Guards To The Boards

Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson, Loyola’s starting guards, are third and fourth on the team in rebounding this season with Olson averaging 4.7 and Cormier, 4.6.

Olson has pulled down five or more boards 15 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 10 times.

 

Congratulations Graduate

Erik Etherly became the most recent Loyola men’s basketball player to graduate, completing his undergraduate requirements in December for a bachelor of arts in communications with an emphasis in marketing and public relations. He joins Anthony Winbush – who graduated in May 2012 – as a graduate student on the Loyola roster this season. He will start his masters in education leadership this month.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 10-0 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 12-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season.  Loyola is also 12-0 when holding opponents to 59 points or less.

 

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 2002-2005.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

Jimmy Patsos became the first Loyola coach to earn The Rock/Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors by a vote of his peers in the league.

Patsos guided the Greyhounds to a school Division I high 24 wins and a program MAAC record 13 victories. He earned his 100th career coaching victory in November 2012 and led the Greyhounds to the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Championships.

Later in March, Patsos was named the Skip Prosser Man of the Year award for his work on and off the court, an honor presented by CollegeInsider.com.

 

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road last season. Patsos, who is now in his ninth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 140 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Four players – junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), junior forward Jordan Latham (City) and sophomore guard R.J. Williams and freshman forward Josh Forney (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Jarred Jones, John Carroll, 20.5; Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.

 

What’s Next

The Greyhounds take a step out of conference play for their next contest, traveling to Nashville, for a Saturday, February 23, date at Tennessee State University in a game that will be part of the Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster series.

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Loyola welcomes Siena to Reitz Arena Friday night

Posted on 07 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Siena Saints
Date Friday, February 8, 2013
Time 9:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
TV  ESPNU
Series Record Siena leads, 36-19
Last Meeting Loyola 70, Siena 60 – March 4, 2012 in Springfield, Mass.

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland returns to Reitz Arena for a Friday night contest against Siena College in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on February 8, 2013, at 9 o’clock.

 

On The Tube

The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU with Doug Sherman calling the play-by-play and Tim McCormick handling color analysis.

It can also been viewed live on the Watch ESPN app.

 

Over The Airwaves

Fans can also listen to the action on LoyolaGreyhounds.com, where Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers will handle analysis duties.

 

Series History

Friday’s game will be the 56th all-time meeting between Loyola and Siena with the Saints holding a 36-19 advantage in the all-time series.

Loyola swept the home-and-home this season with the Saints, winning, 66-59, on December 3, 2011, at the Times-Union Center in Albany, N.Y., and 66-55 on January 19 in Baltimore. The Greyhounds then took a 70-60 decision on March 4 in the MAAC Semifinals in Springfield, Mass.

In the MAAC Tournament game, Erik Etherly scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, helping Loyola pull away from the Saints and advance to the MAAC Championship Game the following day.

Robert Olson hit two threes in a 2-minute, 30-second stretch of the second half that saw the Greyhounds make four shots from behind the arc, and his second triple made it 44-33 Loyola with more than 14 minutes remaining.

The Greyhounds shot 53.8-percent from the field in the second half and 5-of-8 from 3-point range during the period.

In three games last season against Siena, Etherly and Dylon Cormier both averaged 14.7 points per game, while Robert Olson averaged 12.7. R.J. Williams had 14 assists against just five turnovers in the three games.

 

Last Time Out

Julius Brooks laid in the game-winning basket with time expiring in the second overtime period, and Loyola beat MAAC-leading Niagara, 89-87, on Saturday afternoon in Western New York.

Brooks, who finished with a career-high 14 points, caught an Erik Etherly pass who had received a three-quarter court inbound pass from Anthony Winbush. Niagara had tied the game with 2.6 seconds left on a pair of Malcolm Lemmons free throws.

Neither Loyola, nor Niagara, led by more than two in the second overtime, but Loyola had built an eight-point advantage in the first overtime. Niagara, however, chipped away and tied the period on a Juan-ya Green three with less than 10 seconds to go, forcing the second five-minute frame.

Robert Olson scored a team-high 23 points for Loyola, leading six Greyhounds in double-figures. Dylon Cormier added 15, while Winbush had 13 to go with a career-best 13 rebounds. Erik Etherly and R.J. Williams each had 11 for Loyola.

 

Overtime Under Patsos

In Jimmy Patsos’ eight-plus seasons at Loyola, the Greyhounds have played just 10 overtime games, but they have won nine of them. The only loss in nine overtime games came during 2009 against Coppin State.

This year’s squad is 3-0 in extra time this year, winning at Rhode Island and Niagara at home versus Fairfield.

 

When 45 Minutes Isn’t Enough

Last Saturday’s double overtime win at Niagara was the first Loyola game in over 11 years that lasted more than 45 minutes. The last time the Greyhounds played double overtime or more was a triple-overtime defeat on January 10, 2002, at Siena. That season, Loyola also played a double overtime game on November 19, 2001, losing at Coppin State.

 

Three Overtimes In A Season

The last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-1991, the program’s season year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. That year, the Greyhounds played extra time at Saint Peter’s and Niagara (four overtimes, the longest game in program history) and at home versus Iona and Saint Peter’s (three overtimes).

 

Six Over 10

Prior to last Saturday’s game at Niagara, Loyola had not placed five players in double figures all season. Against the Purple Eagles, six Greyhounds – Robert Olson (23), Dylon Cormier (15), Julius Brooks (14), Anthony Winbush (13), Erik Etherly and R.J. Williams (11 each) – scored 10 or more points.

The last time six Loyola players scored in double figures was on January 30, 2011, when the Greyhounds topped Iona, 88-85, in overtime at home.

 

Olson With 20+ Twice

Robert Olson enjoyed the cold, windy weather in Western New York during the Greyhounds’ recent road trip, averaging 25.0 points in Loyola’s games at Canisius and Niagara. The senior guard scored a career-high 27 at Canisius and had 23 versus the Purple Eagles, marking the first time in his collegiate career he has scored 20 or more in back-to-back games.

Olson, who now has nine 20-plus point efforts at Loyola, led the Greyhounds in rebounds (6), assists (5) and steals (4) at Canisius, and he then turned in five rebounds and two assists versus Niagara.

Against Niagara, he became the 28th player in school history to score 1,100 career points. With 1,120, he is the active career leader in point scored, and he needs 19 to move into 25th place all-time at Loyola.

 

Nearing Second In Threes

Robert Olson made three 3-pointers at Niagara now has 182 in his career. With four more, he will tie Jason Rowe (1996-2000) for second all-time on the school’s 3-pointers made chart. Marquis Sullivan (2005-2009) holds the school record with 281.

 

Brooks’ Big Shot

Julius Brooks made the game-winning layup with time expiring on Saturday at Niagara, giving him a career-high 14 points. He made a career-best six field goals in just seven attempts, and he also finished with eight rebounds.

He has set or tied his career-high in scoring three times this season, first setting a new standard with 12 against Mount St. Mary’s on December 15 before tying that mark against Marist on January 17.

Brooks has logged four or more rebounds 11 times this season, and the Greyhounds are 9-2 in those contests.

 

Bracketbuster Opponent Announced

Loyola will participate in the Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster event again this year, and the Greyhounds will face an opponent they have previously played in the competition. Loyola will take on Tennessee State in Nashville on Saturday, February 23, at 7 p.m. (Central). The Greyhounds and Tigers also met in the 2007 version of Bracketbusters.

 

Taking Care Of The Ball

In its past three games, the Greyhounds have committed just 19 combined turnovers, although their record is just 1-2. They posted six against Iona and then had a season-low three in the game at Canisius. In the double overtime contest at Niagara, Loyola had 10 turnovers in 50 minutes of action.

Loyola’s three turnovers against Canisius were the fewest in a game during Jimmy Patsos’ nine years at the school.

The team games have helped reduce the Greyhounds’ turnovers per game to 11.5 overall, a mark that is tied for best in the MAAC.

 

70 Not Enough

Scoring 70 points has been a bit of a magical number for the Greyhounds this season, as they entered the Iona game with a 5-0 record this year when scoring 70 or more points.

Versus the Gaels, Loyola tallied 71 points and suffered just its second loss in the last two years when scoring 70 or more points.

The same thing happened on Thursday night at Canisius where the Greyhound scored 79 points in a loss to the Golden Griffins. Loyola is now 17-3 since the start of the 2011-2012 season when hitting or exceeding that mark. The only other loss came in an 83-79 defeat to Rider on February 24, 2012.

 

High On Assists

The games against Iona and Canisius saw the Greyhounds record 18 assists twice, one off the season-high of 19 they set against Marist on January 17.

At Canisius, Robert Olson had five assists, and Anthony Winbush passed out four, while three other Greyhounds had two or more.

The losses mark the first time in more than three years that Loyola has lost a game when they finished with 18 or more. Loyola had 19 in a January 4, 2010, loss at home to Siena.

In the Niagara contest, Loyola finished with 15 assists, led by R.J. Williams’ five and Winbush’s four.

These numbers came after the Greyhounds had just 12 combined assists in their previous two games (four at Fairfield, eight at Manhattan).

 

Scoring Off Turnovers

Loyola scored a season-high 32 points off Canisius turnovers on Thursday night. The Greyhounds tallied points on 14 of the Golden Griffins’ turnovers in the game for a success rate of 87.5-percent.

During the 13-0 Loyola run that cut the Greyhounds’ deficit from 18 to five late in the second half, Loyola forced turnovers on four-straight Canisius possessions,  and scored each time thereafter.

Loyola then turned 15 Niagara turnovers in to 27 points.

 

Freshmen Take Step Forward

Freshmen Jarred Jones and Eric Laster each played key roles in the Greyhounds’ near comeback at Canisius. The duo combined for 14 points and two steals and were involved in several defensive stops during a 13-0 run.

Jones made both of his shot attempts and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line for eight points, and he added three rebounds and two steals in 14 minutes. Laster knocked down three shots to scored a career-high six points, and he also posted an assist.

 

Williams Continues To Spark Greyhounds

In six games since returning to the court on January 17, sophomore guard R.J. Williams is averaging 6.5 points, 3.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. Through the six games, Williams has 23 assists and just four turnovers for the Greyhounds.

In the Iona game, Williams matched his career-high with seven assists, tying the mark he set last January at Niagara.

 

Cormier’s Consistency

Dylon Cormier led the Greyhounds in scoring for the 12th time in 22 games this season against Iona when he tallied 18 points. It was his return to the court after missing the January 25 game at Manhattan due to food poisoning.

In 22 games played this season, Cormier has scored in double figures all but once. The only time he did not reach 10 or more was on November 23 when he finished with nine at Rhode Island.

Additionally, Cormier has scored 15 or more points in 17 games.

The junior guard, who is averaging 17.3 points per game, went over the 1,000-point mark for his career on January 21 at Fairfield and enters the game versus Niagara  with 1,038 career points. This season, he has scored 383, just 45 points shy of the 428 he tallied in 2011-2012.

He has consistently raised his game since his freshman season. Cormier averaged 8.1 as a freshman in 2010-2011, 13.4 last year and 17.4 this season. His rebounds per game have also risen from 3.0-3.3-4.7, as have his steals per game (0.8-1.6-1.8) and assists per game (1.1-1.8-2.4).

 

Record-Tying Defense

The 41 points Loyola yielded at Manhattan tied the Greyhounds’ Division I record for fewest points allowed in a game. Loyola, which joined Division I in 1981-1982, allowed 41 points on two other occasions, a 43-41 win over Marist College on February 23, 1984, and a 58-41 victory at Dartmouth on November 24, 2009.

The 14 field goals by Manhattan were the fewest yielded by a Jimmy Patsos-coached Loyola team.

 

Opponents Under 50

The Manhattan game was the third time this season Loyola has held an opponent to fewer than 50 points. The Greyhounds did so in the November 9 season-opener against Binghamton (45) and on November 17 against Norfolk State (49).

Loyola twice held opponents to sub-50 performances last season: February 3, 2012, against Rider (46) and March 5 versus Fairfield (44) in the MAAC Championship Game.

Over the nine years Jimmy Patsos has been head coach at Loyola, the Greyhounds have held opponents under 50 points nine times, all Greyhound wins. The nine games have all come in the last four seasons.

 

Winbush Shows Versatility

Anthony Winbush played 34 minutes at Manhattan and finished with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds. He was tabbed the ESPNU Player of the Game for his efforts that also included an assist and a steal.

This season, Winbush has led Loyola in rebounds 10 times and assists on seven occasions.

In the 21 games he’s played, Winbush is averaging 6.7 points and a team-best 6.9 rebounds. He is tops on the team in total rebounds (145), third in total assists (51) and fourth in steals (20).

The graduate student logged his second career double-double at Niagara with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. He was also a career-best 9-of-12 at the free-throw line. His first double-double came earlier this state at Coppin State.

 

Cormier, Etherly Score 1,000th Points

On Monday night at Fairfield, Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the 33rd and 34th players in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points as Greyhounds, and they did so in the same game, a feat never before accomplished at Loyola.

Etherly scored his 1,000th on a layup just 15 seconds into the second half at Fairfield, and Cormier followed suit on a 3-pointer from the left corner 8:07 later.

 

1,000 Points In the Same Game

Prior to the Fairfield game, through unofficial research, the last time a school had two players reach 1,000 points in the same game was nearly five years ago when Fernandez Lockett and Todd Babington of Austin Peay hit the plateau on March 7, 2008

However, it took just 24 hours for it to happen again as North Carolina State’s Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown got to 1,000 in the Wolfpack’s 86-84 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

 

And Olson Makes It Three

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier were not the first Loyola players to score 1,000 in a career this season. Robert Olson reached the mark on January 6 against Saint Peter’s.

It is the first time in Loyola’s 103 seasons of men’s basketball that the program has had three players with 1,000 career points at the same time.

 

Three 1,000-Point Scorers In MAAC History

Since the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference was founded in 1980, this is just the sixth instance of a team touting three players with 1,000-plus points at the same time.

Iona (2000-2001, 2011-2012) and Siena (1999-2000, 2009-2010) have accomplished twice, while Loyola joins Niagara (2004-2005) with a one-time occurrence.

 

Win With Four Assists

Loyola’s win at Fairfield came with the Greyhounds assisting on just four of their 19 made baskets. It was also just one game removed from Loyola setting a season-best with 19 assists against Marist.

It is the first time since January 25, 2009, (an overtime victory against Marist) that the Greyhounds won a game with four or fewer assists. Additionally, it is just the third time this season that a MAAC team has won a game with four or fewer assists (Niagara has done it twice).

Over the last five seasons, Loyola is 16-28 when finishing with nine or less assists, and the Greyhounds are 3-6 when that happens this season.

 

Holding Opponents Under 60

The Greyhounds limited Manhattan to 41 points, the 11th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all 11 of those games.

Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 22 times, all victories.

 

Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 23 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 166 free throws, an average of 7.2 per game. He has made 72.3-percent os those shots, a total of 120.

He has already surpassed his made free throw total from a year ago when he made 108-of-160.

In his two-plus seasons at Loyola, Cormier has made 281-of-405 (69.8-percent) from the line.

 

Guards To The Boards

Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson, Loyola’s starting guards, are third and fourth on the team in rebounding this season, averaging 4.7 and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Olson has pulled down five or more boards 13 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 10 times.

 

Congratulations Graduate

Erik Etherly became the most recent Loyola men’s basketball player to graduate, completing his undergraduate requirements in December for a bachelor of arts in communications with an emphasis in marketing and public relations. He joins Anthony Winbush – who graduated in May 2012 – as a graduate student on the Loyola roster this season. He will start his masters in education leadership this month.

 

Fourth To 100 Blocks

Erik Etherly matched his career-high with five blocked shots against Saint Peter’s, and in the process he became the fourth player in program history to swat 100 shots.

He joins Brian Carroll (1997-2001, 213 blocks), Shane Walker (2009-2012, 135) and George Sereikas (1989-1993, 117) in the 100-block club.

 

Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 9-0 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 11-0 when scoring 65 or more points this season. The Greyhounds recently held both Saint Peter’s, Fairfield and Marist to 58 points, marking the marking the 11th time – all wins – that they have held an opponent short of 60.

 

Classy Senior

Senior guard Robert Olson was named one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award last week. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Olson was the Greyhounds’ third-leading scorer last season with 11.1 points per game and enters this season Loyola ranked fourth at Loyola in 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336). Last season, Olson was one of four Loyola players to earn All-MAAC honors, picking up Third Team mention and later All-Tournament honors.

 

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 2002-2005.

 

Patsos Named Coach & Man Of The Year

Jimmy Patsos became the first Loyola coach to earn The Rock/Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors by a vote of his peers in the league.

Patsos guided the Greyhounds to a school Division I high 24 wins and a program MAAC record 13 victories. He earned his 100th career coaching victory in November 2012 and led the Greyhounds to the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Championships.

Later in March, Patsos was named the Skip Prosser Man of the Year award for his work on and off the court, an honor presented by CollegeInsider.com.

 

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road last season. Patsos, who is now in his ninth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 138 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

 

 

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Four players – junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), junior forward Jordan Latham (City) and sophomore guard R.J. Williams and freshman forward Josh Forney (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Jarred Jones, John Carroll, 20.5; Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.

 

What’s Next

Loyola heads back out on the road for a 2 p.m. game Sunday afternoon at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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Hopkins opens lacrosse season Friday against Siena

Posted on 07 February 2013 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins welcomes Siena to Homewood Field for the season opener for both teams. This will be the second time the teams have met in the first game of a season (2009).

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Siena are meeting for the fifth time in a series that dates back to 2009. All five meetings have taken place at Homewood Field and the Blue Jays have won each of the previous four meetings. Every meeting between the two teams has taken place in February.

Check the Calendar: This year’s season opener against Siena will be the earliest game played in the history of the Blue Jay lacrosse program. Previously, the earliest game in school history was played on February 17, 2012 when the Blue Jays knocked off Charles Street rival Towson, 12-6.

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 16 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 13-3 in those 16 games. The Blue Jays have currently won nine straight games played in the month of February.

For Openers: Johns Hopkins is 10-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in season-openers and close calls have been the norm as six of the 12 games have been decided by three goals or less.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Siena with an all-time record of 924-298-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins closed a successful 2012 season with an overall record of 12-4 and the program’s 41st consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Program Ties: Lacrosse is a close-knit sport and it doesn’t take much to tie two teams together when they play, but Johns Hopkins and Siena are tied in a much different way this season.

Did you know that Johns Hopkins freshman Derrick Kihembo’s father ran cross country at Siena and is a member of the Saints’ Hall of Fame? His dad, Joe Rukanshagiza, was a four-time All-American at Siena (track & cross country) and the 1975 NCAA College Division Champion in the 5,000-meter run.

I’m Honored: The Blue Jays return four players who earned All-America honors last season in seniors Tucker Durkin, Pierce Bassett and John Ranagan and junior Rob Guida. Durkin earned First Team All-America honors on defense, while Ranagan and Guida grabbed second team honors at midfield. Bassett earned honorable mention honors in goal and he, Durkin and Ranagan are two-time All-America selections for the Blue Jays.

Odd, But True: Years ending in “3” have been kind, and unkind, to the Blue Jays. Since the formation of the NCAA Tournament in 1971, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the NCAA Championship game three times (1973, 1983, 2003) and the NCAA Semifinals once (1993) in the years ending in three. JHU fell in each of those three title games with the three loses coming by a total of four goals. In each of those instances the Blue Jays subsequently won a national championship within two years.

Welcome Back: Head coach Dave Pietramala welcomes back eight starters from last season’s team, which posted a 12-4 record and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Of note…
• The Blue Jays return two starters on attack - Zach Palmer and Brandon Benn - who combined for 57 goals and 33 assists last season.
• JHU’s entire first midfield returns with seniors John Ranagan and John Greeley and junior Rob Guida all back in the fold. This trio totaled 40 goals and 25 assists despite Greeley missing the final four games of the season.
• Seniors Tucker Durkin and Chris Lightner return on close defense after they started all 16 games together a year ago.
• Senior goalie Pierce Bassett returns after grabbing his second All-America nod last season. He finished seventh nationally with a 7.47 goals against average in 2012.

Did You Know That …
… Pierce Bassett ranks 10th in school history with 355 saves and sports a 25-7 record in his last 32 starts?

… Brandon Benn scored at least one goal in 15 of 16 games last season and had eight multi-goal games to his credit?

… Phil Castronova returns to the lineup after missing the 2012 season? He totaled four goals, three assists and 42 ground balls as a SSDM as a freshman in 2011.

… Tucker Durkin became the first JHU junior to win the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman since Dave Pietramala in 1988.

… Zach Palmer totaled 27 goals and 26 assists last season to become just the eighth JHU player since 1980 with 25 goals and assists in the same season.

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first (6x) or second (6x) shot of the game a total of 12 times in 16 games last season.

Career Win Number 150: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up career win number 150 with the 12-6 victory vs. Towson in the 2012 season opener. He now sports an all-time record of 161-62 (.722), including a 138-45 (.754) record at Johns Hopkins. He ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part I: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala will serve as an assistant coach for the United States at at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver Colorado. Pietramala will serve under Richie Meade, the head coach at Navy from 1995-2011.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part II: Johns Hopkins sophomore defender Rob Enright was a member of the United States Team that won the 2012 FIL U-19 World Championship in Turku, Finland. Enright is the 17th Johns Hopkins player to represent the United States at the U-19 Championships since the formation of the event in 1988.

Working Overtime: The Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to the 2011 season and are 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 20-5 in its last 25 games and 25-7 since the start of the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are tied for fourth in the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll and rank fifth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

More Poll Position: Including this year’s Preseason USILA Poll, there have been 397 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 395 of those 397 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 374 of the 397 and the top five in 296 of those 397. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. He ran his career totals to 59 goals and 56 assists for 115 points with his effort a year ago.

Palmer is the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times).

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Ravens create family atmosphere at final walkthrough

Posted on 02 February 2013 by WNST Staff

NEW ORLEANS—Fifteen minutes of football. A lifetime of memories.

That sums up the Baltimore Ravens’ final on-field appearance Saturday in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Although footballs were involved, the 15-minute work session inside the Superdome hardly constituted a practice. It more resembled a pep rally and backyard social than a serious walk-through the day before a game.

Approximately 600 family members connected to the Ravens’ organization were on hand to help create a festive atmosphere, including Hall of Fame running back Lenny Moore of the Baltimore Colts. Cameras, video cameras and cell phones worked overtime capturing the big picture for posterity.

Running back Ray Rice playfully tackled his mother, Janet, on the sideline. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin went through his paces wearing an Orioles cap. Guard Marshal Yanda sported a a video camera attached to the top of his Ravens’ cap.

Safety Ed Reed concluded the session with the Saturday tradition of leading the entire Ravens team and a few coaches through a few conditioning drills.

Unquestionably, the Ravens are happy, healthy and hungry, not to mention being extremely loose, heading into “The Big Game.”

And that’s exactly how Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh scripted it.

“It’s the kind of foundation of everything we do,” Harbaugh who walked onto the field with his daughter, Alison. “That has been the whole story line of the whole week. In a sense that’s how we did it growing up, when we were kids. We grew up around dad’s teams.

“Most of the time in the NFL it’s not that way. Most of the time there is the separation of families and it’s considered to be a distraction. I just think the opposite. For me, it’s a distraction when people are more worried about their families not being allowed to be a part of it. When the families are included, the kids get to the know the players, and I think guys have a better sense of well being. I think this is a good example of it right here.”

Asked to summarize his team’s work week in New Orleans, Harbaugh said: “The word I would use is effective. We have been very effective. We’ve gotten everything we’ve needed to get done, that’s the No. 1 thing.

“But it what was not without some adversity, which is always a good thing. With all the stuff we’ve been through this year, it just seemed like a minor bump in the road. Nothing you can’t plow right through and make it work. Usually when stuff like that happens it works out better. I think in some ways it worked out better for us. It has benefited us in some way.”

Harbaugh was referring to his team’s initial practice venue in New Orleans, Tulane University, where the Ravens worked only once on a makeshift football field at the school’s baseball stadium.

Ultimately, Harbaugh and his Ravens shared the New Orleans Saints practice facility with brother Jim and his 49ers on Thursday and Friday.

“The league has an obligation and a desire to make sure the competitive playing field is fair,” John Harbaugh said. “I appreciate Jim cooperating with us. He was great about it. We were great with each other about it. Tulane was great about it, and the league was great about it and, ultimately, made it fair for everybody.”

Harbaugh confirmed that the team would remain at their same hotel Saturday night.

“Everybody will be involved in our message tonight (at the team meeting),” Harbaugh said. “That will be us being us. We have great Saturday night meetings. I think the message we deliver will tie together the season, it will tie together where we’ve been and we’ll also make a statement about where we’re going in this 60-minute football game.”

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The Reality Check Week 12 NFL Power Rankings

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The Reality Check Week 12 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 22 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (31)

If you don’t have anything nice to say…

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (32)

Like we all said, all you need to do to have a chance against the Texans is play Chad Henne and Jalen Parmele.

30. Oakland Raiders (28)

They’re…ummm….not good.

29. Carolina Panthers (29)

I’ll make Ron Rivera my bet for “coach who doesn’t last the season.”

28. Cleveland Browns (30)

And now we root like hell for the Browns Sunday.

27. St. Louis Rams (26)

They gave away over 1,000 tickets to the Jets game to the military…but most couldn’t handle the trauma of attendance.

26. Arizona Cardinals (25)

Ryan Lindley CAN’T be a good idea.

25. Philadelphia Eagles (23)

I’m playing Bryce Brown in one of my leagues, so…

24. New York Jets (27)

I don’t think much of that win.

23. Buffalo Bills (24)

Are they improving? Are the Dolphins terrible? What’s that, ham?

22. Tennessee Titans (21)

So…do I play Kenny Britt against the Jags this week?

21. San Diego Chargers (20)

I’m still scared sh*tless.

20. Miami Dolphins (19)

What happened here?

19. Detroit Lions (17)

So…I guess it’s about over?

18. Washington Redskins (22)

I’m not certain I’m ready to buy back in.

17. Dallas Cowboys (18)

Zombies.

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The Reality Check Week 11 NFL Power Rankings

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The Reality Check Week 11 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 14 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (31)

I had a funny feeling they’d end up back here.

31. Kansas City Chiefs (32)

In my heart of hearts, their defense is better than the Jags’.

30. Cleveland Browns (26)

The entire state is too concerned with the Buckeyes’ pursuit of an undefeated season to notice.

29. Carolina Panthers (28)

Oh right. They stink. Sorry I forgot that.

28. Oakland Raiders (24)

Just an absolutely piss poor effort. Which I appreciated.

27. New York Jets (25)

Rex is popular enough that he’ll survive this.

26. St. Louis Rams (30)

They deserved to lose and stole a tie.

25. Arizona Cardinals (23)

Welcome back from the bye. Enjoy Atlanta.

24. Buffalo Bills (27)

That was pretty respectable.

23. Philadelphia Eagles (21)

There are too many good players to be this bad.

22. Washington Redskins (22)

This is a big stretch here after the bye for Mike Shanahan.

21. Tennessee Titans (29)

Where the hell did that come from?

20. San Diego Chargers (18)

And yet…do any of you feel comfortable about the Ravens’ trip to San Diego next week?

19. Miami Dolphins (14)

This is a crucial test for them on Thursday Night Football.

18. Dallas Cowboys (19)

They don’t go away, do they?

17. Detroit Lions (12)

That could end up being a brutal loss to their playoff hopes.

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Your Monday Reality Check-Shouldn’t Rice & Flacco deals have been done by now?

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Your Monday Reality Check-Shouldn’t Rice & Flacco deals have been done by now?

Posted on 04 June 2012 by Glenn Clark

It was as if there were some in the sports broadcasting universe that wanted to remind me that the Baltimore Orioles have been struggling mightily as of late.

Sure, they’re just one game out of first place at the time I type this, but the Birds sadly appear to be in a downward spiral that unfortunately most of us expected.

I’ve been a regular “Baltimore expert” for SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio since the channel’s inception, and I rotate having conversations with hosts about the O’s and the Baltimore Ravens. When I received a call last week asking me to appear on the channel, I assumed the conversation would go in the direction of the O’s, as I’ve made about four Orioles-related guest spots already this season.

But when the producer asked me if I’d be interested in talking some Ravens football, I was admittedly caught off guard. “It’s still baseball season” I thought. Just one night later I received a call from another producer on the channel, also asking me to make an appearance to discuss the Purple & Black.

So on both Friday & Saturday night of this past weekend I found myself talking Ravens football across the country on SXM. It was perhaps the single greatest reminder that in Charm City, a “June Swoon” is a great reminder that Training Camp isn’t particularly far away.

As the 2011 football season ended, there were two main narratives surrounding the defending AFC North Champs. One was surrounding the pending free agency of RB Ray Rice. The other surrounded the future of QB Joe Flacco, who was set to enter the final year of his rookie contract. The Ravens’ season ended 132 days ago in Foxborough (at least as of the time I wrote this) and yet seemingly little progress has been made regarding either situation.

It leads to the question (at least for me), “what’s taking so long to get this stuff done?”

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio said in a recent appearance on “The Reality Check” (an excellent afternoon radio program on AM1570 WNST.net) that Rice’s agent Todd France was dead set on getting a deal similar to contracts given to Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (seven years, $100 million with $36 million guaranteed) or Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson (four years, $53 million with $30 million guaranteed). The Ravens are believed to be more interested in a deal similar to those recently given to Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (five years, $45 million with $20.76 million guaranteed) or Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (five years, $43.5 million with $20.75 guaranteed).

On top of that, a source with knowledge of talks revealed to me in recent weeks the Rice camp has a desire to see the running back’s deal exceed the overall value of Flacco’s.

A Carroll County Times report this weekend indicated the Ravens “aren’t anywhere close” to getting a deal done with Flacco. Flacco’s negotiating ability has been limited by the fact that contracts signed by quarterbacks not named Peyton Manning this offseason have been less than overwhelming financially. Manning landed a five year, $96 million deal, but if he’s healthy the Denver Broncos believe him capable of being Peyton Manning. The highlights of other QB contracts this offseason have been San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith (three years, worth up to $33 million with with $16.5 million guaranteed) and Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Flynn (three years, $26 million with $10 million guaranteed).

Neither deal is helpful to Flacco’s agent Joe Linta, although despite all of the goofy conversation nationally about Flacco’s standing against other National Football League quarterbacks, there simply could not be any argument either of those two quarterbacks have accomplished as much as Flacco. Humorously, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo’s deal is up a season after Flacco’s. There had been rumors the Chicago Bears were interested in getting a new deal done with QB Jay Cutler, a decision that could have been helpful in figuring out the parameters of a Flacco contract.

Remember when I asked “what’s taking so long to get this stuff done?” Yeah, I’m aware that I’ve essentially answered my own question.

In both of my chats on SiriusXM this weekend I was asked what expected would ultimately happen with these situations. It was remarkably difficult to answer.

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Foxworth says NFL had conspiracy against players

Posted on 23 May 2012 by WNST Staff

NFL PLAYERS FILE COLLUSION COMPLAINT AGAINST NFL, TEAM OWNERS

Washington, D.C. – The Class Counsel under the Reggie White settlement agreement and the NFL Players Association today filed a complaint, on behalf of the NFL players, charging the NFL, its clubs and their owners of collusion during the 2010 NFL season. The complaint details a conspiracy to violate the anti-collusion and anti-circumvention provisions in the White Settlement Agreement (SSA) by “imposing a secret $123 million per-Club salary cap for that uncapped 2010 season.”

The written claim is filed with the United States District Court of Minnesota, which oversees the SSA and alleges that the league and owners acted illegally and “solely by self-interest, unconstrained by their clear and unambiguous SSA obligations.”

“When the rules are broken in a way that hurts the game, we have an obligation to act. We cannot standby when we now know that the owners conspired to collude,” said DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA Executive Director.

“Our union recently learned that there was a secret salary cap agreement in an uncapped year. The complaint today is our effort to fulfill our duty to every NFL player. They deserve to know, above all, the facts and the truth about this conspiracy,” said Domonique Foxworth, NFLPA President.

The complaint cites John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, who also serves as the Chair of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee, as publicly confirming that the NFL directed teams to restrict players’ salaries during the uncapped year. When asked about imposed penalties for the Redskins and Cowboys, he replied: “What they did was in violation of the spirit of the salary cap. They attempted to take advantage of a one-year loophole … full well knowing there would be consequences.”

Such a scheme breaches express anti-collusion and anti-circumvention provisions of the SSA and the owners’ duty of good faith in implementing the SSA.

In the filing, it is alleged that the NFL and owners furthered their concealment by “approving the very player contracts that enabled the Redskins, Cowboys, Raiders, and Saints to exceed the secret, collusive salary cap” and, prior to and on March 11, 2012, failed to disclose to the players or the NFLPA “that the true reason for the then-proposed reallocation was to penalize the Redskins, Cowboys, Raiders, and Saints for not fully abiding by the Collusive Agreement.”

Also as described in the complaint, these collusion and other claims are entirely new and were previously unknown to the players and the NFLPA. They therefore were not asserted, and could not have been asserted, in the previous actions that were filed in either Brady. v. NFL or under the SSA in the White litigation.

The players and the NFLPA will be represented in these proceedings by Jeffrey Kessler, David Feher and David Greenspan of Winston & Strawn, LLP; James Quinn of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP; David Barrett, James Barrett, Daniel Schecter, Thomas Heiden and Michael Nelson of Latham & Watkins, LLP; Barbara Berens of Berens & Miller, P.A.; Mark Jacobson of Lindquist & Vennum, PLLP and DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFLPA.

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Loyola gets top seed, will open NCAA Tournament against Canisius

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Loyola gets top seed, will open NCAA Tournament against Canisius

Posted on 06 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Loyola Men’s Lacrosse Earns No. 1 Seed, Will Host Canisius In NCAA First Round

BALTIMORE – The Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team gathered as ECAC Champions on Sunday night to watch the NCAA Championship Selection Show on ESPNU, and the Greyhounds learned they will host CanisiusCollege in the First Round on Saturday, May 12, at 5 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex.

The Greyhounds, who have won a school record 14 games this year with just one loss, received the No. 1 seed in the Championships afterwinning the ECAC Championship on Friday evening with a 14-7 victory over Fairfield University.

“It’s a special day for our program,” Head Coach Charley Toomey said. “I am so proud of our guys. They have worked so hard day-in, day-out. Our senior leadership, and our captains have been special this year.”

Loyola and Canisius will play on ESPNU with a simulcast offered online on ESPN3. The winner of the game will take on the winner of North Carolina and Denver in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday, May 19 in Annapolis, Md., at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Canisius enters the NCAA Championships after winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship Game over Siena. The Golden Griffins rallied from a 9-6 halftime deficit to beat the Saints 10-9. Canisius will bring a 6-7 record to Ridley for the First Round game.

The Greyhounds will host a game for the first time since 2000.

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ESPN’s Van Valkenburg offers perspective to Seau death

Posted on 02 May 2012 by WNST Audio

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