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“The Reality Check” Week 13 NFL Power Rankings

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“The Reality Check” Week 13 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 28 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Houston Texans (Last Week 31)

Sumlin/Manziel 2014?

31. Atlanta Falcons (30)

Jadaveon Clowney would be a nice addition.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (32)

I really want to move them ahead of the Redskins but I’m not quite ready to do that.

29. Washington Redskins (28)

Absolutely pathetic.

28. Minnesota Vikings (27)

A tie is like kissing your sister and then remembering you’re still the Vikings.

27. Oakland Raiders (26)

But yet not far from the playoff race.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (29)

Mike Glennon HAS to be your quarterback? Maybe?

25. Cleveland Browns (19)

They duped me. My apologies.

24. New York Giants (17)

There’s always next year.

23. Buffalo Bills (23)

Don’t drop because they were on a bye. Not because they’re good.

22. New York Jets (15)

I don’t care that they’re 5-6. They’re garbage. Absolute garbage.

21. Green Bay Packers (21)

The needed time to figure out even Matt Flynn is better than Steve Tolzien?

20. St. Louis Rams (24)

If they were in the AFC they’d run away with the 6th playoff spot.

19. Miami Dolphins (18)

At least they were competitive?

18. Tennessee Titans (25)

You struggle to believe it, but.

17. Baltimore Ravens (20)

One more win changes everything.

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The 15-7-0 hopes no one volunteered the Houston Texans as tribute

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The 15-7-0 hopes no one volunteered the Houston Texans as tribute

Posted on 25 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick. This isn’t where we do Ravens stuff. You can find plenty of that…like…everywhere else on the site.

Did you know that you were exactly like a Major League Baseball GM? It’s true. For example: how many good baseball players have you acquired this offseason?

Same as Dan Duquette.

15 Positive Observations…

1. The singular purpose of Number 1 in this week’s 15-7-0 is to get to the part of Monday afternoon’s show where Ryan Chell as to pronounce the name “Seyi Ajirotutu” and then put my feet up, light a cigar and just plain enjoy being alive.

To celebrate the big win, Philip Rivers wore the lovely gift he received from Stan Marsh’s grandfather.

Here’s…I have no freaking idea what this is. NONE.

2. Navy QB Keenan Reynolds had seven touchdowns Friday night. CJ Spiller has one touchdown in 2013. It’s cool though, because I totally picked Reynolds as the second overall pick in my fantasy football draft. What’s that? I picked Spiller there? Oh I just quit.

Just when you thought Navy motivational videos couldn’t get any better.

Three weeks to go, but here’s this.

3. Towson will face the winner of Sacred Heart/Fordham in the second round of the FCS playoffs December 7th. I’m sorry, major college football fans. I probably should’ve started this post by explaining that “playoffs” are what is used by every other sport or at every other level to determine a champion. But hey! You guys are getting one soon too! Kinda.

Terrance West has 30TD’s. THIRTY. Do the Ravens have 30TD’s?

4. Oh, so Cam Newton rallied his team from down late in the second half to improve to 8-3? That’s supposed to get me to buy into him? I’ll buy into him when he beats the Bears. The ’86 Bears. Until then he’s just like every other freakishly athletic former Heisman Trophy winning specimen who has defeated the 49ers and Patriots in the last month. Dime a dozen.

Acting like LeBron James will probably be a great way to win over fans though.

5. The Steelers will come into the Thanksgiving night showdown in Baltimore winners of five of their last seven. It reminds me of a popular limerick my grandfather taught me growing up. It went like this. Ahem. “Screw the Steelers”. Wait, did I say it was a limerick? I meant “a drunken yell”. I get them confused so often.

No one will put this into words any better than Mike Polk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6NJVFlHOIY

Also, Billy Cundiff did something familiar.

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Former Terp Merriman to hold annual coat drive Saturday at BC game

Posted on 20 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – NFL All-Pro and former Maryland standout Shawne Merriman will hold his annual Coat Drive on Saturday, Nov. 23, prior to the Terps game against Boston College at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Over the past 11 years, Merriman and his Lights On Foundation have collected over 20,000 coats to benefit numerous communities in the DMV area. Collection will begin 90 minutes prior to the start of the game at the South Gate entrance of the stadium.

Merriman has partnered with the Maryland athletics department, University Relations and DOTS (Department of Transportation Services) and will be joined by Maryland student-athletes to collect gently-used coats, hats, scarves and other cold weather clothing at all entrances of Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

“We hope everyone coming out for the Terps last ACC home game can bring warm clothing to be donated and distributed to local shelters,” Merriman said. “This cause means a lot to me as I was the victim of two house fires as a child and was left homeless as a result. I am extremely grateful to the university and those that have helped to facilitate this coat drive over the years to further the Lights On Foundation mission.”

Merriman enjoyed a distinguished career at the University of Maryland, where he was tabbed a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection after his junior season. He totaled 189 tackles, 22 sacks and 32.5 tackles for a loss in 39 career games with 17 starts. Originally selected in the first round (12th overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, Merriman was a three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection with San Diego prior to joining the Buffalo Bills in 20101. In his eight NFL seasons, Merriman notched 45.5 sacks in 75 career games (59 starts).

A native of Washington, D.C., Merriman was honored as the Associated Press Maryland Defensive Player of the Year as a senior out of Frederick Douglas High School in Upper Marlboro.

Merriman’s Lights On Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for youth and to help the homeless. He donates time, money and other resources throughout the country by increasing opportunities for children to lead healthy and fulfilling lives through his foundation. By building corporate partnerships within the community, Merriman is able to provide financial assistance to projects focusing primarily on helping the homeless and children in need.

– Maryland –

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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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Morgan falters late in loss to San Diego

Posted on 14 November 2013 by WNST Staff

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Morgan faces San Diego in hope opener Thursday night

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
Opponent: San Diego Toreros (2-0)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Maryland
Game Time: 7 p.m. (ET)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (128-102 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State continues the 2013-14 campaign on the road against the Toreros of the University of San Diego. It will mark the second basketball meeting between the teams. The Toreros posted a 66-63 win in San Diego during the teams meeting last season. Tip-off at Hill Field House is scheduled for 7 p.m.

SCOUTING THE TOREROS
The Toreros welcomed back six veterans, including three starters, from a squad that posted a 16-18 overall record, finished 5th in the West Coast Conference with a 7-9 ledger. WCC Honorable mention guards Johnny Dee (15.0 ppg) along with Christopher Anderson (9.4 ppg) return as the Toreros leading scorers. Bill Grier (Oregon, ’90) enters his seventh season as the Toreros’ head men’s basketball coach where he currently holds a 86-111 record.  Johnny Dee scored 17 points and hit three 3-pointers last Saturday night to lead San Diego to a 70-59 win over Grand Canyon. San Diego had four players score in double figures. Dennis Kramer had 14 points and Christopher Anderson added 13. Both players had six rebounds. Duda Sanadze made two 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.

LAST TIME VS THE TOREROS
Dec. 30, 2012 — Johnny Dee scored 24 points, Chris Manresa had 10 points and 13 rebounds and San Diego hit a few free throws down the stretch to seal a 66-63 victory over Morgan State on Saturday night. San Diego (7-8) was 11 of 28 from the free-throw line up until the last few seconds when Dee was a perfect 4 for 4. Dee hit his first pair of free throws to make it 64-60 with 13 seconds to go but on the ensuing possession for Morgan State, DeWayne Jackson hit a 3-pointer to cut the Toreros’ lead to one, 64-63. Dee was fouled again with 6 seconds left and calmly hit two more free throws, giving his team a 66-63 lead and the win. Miles Cameron had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists for San Diego. Justin Black led Morgan State (3-7) with 16 points, Anthony Hubbard had 12 and Jackson had 11.

BEARS SET FOR PARADISE JAM
Morgan State will face La Salle in the first round of the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Paradise Jam will take place Nov. 22-25, with the games set to be televised by CBS Sports Network.The first game of the event pits Northern Iowa vs. Loyola Marymount at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, with Maryland and Marist following at approximately 5 p.m. The evening session includes Providence vs. Vanderbilt and Morgan State vs. La Salle.The losing teams in the first round will move to the consolation bracket and play on Saturday, Nov. 23, while the winners will play on Sunday, Nov. 24. The championship game is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

JB PRODUCTION
Senior guard Justin Black has been one of the most consistent players for Todd Bozeman‘s Bears. last season, the 6-foot-2 guard, was among the MEAC’s leading scorers (14.2 ppg – No. 5) and  scored double-figures 24 of 32 games, including 18 of the last 22 contests. The Dunbar HS product scored 20 or more points eight times last season, and posted a season-high 23 points at Coppin State on Feb. 9, 2013. Black will enter the San Diego contest fresh off a career-high 28-point (10-17 FG) performance at Towson.

UP NEXT
The Bears will host the Ohio University at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Hill Field House.

The 2013-2014 basketball tickets are now available for sale at all Ticketmaster locations, the MSU box office, and Murphy Fine Arts box office.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 12 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf: PGA Tour OHL Classic at Mayakoba (Thursday-Sunday 2pm from Riviera Maya, Mexico live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Andre Ward vs. Edwain Rodriguez (Saturday 10pm from Ontario, CA live on HBO); High School Football: MPSSAA Playoffs-4A North Semifinal Howard @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm); The Book Thief” and “The Best Man Holiday” out in theaters (Friday); Man of Steel” and “Turbo” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

10. Elton John (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Monday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Manchester Orchestra (Tuesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Eli Young Band (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Dr. Dog (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); The Lone Bellow (Friday 9pm Baltimore Soundstage), Zach Myers/Silvertung (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dave Davies (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Bret Michaels (Thursday 9pm Rams Head Center Stage); Gary Clark Jr. (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Skrillex (Thursday 8:30pm 9:30 Club), Sister Hazel (Saturday 6pm 9:30 Club); Widespread Panic (Tuesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); The Mowgli’s (Wednesday 7:30pm Rock & Roll Hotel); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Friday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Rick Ross (Sunday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Counting Crows “Echoes of The Outlaw Roadshow” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

The Lone Bellow HAS to win “Best New Artist” this year, right?

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I’d listen to Sister Hazel sing “Row Row Row Your Boat”.

I’ve tried telling you about Sister Sparrow before. Stop missing the memo.

9. NBA-Washington Wizards @ Dallas Mavericks (Tuesday 8:30pm from Dallas live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Washington Wizards @ San Antonio Spurs (Wednesday 8:30pm from San Antonio live on Comcast SportsNet), Cleveland Cavaliers @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

Meanwhile, JJ Hickson…

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Navy committed to 2014 Poinsettia Bowl

Posted on 06 November 2013 by WNST Staff

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA BOWL REVEALS 2014-19 LINEUP 
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl has set its lineup of teams for six years, beginning in 2014, bowl officials announced today. 
The Mountain West (MW) will continue as the anchor conference for the bowl game each year through 2019. MW opponents during the term shall include Navy, Army, BYU and teams from the Mid-American Conference (MAC). 
2014 – MW vs. Navy 2017- MW vs. MAC
2015- MW vs. Army 2018- MW vs. BYU
2016- MW vs. BYU 2019- MW vs. MAC
“The SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl has been a great addition to the local college football sports scene since its inception in 2005,” said Bill Geppert, president of the 2013 bowl game. “We are thrilled to continue the tradition of showcasing exciting football, spectacular pageantry and a tremendous economic boost for San Diego’s tourism industry through 2019.” 
Since 2005, the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl has generated $77 million in economic impact for the San Diego region. 
The 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl kicks off Thursday, December 26th at Qualcomm Stadium. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. (PT). This year’s game will feature a team from the Mountain West against a MAC opponent. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. 

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Morgan begins LMU Holiday Classic play Thursday night

Posted on 26 December 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Dec. 27 & 29, 2012
Opponent: Loyola Marymount, San Diego
Site: Los Angeles, Calif./San Diego, Calif.
Game Time: LMU 7 p.m. (PT)/San Diego 7:30 p.m. (PT)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (114-90 – 7th yr)
Websites: MorganStateBears.com/ LMULions.com/USDToreros.com

BALTIMORE, Md. — Morgan State men’s basketball team will play a pair of holiday games on the west coast just before the New Year. The Loyola Marymount Lions will host Morgan State in the 2nd Annual LMU Holiday Classic on Thursday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. in Los Angeles, Calif. The Bears will also face the San Diego Toreros on Saturday, Dec. 29 as part of the Classic.

Bear Bits:

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 3-5 while averaging 68 points and 45 percent shooting.

• Morgan State, who shot 67.6 percent from the line last season, continues to have hard times from the stripe … through the first eight games the Bears are shooting 59 percent (120-203 FT).

• The Bears, who held VMI to 9 of 32 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 74.5 points and opponents are shooting 33 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 52.8 percent at South Carolina and a season best 65.0 percent from the stripe, with 11 steals.

• DeWayne Jackson has scored 119 points in eight games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 5 (14.9 ppg).

• One area where the Bears haven’t been inconsistent is under the basket. Morgan State ranks No. 3 in the league in total rebounding at 34.9 per game, No. 3 in offensive rebounds at 36.6 and No. 1 in field goal percentage at 45.6.

• Justin Black was just shy of posting a triple-double at Liberty. The junior guard finished with a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with nine points and nine assists … he enters the LMU Holiday Classic game looking to bounce back from a 2 point effort at Virginia.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 136 steals with the Bears steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 5. The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 52 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

MORGAN STATE VS. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 
Morgan State hold a 2-0 record against Loyola Marymount in school history. The Bears defeated the Lions 81-79 in the 2010-11 season-opener at Gersten Pavilion, and dropped LMU 69-45 at Hill Feild House on Dec. 27, 2011.

MORGAN STATE VS. THE WCC
Morgan State is 2-0 vs. the West Coast Conference by posting two wins against Loyola Marymount.

SCOUTING THE LIONS
The Lions welcome back eight veterans — three starters — from a squad that posted a 21-13 overall record, finished 4th in the WAC with a 11-5 mark. Anthony Ireland leads LMU averaging 20.3 points and is shooting 40 percent from 3-point territory. Ashley Hamilton is also averaging double-figures (14.4 ppg) and leads the squad on the boards with 7.7 rebounds. Head coach Max Good (Eastern Kentucky ’69) enters his fifth season as the Lions head coach and he currently holds a 58-82 record.

MORGAN STATE VS. SAN DIEGO 

Morgan State will play San Diego for the first time in school history.

SCOUTING THE TOREROS

The Toreros welcome back nine veterans — five starters — from a squad that posted a 13-18 overall record, finished 6th in the WCC with a 7-9 ledger.  Sophomore guard Johnny Dee leads San Diego averaging 14.3 points and is shooting 41 percent from 3-point territory. Senior forward Ken Rancifer is also averaging double-figures (10.2 ppg) and is averaging 5.0 rebounds. Head coach Bill Grier (Oregon ’90) enters his sixth season as the Toreros head coach and he currently holds a 74-101 record.
MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish third in the 2012-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind Savannah State and Delaware State.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

UNFAMILIAR FOES
Morgan State will face six teams this season that the program has never met in its basketball history. The first time opponents are: UTSA, Old Dominion, Holy Cross, South Carolina, Illinois State and San Diego. The Bears do not see a familiar foe until the Nov. 29 matchup at Liberty (MSU leads, 1-0), their fifth game of the season. The other five opponents MSU previously has played are University of Virginia (trails, 0-1), Loyola Marymount (leads, 2-0), and Saint Joseph’s (trails, 0-1).

ROAD WARRIORS
Morgan State, which played its first eight games on the road, has won 17 of its past 30 games held away from Hill Field House, including a 1-2 mark on neutral courts. The Bears finished 5-10 in true road contests and 0-3 on neutral floors in 2011-12 and posted a 4-4 road conference ledger, which was its worst mark since Todd Bozeman took over the program in 2006. This season’s schedule will send MSU on the road for 10 of its first 11 games, including a six-game road trip from Nov. 29-Dec. 29 that features contests in three different time zones. The Bears are guaranteed at least 19 games away from home this season.

JACKSON SET TO LEAD
DeWayne Jackson is the lone returning senior who saw action for Morgan State last year. There are seven (7) juniors, four (4) sophomores and two (2) freshmen on the Bears roster.

RECOVERING THE SWAG
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s dismal season in which the Bears recorded a 9-20 finish. It marked Todd Bozeman‘s worst season as a head coach, and it was Morgan State’s worst season since going 4-26 in 2005-06.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK
DeWayne Jackson (1,275, 422 rebs., 133 asts) needs just 18 points to surpass Jason McCoy (1,292 points – 1987-91) to become the school’s No. 12 all-time leading scorer. Jackson is one of three Bears on MSU’s all-time scoring list who have been coached by Todd BozemanKevin Thompson (2009-12) ranks No. 9 (1,487 points) and Reggie Holmes (2007-10) is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 2,051 points.

HOME GROWN
Morgan State has eight players from the Metropolitan-D.C. area, including one from Baltimore. Senior DeWayne Jackson (Bowie High) and sophomore Blake Bozeman (Solebury Prep) are both from Bowie. Transfer guard Daryl Traynham is from Melwood (Wise High), walk-on Daon Riley is from Severn (Old Mill High), and Cedric Blossom is from Columbia (Montrose Christian). Anthony Hubbard is a product of Woodbridge (Va.), while junior Justin Black attended DeMatha High and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .561 (114-89) after 202 games at Morgan State. That winning mean is the second highest among 15 head coaches in the history of the Morgan State men’s basketball program. Nathaniel Frazier’s winning percentage of .578 (166-121) is the highest percentage in Morgan State history.
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ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UNDER BOZEMAN
During his tenure in Baltimore, Todd Bozeman has coached seven (7) different players to All-Conference honors, including four Players of the Year selections: Ron Timus (2007 2nd Team), Boubacar Coly (2008 Defensive POTY, 1st Team), Jamar Smith (2008 Offensive POTY, 1st Team), Marquise Kately (2008 & 2009 2nd Team), Reggie Holmes (2007 All-Rookie, 2008 2nd Team, 2009 Offensive POTY, 2009 & 2010 1st Team), Kevin Thompson (2009 All-Rookie, 2010 Defensive POTY, 2010 1st Team, 2011 2nd Team), DeWayne Jackson (Rookie of the Year, 2011 1st Team).

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
n the first eight games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game. DeWayne Jackson leads the squad in offensively with 14.9 points per game and in steals with 2.5 rpg. Anthony Hubbard is contributing 13.9 ppg and Justin Black is averaging 12.1 ppg.

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING EARLY ON
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet in the early season, averaging 14.9 points (ranked No. 5), 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered three blocks. He has recorded seven double-digit scoring games, including a 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

BLACK & DUNCAN ACTIVE OFF THE BENCH
Junior Justin Black and sophomore Shaquille Duncan are key contributors off the Bears bench. Both are high-energy players with the ability to ignite the team. Black played a big role in Morgan State’s win over Liberty by almost posting a triple-double. He finished the game with 12 rebounds, nine points and nine assists. He currently ranks third on the team in scoring (12.1) and is averaging 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 31.6 minutes per game.
Duncan has played in every game, averaging 23.5 minutes per game. He led the Bears to an overtime victory at VMI where he posted a career-high 17 points and 14 rebounds with three blocks. He’s averaging 6.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and ranks No. 4 in the MEAC by averaging 2.3 blocks per game.

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 12

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 12

Posted on 27 November 2012 by Luke Jones

Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 16-13 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 12. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2012 season using the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

To hear the full explanation for the respective lists, click HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Justin Tucker
Tucker

6) Brendon Ayanbadejo
BA

5) Corey Graham
Graham

4) Arthur Jones
Jones

3) Joe Flacco
Flacco

2) Torrey Smith
Smith

1) Ray Rice
Rice

Drew Forrester’s Top 7 …

7) Brendon Ayanbadejo
BA

6) Anquan Boldin
Boldin

5) Arthur Jones
Jones

4) Justin Tucker
Tucker

3) Joe Flacco
Flacco

2) Torrey Smith
Smith

1) Ray Rice
Rice

SEASON TO DATE:
Luke Jones:
1. Ray Rice (44 points)
2. Joe Flacco (40 points)
3. Torrey Smith (26 points)
4. Justin Tucker (20 points)
5. Anquan Boldin (19 points)
6. Jacoby Jones (18 points)
7. Dennis Pitta (17 points)
8. Paul Kruger (15 points)
9. Cary Williams (12 points)
9. Dannell Ellerbe (12 points)
11. Corey Graham (9 points)
12. Bernard Pollard (8 points)
13. Terrell Suggs (7 points)
14. Sam Koch (5 points)
14. Lardarius Webb (5 points)
14. Haloti Ngata (5 points)
17. Arthur Jones (5 points)
18. Michael Oher (4 points)
18. Albert McClellan (4 points)
18. Tandon Doss (4 points)
21. Ramon Harewood (3 points)
21. Vonta Leach (3 points)
23. Kelechi Osemele (2 points)
24. Courtney Upshaw (2 points)
24. Marshal Yanda (2 points)
24. Bernard Pierce (2 points)
24. James Ihedigbo (2 points)
24. Brendon Ayanbadejo (2 points)
29. Ed Reed (1 point)
29. Ray Lewis (1 point)
29. DeAngelo Tyson (1 point)

Drew Forrester:
1. Joe Flacco (43 points)
2. Ray Rice (33 points)
3. Torrey Smith (26 points)
4. Justin Tucker (25 points)
5. Anquan Boldin (15 points)
6. Bernard Pollard (14 points)
6. Dennis Pitta (14 points)
8. Dannell Ellerbe (13 points)
8. Cary Williams (13 points)
10. Michael Oher (12 points)
12. Lardarius Webb (11 points)
12. Jacoby Jones (11 points)
13. Sam Koch (10 points)
14. Terrell Suggs (7 points)
14. Corey Graham (7 points)
14. Ed Reed (7 points)
14. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett (7 points)
18. Paul Kruger (6 points)
18. Kelechi Osemele (6 points)
18. Houston post-game pilot (6 points)
21. Ramon Harewood (5 points)
22. Ray Lewis (4 points)
23. Courtney Upshaw (3 points)
23. Arthur Jones (3 points)
25. Vonta Leach (1 point)
25. Morgan Cox (1 point)
25. Tandon Doss (1 point)
25. Bernard Pierece (1 point)
25. Marshal Yanda (1 point)
25. James Ihedigbo (1 point)
25. Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

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