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Dayton ready to open A-10 tournament

Dayton will play Fordham in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

DAYTON TIPS OFF 2014 ATLANTIC 10 TOURNAMENT IN BROOKLYN
• For the 19th consecutive season, the University of Dayton Flyers will compete in the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship.
• The games will be televised by NBC Sports Network, CBS Sports Network, CBS, carried by WHIO Radio and is available with live streaming video, audio and stats at DaytonFlyers.com.
• Dayton earned the No. 5 seed and will play on Thursday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Flyers will play the winner of the Wednesday George Mason-Fordham game.

TOURNEY TIME
• The Flyers have a 20-17 overall record in the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship.
• Dayton has won the championship once (2003), placed second twice (2004 and 2011), and tied for third three times (2000, 2002 and 2009).
• Last year, UD lost in the first round to Butler.

FIRE FLYERS
• Coming into the A-10 Tournament, there is no hotter team than the Flyers. Dayton closed the year winning nine of its last 10.
• Wins include at home against Top 50 RPI teams Massachusetts and George Washington and on the road at No. 17 Saint Louis.
• The Flyers had two Top 25 RPI wins in the last two weeks of the regular season.

THE 'D' BACK IN DAYTON
• In nine of the last 11 games, Dayton has not allowed an opponent to score 70 or more points.
• During UD's six-game February winning streak, Dayton allowed 62.8 points per game.
• The Flyers are also 9-1 this season when limiting opponents to 60 points or less.

THE POWER OF THREE
• Dayton is 21-2 this year when three or more players score in double figures. When it is two players or less, the Flyers are 1-7.
• Overall, 11 different Flyers have scored in double figures in 2013-14.

QUARTER PAST
• 15 is the magic number for the Dayton offense. When the Flyers have 15 or more assists, Dayton is 8-0. Dayton ready to open A-10 tournament

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BREWERS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto pitched seven solid innings, and the Cincinnati Reds stayed in the chase for the NL's top record by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Tuesday night after learning they'll be without their manager for the rest of the week.

The Brewers dropped back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month, and it came at a bad time. They started the day 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the final NL wild card spot.

They got no break from the Reds, who clinched the NL Central title on Saturday night.

Manager Dusty Baker met players before the game and revealed he suffered a mini-stroke in addition to being treated for an irregular heartbeat last week. The 63-year-old manager hopes to return to the dugout next week.

REDS-BAKER

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Dusty Baker won't manage the Cincinnati Reds until the final series in St. Louis, giving him time to recover from an irregular heartbeat that left him hospitalized last week.

Baker met with owner Bob Castellini and his team on Tuesday before a game against the Brewers. Bench coach Chris Speier said he'll manage the final three home games against Milwaukee and three in Pittsburgh over the weekend, with Baker taking over for the last three games next week.

The 63-year-old manager was hospitalized in Chicago last Wednesday for an irregular heartbeat, a problem he's had for a while. He was in the hospital for four days, missing the Reds' 6-0 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night that clinched the NL Central title.

INDIANS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have lost sole possession of first place in the AL Central race, with the Indians playing spoiler. Gordon Beckham hit into a game-ending forceout with the potential tying run on second base yesterday as the Indians downed the White Sox 4-3.

Down 4-0 in the fourth inning, the White Sox closed within a run when Paul Konerko homered off Chris Perez leading off the ninth. Perez walked a pair of batters with two outs, and Beckham grounded to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who threw to second baseman Jason Kipnis for the force.

Chicago (82-72) had held sole possession of the division lead since September 3. Detroit pulled into a tie for the division lead with its win over Kansas City last night.

T25-OHIO ST-MATCHING UP

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Through four games and four victories, Ohio State's defense has faced a continual drumbeat of short passes, quick routes, screens and sweeps.

Every opponent, it seems, has relied on a sleight of hand.

Now the Buckeyes are looking forward to getting into familiar territory when they open Big Ten play.

When No. 14 Ohio State travels to 20th-ranked Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes anticipate they'll run into a more conventional Midwestern attack. Granted, that means having to counteract the 244-pound blasts of the Spartans' massive Le'Veon Bell.

But after a month of chasing people, the Buckeyes think they might benefit from a change of pace from the subterfuge and rush-avoiding quick-hitters in a trade for raw man-on-man power struggles at the line of scrimmage.

T25-UPTIGHT SPARTANS

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State's lackluster win last weekend got to coach Mark Dantonio.

After the Spartans beat Eastern Michigan 23-7 Saturday, Dantonio hurried through a terse news conference full of abrupt answers. The Michigan State coach said "next question" seven times in under a minute and was clearly annoyed with the way his team played.

On Tuesday, Dantonio spoke with reporters for around a half-hour, but Michigan State isn't making any players or assistants available this week. The Spartans' coach is trying to send a clear message to his players that it's time to get serious.

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