Associated Press Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Dischon Thomas came off the bench to score 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting and Colorado State breezed to a 92-61 victory over Utah Valley on Sunday.Thomas hit all four of his free throws and grabbed six rebounds for the Rams (6-3), who won for a third straight time. Isaiah Stevens, Kris Martin and David Roddy all scored 10 as Colorado State shot 59% from the floor, including 58% (7 of 12) from 3-point range.Casdon Jardine had 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc for the Wolverines (4-5), who have lost four of their last five games. Emmanuel Olojakpoke added 11 points, while Jamison Overton scored 10. TJ Washington, whose 17 points per game heading into the matchup led Utah Valley, was held to five points on 2-of-13 shooting. December 1, 2019 /Sports News – Local Thomas leads Colorado State past Utah Valley 92-61 Tags: Colorado State Rams/Dischon Thomas/UVU Wolverines Basketball
AJ MacLean/Herald photoThe Wisconsin Badgers football team will play its annual spring football game Saturday at 1 p.m. at Madison La Follette’s Lussier Field. This marks the second consecutive season the Badgers have played at Lussier Field while Camp Randall undergoes renovations. Last year’s starter John Stocco will take to the pocket for the first-team offense, while redshirt sophomore Tyler Donovan will start for the second-team offense. Backups Craig Meier and Bryan Savage will take the remaining snaps as they jockey for a position on next season’s depth chart. While Donovan will surely see time with the first-team offense during the intrasquad scrimmage, the decision to start Stocco appears to have cemented the junior’s place as next year’s starting quarterback.“He has a lot of good experiences to fall back on,” Wisconsin quarterbacks coach Jeff Horton said. “He did a lot of things right for us last year. We’ve got to get him more consistent throwing the ball, and he’s really spent the time in the offseason to work on that. I expect to see a big jump between his sophomore and junior years.”It was at this time last season that Stocco made the biggest jump of his young career. With a solid performance in the 2003 finale against Iowa, Stocco entered spring practice last year sparing with senior Matt Schabert for the 2004 starting job. While it appeared the sophomore would win the position entering the spring, Stocco wasted no time cementing his hold on the position. The Richfield, Minn., native outplayed his senior counterpart all spring, quickly becoming a fan favorite and the new face at quarterback that would lead the Badgers into 2004. Oh, what a difference a season makes.With one starting season in the books, Stocco is no longer enjoying the endless love exuded by fans last year. Instead, the quarterback finds himself again fighting during spring practice — not for a job, but for respect from the fans.Some have been quick to jump on Stocco for his performance last season, claiming the then-sophomore did little to spark the offense. Yet Stocco looks at his experience — fan criticism and all — as an advantage for this season.“It’s always hard your first time in there, but experience helps you so much,” Stocco said. “The more experience you get, the more it’s going to help you. I’ve been in pretty much every situation now. I’ve played very well, and I’ve played not very well.”But as quickly as the critics jump on his performance, Horton is equally quick to discuss the positive qualities the junior demonstrated last year.“He eliminated sacks (we cut them in half from the year before); he protected the football; he had only seven interceptions, which is way down from where we’ve been in years past,” Horton said.Still, numbers aren’t everything. Last season Stocco enjoyed the luxury of playing with a bevy of savvy veterans as he worked to learn the offense. But this year is different. With a season of experience under his belt, coach and player both acknowledge the latter’s need for an increased presence in the huddle.“It’s a little bit different of a situation this year,” Stocco said. “Now I’m one of the older guys, and we’ve got some younger guys coming up. So I feel like my leadership role has gotten bigger. I feel like playing quarterback, you’ve got to be a leader. That comes with the territory.”But while Stocco understands and embraces his increased responsibility, Horton remains diligent in his attempt to increase the junior play caller’s leadership qualities.“Just because you’re the starting quarterback, that’s not good enough. You’ve got to be a leader on this football team,” Horton said. “I think those are things that he’s tried to work on and exude through the offseason and through spring practice.”The same can be said of Donovan. After seeing sporadic playing time behind the durable Stocco last year, Donovan needs to step up in his second season as Wisconsin’s top backup play-caller.Donovan has shown an increased understanding of the offense since the end of the fall season. While play calls, blitz recognition and pocket presence have all improved Donovan, the Hartland, Wis., native still has a long way to go.“As his position coach, I’m not totally comfortable playing him for long stretches until he proves to me that he knows exactly what is going on,” Horton said. “He’s one play away from being the guy that has to lead us to victory.”But Donovan is on his way. After admittedly struggling with the flood of information he was forced to digest last season, the sophomore is slowly grasping his offensive responsibilities while getting back to basics.“I’ve got the reps and everything, and I just feel a lot more comfortable. Just knowing my progressions and [those] types of things really helps,” Donovan said. “I’m just playing football again, playing like I’m in the backyard because I know what I’m supposed to do.”Stepping into Stocco’s fan-favorite shoes this year has been Savage. Though young and inexperienced, Savage’s physical abilities combined with the intangibles he possesses have endeared him to fans. But Horton is quick to caution that the freshman is far from ready. “He’s a true freshman that didn’t run any of our plays last year. He ran everybody else’s plays, and he’s still trying to understand a little bit what we are trying to do,” Horton said. “That’s something that will come.”
MORE FRIDAY MLB: DFS picksToday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings: Friday, June 14RankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)FDDK1Gerrit ColeAstrosvs. Blue JaysN/A78 (27th)$12,000$11,9002Max ScherzerNationalsvs. D-backsN/A88 (20th)$11,600$11,5003Blake SnellRaysvs. Angels103 (T-10th)N/A$10,500$10,0004Lucas GiolitoWhite Soxvs. YankeesN/A114 (4th)$11,400$11,1005Rich HillDodgersvs. Cubs103 (T-10th)N/A$9,700$10,3006Zach [email protected] GiantsN/A77 (T-28th)$8,000$6,8007Kyle [email protected] DodgersN/A119 (2nd)$10,100$9,8008Kyle GibsonTwinsvs. RoyalsN/A94 (T-15th)$8,300$9,3009Trevor RichardsMarlinsvs. PiratesN/A96 (14th)$8,700$9,00010Nick [email protected] BravesN/A104 (11th)$7,900$8,60011Eduardo RodriguezRed [email protected] Orioles90 (T-18th)N/A$8,500$8,00012Max FriedBravesvs. Phillies100 (14th)N/A$7,300$6,90013Robbie [email protected] Nationals118 (5th)N/A$9,200$10,10014Andrew [email protected] Rays102 (13th)N/A$8,900$8,80015Steven MatzMetsvs. Cardinals94 (T-15th)N/A$7,800$7,10016CC [email protected] White Sox94 (T-15th)N/A$7,100$7,40017Tyler MahleRedsvs. RangersN/A106 (10th)$7,400$6,70018Chris BassittA’svs. MarinersN/A110 (7th)$7,500$7,80019Steven [email protected] Marlins69 (T-29th)N/A$6,200$6,40020Daniel Ponce de [email protected] MetsN/A97 (13th)$7,700$8,40021Marco [email protected] A’s127 (3rd)N/A$6,600$5,30022Aaron SanchezBlue [email protected] AstrosN/A115 (3rd)$6,100$4,60023Adam [email protected] TigersN/A76 (30th)$7,600$7,20024Brad [email protected] TwinsN/A122 (1st)$6,900$5,80025Drew PomeranzGiantsvs. Brewers110 (8th)N/A$6,500$6,20026Cal [email protected] RockiesN/A86 (21st)$6,300$5,00027Jeff HoffmanRockiesvs. PadresN/A85 (T-22nd)$5,700$6,10028Ryan CarpenterTigersvs. Indians76 (26th)N/A$5,900$4,80029Andrew CashnerOriolesvs. Red SoxN/A108 (9th)$6,700N/A30Dan StrailyOriolesvs. Red SoxN/A108 (9th)N/A$4,80031Jesse Chavez (O)[email protected] RedsN/A81 (26th)N/AN/AwRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNAs far as fades (or GPP-only options), Robbie Ray (@ Nationals) has a sky-high price and a terrible matchup. Kyle Hendricks (@ Dodgers) is in a similar spot, though he’s a little more consistent while lacking the high strikeout ceiling of Ray.It looks like Royals-Twins is the main game to worry about as far as rain goes tonight, but check the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center closer to lineup lock for the latest weather reports. Fridays always bring loaded MLB DFS main slates, and tonight features the kind of pitching options that will leave you second guessing your picks right up until first pitch. The top of our daily SP rankings features some of the game’s highest-upside aces, but the value sleepers lurking throughout the mid-tier could also pay off in big ways, especially as SP2s in DraftKings contests.The most obvious value play tonight, at least on DK, is Zach Davies (@ Giants), who, despite a poor K-rate, offers plenty of value given his matchup. Several of the pitchers in the $7Ks are also worth looking at, including Steven Matz (vs. Cardinals), CC Sabathia (vs. White Sox), and Chris Bassitt (vs. Mariners), and there are even a few in the $6Ks like Davies, including Tyler Mahle (vs. Rangers) and Max Fried (vs. Phillies).