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CHICAGO -- After building a big lead in the first half, Northwestern suddenly found itself running out of gas in a tight game down the stretch Saturday night. Cheap Swingman Grizzlies Jerseys .Coach Chris Collins turned toward the game clock for help or inspiration -- or both.Every dead ball, I saw guys on their knees, Collins said. I kept telling them, `Eight minutes! Six minutes! Four minutes! Two minutes!Sanjay Lumpkin had 14 points and 14 rebounds, Bryant McIntosh had 13 points, and the Wildcats survived a dismal final 10 minutes for a 67-64 victory over Dayton.Scottie Lindsey and Nathan Taphorn added 11 points apiece as Northwestern (9-2) won its sixth straight. The game was the first of a doubleheader at the United Center as part of the State Farm Chicago Legends.We were just trying to get to the finish line, Collins said. Fortunately, we were strong enough and did enough things to do that.Scoochie Smith had 18 points and Charles Cooke added 12 for Dayton (7-3), which had its five-game winning streak snapped.To our guys credit, I think you can see some fight, but we have to be more consistent, Dayton coach Archie Miller said. We have to be better. Whether it be the glass or our inability to run good offense, we just have not been as tough-minded as we needed to be against some of the teams weve played.Northwestern, which led by as many as 24, took charge early and appeared headed for a laugher. The Wildcats raced to an 11-0 lead less than four minutes into the game as Dayton missed its first eight shots.Northwestern took a 40-17 halftime lead as Dayton made just 4 of 28 field-goal attempts, a 14.3 percent shooting percentage.Cooke, who averaged 20 points in the first nine games, was scoreless in the first half on 0-for-5 shooting in 16 minutes.The Wildcats still led 55-33 with 10 minutes to go before Dayton made its furious rally. The Flyers cut the deficit to 59-55 with 1:28 left on a 3-pointer by Smith. Northwestern had missed 10 straight field goals before McIntosh hit an 18-footer to make it 61-55 with a minute to play.The Wildcats hung on from there.In years past, this was a game where maybe we would have given up that lead in the second half, said Lumpkin, a fifth-year senior. Maybe we wouldnt have won that game, made those tough plays. A lot of guys stepped up. Its great to see that growth.BIG PICTUREDayton: Although the Flyers entered the game with a 31-13 record against Power 5 conferences over the last 10 years, they were outclassed early on before rallying in the second half. Had Dayton started the game with some of the fire it showed after halftime, the result might have been different.Northwestern: How the Wildcats perform during Big Ten play will ultimately determine whether they make their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in March, but theyve put themselves in good position with a strong showing in the non-conference portion of the schedule -- despite the limp to the finish line on Saturday. NUs two losses were against teams currently ranked (Butler and Notre Dame) by a combined six points.UNITED FRONTAlthough Northwestern has played 11 Big Ten tournament games in the United Center, it was just its second regular-season game. Collins hopes to get the program to the point where it can play in the citys NBA arena frequently, but there clearly were more Dayton fans in attendance.They have a great program and a great fan base, and thats something we aspire to have, Collins said. You have to win, though. Thats my answer to everything.UP NEXTDayton: The Flyers host Vanderbilt on Wednesday to begin a three-game home stand.Northwestern: The Wildcats wrap up the non-conference schedule with a pair of home games, IUPUI on Tuesday and Houston Baptist on Thursday. Cheap Grizzlies Jerseys . A statement from the worlds top-ranked player says all checks "were satisfactory and showed positive evolution" regarding the injury, which contributed to his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the final in Melbourne. Cheap Grizzlies Jerseys Authentic . Numbers Game examines the deal that sees Michael Del Zotto and Kevin Klein switch places. The Predators Get: D Michael Del Zotto. . Supported by three-run homers from Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos, the young right-hander went seven strong innings in the Washington Nationals 8-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. Fantasy football draft strategy has evolved considerably the past 10 years, from the days of picking running backs early, saving kickers for last and avoiding sitting near opponents who look at your cheat sheets. The reason is simple: The game has grown rapidly, with now 56 million people in North America playing fantasy sports, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.That means the need for an edge has grown considerably, while the games progression makes those advantages much tougher to find.Here are some strategic considerations for 2016:---ZERO RUNNING BACK THEORYThe Zero-RB theory was popularized by high-stakes fantasy player Chris Vaccaro several years ago, vaulting the New York bar owner to a $150,000 title and the National Fantasy Football Championship (NFFC) Hall of Fame. The concept runs contrary to years of fantasy strategy: hold off on taking your first running back until the fourth or fifth round.The logic? Running backs get injured, underperform, and are mired in timeshares, so you minimize risk by not taking them early. And now that the NFL is a pass-heavy league, most of fantasy points are collected through the air via star wide receivers.The main downside now, however, is the prevalence of people following the strategy, which means a rabid rush for the top wide receivers, leaving valuable running backs for the taking later than they should be available.---WAITING ON QUARTERBACKThe key here is waiting for the right quarterback. Last year, an astute drafter might have recognized that Blake Bortles could run for at least 30 yards per game, was throwing to two top-flight wide receivers and had a skilled offensive line coach (Doug Marrone) on a team that had added one of footballs best tight ends.Bortles went undrafted in most leagues and finished among the top five or six quarterbacks, depending on scoring systems.Kirk Cousins, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Derek Carr, and Tyrod Taylor all performed well enough to convince a drafter to wait on quarterback and chase wide receivers and running backs in the first 10 rounds instead.This season, Robert Griffin III looks like an excellent late quarterback option. He can run, has two wide receiverss who can put up 100-yard games, his tight end is solid and he has a running back in Chris Thompson who was targeted 48 times last year despite relatively sparse playing time. Cheap Memphis Grizzlies Jerseys. Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are two other young quarterbacks in maturing offenses who can be taken late but started in Week 1.---SKIPPING KICKERSThis is the modern version of know your rules. If your leagues setup doesnt force you to draft a kicker, then dont. At all.Instead, draft a high-upside skill position player and wait until the eve of kickoff to drop someone for a kicker off the waiver wire. It buys you a little speculation on, say, a running back locked in a position battle who may have won the job between the draft and Sept. 8, the first game of the season.---PAY ATTENTION TO OFFENSIVE COACHESDenver Broncos tight end Virgil Green doesnt have much in his past that would suggest hes due for a breakout season. Over five seasons, Green has just 44 targets, 35 receptions, 379 yards, and two touchdowns.But Denvers quarterbacks coach is Greg Knapp. And while his name isnt a household one for fantasy players, youve seen his work as either a quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator:- Julius Thomas, 2014: 12 touchdowns- Julius Thomas, 2013: 90 targets, 12 touchdowns- Brandon Myers, 2012: 105 targets, 79 receptions, 806 yards, four touchdowns (led the Raiders in receiving yards)- Owen Daniels, 2011: 85 targets, 677 yards, three touchdowns (led the Texans in receiving yards)- John Carlson, 2009: 83 targets, seven touchdowns (led the Seahawks in receiving touchdowns)Zach Miller, Alge Crumpler, and a host of others had career years when Knapp just happened to be an offensive coach.Thats no guarantee Virgil Green will break out this season, but knowing the tendencies of an underappreciated (in fantasy) offensive coach can at least help push an owner into some logical late-round speculative picks that could owe more to research than luck.---This column was provided to The Associated Press by the Fantasy Sports Network, . 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