Why Flavor Flav is chillin' at the Big Ten Tournament in DC

Why Flavor Flav is chillin' at the Big Ten Tournament in DC

Hip-hop icon, reality star and ageless wonder Flavor Flav is in Washington, D.C. this week for the 2017 Big Ten Tournament at Verizon Center.

It's an odd pairing for sure. The 57-year-old New York native made his name as a part of Public Enemy, one of the most polarizing rap groups in music history.

But on Wednesday afternoon, there was the former "Flavor of Love" star sitting court-side for Penn State's first-round game against Nebraska.


And while it's an unexpected sight, there is a perfectly good reason for it. Shep Garner, Penn State's top player and leading scorer, is cousins with Flavor Flav, whose real name is William Drayton Jr. As it turns out, Garner's maternal grandmother is sister with Flav's mother. 

"We see him about 20 times a year," Garner, a junior guard from Philadelphia told in February 2015. "He comes to my house. Him and my mom are like really close."

The Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C. already has some confused, so the presence of hip-hop's foremost clock enthusiast makes it all the more confusing. 


Dayton vs. Richmond: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to watch

Dayton vs. Richmond: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to watch

The Dayton Flyers and the Richmond Spiders are set to battle in a key Atlantic 10 matchup. 

Dayton has carried the banner for the Atlantic 10 conference this season. Wins over Georgia and Virginia Tech, paired with a neutral-site overtime loss to Kansas vaulted them quickly into the national conversation quickly. With NBA prospect Obi Toppin leading the way, it's hard to imagine a team topping them. 

In the Atlantic 10, No. 7 Dayton (17-2, 6-0) is unbeaten. Their assumed biggest test was VCU and they handled them by 14 points. 

But Richmond (15-4, 5-1) is sneaky good. Beating Wisconsin in an early-season tournament gave the Spiders a key nonconference win. If they can keep it together and avoid bad losses, the postseason may be in their future. 

The Spiders will have to do it without their leading scorer Blake Francis though. He is out for the next month or so after a sternum injury

Postseason implications are surely on the line. 

Dayton vs. Richmond: How to Watch

Who: Dayton Flyers (17-2, 6-0) vs. Richmond Spiders(15-4, 5-1)

What: Atlantic 10 basketball on NBC Sports Washington

When: Saturday, January 25, 6 p.m. ET. 

Where: Robins Center, Richmond, Va

TV Channel: You can watch Dayton vs. Richmond on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder).

Live Stream: NBC Sports Washington Live Player


William & Mary to retire Marcus Thornton's No. 3 jersey on Feb. 15

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William & Mary to retire Marcus Thornton's No. 3 jersey on Feb. 15

Former William & Mary guard Marcus Thornton will have his Tribe legacy officially honored on Feb. 15, when the program will hold a ceremony to raise to the rafters and retire his No. 3 jersey the school announced Friday.

The ceremony for the program’s all-time leading scorer and 2014-15 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American will be held at halftime of William & Mary’s game against Delaware at Kaplan Arena.

“Feb. 15 is going to be a memorable day at Kaplan Arena as we honor Marcus by adding his No. 3 to its rightful place in W&M lore,” Athletic Director Samantha Huge said. “We look forward to Tribe fans joining us as we honor a Tribe basketball icon.”

Thornton’s No. 3 jersey will be the sixth in the rafters at Kaplan Arena, joining Keith Cieplicki’s No. 14, Bill Chambers’ No. 32, Chet Giermak’s No. 32, John Lowenhaupt’s No. 42 and Jeff Cohen’s No. 52.

During his four-year career with the Tribe spanning from 2011-2015, Thornton broke several program records. He leads William & Mary’s program in scoring (2,178 points), made 3-pointers (325), games played (127), minutes played (4,328), minutes per game (34.1) and made threes per game (2.55).

Thornton was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year during his senior season, when he averaged 20 points per game. He was the first Tribe player to garner that honor in program history.

After that year, the Boston Celtics selected Thornton in the second round of the NBA Draft with the 45th pick.

Since being drafted, Thornton has spent time on summer league teams for the Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder, and played in the NBA G-League. His career has included international stops in Australia, Italy, China, Turkey and South Korea. He currently plays professionally in the France Jeep Elite A League with Elan Chalon.

“I’m excited and looking forward to returning to William & Mary to celebrate this great moment with those who have helped along the way — family, friends and, of course, the Tribe family,” Thornton said in the press release.

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