U. Dayton BasketballRecon: Southeast Missouri State

It’s time. Time to Ware Red and Be Lowd™.

After experiencing consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, the expectations for the UD basketball program have reached relatively unprecedented heights. From the dark, funereal Jim O’Brien years,  to the “light at the end of the tunnel” Oliver Purnell era and culminating in the “I’m not fired, I quit” Brian Gregory tenure — the Gem City Cagers, under the tutelage of Archie Miller, have finally broken the surface.

Gone are the years when an 8-8 conference record would be met with a shrug. No longer will road losses to Duquesne or Saint Louis be expected or tolerated. We have replaced those aloof feelings with expressions of detachment when it comes to sexual assault allegations —   a huge advancement, in my humble opinion. In short, Dayton has become a player, a basketball program with all the requisite platitudes.

So what’s the next step? Well, there really is no next step.

Outside of battling for conference championships and NCAA Tournament berths, we have, as a fan base, all we need. The only thing we ever asked for, and I assume I speak for most of us, was some winning consistency out of this basketball program. For the first time in a long time, we have it.

The presumption this season is to once again hear our names announced on Selection Sunday. Nothing less will suffice, let’s get LOWD.


After a disappointing season which saw the Redhawks finish 13-18, a fifth-place finish in the Ohio Valley West, SE Missouri decided to part ways with head coach Dickey Nutt. Ricky Ray, who failed so mercilessly at Mississippi State, has stepped in to take over the program.

2477170-LWhile SE Missouri State may not have much in common with Dayton on the court, their off the court troubles should make a Flyer fan smile. Two of the Redhawks’ JUCO transfers have already left school — one for academic issues and the other due to…homesickness. In addition, assistant coach Jamie Rosser was recently terminated from the program “due to violation of university policies and procedures.” 

Junior guard Jamaal Calvin is being held out of the team’s first four games for an undisclosed reason. Starting forwards Trey Kellum and Ladarius Coleman are suspended for the team’s first two games for, you guessed it, a “violation of departmental policies and procedures.” UD and SE Missouri State would be fierce competitors in college basketball’s version of the Fulmer Cup (what would be the equivalent — the Harrick Cup? The Calipari Cup?).

SE Missouri returns just two starters from last season and will enter the season with a completely untested frontcourt. Five of SEMO’s six newcomers are forwards 6’7″ or taller. Ray employs an up-tempo offense that should average in the seventies this season. The Redhawks are either connecting from three or they’re getting their ass beat, there’s really no inbetween. I’m sure next to no research went into scheduling Southeast Missouri, but on paper they seem like exactly the type of team UD should be opening against.

The Redhawks won their only exhibition game last weekend, a 93-64 victory over Division II Missouri S&T. SE Missouri trailed at halftime before a surely inspiring Rick Ray speech catapulted the team to a convincing win.

Southeast Missouri was picked to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley West this preseason.

Antonius Cleveland, SEMO's only hope.
Antonius Cleveland, SEMO’s only hope.

The Redhawks are led by junior guard (1) Antonius Cleveland. Cleveland is an All-Ohio Valley 1st Team preseason selection who has some size and ability from the perimeter. The teams’ second-leading scorer last season, Cleveland might have to jack up 20 shots against the Flyers tomorrow night. Playing alongside Cleveland is (2) Isiah Jones, a 6’4″ fifth-year senior who started every game for the Redhawks last year. (3) Marcus Wallace will round out SE Missouri’s three-guard attack

(4) Tony Anderson is from Columbus, and at six-nine, the tallest player on the SEMO roster. A freshman, he will get decent minutes with two members of the starting frontcourt suspended. (5) Robby Dosier is the lone white guy (aka “the shooter”) on the team, he has probably spent the past four days stifling his opinions on what is going on at Missouri right now.

(6) J.T. Jones, (7) Joel Angus and (8) Jaylin Stewart are three underclassmen that will serve some time against the Flyers tomorrow night. Coach Ray has no idea what to expect from these three, so I certainly won’t add my uninformed opinion here.

The Redhawks are undersized and missing three major contibutors, hopefully the check has already cleared.

Numbers Game

Not enough numbers yet, guys.

Let’s use this space to pass along an Archie quote that David Jablonski, the hardest working man in the Gem City, passed along in his column last night:

[su_testimonial name=”Archie Miller, Head Coach of the Daytona Fliers” photo=”http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Atlantic10MediaDayBasketball-0a7e8.jpg” url=”http://daytonflyers.blog.daytondailynews.com/2015/11/11/archie-miller-hints-at-dyshawn-pierre-return/”]“His status is the same,” Miller said. “We haven’t really discussed options in terms of if he’ll return or when he’ll return. Currently, he’s serving his suspension. If Dyshawn chooses to return, which we think will happen, we’ll evaluate his status when he gets back. It’s not fair to make any judgements on his availability or what he’ll be able to do when he returns, etc., until he does return. We’re going to do everything in our power to make sure we handle Dyshawn sort of with kid gloves in terms of the basketball opportunity. We’ll never force (a decision) upon any young guy just to help the team when they have a career at stake and they have a lot of ball left in them. We’ll do what’s best for Dyshawn, and he knows that. Our team, as it is right now, has really handled everything with great maturity. I like how we’ve been able to continue to progress and build and make the least amount of excuses as you can make.”[/su_testimonial]

This Pierre saga is the media gift that keeps on giving. Archie indicating that he believes Pierre will return does add a bit of arousal to the situation, but you can’t convince me this isn’t the company line Pierre and his legal team will be feeding from now until December 22nd. Again, I will believe Pierre is coming back when I see him take the court against Miami.


It’s simple enough to predict pain, which there will no doubt be for the Redhawks after they take this L, but it is more cogent with copious amounts of bloodshed. You always want to see the Flyers come out and dominate all phases of the game against an undermanned team like SEMO, and I think a pink-socking is on the horizon. UD takes out SE Missouri State, 85-62. Charles Cooke leads all scorers with 17 and the freshman account for at least 15 points.

Tom Blackburn

Tom Blackburn is a proud U. o' D. alum. He loses faith in humanity one day at a time, but not in you, you seem like you are all kinds of alright. Charter member of the T-Man fanclub.


  • Schaidylane

    November 12, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Lowd. Sweater’s on and bag’s packed. See you in cage.


  • Ron

    November 12, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    It moved Jerry, I think it moved! Recon is back!


  • Steve Minielli

    November 12, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Still waiting for you…


  • Lou Brown

    November 12, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Are we still pissing and shitting on the floors? I need some advance notice.


  • Mr. Wiggles

    November 12, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Yes, Lou. I’m taking a dump on the floor of the stall. Will not shit prior to game, I will either Instagram it or tweet it. I refuse to shit in UD facility toilets, they will clean up my shit. Please do the same Lou!!


  • John R

    November 13, 2015 at 1:45 AM

    I trademarked the ware red term you losers!


  • georgieboy

    November 13, 2015 at 5:00 AM

    UD could certainly learn from SEMO’s disciplinary standards. HUGE fan of the two game suspension and not disclosing.


  • Sportz Fan

    November 13, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    My son took a shit last night, and then created a perfectly framed Pete Zesterman jersey with it. I take that as a sign that it’s time for Blackburn and Steve Minelli to come together and heal.


  • John Deere

    November 13, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Mr. Wiggles decision to exercise his first amendment rights is creating an unsafe environment in the men’s restroom. I demand that Tim Wabler take all necessary precautions so that I am not disenfranchised if I need to do two. He must cancel the game or step down immediately.


    • Tom Blackburn

      November 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM

      I really like the idea of calling Big Steve “Chief” after the character in Cuckoo’s Nest.


  • TBolt

    November 13, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Do you think we’ll see Big Steve throw a water fountain out the back wall of Marycrest and we’ll see him and John R running down Brown St.?


  • shark

    November 13, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Since you trademarked it, are Ware Red Be Lowd shirts available for purchase? Sadly I’d strongly consider spending my hard earned money to buy one.


    • Tom Blackburn

      November 13, 2015 at 3:05 PM

      We actually are talking about printing off some “Ware Red, Be Lowd” shirts if we get enough interest. Trying to keep the cost down.


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