U. Dayton BasketballUD Opens Up With A Pink-Socking

The mark of any decent UD freshman isn’t necessarily the ability to score, defend or rebound – although those are certainly welcome. The best thing you can ever say about a Flyer newcomer is that they aren’t a glaring liability while on the court (let’s call it the Wehrli Theorem since you guys wanna be so fucking technical about it). The less time you spend cursing a freshman under your breath, the better.

mikesellhaloThe Flyers brought six newcomers to campus this fall — two of which, Chief McElvene and Charles Cooke were already in the fold for a year and certainly weren’t complete mysteries coming into the season. Ryan Mikesell? Well, when discussing the incoming class he was often referred to as the “baseball player.” The St. Henry product was the afterthought, the signee everyone (including the most knowledgeable Flyer fan in all of the land, yours truly) gave the side-eye. How wrong you guys were, for shame.

In a matter of forty minutes, Ryan “Chip? Tater?” Mikesell has already eclipsed Bobby Wehrli as everyone’s favorite Caucasoid. At times it felt like Ryan Gosling strapped up in the Red and Blue. The 6’7″ forward led all scorers tonight with 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting (an exceptional 5-of-7 from behind the arc), as the Flyers took down the SE Missouri State Redhawks, 84-53 in the Sweater Centre. Mikesell scoring performance was the best freshman opener since Chris Wright dropped 22 on his debut. It’s clear that Jimmie Binnie left some rounds in the chamber of that #33 jersey. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but there’s is plenty to like about Mikesell’s potential as the second or third guy off the bench right now.

As always, it’s difficult to take away anything substantial from an pink-socking against an inferior opponent, but this much is clear — UD is going to put up some points this season. The Flyers didn’t shoot it particularly well tonight, particularly from the stripe (a pedestrian 60% from the line), but it seems from the outset that they will have more offensive weapons this season.

Scoochie Smith and Kendall Pollard, Dayton’s most important pieces, took a bit of a back seat this evening, as the pair combined attempted a mere nine shots against the Redhawks. I’d imagine Scooch and Pollard take more ownership of the game as UD faces its first real test of the season against the Crimson Tide.

Charles Cooke, the heir apparent at the wing in Dyshawn Pierre’s absence, had an off night, connecting on only two of his nine shots, but inspired confidence nonetheless. The ability is there, just need the execution. DURRELL was hot in the first half, scoring 12 of his 15 points in the game’s opening frame. If UD can get 8 points a game from DD, it will be a good year indeed for the Sweater Nation™.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t discuss UD’s most fascinating player, Big Steve McElvene. The Chief only logged nineteen minutes, scoring 5 points, against an undersized SEMO squad, but he did all of the little things you like to see from a man his size. The big man blocked three shots, altered a handful of others and grabbed six boards. It’s too soon to make any declarations regarding McElvene’s offensive capabilities, however it does seem that he lacks a back-to-the-basket game and isn’t going to be an offensive priority when UD is on the attack. Which is fine as long as he does all of the unsung things that make someone of his size so valuable, particular on a mid-major level. 

Big picture — UD’s depth was plain all night, as Archie freely juggled lineups throughout the contest. As a result, no player played more than 26 minutes tonight and the Gem City Cagers should be raring to go when they take on Alabama on Tuesday afternoon. Cut down on turnovers, hit the freebies and the Flyers will be in business all year long. The game tips off at one in the afternoon, so set your emotional clocks accordingly. 


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.


  • Anonymous

    November 14, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    The best part of the telecast on TWC sports channel was the anti-rape/ consent commercial. Pierre was probably pissed


  • FlannyFlyer

    November 14, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Fun to watch a beatdown but the rhythm of the game was completely lost by the overabundance of whistles. 54 fouls and 60 FTA combined just slowed the game to a crawl.


  • 1st Game Over Reaction by The Kman

    November 14, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    21 pts, 5-7 bombs! I’m Mikesold. Anything he shoots, I’m Mikebuying. Ryan Mikesell, aka Chips, aka Jimmy Chipwood. Run the picketed fence for him. He plays, coach stays, he goes, Archie goes. All pistons are firing. It’s gonna take the Indiana national guard to get Archie outta here. “And Archie put his hand in the bag and took out a stone and slung it. And it struck the Big East on the head and he fell to the ground.” clap…….clap……clap…..clap…clap…clap..clap.clap.clap.clap. Come on, let me hear ya!!!


  • Sportz Fan

    November 14, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Ryan Mikesell is on pace to make me forget how unproductive fellow St. Henry alum The Big Fundamental was at UD.


  • omar williams

    November 14, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    one big problem. ryan mikesell is a dick. somebody will kick his ass and it will probably be kendall.


    • John Deere

      November 15, 2015 at 11:43 AM

      I can’t get over the fact that “chip” sounds like it was conceived on a UD Pride thread, but what the hell, if he is a dick. Blackburn can dub him Otter as far as I’m concerned if he can hit the open three, rebound and pass out four assists. Chip looks like he knows what he’s he is supposed to do on the court.


    • Borat

      November 15, 2015 at 7:52 PM

      Bigger problem, does chocolate venom affect the Whities the same way white venom does the chocolate faces?


    • Anonymous

      November 16, 2015 at 8:50 AM

      Just curious what this is based on? Is this the word coming out of practices or just general observations?


      • TBolt

        November 16, 2015 at 1:50 PM

        Word on campus is he’s a wigger so hopefully that answers your question.


  • Mr. Wiggles

    November 15, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    I saw shit and toilet paper on the floor of a stall when I went to unload at halftime. It made me proud, thank you mystery pooper, whoever you were.


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