U. Dayton BasketballFlyers Endure Duquesne

With news that Duquesne’s three-point marksman, Micah Mason, was out of today’s contest with Dayton, the Flyer Faithful took a breath of relief. Mason’s absence would clearly diminish what was already a considerably one-dimensional offense. It was difficult to imagine the Dukes’ offense scoring enough points to make it a ballgame with a club like Dayton. Then, the Flyers took the floor.

I once spent an afternoon watching puppy car crash videos and I’m not sure today’s Flyer offensive performance wasn’t more horrifying (some of those puppies were clearly intoxicated, so like, fuck them). Duquesne held up their end of the bargain — putting on a woeful offensive display that even a MEAC program would be embarrassed by. The Dukes shot 33% from the floor, an incriminating 2-of-12 (17%) from three point land. Ninety percent of the teams in America, and I’m including every level of basketball (Slamball, wheelchair leagues, men’s leagues), would have used that humiliating performance to turn the game into a rout. Not UD, not in Pittsburgh.

The Flyers laid an egg themselves, never getting untracked on the offensive end. At one point, UD missed 17 straight three-point attempts and seemed destined for failure. The Flyers did end up connecting on a few deep shots, but still finished an anemic 3-of-25 (12%) from behind the arc. When Dayton wasn’t misfiring horribly from the perimeter they were kneecapping themselves inside the paint. UD hit just 37% of their shots as a whole, a complete study in offensive ineptitude for Archie to ponder on the flight home.

The foul-line, ironically, is where both teams laid waste. Once again, it was a virtual stalemate, as the Dukes hit 78% of their attempts to the Flyers’ 77% from the stripe – Duquesne got to the line more, however, racking up 28 attempts to Dayton’s 22. All of these facts and figures underline one thing: this was a horrendous basketball game that someone unfortunately had to win. In the end, Archie Miller and Co. simply made a play or two more to take home the victory.

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Individually, there aren’t many kudos to hand out (verbal or chocolatey) to either side. Derrick Colter did all he could do for Duquesne, driving at will and drawing fouls with imperviousness. On the UD side, it was all Charles Cooke. The transfer has been a godsend for the Flyers this season, an immediate impact that gives Archie the type of skills that were missing with the graduation of Jordan Sibert. Cooke was deadly at the line, 9-of-10, and hit two key three pointers – finishing 2-of-4 behind the arc. No one else on the Flyer roster stepped up to support Cooke’s effort, although you could make an argument for SAM FUCKING MILLER (who played plenty, scored a few buckets and didn’t necessarily cause women and children to cry).

Two sticking points from today’s game: No X-Man??? Was my man hurt, Arch? Certainly could have used his energy and rebounding this afternoon. Additionally, Steve McElvene has a lot of work to do on both ends of the floor. The Chief is often out of position and really needs to work on his footwork. You can’t teach 6’11,” but you can instill some basic fundamentals in the big man. This is Archie’s first real project that has significant consequences for the program, let’s see how he does (I’m leaning towards decent).

Dyshawn Pierre had a rather benign second game back, scoring four points and grabbing ten boards. It’s odd watching Pierre play right now, I find myself observing him like he is a freshman once again – the kid’s got potential, he not’s quite there, but the makings of a really good basketball player are apparent. It’s going to take a little more time for him to get acclimated (when we can no longer use this excuse is up for debate). He is extremely passive with the ball in his hands, and seems like he is more concerned with not making mistakes than impacting play. You get the sense that this was supposed to be “his” team this year, and the circumstances surrounding this suspension have completely taken the rug out from under him. Regardless, we want Pierre on that wall, we need him on that wall.

All in all, it’s a conference road win. You never, ever, take those for granted. The Flyers improve to 11-2 on the year, a gleaming 1-0 in league play. Two games on the slate this week, a visit from UMass on Wednesday night followed by a trip out to Philly to take on La Salle on Saturday afternoon. We’ve just cracked the lid on this season, let’s keep it going.

 

Dayton 66 Duquesne 58  Final  1 2 16   Basketball State

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.

21 comments

    • John Deere

      January 2, 2016 at 8:20 PM

      Where is your write up.

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  • Mr. Wiggles

    January 2, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    MY DICK IS LIKE A ROCK AND I JUST DIPPED MY BALLS IN HONEY

    Reply

  • brian the brain

    January 2, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Archie bears an uncanny resemblance to WWE wrestling manager Paul Bearer.

    Reply

  • Roy Driesen

    January 2, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    I am intimidated by the Brendan Dassey’s intellect. Today’s game was almost as hard to watch as my hairline.

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  • DP4MM

    January 2, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Now this is the reporting that we are expecting from this forum. Watching this game gave me a migraine. This was a great game for this team and its coaching staff to get their shit together! I totally agree with the this was supposed to be DP’s team. That is a great take. DP and the rest of the boys need to take this season out of their dumb ass coaches hands and fucking ball.

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  • Velvet

    January 2, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Not sure why we didn’t go small with X (injured? doghouse?). Neither Miller or Chief could guard their post players without fouling. Most importantly, this offense can’t get moving b/c they can’t drive without running into Miller or Chief and their man. When you go 0-16 to start a game from behind the arc, maybe we should attack the rim?

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  • tman

    January 2, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Dayton shot 3 of 25 from three point land.
    Missing the first 17.
    If the Flyers make just three of those shots we win by 17 and all is right with the world.

    The problem is this is not a fluke.
    It didn’t happen by accident.
    When your freshmen back up big man is taking three point shots, and missing all of them, someone needs to point out how undisciplined that is.
    In other words, jerk a knot in his ass.
    If Pollard decides that he’s suddenly an outside threat, someone should mention that there are three other guys on the floor that do that much better than him.
    If your defensive specialist thinks he’s helping the team by taking three’s, someone should notify him why he is a defensive specialist.

    This needs to be addressed by a player or the players themselves.
    This isn’t a coaching issue as much as the players themselves are all guilty of the above stupid acts.
    All of them (Sans Scoochie Smith).

    If you’re a center play like a center.
    Establish and know your roll, rather than roam aimlessly around the court (Pollard)
    Do your job. Do what you do best.
    As a leader its tough to rag on a guy when you yourself are guilty.
    This is a leadership issue.
    There needs to be a pecking order.

    Some fucking back up freshmen center who’s rode the pine most of the year should not get in and start taking three’s like he’s fucking Ray Allen.

    Someone with a uniform on should put an end to it.

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    • MJ #45

      January 3, 2016 at 12:10 PM

      Tman bringing the truth. Never thought I’d see it when Tman has the best comment on an article

      Reply

    • Anonymous

      January 3, 2016 at 6:21 PM

      What he said, except for the “roll.”

      Reply

      • DeezNuts

        January 4, 2016 at 2:14 PM

        “Who’s rode the pine” can go, too.

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        • John Deere

          January 4, 2016 at 3:07 PM

          That was the beginning of a damn good line. Grammatical doesn’t mean shit in this case.

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          • John Deere

            January 4, 2016 at 3:08 PM

            Spell check blows … Grammar don’t mean shit

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            • John Deere

              January 4, 2016 at 3:09 PM

              Ain’t nobody got time for that anyways

              Reply

  • The Kman

    January 3, 2016 at 12:26 AM

    Faith in Blackburn Review is restored. Protests by offended social groups has returned. Flyeria is not a myth. Our shooting is now on defcon 5 alert for suckage. Sam Miller receives a “eh” grade. Some good to cover the bad. Scoochie’s 3 shot has posted a ticket on the ride board… “Need ride back from Christmas break, will pay for half of gas.” Someone buy Pollard some new bubble wrap for his shoulder, he’s stopped being effective going to the basket. Call the freshman dorms, Durrell needs a slump buster. Crosby is threatening to break Edwin Young’s “rejected layups” freshman record. Finally, It shouldn’t have taken 12 games and a Daddy Miller appearance to finally received some Morgan camera time.

    Start pulling out the letter “M” stitching on your dirty, duck bill bent, Game brand baseball cap….we are on to to UMass.

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  • Matt CT

    January 3, 2016 at 4:19 AM

    I noticed in the box score Dayton now has a record of “10-3”. Were both teams so bad that each team was credited with a loss?

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  • udflyerfan07

    January 3, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Who was the old man announcing? I felt like I was in the ER ward of Grandview Hospital.

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    • John Deere

      January 3, 2016 at 8:43 PM

      John Adams, former head of NCAA officiating. He is the dumbass responsible for the cluster fuck designed to reduce physicality of defensive play. He might not be, but based on his color commentary, or lack of color, he is more than likely the culprit.

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  • Gil

    January 3, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    As the head of the blackies I request an apology from all premium blackies that were saying I was dumb for thinking Sam Miller will be very solid this year. Suck my cock fuck heads. Sam Miller goin up

    Reply

  • Stone

    January 3, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    That bank shot from Pollard was the epitome of CYO basketball circa 1985. One decent game from Sam still doesn’t make up for 12 other shitty games where he was abused like Charlie Sheen’s blow up doll. Still wish we’d see more of Chip who at least is a smart player and can shoot the damn ball.

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