U. Dayton BasketballDayton Destroys UMass

Pink sockings, as a rule, are unpleasant, needless and painful. This couldn’t be further from the truth tonight, as your Flyers rolled to a convincing and easy victory over the visiting Massachusetts Minutemen.

Dayton was damn near flawless offensively against UMass, shooting 57% from the floor, 44% from behind the arc and 78% from the line. When UD shoots the ball that well, they are tough to beat. When the Flyers shoot that well in the Sweater Centre, go ahead and put the women and children to bed early. The game never felt close, Dayton came out hot from three, and Archie Miller and Co. cruised to a comforting thirty point throttling of their Atlantic Ten foes, 93-63. The win propels Dayton to a 12-2 overall record, 2-0 in conference play.

Rumors circulated this afternoon that Kendall Pollard wouldn’t play and those reports were confirmed as KP spent the entire game on the bench in a walking boot. Pollard was rocking a black sweater (and chain) with what appeared to be Sebastian Bach’s jeans from the “Eighteen to Life” era. Pollard reportedly sprained his right Achilles tendon in practice on Tuesday and was sitting out as a precaution. Let’s hope Pollard has fun later tonight, but not “questionable consent” fun.

John Crosby had his most encouraging performance of the season, the freshman from Baltimore played well enough to basically give Scoochie Smith the night off. Crosby scored eleven points, dished out a game-high five assists and connected on 2-of-3 from three-point land. Crosby played with confidence, continues to show the ability to get to the hoop and hopefully gains enough trust from Archie to garner 10-15 minutes per game. Scoochie logged just twenty-one minutes tonight, the least amount of court time he’s seen since the season opener against Southeast Missouri.


Big Steve played extremely well in the first half, routinely posting up down low and hitting a little hook in the land multiple times during the game’s first twenty minutes. Like Scooch, the big man was able to rest his bones due to the margin in the game and, shockingly, foul trouble. It was clear that UD wanted to get McElvene going early, as Chief repeatedly received entry passes on the block in the first half.

Dyshawn Pierre got some extended court time as the team’s lone senior continues to play his way into game shape. Pierre seemed like his old self against UMass, knocking down some shots, getting buckets around the rim and grabbing rebounds. DP finished with eleven points, eight boards and four assists, exactly the type of production we are expecting from him.

Charles Cooke simply continues to pace this team offensively, the junior wing hit perimeter jumpers, converted all his foul shots and was the most efficient player on the floor. Cooke has already entered the pantheon of vital free agent pickups for Archie Miller, joining Jordan Sibert and Vee Sanford as a player that earned his keep from the moment he stepped on the floor. Sure, there’s a Derenbecker and a Detwon Rogers in there to keep Arch honest, but overall his eye for filling UD’s weaknesses with players on the open market has paid immense dividends for the program.

As a whole, there’s not much you can complain about a thirty-point league win. The Flyers looked great, no matter the opponent, and seem firmly entrenched as the league’s prohibitive favorite – George Washington helping to affirm that title with a crushing loss to Saint Louis. Rhode Island, VCU, Davidson (I’m not quitting on them yet) and maybe St. Joe’s appear to be a step or two above the rest of the league. As always, UD must avoid losses to the chaff of the league.

Speaking of chaff, UD now turns their attention to a Saturday road trip to La Salle. The bad news is that the Flyers have historically performed less than optimally in Tom Gola Arena. The good news is that Dr. John’s squad is aggressively awful this season. I’m starting to believe that Dayton may actually remain ranked this Monday.


Dayton 93 Massachusetts 63 Final 1 6 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.


  • Roy Driesen

    January 7, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    What a great day to be me! Dayton fists UMASS and the only other guy in America that thinks wearing a hat backwards is cool gets into the Hall of Fame. I’ve been beating my dick into a bloody pulp since I got home from the arena.


    • John Deere

      January 7, 2016 at 7:06 PM

      Roy’s Mad Props should be at 9. This site will not count my vote. What the fuck? The Man is you holding you down Roy.


      • Anonymous

        January 8, 2016 at 6:43 AM

        Guy on Flyerhoops posted he has not been as excited about a true freshman like Ryan MikeSell …… Since Brian Roberts….hmmm Chris Johnson…. Marcus Johnson… Chris Wright …. Kyle Davis… Scoochie…. Kendall….sorry he must be talking about baseball!


        • Sonof Sam(miller)

          January 8, 2016 at 9:25 AM

          Define “excited”. That may explain it.


  • Ghost of Matt Kav

    January 7, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Gotta love Wherli knocking down a garbage time 3 for all his fans out there.


  • Nitpicker

    January 7, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Final score was actually 93-63.



    January 7, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    #JOEYWATCH was in full effect last night but alas, in his (aggressive) :45 of court time that single season point remained out of reach. I think it’s smooth sailing from here on out to bet that the “Smaller, less fleshy Sam Miller” will be without a bucket for the remainder of the season.


  • Steve Avery

    January 7, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    UMass did looked a lot like Teresa Halbach last night.


  • Anonymous

    January 7, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Weird game to watch. I don’t think we’ll shoot like that the rest of the year. Still played well otherwise and would have won convincingly even if we weren’t as lights out. Only ‘negative’ I see is that it’s starting to become apparent Pollard and Steve don’t mesh well. I think they’re both at their best in the post and our offense isn’t cut out for 2 post threats. Pierre can play with them both very well, but I don’t see the 4/5 post combo I think we envisioned being there, at least not at this point. Right now Pollard looks best as an undersized 5.


    • james

      January 7, 2016 at 12:18 PM

      That was me james! not guest


    • udyerfan07

      January 7, 2016 at 2:21 PM

      This is becoming more and more apparent. Can’t have both Pollard and Big Steve out there together. Pierre back should help solve this problem.


  • Mr. Wiggles

    January 7, 2016 at 2:48 PM



  • The Kman

    January 7, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    City of Dayton Highway Construction meeting notes. Construction guy- “hey boss, when should we start rolling out the construction barrels? UD has a home game and we don’t want to effect traffic.”

    Boss – “start rolling them out right as the game ends, they all leave with 5 minutes to go and will be cleared out by then.”


  • Evil Chris Rieman

    January 7, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Over at UD Pride, Swampy was kind enough to share with the lemmings what it feels like to have a strained Achilles “been there done that Ace”. What a fucking cum gurgler.
    Not to be outdone, some of the regulars have surmised that if the
    flyers run the table in the a-10, a 1 seed is definitely in play.

    You can’t make this shit up.


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