U. Dayton BasketballFlyers Embarrass Themselves In Front of J.D. Collins

Cbq-e1uUkAAqc83What a long, strange week it’s been for your Dayton Flyers. After waking up Monday morning as the 15th/13th ranked team in the nation, riding a nine-game winning streak, UD went out and lost back-to-back games for the first time in over two years. A tough road loss to St. Joseph’s earlier in the week understandably dialed back the hysteria for a day or two, and today’s disappointing defeat at the hands of St. Bonaventure helped cement the Gem City’s feelings of inadequacy. The Bonnies came into the Sweater Centre and handed the Flyers their second home loss of the season, 79-72.

Flyer fans were discussing the possibility of being a three seed on Wednesday afternoon, and now we are hoping UD holds onto a top four finish (and a tournament bye) in the Atlantic Ten.

St. Bonnies’ offense was a known quantity coming into the contest. With Jaylen Adams and Marcus Posley leading the SBU attack, Mark Schmidt’s club can put up points against anybody in the conference. Bona came out firing early in the game, connecting on six of their first nine shots, hitting three consecutive three-pointers before the first TV timeout. It was clear from the jump that Dayton’s offense would have to rise to the occasion to keep up with the Bonnies.

Unfortunately, Dayton was inconsistent on that end of the floor, particularly from the perimeter. UD shot an abysmal 24% from three (5-for-21), a subpar 41% from the floor overall. If I gave you those two numbers prior to the game you would have assumed the Flyers were in for a long afternoon, and you would have been right.

It was a grabby affair as J.D. Collins, the NCAA’s National Coordinator of Officiating, was in the building and his troops were looking to impress the boss. The fouls were called fairly equitably, Dayton was whistled for 22 fouls and the visiting Bonnies were assessed 25. The Flyers scored 21 of their points from the charity strip, SBU had 19. Although the whistles were greatly reduced in the second frame, it seemed clear the officials were there to enforce all of the points of emphasis by the letter of the law. It made for a very stilted first half. 

Collins was on camera more than Obama when he was in the Arena for the First Four a couple of years ago, I’m convinced the color commentator was offering to be cuckolded by Mr. Collins. It was a bizarre love-fest that went on way too long. 

As we are well aware by now, the Dayton offense goes as Charles Cooke goes. If Charles ain’t cooking (sorry), Dayton ain’t eating. Cooke had an uncharacteristic performance from behind the arc, converting just two of his eight three-point attempts, and couldn’t seem to get in a groove shooting the ball. The junior transfer did have several key baskets driving to the hole and was nearly perfect from the stripe, but his inconsistency was symbolic of Dayton struggles this afternoon.

Kendall Pollard was once again missing in action and his absence was greatly missed. With KP out, Archie was forced to give major minutes to Bobby Wehrli; his defensive performance was so awful I’m not sure there is an adjective strong enough to describe it in print. Sam Miller’s line on the day: 6 minutes, 1 assist, 2 turnovers and 3 fouls. The Flyers simply don’t have enough talent to cover for Pollard’s nonexistence.


Kyle Davis played 26 minutes and I can’t remember a single play he made. KD’s stats from UD’s last three games are discouraging to say the least – 2.6 points per game and 36% shooting from the floor in 22 minutes an outing. Davis hasn’t been quite the defensive disruptor he was a season ago, which was very evident as he tried to keep in front of Jaylen Adams all afternoon (to be fair, Adams may be the most talented guard in the entire league).

Steve McElvene continues to impress, the Dayton offense is at its most efficient when he is on the floor. I said it on Twitter and I’ll repeat it for the unfortunate souls that don’t follow me, the Chief gives maximum effort when he is on the floor. The kid runs the floor as fast as he can, he bodies up his opponent as hard as he can down low and he crashes the boards with intensity. Next time you are watching UD focus on Big Steve for a few plays to see what I mean. It’s extremely encouraging because it leads me to believe he has completely bought into the system and desperately wants to get better. A sure sign that McElvene will continue to improve as his career progresses. 

While the season is certainly not lost, not at all, there will be some recalibration going forward. UD has four games remaining on its regular season slate, two on the road and two in the Arena. This Tuesday’s tilt against Saint Louis would appear to be the only “gimmie” remaining, as the Flyers close out the season with a visit from Rhode Island, a visit to Richmond and shut down the Arena until next November after VCU comes to town on March 5th. Unfortunately, shit is getting interesting. REMAIN CALM, STAY RED AND CONTINUE TO BE LOWD.

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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

    February 20, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    I want Kendall Pollard back. As Joni Mitchell said “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got til it’s gone”. No one was giving Kendall his due until now. I thought he was going to cry at the end of the game. Hell, I was pretty sure I was going to cry for a minute or two….


    • Tom Blackburn

      February 20, 2016 at 6:05 PM

      Agreed, something has to give with the Pollard situation. If he can go, let’s roll the dice and get him out there. Enough is enough. This team is losing ground quickly.


      • K.lew

        February 21, 2016 at 10:24 AM

        Also, I listened to the radio broadcast for about an hour after the game as I had a long drive ahead of me – Larry Hansgen and Keith W both stated it was not something more serious, just a bruise etc… Pollard is key.


  • Colorado Flyer

    February 20, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Said it after SJU, I’ll say it again. Dayton needs to start playing their best basketball. This is the time of year Archie’s teams have started to fire on all cylinders in the past few seasons. We look lost out there… tired, little fire, and soft on the defensive end. I believe Archie will get the guys to tighten things up. Would be disappointing to see the boys end up a 7-10 seed in the tournament based on what we have built. Also, I for one don’t think Archie is covering up for Pollard… think it’s truly a knee injury.


  • LeeAce

    February 20, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Enough is enough!! How bad do we want it? That’s what our more seasoned guys have to tell themselves, and Sam Miller, my God did he look more lost than ever today!! Why isn’t The X-Man seeing any minutes lately?! There is just too much fuckery going on. Flyers wake the fuck up!!!


    • Ctime

      February 20, 2016 at 7:48 PM

      X-man has only played the 4 spot all year which means that he can only sub for Pierre is why he has barely been playing. At this point I’m just going to assume Pollard is not playing the rest of the year so we’re stuck with Steve, Sam, and Bobby playing the 5 unless they teach XW how to play that spot. At least he is a better athlete than Sam & Wehrli and could rebound & defend pick and rolls better than those two.


      • LeeAce

        February 20, 2016 at 7:57 PM

        Agreed. Something just has to be polished quickly before it gets worse


      • Velvet

        February 20, 2016 at 11:37 PM

        Screw positions. Put the best 5 on the floor. Do you think Nova or Duke worry about positions? Hell, for that matter XU. If I was XW, i’d move on. It’s not going to get any better with Cunningham coming on board. I can not for the life of me understand what the hell is going on. It’s not like SJU or St Bonnie had Bill Walton in the post. I’m beginning to believe this coaching staff needs a 7 or 8 man team.


        • Ctime

          February 21, 2016 at 4:56 PM

          Screw the positions is basically what I’m saying, but the problem is that Archie has never really operated that way and unless he changes XW isn’t going to get more minutes right now.


  • Gay

    February 20, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    How bad is their 3-pt. defense? Seems like peeps are having career shooting nights on the reg.


    • Anonymous

      February 22, 2016 at 1:44 PM

      Looks like we’re giving up 35.7% on the year, good for 255th in the nation. Not great. Over 40% the past 3 games.


  • Guest

    February 20, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    We’ve gone from a 4-6 to a 7-10 seed. And of course, we won’t be ranked come next week. We’re going to make the tournament but it’s disappointing when you consider the expectations this season. Maybe it’s asking for too much but expectations were regular season A-10 title, conference title and a Sweet 16 run. At least those were mine, maybe I was delusional.

    Also I don’t understand why Archie won’t come out and say what Pollard has. It was day-to-day and now out for awhile, whatever that means. So it’s not promising right now, still time to turn it around, but we need to be playing better basketball this late in the season. Right now we look like a 1 game and out NCAA tourney team. Werhli isn’t getting this team to where it needs to be.


  • SammySmithSearchParty

    February 20, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Saint Louis Billikens
    Definition:When you’re in a slump, you need an easy score to get your confidence back up and break the slump.

    That’s what we have in front of us is that girl at the bar that is 10-25 lbs overweight and could use a small to medium sized “Big East” in her happy place. Let’s drill a fatty flyer faithful and long live James Cripe!!!


    • 1985 Alum

      February 23, 2016 at 2:12 PM

      Love it! She’s at Timothy’s back in the corner. Get your beer goggles on!


  • 5th Floor of Founders

    February 21, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Funny that at the end of the game, the red scared was chanting “N-I-T” at the St. Bonnie bench. Yea, we’ll see how that all works out.


  • Mr. Wiggles

    February 21, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    My dick is flaccid as fuck again and I rubbed my balls on Blackburn court


  • tman

    February 21, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    TB-you now understand why Steve is my favorite player.

    Archie is rolling the dice.
    Pollard could play now.
    Without rest, Pollard’s season could end at any moment.
    He doesn’t and hasn’t practiced in weeks.
    Archie knows the only chance that he could get better is to shut him down.
    Shut him down with hope that he can return in March in better shape.

    With so may games in such a short period of time I’m not sure he will play in the a-10 tourney.
    Given rest he will should be able to contribute during the NCAA tournament.
    Pollard wants to and thinks he can play now.

    Dayton obviously is going to suffer while he is out.
    We can forget about getting a decent seed.
    Barring a total collapse we are in the NCAA tourney.

    Its a very wise move by Miller.
    UD will compete in the tourney at full strength with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove.


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