U. Dayton BasketballFlyers Take the Fifth

It was an uncharacteristically dismal offensive performance from both teams today in the fifth-place game of the Wooden Legacy. Nothing about today’s game was pretty. The refereeing was inconsistent (although it favored your Flyers, particularly during crunch time), there was no flow and neither team could find enough of a groove to distance themselves from their opponent.

In the end, the Cagers were triumphant, the benefactors of a few questionable whistles and some timely buckets. UD heads back to the Buckeye State with a fifth-place banner and memories that will be forgotten by the time the plane touches down in Ohio. Dayton moves to 4-2 on the season and comes out of California physically unscathed.

Which brings us to the most important result of today’s game against New Mexico: Charles Cooke’s healthy, vigorous even, groin. Cooke went down in a heap after doing an unintended split that I’ve only seen lithe strippers pull off. The immediate thought was harakiri, but I decided to wait until the second half before I took the ceremonial sword from its place above my mantle.

a60d7395Cooke came out under his own recognizance for the second frame, rode the stationary bike to get his groin nice and warm and checked into the game a few minutes later. Order was restored to what has become a rather helter-skelter season.

Cooke, along with Scooch and Kyle Davis, paced the Flyers with a team-high 12 points. Although the senior wing was off his game from the perimeter, he made plays down the stretch that proved to be vital. The man with the golden groin also led the team with five assists and six rebounds. KD broke out of his funk against Portland and he stayed aggressive, getting up eight shots and snagging three steals against the Lobos.  

Dayton didn’t let their weaknesses defeat them tonight. The Flyers actually out-rebounded New Mexico on both the defensive and offensive boards, a sentence I never thought I would type this season. We knew coming into the contest that Craig Neal’s squad would be lackadaisical defending the three-point line and they attacked that facet of the game with expected indifference. Dayton got up 22 three-pointers, yet couldn’t convert enough to make this area of the game a difference-maker. UD shot 27% from behind the arc, which is usually an indicator that points towards a loss.

If you had to point to an area the game turned on, it would be turnovers. UD outscored New Mexico 25-7 in points off turnovers, a gaudy 18 point edge. The refs were letting the boys play and Dayton capitalized on it.

UD heads back home and will take on Winthrop in the Sweater Centre on Saturday afternoon. Bring the 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.

8 comments

  • T-Bolt

    November 27, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Will Korporate Kasuals be selling 5th place Wooden Classic snapbacks this week?

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  • The Kman

    November 27, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Real Headlines that need to be discussed.
    – Pollards mysterious knee feels like an academic issue. When he plays the game after exam week we will know for sure.
    – First Half Flyeria is a real disease. We used to own the last few minutes before half but this season it’s explosive Flyeria.
    – Xman and Miller showed a few things. Now we need a team of forensic scientists to decide if they were good things or bad. Miller showed some stretch 4 shooting potential. He was a compentrnr defender at times. Xman had hustle plays and had some 3’s go down to make you wonder then he travels twice a game and hits the top of the backboard. So who knows. When both got too confident and tried to make plays at crunch time against NW, the trip caps need to pull them aside and say Settle down fellas, let the seniors handle crunch.
    – the “Mikesell clap” after every missed opportunity needs a YouTube complialtion video.

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    • ShoweyD

      November 28, 2016 at 8:54 AM

      No I think its an actual knee and not a “bone bruise.” I find it hard to believe that they would get him through 3 years with academic issues and then all of a sudden not be able to have him pass his classes now. Also, the academic issues related to this semester would actually keep him out of playing next semester so playing after exam week wouldn’t really make sense with that. At this point, you have to think Pollard will be hampered by this knee as long as he is playing basketball (if he is playing basketball, I should say).

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      • Sully

        November 28, 2016 at 12:24 PM

        This is A+ work from ShoweyD. I know weve become accustomed to Archie’s sandbagging, but after 3yrs of getting by, very hard to believe KP is all of a sudden battling academic issues.

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        • Neck Rosis

          November 29, 2016 at 9:27 PM

          I knows whats wrong with Kendall – me

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        • The Kman

          November 29, 2016 at 11:44 PM

          On second thought I guess it is pretty hard to believe an injured college athlete might blow off studying forcing him to withdraw from two classes causing him to be ineligible for the current semester (see Rogers, Detwon). Even harder to believe two players in their third year would just walk into dorms and start stealing stuff. I don’t know fellas, I think it deserves a Blackburn investigation of student twitter feeds to see if they heard any rumors at quarter draft night on Thursday.

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    • Chief-aber

      November 28, 2016 at 5:16 PM

      The “Mikesell clap” headline is golden.

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    • Velvet

      November 30, 2016 at 10:36 PM

      I keep waiting for Mikesell to clap so hard that the mouthpiece falls off his ear.

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