U. Dayton BasketballThe A10 Tournament Prognostication

We’re back previewing the A10 tournament, chuckleheads. Myself, Blackburn and Vines (Donny kinda helped) have put our brains together to prognosticate to the best of our abilities, and this is what we got. This article is mostly a representation of how Blackburn and I communicate about hoops: he went through the rounds one-by-one and I either nod my head in agreement or grab the virtual pitchfork.

Blackburn: For starters, UD will take on the winner of the Davidson/La Salle matchup, and between you and me, the result probably doesn’t matter. I’ll pick Davidson simply because Dr. John v. Bob McKillop seems rather one-sided and one last look at Jack Gibbs is preferable to Giannini’s transfer train wreck. I think Davidson can give Archie’s team a game, clearly, but we all saw Gibbs and Aldridge lose steam down the stretch in their first matchup against Dayton, so my gut tells me they would need a Herculean effort to beat UD on just 22 hours of rest. Davidson is the nine seed for a reason, and UD wins a close one over the Wildcats (if I wanted to be snarky I would have said “Mildcats,” you can’t take me anywhere!)

Sully: Gibbs and Aldridge can beat this LaSalle team in 40 minutes of short work. They cannot beat LaSalle and then Dayton the next day. As I mentioned on the podcast this week, I’m not entirely sure why Flyer fans are so scared of Davidson. We got their absolute BEST effort a few weeks ago and it still wasn’t enough. A well-rested UD team isn’t going down on Friday. Nah. Get those tickets for Saturday now.Blackburn: Bonaventure is the likely opponent for Rhody in the quarterfinals, which could turn out to be one of the better games of the tournament. Rhode Island handled the Bonnies pretty easily the first time they met and I don’t think round two will be much different. No one has more to play for in Pittsburgh than Danny Hurley’s club, and I think they show up and make a statement. The Kingston Rams advance to take on Dayton in the first semifinal.

Sully: I can’t believe I’m fucking doing this…but I’m going to ride my horse straight into the grave. I said at the beginning of the year, in my conference preview, that UMass could be a sneaky team with young talent. What ended up happening? UMass is just a stinky team with young talent (I got jokes too). UMass has been awful since pretty much the morning after they beat UD in January, but here I am, March 7th, still believing there’s some magic in these young UMass boys. I got the Minutemen beating a St. Joe’s team that probably needs to dress some athletic trainers at this point, and then upsetting the St. Bonaventure Adamses on Thursday. Bonaventure fans know damn well they can lay an egg at any point, I think that time is Thursday afternoon. But alas, none of this matters. The UMass dream will come to an end, and we will get URI-UD Part III. Seriously, UD-URI is inevitable, and for my money will probably be the best game of the tournament.

Blackburn: On the other side of the bracket, I got Fordham taking care of George Mason and GW taking down a spirited Duquesne squad (by spirited I mean the Dukes are coming off an actual win). In the quarters, the Richmond Rams easily dispose of Fordham, avenging their loss to the Bronx Rams earlier this season. Jeff Neubauer meets a divorcee in the hotel bar and he is soon headed to his third marriage. A10 Player of the Year TJ Cline leads Richmond over George Washington and Maurice Joseph will have a meeting with Patrick Nero on Monday morning – whatever happens is between consenting adults.

Sully: Maybe it was the ass-whipping UD just took last week in Foggy Bottom, but I got GW upsetting Richmond in the nightcap on Friday. I think defensively they find an answer for Cline and it’s curtains. Richmond is obviously the weakest of the top four headed to Pittsburgh and I think their true colors bleed through, setting up a good ol’ DC-Richmond game in the semis between GW and VCU.

Special note: You must go over to UDPride for the lolz from time to time, and the best chuckle I got this year was from (what I assume) was an older gentleman, telling people how many DUQ fans would be there this coming weekend. AND TO BOOT, this same fellow said “security guards would have their DUQ shirts on underneath. They will surely give Dayton fans a hard time. We’re not welcome there.” Now, as a person who grew up in Pittsburgh let’s start here: No one in Pittsburgh gives a rat’s ass about Duquesne basketball. The security guys might not even know Duquesne qualified for this tournament, let alone when they’re playing. The beauty of Pittsburgh is that there will be no home court advantage unless I-70 is well traveled from the west by Red Sweaters. To book end: if a Pittsburgher gives you shit, it’s more likely than not that they are too slow to realize you are rooting for the “Dayton” Flyers, and not their bitter hockey-rival, Philadelphia Flyers. (I had to explain this to friends quite often growing up. We’re the good Flyers)Blackburn: In the semis, URI makes up for missed opportunities, finally taking out our beloved Flyers and perhaps sealing an NCAA tournament berth in the process. Mrs. Archie is relieved; she has time to clean up the Miller’s dark basement in time for Selection Sunday. Later that day the Spiders defeat their city rivals, dispatching VCU and making their first appearance in the championship game since 2011. Will Wade takes a call from a certain school in South Carolina as he departs the plane later that night.

Sully: Blackburn has been barking up this tree for a few weeks now and I think he’s full of shit. Dayton and VCU will play for the conference title, as the good Lord intended. Rhodey isn’t getting an at-large bid, get out of here with that nonsense.

Blackburn: In the end, Rhode Island cuts down the nets to claim their first Atlantic Ten tournament title since Jim Harrick was sliding c-notes to Lamar Odom. Rhody, UD and VCU head to the Big Dance and Travis Ford sits calmly out on his veranda waiting to make fools of us all next season.

Sully: So, this is obviously where me and the big chief differ. I think we all get UD-VCU on Sunday in front of a red sea of Sweaters and it’s heartbreak city again for your Flyers. Over the years I have said I would never pick the Flyers to win the conference tournament until I saw it with my own eyes, and this year is no different. VCU will hurt our feelings for a few minutes on Sunday, until the bracket comes out of course. Then you’ll forget about it, just like you did last year, and the year before, and the year before that. If UD is to win it all this weekend…I’ll believe it when I see it.

Since I told you Donny would contribute, he picked VCU to beat URI on Sunday.

And in a strange twist of events, the great pessimist himself, Mr. Vines, has picked your Dayton Flyers to beat Richmond and cut down the nets in PPG Paints Arena. It is indeed strange times when this man is picking Dayton to go 3-for-3 and win the whole thing.

And check this shit out! This is what ya boy predicted on November 3rd when I wrote my first article for the season. One game off and sticking to my guns:I do encourage you to provide your takes in the comments below, but make ’em spicey.

Lest I remind you the two rules if you are heading to Pittsburgh this weekend: Ware Red, Be LOWD. I’ll see you there.


The LOWD ambassador of Chicago, Sully has spent his life tirelessly watching UD hoops. Welcomer of all takes, hot and cold.


  • The kid from Lowes

    March 7, 2017 at 9:10 PM

    I’m with Sully. There’s no fucking way UD is winning this or any tournament in the near future. I’ve seen too many missed chances in this tournament.


  • Freemasons/Knights Templar Altar

    March 7, 2017 at 10:34 PM

    Mason rolls Fordham and takes out VCU. Etch it in stone.


    • Anonymous

      March 7, 2017 at 11:06 PM

      It’s been etched.


  • Chapman Roosevelt

    March 8, 2017 at 3:55 AM

    Rhode Island v. George Washington in the Finals for the auto bid then off to Archie’s basement to HOPE for a 10/11 seed not 8/9 and PRAY for Morgan in yoga pants.


    • T-Bolt

      March 8, 2017 at 3:10 PM

      If the players watch the selection show at Archie’s house will Trey be in attendance? If he his I picture a scene similar to Step Brothers between Dale Doback and Derek Huff’s wife.


    • Chapman Roosevelt

      March 10, 2017 at 4:28 PM

      Well, off to Morgan’s basement to hope and pray for bigger and better things …
      The UD Groundhogs strike again. History seems to repeat itself ad nauseum with this program. It is quite remarkable, actually. Encouraging pre-season tournament upset wins, winning record against Power 5 middle of the road teams, horrible road losses in conference, always losing the game immediately after cracking the AP Top 25, and blowing up annually in the post-season conference tournament…. But if it is Groundhog Day again today, it might be for the best that they lost this afternoon. If they can survive the Selection Committee, after closing the season with consecutive losses to teams with RPIs above 90, the L today may thankfully drop them to a 10/11 seed instead of 7/8/9, which they had on lock. Historically, they have 10 NCAA Tournament wins when ranked 10/11/12. When ranked higher than 10, they have 0 wins.


  • Legend of Rodney Whoreton

    March 8, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    I predict St Louis looney bus driver sees Heinz Ward walking around the streets of Pittsburgh and clips him breaking his jaw………payback for Keith Rivers 2008……..one can hope??


  • Meadows, Jim

    March 8, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    If you are a good Catholic boy or girl and in search for a decent fish sandwich on Friday after the game, you can’t beat the Original Oyster House in Market Square. Cash-only; zero atmosphere; great sandwich.


  • Mike

    March 8, 2017 at 9:33 PM

    Is it just me, or should the A10 not have a selection Sunday championship game? That’s for the other conferences, not for us.


    • Tom Blackburn

      March 9, 2017 at 5:31 PM

      I think all the league tournament finals should be on Saturday.


  • shaka s

    March 9, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    will Mrs. Miller be setting up a train room for selection Sunday?


  • jed

    March 9, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    flyerz rule rest of A10 droolz.


  • Chapman Roosevelt

    March 9, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    I want no part of Davidson or Rhode Island. I would prefer to skip these games all together and get on with the middle of the pack of the Big 10, Big East or SEC. Nothing really to gain other than maybe a 6 seed along with the bloodshed with winning three wars in three days. Any of the projected 8/9 line fodder sounds like a breeze compared to these two nuclear landmines. Anything Aldridge throws up against us goes in; Rhode Island is too tough and strong inside to take them down three times and we have no answer for Iverson. They both will be pissed and looking for revenge for letting three Ws get away to the conference champion.


    • Anonymous

      March 9, 2017 at 10:18 PM

      Maybe with Cunningham seemingly getting strong each outing we can man up a little more with inside with teams like RI


  • DrFlyer

    March 10, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    I am surprised at you young pups. You are forgetting who we are skating with at PPG Pens Arena. This is not Brian Gregory’s Team, or a 1 Senior led team. Out 4 Seniors on the All A-10 team are coming out of Pittsville with the hardware, and a 6/7 seed on Sunday and thus avoiding the deadly 1/8 game in Round 2.


    • Mo

      March 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM

      You were saying….


      • Buster

        March 10, 2017 at 2:01 PM

        Fukity, fuk, fuk….


  • Seamus

    March 10, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    I think Cunningham and X are the keys . The four seniors are solid and we pretty much know what to expect. Need the others to have big contributions. Baby D, Ryan, lets goooooooo


  • Legend of Larry Smellingburg

    March 12, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    For us Flyer fans ..The A-10 Tournament turned out to be as meaningless and irrelevant as John Kasich winning the Ohio GOP primary….what difference did it make…….other than the Gas money wasted on bus ride to pitt-burg


    • Trey's Wingman

      March 12, 2017 at 8:14 PM

      By going home early and losing to GW, It landed them in the suicide watch bracket. No way should Wichita St. be a 10 seed. More like a 5 seed. They are staring at Wichita St., Kentucky, UCLA and North Carolina. Meanwhile, Xavier as an 11 gets Maryland, Florida St. or Florida Gulf Coast. Had they won a game it would have been OK St. or Marquette. The countdown is on, sadly.


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