Cc1if1dW8AAMTnyWhat a way to close the Sweater Centre. After 45 minutes that would make James Naismith want to go back in time and kill himself before he invented the game of basketball, UD slugged out a victory, 68-67, over the VCU Rams. The victory results in a three-way tie for the regular season title, with UD, Bonnies and VCU all sharing a piece of the crown. Is a co-co-championship something worth celebrating? Only people buying t-shirts commemorating it could explain that.

While it is true that Dayton’s win comes at the expense of a NCAA bubble team on the road, it was encouraging to see the Flyers play ugly and actually come out on top for a change. UD, like their opponent, was dreadful offensively. Gem City shot 35% from the field, 29% from three and just 64% from the charity stripe (VCU wasn’t any better, putting up a horrendous 34/25/52 on the night). It was just about the most evenly awful performance one could imagine. 

Although the game was not pleasant to watch, it did have the wire-to-wire aspect that the kids seem to love so much. The two teams traded kidney punches all night and the margin was rarely more than a bucket or two. It was patently obvious that the last possession might win the game, and that the player with the biggest and lowest pair of nuts would make the difference.

Enter Scoochie Smith, government name Dayshon Smith. Native of the Bronx, an Electronic Media major.

Scoochie followed up his 26 point outburst against Richmond with an even more impressive 29 point effort tonight against VCU, a career high for the junior point-guard. With the rest of the squad putting shots off the side of the backboard or missing the rim completely, it was Smith that kept the game close for the Flyers. Scooch scored six hard-earned points after the last TV timeout to carry the Flyers down the stretch. 

After Kendall Pollard sank two (!) free-throws to pull UD to within two with 34 seconds, VCU”s Doug Brooks missed both of his foul-shots to give the Flyers possession of the ball with a chance to win or tie (my fear was that Dayton would fall susceptible to the siren song that is the three-point shot with the game on the line). Dayton inbounded and it was immediately clear that Archie didn’t want anyone but #11 to take the deciding shot. Scoochie danced around the perimeter, brushed off two screens and drove to his left and calmly laid the ball off the glass to knot the game at 55. The Rams called a silly timeout and failed to score on the last play of regulation. It was an extra five minutes for the LOWD Nation. 

Even though Dayton was…flying…high after forcing the overtime, the outlook seemed bleak. Dyshawn Pierre, who had a Senior Night performance he would like to forget, had fouled out during the closing minutes of regulation and Kendall Pollard was already hampered with four personals. With Charles Cooke struggling to get going, it appeared Scooch would have to put the Flyers on his back over the last five minutes. Could his huge danglers carry the day? Yes, yes they could.

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Smith hit a huge three to start the extra period and was seemingly involved in every possession until the final buzzer. VCU actually had a four-point lead with a minute and a half to go, but four straight freebies from Scoochie and Cooke tied the game with 48 seconds to go. The Rams’ JeQuan Lewis was fouled by Xeyrius Williams (yes, the X-Man was in the game at this point), but only converted one from the charity-stripe. Dayton had the ball, down one, with 27 seconds left and Archie Miller was getting out the wheelbarrow once again.

I would have bet my savings that Scoochie would have taken the last shot for Dayton, but it’s clear that wagering and Scooch isn’t a good mix for me. Instead, the ball found his way into the wanting hands of Kyle Davis. Davis caught the ball and immediately darted to the bucket. My initial theory was that KD was confused and thought there was less time on the clock than there actually was. Now I’m starting to think that there are big black balls sprinkled throughout the UD roster, more than enough to go around. Davis did what he does best — drove to the hoop without any regard for his life and converted a tough bucket to give Dayton the game’s final lead. 

How the refs, who called such a tight game all night, didn’t whistle Alie-Cox for contact there, I will never know. Luckily, it didn’t matter in the end. UD had the victory, the crowd had its victim and Kyle Davis added another clutch play to his expanding catalog. 

Although there was plenty to be concerned about after the contest was over — UD getting absolutely hammered on the defensive glass chief among them — it doesn’t seem to matter now. The regular season has come to a conclusion and a new season has begun. We clearly know that this team, when healthy and clicking, can compete with just about anyone in the country. Dayton gets a chance to regroup, re-energize and hopefully build off the past week going forward. 

The Atlantic Ten Tournament bracket is now set it stone, UD opens up Friday at noon against the winner of the Fordham/Richmond tilt on Thursday afternoon. If you think the regular season title is horseshit (particularly one that is carved up like a prison snitch), and I submit it is, then the real prize is just three wins away. Bring the LOWD to Brooklyn. 

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Red Square
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I can feel it in my plums

Mr. Wiggles
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MY DICK IS ROCK HARD AND ERUPTING WITH SEMEN AS I DIP MY BALLZ IN A BOWL FILLED WITH SURGE SODA THEN I DRAGGED MY STICKY NUTZ ACROSS RACHEL MCADAMS FACE!!

billlehecka
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Seems reasonable…

Dick Fitzwell
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I’d like to screw Rachel McAdams

Dick Fitzwell
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But not with Mr. Wiggles around…

stonemiller
Guest

sloppy seconds then???

Sea World Escapee
Guest

Goddamn, what kinda guy goes and gets 21 rebounds?

TBolt
Guest

Not “Little” Steve?

ReddFoxx
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One who meets little resistance. Very lucky to win getting destroyed on the boards. Seemed only Scoochie came to play and that was enough this time. Pollard is a shell of what he was. DD is plain frightened out there. Don’t know what happened to Pierre. Really looking like a team that can’t go far in tournament

The Kman
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Pretty sure the last huddle Archie told the team to let them get a wide open offensive rebound and hope it rolls off the back of the rim. Worked like a charm.

Anonymous
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One who pushes off or subtlety holds as he jumps for rebound. One time he pushed McElvane completely out of bounds. He also was the beneficiary of a foul call three times when he was clearly boxed out

Agent Starling
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Isn’t Tillman just a nose piercing and bunch of tats away from being Rodman’s illegitimate kid?

K.Lew
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Kyle Davis…best Finisher at Dayton hands down. Love that guy.

K.Lew
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Just kidding. DURRELL!

ReddFoxx
Guest

Really- his missed two foul shots with the game on the line. Then threw the ball away to lose the game except for a miracle give back. His inability to score except on a fast break really hurts our offense.

John Deere
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Kyle Davis probably has the best FG % on the team in the last five minutes of the game. He is tough mother fucker down the stretch.

Gil
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RedFoxx, I don’t think your understanding of the game of basketball could be any worse.

TBolt
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Where can I get my 2016 Atlantic 14 Co-Champions shirt? Did VCU also cut down the nets at the arena or if St. Bonnie went out and cut them down after our game?

The Kman
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Since the A10 only has one championship trophy, they sent St. Bonnie’s and VCU old Yinka Dare bobble heads.

Halfway2sweaterdom
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I don’t know how we leave Johnson wide open with 1.1 seconds left. But he saw Big Steve running at him and lofted it right over the basket.

The Kman
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More rejected Doug Harris DDN headlines. Skeptical Refs go to video to confirm Pollard actually made both free throws in crunch time. Sam Miller’s trick shot airballs and side of backboard shots trending with teammates. Pete Guillen wins over millennials with references to old Bronx nicknames, Bill Russell and calling Scoochie’s dab the reverse Heisman pose. Flyers analytics department out to prove you don’t have to shoot over 35% to win A10 games. Hipster St Joe’s decides finishing second alone is cooler than being co-co-co Champs. Wears preprinted championship tees ironically. The thought of watching Dayton shoot 24% from three… Read more »
Velvet
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Pierre celebrates Senior Night with his best Houdini impression.

Anonymous
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According to UDPride it was ok because he’s been through a lot emotionally and was nervous.

Gil
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We will never know if it was just pure coincidence that Scoochie went on to set his career high in points twice after getting unnecessarily reamed on this site by dumb fucks who were cut from their 4th grade bball teams but it was fun to watch. I call for all Scoochie naysayers from last week to identify themselves and post videos of themselves cutting their cocks off since they clearly don’t deserve them. This will be the first step in the long process of earning respect back from Dayton Fayers everywhere

Abba zabba
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That is ignorant.

Someone shouldn’t be called out for poor play because he has the potential to have a good game down the road? That’s like saying Hitler wasn’t evil because he had the potential to hug a Jewish person.

Scoochie had a great couple games, but he played poorly before that.

Gil
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That hitler comment has to be one of the Worst comparisons ever.. Beyond that I would say he had a few bad games and many good games not the other way around

T-Rex
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Gil, shouldn’t you be touting the basketball acumen of Sam Miller?

Gil
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Next week

The Kman
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All dismembered members will be donated to Mr Wiggles so he has dipping options after our first A10 tourny win.

I propose we all agree the PAC’s 6 ft and under intramural league is the true threshold for the ability to put Scoochie bad games on blast. 4th grade seems a bit low.

John Deere
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While I agree that many on this blog were quick to blame Scoochie, I wouldn’t benson quick to encourage them to dismember themselves. There are enough dumbasses reading this shit who actually may follow through and e-mail the vids to Blackburn.

thechoadenone
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those that doubt scoochie…: http://tinyurl.com/hzbzmym

TBolt
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Hi Archie

dabo swinney
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I wonder if Pierre did the DAB when he got done raping that girl?

John Deere
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When he got done? If you’re going to be a fucking asshole, at least do intelligently.

MJ #45
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This is a great recap, with the highlights embedded.

Bocky Buckhorn
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I love that our locker room is a mid-major strip club.

James
Guest

The nuke explosion with the fordham logo is well done. Anyone see Darrell Davis win ‘most improved player’ at the team awards? Are they confused about what that means? He’s the opposite of that, no?

The World According to Me
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The World According to Me

OK–enough with all the bickering. This just in, and this is what matters (at least for those of us heading to Brooklyn). From the A10 website:

FRIDAY: QUARTERFINALS

Brooklyn connected national anthem performers
Halftime performance (6:30pm game) by the world-famous Red Panda Acrobat

Kevin Secaur
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Almost worth sitting through half of VCU-Rhode Island. Almost.

T-Rex
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What’s up with the guy up top trying to rip off KD’s ear?

Angry John
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I liked calling the Bonnie’s St. Weldeventure.

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