There have been many memorable battles throughout the storied history of the Arch-Baron Cup. There was, of course, last season’s 61-45 throttling by the Flyers, a game that was close throughout before Dayton went on a run to end the game with a comfortable victory. Obviously, if we are talking Arch-Baron Cup lore, there was the game later that same season which saw the Flyers eke out a 51-44 over their rivals in St. Louis. A game that went down to the wire, it has become one of the most discussed tilts in the Arch-Baron Cup series.

Those are just two of the contests which will forever define this heated series from now until the day the earth implodes. Tonight we add yet another cherished memory to our Arch-Baron vaults, as the Flyers absolutely decimated the reviled Billikens, 73-37 (as someone commented on Twitter, this will forever be known as the “Palindrome Game” going forward). Jim Crews has yet to win an Arch-Baron Cup and Archie Miller knows nothing but wins as far as the hollowed trophy is concerned. The win tonight will trigger a rather healthy bonus for Coach Miller, as his recent contract contained a large monetary incentive for keeping the Cup where it belongs – in the cozy confines of the Donoher Center.

With the nerves and tension that comes with this game, both teams got off to a rather listless start. The Flyers couldn’t buy a bucket and the Billikens were downright offensive. UD shot a mere 37% from the field, connecting on only 3-of-12 from behind the arc. Fortunately for the home team, Saint Louis was even worse, hitting 27% of their field-goal attempts and converting just 1-of-11 (that’s less than ten fucking percent, guys!) from three-point land. After 20 miserable minutes, the Flyers held a 26-17 lead and seem poised to get things on track after the break.

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Archie explained the mood during the break. “I just told the guys that this is why they came to Dayton, to play in games like this. It’s no secret that legends are born during the Arch-Baron Cup, careers are made. I could sense that everyone in that locker room, from Scoochie and Kendall to Bobby and that little black guy, was feeling the pressure. We just had to calm them down at the half, remind them that they were just twenty minutes away from never having to buy another meal in this town again.” He added, “Right before we went on the floor for the second half I grabbed each player and told them that they would never fucking forget it if they lost this game.”

Miller’s speech certainly achieved the desired result as the Flyers went out and completely decimated the Billikens in the second frame. While Saint Louis continued to shoot the ball in an extremely unpleasant manner, Dayton caught fire. Led by the inside play of Kendall Pollard and the outside shooting of Charles Cooke, the Flyers took control of the game and strangled whatever life the Billikens had left in their soulless bodies. UD seemed like it could smell the fresh layer of polish on the Cup, as Archie’s club outscored their adversaries 47-20 over the game’s final 1,200 seconds.

Kendall Pollard poses with the Harewood Horse Trophy, given to the Arch-Baron Cup's MVP, after the game.

Kendall Pollard poses with the Harewood Horse Trophy, given to the Arch-Baron Cup’s MVP, after the game.

The blowout provided the Dayton starting lineup with an opportunity to rest their weary bones, with no player logging more than 27 minutes in the lopsided victory. Kendall Pollard, who was awarded the Harewood Horse Trophy as the game’s MVP, led all scorers with 18 points and added 8 rebounds on the night. Dyshawn Pierre was solid as well, scoring 12 points and grabbing 8 rebounds for the Flyers. Charles Cooke didn’t hit a three-pointer tonight, the first time since the Furman game that the junior wing failed to knock down a long ball, but still managed to drop ten points against SLU. 

Asked after the game to describe his first time playing for the Cup, the James Madison transfer was direct in his reply. “I watched two Arch-Baron games from the sidelines last season and couldn’t wait to experience it this season. I was extremely nervous because you know there are so many eyes around the world watching the game, but I was able to push that out of my mind in the second half and contribute.”

Freshman Sam Miller added his thoughts after the contest as well. “I honestly didn’t want to play tonight. I was up all night with the bubble-guts and wasn’t sure I could go. But, it’s the Arch-Baron cup, right?” Miller teared up before regaining his composure. “Men have died for lesser honors. I’m just glad to put this one behind me and I’m thrilled we are keeping the Cup in Dayton.”

The victory pushes the Flyers’ record to 17-3 on the season, 7-1 in Atlantic Ten play. Now, Dayton tries to somehow refocus their energy on La Salle – the Explorers come into the Sweater Centre having already handed the Flyers a disappointing defeat back on January 9th.

Tonight’s victory completely washes out any bad taste that was left over from the defeat to Xavier back in Orlando. Dayton just took out its most bitter rival, assuring that there won’t be any layoffs in the Gem City this year. As usual, expect a significant uptick in babies delivered around the city in nine months. Everybody be gettin’ dey fuck on tonight. STAY LOWD.   

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St. Louis is my Vatican name. Call me Louie.
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St. Louis is my Vatican name. Call me Louie.

The Harewood Horse will open doors for him not just in Daytona, but also in Ohio.

Mr. Wiggles
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MY DICK IS HARD AS A ROCK AND I DIPPED MY BALLS IN KRAMERS PIZZA SAUCE

Oliver Purnells Scrotum
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Oliver Purnells Scrotum

Why not dip your balls in the AB Cup?

Kman
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Sadly I assumed the cup was full of Kramers pizza sauce, then he dipped it. 2 minutes of thinking about this that I’d like to have back.

Mr. Wiggles
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Because I CHOOSE where my BALLZ get dipped.

Anonymous
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American freedom.

The Kman
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Can we take a minute to acknowledge how aweful and unoriginal Larry Hansgen calls plays on radio. Listen to the YouTube highlight video. Drink every time he says “it’s good” or “jam”. The ESPN gamecast is more descriptive. Retire Larry and take Dick Vitale with you.

UD Rugby
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No

ReddFoxx
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Aweful. Defined as ” I’m stupid, can’t spell, probably illiterate.

Awful, awful!!!

John Deere
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Dang, that MVP trophy is big.

stonemiller
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hello Mr. Pollard, glad you decided to join this evening.

Ricky2sticks
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forever be known as the “Palindrome Game” going forward

…or backward. Amirite?

Isaac Twist
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Per Wikipedia “Saint Louis University and University of Dayton – These two similar Catholic schools play for the Arch-Baron Cup in men’s basketball.”

Why is there no official page with the wonderful origin of this esteemed trophy and a mention of this Palindrome game that will be remembered for generations to come?

Who around here is wiki savvy and can make this a thing?

Kman
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I just filled out my UD Arena Improvement survey and suggested an entire wing dedicated to the UD – SLU rivalry. This new wing would house memorabilia, photos, game archives, full-size replica of Rick Majerus, an interactive display of Morgan photos and of course of a revolving pedestal to keep the A-B Cup. If we all donate $20, we can make this happen. The Blackburn wing has a nice ring to it.

Anonymous
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You are using sarcasm

Roy Driesen
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Strong rivalry games like this should remind us all why the New Big East should never be a goal. They have practically no good teams left and all of our natural rivals like SLU and Fordham would be lost. That league is shit compared to the A10 again this year, without UCONN, Cuse and the usual powers they might as well be the MAC.

CSF
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Not one comment about the epic troll job put on by the U last night? I speak of them trotting out the women’s softball team…during a timeout…walking right by the huddle…with Pierre in it??
Like Col. Trautman said in Rambo…that’s like bringing the mice to the cat…

I'm Lost
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What was the significance of the “Key” on a sign in the student section and on some tweets?

Shirtless Jimmie Binnie
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Shirtless Jimmie Binnie

It’s a DJ Khaled snapchat reference “Major Key”

Your Mom
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No mention of a Pink Socking…bullshit I tell you.

Gil
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Promise no mention of arch-baron cup during the rematch? It’s run its course. Used up like kris jenner’s snatch

John R
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LOWD RED BOOYAH! REDOUT SATURDAY VS LASALE! #DAYTON6TH

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