A season of ups and down ended with a pronounced thud yesterday afternoon, as your Dayton Flyers were trounced by Syracuse, 70-51, in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

15 missed layups/dunks was obviously the story as far as Dayton’s offense was concerned. The Flyers continually shot themselves in the foot around the basket — UD had plenty of opportunities and simply failed to convert.

It was a replay of the 2014 game between the two teams – only this time Syracuse was able to knock down some jumpers. Both squads shot under 40% from the field (Dayton clocked in with an anemic 32%), the Flyers connected on just 27% of their three-point attempts. UD was outshot, outhustled, outrebounded and outcoached. It was a complete meltdown for the Gem City Cagers.

It was a season of missed opportunities. Dayton had an opportunity to play itself into a nice seed, but saw that scenario dwindle as they went through a slide in February. Middle Tennessee State presented the winner of the Syracuse/Dayton game with a very advantageous path to the tournament’s second weekend and the Flyers, unfortunately, will not be able to capitalize.

Now, we turn the page, turn down the LOWD and prepare for next year.

Syracuse vs Dayton DI Men s Basketball NCAA.com

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215 kiefaber
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What was the point is even writing this? Captain obvious would approve. No speculation on what happened to this team mid season? Shit’s weak.

236 Kiefaber was better.
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236 Kiefaber was better.

Feel free to write your own blog, douche.

Fifth Floor of Founders
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Fifth Floor of Founders

Flyers fizzle out??? Seriously? How about “FLYERS CRASH AND BURN!” They won’t even bother looking for the black box after that one.

Anonymous
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Wasted days and wasted nights….Freddie Fender keeps running through my brain. I guess we should have seen this coming after the February slump but somehow I believed that Lowd, Prowd and big black balls would arrive to save the day…

Red Square
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Pretty inconsistent team towards the end. I thought the defense would’ve been good enough to keep cuse in check. Obviously they can’t win shooting like they did but I was really hoping for Pierre or Cooke to step up and have a big performance. Oh well. Can’t be a big time program until you lay an egg in March *forced laugh* *soft fart*

Red Square
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Oh and thanks for another great year Blackburn!

Rich
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Like Icarus of old, the Flyers flew too close to the sun (Top Fifteen ranking) and plummeted to the earth from the heavens. Six months for Rudy to re-arrange his wings and try again.

John Deere
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You have to admire FZappa20. Blackburn should put Mr. Vines on waivers and retain FZappa20 for recons. FZ is making America Great Again.

Mr. Vines
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Agreed

John Deere
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Swampy might need a PA

Your Mom
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If FZappa ever runs out of weed something is wrong

Ricky the raider
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Please quit with the MSU lost so I’m sick about what could have been- Dayton sucks and shouldn’t have even made the tournament. Until they teach Koko how to catch the ball (admit it, you laughed) this team ain’t shit.
Love reading Pride and all the talk that the reason they lost was because Cooke fucked scoochies girlfriend. What a pathetic fan base. Hope none of the starters have to sit out for rape next year. At least we do things the right way…..

Gil
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No one laughed. We are now all dumber for reading this comment. Thanks

The Kman
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Troll better or don’t troll at all. Don’t bring that weak shit in here. Big Steve Says NO!

Jross
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What little hope the Raiders ever had was extinguished last week when you fired Donlon. No strength coach and the lowest paid coaching staff in the Horizon league, but he still got you 22 wins and runner up in the conference. Yeah, that’s doing it right.

Mo
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Wait for it…… There is a good chance wsu knows exactly what they are doing. Donlon was hated by everyone, he had to go. They are raising money for a coach that will blow some people away. I hope they pull it off.

Jross
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I admit I am probably missing much of the story (there’s always more than on side) – I didn’t realize there was such disdain for Donlon. I hope you’re right about the new guy. As an alumnus of UD and WSU, I wish the best for both programs. Hope it’s the right move.

Your Mom
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If you need statements to focus on your dumbass jokes…you my friend…are a fucking douche canoe.

T Bolt
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This season turned sour when everyone was worried about Archie and the Infinity Coaches Challenge ranking. I think next season UD should decline the invite to participate in the challenge.

Swampy Ballsack
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Biggest disappointment was lack of tariq aziz

The Kman
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If I get one question to ask Archie it would be… Why didn’t the shooting drop off so suddenly with 10 games to play. 24% with plenty of open looks was mind boggling.

The Kman
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Why did* not didn’t.

Section 405
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Depressing end to the season. We have to get better. Iowa was our best win a d they turned out to be not that good. Darrell has to get his shit together. Schoochie and Cooke are awesome. Kyle is good but could be better. The freshmen need to get their heads out of their asses. And, Archie needs to find us a shooter. Finally, I see Wherli finding a smaller D-1 school to play out his final year of eligibility. Thanks for a great year BBR! Keep the Sunday podcasts going next year.

Jross
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Werhli is inconsequential. Better talent is always a plus, but honestly, I believe this season, especially February and March, was a complete coaching failure. If a single player had issues, you can blame the player; when the entire team plays this bad, this consistently, that is all coaching.

Anonymous
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Be careful what you wish for…or who you blame. Archie Miller’s name being bounced all over sports talk in Pittsburgh…would be a stunner if Archie went back home and to the ACC…

ReddFoxx
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If we have to lose him maybe this is the best time. Only one recruit at risk. I’m not as ready as some to canonize Archie. Never won the league. Has been incredibly lucky- if not for the miracle shot vs IUFW we don’t get to NCAA let alone elite 8. Did a horrible job down the stretch this year. Not sold on his ability to develop kids- Darrel Davis developed into a train wreck, Pollard and KD still can’t shoot, team stinks from the line, saw no improvement from the frosh. Hardly little Wooden.

Denver Flyer
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Morgan was probably house shopping Raleigh and Pittsburgh on her rose gold iPhone 6s Plus before Dyshawn checked out for the last time. Colossal bed shitting. We played the Ewing Hoyas and Walton Bruins closer. Hoping that Archie stays for one more year to right this ship. Something went terribly wrong after George Mason. Leaking oil. Is the Cooke / Scoochie GF story really real? Would have enjoyed one final podcast to wrap up the year.

tman
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What a bunch of fucking morons.
Dayton is blessed with the hottest coach in college basketball.
Archie may be the BEST coach in Div one at this time.
There is not a coach in the Country Ide rather have.
Yet MORONS question the coaching. ?????

Sonof Sam(miller)
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Think its more about the results. Lost the team down the stretch- everyone has injuries so don’t bore me with Pollards woes. Maybe we should have a sub??? One and done- lost 5 of last nine. Lost the A 10 championship- and really who did we beat– Monmouth??? And who are his best recruits??? See any of the new kids really contributing like at Xavier? – He’s Way, way– way overrated

Ajak
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You sir, are an idiot. The “freshman” at X that you are referring to must be Sumner. He is a redshirt freshman. X is also ahead in the game compared to us (bigger conference and a longer stretch of sustained success). And blaming the coach for the team’s struggles is very Cleveland Browns of you. Sometimes the other guys are just better. We beat VCU and Iowa. Both of these teams won as many tournament games this year at X. There are other coaches who are better than Arch. But they aren’t coming to Dayton. That is for damn sure.… Read more »
Ajak
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And great work this year Blackburn.

Gil
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Sean O’Mara jerks off koala bears

John Deere
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I thought that you posted that Phil is the best coach in the A10?

T Bolt
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John Deere
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While Orkie seems to be disoreinted, the $2 to $2.5 million is closer to the actual number than Blackburn’s $750k. Where the $100 million renovation number came from is fucking unbelievable. I thought that the UD simply sent out a survey with the intent to find out how much money they can fleece from the season ticket holders.

Tommy Obrien
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Archie is the hottest overrated young coach in America. He has yet to recruit one (1) senior in hs stud basketball player. Everyone to date has giant glaring holes in their game. Scoochie cant guard swampy. His only offense has come from hired gun cast-offs from other programs. He isn’t building jack shit here. When he leaves -and Pitt didn’t want him because people in Pittsburgh hate the friggin Millers – the program is screwed. I got $500 that says they don’t make the dance next year.

ReddFoxx
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Disagree with Scoochie’s d but you are all right on Archie. Huge luck factor accounts for much of his limited success. No major recruits to date. No championship in the a A10 despite resources that dwarf any other team in the league. No more development of players than BG- seen what he’s done for DD, how about our foul shooting, taught Pollard or KD to shoot yet?? And the epic collapse of 2016!!! Hardly the boy wonder others paint him to be. Overrated is an understatement.

CMurder
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Are you guys for real? UD just made three straight tourneys for like the second time in program history. If Archie is do terrible, how does that happen?

Gil
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Main.. Nothing in this comment is accurate. Where u from in da burgh

Gil
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Using the term “blackies” for ur picks.. I created that.. Where my compensation dood

John Deere
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Blackburn, are you going to have a season ending recap? I was hoping to be able to read Mr. Vines’ nationally acclaimed blogging one last time this season.

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