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.