The A-10, being what it is, is full of landmines. Today, unfortunately, marked the first time UD stepped on one. I realize we harp on it incessantly, but it bears repeating, the major drawback of playing in a league like the Atlantic Ten in its current form is that there aren’t many “good” league losses that won’t adversely affect your overall body of work. Gone are the days when Dayton could walk away from a loss against Xavier or Temple with their heads still held high, RPI unfazed. UD is the pole sitter of the conference now, the Flyers take everyone’s best shot.

143170a671dc4a8da64772379c0bd95d-ff991d03b33a427c824fd6b8342c1a29-5La Salle gave UD their best effort of the season, taking down Dayton 61-57 in the process. It was the Explorers first A10 win, having lost their first two conference games against UMass and Fordham. UD has now dropped five of their last seven games in Tom Gola Arena, the Flyers are simply snake-bitten when visiting the Explorers.

Give Dr. John a ton of credit, the Explorers completely changed the manner in which they attacked offensively and it paid off today. La Salle slowed the game down to a snail’s pace on offense, which had the dual-effect of shortening the game and cutting down the Explorer’s turnovers. It was the college basketball equivalent of waterboarding.

Giannini was more than happy to sit back and run clock while the Flyers continued to miss perimeter shots. I’m hard pressed to say Archie got completely outcoached, so let’s just say Coach Miller was “outmaneuvered” by the good doctor. Giannini played the hand he was dealt and figured out a way to maximize La Salle’s chances of winning. That’s what good coaches do. UD is 8-1 in games where they have seventy possessions or more, 4-2 in games with less than seventy possessions (and the Flyers are a lucky Kyle Davis shot against Miami from being 3-3 in those contests). There’s clearly some utility in slowing things down against Dayton.

Another result of the Explorers’ strategy was inhibiting UD’s transition offense. Dayton has consistently scored double-digit points with their “get it and go” approach this season. Today the Flyers were held to a single fast-break bucket. Two points. Giannini’s game plan took that aspect of the game completely away from Dayton. La Salle wasn’t necessarily sure it could win by taking the air out of the ball, but they were damn sure it was their best chance to stay within striking distance. The Explorers packed it in defensively, UD scored just twelve points in the paint, and allowed UD to bomb away from outside.

Of course, the Explorers’ don’t beat Dayton today if the Flyers had even an average shooting performance. UD shot 31% from the floor, their lowest shooting percentage on the season. A Dayton team on the road shooting poorly will rarely best their opponent, it is a scientific certainty.

The loss accentuated a problem Dayton has had before and will likely have again – where does this team get points from outside of Charles Cooke? Cooke has been the team’s most consistent offensive player, the one guy Archie can depend on to get a bucket when he needs one. Cooke did all he could against the Explorers, scoring a game-high 21 points and connecting on 4-of-6 from behind the arc. Outside of Dyshawn Pierre, who clocked in with a decent 12 and 4, no one on Dayton’s roster produced much of anything.

Scoochie Smith had one of his worst games in recent memory, Big Steve was as inconspicuous as a 6’11” black guy can possibly be and Kyle Davis barely registered a blip in his twenty-seven minutes of play. The bench was atrocious as well, shooting a combined 5-of-18 from the field. Simply put, the Flyers didn’t have enough firepower to take down what may end up being the worst team in the Atlantic Ten.

Take solace in the fact that we have identified the hottest UD fan of all time.

Take solace in the fact that we have identified the hottest UD fan of all time.

Many people will likely point to Kendall Pollard’s absence, the junior forward is still recovering from an Achilles strain, as a persuasive explanation for the Flyers’ loss today. Don’t let them sell you that bullshit. La Salle was missing two of its better players as well and only rolled out one player off the bench against UD this afternoon.

Whether or not Dayton would have won today with Pollard in the lineup is up for debate (and is, of course, irrelevant). What’s not unsettled is whether or not UD had enough talent to beat the Explorers today. They did, they do. Dayton rolled off a thirty-point win over UMass without KP on Wednesday and were double-digit favorites even without Pollard coming into the game with La Salle. The simple fact is that the Flyers were taken out of their comfort zone and didn’t have enough people step up and knock down shots.

Again, all praise to Allah and Dr. John. Both, I’m convinced, were instrumental in La Salle’s win over Dayton today. I spent the first two paragraphs of the La Salle preview trying to convince you that we had nothing to worry about, that this team would be different – this edition of the Flyers wouldn’t crumble in the face of success. I’m not ready to take it all back, Dayton didn’t do irreparable harm as far as the direction of their season is concerned, but it does aid in reinforcing what has become a pattern of underachievement when the Flyers are knocking on the doorstep for long-term inclusion in the Top 25.

So, the Flyers have to pick up the pieces and battle on. Dayton has one of its most important weeks coming up – a game at home against Davidson on Tuesday night and a visit from George Washington this Friday (?) evening. Remain calm, remain LOWD.

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Guest

Nice recap. Calmed me down a bit. All isn’t lost. Sweep next week at home & they’ll be fine. Go Iowa.

Sonof Sam(miller)
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don’t understand why our guards gave pressure while LaSalle dribbled killed clock. All we did was waste energy ( mostly Schoohie- and it showed) and never remotely bothered them. On top of that, can we not stop our 3 pt shooting from the likes of Kyle who has proven over two and a half years to be a terrible , 25% shooter. He always uncontested, for a reason. Fucking stop it Kyle. Just fucking stop it. Stop it fucking now- are you listening at all dipstick??????!!!!!!!

Swampy
Guest

We had 68 offensive possessions, a little under the avg of 70. No excuse. They only had 6 guys and 1 fouled out! Pathetic!

Swampy
Guest

We lost to a 288 rpi! There’s only 350!

Roy Driesen
Guest

This whole game was bullshit from the jump. We never should have let BG go, he was great. He beat UVA today, he never would have lost this game. Everyone knows that BG develops NBA players, he would have these guys playing so much better than Archie. He never screwed up big games and would have owned Dr. John. Fuck everyone, I’m quitting the internet until everyone realizes that I’m smart.

Anonymous
Guest

While BG did beat UVA today, you fail to realize that he is also on the hot seat again because of the destruction of another program. You picked the wrong Saturday to watch two basketball games and give an opinion like you’ve been watching games the past 4 years

John Deere
Guest

Don’t worry about Roy. After the Fliers beat Davidson Tuesday night, he will be trolling cheapflights.com for flights to Houston in March.

Roy Driesen
Guest

Hey Guest, you don’t know shit. BG left Archie a sweet program all he had to do was not mess it up. BG didn’t buy suits off the rack at JC Penny like Archie. He had them custom tailored to fit his diminutive, teen like body. He was a great man and would probably have won a championship by now if he hadn’t been lured away by a big offer.

Lou Brown
Guest

A+ Driesen, that’s the delusional, uninformed brat I remember from flyerhoops.

Jross
Guest

I can’t for the life of me understand why Archie allowed them to control the pace of the game that way! Where was the full court press? Where was the half court press? Instead we stood there the whole game and watched them dribble the ball for 20 seconds at a time and completely take us out of any rhythm we occasionally had. This is the coaching genius we’re worried about losing?

Gil
Guest

Dayton.. Unreal. Cardiac kidz will come through in March tho

Swampys son
Guest

Why is no one talking about this flyer fan chick?

5th Floor of Founders
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5th Floor of Founders

No chemistry – No Leadership – No ability to adjust to different defensive sets – No ability to offset a lack of 3pt production. But hey, they are adding 30 more urinals to the arena and changing to hot dogs with meat and my seat license will only go up by 30%!!

Mr. Wiggles
Guest

my dick is flaccid as fuck and I dipped my balls in listerine 🙁

Truth
Guest

Let’s not sugar coat this loss folks, this one of the worst loss and poorly coached games in the past 20 years. Flyers have been walking a tight rope against lesser teams such as Arkansas and Miami of Ohio. This loss is solely on Mr.miller up 9 with 7 to play and the players missing 7 free throws in the final 5 minutes. Well coached teams never to lose to RPI 271 teams that only dress 6 players.

TBolt
Guest

I guess that turd will end all talks of running the table and a 1 seed over at UDPride. We may still be able to get a 1 seed in the NIT. I see UD laying a few more eggs during the season. Back to life…back to reality…

The Kman
Guest

Darrell Davis is 17-58 for three = 29%. He’s officially in a sophomore slump. That number would be impressively bad if not for Kyle Davis shooting 24% from three (7-29). Scoochie is 3-19 in his last few games.

Outside shooting Flyeria is not a myth.

The Kman
Guest

In comparison, “shoot for diamonds” is currently banking in bad bricks for a higher percentage.

Angry John
Guest

Was Mr.Wiggles responsible for this bed shitting?

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