UD came out this afternoon and absolutely dismantled Duquesne, repeatedly taking their collective manhood with aplomb. The Flyers starters were a dominating collective, scoring 78 of Dayton’s 81 points (96%), logging 157 minutes out of a possible 200 (79%). Although UD was once again heavily reliant on three-pointers (shooting a total of 26 on the day–connecting on 38% of their attempts), the Flyers got plenty of easy looks around the bucket, shooting an inspired 74% on their two-point attempts. Throw in the fact that Dayton managed to out-rebound the Dukes and you have all the makings of a blowout.
Duquesne is not a good team, I will grant you that. However, Dayton did exactly what good teams do against sub-par competition, controlling almost every aspect of the ballgame for 40 minutes. The Flyers closed the first half with a 22-5 run and never looked back. The Dukes were never able to get back into the game, Dayton essentially bled them dry for the final 20 minutes of play.
Archie must be employing black magic, it’s the only explanation for the way the Flyers have been playing lately. With their backs against the wall, Dayton has evolved into an offense built for speed and comfort. Since the loss to Arkansas, UD has averaged just over 77 points a game, while holding their opponents to 63 points a contest.
One of the key segments of Dayton’s schedule was its first four games. A visit from Duquesne, roadies at St. Bonaventure and Fordham, and a return trip to the Arena to face La Salle on January 14th. If the Flyers can run out to a 4-0 start in conference, it would push UD’s record to 14-2 on the year, certainly a good start regardless of the competition. UD may have lost three major contributors before January, but it certainly doesn’t appear to be slowing them down, just the opposite.